landing spot. will be interesting to see how he does.
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|14 min 52 sec ago||People get upset when guys leave early||
And then aren't selected high in the draft. But Tremble (along with guys like GRIII, and many others) would have been much better off earning a pay check sooner, especially if they end up leaving early anyway.
Yes, there are guys like Tremble who may end up staying all 4 years and never makes a great NBA prospect, that college education is nice to have (along with playing in Europe for a hand full of years). Yes there are guys like Burke and Stauskas that come back and drastically improve their stock. That's great. But especially in basketball, it always seems like the "_____ shouldn't have left early" is the most clouded with the issue of hindsight, and even then that hindsight seems a bit blinded by the reality (still making a paycheck playing basketball most likely).
|18 hours 41 min ago||One that I would add||
Periods can't end on a power play; a power play is essentially like extra time in soccer. It's stupid when a guy gets a penalty with 10 seconds left in the game and only has to serve 10 seconds an extra man down. It sucks when a power play is split in half for the team getting the power play. Make it so the period can't end on the power play, I think that would make the game better, personally.
|1 day 20 hours ago||The point is that you open yourself up to different things||
If the offense is prepared to make a quick read, they can make the quick read and hand it off and you are playing 10 v 10 (if you can win elsewhere, great, but it still makes it more difficult; it's a strategy, but not one everyone can successfully run). You also set yourself up for a variety of other plays. Traps become easier because you are taking yourself out of the play. Flare screens take advantage of the DE getting too far up field. Draw plays can be successful. Roll right at the guy and break contain. There are ways to take advantage of a defense being too aggressive, and that is a very aggressive way to play it every time.
And it becomes more difficult in college, where players aren't as fast, they don't close on the QB as quick, they don't play sideline-to-sideline as fast, they have wider hash marks, etc. If someone is going to attack me in that way, I'll tell you right now I'll do 3 things with great success: 1) trap him; 2) throw around him (PA throw to the TE or screen game); 3) run right at him (either block him at the point of attack and force him to play that first or speed option right at him).
|1 day 22 hours ago||It's going to depend on the personnel package||
My guess is that Taco plays it nominally, but in the spring it was Winovich et al. So I think it's more or less going to depend on what defense Brown thinks puts the best guys on the field (again, my opinion is that is Taco at WDE, Wormley at Anchor, Hurst at 3-Tech, Mone/Glasgow at NT, and then start rotating Gary et al in the mix), but there will be times where Michigan will benefit from Taco at the anchor, Winovich at WDE, Wormley at 3-tech, etc.
So it's personnel based as far as who are the best players, it's also scheme dependent as far as what scheme best defends to offense. So it'll likely differ by down and distance and team to team. Nominally going forward, it looks like Brown would prefer to get lighter at WDE (Durkin was the same, so Michigan was already going that direction; and honestly, Hoke was mostly the same, it's just that Taco is so tall and kind of bulked up when Michigan switched to the Over that allowed him to play either end spot)
|1 day 22 hours ago||Not necessarily||
The QB is reading a few things, not just the V of the neck or whatever to determine if the DE has committed to the RB or the QB on a play. Defenses have gotten too good at defending the read to rely on just that. The problem for BC here is that the DT gets crushed inside. The DE is supposed to squeeze the gap and play right off the offensive EMOL so that there is no gap to run through between himself and the offensive EMOL. Remember that Brown's theory is that the DE should always have a DB there to help bring down the QB and should not be expected to handle the QB 1 v 1 in space (in this case, it's the slot defender).
But the DT gets crushed down, and the DE is forced to slide further inside, and that's why Watson keeps. He then has the bubble option, but the slot defender freaks out and bails on the pump fake rather than maintaining his assignment and trusting the outside DB to do his job. Once he bails, Watson has a run lane right where the CB bailed on his assignment.
The WRs on the bottom of the screen are part of a pre-snap read. If BC doesn't have enough numbers to the bottom of the screen Clemson will throw the flash screen. Otherwise, they run the tight zone read that they ran (because BC had 2 for 2 on the bottom).
|1 day 22 hours ago||If the QB is carrying out a fake||
He can be tackled like any other ball carrier. He isn't protected by the rules, or by the officials, or by anything. Certainly, you can't destroy him 5 seconds after he hands the ball off and he's clearly not the ball carrier, just like you can't hit any "unprotected player", but that's not what you're saying.
Teams don't just "clobber" every option any more because of how the spread works. In the Wing T, you clobbered someone and caused a pile up at that spot, and the play was congested and contained within 10 yards laterally on the field. In the spread, you tackle the QB regardless of anything, and you've only made it so you are playing 10 v 10 on the same size field (the entire field). You've reduced your ability to defend the play on a play-by-play basis. That's why teams attack the mesh point selectively. It's intended to force the QB into a very quick decision when he isn't prepared to make that decision, it messes with the read/timing of the play. But if you do it all the time, you are just reducing your numbers to defend the play.
Your last paragraph has a lot of truth, though I think WRs have always been holding. Illegal man down field doesn't get called nearly enough. There are more rules against chop blocking that have helped the defense at the point of attack. So the success of the spread scheme isn't soley due to a change in rules. The spread would have been successful in older eras as well (assuming that the players on offense would be capable of executing it consistently).
|1 day 22 hours ago||Yeah, the playbook itself is nice||
But it's for implementation of a system or plays, it doesn't define every little thing. I have four Nick Saban playbooks, from his time at MSU, LSU, and Bama. I have four Urban Meyer playbooks, from his time at Bowling Green, Utah, and Florida. You can find that information online. That information hasn't helped any opponent defeat those teams more than watching film essentially does.
These are merely installation guides. It's the ingrediatants on the back of a can of Coke. But it doesn't tell someone how to recreate Coke, or that Coke will bring back "Crystal Coke" or whatever the "clear" pop was in the future. It just gives you the ingrediants in the barest form. Is there some value to that information? Sure, there can be. But someone would probably learn as much watching Coke being made than they would reading the ingrediants on the back of the can.
|1 day 22 hours ago||It depends on the system||
Rich Rod used it as a way to define the actual "zone" that is being read. But Rich Rod used almost exclusively zone blocking, so there was no reason for him to differentiate zone and something else in terms of blocking schemes. It was "Tight" zone read, or "wide" zone read or whatever he used to differentiate outside and inside zone blocking.
But other teams will use "tight zone" and "wide zone" and "veer" and "power" read, because that defines the blocking. The play defines where you read. I actually prefer this method, because in Rich Rod's way of thinking, "zone" is completely unnecessary for defining the play. "Read" already defines you are reading a zone, so the addition of "zone" is just extra wording. "Tight Zone read" defines the blocking scheme and that there is a read attached. "Power read" defines that you are running a power O blocking scheme with a read. Then you can add tags to define different zones or people you want to read. And this is the way it has typically evolved.
But this goes back to everyone having different terminology. Both RIch Rod and Hoke ran "QB power" as the base play of their offense with Denard Robinson, but they were two different plays. Rich Rod's was essentially an outside zone sweep, where as Borges was a man/gap Power O blocking scheme with the QB running the football instead of the RB.
|1 week 32 min ago||Well I don't think he's a guy that leaves early||
Which is unfortunate for Michigan, because he's a good to great college football player. But I think to translate to the NFL he still has a lot to prove. People bring up Wilsin with Barrett because both are smaller QBs that are good athletes that are black. He isn't even close to what Wilson was at this stage though. Wilson has superb mechanics and is accurate down field, Barrett struggles there. He shows the ability to have great short area accuracy, but it isn't consistent enough, particularly the timing. So for a shorter/smaller QB he needs to get his mechanics much more consistent to get to that Wilson/Brees/Bridgewater level. He's not there yet. If he left early I think the highest he'd be is a mid round guy. But if he can show a trajectory of improvement over the next two years then I think you start talking about a guy that can be a early round pick. He's just not there yet. That MSU game plan was incredibly damning for OSU's trust of his arm strength and where he is currently at.
And people will surely say "look at his numbers". But we all know the talent level at OSU. When you can dump it off to a covered Zeke and get 7 yards, it's a worry that he only averaged just north of 6 YPA last year. Gotta show confidence in his body and in the scheme again.
|1 week 13 hours ago||Best C in Michigan history||
No pressure, kid.
Signed David Molk, David Baas, Rod Payne, John Vitale, Tom Dixon, George Lilja, Watt Downing... just to name a few fairly recent All-Americans at that position.
EDIT: Meant as a reply to Mr. Yost.
|1 week 14 hours ago||Leidner||
Teams likely see a lot of similarities with Jacksonville QB Blake Bortles as well. He's a big body that can run pretty well and break some tackles and has a decent arm in terms of strength, but his mechanics are wildly broken and not really improving. I honestly wouldn't even have him as a draftable player. But he threw nearly 60% in a "pro-style" offense, has started a long time, and has the size/athletic tools scouts look for, so until other guys pass him, apparently he's "up there".
And Beathard shouldnt be a sleeper. That guy is legit. He is, right now, far and away one of the top 2 QBs in the league along with Barrett, and if it wasn't for Barrett's freshman year, he would be far and away the best. The guy can make all the throws you ask of him, far sideline, corner, post, whatever. Threw nearly 62% last year despite going deep an awful lot and not having much in the way of receivers outside of possession TEs and some raw WRs. Iowa doesn't give him a lot of opportunity to shine because of their offense, but I bet he ends up a top 6 QB in next year's draft as they open up their offense a bit more for him.
I think you're looking: Watson, Chad Kelly (Ole Miss), Falk (Wash St), Dane Evans (Tulsa), Gunner Kiel (Cincinatti), Brad Kaaya (Miami), and Beathard in some order. Some of those guys would have to declare early, Baker Mayfield could likely convince a team he's Johnny Football without the issues, Falk will have to convince people he isn't just another Leach system QB, Kelly has to drastically read the field better, but yeah, Beathard is a legit NFL prospect (and all those guys are significantly better than Leidner). Beathard is more college ready than probably all but 3 or 4 QBs.
|1 week 14 hours ago||He went to Iowa State||
Safety for Duke, graduated and went to Iowa State. Think he was considering Indiana and a few other B1G schools though.
|1 week 21 hours ago||Agree with everything you said||
But think the current situation is almost completely due to sanctions and need for guys to step in immediately. The fact that Palmer played as much as he did last year is an indication of how shallow the depth is on OL.
|1 week 21 hours ago||Nice pick up for Bama||
But not B1G related.
|1 week 21 hours ago||I bet all of them at least get try outs||
Unfortunately that doesn't mean they get paid as they haven't even made an off season roster. I heard Bolden may have been working on long snapping, which would make him at least worth a tryout IMO, but I haven't really seen much official, likely because these guys haven't signed any contracts.
|1 week 22 hours ago||Yes, that is an ommision||
Knew I probably missed some, that was one of them, though the immediate impact isn't clear, next year the safety position has some depth concerns.
|1 week 22 hours ago||I watched Nebraska play a bit the last few years||
Because my blog gets a lot of hits from them. Williams is a solid player. He probably won't be an all-conference guy, but he's a guy you can plug in as a starting DT and feel solid with.
Also, Nebraska did want to keep him. That's why they helped him fill out 6th year paperwork. He didn't want to stay at Nebraska.
|1 week 1 day ago||Lots of fire retardants in furniture are really bad when enhaled||
The fire retardants make it more difficult to catch fire, but I believe there are several law suits from firemen about being exposed to some of these chemicals when they actually do burn. Turns out some of them are carcinogenic. We seem to have a lot of laws that are supposed to protect dumb people from being dumb. Not necessarily how this is any different than those other than the requirement to call emergency services.
|1 week 6 days ago||Minnesota made the mistake of thinking he was a RB||
When he wasn't. He was a slot and should have stayed in the slot, where he started, especially in that system. But they didn't want to go that way, so they stuck him in the backfield, and it just looked uncomfortable at best. At least that's my recollection, maybe they moved him back to slot after a while, I don't remember.
|1 week 6 days ago||Lot's of good points above||
There are lots of good points above, including questions about how this compares to other groups (similar wage earners, etc.). However, while those are valuable points, there is still a valuable point made from this article, in that the suicide rate is lower because these guys had long NFL careers (despite the dangers involved) than they likely would have if they hadn't played football.
I don't think anyone is making the point that "Look, the NFL is perfectly safe." Nothing is perfectly safe. Football certainly isn't so. But I think the conversation needs to start becoming more nuanced. Is football worth it? Certainly, most won't have NFL careers, so this doesn't necessarily answer that question. But for many, the risk to have such an NFL career may now be more worth it. And taking that risk doesn't necessarily mean being suicidal later in life.
I think more could be done with this study, I think more could be done with a lot of studies, and should be. We need to make the game safer. But just because we all know we need to make the game safer, doesn't mean we shouldn't include data points that show that football isn't an end-all be-all evil (hyperbole) it's being attacked as in some places.
|1 week 6 days ago||Really like Ian Boyd's writing (coming soon to an HTTV near you)||
But slightly disagree with a rather simplified (likely purposefully) proposal here.
Here's the comment I wrote on the actual article
|1 week 6 days ago||It's not just one or the other||
It's a combination of both. There were schematic reasons, there were personnel reasons, there were preperation reasons, there were implementation reasons, etc.
But I do think it's important to remember couple things:
1) People throw out "Indiana" like it's the Indiana of yore. While their offense wasn't the best ever, it was still Top 25 by almost all measures, and one of the best in the B1G. They gashed a lot of good defenses. They only scored less than 26 once all season, and put up 34 on Michigan in regulation. Yes, they seemingly ran the ball again and again and again, but Michigan's defense wasn't really an anomoly against a good Indiana offense.
2) OSU's offense wasn't the same offense as it was before that game. They revamped everything after the horrid gameplan against MSU, and it showed against both Michigan and ND in the bowl game. Again, Michigan's performance was not good, but they did manage to hold OSU to 14 first half points, and got caught on the bad end of half time adjustments in the 2nd half. It happens against good teams (or teams that should be great but for some reason weren't up until that point).
So yes, the issues were multifaceted. But I still think people slightly over react to those instances. Michigan's defense was never as good as the three shutouts in a row indicated, because those were great matchups for Michigan. But it wasn't nearly as bad as those two performances showed either.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||SMSB has always welcomed essentially all coaches||
Urban Meyer, Hoke, Harbaugh, Dantonio, Les Miles, etc. Now they are even planning on expanding SMSB to other locations. I'm pretty sure Saban and his staff have always been welcome up there. They may even get a few recruits by attending, but this is really much ado about nothing.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Home workout||
You can come over to my home and finish the patio that I started building. Trust me, it's a great work out. I'm pretty sure the ground is the source for Emperor Qin's terracotta army. There are so many roots Jimmy Fallon would even tire of them. I also have some trees I want to take down, so be prepared to axe because that's the way we're doing it.
You do all that for me, and I won't even make you pay for the workout.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Good stuff||
Looks like the LG (not sure who it is), taps his butt to indicate he's taking the gap inside of him rather than manning the DT. Hill should really be aware where the pressure threat is coming from but his first steps do him no favors and he immediately loses leverage on the blitzing LB.
You'd think maybe he missed the call, but it looks like he has his eyes in the right spot but his feet betray him. He's got to stay square early and the first step has to up, not out, so that he can maintain his inside leverage off his LG's butt, but he drops his outside foot as if preparing to block and outside attacker and never gets inside the blitzer and just completely whiffs the block. We'll chalk it up to inexperience at blocking from the FB level for Hill I guess (he also false starts, so really not a great play for Hill here).
|2 weeks 2 days ago||Another nice write up||
This was something I wanted to see more of within the framework of Durkin's playbook. I really like Cover 1 with a Rat because it protects you against a QB breaking the pocket and it takes away the short middle (also protects you against the screen game a bit).
Thought Michigan could have used some somewhat similar looks - albeit a bit different due to the spread look on offense - looks against OSU to get guys in the box and firing off the edge to seal the play inside. Will be interesting to see if Durkin starts to implement those sorts of wrinkles with more time at Maryland to see what he would have eventually done here.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||Baruti looks like a 4 to me||
Yes, I know the 4 position is still a "wing" in Beilein's offense, and as Ace pointed out, he looks like he can fit the GRIII role. That's what I see in him as well, almost down to a tee. I still would like to see a guy at the HS level that can get a step on a defender when he's driving, so that's a concern, but Baruti, if he is in fact a legit 6'6", looks like a guy that can go up and get the ball, finish strong around the rim, and have the frame to add mass to bang a bit against opposing 4s on defense.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||Thanks||
I think OL and defense are tougher to learn, just because much of the action isn't out in the open (and on TV you can't see about half the defense anyway). Also, it's much less by design and more reactionary to what the offense is doing, so it's more difficult to see down-to-down. But I'm glad I'm helping out.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||Well, I pulled these together||
So that I could go over them with my baby. She'll be defending the power run in no time.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||Disagree slightly that he doesn't have back up positions||
These are the types that classically would often get moved down to WDE, which is an option in Browns scheme. He could also flip over to offense and potentially play some type of FB/H/TE. So even if he lacks some LB flexibility, there are other ways he could contribute if MIKE didn't work out.