Angelique on the QB Situation FTW

Submitted by MGoShoe on August 28th, 2010 at 9:26 PM

Wouldn't you know it, but Angelique has the quarterback situation all figured out.

At some point toward the end of next week, Michigan coach Rich Rodriguez will inform his quarterbacks who will be the starter against Connecticut in the Sept. 4 opener.  And that is all well and good. After all, someone has to start. But the point Rodriguez keeps making is this: It shouldn't matter.

It shouldn't matter because Quarterback X could start the first game, and quarterbacks Y and Z also could take snaps. Perhaps Quarterback Y looks so solid during the opener, he gets the starting job at Notre Dame, and Quarterback X does some things that warrant another start in the third game, and Quarterback Z? Don't forget what Quarterback Z can do, and so on.

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The cool thing is that all three quarterbacks have seemed absolutely sincere when they've said while the starting job is their respective goal, they absolutely would support whomever that starter is if he is deemed the best choice for the team to win.  Why such an all-for-one, one-for-all approach?

Because all three, including Forcier, who started every game last season, and Gardner, the freshman who enrolled early and participated in spring practice, believe they will play even if they don't start.

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So while Rodriguez will be peppered this week with the who's-the-starting-quarterback question (me ask that? Never! Ha!), maybe the answer should be: Does it really matter?

Moral of the story: Stop obsessing about who starts at quarterback because it's likely that if your favorite doesn't start, he will get extensive playing time during the UConn game and beyond.  Instead, start worrying about perfecting your tailgating, television watch party or sports bar viewing plans. 



August 29th, 2010 at 1:09 AM ^

Fp(Forcier's playing time) + Rp(Robinson's playing time) + Gp(Gardner's playing time)= Tt(total playing time)

Against a secondary weaker than their front 7, Fp should=3Rp

Against front 7 weaker than their secondary, Rp should=1.5Fp

God willing, Gp=0...Catastrophic things will have to happen for him to see the field.  Catastrophic things that we do not want to see.

Vs. Uconn...smallish(quick) defensive line, smallish(quick) linebackers, and a lot of questions at db...I think Fp=3Rp...hopefully with a lot of tenderizing by Hopkins opening up Passes over the top to Stonum and Hemingway.

Vs Notre Dame...Very good front 7, pretty shaky secondary, Fp=3Rp

Vs UMass...Yeah, no one on that team is going to catch DRob, Rp=1.5Fp

Vs. Bowling Green...That front 7 is terrible.  Rp=1.5Fp

Assume that Rp + Fp=1, 

Week 1   Fp=3Rp, 75% Forcier, 25% Robinson

Week 2   Fp=3Rp, 75% Forcier, 25% Robinson

Week 3   Rp=1.5Fp,  60% Robinson, 40% Forcier

Week 4   Rp=1.5Fp, 60% Robinson, 40% Forcier

Total Non-Conference,  57.5% Forcier,  42.5% Robinson

Hope this clears that up.


August 29th, 2010 at 2:50 AM ^

analysis in principle except I think that it will mainly be about X and Y as opposed to X, Y, and Z. Denard and Tate in no particular order are X and Y and I hope Devin redshirts although if he truly gives us the best chance to win then F it.  This year is important enough that I don't mind right now playing Devin even it means we only win one more game even though 3 years from now I'm going to be mad if Devin doesn't redshirt.

On another note, I think Angelique is funny on twitter.  


August 29th, 2010 at 8:37 AM ^

Not sure how this affects the equation, but Tate's hands look HUGE in that picture compared against the other two.

Should we add a Hand Size Coefficient (Hf, Hr, Hg) to the equation?  How would this affect playing time against a good pass defense (Hf = 0.95) vs. a good run defense (Hf = 0.90)?  Would Tate be better on the sidelines in some circumstances?, where his tremendously sized hands could more effectively relay the play call? (Hf = 1.50)  Or should we disregard this factor, and only consider brim position?


August 29th, 2010 at 5:20 PM ^

I have access to super computing resources at UPenn to perform simulations. Mostly our lab uses it to perform MD simulations of protein active site site dynamics using CHARMM. I think I could use the force field in this package to simulate which QB should start.