Michigan 28, Maryland 0

Michigan 28, Maryland 0


October 3, 2015

Drake Johnson

Ty Isaac thud. I was very disappointed in running back Ty Isaac’s performance. As the second-string running back, he got a chance to start this game since De’Veon Smith was injured and stayed home. He promptly fumbled twice (losing one) on his way to a 6-carry, 17-yard performance. He was not seen after the second fumble except on special teams. In addition to the fumble, Isaac extended a drive by roughing the punter. He had a chance to stake his claim as the potential starting running back, and he literally fumbled away the opportunity, putting the ball on the ground 33% of the time. Welcome to third- or fourth-string, Ty. You just lost your job to Drake Johnson.

Hit the jump for the rest of the game summary.

Drake Johnson got his vibe back. Johnson looked tentative leading up to this game, and even his first few carries showed a guy who didn’t have the same burst or fluidity of movement as last year. He was going down too easily in previous weeks, and he didn’t show great vision, either. Then he caught a screen pass for a 31-yard touchdown, and that seemed to help him get his confidence back. After that he was seeing holes, picking his feet up through gaps, and gaining pretty good yardage. He finished with 13 carries for 68 yards and 1 touchdown. It’s good to have him back in the swing of things.

Maryland is not good. When the quarterback wasn’t bad, the wide receivers were bad and dropped a bunch of passes. The offensive line was bad. The running backs were decent. The long snapper had a bad snap. The punter/kicker shanked a punt. Anyone not named Will Likely or Yannick Ngakoue was mediocre on defense. Maryland has a couple playmakers, and running back Brandon Ross is pretty solid, but this is not a good football team. I know Maryland fans are down on head coach Randy Edsall and the quarterbacks, but the wide receivers should be taken to task for their play, too, at least this weekend. This is a team that could realistically go 3-9, though.

I don’t buy Michigan as a real contender. If Maryland makes a play here or there, the Wolverines are on their heels and having to fight out of a hole. Both teams left a lot of opportunities on the field, and the game was 6-0 at halftime. Ultimately, Michigan can’t hit a thing downfield, they struggle to make plays in the running game, and they have to manufacture explosive plays. Good teams can create big plays with their base offense at least once in a while, but Michigan needs end arounds, jet sweeps, reverses, fancy double- or triple-screens, etc. They created a couple big plays in this game, but mostly in the second half when I’m sure Maryland’s whole team was getting frustrated that their offense couldn’t achieve anything. Michigan’s offense is really going to bog down against some of the defenses they’ll face in coming weeks.

Jehu Chesson is fast. I’m glad Michigan’s coaching staff has found a way to use Chesson. The guy is strong, fast, and blocks well. The knock on him (at least from me) is that he’s not a natural receiver, struggles to adjust to the ball and catch with his hands, etc. Brady Hoke’s staff never really took advantage of his speed and thought Devin Funchess was the only guy who could run reverses and such, but Chesson can outrun some people if you can figure out how to get him the ball. Harbaugh has done a good job so far by setting up some quick hitches, and he now has 3 carries for 106 yards and 2 touchdowns on the year. Safety Jabrill Peppers has admitted that Chesson is the fastest guy on the team.

Jeremy Clark might be the biggest success story of this regime so far. Clark played some last year as a backup safety, but he was not seen as a quality option and had some issues in space. This coaching staff moved him to corner, put him under the tutelage of Mike Zordich, and has turned him into a pretty decent player. Starting cornerback Channing Stribling missed the game with an injury, and the defense didn’t miss a beat with Clark at cornerback – he made 3 tackles and 1 interception. That pick was his third of the year, and he leads the team in that category. If Jourdan Lewis were to jump to the NFL early, Michigan would still have two guys with some pretty good starting experience coming back next season. The one guy we know needs to be replaced next year is strong safety Jarrod Wilson, but it would not be surprising if some of these positions get reshuffled in the off-season.

Mario Ojemudia injury scare. Starting Buck linebacker Mario Ojemudia went down late in the game with an injury that looks like an Achilles issue. That’s unfortunate for Ojemudia, but it’s also bad news for the team, because that’s a position where Michigan is very thin. Backup Royce Jenkins-Stone doesn’t offer much playmaking ability or pass rush, and the other obvious option is redshirt freshman Lawrence Marshall, who has barely played so far. The coaching staff might have to look at changing someone’s position (Ben Gedeon?) or unleashing a true freshman (Shelton Johnson or Reuben Jones). Redshirt freshman Noah Furbush also made an appearance and made 1 tackle, and he’s a guy I have pegged in the past as a potential weakside end. Michigan was already lacking an elite edge rusher because Ojemudia was not great in the first place, and now I imagine the senior’s Michigan career is finished. You hate to see injuries, period, but especially to seniors.

I’ll pat myself on the back for my predictions this week (LINK). I predicted 6 catches for 75 yards for Jake Butt to lead the team (he got 4 catches, 61 yards to lead the team), 3 interceptions for Michigan (they got one each from Clark, Desmond Morgan, and Jourdan Lewis), an appearance from backup Daxx Garman (yep), and 100 total yards from Drake Johnson (he got 99). I did miss on the final score, which I pegged for 31-10.

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    UM2013
    Oct 03, 2015 at 6:31 PM

    I agree with your points regarding Michigan’s offense, although I’m not sure what you mean when you say you “dont buy Michigan as a real contender.” I tend to agree with you… but then I look at our schedule.

    After MSU’s performance today and assuming we can take care of NW, I think it’s very possible (maybe even likely) that we get to the OSU game with one loss and ranked in the top 5-10. Doesn’t that in effect make UM a contender?

    I guess my point is that you can look at nearly every team this year and point out a fairly significant flaw – I dont think Michigan is a phenomenal team this year, but we might not have to be in order to sneak into the playoff.

    • Thunder
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      Oct 03, 2015 at 7:08 PM

      There are enough decent teams on the schedule that multiple teams could pick us off. Some people think we could win the Big Ten or even make it to the playoff. We still have Ohio State, Michigan State, Northwestern, Minnesota, and an as-yet-undefeated Indiana team on the schedule, not to mention a game at Penn State. You’re right that “every team has flaws” but MSU and OSU are both undefeated or likely to be undefeated after this week, and they don’t have offenses that are so spotty.

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        UM2013
        Oct 04, 2015 at 12:31 PM

        Nor do they have defenses that appear to be as strong.

        I agree that multiple teams could pick us off, but thats the case for just about everyone. OSU and MSU proved that yesterday.

        To put it more simply, look at the teams in the top 5 going into this weekend. MSU is looking like a near coin flip game. OSU is still supremely talented but looks fairly beatable. Ole Miss doesnt exactly inspire confidence.

        This just feels like a fairly negative write up given that we disposed of a (albeit weak) big 10 opponent 28-0 on the road. I’m not trying to argue that Michigan is a great team, but there doesnt appear to be a “great” team (at least yet) in CFB this year.

        • Thunder
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          Oct 04, 2015 at 12:48 PM

          I don’t think it’s very negative at all. There are some negative comments about Isaac and then an overall assessment of the team.

          A 28-0 win over Maryland is not particularly impressive – they lost 45-6 to West Virginia and by 21 points to BGSU. The thing is that Michigan’s offense goes dormant for long stretches of time, including the second half against BYU, the first half against Maryland, etc. Their defense will keep them in games, but offensively, the consistency isn’t there. Michigan would likely have to run the table to get into the playoff, and I just don’t see that happening with a game manager at QB, no big-play threats on the outside, and a stable of decent-but-not-outstanding running backs.

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    Roanman
    Oct 03, 2015 at 6:41 PM

    Taco Charlton, C’mon down!!!

    Ain’t nobody looking good today. Purdue nearly got all the way back from a 21 pt. deficit in East Lansing, and as of this writing, the Buckeyes are getting all they can eat in Bloomington

    • Thunder
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      Oct 03, 2015 at 7:09 PM

      I don’t think Charlton can do what Ojemudia does, at least not as well. Plus that would make us thin at SDE.

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        Roanman
        Oct 03, 2015 at 8:45 PM

        Maybe not. But I’d give him his shot at it. I like Ojemudia, but he struggles some in space. I think Charlton brings about the same overall skill set as does Ojemudia, except maybe more of everything. That might include more struggles in space. Still, in my mind this is a worthwhile experiment.

        As an aside, Jeremy Clark ….. yeah baby!!!!!

      • DonAZ
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        DonAZ
        Oct 03, 2015 at 9:37 PM

        If you could magically pull a 2016 signing class guy in and give him a year’s experience, who would you pick to fill the role? Anyone?

        • Thunder
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          Oct 04, 2015 at 9:19 AM

          Hmmm…there are a few guys. Maybe Janarius Robinson would be my #1 pick.

  3. DonAZ
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    DonAZ
    Oct 03, 2015 at 8:00 PM

    As the season moves past the 1/3rd mark, we’re starting to see what this team is. No question it’s an improvement over 2013 and 2014. But I agree — we’re a ways away from being a realistic contender.

    The offense is very one-dimensional. I don’t think any good team we face is going to fear our running game. I don’t think our passing game is really all that special. We have no real deep threat. And whether we can do the short passing game against a team with a defense we’ll have to wait and see.

    Some are calling the defense “elite,” but I’m not yet sure of that. I’m not sure we’ve yet gone up against a really good offensive line. I’m skeptical we’ll see the same defensive line pressure we’ve seen in some of these recent games.

    But again, the team seems to have a stronger foundation than last year or the year before. We have two data points (Utah and Maryland) that shows they played well on the road. This is definitely a better-coached team than before. I just don’t think the current talent has a ceiling that much higher than we’ve seen.

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      Roanman
      Oct 03, 2015 at 9:05 PM

      I’m not sure we’ve broke out our running game yet. I think that there could be a fair amount of stuff we haven’t seen. Really, there has been no reason to get too far away from vanilla in these last four games. We might not have been able to stray too far from vanilla in the opener.

      Drake Johnsone might change things there as well.

      I might have mentioned in the past that I hate I formation football, and while I’m not always ….. ok, ok ….. ever ….. yet ….. certain just what the heck this thing is that we are running, I am pretty sure that it’s not I formation football. The extra gaps thing really is fascinating. For the first time in a looooong time, we might be out in front of the curve.

      • DonAZ
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        DonAZ
        Oct 03, 2015 at 9:43 PM

        Well, I hope you’re right. But what might you expect to see? The speed is what it is. Are you suggesting the offensive line blocking has been vanilla and we’ll see gaps open in future games we’re not seeing today?

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        WindyCityBlue
        Oct 04, 2015 at 7:55 AM

        Sorry, but the notion that we have this secret stash of more effective and imaginative plays that we’re keeping under wraps until we play someone like State is ridiculous. People trot this out every year to try to reassure themselves that we’re not as mediocre as we look on offense, and it is NEVER the case. No team plays like that five games into the season-if you look around the country, can you point to ANY other team that is deliberately keeping their offense in check? No.

        We’re playing this way because this is what we’ve got. We’re serving vanilla because we got no strawberry, dude.

        • Thunder
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          Oct 04, 2015 at 9:22 AM

          I can practically assure you that the coaches have more up their sleeves. We have some more imaginative plays in our back pockets for my high school team, but there hasn’t been the need or opportunity to break them out yet. Also, the coaches are drawing up new stuff every week, which Harbaugh has alluded to in his last couple press conferences.

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            WindyCityBlue
            Oct 04, 2015 at 9:34 AM

            Ummm…we’ve played five games…how has there not been the “opportunity” to run any play in the playbook that we wanted to?

            My questions still stand-can you point to ANY other team that is still deliberately keeping a big part of their offense under wraps through five games? Has this meme EVER been demonstrably true about Michigan all the times it’s been trotted out in the past?

            As far as press conferences, it was also alluded to that Harris and Perry were knocking people’s socks off in fall practice and would be big contributors. How’s that working out? I don’t swallow most of what I hear in pressers…only believe what I see on the field.

          • Thunder
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            Oct 04, 2015 at 11:35 AM

            When you’re up 28-0 or 35-7 or 31-0 (or in the process), there’s no need. The only game that has been close was Utah, which was week one when the new QB had only been practicing for a few weeks. Is there a reason to break out a flea-flicker or double-reverse pass or Jabrill Peppers package against Maryland, Oregon State, etc.? I don’t think anybody’s saying that a giant portion of the offense is missing. We are what we are, but I can guarantee that there’s more creativity to come.

            I don’t watch every snap of any other team, so I don’t know the answer to your question.

            As for pressers, I’m not talking about hyping things up. I’m talking about different formations that we have run, and afterward, Harbaugh’s saying “We drew that up this week” or “We saw that in an NFL game and decided to try it.” I think there’s a pretty clear difference between that and then hearing through “insiders” that Drake Harris is tearing it up in practices.

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          stew52
          Oct 04, 2015 at 11:54 PM

          If you don’t think we have more imaginative plays then you should watch the spring game again.

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      michymich
      Oct 04, 2015 at 12:41 AM

      Couldn’t agree more. The only saving grace is the Big Ten isn’t loaded with great teams necessarily and some of the bigger tests are at home.

      The running game is weak. If Smith is the best back you have in theory then UM is going to struggle. Isaac putting the ball on the turf. Johnson is o.k. Team is slow. Chesson is fast but not a polished receiver. Rudock needs a running game to be mildly effective.

      I am like you. I just don’t see how UM establishes a running game against a good DL. It’s backs are not that good. It seems to me that Rudock has be something he isn’t which is to make plays at qb in order to loosen up the defense.

      If UM had let’s say Henne at qb along with a big play threat then UM could do something even with mediocre running backs. Problem is UM has nothing to offer on the ground or in the passing game outside of Butt & Darboh who are both dependent on a quality qb. The two key skill positions on offense are both operated with a non starting Big Ten type player.

      Would any of these two guys be a starter on any other Big Ten team? Maybe but would be close. UM has bottom of the barrel talent at the key skill positions.

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    Roanman
    Oct 04, 2015 at 6:59 AM

    I have sat and watched a couple of the every snap features Mgovideo offers at least couple times through for everything they have. BYU maybe four times. As previously mentioned, i have a lot of time on my hands, and if I don’t take my medicine, I’m awake all night.

    Borges would occasionally attempt to get creative with traps and such, usually it failed for all the reasons that have been flogged ad nauseum for the past 3 years.

    The stuff this staff runs is way beyond Borges. Guys come at Defensive linemen from every direction and in all kinds of different combinations. The precision required to get everybody to their spot, in frame and ready to deliver a blow isn’t something that happens in the time it takes to play four/five games. Then, throw in all the formations that have been showing up with this staff. Then, throw in all the pre snap movement.

    I guarantee you that every guy we have out there is thinking about what they have to do on this next play. At some point, the thinking will stop ….. in a good way ….. and they will just know what to do. Then and hopefully this happens in early November, they won’t even know so much as they’ll just go and do it. Sort of that Yoda thing.

    There’s way more going on here than meets the eye, and way more available that hasn’t been much more than hinted at. The problem, as always, is can we execute it at pace, in rhythm and then connect with power. Then of course there’s the final issue having to do with can our back read it and get there.

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    coachernie
    Oct 04, 2015 at 9:07 AM

    #1 Drake running with that knee brace on makes me cringe.

    #2 This team is going to struggle mightily against a decent D, which fortunately I really don’t see one on our schedule this year. Every singe B1G team, including the two frauds at the top, have mediocre D’s.

    We’re going to be in every single game from here on out and with our above average Special Teams play, I have to say, I like our chances.

    • Thunder
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      Oct 04, 2015 at 9:27 AM

      Ohio State is #18 yards/carry against them, and Michigan State is #41. Ohio State is also #14 in total defense, and that comes after playing a not-terrible opening five games against Virginia Tech, Hawaii, Northern Illinois, Western Michigan, and Indiana.

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        WindyCityBlue
        Oct 04, 2015 at 9:48 AM

        Sorry, but I don’t see anybody with an offensive pulse in OSU’s first five games. Va. Tech lost 17-13 at home yesterday to a mediocre Pitt team. Hawaii lost 55-0 to Boise State. Northern Illinois only managed 19 points getting waxed by Central Michigan. Western is 1-3 and only scored 17 on Georgia Southern.

        Northwestern, on the other hand, beat a pretty decent Duke team on the road and throttled a Stanford team that ran up 55 on Arizona. Ok, that’s RR, but Northwestern’s defense is legit. They shut out a Minnesota team that played TCU tough. Maybe on paper OSU and MSU have more talent, but NU has played better defense on the field than anyone else in the BT but us.

        • Thunder
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          Oct 04, 2015 at 11:43 AM

          Indiana is #34 in scoring offense.
          Virginia Tech is #53 in scoring offense.
          Northern Illinois and Western Michigan are #73 and #84, respectively.

          I’ll admit that Hawaii is terrible, but I would say a couple of OSU’s opponents had a “pulse.”

          By comparison, Utah is #20, Oregon State is #101, BYU is #96, Maryland is #99, and UNLV is #69. If we’re talking about pulses, Utah is the only team in the top half of the country, and they aren’t that far above Indiana (14 spots).

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            WindyCityBlue
            Oct 04, 2015 at 12:09 PM

            Indiana’s competition was a joke until they played OSU, and they scored 27 on OSU without their top RB. 73 and 84 are bad. Hawaii is worse. I stand by my statement that OSU’s defense hasn’t remotely been tested by anyone. We may not have been either (and I never claimed we had been), but we have done far, far better against weak to decent competition than either OSU or MSU. OSU is allowing 100 ypg more than us, and State almost 200 more. Our last two opponents didn’t even get close enough for a FG attempt.

          • Thunder
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            Oct 04, 2015 at 12:27 PM

            S&P ratings (although not updated for yesterday’s game yet):

            Ohio State was #6 defensively.
            Northwestern was #10.
            Michigan State was #26.

            Meanwhile, Indiana’s offense was #25.

            All those numbers are adjusted for the opponent. So the advanced stats disagree with you.

            As for the schedule, every good team plays a crappy schedule at the beginning of the year, because all the good teams use that time to play cupcakes and maybe one or two decent non-conference games. Alabama’s non-conference schedule included Wisconsin (the decent team), Louisiana-Lafayette, and Middle Tennessee State to start the year, although they started conference play early in week three with a loss to Ole Miss. That’s how college football goes.

          • Lanknows
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            Lanknows
            Oct 04, 2015 at 11:20 PM

            Yes, Maryland is bad. But let’s keep things in perspective – but also a Power 5 team we lost to last year and on the road. Obliterating a bad offense might not be a major resume-builder, but adding to the carcass pile of the previous 3 weeks of offensive opponents is something to be appreciated.

            YES on Jeremy Clark. What a revelation and what a credit to this staff. Not only can we feel good about the CBs next year, but we can step back and appreciate how good our three corners are (not even including Peppers). Many saw the Clark move to CB as a panic move and cause for concern about Peppers. But I wondered if it was a sign of confidence in Hill, Peppers, Wilson, and Lyons (and maybe even Thomas). It seems more like the latter. Stribling and Clark might not quite be up to Andre Weathers level yet but still…This is our best secondary since 1997.

            That DL! Another sack from Henry should ease whatever nitpicker’s worries one might have remaining. They’ve wrecked opposing offenses for 4 weeks in a row, kept Utah in check in week 1, and looked like the best unit on the team for 5 weeks now. The backups frequently play like they deserve to start and then the starters go out and kill. All you can do is appreciate the talent, experience, and depth that Hoke bequeathed unto Harbaugh on the line.

            Ojemudia loss is huge. There’s arguably nobody on the defense that’s harder to replace. Peppers, Lewis, and Wilson are all integral but we have such depth that we can make it work in the secondary. There’s no viable replacement at Buck though, no 5th year senior former Stanford starter sitting on the bench, no consensus 4-star junior with experience at the position – none of that. We’re talking about converted LBs and freshman. Ojemudia’s consistency and ability to hold up against spread teams will be badly badly missed. It’s going to be very interesting to watch what they do and I’d expect MSU and Northwestern to attack the edge hard.

            Michigan might have to stick Charlton out there and live with the consequences. Charlton’s way too big and not nearly agile enough to be a rush linebacker, but it may be what they do just to get their best players on the field. It may effect play calling too.

            The offense: all the concerns are valid, but is it really unsustainable to keep doing what they are doing? Slog it out with a manball base, stretch the field horizontally with screens, reverses, and pop passes, and keep defenses honest with TEs down the middle. It’s going to be harder against MSU and Northwestern, sure, but that’s always going to be the case, even if you’re Baylor or TCU. Have faith in Harbaugh, Fisch, and the rest. We haven’t seen the full arsenal of plays that pop our H-backs, TEs, and FBs loose. We haven’t seen the rumored 3-RB backfield. We haven’t seen Peppers. Etc.

            People seem to forget that our starting RB was out too. Smith continues to get no respect from his own fanbase. There’s no way the first half offense looks so inept if Smith had played.

            Thunder, those were some good game predictions but the elephant in the room is the Ty Isaac performance. You’ve been touting that guy for over a year and he finally gets his shot and well…your disappointment is warranted (relative to your own expectations). Tooting your own horn re: predictions with his performance is a bit inconsiderate I think.

          • Thunder
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            Oct 05, 2015 at 8:18 AM

            re: Ty Isaac

            Everybody has a bad day once in a while. As far as I know, those were the first two fumbles of his career. Maybe it was nerves, maybe it was just bad luck, etc.

            You always talk about small sample size, and 6 carries is definitely a small sample size. Even so, his 2.83 yards/carry against Maryland was better than De’Veon Smith had in two of his four games this year (Utah, UNLV). And you can use “competition” as an excuse for Utah, but not UNLV. Isaac’s carries against Maryland weren’t toss sweeps – they were runs right up the gut early in the game.

        • Lanknows
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          Lanknows
          Oct 05, 2015 at 12:53 PM

          That’s some of the first meaningful data we have on Isaac.

          He’s not doomed for life or anything, but “it was just a bad day” on the one day you get your shot is sort of grasping at straws. Maybe Russel Bellomy just had a bad day against Nebraska eh? [I’m pretty sure I actually made that argument at one point, but he was thrown into the wolves without any prep time.]

          I’m not criticizing Isaac because this is (save the fumbles) exactly what I expected. So youre saying the runs up the middle will lower YPC… I mean, that’s what I’ve been saying on the YPC argument all year. Smith gets the tough carries and gets you nearly 5 ypc. Isaac gets them and gets you 3 ypc and coughs up the ball.

          It’s not like the Maryland D was a juggernaut either.

          Over the long run it’ll be closer because sample size but the better back is the better back. If you want to cling to the UNLV game OK but this is just getting past the point of being ridiculous.

          • Lanknows
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            Lanknows
            Oct 05, 2015 at 1:09 PM

            Isaac is a better back than he showed against Maryland. That much I believe. He’s probably better than Green, but he’s not nearly as good as Smith and he’s not as good as Johnson (overall) IMO. We have a thunder and a lightning, so we don’t need a steady drizzle.

            I think Isaac’s a bit of a unique talent, athletic for his size, etc. I think Harbaugh is trying to find ways to use him, but all those rumors about attitude and toughness seem to have some substance to him.

          • Thunder
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            Oct 05, 2015 at 1:25 PM

            …and if you’ve been saying it all along and it’s true, then it also applies to Isaac. It can’t be one or the other.

            Personally, I don’t believe that “running up the middle” automatically lowers one’s chances to break big runs. Smith’s big run this year was up the middle. Isaac’s big run this year was to the outside. Furthermore, running up the middle typically ensures that you will not suffer big losses, whereas running to the edge can lose you 4 or 5 yards if an OLB, S, or CB can successfully set the edge. So I have a problem with your logic, but if it’s your logic, own it.

            Bellomy didn’t “have a bad day.” He was a bad player. It showed at every turn, and he is currently a poor backup for a poor team at UTSA. It’s not a stretch to say that Isaac had a bad day, because he has had several decent or good days. Bellomy never once had a good day.

          • Lanknows
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            Lanknows
            Oct 05, 2015 at 2:34 PM

            Big runs happen to the outside more often than to the inside. So yeah, I would expect a guy who runs outside to average more YPC than a guy who pounds it inside.

            That WAS my logic. But now you employed it as an excuse for Isaac. “Isaac’s carries against Maryland weren’t toss sweeps – they were runs right up the gut early in the game.” I never heard that from you for Smith.

            Not sure your logic about TFL’s is true, but I agree you are more likely to lose 3 yards or more on the outside. That shouldn’t/doesn’t happen often either way.

            Bellomy got to play meaningful snaps one time. I agree he is not good, because of where he sat on the depth chart. But you could apply that same “just had a bad day logic” there too.

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    Lanknows
    Oct 05, 2015 at 2:34 PM

    Bellommy never got to throw a dozen passes against UNLV either.

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