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10/05/2016 - 5:56pm Evans Run -2

On the Evans run where he picked up a -2, a screen grab one or two frames back would be telling. Newsome is setup with outside leverage pre-snap and even gets his outside shoulder punch but still loses the block. One step after the handoff Evans sees his LT turning his shoulders, sealing the defender inside. That run is more on Newsome losing what should be a simple block. Evans making an adjustment would have been an A+ read.

08/13/2015 - 12:34pm Understandably Inefficient

The biggest reason LeVert didn't come close to replicating the Stauskas/Burke role is because Caris is an inefficient player. His vision and passing is limited (especially compared with Nik and Trey), his dribble often takes him nowhere, and he struggles in the pick and roll game of Beilein's offense.
We can appreciate a great Robin, that doesn't mean he'll ever be Batman...and that's okay. Here's hoping Walton or Irvin can take the lead because we've seen how successful a team can be with Caris LeVert in the #2 role.

03/13/2014 - 2:54pm Dakich-ing

Superb.

I look forward to Dakich-ing during the upcoming tourney run. I need to study the vast repertoire to drop the right move at the right time.

05/07/2013 - 4:24pm Play By Play

Brobinson back to pass, rolls out with that 4.3 speed, fires a 45-yard rope to Tacopants. Tacopants soars 15 feet in the air to make the catch! Did he fumble it?!? No! No, it is a lateral over his head to a leaping McHart! McHart jumps over Tacopants, grabs the ball while spinning past the safety into the endzone for a Michigan touchdown!

We'll have to wait for the XP because once again #77 Jakelor LeLong has decapitated a defensive end.

03/27/2013 - 5:31pm offense

One minor thought about McGary/Horford/Morgan offensively; McGary brings more of a threat with his 12-14 foot jumper and comfort playing FT extended. He can also dunk a lot of plays that Morgan cannot and Horford lays up for some reason. Against Withey those are advantages.

01/29/2013 - 1:19pm Kentucky

UK actually lost the SEC tournament (Vandy) and finished 38-2. I guess I'd settle for the same...

01/14/2013 - 12:55pm Backdoor

Stauskas had a couple backdoor cuts but the passer was unable to get him the ball. I believe one was Morgan from the high post (somewhat understandable) and another was Trey dribbling with his head down (less so). Still a good point, Stauskas needs to cut harder and more effectively reversing an out-cut.

12/18/2012 - 5:28pm Where it hurts the most

Obviously this is another uniform disaster.  However, money walks for Dave Brandon and the Athletic Department.  My suggestion is to message the following email address:

[email protected]

That is the University of Michigan Donations email.  Let them know that you were thinking of donating but these new uniforms have caused you to become violently ill and now you've got to but a new laptop/phone/tablet.  That will show em!  Okay probably not...

04/17/2012 - 2:14am PaperLT

Bravo.  Well played sir.

PaperLT?  PaperDonkeyHater?

 

03/07/2012 - 4:46pm Great analysis

Nice work Ace.  Interesting to see Beilein finding ways to get Smotrycz (and Hardaway previously) back into their comfort zones.

Hopefully Smotrycz can continue to exploit teams offensively from the 5, because it seems likely Morgan will find himself in some sort of foul trouble over the next two weeks.  He showed up against Duke last March, so we know Smotrycz has the ONIONS! (TM Bill Raftery) to contribute in big games.

01/13/2012 - 3:01pm UFRs

Ace - Love the effort, but I wonder if the time investment is worth it.  As you mentioned, there are some great basketball metrics available.  Also, a dedicated UFR may not be completed before the next game.  By the time this is posted Michigan may have gone from a low possession game to a more up tempo oppenent and the specific takeaways may not apply immediately.

Trending features (similar to UMHoops "Inside the Play") might be more helpful.  Couple ideas:

Pick and Roll - Trey Burke versus Darius Morris.  How to incorporate the roll man.  More pick and pop with Burke/Hardaway or Burke/Smotrycz?

Designed First Look - In set plays, how is Beilein drawing up the primary option?

Lineups - How does the offense vary when Michigan goes small (Smotrycz at the 5)?

You address a lot of these in the UFRs, but having a couple games video and different examples make it easier to understand the creativity of Beilein.

01/06/2012 - 5:17pm Crafty old man

Red was just waiting for you to mention something about Merrill.  Crafty old man...

I was looking for the "it is you who are mistaken, about a great many things" video, but couldn't find it so instead you get this... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xaA2eKABuEE

Now all we need is for Borges to throw a bubble screen on the first play against Alabama

12/30/2011 - 4:21pm Letter to Tennessee AD

Well said Brian.  I submitted this note to the Tennessee athletic department this morning:

What your athletic department is doing to DeAnthony Arnett is both shameful and horrific.  The AD and football coach should be embarrassed of their actions in this manner.  Allow a young man to support his family and pursue his future.  Release DeAnthony Arnett to any school of his choosing.

If this does not take place, I hope the negative attention drawn to your football program and athletic department prevents other elite athletes from making the same mistake as DeAnthony...enrolling at Tennessee.
 
Expecting exactly zero response from those rocky top morons.
03/25/2011 - 1:52am Invitation to leave

You hope this blog gets back to its roots or you will no longer grace it with your readership?  If you no longer find enjoyment in reading the best school-based blog in existence, please find your nearest exit and know your participation has been appreciated.

There is no whining about "what could have been" in this post, simply a March...MARCH for f's sake what else do you want to read about...post speculating on the adaptation of existing personnel and skill sets.

I think we can all agree that the 2011 season is set up for success, and the hope is that Brady Hoke & staff can maximize the NOW while building the FUTURE.  As Brian mentions the pieces are mostly in place on offense, something RR did not have in 2008.

10/18/2010 - 3:16pm Vincent Smith Open

You are correct, Vincent Smith came out of the backfield and was wide open in the right flat.  Smith catches the ball 7-8 yards downfield and has an opportunity to pick up the first down.

To be fair Smith wasn't quite Odoms-Iowa-2009 open, but Denard definitely missed a check down.

10/07/2010 - 12:14am Getting Stops

The turnover and penalty statistics highlight a Sparty trend of shooting themselves in the foot.  Obviously enough, that may be the best hope for the defense to get stops on Saturday.

A drive where Cousins hands us the football, and another drive or two killed by penalties (early-down holding, false start, personal fouls...) may be all Denard & Crew need.

10/05/2010 - 7:36pm Utilizing Roh, JT Floyd

I have to agree that GERG can do more with the dynamic Craig Roh.  Roh playing in space is not as instinctive when playing near/at the line.  Roh and Black should both be rushing the QB on most passing downs (hand on the ground or not).  You’re taking your best pass rusher away from rushing the passer.

Another curious use of personnel was the blitzing of JT Floyd, meaning you ask a freshman DB to cover.  You’re taking your best DB out of coverage.  The Indiana TD at the end of the first half was the result of a misplayed zone by Talbott.  Does JT Floyd play that correctly?  Maybe. Hopefully yes.

With only so many capable defenders, you have to maximize their abilities.  Roh consistently in zone coverage and Floyd in a blitz does not utilize your defensive playmakers.  Showing different looks is important, but so is putting your players in the best position to succeed.

Lastly, when we bring delayed blitzes it would be good to see our DBs press up on the WRs a bit.  Chappell threw into the blitz, as a good QB will do, and the WRs were open on short routes.  When we dial-up a blitz the coverage has to be tighter, knowing the WRs will shorten routes.  JT Floyd, at least, has the ability to re-direct the WR off the line and still get into his zone drop.

GERG is working with an inherently flawed unit, but it would be good to see Roh and Floyd schemed to their strengths, like he has been able to do with Martin and Mouton.

I cannot agree that we have Top 25 talent defensively, or that GERG should resign.  A little realism and pictures of Denard will go a long way...

10/05/2010 - 5:43pm Maximizing Defensive Playmakers

I have to agree that GERG can do more with the dynamic Craig Roh.  Roh playing in space is not as instinctive when playing near at the line.  Roh and Black should both be rushing the QB on most passing downs (hand on the ground or not).  You’re taking your best pass rusher away from rushing the passer.

Another curious use of personnel was the blitzing of JT Floyd, meaning you ask a freshman DB to cover.  You’re taking your best DB out of coverage.  The Indiana TD at the end of the first half was the result of a misplayed zone by Talbott.  Does JT Floyd play that correctly?  Maybe. Hopefully yes.

With only so many capable defenders, you have to maximize their abilities.  Roh consistently in zone coverage and Floyd in a blitz does not utilize your defensive playmakers.  Showing different looks is important, but so is putting your players in the best position to succeed.

Lastly, when we bring delayed blitzes it would be good to see our DBs press up on the WRs a bit.  Chappell threw into the blitz, as a good QB will do, and the WRs were open on short routes.  When we dial-up a blitz the coverage has to be tighter, knowing the WRs will shorten routes.  JT Floyd, at least, has the ability to re-direct the WR off the line and still get into his zone drop.

GERG is working with an inherently flawed unit, but it would be good to see Roh and Floyd schemed to their strengths, like he has been able to do with Martin and Mouton.

11/07/2009 - 3:26am Vogrich

The best-case developmental comparison for Vogrich would be Stu Douglass. Last year Stu earned more minutes throughout the season by improving his defensive awareness.

From watching Vogrich in high school, he will be at a severe physical and athletic disadvantage, particularly once Big Ten play begins.

Hopefully, like Stu, his shooting and vision in the half-court will justify minutes until the defensive IQ improves. Thankfully, unlinke Stu, we don't Vogrich to play 20 minutes/game as a freshman.

03/24/2009 - 1:09am Vogrich

The kid did have a great senior season, adding a "scorers" ability to his sharp-shooter reputation.

However, his size and athleticism will be major factors next year. Coming in he'll be at a physical disadvantage. Calling him an average defender would be an overstatement. We've seen that Beilein will not play guys unless they can defend, and that will be Vogrich's biggest issue.

Stu Douglass improved his D throughout the year and earned the starting SG spot, hopefully Vogrich can show the same improvement.

I would not expect much of anything from Vogrich next year. He's definitely a Beilein-system recruit offensively, but he's a Beilein bench warmer defensively.

03/07/2009 - 11:05pm Sleeve-less Manny Harris +

Sleeve-less Manny Harris + Live blog-less MGoBlog = Huge Michigan Win

Make a Beilein for the Dance baby!!!

01/12/2009 - 4:51pm Stu Douglass

I agree with the assessment of Stu's game. He doesn't seem to be comfortable with his own offense, but he has a few nice assists every game (3rd on the team in AST/game).

He looks like a freshman still trying to get comfortable with his role in this offense. He rarely gets his feet set into a good shooting position, making the quick release on his jump shot a bit of an issue. The big 3 he hit against Indiana was one of the few times he truly squared-up ready to shoot. I think you'll see Stu's shooting come around once the game slows down for him a bit.

11/08/2008 - 4:37pm Sheridan wasn't Death

Let's not get carried away with Sheridan's performance.  The best thing he did was not throw an interception, despite a few close calls.  Minnesota defenders dropped as many passes as Michigan receivers.

A great job by Sheridan managing the game today though, and a win is a win is a win.  The defense was excellent, playing high-energy all game.

 I wouldn't mind a little more Michael Shaw in my life, the kid has speed and the ability to finish a run.  It was nice to see a Michigan player shift the ball to the outside hand one time this season.