Apr 5, 2014; Ann Arbor, MI, USA; Michigan Wolverines head coach Brady Hoke coaches defensive lineman Ryan Glasgow (96) and defensive tackle Bryan Mone (90) during the Spring Game at Michigan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports

Michigan Football: Just a Different Perspective

Posted at 7:30am — 4/8/2014

Michigan Football: Just a Different Perspective

From a coach on a very highly rated college football team. Had the pleasure of watching their practice this weekend. Might be the best collection of talent I have seen in a long time.

We had a discussion on a successful running game. And he brought up a point I think few consider.

Basically he talked about how the defense has a huge influence on the effect of running game. His comments were basically you have to be very patient in modern day football to have a great running game. And you really do not know if your running game is effective until the fourth quarter. So, if you have a defense that gets off the field and allows your offense to get into a rhythm and allows your offensive line to establish some physical play then you have a chance to be a good running team.

Apr 5, 2014; Ann Arbor, MI, USA; Michigan Wolverines offensive linesman Kyle Kalis (67) walks on the filed during the Spring Game at Michigan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports

However, if your defense allows long drives, does not have a good 3rd down percentage, then not only is your running game going to suffer, but frequently the offensive coordinator becomes impatient because it has to score points.

This is what he basically believes has been Michigan’s problem along with having a very young offensive line. Michigan defense in the past two years has not been good enough to allow the offense to establish a running game.

Just a different perspective, but I think this applies to Michigan.

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