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Old April 18th, 2017, 04:41 PM   #21
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Has Harbaugh ever had a quick hook for his QBs?
Has he ever had 3 seemingly decent QBs with different but apparently useful skill sets to execute his playbook?

in 2016, I think he knew Speight, much to the surprise of all of us, was the best among those he had to choose from.

I don't think, from my perspective, it's that clear to him so far in 2017.

My view is that after Speight's injury mid-2016 (whatever it was), he wasn't progressing. The offense stalled after there was enough tape of what Speight did available for opposing teams.

Frankly, I thought the late 2016 offense mostly sucked; it was limited, lacked any kind of unpredictability, constraints were just about absent and it wasn't much better v. FSU...... after Speight was supposedly healed and the OL had a chance to mend.

Did he look improved like you would expect him to be in the Spring Game? Nope. He was his usual self under pressure, making bad throws and bad decisions. He's not going to burn opponents who blitz the shit out of him (what FSU did). I'm not sure Peters can do that, I'm pretty sure O'Korn can't do it reliably.

But, if I'm Harbaugh, I'm concerned about another predictable offense with Speight running it. His next biggest liability, after his response to pressure, might actually be in the run game, the run game he can't contribute to. Peters and O'Korn showed they could. O'Korn looked damn good running the RO and Peters, in particular, showed he's not going to kill drives with untimely INTs when he faces pressure.
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Old April 18th, 2017, 06:10 PM   #22
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OL couldn't block NFL caliber defensive lineman, Speight couldn't handle quick pressure; combination made for close losses to Iowa, OSU & Florida State...

Defense deserves a lot of credit for keeping M in those games.
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Old April 18th, 2017, 08:41 PM   #23
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He had Smith and Kaepernick at the same time. I don't think he platooned them did he?

I'm not saying you are wrong, I just think it might be contrary to his history.
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Old April 19th, 2017, 07:20 AM   #24
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No JH didn't platoon QBs at SF but designing and running offenses in the NFL is a bit different than at the college level. I think you can be a lot more innovative in college ball. He has certainly shown that willingness to innovate on offense.

I see it this way. JH's playbook is likely pretty expansive. We've heard most of the coaches on the offensive side of the ball say that at Michigan there's competition to start every day. Week to week, no one is assured a starting spot. We've also heard them say that the offense, including individual play calls, is designed to take advantage of the skill sets of the best players.

The RBs platoon and I think that has proven to be a means of expanding the offense and forcing defenses to plan for it pre-game and react to it in-game. Not saying it's going to happen but with Harbaugh, I can see him platooning the QBs to take advantage of the skill sets they have, all of them a bit different. Nightmare for opponents.

Clearly there are downsides to an approach like that but Harbaugh would be the kind of character that could mitigate them.
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