|12/09/2018 - 11:52pm||Maybe not elite, but very…||
Maybe not elite, but very good. Gentry was an excellent option all year and played the worst game of his season against OSU. The passing offense was underwhelming throughout the rest of the season as well.
|12/09/2018 - 11:51pm||Harbaugh dictates the…||
Harbaugh dictates the general scheme but doesn't design the passing plays. This year we had Shea Patterson throwing to a group of elite receivers and the passing offense was very underwhelming. The passing game looks significantly worse than it did in the first two years of the program when we didn't have Pep. I'm not one of those people who is delusional about Jed being amazing, but the passing offense was better then without a functional running attack to set it up.
|12/09/2018 - 11:21pm||What an odd comment…||
What an odd comment. Criticisms of Pep are legitimate. It doesn't mean everything that happens to the team is Pep's fault and it doesn't mean he's an abomination. He's just kind of okay and nothing more than that. Our run/pass breakdown is similar to that of Oklahoma's and we have an elite QB throwing to three elite wide receivers and elite tight ends. It's really not crazy to think that maybe, just maybe, we should be throwing for more than 212 ypg.
|12/06/2018 - 2:54pm||The guy is second to last in…||
The guy is second to last in the B1G as a recruiter this year. That's a big part of the job of a position coach.
|12/05/2018 - 12:59am||It should also be noted that…||
It should also be noted that the passing game looked very different with Rudock than it did with Shea.
|12/04/2018 - 9:40pm||I was about to post about…||
I was about to post about Dabo. He is the definition of a CEO coach and he basically had three phases in his coaching depending on who he had as coordinators:
|12/02/2018 - 1:56pm||Jesus, the guy has one…||
Jesus, the guy has one really bad game and half of the board thinks he doesn't understand a zone defense and will never change. We can ignore the fact that he coached the #1 defense in America with pathetic talent at BC while running a lot of zone. We can also ignore the fact that he has pretty sinificantly adjusted his scheme in the short time he's been here (3-3-5 stack anyone?). Chill out folks. The world didn't end. Brown has an entire career of excellence that suggest that this was an aberration.
|12/02/2018 - 1:49pm||Hyperbole much? Brown ran a…||
Hyperbole much? Brown ran a lot of zone at Boston College, which is weird for a guy who doesn't know what a zone is.
|12/02/2018 - 12:53pm||I think most college…||
I think most college football coaches are caveman idiots and his weird political statements don't do that much to influence his play calls. Doesn't Harbaugh call football the last bastion of toughness or something weird like that? Players getting in trouble is a head coach culture thing and he wouldn't be dictating that anymore.
|12/02/2018 - 12:40pm||MgoBlog loves that clip of…||
MgoBlog loves that clip of Harbaugh saying, "Good shit Jed" on a 2pt conversion. What was he congratulating Fisch about if Harbaugh designed that play? Harbaugh dictates the base scheme, but doesn't design the specific plays.
|12/02/2018 - 12:32pm||I'm not that big on Tee…||
I'm not that big on Tee Martin, but Fedora collapsed as a head coach, not as an OC.
|12/02/2018 - 12:26pm||I've been wondering why I…||
I've been wondering why I don't see Larry Fedora's name come up more often. He failed as a head coach, but it seems like he knows how to run a potent offense. Pep has oscillated between pretty good and bad for his entire career.
|12/02/2018 - 12:23pm||Harbaugh is the main guy…||
Harbaugh is the main guy behind the offense, but the play calls on passing plays looked very different in the Rudock/Chesson/Darboh offense than they did this year. Harbaugh is in charge and dictates the overall scheme for the most part, but he doesn't design all of the plays. IMO our overall scheme is fine. We run a shotgun power running scheme, which is fine. Oklahoma, Notre Dame, and Alabama have no problem running more than 50% of the time and using tight ends in their modern offenses. We need better passing plays, a shift closer to 50/50 in our run/pass distribution, and a faster tempo.
The better passing plays part will come with different people calling the passing plays. A combination of that and literally everyone who throws passes, catches passes, and blocks for the passing game (other than JBB) getting an extra year of experience could make us pretty damn good next year.
|12/01/2018 - 10:14pm||I'd really like to see a UFR…||
I'd really like to see a UFR-style breakdown of these teams. Oklahoma seemed to use their tight ends and they ran more than they passed today. They have a tight end with 22 receptions this year. Notre Dame does a lot of power running out of the shotgun as well and has a tight end with 34 catches, much like Michigan.
What I'd really like to see from Michigan is a better offense. We already run most of our offense out of the shotgun and pistol and use the option game to keep opponents honest. Perhaps it's more the fact that Pep Hamilton has been mediocre to okay at coordinating offenses his entire career and we need someone better to call passes and influence Harbaugh in his run/pass balance. Next year we should improve by default, with the offense losing only Higdon and JBB, but gaining Charbonnet and the redshirted freshman linemen as competition. Still, we should hope for more passing to our elite athletes, but not necessarily a complete redesign of the offense. That's just not necessary.
|12/01/2018 - 10:07pm||I'd really like to see a UFR…||
Edit: Wrong thread
|12/01/2018 - 4:14pm||Somewhat true, but the…||
Somewhat true, but the passing game was much more interesting at the end of 2015 with Rudock than it has been with Pep.
|12/01/2018 - 2:25pm||Also worth noting that…||
Also worth noting that Oklahoma uses tight ends and still runs the ball about 50% of the time. It would not require a personnel shift.
|12/01/2018 - 2:24pm||It wouldn't be totally…||
It wouldn't be totally surprising to see McElwain become OC and Roundtree become the WR coach. Not as much of a splash as many would want, but I can see it happening. With that said, McElwain needs to start recruiting worth a damn if he wants to stay.
|12/01/2018 - 2:19pm||Pep did a decent job a…||
Pep did a decent job a couple years ago, but he hasn't done much lately with recruiting. He secured Cade McNamara's commitment in March, but otherwise hasn't landed anyone since 2017.
|12/01/2018 - 2:13pm||They can both go and I don't…||
They can both go and I don't think it would be a huge loss. I also don't think they're both terrible. Much of Pep's career consisted of him following around Andrew Luck and oscillating between okay offenses and bad offenses. McElwain's is a tougher shell to crack. He was a very good coordinator at Bama before they had the huge talent advantage and his CSU team had a very good offense with a huge talent advantage. Then he walked into a failing culture revolving door situation at Florida and was terrible.
In terms of recruiting, neither of them gives us much of anything at the moment. For the current recruiting class, here's what it looks like according to 247:
Pep: #88 recruiter in the B1G with one recruit
McElwain: #109 recruiter (second-to-last) in the B1G with one recruit
|11/30/2018 - 12:31am||Our wide receivers improved…||
Our wide receivers improved a lot this year, but that could also just be a function of being a year older. It would be nice to have an assistant who actually recruits in his spot.
|11/29/2018 - 12:23pm||Gerg was an abomination as a…||
Gerg was an abomination as a head coach at Syracuse
Gerg was an abomination as DC at Michigan
Otherwise, Gerg's career is an interesting one. I'm not sure how much we can penalize his DC chops from his time as a head coach at Syracuse since plenty of great DCs fail as head coaches. For the rest of his career, he seems like maybe an average coordinator. His defense was fine in the NFL, he immediately fixed the defense at Texas when he took over Manny Diaz's mess a few years ago, and he had a defense ranked in the 40s and 50s at San Jose State. It's entirely possible that at this stage in RichRod's career, it's nearly impossible to be his DC. Shafer became terrible in his one year as RichRod's DC, then Casteel failed pretty miserably with him at Arizona as well, despite a career of solid performance.
|11/25/2018 - 8:44pm||Get rid of the huddle
Get rid of the huddle
50/50 split between running and passing
More sets with one tight end than with two
Recruit more elite pass rushers
Immediately develop our elite incoming class of defenders so we have more speed
|11/21/2018 - 10:57am||And that's somewhat propped…||
And that's somewhat propped up by earlier performances that occurred before they had some major injuries. Lewerke is a pretty decent quarterback when he's healthy but he's been lame for a while. LJ Scott is a pretty decent back but he's out for the season. When they were scoring touchdowns (something they haven't done in three weeks) they had Lewerke chucking it up to Felton Davis, who is also out for the season.
They had a bad offense before they had key injuries. With those injuries, they're probably worse than S&P suggests.
|11/16/2018 - 12:29pm||The thing about our last…||
The thing about our last couple of five-star backs is that their ratings fell over time. Charbonnet's stock seems to be rising.
|11/11/2018 - 2:25pm||What happened to Petrino? I…||
What happened to Petrino? I know he's a garbage human being, but he's always been a good coach. Why is Louisville so bad?
|11/06/2018 - 10:41am||I think Shea is outstanding…||
I think Shea is outstanding and has the tools to be a Heisman finalist, but the way we utilize him right now doesn't seem conducive to even being considered as a Heisman candidate. We run on like 70% of our plays or something like that, with him accounting for a small fraction of those. Again, he is outstanding and excels almost every time we use him, but we don't use him that much and Heisman finalists have gaudy stats.
|11/01/2018 - 1:25pm||I'd take Hoke as DL coach in…||
I'd take Hoke as DL coach in a heartbeat, but I don't think it would ever happen. I could be wrong.
|11/01/2018 - 1:07pm||First, let me preface this…||
First, let me preface this by saying that I agree with you and I hope he retires at Michigan. With that said, he was actually pretty damn good as a head coach. From Wikipedia:
|10/28/2018 - 1:29am||If you're big on Ghost Wars…||
If you're big on Ghost Wars and Directorate S, you should check out Legacy of Ashes by Tim Weiner.
|10/28/2018 - 1:26am||I endorse this comment. Your…||
I endorse this comment. Your local library has a ton of audiobooks that you can rent for free with your smartphone.
|10/24/2018 - 12:20am||I think what we're going to…||
I think what we're going to do to Rutger will be obscene and not suitable for young children.
|10/21/2018 - 7:44pm||I saw him in the game for a…||
I saw him in the game for a play. Not sure if he played more than that, but we didn't target him.
|10/21/2018 - 1:09pm||Their big, impressive win…||
Their big, impressive win against TCU is turning out to not be impressive at all. TCU kind of stinks this year.
|10/21/2018 - 12:24pm||Nope, no adjustments for…||
Nope, no adjustments for these stats. Just the raw numbers.
|10/21/2018 - 12:15pm||It was easy to miss, but…||
It was easy to miss, but Tarik played a down yesterday.
|10/21/2018 - 12:14pm||#1 is Temple, so definitely…||
#1 is Temple, so definitely a different caliber of opponent.
|10/21/2018 - 12:05pm||With Wisconsin, it's…||
With Wisconsin, it's important to remember that they play at a slow pace. Because of this, traditional stats that don't adjust for the number of plays underrate their offense and overrate their defense.
|10/21/2018 - 12:02pm||Some more stats:
Some more stats:
|10/20/2018 - 6:17pm||I'm beginning to see a…||
I'm beginning to see a method to the madness wrt the running game. Over the last couple weeks, we've had little success early, but have worn down our opponents over time and run effectively at the end.
|10/19/2018 - 1:54pm||WhErE cAn I wAtCh A gAmE oN…||
WhErE cAn I wAtCh A gAmE oN tHe MoOn?
|10/18/2018 - 2:07pm||Their OL was ass last year…||
Their OL was ass last year as well, and was not the foundation that built their extremely unlikely 10-win season. I think Lewerke is a solid QB who is throwing to the walking wounded behind an awful OL.
|10/18/2018 - 12:15pm||This is true, but Wisconsin…||
This is true, but Wisconsin's rush defense hasn't exactly been great this year either. They surrendered over 6 ypc against BYU, so we likely figured we could run on them.
|10/18/2018 - 11:43am||If this was anyone other…||
If this was anyone other than MSU I would feel very confident about a win. Heavy rain will likely negate their glaring weakness, but will also harm the only way they're able to move the ball. We may be in for a sludge fart.
Advantages for UM:
Abysmal MSU running offense v elite rushing defense
Average MSU passing offense v #1 passing defense
Extremely efficient UM QB v abysmal passing defense
Advantages for MSU:
#1 MSU rushing defense v above average rushing offense
Dantonio's black magic against Michigan
|10/17/2018 - 1:04pm||Yup, this. He was an elite…||
Yup, this. He was an elite OL coach at OSU but not that great as an OC.
|10/12/2018 - 5:01pm||Wisconsin's run defense has…||
Wisconsin's run defense has not been that great at all. In their last three games they've given up the following:
Nebraska: 4.6 ypc
Iowa: 4.8 ypc
BYU: 6.8 ypc
Nothing to write home about in general, and just straight up awful against BYU. They padded their stats at the start of the season against two awful non-con opponents and suffered a bunch of injuries.
|10/12/2018 - 12:07pm||Hey guys, check out this…||
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|10/10/2018 - 3:45pm||I think against MSU we'll…||
I think against MSU we'll have to go straight up air raid, as their rushing defense is impregnable and their secondary is Charmin soft. Wisconsin's defense doesn't appear to be all that great at anything this year other than benefitting from a slow paced offense that prevents high scoring games. I imagine we'll see a balanced attack on Saturday.
|10/10/2018 - 3:37pm||In their last few games…||
In their last few games their opponents have been able to run the ball. If we ignore the games against tomato cans and just look at when they've played real teams, here's what we have:
This defense doesn't look anything like what they put on the field last year.
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