In the Schlissel on athletics thread there was a comment about us basically only competing for a national title once every ten years under Carr which is true.
My question is, why is that good enough? Why do we invest more money than only a few other athletic programs on football only to not get the return they do?
I also post on Michigan's 247 site, and here is a comment the other day that I found slightly depressing in terms of our coaches vs OSU's coaches:
Ohio State's succession of coaches is freaking incredible. 1. Woody Hayes: won 3 National Championships and 13 Big Ten Championships in 28 years
2. Earle Bruce: played for 1 National Championship but choked in Rose Bowl to Stanford / won 4 Big Ten Championships in 9 years / was fired for basically not being Woody.
3. John Cooper: built 3 National Championship caliber teams (1995, 1996, and 1998) but all choked / won 3 Big Ten Championships in 13 years.
4. Jim Tressel: won 1 National Championship (2002) / played for 2 more (2006, 2007) / won 7 Big Ten titles in 10 years.
5. Luke Fickell: 1 year - lulz
6. Urban Meyer: now 32-3 at Ohio State. won 2 division titles, will win 3rd. No conference titles so far though.
By comparison, Michigan went from Schembechler to Moeller to Carr but then things fell off.
Also, worth pointing out that Ohio State played for the National Championship in 1954, 1957, 1968, 1975, 1979, 2002, 2006, and 2007. That's 9 times. Ohio State has won 4 out of the 9.
Clarification: "played for a National Championship" means had the #1 or #2 ranking in a premier bowl game and could therefore win. (Hence, I left out the teams that were national championship caliber but suffered a loss that prevented them from playing for a national Championship - for instance the 1996 OSU team was 10-0 and #2 going into the Michigan game. The loss dropped OSU to #4 and OSU didn't get a chance to play for the title.)
Meanwhile Michigan has played for only 1 National Championship in the last 65 years - 1997 - and won. So we're 1-for-1. Woot! We're batting 1.000! F*** us. Schembechler was a choker. Carr is spelled with a capital C for conservative. Rich Rod sucked here. Brady Hoke is the Bump Elliott of this era but arguably worse.
I'm still waiting for our John McKay / Bear Bryant / Barry Switzer / Tom Osborne / Bobby Bowden / Pete Carroll / Nick Saban..ya know...the guy that will leads us to multiple national championships in his tenure. COME HOME JIMMY!
So while saying going back to the Carr years seems great with that we're seeing now, I have not forgotten what actually happened. We lost early nonconference games every year to put us out of the national title picture. Then we lost a big ten game in the middle somewhere. And then top it off with an annual loss to Tressel.
Now instead of Tressel we are dealing with Urban who just like Tressel is one of the best coaches in the nation. If we don't get someone that can compete with Urban we are going to be watching the same thing we did 7+ years ago only we have to deal with Dantonio now too.
With the money and resources we have the only thing stopping Michigan from going toe to toe with OSU is Michigan.
Brandon Graham continues to shed the "Bust" label that he even self-imposed on himself at one time. Prior to this NFL season, there was talk Graham would be traded, and that his NFL future hinged on his ability to play exclusively 4-3 end.
In a rotation heavy defense, in which he plays typically less than 40% of the Eagles' defensive snaps, Graham has so far put together an impressive year. Through Week 10, he shares the NFL lead(!) in Forced Fumbles, with 4. He is also tied for 19th in Tackles-for-Loss, with 9. His 4.5 sacks aren't too shabby either.
As we struggle through this disappointing Michigan season, I hope many of you find encouragement in Brandon's career resurrection. He has adapted to a 3-4 OLB scheme many, including himself, thought would never quite fit.
I posted two diaries "Reason for so many injuries", "Improving athletic performance", which were well received and generated a great amount of informed opinion from comments which people made. I emphasized the importance of having a cordial conversation even when we disagree.
My reason for taking the time to do this is because, as a professional, I know there are better ways to prevent injuries and increase athletic performance than what is being done in our current S&C program. Then I posted a third diary "Why our Strength and Conditioning program is failing" and I immediately received inaccurate negative comments from BiSB and his clones. I responded with patient, thoughtful, courteous replies.
Then BiSB made a comment about "Concern trolls gonna' troll", and the diary was removed. It can be viewed on Google as an "unpublished post". I polished and reposted the diary, and it was removed again. Why?
I've followed MGoBlog regularly. I'm not heavily invested in getting points, but I am truly concerned about the welfare of our team. What motivated me to speak up was a great diary by m1jjb00 "Analysis of football injuries in the Big Ten".
Arbitrarily removing thoughtful diaries that generate intelligent conversation does not lead to making MGoBlog a more substantial outlet for real news. Such censorship contributes to relegating this blog to the realm of inconsequential chatter. The direction this takes is your choice to make.
So it seems Jack Kennedy, the former walk-on QB, has a weekly blog feature on the Big House Report blog. Here is the latest on the NW game and Brady Hoke.
Much like we got with Mr Smith's recent contributions, I feel like this gives us a look at how former players (particularly one who played for Hoke and lived through the RR-BH transition) feel about the state of the program.
Here's a look at how we stack up against Maryland.
Total Offense Michigan 107 Maryland 110 Total Defense Michigan 16 Maryland 82
Passing Michigan 107 Maryland 75 Passing Michigan 46 Maryland 74
Rushing Michigan 70 Maryland 108 Rushing Michigan 16 Maryland 90
Receiving Michigan 107 Maryland 75 Sacks Michigan 21 Maryland 23
Third downs Michigan 95 Maryland 114 Interceptions Michigan 107 Maryland 60
Fourt downs Michigan 112 Maryland 74 Defensive Eff Michigan 28 Maryland 43
Offensive Eff Michigan 96 Maryland 81
FG's Michigan 39 Maryland 20
Extra Points Michigan 104 Maryland 59
Punting Michigan 53 Maryland 10
KO returns Michigan N/R Maryland 86
Punt Returns Michigan 99 Maryland 21
S/T Eff Michigan 47 Maryland 8
Offensive Advantage: Fairly even
Defensive Advantage! Michigan
Special Teams Advantage: Maryland
Common Opponents: Indiana and Penn St
Michigan 34 Indiana 10
Maryland 37 Indiana 15
Michigan 18 PSU 13
Maryland 20 PSU 19
Expect a very close game in Ann Arbor!
First, let me say that I really appreciate Devin Gardner and all that he does for Michigan football and the community. He seems like a great, hard-working guy. On the field he gives his all and has almost single-handidly carried Michigan in big games (ND 2013, OSU 2013, etc)
This year his on-the-field performance has been bad. It is even more alarming when you see that he is a fifth-year senior with lots of starting experience. In fact, I think he is having the single worst season for any returning starter senior QB in Michigan history.
So, what gives?
I notice he isn't running the ball nearly as much as last year. There seem to be almost no designed runs and he is carrying the ball HALF as much as last year. In his previous years he ran nearly as much as he threw (around 75% or higher). Now it is half as much as he throws and bothe sets of numbers are down.
It could be injury, design or both casuing the change, but could this be the main reason for his PASSING struggles? Does he need to keep defenses honest with his feet (ala Denard)?
Does he need the threat of his legs to open up the passing game? You would think that focusing on passing more would make him better. It hasn't.
The offensive line pass blocking and run game seem to have improved a bit from last year. A similar move up by Gardner would have resulted in a "mediocre" offense and a more satisfying season.
BUT, his passing performance seems to have gotten much worse the less he is asked to carry the ball.