An ARTICLE at nfl.com analyzes which schools have produced the most quarterback talent for the NFL over the past 25 years. Michigan comes out tops in the B1G, finishing second only to USC. The methodology is not fully clear, but the evaluation
took into account their history of producing NFL quarterbacks over the past 25 years, the quality of signal-callers they've produced, the offense they typically run and even took a look into future a little bit to see what kind of pipeline there is for the school.
Second place in the country (really world ... really, space!) is a testament to the pedigree of the program. Granted, the article rightly notes that Tom Brady has skewed things a bit in Michigan's favor, but the rest of the list is pretty good too.
The paragraph on Michigan states:
Thanks mostly to Brady, the Wolverines might have one of the better hit rates on sending QBs to the NFL in recent years. All seven quarterbacks drafted in the past 25 years started at least one game in the NFL and four of them have thrown for more than 10,000 yards as a pro. While it's unclear if head coach Brady Hoke will keep his job much longer, it's doubtful Michigan moves away from a pro-style offense after the failed Rich Rodriguez experiment. With a big brand name and the ability to get signal-callers from any part of the country, this is one area where Michigan wins a head-to-head with its rival, Ohio State.
So pay attention QB recruiting prospects. Here you can play school and play ball. And we promise never to saddle you with the likes of Lane Kiffin.
ESPN released their broadcast pairings for the 2013 college football season. Not much changes. Brian Griese still doing the ESPN afternoon broadcast with Dave Pasch, Sean McDonough/Chris Spielman for one of the ABC Saturday afternoon games, Brad Nessler/Todd Blackledge on the ESPN Saturday Primetime game, and Musberger/Herbstreit on the ABC Saturday Primetime game. The biggest change is Friday night is now Carter Blackburn and Danny Kanell which is a huge downgrade from the days of Joe Tess and Rod Gilmore.
For Michigan, we will probably draw Musberger/Herbstreit for Notre Dame, Joe Tess/Matt Millen or Nessler/Blackledge for PSU, and McDonough/Spielman for Ohio State. So we are probably going to have PSU and OSU alums calling color for both games. Fun.
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Presenting for discussion ... *not* a Freep article:
* To some degree, I believe in all this "toughness." I don't think it was lacking under the prior regime, but there are worse things to emphasize. I won't be surprised if it improves.
* Navarre (who, to be fair, has always seemed like a good guy) seems to be equating toughness with the pro-style offense here: "We're going to have a fullback in the game, the quarterback's going to be under center." I do not agree. John does not seem to believe that spread teams can be tough.
* More from Navarre: "I know they're doing a lot of mental toughness things they've been doing for years that we got away from a little bit." Where's the evidence for that?
* We've seen Griese's comments about "effort." I wonder if he watched the Oregon game in '07?
With all the obvious targets (defensive coordinator position, etc.) provided by the RichRod regime, why is it that we continue to hear about things like "toughness" and "understanding the rivalry?" To me it's evidence that a bunch of brains locked up when Rodriguez lost too many games. If Griese et al. would restrict themselves to GERG, academically shaky recruits, etc. they'd sound a lot more reasonable.
So, why is Brian Griese in favor of moving the M/OSU game? When he was talking about being pro-rivalry destruction, I kinda wanted to punch him through my TV screen. I think he should be reading MGoBlog more often.