TO THE HOT TAKE CANNON
Ohio State Freshman G D'Angelo Russell has officially declared for the 2015 NBA draft. He is currently projected as a lottery pick at #4 on Ford's Big Board. Not sure quite what to make of this quote:
"I believe I am ready because my approach was to unpack my bags, get committed to winning and listening to the coaches -- as opposed to coming in and saying I am a pro and trying to leave. I wasn't trying to get in and out at Ohio State."
Here's the link:
I know the attitude from this board isn't normally a good one in reference to Nick, but he came out with a pretty good piece this morning on mlive. It pretty much perfectly describes my feelings right now in the wake of Monday's result, despite not at all agreeing with Harbaugh on rooting for the B1G.
"Harbaugh doesn't need any more inspirational tactics, the guy basically dreams in motivational speeches. But for good measure, he just got one. As the Harbaugh era begins in Ann Arbor, Michigan's biggest enemy is now the top force in the game.
Maybe Harbaugh and new strength coach Kevin Tolbert add a few more bench reps to the conditioning list after Monday's result. Maybe a few more wind sprints. Add another plate on that squat rack.
"You want to be like those guys? Then get to work.""
..."So here it is. Ohio State has the makings of a college football machine at the moment. Michigan State is going through a nearly unprecedented run of success.
The trek toward the top of the mountain, for Michigan, is a long one.
But the Wolverines also have a football coach who still wears cleats.
Let the climbing begin."
Let's do this. 317 days. Go Blue.
There is actually a post over at Bucknuts hoping that Michigan cleans house this week so that they can hire Greg Mattison as their Defensive Coordinator. At first I laughed at this idea, but I know Mattison worked for Urban Meyer back in Florida and are probably still friends.
I think there is a good chance this might happen if/when Hoke gets fired and if the new Coach does not retain him. OSU seems unhappy with their defense and what better way to solve their problem and stick it to us at the same time.
I am hoping he goes back to the NFL or decides to retire rather than ending up in Columbus
While I continue to believe that we have some of the most knowledgeable and passionate fans in college football, I am a little confused at the amount of outrage (multiple threads calling for Hoke’s head) over the way he handled Morris today and the utter lack of outrage we have collectively shown when Devin has taken big shots, been gimpy and PLAYED AN ENTIRE QUARTER WITH A BROKEN FOOT – without being taken out (http://mgoblog.com/mgoboard/various-sources-twitter-gardner-played-fourth-quarter-against-osu-broken-foot)
Let me be clear with what I’m saying here – in no way, do I condone the way Hoke and staff handled Morris today – and I think every Michigan fan (including myself) is or should be appalled with the way the situation was handled this afternoon. My question is whether we as a fan base, have shown a double-standard when it comes to big hits / injuries suffered by Gardner vs. Morris? And if so, are there any legit reasons for this? (i.e. we are fed up with Hoke, and using this as a trigger for our anger)
I know I will probably get neg-bombed to Boliva for this, but I also now I’m not the only one who feels this way as evidenced by other comments, and think it’s a discussion worth having
It is available on Youtube - no link (too old and lazy to learn)- I just googled it
- My Primary focus was on Barrett - given the recent BM injury
- You may wish to watch on mute unless you are fond of hearing how great and innovative Urban Meyer is i.e. Braxton's head-cam, Urban renaming his coaches "group leaders" etc.
- I am not an ex-coach or football expert, just a fan that spends too much time on MGoBlog
- This was a true 2 team scrimmage not 1s vs. 2s as it may affect the results on the field.
QB's - Barrett
- Better runner of the 2 QBs - offense looked very Braxton-like with Barrett at the helm
- Not quite as shifty or as fast as BM imo
17-34 by my count passing
- Only 7 completions 5+ yards downfield
- Only 1 completion (crossing route) 15+ yds
- 0-5 on true deep balls - 2 were "catchable"
- Not as good an arm as Jones on the deep stuff
- Big Kid ala Terrelle Pryor - but less mobile and shifty - (less of an athelete than our DG imo)
- Didn't chart his passing but he was 3(or4) for 10 on deep throws - 4 were catchable - of the non-catchable throws - one may have been an OOB throwaway and one was an End of Half Hail Mary
- Didn't seem as good on the short stuff as Barrett
- Seemed to be a less designed runs or read-options with Jones as QB
- Played almost all vanilla except for 1 goal line stand where they did some run blitzes and stopped Jones' offense 3 straight plays from the 2.
- Lots of press coverage - seemed very good coverage on almost all the deep throws (catchable or not)
- Dunn (sigh) and Ball seemed the most effective to me (both were on the same offense fwiw)
- Elliot and Samuel were clearly faster but weren't able to get the edge like Dunn was.
Punting -- 2 punts would have been blocked in a non-scrimmage. Might be solely due to scrimmage effort levels. No returns or kickoffs were practiced
O-Line/D-line -- OSU showed much better ability to run than the recent M scrimmage (benefit of spread O?) but the pass protection was less than stellar on non quick pass plays. Probably would have been 10+ sacks in a real game. (This is with no blitzing)
Because its OSU.........Nelson Munz memorial plays:
- Barrett - 1st and 10 on his own 2. Pass play - holds the ball too long (freshman!) gets sacked and fumbles for the only TD for Jones' team.
- Jones (personal fav) - 1st and 10 on own 20. Pass play - ball is stripped or slips out of his hands - Jones chases and recovers the ball in the end zone, eludes tacklers and throws for a -12 yard completion.
- Corey Smith - WR reverse/pass - Pass covered - runs to the 1 - fumbles for a touchback reaching for the goal line.
Summary - Defense hard to tell due to the split teams and vanilla scheme but press coverage was prominent and effective. Offense struggled for the most part - I would expect a freshman-year Braxton level offense from OSU by November - possibly worse depending on the O-line development and Hyde-less running back production.
Hopefully I have provided some useful info for those who don't want to watch a 2+ hour youtube video.
Seeing as we just had the annual heights and weights delivered to our doorstep with nary an emotion beyond “these large men either got slightly larger or slightly smaller, and that is good”, there really isn’t much else going on until the season starts. Sure, there was the BBQ and a couple of commitments, but I’d be surprised if much else happened until a couple of days before The Horror II – Horror-ier comes into our lives at the end of August. So yeah, figured I’d dust off this diary and expound a bit on the UM sports landscape, the upcoming football season, college sports in general, and a couple of other topics.
Best: Are You Ready for Some Football!
So it’s been over 8 months since UM last played a down of football (and, frankly, many more months since those downs felt meaningful). I know a great deal has gone on both locally and nationally to put a dour tone on the upcoming season, but I’m just excited for the sport to return and for my fall weekends to have a bit more entertainment. Living in NY but being a Lions fan, I’m forced to watch the Jets and Giants try to out-dryhump doorknobs for 3 hours most weeks, and can usually only catch games with teams I care about on postage stamp-sized feeds from random “sports” sites hosted in countries Russia hasn’t realized they might want to take back yet. But basically every Saturday from August until November I know that I can turn on the television and find some channel with Michigan on it, and for a couple of hours I can be unabashedly zealous over something pretty inconsequential but still incredibly endearing to my heart. That’s why I love the fall, and why I love having Michigan football back in my life.
[After the JUMP: lots more things that are either the best or the worst.]