I'VE HAD JUST ABOUT ENOUGH OF YOU SONNY
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Cleveland=OSU. You're not all bad, but more Buckeyes there than Columbus. Buckeyes are my enemy, Cleveland is their friend, so the friend of my enemy is my enemy, and the enemy of the friend of my enemy is my friend.
- Anybody who had the chance to select Trey Burke yet drafted someone other than Trey Burke this year is dead to me.
- Normal downs: 10 plays (8 passes 2 runs) for 9.0 YPA
- 2-minute drill: 12 plays (all passes), 3.8 YPA
- Short conversion: zero plays
- Long conversion: 5 plays (4 passes), -2.6 YPA
- Normal downs: 50 plays, (23 passes), 4.7 YPA
- 2-minute drill: 1 play (pass), 6.0 YPA
- Short conversion: 7 plays (1 pass), 1 YPA
- Long conversion: 4 plays (all passes), 1.8 YPA
|1 day 8 hours ago||Because doing the same thing||
Because doing the same thing we've done the last 18 times in a row is so insane it's the absolute LAST thing they'll expect us to do!
I got nuthin' man. Sometimes our offense does things that are really stupid.
|1 day 9 hours ago||Because 98% of plays (and||
Because 98% of plays (and 100% this year) that guy's job is to accept a snap and quickly have it down right before the kicker arrives. That's hard to learn, and Michigan's backup quarterback this year is a freshman whose time is better spent learning the offense. Last year the backup quarterback was a receiver.
Why not Cleary (or last year: Bellomy?) Because Dileo asked for the job and was good at it, and those guys were just trying to move up the QB depth chart.
I think most teams have a QB in there not because you really need a guy to be a passing threat, but because you need a guy with large, good hands and a sure temperment to not screw up holds, and that's a lot like a quarterback. FG fakes should get a guy wide open out of surprise, since it's a terrible formation to pass out of if the other team is expecting that. And finally you'd be surprised how many of the other guys can actually throw pretty accurately--they are major athletes after all--even if they've never developed the ability to read defenses, etc. This isn't a play where you need to read a coverage and pick apart a defense; it's one where you need to lob it to a tight end.
Michigan probably doesn't do much fake field goal-ing because their edge blockers aren't big receiving threats. If Jake Butt wins a job on the field goal team maybe we'll do that more, but this year the eligible receivers in our field goal formation are Joe Bolden, AJ Williams, and Brennan Beyer (the last edge guy is Schofield, who's ineligible by number). None are going to quickly out-run a safety or be particularly likely to catch the ball even if they're open.
By the way, if Dileo wasn't the holder they never would have gotten that play off at Northwestern. He was the far side receiver, and that was important because he only had to run half the field instead of all of it.
|1 day 13 hours ago||98 kid? Jesus we're talking||
Jesus we're talking about the college destination of a kid born when I was in college.
|2 days 7 hours ago||I'd like to get a deeper||
I'd like to get a deeper response when I got the time but wanted to mention quickly that I had to narrow the scope of this by taking out a lot of how the bubble game affects the regular running game. They've found running room from the same formations.
So I don't mean this to be an indictment of all the things they do. Just that it shouldn't take 20 times doing a thing and getting bashed before bringing out a constraint. I love that they are repping the base play because it is a great fit for them. But a constraint to it is really easy for them since they've done more pass patterns than anything.
I did wonder if this is a post-snap read.
|2 days 11 hours ago||No. And by the way it has a||
No. And by the way it has a name: the "Transcontinental." It's a play they pulled from the old Lloyd days, back when Charles Woodson or Steve Breaston was the receiver-quarterback.
I looked at it and that was out of a completely different look than they've been using to run the bubble game. Only similarity was that the receiver stepped back like he's getting a bubble screen, but only after taking a step forward to get the defense backing off. Ultimately the action and situation didn't seem to match the downhill bubble game--it was closer to Michigan's shotgun passing game where Borges bunches lots of receivers to one side then runs triangle rouotes and floods with them.
|3 days 8 hours ago||Taylor Lewan||
Some of the greatest
|3 days 15 hours ago||Okay I changed the wording||
Okay I changed the wording around because people apparently found this confusing.
1. If you go to Amazon you can buy ANYTHING and we will get some $$$ as a referral.
2. If you go to the MGoStore you can buy anything for 20% off today.
|3 days 16 hours ago||I've asked insiders. Next to||
I've asked insiders. Next to zero. He allows his coaches to coach--he makes suggestions to them. Except interior DL where he is very very involved. Most of the Heininger Cetertainty Principle can be traced to Hoke's personal positional coaching.
I asked a guy who would know directly whether Hoke's MANBALL comments were a demand on the coaches, and the answer came back (too late for the article) a major "no." Borges discusses what he's doing and Hoke trusts him to make that call.
However redshirting decisions go through Hoke. He was the one who refused to let them burn Kalis's shirt last year.
|3 days 16 hours ago||That IS generic Amazon. You||
That IS generic Amazon. You can buy anything on Amazon and we get credit for sending you there. It's their way of advertising w/ us. 11 Warriors has a similar thing up.
|3 days 17 hours ago||In an hour or so we'll have||
In an hour or so we'll have the MGoStore cyber monday thing set up.
|3 days 18 hours ago||Jeremy Gallon||
Where did you come from
|3 days 19 hours ago||I'd say it was about 3 yards||
I'd say it was about 3 yards short.
|4 days 16 hours ago||Anyone else=Bryan (Blue in||
Anyone else=Bryan (Blue in South Bend), Brett (Mathlete), Brandon (Coach Brown), Chris Cook (server wrangler) and the mods and liveblog mods and the community.
|5 days 17 hours ago||I made a reference to this in||
I made a reference to this in dear diary yesterday. They changed up the strategy from one stupid thing to another. This year:
CMU/Akron: 2/3rds under center, 1/3 shotgun, try to establish manball.
ND: Spread it out, 20% pistol. (THIS WORKED WELL THEN WAS ABANDONED)
UConn: Back to CMU/Akron strategy until that wasn't working, then back to ND strategy but Gardner had an awful day.
Minnesota/PSU: Response to Devin's bad day is panic and go to that Tackle-Over crap. PSU adjusted.
Indiana/MSU/Nebraska/NW'ern: Changed up O-line, tried to do max protect, using lots of AJ Williams and Joe Kerridge blocking and going to very simpleton blocking that puts more emphasis on everyone doing their jobs. Indiana left Gallon open, MSU and Nebraska and NW'ern blitzed their safeties like crazy, taking advantage of the blocking schemes to make Lewan and Schofield irrelevant.
Iowa: Tried to make a game out of that bubble/zone paired play but never showed a counter and shotgun 3-wide passing. Day of receiver dropsies and bad downs/distances from tiping the under-center stuff hid the effectiveness of the 3-wide game.
The Iowa gameplan was the best since ND, with the caveat that there were about 50% of downs burned by totally tipping things the opponent has on tape, and there were zero counters to opponent adjustments, so once Iowa saw what we were doing it was dead.
Running into stacked boxes wasn't the only problem. It was one problem. There are many, and a good number of those are Borges's terrible playcalling.
|6 days 14 hours ago||Weird. You can also go right||
Weird. You can also go right to http://atimetohelp.org/ and click on things to start an account.
|1 week 3 days ago||Um...this team is under||
Um...this team is under construction; we thank you for your patience.
|1 week 5 days ago||Well there's one way to get||
Well there's one way to get mentioned in TWIS
|1 week 5 days ago||Wrigley||
I will take that, Mr. Iowa football man.
I have no words for your offense.
Did he really just run two reverses in a row?
Yes, I am forsaking your teams and going back to root for the Cubs. At least they can score more than 3 points a game.
This is my squeaking toy. There are many like it but this one is mine.
CHEW ALL THE TOYS!
I'll come back to the living room just as soon as the defense is back on the field, buddy.
I'm sorry I ruined the screen.
Oh...wait...you meant the other kind of screen. What was I talking about? Oh, nothing. Just that tunnel screen. Yeah.
I love yards too.
This is a Purple Burrito Human. We are pulling Lewan right and running left. The entirety of existence is invalid.
Shedding? I do not shed on your couch. Those are your hairs that you pulled out when Borges ran into another 9-man front; don't you remember?
This is my bed. It is MY territory. I want you to think of the edge of my realm as a goal line and you are Michigan's offense.
You SAY it's to stop me shedding, but I know you are just building a giant stuffed Borges suit that you will stuff Heiko into or something. I am on to your schemes.
Ha! A baby petting a puppy. I bet the defense won't be prepared for that!
I will protect this house.
I am not napping; I am reacting to a fumble.
Is it safe to come out now?
I am done.
|1 week 5 days ago||It was me in Chicago, Nick,||
It was me in Chicago, Nick, not Heiko.
|1 week 6 days ago||Very hard to get full-length||
Very hard to get full-length video of those games.
|1 week 6 days ago||Suggestion: build a sample||
Suggestion: build a sample out of recruiting data. Take the teams that have appeared at least X amount of times in Rivals' Top 25 recruiting classes since 2002 and use just those teams in your study. You'll end up with some variance (Alabama and Illinois will both be in there) but not so much as that between Bama and Illinois. And then at least you're working with a sample of athletes who are relatively close to each other in expectation.
|1 week 6 days ago||I think Pervis Ellison is the||
I think Pervis Ellison is the standard you gotta beat here. Was injured most of his career.
I am trying but having trouble summoning much sympathy for this for two reasons.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||I've been asking around a lot||
I've been asking around a lot the last few weeks to see if anyone can figure out whether Borges is trying to embiggerate this offense all on his own or if he feels he has a mandate from Brady to do that.
The consensus so far is it's just Borges.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||With Dileo: Normal downs:||
|2 weeks 2 days ago||Yeah. That's a future thing.||
Yeah. That's a future thing.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Well dammit -- THAT video? I||
Well dammit -- THAT video? I gave up on it after 30 seconds. Ungh.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||After turning up nothing on||
After turning up nothing on the initial searches I thought maybe the "Well Jim" was a clue that this was actually a bunch of Michigan Replay videos (Jim being Brandy of course) but I came up empty.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Very few high school coaches||
Very few high school coaches out there are teaching good technique, and various coaches have subtle differences in what they teach. My brother had excellent technique coaching in high school and that was the secret to his team beating far more talented ones until they ran into North Farmington which then and now does a great job of this.
Also 300 pound high schoolers often fall into bad habits (like getting high, or taking over large steps) because against high schoolers you can get away with that by being 300 pounds and moderately athletic. OL take development because there's a lot of fundamental coaching they need to pick up, not just to know it but to ingrain it so they can instead spend plays adjusting to what the defenses do.
Another big factor is that good DL technique is rare to see in high school, so when they face smart defensive linemen like MSU and Nebraska have, young OL are likely to get beat by that.
And finally strength. Even overgrown kids who play offensive line in high school increase their bench and squats dramatically between 18 and 22 because that's when human bodies are best at adding muscle. These guys will be better at man blocking when they're bugger.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||Why, when I agree with you?||
Why, when I agree with you?
|2 weeks 6 days ago||It's hyperbole. There is no||
It's hyperbole. There is no enzyme. It's a joke theory. It's just as much a subtle dig at Brian for trying to over emphasize the strategy part because that's his wheelhouse. Allow that I think neither is extreme, just that biases are a contributing factor. And I'm trying to be lighthearted about it so readers will stay open to both points of view rather than forming divisions.
If we all take the position that we have no biases and those don't affect our opinions, then common ground is impossible. Saying "execution" at a repetitive problem is a very football guy thing to do. I won't ask you to admit Kerridge has demonstrated he's not good enough to make that block to the point that his OC shouldn't be asking him to, and I won't ask Brian to admit that repping power o as much as we think they have should have prepared everybody to do that. I do want you both to recognize you're more likely to identify one thing or another based on your different experiences.