he grew a beard
|3 days 3 hours ago||I get it perfectly well.||
I get it perfectly well. Re-read my post.
I stated the process of change starts with intent. Intent implies a deliberate desire to change. Generating the desire to change is possible with some people. Not all people, but some. There are numerous testimonies from ex-alcoholics, ex-drug users, ex-abusers.
The post I responded to was making the case that we are programmed robots, reacting to internal decision processes beyond our control. I disagreed with that.
Nowhere did I imply that someone who has no desire to change -- your sociopath example -- will suddenly change, or can be made to change. But change is possible given a true and sincere desire to change.
|3 days 5 hours ago||The problem is Clark didn't||
The problem is Clark didn't have a choice
Completely disagree. People do have a choice; people can change. Even at the deepest level of anger in the moment. It's not necessarily easy, but it is possible. To achieve such change requires a deliberate intent to change, and then exercising the means of change.
I have some personal experience in this area. The change is slow and often painful. But it is possible.
I have compassion for Frank Clark and the spot he now finds himself in. But I do not believe for one moment that he was a helpless victim, swept along by an internal decision making machine over which he has no control.
|4 days 2 hours ago||The perfect weather for a||
The perfect weather for a football game, in my opinion. See my signature line.
(I went to a U of A game here in Tucson once ... 95 degrees at gametime. It wasn't right.)
But I agree with you ... if cold/wet, then empty seats. Lots of them.
|4 days 4 hours ago||I'll be home watching or||
I'll be home watching or listening to the game. After 40 years of following Michigan football it's a little hard to change.
This weekend is the "Tour de Tucson" -- a bicycle event where 9,000+ cyclists converge on Tucson and ride a 100 mile + course around the city. The roads are tied up every year for this event, and the best thing to do for a non-cyclist is to stay home and watch football.
Which is precisely what I am going to do.
|5 days 5 hours ago||it's obvious he can develop||
it's obvious he can develop other QB's
Serious question -- what makes you say that?
I ask because really good natural athletes do not necessarily translate to good coaches.
Does Brady have some history of grooming QBs that go on to other success? And do we know Brady had a hand in that grooming? I know Matt Cassell went on to have some success, but I'm not clear how much involvement Brady had in his grooming.
|6 days 58 min ago||I drank my age of Stroh's at||
I drank my age of Stroh's at age 15 at my cousin's graduation party.
Puked my guts out in the women's bathroom of my grandmother's senior center.
Not sure whether to put :-) or :-( after that.
|1 week 44 min ago||Not a hunter, though I can||
Not a hunter, though I can appreciate the sport and wish all who do hunt the best.
Down here in southern Arizona there are deer ... but they are smaller and gray. Get up in the higher elevations of Arizona and there's other deer and elk as well.
I have many fond memories of growing up in Michigan and hearing the sound of hunter gunfire in the distance. Cool, crisp late autumn days in Michigan are the best.
|1 week 1 day ago||If the first rule is to not||
If the first rule is to not allow rumors to circulate too long, then the second rule is to not say things to create rumors in the first place.
|1 week 3 days ago||The Boilermakers were||
The Boilermakers were becoming a formidable rival.
Those rat bastards beat Michigan in 1976, ruining a perfect regular season.
I will never forgive them. :-)
|1 week 3 days ago||Punch Cards||
If they did, it was a mainframe, and they probably had to use punchcards.
The original Twitter ... limited to 72 characters per card (the cards were 80 column, but 8 were reserved for control characters so 72 was what was available for programming).
The use of punched cards long ago faded away, but their legacy lives on -- there's still a lot of 72-column JCL (Job Control Language) and COBOL programs out there. Still running and doing their thing.
|1 week 3 days ago||1975 NW||
By the 4th quarter, there were plenty of seats.
I was there ... a gloriously miserable day for football. Cold, rainy, windy and wet.
I loved every minute of it. Stayed to the very end.
|1 week 6 days ago||Crash Davis: "Come on, meat,||
Crash Davis: "Come on, meat, show us that million-dollar arm, 'Cause I got a good idea about that five-cent head of yours!"
|2 weeks 1 day ago||I like a good BBQ bologna||
I like a good BBQ bologna sandwich.
Admitting that may offend the foodies in the room ... but there it is.
I like SPAM, too. :-)
|2 weeks 1 day ago||It can be a real issue, and||
It can be a real issue, and it's not isolated to just athletes.
Depending on how well a student has been prepared for college academics, the step from HS to college academics can be an eye opener. It was for me 35 years ago. I received nearly straight A's in high school, but I did not know at the time how soft my high school was. When I hit college everything quickened -- the pace, the expectations, the work needed. It took me a term and a half to get my head wrapped around it all.
Add to that the first taste of independence and freedom college freshman have and the temptation to party and do non-academic things. The combination can make mastering the "going to class" thing difficult. For athletes facing obligations of practice and training as well ... ooomph, I can imagine it's quite a shock.
More than a few college freshmen don't get the hang of it before the damage is done. For college athletes I'm sure there are people in the department to monitor and offer help where needed. For your average non-athlete freshman who thinks college is just like high school ... they're in for a shock.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||I would think quickness is||
I would think quickness is the key ... particularly for short routes. Receiver runs route and defenders think the velocity is constant and defend as such. Then suddenly the receiver spurts and in one or two steps has 2 or 3 yards on someone. Bam ... with a properly timed ball that's a completion and yards.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||This is my interpretation as||
This is my interpretation as well.
Another way to look at this -- just because someone is a world-class sprinter does not necessarily make them a good receiver. A slower runner can be a better receiver by running the route crisply and getting momentary separation at the right moment.
Below a point of slowness no amount of route execution helps. Blow a point, slow is slow.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||Muschamp is still toast, but||
Muschamp is still toast, but good to see the Gators playing well. Feeling good for my Florida buddy Eric.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||Radio||
Listening on radio ... sounds meh ... how does the game look? The same?
|2 weeks 6 days ago||I've seen the Java update||
I've seen the Java update redirect myself.
The bad gateway messages, the funky formatting ... those aren't so much a concern.
Being prompted to perform a Java update from a website that is *not* Oracle is another matter. Definitely something suspicious there.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||"It was Barzini all along."||
"It was Barzini all along." -- Vito Corleone.
|3 weeks 21 hours ago||This||
Three supremely hard-assed coaches all in the same conference and in the same division.
The forced smiles and the paper-thin cordiality before games would be great to watch.
Plus, the football would ratchet up a notch or two as all three of them would go into hyper-competitive mode and seek to do nothing other than beat the crap out of the others.
Great stuff. Bring it on.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||The mood here at Michigan is||
The mood here at Michigan is gray.
Harbaugh wore a gray shirt.
Connect the dots, dude. :-)
|3 weeks 2 days ago||A sure sign the lawyers have||
A sure sign the lawyers have taken the reins. There will be no comments from anyone until a very carefully crafted comment is ready to issue.
Large organizations are either run by finance, or they're run by lawyers. In some things the lawyers just take charge. Right now they're in charge. Silence is preferable to comment.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||Also 55, and also have spent||
Also 55, and also have spent a lifetime in corporate America. Concur 100%.
It could be Brandon attends film reviews for no more malicious reason than he misses the game of football and enjoys being near the inner-workings. But his mere presence -- your point -- affects the outcome. The properly self-aware CEO would know this.
Or it could be Brandon attends to deliberately set course and direction ... which is far more damning. What coach -- other than one whose lifelong dream it was to coach Michigan -- would submit to that?
|3 weeks 2 days ago||Getting to the top level is||
Getting to the top level is not for the weak or meek-minded. It's a cut-throat business, whether a pizza company or a major university.
That kind of environment tends to favor the aggressive. But aggressive and arrogant are not the same thing. It is quite possible to be aggressive and maintain professional decorum at the same time. Some of the most effective leaders I've seen are very measured in their responses.
That said, the aggressive and arrogant do get through. They tend to get their come-uppance eventually. Top-level people have enemies; the good top-level people minimize the ammunition they give to their enemies.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||Yes, well put. There's||
Yes, well put.
There's nothing wrong with devotion to a storied legacy. But it can be taken too far.
The football tradition of Bo and the 1970's is not coming back. Those are bygone days, just like Bennie Oosterbaan's 1949 Wolverines was a bygone era to Schembechler in 1969. Just like Yost's days were bygone to Oosterbaan.
Michigan should have its trophy cases. It should pay proper homage to the past.
Then it should move into the present and look to the future. Not live in the past.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||Reading that has made me more||
Reading that has made me more depressed than I already was about this team.
Nussmeier spoke words that add up to ... nothing.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||My point -- not well made, I||
My point -- not well made, I admit -- was this: this is more than Ross simply getting out of the way. Ross knows what's going to happen and when, despite statements to the contrary. This is a deliberately engineered story designed to disconnect Ross's name from the events Ross knows are going to take place, and disconnect Ross's name from future discussions about coaches or ADs.
This is not Ross throwing Brandon under the bus, or stabbing him in the back ... it's Ross doing what smart billionaires do, which is make sure their name is associated with good things and not associated with bad things. And it's never managed carelessly. It's always managed with deliberate intent.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||This is Ross pre-emptively||
This is Ross pre-emptively removing himself from the Brandon dismissal discussion.
|4 weeks 21 hours ago||S&C coaches are all over the||
S&C coaches are all over the map on this subject.
If the evidence was clearly in favor of the benefits of "Myofascial release techniques, trigger point therapy, and other methods of tension reduction" then I would think the S&C community would move in that direction.
It makes me wonder if the evidence is not quite so clear. Hence the observation that S&C coaches are all over the map.
I'm not trying to be a contrarian dick here ... it's an honest question. S&C coaches are like anyone in a competitive environment -- they seek anything to stay competitive or become more competitive. If the benefits of tension release were so obvious, I can't see why any S&C coach would hesitate to employ them. Unless the argument being made here is that Wellman and others are stubbornly clinging to past ideas despite clear evidence to the contrary.
That would explain Wellman and Michigan ... but what about others on the map that are in the same neighborhood?
|4 weeks 5 days ago||Muschamp looks like a guy who||
Muschamp looks like a guy who knows his goose is cooked ... he has the blankest look in his eyes every time the camera cuts to a close-up of him.
|4 weeks 5 days ago||And a pick-6 ... My buddy||
And a pick-6 ...
My buddy from Virginia, who's down in the Swamp right now, has gone very quiet on Facebook. I'm guessing he's not enjoying his trip so much any more.
|4 weeks 5 days ago||There's a parallel, for||
There's a parallel, for sure.
I have a buddy who's a big Florida fan. He's in a world of hurt over the Gators. I gently remind him that bad as it may be in Gainesville, it could be worse ... like what's going on up in Ann Arbor.
|4 weeks 5 days ago||Rooting for FSU because ...||
Rooting for FSU because ... because I can't root for ND under any circumstances.
Interested in the Washington / Oregon game. Records are even ... are teams? We'll see.
Keeping an eye on the Florida / Missouri game.
|4 weeks 5 days ago||Alabama is putting on a||
Alabama is putting on a clinic.
Ohio State, Michigan State, TCU taking it to their opponents.
I've watched a fair amount of football today, and this is clear: Michigan's play isn't even in the same league. The contrast is stark.
|4 weeks 6 days ago||closing down the cottage Ah||
closing down the cottage
Ah ... the annual ritual ... I know it well.
|4 weeks 6 days ago||Local Hero||
+1000 for the avatar with Burt Lancaster from the movie "Local Hero." That is an under-appreciated gem of a movie. The music score is by Mark Knopfler of Dire Straits and is excellent.
|4 weeks 6 days ago||...and home in time for the||
...and home in time for the good games.
I admire a man who knows how to keep the important things in the equation!
|4 weeks 6 days ago||Four words: Happy wife, happy||
Four words: Happy wife, happy life.
I have traveled on business to many countries around the world. It does not matter the culture ... a small joke about keeping the wife happy yields knowing smiles from the men and women. It's a universal thing.
|4 weeks 6 days ago||Allow an older man to offer||
Allow an older man to offer some advice: Yes.
|4 weeks 6 days ago||Tolerant wives||
Second, for many of us, our wives are incredibly tolerant of the fact that our Michigan obsession dominates much of every fall Saturday.
Plus, being thoughtful and considerate to my wife is not the same as being dominated and whipped. I want to be thoughtful and considerate to my wife. That's what marriage is all about.
|5 weeks 2 hours ago||A nice write-up, and an||
A nice write-up, and an interesting tour of that position.
Yesterday I was talking to a friend and asked this hypothetical: "If you could have the body and the talent to play any football position, and you played purely for the joy of the sport, which position would it be?"
For me I think it would be defensive end. Not exactly sure why ... just something about rushing the edge appeals to me. Perhaps it's a throwback to college intramural touch football days.
|5 weeks 2 days ago||Another perspective -- if he||
Another perspective -- if he thought USC was going into a football dry spell because of sanctions and ND was in an ascendency, then going to ND makes sense from an exposure point of view.
That has some merit. ND and its players normally get a bit more positive exposure than it merits (because it's ND). If his objective is the NFL, then ND gives him a good stage on which to sell his wares.
|5 weeks 2 days ago||A lower slope is more||
A lower slope is more consistency
This is where we are ... we root for the slope of Michigan's QB.
|5 weeks 3 days ago||On a positive note ...||
On a positive note ... there's a Tim Horton's every 20 feet along that route.
|6 weeks 4 days ago||Broken collar bones are a||
Broken collar bones are a bitch. Mostly it's immobilize the arm and be careful of sudden movements. Also, get slip-on shoes because it's impossible to reach and tie the laces.
I speak from experience.
|6 weeks 4 days ago||Exactly correct. The||
The behind-the-scenes of all this is like a big, complex chess match.
I hope Michigan understands the piece that looks like a horse isn't called a "horsey."
|6 weeks 5 days ago||Hey, this is a family blog||
Hey, this is a family blog ... :-)
MSU looks thoroughly legit.
|6 weeks 5 days ago||Ain't nothing wrong with||
Ain't nothing wrong with Molson Canadian! Not sure which province, but it doesn't matter ... I love Canada. Beautiful country, wonderful people.
|6 weeks 5 days ago||Grimaldi's||
I love Grimaldi's (here in Tucson), but I acknowledge it may not be to everyone's taste.
It's not really traditional NY by-the-slice pizza. It's less cheesy and less parmesean.
My wife grew up in NYC and has spent many years seeking out the perfect non-NY NY pizza. She likes Grimaldi's very much, but even she admits it's not NY street pizza like she knows it.
And for fans of deep dish pizza ... Grimaldi's is 180 degrees from that.
|7 weeks 18 hours ago||Hamilton||
Former five-star Darius Hamilton seems a little undersized for a DT spot at 6'4, 255 pounds, but he so consistently slashes into the backfield that doesn't matter much.
Hold on ... if he doesn't have size or weight, then what explains his ability to get into the backfield? Is it this "technique" thing I hear about?
Okay, joking aside ... is there something about his technique that makes him particularly effective? This is kind of a nuts-and-bolts question of DT mechanics.
|7 weeks 20 hours ago||Chili Cookoffs||
I've attended these in Arizona, my next-door-neighbor competes in them, and I've served as a judge. They're a lot of fun.
The rules here in Arizona are based on a fairly strict definition of "chili" -- no beans, just meat and chili gravy. If the sauce has discernible pieces of onion or whatever, then points are substracted. Only recently have they allowed ground beef. Prior to that it was hand-cubed meat, and the rules stipulated as to size and consistency of the cubes.
At the end of the day it's really more about being at a fun social event. It's fun to walk around the various cook stands and chat with chili cooks. Some of the cook stands are quite elaborate.
The event I judged at was relatively small, so there was only one table of judges. The judging is blind, and the cups of chili are numbered. We give things a rating of 1 to 10, 10 being the best. I can tell you from my experience a lot of the chili settles in around average, with one or two that are clearly better than the rest, and one or two that are just awful.
What constitutes great chili is a matter of personal preference. But bad chili is just bad chili, and the culprit is almost always too much salt or too much heat. Some heat is good, but just heat for the sake of heat makes for bad chili.
So I'd encourage people to go to this if it sounds like something you'd like to do. I was initially skeptical, but I've found them to be quite fun.
|7 weeks 1 day ago||Have you considered that||
Have you considered that maybe Brady Hoke would not welcome advice and counsel from others?
My opinion is Hoke is in over his head at Michigan. That doesn't mean he's incapable of having success. But stubborness is a trait of his. I doubt very much he has reached out to the people you cite in your diary. I doubt very much he would accept unsolicited advice, even if offered from well-respected people in the profession.
And that's a shame, because very few people succeed in this world without a least some mentoring from those who went before them.
At this point it's probably too late. But had Hoke come into Michigan in 2010 with a more open attitude about soliciting and taking mentoring from others, he may well have transitioned better to the role of Michigan HC.
|7 weeks 1 day ago||So this is more your style?||
So this is more your style? :-)
|7 weeks 1 day ago||LB||
And Yost invented the linebacker position, fergodsakes!
|7 weeks 1 day ago||Turning the corner||
This 2014 team either flat-lines, goes south, or inflects upwards.
If there's a point where it inflects upwards, I'd like to see it.
I would love to see them against Rutgers and think, "Ah ... they're getting it."
Waiting for that moment is getting harder and harder ... but it's not yet impossible for me.
|7 weeks 3 days ago||Bravo. Reasoned thinking;||
Bravo. Reasoned thinking; measured delivery.
I'm being completely sincere.
There's been a lot of overheated and poorly resoned posts of late around here. It's good to see a post like this.
|7 weeks 5 days ago||Operating on the theory that||
Operating on the theory that a person has a finite number of cuss words in their system in one lifetime ... I will be a choir boy from this point forward. Yesterday I used up every one in my reserve.
|7 weeks 5 days ago||Brandon exhibits hubris.||
Brandon exhibits hubris. Hubris comes from excessive pride.
I think Hoke is in over his head and his base emotion is fear; from fear comes many reactions ... stubborness being one. Anger is another, and we've seen some flashes of that from Hoke lately.
Michigan is too big a program for Hoke. No shame in that. But finding a graceful exit is difficult. And after yesterday, an exit is assured; graceful it will not be.
|7 weeks 5 days ago||Funk||
Funk - noun (1) cowering fear; state of great fright or terror (2) a dejected mood.
The name is apropos.
|7 weeks 5 days ago||This||
We suck at it. Just suck. I doubt a case can be made there's a schematic advantage in using it. Certainly not how Michigan performs when under center.
|7 weeks 5 days ago||Progress?||
The main thing I wanted to see this year was a steady improvement over the course of the this season
Yes, that's what everyone wants to see.
Trouble is, I'm not sure we're seeing it.
We're seeing some general improvement in areas this year over last.
We're not seeing consistent improvement game to game this year.
Today's game against Minnesota will be another set of data points. The final score is really besides the point, provided it's a W for Michigan. Look for signs of fundamental progress on the offense -- no turnovers given, no stupid penalties, productive use of timeouts, first down yard production, third down conversion execution.
|7 weeks 5 days ago||Lollygaggin' Around||
All this reminds me of that scene in "Bull Durham" where the manager goes into the shower and heaves a bunch of baseball bats and starts yelling at the players.
It's time someone do that here.
|7 weeks 5 days ago||Watching the Michigan State||
Watching the Michigan State game ...
Michigan State just ran a run fake to the left side of the line, then Connor Cook turned around and threw a beautiful pass to catch his receiver in stride in the endzone.
Yeah, Wyoming, etc. Still, a thing of beauty. It was like Connor Cook didn't waste any time looking for his receiver -- he knew his receiver would be where he was supposed to be and put the ball exactly where it needed to be.
Not trying to pump up MSU ... but credit where credit due ... that was a pretty play.
|7 weeks 6 days ago||Desmond Howard||
He said, paraphrasing: "When I go to a practice I can tell what guys want to be great. When I went to a Michigan practice I didn't see one guy -- except for maybe Jabrill Peppers -- that wanted to be great."
That's a damning statement.
Desmond Howard could be wrong about this. His impression could be incorrect.
But if true, then it suggests a degree of complacency ... and that's a fundamental problem.
|7 weeks 6 days ago||Fundamental Technique||
I just feel like there are actual things to complain about, mostly that the team does not look good from a fundamental technique standpoint in many instances
That may be the most damning criticism of all.
What might explain that? Serious question.
|8 weeks 1 day ago||Yes ... provided earnings||
Yes ... provided earnings kept up with inflation. Back then they did (more or less), nowadays not so much.
But yeah, they probably bought a house for $20K or less. Back in 1969 my parents bought a farmhouse and 70 acres in Howell for $50K. At that time my father was only earning $13K a year, so it was a stretch. We survived.
I realize my "It was in the Ford administration, not Carter" comment above may have appeared dickish ... refuting a minor point and being contrarian. I didn't mean it to come across like that. I was more recalling a rather vivid memory from my early years. The whole "Whip Inflation Now" thing by Ford was a pathetic response to a real problem and was mocked mercilessly on Saturday Night Live. Carter's handling of inflation was no better.
|8 weeks 1 day ago||However her glasses and quiet||
However her glasses and quiet nature have kept them nothing more than old friends.
Not that's there's anything wrong with quiet women in glasses, of course.
If MaryAnn from Gilligan's Island wore glasses, there'd be a whole generation of men who were way into the look. :-)
|8 weeks 1 day ago||The WIP thing was during the||
The WIP thing was during the Ford admnistration.
I'm old enough to remember it.
My first mortgage was for 13%. That was in 1985 ... the inflation during the Ford administration was bad, but got really bad during Carter's administration. It wasn't brought under control until mid-80's. Still, that first mortgage carried a 13% interest rate. Ouch.
|8 weeks 1 day ago||It's Russ Bellomy time. I was||
It's Russ Bellomy time.
I was thinking about him the other day.
Wouldn't it be great if Michigan goes way up on Minnesota and Bellomy comes in and lights things up even more? I'd love to see that just so Bellomy can have the personal satisfaction of it.
|8 weeks 1 day ago||Alabama vs. Texas A&M||
Alabama vs. Texas A&M ...
Alabama had 568 yards total offense, 31 first downs and were 3 of 6 on third downs.
Think about that ... 31 first downs and only faced 3rd on six occasions.
Now that's effective 1st down production.
Further ... 20 for 29 passing, with 10 receivers in on the action, with the highest being 4 for any receiver. Now that's spreading the ball around.
One can dream that will happen here.
|8 weeks 1 day ago||I suspected coaches track||
I suspected coaches track these things. We live in a spreadsheet world.
I almost wish Hoke would come out in a press conference and talk a little bit about the metrics being tracked and the progress being seen.
That assumes there is progress in the metrics being tracked. If not ... then ... umm ...
|8 weeks 1 day ago||overlap||
I'm as concerned about things as the next, but that year by year W/L progression is a bit disingenuous. The 4-8 includes losses from the previous 7-6.
|8 weeks 1 day ago||Kiffin is exactly what Saban||
Kiffin is exactly what Saban wants in an OC: someone who is terrified of Saban.
If by implication you're saying Nussmeier was not that guy ... then I'm even more pleased Nussmeier is on our sideline.
They don't want to be forced into a situation where they become predictable. That moment comes up when they get behind the chains.
I was thinking about this the other day. I have a post in another thread where I was speculating about offensive metrics that could be used to chart game-to-game progress.
Obviously, a "W" is the ultimate metric ... but I'm starting to think "yards gained on first down" may be the metric to chart the growth / maturity / effectiveness of this offense.
As much as I love to see a box score with Michigan being 12/15 on 3rd down conversions, I think I'd rather they not face 3rd down in the first place.
|8 weeks 2 days ago||Saban||
Yeah ... I'm not buying the notion that Saban "begged" OCs and they didn't comply.
Saban's reputation is a bit like Belichick's -- tight control over everything.
|8 weeks 2 days ago||Ferrigno?||
Might another possibility be special teams coach Dan Ferrigno? I don't know much about him -- we hear almost nothing about him -- but I wonder if he's got something against the spread punt and Hoke -- being Hoke -- is displaying loyalty to one of his staff.
Ferrigno's resume has some stuff on it -- Oregon State, California, USC, a four year stint as receivers coach at Oregon from 2001 to 2005, then two years at California again as a receivers coach. Then a very odd step down to high school HC for one year, then up to Hoke at SDSU.
|8 weeks 2 days ago||Data||
But wouldnt a coach be data driven in the end?
You know how some people are analytical and some are intuitive? I think Hoke prides himself on being more of an intuitive coach. Data is okay to a point, but gut feel rules in the end.
Good man but stubborn
Yep ... and unless he comes to his senses on some key points -- and quickly -- it will be his undoing.
|8 weeks 2 days ago||Metrics||
Well, you didn't really get to the matter of the metric.
I've got a few metrics in mind as it relates to the offense specifically:
#1, #2 and #3 get to the way the OL, RB and QB are operating.
We are not doing very well right now with yards gained on first down (#1)
#2 is a rough measure of 'explosiveness' ... teams like Oregon don't face many 3rd downs because it's usually 1st down, 2nd down or touchdown for them.
#3 is a measure of the team's ability to get yards when they have to. 3rd and short is a measure of RB+OL production; 3rd and long is a measure of QB+OL production.
#4 and #5 are related ... #5 a measure of the OL; #4 a measure of the effectiveness of the QB either (a) when he has time, and (b) under pressure. The YPP is a measure of aggressiveness (which is a measure of overall confidence) and YAC is a measure of WR effectiveness.
#6 and #7 are measures of maturity. #7 in particular is a number that should get lower and lower as coaching takes hold ... drive killing penalties should not occur with a team that is improving.
#8 is the obvious one.
There are others ... and variations on these ... but this is what comes to my mind.
Bottom line -- show me those metrics are improving game to game and talk of a 5th year becomes palatable. Show me a graph where those lines go sideways or wrong-ways ... nope.
|8 weeks 2 days ago||Correct ... the argument||
Correct ... the argument holds water only if we assume Utah represents the bottom and we see game-over-game improvement from here.
Can we expect those game-over-game improvements to materialize?
I think the general consensus is "no" ... or at a minimum people are very doubtful and need to be convinced otherwise.
|8 weeks 2 days ago||Performance Metrics||
What needs to happen NOW is to maintain stabililty and continuity, at least IMO.
I admire the tone and reason of your post.
Would you agree that the argument for a 5th year is contingent upon signs of game-to-game improvement in key phases of the game? What metrics would you use for that?
That's a dead serious question.
Imagine this team goes 6-6 to finish the season, but by season's end the gears are meshing and the machine is running much better. We lose to MSU but play better. By OSU time we're hitting on most cylinders and we beat them. Then what? And more to my point ... what specific measures of improvement would you look for as a good sign the machine keeps operating into 2015?
|8 weeks 3 days ago||"Hoke is still a great guy.||
"Hoke is still a great guy. Just not the guy for this job."
It's not that he's incapable of being the guy for this job ... it's that he doesn't seem willing to do what's necessary to be that guy. He needs to let go of his 1990's notions, some or most of his position coaches from Ball State and SDSU, and honestly seek guidance from some steady hands in the top echelons of this sport.
He has most of the puzzle pieces to be a good coach save a few. Get the few.
Failing that ... the program moves on from him. It's that simple.
|8 weeks 3 days ago||Ejecting Hoke and keeping||
Ejecting Hoke and keeping Brandon makes no sense ... so that part of this story rings plausible. Beyond that? Who knows.
|8 weeks 3 days ago||Ferrigno||
Dan Ferrigno is special teams coach. Why does his name not come up more often?
|8 weeks 4 days ago||This is that Star Trek||
This is that Star Trek episode where Spock has a goatee and Uhura is extra hot ... right?
|8 weeks 4 days ago||I like this philosophy. I'm||
I like this philosophy.
I'm going to borrow it and try to do the same.
Of course, when a human is in a vacuum their eyes bug out and they explode ... or so I saw in a movie once. :-)
|8 weeks 4 days ago||Again ... one turnover||
Again ... one turnover through three quarters and Michigan down 23-10. To Utah. At home. And 7 of those 10 points is from a defensive play.
I think there's a more fundamental issue. That issue is an ineffective offense. That's the point.
For Hoke to use "ball security" as a core reason for this game is to show Hoke is not being honest about the fundamental problems. Had there been 3 turnovers in the first half ... then yeah, ball security is a problem. But not with 1 and down 23-10 (really 23-3).
Oh, and remember -- the pre-game analysis suggested Utah didn't have a great defense. So yet another reason to wonder about that 23-10 deficit through 3 quarters.
|8 weeks 4 days ago||Gardner would have been||
Gardner would have been better suited in RR's offense ... hence RR's recruitment of him.
He would have run the ball more and taken hits as the ball carrier, but I think that's something Gardner would expect and prepare for. Unlike getting hammered in the pocket from a DE coming out of nowhere.
|8 weeks 4 days ago||He has his "high caliber"||
He has his "high caliber" defensive coordinator at Arizona. Jeff Casteel is DC here ... the same DC everyone claimed would have been the saving grace at Michigan.
|8 weeks 4 days ago||Ball Security||
"Hoke thinks ball security is their biggest issue"
Obviously, no turnovers is preferable to turnovers ... but that wasn't the problem in this game.
Michigan had four turnovers -- 3 interceptions and a fumble.
Here's the breakdown:
Interception -- 2nd quarter, 5:58, Utah 15 -- Utah 3 plays and INT
That was in essence an exchange of possessions. Again, better to not throw the INT in the first place, but Michigan got it back 3 plays later.
No more turnovers until the 4th quarter. At that point Michigan is down 23-10.
Then, in the fourth quarter:
Interception -- 4th quarter, 13:37, Michigan 47 -- Utah 6 plays and FG
Utah yields 3 points out of the first Michigan turnover, and no points after that.
One can argue that the three turnovers in the 4th quarter represented 21 points missed, but that assumes Michigan was destined to sustain the drives and score on each of those possessions ... something they were not able to do up to that point in the game.
So again, turnovers = bad ... but turnovers are not the story of this game.
The story of this game was Michigan's inability to sustain drives and capitalize on possessions in the first three quarters of the game.
|8 weeks 4 days ago||Soup||
That some leftover chicken, a leftover baked potato, some vegetables and some Knorr chicken stock makes for some right tasty chicken soup.
Oh, and my soul is destined to be crushed by fealty to Michigan football.
|8 weeks 5 days ago||Florida||
What do you think Alabama fans would be doing right now?
Don't know about Alabama, but the Florida fanbase is riled up. They want more and Muschamp ain't doing it for them.
|8 weeks 5 days ago||Pride||
what is the specific statistical objection to the spread punt?
There's no objection quite so rational. It's just that Hoke is a damned stubborn man.
Hoke is in over his head. Most of his football ideas are rooted in the past**. Rather than realize that and change, he's dug in his heels ... and that will lead to his demise.
** This is my objection to RR as well ... he's rooted in the mid-2000's and is forever looking for the next Pat White. In the meantime, the elite football programs defenses have evolved to the spread, and the better spread offenses are now well ahead of RR's.
There's a reason pride (and stubborness is a close cousin to pride) is one of -- and perhaps the most significant of -- the seven deadly sins.
|8 weeks 5 days ago||Isn't this the "robber"||
Isn't this the "robber" concept? I think I read that in Chris Brown's "Smart Football."
|9 weeks 1 day ago||The charitible explanation is||
The charitible explanation is it suggests our players come to no longer fear the coach.
I'm guessing in a way it's the opposite of George C. Scott playing Patton in the movie -- "They'll lose their fear of the Germans. I hope to God they don't lose their fear of me."
I don't agree with that assessment, by the way ... I think they have their appropriate fear/respect of Hoke. I'm just saying that may be what was meant by the post by cigol above.
|9 weeks 3 days ago||Adam Rittenberg of ESPN.com,||
Adam Rittenberg of ESPN.com, perhaps?
|9 weeks 3 days ago||I'm with you for the most||
I'm with you for the most part ... time is needed to (a) get some seasoning under the current team, and (b) build the pipeline.
That said, I think the Hoke might benefit greatly from seeking and taking advice from some seasoned coaching veterans about big program head coaching. My sense is Hoke could be pretty good at this if he lets go of some of his smaller-program approaches to things.
One such thing is position coaches. Do we have the best the Michigan budget can buy? I know he has a special relationship with Wellman, Funk, and perhaps some others. They may be perfectly good coaches for Ball State or SDSU. But maybe not the level of Michigan.
Another is an over-reliance on seniors as leaders. Leaders are who they happen to be. Seniors or juniors or even freshmen if they step up.
The book "Smart Football" by Chris Brown speaks of Urban Meyer having several seasoned coaches as professional mentors. I wonder if Hoke has anything like that? Or is he in slightly over his head and in need of some good coaching of his own?
Michigan doesn't feel like a big-time program headed by the firm grip of a big-time coach. Not saying Hoke can't be that guy. Just not sure if he's struggling right now and could use some help getting there.
|9 weeks 3 days ago||That's right ... Arizona has||
That's right ... Arizona has to get there as well. Pac12 looks good. UofA looks only so-so.
Their cause is aided by (a) UCLA QB hurt, (b) ASU QB hurt, (c) not playing Stanford.
Time will tell ... let the season unfold.
|9 weeks 3 days ago||Let us collect more data||
Let us collect more data points.
It's possible we are in the dim early stages of an inflection to an upward trend line.
The Miami game did not clearly indicate that. We hoped that it would, but it did not. Nor did it confirm a downward trend. It confirmed very little.
So we gather more data. And we anxiously wait to see how the trend line plots.
|9 weeks 5 days ago||Next weekend will be very||
Next weekend will be very telling.
Indeed ... as will the UFR for this game.
If the UFR shows continued improvement at the individual level, then maybe -- just maybe -- this game represents a jerky step in the right direction. But we won't really know until the next data point is registered.
So yeah ... next week will be telling.
|9 weeks 6 days ago||That's a cool story. I love||
That's a cool story. I love the part about half the room being full of 5th grader stuff. That's terrific. This made me smile. Thanks!
|9 weeks 6 days ago||Chip||
I think Michigan will come outwith a chip on their shoulder and something to prove.
I hope so. I hope they come out looking like guys focused on going to work and getting the job done.
|9 weeks 6 days ago||UFRs||
I am going to be really interested in the UFR for this game.
I like how the UFRs gauge the performance of the individual players at their positions.
I'm hoping the UFR shows that we're getting better at each position and player ... that despite the level of competition, each player is doing what they should do.
That will be a sign that perhaps we're turning a corner.
A UFR with lots of negatives for poor execution will make me cry.
|10 weeks 18 hours ago||"Miami is a trainwreck, and||
"Miami is a trainwreck, and UM should roll them without breaking much a sweat."
I think so too ... but I'm worried all the same.
My worry is not about the final score ... my worry is about whether this game is going to expose problems related to team cohesion, determination and focus.
We talk of whether Hoke has control of this team ... whether there's fire in the belly of the team. Well, Saturday's game is going to be an indicator, I think.
Good sign: the players come out pretty focused ... not joking around ... but looking like a team with a job to do.
Bad sign: the players come out and seem too loose, with too much joking around. If we see little things like being slow coming on and off the field, missed arm tackles, silly penalties, or players on the sideline not paying attention to the game ... then I get worried.
After the ND game last week ... and the -- let's be frank, the embarrassment on the national stage -- this team should come out with a look in their eye like they have something to prove. Not with flashy plays and hot-dogging ... but with that cold, relentless focus on execution that mark the better teams. If I see that, then there's fire in the belly and Hoke has this team in the right direction.
That's my worry. I hope we see Michigan come out and destroy them in a way that Brian's UFR is mostly +'s with only a few -'s. But I worry that maybe we won't.
|10 weeks 19 hours ago||Wikipedia is a remarkably||
Wikipedia is a remarkably accurate reflector of group sentiment about such things. I promise you if "Miami of Ohio" was as incorrect as suggested, then someone would have corrected that line. Pronto.
I know because I've created Wikipedia articles on various technical topics and I was always amazed at how quickly, how thoroughly, and in general how accurately corrections are made. Typically anything that smells of unsupportable opinion is scrubbed. Quickly.
|10 weeks 20 hours ago||"Miami University"||
"They're called Miami University, not Miami of Ohio."
First, from Wikipedia: "...(also referred to as Miami U, Miami of Ohio, or simply Miami)"
Second, Google "Miami of Ohio" (with quotes) and stand back ... a lot of hits, all in reference to Miami University.
Third, all of my life (I'm 55) I've heard sports announcers and others refer to it as "Miami of Ohio," and never "Miami University." Even Bob Ufer referred to Schembechler's coaching stay there as "Miami of Ohio."
Finally ... I'm guessing you're the kind of guy a lot of people turn away from and roll their eyes.
|10 weeks 20 hours ago||I think Michigan beats Miami||
I think Michigan beats Miami of Ohio.
I am very interested in seeing how they beat them. The final score is of less interest to me than the UFR of the game. What I would hope to see if a trend line developing where the + numbers trend up and the - numbers trend down. That is, improvement at the point of execution.
If Michigan comes out unfocused, sloppy, and treating Miami as a joke of a game ... then I get back on the ledge.
|10 weeks 2 days ago||This is better than Notre||
This is better than Notre Dame ... it puts us deep into talent rich Texas. A home-and-home with Florida or FSU would also be good.
|10 weeks 3 days ago||They probably will blow them||
They probably will blow them out. 40+ point differential.
What I'm going to be interested in is how they do it. If I'm to believe Michigan learned something from the ND game, then Michigan should slice Miami apart in a methodical, machine-like way -- no turnovers, no dumb mistakes, close down Miami's offense pretty much in total, show good push and good technique on both the O-line and D-line, etc. The score differential is not the story ... how the score differential was achieved is the story.
However, if what we see if a 35-21 slop-fest ... then I'm sorry ... like last year when I argued the Akron close-victory was a bad sign of things to come, this year I argue that Michigan's victories need to be clean, precise and with a margin of victory in proportion to the opponent's skill. Bad teams should be taken apart like a cheap suit; good teams beaten in good, well-fought contests; and the better teams fought hard even in loss.
|10 weeks 4 days ago||The Spurrier and Meyer years||
The Spurrier and Meyer years at Florida were relatively recent, and it's created a certain arrogance in its fans. The Muschamp experiment has been a bit humbling for them.
Florida plays Alabama next week. Some of the smugness generated by the EMU victory will get filed down, I think.
|10 weeks 4 days ago||Back when I lived in Ann||
Back when I lived in Ann Arbor (1989 -1992) it was these kinds of games I used to enjoy picking up tickets on the street and seeing a game on the cheap. I suspect there'll be a fair supply on the street with people seeking to get whatever cash they can get for them.
Back then there was a vendor outside the stadium sellng hot dogs for a dollar each. I'd load up on three or four and go into the stadium and just enjoy the hell out of it.
|10 weeks 5 days ago||"In that hole that Yost dug,||
"In that hole that Yost dug, Crisler paid for, Canham carpeted, and Schembechler fills up every Saturday." -- Bob Ufer
|10 weeks 6 days ago||Mustard is yellow, which is||
Mustard is yellow, which is close to maize! Mustard it is!!
|10 weeks 6 days ago||I love you, Heiko. But no.||
I love you, Heiko.
But no. You're wrong. Nussmeier on the sideline keeps things settled, even if ND manages to rattle Gardner a bit.
|11 weeks 36 min ago||It's been an enjoyable game||
It's been an enjoyable game each year, mostly because my hatred of all things ND burns bright.
But my life will go on if ND is not on the schedule.
|11 weeks 15 hours ago||>> Simple or not it||
>> Simple or not it works.
That 780 was against UNLV, which is hardly in the league of Oregon, USC, UCLA, or Arizona State.
>> (JT4104) "it seems like a stone age spread offense compared to what you see at Auburn/A&M."
I'm thinking something similar. This season and the next few will tell the story, but my sense is RR's offense was revolutionary in its day, but defenses have caught up. Other offenses are leading edge now. I'm not smart enough in football X's and O's to explain why, however.
|11 weeks 15 hours ago||>> You two hang out? Yeah,||
>> You two hang out?
Yeah, we're "bruhs."
|11 weeks 16 hours ago||I'm sitting in my Tucson||
I'm sitting in my Tucson living room watching this game. I'm no more than 5 miles from the University of Arizona. The game, of course, is in San Antonio.
UTSA better do a better job of tackling or this is going to be a long night for them.
|11 weeks 21 hours ago||I'm not a gambling man, but||
I'm not a gambling man, but this seems about right ... this will either be a close MSU victory or an Oregon blow-out.
Given it's (a) early in the season, and (b) in Oregon ... my spidey senses say the latter.
|11 weeks 1 day ago||Yeah, I understood what you||
Yeah, I understood what you were getting at with your original post on that.
Your point about whether Ufer would be allowed to broadcast today is an interesting one.
Assuming Ufer was coming in as a new broadcaster ... that is, without all the built-up affection for him from his 40+ years of broadcasting ... would his hyper-partisan style be acceptable?
I think the notion of the impartial team broadcaster went by the wayside many years ago. Now I think home team broadcasters are expected to be supportive of "their" teams. The question is then whether Ufer's "over-the-top" style would scare broadcast producers away.
I think probably so for big outlets like WJR. But not for some local Ann Arbor station. I think if Ufer was alive today trying to crack into the business he'd find a spot, but it'd likely be a niche spot initially. Eventually I think he'd move into a bigger role. Yes, he was "over the top," but in a fairly likeable way.
>> "he was also not the world's nicest person away from the booth"
Really? I had not heard that. I was always under the assumption he was well regarded in and out of the booth.
(Ernie Harwell was, I understand, just a total class act regardless of in or out of booth.)
|11 weeks 1 day ago||If Funchess Doubled ...||
This, I think, is the most intriguing element of this game -- assuming Funchess is doubled, who then opens up and how effectively will Gardner exploit it?
I have a sense Gardner will exploit to M's advantage. I see it Michigan 35, ND 17.
|11 weeks 1 day ago||FB||
I read your title and thought, "A fullback is worth a house and a car?"
|11 weeks 1 day ago||1976 Purdue||
Ufer had a similar reaction to the 1976 Purdue game. Michigan was ranked #1 in both polls and was unbeaten. They lost to Purdue 16-14 with Michigan missing a last-second field goal. I can still hear Ufer on the car radio ... "No good. No good. No good."
|11 weeks 1 day ago||>> That guy was nuts. Yeah,||
>> That guy was nuts.
Yeah, but what a lovable nut.
I grew up on Michigan football back in the day when radio was the only way to catch games other than being there in person. The Michigan - OSU game was always televised, but we were lucky to have maybe one other game on TV. Otherwise, it was radio. WPAG Ann Arbor carried Ufer. My little radio could just barely pick it up in Howell. But I'd sit riveted to the game and Ufer's call. To this day I can hear snippets of Ufer in my head, and it never fails to bring my thoughts back to fall days in Michigan and college football.
I find it hard to gin up the same feelings here in Tucson. It was 103 today. :-(
|11 weeks 1 day ago||2009||
I liked that game quite a bit. I still have a soft spot in my heart for Tate Forcier and the promise he showed. He masterfully took Michigan downfield in the closing minutes in that game. Great game, no doubt. Best ever? Well, the whole question is debatable (which is why it's so much fun). Still, great game.
|11 weeks 1 day ago||Desmond Howard, "The Catch"||
Desmond Howard, "The Catch" ... 1991.
|11 weeks 1 day ago||Good excuse to go to a bar||
Good excuse to go to a bar showing the game on the big screen.
|11 weeks 1 day ago||Michigan 35, ND 27.||
Michigan 35, ND 27.
|11 weeks 2 days ago||I'd prefer quality to||
I'd prefer quality to expediency ... if it takes a few days to compose it well, then we wait.
I am, however, looking forward to it. Love those UFRs. Love the breakdown articles in general.
|11 weeks 2 days ago||I think Michigan wins their||
I think Michigan wins their game against ND. Not sure if close or comfortable W, but W.
I'm really not sure about the Oregon game. As noted elsewhere, Oregon has shown itself vulnerable to penetrating, disruptive defenses. MSU has to bring its A game to this one. Anything less and I think Oregon takes it; but if MSU brings it, then it can be MSU's W.
|11 weeks 2 days ago||I think you're over-thinking||
I think you're over-thinking Hoke's comments. He's praising the HS coach because it's a good thing to do for relationship / recruiting purposes, and he's indirectly praising Cole for taking the coaching as a HS student. For Hoke to really praise Funk at this point would imply a lot of work needed doing, which would defeat the purpose of the praise to the HS coach and to Cole himself.
|11 weeks 2 days ago||This brings up a question ...||
This brings up a question ... has Nussmeier ever mentioned Funk (or any of his position coaches) in his press conferences?
I can't recall. Hoke and Mattison definitely mention position coaches quite frequently. It could be that Nussmeier is just not one to mention names.
|11 weeks 3 days ago||This article is fantastic.||
This article is fantastic. Freakin' fantastic. I'm a football X's and O's wannabe ... and analysis writeups like this are just great. Love it! Thanks!!
|11 weeks 3 days ago||Agree ... hat tip to||
Agree ... hat tip to Appalachian State for showing up and playing hard.
Re: the pointing ... I'm guessing it's a bit of self-reference, a bit for the RBs and WRs, and a bit to signal to the D.
|11 weeks 3 days ago||MIKE||
Love the Gardner "MIKE" picture ... it bristles with football energy.
|11 weeks 3 days ago||I watched the Taco Charleton||
I watched the Taco Charleton broadcast loop several times ... that was great! More of that, please ... every game!
|11 weeks 3 days ago||Extrapolation from a single||
Extrapolation from a single data point has never once let me down! :-)
|11 weeks 3 days ago||I think he clearly has the||
I think he clearly has the ability to be exactly that. We'll see if it works out that way or not.
Agree whole-hearedly ... he has the ability to be an absolute nightmare for opposing defenses. The season will bear it out.
If he's double/triple covered every game and other WRs have equally as good stats as a result, does that mean he wasn't as good?
If he's double/triple covered then the other receivers should have stellar years. If not, then there's a bigger problem.
Funchess's stats might not be eye-popping with double/triple coverage, but to be the "best ever" will mean despite the double/triple he has to have some pretty memorable play in there.
This is not diminishing Funchess at all ... I love the guy's game ... it just that I'm a bit protective of the "best ever" tag since I go back to the days of Jim Smith, Anthony Carter and Desmond Howard. They did remarkable things with guys all over them.
|11 weeks 3 days ago||Again, it's a subjective||
Again, it's a subjective thing to say, but I certainly don't mind a QB having that level of confidence in a WR. It's nice to see really.
Certainly a nice thing to see ... but I think the flip-side of this is our natural pins-and-needles recollection of last year post-ND. Then it was juggernaut in motion ... only to run into the Akron Zips, who injected a little ... reality ... into things.
So while I like Gardner's confidence in Funchess, and I think Funchess does indeed have tremendous abilities ... my preference would be for a more quiet, determined, workmanlike attitude at this juncture of the season. But that's just me.
|11 weeks 3 days ago||If this is just post-game||
If this is just post-game exhuberance, then okay.
If this is early-onset overconfidence ... then yellow warning lights are flashing.
Funchess is good, no doubt. But "best ever" is a damn tall mountain to climb.
|11 weeks 3 days ago||Maybe ... but it's hard to||
Maybe ... but it's hard to see how the coaches could justify moving Robinson out of QB role, given the 2011 results. The howls of outrage would have been deafening.
If Robinson as QB is a given in 2012, then I wish Borges would have fully shelved his West Coast penchant and used Robinson more to his strengths. He did at times, then he'd go back to his preferred playbook to no particular success.
2013 was a mess ... that's for sure. In some ways it reminded me of 2010.
|11 weeks 3 days ago||Change||
"My primary worry about Brady Hoke is that he's stuck on a vision of 1990s Michigan in a world that's evolved past that. There was no sign of that Saturday."
I think he was stuck, to some degree, in a vision of 1990's Michigan when he first started.
I think 2012 started to change that. I think he clung to it a bit in 2013. Then he gave it up.
Out goes Borges (a man more stuck than Hoke), and in comes Nussmeier ... a young, energentic OC who barely remembers the 1990's.
A big chunk of my spread zealotry has been the fact that Michigan has made it look unstoppable from the drop.
That was then, this is now ... I think the newness of the spread offense is faded and defenses have caught up. That's not to say the alternative is I-formation off-tackle play after play, but it does mean the spread of the mid-2000's is no longer as formidible as it was then. The interesting question to my mind is whether the mid-2000's spread architects are evolving. We'll see this year with UofA. UNLV was not much of an opponent.
|11 weeks 4 days ago||Shotgun vs. Under Center||
Last year I would grit my teeth and cover my eyes every time I'd see Gardner go under center ... it almost invariably led to some loss-of-yards play. So I wondered ... what did the Appalachian State game look like in terms of shotgun vs. under center?
Gardner Shotgun ........ 23 snaps ... 54% Under Center ... 19 snaps ... 46% Morris Shotgun ........ 7 snaps ... 50% Under Center ... 7 snaps ... 50%
Fairly balanced ... but to my eye Gardner looked -- what? -- more comfortable under center?
I wonder whether my thinking Gardner is more comfortable is reality, or just wishful thinking?
|11 weeks 4 days ago||In one of the "countdown to||
In one of the "countdown to kickoff" videos there was a clip of Nussmeir coaching Gardner on throwing "over" linebackers rather than trying to throw "through" them.
I'm no QB coach, but I suspect that's a sign of skill maturation ... knowing when to zip it vs. when to lift it over with some touch.
|13 weeks 2 days ago||This is an interesting||
This is an interesting question.
On the offense -- the FB position has gone down the memory hole. Nothing.
On the defense -- Taco Charleton.
An element of this is the "shadow effect" ... who is not being talked about because someone else is being talked about a lot. Not sure how much that's affecting things, though.
|13 weeks 2 days ago||I'm no lawyer -- and||
I'm no lawyer -- and certainly not a lawyer for the NCAA -- but I have to believe just the promise of future payment is a violation. Otherwise, there'd be an ocean of money in accounts held for the day top recruits leave their schools.
|13 weeks 2 days ago||>> what would you rather||
>> what would you rather have? Mobile or pocket passer?
All else equal, then of course you want the mobile. That's not even a debate.
The key is the "all else equal" qualifier.
What would you rather have -- a pocket passer who has an uncanny ability to read defenses and possesses pinpoint accuracy, or a mobile QB who opts to run too often and makes bad pass decisions? Well, the pocket passer, of course.
A QB needs to be mobile enough to evade pressure and pose a credible running threat. Beyond that, passing skills and football intelligence is far, far more valuable.
|13 weeks 2 days ago||I agree ... I never felt||
I agree ... I never felt dislike for Miller personally. I always thought he seemed a good young man and a very good football player.
What I liked was the way he seemed to mature and improve as a QB year to year. He was getting scary-good at resisting the urge to run, and to become more of a finesse passer. Lots of really athletic QBs never make the transition, but Miller was one who seemed to be making great strides in that direction.
|13 weeks 3 days ago||Sure ... in a perfect world||
Sure ... in a perfect world I'd have Tom Brady in his prime ... except he's also the size of Ben Roethlisberger's size, Cam Newton's arm, and had the elusive quickness of Denard Robinson.
But if we're talking relative tradeoffs, then Football Intelligence > Arm Strength.
|13 weeks 3 days ago||Agree 100%||
Spot on ... it's about what's between the ears more than what's in the arm.
The higher you go in terms of competition, the more important this becomes.
It's why, as you say, Brady and Montana did so well.
It's why Russell Wilson has a ring. He's smart enough to use his brain first, then his legs.
It's in the same category as what Desmond Howard said about athletic quarterbacks -- it's important for really athletic quarterbacks to be a good quarterback first, then be athletic.
I hope Speight does well. He seems a good kid.
|13 weeks 3 days ago||Agree||
I agree ... I've long viewed Manziel as a crap shoot in the NFL.
Some (Colin Cowherd on ESPN radio) were high on him by association -- "Russell Wilson has similar build / style and he won a Super Bowl; ergo, Manziel can do it as well." I think Jon Gruden was also positive on Manziel.
The difference is Wilson is a smart, level-headed young man. Manziel not as much yet. Perhaps he'll settle down, though early evidence of that is inconclusive.
His hot-dogging at Texas A&M was entertaining for college football, but I never saw it playing well in the NFL. The defenses are too good ... his room for improvisation much less.
I think in the NFL the QB role is more about smart execution first, then athleticism. In college a QB can get by on athleticism. Not in the NFL ... the QB there better have the proper mind for the game to succeed.
|14 weeks 1 day ago||Borges||
I've wondered the same ... I can find nothing about where he is or what he's doing.
|14 weeks 2 days ago||Quick v Fast||
>> So many people do not understand the difference between Quickness and Fast.
There are different flavors of this -- quick on the first step; quick transition from one speed to another; quick in changing directions.
Barry Sanders was quick in all three ... dude was crazy quick on his first step, could lope along and then kick to a higher gear in a flash, and change direction in a flash.
Denard Robinson's first step was not quite so quick as his second and beyond. If he got a step or two under him then he was in top gear and gone. But if a defense could get him contained and at a stand-still, then his ability to accelerate out of the containment was a bit limited. I'm thinking of the Mississippi State game in particular here. Heaven help the defensive player who let him get a step or two in some direction, however.
I think receivers who are quick in changing gears can get that momentary separation. A QB that has protection (*ahem* ... OL?) and knows his receiver's ability to separate can make hay with that all day long.
|14 weeks 3 days ago||Trial by Fire||
This was my sense as well -- if the D is being super-aggressive then the OL is getting a trial by fire. Perhaps -- full hope engaged here -- perhaps what we're hearing about the OL is a result of this. When the dust settles we'll have our best 5 OL on the field that can handle such an aggressive D.
|14 weeks 5 days ago||Agree||
I'm in my mid-50's ... I've been watching Michigan football since 1973. I'm okay with the uniforms. Don't hate them, don't love them ... I'm okay with them. Beats the hell out of those awful throwback-to-the-40's uniforms.
I agree with slimj091's point above -- these uniforms are neither an assault on tradition, nor the game-changer for recruits. It's a relatively small datapoint in the shadow of the key thing, which is having a winning program.
Michigan's tradition is not based on just the classic home uniform. That classic home uniform is held dear because many of us recall the glory days when Michigan would maul opponents at home in those uniforms. It's not the uniform, per se; it's the winning associated with the uniform.
Go ahead and wear the all-blue uniform for the PSU game. But more importantly, go out and dominate PSU in that game.
|14 weeks 6 days ago||Buy a set of tires there and||
Buy a set of tires there and it pays for the annual membership.
|14 weeks 6 days ago||:-)||
That made me laugh out loud. Bravo! :-)
|15 weeks 18 hours ago||Hey, this is cool ...||
Hey, this is cool ... purchased e-version ... am starting to read it.
Because I'm a documentation geek, I'm curious -- what software do you use to create the layout of the book?
|15 weeks 20 hours ago||I see the point you're||
I see the point you're making. And in one of the clips of Braden it seemed to me he just pushed the blocking dummy rather than getting under and rolling it up. As I posted elsewhere, maybe it was late and Braden was just worn out (no excuse), or perhaps even that the drill was staged for the camera and Braden was just going through the motions.
What I don't know is how significant this one clip of Braden is. I don't know what, if anything, we can conclude from it.
|15 weeks 20 hours ago||From cfbstats.com ...||
From cfbstats.com ... Norfleet returned 40 kickoffs for an average of 23.45 yards. He has 8 for 30+ yards and 1 for 40+ yards. Nothing 50 or more yards. He was tied for 7th in the country.
That means he had 31 for somewhere between 0 and 29 yards; 8 for 30 - 39; 1 for 40 - 49. With an average of 23.45, the math suggests he must have a bunch down around 20 yards.
So you're saying he's getting through the first, but his straight-line speed problem is hampering his ability to get past the last wave? Or are you suggesting he's being caught from behind?
I'm honestly trying to figure this out ... I'm replaying best I can the various kickoffs and what I recall is he comes tearing out of the endzone and is typically met somewhere around the 20, where he picks up a few more before being taken down. I think I recall his one long run and in that case he was angled out of bounds or taken down from behind.
|15 weeks 22 hours ago||Yes ... you stated more||
Yes ... you stated more clearly what I was trying to get at in my post above.
I just have this sense that the open practice is a sign of coaching confidence ... that they have a better sense they can control the game better than they were able the past two years.
|15 weeks 22 hours ago||I agree ... it's a good||
I agree ... it's a good thing, and I think it's more than just a PR stunt.
There's a part of me that thinks this signals a subtle shift ... towards more of a mindset of winning based on playing better than the other team rather than winning based on secrecy and tricks-up-the-sleeve.
Now, I doubt very much the open practice will reveal everything, of course. But still, it's a departure from the past three years. Maybe we're seeing a glimmer of coaching confidence in the players and the talent on hand. Less need for secrets and tricks; now it's more straight-up football and beat us if you can.
Maybe? Or maybe I'm just overhyped for the season to start.
|15 weeks 22 hours ago||Thumbs?||
>> "the thumb placement isn't perfect"
Now I'm curious ... what's the proper technique, and what the reasoning behind the technique?
My guess is thumbs up ... and the reason is because that will indicate where the arms are. Thumbs up means arms are inside and aligned to extend up. Thumbs to the inside means elbows are out.
|15 weeks 22 hours ago||Conditioning?||
>> "I would be more concerned about this stuff if it had been recorded on August 26th."
I wonder how much of the technique shortcomings might be attributable to conditioning? Maybe that segment was filmed later in the practice and Braden was tired. That's no execuse for dropping technique, of course ... but early in camp it might explain it. With continued coaching and conditioning, I would hope these things start to clear up.
|15 weeks 23 hours ago||Hey, it's an excuse to go see||
Hey, it's an excuse to go see something resembling football. I'd take it in a heartbeat if I was living anywhere near Ann Arbor.
|15 weeks 1 day ago||Norfleet||
I like Norfleet as much as the next guy ... but I'm mystified why he can't seem to get past the first wave of defenders. He takes the kickoff at a yard or two deep in the endzone and he comes out straight as an arrow. He seems to get 20 or 25 yards upfield then runs into a wall and drops.
I wonder ... has anyone looked at tape of his returns and see what's going on there? Are opposing teams just that good at defending kickoffs? Or is Norfleet relying too much on straight-line speed and overrunning his blockers?
Honest question ... I don't know the answer.
|15 weeks 1 day ago||Wonderful! Welcome! I look||
Wonderful! Welcome! I look forward to reading your write-ups.
As an aside, I wonder what Nussmeier's equivalent is to Borges' "Bubble Screen"?
|15 weeks 4 days ago||This seems right ... I've||
This seems right ... I've been following Michigan since the early 70's and I thought I'd heard "The Big House" sometime in the 80's. I can't put my finger on when or where I first heard it, but it seems to me I heard it before the 1990's.
|15 weeks 4 days ago||I wondered about that. The||
I wondered about that. The video must have been from the spring, right?
|15 weeks 4 days ago||Great video ... it got me||
Great video ... it got me even more excited about the season.
The snippet that caught my eye was his coaching Morris on getting elevation on his pass to get over the linebacker, not through him.
|15 weeks 5 days ago||Hard to say ... they might go||
Hard to say ... they might go looking for the second coming of Spurrier / Meyer. Or they might think they can tap into the motherlode of Alabama football. The SEC folks love their defenses, and Kirby Smart is a good DC. Get a good OC to balance him and Florida could work its way back.
|15 weeks 5 days ago||The Kirby Smart to Florida||
The Kirby Smart to Florida thing doesn't sound too far fetched, actually.
|15 weeks 5 days ago||Fair Point ...||
Let's not forget that Borges was seen as something of an offensive wizard after the 2011 season.
That said, I'm happy for the change. I think it was the right and proper move to make.
|20 weeks 20 hours ago||CoachesHostSeat.com||
Interesting site. Some observations:
|20 weeks 20 hours ago||Predictions||
10-3 is my prediction as well.
I would be quite happy with this. It would be a terrific foundation on which to build for the 2015 season.
Lose all three of the "big" road games but hold serve at home and against the rest of the B1G.
I would like to win at least one of those; preferably OSU, but I think MSU and/or ND is doable.
That said, if we have to lose all three, I sure hope the manner in which they lose those games leaves no doubt they were closely-fought contests and Michigan was clearly in the game all the way to the end. I've been in many arguments on this point, but I stand firm: if a few losses are just what fate has in store for us, make those losses games where Michigan plays a great game. Some say "a loss is a loss," but I say "an embarrassing loss is far worse than a loss in a well-played game."
|23 weeks 1 day ago||Hoke||
That was a nice article. There's a genuine sincerity about Hoke that I think appeals to the young players and recruits.
If Hoke and staff can engineer a good season this fall and re-establish an expectation of success going forward, then look out ... the combination of on-field success plus the personal appeal of Hoke and his staff will light up the recruiting trail. It's already pretty good; it will get even better.
|25 weeks 3 hours ago||Observations||
The writing style from that era is interesting ... the phrasing is evocative of a different era, that's for sure. The word "splendid" is rarely seen in sports journalism nowadays.
It mentions that "a bus" took the team to the grounds ... in 1879 that was surely a horse-drawn vehicle. Interesting that it was called a "bus" in those days. That must be where our use of that term came from.
"The teams fought like dogs of war"
The post-game banquet was at the Palmer House in Chicago. I've stayed there. :-)
To think that someone spent untold hours setting little pieces of lead type to print that sheet. Years ago I had the opportunity to do that on a very limited scale. In today's world we take for granted spell checking and margin justification ... back then it was all due to the guy setting the type.
|28 weeks 4 days ago||Brady vs. Manning||
When I saw the title of this post I thought it was referring to Brady Hoke and Roy Manning.
September can't come quick enough for me.
|29 weeks 4 days ago||Are you suggesting NU (or||
Are you suggesting NU (or other schools) would be mandated to run football to support non-revenue sports? I understand the part about proportional participation ... but I see it more likely that if the revenue sports prove more trouble than worth they'll just phase out all sports.
And if we ever get to the point where institutions of higher learning are forced to provide facilities, staff and pay to support athletics ... well, then there are bigger problems facing us all.
|29 weeks 5 days ago||Responses||
I doubt very much NW would take any such immediate and drastic measures.
More likely, if the impact of any unionization begins to affect the University's ability to manage the program and its costs/benefit ratio, the University will start to isolate and starve off the program ... along with other non-revenue sports supported by football.
Even still, it would take some time to see this manifest. But, to the extent outside factors make operating a football program less and less in the University's interest, the University will respond to control what it can to balance back to its interests.
There's absolutely nothing that says a school like Northwestern must run a football program.
|29 weeks 5 days ago||Laws||
>> The Nation failed to point them out and I'm curious as to why their contributing Law Attorney, Tony Paris, neglected to as well.
One has to start with the possibility that there wasn't any breaches of the labor laws. Just because the article suggests something doesn't mean it actually happened.
Articles such as these are part of a huge PR war being fought. This article is battlespace preparation based on an anticipated "no" vote.
|30 weeks 20 hours ago||Fitzgerald||
>> He is telling them that they are fundimentally deciding between a known (him as well as the current administration) and an unknown.
I agree ... I think that's his argument. It's reasonable, but not necessarily compelling.
There's an unspoken time element present on both side of that equation. The known (him) may or may not be there in the future; the unknown (the union leadership) may or may not develop into good stewards of the players' interests.
Time always enters into these things, which is why I scratch my head at those who say this is only about medical benefits and not about getting paid. That may be true ... for now.
I realize slippery-slope arguments are not always good. But that's not to say they are always bad. There are plenty of cases where the initial stated goal of some organization creeps over time to include many other things. In fact, nearly all institutional bureaucracies (a loose term meant to encompass any bureaucracy, public or private, that becomes large enough to dictate the terms of its existence) change over time to become more about self preservation and expansion of power than about original mission or representing constituency.
We'll see what happens with this Northwestern union vote. It will be interesting.
|31 weeks 4 days ago||Player Development ... and General Progress||
Just show me the trend line is up. That's pretty much what I want out of this season.
|31 weeks 4 days ago||Cannoli||
>> and a cannoli
No, leave the cannoli. Bring the gun.
|32 weeks 22 hours ago||Zerohedge||
If ever one wants to get depressed and consider survival strategies in a bunker somewhere deep in the woods ... read Zerohedge.
That said, the comments there are often quite funny.
|34 weeks 2 days ago||Golf and HD||
Oh, absolutely ... now that you mention it, golf on HD is fantastic.
One of my first experiences with true HD was a golf tournament, and I was absolutely amazed at being able to see the dimples on the ball as it approached the cup.
Still ... football is the perfect sport for HD. Nyah, nyah! :-)
Years ago I went to the second round of the TCP at the Robert Trent Jones course in Manassas, Virginia. I saw Tiger Woods walk within 20 yards of me ... which was cool ... but the real treat was meeting Arnold Palmer and shaking his hand. He's a class act.
|34 weeks 2 days ago||HDTV||
If I had to pick one thing -- just one thing -- that has reduced attendance at football games, this would be it.
I love the atmosphere of a live football game as much as the next guy, but the advent of HDTV has opened up a whole new vista of enjoyment of football for me. I love the detail and clarity and slow-motion replays.
Football is damn near the perfect sport for high-def TV to show. Basketball is a close second.
Nothing beats being at a live hockey game. The sounds, the smell of the ice and the Zamboni exhaust ... ahhhh ... heaven. :-)
|34 weeks 6 days ago||>> I'm curious how his own||
>> I'm curious how his own background affects what he does as a coach.
I would imagine it has to have some effect. But I doubt Hoke is overcompensating too much.
I don't know the details of this Glasgow case, but from the tea leaves it does look like this is a DUI incident. That's a pretty bright line over which players should know not to cross. My guess is Hoke turns a blind eye to normal college drinking and horseplay, but gets extra firm on anything that involves an arrest. And DUI is a particularly serious offense.
|36 weeks 1 day ago||Green||
Derrick Green in at 220 and "solid" by his own words.
Maybe I'm wrong, but it seems to me he realized from last year that things aren't as easy in D1 football as they were in high school. He's re-focused and has something to prove.
I hope so. Run angry, young man ... run angry. :-)
|37 weeks 12 hours ago||Giant River Otters||
>> Giant river otters are not to be fucked with
I first read that about six hours ago. And my mind keeps going back to it. I had never, ever, stopped to think about giant river otters. Now I know not to fuck with them. :-)
|37 weeks 20 hours ago||Nussmeier||
From the linked article, referring to Nussmeier's process:
"transforming the elite players that a program like Michigan can recruit into a dominant machine that leverages talent into consistency."
I love that "leverages talent into consistency" phrase. It gives me hope. And after 2013 I need some hope.
|38 weeks 12 hours ago||Heiko||
Watching Nussmeier made me think of something ... I miss Heiko!
|38 weeks 12 hours ago||Mattison||
Mattison was terrific.
And kudos to whoever was asking the questions ... some good, pointed football questions there.
|38 weeks 13 hours ago||Nussmeier||
I liked what I saw from Nussmeier in this, his first Michigan practice press conference.
>> I think creating manageable goals will help the players and help with the installation of a new system
Call it a hunch (because it's based on nothing more than that) ... I have confidence in Nussmeier creating and communicating those goals in a consumable way. Nussmeier strikes me as the kind of coach that players will respond to.
>> getting 11 players to do the same thing the right way every play
And that starts with all 11 players being on the same page, and I believe Nussmeier understands how to achieve this. Again, just a hunch.
Or perhaps merely hope, but it doesn't matter -- I like what I saw (body language) and heard (words used) in this.
|38 weeks 1 day ago||Thoughts ...||
It looks like Hoke is still keeping his fingers in the coaching stuff ... at least somewhat.
I like the sight of Nussmeier out there coaching ... it's a younger, more vital look to the program than before. Image matters, and that's some good imagery.
|38 weeks 5 days ago||40 time?||
Where would you place 40 time on the importance relative to some of the other measurements?
I can see the value of quickness ... particularly lateral quickness for an OT.
I get speed is a good thing in general. But it strikes me that other things are probably more important in the grand scheme of things.
|40 weeks 6 days ago||>> But the DL could improve||
>> But the DL could improve simply because of the players.
I almost had that as one of the bullets -- "Players one year more improved." Let's cross our fingers and hope for a healthy and improved Pipkins.
>> it will be hard to say how much, if anything, is do to this rather small shake up.
Someone needs to work up some before and after charts. :-)
Whatever the cause, I'd sure love to see some improvement on the DL interior. I'm no expert, but I've heard some say that it all starts on the inside. If the inside gets push, then the rest of the defense's job gets easier. Therefore, if we could get better on the inside due to Hoke wearing polka-dot underwear ... then I'd argue for polka-dot underwear.
|40 weeks 6 days ago||You had your Wheaties this||
You had your Wheaties this morning, did you? You seem particularly feisty today. :-)
|40 weeks 6 days ago||>> because if they improve||
>> because if they improve significantly, then what was Hoke doing trying to micromanage this part of the team.
Let's assume the D-Line play does improve. Some thoughts come to mind:
Hoke said he did the position coach thing to "stay grounded" or something like that. Maybe he's come to the realization it's just better for the team for him to step back and let others manage that level of the system.
|40 weeks 6 days ago||Interesting||
Having a HC also be a position coach is not unheard of, is it? (I think Saban is also secondary coach, if I'm not mistaken). Still, if that distracts Hoke from his broader responsibilities, then on the whole this is a good sign, I think.
|43 weeks 6 days ago||That's pretty cool. I've||
That's pretty cool.
I've always been curious about schools like Nebraska and Oklahoma ... where do they get their talent to stay relevant? Nebraska seems to get what home-grown there is in Nebraska, and then they go Texas and California for the most part, with a scattershot of other locations. Oklahoma gets its own state, plus Texas, but less scattershot elsewhere compared to Nebraska.
Texas, on the other hand, does Texas ... heavy concentration of home-grown talent. The state has it; Texas gets it. Ditto Florida.