The Snowflake Thread: Offense

Submitted by LSAClassOf2000 on October 19th, 2013 at 7:10 PM

Here is your snowflake thread for the offense. Unlike last week, I am pretty sure we're not going to OT here. 



October 19th, 2013 at 7:36 PM ^

If that is the case, the coaches are smarter than me.  I was mostly concerned with Bosch but thought Magnusson played well.  I'm already trying to convince myself that a Braden Kalis Glasgow Bosch Mangusson line could be really good and will be toghether for at least two full years and 3 years for all except Glasgow with Kugler getting ready to play.


October 19th, 2013 at 8:37 PM ^

They rotated. I didn't catch much Magnuson, but I had 4 minuses for Kalis out of 15 plays or so. One plus. Still not ready, but we have to roll with these guys.

Bosch looked pretty good. Hard to guage, but I didn't see any obvious busts.

Also, Indiana's defense is bad.

Cold War

October 19th, 2013 at 7:31 PM ^

Happy for Devin, Jeremy, Borges, and the O-line.

Also happy for myself. It took just a few minutes to see what a shit storm the game thread was going to be, so I logged off  and enjoyed one of the funnest Michigan games ever.



October 19th, 2013 at 7:31 PM ^

should have foregone the last TD so the punter got an extra rep against IU. WHAT IF THE PUNTER SHANKS THE BALL AGAINST MSU WITHOUT THAT EXTRA REP??!1!11!


October 19th, 2013 at 10:44 PM ^

After shitting the bed last week, it looks like Al shuffled the line some more, used a lot more passing to set up the run, spread things out a bit, etc.  
I'd say he called a fantastic game against a subpar defensive team, and outscored them when he needed to. 

Why does he have to be either 100% genius or moron each week.
People are pretty damn bipolar around here.

Today's game doesn't erase last week, but it sure points toward some cautious optimism for the MSU game in 2 weeks.

Space Bat

October 19th, 2013 at 7:32 PM ^

We put up 751 yards and 63 points against a terrible big ten defense. We did not do that against Uconn or Akron, who both have just as terrible defenses. That, to me, is an improvement. Now we just have to keep the momentum going.


October 19th, 2013 at 7:38 PM ^

I am confused.  Is our offense good or is our defense bad now?  Was it just Indiana's poor D, or a difference in offenseive strategy or both?  Is our D regressing or is our D not up to handling 4 and 5 wide sets? Was O-line blocking better with this group or is it just Indiana sucks?  I have many questions and no answers and wonder how we'll be against Staee.

Still, we have  only one loss on the year with a very young team and Borges seems to have modified things a bit (but still needs to get rid of that horrible stretch play that always goes for -1 yard.

I think we're improving by schedme on offense but the toughest teams are yet to come.


October 19th, 2013 at 7:39 PM ^

Not sure I understand all the folks saying this game shows Al was right all along. The fanbase has been screaming for basically exactly what happened today. Running from the gun, spreading guys out, letting your very talented QB and receivers play, quit telegraphing every play with your formation.

This game would seem to suggest that the fanbase was right and Borges was (previously) wrong.


October 19th, 2013 at 8:52 PM ^

Closer to 50%.

Fitz had more success than last week, but he got at least 50 of his 150 from the I, sometimes into stacked boxes. That last drive was all into stacked boxes, but we opened holes and Fitz beat the extra man.

And on a day when we passed for about 350 yards out of the I, I don't think you can say this is what you were calling for. Especially since these exact passes failed last week.

Also, no bubbles.

dave krieg

October 19th, 2013 at 7:42 PM ^

As much as anything it was competent run blocking that made the difference.  Big difference between gaining 4 and losing 2 on early downs.  And the vertical playaction passing game (which we'd never have with RROD's noodle arms beyond the "QB oh noes" crap everyone used to be so obsessed with here) killed over and over again.


October 19th, 2013 at 7:46 PM ^

So...Bosch and Magnusun the rest of the way? Seemed to work (forget Indiana caveats, the other O-Lines didn't work against Akron and UConn who are probably worse on defense).

Michigan Arrogance

October 19th, 2013 at 7:49 PM ^

I have to say, that tunnel screen to Gallon that went for big yards in teh 1st QTR- the 1st thing I thought was "FU Borges, if you'd have run that last week, 2-3 times, we win"

the 2nd thing i thought was, if we hit 1 of 2 missed FGs and don't turn the ball over twice we also win


October 19th, 2013 at 7:51 PM ^

Devin Gardner's 584 yards of total offense was one yard short of the Big Ten record of 585 set in 1980 by Illinois QB David Wilson vs Ohio State.  Wilson had 621 yards passing and -36 yards rushing   The Illini lost that game 49-42.


October 19th, 2013 at 7:57 PM ^

Not sure where to put this, but you gotta feel for Joey Burzinyski. A Walk-on guy finally gets his start and goes one series before getting hurt. He made a couple nice plays too. Hope he gets another shot at some point, but with so many guys in front him and now Bosch too, it'll be tough.


October 19th, 2013 at 7:57 PM ^

Complete reversal from last week. Definite improvement. Caveats apply since this was Indiana D but I think this is a sustainable offense. They have two weeks to work on it and make it even better. The defense needs to analyze what went wrong but Indiana's offense is good and plays a system that usually gives us fits. I'll take it and the bye week coming up. Much more positive feelings after this weekend's action. Keep getting better and let's see what happens.


October 19th, 2013 at 8:35 PM ^

How much time did kalis get? Earlier posters said he played much of second half over Magnuson while others seem to praise Magnuson. Just trying to get rough sense of how minutes were split throughout game.


October 19th, 2013 at 8:47 PM ^

I thought Magnuson was in there pretty much the whole game.  I did see Kalis on a goal-line play as the extra lineman and a few more plays.  I am far from certain this is correct.

I thought Magnuson, Burzynski and Bosch all looked good enough.  None are likely to blow people off the ball, but they'll block the guy they are supposed and not be a liability against a pass rush.  This is good enough for me in 2013.


October 19th, 2013 at 8:08 PM ^

I will be really interested to see how Bosch and Magnuson get graded out.  I know the running offense was simplified and this was just Indiana, but they seemed to hold up rather well considering this was their first start.

snarling wolverine

October 19th, 2013 at 8:33 PM ^

Great game by the offense.  I'm glad that our school record for yardage (751, set today) is now against a B1G school, whereas before it was against FCS Delaware State, which seemed a little artificial.    



October 19th, 2013 at 8:46 PM ^

I thought Bosch played well. There was one play where he got beat inside but managed to pinch in enough to hold the DT off. The fact that he quickly recovered and made a block impressed me.

Playaction on first down, the draws, and just getting it to Gallon were all great strategies. And Devin broke Denard's record for total offense. Other than a few mistakes and bad throws, he was accurate and seemed comfortable.


October 19th, 2013 at 9:04 PM ^

Agreed. They had the RB baby sit him to start out on the first few pass plays, waiting in case he needed help. He generally held his own. MSU will be a tough test, and competition caveats apply here, but I definitely feel better about the OL. I didn't notice many LOL type busts or guys getting owned all that much.