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Jake Ryan to middle linebacker - Friday, February 21, 2014 8:53 AM
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Michigan coach Brady Hoke, during an interview with Ann Arbor's WTKA 1050-AM on Friday morning, said that the coaching staff has opted to move Ryan from strong-side linebacker to middle linebacker for the 2014 season.
 
"He's one of our best football players instinctively, but when he's playing SAM and you face those detached formations, it gets him away from the action at times," Hoke said. "Just think back to the Ohio (State) game, where we had a guy who is a pretty daggone good football player and he's out of the box not (being able to) make plays.

 
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Re:Jake Ryan to middle linebacker - Friday, February 21, 2014 10:55 AM
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The head scratchers continue.
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Re:Jake Ryan to middle linebacker - Friday, February 21, 2014 11:18 AM
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I don't have a problem with this move...IMO this will allow Jake to roam around the field even more & make him even more productive. This is the year that Jake Ryan must become a 1st team All-American & I suspect he's ready for a monster season!
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Re:Jake Ryan to middle linebacker - Friday, February 21, 2014 11:27 AM
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I don't have a problem with Jake playing MIKE. I do have a problem with who in the world is going to play SAM?
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Re:Jake Ryan to middle linebacker - Sunday, February 23, 2014 7:55 AM
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Bolden?  McCray? Ross? Beyer?

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Re:Jake Ryan to middle linebacker - Sunday, February 23, 2014 11:45 AM
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I like McCray hes gonna be a good one, Beyer will probably be the starter on day 1. Remember who we play on opening day, its going to be all players with experience, minus peppers.

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Re:Jake Ryan to middle linebacker - Tuesday, February 25, 2014 6:42 PM
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I gotta believe the coaches only made this change because they feel comfortable with whomever they plan on playing at SAM. You don't make this move unless you already have the solution.

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Re:Jake Ryan to middle linebacker - Tuesday, February 25, 2014 6:43 PM
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Hoke has confirmed James Ross is at SAM now.

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Re:Jake Ryan to middle linebacker - Tuesday, February 25, 2014 7:03 PM
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Well, there ya go.

Lets see how this turns out.

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Re:Jake Ryan to middle linebacker - Tuesday, February 25, 2014 9:45 PM
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Plan to play more over fronts now according to Hoke. Morgan at Will, Ross at Sam. 
 
Other position updates: Funchess is a WR, Ross Douglass is a RB, Shallman is an H-back and RB, Heitzman is a TE.
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Re:Jake Ryan to middle linebacker - Tuesday, February 25, 2014 10:10 PM
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You've got to love spring ball...just throw a bunch of sh*t at the wall and see what sticks.

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Re:Jake Ryan to middle linebacker - Wednesday, February 26, 2014 6:01 AM
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When is this whole 3-4 defense supposed to come to fruition, or will it?

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Re:Jake Ryan to middle linebacker - Wednesday, February 26, 2014 7:13 AM
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According to GMatt we will never run the 3-4, don't believe that has ever been the plan.
 
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Re:Jake Ryan to middle linebacker - Wednesday, February 26, 2014 7:16 AM
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I'm surprised at the funchess move with butt being out this year.

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Re:Jake Ryan to middle linebacker - Wednesday, February 26, 2014 8:02 AM
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I'm surprised at the funchess move with butt being out this year.

Same. I expected him to play some WR still but be at least considered a TE. So at tight end we now have Williams, Heitzman, Bunting, Hill, and Shallman. Yikes.
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Re:Jake Ryan to middle linebacker - Wednesday, February 26, 2014 8:23 AM
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It's not like we return a bunch of yards and catches at WR. Have to prioritize somewhere. With H-Backs and things we have a lot of options around the LOS.
 
That and Funchess was never the best blocker anyway.
 
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Re:Jake Ryan to middle linebacker - Wednesday, February 26, 2014 8:43 AM
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Funchess is a matchup nightmare no matter where he lines up on get field so it doesn't matter to me where he plays. Williams is a much better blocker and if we want to have any sort of a run game, he's going to be an integral part of it.

OJ Howard, TE at Bama, had 14 catches for 269yds last year and TEs in general caught 24 balls for 375yds. Can we get that production from Williams, Heitzman, Hill, etc?

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Re:Jake Ryan to middle linebacker - Wednesday, February 26, 2014 8:46 AM
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Scottsdale, I think because he is bigger and played OL that people assume Williams is a good blocker. He is actually well below average at inline blocking, and that is the main reason Butt was put on the field last year. He and Pazkorz were out best blocking tight ends by far.
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Re:Jake Ryan to middle linebacker - Wednesday, February 26, 2014 8:50 AM
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Funchess is a matchup nightmare no matter where he lines up on get field so it doesn't matter to me where he plays. Williams is a much better blocker and if we want to have any sort of a run game, he's going to be an integral part of it.

OJ Howard, TE at Bama, had 14 catches for 269yds last year and TEs in general caught 24 balls for 375yds. Can we get that production from Williams, Heitzman, Hill, etc?

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It could very well be accurate that Nuss considers the TE an afterthought, at least in the passing game.
 
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Re:Jake Ryan to middle linebacker - Wednesday, February 26, 2014 3:18 PM
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Give me Fun chess at WR for $5,000, Alex........

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Re:Jake Ryan to middle linebacker - Wednesday, February 26, 2014 11:57 PM
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According to GMatt we will never run the 3-4, don't believe that has ever been the plan.


Well, it was at least speculated, possibly due to the excessive recruiting at the LB position, even after we thought we were full. 

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Re:Jake Ryan to middle linebacker - Thursday, February 27, 2014 1:39 AM
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It did just seem we were better suited (at least during spring practice last season) to run a 3-4 with all the LBers (RJS, Ross, Bolden, Ringer, Ryan, Morgan, etc...) and couple that with the lack of mature defensive linemen....it seemed like a good idea. Of course the Ringer transfer and Ryan injury would have helped much...but still a ton more depth at a position it is easier to get younger guys on the field.

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Re:Jake Ryan to middle linebacker - Thursday, February 27, 2014 12:40 PM
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To me this reeks of Hoke making knee-jerk moves to try and save his skin.
 
He needs to worry about coaching and not trying to please

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Re:Jake Ryan to middle linebacker - Thursday, February 27, 2014 1:41 PM
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Hopefully he becomes a Kuechly Jr..........he has that kind of skill set.