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Michigan Football: Tidbits from CoachBT -- Big Issue #4

Posted at 5:30am — 10/17/2013

Michigan Football: Tidbits from CoachBT — Big Issue #4

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We have discussed this quite a few times and MaizeMan made it one of his huge concerns early in season. This is not a very fast team, on either side of the ball. At times they flat out play slow.

I have no doubt a big part of this is confidence. The lack of swagger is obvious and effects every phase of the game.

On offense Michigan has no one to stretch a defense or to make a big play with exception of Devin with his legs. Plays seem to take for ever to develop, running backs slow to the hole and even worse, slow to bounce or cutback. Linemen seem to take forever to get off the ball. I can go one, but think everyone gets the point.

On defense the lack of push and penetration up front is killing us. Linebackers and safeties are getting abused at times in space. Blitzing is difficult when you don’t have the explosiveness to get to quarterback.

Looking at the 2014 and 2015 list of recruits shows me staff is on top of this and working to correct the issue. But for this season, speed athletic will be a challenge.

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