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I am surprised how little love there is for D. Smith he will be a beast behind our AA line.
FRED JACKSON ISN'T THE ONLY COACH THAT RECRUITS RUNNING BACKS.
This guy doesnt realize that recruiting is regional not based on the position.
Our running back play is not fine! Not even close. That is a direst reflection on the coaching IMO. We need these guys to get north and south with-in their first two steps that is not happening. Typically it is at least three steps going nowhere and quite a bit of hesitation after that deciding how to get outside instead of sticking it up between the tackles and getting what they can.
I don't think we need to get rid of Jackson at this point, but this year has definitely been a disappointment and it's not just the offensive line IMO.
Let us state another reality though. We haven't really been recruiting top 5* talent to the RB position. We got close with Dee Hart. Even Fitz was a 3*, no? Don't get me wrong, I love Fitz, but it shows that is another position of need which had to be rebuilt under Hoke.
I think with Smith coming in next year, and potentially Green, that helps somewhat. Green I feel would be somewhat a gamechanger.
Fitz has proven to be a great runner, and Fred created that last year. Not much Fred can do when the offensive line can't create a hole and his RB decides to try and improvise.
What the hell else is it than the offensive line? Fitz was a 1000 yard rusher last year, he isn't a bad back.
Jesus, you guys act like the running backs should all be as good as Barry Sanders.
I watch the games do you? Fitz spends more time dancing and prancing left and right, then looking at one hole, then another, then let's try and get outside. After all of this indecisive crap he gets tackled for no gain.
Denard hits it right up the middle when there is nothing and typically gets a couple yards. He has the same offensive line as the backs.
Fitz had a pretty good year last year. He showed no progress this year IMO
Also, many of the top programs have at least two backs they use constantly throughout the game. We seem to keep throwing the same guy out there regardless of performance. I don't get that either. Michigan is about the position not the player, our backs are not reflecting that philosophy IMO
Blame the OL for the RB's struggles. Yet, Denard tears it up with the same OL. Why can't FJ get Fitz to run north? Why can't he get FT to stop dancing in the backfield? Why does Fitz look like he running in sand this year? None of this is a product of the OL.
THERE ARE NO HOLES FOR THE BACKS.
You can't compare what Denard does and what the backs do, Denard gets an extra blocker when he runs.
You're an idiot if you don't think this has to do with the OL.
Why was Fitz able to run for 1,000 yards last year WITH THE SAME RUNNING BACK COACH?
Not to mention Denard rarely runs it in between the tackles.
Fourty minutes later and I believe you hit it on the head with this one.
What you are seeing now is the result of the type of RB recruited in the RR era. They are not downhill runners. We have already seen a change in the type of RB we are recruiting and already have commited.
Denard is not running straight through their defensive tackles, nor is he wearing a cloaking device. He just gets the ball going in the right direction. Sometimes there isn't much there and the ball carrier has to tough it out and try and get as much as he can. I don't see that with anyone except Denard and Smith sometimes will stick it up in there.
Denard either has an extra blocker or has optioned off defenders, stop and think about that for a second.
1. Because Hayes and Rawls haven't developed sufficient vision yet. They both miss cuts and holes, but that will improve with practice and game time.
2. Because Vincent Smith is a devastating blocker.
Plus most of his success is on veers. They work precisely because you don't have to block the guy at the point of attack.
Last year, with Molk at center, we were creating holes that Toussaint would see nothing but daylight. I am not sure, but as memory serves I can't remember that happening even once this year.
Even with Denard...most of his long runs have been his own creation this year. Last year, there were several plays where Denard broke free not because of his feet, but because of the OL.
I think our RBs have room for improvement, to be sure. I wish Rawls for one would be a '3 yds and a cloud of dust' kind of back. But it is clear to anyone that watches game film where the vast majority of our problem on offense is this year.
I understand that Denard is a better runner and put in a leveraged position most of the time as a running quarterback, especially as talented as he is.
What I don't understand is the continued tendency of our running backs to prance around and keep looking for a crease and not sticking their foot in the ground and trying to get as much as they can. The vision needs to be trained moving forward not sideways IMO.
Chris Howard somehow figured this out. iirc he almost always resorted to sticking it up into the fight and toughing out a yard or two. Same coach
I didn't say the play is fine. I said the situation, ie personnel is fine. Michigan has a power back in Rawls, incoming power back in Smith, and possibly Green. They are a better fit for an under center formation. Read better, please.
This post was edited by freshone 20 months ago
Should FJ drive up in a van and throw a pillow case over recruits heads and toss them in the back? There are 100+ reasons why recruits choose to attend a school. FJ isn't going anywhere. Sure the RB's haven't been stellar but there could be a number of reasons. OL for one. Maybe because the defense is stacked.
There's that "we" thing again.
Deveon Smith will be a beast. I think the kid has a chance of doing a Mike Hart and starting as a true freshman if given the chance.
Your right I apologize you dumbed it down plenty. I hope Rawls starts showing a little more of this power cause I'm not seeing it. He is a big guy and has a few good runs but he just doesn't get low enough through the line of scrimmage. Last week he backed into the end zone. Pads need to be lower and more square to the line of scrimmage.
Fitz looks like a different runner to me this year. He has looked slow and lacking the same explosiveness he had last year. Just doesn't look the same to me.
Well, now I apologize because I just don't know what to think. I know the line is doing the RB no favors, but maybe lowering a shoulder, delivering some boom, and breaking 1 %$@#* tackle IS too much to ask for.
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