In a Detroit News Web Blog, our former coach says we can have a 'great season' and we are off to a 'tremendous' start.
A friend of mine made a statement today that he feels that UM will lose the PSU game due to the "characteristic turnovers and mistakes that are a RichRod staple."
I asked him if he thought they were a staple throughout his career or only at UM.
I searched mgoblog (granted, I'm not the greatest at this...but at least I tried) and came up with this diary with a nice chart.
However, I was wondering if there was any data that was more current. Anyone out there have access/time to post something like this? Maybe this has already been posted on mgoblog. Since the prevailing wisdom is that turnovers and mistakes cost UM at least a shot at the MSU and Iowa games, I would think this would be of interest to the board.
A Notre Dame student paper writer had a pretty good idea if (when) Notre Dame loses to Utah on Nov.13. I will let the article do the rest of the explaining.
Bonus: read some of the comments at the bottom. Some fans are NOT liking his idea.
Disclaimer: I have no problem with the 3-3-5 and don't want to debate its merits here. I think the scheme should fit the personnel and get the best players on the field. I think our 2011 defensive depth may best fit our 2009 scheme. Check footnotes for explanations.
DE: RVB or Black*
DT: Mike Martin
DT: Ash or Campbell or QWash or ?**
OLB: Mike Jones***
OLB/Spinner/Stevie Brown: Kovacs****
CB: Avery or Talbott or true freshman
Box safety: Cam or Marvin*****
Deep Safety: Woolfolk******
* Black on passing downs, RVB otherwise
** This is the gaping hole that probably necessitated the move to the 3-3-5 and will likely keep it there until another DT steps it up.
*** Another problem is that the hybrid types like T Gordon and Carvin don't have a natural position in this scheme. They are both speedy enough to play the Mouton position but would need to bulk up to back up Mike Jones.
**** I'm starting to talk myself out of this idea because the Spinner is supposed to be the most athletic player on the field and that's not Kovacs, though a scheme without a position for Kovacs is a bad scheme. Josh Furman is an absolute natural for this position based on his measureables, but he is too raw at the moment.
***** I think Cam would be good at Kovacs' old position, stuffing the run but occasionally asked to cover. I do wonder whether Cam would be better at one of the OLB positions and seeing what Marvin could do at box safety since he's supposedly pretty fast and a big hitter.
****** I thought the entire defense played better with Troy at deep safety and I like the idea of a speedy and experienced player as our last line of defense. I'd also move Cullen to back him up (along with Vinopal). Cullen reminds me of Warren with less speed and I do not think Cullen has the speed to be a CB for us. He does have nice size, however, like Warren, and I think with a year of bulking up and learning under Troy he could be a great deep safety. Recall that Warren had just enough speed to get by at the college level and was immediately moved to safety in the NFL. Cullen is currently 6'0" and 187.
Eh? It's a bye week.
Not like they ever had it, but this is just sad.
My favorite conspiracy theory from that thread is....
IrishTexan wrote: The only reasonable explanation for the bad calls against ND is that NO ONE wants ND to win but ND. As long as ND has a mediocre W/L record, there will be a possibility that the football team can be forced into a conference. If ND can get back to being a consistent BCS contender (and maybe a championship...) then the conference gibberish will go away.
It is usually Big10 or Big East crews making such calls. Look at the measures the Big10 was going to do to get ND to join over the off-season. ND alone would save the Big East football conference. They will not get many fair called games by those crews unless they join.
Just my opinion.
Don't know why, but I thought this was kind of interesting:
What would be the feeling if someone's last words were "Go Blue" or "Sparty On"?