Indiana Snowflakes: The Offense

Submitted by LSAClassOf2000 on October 14th, 2017 at 3:59 PM

This will be the repository for your thoughts and hot takes on the offense during our game against Indiana.



October 14th, 2017 at 4:39 PM ^

Penn State is going to give M the Sandusky treatment--at night, in a white out, under the lights, in a prime time slot, on national TV. 

I'm not sure how likely that is before next Saturday.  The O's difficulties are sobering:  line play (but thankfully M got back to its power run game today!), dropped balls on accurate passes, not noticing open receivers, etc. 


October 14th, 2017 at 4:00 PM ^

This game convinced me that the offensive play calling is most likely not the biggest problem. Speight and O’Korn’s inability to go through their progressions and properly read the defense is severely hampering the offense. Today O’Korn threw a PA bomb to Crawford in double coverage rather than looking to Gentry on a wide open underneath route. He also had terrible play clock awareness, which blew a great shovel pass play call.

Obviously the OL is not good and WRs and TEs dropping catchable balls has been a huge problem as well. Perry and Mckeon both had terrible drops today and Crawford has two left feet for hands.

People are going to bitch about the early RB rotation, but we can’t telegraph the offensive tendencies based on personnel. Higdon can’t catch as evidenced by the dropped screen pass, and we should probably abandon the zone run game completely. That said, Higdon bailed his offense out in an extremely competitive contest. I wouldn’t mind seeing our offense go the conservative route the rest of the season, relying on isolations, power pulls, and lead counters with PA bombs mixed in to keep the defense honest. Higdon should see 20+ carries every game.

Lastly, Brock Huard, aka Great Value Kirk Herbstreit, is the worst color commentator in college football. I’d rather listen to Beth Mowins call a double header.


October 14th, 2017 at 4:24 PM ^

To be fair, they broke the huddle with 10 or 11 seconds left on that shovel pass, and the play required Evans to go pretty far in motion.


Typical of Drevno though, finally come up with a play with some creativity that's been set up by previous play calls, and you got your thumb up your ass and take too long sending it in.

I Like Burgers

October 14th, 2017 at 4:09 PM ^

I thought the play calling was good at the end of the game. Considering they can’t throw the ball at all, opting to go with an all rushing attack and to be as successful at it as they were was kind of impressive.

All I wanted in that second half was don’t let O’Korn screw it up and just run the ball. And they did that pretty well.

Michigan Arrogance

October 14th, 2017 at 4:13 PM ^

people clamoring for Okorn (so, like 75% of us): what makes you think the 3rd string QB on this team would do any better? I mean, this is literally the WORST QB situation M has been in since at least 1987-88*. 


LOL, if anything, Speight's injury has definitively proven the Harbaugh knows exactly what he has at QB. if Peters had shown ANYTHING in practice up to this point, he'd get his chance. 

There's no Tom Brady sitting on that bench. Brian Griese aint sitting on that bench. No Chad Henne either.


*and by 87-88 I mean 2008


October 14th, 2017 at 4:25 PM ^

Unless Peters is deeply afraid of the game football and will collapse on the ground while cradling the football after every can't be any worse than O'Korn.

Let's at least see what we got? Oh no, we might get really bad QB play, like really bad floaters into double coverage or overthrowing guys on easy screens. That'd be *such* a change from what we get now.


October 14th, 2017 at 4:13 PM ^

I get it to a point, do you really want him playing with no experience next week at Happy Valley in a white out? I know JOK is frustrating to watch, but what do we gain by throwing him to the wolves? I'd rather let him sit and learn this off-season. Just my opinion, I do see your point. I just feel like we're in a lose-lose situation with our QBs.


October 14th, 2017 at 4:03 PM ^

Indiana has a redshirt freshman QB that played pretty well. Worries for Peters that he hasn't seen playing time yet despite who's in front of him on the depth chart?


October 14th, 2017 at 5:50 PM ^

It's the scheme and that has been my beef. NFL pro style scheme that peters "isn't getting" the heck? How about simplifying the scheme a bit and use his talent as QB / throwing to actually have a passing game vs an offense before a forward pass was invented ? I'm as preplexed as many of us here specially sans spring game. Why showcase peters like that if he can't throw for 58 yards...