With the many, many sideline shots of Harbaugh that are seen each game, a particular coach is often seen on his hip, and I'm trying to figure out who this is. Who can help?
This page doesn't show the coach/staff member (http://www.mgoblue.com/sports/m-footbl/spec-rel/coaches-m-footbl.html), leading me to believe he has some other title.
It's a youngish (30, maybe younger) black man with a beard. I think he often/always wears the blue M hat with the pink visor, which I'm assuming is deliberate to make him visible among all those bodies on the sideline.
He seems particularly involved on offense. It seems like this guy is doing a lot more than simply carrying JMFH's headset. He's not talking a lot but seems very involved in what goes on out on the field.
Sorry I don't have a screenshot, but this board will know who I'm talking about. This seems like an awesome job to have for a young coach. Is that a Grad Assistant? Is this a former player? Just the view alone of witnessing Harbaugh that closely all game long would be fascinating. (Let's put a GoPro on this guy, /s)
Help me out MGoBloggers. Who is this dude? What is that job?
Pro Football Focus has a brief but nice analysis of the Citrus Bowl which I haven't seen posted on the board.
They really raved on Jake Rudock:
What a day from QB Jake Rudock (+6.8). His offensive line was strong, as he was only under pressure on just 18 percent of his dropbacks. Rudock picked the Gators apart when he had a clean pocket, completing 18-of-26 for 262 yards and three touchdowns. Rudock was fantastic when targeting receivers at least 10 yards downfield, completing 9-of-12 for 190 yards and a touchdown, including a perfect 3-of-3 on deep passes (20+ yards).
The players highlighted:
- QB Jake Rudock (+6.8)
- DT Willie Henry (+5.1)
- DT Chris Wormley (+4.4)
- WR Jehu Chesson (+3.1)
- RB De'Veon Smith (+2.4)
I found a few comments on Smith particularly illuminating:
Michigan’s running game was the story of this matchup, gaining 227 yards on 46 carries on the day. RB De’Veon Smith (+2.4) was ridiculous, notching 109 yards on 25 carries. But it was his incredible 11 missed tackles forced that led to his big grade. The strangest part of the game was that the Wolverines’ offensive line finished with a -10.2 combined grade, but 138 of their rushing yards were gained before contact. A lot of that was due to the missed tackles Smith forced.
Here's what I find interesting. They attribute his strong performance to his causing missed tackles, and not to the work of the Michigan OL. This gives me even more hope for the future. If Drevno and Harbaugh continue to bring improvement to the OL, the sky is the limit. Michigan performed this well, including Smith and Drake Johnson, with a substandard OL. I'm looking forward to Brian doing a UFR, and seeing how he grades out the OL.
Pleasantly surprised to read this-i guess I incorrectly assumed he was out of the picture for next season, or so far in the doghouse he wouldn't find a way out. Sounds like this season was a wakeup call for him, and he says he's ready to work hard and earn more playing time next season. Hopefully that will happen, and we'll get "5-star Ty Isaac" for a season. He had flashes, but he admits he made some mistakes that cost him opportunities.
Edit: I didn't realize he has two years of eligibility left. Even better news! I will attempt to be more fully aware in the future.
This was a very popular article that was going around when it became clear that Jim Harbaugh was coming to Michigan.
Some of it sort of made sense from afar, some of it was entertaining regardless, some of it was just plain weird.
Now that the season is over, read this again. You'll have several "Oh yeah, I see what they meant" moments, and a smile on your face a mile wide!
EDIT: If you were writing this today, what would you add to it, or modify?
I wanted to share a couple of thoughts on Peppers that I'm not sure were mentioned on the broadcast or on the board before (this is late I know, but we just got back from Florida last night, and posting from my phone wasn't working).
One was that on more than on occasion during a TV timeout or other break Peppers would race onto the field with a water bottle for anyone who needed it. Maybe that happens all the time but I've never seen an injured player (much less an injured star player) do that. Also, about half way through the game he totally started trolling Florida's Jalen Tambor (of "we have 11 Jabrill Peppers on our defense" fame) with the gator chomp, which was hilarious.
Anyway, I love Jabrill's enthusiasm (he reminds me a bit of Denard in that way), and the fact that someone with his talent and notoreity is such a team guy.
No season ever goes as expected, but heading into this one, we each had a boatload of expectations and predictions. Big picture, we probably expected anywhere from 6-6 to 12-0, although the median was likely 8-4 or 7-5. I personally didn't see 10-3 coming. But what other SPECIFIC things were you wrong about this year? I'll start with three:
1. Our kicking game would be a hot mess. I thought we'd be pining for the early years of RichRod. Instead, we got Kenny Allen, Mr. Automatic.
2. Wayne Lyons would be a major part of the defense. He was not.
3. Ty Isaac would emerge as the man. He did not.