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I'm no football genius but how about scrambling for 3-5 yards instead of run up the gut (no gain), pass (incomplete), pass (incomplete), punt. If no receiver is open just get a few yards and put your team in a better position on your next down. It's not a difficult or complex concept.
Mark Dantonio has talked in general about offensive changes. Andrew Maxwell has an idea of what one of them may be.
takes a while to get a feel for the situation
many, many times you are better off staying in the pocket for that extra second because a guy will pop open
but then, you wouldn't be able to complain if you actually thought about it that much
We've got depth. We've got numbers.
Because as bad as things were, it would have been worse if Maxwell got injured. The offense was basically retooled to protect the QB. Designing run plays would be stupid this year.
Bad OL and no QB depth can make an offense pretty limited.
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I'm not saying we should run Maxwell often, just don't be afraid to get the first down by scrambling for a few yards when no one is open.
Remember those dive plays we tried over center?
I agree with this. I don't want Maxwell running on designed plays (he needs to "play within himself"). But if receivers are covered and he sees a chance to run for a first down, I think he needs to run for it. He did it against UW and it was refreshing and crucial for him to do it. His run for the first down actually contributed to the win.
If you can do a half-assed job of anything, you're a one-eyed man in a kingdom of the blind.
- Kurt Vonnegut
Who says he can get 3-5 yards?
Michigan State does not and will not run the 3-4 defense.
My favorite was a dive from the two yard line, which was literally impossible to convert because Maxwell was not eight feet tall horizontally. That was when I knew Roushar had to go for this team to improve. Not only is there no offensive development or innovation, but there's a total lack of even common sense knowledge on his part. He's not just a bad offensive coordinator, he's an idiot.
This would be a disaster. Maxwell has no pocket presence/feel to speak of.
Remember the play where he injured his elbow against NW? That blitz hit him on his strongside, not even his blindside.
He apparently is one of the best 7-on-7 players in the world, though...
"Tonight, we show the world what this program is made of!" -- Brian Ellerbe on Mar 4, 2000, the night of scUM's 51-point loss to MSU.
This play made me so angry. You ride Bell all the way down the field (I think there was a decent pass play as well), and then you try to run the QB up the middle when the defense absolutely knew without a question that you were going to be running it and had the box stacked accordingly??!? The Def. was probably all mentally prepared to stop Bell on this play- no way in hell they would let Maxwell run through them.
Don't know how much Maxwell played in the shotgun vs. under center but if you take the snap from shotgun, rushing 3 isn't going to get you much other than possibly hurt. Definitely has some things to learn, but I would have thought that he would have some of these things worked out by now, since he's been in the program so long. Of course, it doesn't help when your receivers drop the ball constantly through the first half of the season. You've got to wonder what his development throughout the year would have been like if some of those plays were made earlier in the year.
I think we need to score more points.
You should be afraid.
That's a high risk decision. If it's there to win a big game late? OK, roll the dice. To give him the green light to do it all the time? Bad.
Maybe next year he'll improve, the OL will improve, and there may be a realistic second option at QB.
I think you are on-target when speaking of the 2nd option at QB. Next season we'll have the depth we need, I'd think.
People are forgetting how fooking close we were to things actually working in many many games this season, with Maxwell actually needing to tread a fine line and stay healthy while doing his job. It's not easy. Had we focking made 3 fgs and gotten points where we should have (refs) ,etc, we're an 8-4 or 9-3 team and doing what we were largely predicted to do this season-be a better team with a worse record..
Sometimes the game of inches thing gets lost by the masses when we've had a hugely dissapointing season, record wise. That doesn't mean scrap the program and start all over..it means make adjustments, get better luck (and yes make luck for ourselves) and take advantage of maturity of star players and depth next year.
It's a marathon not a sprint. Now let's go pound TCU, can we ?
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