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|5 weeks 1 day ago||i agree||
i think the mental aspect is something that comes up in game situations. He might be hitting everything in practice. He might be the best QB by a mile, but is just struggling right now with his confidence with regards to the deep ball.
|5 weeks 1 day ago||If he was hurt||
I would think giving the other qb's a chance would make more sense. SO a hurt Ruddock is better than a healthy number 2, who up to the first game of the season was in a neck and neck battle for the number 1 spot?
If he is hurt, i would be more inclined to think that other qb's would get more reps.
Why does the mental argument not make sense? It is 100% part of the game.
|5 weeks 3 days ago||I agree for the most part||
But a turnover is still a turnover. Coaches use the "well its just like a punt" really to justify and to calm nerves after a 3rd down turnover. Turnovers create momentum swings even if they are on a 4th down throw down the field. Its why a defensive back has a hard time just knocking a ball down on a 4th and long throw. The confidence a defense gains forma turnover is really unmeasurable. So i get what you are saying, and i agree that those are the ones that make you cringe the most. But at the same time in his mind he still is not wanting to risk a turnover regardless of the down.
|5 weeks 3 days ago||thanks!||
ive never really liked Rudock's throwing motion, but it might just be because he isnt hitting all of his targets yet, so i am being over critical. I never really liked Chad Henne's either. I always felt like his deep balls were too high and relied too much on braylon jumping and not enough on our speed getting behind defensive backs. But for the most part it worked, so no big deal, and it might have been by design.
I compare throwing mechanics of qb's with pitchers. When the strike zone gets squeezed or when they feel like they are loosing control, their mechanics start to break down. They start over gripping, they start shortening their motion, they start aiming instead of throwing. I think Rudock is a bit gun shy right now and perhaps any mechanical issues are due to that mental block.
Im sure the coaching staff are harping on his mechanics to the point to where perhaps something might click. Im not sure what mechanical techniques are being utilized at michigan practices, (R-4, etc) or even if they are trying to maybe change something he has done for a long time in order to get him out of this funk.
Im just plugging along. !7 years now....
|5 weeks 3 days ago||Maybe||
If we are talking about a new Qb without any past history to suggest he can make those throws at the collegiate level the argument would be that we CANT make those throws. . That is not the case here though, you have a Qb that has had at least some success throwing the deep ball in past seasons at this level. Therefore the problem is not a physical one, rather a mental one. My point was just that the mentall problem problaby has something to do with a combination of things, one being the desire of him and the coaching staff to not turn the ball over.
I think its great that we are still attempting those passes, and i think by the end of the year he will be connecting on those throws and over the mental hump. (hopefully)
|5 weeks 3 days ago||yes||
my point was that I think it has more to do with mentally not wanting to put the ball in a spot where it could be intercepted then a lack of ability...
thank you for clarifying that
|5 weeks 3 days ago||you are right||
I didnt intend to post it as a diary. In my rush to post after I read the article i must have clicked on the wrong option. I was more impressed that I rememberd my user name.
|1 year 8 weeks ago||An agreement||
Im probably the original appologist and passively agressive "sky is not falling" dude that brian loathes so much.
But in this instance, i actually agree and can understand the frustration and the anger.
Saturday was a joke, i can remove myself from it and go on with my other football avenues, but for those that have to cover the games, are season ticket owners,students and alumni taht have real stock invested in this team beyond it just being a fun obsession, i can absolutely understand the call for imediate changes.
there were so many fails in the handling of the QB sitution, and it all falls back to Hoke.. from the dr.s and assistant coaches that didnt bother to do anything, to the head coach that was clueless as to what was going on. or how about the officals that didnt call targeting, and allowed the qb to stay in the game.
although i feel like if he wasnt being such a bad qb prior to the injury that people probably wouldnt have booed so hard that he came back in. I've Been to many many games where qbs got hurt that were playing great and were met with huge ovations when they returned to the game. I think the boos were probably more at what was obviously dumb coaching and frustartion at the fact that even when this bad playing qb was hurt the dumb football coach still put him in.
So at least in this instance, i 100% feel like last saturday WAS as bad as people think.
|1 year 15 weeks ago||its that||
but its also the umpire effect.
what i mean by that is if you ever umpired a little league game or officated a basketball game, you see things from a different perspective when you go back to being a fan. you understand more why a certain call was made, or how one could have been missed, or even who should have been in possition to make a call that you had to make that might be critized, but wasnt really your fault.
Im not saying coaches are the only ones that understand football, i am just saying (like i did all those years) that coaches have a dual perspective. Fan and coach. I dont study Michigan football, i never have. Im just a fan who happens to be a coach, and have a more intimate understanding of what goes into it. Thats all.
I didnt enjoy trying to explain that, so thats why i dont try anymore. Its not anyones fult, and its not a right and wrong thing, its just persepctives that cant be explained, and also cant be forgoten.
I cant pretend to understand what its like to be a michigan alumni, so for the most part i dont try to. i also cant pretend to be just a fan of football, as much as i would like too, 16 years of coaching it keeps me from being able to always just enjoy watching.
as a personal note, to this day when i am asked to speak about our defense, i still give credit to Shafer, still in my mind one of the best defensive minds around.
|1 year 15 weeks ago||ha||
well, glad i made an impression
|1 year 44 weeks ago||ha.. thanks Steve, hope||
thanks Steve, hope you are doing well.
|1 year 45 weeks ago||"in no particular order"||
so its not a "ranking" just the 5 that they deem the big ones according to their criteria
|1 year 50 weeks ago||wow||
this was awesome...
i might not have any idea what half of it is saying, but this is cool nonetheless...
i also like the part where all the wla guys are said to be whimpy guys lviing in their mom's basements...
|2 years 5 days ago||oh thats easy||
im scaring the crap out of osu before the game with the sounds of 530 horses roaring out of the magna flows'
then a smoke show before each reverse to throw off the defense, and to hide our blitzes...
will open the t-tops for the sweet fade up the sideline...
will celebrate with the sweet sounds of night ranger and pantera as we put the player of the game on top to parade around the stadium
|2 years 2 weeks ago||This is a very good post||
i will read your posts and comments from now on Space Cowboy
i think Youth is 95% of the problem. When you have youth at a possition and smell weakness and inconsistence, it becomes easier as a defensive coach to exploit those issues than it is for an offensive coach to scheme a solution. Much like teams can pressure mistakes out of a youthfull point guard once they see he cant handle it.
Allow this group to mature and grow up with some consistence. (the changing of the starting front is prof to me of a perceived learning issue)
|2 years 14 weeks ago||MichNukeEng||
Brandent Englemon was one of michigans most under rated safeties of the past 25 years or so, and his absences in the first half of the APPY game for whatever reason was a direct cause for the horror...
since then we have gone through so many tranisitions defensivly there hasnt been enough consistence to have a great safety. Safety play varies so much from coach to coach and scheme to scheme, problaby more so than any other possition. It just isn't noticed as much. kocas may have been more of the benefiiary of a little stability that resulted in his success, as opposed to just being the little engine that could. THe next two years should prove one way or another.
|2 years 30 weeks ago||Sad||
much like whne Dimebag died, that thing that sucks is to know, there will never be another tour...
Dave Lambardo from slayer was my all time fav metal drummer before vinnie paul..
at least we have the music, pantera and slayer will always live, espically in the ones of us that raged against our parents, our teachers, our coaches, and espically opposing players while angel of death and walk played in our heads...
you never really have experienced a live show if you had never seen the heavy metal gods live..
megadeth, slayer, pantera, etc... the fans of those bands would go and see them every time they came around, regadless if they were promoting a new album or not... the other things about those metal bands, they took their perfomances seriously, and made sure to bring it every time they steped on stage...
RIp metal gods, and thanks for leaving a legacy and all the great music for us to enjoy for ever
|2 years 30 weeks ago||…since the corner's read is||
…since the corner's read is going to drop him into Cover 4—perfect spot to intercept a ball to #2 but who's got #1 now? My guess is he just plays quarters with the linebacker (or in this case the SDE), who has responsibility for the flat. Also the SS is playing quarters so he's got his ears back.
to answer the question, the olb, is problaby carrying number 2 to the safety, he may work to the flats if its a short yardage situation..
otherwise the corner is playing both, basically usuing a creep technique with eyes on qb to decide if he should jump one on top, or creep under 2 with safety help on top...
reading qb is the key for the corner, and staying in creep and not raising up.. so its a 2 read, but its really a 2Q read... through 2 to QB...
|2 years 30 weeks ago||Michigan||
use to run 2 read coverages..
at least they were starting too, with shafer.. its his base coverage, a 2 drop and a 2 match concept...
both involve reading 2's, its been my base coverage for 10 years now.
corners always love playing it, espically agressive press corners becasue it allows them to disguise and jump under routes...
|3 years 22 weeks ago||I will be in town actually,||
I will be in town actually, I have my Father's 70 birthday party that day, but there is a possibility i could come down later....
wonder how late people would stay, and if i would even know anyone now...
|3 years 24 weeks ago||best defensive||
tackle in michigan history ROb Renes was a wrestler...
|3 years 24 weeks ago||best defensive||
tackle in michigan history ROb Renes was a wrestler...
|3 years 24 weeks ago||the wrestlers||
at the begining were putting on their red or green scoring tags...
his didnt velco right, so the ref just had him not wear one, since martins did work...
the ref holds up his hand with the red wrist band if he is indicating points to the one with teh red ankle band, or his hand with the green wrist band to indicate points for the wrestler with the green ankle band...
|3 years 36 weeks ago||I dont say this much||
and im having to come out of retirement to say it but...
well done! this might be the coolest thing i have every read here...
|3 years 44 weeks ago||its Brandent Englemon...||
its Brandent Englemon...
|4 years 5 weeks ago||absolutely||
you know a lot more about michigan schemes than i do, i have not spent much time trying to break it down, or studying them at all, you have spent a lot of time, so im not trying to argue with you....
an A gap player is responsible for A gap plays... however a dlinemen reseting the los 3 yards in the backfield on an inside zone play is doing a pretty damn good job...
obviosuly i see your point, and like i said, it would have been great to make that play, it also would be a play that not a whole lot of nose guards in college football can make, he was a step away from being awesome, and he wasn't..... he was just pretty good...
but its pretty obvious that the lbs were not very good...
that was my only point...
|4 years 5 weeks ago||I tend to agree more with Brian||
here, although i think its also part of the bigger picture of why its hard to grade players without knowing exact technique being taught, or what is being emphasized in practice...
Mike martin destroys the center... sure it would be great for him to get of the block and make the tackle for a loss, an All american play, something Michigan desperately needs him to be... But nobody would say, "Martin messed up by not making the play... " except for the fact that he is suppose to be our all-american..... The LB's steps are slow their techniques are poor, and their angles don't match up with each other.... and that would be the first thing that coaches would notice in film..
again though, when you are guessing as to what responsibilities are based on alignment, you open yourself up to these kinds of disagreements...
|4 years 9 weeks ago||the 5tech is the read||
not the man that koger is traping... doesnt matter if he gets to him or not, its sorta like a midline play in that it doesnt matter what happens outside,
if its a keep the play goes up field, witht he 5 tech squeezing like he is... you wouldnt block him, he is the read..
|4 years 9 weeks ago||gs85||
his job is to trap the man that shows contain... 5tech 4i, olb, safety, mr rogers, whoever, first thing that shoes contain, kick out, open up the lane if the tackle squeezes
when pulling players across the center you usually dont tell him the man he is blocking as much as you are telling him the responisiblity he is blocking,
again this is MO, obviously i dont know for sure, i just know i wouldnt even know how to coach a pulling te on how to block a 5tech on the other side of the field that is doing his job and squeezing a downblock, chances are that te would get killed...
its like a counter play, you block the man that shows up field, kick out and thats where the hole is...
|4 years 9 weeks ago||i dissagree||
the play is more of a way to still give denard a lane to run when a team is determined to come up field and take away his ability to get to the edge,
klck out the contain rusher, denard reads the 5 tech and its to the house...