A New Tradition
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Yes, this is the same thing that happened after last year's incredibly depressing loss to a weak opponent on Halloween weekend. Here is a kitten:
my post was blocked last night - would've hated myself reading it this morning.
several others wish theirs were blocked.
Preemptive strike? I haven't seen any really bad threads yet.
Also - word on the streets (twitter) is that Bruce Tall is the new DC - http://twitter.com/#!/Victors_Valiant
Unsubstantiated rumor is unsubstantiated.
Unsubstantiated rumor begins to gain steam.
Adding fuel to the fire, I googled "Bruce Tall" and learned that Bruce Springsteen is 5'10".
That according to Rivals.com and Celebheights.com
Maybe he can come play corner for us. He likely has eligibility left and has a good motor. Anyone know how his pad level is?
If you would've scrolled down a bit farther you would have noticed that Bruce Willis is also 5'10" tall. Conspiracy anyone?
I give that 3 fakes.
Also: 40 time?
or a stop gap until we can find a truly great DC? I mean, if RRod is trying to prove how loyal he is to his guys, he may be paying for that loyalty with his job.
At least it is better than nothing, I suppose.
"Speculation that Coach Tall will take over the DC job, if true he is a very good coach."
So he's only a good coach if he's promoted? And he'd be promoted for being a good coach. Whoa, circular.
Take the derivative of the top and bottom and then re-evaluate.
White kitten seems like a sub-par selection this weekend.
I can understand why you might disagree with a white kitten, but that is a super adorable kitty.
Surely it is but there are so many adorable non-white kittens...
any kitty will do.
white kitty's all we got. all the others transferred, went pro, or blew out their paws
You forgot about the kitties that Rivals and Scout said were lions and tigers but ended up being Bill the Cat. Ack.
whoa whoa whoa let's hear more about these goddamn Bruce Tall rumors. If true it's the best thing to happen to Michigan football in two years
seems like an act of desperation, JB.
are you referring to JimBob or Justin Bieber? Or both?
What is Bruce Talls stature,this has heighten my senses.
Ok I'm in the dark....what is the Bruce Tall rumor all about?? Co-DC or something??
Most importantly is does the man like Kittens??
A "connected" Rivals poster stated that Gerg will be demoted and Tall will act as DC, with a new DC currently being lined up to come in next year or as soon as a bowl game, who will make people happy. The popular guess is Mike Trgovac.
I have no idea how credible the dude is.
Same board is shooting around Mike Trgovac as the target candidate. I don't know.
If GERG was retained and demoted I'm sure he would command the respect of his positional players.
Thanks for the info. If it is Trgovac, good luck to him. Glad he is a Michigan Man.
He's a 4-3 guy isn't he? As a personal preference I like the 4 man front better than the 3. Obviously any scheme can work if executed properly with the right players, but for some reason I really like the 4-2-5 much better than the 3-3-5. I guess we'll soon find out if the rumors are true, and honestly, I kind of hope they are (nothing against GERG, I just haven't felt good about his coaching ability since we hired him, despite trying to give him the benefit of the doubt over and over).
I know arod said it with some sarcasm, but this is kind of a concern. Remember the sudden switch to 3-3-5 before Purdue and such. I think GREG is the main problem. He did poorly with 'Cuse and he is doing poorly here. However I have to wonder what percentage of the problems come from RR messing around in the DC's turf.
It would explain why Schafer and RR had problems. Schafer resented the meddling and fought back. Thus leading to Schafer leaving/getting fired. I don't want part of our new DC's job to be "working around the HC" as a daily task.
I kind of get the same vibe and I also think the assistants on D are RR cronies (which isn't inherently good or bad, just what the situation is) and if the guy from the outside has a different opinion than the assistants then the assistants go over the D-coord's head to RR since they're all buddies and RR tells the D-coord to go with what the assistants think.
This is obviously just conjecture based upon rumors and just musing about the staff situation, but I also wouldn't be surprised if there were some truth to it either. I agree that the DC needs to have complete control of the defensive side unless something unusual comes up. RR may be screwing himself over by trying to be overly controlling, and/or the D assistants being just as much at fault because they continually go over the DC's head. I've been patient due our current defensive roster's lack of talent/exp, but at the same time I just get the vibe that something isn't right and needs to change.
Also Gibson is the DBs coach and Assistant Head Coach. It's weird to me how in one sense he outranked the DC, yet he works under him. Sometimes I wonder if they use their ties to RR to simply go around the DC. We seem so disjointed on the field and I wonder if that is a reflection of off the field actions.
Like you said, we're young but with the talent we recruit we should at least be able to field a mediocre defense. The whole "we're young" thing doesn't really work an excuse when you get lit up by a young QB.
This explains alot, and as we are on the GERG fest, You might be right that this mess isn't entirely GERG's fault, although he does have alot to answer for
that Rodriguez and Shafer just didn't get along for whatever reasons. It had less to do with his coaching than battling egos. Boss wins, subordinate loses.
I'm glad Shafer is doing well at Syracuse.
Thank God, I don't need the dread of other poor souls to pile onto my own.
I don't know how tall Springsteen is, but I'd advise GERG to avoid looking for houses in Ann Arbor. Might want to rent.....
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Clarkie (from Canada)
slow down there champ, many perfectly reasonable posters don't need a 5000 point threshold to prevent them from making threads. A significant percentage (not the majority but significant) of posters are above that number and still dumb
I would post a picture of a hammer hitting a nail on the head but I don't care to figure out how.
When posting, on the far right side of the toolbar there is a square brownish object that is for embedding pictures. Click it and ticket.
Slow down there champ.
Michigan beat msu is soccer 3-2 in OT
Michigan hockey also beat Ferris 3-2..... so yay?
Not only did they beat MSU in soccer, but they left several MSU players prone on the field in despair. Srsly. they were just laying out there in total misery while the student section went nuts and the entire team started dry humping each other in joy and I smiled with grim, grim statisfaction.
Not all is glorious on the ice, either. At least all 14 of us at Yost saw a uninspiring win. :)
Wait? Who's next year's Halloween weekend game against? Purdue? Homecoming? NOOOOO
It's sad that it has to come to this... but anything to keep some sensibility on the boards
They help sooth the pain until I scroll down to the Mgoboard. More kittens plz.
1. Why do defensive players keep leaving the program? I'm thinking most recently of Vlad the Empaler and J.T. 'got a fork?' Turner. Vlad was like 5 minutes away from being a starting safety- the job opened up right after he transferred. And Turner couldn't get in shape despite near-certain knowledge that he'd be able to play this fall? It doesn't make sense.
2. Pair that with the overall personnel losses on that side of the ball and I'll say it doesn't much matter who is DC, though if I were Coach Rodriguez I'd fire GERG right away. Seriously- maybe it's injuries, maybe it's player losses, but stuff ain't right. Dude can't even speak to the media (not that I'd want to, were I him) and give some idea of direction, where does the team go from here? Peace out, dude. I'd take a flyer on an assistant and see what he can do for the rest of the year. Time for action is, like, yesterday- and I don't even like firing coaches mid-season. Sometimes you just know, you know?
Well Vlad came off an injury, was a hyped recruit and did play some garbage time against UCONN. He left shortly after he figured out he wasn't gonna start. Both him and Turner were slow. Who knows if Vlad would of developed into anything, but Turner had no work ethic. 2 Fall camps in a row he came in way overweight and out of shape. The only other players i know of that left under RR was Cissoko who got kicked off the team, and Woolfolk is hurt. I don't know of anyone else who would of made an impact that left recently
I don't feel firing RR would be the answer, but i agree something needs to change with our defensive coaches. I see a defense(though they are all young) with zero drive. Especially when martin got hurt. It looks like we are playing the number 1 team in the nation every game..
You're telling me they left because they didn't have a work ethic, or they realized they were slow despite being a hyped recruit? Does it not fall on the defensive staff to weed out guys like that, to separate the wheat from the chaff, so to speak? As to Turner, he came in overweight and out of shape for 2 fall camps in a row- sure, that's on him, but why isn't anyone talking to him? He was all but guaranteed a starting spot, especially after Woolfolk went down, and he still couldn't learn two words ('I'm full')? And I have to believe that him transferring to West Virginia was an FFFFFUUUUUU to the current coaching staff. So what's his deal? In re Emilien, he was coming off an injury- who's in his ear to say 'it's football, stuff happens, keep working and you'll get a chance'? Everyone gets injured at one point or another. It's as if there's no leadership on the team- and I say that not to denigrate, I'm just trying to diagnose what's happening.