Did he just say the T word?
he got me fired up and I'm 6 foot 155 lbs. I am pumped about the direction our football program is going!
He identified that as a need. I would doubt that is an issue with this team, unless its the usual "small light non-B10 team" BS.
I'm not sure its ever a bad thing to "get stronger".
If that was the case and we don't need to get stronger, or you are implying that the Barwis plan was better. Then explain to me how we were dominated at the LOS against the better competition. I'm not saying that this team was not stronger, by any means, however, as he pointed out there are different levels of strength. You have the mental and the physical. I think mostly what this team has lacked has been the toughness and I am hoping Wellman brings this aspect to the team and it translates into a tough gritty football team this fall.
I'm virtua-slapping the next asshole who repeats the lazy-ass "we lack toughness/not real B1G team" meme.
Yea, Mike Martin and Taylor Lewan got absolutely dominated.
That's two guys, one on each side of the ball. Overall, we do need to get stronger. We were manhandled at the line of scrimmage in our losses.
"we need to get stronger." Kids always need to get stronger. Or are you suggesting that every kid on UM maxed out his strength last year? The young kids obviously need and can get stronger. I wouldn't read too much into that comment
No strength coach is ever going to say, "well, our guys are strong enough, so I guess we don't need that." Teams always need to get stronger, and always can get stronger.
that Barwisizing takes time.
Look at our 2 deep on D last year. Truth is we WERE undersized, though not because of the 'small light non-B10 team' BS you cite. I think it was more due to starting so many underclassmen who had yet to go through the combo of Barwis and growing up from 17 to 21 yrs old.
Not to mention pretty much every 3rd and short last season, on both sides of the ball. When we did manage to convert on offense, it usually took a fantastic individual effort out of Denard. I'd prefer not to have to use him as a battering ram.
1- them being much bigger, and 2- being much better at football.
Dude is definitely intense and has a spot-on ass slap. Also, my god he can talk.
That ass slap was clean, crisp, and powerful. What more could you ask for in a S&C coach?
Everyone knows that you don't want to be the guy that follows the legend (i.e. Barwis)
Already like Wellman a lot.
Furman lookin' jacked.
Furman looks like an animal. I really hope he gets some playing time this fall.
Is the entire staff taught to use phrases like "touch kids?"
Yeah can we please send out a memo on this? I haven't heard this much about touching kids since...(insert obvious Catholic joke)
I wish I knew how to upvote this, but I can't figure it out in the new post malware universe.
HE HAS NO INSIDE VOICE!!!
'Shit, these guys are already jacked?"
Of course he has to say they need to get stronger, that's why he has a job.
Those will get your arms burning real quick.
I love the emphasis on mental toughness. We've talked a lot about 4th quarter strength with Barwis-- add in 4th quarter focus to that strength and we're moving forward. I think this guy will build on what Barwis started.
He will connect.
Buy in and get to work.
I think he will be able to motivate. He said they are hungry and that's where it starts.
One thing I have noticed from the staff interviews is that they all seem to speak with one voice. They seem to be on the same page and if you talk to one of them then you pretty much get an idea of what direction this team is headed. I can't wait to see the results on the field next year. For the first time since many of these kids have been here there are no outside distractions surrounding this football team.
The voice they share likes to speak of touching kids
I don't know a lot about what was so great about Barwis. I've heard people talk about him like he is the best of the best. I'm not disputing it (Mike Martin is clearly a beast) but am just wondering if anyone can explain to me what it was about Barwis that made everyone love him.
Wellman seems to be the real deal though. Tough. I'm glad I don't have to do that stuff. Yowza!
or looked him up on Wikipedia? These are easy things to do that explain quite a bit.
Barwis made a career out of training Olympic athletes (medalists, mind you) before becoming involved with universities, where he trained athletes in like 12 sports.
I like his emphasis that S&C goes beyond just getting stronger. He wants those kids to get a work out on their mental toughness and focus as well, which working out can certainly do.
Is Barwis still on campus? Whereabouts?
Barwis is still in town (but not at U of M) and has a few options on the table that he is considering. Something will be announced in the next few weeks I would think.
I really like Wellman's mindset. Seems to have the right attitude that will get the most out of the players during every workout.
At some point someone is going to put together a "touching kids" montage...
They can begin with his ass slap :D
I sure hope the movements shown in that video were meant to throw off the competition.
Will Aaron let them use Muscle Milk??
Love the video, but it was pretty much a repeat of everything Coach Hoke said in his introduction press conference. I guess they really do drill it into everyone, no problems with that.
So now they touch kids and drill it into everyone? Damn, they were serious about taking this program in a new direction.
eeewwww...but you just said what I was thinking when I heard that comment. At least he didn't say they would "touch them in a special way."
When asked whether the kids will like the program, he suggested that some won't (if they aren't tough enough). Does that mean I should expect the discontent and attrition that often comes with new program?
I kept thinking about his initial "5 hours to desribe the philosophy" comment, as if there was a huge time lapse between cuts.
And it made me laugh a bunch.
liked barwis better on camera :/ Welman just seems angry and gives lots of coach speak too--but best of luck Welman!
eeeeeee I'm a little girl for Aaron Wellman
The Wellman Factor. I hear he's got pet feral squirrels.
Somebody need to tell them to lose the t-word, well-intended though it may be. It's like an SNL skit.
hopefully the team will buy in and this will be the part of the program that we take for granted.
Barwis left the program in good shape I would think. Wellman and Barwis' programs are different. Wellman didn't get into the program (saying it would take 5 hours) that is good, I guess. He certainly hasn't said anything about Barwis or his methods that I have seen (though Borges has said positive things about Denard's coaching.) I would like to hear about the differences Wellman sees going forward and the state of the facilities in light of his methods. Barwis came in talking up his theory big time. Wellman is all about toughness and the kids.
I do think this is a big change for the players. These are important months leading up to the spriing game. Players were happy with Barwis AFAIK. I am interested to see the player feedback this summer and fall (esp. from past S&C champions like Molk, Martin and Cox.) When Denard said he was staying - he attributed most of his choice to his esprit de corps. Barwis helped build that team spirit. Forcier was working himself off the team at this time last year. Wellman has work to do right now...for sure.
I would imagine the group workouts are temporary until Wellman gets to know the athletes better. Molk and Roh don't have the same needs. I'm thinking they won't be doing the exact same workouts throughout the Spring and Summer. Hopefully we haven't seen the last of the team training runs through campus either.
At least he sounds like a S&C coach. Not quite as gravel voiced as Barwis, not quite as fast as Barwis; but he seems to have that same intensity.
Touching = "touching kids' lives"; get over it teenagers.