Monday, September 22, 2008

Michigan Daily: Article by Ian Robinson

Ask the experts: Michigan football's transition

By Ian Robinson
Daily Sports Editor On September 21st, 2008

In "Ask the Experts," Daily football writers will answer your questions. If you have a question that you would like answered, send it to

What are the difficulties in adjusting to the spread offense?

Everybody talks about how hard it is for a quarterback to adjust to Michigan coach Rich Rodriguez's spread offense, but that's not the biggest concern on offense. The biggest concern is the offensive line. There are four new starters this year. More than any other position, experience is a huge factor in the development of offensive linemen.

As we've seen this year, a running back can come in and make an instant impact. But I've never heard of a freshman phenom offensive lineman. It takes time. There is a huge difference between high school and college, and linemen need time to adjust.

It's common sense, but without a decent line in front of him, the quarterback won't have time to pass and the running back won't have room to run.

Now that it's the Big Ten season, how important is it to have one quarterback?


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