A happy goose and nebulizer felines
Thanks go to Coach for his weekly wrap-up. He made a plethora of salient points. In fact, Coach’s plethora was such a plethora, that it is almost as long as some state’s constitutions.
One seminal point: it is good for everyone to have a happy goose. Outstanding observation Coach.
Nebulized Feline- First, Dr- not not run to and open your theodusius that is next to the dictionary. I keep mine next to my Dr. Suess collection. I find words in the Seuss books that even a theodosius or dictionary does not contain.
Big point- By the end of the game, UM could run for 10 yards a crack and the Lion defense was spent, literally. Before the game, my thought was UM would run for about 200-225 yards. I envisioned the State University of Pennsylvania to shoot the linebackers into the run gaps with straight run blitzes. From tackle to tackle, this did not seem to happen much. If so, there was minimal effect. Instead, the Lions shot a lot of stuff off the edge and sometimes UM walked right into it. Indiana rolled the dice and shot run blitzes that thumped Corum and McCarthy for no gain and losses. So, McCarthy aired it out.
Big point 2- Penn State’s interior line runs a lot of double teams on their inside series. While not a master team at running the ball, PSU is still pretty good and one reason thee offense is better this year is two highly recruited running backs and one year more of line development. The thought was PSU would crack a few and pick on a couple of the new Wolverine d liners. The d-line was not dominated, more so the opposite.
Big Point 3-UM is sticking with putting Turner and Green on the isolation island. They are holding up, particularly Turner. Gemon Green gives it everything. The last two weeks, UM has been hit with a couple of perfect shots. The next batch of qb’s UM will face down the stretch can all drop the soft bucket dime. Reed of MSU is superb, a real danger, and if he can stand flat footed, Sparty will throw deep several times, and at any time. The best medicine is the pass rush. The run defense is holding up and is holding up because of about eight guys, not one or two.
Big Point 4- All of the media buzz about Michigan having a great team culture has some validity; perhaps almost complete validity. Harbaugh’s culture, like any other, can fluctuate with winning a and losing streaks. UM has some very special players that are also very special people. The rather large Old, the somewhat height challenged Blake Corum, the all purpose Donovan Edwards and the never quit Mazi Smith, all ring the bell and reinforce Harbaugh’s foundational vision. To some degree, a certain type of student athlete almost self-selects to Michigan. The patient are rewarded, they impatient hunt other buffet tables. Enjoy Corum, some of his highlights will be commonly played back for decades.
Big point 5- Among all this awash, UM still has some almost ridiculous things to clean up. They are pretty obvious: dumb penalties, letting a team off the hook and back into a game, when one more drive finish or one more third down stop would settle the issue, bizarre calls inside the ten yard line, being quite predictable (although if an opponent cannot stop it, who cares, but sooner or later, plan b adjustments must be in place and work), lining up, etc.
Last point- UM too many times finds a way to have one penalty or one horrible play stop the near unstoppable. The coordinators are still a work in progress, but this curmudgeon claims that both may be a little ahead of schedule.
Last, last point- some in the media are still questioning if McCarthy can handle the task. Now that is almost funny.
I am now returning to my theodicious to see if I can find a synonym for theodacious.
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