Friday, July 19, 2019

Michigan Friday: It Can't Be A Shot, If It's True

Slow news weeks, means the media will latch on to anything dumb.   The latest Remora Fish to a Shark is Jimmy's quote about Urban Meyer on a Podcast.   "Urban Meyer had a winning record. A really phenomenal record everywhere he's been," Harbaugh said. "But also, controversy follows everywhere he's been."   

This is not a swipe or a shot at Urban Meyer it's the truth.  If Urban said, "Jim has beats everyone but Ohio State"  Is that a true statement?  Both are accurate and I'm sure neither are proud of it.  Let's move on please.  

With Fall Camp just a few weeks away, I thought I would share a few thoughts on some of the biggest questions that needs to be addressed in practice:

  • Is everyone healthy? 
  • Who is the starting RT?  
  • How quickly are the guys picking up the Speed in Space offense?
  • Who is the starting RB?

On offense, I believe the biggest concern is health.  At RT it will either be Stueber or Mayfield and both seem capable.   RB will most likely be Turner with super walk-on Tru Wilson and true freshman Charbonnet as back ups.   Speed in Space is more aggressive play calling then an entire new offense. 

  • Pass Rush? 
  • Is Mike Danna the real deal?
  • Is Dax Hill ready to play?
  • Can Michigan play a zone?
  • Is Don preparing to play Army?
  • Is Don preparing to play Ohio State?
On defense, Michigan took some big losses to its defensive line pass rush to the NFL.   Josh Uche clearly showed he could rush the QB from the LB or DE position and we won't know about Danna until he gets some gameday snaps.  

Why I'm I so concerned about Don preparing for Army and OSU?  
Don Brown has one head scratching game each year, where he is clearly out coached.  The last two years its been Ohio State and then Penn State the year prior.  Army will be a difficult match-up with it's triple option and they will be ranked in the top 25.  Ohio State spends every practice and off season work out preparing to beat the Wolverines, Michigan needs a similar focus to stop this alarming trend.   We all know the reason about needing a be able to run an effective zone defense.

  • Jimmy said at the Big Ten Kickoff that Michigan will be playing a game overseas at some point. 

  • Rutgers has re-named their football stadium SHI Stadium  

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