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|2 weeks 4 days ago||Hatin ass Spurrier||
Would like to have a word with you.
|4 weeks 12 hours ago||With modern defenses||
I think you have to be able to run some combination of both zone & gap/man blocking. If my local HS coaches play a team that on film only blocks zone, they quickly adjust by having the defensive front stand & read. DO NOT try and get upfield, engage only if engaged by a lineman,otherwise scrape along with the play and wait for them to make the first move so to speak.
This allow LB's to also read and follow, only attacking once the O commits to a seam.
The only way to punish a Defense for this(in the run game) is to switch and hit them with power(gap) and slam the ball down those reading lineman's throats because their initial technique puts them already behind the proverbial 8 ball.
I see defenses in CFB doing the same thing. Watch our D front vs. OSU this season and its very similar to what I described above.
basically if you're O line is NOT going to fire OUT into us and inititiate contact then why should we be your suckers & over commit ourselves? We'll just hold ground, watch the flow of the play and make you bust the first move while we all maintain our spacing as we flow playside. Think of it as gap integrity to a moving gap or...basketball on grass.
The trick is getting the D front 7 players to slide playside while maintaining their alignment with the frontside hip of their gaps backside blocker to protect against the inevitable cut back lane that appears if you get too far playside while keeping their eyes playside watching for which one of those zone blockers is going to commit upfield.
Watch the maryland clip above and you can clearly see the 2 defenders who penetrate(for no reason whatsoever) and over pursue playside which creates the lane the puts Isaac 3yds deep w/ only a linebacker to beat. If those guys just stay on their side of the LOS and scrape along w/ the O lineman, giving him the playside advantage(OLB has to become the force defender) they string that play to the sidelines for no gain.
|5 weeks 11 hours ago||Watching 6yrs of youth(ages||
Watching 6yrs of youth(ages 8-11) football I would be astonished if ANY of Gasteneaus problems came from that.
F=MA and those little bodies have very little of any of the three. Keep in mind that their helmets are(these days) just about the same padding level as NFLers wear. The shoulder pads are also big for them & heavy(relative to body size/strength) same for the pants/girdle. It's closer to adults wearing those sumo costumes than you may think.
|5 weeks 1 day ago||Amen X1000. If you have Bama||
Amen X1000. If you have Bama level guys in your trenches you can win with UCF's guys at the skill spots. Vice versa and you get maybe 7-5 on a good year.
The Good Lord just don't make 6-4+ 300+ athletic enough dudes in the #'s that he makes 5-10"-6'2" 180-220 dudes. I'd say the pool of the latter out numbers the pool of the former by 10x. At least IMHO.
|6 weeks 1 day ago||Anyone else here really love||
Anyone else here really love the presence coach W gives on the sideline? I felt like from day one we had the "baddest" coach on that field on any given day. Cool as a cucumber yet ready to kick somebody's ass in a NY second if shit went nuts. Coaching ability foremost but I like having a legit physically intimidating coaching staff as a bonus. WWF style BOOOM!!
|7 weeks 4 days ago||Saban was chewing on Kiffin||
Saban was chewing on Kiffin for the 99th time. Bullying & belittling him as only Nick can. Ol Laney finally had enough and told St. Nick to shut his midget troll mouth or he would shut it for him.
|8 weeks 3 days ago||Look at the size of those||
Look at the size of those shoulder pads! And wide out wearing knee pads along with some LBs in neck rolls. A different time indeed.
|9 weeks 3 days ago||Not a sliver of D to be||
Not a sliver of D to be found. These teams will make it to 80pts for sure. A real Rich Rod special.
|10 weeks 1 day ago||If memory serves me..||
The $$ value of the copper mined in the western U.P. was of greater value than the entire gold rush in California. Once again Michigan got the best of Ohio.
|11 weeks 1 day ago||Derrick Green would like to have a word with you.||
I consider lineman to be a "rare beast" therefore at a premium to basically every other position on the field sans maybe and yes I mean maybe QB.
The good Lord just does not make but a very small % of humans of the size to play D or O line at the D1 level.
The size required alone eliminates what? 98% of the humans alive right now? maybe more?
Give me GREAT, not good but GREAT line play and I'll take 3 star RB's, QB's and WR's all day.
Vice versa and, well thats not gonna work out so good. Jibreel Peppers & Jordan Lewis with a mid average or crap D-line? you got nothing.
Leonard Fornette, Baker Mayfield & Curtiss Samuel with a crap or even mid grade O-line? Yeah good luck with that.
Spend that majority of your recruiting on Line IMHO and Thomas Rawls/Drake Johnson types will be just fine for me.
|11 weeks 2 days ago||Amen Magnus||
I'm always fascinated by the success of these systems. As old and "antiquated" as they are they still work.
Same with H.S. teams. With probably 80% of HS teams running some variation of "spread" football its fun to see a team running a "T" or option style offense often come in and just BLAST a spread team into oblivion because players & coaches don't know how to deal with it. IMHO they have forgotten how to defend these "antiquated" offenses and by the time the start to figure it out, its too late. They're down by 20+ points and the opposition is now in "grind it out" mode just eating clock.
I always wonder, at the highest level(NFL) if a team ran(part time) a system like one of these, just for a critical drive or in a big game, would there be enough knowledge/instincts on an NFL roster(coaches & players) that know or remember the disciplines to best defend it? Would there be enough O-lineman that have the knowledge of how to block it?
The quick hitting nature of these systems(no holding) combined with the downhill style of blocking and patience(4 yds is a win) just makes for a real difficult adjustment for defenses that are so used to "basketball on grass". One of the local HS teams has won 4 state titles running a Dead T offense and it just fascinates me how difficult it is to stop. In an era of spread & shred they are consistently the top offense in the state in yds gained, pts scored, least penalized etc. and I just LOVE to watch them and the difficulty they present in preparation for teams.
|12 weeks 3 days ago||They should consider RR. I||
They should consider RR. I bet he'd do fine to excellent there. It's an upgrade in talent from AZ and I still think the guy can coach. Staying in the PAC would be good for him too.
|13 weeks 3 days ago||Go get your 5 and I'll grab a||
Go get your 5 and I'll grab a bat. Remember. Somebody in that 5 is gonna have to make one hell of a commitment if it's going to work out in the end.
|13 weeks 3 days ago||I went to Columbus once for a||
I went to Columbus once for a game in 96. Friend lived in that shithole but was a M grad. We parked at his house and had a 2 mile walk to the stadium. A walk he made every year for at least 8x previous since graduating M and moving back to Cbus(familial home). He always said he attended each game & made each years walk ensconced in his M gear. This was my first time so you could say that I was at least mildly curious how he had accomplished this feat so many times and never been accosted. As we finished up our tailgating at his home at prepared to depart for our march to hells shoe he walks in his garage and takes a vintage looking Louisville slugger out of a barrel of at least a dozen similar ones. He wraps it against the concrete a couple times and declares "now I've got MY game gear". We proceed to make the trek, hearing all of the fuck Michigan calls along the way. Ray just smiles and waves a salute with his slugger. As we approach the gate he casually drops it into a garbage can and in we go. Turns out, as he explains during the pre game, he buys used bats at garage sales cheap so he always has plenty and doesn't mind tossing one every other season.
|13 weeks 6 days ago||Wind played havoc with JOK||
Wind played havoc with JOK today. Tough to get any sort of passing groove going in such unpredictable conditions. Let's not crucify him for this tough day. He may well be far more capable than conditions would allow for today.
|15 weeks 1 day ago||If any of you get a chance||
If any of you get a chance stop and visit the Great Lakes shipwreck museum on whitefish point. It's where the salvaged bell from the deck of the Fitz resides. They have a small theatre where they play a short, but very powerful film about the wreck. Highly recommend a trip up there to anyone.
|15 weeks 3 days ago||Correct.||
You pointed out the 3 obvious "winners" in the athletic QB lottery but the incredible # of abject failures dwarfs that, especially notable is not that they fail so much as how incredibly overrated they are before the world crashes down on them.
I will laugh hysterically if a team(like Cleveland or Detroit) is STOOOPID enough to gamble on him given what we have all seen over the past 10-15 years.
He is a great passer, live arm, good accuracy so he might TEMPT teams into taking him. My advice..DONT DO IT!!
He is built more like RG3 than Cam and his feet get happy just exactly like RG3's. Its a recipe for disaster.
The number 1 quality to look for in your QB is poise. A pocket presence that is able to slow the game down and maintain concentration amidst chaos. Wilton has this and so do all of the great ones. Mobility is a bonus that sits right above great hair and a hot girlfriend on the list of needs for a great QB. Scouts are becoming wise to this. To the point that many look at 1000yds of rushing by a QB as a no go. They know what to expect if a guy runs that much and they know it wont give them the results their team wants.
Picture Lamar facing Alabama.
Now picture that every week. Thats the NFL.
|15 weeks 3 days ago||Vince Young or Tom Brady??||
Lamar Jackson would not be able to process an offense as complex as Harbaugh's(or any NFL level offense)and your scheme would have to be simplified to the point where it becomes easier for a D to limit it.
This is not for debate. we've seen this movie before and it always ends the same. Thick playbooks don't go well with athletic QB's. Manziel, RG3, Vince Young, Jamarcus Russell, Troy Smith, Terrell Pryor.
Lamar Jackson was not recruited by Stanford for a reason.
Lamar would be broken in 3 pcs if he played a B1G schedule or SEC schedule. At the next level he will most resemble RG3.
I'll tell you what. If Lamar is drafted at a higher spot than our own Wilton Speight, I'll video myself eating a lemon and post it here. Will you do the same if vice versa?
Wanna be a smart ass you might have to back it up? Mr Football Credibility.
|15 weeks 3 days ago||But he's not "mobile" enough||
Out of curiousity, how many here would still trade him for the likes of JT Barret? or even Lamar Jackson?
I know I would not. Give me the thinking man's QB every time. Speight is just exactly as "mobile" as I want my QB to be.
|15 weeks 5 days ago||Rarely see them with the||
Rarely see them with the gifts these 2 have. If Denard was a CB like he was recruited to be and played it 3 yrs in college he might have been a 1st rounder.
|15 weeks 5 days ago||Thanks. I compliment our guy||
Thanks. I compliment our guy by comparing him to one of the best pure athletes in M history and you feel obliged to point out what job YOU somehow know I'm unqualified to do. Want me to point out what job your mom is most likely qualified to do smart ass??
|15 weeks 5 days ago||For me anyway, Peppers is||
For me anyway, Peppers is most similar to Denard. Both just have that quick twitch that can't be learned, can't really be measured very well but you know it when you see it.
|15 weeks 6 days ago||Half of those screens have at||
Half of those screens have at least 1 hold or more not to mention ineligible because the pass goes across the LOS. Harbaugh looked like he was pointing that out with enthusiasm.
|16 weeks 4 days ago||Devin Bush just became one of||
Devin Bush just became one of my favorite players. Sparty can eat shit. We owe them that X 10.
|17 weeks 14 hours ago||But you don't mean to imply||
But you don't mean to imply that their standards, in any way, applied to the Blades brothers or Irvin etc. ? They were the first IMO to just say fuck it. They don't come here to play school and not even try to hide or downplay it. Before the U were the crappy students playing CFB? Sure were. Did they openly advertise it? I think not. I once read that thru the Howard/Jimmy/Dennis years they bragged that not once was a player on academic probation. Then they would chuckle that the tutors would be in deep shit if the athletes work was late. It's a way of life now throughout CFB but it started with the U.
|17 weeks 17 hours ago||Agreed. As entertaining as it||
Agreed. As entertaining as it could be at times, those of us old enough to see the impact of what was happening, while it was happening, had deep concerns for college football. Schnellenburg was opening a can that the lid could never be put back on. However you want to look at it. Before the U, academics were at least given symbolic importance as a part of the deal. Howard threw that right out the window. He opened the doors of the penitentiary and let them run wild. Kids that couldn't spell phone without using an F were now "student athletes". They didn't even have to go to class, a tradition that Jimmy was more than willing to embrace. They( Miami) started an arms race in CFB that forced all the other institutions to comply(fake students) or die. The SEC of today was born from the U IMHO.
|17 weeks 3 days ago||Right on. A mobile QB can win||
Right on. A mobile QB can win you a lot of games. Very rarely will they win you ALL of the games. An elite running QB is a weapon. An elite passing QB is a whole holster full of weapons. They bring a knife(mobile QB) I'll take a loaded gun(elite passer) every day.
|17 weeks 3 days ago||I'll take Tom Brady and his||
I'll take Tom Brady and his hawt ass wife and his 4 Super Bowl rings and his multiple MVP's and lest we forget his "last M QB to defeat Alabama" for the win Alex.
|17 weeks 3 days ago||Unless its Steve Young or Russel Wilson. No||
They have all but figured out that other than a few rare exceptions the recipe is attack the box and make them pass to beat you. Its a rare(see above) beast that can do both well enough to make you pay. JT Barret can't, Denard couldn't, most simply don't have the eye discipline and poise to make it work. They panic when the first read is covered and it all falls apart.
This is why Harbaugh chooses the path he does. He's seen the upside & downside of both styles and through carefull analysis has determined the most effective method to secure victory and contrary to the once overwhelmingly popular opinion here on this blog, its NOT to use a running QB.
|17 weeks 4 days ago||Firstly , if you don't have||
Firstly , if you don't have kids and have never coached kids in anything please sit the fuck down right now.
Secondly, if you have coached kids or have any, please note in detial what sports you've coached them in and/or allowed them to participate in.
Diving?? Gymnastics?? Hockey?? Karate? Wrestling? I've been involved or coached all of the above with my kids.
Diving and Gymnastics resulted in more hospital trips and defnately more "heachaches, dizzyness" complaints than all the others combined. Want to talk about a sport I'd NEVER again be involved with or let my kid get involved with?? Gymnastics is it. That shit is BRUTAL on kids, and it dont wait until age 9 to start. Thats too late to start. Same with hockey. If you start skating at 9 you are not playing hockey or figure skating competitively ever. Now, teach a 3-5yr old to skate. With a helmet on mind you. and count the # of times their head hits the ice in the first 3 months. I've seen it firsthand with my first son and decided right then that my kids would not compete in skating sports. Same as gymnastics. Got to start too early to get up to speed and you have to take a ton of thumps way too young before you get past that stage.
I'm not some mouth breathing moron who thinks you gotta "toughen them youngins up". I'm an educated person with a huge & deverse family with tons of neices & nephews as well as 3 kids of my own who have allowed me to see a pretty diverse array of youth sports up close and personal. If I had made mistakes with my kids I'd admit it. I think my young daughter in gymnastics and diving at age 4 & 6 was a mistake. I think my first son at 6 in young skaters and mite hockey was a mistake. My second son has played 4 yrs of youth football starting at age 8. First year early on he took a couple "earhole shots" that bruised his jawline and although never complained of headaches I was real close to ending it. We proceeded cautiously with a wait and see approach. It got better not worse. For not only him but the kids in general. If I saw other kids cracking heads and taking alot of shots I would pull my own out since its only a matter of time. I did not see that so we stayed in. I took an active role(coaching) and got as much training as I could manage on safe techniques and impact prevention both for games and practice.