Includes some practice video. Denard looks fast, Forcier can throw, nothing new, but exciting to see!
RR Press Conference Video
V. Smith looked pretty good, but someone needs to duct tape him and D Rob to the goal posts and cut their hair. It drives me crazy to see players with hair sticking out the back of their helmets.
You seem like the kind of guy who says something about Fernando Rodney's hat whenever he takes the mound.
...and that jewelry flailing in the wind all carelessly!
Actually, I am. I am way to young to be complaining about kids these days and how they wear their hair, but it bugs me. I liked the clips, though. It is too easy to cherry pick a few good plays to get a good read on what to expect this year, but some of the young guys look quick and Roh definately looked like he belongs.
It's not going to make you feel any younger, but when I read the bit about the hair and saw "UMdad," a laundry list of things that my dad does popped into my head, and Fernando Rodney's hat was at the top.
Add to that list:
- Taking a three-point shot in basketball EVER, even if it's a wide open-shot (yeah, watching UM basketball games with him this year was fun).
- Having a first name that is either longer than two syllables or incapable of being abbreviated as such (IE: "What the hell kind of name is 'Martavious'? Whatever happened to 'John' or 'Mike'?")
Hell no. I want every player on the team to have flowin' dreads, fuck it, even the white boys. We need to get this shit crunk. YAAAAAAYUUUUUH!
Plenty new in this video!
RR confirms that Roh is almost certainly going to contribute this year, at least as a pass rusher. Cissoko is having a good camp, etc.
I'm excited to see DEATH ROH out on the field in crab stance, whirling dervish, destroy-quarterback mode.
Let's hope he can live up to the name for 4 years!
...get some Public Enemy in the pre-game rotation at the Big House...
It's a good video I see that Forcier, Robinson, Roh, and Cissoko are playing really well.
Based on 20 plays...
Denard will play a lot
Roh is great
Tate hangs onto the ball too long
Yeah, Tate has got to learn to get rid of the ball. As a true freshman, there will be plenty of times he'll want to make a play when it would be better to just throw the ball away. The safety in the spring game is a good example. He'll learn, but it'll take time. Expect to see several plays a game where QBs will hold onto ball too long and take a sack.
the most frustrating play for me is when a 2nd and whatever turns into a 3rd and long when the qb should have thrown it away.
The dude is just plain talkin' and folksy. Nothing wrong with that. I love that he both has a Twitter account (page? site? I'm old...) and freely admits that he doesn't update it. I'm sure no coach does (Brewster the possible exception), but I love that he's so open about it.
On the other hand, Carty looked into RR's soul and didn't like what was there, so...
but +1 for spelling it "duct."
I thought it WAS "duct tape." As in, "Duck Tape" is a specific brand of "duct tape."
It is. People usually get it wrong, so he got a + for getting it right.
Yeah, oops, I read it as "-1."
It is 'duct', hence the +1 for correct usage.
D'oh! I read it as "-1."
I'm always due for one brain fart a month.
Denard looks like he will play a lot this year. Just from watching those few clips I wouldn't declare Tate the overwhelming favorite.
I knew DRob was fast, but he looked even faster than I was picturing. There's no doubt he'll see the field a lot this year.
Now I'm REALLY excited for this season to start.
Denard was less than 1 second slower (in the state finals) than Ussain Bolt's world record time. That is FAST!
Yes true, Denard is fast. But let's not get carried away here. 1 second in a 100 meter sprint, especially as times get faster and faster, is a tremendous difference.
The fact that Denard is so fast and still almost a second slower than Bolt should show you how incredible Bolt is though :)
can be the great equalizer here, especially against those big, slow teams like Iowa and Wisconsin. They can't tackle what they can't catch. My God, Denard is fast.
Do we have EESSSS SSSSEEEEE CCCEEEEE speed now? It kind of looks like it!
Some clarification on the whole UCONN thing:
-We tried to get a BCS to come here without a return, it didn't work.
-We tried to get a 'high quality 1A' to come here without a return, it didn't work.
-We then tried to offer to do a home and home and couldn't find anyone but UCONN.
It seems clear the AD isn't any happier about UCONN than we are, as they tried lots of other things first. I still wonder why the Boise State thing didn't work out.
Either way, I totally agree it's crazy some people don't appreciate RR's candid approach to the media.
regarding RR's candidness with the media. Compare his honesty with the Vikings' coach, owner and GM, as well as Favre, in lying to the Vikings fanbase over the past three weeks about Favre showing up (they've repeatedly said on Twin Cities radio, until today, that Favre would not be on the team). I prefer Rich Rod.
'Mike Martin is as an important part of our defense as anyone we have'.
He's a beast. I'm excited to see what he can do.
I like the way Vincent Smith looks. He has the ability to avoid tackles just like Hart and has a little more speed in the open field. I loved watching Mike Hart but it was painful watching defenders catch up to him in the secondary. I think that Smith will get a decent amount of reps this year behind Minor and Brown, as long as both remain healthy. If not, he could end up as the starter over Grady.
No love for Michael Shaw?
Oh I like Shaw too, I am just really excited by the way Smith looks so far. He has the potential to be really good for us especially after we lose our senior depth at Rb. I think Shaw will most likely have an impact at Rb too if given a decent amount of carries this year behind the seniors.
I'd say that this year at least, Shaw will vastly outperform V. Smith.
did you guys notice him on BTN's Friday evening show? Two times they showed him during that one-against-one drill, and the defender ended up on his back both times after Vincent went straight for the contact and hit him right in the chest.
I got all warm and fuzzy seeing #20 fly down the field. I'm looking for Shaw to do some nice things this year (and by nice I mean angrily running over our opponents).
Based on this practice video, is there any chance we can get a preseason Pink Slip Diary out of Magnus?
I could give more than a +1.
i hereby nominate "neat" as the new "tremendous"
tickled to death anymore
Especially when talking about our lack of defensive depth. Ugh...he doesn't sound confident at all about that side of the ball.
... this is the best video posted within the past week. Some takeaway points:
- Mike Martin is strong strong.
- Holy shit Craig Roh is fast around the corner.
- I love Tate, but Denard might actually challenge for the starting job. I didn't expect this, but wow. He is slippery as advertised, but just as important, he appears to be an adequate to good passer.
I think DRob might challenge for the starting job, but probably not in week 1. Tate has too much of a head start learning the playbook. Somewhere around mid-season maybe? I know one thing for sure... DRob will play this season, maybe just for running plays at first, but he'll play.
I can hardly friggin wait to see Denard run wild against the Spartans. I hope RR and the coaches come up with a few good trick plays designed just for MSU - and wait until the MSU game to unleash.
Dantonio's minions of PR have clearly worked on you.
I always used to think "man we better have something sweet to bust out against OSU," but alas, even the Mgoboarders have upped the MSU rivalry to the point that i hear more about it than about OSU.
Not to pick you out specifically, but your comment triggered the thought.
I don't think my dislike for the Spartans has as much to do with Dantonio as it does with Spartan fans in general. I'm just tired of all the talk coming from Spartan fans after they beat us once in what seems like forever. We just need to give MSU a reality check so they know exactly where this rivalry still stands.
Oh, and don't worry, I still dislike OSU - very much so. It's just that the MSU game comes first on the schedule, that's why I mentioned the whole MSU/Denard running wild see if you can catch me thing.
Ah, I see what you meant there - MSU might be late enough in the season for DRob to be fully or at least somewhat unleashed.
The next 18 days cannot pass quickly enough, blah.
And I'm not talking somewhat unleashed, I'm talking unmercifully unleashed.
The problem that Robinson will have in claiming the starting job will not be his speed or throwing skills, but his understanding of the offence. In the first presser put out by Central Propaganda Coach Rodrigues made mention that he was pleased that both Sheridan and Forcier were a place that they did not need to be told they made a mistake, they knew that they had made one and more importantly what the mistake was and why they made it. Robinson still has to be told the mistakes he is making and why they are mistakes. Until that changes, he will not be the starting QB. For now he is still 3rd on the depth chart.
Did anyone else catch RR's answer when asked if Minor is a 1000 yard rusher? He's hoping for two. That tells me he thinks it's at least a possibility that Carlos could have a big year. It also tells me there will probably be a bunch of 2 RB sets this year. Yes pls.
to just Carlos Brown.
After watching that video, while I know these guys are young, I wouldn't be ultimately surprised if Shaw or V. Smith, if given enough carries, got to 1,000 as well.
And, don't forget that Tate and Denard will probably be running the ball 5-10 times a game as well. That yardage will add up.
This team could be a Georgia Tech - level rushing behemoth this year. If the RB's stay healthy we can rotate 6 RBs, plus 2 rushing QBs. Sheesh - get ready for 38 minute time of possession games for Michigan, just like West Virginia did in year 2 under Rich Rod.
Sheridan made some great passes (especially to Mathews who was wearing the green shirt) and looked fairly fast in his running. As RR said, he makes decisions faster than the two frosh. I think at some point this year, he'll win some games for us.
I wonder how many poor plays last year (poor throws, fumbles, etc.) by everyone, including Sheridan, had to do with players not feeling comfortable or confident in the new offense. Personal doubts have a way of destroying performance. With everyone more comfortable with the offense, I would expect play to improve significantly.
I know there wasn't much video of each player, but I'm came away with a different take on Sheridan. I didn't see him exhibit the speed of Tate and especially of Denard. He did look decisive and crisp on his throws, but none of them were downfield. I'm still concerned he won't be able to stretch the field (like last year) with his arm and defenses will play up and take away the run and short passes.
Sheridan = Death
Say it. Repeat it until the thought is buried deep into your psyche.
Thanks for slapping me back to reality. I was almost ready to buy something I really didn't want.
We have to remember that these videos come out of Central Propaganda and only show us good stuff...no missed passes...no drops...no bad reads...etc. etc. etc. Likely if we try to project anything from the one or two snaps/drills that you see in these videos it will reflect nothing of the reality of the situation. They are fun to watch, get the blood pumping for the season to start, but they don't really mean a whole lot.
Oh, so you mean when Tate held on to the ball way too long and took a sack, that was actually a good thing?
Yeah I saw that bit too, but maybe, just maybe he does not throw it away because it is just practice and he knows that he is not going to actually get hit? As Coach keeps saying over and over and over, this is all just practice. We really will not know how ready our guys trully are until after they have played an actual game. Was Tate hurried because the defence is sooo feekin' good? Was it a protection breakdown? Was it a coverage issue? Making a judgement based on a five second clip prepared by Central Propaganda is a little premature.
You play how you practice, and practice how you play. E-fact.
Can I have some Kool-Aid? :)