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.
Nick Baumgardner has several interesting observations on the team. Here are a few that just blew my mind;
Nussmeier says an "explosive play" is either a 12-yard run or a 16-yard pass, by the way.
By Nussmeier's definition, Michigan had as many explosive plays (8) as it did tackles for loss allowed (8) on Saturday.
Michigan faced 19 third downs on Saturday ... average chain reading was 3rd and 9.2 ... 0.0% chance this offense ever wins with #s like that
At this point, I'm wondering if there's something wrong with Devin Gardner's arm. Zero zip on any of these throws, underthrew people all day
I said it after App game that DG is just floating his balls. Is he hurt?
Michigan ranks No. 8 nationally in total defense, No. 81 nationally in total offense.
And most of that offense came against worst defenses.
0 men on a punt return TD, four turnovers, 0 offensive TDs, 0 trips to the red zone. ... This is a poorly-coached football team. Period.
To start: losing sucks. Period. This has been heart and gut wrenching start to my favorite time of year. But a question:
Is this start all that off from what was predicted?
Brian's offseason analysis:
- Improved Run Defense with a strong front 7 (check)
- Improved Secondary (TBD - Lewis has been a revelation, Countess has been eh. Peppers and Taylor have been rotating through injuries)
- Overall Defense: Good but not Awesome (check)
- An offensive identity (Check)
- Offensive line moving from awful to almost OK, despite losing two NFL tackles (check)
- Problems still caused by offensive linemen making mental errors (check)
- Gardner being superman under Nuss (Nope)
- Improvement from WR & RB (would be a check, but the WRs bit the big one yesterday)
-Overall Offense: Signs of moving in the right direction, but not enough to overcome youth and adapting/implementing to a new system (check)
Looking Game-by-Game, this has held up, with Gardner, and a bad day of WR drops, and Taylor's injury being the only major changes. This has led to games where the defense keeps us in, the offense moves the ball, but then the mistakes happen and the offense falls apart. The team is too young and the system too new to have the full bevy of plays in the playbook to effectively counter the defenses when the defenses sell out. The Good-But-Not-Awesome nature of the defense leads to the eventual scores, and game over.
This has led to a 2-2 start.
All of this follows what we knew would be the script but didn't want to believe. Actually, this script has been predicted for ~2.5 seasons. On the other hand, the same script also said that 2015 being a very positive year positive. The offense will continue to grow this season, correct the mental mistakes, build its identify/knowledge of zone/playbook, and start to capitalize on the opportunities it is creating... especially if Morris is given the reigns or Gardner gets the wake up call and overcomes his Football PTSD (or if Gardner book ends Funchess to create a deadly WR combo.... )
It is frustrating. I do not like it but there is little that can be done to rush/fix it.
Yes, Morris was worse than Gardner. Yes, Gardner may give us a better chance to win.
At this point though, Gardner is a known commodity, and Morris is the future. And I believe Morris will be the starter against Minnesota.
Hoke's ambigious comments about who the QB will be for Saturday spells the end for Gardner starting next week, which is unfortunate for Devin but...it's time try something different.
Ira said there were a lot of bowl game reps in the booth at yesterday's game.
Michigan vs USC in a California bowl game.......most would think the Rose Bowl.
|Bowl||Talking Head 1||Talking Head 2|
|Fiesta||State vs South Carolina||Wisconsin vs Notre Dame|
|Cotton||No B1G team||State vs Baylor|
|Capital One||Wisconsin vs Miss. State||Ohio vs Miss. State|
|Outback||Ohio vs Mississippi||Nebraska vs LSU|
|TaxSlayer||No B1G team||Penn State vs Mississippi|
|Holiday||Nebraska vs Stanford||Iowa vs UCLA|
|Pinstripe||Penn State vs Ga Tech||Maryland vs Ga Tech|
|Music City||Iowa vs Tennessee||No B1G team|
|Independence||Michigan vs Pittsburgh||No B1G team|
|San Fran||Maryland vs Arizona State||Michigan vs USC|
|Quick Lane||Minnesota vs North Carolina||Rutgers vs BC|
|Heart of Dallas||Illinois vs UAB||Indiana vs UTEP|
What the hell is Duck Commander?
|Cotton||State vs Baylor|
|Capital One||Wisconsin vs Georgia|
|Outback||Ohio vs Missouri|
|TaxSlayer||Iowa vs South Carolina|
|Holiday||Nebraska vs USC|
|Pinstripe||Michigan vs Pittsburgh|
|San Fran||Penn State vs Arizona State|
|Quick Lane||Indiana vs North Carolina|
Yeah, yeah, I know. "who cares about bowl games?"