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|15 min 46 sec ago||Or maybe he's actually good.||
Or maybe he's actually good. Geez people, I was as down on Miller for his performance last year as anyone, but this isn't last year. You can't on one hand say that it's better to have upper classmen as OL but discount the possibility that a kid actually got better from his RS SO to RS JR years. The guy has been a constant at center since camp started, is it really that hard to believe that he might just have worked hard and improved?
|42 min 43 sec ago||Wouldn't Gardner have to ID||
Wouldn't Gardner have to ID the MIKE to himself in order to check running plays, which IIRC he did fairly regularly. Maybe he didn't really understand it completely from the perspective of how IDing the MIKE would effect blitzes, but it's not like he just didn't understand defensive alignments.
Now, whether he or anyone else had time to do anything when they were getting to the line so late is another issue.
|54 min 51 sec ago||Chesson is one of my favorite||
Chesson is one of my favorite players. I love hard nosed receivers that can block. His contributions on special teams is underrated as well, both on coverage and returns. Hopefully he doesn't get lost in the shuffle with some of the new guys coming in and Darboh coming back.
|57 min 18 sec ago||Fuck this clown||
Fuck this clown
|2 hours 12 min ago||"Before Nuss I never had to||
"Before Nuss I never had to identify a Mike"
|2 hours 17 min ago||Unfortunately, I think||
Unfortunately, I think Kalis's injury and Glasgow's suspension (and also possible foot/ankle boo boo) complicate things greatly. If they are obviously better than everyone else when healthy and available, I think you can play around a little bit with the guys filling in to make sure you have the best back up in there for the time being with the understanding that things are going to change. I don't think you'd hold out a guy that's clearly better when he's available for the sake of chemistry, but there does probably come a point where it's a tough decision if a guy isn't head and shoulders above his backup.
|2 hours 25 min ago||Very interesting the bit||
Very interesting the bit about the quarterback's handoff technique knocking the RB off his line and away from the A gap. There was a clip in one of the first couple CTK videos where Nuss was coaching Devin up about that, making sure he takes his steps straight back from the snap and into the handoff. I was kind of wondering why it mattered that much, but I guess this is the answer and it makes sense.
|12 hours 58 min ago||He only has two eyes, and||
He only has two eyes, and unless he's really drunk they both point in the same direction. In addition to head coach, he's also a position coach for... drum roll ..... the DL. It's his job during practices and scrimmages to work with the DL and give them feedback after every rep, the same as it is for every position coach, the same as it is for every head coach in the country that also has a position coach responsibility (most of them).
That's what film is for, that's what his assistants and WR coach is for. To be able to see what all 22 guys are doing simultaneously from field level is just impossible, and to make judgements on his coaching chops based on it is assinine.
|13 hours 5 min ago||Right?||
I was off the web all scrimmage since I wanted to focus on watching the scrimmage. I was pretty shocked how negative everyone was being when I finally logged on. I was especially surprised by the reporter types, who I would have expected better from. The 1st unit played markedly differently than the 2nd unit, but there was very little acknowledgement of that fact and it seemed people just generically called the OL performance bad. We didn't look good, but there was clear improvement, IMO. Considering they hadn't yet locked down a starting rotation, and that Kalis and Glasgow both missed all/lots of the scrimmage, I thought the scrimmage was relatively positive.
|13 hours 18 min ago||Suggested Reading||
There's some good discussion among the coaching types here.
Basically, when the offense ID's the "MIKE" it isn't necessarily the same position for the defense (i.e. Jake Ryan). The offense is trying to determine the alignment of the defense and determine it's blocking assignments off of it, the "MIKE" is a common reference point in the center of the formation.
|13 hours 26 min ago||As opposed to the people who||
As opposed to the people who can't stop beating the dead horse even after he's gone? I didn't post the thread, I'd be very happy never talking about the dude ever again, but when people take things so completely out of context and intepret it completely wrong, I guess I feel compelled to give my two cents to try and set the record straight.
|13 hours 35 min ago||I think it's the former, not||
I think it's the former, not the latter. Devin did in fact check runs pretty regularly and successfully based on defensive alignment. It was one of the few things Borges seemed comfortable with him doing (a pretty necessary task really). It's hard to believe that Borges would have him do that without very clear coaching on how and when to make the adjustments, including ID'ing the MIKE among I'm sure many other things.
|17 hours 8 min ago||I think he's saying it wasnt||
I think he's saying it wasnt his job to do it last year, as opposed to be didn't know how. Keep in mind the QB, even under Borges, has tons of things he's responsible for identifying (eg coverages) presnap. This would be one more thing on his plate, which becomes a lot especially considering his late we were routinely getting to the line.
|17 hours 58 min ago||What he's saying is he||
What he's saying is he (Gardner) didn't call protections, the line did. It sounds bad, and probably is, but its not the same thing as Borges didn't understand football or didn't bother teaching Gardner anything. It's just a different approach to dividing up the responsibilities of the offense.
|18 hours 19 min ago||I didn't see Miller get blown||
I didn't see Miller get blown up. I thought the 1st team held their own actually. Obviously, they didn't make a lot of yards, but they generally stalemated a really aggressive and probably pretty good defense. The one play that was reminiscant of last year where Hurst burst through might have been partially on him, but that was a missed assignment, not a strength thing. Either way, he didn't seem distinctly less capable than anyone else, including Glasgow while he was next to Miller. Kugler, the only other option at C, had an even worse day IMO and if I remember correctly had a snapping issue or two as well.
|19 hours 14 min ago||Or the other guys are just||
Or the other guys are just good? The amount of sacred cows people have here for their preferred player/recruit is just ridiculous. The best guys will play, it's ok if it isn't your favorite guy.
|19 hours 39 min ago||Let's see Miller in a game||
Let's see Miller in a game and see if he's has gotten better before we discount him. Yeah, he didn't look good last year, but RS SO to RS JR could still be a big step up for a OL.
|19 hours 41 min ago||He got hurt in the scrimmage.||
He got hurt in the scrimmage. Ankle or foot thing... they taped it up and sent him back out, only to pull him again after a few plays. He was walking normally off the field from what I could tell, but it wouldn't surprise me if he was being held out (these things tend to be worse the day or two days after they happen). And, there's also the suspension thing, so they may just be trying to find their Aug30 lineup right now.
|22 hours 31 min ago||To be fair, AJ Williams||
To be fair, AJ Williams motioned out to WR and Clark followed him there. It's not like he was covering Cateen or anything.
|22 hours 33 min ago||More or less yes. The other||
More or less yes. The other part is Mattison is Mattison and now he has the pieces to really be what he is so it wasn't going to be passive either way. But yes, I do think the offense got thrown a lot of stuff for their own benefit. I'm sure film sessions after the scrimmage were very interesting and filled with teaching moments.
|23 hours 10 min ago||Ideally, you remain plain||
Ideally, you remain plain vanilla on both sides of the ball. Our team is a bit unique because the offense, particularly the line, needs all the reps they can against all kinds of fronts, blitz, etc. Every practice and scrimmage is valuable, particularly one in front of fans where they have a little extra pressure to perform, so we really didn't have much choice but to throw a lot of stuff at them.
Really, I think it's a little overblown how much opponent scouting can be done at these things in general. I mean, yeah, it's data and data is always valuable, but on the other hand, aside from our week 1 opponent, everyone else is going to get much better data from actual games.
|23 hours 59 min ago||I was at a wedding once where||
I was at a wedding once where the groom was a Michigan grad and the bride was a State grad. They somehow scheduled their wedding on the day the two teams played each other, a night game in EL no less. We found a TV at the bar off to the side of the reception hall and got the staff to turn it on to the game and pretty soon like 80% of the men at the wedding were huddled up in front of it. The bride was absolutely furious no one was dancing and after asking nicely for people not to watch the game a couple of times finally came back the third time and started hysterically crying and yelling at everyone. After she left, we all kind of were quiet and looking around, not really sure what the hell just happened and feeling a little guilty at the same time. Her own dad was the one that finally broke the ice when he said, "Well, <the groom> told you it was a bad idea to pick this day, what the hell did you expect?"
|1 day 33 min ago||I agree with Ace on the||
I agree with Ace on the pumping of the breaks on Canteen. I noticed him having issues lining up correctly in the scrimmage still, including once where he nearly made the slot man ineligible. That sort of stuff gets a stern talking to from the coaches in practice, it gets you yanked from games. Throw in his less than optimal size/strength and probable liability in blocking and I think he's going to be eased in and featured a lot less than in scrimmage situations, at least for the first half of the season.
|1 day 1 hour ago||There was a good post from I||
There was a good post from I forget who that basically said that Nussmeier is a real person, with his own way of doing things... not just a blank canvas for us to project our hopes and dreams on because he's not Al Borges. I think a lot of people are going to be really disappointed, irratiaonally so, when we actually get into games and we find out that he isn't in fact going to run the offense of our dreams, whatever they might be.
I think he'll be better attuned to our team's strengths, probably better attuned to defense's weaknesses than Borges was. But, he's still going to run 2TE sets, he's still going to call plays in the huddle, he's still going to run the back into a wall of people every once in a while. He's not going to run a Indiana/Chip Kelly style offense, we might as well get used to that now.
|1 day 1 hour ago||Maybe mLive would be a better||
Maybe mLive would be a better place for you if you don't want to get into the nitty gritty, X's and O's.
|1 day 1 hour ago||The counter point is the "hot||
The counter point is the "hot seat" part of our fanbase. It's not Hoke that wants instant gratification, it's the fans. His predecessor decided to come in and install his system right away without regard for short term success and it did him in long before he could really realize the long term gains from that approach. I don't blame Hoke for playing freshman if he thought it would help. Burning redshirts is a huge, blind guess proposition based on flimsy data with plenty of chances to look stupid in hindsight.
|1 day 1 hour ago||Generally, the DB should only||
Generally, the DB should only turn and look for the ball if he is step for step with the WR and/or can use the sideline as a defender. Otherwise, you're asking to get juked if you take your eyes off the receiver. Also, if you're chasing down the receiver, you can run a lot faster with your head forward, and it's better to close the gap (trail technique).
Peppers is in good position here, but he's clearly in trail technique in that he's catching up (closing speed is a nice thing to have). Ideally, he's supposed to read the WR's hands and eyes and get his hands up, which he does. A great play would be to spin around at the last possible second, but that's asking a lot. Really this play is more about Funchess being 6'5" and the ball being thrown in the perfect spot than anything Peppers did wrong. Fades are pretty much drawn up that way... you take advantage of the arc of the ball and the height of your receiver to put the throw in a spot only your guy can get to.
|1 day 13 hours ago||If actually are going to run||
If actually are going to run 2 TE sets, the guy that's been conspicuously missing from mentions is AJ Williams. He had some good reps in the "Michigan Drill" on CTK, but that's basically been it. He will be every bit as important to the run game as the OL, so hopefully the blocking improvement we saw isn't a fluke.
|1 day 20 hours ago||Seriously, can we kickstart||
Seriously, can we kickstart something to make sure his mom gets to see him play?
|1 day 20 hours ago||I'd add Hurst to the list.||
I'd add Hurst to the list. His first step is going to cause a lot of havoc as he gets into opposing back fields faster than a guy his size should.