GBMWolverine: Mailbag Question — Michigan Football — Bye Week/Off Week
Can you answer some questions about the “bye” or off week?
What happens during the bye week?
Does the team just start preparing for the next opponent a little sooner, or does the team keep the same schedule as it normally does?
Does it matter if the team won or lost the last game regarding what the coaches do?
What is different for the players that week?
What is different for the coaches that week?
Losing the game and going into the bye week: does this allow the coaches to bring up the last game a little longer and point out how far away Michigan still is to the players?
Most teams give the team a day or two off to get them away from football.
This allows some minor injures to heal and allows the players a chance to catch up on classwork, which this time of year is usually pretty hectic and at Michigan is a very serious venture. This little window in time gives the freshmen a moment to continue to adjust to college life and take a breather. Since the players arrived in the summer they have been going non-stop with football and classes.
Usually during the bye week the players may take some time to work on identified weaknesses or work on special schemes or packages that may be implemented in the near future.
Usually this week is a time to work on fundamentals and getting back to basics, if that has been a problem in games. In Michigan’s case, with the obvious problems connected to fundamentals and techniques, we believe the above will most likely be a heightened focus during the bye week.
Coaches will usually hit the road and make contact with recruits/commits or high school coaches. They may attend a practice or even a high school game, depending in the situations.
A win or loss makes little difference, the #1 goal is to get healthy, regardless, and be prepared for the rest of the season. This is usually a good time to get ahead with recruiting, watch film of the remaining opponents and get a game plan in place for the next couple of games.
Probably most coaches will want to keep the same general routine for the players, this just works since humans are creatures of habit. So we expect the team will start preparing for Purdue the same way as the past few weeks.
The team and coaches might watch a little more film, especially the Michigan State game, to drive home key issues that the coach’s have been preaching since arriving. Nothing should gain attention more than a loss or a beat down from a rival.
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