Michigan Football Tidbits: New quick passing game
Michigan has a new passing game, which the staff has dubbed "Trojan." This passing game came from Oklahoma by way of Missouri. As noted previously here, the Michigan coaching staff and the Oklahoma coaching staffs have met over the last couple of years to discuss different ideas that have worked for them.
We talked about this earlier. In our opinion, this is going to be a great addition to Michigan’s offensive package. It is simple and very difficult to defend. Twebber and CoachBt talked about this while watching spring practices. During drills and in scrimmage the package was almost impossible to defend. Even when defenders did well, the Trojan worked.
Trojan used trips formation into the boundary when facing cover 2 or man coverage teams. It had running back lined up to short side of field. You can use a tight end in place of inside slot to wide side / three-man side of field. Formation looks something like this. As stated earlier this formation is used primarily when team plays cover 2, or 2 high safeties, or man coverage.
Here some of the rules:
Pre Snap read is super important.
Quarterback should catch and throw.
With two high safeties / cover 2 go to three-man side and play off strong side linebacker.
If strong side linebacker goes vertical with inside slot hit other slot. If strong side linebacker goes to side to take out, hit stick route. More on that below.
Five man aggressive protection, man front side / slide the backside.
Quarterback should always go with the numbers, where offense out man’s the defense.
Hot receiver is to blitz side / this is great package against zone blitz schemes
Example, if weak side linebacker blitzes from one man side, which is what many teams do, simply go to receiver, split end to one man side in this case, who is in the area the blitzer vacated.
In man coverage go to boundary, one-man side, it is a pick play.
If in two high safeties, middle linebacker cheats to three-man side, go back to one-man side.
Inside slot or tight end / if use tight end it is called 11 personnel / run seven yard stick route, similar to hook only to the outside.
#2 slot runs five yard out.
Split end runs fly pattern.
Split end runs five yard slant to hash, rule is to replace weak side linebacker, find open area and sit.
Running back runs wheel route to one-man side. Replace split end / running back will adjust his route depending on what cornerback does. If cornerback plays hard corner / sits in flat running back continues up field and finds open area between hard corner and safety. If corner plays soft running back sits in open area vacated by cornerback.
If defense is giving single high safety / three deep or cover four with safety free formation will be 2 x 2.
Work back to boundary / backside / side with running back.
Same rules with some different routes:
Slot receiver away from running back runs seven-yard dig.
Split end away from running back runs vertical / fly pattern.
Split end to running back side runs same route as before.
Slot receiver to running back side runs flag route.
Running back runs same route.
We have gone over this kid fairly well since the spring practices have began. Is he upgrade from last season? Sure is! Is he going to be our savior? Probably not!
He is going to make some great plays, and he'll have us throwing our remotes at other times. Please Guys, show some patience with the kid. He has the ability to be a very good quarterback for Michigan. Just not sure it will be this year, and especially not the first few games. Keep expectations in line, Please!
Give kid credit for sticking it out. But if you think Threet was bad fit, this kid is even worse in the spread. Still will be valuable member of team with demo squad duty and such when Michigan sees a pro style quarterback.
Hurt, but we all know about this kid. He is a great team player and even better kid. If Michigan has to rely on him for long stretch, ouch!
Walk-on, who gets props for working tail-off!
Expect staff to put together some sort of limited package that highlights his unique skill set. One option series or package would be perfect.
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