Notre Dame Snowflakes: The Offense

Submitted by LSAClassOf2000 on September 2nd, 2018 at 9:00 PM

This will be your thread for thoughts and hot takes about the offense and offensive playcalling.



September 1st, 2018 at 11:07 PM ^

The offense stinks. Again. The line can't block...going on a decade now. Clock management was awful. Chump show.

Plus this site is running like ass again.

Shitty day for M fandom.


September 1st, 2018 at 11:22 PM ^

I've been patient. 

I waited for Rich Rod to get things rolling--and to shore up the D.  I wanted Hoke to outperform every other stop; alas, he lucked into Denard that first year.

I tried to be calm when officials took matters into their own hands.  Even when it happened again and again in the same games, against the same teams.

Every season I tried to hold expectations in check, but secretly hoped the OL would turn a corner--and the last six or seven years, that the O would match the D.

I've been reasonable; I've taken the rational approach.  Never too high; never too low. 

But I'm really tired.  I've reached apathy.  I think I need a break. 


September 1st, 2018 at 11:25 PM ^

As horrible as we played, could have easily won the game. Sack on 2nd-and-goal at the 2, sack while in field-goal range in 2ndQ, botched hold, roughing the passer on a 3rd down stop -- that's a net 14 points on stupid mistakes.

ND pulled a couple great plays out of their ass, but this result was such a fail on Michigan's part.


September 2nd, 2018 at 6:00 AM ^

Everything about this game was standard.  Michigan just trying to keep their head above water for the entire game, gasping for breath until the final seconds when a wave overtakes them and they never resurface.  It's just really painful to watch them flounder, claw their way back, flounder, claw their way back, and then finally keel over and die.  And to have so many of the wounds be self inflicted.  To have was player ejected for targeting and then watch Notre Dame hit our defenseless receiver square in the head for no call, and the countless other untimely penalties that preserve ND drives... And watching our defense get scored on twice, both times dropping gift-wrapped interceptions just prior, is too painful.  It's not fun to watch. They're cursed.


September 2nd, 2018 at 5:23 AM ^

1. The O-Line was getting beat all night. Must be fixed quickly.

2. The play calling is a bit antiquated and predictable.

3. Power football worked when we had 300+ lb OL and opponents average 275 lbs.

4. O-Line showed some improvement or Patterson is much better than previous Q.Bs.

5. Patterson needs to use RPO and make defenses respect his running ability.

6. Nico, DPJ, Perry, and Gentry could have had better games but we didn't stick with them.

7. Players in the zone single handedly win games. Make defenses stop players that are hot.

8. Ambry is a serious weapon returning kicks. N.D. couldn't stop him we stopped him.

9. Evans not involved early enough. Make defenses defend different run styles See Bama/OSU.

10. Time clock management a problem particularly late in the game.

Overall, its the first game against a formidable rival. Someone is going to lose. We didnt make enough plays to win.  I see bright spots. I like Patterson's command, quick release and WRs growth. We must let our play makers win games by going to them early and often.



September 2nd, 2018 at 11:00 AM ^

Wanna know whats wrong about Michigan football?  The spotlight and fanfare they get from our fans, before they have done squat.....    Bo would have never allowed this..he'd have ripped the heck out of all of them....  take Runyan for instance, the interviews he'd give about how much better the OL is since he has been here and how great they are now..... then he shits the bed...

that interview would have NEVER happened under Bo....    Winovich is another overcooked ham.... the heads are wrong on all these guys......  a bunch of Sugar Shanes....who become weak under the attention they get.


September 2nd, 2018 at 12:06 AM ^

I keep thinking, what if they had got Calvin Anderson, who played great for Texas today?  What about Devery Hamilton, who started for Stanford on Friday?  Alex Leatherwood?  Isaiah Wilson?  Or what if they had landed a legitimate big power back like AJ Dillon or Najee Harris?  These whiffs are just killing us and it's getting impossible to structure an offense with no tackles, much less an offense Harbaugh prefers with a power element.

Indy Pete - Go Blue

September 1st, 2018 at 11:22 PM ^

 Seems like the right move at this point. We have some easy games to break them in. They are young and have lots of potential, and could they be much worse?  I liked the decision to start the experienced players tonight in this environment, but they proved that they are just not good enough to play at this level IMO.