Michigan Football: Coach’s Corner –Offensive Problems — Part I

GBMWolverine Coach's Corner2Posted at 5:45am — 9/26/2013

Michigan Football: Coach’s Corner –Offensive Problems — Part I

A COANOVA Variance Look At the Michigan Offensive Problems
Interconnected Variables Lead to a Pyramid Domino Effect.

Well, it must be football season. Not all is going right, except the W-L record, and the agnostics are out in force to fire the coaches, replace the offensive line, and transform a quarterback into an instant Terrelle Pryor: oops make that an RG III or someone similar.

The naysayers are correct in the criticism, which is frankly so obvious that it outdistances a large Interstate 94 billboard. The absolute truth is that the collective offensive problem is a series of constructs that interact with each other. The interactions are negative.

Sep 21, 2013; East Hartford, CT, USA; Connecticut Huskies linebacker Yawin Smallwood (33) forces the fumble as he sacks Michigan Wolverines quarterback Devin Gardner (98) in the second half at Rentschler Field. Gardner recovered the ball. Michigan Wolverines defeated the Connecticut Huskies 24-21. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports

This is not unusual on a football team, and more so with youngsters. Football is not like baseball or basketball where a guy can just be plugged into certain positions on the field and instantly excel. There are the once in a decade skill players that pull this off to national acclaim. Fully 95% or so (a reasonable guess) of players cannot bring glory to starting as a freshman or even in the first year of a starting position.

Youth, coaching, talent, and scheme are clear variables and are not to be dismissed from the variance formula. However, the main thrust of this column is to examine the interrelatedness of the position groups and the effects upon each other.

Sep 21, 2013; East Hartford, CT, USA; Connecticut Huskies linebacker Yawin Smallwood (33) tackles Michigan Wolverines running back Fitzgerald Toussaint (28) in the second half at Rentschler Field. Michigan Wolverines defeated the Connecticut Huskies 24-21. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports

The analysis is simple but needs to be clarified, as fans are emotionally up in arms. Fortunately coaches can and do insulate players from such goings on. The analysis is simple, the conclusion pretty obvious, but the solution will be difficult.

The starting point of the pyramid domino effect is the offensive line. Young, making some mistakes, and being overwhelmed by mass numbers and blitzes, things are not going so well. Pass pro is not going well and the running game hits a play now and then.

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Written by GBMWolverine Staff — Doc4Blu

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