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|23 hours 13 min ago||State of the Blog||
Considering that MGoBlog has a beveled guilt button, I've always thought Brian should be more forthcoming regarding the financial situation of the blog. Seeing that they are soliciting donations, some greater amount of transparency is warranted. Or not.
|1 day 3 hours ago||2015 vs. 2016||
The 2015 offense averaged 4.2 ypc and 158 ypg rushing.
The 2016 offense averaged 4.8 ypc and 213 ypg rushing.
And yet, you're telling me that Bill Connelly says the 2015 line was better. That Tyrone Wheatley, Sr. must be a genius. Get that man a raise ASAP.
Something, something, smell test.
|4 days 1 hour ago||2013||
You are right about the 2013 offensive line. I have them as the 24th best line in the last 25 seasons in both YPC and YPG. 3.3 YPC and 126 YPG. That's atrocious. Interestingly, the only team with worse stats is the '99 team with that other Brady (Tom) at the helm. They averaged 3.2 YPC and 122 YPG rushing. That team finished #5 in the country at 10-2. Brady was (and is still) an amazing quarterback.
|4 days 1 hour ago||2015 vs 2016||
The 2015 offense averaged 4.2 ypc and 158 ypg rushing.
The 2016 offense averaged 4.8 ypc and 213 ypg rushing.
I think the baseline for 2017 is closer to 2015 and people are going to be really upset with the line. Maybe they'll get a pass based on inexperience.
We had three games this season decided by less than a TD. We lost them all. I think we'll need to win all the close games next season to finish with 10 wins. Not saying it isn't possible, but I think the over/under for next season should be 8.5 wins.
|4 days 3 hours ago||Chesson||
seems a little high to be ranked as the 4th biggest loss. He finished with only 500 yards receiving and 63 yards rushing. Junior season Chesson is a big loss, but senior season Chesson had zero VORP.
Interesting to note that Brian ranks his loss above Smith, Braden and Kalis. Chesson didn't even make honorable mention all big 10. Smith was honorable mention and Braden and Kalis were 2nd teamers.
Watching the Clemson-Alabama game was eye-opening to me. Clemson didn't give Watson much time to throw, but he was able to throw a couple jump balls to Mike Williams and expect Williams to jump over the head of the DB and make a play. I didn't see Chesson or Darboh do that once this year. I saw Chesson cost us the Iowa game by letting the DB steal the ball from him. We lost 2 road games and a "neutral site" game by 2 points in regulation. That sucks, but it's no reason to get overly critical of the offensive line.
One could also blame the three losses on these factors:
Iowa: fumbled KR to start 2nd half, Chesson letting ball get intercepted, Darboh crucial drop, Speight's injury (they showed someone looking at his shoulder after every series in the 2nd half,) stupid face mask penalty on last Iowa punt return.
OSU: fumbled snap - only one this whole season, two Speight INTs (one on Speight, one on the RBs failure to pick up the blitz,) the refs.
FSU: multiple defensive lapses that gave up big plays - an elite defense shouldn't give up 33 points to anybody, missing Peppers, offensive coordinator late in adjusting for speed rush of Walker
It's a team game. This need to single out one position group and lay the blame at their feet is misguided and contrary to Schembechlerian "THE TEAM, THE TEAM, THE TEAM," ethic.
|4 days 3 hours ago||Everybody does that||
We scored more points per game than OSU. They certainly ran up their totals against the dregs. Are you trying to tell me their offense was mediocre because they got shut out by Clemson? Come on, man, it's harder to score against better defenses.
There is a difference between elite, great, good, better than average, and mediocre/average. The post makes no room for nuance. We were not elite, therefore the offense was mediocre?!?
|4 days 4 hours ago||Mediocre?||
The name of the game is to score points. We did that. And I dare say, the teams ahead of us on this list play with a touch more pace. If you think 2016's offense was mediocre, you might want to just skip next season. Sheesh, the negativity around here is off-putting.
|4 days 23 hours ago||FSU game||
Yes, he was overwhelmed by FSU's DeMarcus Walker. I watched Bama play Washington and saw that Washington was forced to play a 6'1", 270 pound true freshman at guard. He didn't fare much better than Bredeson, but the announcers pointed out how they adjusted their fronts or protections to cover for the guy. Michigan didn't do that until after Walker had exposed Bredeson. The coaching staff has to take some of the blame for not adjusting to Walker until the second half.
|4 days 23 hours ago||I'm glad I never took your class||
The line as a whole produced the 2nd best YPC in the big 10 without the benefit of a running QB or a breakaway threat at TB. If the 2nd best line in the Big 10 gets a C+, your standards are pretty high.
|4 days 23 hours ago||How do you get to a C+?||
I'm not going to use the fact that he was one of four true freshmen offensive linemen to receive a freshman all-american award because you are right, the film doesn't care what class you are in. However, he did get an honorable mention all-big ten selection. I suppose you could give out grades based on that like this:
1st team - A (Magnuson)
2nd team - A- (Kalis, Cole, Braden)
3rd team - B+
Honorable Mention - B (Bredeson)
Everybody else B- to D
Rutgers - F
I'm grading on a curve. Someone has to get an A. The question is, where do you put the peak of the bell curve? In this era of grade inflation, I suspect most professors give the average student at least a B.
|5 days 3 hours ago||Iowa game||
The line was not responsible for that loss. Facts are stubborn things.
Read the play-by-play. Begin with our drive that started with 0:15 left in the 3rd quarter. This is what happened.
Evans 7 yard run, Evans 6 yard run, Smith 2 yard run, Speight 4 yard run
Speight 17 yard pass
Evans 6 yard run
2nd and 4: INCOMPLETE PASS
3rd and 4: INCOMPLETE PASS
Drive resumes after Iowa penalty
6 yard run
3 yard run
-6 yard run trying to block 11 guys in the box with 9. Watch the play in the UFR. That's an RPS -3, not poor line blocking. They ran a sweep right into a corner blitz.
Evans 2 yard run, Peppers 4 yard run, Speight pass for 4, Smith 7 yard run, Smith 2 yard run, Hill 2 yard run, McDoom -2 yard run (I've been told the o-line is not responsible for those gimmick plays)
Speight run for 3
1 yard run, 1 yard run, INCOMPLETE PASS
|5 days 8 hours ago||Paw Paw||
My dad used to work on the "Say Yes! to Michigan" campaign back in the 80's. Besides soybeans and Mackinac Island fudge, one of the products they featured was wines from the Paw Paw region. I remember them being underappreciated at the time. I don't know if they've kept up, but they have a festival in September you can check out.
|6 days 23 hours ago||8 ESPN channels?||
That can mean only one thing. The OCHO lives!
|2 weeks 3 days ago||"Sketchy at best"||
Two second team all big ten linemen and a freshman all American are "sketchy at best?" It's sad to see how divorced from reality some people's opinion is of our offensive line. Third highest YPG and fourth highest YPC in the last 25 seasons is sketchy at best?!? (Without the benefit of Denard or Tyrone Wheatley.)
|2 weeks 6 days ago||LS plays||
Every drive ends in either a punt (LS) a FG (LS) an XP (LS) or a turnover. I'd guess long snappers make 5-15 snaps per game.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||Thanks for sharing||
But seriously, I hope you feel better soon
|3 weeks 3 days ago||Our offensive line was good dammit||
I've been waiting for this thread for a couple weeks now. One last time before I move on -
OUR OFFENSIVE LINE WAS GOOD!!!
|3 weeks 3 days ago||The Zaxby's Bowl||
The Zaxby's Bowl transcends your naming convention. They have Chicken Fingerz, Zalads, and Zappetizers. It will alwayz be the Zaxby Bowl to me.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||stats||
stats are for people who are trying to make an objective judgment. It's hard to compare teams separated by 10-20 years. The simple fact remains, statistically, this was the best non-Denardian/non-Wheatley rushing attack in the last 25 years. I'm sorry that doesn't jibe with your memory of the Moeller/Carr eras.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||"i don't care factor"||
Harbough won't let a Mochigan team fall voctim to that. We will atifle their run game.
P.S. Your username is starting to make sense
|3 weeks 5 days ago||eh line||
Do you mean, "meh line?"
FYI, the 2016 offense produced the 3rd highest rushing yards per game and 4th highest yards per carry in the past 25 years of Michigan football. "eh" indeed. And the offense didn't have Denard Robinson or Tyrone Wheatley, Sr. on the team.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||Paging the mods||
somebody needs a timeout.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||Ruiz C?||
I will eat a Ceaser Salad if Ruiz is starting at center as a true freshman.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||Dawson||
I was looking at his MGoBlue.com bio the other day and noticed he played 5 games as a sophomore, 6 as a junior, but only 3 as a senior. He seems to be trending the wrong way. I hope he sticks with it and is able to contribute next season. He reminds me of Ricky Barnum, another OG who took some time to find playng time.
|4 weeks 1 hour ago||Hello BID!||
Beron Irving-Dey, glad to have you aboard
|4 weeks 4 hours ago||jhackney, is that you?||
|4 weeks 6 hours ago||not weird||
but let me guess, you didn't grow up in East Lansing having to deal with those people for your formative years
|4 weeks 8 hours ago||Let's go to the wikipedia||
I don't find his comments inflammatory. An example of an inflammatory comment would be to tell all the twitter stalking millenials to find their safe spaces because they can't handle a dissenting opinion.
His response is on-topic. I don't think he's trying to provoke anyone just for him amusement. That doesn't fit with his posting history. Heaven forbid someone present an opinion outside the hive mentality/groupthink that grips this place sometimes.
|4 weeks 22 hours ago||Let it go||
Bando is not a troll
|4 weeks 2 days ago||Solidly average||
I finally found the stats I've been looking for. The rushing yards by season can be found on page 127 of the record book:
We averaged 223.2 yards per game rushing this year. That's the first time we've been over 200 yards per game since 2011 and 2010 when Shoelace was QB. I think those rushing outcomes were more related to him than the skill of the line. Discounting the 2 glorious Denardian years of 2010 and 2011, you have to go back all the way to 2000 to find another Michigan offense that averaged over 200 ypg. They went for 215.1, less than this year.
In fact, other than the two Denard years, this is our best rushing output in terms of ypg since 1992, when we put up 268.1 ypg.
Our line is solidly average compared to what? They are clearly above average when compared to the last quarter century of Michigan football lines.
This is the best non-Denardian rushing attack we've seen since the Moeller days. And even those Denard teams were excoriated for not being able to run against defenses with a pulse.
Unfortunately, the record book doesn't list ypc, but I'm tempted to just go ahead and calculate those to see how we compare to recent Michigan teams.
EDIT: Relative to the past quarter century of Michigan offenses, the 2016 Michigan offense had the 3rd highest yards per game rushing and the 4th highest yards per carry average. The ONLY Michigan offenses that exceeded this year's in terms of YPG and YPC had Tyrone Wheatley or Denard Robinson. No offense to our skill players this year, but they ain't Tyrone Wheatley or Denard Robinson. I rest my case.