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If you bother to keep an eye on MGoLicious, you may have seen an article on MLive wherein Taylor Lewan discusses the RS Freshmen that will be playing next year a little bit. (Unfortunately, no indicators about which way he himself is leaning). At any rate, one quote of his stands out, where the article concludes.
"I'm proud of what they've done, but if you play at a school like Michigan, you need to know that nothing is ever good enough. There's always somebody who came before you who was better."
There's no arguing that the best Left Tackle in Michigan history is Jake Long. We've had a number of really great Tackles, but Long is just tops. That's who Taylor must hold himself up against. And dang it if that's not a tough act to follow. The question I would like to pose is this:
What would Taylor Lewan have to do in his senior year, should he return, to become the greatest ever? Is it even possible? Part of Long's incredible success was our rushing game during his tenure. surely, Lewan cannot be held accountable for the interior line's problems causing our rushing game to have some major issues, but does our lack of a rushing game this past year hurt him in "greatest ever" respect? Is it possible for him to become the greatest ever without a Hartesque rushing game coming out of the backfield?
Per @umichfootball, Taylor Lewan has been named a first team all-american by the Walter Camp organization. becoming the 127th first team all-american in Michigan Football history.
Friday at 4:30pm the NFL channel is featuring Cato and his team in DC. Thought this might be DVR worthy for a few on the board.
Also, a recent documentary of Barry Sanders' career was aired on the channel as well. Apparently it answers a lot of the questions about his abrupt retirement. It will re-air at 10pm on Saturday.
Roger Goodell recently discussed the possibility of eliminating kickoffs with the head of the NFL's competition committee. Even more interestingly, they talked about Greg Schiano's suggestion that a team that scores should have, after its extra point try, essentially a 4th and 15 at their own 30 yard line, from which they can either punt or try to win another possession by getting the 15 yards.
I like Schiano's idea because it would add to the excitement of the game by allowing for more comebacks. I also think that organized football faces an enormous threat to its existence as we know it because of the research that is coming out about concussions, so something has to be done, and it might as well be a fun something. What do you say?
EDIT: Further info: There were 270 reported concussions in the NFL in 2010, 35 of which were on kickoffs. There were 266 reported concussions in the NFL in 2011, 20 of which were on kickoffs. The drop in concussions on kickoffs coincided with the move of the kickoff line from the 30 to the 35, which increased touchbacks.
It always seems like coaching changes are really ugly - sneaking out without telling anyone, shredding documents, stealing recruits...
But my question is - Why does it seem like they never tell the school and then finish the Bowl game. Can't they just coach that one last game and then go? Makes no sense to me.