Think we'll be spread option next year? I don't.

Think we'll be spread option next year? I don't.

Submitted by steve sharik on January 13th, 2011 at 11:19 AM

There obviously has been a lot of talk about keeping Denard here. Coach Hoke stated in the press conference that he believes in doing what's best for the team, and that means putting your best players in a position to be successful. One could easily infer that means that he will put Denard at QB and run a spread offense. Coach Hoke followed that by saying that usually means doing what's best for the player.

What if, however, he believes that putting Denard in the best position to be successful means he could be most successful at WR or RB? What if Coach thinks what's best for Denard is to play a position other than QB b/c he won't play QB in the NFL?

We can only go by what we know. The best indicator of future behavior is past behavior. Coach Hoke's teams have never run the spread, nor has OC Al Borges ever run it. As a former coach I can tell you that your best chance of success is to coach what you know. Since they a) don't like the spread and b) don't know it, I'm guessing that you won't see us running a spread offense.

The only way you'll see us running spread option is if the entire new offensive staff goes and visits with someone who runs it well. In my opinion, that leaves three options:

  1. Chip Kelly
  2. Urban Meyer
  3. Rich Rodriguez

First, we know that Coach Hoke despises an offense based on the outside zone (aka Stretch). (Boy, he must have hated watching his own offense during his time as DL coach at Michigan.) That would eliminate options 1 and 3. Besides, there's no way the new staff would go to the old staff and say, "Can you teach us your offense, please?" That would leave them with visiting Urban Meyer.

It would be a nice fit. First, he's unemployed, so he could actually come here and be a consultant, if you will. Second, he believes in inside zone and gap schemes like power, counter trey, and iso.

Inside zone is still zone blocking, but it's not about reaching the outside shoulder. It's basically the playside tackle base blocking the DE while the rest of the OL works combo blocks. The objective is to get vertical push on the DL, then come off to LBs working downhill--let them come to you. The RB is a downhill runner and he gets one cut into the hole. The hole isn't pre-determined, but the cut into that hole happens (in theory) at the LOS or on the defense's side of it. In outside zone, that decision (or cut) happens in the offensive backfield.

Regardless, I don't think you'll see Michigan in a spread option offense, and I believe it would be in Denard's best interests to transfer to Oregon.

New Big Ten Network Recruiting Commercial

New Big Ten Network Recruiting Commercial

Submitted by redwhiteandMGOBLUE on January 13th, 2011 at 10:32 AM

As we all know there have been several coaching changes since the original BTN recruiting commercial, including our own.

I was hoping we could come up with the Michigan replacement for this:

Maybe something along the lines of this:

Obviously, I have no photo shopping skills our creativity but I was hoping my fellow MGoBloggers could help me out with this sorry little project.

Please help the BTN with your Michigan replacement ideas.

Go Blue!

Support for Brian and for Hoke

Support for Brian and for Hoke

Submitted by bklein09 on January 13th, 2011 at 10:14 AM

I think everyone out there who is up in arms about Brian's response to the Hoke hire needs to step back and take a deep breath. 

Brady Hoke became the next coach at Michigan only two days ago now. I know that when I first heard the news I was less than thrilled. But since that time I have really warmed up to him, and now I'm all in. But for others it may take more time.

More importantly, we all need to realize that Brian is entitled to his opinion on this matter. That guy works tirelessly to make this the best blog of any kind that I have ever been a part of. And guess what? I get to log on to this site and be a part of it for FREE! So despite my disagreement with Brian's perspective at the moment, I'm still all in for him and this blog as well. 

I know that the Michigan fan base needs to be united in order for the program to be successful. And it is my hope that Brian eventually warms up to Brady Hoke. But the one thing I will never question is that Brian is ALL IN FOR MICHIGAN. Michigan is that guy's life. And this blog is the product of that. 

To Brian, I'm sure my vote of confidence doesn't mean much, as you've no doubt developed tough skin over your time running this site. But most of us are still behind you. So keep up the good work that we get to enjoy every day.

Go Blue!

Semi-OT: Question on Field Goal Kicking

Semi-OT: Question on Field Goal Kicking

Submitted by coastal blue on January 13th, 2011 at 9:52 AM

For anyone who has played football, coached it, etc. how much of field goal kicking is really coaching?

I grew up playing soccer and I've always equated FG kicking to penalty kicks: meaning there are plenty of techniques, but its really more about how you handle pressure and your mental fortitude than anything else. Either you were good at them because you thrived under the pressure or you failed because you couldn't take it.

Is field goal kicking really that much about coaching?

National Championships?

National Championships?

Submitted by UM4ME on January 13th, 2011 at 9:37 AM

This kind of goes along with WindyCityBlue’s earlier point about being an elite program – do we, as a program, as a fan base, care about national championships?

As annoying as Drew Sharp is, I actually understand his line of questioning yesterday. Shouldn’t our goal every year be to win a national championship, not just the Big Ten? I realize that winning the Big Ten is, most likely, a step along the way but there were many times over the years when we lost in September and all hopes of a national championship were dashed. Then, as a fan base, we all said, well at least we can still win the Big Ten.

I was at the Rose Bowl on Jan. 1, 1998 and I got a taste of what it was like to be the very best and I want that back! I don’t want to settle for just GOING to Pasadena every few years. But, the more I hear other people talk, they seem just fine with that. Is it me? Is it wrong to want more? I’m honestly really struggling with this so I need feedback.

Please don’t negbang me to Bolivian - I don't have enough MGoPoints to sustain it!