MGoFilm Analysis Ep. 2.2 || Sacks / Missed Pass Plays vs. Purdue

Submitted by FanNamedOzzy on October 3rd, 2017 at 11:29 AM

Hey guys. Back at it with another analysis video. If you missed my others, here are my two previous installments of this:

Episode 2.2 focuses on plays in which Michigan either failed to connect on a pass play or resulted in a sack. A couple brief notes here that will probably jump out to you in watching:

  1. RBs need to do a much better job in pass protection.
  2. Stunts from the DL are a consistent issue and seem like easy money against this OL.

Check out the post on MGoFish here, which has additional comments from myself. I'll embed the video below:

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I'm always open to criticism and a decent number of these are debatable. Let me know what you'd like to see in the future and definitely point out something that I may have missed in my analysis.

Enjoy and go blue!



October 3rd, 2017 at 11:49 AM ^

on the second play O'Korn needs to step up and throw the ball, not bail. Kugler is a little late because he looks to far outside and gives up too much ground but doesn't kill the play because he is able to wash the DT out of the play. If O'Korn is able to step up up instead of tucking the ball at first sign of pressure he should be able to have another chance to throw the ball before the pocket gives in. I do not think blocking was all that bad on that play.  


October 3rd, 2017 at 3:49 PM ^

because you don't expect a defensive player to go upfield when he's blocking. It's JOK for not stepping aside and then up to reset his feet. He had DPJ on the outside shoulder, the only place where he can throw the ball to. Instead it's on JOK for pulling his eyes down and panic the moment he sees pressure.


October 3rd, 2017 at 11:59 AM ^

I originally thought that the play where Speight gets injured was Isaac's fault. After watching it multiple times, it looks like he only works over to the outside guy after watching Cole take an initial step towards the LB screaming up the middle. Cole then immediately comes off that guy to go to the outside, where Isaac is already engaged with the DE.


Seems like it was Isaac's responsibility but he decided to improvise when it looked like Cole was stepping to the right. Cole might have naturally reacted to the blitzing LB right over his face, but then realized that wasn't his assignment. It would have been better off if Cole immediately stepped out to pick up the DE so that it would be abundantly clear to Isaac that he needs to engage the LB up the middle.


October 3rd, 2017 at 12:09 PM ^

I understand that it was Isaac's man, but Cole initially stepped to the right, which Isaac might have perceived as an 'oh shit' moment where a DE could potentially be coming free on Speight's blind side.


Either the players need to trust each other to carry out their individual assignments, or Cole needs to be deliberate at stepping towards his responsibility, leaving no doubt towards his intentions.


October 3rd, 2017 at 12:21 PM ^

Isaac never looks to the inside. He doesn't read anyting Cole does at all. He needs to be reading inside out. He has the athleticism to lock onto the LB blitzing up the middle, then get the blitzer on the outside if Cole does stay inside. Not saying Cole did great, but he did his job.


October 3rd, 2017 at 4:30 PM ^

Cole is 100% to blame for this. Protection is slide right Cole jumps left and the backer comes right through his vacant hole. On protection right Issac is to pick up the first man outside the LT and he does it perfectly. Cole had a total mind fart on that play.


October 3rd, 2017 at 12:06 PM ^

I know NCAAF 14 isn't analogous to real life, but it seems like the HB circle routes or routes where they go just outside the tackle then slant back inside are always the best check-downs. These types of routes are preferentially reserved for TEs in our offense, while RBs frequently head for the flats. I don't think this is as advantageous since the TEs already have less space to run their routes, as they are closer to the line of scrimmage. LBs tend to over-pursue when a faster player heads towards the flat before cutting underneath, almost like a mini double-move. It would be nice to see Evans or Isaac get a few of these opportunities.


October 3rd, 2017 at 12:19 PM ^

Holding out hope that the coaches have been strategically keeping a lot of bullets in the chamber and holding back the offense. That might be happening right?...


October 3rd, 2017 at 12:38 PM ^

I wish I could, man. I find it more interesting to look at plays that didn't go well, since it uncovers area in which Michigan is likely looking at to improve.

The next section, running plays, has some positives mixed in there with the negative plays.


October 3rd, 2017 at 1:18 PM ^

Michigan is purposefully playing a difficult o-line scheme to make our players appear crappier than they actually are.  Then, against, MSU, the o-line is taught to simply block whose in front of them and the rouse is unvieled. 


In all seriousness though, thanks for this FanNamedOzzy.  This has turned into one of my favorite things on this board.


October 3rd, 2017 at 2:01 PM ^

Just watched the 14 minute 2.2 video.   Very well done.   Would be great to see some of the plays that were actually succesful on offense.   Thanks for it!


October 3rd, 2017 at 2:15 PM ^

It's been a minute since I've seen a OT as bad as Ulizio. I hate to bag on the kid, but he doesn't seem to know what he's doing even a little bit out there. His initial step is often wrong, then he's stiff and awkward trying recover. He is almost untouched on that spin move and ends up on his ass of his own volition. On the play Speight gets injured, he stands ups straight at the snap and stutter steps instead of trying to get depth to form the pocket. By the time he figures out the LB isn't coming, Onwenu and his guy are already by him. Michigan would be better off if Ulizio literally wasn't there since he acts like a bumper for the DE to bounce off of and destroy Onwenu's blocking angle.

I know Runyon doesn't have the ideal size, but you'd think his athleticism would be offset Ulizio's lack of agility.


October 3rd, 2017 at 2:19 PM ^

Great work once again. The very fisrt play in the video is frustrating to watch. Speight for sure was holding the ball too long. I hope we can get it going against state. I do expect a low scoring defensive battle. 


October 3rd, 2017 at 2:32 PM ^

Great analysis but watching this o-line is kinda depressing.  The play you highlighted where we had a double team on all the rushers and they STILL got pressure was just terrible


October 3rd, 2017 at 4:55 PM ^

He did but that's why it's so important for the receiver to work back to the QB. Late throws happen, especially at the college level, and working back vs sitting and letting the DB jump the ball is the difference between a catch and an INT. I understand Perry is trying to get the first down here, but I'd rather see the catch short of the sticks than giving the DB a play on the ball he otherwise wouldn't have.


October 3rd, 2017 at 4:26 PM ^

but here is what I saw on the first three plays:

#1.  No excuse for a sack here. Gentry is open and has a huge window for that ball to be delivered for a first down. Flat are also open. This sack is completely on Speight for not throwing the ball to one of the 3 open receivers, he had time to make the pass.


#2 Kugler starts off by shifting too far left watching the backer. Once he commits there, backer comes on a delayed blitz and then he has to scramble and reach to make block after he vacates his position. Cole needs to pass off his man to Bredeson, then open up to his left to help form the pocket. He stays on his man too long and gets his back to his position. If he steps left he helps form the pocket and would catch the safety coming late and help Issac with his block.


#3 This is totally on Cole. Protection is slide right and that backer comes straight at him. The line looks right but he turns left and goes outside. He needs to at least turn around and say lookout to his QB. Issac is right on the money with a protection right stepping to the outside of the LT and picking up last man on the line. Cole blew this assignment.




October 3rd, 2017 at 5:14 PM ^

#1 - I think the LBs are there to react if Speight actually looks to the middle. They are reacting to his eyes and seem to be baiting Gentry a bit. The flat is absolutely open and likely the best option here.

#2 - Agreed on Kugler, still thinks he does an okay job of recovery, though. I don't disagree with your take on Cole, but Isaac clearly just let his guy go. More on him than it is Cole.

#3 - Isn't pass protection for a RB almost always to work inside out? Again, I don't disagree with your criticism of Cole here, but seems like Isaac could have done a better job with his eyes, no?


October 3rd, 2017 at 6:09 PM ^

Against a bad defensive line-

I'd like to see JOK take shotgun snaps every time and always have an easy outlet throw available versus MSU.

Shotgun saves about a second and give the QB an earlier look at the rush.