"Jim's a tough guy and you can see his personality is all over this football team," Fitzgerald said.
A couple weeks ago, I put together a google map with all of the Michigan bars I'm aware of (and also everything from the spreadsheet that bouje has been maintaining.) The map is here.
Hopefully this will prevent the "where's the Michigan bar in Pittsburgh/Fresno/Topeka/wherever" threads that pop up every week, but if your favorite gameday hangout isn't on here, put it in the thread and let me know. I'll do my best to keep the map up to date.
I've done this for the last 2 opponents so thought it would be useful to show it for Michigan itself. Listed anything top 30 nationally as "good", and anything 70-127 as meh to bad.
No real surprises - defense leads the way, with passing game lagging. Best attributes on offense are improvements in sacks given up (rudock has much easier life than gardner) and TFL allowed (battering ram Smith usually at least gets you 0 yards rather than -2). Step 1 of a good offense is eliminating negative plays which is the 2015 goal. Doing much more than that is probably going to be a 2016 goal.
Turnover margin haunts due to # of INTs + inability to create fumbles.
2 areas that just missed the cut for meh were punt return defense and punt return yards - both ranked in the 60s. Probably somewhat surprising but Blake is not a boomer, more of a placement guy.... while Peppers (aside from one thirty yarder) has yet to break a huge one.
Things UM is Good At
|Sacks Allowed per game||17||1|
|Red zone offense||12||94.1%|
|TFL allowed / game||11||4|
|3rd down conversion %||1||19.4%|
|Passing Yds Allowed||3||112.6|
|Tackles for loss / game||17||8|
|Misc / Special Teams|
|Kickoff return defense||19||17.85|
Things UM Struggles With
|Passing yds per comp||108||10.74|
|Passes Had Intecepted||94||6|
|Red zone defense||71||83.3%|
|Misc / Special Teams|
|Turnover Margin / game||84||-0.4|
I know, I know, I know, another FREEP story. To avoid giving them any unwanted clicks, I have provided the best parts of the short article here. IMO, Michigan hasn't had a punter like this since Zoltan, who was one of those once in a great while punters. O'Neil's ability to pin opponents deep should not be overlooked and his presence has definitely been felt early on this season. Only this coaching staff would find a diamond in the rough graduate transfer punter out of Weber State...
“Punter is the hardest position on your whole football team to find,” Baxter said Wednesday. “Punters are becoming kind of like an endangered species because there’s no skill set in anywhere in any sport you play in this country that has you drop a rhomboid spheroid flat and try to hit it with your foot. … What do you do when the current farm isn’t yielding the crops you need? You expand your farming area.”
On his Monday radio show, U-M coach Jim Harbaugh said: “I can’t say enough about the way he’s able to make good decisions and has one of those legs where he can pinpoint where he’s puts it out at. It’s been a tremendous weapon.”
“When a father and son go out to play catch in the front yard (in Australia), they punt it to each other when they’re 5 years old,” Baxter said. “In this country they throw it to each other.”
Happy Thursday and Go BLUE, spayed the Wildcats!
EDIT: Added the extra "l" to O'Neill
I'm going to bed..enjoy a wallpaper, my MGoBrethren. No mobile version yet. I'll try to get that done tomorrow. I'll try to do a diary write-up with background, etc. on this wallpaper, but it's pretty self-explanatory. Sorry for the drop-off in quality this week, I am battling the flu. Go Blue! Beat Northwestern!
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2 of the greatest Michigan football players showing respect and a happy birthday to Charles Woodson. Arguably the best Offensive and Defensive players of all time.