I did not make this headline up
There is a story in a wonderful book (The Prizefighter and The Playwright) that represents all that has happened recently with Michigan Football. It is a story of the friendship between Gene Tunney (former heavyweight champ, beat Jack Dempsey, the Long Count, etc) and George Bernard Shaw (some consider the best literary mind outside of Shakespeare). The story is as follows:
The author (Jay Tunney, Gene’s son) recounts how Tunney and Shaw visit Russia in the 30’s and arrive at a factory where thousands of church bells, many of them beautiful works of art, were being melted down to make armaments. Jay remembers this story as he visits Russia in 1990, where he visits several villages. During one stop, several Russians in his party suddenly stop. “Listen, listen”, they said. Jay couldn’t hear anything unusual. “Bells” said the Russians. “Bells.” The lost sound of the Russian soul. We haven’t heard bells for sixty years.”
After hearing Coach Hoke at the press conference and Mattison speak of Michigan, I feel that we are hearing the sound of the Michigan again. Their words about what Michigan football means to them are just wonderful! We are getting our soul back. The bells are ringing again and they sound so damm beautiful.
Anyone else see this? Basically, his extremely vulgar yet public twitter, was turned into a diary about his time at Florida. He was the #1 safety according to scout in 2008 and recently declared for the NFL draft.
Scout Profile: http://florida.scout.com/a.z?s=168&p=8&c=1&nid=2458183
What do all 3 of our heisman winners have in common.They were brought in by their coach,then they ended up playing for a different coach.Also they were juniors and they played ohio at home.If we use SHOELACE right i think he has a oustanding shot at winning it.GO BLUE!!!
Keeping up with the Mattison love I came across this article that had some quotes from current Ravens players Reed & Pryce.
After watching CFL and Brians post I can't wait to see what this guy will be able to do. I was only 13 when he was our coach back then but I remember how good those defenses were.
According to his Scout profile, LA DB Floyd Raven will be visiting Michigan on January 28th.
Raven has already visited Texas A&M, Ole Miss, and Utah. Raven will visit Pittsburgh this weekend.
Thankfully, Denard had the season that he did. His athleticism forced the media, other coaches, and Michigan fans to acknowledge that he is a unique talent that needs to be utilized AT QUARTERBACK. Hopefully the inherent, often unfair, pressure that is placed on incoming Michigan coaches (see RR) will be positively applied to Al Borges and Brady Hoke in order to inspire a prolific offense at Michigan that is a hybrid of both Borges' and Robinson's areas of expertise.
It is discouraging that Al Borges has a history of being an offensive coordinator that seems set in his ways, considering the personnel he will have to work with for the next few years. I’m hoping that the success of Denard and this year’s offense will have an impact on Al Borges’ philosophy from day one. Brian mentioned that his traditional West Coast style utilizes the threat of the pass to set up the run. What are the chances that he abandons this even a little bit by using the threat of Denard’s legs to set up the pass? I’d like to be optimistic but given Borges’ track record, I’m not.
Brady Hoke acknowledged that he has a special talent in Denard, and hopefully he believes it as much as we do. If it isn’t already apparent, I was irate about the firing of RR, but I completely buy in to Hoke as a Michigan Man who will do everything he can do to win. Hopefully he will insist that his passion for putting Michigan first rubs off on Borges. It really is not that difficult to adapt if one can swallow their pride and admit that there are other ways of doing things. West Coast offenses use similar blocking schemes as we have these last few years. We have a diverse stable of running backs that can run isos and also get to the outside. Implementing the zone read and its associated pass-looks into what Borges knows and loves would be a smart basis on which to build what he envisions as our offensive future.
I think the majority of us are hoping for an offense similar to last year’s, but also realistic that this will probably not happen. Are there any instances in which a West Coast style OCs has implemented the spread option INTO his traditional offense to adapt to personnel/changing times? Does anyone agree that implementing a few zone read packages into the Borges playbook would be beneficial not only to this team, but for the long run in Ann Arbor? I understand that we want coaches to teach what they know, but I think we’ve all seen the effectiveness of dual threat quarterbacks and the offenses that can be built around them (See this year’s national championship teams).
Nevertheless, I wish I was more optimistic about seeing a hybrid of Borges and Rodriguez on the field this fall, but I’m not. Any words of encouragement would be appreciated.