Mike Lantry, 1972
|1 year 19 weeks ago||Borges||
Was at the tailgate next to ours after the game and he said: "After the game I kissed Drew Dileo."
|1 year 23 weeks ago||I left out "Air Force".||
I left out "Air Force".
|1 year 23 weeks ago||Academies||
Why do we get a pass for barely beating while they slaughtered Navy? Can't have it both ways.
|1 year 24 weeks ago||And||
not all interceptions are created equally. He has thrown 2 pick-sixes, which are absolutely killers (though both of his were in blowouts).
I love me some Denard and I think he has made some improvements, but the impact of his interceptions have to be taken into account.
|1 year 25 weeks ago||I love this||
Team and GMATT, but to think we are not far away or further along than last year after what 'Bama and Air Force have done to us is crazy.
|1 year 25 weeks ago||While Denard graded out ok in||
While Denard graded out ok in the UFR, the issue has, and will continue to be how impactful his mistakes are. The 2 picks led to points (1 a pick 6). Just looking at the numbers is one thing. He can have a completion % under 50% but not turn the ball over, and thus not hurt the team. The problem is 1) Michigan does not count on Denard to "manage the game" so that is not very practical and 2) At least on Sat night, our defense was not stopping them anyways so replacing his ints with punts was not going to help much.
Most fans' collective hope was that he would cut down on interceptions, and be more accurate this year. I would say we got a mixed bag on that in game 1, but certainly reserve judgement until we have more data points.
|1 year 26 weeks ago||RRod Opens with Toledo||
That is interesting given what they did to him/Michigan a few years ago.
|1 year 27 weeks ago||As much as I hate to say it,||
As much as I hate to say it, if Fitz and Clark play against Alabama then I am not sure we have much to stand on. That does not take away from my general sentiment that OS, and Urban have far less code than Hoke/Michigan.
|2 years 17 weeks ago||Denard||
was a much more effective passer last year as well because a lot of the passing game was predicated on faking the run, or fear of the run. We seen this play run with success this year a few times (once to Dileo and once or twice to Koger I believe). This year he is dropping back a lot more and he is being asked ot read a defense. Not to mention he seems reluctant to tuck and run/scramble if nothing is open.
Brian was dead on though. Who would have thought our defense would be keeping our offense in games. Saturday was all on the offense.
|3 years 9 weeks ago||Buckeye Insider||
Insists that Tressel will let guys play in bowl game if they commit to coming back next year. Not sure how he can enforce this, but Posey already said he is back. The other 4 have remained silent. If you don't see Pryor on the field against Arkansas, that is why.
|3 years 9 weeks ago||Matta||
Has deep ties to Indiana from his playing/coaching days. I also know that he is a tireless recruiter, and does it the right way. There is no doubt he stocks up and one-and-dones, and takes his chances, but it has worked for him at OSU. He is a pretty good X's and O's guy too, and that is evident from his success at Butler and Xavier (where he was pulling in 2-3* from Indiana).
|3 years 13 weeks ago||Thank you.||
This is really weird, and yes I find it really weird. Why is he reaching his hands to the skies, and forcing the team to do it as well? Creepy.
|3 years 14 weeks ago||Love it.||
Finally a reason I can't argue with. Well done.
|3 years 14 weeks ago||I understand||
it is a comfort thing (see me my shoe lace reference), but if it inhibits performance, and continues to contribute to turnovers then it should be addressed. Emmit didnt fumble much, so it was not an issue.
|3 years 14 weeks ago||I was||
trying to say that he should carry the ball in the outside hand (ie the hand closest to the sideline he is appraoching, and away from the defense). Thanks for the sarcasm though.
|3 years 14 weeks ago||This game||
was not only a microcosm for the year, but it really illustrated the depths to which this program has fallen. We literally, could not field a punt, or fg team, and our kickoff team was a disaster (kicking and tackling). The University of Michigan could not put a punt, or fg team on the field. It is that simple.
Nothing ground-breaking, but worth mentioning. I am on the fence whether RRod should go or not.
|3 years 14 weeks ago||Shaw||
has not played extensive minutes in weeks. Coupled with the fact that I don't think he runs as hard as Smith, I am concerned. RB is now a very real concern for Saturday (I suppose it has been all year, but Smith has ran really well the last few weeks).
I will continue to beat a dead horse, Smith should not have been in on that last drive Saturday. Given our injury situation all over the offense, and lack of depth at rb, rest him and get him ready for OSU.
|3 years 15 weeks ago||#1||
Agreed. But it was clear with Tate in the game, down 3 scores with 2 minutes left and 1 truisted rb, we should be preserving health. All the more if we already have 2 receivers down.
#2 Go back and watch the game. Stonum looks injured after each tackle. Again, it has nothing to do with how well he played, but it is obvious. My observation was not a comparison, but rather commentary on Stonum in this game. Heminway has obviously suffered more injuries.
#3 I think he was being facetious as well, but that does not discount the fact that it has happened multiple times this season. it is horrible coincidence/fate, not causation.
#4 Again go back and watch the game. We crept safeties up to the line and it made absolutely no difference.
|3 years 15 weeks ago||I understand||
he is the most trusted pass blocker. That does not mean he should be on the field when RRod is clearly givng second string guys some reps. Given our lack of depth, let other guys get reps, and save Smith for OSU.
I care if a guy is hurt or not. I thought he played great, but the signs that he is either hurt, or fragile is telling in a game where he ended up leaving with a serious injury. Seems like his condition was leading to a mroe serious injury.
I wont argue vehemntly on #7. I can see arguments from all sides on this one.
|3 years 15 weeks ago||Post Mortem||
1) Why was Vincent Smith in the game on the last drive? We had our second string qb, and wrs in at that time, and given our rb situation, he should have been on the bench and Hopkins should have been in. That was a horrible decision, and I hope he is not lost for OSU.
2) Why does Stonum look/act hurt after every single tackle? They guy is extremely fragile.
3) Brian hit it on the head. It seems that immediately following a dropped pass (usually from Roy) we turn it over. Very disturbing.
4) I was clamoring for 8 in the box and give up the pass. In the 2nd half, we knew they were running, put 8 in the box and still got hammered. They could have thrown crossing routes to Toon all day had they wanted to.
5) Hard to believe we are still attempting FGs 11 games into the season. 30 yards away, in the middle of the field. The numbers will continue not to lie, and RRod has to understand that.
6) Demens might have put up Ezeh like numbers this week. Our LBs were getting sealed on the backside all day, and thus the gaping cutback lanes. All the LBs playing away from the play side were guilty of this.
7) Bielema is now my least favorite coach in the Big Ten. Tressel,and Dantonio are close behind.
8) Go Blue. Beat OSU.
|3 years 15 weeks ago||Not true.||
There are a lot more Illini alum in the city of Chicago than NWU. They might have more tickets alloted since its their "home" game.
|3 years 15 weeks ago||Hopkins||
= Hoard. As in "The Leroy".
|3 years 15 weeks ago||When||
Teams stack 8 in the box, that opens up the bubble screen to the slot. The safety is sitting 15 yards back and our end receiver just has to block his man. That should yield 5-7 yards which is as good as a run, and it forces the defense's hand. They either have to take a guy out of the box and cover our slot, or die a slow death. Given the weather, I assume that is why we didnt run it more?
|3 years 15 weeks ago||'85 Defense||
Hammerstein and Messner were absolute beasts. I loved watching that team because they brought it every game, and played with such emotion.
|3 years 16 weeks ago||Turnovers||
Continue to be a serious issue. Master of the obvious here, but Penn State is the only Big Ten game where turnovers were not a major factor. I dont care how good the offense is, it won't be able to overcome turnovers to win games. I hope we can chalk it up to youth, and only youth.
As for Denard, the interceptions have been due to inaccuracy, misreads, and bad decisions. So it is difficult to point to one thing. If the options are not there, tuck it and run. Both he and Tate seem to be averse to throwing it away and living to fight another day. It is a tough thing to teach young qbs, but hopefully they will learn. Brian is too nice about the fumbles. Junior high kids know to put the ball in their outside hand. That is textbook.
|3 years 17 weeks ago||Turnovers||
The only Big Ten game we didnt have a costly turnover(s) was PSU. The goal line fumble at IU was a momentum killer, and the other 3 have been disasterous. I am starting to think it is the norm, and not exception.
Overcoming 5 turnovers to win a game is rare. Luckily the defense made some strides on Saturday.
|3 years 17 weeks ago||Demens||
not only sheds blocks, but he tracks down ball carriers sideline to sideline. I thought he played very well. Avery. and RV were as expected, but they made some nice tackles. Given the turnovers, and field position issues, I thought our defense played much better than against PSU.
While Brian makes a good point regarding the fg attempt in the first half, I didnt like the call to attempt either one. I think we know what we have with our defense, and kicking game this year, and it is not going to change. We need TDs. Expecially on 4th and 1. Illinois was not showing they could stop us for no gain. Hopkins averaged 9 yards a touch. The second attempt was even more frustrating because we had 2nd and 4, and should be thinking 4 down territory.
I will take the win, and here is to building some momemtum in November. Its been a while since I was excited following a football Saturday in November.
|3 years 17 weeks ago||I was thinking||
the same thing with Shaw. These reports are useless. At what point will we accept that Fitz is not playing this year, Shaw is 50%, and Hopkins wont "get more carries this week". Seems like RRod likes to say that Hopkins will get more touches, but he never does.
As for the defense (where our true issues lie), I like to think the worst is behind us with attrition, injuries, bad luck, lack of talent/depth, but I have said that the past 2 years.
|3 years 17 weeks ago||That first clip||
of Floyd is absolutely amazing. Is he literally running out of his zone with his back turned, or worse, is that wr his responsibility? Eitherw way, that is some of the worst technique (man or zone) that I have ever seen. Under no circumstance, is it ever permissable for a corner to turn his back and run at the snap of the ball.
|3 years 17 weeks ago||Minor complaint||
While the defensive side of the ball has taken the brunt of complaints in the aftermath of the PSU game, for the 4th game in a row, I am going to complain about lining up Vincent Smith in the I-formation and running him between the tackles on 3rd and 1. I just don't understand how that is the best choice for picking up a yard, with Denard, and Hopkins as options. Furthermore, we eliminate Denard as an option (save a bootleg) and our line's splits become tighter, which takes away our edge. In every way, it dramatically decreases our chances of getting a yard. I would love to see the success rate of getting 1 yard when Denard runs a qb draw versus Smith running as the deep back in I.
As mentioned before, we have to look at first downs as imperative, for no other reason than it keeps our defense off the field that much longer.
|3 years 18 weeks ago||PSU QB||
I remember having a sinking feeling in my stomach the week we played Purdue and Siller was announced as their starting QB. They were horrible, and it was a winnable game for us. He then proved me right and went all Donovan McNabb/Troy Smith/Dennis Dixon/Juice Williams on us. I hope this week is different (Mcgloin is not as mobile), and we don't make this guy look amazing.
|3 years 20 weeks ago||QB under Center||
I am not a fan of Robinson taking snaps under center, but I recognize it is a good change of pace. I am less of a fan lining V. Smith as the deep back when Denard is under center. I am even less of a fan running V. Smith between the tackles of out of I-formation. If we want to run between the tackles for short yardage, line up Hopkins at tailback, and give it to him.
|3 years 20 weeks ago||I will take the under||
on 15 wins. No consistent scoring, no consistent shooting, and a lack of size to rebound. Not to mention the Big 10 is loaded again this year..
|3 years 20 weeks ago||Seems that||
people often post at how lame the Big House is because "people can't stand without getting yelled at by an old alum..." Now we criticize those who stand? What gives?
|3 years 20 weeks ago||Given the speed we run our offense||
at, did we abandon the run too early and become too predictable? I have not seen any evidence to suggest it, but just curious. We can score quickly on the ground as well. We know the effectiveness of the offense is greatly diminished when it becomes more 1 dimensional.
|3 years 21 weeks ago||I dont think||
that "people" need to be reminded of down and distance. I am well aware that it is 3rd and 18, and our d-backs drop 25 yards conceeding a first down time and again.
|3 years 22 weeks ago||My Issues||
are as follows:
1) Roh is obvious. I kept saying it over and over on Saturday. He has to be rushing the QB, not dropping into coverage.
2) on 3rd and 16 our dbs take 25 yard drops and our lbs drop 8 yards. Any D-1 QB can convert that.
3) If we cant cover dropping 8, then screw it, and rush 5-6. QBs might turn it over more often, and we might get more sacks.
4) As bad as the defense was, our offense had 5 chances to go up 2 scores in the game and failed each time. For a team that is relying on them to win games, they have to deliver.
5) We should go for it on 4th and less than 2. DRob can pick up 2 yards on QB iso anytime.
6) Stay away from taking snaps under center. It is costing us possesions/points. Even on the goal line, spread teams out and see if they can stop us.
|3 years 22 weeks ago||Nobody has||
felt badly for us over the last 3 years with all we have endured (injury wise and other).
|3 years 27 weeks ago||There is a reason for me Screen Name||
Been going to games regualrly since '84, but that game, we took my grandpa who was dying with cancer.I have never seen my grandpa like that. When Kolesar hauled in that pass, he was jumping up and down like a kid. The Big House Rockin' that day, and I will never forget what a great day that was.
|3 years 27 weeks ago||Big Will||
With Barwis' off season program, how did he come into camp so out of shape? Obviously he is now paying the price.
|3 years 27 weeks ago||I dont||
want him playing in space,. but relatively speaking, he can cover more ground than Moundrous. Like I said, I hope I am wrong, but I can't imagine that Moundrous can cover anything in space. If what he can do makes up for that, then so be it.
|3 years 28 weeks ago||Things||
looked so promising for Hemingway last year. I hope he can return to form and be a presence on the outside. Is Odoms fast/physical enough to play outside? I think of him as a prototypical slot guy in this offense, but I could be wrond.
Lastly, is it reasonable to expect Moundrous to play against "down hill" teams and Ezeh against teams with mobile QBs? Just hard for me to imagine Moundrous will be able to do much in space. Again, hope I am wrong.
|3 years 42 weeks ago||Harbaugh Quote||
One of my favorite Michigan football moments. I know he pissed off a lot of people with his comments on Michigan a few years back, but I have little doubt for his love/passion for Michigan. He talked the talk, and delivered.
|4 years 3 weeks ago||I||
dont think it is a matter of contributing more 5 years from now. With that logic, no underclassmen would play. The real question is; Will he produce more this year than others who play his position?
|4 years 4 weeks ago||Hart||
was a winner in almost every respect except his record against OSU. I love him, but the end of the day, that is a big part of how a Michigan football player is measured. I'm not sayin', I'm just sayin'.
|4 years 8 weeks ago||I am happy with the win||
but it should be noted that OSU is without arguably the best player in the Big Ten. Let's keep it in perspective. Somehow Tim failed to make any mention of this in his recap, and only one poster commented on it. It's a pretty big deal.
That being said, it is nice to see our defense get some stops. We rotated very well underneath, and really shutdown their penetration from the top, and the wings. Offensively, we did a nice job of getting guys the ball with space, and coming off screens. That is huge, because it forced them to switch, and we made some good decisions going to the hole, and dumping it off to the open guy. If we start knocking down some shots, we can make some noise this year.
|4 years 9 weeks ago||Completely Agree||
Given the weapons they have on offense and the way they are opening up their offense tonight they could be dangerous if Dantonio is willing to be this creative. Cousins is not "fast" but he can scramble, they have 2 good running backs, and Dell, Cunningham, and Keyshawn back.
|4 years 9 weeks ago||Zach Boren||
No idea if this has been covered already, but Zach Boren is a decent blocking fullback. Why would Michigan not offer the guy, just out of courtesy? Did RR make the conscious decision not to offer despite his brother being on the squad? I remember everyone on boards said he was not worth it, and was only a 3* but he is playing well for a good team.
I hate OSU. I hate Boren. I hate sweatervest, and I hate this offseason. Go Blue.
|4 years 9 weeks ago||OSU has struggled||
outside of the Big 10. That is not exactly news as every season you can hear the collective groan when they play in a BCS game. Everyone knows they are the one-eyed man in the land of the blind. The blind being the Big Ten.
|4 years 12 weeks ago||Tim||
With all due respect, "Sims only scored 10, but that's not too bad against such a tall lineup." is a pretty uninformed thing to say. First, he is often going to be playing against front lines bigger than ours. Secondly, the beauty of our offense is that pulls big guys out to guard him thus allows him to take advantage of the size difference. He played poorly. Period.
|4 years 13 weeks ago||Neuweasel||
is a bigger crook than Carrol. If you are going to call timeouts when the other team is in the victory formation, than you deserve whatever you get.
|4 years 14 weeks ago||Do you have to||
attend Michigan to kick for Michigan? No, You can go to OSU and kick for Michigan. Sorry, had to be called out.
|4 years 14 weeks ago||Dealing||
with the reality that RRod is:
Depressing on so many levels. The 0-2 vs. Zook is equally embarrassing as it is sad.
|4 years 14 weeks ago||It||
seems weird to me that a lot of people are saying: "He played great but..." the part following "but" is he had 5 turnovers. That's a pretty big deal, and must be accounted for when measuring his performance. That being said, I think he did a lot of good things, and I think it is safe to say his strengths are his weaknesses. Big Ben keeps a lot of plays alive and also takes a lot of bad sacks trying to keep them alive. Forcier is hopefully in the same boat. Note that Texas had very similar issues with Colt McCoy as a young QB as well.
As far as the team, if you take away Del State, we were basically the same as last year (better offensively, and worse defensively). We actually won more Big Ten games last year. Nothing you don't already know, but it is discouraging none the less.
I like the outlook of our offense for next year. Can anyone tell me why Roundtree did not play until Illinois? Odoms being injured is not the reason. K Grady was seeing a lot more time early in the year despite Roundtree having a great spring. Seemed like all we heard about coming into the fall was how well he was playing. No Koger on Saturday either, was he injured?
Lastly, I have been going to games at the Big House for over 20 years, and rarely miss The Game. OSU had more people at the game than any year I remember and that includes 2007. There were way more than normal and I am sure it was for all the reasons mentioned. That was nauseating to say the least.
|4 years 15 weeks ago||Worthless Post||
You are trying to convince yourself of something that simply isn't true. The notion that "We have more to play for" is ridiculous. There is nothing they would like more than to keep us from a bowl and beat us for the billionth time in a row. Remember when Tressel took the job and basically said they would walk into the Big House and win the following year? Well, I think they are still riding that wave of motivation.
I am certain we want to win this one badly, and I am certain we will be emotionally up for th game, but we don't have an edge in either of those areas. Without Minor, and without any competence behind our front 4, it looks grim. That being said, I will be in the Big House, and I will be loud. Go Blue!
|4 years 19 weeks ago||I agree||
that Denard is too much of a risk at this point, and does not make enough big plays to off set those risks. Speaking of big plays, is there a good explanation why Stonum has done absolutely nothing outside of MSU and ND games? Either he is injured, or absolutely does not show up for games.
For those who think we will contend for Big Ten championship next year, how are we going to stop anybody? Our LB play is horrendous, our secondary is below, average at best, and the only reason we are able to stop people now, is because of Graham, and he will be gone.
Offensively, we will be decent, but I think we will have to outscore people to win, and I am not sure we will be ready to do that either.
|4 years 21 weeks ago||Wrong on most accounts||
I was not concerned last year because they were all run at times when we either took the other team by surprise, or had the field position to do it. We had neither of those against Sparty. You are certain it didn't cost us the game, and at the same time, you are certain they would have scored anyways. Must be nice. Had he picked it up I am sure people would have been happy, but still question the timing. To clarify, that play did not lose the game, but its the type of play that could.
|4 years 21 weeks ago||Read Punt||
Of all the plays/issues on Saturday, the read/roll/rugby punt bothers me the most. As a friend of mine put it, "Those are the types of calls that lose games." I don't care if it was a designed rn or not, why even put Zoltan in that position? Line up, punt, and play defense OR go for it with your 18-Wheeler Truck of a running back named Minor. Given the down, distance, field position, and circumstance, I just dont see the logic in even giving Zoltan the option.
In general I like the creativity that RRod brings, but this is a concern in my opinion.
|4 years 50 weeks ago||Unbelievable job what JB||
has done this year. He deserves a lot more credit than what he is getting. BTN was showing Mich-Wis football game from this year at the same time, so I was going back and forth. That was the only game I attended this year, so it was nice to enjoy the lone shining moment of the football season. I just about had 2 heart attacks within 5 minutes last night.
|5 years 1 week ago||Actually Iowa||
is considered a bad loss. A very bad loss. Hell, Indiana beat them. They dpnt have many players and their best playmaker is sitting out. The refs were bad, but the loss cant be viewed as anything but a horrible one.
|5 years 2 weeks ago||I understand that.||
But I am not going to take the time to read the earlier post. "I turned downed a scholarship to play soccer at Adrian." is what I was responding to. Also, if I took this post seriously enough, I would have posted something with more substance. Thanks for the response though.
|5 years 2 weeks ago||Adrian||
is Div III. They dont give athletic scholarships. Just sayin.
|5 years 3 weeks ago||Thank you||
for mentioning me. It was a thril when I booked about 80 yards down the sideline against OSU late in the 4th to seal the game.
|5 years 3 weeks ago||I thought he||
was a USC lean as well, but who knows.
|5 years 3 weeks ago||OSU wants Montana||
and if they dont get him, they will pursue Gardner. Otherwise, if they pull Montana then they will drop Gardner.
|5 years 3 weeks ago||Why do we care||
what a Sparty blog says anyways? A blatantly homer blog with a lot of subjectivity and little fact is not that out of the ordinary.
|5 years 3 weeks ago||Lets||
quit being sore losers. We refered to them as "little brother" every chance we get and where shirts reading "Arrogance Wins" or something to that effect. Expect this kind of stuff with a rivalry. Obviously it sucks when you are on the wrong end of it, but deal with it. The real depressing news is that we are NIT bound once again.
|5 years 4 weeks ago||I realize that Henne has all the records||
but Leach was nails and Henson beat OSU. Could make an argument for either one. Also, how is Butterfield not in the conversation for #1?
|5 years 4 weeks ago||Unfortunately||
this team will have to do more than just win their big home games. They will have to win a road game or 2 plus make some noise in the Big Ten tourney. With the exception of the NWU game, they are getting blown out of games.
|5 years 5 weeks ago||I agree||
with you. I am as blue-blood as they get too. I think he deserves a 3 game suspension. There is no place for that crap in the game, and it was a clear sign that frustration had reached its tipping point, but that is no excuse.
What is equally bothersome is that this team came out of the gates with zero intensity, and pretty much maintained it for the whole game. I didnt think we would see a repeat of PSU, but this just as bad from an energy perspective and it was our rivals. Coach B needs to light a fire under these guys. I know they are young, but this is unacceptable. Then they dont have the mental discipline to keep their cool at tht end. Again, this falls on the coach.
Overall, I like what he is doing, and program is heading in the right direction, but this is a rough stretch here, and they seem to be regressing a bit.
|5 years 6 weeks ago||A look back||
If we would have been better we would have won more games. Is there anything else I missed in the post?
|5 years 6 weeks ago||We||
cant assume a win at NWU anymore. They looked good agaisnt Purdue and Minn at home. Its kinda like assuming we'd beat Purdue in football. Agree, The Big East and ACC are both better than Big Ten this year.
|5 years 6 weeks ago||I have||
been watching them all year as well, and know that we have been more disciplined before. Manny having the ball for a week is the issue. I dont have a problem with shooting a lot of 3s, but there is a difference between taking good ones and bad ones. Against Duke, we were getting shots in transition and off penetration. Last night we were taking them off the dribble and after passing it around the perimeter without making the defense move. Fact is, conference play is tougher, and teams play tougher, and we dont have the discipline or leadership to respond. I hope JB is addressing those issues because this is a different team than what we saw a few weeks ago.
|5 years 6 weeks ago||That||
performance last night was ridiculous. We take the first 3 we can get off, and show no discipline in the 1-3-1 zone. I understand that we cant physically match up, but Sims would continually leave his zone to chase a guy while the spot he vacated was filled by the guy in his zone. Not sure this team will make it to the tourney especially given that they cant win on the road (IU doesnt count). Hard to believe you can beat 2 top 5 teams and then get absolutely spanked by Penn State like that.
|5 years 6 weeks ago||I think||
the real pain comes in losing Hopson. He was a very good recruitor.
|5 years 6 weeks ago||My||
bad if I offended anyone, I was just having some fun. By all means enjoy. We are on the same side: We are Mich fans and Obama supporters.
|5 years 6 weeks ago||What if||
it makes me happy to insult? Let me enjoy. Truth be told, I am happy as hell that Obama is in office.
|5 years 6 weeks ago||Definitions||
Tool = Someone who sits at home on a Tue afternoon and toasts a president's inauguration with his wife.
Douche = Someone who then blogs about it.
|5 years 6 weeks ago||I have never||
been one to jump on the "Michigan Man" stuff, but it would be nice to have more people on the staff with ties to the University, traditions, rivalries etc... I doubt it makes any difference, but I like the idea of having coaches who fully appreciate the rivalries with MSU, ND, and OSU. Robinson does not strike me as a guy who has that passion, but merely is finishing out his career as a coach, and found a good gig. I hope I am very, very wrong. There is no way this guy was top 5 when RRod first started searching (pure speculation), so once again we are finding that coaching at Michigan has lost it's luster a bit.
|5 years 7 weeks ago||I'm so glad we||
have RRod and not PC. He seems to be a good guy, and a good coach. He has never been accused of not caring for his pl;ayers and their well being and ultimately that is what you ask of a college coach. Oh, and he wins 12 games every year too. The 60 Minutes piece on him was pretty money. That being said, Musburger has a Tebow-Like man crush on him and that is annoying.
|5 years 7 weeks ago||Pompei||
writes for the Trib, not the Sun-Times. Just sayin.
|5 years 7 weeks ago||Hartline||
mailed it in when Pryor became qb, and he had a run in with an assistant coach before the Fiesta Bowl so he probably knew it was his time to leave. There is more dissension over th qb pick at OSU then people realize. For as great of a talent as Pryor is, and I think he will do great things there, not everyone was on board with benching Boeckman because it made them so one dimensional.
|5 years 7 weeks ago||Its all||
|5 years 7 weeks ago||KRK||
said SHUT THE FUCK UP, so we better or do it. Or else, you know, he will get mad. suck it.
|5 years 7 weeks ago||Meeeechigan Dan||
Nobody is mocking being a devout christian, we are mocking the fact that Tebow feels the need to indtroduce god with every sentence he speaks to every reporter all the time. It not only gets old after a while, but it is pushing something personal on people in a public way. If I want to be preached to and told how great god is, then I will join you at church, but I dont want to hear it while watching a football game. If he wants to put his religion in our face as frequently as he does on national tv, then we have the right to mock him. This has nothing to do with those who are devout christians. Deal with it.
|5 years 8 weeks ago||TheMile||
Easy there big guy. I know what statistical means, but thanks for the breakdown. I was merely trying to demonstratively point out that if we are pinning our hopes on him becoming a lot better than we are in trouble. More to your point, if Brown is worse his jr year than he was his soph, and then improves his sr year, but not to the level he was at his soph year, did he really improve? Secondly, if we were talking about players in general then your "immeasurable" amount of statistical evidence theory would apply, but since we are looking at a single player and have a subset of data (3 years of him refusing to take the right angle) to be predictive then we come upon something known as an outlier. Maybe he qualifies as an outlier. I am begging him to prove me wrong, and I hope I am wrong.
|5 years 8 weeks ago||There||
is absolutely zero statistical evidence (or other evidence) that suggests S. Brown will be better. I think we go 7-5 and lose to Nebraska in the Alamo Bowl. So I guess that makes us 7-6. I also predict that Zoltan picks up 2 first downs on fake punts and 1 of those will be vs. Notre Dame.
|5 years 8 weeks ago||There is no doubt a talent||
discrepancy exists between us and OSU, but that existed in the 1990's as well when we ruined their undefeated seasons due to the incompetance of Coop. The biggest difference may lie in coaching (Tress vs. Lloyd). Say what you want about Tress, but he came in from day 1, said they will beat Mich, and followed thru. Drives me fricken crazy, but we were better than they were the year Texas beat us in the Rose Bowl, and got waxed pretty good by Smith and Co. I would also argue that they enjoyed the most success when they went undefeated and won the NC (albeit from a gift PI call), not when they opened things up with Smith. The team that won it all, was the most conservative squad he has had, but it worked, so not sure that argument flies either.
I am confident the gap will close, but we still have some work to do. They have an advantage given how good the HS talent out of Ohio is. They usually get the studs, where as we have to go national to get our studs (we do well in Ohio too).
|5 years 8 weeks ago||I read your whole||
post and disagree that you are being objective. That is my point, you are not being objective. You are trying to draw parallels with OSU not being good against top 5 teams and us losing to App State, and Toledo. There is no parallel there. Both teams have a serious issues to address, but given the issues I would rather stay up at night trying to figure out how to beat USC than how to keep Toledo's WR from catching 20 passes on us.
Your argument is about parallel declines, but then you imply that you are merely asking questions about addressing the future. Yes Michigan made a great hire (we hope), and that addresses the situation. Is 9-10 winning seasons good enough? Of course not, and every Mich/OSU fan would agree, so that exactly is your point? I guarantee that OSU is doing everything they can to be "relevant on the national level" and I do not know why they have struggled against the top teams, but that is not to say their struggles are in line with ours.
The indicators are not there. OSU played a close game against Ohio at home. So what. That does not imply they will lose to Youngstown next year. You are making leaps that are not logical. But who am I to judge, its a blog and its here for people to give their opnions.
|5 years 8 weeks ago||This is weak||
You are trying justify our horrific decline by comparing it to a program on the rise. OSU has had its issues in big games, but how can you say it is better to not go to BCS and win? Our win over Florida was great, but the whole reason we were in that game was becasue we couldnt beat OSU, or APp State. I dont have the time to pick apart all of your claims, but As Michigan goes, the big ten goes? What do you have to support this? You can't extrapolate that because we were bad, and the big ten went 1-6 in bowls, that it is casuse and effect.
Lastly if you want to look at trends, look at the fact that we can't beat OSU, and they win 11 games every year it seems. Look at the fact that they are crushing it in recruiting, while we sweat it out to get 1 5* this year. Is the Big Ten down? yes. Does OSU struggle against good teams? yes. That does not mean we can look at the 2 programs and identify that we are both trending along the same line. They have a stable coaching staff, few de-committs, and a philosophy that everyone buys into. We don't have a DC, a head coach off to a rocky start, and a lot of turbulance with our recruiting. You want to point to their game against Ohio as a sign they are in trouble?
I want as badly as anyone to get back on top and crush OSU, but to think the 2 programs are heading down the same path at this moment is crazy talk. Go Blue!
|5 years 8 weeks ago||Thats what people said about||
|5 years 9 weeks ago||He's not coming||
so lets move on with our lives and focus on our Def Coordinatorless, qbless, Defless team. Cheers to '09
|5 years 9 weeks ago||Not sure||
about Lewis but I am sure they will make a run at Carroll, Gruden, and Stoops. One of those will definitely land as our next DC.
|5 years 11 weeks ago||Rivals||
rates Michigan's class of 2009 as the 7th best. A few weeks back we were 10 or 11 so some nice pickups as of late. I think the fact that we are top 10 after the year we had and the crap RRod has taken is very telling. Add big Will and a few others and this class may go even higher. Rankings mean very little but its a testament to RRod and the program in an otherwise rough season.
|5 years 11 weeks ago||Rumor||
has it that Tajh Boyd is de-committing from Tenn, and going to OSU. Will red-shirt next year, and back-up Pryor in 2010 with the idea that Pryor leaves after 3 years.
|5 years 12 weeks ago||Mill||
"The Thrill" Coleman. Best HS qb I have seen.
|5 years 12 weeks ago||Is it||
assumed that he will simply be too big to play safety? Seems to me that is a perfect fit for a good athlete you can hit, and a team that has horrific saefty play.
|5 years 12 weeks ago||I said||
it cant all be on the qbs. You seemed to agree with that assertion, since you recognize our ineptitude in the secondary. Better qb play might get us a few more wins, and then again if our defense is actually worse it might not. It is well within reason to think we might be worse on defense. Our safeties can be every bit as bad, our DL will be as bad if not worse. Our corners should be better, and our LBs are a coin-toss. I think our success next year hinges just as much on our defense improving as it does on our qb improving.
|5 years 12 weeks ago||Lets not put this||
all on the qbs. You are conveniently ignoring one of the worst defenses in school history. Unless we make major improvements on that sad of the ball, we will continue to struggle.
|5 years 13 weeks ago||umjaker||
Not a totally horrible idea, but your system has Florida playing its toughest game first. That makes no sense. Ball State has a much better chance than Alabama does to advance. Just sayin.
|5 years 14 weeks ago||I like the post||
a lot, but of those 3 games you mentioned that hinged on a single play it is tough to argue we would have won any of them. We could not pick up first downs vs. Toledo and Lopata was obviously not sharp, so we lose in OT. Purdue was well within FG range before the hook-and-ladder. We lose that one. Against NWU, we already showed that we were unable to score once we got it down close and again Lopata was not dependable. Maybe a toss-up at best. I just dont think it is fair to make assumptions with this team, that is a lesson we learned all year long. We showed very little ability to build on momentum at any time. Look at OSU, we get the early Int and did nothing with it.
Again, the rest of the post was awesome.
|5 years 14 weeks ago||RRod||
is ok. He has an idea of where he wants to go, and how to get there. Charlie Weis is the poster boy for how arrogance and ineptitude can hurt a program. Despite matching their 3-9 record from last year, I dont think we go down that road. Maybe that's my own arrogance.
|5 years 14 weeks ago||Looks||
like Ron English's D had some trouble with WVU spread offense over the weekend as well. Not sure why I posted this. I guess Misery loves company.
|5 years 14 weeks ago||Was there a reason||
Grady saw decreased time? Despite being awfully disapointing given his hype ot of high school, I like him in short yard situations. The fumble in the ND game was unfortunate, but he didnt seem to see the field much after that.
|5 years 14 weeks ago||Lets also||
keep in mind that we were able to run the ball effectively without the benefit of the pass. No defense had to fear our passing game, and could stack agaisnt the run, and we were still able to run decently. I was very encouraged by Ferrara, his motor was always running, and he was always running downfiled looking to pick up another block.
|5 years 14 weeks ago||I understand all||
the arguments against ND, trust me. But the facts are that altough RRod has only been here for 3 months, they hear all of the negative talk surrounding him (right or wrong), and they see how kids leave or decommitt at U of Mich as well. My point is that we have our own attrition issues to deal with right now and selling ourselves (3-9 vs. 6-5) is tough right now.
|5 years 14 weeks ago||We've||
got our own rumblings to worry about. ND is 6-5 (although they are horrendously bad and Weis is a moron), and we just finished up a 3-9 campaign. We don't have a lot of ground to stand on with that argument. Just trying to see it through recruits' eyes, not my own.
|5 years 15 weeks ago||Those||
stats are nice, but Wells and Pryor have gotten stronger as the year has gone on. Also, their stats are misleading because when they get the lead, they run up the middle and drain the clock. Both Purdue and Minnesota were ealy in the Big Ten and Penn State just plain stopped them. Lets talk about their defense; The only team to do anything against them was USC, and that is understandable. They have shutdown everyone else. I just dont see how we score enough to stay in the game unless we get turnovers (Which we have not been getting), special teams (we are inconsistent), or big plays (We cant throw down field, and their run d is tough). Lets keep in mind that we are 1 of 2 wins that Toledo has all year long. That is an amazing fact that I did not know until last night. I would love for us to pull this one out, but I am not naive enough to think this will be close.
|5 years 15 weeks ago||So||
1) Pryor enables us to NOT lose to Toledo, and probably not NWU. ND could go either way. When you give up 40 a game, a frosh qb can only make a finite difference.
|5 years 15 weeks ago||Is it||
true that due to attrition, suckness, and overall rage Barwis is suiting up this weekend? Rumor is that he is going to be the OL and DL by himself.
|5 years 15 weeks ago||Reality Check||
Those guys are NOT going to "be haunted for the rest of their lives." Quit with the arrogance already. This is exactly what Brian refers to when he asks for no "sour grapes" posts. Let it go. Michigan is a great place and of course we would like to think it is awesome for everyone, but Ryan Mundy left, and won a BCS game with WVU. I doubt he will be haunted forever. It may be best for Sam to go somewhere else and do well. Your cliches are obvious too. Of course we have to work to become good, and becoming a team is important. Thanks for the analysis. I want to end this on a good note so, I pretty much agree with your take on RRod. He will get it turned around, and we will be good again. Nothing personal, dude.
|5 years 15 weeks ago||How do we know||
whether RRod appreciates this rivalry or not? By what he said at a presser to a bunch of media people that we all bitch about anyways? He said it more than once, that he is not going to divulge every thing he has spoken to the team about, and I am sure he has some feelings toward OSU, and the rivalry that he did not make public either. Lloyd understood the rivalry well, and lost 6 out of his last 7, so chill out.
|5 years 15 weeks ago||Everything is relative||
Teams are pushing us around with much greater success than with you guys. Hell, your defense has had 1 bad game and that was against USC, which is understandable. Our defense gave up 48 to Purdue. Enough said. I expect a steady stream of ISO plays for Wells, with some bootlegs out of Pryor and some deep balls to Robiskie and Hartline. This game will not be close unless RRod and crew has been hiding something from us all year. Tressel will continue his dominance for another year. Thanks for trying to provide a false sense of security though.
|5 years 15 weeks ago||I have never||
commented on the content of a post, but that was money, Brian. The seniors deserved to have a better send out than that. I always hope for a good send off for the seniors for what they do for the program, and this year's class had to endure a coaching change, and being at the helm for the worst season ever in Michigan football history. They hear it every day, and I wish they could have left the Big House under better circumstances.
As for the play on the field: Once again a rather meh white-boy receiver torches us on a basic slant play. A complete blow coverage and it begs the question how we are blowing coverages this badly, this late in the year. It is not the scheme, or inexperience. Is it stupidity, bad coaching? At any rate it hits on the point that have all of us so discouraged, and that is the lack of improvement through out the year. Odoms is talented, but he hurts us with his fumbles, and looked like he wanted nothing to do with that weather, and just wanted to be in the Floriday sunshine. Apparently Sam told Coach Jackson that he didnt feel he could play after practicing every day last week. Jackson said he needs to toughen up. I want to give him the benefit of the doubt, but this is reason for concern. He has to be tougher than this. With Minor out, this was his chance to step up. With conditions as bad as they were, I would have liked to see us stick with the ground attack more, especially when it is 3rd and 2 and we pass on both downs. I wanted to see more of Feagin, but it didnt happen. Lastly, and completely unrelated to the game: Justin Siller has done ZERO since going Vicne Young on our ass. What will Pryor do? I have been dreading this weekend for a long time... GO Blue!
|5 years 16 weeks ago||Win or Lose||
vs. NWU RRod made the right choice. He was the driver behind the best performance all year and earned the start. Threet has shown spots, but has yet to put together a full game. I think Sheridan made some great reads as well, and is more of a threat running the ball.
|5 years 17 weeks ago||Great Insight||
but RRod and Shafer are not making changes in order to show fans that they can change. They have obligations to the team and the players and to winning, but not to prove to us they can change and not be stagnit. That being said, I really appreciated the breakdown and get a lot out of it.
|5 years 17 weeks ago||I would much prefer||
being aggressive and getting beat that way, as opposed to a slow, painful death which has been taking place all year. RRod stressed that we cant give up the big play, well we have been "conervative" with our coverages and blitz packages and still give them up. So, all things equal at least give them up while being aggressive. Giving Siller a clear lane to thrown the ball with a 10 yard cushion is something that any High School QB can do. Making him throw a deep ball with a blitz coming on is more difficult. No reason why we should not have played more man and forced him to be more accurate.
|5 years 17 weeks ago||Both||
OSU and PSU struggled to score on Purdue. OSU really had issues and looked bad (Pryor was still getting used to the offense). Kind of irrelevant since we cant stop anybody and PSU already rolled us. Despite's OSU loss to PSU I see no reason whey the wont either.
|5 years 17 weeks ago||Simple||
Game Plan: Direct snap to Minor every play and then let Zoltan punt. It will be less painful than even attempting to throw because those incomplete passes/interceptions will stop the clock. This way the pain will last for a shorter amount of time.
I have already started drinking...
|5 years 17 weeks ago||RRod||
From his weekly presser:
"It's a football team. To try to single out a player or a coach, to me that's not right. Now, if we didn't tackle well, it wasn't one guy, we just missed a few tackles. Our guys are pretty good tacklers. At times we missed tackles. We have got to try to coach them better so we don't miss tackles."
pretty good tacklers? Did he not watch any film of last year's team? Or any film of any game this year? Let's not understate hwo bad we are. Obviously he isn't going to throw guys under the bus, but don't piss on my head and tell me it's raining either. Actually, don't piss on my head at all.
Jesus, is that really Boren?
|5 years 17 weeks ago||I agree||
with Dr. I am sick of people bitching about our defense being on the field too much. They can resolve that by making stops. It is obvious that our offense is not capable of extending drives. When it is 3rd and 15, make a play and get off the field yourself. I know we had some short TD drives, but the defense is on the hook for most of the time of possession discrepancy.
|5 years 17 weeks ago||Is Ron English||
|5 years 17 weeks ago||I can't||
believe we burned Feagin's redshirt on special teams either. That truly perplexes me. Removing a DL so that another DB can miss a tackle downfield makes no sense. Especially if we are unable to get pressure on the QB> We didn't even sniff Dennis Dixon, I mean Siller. I don't want to hear that it was because they spread us out, or he took a quick drop and released - Neither of those are true. Our pass rush got handled, and as usual, we could not defend the pass in the air, or tackle in space. Absolutely any QB can complete some of the throws we were giving them. You have to go man, and make him put some passes on the money.
Pass interference on Warren in the endzone when we had 3 guys surrounding their WR is inexplicable. We are the only defensive backfield in the country that not only does not intercept that ball, but committs a 15 yard penalty. They are playing with zero confidence, and as the game went on it looked as if we didnt care. We thought we were "soft" earlier, my god this was bad. Ezeh refuses to shed blocks and fill the hole on counters, and iso plays that that leaves it to our safeties to make plays. Mouton continues to impress, kinda. Cissoko will be a good one, he was being picked on a lot, but I am not sure he is cut out to play a zone and give a 15 yard cushion on every play. Not sure if that is scheme or confidence.
|5 years 17 weeks ago||Nobody is||
asking RRod or Shafer to turn this defense into the Ravens. We are expecting a defense with 8 returning starters to be better than last year, and show improvement as this year goes on. Neither has happened, and that is enough for people to bitch. I agree our defense last year was not good despite that ranking. I am not throwing in the towel, nor am I screaming for any of the coaches to be fired, but that does not mean we should not be asking questions and wondering why we are so bad. .
|5 years 18 weeks ago||The tell-tale sign||
that our program has a long way to go, is that we are actually using Minnesota as a template. I mean how bad can things ben when you aspire to reach the level that Minnesota has achieved. In a way it's kind of funny: The all-time leader in victories is looking at how Minnesota does things to turn around our program.
I assume nothing huge came of the big recruiting weekend. If anything these kids must watch and think they can play right away next year.
|5 years 18 weeks ago||MTH||
You are using Neuheisel as a model to follow? If you want to play the Sensitivity Card then maybe Football is not the place for you. Everyone knew what they were getting with RRod, and all of the press conferences I have heard, he has put it on the coaches and particularly himself. He has not been publicly bashing players, and constantly defendes Threet. Lloyd did things his way, and RRod does it differently, but he has not thrown anyone under the bus. Hell, he is easier on Stevie Brown (publicly) then %90 of the people on this blog. If you want to get knit-picky about "tough love" and how well our coaches talk about players publicly so their feelings dont get hurt, then you are missing the point. Focus your energy on something useful that people care about, and deserves attention like poor tackling, horrible coverage, and the ability to turn a walk-on WR into Larry Fitzgerald.
|5 years 18 weeks ago||We knew they would||
be passing on 3rd and long still were not able to stop them. You actually contradicted yourself. We did know what they were going to do and didn't stop it. I bet SMU knew Navy was going to run EVERY PLAY on Saturday and they couldn't stop it. I am pretty sure Kansas knew Texas Tech was going to throw almost every play and they got 60 hung on themselves.
|5 years 18 weeks ago||Benton Harborite?||
What does that mean?
|5 years 19 weeks ago||Its difficult to||
predict against trends. Rarely do teams that turn the ball over a lot just stop mid season and become a team that does not. Also, I think it is a reach to declare the passing games to be a wash. Granted Hoyer is not good, but he is much better than he was the first 2 or 3 games. I hope I am wrong on everything I just said and we pull one out on Saturday. If we rush 3 guys on 3rd and 9, I will break my remote. Again.
|5 years 19 weeks ago||Lopata||
Will be a huge loss. I dont know if we can find another kicker who misses 26 yarders against MAC teams.
|5 years 19 weeks ago||Tressel||
beat Michigan with an inferior squad that year. RR wont be as fortunate this year.
|5 years 19 weeks ago||Is Eugene Smith||
considered to be better than Tate and Beaver?
|5 years 19 weeks ago||Defense||
After the Toledo game I was bitching about rushing 3 guys and was told it was because we were being spread out. I argued that dropping 8 makes sense if you are going to take away the quick hitch, which we didnt. Saturday we were not being spread out all of the time and still CHOSE to rush 3. Our biggest, and only strength on defense is our DL and take one of those guys out of the mix so that Trent can let Norwood run an 11 yard turn around route on 3rd and 10 over and over again makes no sense. We have the softest, timid corners in the league. I would rather rush 5 or six and at least get beat being aggressive. The result is the same, so at least give our guys a shot to get to the QB. Unless RRod is making the call, I dont understand what Shafer is doing. it was said all of last week, but I will say it again - give Cissoko a shot. He is aggressive, he will hit, and he will cover. For every nice shot Thompson dealt on Saturday, he missed 3 tackles. When was the last time we had a sack?
I can deal with Off being as bad as they are due to circumstances, but our defense is absolutely horrible. Threet could have played the whole game, and we still lose by 3 scores. Our defense showed no signs of stopping PSU. OL was serviceable, and Minor was a beast.
Saw that Butler was moved to DE, and also heard Holtz lost it on the set. Keep the faith, and keep the rage.
|5 years 20 weeks ago||Don't||
say "we should beat..." because this year, if nothing else should humble all of us such that we don't expect to beat anyone. How can you say that after we lose to Toledo and Minnesota beats U of Ill? Similarly, as much as it hurts, we should not beat MSU based on what has happened this year. Purdue is on course with us, but they can pick us apart like Toledo. NWU is a toss up as well. Lets stop with the "we should beat" teams talk because we are really bad this year. Reality check.
|5 years 20 weeks ago||There is||
no way Shafer came here to play bend but dont break defense, yet that is exactly what we saw on Saturday. We ran that with Bo, Mo, and Lloyd and despite bringing in a blitzing man-man Def Guru. If RRod is not going to change is scheme based on talent then the same argument could be made for Shafer. He had confidence in Stanford's athlete's to run this defense in the Pac 10 - Our defense should be able to run it against Toledo. I have no idea why we only rushed 3 men for much of the second half. Dropping back in a zone and giving 5 yard dumps makes no sense to me. You can be satisfied that we only gave up 6 points but allowing them to escape bad field position time after time turned the field position game into a losing battle for us. We need a defense to get 3 and outs. Our offense cant put together an 80 yard drive. We need our defense to put our offense in position to score. Its asking a lot, but its our only hope.
|5 years 20 weeks ago||Robiskie is the||
least of our concerns when we play OSU. Have you seen Pryor? Do you remember what Wells did to us last year? Did you see our offense against Toldeo? The same Toledo that was giving up 36 pts a game?
|5 years 20 weeks ago||We||
have the best uniforms in the country, therefore we should get the best coach and win a national championship. Really? Best fans? We boo a bunch of 18 year old kids who are busting their butts. You obviously know nothing about football and are the typical rich alum who talks to his country club friends about how good we are and yet you know nothing about the program. Please hold true to your promise and dont give another dime, because none of us associated with the program want it. In the meantime try learning something rather than running your mouth about things you know nothing about.
|5 years 21 weeks ago||Caup||
Show me a little more respect than "John-fucking-Kolesar".
Thank you, #40
|5 years 21 weeks ago||Grady||
needs more carries in short yardage situations. He is a beast and is NOT a chronic fumbler as pointed out by by chitown. I would trade a win over OSU for a bowl appearance this year. We need to turn the tide against OSU in a big way before this rivalry becomes a joke.
|5 years 21 weeks ago||LBs||
LBs have to be mean, tough, instinctive, quick, fearless, and smart? Thanks. I thought they could be passive, weak, slow, and scared. We all know what it takes to be a good linebacker, and it most of it are intagibles that can't be measured.
Quick poll: whose fumbles are more frustrating Mallet taking a snap, or Threet bringing his arm back to throw?
|5 years 21 weeks ago||Illinois||
I know I need to just "let go" but Illinois is still on my mind. It was mentioned that we just have bad players on defense and they are the same bad players that played for Lloyd. That may be true, but La Lafayette did not have the issues we had with Juice and the Ill offense, so there is something else not happening. Whether coaches arent getting thru to them, or the scheme is that bad which I do not think is it. Why do we continue to take bad angles, tackle poorly, and line up out of position? Maybe we have less talent and dumber kids than La Lafayette. Ok, I am done obsessing... for now.
|5 years 21 weeks ago||Chitownblue||
Youa re correct. My bad Shockfx.
|5 years 21 weeks ago||Agree||
with GSimmons %100. ShockFX, buy a clue buddy. New scheme or not, has nothing to do with tackling, taking angles, and covering the wr over the top in cover 2. Troy Smith, Dennis Dixon, and Juice are all very good qbs who have GREAT stats vs U of M. We make good players great in the spread and it does not seem unique to Lloyd and Co. I don't pin this purely on RRod and staff. I like him, and think he will be fine, but it amazes me how as things change, they stay the same. We would be better off forgetting about a nickel or dime package vs. the spread and add another pass rusher instead. If we are going to sacrifice the rush and give up big plays then it makes no sense. Another carry over from Lloyd and Co. is the propensity to give up big plays. We simply can't and should not be allowing 60 yard screen passes.
On offense, I dont understand why we proceed to run Mcguffie between the tackles. Especially on the goal line. He is tentative and small. He him to the edge where he can do damage. For all my bitching, I still have faith that the program is heading in the right direction. Any time you have that many 18-19 year old freshmen on the field at one time it is going to be ugly. 6-6 is looking like a really tall order right now. Go Blue!
|5 years 23 weeks ago||Defense||
It has been said that we struggle against Wisconsin type of offense (MSU, Wis, and OSU all showed that last year), but we all know the spread has given us fits as well. So exactly what type of offense can we stop? Making the trip to AA tomorrow and I cant wait.
|5 years 26 weeks ago||Things could be worse||
We could be Clemson's fan base this Tuesday morning. As bad as Saturday was (and it was bad), expectations were set low for us and we have time, and room to get better. Clemson fulfilled their yearly obligation of being overated, and letting down early. Go Blue!
|5 years 26 weeks ago||I dont||
like when people say "losing might be a good thing because..." That is merely a way of justifying a bad loss. Let's face it, we needed a win to spark some confidence in a young team. That being said, lessons will be learned, and hopefully we will improve. I think 7-5 is a dream right now for this team. We just lost to a team that gave us 3 turnovers, and 150 yards worth of penalties. Notre Dame will give us neither of those (although I hope they do) and its at their place. Dont mean to come off too pessimistic, but its time to get off the 7-5 Kool-Aid after what I just saw. The bad QB play was not first game jitters. Neither QB is completing thos passes in practice with no defense. Amazing how we continue to make opposing QBs look like heisman trophy guys. Nice second half though, I expect more of that this season. I hope I am just too pissed off and emotional to be rational right now - In which case, I apologize. Lets get Miami of Ohio and then worry about the Domers.
|5 years 27 weeks ago||Chill out bra, I mean bro.||
Chill out bra, I mean bro. The fact that we dont offer doesnt mean they are not going to be players (see Vernon Gholston). My point was that I hope we don't overlook the homegrown talent because we recruit nationally. The fact that we do recruit nationally is the reason that we should not overlook Mich recruits. It has nothing to do with the 1 game a year vs MSU, but it does allow us to maintain status in the state when a stud comes about.
|5 years 27 weeks ago||Couple of things||
That are in no way related. 1) In RRod's pursuit of creating a superbolic accelerated, mega offensive juggernaut he needs to focus on the state of Michigan. MSU has quietly made some in-roads and that will hurt us in the long run. Been saying this for a while, but its true.
I am so excited that I already planned my whole Saturday (cant make it to the Big House) and it starts off with a 7am rendition of the Victors CD which will wake up my wife, piss off my neighbors and bring goose bumps to my skin.
|5 years 31 weeks ago||40 sec clock||I dont think this new change will effect fast paced offenses at all. Where I think it will come into play is when a grind-it0out type of offense wants to milk the clock, or a teams wants to sit on a lead. This plays right into Tressel ball, and that makes me, well.... ill.|