Jim Harbaugh hosted a football camp for 2nd through 7th graders in Washtenaw county earlier today. His goal was to teach the kids 2 to 3 things, and to focus on how safe football is. Warning: this is from the Freep.
Money quotes for those who want to avoid a Freep link:
Don’t know of any other sport that requires toughness, courage, discipline, being on time, teaching youngsters to be a part of a team,” Harbaugh said. “So many good things come from being on a football team.
There’s a lot of people attacking football these days, talking about it being too rough of a sport or too tough. I feel like there’s a real prejudice against football at all levels. But there’s just a misconception about football. ... Football’s never been safer than it is now with the rule changes and technique changes.
"The NCAA is moving forward with an experimental rule in football to allow medical observers to notify game officials when a player appears to have suffered a head/neck injury."
Source: NCAA website
Michigan QB Shane Morris suffered a concussion during a game in 2014, which was poorly handled by Michigan staff at the time resulting in this new NCAA rule.
This was a POSBANG thread that was created a couple seconds too late. Instead here is the video of the Special Teams progress throughout the spring.
(I actually thought a recent topic had something worth discussing, however, the OP included something banned on these boards... Let's try this again).
A certain prominent public figure recent spoke about the future of football.
I have a few questions for discussion:
1. Would you feel OK about your son (real or theoretical) playing football? To what degree?
2. To what extent do you believe football can survive, as is?
3. What would you do to try to save the sport?
1. I would discourage my theoretical son from playing football. While at the end of the day, it would be his choice, I'd encourage soccer or fall-ball baseball for an autumn sport. If he chose to play football, I would be a pretty worried person everyday.
2. Every year something changes and I don't think that will stop any time soon. So, no I think 10-15 years from now the game will be different.
3. I'd make hitting illegal. If you do not attempt to wrap up with your arms and instead launch your body (whether you make contact with your shoulder or helmet), it would be a personal foul. 2 of them and you're ejected.
Yeah, big hits are exciting. But how often do we lament the player going for the big hit and failing to bring down the ball carrier? I think we can eliminate hitting without taking too much away from the game.
Chris Brown has a column on Grantland today about how dynamic safeties like Reed and Polamalu have changed the way NFL defenses match-up to the latest offensive schemes. He also outlines some of the evolution of defensive schemes from the 4-3, to the 46, to the Tampa 2, and now the Cover 4. There's also an interesting footnote about the Desert Swarm defense implemented in the 1990's by Arizona.
Michigan's defense still has a long way to go, but we finally have a coordinator on the front lines of this evolution. We also probably have our best pair of safeties since......since....hmm......Welbourne-Murray? I don't think Kovacs-Gordon are THAT good and still make their share of mistakes, but the bar isn't set very high for a pair of Michgian safeties.