“The player development is the main thing I like (about Michigan),” Williams said. “You can see that they develop their players. They get them in the gym and they work them hard. And their hard work pays off.”
Interesting article about how Oklahoma State is handling hiring a new Offensive Coordinator Monken and their 27 year old QB Weeden teaching his coach his offense:
According to Cowboys coach Mike Gundy, the 27-year-old quarterback knows the offense as well as any of the coaches, so who better to help out the new guy? Still, everyone including Monken admits the entire situation this spring has been "a little odd."
Monken, a Jacksonville Jaguars assistant for the last four years, has a diverse background. Gundy knew him well from a previous stint as Oklahoma State's receivers coach. But Monken had never worked specifically with Mike Leach's version of the spread, or Holgorsen's more run-friendly derivative.
"He was willing to come in and work within our system," Gundy said, "which allowed us to make one guy adjust instead of making 60 people adjust. That's why he was a good fit."
The way that the OC was hired is even more fascinating to me:
So when Holgorsen left, Weeden asked Gundy for input on the replacement. Gundy's first thought was exactly what you'd think he'd think: "I'm the coach, he's the player."
But as he considered the request, Gundy recognized the unique situation. It wasn't just that he wanted to keep the system intact, with only a few minor tweaks. He also had a star quarterback whose maturity and relationship with the coaches had grown quickly into something more commonly found in the NFL than in college. When else would that happen? Gundy realized Weeden had a point.
Gundy kept Weeden briefed on the search. After narrowing it to Monken, he put them on the phone together. During a conversation that lasted maybe a half-hour, player and prospective coach hit it off. If Weeden hadn't felt comfortable, Gundy might have turned to another candidate, but it wasn't necessary.
That last quote is just crazy to me. Imagine if Denard literally was allowed to choose who his new OC was. We have all heard how coaches should stick to what they know and run the systems that have gotten them sucess. Coach Mike "I'm Still a Man I'm over 40" Gundy is trying the opposite approach and I am curious to see if their offense will be similarly prolific.
Angelique's piece on Braylon talks mostly about the #1 jersey and his relationship with Coach Hoke... but there's some interesting hints that he wasn't afraid to let out as well:
"I had great time," Edwards said of his visit to Schembechler Hall last weekend. "It was like home again. Brady's door was open, he was on the phone, told the person he'd call him back and he gave me a big hug. (Running backs coach) Freddie Jackson (entering his 20th season as a Michigan assistant) is the last of the dinosaurs there. He's happy again. It's pretty exciting.
Change #1: Teams will have the option to take 10 seconds off the clock every time a team commits a penalty that results in a clock stoppage (e.g. False Starts).
Change #2: It is now a penalty for receivers/RBs outside the tackle box to direct blocks below the waist towards the play.
EDIT: Forgot to mention that change number 1 only takes place in the final minute of a half.
With the spring game less than 24 hrs away, I thought I'd ask that any MGoBloggers who grabbed to many tickets to the spring game offer them to MGoBloggers who plan to go tomorrow.
I'm not sure if they can be e-mailed since they are electronic, but that would seem like the easiest way.
I understand that the tickets probably won't be necassary since the weather seems to be less than desirable, but it'd make it easier on MGoBloggers who plan to go, and also give them a chance to win something.
Thanks in advance.
I just heard 50 degrees and a half inch of rain. I am thinking about goretex hunting gear and lots of hot hands.
This just sounds crazy for a game day. How much do I have to worry about water flow in the seats? I was there for the big storm that hit in the season game, maybe 03?, and that was a lot flowing.
Since then they redid a lot, and put in the boxes. Does anyone know the water flow plan?
NFL Network is going to fire Matt Millen and Hire Gus Johnson to cover thursday night games. Good News for all!