Michigan Wolverines: If I Was Coaching Appalachian State
Thought it might be fun to look at how Appalachian State might attack Michigan.
1.) I am going to push the pass. And more than just no huddle. We will run to the line of scrimmage, get down, and ready to snap the ball as soon as the ref puts the ball in play. I don’t want to give Michigan time to sub. I also want to see if I can force a mistake and get an easy touchdown.
2.) I am going to open up the play book and throw everything we have at them. I mean formations as well as schemes. I want to see again if by using some different sets I can get Michigan, which is playing a new defense, to either make a critical error. Or, make them burn timeouts. I would also run every reverse, pole cat, maybe even statue of liberty to try and keep Michigan on their toes.
3.) Attack the perimeter with speed and force Michigan’s overhangs to make plays in space. If my quarterback can handle option, I run it. I will throw multiple bubbles and wide receiver screens. Anything I can to force Michigan’s big bodies to have to move laterally.
4.) Take a few shots over the top early. Does two things keeps Michigan’s safeties honest and it opens space underneath so I can execute #3.
1.) I am going to play a nine man in the box until Michigan proves they can hurt me in the air.
2.) I am going to play a ton of nickle. I know this sounds contradictory to #1. I don’t have the horses to just line up and play with Michigan, by going a bit smaller and faster I can blitz more and still be sound in the secondary.
3.) There are two weapons Michigan has that I cannot match up with, Devin Funchess (WR) and Devin Gardner’s (QB) legs. I am going to blitz to make Devin Gardner have to get rid of the ball fast and jam Devin Funchess early. Make some one else beat me.
4.) Stunt and angle my front all day. Let’s find out if Michigan’s new simpler scheme works, or do they have same issues up front.
1.) I would have been drilling punt blocks and fakes all summer. Nothing changes a game like a huge special teams play. Would fake a punt at least once.
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