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09/21/2018 - 2:10pm Yes exactly. If the safety…

Yes exactly. If the safety has to respect all possible routes he has to just stay in place flat footed. Can't step inside because you get beat on out routes, can't step forward because your momentum is going against a possible fade. That makes it really hard to play man you're lined up that far from the receiver and he can get whatever release he wants. I wonder if Michigan is keeping the safety lined up there despite this because their counter requires the alignment not tip off man vs zone. 

09/21/2018 - 12:55pm You also have the nothing to…

You also have the nothing to lose effect in blowouts. Do teams really go for 4th and 5 in chip shot field goal range if it's a real game? Probably not, but here they keep a few drives alive on those decisions. 

09/21/2018 - 12:51pm It's possible, but the…

It's possible, but the injury he's reputedly playing through is a shoulder and he seems to be doing the things you need a good shoulder for extremely well (e.g. holding up to doubles/triples, using his hands to control and shed defenders).

Mostly, I think people just need to reset expectations for what kind of player he is. He's close to 290, which is 20 lbs heavier than you really want as a pure edge terror. On the other hand, he's able to erase an edge in the run game by himself and moonlight on the interior without being a liability. That's equally valuable, if not as flashy. 

09/21/2018 - 11:59am The safeties get beat on the…

The safeties get beat on the slants, but it also looks like Michigan is giving them an impossible task by alignment. They're 5 yards off the line with an additional 1 yard cushion to the slot receiver since he's off the line. The receiver can accelerate to full speed running straight at the safety who has to stay stationary until the receiver makes a cut. The receiver just has to make a sharp cut and then the ball is delivered before the safety really has any chance of recovering the speed differential between the two. 

I'm not really sure our CBs do much better in that situation unless they get right up to the LOS where they can get a hand on the slot before he can get up to full speed. 

Edit: The one Metellus has a PBU on, the slot inexplicably runs into him before making a cut. The one Brian clips of a CB making a play is a different situation where the WR is running that route from the outside and the CB can get a jam. 

I also think with the frequency they're getting hit on these by the cupcake teams and yet aren't adjusting at all seems to suggest they probably have something in the bag and just aren't going to deploy it until tougher games. 

09/20/2018 - 8:43pm I'm guessing Matt at…

I'm guessing Matt at Homesure Lending probably does. 

09/20/2018 - 5:41pm I'm a star wars fan and I…

I'm a star wars fan and I thought it was spot on. It's also depressing because it's 100% true about Michigan too. 

09/19/2018 - 10:55pm "no pressure in this game…

"no pressure in this game was ceded by the tackles." 

 

2nd play of the 4th drive, JBB lets the DE, the farthest most player on the right, go by on the inside to go block no one. 

09/19/2018 - 10:29pm That was his least egregious…

That was his least egregious miss. As Brian said, that's a really weird thing for the safety to do and SMU is lucky it worked for them.

The one where was yanked for Wilson was the one he likely gets ripped the most for in film review, pretty much the definition of an ole block. 

09/19/2018 - 12:42pm Ben Mason's interview is…

Ben Mason's interview is awesome, definitely worth checking out. 

https://youtu.be/9kPDCJANfVA

 

(Someone help with embed?) 

09/19/2018 - 10:02am You can live in Ohio and not…

You can live in Ohio and not be an "Ohio Guy."

09/18/2018 - 5:20pm There are half a dozen mid 3…

There are half a dozen mid 3* to generic 4* in the NFL thanks to Mattison, so I would say Gary's issues (if you can call them that) are not coaching related. 

Sacks and TFLs are kind of a streaky stat (see Khaleke Hudson vs Minn). I think he's had a bit of bad luck alternating getting sacks and TFLs stolen by guys like Bush and Winovich, and the DT letting QBs out despite excellent edge pressure. He also has at least 2 where he had the QB in his arms but couldn't quite bring him down. 

Last year, his numbers were very good, better than Bosa's in most categories.  

09/18/2018 - 4:29pm He lost me at the drugging…

He lost me at the drugging athletes without their knowledge part. 

09/18/2018 - 4:25pm If he comes back, it…

If he comes back, it probably means we didn't do well this season, or worse he missed time due to injury. 

I'd be perfectly happy for him to play lights out and earn a high draft spot and be gone. I think Michigan is in good shape at QB behind him. 

09/18/2018 - 4:21pm "The way they went about…

"The way they went about things left them open to getting into an actual competitive game"

That's the point though. Otherwise you're running against back-ups or people that don't give a shit anymore, running probably more vanilla defenses. We pulled out the swords just before halftime and then went to doing what you suggested again right after that. But before that happened, the offense got a quarter and a half of practicing things against a tough situation and motivated opponents trying their best. 

09/18/2018 - 4:17pm I think that's why you do…

I think that's why you do see Michigan go with the FB dive later on in several must get short yardage situations. 

09/18/2018 - 4:16pm Michigan has 3 interior…

Michigan has 3 interior lineman that are north of 330 (well north in Onwenu's case) and a fullback that can erase linebackers from the plane of existence. They are very, very well suited to being a ninja. A QB that can run a bit doesn't change that. 

09/18/2018 - 3:30pm I agree with your assessment…

I agree with your assessment. For most of the first half, the teams seemed to be in mutual agreement that the ball was going to stay on the ground unless it was 3rd and long. Michigan was content to practice with the difficulty slider toward hard, and SMU was more than willing to oblige by flinging everyone at the LOS right at the snap. Then when they needed points, play action was hilariously open and we pulled away rather easily in the 2nd half, before shutting it down again to kill clock.

09/18/2018 - 1:13pm ND was weird, an inch…

ND was weird, an inch perfect bomb and two TD drives largely built on penalties. Besides that, we basically shut them down. Can't really complain about Western. Then, again, weirdness with a penalty induced drive and a fluky bust was most of the score against SMU. I honestly think the slant stuff is going to get a response, but not until Michigan feels like they really need to show it on film. Compared to last year at the same time, we seem to be relatively stock flat. I think people just got used to how good this team is and forget offenses generally move the ball forward, even against good teams. 

09/18/2018 - 12:53pm Passing more doesn't even…

Passing more doesn't even necessarily expose the QB to that much more risk. Not every pass needs to be 4 verts where the QB sits in the pocket forever waiting for routes to develop. There's a ton they can do with short passes and designed rollouts that keep the QB out of harm's way but still keeps defenses honest instead of teeing off on the run game. On the other hand, getting down and being forced to throw is when you really expose the QB to injury because the defense can just pin their ears back and get after the pass rush. 

09/17/2018 - 5:39pm Pretty sure J'Marick Woods…

Pretty sure J'Marick Woods was playing Viper at least part time.

09/17/2018 - 3:57pm It's not about hiding it as…

It's not about hiding it as much as choosing which plays make sense against a given opponent and only repping those in the limited practice time you have for the week. Only showing 45% of the playbook sounds pretty much right considering Michigan probably didn't show much of anything new vs the two recent tomato can teams, so it's pretty much only the plays they prepped for ND.

09/16/2018 - 10:04pm Just need to mix in some…

Just need to mix in some zone coverages and disguise them. We've been doing that already  but are still getting some big plays on us. That said, from memory the first one long one was a straight up bust, the other 4th and goal TD was good coverage but perfect throw, and the 3rd and long scramble was really the only one that probably was on the scheme. 

09/13/2018 - 11:17am That's not the case at all…

That's not the case at all. RPO is just like a zone read where you're optioning one guy. There's definitely still a need to get out of bad plays based on what the defense is showing you. I don't think Patterson has been given a ton of freedom in that yet, and when they did it at the start of the game against WMU, they had to call a TO and then got a false start. After that, they all but shelved it (had something to do with the blow-out too, I'm sure)

09/13/2018 - 10:54am Shea still got sacked vs WMU…

Shea still got sacked vs WMU

On a naked boot by the guy that was not blocked by design. The pass to a wide open McKeon that he missed was probably a better example. 

09/13/2018 - 10:53am I think the cohesion thing…

I think the cohesion thing is probably overstated. If Warinner is to believed, the other guys are getting 25%+ of the first team snaps already in practice, and other OL have stated they practice at multiple positions on the line.

That said, I would think if the coaches ID Runyan as the weak link, JBB would stay at RT and Hudson would get LT. Hudson was at RT with the second team, but everything coming out of camp was he was pushing for the LT spot. My guess is his reps with the first team are coming at LT, but I have no clue. 

09/12/2018 - 8:02pm ISO with Bench Mason turning…

ISO with Bench Mason turning a LB into a fine mist. 

09/12/2018 - 5:36pm Most positions are just…

Most positions are just inherently more likely to rotate. You don't bat an eye if two NTs switch in a game, or even a series. That's something coaches can say "the best guy gets more snaps" because it's not a controversial thing. Playing more than one QB, and to a lesser extent, rotating OL is abnormal and implies there's an issue, fairly or not. The coaches tend to be a lot less open about discussing people pushing through from behind at those spots. 

09/12/2018 - 3:24pm Because you need to pass…

Because you need to pass protect long enough for them to get downfield. All of our long passes have been off of play action with max protect sets, which only leaves 1 or 2 WR. With 2 WR, you usually run one underneath to suck up the safeties or something to screw with the pass coverage responsibilities so the deep guy gets lost. 

09/12/2018 - 3:13pm OL and QB seem to be…

OL and QB seem to be positions that once a starter is named, coaches very seldomly waiver in their support publicly. 

09/12/2018 - 3:11pm That's as open as I've heard…

That's as open as I've heard an OL coach be to swapping out a player. Almost always they insist they've got the best 5 publicly until they actually make the switch.

It sure does sound like they want the younger guys in as soon as they're ready to go. 

09/11/2018 - 3:51pm I think he's saying in spite…

I think he's saying in spite of his defensive background, he's still going to install RPO and take full advantage of the rules as they exist, even though he wants them changed.

09/11/2018 - 2:27pm The article says the coach…

The article says the coach made and retained a copy of the tape. Unfortunately, that doesn't implicate Perles, only Nassar. That said, if more than one person can corroborate the coach's story, there's also a lot of circumstantial evidence that could exist (her termination, the NDA, etc). 

09/11/2018 - 10:09am - Michigan will score as…

- Michigan will score as many (5) or more rushing TDs as the number of hookers Craig James killed at SMU (allegedly). 

- $20 to ChadTough

CJK5H

09/11/2018 - 10:04am Settling up my bet:

Settling up my bet:

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09/10/2018 - 6:13pm He graded out position…

He graded out position groups by actually watching the game over in detail. I can't say that for anyone else except for Brian. 

09/10/2018 - 5:44pm I mean, take our 2017…

I mean, take our 2017 offense and pair it with a mid-pack defense instead of a Don Brown one, and we're probably not much better than 5-7 and 10th in the B1G either. I think Nebraska is going to present a lot of problems for our offense like they did for Colorado. 

I do think our defense fares much better, particularly since it's their QB's first college road game (if he even plays). I still think the margin of error is pretty damn small and if the defense gives up a couple bad TDs a la ND, our offense may have trouble digging out from the deficit again. 

09/10/2018 - 4:31pm I'm not a doctor, but they…

I'm not a doctor, but they usually don't let you just sit on the sidelines with a bag of ice on it if it's super serious. He seemed to be in decent spirits and not a ton of pain, FWIW. My guess is he'll play, even if he's not 100%.

I want to see more before declaring their DBs a liability. Some of Montez's passes were NFL window throws. Their DL was also wrecking CO's all day, which is of obvious concern to us. 

09/10/2018 - 4:17pm It's 100% on purpose. On…

It's 100% on purpose. On most passing downs when he know's it's pass, he's off like a shot. 

09/10/2018 - 4:15pm Nick was actually pretty…

Nick was actually pretty good, never got the hatred for him a lot of people had (other than his alma mater). He actually did analysis. Aaron McMann's game recap stuff could be written just from the box score, and is basically just a regurgitation of counting stats. Even his fluff pieces are basically just a collection of quotes from the pressers and nothing else.    

09/10/2018 - 12:37pm Was this the Martin…

Was this the Martin completion? It's so incredibly difficult to throw running to the left as a right hander, that was super impressive.

09/09/2018 - 7:53pm He looks to be carrying a…

He looks to be carrying a lot of bad weight. Same with Filiaga. Both those guys have the length for tackle, but I'm not sure they have the agility or athleticism required unless they really reconfigure their bodies. 

09/09/2018 - 7:50pm Agree. Like it or not,…

Agree. Like it or not, Mayfield and Hudson aren't going to take over any time soon. If they were pushing, I would think they get a series or two with the other starters. The fact they came in no earlier than all the other guys as every position means they're solidly second string, IMO.

That seemed insane after ND, but Runyan and JBB both had a good bounce back this week. 

09/09/2018 - 7:46pm Ulizio wasn't any worse…

Ulizio wasn't any worse either. It was rearranging deck chairs all year last year.

 

09/09/2018 - 7:31pm Kinnel gets suplexed too…

Kinnel gets suplexed too after he destroys the guard. 

09/09/2018 - 7:29pm Kinda surprised Harbaugh…

Kinda surprised Harbaugh would snake oil a 'cruit from his bestie like that. 

09/09/2018 - 4:40pm You can stay anywhere and…

You can stay anywhere and drive in. Parking is never an issue as long as you're willing to walk a little to the stadium. We usually tailgated by the lake in one of the school lots and walked. I'd get cheaper seats near the top of the bowl opposite the press box. The farthest seats there are like 1/3 of the way up at the big house, it's a great vantage point to watch the game. I have a feeling ticket prices will go up as we get closer unless we lose or look like ass next week. 

09/09/2018 - 3:13pm He's always been the one to…

He's always been the one to signal in the plays, so he's always been the play caller. How much input he's getting in his headset from the other coaches is anyone's guess.

09/09/2018 - 2:20am #FirmForHerm

#FirmForHerm

09/09/2018 - 12:10am 3 trips into scoring…

3 trips into scoring territory, no points. ASU just needs to cash in when they're in position to score and they've got this. 

09/08/2018 - 9:16pm The pressures were mostly…

The pressures were mostly either safety blitzes that outnumbered the OL or designed naked bootlegs where a guy was intentionally left for the QB to outrun. The only one where OL screwed up that I remember was on Bredeson. Shea had a lot of time on the deep balls which is pretty encouraging. I actually felt pretty good about the OL on a rewatch. Yeah, Western's not great, but we weren't handling Cincinnati last year nearly as well.