"You know how Kyle Flood still has a job? Yeah, all Jourdan."
Michigan is the talk of the town. On many different message boards there are threads about us. A sampling:
Utah is (justifiably) proud that they've scored over half the points we've surrendered.
Minnesota is undecided about whether our rise is due to Harbaugh being a good coach, or Jake Rudock being a Russell Wilson-like gamechanger.
Iowa has decided Northwestern probably isn't that good, but some think we're the best team in the conference.
Wisconsin fans werent ímpressed with our performance against Utah; now someone bumped that thread up and they look a tad silly.
Nebraska wonders how Michigan and Florida are seeing instant results when the Riley isn't quite doing the same.
I waded through the muck of the MSU Red Cedar board just long enough to find this thread - massively downvoted for saying we look good, of course.
And finally, the Scarlet and Gray legions are beginning to be impressed.
I understand that a lot of Michigan's success is predicated on the personnel but there's a lot there in the scheme as well, and after 6 weeks of mostly spread opponents, it seems to me like this could be looked at as the team that provides the blueprint for defeating the spread (both spread-to-run and spread-to-pass).
Of course it would be hard to prove without going up against the best spread offenses (Baylor and TCU come to mind), but who knows if that will happen, and Ohio State should be a stiff test as well if they continue to round into form.
The keys appear to be:
-Multiple and aggressive in your fronts (size doesn't seem to hurt either)
-Hybrid players (the BUCK and a hybrid CB/S)
-Man coverage on the outside
-One deep safety
Components of this defense have shown up elsewhere, but it's the full package that really impresses. Curious to know what people think.
Yet again, this week's edition of this is shockingly easy to write because I really don't have to delve too much into things which are gnawing at myself or the fanbases. That is because nothing seemed to be doing that yesterday, of course. Indeed, as you will see in a moment, the volume of a word doesn't mean people were furious at all. If you were furious at anything yesterday, you may in fact be already beyond help.
Anyway, here's the summary to date:
"Fuck" and "Habraugh" still reign on this summary, with a healthy smattering of "shit" and "Peppers" in the fourth and third positions respectively in terms of frequency of usage. Some people asked about a positive / negative breakdown - the preliminary results of context analysis here lean heavily towards positive expressions, as you might expect.
Here's the breakdown of the Original Six:
I'll put it this way - 177 "fucks" were given yesterday, but they were given because people were having rather a lot of fun. There were 10-15 which were thrown out sarcastically about the failure of the defense to contain Northwestern to 100 yards for the entire game, but beyond that "fuck, this is fun" or "fuck, is this exciting?" were reasonably common.
Those 20 people who said "fire"? You guessed, like me, that they would rather see the back of Matt Millen. As a lifelong Lions fan, I would rather see him find a job he is actually good at. Yesterday, he was not doing something he was good at. I know some people don't get the Millen hate, but yeah....he kind of earned it in Detroit.
The 22 folks who thought "suck" was present? It was....in the officiating. Not a single one was said in the direction of the bench, except one which - again, tongue-in-cheek - referenced the defense's yardage allowed.
The same can be said for the rest of the words - the volume might give some pause, but believe me, people were having fun.
Here's efficiency and precentage of total:
This week was our most "efficient" game at an overall score of 2.55, but adjusted for the original words, it was 5.94. That latter number would indicate more activity than normal for a win, particularly an assbeating, but then again, it was fun to watch and it was doubly fun to watch Harbaugh's staff and the Wolverines lay it down.
The Mood Chart:
Not much to say about this. We're in a place we've not been in some time.
I sit in section 19 and could barely hear much of the halftime show, particularly the trumpet and trombone solos. I'm very disappointed we had some of the best musicians in the world playing on our field and I couldn't hear them. The only time I could really hear is when the entire ensemble of Philharmonic, chorale, band and alumni band played. Did anyone else have this same problem?
Is Jourdan Lewis the best in a long line of four star, undersized Cass Tech corners to commit to Michigan? I think so. He appears to have surpassed all the others.
He is on pace to be a first team All-American. It would be nice if the string of underperforming ,smallish, yet highly rated CT players is coming to an end.
In fact, when looking at all the highly rated Cass Tech kids who have gone on to Michigan, I think he is the best since Curtis Greer (1979). Crazy. Plus, Delano Hill and RJS seem to be playing much better.
Are we finally in a position to UTILIZE and DEVELOP all the crazy talent from Wilcher's program? If so, that is significant for our program.