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|15 hours 37 min ago||LOL. Well, count me in the||
LOL. Well, count me in the category of people who think this is not that big of a deal. First of all, Al Borges has been around a long time. If he's not requiring his QB to identify the MIKE, then that's one reason I don't think it's necessary for success. I have my issues with Borges, but he runs a complicated offensive scheme; now it seems that some are complaining that he didn't heap more on Gardner's shoulders.
Additionally, there are a large number of college quarterbacks who do not have to identify the MIKE on every play. I think it's more commonplace in the NFL. But generally, the center is responsible for calling out protections and blocking schemes. This is why you often see centers come out from the huddle, scan the defense before gripping the ball, squatting down to scope out the defense, pointing at defenders, etc. Those centers are identifying the MIKE linebacker, calling out combination blocks, pointing out potential blitzers, etc.
I also think that Michigan's running backs were responsible for identifying their own blocking responsibilities. That might be why the whole Vincent Smith "finger gun" thing became such a big deal. He appeared to be identifying the MIKE linebacker and/or potential blitzers.
I have talked to college coaches who have said that the one thing they really want their QB to figure out pre-snap is whether there's one high safety, two high safeties, or zero safeties. Obviously, they have to get everyone lined up properly, check out certain alignments, etc., but there's no point in doing any of that if the QB hasn't identified the deep safety(ies).
|2 days 2 hours ago||I think "sucked" is a strong||
I think "sucked" is a strong word. I just think some of his things were a little redundant, and some of the prospects he talked to had very little to do with Michigan.
|2 days 3 hours ago||I've been happier with the||
I've been happier with the site since we got the ability to pos/neg back. As far as content goes, I didn't think Brandon Brown added a ton to the site that wasn't already available. I'm glad the site found a replacement for Heiko.
Overall, I would say the one thing I hope gets upgraded is server speed during the inevitable overload of users during the season.
|2 days 8 hours ago||FWIW, I though Joe Mixon was||
FWIW, I though Joe Mixon was the best running back in the class. Not that it should change how the legal process is handled or anything, but that's the kind of talent that OU and college are losing because of stupid behavior.
|2 days 8 hours ago||Where did you see that it was||
Where did you see that it was a sucker punch?
|3 days 7 hours ago||That's pretty light for an||
That's pretty light for an NFL running back.
|3 days 7 hours ago||Rodriguez did the same thing.||
Rodriguez did the same thing.
|3 days 7 hours ago||Denard has always been a||
Denard has always been a fumbler.
|4 days 3 hours ago||I wasn't at the scrimmage||
I wasn't at the scrimmage last night, so all I have to go on is last year and the practice videos we've been seeing.
Funk is clearly knowledgeable and experienced in coaching the offensive line. The question is whether he can teach well enough. It's very difficult to judge an offensive line that is so young and inexperienced. I mean, aside from the two bookend tackles, last year included a four- or five-game stretch where Michigan's best option at center was a guy who screwed up A SNAP OR TWO PER GAME. That's not on the offensive line coach - that's on inexperience and a lack of depth.
I am a big proponent of simplicity. I think Borges's schemes were too numerous last year, and it's tough to teach a bunch of young guys so many different kinds of footwork, combo blocks, calls, etc. My hope is that Nussmeier is simplifying things in the playbook to help his offensive line. In my opinion, Michigan should be running inside zone, outside zone, maybe a pin-and-pull scheme, and some kind of counter scheme. The inside and outside zone schemes are very similar, the pin and pull is pretty darn easy, and a counter is necessary (IMO) to slow teams down and/or take advantage of undisciplined backside players.
I think the team will show progress in running the ball by the end of the season. If that's not the case, then I believe Funk should be fired following the 2014 season. You can't go that long with a crappy offensive line and not hold the OL coach responsible.
|6 days 4 hours ago||It was all about Denard.||
It was all about Denard.
|6 days 6 hours ago||The fun will begin soon.||
The fun will begin soon.
|6 days 17 hours ago||I've long been surprised at||
I've long been surprised at how such a great university can have such a lame website. This change does nothing to alter that opinion.
|6 days 17 hours ago||(No subject)||
|6 days 17 hours ago||People are expecting way,||
People are expecting way, way, way too much out of young linemen. He was a high school offensive tackle who was switching to center for college. That's a big change, and he has experienced guys ahead of him. Let's slow down with the constant hype train for freshmen.
|1 week 4 hours ago||I disagree.||
|1 week 16 hours ago||Ryan Mundy had 86 tackles and||
Ryan Mundy had 86 tackles and 3 interceptions for Michigan. I think we can include him on a list of former Wolverines, since...you know...he's technically a former Wolverine.
|1 week 17 hours ago||....and Brazil.||
|1 week 17 hours ago||Michigan.||
|1 week 17 hours ago||Who does he think he is? Jake||
Who does he think he is? Jake Heaps?
|1 week 17 hours ago||AGAIN?!?!?!||
|1 week 1 day ago||You're not very||
You're not very imaginative.
I always tell my many girlfriends that the magic happens in the cargo bay of my space shuttle.
|1 week 1 day ago||Austin Hatch? More like||
More like Awesome Hatch.
|1 week 1 day ago||The nice thing is that a||
The nice thing is that a walk-on will now get a scholarship in York's stead (hopefully).
|1 week 1 day ago||So we should suspend guys for||
So we should suspend guys for moving out of the way when a confrontation is about to occur? Interesting...
|1 week 2 days ago||I can say definitively that||
I can say definitively that Emani Mason is not the son of Shonte Peoples.
|1 week 2 days ago||Can they halt male pattern||
Can they halt male pattern baldness in a weight room?
|1 week 3 days ago||The safeties are pretty||
The safeties are pretty interchangeable. Hill was the backup FS before the Hill injury.
|1 week 3 days ago||Nope. He was Avon's star||
Nope. He was Avon's star running back.
|1 week 3 days ago||I guess I'm not really||
I guess I'm not really getting the whole "James Rogers Trophy" thing. He only played two positions at Michigan - cornerback and wide receiver. There are lots of players who have played multiple positions at Michigan. If we're handing out a trophy, maybe it should go to Brennen Beyer - he went from SAM linebacker to weakside end to SAM linebacker to weakside end to strongside end. Cam Gordon went from wide receiver to free safety to weakside linebacker to SAM linebacker. There are plenty of others who have played two positions - Obi Ezeh, Mark Moundros, Obi Oluigbo, John Ferrara, William Campbell, Quinton Washington, Carson Butler, Ryan Mundy, etc. It's a pretty common thing in college football.
|1 week 3 days ago||I liked James Rogers. He did||
I liked James Rogers. He did pretty well wherever Michigan put him. I'm glad he's making a living playing football after all the coaches and position changes he went through.