The Good, Bad & Ugly 2019: Michigan

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IAinCA's picture

The constant swapping and/or replacing guys on the OLine the first four games came back to bite them. Injuries are a bitch, but throwing A. Jackson and Banwart out there in a big road game didn't work out too well. I really hope they can figure out how to get these guys to "gel" in the next five days...

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vetter2k's picture

Alaric wasn't ready.  His first step was way too slow and it fed down the line.  Did they play well as a whole?  Absolutely not, but going with Jackson at let's say 75% was a bad roster call.  That's on Ferentz and I believe he said as much in the post-game.  Let's be real, this was the ISU game all over again.  Every coin flip that game went our way and every thing that is needed to win a Ferentz game did too - line play, field position, turnovers, and penalties.  Execution is boring to hear, but Ferentz should be able to preach this week, because that same stuff that won a game 18-17 a month ago in a nailbiter, just got us beat and we looked bad doing it, besides the defense which again gave a game effort to try to save the day.  

Stanley needs to throw the damn pill away too

I'm done now.  

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HoustonHawkeye's picture

Doc/PFF are blaming the Paulsens more, but Banwart wasn't any great shakes either (he did play pretty well against ISU and last week as well, so I'm not as down on his as others).  The rotation inside HAS to stop now that the real games have started; that said, the most Ferentzian thing would be for KF to start running in plays with them every down = ala HS-style playcalling.  

I agree though - they need to make a decision, and barring injury, given the best OL at least 2-3 more games to figure it out.  Of course, if they don't and Iowa drops the next two due to more horrific (or maybe just terrible) offensive play, it really won't matter much after that anyway...

I strongly prefer winning over losing.

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Costco Card Rammin' Greg Davis's picture

It is completely fair to criticize a senior quarterback in his third year as a starter. Stanley was terrible. He is (almost) always terrible in meaningful road games. Mike mentioned taking the sack instead of throwing the ball out of bounds, which was inexplicable. Equally inexplicable is a pocket passing giant of a quarterback rolling TOWARD THE POCKET and backwards when confronted with an edge rush. Jesus....Christ..... It is hard to watch him on the road. So fucking hard. 

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BeefTaco's picture

I heard Brian and Nate were yelling at each other on the sideline. Nate played horrible but Brian’s play calling might be the worst I’ve ever seen. 

Patty Cake Patty Cake Butthole Hand, I Got Tourettes Syndrome Chicken Fucked Ham

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HoyaGoon's picture

If true, they BOTH were in the right to be pissed/angry at the other, while at the same time neither had any right to be criticizing anyone else's performance.

Just another garbage commenter spreading my *sshole all over the internet.

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Talldrinkavino's picture

if true, that's really bad news on several levels

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Yabbs's picture

On the drive highlighted above (or the final drive) at one point Brian slammed his headset in the ground. Not sure that made it on TV, but was obvious from where I was in the stadium.

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TevaunLegend4's picture

Nate didn't play a great game but he was put in a position to fail. His second interception (the one on one with Tracy) was an excellent play by the corner. There were two outcomes on that play, get smashed for an 8 yard loss or give a good WR a chance on a 1 on 1. I don't blame him for the decision. Unfortunately Paulson was not recognizing the blitzes into the A gap where the LB started on the left side of the O-line (it feels like this happened 4 times). Jackson, as stated before struggled quite a bit as well. Michigan didn't just have good pressure, they had free untouched blitzers. Good QBs can play well under pressure in the pocket, extreme athletes and amazing readers of the defense can "survive" when its a 1 second pocket. Unfortunately that snowballed on Nate. Hopefully this was a wake up call for the whole offense.

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ReadingRambler's picture

Also, the "-3 in turnover margin" is a bit deceptive since Stanley's last interception was, effectively, a turnover on downs - incomplete pass - that happened to get tipped into being a pick. And actually, it ended up costing Michigan about 5 yards in meaningless field position. LOL

The first two picks were bad, though. And one cost Iowa at least 3 points before the half.

So, yay, Iowa was effectively -2 in turnover margin. That's much better, right?? 0_0

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HoustonHawkeye's picture

Don't be shocked to hear that from Borey on Tuesday, Rambler...that last line of yours!

I strongly prefer winning over losing.

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IowaPharmer's picture

I expect:  That’s Football.  

"I know what I'm suggesting." -therealCatnuts

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RetroHawk's picture

Disappointed that we couldn't play call something to offset the blitzes....more screens, QB runs or even a draw play.  That all seemed to depart with the run game.  BF wants to think and act differently in his play calling (which is appreciated) but, we still have 2 and 3 stars executing on most plays and they aren't going to do much with the football if it doesn't get to them.        

RetroHawk

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Realmakoi's picture

There were a few. Tracy crossing where the blitzing linebacker vacated was called at least 4 times, and he dropped 3 of them (plus one last week). Sure they weren't perfect passes, but they were all catchable.
Then there was the left handed screen pass. Brilliant call. No one expected that one. Brian probably wanted it on tape for PSU. That was a called play, right?

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Lumberhawk's picture

The screen worked well the first time. Not so well the second time, unfortunately.

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nerdhawk's picture

Was the second one the one where Sargent (I think) didn't even try to chip the dude running full-speed at Stanley?  I'm not surprised we didn't try again after that.

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RetroHawk's picture

I recall one of the Tracey crossing route passes being tipped but, I would have liked to have seen Goodson take a planned screen (left or right handed) for 30 or 40 yards. 

RetroHawk

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Coromandel Hawk's picture

"When Iowa got called for the false start, it fortunately stopped a play where a Michigan defender shot (I believe) the B gap and was running untouched to Stanley. Had the play been live, Stanley would’ve been sacked. But here’s the kicker: Michigan ran the very same blitz the next play and Iowa didn't do anything about it."

Reminds me of 2010 Wisconsin game when Wisconsin got called for a penalty just before starting a 4th down punt play and in the process the punter pulled down the ball and ran with it tipping off that they were running a fake punt.  I pointed out to my Badger fan friend who was sitting next to me that they had just blown their chance to run a fake that would have worked because all the Iowa guys were running the other way to set up a return.  Then they ran the fake punt anyway, the Iowa guys all ran the other way to set up a return, they got a bunch of yards, they scored a touchdown, and they won the game.  I wonder what kind of system the coaches have to get those observations get reported quickly to whoever needs to know them.  I'm sure there are some teams out there that do it well.

BWR

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chitownhawkeye's picture

I'm not sure if the line gets placed under bad or ugly, but they're somewhere in there.  Lousy blocking, lousy blitz pickup

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Lumberhawk's picture

The "razor's edge" concept makes the game even more frustrating. They played horrible, and still, the game was within reach up until their last possession. If Iowa plays half as bad, they could still squeak out a win. 

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Eyehawk's picture

In other words: not a well planned game. Plus, no noticeable changes throughout the game. When you're stuck in mud, get out of the mud.

Still waiting for 2nd FB NC.

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Hayden High Kick's picture

The O-line was not good. At all. Also not good? Stanley’s pocket awareness. There were times there were untouched blitzers and there’s not a lot he can do about that. But there were times when the line did a somewhat reasonable job and Stanley either didn’t feel the pressure or he rolled right into it. Good quarterbacks make blitz happy teams pay.

Stanley may end up breaking several records but he won’t be remembered too fondly unless he has some kind of signature road win this season. 

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ReadingRambler's picture

Shea Patterson actually played worse than Stanley.

Seriously.

For instance, here we have a play that resulted in a sack, despite a defensive breakdown, because Shea Patterson 1) CANNOT anticipate throws and 2) Can't read zone defenses either.

Michigan didn't try very many intermediate routes in this game most because they were (justifiably) afraid that Patterson would throw interceptions. That's still very weak on their part as coaches, but I can understand if they're afraid of their own passer.
Unless Dylan McCaffrey is injured, there's no excuse for not playing him over Patterson.
Anyway, yeah, Stanley was better than the Michigan QB.
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Sleepy's picture

McCaffrey was concussed on a brutal cheap-shot against Wisconsin...

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FUBAR's picture

The OLine/abandoning T. Young are my uglies. Seems counterintuitive but... oline played like shit. With shitty oline play, TY STILL Avgd 5ypc. On only 8 carries. He needed at least 20. Avging 7.1 ypc on year. Give him the ball!

F.erentz U.B.er Alles, R.ight?

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willco's picture

Jackson is pretty unlikely to get a good NFL draft this year.  Maybe a red shirt would be wise.  It won't hurt his future and if he has a great year next year he can go NFL.

Will

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HoyaGoon's picture

He's already redshirted

Just another garbage commenter spreading my *sshole all over the internet.

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krotto07's picture

He's a redshirt junior.  He can just keep playing and still come back next year.

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IAinCA's picture

A little early to call it a wash for him, considering it was his first game back from an injury. Let’s see if he can get his game day legs back by Saturday night.

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rosko-p's picture

"Stanley turtles on the road in tough conference games and his decision-making is about a full two seconds slower. That was the case when he first started and unfortunately, that’s the case in his final year."

Damn.  Troof hurts. 

Wiscillinowa Native

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IAinCA's picture

I think Beathard suffered from this during his time in the black and gold too and is still trying to work through it in SF after getting beat out by an undrafted QB. I wonder if it’s a systematic problem. The previous four games he had pretty much all day to throw. He clearly needs to speed up his route processing because no doubt, teams will be dialing up a lot of blitzes the rest of the way. Brian needs to help him out too with some better playcalling.

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HoustonHawkeye's picture

Stanzi did too - he was more petrified of making mistakes than he was determined to make plays - so he had better stats but many less impactful plays than in 2009.

I strongly prefer winning over losing.

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HerkyForMeHerkyForYou's picture

It’s weird that he has no problem with isu...that place can be a house of horrors just as much as a big 10 road game ...but for some reason it’s not for him

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rosko-p's picture

Let's play caption that photo: 

1. "I like your hair man." 

2. "Hey you. Yeah you. Be ready I am throwing it right to you." 

3. "Sack me baby. I'll wait." OR 

4. "I've always wanted to be a Michigan man." 

Wiscillinowa Native

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WombatHat42's picture

5. “Hey you, i know what you’re doing but my coach won’t let me do anything about it so you’re gonna get a free sack”

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hawkheaven's picture

"That guy, block him too. Do I really need to say this every play?"

"He's got stuff crawling in his hair. Seriously, I can see them from here"

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WombatHat42's picture

First, I don’t think Stanley was as bad as some are saying. 2 picks were wr fault. Bad play calling and bad oline play that even the best qbs would fail. I mean for real they all blitzed when we went empty set and we did nothing and kept calling it reaulting in 8 sacks.

second, was sargent benched after his fumble? i don’t  recall seeing him again. If so why is ragini still our return man and why is tracy still a main wr? Consistent bad return decisions and bad drops are worse than one fumble.

third and forgive my language but get banwart the fuck out of there. He was our worst olineman last year(and thats saying a lot) and he still doesnt have it. The Paulsen twins have been playing pretty well and our offense gels better with them in. Yes they didnt play well either and neither did Linderbaum but their upside is so much higher. I feel at their worst theyre still better than banwart

end rant. Criticize away

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HoyaGoon's picture

First, Sargent played after the fumble. In fact, he was in as the RB in the very next series. Second, no, two of those INTs were not on the WRs, they were both on Stanley/the playcall; the third was just a freak occurrence where, as Howard Jones would tell us, no one is to blame. Lastly, this is just demonstrably not true, like at all:

bad drops are worse than one fumble.

Just another garbage commenter spreading my *sshole all over the internet.

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scratch where it itches's picture

I’m gonna put this comment I made in BHGP’s rewatch piece here. I don’t know if I’m right, but I’m really curious about how meaningful the snap count numbers really are, and I assume there’s plenty of insight on GIA to go around:

Something must be going right offensively, right?

At least from KF’s perspective anyway? The relative snap counts offensively vs defensively seem impressive independent of the actual output. I mean, Iowa had 20 more snaps than Michigan. Clearly those statistics don’t matter if Iowa can’t score; but Iowa was so GD close to being able to win that game. And win it convincingly, really.

I do not forgive the coaches one tiny bit for the lack of preparation across the line, for not trying to mitigate the effect of Michigan’s relentless blitzing or for completely abandoning the run game. That said, the coaches won’t be wrong when they inevitably use the word "execution" countless times in the press this week.

Pig shit you say? Smells like $7 Billion to me.

Also, fire Gary Barta.

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WombatHat42's picture

That’s interesting actually. It means we were sustaining drives longer and either penalties or turnovers ended the drive. Which you could argue as execution or argue as mental mistakes. One puts the blame on players one puts the blame on coaches. In reality its both. If a player is making mental errors or not executing that is on the player for not being responsible but also on the coach for not having them prepared or not putting them in a place that they ate comfortable.

long term i still have high hopes. One thing Ferentz has been good at is recognizing and correcting the minor issues. Not saying we will win vs psu but i doubt many of the mistakes won’t be the same

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chitownhawkeye's picture

It was generally ugly, but if you take out the turnovers and penalties, the offense is still bad, but the end result is that it looks less bad, and there would have been additional opportunities for points.

The main takeaway from me was just how good the defense was to limit Michigan like that.  The only failure there was the 51 yard completion that eventually led to the TD, which wasn't even that bad of coverage.

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Sean Considine's Bromance's picture

I don't know how much snap counts really matter. Michigan's averaged 4.5 yards per play compared to Iowa's 3.6 YPP. For reference, MTSU averaged 4.2 YPP against Iowa.

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GD Greg Davis's picture

Boy howdy, that offensive performance was as ugly as the north end of a south-bound steer! And if there is one thing ol' Greggy Boy knows, it is an ugly offens !

Ya can't go broke making mone

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