Practice Scrimmages between Off. & Def.

Submitted by StephenRKass on September 21st, 2009 at 12:10 PM

I am not personally familiar with how practices are run. I'm curious how often the Michigan defense and offense play against each other at full speed. You would think that this would really help both sides of the team improve. What better practice for the defense than to try to stop Carlos Brown? What better practice for DRob to pass than to actually have the DL coming to hit him and the corners covering the receivers?

I have often heard it said that when one side of the ball is good, it helps the other side improve. But I'm wondering if this is really true.



September 21st, 2009 at 1:15 PM ^

I believe most scrimmages, at least at M, are first team vs. second team. So, if you have great depth on both sides of the ball, you will get the most out of scrimmages.

I would say you are right to think that the statement is false. For example, you have to believe that our second team D this year is not good at all, yet our offense appears to be a well oiled machine for long stretches of play. This is the exact opposite of last year, when our O stunk and we thought perhaps that was hurting the progress of our D. I'm not sure that was really the main problem anymore.


September 21st, 2009 at 1:21 PM ^

I believe you are right about the first teams running against the seconds but am not 100% sure. But in turn, wouldn't that also allow are second teams to gain experience while allowing the first teams to go over some of the detials throughout the week?