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01/14/2015 - 6:10pm Yeah but Ohio States offense

Yeah but Ohio States offense wasn't the reason that game was close. They scored 42 pts.

01/12/2015 - 4:09pm (No subject)

01/04/2015 - 10:29pm Is there a video of this

Is there a video of this anywhere? I've been looking but can't find it... Obviously the picture looks bad, but I would like to see a video before passing any judgement

12/02/2014 - 9:42pm Don Fellows for head coach!

Don Fellows for head coach!

12/02/2014 - 8:13am What makes you think that we

What makes you think that we have a better chance of hiring a home run next year instead of this year? And if we did keep Hoke on, do we then not fire him next year if we don't have a big time coach lined up? At some point you have just get rid of the guy in charge and figure it out from there. We have reached that point already.

10/23/2014 - 11:29am Its not Drake Harris. He is

Its not Drake Harris. He is healthy and has been participating on scout team in practice.

10/08/2014 - 12:39pm You say Hoke NEVER had a

You say Hoke NEVER had a winning record before he got to Michigan, and then you immediately post a winning record that he had. I am confused.

10/08/2014 - 12:34pm Idk if you have noticed. But

Idk if you have noticed. But Devin is pretty damn good at picking up yards with his legs too.

10/07/2014 - 8:03pm Simulating the cadence is a

Simulating the cadence is a penalty on the defense. Ive only ever seen it called though when the defense audibly says something. I assume the same rules would apply to clapping ot simulate the snap count. Either way its a bush league move by State.

10/05/2014 - 6:56pm Norfleets avg yards per

Norfleets avg yards per return is 23.7. Which is good for 8th all time and only .9 yards less than Breaston's avg. He may not be the homerun threat Breaston was, but he is a quality return man as well.

04/15/2014 - 9:53pm You arent a baseball fan if

You arent a baseball fan if you dont get this reference

03/16/2014 - 5:20pm Man, somebody really wanted

Man, somebody really wanted to make sure they started the selection show open thread

01/08/2014 - 5:24pm Talk on the west side of the

Talk on the west side of the state is that they want to keep our recruits happy, and may be looking at hiring Don Fellows as OC (Drake Harris' high school coach.) I wouldn't be suprised if there is some truth to this. With Malzahn's success, and also the fact the Fellows was the OC at a juco in California before.

12/24/2013 - 9:59pm How the hell do we know

How the hell do we know leadership was poor for Michigan this season? We werent in the locker room, at  practice, or on the field for games this year... Now I am not saying that we had good leadership, bc I don't know. But to just say we had poor leadership without any reason is stupid.

12/24/2013 - 9:53pm I love how everyone is

I love how everyone is ripping on him for getting in a fight when somebody was giving him shit. How quickly we forget about a month ago, when everyone in the media and NFL was calling Jonathon Martin a pussy for not standing up to Incognito and fighting him.

12/16/2013 - 12:28am So if a "spread" QB is all we

So if a "spread" QB is all we need, why will it take us 5 years? It doesn't take that long to recruit a QB. Plus since this is about Chip Kelly it seems like Nick Foles is doing just fine in his offense.

12/15/2013 - 4:38pm Yup, because it took Ohio 5

Yup, because it took Ohio 5 years to successfully go from a pro style to a spread offense

12/14/2013 - 2:16pm BOX OUT!!!!!

BOX OUT!!!!!

11/21/2013 - 2:52pm Thats not true. The OL is

Thats not true. The OL is sliding towards the field and will have that side picked up unless NW sends two players to the same gap. Kerridge doesn't even look at that side of the field. He immediately starts running toward the opposite side on the snap.

11/21/2013 - 1:23pm 42 sounds like a lot, but I

42 sounds like a lot, but I dont doubt it. When I went through some of the UFR data I found that we had run over 60 different formations on the year. I personally like using a lot of different formations, but not to the extent that we do. 

11/20/2013 - 9:41pm I also hate how we leave

I also hate how we leave Williams 1v1 with a DE in pass pro on that 3rd and 8. Matching up a poor blocking TE with a DE in an obvious passing situation is poor football.

11/20/2013 - 9:35pm Pass Pro

I don't like how our RB's start on the opposite side of where they are going in pass pro. I think it makes it way more difficult for them and I don't see any advantage to it. Watch Kerridge on the sack that Brian linked. He has to come all the way across to check the OLB, once he realizes the OLB isn't coming he has to change direction and try and work back to the other blitzing LB.

I think it would be much easier if he started on the left. Then he could step straight up and check the OLB, and then work to the other LB without having to change direction. I also think it would be easier to see everything that is going on when you aren't sprinting across the formation.

11/20/2013 - 3:31pm Lets use the QBR metric that

Lets use the QBR metric that takes every aspect into account and see if we conclued DG has regressed. Keep in mind this also takes into account the strength of the opponent.

2012 QBR - 90.7

2013 QBR - 62.9

Looks like quite a regression to me.

11/20/2013 - 1:27pm Looks to me like DG had

Looks to me like DG had nobody open on most of those plays (except Butt on #2) and outside of the hitches and outs we completed, nobody was open all day. It seemed like we really struggled to get people open against man to man coverage, especially in the red zone and on the roll outs.

11/19/2013 - 11:00pm I think we both know that is

I think we both know that is a dumb argument to make. But back to the orignal point of our chances of scoring a TD from inside the 3 if we get the 1st down. Michigans Red Zone TD % this year is 64%, so its not unreasonable to assume that from the 3 yardline and in, it would be higher than 70%.

11/19/2013 - 9:01pm As the Mathlete mentioned in

As the Mathlete mentioned in this thread Michigan has converted 58% of 3rd/4th and 1 this season. So I am not sure why everyone keeps saying we are horrible at converting short yardage plays. And your "the odds of making the first down were more like slim to none" comment isn't exactly true. In fact we actually ended up converting 2 crucial 4th downs later in the game.

 

11/19/2013 - 8:51pm You wouldn't look at the

You wouldn't look at the probability of scoring a TD in the redzone, you would look at the probability of scoring a TD from 1st and goal at the 3 yard line or closer. My guess is it's over 70%.

11/19/2013 - 6:19pm You say we need to take into

You say we need to take into account Michigan's ability to convert short yardarge situations. Well here you go:

"Michigan has converted 58% of 3rd/4th and 1 this season, right on the expected average." - From the mathlete later in this thread

Now taking that into account it seems like going for it was the correct call.

 

11/19/2013 - 6:02pm I think the only way you can

I think the only way you can confirm that it was the wrong call was by saying we had a less than 30% chance of converting the first down. I am sure we could argue all day about whether that was the case or not (jmblue and complete lunacy posted some stats about it up the thread a little.

Forget about the numbers for a second and think about this.

Say we kick a FG and make it. What about our offense had shown you that we are likely to go down and get another score to win that game? Really we are playing for OT if we do that.

Do you really want to take our chances in OT? We had struggled in the redzone all day. Like you said they gave us a gift on the 10 yard line and we couldn't do anything with it, why would we be able to do anything from the 25? I was scared shitless during OT. The longer and longer it went, the more i thought we would lose bc I didnt have any confidence in our offense.

I would much rather put all my marbles on getting 2 yards and scoring a TD, than hoping for OT.

 

11/19/2013 - 5:47pm Take a look at the 3rd down

Take a look at the 3rd down play. If we run a naked boot with DG there he is left 1 on 1 with an OLB. It would have been a TD for sure. 

11/16/2013 - 9:31pm 11%

11%

11/16/2013 - 9:27pm I would love to know how she

I would love to know how she knew that the WRs did the same thing on every play when you can't even see what the WRs were doing on most plays?

Obviously they were blocking on run plays, but was she able to pick up what route combinations we were running throughout the game? If so I would like to know what they were

11/16/2013 - 9:23pm Most people imply that with

Most people imply that with their comment. Their point is, if even their wife can recognize it, it must be bad.

11/16/2013 - 9:18pm 1. Points are not guaranteed

1. Points are not guaranteed if you kick a FG (highly likely but not guaranteed)

2. Say we kick a FG and make it. What about our offense had shown you that we are likely to go down and get another score to win that game?

I would much rather put all my marbles on getting 2 yards than kicking a FG, getting a stop and going down again and getting a score.

And i certainly didn't feel confident in our team in OT (based in the PSU game, and how we had played this entire game)

11/16/2013 - 9:11pm Can't protect the QB long

Can't protect the QB long enough to throw a fade route in the redzone? That's just not true. It's a 3 step drop and toss it up.

11/16/2013 - 9:07pm How does quoting someone who

How does quoting someone who knows nothing about football prove that we run the same plays over and over again? Isn't it likely that most plays are going to look similar bc she doesn't know the nuances of football? I am not defending Borges at all, but I am just sick of seeing people say "even my wife..." It's a dumb way to try an prove a point

11/16/2013 - 9:02pm You're an idiot dude. That

You're an idiot dude. That timeout saved 35-40 seconds of time.. There were 18 seconds left when we ran that last play. 18 seconds that wouldn't have been there f we saved that timeout.

11/13/2013 - 9:35pm I actually don't think we run

I actually don't think we run PA off of a stretch look very often. How many naked boots can you remember this year? We ran it once in the Nebraska game, but it was out of shotgun, a formation we haven't run stretch from all season.

11/13/2013 - 9:32pm I know what you are saying,

I know what you are saying, but with out statistics people are going to selectively remember what they want to remember. It's kinda like remembering all the hot chicks you hooked up with in college, and then going back and looking at their pictures realizing they weren't all hot.

11/13/2013 - 9:26pm Yes it is. I fixed a few

Yes it is. I fixed a few things in the Minnesota game, and added the PSU, IU, and MSU games to it myself. It might not be perfectly accurate, but I think it still does a decent job at showing us some tendancies.

11/13/2013 - 3:55pm The power yards are coming

The power yards are coming from the RB's. Most of Devin's carries are coming from Inverted Veer variations, which does have the same blocking scheme as power.

11/13/2013 - 3:45pm Should be better now

Should be better now

11/12/2013 - 3:28pm The more I watch the play,

The more I watch the play, the more I think nobody was assigned to him. Not one person on the defense so much as looks at Kerridge the entire play. Once they get their reads they are all looking directly at the QB/RB mesh.

Even if the DE is responsible for Kerridge man to man, its ridiculous that our offense is set up on such a way that its possible for a defense to make those kinds of adjustments to it without consequence. All you have to do is run PA off it enough that the defense has to respect it. If you aren't going to do that, you might as well not even run the inverted veer at all.

11/12/2013 - 3:02pm "MSU clip, note in that clip

"MSU clip, note in that clip how he passes off the read DE and tries to get to the second level where he blocks no one because the safety he wants to block shot the gap instead (in theory here, his eyes are in the wrong place, there should be some adjustment that allows for DG to read the safety crashing and for Kerridge to scoop the DE, and DG should give here in that instance"

I just wanted to focus in on that clip for a second. It seems to me that having Kerridge scoop the DE and Devin read the safety would be a very difficult adjustment to make after the snap. The problem that I see with this play is that MSU is in man to man coverage, but nobody is accounting for Kerridge. My guess would be that the Safety is assigned to him in man to man, but once he saw the Inverted Veer action, he flew straight up to the line of scrimmage because we don't have a PA pass off the IV action.

11/12/2013 - 2:36pm "Sure, I don't disagree with

"Sure, I don't disagree with you that the constant changing has had a big negative impact. But half of this board is about asking the coaches to do something different after every game. That takes practice time. Asking for change and then criticising the changes for burning practice time to implement isn't fair, IMO. Personally, I would be fine losing every game this year so the coaches to implement and rep the same set of plays until competency develops but I think most of this board would be on high ledges somewhere if that were to happen."

Michigan has been running the inverted veer since Borges has been here. It is probably our most called run play out of the shotgun. We better be using substantial practice time on this play, and we better be able to make simple adjustments to it, based on the look we are getting from the defense.

Watch the embedded play from the MSU game. That is a safety at the line of scrimmage forcing Devin to hand it off to Fitz. Most coaches would see that, and think, maybe we should have a PA pass off of this backfield action. Yet in year 3 of running this we dont. That is absolute incompetance from our offensive staff.

11/05/2013 - 10:22pm Here is a link to a smart

Here is a link to a smart football post about pulling gaurds in PA.

http://smartfootball.com/passing/a-very-wise-coach-once-told-me-if-you-really-want-play-action-you-better-pull-a-guard

At the bottom it has a video of RG3 destroying teams with the inverted veer play fake, and also a scheme that would look like our QB counter off of inverted veer.

If the inverted veer is going to continue to be a big part of our offense (and i assume it will bc its our best running play) then we absolutely have to start running PA passes off of it like this.

11/05/2013 - 9:59pm IIRC those plays that you

IIRC those plays that you were talking about were out of the Pistol. We were faking more of an inside zone or veer play there.

11/05/2013 - 9:33pm Easiest Rule

The rule I have always been taught, is that if the LB or whoever youre supposed to block blitzes, you let him go and go get the next guy. It is useless to try and block the blitzer, so you mine as well go block the next guy.

11/05/2013 - 9:28pm I really don't think it would

I really don't think it would be that hard to read this play, especially with the LB flying to the LOS so fast. But even if you don't want to read the play, asking Funchess to block an LB lined up 3-4 yards inside of him is absurd. There is no way he can possibly make that block.

I am also not sure on this, but do we have any PA passes off of the inverted veer look? I don't remember any off the top of my head. If we don't we absolutely need to. Inverted Veer is our most effective run play out of shotgun. MSU has destroyed us the past couple years on this play. How have we not run some sort of PA off of it against them?

10/29/2013 - 1:13pm Fitz and Gallon are the only

Fitz and Gallon are the only experienced players on our offense? What about Lewan and Scholfield? Funchess has a year and a half of experience under his belt now. Devin Gardner is in his 3rd year in this system, and has a years worth of starts under his belt. Any faults in his game aren't from inexperience, but from lack of development by the coaches.

I actually agree with most of your points, but dont try and over sell them by making ridiculous claims about having only 2 experienced players on our whole offense.