Michigan FOOTBALL Moving Forward


#182

Absolutely not, I agree with you there. Last year he was and this year if he starts he will be again. However, I think it’s important to remember just how bad the Big Ten quarterbacks are. That’s why I think Michigan is in a better place than many others do for next year. We’re one of the only teams that knows for sure they’ll be getting something good out of the most important position. Of course it doesn’t help that one of the other teams, Penn State, is in our division (I know many would say Barrett too, but if I were an OSU fan I’d be very concerned with him based on the season as a whole and especially the last 3 games, in which he was awful).


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#183

Magnus/Thunder here, speaking up for myself in regard to Bredeson. I say he was a C+ player in the Big Ten because Michigan had a decent OL. It wasn’t as bad as some suggest. If you look at some of the advanced stats for the OL, for example, Michigan was #7 in the Big Ten in Adjusted Line Yards. Michigan was #5 in Adjusted Sack Rate. Bredeson got movement at times and didn’t get bullied physically. He had a very bad game against Florida State, and maybe that sticks in people’s minds due to the recency effect. But Kyle Kalis really struggled against Ohio State and Iowa. Mason Cole really struggled with big nose tackles against Colorado and Wisconsin. The whole OL got destroyed by FSU. Every player had his ups and downs.

Personally, I think Kalis was the weak link on the unit if we’re going by the last third of the season. He struggled in pass pro and didn’t get movement at the LOS. I don’t know if he got injured or worn down or what, but he went downhill.

This is a league that included some crappy teams (Purdue, Rutgers, etc.) and some good ones (Penn State, Ohio State). Michigan was roughly in the middle. When Bredeson knew whom to block - which was most of the time - he did fairly well. When he didn’t, he really struggled.


#184

Keeping with this, here’s his QBR over the last three seasons:
2014: 83.0
2015: 68.7
2016: 56.2

That is quite a worrisome trend for them.


#185

Exactly, either Speight, or a Peters who was capable of beating Speight, will be a real luxury. As 2015 Sparty can attest, a great QB can cover up all kinds of deficiencies. I’m so afraid that Wilson is going to fix Barrett; Urban just has a knack for finding the perfect patches for each new season’s holes.


#186

Thanks for the input and stopping by.


#187

Wilson is more of an OL guy, although he’s had some brief stints as QB coach. I’m interested to see how the Wilson/Barrett combo works. Wilson’s OU and IU offenses really thrived when they had a very accurate passer. That is not Barrett.


#188

Not to mention the loss of Samuels as a threat. I’m feeling more comfortable by the day for The Game, whereas prior to this season I thought it was a guaranteed loss based on all of our departures.


#189

2014 Barrett was accurate, and the worst-case scenario for the rest of B1G; just hoping Wilson doesn’t help him rediscover that form. Im with MattD though, losing their secondary and Samuels is like losing 2/4 of their roster strengths (keeping most of the D-line and Barrett’s legs are serious tools)


#190

+/- is exactly what it seems like as a heading system from watching film as a journalist.
0 is basically doing your job. For OL pull or trap or get to a spot and wall off a defender.
+1 is blowing a guy up at the point of attack.
+2 is get a destructive chip, then destroy a 2nd level defender.
-1 go the wrong way or pushed back into the play
-2 guy shows blitz in your gap, you go somewhere else and he turns devin gardner into a shell of himself.


#191

Thought everyone would get a kick out of this


#192

Here’s what Brian said about Ben Bredeson in his first look at 2017: “Flat out bad most of the year”


#193

Exactly lol. And that coming from the man that actually performed the UFR grading, so he’s obviously in the best position to convert UFR grading to laymen terms for non-football experts.


#194

Pumped for this kid but wow does he need to hit the gym


#195

Having a QB with a bit of speed will be nice. There are times where it looks like Speight has a lane to run for a decent gain and gets tackled 4 yards short of the first down.


#196

While Speight certainly isn’t fast, his ability to elude defenders in small spaces is absolutely elite in my opinion.


#197

Yes, he is very elusive in the pocket. I’m saying when he finally commits to the run it’s pretty easy for teams to close. There are times where it looks like Speight has a lane to run for a decent gain and gets tackled 4 yards short of the first down.


#198

Here’s another interesting quote from Brian in the same type of post but about the defense: “even if they get a top guy like Jay Tufele or Aubrey Solomon, relying on a true freshman in the two deep is alarming. Michigan might have no choice but to move Gary to DT.”


#199

EXACTLY what I said above, Gary will be in interior rotation for sure. No choice but to or the downgrade will be massive


#200

Speight averaged 6 rushing yards per game. It will be nice acclimate McCaffrey’s speed eventually. I even think Peters will be better at picking up 1st downs with his feet. Speight will probably start this year but we’ve got some QBs with higher ceilings waiting in the wings. Pretty exciting.


#201

Gary will certainly be in the interior rotation.

Tufele or Solomon would most likely be in the rotation, too.