META: Front page game gifs

META: Front page game gifs

Submitted by Michigan Shirt on October 18th, 2012 at 3:07 PM

So, in the post The Lamentation Of Their Women, Ace created a few gifs of some of the plays. As someone who reads the blog at a company where they block youtube, these gifs definitely came in handy. It also helps that they are hosted by this site due to imgur gifs/flickr photos also being blocked (I miss a lot of the kttens and Lloyd Brady photos due to this).  I really have no idea how long it takes to create these, but I would like to say to Brian and Ace that they are very much appreciated.

I was wondering if this will be something that we will see more of in future posts or if it was just a spur of the moment thing and if so, could we use the gif system a bit more. If they take too long then no big deal, but I just wanted to say that the effort was appreciated and I hope that it can continue. I realize videos and picture pages are very helpful, but hopefully gifs can be used some more as well.

Anybody else really like this new (maybe) addition?

POTW, TWoS, 2012.5 and other notes

POTW, TWoS, 2012.5 and other notes

Submitted by THE_KNOWLEDGE on October 18th, 2012 at 2:18 PM

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As mentioned by THE KNOWLEDGE last week on these very pages, this is a virtual bye week for the Michigan football team inasmuch as msu offers only a token challenge. next week will be a lot more interesting
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so let us go THE CHALLENGE 2012.5 right away
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yes
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pointers to the game:

  • Michigan will win
  • msu will lose and will play dirty as usual
  • msu will be unable to move the ball consistently on offense
  • Michigan will not have that problem

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on to more pressing matters
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POTW awards and TWoS ridicule
the moment every one on this blog has been eagerly awaiting is here: the awarding of the POTW from weeks past. in this post, THE KNOWLEDGE shall congratulate the winners from the B1G games (2012.3 and 2012.4). during another virutal bye week, THE KNOWLEDGE shall congratulate the OOC game winners (2012.1 and 2012.2)
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in addition, THE KNOWLEDGE will also shame certain idiots that try to act smart by putting them on The Wall of Shame (TWoS)
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2012.3 winner is UMgradMSUdad who predicted 41-13 Vs Purdue (3 points off)
2012.4 winner is Productive Sweatpants who predicted 45-3 Vs Illinois (also 3 points off)
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congratulations to these two Proteges! you can Bask in Glory along with THE KNOWLEDGE
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the TWoS shamees are Coach Schiano and Gonzo di Dottore, who "predicted" 45-0 score against Illinois after the game
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[EDIT - PGB]

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after THE KNOWLEDGE revealed last week that Michigan shall finish the season 12-2 (after the occurrence of the followup Irregularity), many people chose to follow THE KNOWLEDGE and become worry-free for the rest of the season
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there were also a few fools that emailed THE KNOWLEDGE to say that THE KNOWLEDGE was wrong.
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as usual, these people shall be left in a trail of dust as THE KNOWLEDGE soars when these results come true
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Pat Narduzzi, Quarters Coverage And The Evidently Extant MSU Defense: A Rope Of Sand

Pat Narduzzi, Quarters Coverage And The Evidently Extant MSU Defense: A Rope Of Sand

Submitted by colin on October 18th, 2012 at 11:46 AM

[ED: BUMP.]

WTFL;DR: Narduzzi coaches an aggressive take on the now en vogue Quarters defense that's still formidable even if State isn't quite what it was last year. 

 
Pat Narduzzi's defense for the last season and a half has been a bitch to deal with. Yeah, maybe it's not as good as last year what with Jerel Worthy being a legitimately/literally huge absence to compensate for. Still, the remaining football players are talented and they play Narduzzi's 4-3 Over Cover 4 scheme with the kind of savvy you wouldn't expect from a squad diligently adhering to a strict regimen of crass goonery, per Mark Dantonio's demands.  They diagnose ably, are patient and pair that with surprising athleticism.  The first two are perhaps unsurprising as State has drawn much of their talent from Ohio, presumably from the bigger schools where the coaching and competition are first rate. The athleticism I have no quip for. It sure is annoying.
 
SCHEME
 
Cover 4 or Quarters coverage is en vogue at the moment in both the pros and college for a variety of reasons. Smart Football has run 2 articles over the last few years that are absolutely worth reading on the subject.  Some of this will end up rehashing that, with the end game being how State will use their Quarters D to attack our base run game, particularly inverted veer.
 
In the college game, its use stems largely from the ability to solve the numbers disadvantages more traditional 1-Gap Cover 2 or Cover 3 base defenses have to deal with thanks to the rise of the spread. As SF mentions, it's really difficult to stop 4 Verts when your defense has fewer than 4 deep defenders.  There's very often an easy throw depending on whether you went with 2 or 3 deep defenders.  Here's how Nick Saban put it: 
 
We got to the point where, this is the reason that we do this, when everybody started going spread we couldn’t play 3 deep zone. This started with the Cleveland Browns, I was the defensive coordinator in the early 90s and Pittsburgh would run 'Seattle' on us , four streaks. Then they would run two streaks and two out routes, what I call ‘pole’ route from 2x2. So we got to where could NOT play 3-deep zone because we rerouted the seams and played zone, and what I call “Country Cover 3” [drop to your spot reroute the seams, break on the ball]. Well , when Marino is throwing it, that old break on the ball shit don’t work.
 
So because we could not defend this, we could not play 3 deep, so when you can’t play zone, what do you do next? You play Man [cover 1], but if their mens are better than your mens, you can’t play cover 1 .
 
We got to where we couldn’t run cover 1 - So now we can’t play an 8 man front. The 1994 Browns went 13-5 , we lost to Steelers 3 times, lost 5 games total [twice in the regular season, once in the playoffs]. We gave up the 5th fewest points in the history of the NFL, and lost to Steelers because we could not play 8-man fronts to stop the run because they would wear us out throwing it
 
Saban solved this at first by revamping his C3 rules.  Eventually though he and many others found that Quarters and similar such coverages could solve the same problem as well or better.  Why?  In part, the running quarterback means that 8 man fronts may still not be enough.  Coaches generally play run defense thinking about the free hitter.  That is, the best an offense can do is line up 10 blockers and 1 ball carrier.  The defense has 11 would-be tacklers.  11 tacklers minus 10 blockers is 1 free hitter, the ball carrier's counterpart.  
 
In modern football, often enough your free hitter is playing deep coverage because the passing game is a huge threat and isn't near the line of scrimmage. In standard Cover 3, this can mean leaving the free safety standing in the middle of the field doing jack while the QB takes a direct snap and shoots past the line and backers busy getting swallowed by blockers.  Quarters makes sure there's never a safety doing jack.
 
Here's Chris from SF
 
For example, if the offense splits out two wide receivers to the same side of the field, and both run straight up the field on deep routes, the safety plays man on the inside guy and the cornerback plays man on the outside guy. If, however, the inside receiver were to run immediately to the flat -- say, on a bubble screen -- while the outside receiver ran upfield, the corner and the safety would actually double team the deep man, defending him from both the inside and the outside. This type of read-and-react is great against the spread's multiplicity, as it can allow some very short completions but lead to lots of interceptions and few downfield passing windows.
 
And what if that inside receiver ducked inside to run block?  The safety responds by adding himself to the run fit.  If the inside receiver is a TE, it's the same thing.  If there is no inside receiver near the line of scrimmage and he's in the backfield or some such, he reads run first and then looks for something else to do.  Both safeties are responding to the keys they receive and are adjusting the numbers back in favor of the defense.
 
But that's a pretty standard Quarters set up.  State does a few things differently.  Let's check out some pretty pictures.
 
[ED: after the jump.]

Mealer claims snap count problem vs. MSU fixed

Mealer claims snap count problem vs. MSU fixed

Submitted by StephenRKass on October 18th, 2012 at 9:25 AM

In this morning's annarbor.com, Elliot Mealer is quoted saying the MSU snap count problem has been fixed. LINK:  http://annarbor.com/mi/wolverines/2012/10/elliott_mealer_says_michigan_h/

 

That extra jump helped the Spartans shred Michigan's offensive line, which led to increased pressures faced by quarterback Denard Robinson and a stifled rushing attack. That could have been Michigan's downfall in the 28-14 loss. 

Mealer says the snap-count problem was addressed last year and shouldn't be an issue again Saturday.

"They did a good job at timing that up and keying us," Mealer said. "We got that under control. It was more a recognition thing -- being able to recognize the defense before you snap the ball -- and it's something that we've been doing ever since that game. I'm not too worried about that."

I hope that Mealer is right. It killed me watching their DL and Worthy in particular just explode in on Michigan's OL the last couple years. If Michigan can avoid having their count predicted, and better yet, draw MSU offsides with hard and varied counts, it could be the deciding factor in imposing our will and MANBAWW on MSU.

OT: Was the Browns' Josh Gordon "Sad Josh"?

OT: Was the Browns' Josh Gordon "Sad Josh"?

Submitted by pdxwolve on October 18th, 2012 at 2:12 AM

I was just curious if anyone knew the answer to this question. Josh Gordon was just waiting for that Michigan offer up until signing day of 2009, almost begging for it. He ended up going to Baylor and is having a pretty solid rookie campaign after going in the supplemental draft. He wasn't the original Sad Josh, was he?

Moving Picture Pages - Short Yardage Slant

Moving Picture Pages - Short Yardage Slant

Submitted by Chris of Dange… on October 17th, 2012 at 10:56 PM

I finally got my video editing rig unborked, so now I can get back to making parkinggod highlights and Moving Picture Pages. 

http://youtu.be/-hVLTYhUdok

(update) My time off has made me sloppy.  Wrong font, weird timings on the captions, forgot the Evil Space Magic trick to embed the video, didn't properly credit Brian (original analysis his, used with permission), didn't link back to the original http://mgoblog.com/content/picture-pages-short-yardage-slant, etc., etc.  You'll have to excuse me for a bit while I go run the stadium steps.

OT: Crazy names in CFB

OT: Crazy names in CFB

Submitted by MaizeNBlueInDC on October 17th, 2012 at 9:19 PM

So I figured many people on here are just waiting out the "rain" delay so to pass the time I thought you might get a chuckle out of this quick video.  I know there is a fascination on MGoBlog with some of the more creative names some football recruits have and I stumbled across this video today and thought this board would get a kick out of it.

I laughed espeically hard at the last guy!