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09/18/2018 - 1:34pm So much for the 'lack of…

So much for the 'lack of tempo sucks' theory...

09/17/2018 - 7:55pm Well, what about the…

Well, what about the offensive game plan and play calling against OSU in 2017?

In fact we did see plays and situational play calling in that game that we had not really seen all year.

The fact that we failed to make an easy interception, and then O'Korn threw a terrible interception, all in the 4th, not the offensive game plan, is the reason M lost that game.

 

09/17/2018 - 7:51pm Lloyd Carr (or his OC) would…

Lloyd Carr (or his OC) would usually run a super predictable offensive game plans even though he has the roster to do so much more.  Way too often this allowed inferior teams to stay close into the 4th quarter, and then weird flukey fumbles, interceptions, etc. would happen...and Michigan would lose.

Harbaugh has done that too.  Examples:  MSU game in 2016.  Plus his offensive play calls in the 4th quarter against OSU in 2016 were also way too conservative.  He failed to dial up any form of offensive creativity when 1 more first down would have put the game away.

09/17/2018 - 4:51pm 2016 offense was good…

2016 offense was good overall, and scored on average 40+ per  game.  But it sputtered against better teams (except injury riddled Penn State's D). 

I think the 2018 offense will be better than 2016 because it will do better against the good teams, mostly because of Patterson.  He alone will make 4 to 5 plays against teams like OSU, Wisconsin, Penn State, that Speight was not able to make in 2016. 

The offense is not there yet, but the ingredients are better than in 2016 and by mid-October the 2018 offense will be pretty good. 

09/17/2018 - 3:58pm I've said it in other…

I've said it in other threads, but to repeat here...

It's an open question whether Harbaugh was (1) being stubborn with running between the tackles into 8-9 man fronts for 1.5 quarters, or (2) just decided to rep his o-line on base running plays into 8-9 man fronts for practice and film teaching, knowing that M would win the game no matter what.

Probably a little of both.

09/17/2018 - 3:47pm The offense that Alabama…

The offense that Alabama used to put up 62 (49 in 1st half) on Ole Miss?  Harbaugh gonna use that one starting with the Wisconsin game...

O.k., so Michigan does not have Bama's current offense.  But I am pretty sure that this year will be the best offense since Harbaugh arrived, and really the best offense against good teams since...a long time.  O-line will improve every week and end up good enough to allow Patterson to fully exploit his potential. 

09/16/2018 - 9:06am I agree with 90% of this. 

I agree with 90% of this. 

But, while Penn State game is winnable, so far at least Penn State offense has been very productive, even after losing Barkley and their OC. 

They have not played a good D yet, but still they look good on offense so far.

09/16/2018 - 9:00am To possible answers...

JH…

To possible answers...

JH is just as outdated and stubborn in his play calling as was Lloyd Carr.

Or, JH wanted to use this auto-win to make his o-line get running game assignments and technique correct against a D that was stacking the box (especially in the 1st half).   Make them execute against 8 man fronts and LBs crashing down without even checking to see if it might be a pass. Use it in the film room. 

09/16/2018 - 8:54am SMU is not as bad as people…

SMU is not as bad as people thought they would be after the week 1 loss to NTSU. 

NTSU is 3-0 with tons of scoring, offense, and wide margins of victory in each game.  NTSU is usually down at the level of UTEP or New Mexico.  Not this year. 

Michigan made a lot of mistakes on D and made too many stupid penalties (beyond the PI calls that were down to poor officiating). 

But SMU is not as terrible as we thought.  SMU QB really made many superb throws in the 2nd half. 

09/16/2018 - 8:38am Exactly correct.  SMU…

Exactly correct.  SMU stacked the box and ran lots of double A gap LB run blitzes.  No run game is going to rip off 7 ypc against that kind of D scheme.

But, did Harbaugh decide to call lots of runs against that sort of D scheme (especially in the 1st half) because...

...(1) he is a stubborn offensive play caller who won't make quick in-game adjustments to what the D is doing?  or...

...(2) he wanted to use the game to make the o-line get better by forcing them to get assignments and technique right against stacked boxes?

Hopefully it is more the latter and he was using the game in part to get some good run game teaching material for film room. 

09/15/2018 - 11:24pm TCU receivers are...good.

TCU receivers are...good.

09/15/2018 - 11:15pm TCU staying close but OSU…

TCU staying close but OSU seems able to pick up yard easily by running now.  TCU D getting worn down

09/15/2018 - 10:56pm Unbelievable.  Game over

Unbelievable.  Game over

09/15/2018 - 10:55pm TCU should stop trying to…

TCU should stop trying to run.  Not working

09/15/2018 - 10:52pm forward pass. Poor execution

forward pass. Poor execution

09/15/2018 - 10:43pm What did TCU rep that play…

What did TCU rep that play twice in practice?  That was terrible execution.

09/15/2018 - 10:39pm Why does Ryan Day have a…

Why does Ryan Day have a shiny face?

09/15/2018 - 10:37pm Targeting rule has become…

Targeting rule has become beyond ridiculous.  If TCU guy gets tossed out for that play...  Don't know what to say.

09/15/2018 - 10:35pm No freakin' way.  How is…

No freakin' way.  How is that targeting?

09/15/2018 - 10:33pm IDK man. 

TCU is beating…

IDK man. 

TCU is beating OSU at the moment. 

And M beat SMU with a very similar score and a slightly better total yards difference than TCU beat SMU. 

 

 

09/15/2018 - 10:28pm I am liking this

I am liking this

09/15/2018 - 9:49pm No good.

No good.

09/15/2018 - 9:26pm That was PI

That was PI

09/15/2018 - 9:21pm OSU safety is terrible.

OSU safety is terrible.

09/15/2018 - 9:20pm Well that was cool...

Well that was cool...

09/15/2018 - 9:15pm O.k., you are crazy.

O.k., you are crazy.

09/15/2018 - 9:07pm This is only half correct. 

This is only half correct. 

Offense is not as productive as it should be, given the overall roster plus Patterson being generally excellent so far.

But Nebraska won't be much of a test.  Nebraska D is terrible right now.

09/15/2018 - 9:04pm Sure.  And how would that…

Sure.  And how would that freshman QB have looked with JH calling the plays instead of Sonny Dykes?

Dykes' teams don't have very good D though.

09/15/2018 - 8:49pm Might as well just cancel…

Might as well just cancel the season and have Alabama and Georgia play for the national championship. 
 

 

09/15/2018 - 8:06pm Exactly. 

In addition the d…

Exactly. 

In addition the d-line this year is not as disruptive on pass plays.

09/15/2018 - 8:04pm App State is a better team…

App State is a better team than SMU.  At any rate, I don't think Penn State is a playoff team.  But they are ahead of Michigan right now.

Penn State offense is going to be a real problem again. 

And if JH thinks he can use the offense he used in the first half today during the first half against Penn State...then Michigan will be chasing from 14 or more down for most of the game. 

 

09/15/2018 - 7:27pm Exactly right.  But why does…

Exactly right.  But why does it take JH so long to stop stubbornly running at double A gap LB blitzes? 

Can't wait so long against good teams.

09/15/2018 - 7:20pm Hilarious!  You think…

Hilarious!  You think Michigan is going to score 45 on Penn State and OSU? 

 

09/15/2018 - 7:18pm That view makes sense if you…

That view makes sense if you are satisfied with Michigan being a no. 15 to no. 25 ranked team.

But this team is very far from being at top 5 team.  That should be the goal.

09/15/2018 - 7:16pm What are you talking about? …

What are you talking about?  Right now Michigan is clearly not close to OSU and Penn State.  That is the measuring stick.

09/15/2018 - 7:12pm Sonny Dykes is a good…

Sonny Dykes is a good offensive mind.

09/15/2018 - 7:10pm D-line not disruptive on…

D-line not disruptive on passing plays.  Makes the whole D malfunction

09/15/2018 - 7:08pm A win.  But not performance…

A win.  But not performance that suggests big trouble against good opponents.

09/15/2018 - 7:06pm Why is it that MSU can…

Why is it that MSU can scheme Kinnel covering their best receiver so often?

09/15/2018 - 7:05pm This team is undisciplined. 

This team is undisciplined. 

09/15/2018 - 7:04pm Another dumb penalty. 

Another dumb penalty. 

09/15/2018 - 7:03pm I just do not see the d-line…

I just do not see the d-line putting pressure on the QB.  D does not work well well QB has 4-5 seconds to throw (SMU gets the ball out).

09/15/2018 - 6:57pm How about a pass to Nico for…

How about a pass to Nico for 6

09/15/2018 - 6:56pm Throw a bomb

Throw a bomb

09/15/2018 - 6:45pm More shit play calling

More shit play calling

09/15/2018 - 6:43pm Nice run blocking there

Nice run blocking there

09/15/2018 - 6:42pm WTF

WTF

09/15/2018 - 6:41pm No sense running.  SMU can't…

No sense running.  SMU can't cover M receivers.  Just pass and score on the 4th play of the drive with a 45 yarder...

09/15/2018 - 6:38pm That is a pick. 

That is a pick. 

09/15/2018 - 6:33pm Metellus has to intercept…

Metellus has to intercept that.  Right in his hands.