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|6 hours 52 min ago||The inside guys on the line||
The inside guys on the line aren't allowed to release downfield. So the receiving team can bring pressure without worrying about those guys as passing threats, or back off and not worry about those guys racing past them downfield.
So you're stuck in the NFL with five offensive linemen on the line. If you turn three guys in the backfield into blockers as well you've taken a lot of speed out of your punt coverage.
Also the NFL has some ludicrously good pass rushers all over the place, so the shield is more likely to be destroyed.
One last reason for its popularity in college (doesn't affect the pro): college football had the shield punt a long time ago but teams stopped using it because the defense (punt return) team would have the first guy to the shield just cut (dive at the legs of) the shield defenders. UNLV brought back the shield punt right after the NCAA ruled that out. I think the NFL has a similar rule so that doesn't answer why pro teams don't shield so much as why the shield took all this time to gain popularity in college.
|7 hours 9 min ago||When Christianity reaches||
When Christianity reaches 5,000 years, they'll have two nights for every holiday as well. It takes a religion about 2600 years before it realizes there are two sides of the family you have to please.
|9 hours 11 min ago||I've had most of my world||
I've had most of my world turned upside down in a matter of months. My dad died. Then his life insurance company proved to be the kind that makes life hell on widows to save a handful of months' in interest. Then my mom had a major injury this week that could finish off any optimism in life she had left. In the interim I got taken for $30,000 by a kickstarter scammer who convinced me to print thousands more copies of HTTV and the Penn State book that he'd sell in stores (he sold less than 150--all he wanted was the print job).
My MGoBlog work isn't half of a career, so since those books were turned from the majority of what I planned to make this year into a net loss, I'm cleaned out, at the same moment my entire support structure came down, and at a time when I was badly needed as someone else's support structure. This has made home life stressful as we've had to give up on doing anything that costs money while fearing the next thing that goes wrong could destroy us.
So what's a couple of 50/50 games that became blowouts in part because Michigan was unlucky and in part because Michigan puts itself at a disadvantage by not doing the things teams on their level do to gain an edge?
I'll watch football on Saturdays, and the rest of the week I'll slowly be putting the shattered pieces of my life back together. Life is brutal, and no matter how much you appreciated the things that are good in it, they can be taken away from you in a heartbeat. Bad things happen, and bad years happen, and bad people will continue to profit from not being burdened with how their actions will affect others. You can't prevent all the bad shit; you can try, and you can decide to move on despite it, and appreciate that which is still good.
Today it's sunny out, and my 6 1/2 month old daughter is learning to sit up and had her first solid meal, and she smiles at me. I start the day with that, and then I go back to work.
|9 hours 37 min ago||That was my thought entirely.||
That was my thought entirely. What doomed Rodriguez was bad defense, and what doomed the defense were bad defensive staff choices, and what doomed Rodriguez into making those choices was Martin not offering Casteel more money than he made at WVU.
The guy at the top can undermine everything you do, and blame will fall upon you. Brandon will pay unneccessarily massive sums for your coordinators, but he's also replaced 90% of the people who made Michigan a top program.
|1 day 9 hours ago||Winner. I'll email your||
Winner. I'll email your account email.
|1 day 9 hours ago||Sorry dude. I posted this||
Sorry dude. I posted this from the emergency parking lot at the hospital. Would have gone out mid afternoon if not for the sequence of events that put me there.
|1 day 13 hours ago||Hope you don't mind I edited||
Hope you don't mind I edited your comment--the family asked to not share the family thing on the internet until all family have been told.
|1 day 19 hours ago||Teams figured out Michigan's||
Teams figured out Michigan's signals last year. Whenever we lined up in tackle over opponents would have a guy find me in the stands and if I was punching myself in the face they knew we were running to the double-OT side.
|2 days 6 hours ago||It seems to be much like||
It seems to be much like recruiting, ie the high level prospects have huge success about 50% of the time, and the low prospects only rarely work out.
|2 days 11 hours ago||Nice. I had breakfast last||
Nice. I had breakfast last week before the Miami game with Rich Adler, who wrote the Arcadia book on M baseball. Guy is an absolute fountain of knowledge about the team's history and the years when it was the other major sport at Michigan.
|2 days 13 hours ago||This stuff doesn't move the||
This stuff doesn't move the needle for me. I don't pay to go to Michigan's Facebook page.
|2 days 23 hours ago||Did you pay to come here? If||
Did you pay to come here? If we were actually leveraging this site like UM leverages football we'd be a subscription service, and your inbox would be flooded with promos to buy buy buy. We'll never do that because that's not what this site is about.
Sports gambling is something a lot of us do with our sports knowledge, and conversely the best sports gamblers can offer some of the best overhead analysis of those sports because they're not focused just on one team and their biases are stripped away as competitive disadvantages. I went to great lengths to provide content that is relevant to readers. If you've got a problem with JamieMac as a writer for this site then I dunno man; he's been around here longer contributing content that I have.
And we don't just take any client; I tried the various sites and spoke at length to the various dudes behind those sites and chose an exclusive relationship with the one who demonstrated he cared the most about the user experience.
And when we show off new tshirts it's not in your face, it's "have a free tshirt" and one liners about the upcoming opponent.
All this from an actual business that is for profit and pays taxes on that. I probably make less than 99% of our readers, less than any job in the athletic department, so that I can help provide free content that has value to readers. If you find hypocrisy in that when I criticize something like PSLs or interrupting MMB to blare out info on family packs, then I think your cynicism is broken.
|3 days 5 hours ago||They made Marty their||
They made Marty their resident nerd; it's just two brothers. They wanted us to get together with some other blogs to pay $7500 for stats and i was like: Uh no we will build our own.
SO WE ARE BUILDING OUR OWN
We're now in the parsing stage, where there's all sorts of hellish things to fix like drives that start over because of fumbles and whatnot. We'll have the data first, and eventually pages for every team with sensical stats (SACKS ARE PASS PLAYS!!!). We'll also be doing a lot of things marty (CFBStats) never did, like have the recruiting profiles linked to performance. Eventually. First is getting the PBP data to not suck.
Nate, the guy who jumped on this for us, should be posting soon.
|4 days 1 hour ago||You're talking about number||
You're talking about number of plays. Long drives accomplish those things. Whether or not the clock is running is irrelevant. Focusing on time of possession overrates running into a wall for 2 yards -- except in very specific circumstances, that is a loss for the offense. An offense should be either trying to score or taking what the defense gives them or setting up the former.
|5 days 4 hours ago||Is that what we're trying to||
Is that what we're trying to do?
|5 days 5 hours ago||Spread should refer to the||
Spread should refer to the college version. I know people call the hurricane that but spreading out the OL and having a more receiver-ish personnel group, plus the shield is referred to more often as spread.
Just say NFL style and Shield, I guess. Or dinosaur and spread.
|5 days 7 hours ago||The difference is in who's||
The difference is in who's releasing. Hurricane punting leaves your fullback/tight end/safety types in to catch the edge blocks before they release; often the first guys to leave because they're uncovered are the offensive linemen. In spread punting you've put four wide receivers in position to release immediately, and your last wave are 300 pound blocky dudes.
It can be an up or down decision even if there are good things to recommend dinosaur punting, because it's a net: at the end of the day the benefits of spread punting are greater than the benefits of hurricane punting, therefore the question is black or white.
|5 days 7 hours ago||Net punting has gone up linearly, about 3 yards across the board||
Although there's a lot of noise in those numbers because offenses have gotten way more successful at moving the ball from their side of the field due to offenses going spread. Mathlete could adjust for that with play by play data but this isn't PBP data above.
Net punting just has so much involved in it that it's not a reliable statistic. What I did notice is that punting length seems to be up (linearly) 1 yard per punt, so the movement in net punting has primarily been happening on returns. In the NFL it's the opposite: net punting is up because avg punt length has gone up by 4 yards, but return length has grown in recent years, so the result has been about 1.5 yards gained in net. This says that punters have gotten better at booming punts, especially in the NFL, and that his has correlated with longer returns in the NFL but not in college.
These data support a hypothesis that punts are longer in general, but that spread punting in college football has been cutting down on the frequency and success of returns.
|5 days 7 hours ago||They're burning the practice||
They're burning the practice time on it anyway. We've got three practices from this year on record: two for the public and one we had a guy get into, and there was a lot of time spent on punts in those. Because all of M's opponents this year run the shield punt, they were practicing having the 2nd team punt to the 1st team punt returners.
There aren't that many doubles on the units (Chesson, Norfleet, a few others). Anyway, the point is Michigan spends a lot of practice time with 11 players executing shield punts; they just don't have their starting punting team rep it, and don't use it in games.
|5 days 7 hours ago||Without looking (cause I'm||
Without looking (cause I'm doing a hundred things right now) Didn't I link to Mathlete's article when I said that?
|6 days 9 hours ago||We planned to have the new||
We planned to have the new site launched by now. That's been delayed at least to January. No sense in throwing money at old problems with this version of the site now. Bear with us.
|1 week 7 hours ago||Thanks man. Those were my||
Thanks man. Those were my dad's friend's tickets so that's where I sat for a lot of the games with my father. It meant a lot to me that someone else could have that experience since it was so important to me. You and your dad were a blast to watch the game with.
Let me know what the hell to do in Cadillac.
|1 week 2 days ago||I didn't think I made that||
I didn't think I made that assumption. I think we pretty much agree except that while the basics of press coverage are easy to understand, GETTING IT DOWN is really really hard unless you're a natural.
There's a huge gap between "has no clue what he's doing" and "isn't coaching his competency." The latter is what I am really suggesting. Stopping a guy like Will Fuller is hard but doable; good coaches and lots of reps and talent make that possible. Roy hasn't developed a teaching system, and probably doesn't feel at all confident yet in pointing out problems as they're occurring. At the very least I think we understand now why Countess was getting passed by guys in spring and fall. I don't think it's such a great leap to think that if Manning is seeing his guys just can't do press that he's not confident enough yet in himself to tell a guy like Greg Mattison "you can't do the defense you want to; you're making the 2nd best cornerback in the conference look like shit."
Criticizing a coach on the internet is tough because so many people will assume you're like "FIRE THIS GUY!" or at the least they should move him. I think the most we should be asking at this point is that Roy is getting some more help. No WAY that guy is going to be a Lloyd Carr or Nick Saban defensive backs coach his first year when he's never played or coached it before. And no, Mallory and Mattison et al. can't be over his shoulder when they've got their own units (and in Mattison's case the entire defense and half of Michigan's recruiting, and being basically Hoke's associate HC in all but name) on their plates.
|1 week 2 days ago||Winner. Let me get him his||
Winner. Let me get him his tickets and then i will follow up on some of the runner ups. I know one person below offered tickets and I also have a pair to throw in because it looks like there were three deserving candidates.
|1 week 2 days ago||I already asked her but she||
I already asked her but she had knee surgery not too long ago and has the second knee scheduled so climbing steps isn't really her thing. But nice thought; she's a wonderful lady.
|1 week 3 days ago||Since Dave Brandon is||
Since Dave Brandon is probably making the discussion 99% about will the fans like it or not every time he has a new marketing initiative like we do, it's weird that he gets so much backlash from it.
|1 week 3 days ago||Our schedule was pretty||
Our schedule was pretty tight; I figured during the day Thursday at least gives people time if they want to pick up ingredients on the way home to do this for Saturday, but during the day has so much football content I didn't want to interrupt it.
Like a radio hour of funk on a classic rock channel, it is appreciated content for those who know to come by in the morning for it, and doesn't fling it in the face of people who didn't come for it.
But I can be convinced to move the schedule around. I don't want to do it for lunch hour because that's just mean.
|1 week 3 days ago||There were already 13 other||
There were already 13 other people named MichiganMan and you still took that handle?
|1 week 3 days ago||This has gone on long enough||
We can't have a thread about Raptors all day without this:
|1 week 4 days ago||^ That was Ace. But we've all||
That was Ace. But we've all been making that same mistake so much it's canon now. FWIW it was called the spread punt by Rich Rod