Down with OPP: Bret Bielema (UW)

Submitted by oriental andrew on November 19th, 2010 at 12:04 AM

What?  Is this "feature" still a thing?  Yeah, it's still a thing when I have time for it.  I admit, I had time last week, but Purdue frustratingly doesn't publish a transcript.  I really didn't feel like listening to the audio of the entire presser. Seriously, what's up with that?  The previous weeks I was just really busy and didn't get around to doing it.  I've got a little time now as I relax while watching Michigan handle Bowling Green (woo basketball empty Crisler Arena!!!). 

So this week, we have that big meat-head Bret Bielema and his meaty Badgers (did that just sound really wrong?  At least I didn't call them yummy).  Anyway, here's the link to the presser, for those who wanna read the thing over.  Surprisingly, Bielema is NOT monosyllabic.  Whodathunkit.

Holy crap, his intro was long.  Spent a lot of time talking about how they played so many guys (11 on DL alone!).  He mentions a few players specifically, like JJ Watt (who we know is very good), Aaron Henry (pick six), James White (Fr, RB), and David Gilreath.  Now to the substance...

On gameplanning against Michigan...

  • Michigan offensive philosophy very different than under Carr.  Now have "a little bit more multiple" (I think he's referring to offensive formations?), but really clicking right now.
  • Denard and Tate present different challenges (seems like they're preparing to see both).  Mentions that Denard is a special runner and has "a live arm," but also that "he's had some picks, some bad decisions."  Because of his running ability, gets secondary and linebackers in iso coverages.
  • Tate is "savvy" and "shifty."  Suggests that you know what you get with Denard, but Tate is more of an improviser, making "a lot of in-play game adjustments and decisions."
  • Comparing DR and TF, he says: "They’re not the same, but there are some different play calls, but they don’t get in different sets or different philosophy, and I think they expect them both to know the plan, move them forward." (Yeah, that's just a wonderfully ridiculous sentence.  Quick thinking, coach.)
  • Talks about Michigan having had 5 TO's Saturday and that their "guys are aware of it."  Stresses ball security on their side.  Sounds like he thinks there is some opportunity to force a few TO's, what with the TO and Denard "bad decisions" comments.
  • They'll use a combination of WR's and RB's on the scout team to play DR.  Similar to what they did when playing ohio state (pryor). 

On the game/rivalry...

  • First time back to Big House since 2008, when UW lost.  Have to learn from positives/negatives, but it's a different team with different leaders.
  • Mentions that the road loss against michigan state was big and that they took a lot from it, taking confidence from that into the game this Saturday.

On their own team, personnel, other random stuff...

  • Doesn't believe John Clay will be at full strength, but feels good about the rotation they have with Montee Ball and James White.   Get good rhythm with those two and bring in a 3rd when needed. 
  • On UW averaging almost 40ppg, really lauds OC Paul Chryst.    Says he and the other coaches have done a great job of ingraining the offense, particularly when you see the 3rd stringers coming in and having success against IU.
  • Talks about how momentum in road games is huge, particularly for the road team to withstand swings in momentum to the home team.  This will be a challenge against UM.
  • Someone actually asked him why he thought the computer polls didn't seem to like Wisco as much as the human voters (really?).  He basically said, "I dunno, but it'd be neat to find out."  Then speculates that maybe it's due to computers looking at W/L and maybe not scoring margin.  (So yeah, that's actually pretty close.  Except for Billingsley.  That guy's just an idiot.  I still have no idea how his "computer poll" is in the BCS formula). 

So what did we learn?  That the media asks a lot of stupid superficial questions.  GO BLUE!  Beat Bucky!


Snidely Doo Rash

November 19th, 2010 at 5:31 AM ^

Seems this is what Meathead will be stressing this week on their o-side.    Avoid 3 and outs, run it, move the chains, keep our O off the field, etc.  

Probably the same with RR though more THOU SHALT NOT COUGH UP THE FOOTBALL and go fast as hell.  Mixing Tate in is a way of trying to accomplish this but if Denard straightens out his decision making and secures the ball, he is in.  I would be happy to see RR slow down on offense and coach up Ball Control for WISC and OSU as a way to keep the scappy but thin D off the field so their day is more reasonable. The margin for error in these games is wafer thin.  

That being said, give em' hell and GoBlue.    


November 19th, 2010 at 8:59 AM ^

Drob needs to take the Fat Bastard at his word and use it as motivation. Have a zero TO, a nice 150/275 Rush/Pass game and make the douche choke on his cheese curls. I mean seriously, calling out the opp. QB and says he makes bad decisions before the game. Nice guy.

Number 7

November 19th, 2010 at 10:51 AM ^

Lots of talk about Denard and Tate, but I think the law firm of Smith, Hopkins, and Shaw is due for a massive game (with a possible cameo 50-yard TD scamper from Fitz).


November 19th, 2010 at 12:05 PM ^

I am sure he has looked at the film and decided it would be very difficult for his team to loss the game. He has an excellent defense with a ball control offense. He is probably assuming his team will control the ball to the tune of about 40 minutes to Michigan 20. He will score on 75% of his possessions while Michigan maybe 50%. It will not be pretty and I write this with a heavy heart because I am true BLue. But I am also a realist.

Wisconsin is a first tier team while Michigan at best third tier. Hopefully in a couple of years they will move up but I am not optimistic.


November 19th, 2010 at 1:44 PM ^

Wisconsin is a first tier team while Michigan at best third tier. Hopefully in a couple of years they will move up but I am not optimistic.

Statements like these are stupid.  Michigan has a Top 10 offense in the country.  That is first tier.  Overall, they are definitely a Top 50 team if not Top 30-40.  So unless you mean the third tier to include teams that are currently 7-3, then your classification of Michigan being a third tier team is ridiculous. 


November 19th, 2010 at 7:57 PM ^

how is it that we can all read just a few snippets of what this guy said and all reach the same conclusion - he's a huge douche?  it takes an extra special douchiness to pull that off.