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|1 week 3 days ago||Heck, I'm just grateful you||
Heck, I'm just grateful you read the actual words in the post (which wasn't "Which QB should start?").
You raise a fair point. But in my experience, serious fans of the game have more information to impart than I could find through a bit of internet research. Sure, I can find cases where a younger player was started over a veteran who'd started the year before, or where that didn't happen. But the details—Who was this young kid? How had the veteran really played the previous year?—are far harder to suss out without hours of reading. I figured a few people here who really watch this sort of thing might write in with an anecdote they'd watched more closely.
Twenty years ago, I probably could have done this myself off the top of my head. I watched hours and hours of college football every week, often taping games to watch mid-week that I dind't have time for on Saturday. But these days, I have far less time to watch football. This board, though, is full of people who do now what I did twenty years ago. So I thought it was worth trying to tap that wealth of knowledge. So far, I think I might have been wrong.
|1 week 4 days ago||I don't know enough about the||
I don't know enough about the Cook/Maxwell situation to comment. But the Tate/Denard comparisons ring hollow. I bet that RichRod was interested to see what Denard could do, but Tate had been plenty promising (and frustrating). But Tate had a lot of off-the-field issues that contributed to Denard's increased opportunities. Speight seems to have none of that; from what I've read, he's a very hard worker and solid leader.
|1 week 4 days ago||I'd forgotten this situation.||
I'd forgotten this situation. Yes, thank you.
|1 week 4 days ago||This is what I don't||
This is what I don't understand. Yes, time will tell. Yes, the coaches know more than we do. Yes, this was one spring "game" among lots and lots of hours of work. Yes, the games will be played and the things will happen. Do the same people who express those opinions want MGoBlog to be nothing more than a post of the final score of each game? Where's the fun in that?
|1 week 4 days ago||I'm disappointed I didn't||
I'm disappointed I didn't think of that! Yes, that's exactly the sort of comparable situation I was trying to think of.
|1 week 4 days ago||The fact that there is no||
The fact that there is no science to it is one of the things that is so interesting to me. That's why I'm curious about comparable situations, but of course realize that they aren't scientific data points, either. For example, we know how Navarre did in 2003 and were pretty happy with it. But might we have done better with Gutierrez? There's no way to know. Comparable situations are informative but not determinative.
|1 week 4 days ago||Oh, I do. I'm not getting||
Oh, I do. I'm not getting worked up about it. I just enjoy thinking about football, and with the season far away, this is what I do. It's all in fun.
|1 week 4 days ago||I haven't really followed||
I haven't really followed Trubisky's career. Was he expected to turn into what he became, or did he blossom once he took over the starting job? Was he much of a threat to transfer while he sat the bench?
|5 weeks 3 days ago||Renting planes is quite||
Renting planes is quite common. It's what most flying clubs do. I'd bet that most private pilots rent.
|5 weeks 3 days ago||It would be unusual for a||
It would be unusual for a pilot in a plane like this to have a parachute in case of emergency, so the emergency-bail-out scenario is unlikely. If he had a parachute and used it, either he is very unusual, or planned on using it all along.
|10 weeks 2 days ago||Well, crap. I need to make a||
Well, crap. I need to make a correction here. I was discussing this with my wife last night, and apparently a lot of the research that suggested that victims were more likely to become perpetrators has been challenged recently. Part of the problem is that a lot of these studies were based on self-reporting, and there were incentives in place for a perpetrator to claim that they were also a victim. But that self-reporting might not be credible or accurate.
I'm sure that there is much more nuance here than I understand, so I won't muddy the waters more in an attempt to clear them up. But please disregard my "yes" answer above.
|10 weeks 4 days ago||That is an excellent||
That is an excellent clarification. And yes, you understood me correctly. Among those who abuse children, a disproportionately higher percentage were abused themselves compared to the general population. How much higher? I'd have to ask mamabear. Also, I have no idea whether the accused here was abused.
As someone said below, this could be an example of how this evil can perpetuate itself down through generations, harming hundreds or thousands of kids. (Sadly, that's not hyperbole.) This is why reporting this stuff is so important; if you can break the chain, you can save so many kids.
|10 weeks 4 days ago||This is my wife's line of||
This is my wife's line of work. Although I'm not qualified to answer a lot of questions about it, this one I know: Yes.
|11 weeks 4 days ago||The wallets don't do a lot||
The wallets don't do a lot for me, but the cuff links are all pretty cool. That's more than I can see myself paying, but can see it given that you could have them your entire life. (And I wear a suit often, so they'd get use.)
|18 weeks 4 days ago||Only one thing disappointed||
Only one thing disappointed me in all of this.
The letterhead is fantastic in its simplicity. The letter to a group of very deserving people is genuine and thoughtful. Taking the time to sign it himself is special. Even the pin is cool.
But in the last sentence, he omitted the Oxford comma. There's no miscue, so no error, but I'm a little bummed Coach isn't an Oxford-comma man.
In all seriousness, what a wonderful thing for Coach to do. Go Blue!
|19 weeks 1 day ago||Aw, hell. May he rest in||
Aw, hell. May he rest in peace.
|20 weeks 1 day ago||No, not a good sign. There||
No, not a good sign. There could have been a lot of reasons for the pause—perhaps he understands that this could be a dangerous subject for him, and therefore wanted to be cautious—but regardless, it only makes sense for him to go. If my son were able to leave school early with an engineering or law job lined up, I'd tell him to do it. I don't know why my advice would be any different simply because his chosen career is football. That said, I'd sure be selfishly happy if he stayed!
|21 weeks 3 days ago||I think that Peters has a||
I think that Peters has a bigger window to win the QB1 job than the post suggests. I think that there are some fundamental limitations in Speight's game that limit how much he can improve.
Usually, when you see a young but talented QB play, they are strong deep-ball throwers who, when throwing from a clean pocket to a receiver with a few steps on the defense, regularly connects. That is because that throw is most like playing catch, or throwing routes in shorts. It is a fundamental skill that, at a certain point, QBs have or do not. At the same time, these young QBs often have accuracy problems on short and intermediate routes because they lack the familiarity and anticipation necessary to see those holes that open and close so quickly. This is often an area where you see dramatic improvement throughout a QB's career, because that familiarity and anticipation are the skills that often develop at this age, particularly with good coaching.
I'm afraid that Speight is demonstrating good familiarity and anticipation already, which is part of the reason his short and intermediate accuracy is so good. He's a student of the game who is working hard with excellent coaching. So that will continue to imrpove, but frankly, there isn't that much room for improvement. He hits most of those throws that he should.
But he also leaves a lot of points on the board with his inability to throw from a clean pocket to hit open deep routes. Those are costly, costly misses. And because they are such fundamental throws, I worry that he is less likely to suddenly improve on that skill so far into his career.
Maybe I'm wrong, and that would make me happy. I'd love to see Speight come out with the same level of toughness we saw this year, the same or slightly better anticipation, and the ability to hit the deep ball consistently. That's a tough QB to beat out. But absent that, an athletic QB who studies well and gives up a little on the short and intermediate routes but doesn't leave the same deep-ball points on the field will have an opportunity.
This year, leaving those points on the field didn't cost us too much, because we kept winning. But we all expect to take at least a small step back next year. So when the coaches dial something up that sees a receiver running free, we'll need to connect.
|21 weeks 4 days ago||I've got a few minutes. I||
I've got a few minutes. I might as well explore my NFL options, too.
|31 weeks 4 days ago||One thing I haven't seen||
One thing I haven't seen anyone mention yet: This was a staple of Bo's offense at one time. I remember watching some old Michigan tape and seeing a lot of of power-I off-guard and off-tackle runs where the QB would pitch it instead of handing off, and then be one of the blockers going through the hole. I seem to remember my coach telling me that the QB was responsible for the cutback lane on those plays.
|35 weeks 17 hours ago||I played quarterback and||
I played quarterback and defensive end in middle school and high school. starting both of my varisty years at QB. We ran the wishbone most of that time, but switched to the I my senior year. I was the slowest option quarterback you've ever seen, but I could throw it a bit.
The only coaching I've done was during the summers before my first two years of college, when I helped coach the QBs at my high school. It was nothing formal. I would love to coach in the future, and might coach a little flag in the coming years as my kids get older.
|36 weeks 4 days ago||If you are really concerned||
If you are really concerned about getting the name exactly right, could you maybe team up with someone to get this done? One person orders a PEPPERS 88 jersey, the other a BUTT 5 jersey, and then find a good tailor who can switch the name plates? (If they are, in fact, name plates. My eyes are poor but I know a lot of jerseys seem to be done this way.)
|38 weeks 4 days ago||I have the the coaches hat in||
I have the the coaches hat in both fitted and stretch headed my way, set to arrive tomorrow. I ahve a huge melon so figuring out which will fit and look best on me is a bit of a trick.
|1 year 9 weeks ago||He taught me one class, as||
He taught me one class, as well, during my aero days. I enjoyed him and thought he was a good professor. But what I remember the most is a time I went to office hours for a quick question and we ended up talking guitar for about an hour. He plays a sweet Gibson SG, if I recall correctly.
|1 year 26 weeks ago||I have a very short list of||
I have a very short list of college coaches I'd want my boys to play for. It just got shorter. Best of luck and health, Coach.
|1 year 28 weeks ago||Same here, also from a former||
Same here, also from a former player from the '60s. Maybe it was a Bump thing?
|1 year 31 weeks ago||Yips||
Toddler me would appreciate a trigger warning on the Yips in the future, please. I'll be hiding behind my dad's recliner until then.
|2 years 6 weeks ago||Ah, I didn't remember that||
Ah, I didn't remember that about Speight.
|2 years 6 weeks ago||Amen. I feel for the kid.||
Amen. I feel for the kid.
|2 years 6 weeks ago||It's just one video and a few||
It's just one video and a few choice reps, but yes, it looked crisp.
There remains something I just don't like about the way Morris throws. I once saw a video of Joe Montana throwing with his two sons, talking about the finer points of delivery, and emphasizing the idea of driving the football straight at your target as opposed to bringing the ball around and just letting go at the right moment. It was very hard to describe in words, and it was a very subtle thing to see. But I went out an experimented, and I think I could feel what Joe was talking about. And it's something my uncle, a former Central Michigan QB in the '70s, used to try to explain to me, too.
Well, it looks like Morris brings the ball around more, if that makes sense. The results were fine here, but under pressure or when things break down, that can lead to some inaccuracy. So it worries me.
In contrast, I continue to love Speight's delivery. Tight, compact, and no wasted movement. It's not quite as pretty as Forcier's was—that thing was a work of art—but it's close. I like it.
Malzone's is somewhere in the middle, but very classic.