Michigan State Snowflakes: The Offense

Submitted by LSAClassOf2000 on October 29th, 2016 at 3:49 PM

This will be the repository for your hot takes on the offense for our game versus Michigan State.



October 29th, 2016 at 4:28 PM ^

half, but the O was definitely stagnant in the second half.  M kept their 1st string in the game, and was still calling diverse plays, but just didn't do anything.

I'm just glad Darboh and Speight's heroics carried the day.  If that combo wasn't working at record levels today, M would have lost this one. 

Thank you Speight.  Thank you Darboh. 


October 29th, 2016 at 4:34 PM ^

17-20 leads are really dangerous. You change your play calling to keep it safe and keep the clock running, but it borks your production and lets your opponent hang around. Sure enough, they creep back into it slowly, which at that point makes you want to be even more conservative so you don't gift them points and let them back in even more.

In the end, it worked and we won the game, but gave up style points and a blowout to do it.

SD Larry

October 29th, 2016 at 3:56 PM ^

and tough, despite forcing two passes, one of which was picked.  Very good performance. 

Needed a little more from the running game today.  Sparty played lights out for them, and now it is lights out for them this season.


October 29th, 2016 at 3:59 PM ^

Way too conservative in the 2nd half. All we needed was 1 TD and they would have folded up like lawn chairs. We let our D down a lot today and I hope the playcalling gets less conservative as we go forward. I would have liked to see some more short passing and maybe 4-5 wide sets ... 

I need a drink....that was too stressful.

True Blue Grit

October 29th, 2016 at 4:01 PM ^

Game in the 2nd half, I thought we should have just started passing on pretty much every down. Our pass pro was pretty good mist of the game and MSU'S passing defense sucked. Very frustrating 2nd half.

True Blue Grit

October 29th, 2016 at 4:02 PM ^

Game in the 2nd half, I thought we should have just started passing on pretty much every down. Our pass pro was pretty good mist of the game and MSU'S passing defense sucked. Very frustrating 2nd half.


October 29th, 2016 at 4:05 PM ^

We do not yet have an OL of a top 10 team. Hopefully things will improve through the remainder of the season. OL needs to get better to win in Columbus!


October 29th, 2016 at 4:06 PM ^

Speight looked very good. The Shane Morris package is fucking terrible. You put in a qb who isn't a plus runner and is a bad thrower. Why? What possible benefit does that give you? I'd rather see a base formation run than that thing.

Sent from MGoBlog HD for iPhone & iPad


October 29th, 2016 at 4:31 PM ^

That FB trap on 3rd & 3 late in the game that McDowell stopped single handedly. They were all outside plays before, then on that play they set up Evans like he's going to take a pitch on that big looping action but Shane turns around and gives it to the FB for the dive. Unfortunately Cole got pantsed by McDowell and it got stopped.

If we'd converted that, everyone would've been singing the prasies of setting up that play as that would've basically iced it when it was still 30-17


October 30th, 2016 at 9:45 AM ^

You're exactly right. It was obvious as soon as they ran it that it was a great play.

Except it was a terrible play call - because McDowell DESTROYED Cole all day. I believe they identified Cole as a weak point; I know I saw McDowell line up at end a lot more previously. Check out the 3rd and 4th-down plays on the drive late in the 2nd Q just before Smith scored. Cole got beaten to his knees, literally. Just punished, and McDowell was obviously in his head.

Given that, calling the pattern-breaking dive on that play was a bad choice. Anything that relied on Cole doing anything but getting set on fire and hung at the city gates should have been avoided.

I know McDowell is elite. Even so, I expected Cole to be ok. He was not, and he's struggled all year. Hurt? Just not good at center?


October 29th, 2016 at 5:37 PM ^

This play isn't "new"; in fact it's quite a throwback.  The reason Morris runs it is he's the fastest QB Michigan has, and is actually able to get outside to become a lead blocker.  I can totally see the merits of the Hill run being referenced.


Morris was in, the thinking is MSU would expect a run to the perimeter, and they'd get beat by a quick hitting belly run.  But McDowell manhandled Cole on the play and it failed.


So now fans on computers can overreact to it.


October 29th, 2016 at 4:16 PM ^

The offense went vintage Lloyd Carr the second half. All this BS hype about beating Sparty by forty shit got in their heads. They play like this in Columbus it's going to be a long day. A win is a win. On to Maryland!

Sent from MGoBlog HD for iPhone & iPad