Sep 21, 2013; East Hartford, CT, USA; Michigan Wolverines running back Fitzgerald Toussaint (28) runs the ball for a touchdown against the Connecticut Huskies in the second half at Rentschler Field. Michigan Wolverines defeated the Connecticut Huskies 24-21. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports

Michigan Football: Tidbits from CoachBT -- Big Issue #3

Posted at 4:00pm — 10/15/2013

Michigan Football: Tidbits from CoachBT — Big Issue #3

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For those you looking to blame the coaches, this one is for you.

Oct 12, 2013; University Park, PA, USA; Michigan Wolverines offensive linesmen Taylor Lewan (77) signals during the second quarter against the Penn State Nittany Lions at Beaver Stadium. Penn State defeated Michigan 43-40 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Matthew O

UM offense lacks cohesion/synergy. Maizeman gets credit for bring this up 1st and we have nibbled around the edges on a few other threads. UM has a eclectic mix of talent in at this time is just not working. The offense line has two tackles ideal for a WCO and three interior guys who are pure maulers who are not great pass pro guys.

our starting TB is more of zone runner than a 6 1/2 yard deep TB. Problem is our line is not zone line. Our QB is obviously more comfortable in the gun. Problem is UM is recruiting for and trying to develop a power running game and is bit short on linemen and RBs to run the zone.

Our two top TEs are poor at best blockers. Our best pass catcher is at his best when he is moved around and pigeon-holed at a single role. Our top wide out is more of a classic spread slot. I can go on, but why.

The point is our offense is combination of 3 or 4 different schemes trying to meld into one and its not working. That is why Devin looks slow. That is why Fitz looks lost. He is not at his best at 6 1/2 yards deep. He does not have that quick explosive burst or vision to see and hit the creases or cutbacks need when you when the deep hand off. He is basically is slow mo waiting until he see it which is too late.

I think what happened is staff had a plan that really depended on Devin being very good. And when he has been good, so has UM. When Devin turned ordinary in, but a major kink in the philosophy.

Trying to adjust from QB focused offense to something else can be a nightmare and UM staff has not very well doing so. IMO that is the conservative trend, they are not sure who or what to hand their hat on. Most teams have a go to play or scheme. About only thing UM has consistently done well is Devin scramble. Tough to build an offense on a broken play!

I think going forward we will see UM condense and consolidate. They tried to do too much to fast, instead they should built slowly. But that is hindsight being 20-20. Staff obviously thought they something special in Devin, and he could carry a bunch of the load. So far he has neither the performance or mental make up to do so.

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