that site also said that vlad emilien would be the starting safety last year among other erroneous things. read that at your own risk
Not enough emphasis on defense in Michigan practices?
...Do get in on some practices. One of them is a writer for Scout as well. Another is supposedly a high school football coach in Ann Arbor. A lot of the articles that you can read on scout show up on that blog. They know what they're talking about for the most part, and the things they've been wrong on are understandable. Vlad should've been the starter this year at safety but was held back by lingering injury. They've been right about most of the things they predicted for last year, and what they were wrong about... well hey, they're predictions and psychics don't actually exist. These guys are really pretty supportive of Rich Rod most of the time, and seem to be very upfront and honest. It's not like they are anti-Rich Rod. In fact, they've said a lot of times on their blog they're very happy with Rich Rod and think he'll be successful. They really just seem to call it like they see it. If they have something like this to say, it's probably b/c they actually observed it.
gbmw is a big joke on this blog because apparently their careers as "janitors" or "bricklayers" arent up to snuff with what wla says is acceptable. the bottom line is they are an unofficial blog with some limited access to practice and they make predictions about the team. when they're wrong, people here like to jump down about "no sugarcoat". people tend to forget alot of blogs merely make predictions, and arent right most of the time (brian, IIRC, said at the start of the season LB would be the group with the most depth....)
as to the original thread, i read GBMW and this is not the first time they have mentioned this incident. they have said it a few times. my take: judging by how poor the defense has been, and with only Limited Improvement (and sometimes regression) in most areas, its definitely within the realm of possibility.
also remember, the members of this blog who will get up in arms over this, denying the allegation because GBMW was wrong about khory and vlad, probably have even less access to practice. its all a matter of who you believe, i suppose.
I don't have an issue with them being wrong occasionally, it's all the back slapping and "hey, LOVE YOUR EBLOG...you guys are the greatest" emails that are obnoxious.
for your opinion or insight. Not trying to start a fight, but what is wrong with telling people you like what they do, if, in fact, you like what they do? If a person with a question started out with my subject line, do you think the question would be answered?
I think this blog is offbase at times. (I hope that doesn't cost me.) I think statistices are manipulated to support a desired outcome, rather than an objective outcome. But I like the blog, and I like to consider differing opinions. And I don't have my own blog. If I don't like a blog or website, I guess I can always stay away.
Of course, the best way to avoid a fight is to start a post with "I hate your blog and have no respect for your opinion or insight"
you read the post? I guess I assumed (mistakenly, as it turns out) that readers took in more than headlines - that readers actually digested content. And I thought one of the desirable traits of a post was a catchy subject line. The post is in no way derogatory and the headline did not reference the content of the post being replied to. But, I guess I should have understood some people stop reading at the end of the subject line.
Are you taco from the other board?
People's sarcasm detectors around here are typically good-to-excellent. It might have been more apparent if you didn't go to the GBMW school of sentence construction.
sniping just isn't worth it. My point was lost about 1:35 p.m. yesterday.
"... gbmw is a big joke on this blog because apparently their careers as "janitors" or "bricklayers" arent up to snuff with what wla says is acceptable..."
Has WLA said that? If so, I have to laugh. I've been wondering why the site appears to have been constructed and maintained by a couple of middle-school kids.
As the original poster said, it sometimes "make head hurt" (or something like that). Still, I have seen some good stuff there after doing some filtering.
they have never said it to my knowledge, but i know they like to make fun of the intelligence level of the writers, and point to their profession as an example. i know "dex" wrote some threatening email a while back to the lines of "kill yourself now" or something equally offensive.
It's all for laughs, dude. It's the internet.
1. coachbt is an assistant to the assistant coach at a shitty ohio high school that hasn't won more than like 3 games in a decade. EXPERT.
2. eroc lays bricks in real life, and lays brick of shit prose on the internet.
3. maizeman cleans RR's piss overspray off the floors of Schembechler Hall
4. kill yourself
4. Didn't you offer to mail them an envelope with $2,000 cash in it?
i was going to send money upon receipt of an obituary, or considering how FAIL they are, a picture of a mangled face
"a picture of a mangled face"? +1. +1,000,000 if you can help me explain to my girlfriend why this comment is so full of tear-producing hilarity.
FWIW, the "WLA" doesn't say anything. MEMBERS of the WLA say things and have opinions.
But, yeah, we're all pretty much in agreement that the website is designed by a 3 year old, they present opinions like "Rich Rod needs to understand that recruiting better defensive players will result in a better defense" (except with more typos), and none of them are real insiders, they just happen to work in (maizeman) on (eroc) or around (coachBT) the stadium.
It's also unlikely anyone in the WLA would use the phrase "Unacceptable" in anything but extreme hyperbolic fashion. Doctor, lawyer, bricklayer, janitor, what-the-fuck-ever, we don't care. The fact that they have a collective understanding of the internet on par with the chair of commerce Ted Stevens (the "intertubes are clogged" guy), well, that shit is really funny.
They have been made fun of numerous times because of their absurd grammar, use of caps, and pet phrases like no SUGARCOAT, not because of "what the WLA says is acceptable" (Huh?). There was a phase where that was funny, then like all humor, it played out. It had nothing to do with what they do for a living or the WLA. 99% of the people who criticized them did it light-heartedly.
Do they even have somebody AT practices ever, or are they just guessing?
They talk like they do but, who the hell are they?
by the media at practice. Last year, you never heard about the defense at all or you heard "and the defense had a couple of stops in a scrimmage."
Don't trust the media as the only source of your information and practice doesn't really matter anyway. It's all about production on the field.
You're totally right. Practice doesn't matter. Btw, can you tell me where the team is supposed to get better and get reps in?
Don't be deliberately obtuse. He means how practice goes doesn't matter, so long as the team improves, and you know it.
They probably only wrote that so if the defense is bad again they can say something like "coach rod BAD for DEFENSE and also whole PROGRAM. WE sAid this in JanruARY. WE ARE SO SMRT. no SUGARCOAT."
Last year GBMW was rumoring that Khoury was supposedly pushing Molk at center, which turned out to be complete bunk after Khoury never saw the field after Molk's injury.
Let's make these bitches talk.
They don't have access every day of practice for the entire year. Taking one story out of context and extrapolating is like assuming your friend is a terrible driver because the only time you drove with them they got into an accident.
Call me naive, but I think most of the defensive struggles had to do with a total lack of system continuity. That said, I will be very afraid if the defense doesn't take some serious steps forward in 2010.
3 defensive coordinators in 3 years doesn't help, but I think there are some positions where there's a severe lack of talent and experience, most notably LB and safety (Woolfolk being the exception).
where 3 DCs in 3 years will turn out to be a blessing in disguise once the guys finally get to settle down, because they've had such different philosophies and techniques thrown at them. Maybe perspective will give the upperclassmen (I usually hate this next phrase) a higher defensive IQ. But it's a pretty wild hope
I'm not sure I believe that. Maybe they saw it once or twice, but I would imagine there was a good reason. Maybe they were strapped for time and needed to get all the plays at a scrimmage in.
These are also the guys who wrote a piece on why RR to Tennessee makes sense and they wouldn't be surprised if RR's agent was one the first people to give a call to their AD. Brilliant.
I don't know why, but this one really made me laugh, +1 to you.
if people actually send these guys questions or do they just make them up??? because it doesn't make sense to send them questions when they could just send them to brian and get far better insight...
The emails that get sent in generally don't contain the same weird grammatical or syntax errors of GBMW. This isn't to say that they're error free, but that the errors vary wildly.
Coachbt is supposedly a coach, and they're supposedly "insiders". Some info they report wouldn't make it onto Mgoblog because its just so bizarre, random, or unsourced.
is a legit DC (obviously, he is a terrible HC).
Why would he stick around at Michigan if he was just there to act as a practice dummy for RR? Why would any good/ known Defensive coach go to Michigan?
This, plus the fact that our D was terrible last year and cost us a few games means that RR has to understand the importance of Defense.
They must be lying. RR would never make a mistake. All you people are morons.
There's a slight difference between making a mistake and doing what GBMW claims he did. I haven't heard anyone, not even the most die-hard RR supporters, ever claim that he hasn't made mistakes. But do you really think, given how terribly our defense has played over the last 2 years, that he would actually sabotage it further? I just can't see that happening
Having attneded 3 practices last year the practices were always divided up evenly. Whenever there are drills both the offense and defense are going. When they scrimmage everyone has a chance to work. The things I did notice is that Gerg is usually the only voice the defense is hearing while they are on the field. While the offensive coaches are constantly chirping at offensive players. I believe this is because Gerg brought in a new defense and tackling system. He possibly did not want the wrong information being conveyed to the players.
This was consistant last year during spring and fall practice. I have a feeling this year will be different since the staff has learned his ways as well as the players.
Oh and as far as shutting down coaches that has to do with pacing. They want the pace to be hellish. So they don't want coaching on the field, they want it off to the side. Get a fresh body in there and coach the offender somewhere else. I think this goes back to my earlier point that Gerg wanted to be the guy to coach them not his assistants. So coach Rod had to move things along.
It isn't because the defense doesn't matter it is more about recreating game conditions on the field
Good insight - thanks.
The three guys that make up gobluewolverineatthelocalblogspot are Maizeman, coachbt & eroc.
Maizeman was an "insider" for GBW but was kicked off of the site for lying about access to practice.
Eroc, IMO, is a little slow.
coachbt has been a High School coach for about 70 years. He has some good information but nothing more than most people who follow football. His only "inside" connection is access to one practice a year.
Yes, they make up questions on their blog. Did you notice they never have any responses from readers?
...is absolutely spot on. That website is trash.
does seem to know a lot about football but I would take the opinion of Magnus over his any day.
I noticed Maizeman never posted on scout anymore and thought there was some kind of falling out with him and Beaver... did it really turn out that he was lying about access to practice?
who outed him and what proof did they have??? the guy who sits infront of my dad and i at football games claimed that he was the one that outed maizeman... i didn't believe him... but now this is the second time i've heard this and i would like to know the whole story...
If the staff emphasized defense more in practice would this prevent having 3 walk-ons being in the playing rotation?
I have a lot of issues with their site, but my main gripe is the way the profess to be experts, on the inside and then word their posts and insights to basically talk out of both sides of their mouths. That way, they are always right. And they can brag in a 'i told you so' tenor.
Look at how they addressed the made rumor from Ninja Football about RR going to Tenn.
I make predictions all the time on games. I dont pull shit like Kansas might cover. Unless Kansas State does.....and then show up the next day bragging about how smart I am.
If they were less cheecky on how they presented themselves and their alleged inside info, I would respect them so much more.
They knew you'd feel like this.
Or not. 50/50.
I've been watching Michigan football for a tousand years but it has been in the last 2 that I've learned, coaching defense, catching punts, and teaching a QB more than 1 play, are all extremely difficult.