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It's never too early.
Next Years Offense will be based on moving the pocket and quick throws. With a new & young O-Line, the offense will need to use quick passes & since the best WR's on the team are both slot guys (Gallon & Dileo) then that matches perfectly.
Next Years Defense will be even better than this years. I'm expecting a better pash rush, aggressive LB play, and the thought of Countess & Taylor together on the corners makes the thought of the #1 pass defense getting even better. The LB's will have to tackle well, the loss of Kovacs in run support could be a deciding factor in run D.
Defense finished 11th in total defense in year 2 under Mattison yet, he doesn't even have his guys in yet. It will be championship level once again even better then last year/this year and very hard for teams to move the football on. I said it before but it's going to be just like with the basketball team... Lose great leadership and solid players with guys like Kovacs, Roh, Demens, etc(Subsitute Novak and Douglass in here) but we are replacing them with better talent at every level of the defense.
Offense, I don't know what to expect because I don't have much confidence in Borges right now. All I know is we have a potential difference maker at QB in Devin and an elite left tackle assuming he decides to come back(Which is looking alot better now, people say he's 50-50... so will see) those are 2 good places to start. Borges needs to really put work in during this bowl prep and throughout the off season to get this offense to play consistent football as well as calling consistent games from a playcalling perspective which has been an even bigger problem.
We have any easy schedule next year, anything less then 10-2 and a big ten title would be another underachievement and failure of a season. If things break right they could make a serious run next year.
This post has been edited 4 times, most recently by TheDudeAbides21 16 months ago
I'm excited/nervous about the youth that will be involved.
I feel the offense will be much improved having Gardner at QB throwing to Devin Funchess, Jeremy Gallon, and Darboh/Dileo/Chesson on a consistent basis, but I worry about the offensive line if Taylor Lewan does indeed forgo his final year of eligibility and the running game.
If a running back like Deveon Smith, or possibly Derrick Green, steps up before the season starts, I'll feel a lot better, but if the running back job is left up to Thomas Rawls, I'm scared because he literally has close to no vision when he runs. Rawls has the potential to be a Carlos Hyde type back if he is patient and sees the available holes, but if not he will most likely have a similar year to the one he had this season.
As for defense, not worried whatsoever.
The LBs will improve with Joe Bolden and James Ross getting more reps and adding an aspect of athleticism that Kenny Demens didn't really bring this year.
As for the defensive line, it should be improved with Quinton Washington getting the start from the beginning and hopefully refining his tackling and leverage further, plus add in Ojemudia/Clark/Beyer all splitting reps at one of the defensive end spots and Jibreel Black taking over for Craig Roh at SSDE and the DL should improve. The only spot that isn't sure is the other DT spot, which could be filled by Ondre Pipkins, but could also be given to Jibreel Black and another DE like Chris Wormley or Tom Strobel taking over at the SSDE spot. Overall, the defensive line should be fine, but it's just a question where the players line up.
The defensive backs should once again be a strength for Michigan with the return of Blake Countess and the addition of either Jarrod Wilson/Dymonte Thomas/possibly Leon McQuay to the safety spot. Ray Taylor is a really fast player and when he makes the right read on the QB, he is always in position to make a play on the ball. Thomas Gordon is great against the run, but I'd like to see him improve in zone coverage for next season. The loss of Jordan Kovacs will be huge in terms of leadership on defense, but I think the athleticism that will be added in place of him will make up for that.
Defense will take a step back for a while.m, but by the end of rbe year, we will see a lot of talent evolving and starting to step up. Biggs and bolden will need to add weight and stregth, but they played enough to pick up the defense and learn. The pass rush will be better with clark ready to take tbe reigns and ojemudia getting bigger and stonger as well. The tackles will need to grow up in a hurry. Pipkims did well for a freshman, but he will need to add to his strength to become a dominant player.
The safeties are intriguing....if the young ones grow up in a hurry, this secondary can be really good. Lets see what wilson looks like after a year in the program. And thomas is ee so he will have an opportunity....
I think moving Gordon(The coaches are planning on doing this) over to his more natural position strong safety the spot in which Kovacs has occupied the last 4 years will make him an even better player and will make the secondary better. Expect Jarrod Wilson to be your free safety. Watch out for a guy like Willie Henry on the dline redshirted this year, unheralded recruit out of glenville but everybody has raved about him. I think the coaches might have gotten a gem their.
Your crazy if you think the defense will take a step back, people thought the same after losing Martin and Van Bergen last year... didn't happen our defense was actually better this year. Reminds me of people who thought the basketball team would take a step back when we lost Novak and Douglass.
This post has been edited 2 times, most recently by TheDudeAbides21 16 months ago
I just mean for the first few games. Like this year year as a matter of fact.
I love henry as well. I think he will contribute sooner then some of the heralded guys.
And gordon is much better suited for the strong side. I never want or think freshman should start but im really joping dymonte can win that job over gordon though.
I understand your point, but we don't play Alabama or an unconventional offense in Air Force that pretty much always yields yards and points to teams who don't play them often if ever. Those 2 games have made the defense stats look worse then they should be.
I think Dymonte will be a great player in time, but I don't think his time is next year. He doesn't have much experience playing safety his high school team essentially uses him as another linebacker in the box, he will get their but he like most freshman is going to have to learn all the different aspects of the position. It will be Gordon and Wilson.
If you think air force would havw done that to bama you are crazy. Our defense just wasnt ready. Then we let mass move the ball on us way way too much. The defense didnt put it together until purdue.
We replace a senior leadership. They will be fine and i said i think they will be better then 12 defense. I just think it takes a few games to gel.
Yeah, ive watched plenty of film on him. Its definitely a hybrid role more resembling a linebacker. Im just hoping enrolling early to learn rhe defense and getting in tbe s&c program helps him.
Alabama gave up 24 points to Georgia Southern and over 300 yards on the ground last year(I think we can all agree Bama had a pretty good D last year)... Guess what type of offense Georgia Southern runs? Umass scored 6 points, they didn't do jack shit their only touchdown came from Denard. The defense made their statement against ND, they were dominant that day... to bad Denard played horribly.
This post was edited by TheDudeAbides21 16 months ago
I think our defense will probably be about the same. Slight downgrade in the backfield, probably an upgrade at LB, and the DL will probably be a wash.
Offense is where there is question marks. Will the new OL, who certainly have more talent, live up to the hype? My guess is that by mid season our OL will be better than this year. That is a leap of faith though. Otherwise, much rests on Borges...which, I know, is frightening.
Correct, tbe defense did make a statement against nd.
The key to the defense will be henry/godin/wormley/strobel. We need two of the four to become playmakers this year. If tbey do that we can be a dominant team imo. But we should have depth for years to come
I'm not worried about the Defense at all with it being in Mattison's hands. Guy has done an amazing job thus far and I won't question one decision he makes. On offense....I'm worried about WR and RB. Rawls is a trucks but runs too much with both hands on the ball, which slows him down. As for WR, Gallon is the only proven threat we have. Please let Chesson and Darboh be as advertised.
"Those Who Stay...Will be Champions"
I agree. With Q and Big Will, Mattison showed what he can do with DL. I think the new guys will step up.
I loved the Willie Henry signing. I am pretty excited about our DL next year. It will be interesting to see what happens with Black. Does he stay at tackle or move back out to end? There should be a lot of talented kids competing in camp next year to earn playing time on the DL.
I think black will be at strong side
That's pretty much what i think as well for all non passing downs. I think in obvious passing situations he moves inside.
We need playmakers on the field next year - ones that can and will make differences in big games.
LTT (I expect to push for PT next year)
“Those who stay will be champions”
― Bo Schembechler
Don't write off Marvin Robinson just yet at SS.
LTT? He is the definition of a project. No way he's ready next year. Plus, he's got Braden and Magnuson ahead of him at tackle.
Ltt is super raw. I dont think he sees tbe field until his redshirt soph year
We must have posted at the exact same time
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