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- Ty Isaac can spot a hole created by an overpursuing linebacker and cut to it with authority
- Drevno's power blocking is taking, and you can see how it's different from the zone stuff we're used to.
- This isn't an easy play to stop--on Power you normally pull a guy, deleting a backside gap for it to appear elsewhere. Linebackers have to respond to that shift in front by getting playside aggressively. This play attacks the playside but like with inside zone it punishes the defense for overpursuing to it.
Self-sold. You wont' see many in the offseason, but you should be getting your local alumni association club, a pizza place near you, a car dealership if you're in the detroit area, or if you're in ann arbor one of several small local friends of ours. And at one point Jimmy John's, which was ludicrously successful and I'm mad they didn't re-up. If you ever want to direct advertise on here I can literally sell as little as $2.00 of ads and target just your zip code, or whatever. During the season you'll see more self-sold.
Same network as NDNation, HawkeyeNation, HuskerNation. This used to be a smaller midwest network but the guy in charge is a MAJOR Nebraska fan and a former coach. Then he picked up the "Nation" group and has been rebuilding this for sports. But our site is so damn old we lose out on some of his bigger ad programs. But I bet a bunch of you got Batman v. Superman ads last month from him. And BTN ads. And Coke Zero.
- Google Ads. This is the bulk of what regular readers will see--about 1 in 10 readers is a member of the board and 1 in 1,000 is a regular board reader. If you are reading this right now you are probably in that 1 in a 1,000, and therefore you've blown past the higher end ads. Google employs half the world to follow around the other half of the world and see what you like. But they make their job easier by guessing based on things like "this reader at this site is probably a male 25 to 45 who's had more college than most and makes 100k or above household income. Their algorithms then decide that rich intelligent men like butts more than the typical crap that's advertised online, and therefore they can charge the advertiser who is selling butts more to feed some of their ad to our site.
- 1986 and the Guarantee.
- Ian Boyd on Michigan's passing game
- Sharik breaks down Brown's D.
- Inside story of when Bo got the Texas A&M offer. Spoke to some interesting people to get more of the story than Bo shared with Mitch Albom in his biography. Bo's friend Hank (grandson of Harry) Newman, Shemy Schembechler, and might might get Gil Brandt on the record.
- Bo's sixpenny defense (when he invented the dime)
- The Game Michigan and Oberlin both claim they won.
- Something by Brian
- Exclusive Jake Butt interview
|7 hours 6 min ago||They didn't run much read||
They didn't run much read option in 2011. They did run an inverted veer option, but not correctly, and it didn't really have the option component--they would block the end the real play is supposed to option, and left a linebacker unblocked for Denard to deal with. It worked well because "Denard: I need you to dodge this totally unblocked guy!" actually worked as an offense.
The zone read was in the offense under Gardner, but--and forgive me if this is just reading too much into things--I remember a lot of the time he checked into that, so I imagine it wasn't Borges's intent to call those so often.
Hindsight doesn't matter. In January 2011 the clear move was to retain Magee or if that wasn't doable, retain the offense, which was No. 2 in the country despite every key member of it having SOPHOMORE eligibility or less.
|7 hours 20 min ago||Bullshit. Gray sweatshirts,||
Bullshit. Gray sweatshirts, rattier the better.
|8 hours 26 min ago||Borges was a square peg from||
Borges was a square peg from the get-go. The media always say nice things about the new guy, and we didn't think he would get as bad as he did, but Borges was an adequate OC by 1990s Michigan standards. Like on his way in I'd have said he fits between Stan Parrish and Terry Malone.
But Hoke shouldn't have hired his old buddy nor tried to change the offense. He had two more years of Denard and two of Devin Gardner after that. All he had to do was retain Calvin Magee and let him run the offense. We didn't realize it at the time but Cal said he would have stayed if asked. He loved the players they'd recruited, and wanted to be a head coach one day. And anyone who argues that Magee wouldn't have gotten along with the new staff doesn't know Cal Magee.
|1 day 4 hours ago||Zepplin IV on tape, then||
Zepplin IV on tape, then rebought it a month later on CD.
The CD run was with a bunch of Harmony House gift certificates I got for my 12th birthday (so December 1991). I got IV, Pocket Full of Kryptonite, and Blood Sugar Sex Magik on that trip, the latter two because the girl at the store recommended them as the best new things that year. The gift certificates paid for about 2 1/2 of those.
My friends gave me shit for not getting Nevermind, so we pooled our lunch money (mostly mine) a week or two later to get that and a pack of blank casettes so we could all get a copy.
|1 day 4 hours ago||ty.||
|1 day 7 hours ago||Step up the anti-spam||
We're not going to have any software solutions while Brian's out so please step up your vigilence. Check old threads you've posted in and see if there's new comments.
|1 day 19 hours ago||I would bet that's his||
I would bet that's his instruction too. But in the noise of a night spring game for a guy who's been waiting all his life for this chance to get on the field and prove himself, and who's been cocking it up all night so far, never underestimate how far that instruction might be from his mind at that moment.
|2 days 33 min ago||I'd like Sharik to weigh in||
I'd like Sharik to weigh in since he watched more than I did, but I watched a lot of Brown's D this winter and I came away believing that he's got some 3-4 in his defense. Often you'll see his Anchor playing a soft edge, and most plays you'll note his linemen attack dudes not gaps right off the snap--only then do they control a gap. His playbook has a lot of two-gapping but those are mostly for passing, with a safety or linebacker or CB responsible for the edge against a run.
On this play as best as I can tell the gap responsibilities are as follows:
However the MLB on a power play becomes a help defender once the RB is committed or his gap doesn't exist anymore. The CB is a force defender and the two safeties are help defenders. The MLB clearly had the A gap--the question is just when is he supposed to abandon that gap? I can't think of anyone else on this play who should have been in the backside A gap. Only thing you can "should" is that Godin should have fought to make the gap smaller by pushing a walk-on guard back. What I don't believe is that a basic 8-man front like this doesn't have an answer for the cutback lane.
|2 days 5 hours ago||It's a hard play yes but||
It's a hard play yes but remember a 4-3 under (which the defense ends up being after the TE shift) has to work like a 3-4. A free MLB has to read and react, and still control his gap as long as the gap exists.
Mone did him a favor (at risk of a hold) by keeping the guard from releasing and leaving the MLB free to react to whatever the feet of the RB are doing. Technically when the front flipped the MLB became the WLB. He's got to think like one: hold your gap until the RB can't get to it, and stay clean. This guy is fighting to get to the frontside B gap when Isaac is running right by him.
So I'm pretty convinced the guy who's running himself out of the play when everybody else is being useful is the culprit. In fact I thought he was the culprit on a lot of the white team's offense in spring.
|2 days 6 hours ago||Ryan Glasgow graduated to the||
Ryan Glasgow graduated to the Blessed Order of St. Kovacs as a sophomore, and might have the order renamed for himself.
Jordan Glasgow was the rover on this play. While he's got the bloodlines and is at a position where depth issues certainly leave room for a walk-on to become a long term starter, he's nowhere near that yet.
|2 days 6 hours ago||I said that||
This guy had a rough spring game. Like as bad as I've seen. But what good does it do us to focus on guys who are never going to play? His screwup was advantageous for us since it gave us an opportunity to see things like:
I didn't want to get overly technical but I'm sure Space Coyote will appear in this thread shortly to explain that when you run this against Under fronts you kinda watch the MLB and see if there's a cutback because it makes life hard on that guy (against an over front usually the frontside is where it's at, for obvious reasons when you look at the alignment). This was an over front when the defense put its hands down:
But by the snap the offense's shift has made it an under front. This:
as far as what each player is doing, is basically this:
|3 days 5 hours ago||Brian already posted a spring||
Brian already posted a spring recap to the front page. It would have been presumptive to post another without him assigning it.
|6 days 9 hours ago||Anonymous NFL sources are the||
Anonymous NFL sources are the worst. Every year they throw these bombs out there for other teams' GMs to step in. Go back far enough and you can find someone saying there's something "off" about Jim Harbaugh, and bringing up when he got kicked off the team for off field issues as a sign that he's not a team player and can't be coached.
That also may explain how he fell all the way to THOSE Bears.
|1 week 2 hours ago||If you did that rather than||
If you did that rather than read this article I would say you have much better time management skills than most of us here.
|1 week 1 day ago||Do a little shopping online||
Do a little shopping online for stuff you're into and that'll be the ads.
There are three levels to the two ad positions where we run network ads:
Also they notice the word "Butt" appears here often and they aren't able to understand that's a person.
|1 week 1 day ago||I don't mind if people||
I don't mind if people adblock us so long as they go to Beveled Guilt once a year and maybe buy a shirt and the book. Been thinking about offering an ad-/guilt-free option to anyone who wants to pay $100 a year or something for a shirt, HTTV, and a free drink at a bar night, something like that.
|1 week 6 days ago||The play design and the||
The play design and the distribution of skills was the point of this article. I tried my best to make it clear throughout that the result of the play was not the main takeaway, since there are backups and backups to backups and a 190-pound guy named Kaminski playing a defensive end position. What's there to learn about Kalis turning MLB #92 into paste? It's more interesting by far that Brown was putting his strong safety in a position like that.
|1 week 6 days ago||It's based on what the||
It's based on what the defense was asking him to do. The offense is aligning as if to run the base Power play, which would go right over Kinnel. Tyree has the tight end in man coverage but he's also got that C gap if the tight end stays in to block. If the TE gets a release there's no help, and if the TE blows Kinnel off the line there's a huge running lane in the exact spot the offense is most likely and most set up to attack. The defense is essentially trusting Kinnel to dominate that matchup, taking care of two hard things to free up the MLB to do an unexpected thing (blitz a gap that the WLB is already blitzing).
|2 weeks 21 hours ago||The Big Ten made the same||
The Big Ten made the same call on Ojemudia months ago and that was close to the same case. MSU has two cases pending that are equally open-and-shut. The best I can tell the NCAA committee for this* only meets a few times a year and then they issue a handful of rulings and move on. These seniors should have been expedited, but I haven't seen a lot of other cases this year to suggest that they were overwhelmed.
It could be Iowa did something wrong. Or the Big Ten took too long to rule.
* [Note: I believe the Big Ten rules on 5th year cases. The NCAA has to rule on 6th years. I looked this all up months ago when MSU was trying to bullshit Ed Davis and a DT into 6th years]
|2 weeks 6 days ago||Except the rare invention||
Except the rare invention that totally changes the game, like the shotgun formation, or zone read, or timing routes, or cover 2 defense, a lot of innovation in college football is finding a way to make old things simpler to understand. But coaches are never satisfied (and can't get complacent) so the simple trick turns into a base of a complicated set of instructions and plays, until that too gets simplified, and so on so forth.
If Michigan has a natural niche it's probably that we can collect a more cerebral kind of player than an average school. You still don't want players sitting around doing regression analysis in the middle of a play. But if (not saying they are) M targets more cerebral guys in general, they can maybe get away with being more NFL-like in their ultimate designs.
Last year I think we were too much the opposite extreme. The defense got really simple, which worked great when we had far better natural athletes than the competition (every game except Ohio State pretty much), and blew up in our faces when we didn't (Ohio State). And this year with new starters at the most cerebral positions--free safety and the middle linebacker spots--not to mention an athlete who has to learn like 8 positions in Jabrill Peppers, maybe getting complicated will blow up in our faces.
I bet you then that we're vastly overestimating how multiple Michigan is going to be right now because we got a new DC and are basing everything off of the stuff he did at BC. BC had different problems than Michigan--they were constantly forced to use athletes who were good at one thing and bad at two things their positions demanded. But BC (and before that UMass) is a pretty good school in a pretty intellectual footprint, so Brown got used to having a lot of subbing and throwing lots of different looks and lots of different guys out there. His DUDES and GUYS could run all the things, but a lot of players on the roster had one or two things they were tasked to do in their package, and were kept off the field otherwise. That's complicated for the DC but not for the players necessarily.
Michigan, other than on the DL, will probably want to keep its starting 11 on the field most drives. So that will mean staying in the base defense ("City", ie Cover 1) most of the time, just like last year.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||Me too. I did the whole||
Me too. I did the whole History of Rome and am now on the Guns of Ticonderoga. He's too Great Man Theory though. There were like 2 episodes in the entire history of Rome that dealt with something other than who was in charge or what battles they fought.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||British History Podcast. The||
British History Podcast.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||Handle: There was a user||
Handle: There was a user named Seth I had to steal the name from.
Handle before I just used my name: Google Misopogon. I was into the hipster emperor before it was cool.
Avatar: 2008 was a rebuilding year. Made more sense with the Geocities reference that used to be my sub-tag.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||Since #125 is almost||
Since #125 is almost assuredly a walk-on who's getting the chance to hang with the football team while getting his degree, that dude probably just feels it's way better to be 125th than 126th.
|4 weeks 18 hours ago||read tomorrow's TWO.||
read tomorrow's TWO.
|4 weeks 23 hours ago||This isn't the cover...||
This isn't the cover.
But now you know the cover is something we thought was cooler than this.
|4 weeks 1 day ago||Craig was there so he'll||
Craig was there so he'll know.
|4 weeks 1 day ago||PICK YOUR TOPIC SOONER BISB||
PICK YOUR TOPIC SOONER BISB OR I'M GIVING YOUR PAGES TO THIS GUY.
|4 weeks 1 day ago||Most of the features are in,||
Most of the features are in, the preview portion isn't written yet, and I keep changing what my feature's on.
Incomplete list of features:
|4 weeks 1 day ago||Jerry Kill used to DOMINATE||
Jerry Kill used to DOMINATE this distinction.