Michigan State Snowflakes: Special Teams / Coaching

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

This will be the repository for your hot takes on the overall coaching (and some special teams talk, if you choose) for our game versus Michigan State.



October 29th, 2016 at 4:02 PM ^

They had their safetys up at the line. They should have been torched all through the 2nd half. My only complaint. Our OL is not very good at run blocking and this could hurt us against Iowa and OSU.

Stuck in Lansing

October 29th, 2016 at 4:11 PM ^

Can't blame Harbaugh for Delano's sheer stupidity or Stribling's poor run support, but giving Shane Morris meaningful snaps is totally inexcusable. It destroys the flow of the offense and has to program building purpose.Speight and Peppers should be M's only QB's this year.


October 29th, 2016 at 4:16 PM ^

Yes to this.

Morris coming in to be some stupid extra blocker is ridiculous. Not cool. It completely kills the drive and the momentum.

I'm not sure if our opponents are just adjusting that well or we are scaling back. Whatever it is it sucks and we need to keep full throttle or someone may actually come back to beat us late in the game.

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October 29th, 2016 at 5:04 PM ^

Also just having a bunch of stuff on tape is a great way to make D coordinators tear their hair out in preparation. Meanwhile on OSU week we can just spend our practice time on entirely different things.

It actually makes sense to put a bunch of weird stuff on tape early in the year while not asking Speight to do too much too soon.

Naked Bootlegger

October 29th, 2016 at 4:17 PM ^

I give an A for special teams coaching this week, mostly for made FG's and getting the 4th quarter punt off successfully with great downfield coverage.    Maybe coaching has little to do with the made FG's or successful punt launch, but I choose to give the special teams coaching staff an A.  It helps to partially exorcise a few special teams demons from last year's game.


October 29th, 2016 at 4:34 PM ^

Little Brother. 

Hilarious that the announcers couldn't figure out the "math" on that decision, yet were quick to say Dantonio wouldn't do something like that just because he's a curmudgeon.  You have no alternative explanation for the "math," yet discount personality?

Classic Dantonio.  I'm just glad we're getting back to "Sparty, no!!!" resulting from such coaching decisions.   


October 29th, 2016 at 4:55 PM ^

Lots of bad Michigan coaching today

1) Run Blitz earlier.  It was clear that Connor had nothing on the ball.  They needed to get run fits and fills to stop Scott earlier in the game making Connor thow.

2) Get the ball to Higdon earlier in the game.  Use the speed on the edge plays more

3) Take every Shane Package play and burn them forever.  That 3-3 in the 4th Q was the stupiest play call ever.  Begging for a fumble or mistake. Stupid, Stupid Stupid.

Leave Speight in there and throw a slant instead.

Several other stupid play calls throughout the game.

McDoom 2 carries 53 yds


October 29th, 2016 at 5:23 PM ^

Was baffling. They need to shit can that horrible package with Morris at QB. And too much wildcat stuff with Peppers. Speight had a great game and yet they kept taking the ball out of his hands.

The One

October 29th, 2016 at 5:25 PM ^

The difference between how the State and Wisconsin games felt. Would have been a few smashed TVs if we missed the field goals

Good job Kenny

The Reeve

October 29th, 2016 at 5:35 PM ^

Harbaugh played not to lose and tried, for the first time in the history of football, to run out the clock starting late in the third quarter. An abomination. All this bullshit about stepping on the throat and running the score up was a mirage, and you think he would've learned not to fuck with Michigan State last year.

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October 29th, 2016 at 6:20 PM ^

But he's also completely right. Our defense was inexplicably shut down in the end of the third quarter and we spent all of the fourth quarter allowing them to chip away at the lead.

Had we committed to one more aggressive TD drive (which would have been simple since, to that point, they hadn't yet forced a punt), the game would have been out of reach.



October 29th, 2016 at 8:16 PM ^

How come every power 5 team we play seems to have a kicker that can bang 50yd fgs with ease? I just hate always feeling disadvantaged knowing a game may come down to kicks.

That whining aside Kenny did all he was asked to do...well done man!


October 30th, 2016 at 1:49 AM ^

The following plays don't work and never will:

1. Shane Morris anything. Just stop. It's a guaranteed loss of down at best.

2. The slowest back in the country on a pitch out to the far side.

3. Failing to hold the edge on teams that figure out your defense is weak against the run on the outside because of speed/sloppy linebacker tackling.

That's about it.