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Nussmeier's offense must improve
Tuesday, April 08, 2014 4:32 PM
Nussmeier showed in two seasons at Alabama that he can beat teams with either the pass or the run. He has a clear knack for play-calling, and he has proven quite adept at varying tempo and teaching his quarterbacks to get the offense in the correct play. But before we go any further, let's examine what Nussmeier inherited that first year with the Crimson Tide in 2012. AJ McCarron was his quarterback. Eddie Lacy and T.J. Yeldon were his tailbacks. Cyrus Kouandjio, Chance Warmack, Barrett Jones, Anthony Steen and D.J. Fluker were his starting offensive linemen. Kevin Norwood, Christion Jones and Amari Cooper were his receivers. Warmack and Fluker were first-round draft picks last April. It's entirely possible that every player mentioned above will start in the NFL at some point. That group could have run a basic inside zone two out of every three plays -- with some kind of play-action pass on the third -- and crushed most of the foes on its schedule. This Michigan group has some notable talent, but it isn't stacked like that 'Bama group. Nussmeier will have to be more creative to get anything close to similar production out of the Wolverines. He'll have to teach all his players, the skill guys and the linemen, to understand the basic rules of his offense and to recognize potential outcomes before the snap.
This is the paragraph that hit home with me. You step back and forget what he inherited at Bama, that was ridiculous. His vanilla style might not cut it at 1st with the group of saps we have on the OL and he will have to get a bit creative on play calling. Not so much schemes, just play calling. I think it took Borges too long to figure out how to get creative during his time in AA. We saw flashes of it (i.e. O$U game last year…almost a masterpiece), but terribly inconsistent.
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