Moving Picture Pages - How Not To Defend Power, Part I

Submitted by Chris of Dange… on September 9th, 2011 at 11:04 AM

In case anybody's wondering, I'm Chris of Dangerous Logic here, but parkinggod pretty much everywhere else on the web, including YouTube.

(apologies to those who are familiar with MPP from last year; this is for the new folks)

  I love Picture Pages, but I'm so obtuse that I usually have to replay the video as I'm reading in order to understand what's happening.  Finally it dawned on me that I have the game footage, a video editor, and a little bit of free time, so (with Brian's permission) I have annotated the play with pauses, spot-shadowing, and other kindergarden video effects to make it easier to follow.  I notice that Brian has also started including an annotated version at the end of his regular picture pages posts (in this case,, but he points out different things there so I think this is still useful.

Setup: It's second and two on the Michigan 47 on Western's second drive of the day.  Western runs a counter out of the shotgun against Michigan's 3-4 front with corners pressing and only Kovacs deep.

Wha'hoppon: The LT ignores Brennen Beyer to double RVB. Beyer crashes into the backfield only to get hit by a pulling guard as the RB runs by him on the counter.  Demens steps up into the hole but loses outside contain, and the RB cuts outside and may well have had a TD if Kovacs doesn't make a tackle 25 yards downfield.




September 9th, 2011 at 11:15 AM ^

...I like your annotated Picture Pages a little better because they clearly illustrate what Brian tries to show in his slide show, but it flows more naturally. Ideally, Brian will contact you when he's making a Picture Pages section so he can embed your video into his post as he's making it, or immediately afterwards.


September 9th, 2011 at 11:37 AM ^

This is really well done. I agree with MichNukeEng, it would be awesome if you and Brian could coordinate this so the content comes out around the same time, or at the same  time.


Keep it up!

Yostbound and Down

September 9th, 2011 at 11:39 AM ^

Very clear and accurate explanation/transcription of what's going on. This helps a lot.


Queston: Is it the pulling guard that indicates a counter play or is it the fullback/H-back at the top heading across the backfield to block Demens? It seems to me like that's something that Demens/Johnson as the Mikes need to read that because Beyer probably can't see the movement from his position...


September 9th, 2011 at 5:47 PM ^

Beyer messes up because as soon as he's not blocked he needs to know something is up instead of rushing to far down field and taking himself out of the play. He needs to crash inside and take on that guard closer to the line of scrimmage, if he does that theres a logjam in the backfield because the FB wont have a hole to be a lead blocker through.


September 9th, 2011 at 11:51 AM ^

I would really like to see more of this type of analysis presentation, for successful execution, in addition to errors. A great way to visualize, and a great teaching tool as well.

blue in dc

September 9th, 2011 at 12:33 PM ^

While I understand that ideally the timi g would be closely coordinated with Brian's writeips, this is definately a case in my mind where they are really useful even if they aren't as timely. I'd personally be happy to see them any time you can find the time. This kind of thing really shows the advantages of a blog like this over other forms of media, in both the collaboeative nature of the work as well as the ability of embedded video.
<br>Thanks for the effort and I hope you find time to do more.

Chris of Dange…

September 9th, 2011 at 1:05 PM ^

It'd be cool if Brian and I could coordinate these, but I really don't see any way we could do it even if he were willing to.  Since MGoBlog is his day job, he's got to put out stuff on his schedule; since my day job is elsewhere, I do these basically whenever I can.