Michigan Football: Will the Expected Occur? — Crystal Balling Michigan’s Offense Plan For 2013
There are plenty of 2013 changes for the Michigan offense that have either been explicitly stated or widely postulated in off-season discussions. No crystal ball is clear enough to give a spotlight prediction of the offensive production. The reason is there are too many offensive variables to mesh into accuracy baring anything except perhaps pure
With best intentions, and a clear understanding of the difficulty of the task, the effort.Few offenses have as many unknown variables as Michigan. With the exception of two very high level tackles, the rest is conjecture. However, not all is gloom and gloom. Michigan is starting to gain some experience and is clearly gaining in athletic talent compared to the immediate past.
The quarterback spot may get the most scrutiny. Here is what to consider before making your own conclusion. Devin Gardner is a high level athlete. He has size and plenty of talent. Devin also appears to have had a renaissance of intensity, dedication, and focus. This alone does not guarantee success, but it sure helps.Devin throws a nice out pattern, one that if on target to a well-ran route will be difficult to stop. Devin is a threat running the ball on third and short and around the goal line. This helps the inside running game that has been lacking punch in close quarters for years. Bunch up inside and an opponent may be asking for an audible or a quick call from the sideline to fake in and go wide.
Devin is not the ultimate pro pocket quarterback, but frankly he is not bad either. If he has time and good reads, an opponent can get picked apart. Against two really good defenses, South Carolina and Ohio State, Devin struggled some, but one year of solid work should boost his production. Notre Dame’s defense will be a really good early test.
What Devin will most likely do this year is have a solid year. He will make some big plays and give away a few turnovers. The hope is that Devin can function as a touchdown machine, like Denard, but refrain from becoming a turnover machine.The running back position, like the quarterback position, has promise but is unproven. The variable for offensive success that lies somewhere between Orion and Sirius is the final contribution of the freshmen running backs. There are three, not two, freshmen running backs, but common sense says Shallman ends up somewhere other than tailback. The veterans are also somewhat of a mystery, but all indications are that Toussaint is ready, physically and mentally. If Michigan can rely on the backfield to control the game, and protect the defense, and pound the opponent, good things will happen.
The wideout position still has some mystery. There is no reason to believe Gallon will not have his best year. Drew Dileo will contribute, but the extent is unknown. The real wild card is the hard working Amara Darboh, and to a lesser extent, another youngster, Jehu Chesson. This unit will need to gain a high level of coordination in a few short months, a tough task.The interior of the offensive line has talent and plenty of candidates. This summer is critical for the interior guys to squeeze the maximum improvement and offensive recognition in a few short months. Coaches Lewan and Schofield will take this obligation most seriously, that is not a variable to be argued.
Coaches hate question marks, and the Michigan offense has plenty of said commodity. But, hard work, good talent, and a clear understanding of expectations can help.
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