fair point that
|2 days 23 min ago||Meh. He's not a||
Meh. He's not a high-completion guy, and I think O'Korn is clearly better. I don't think there's much worth in bringing someone in unless they can legitimately compete with the guys who are already here. At best, Towles would probably be the #2 guy.
|2 days 26 min ago||No Michigan player should be||
No Michigan player should be called for targeting until an opposing player is called for targeting. Rudock has been "targeted" about 5 times this year - at least - and not one call has gone in his favor. So f*** Hackenberg and any other Michigan opponent until then.
|2 days 30 min ago||It appears that Nauta will||
It appears that Nauta will probably end up at Georgia unless something happens with Georgia's coaching staff.
|2 days 32 min ago||Also, he wasn't very good at||
Also, he wasn't very good at running the ball.
|2 days 34 min ago||Shea had 27 career carries||
Shea had 27 career carries for 104 yards and 0 touchdowns. If that's the type of production we could expect from Smith as a FB, that would be disappointing.
|2 days 37 min ago||He said he will not comment||
He said he will not comment publicly until he submits his NLI and enrolls in classes for spring (a.k.a. winter) semester.
|2 days 20 hours ago||I think the chances are slim||
I think the chances are slim that any true freshman beats out three fifth year seniors or a junior who's been a two-year starter already.
|2 days 21 hours ago||I mean, I didn't listen to||
I mean, I didn't listen to it, but it says that U of M confirmed with Lorenz that they plan on taking 27. So unless you have other evidence, I don't really see how you can "disagree" with something like that.
|2 days 21 hours ago||Zero. Who's going to replace||
Who's going to replace them? Juwann Bushell-Beatty? David Dawson is well behind Kalis/Braden. Kugler might fill Glasgow's spot. Cole might move inside, so Grant Newsome could conceivably fill Glasgow's spot as a starter.
|2 days 22 hours ago||Well, I hope so, but we've||
Well, I hope so, but we've been saying that for a couple years now, and the run blocking still leaves a lot to be desired.
|2 days 22 hours ago||To be fair, they lost to Katy, a||
To be fair, they lost to Katy, a team that is 12-0. They have a 4-star RB, a couple kids committed to Northwestern, a 3-star committed to Houston, and two other 2-star prospects. And that's just in the 2016 class.
|2 days 22 hours ago||With Thomas on defense and||
With Thomas on defense and McFarland on offense, that would be some serious speed added to the team.
|2 days 22 hours ago||I like McDoom. He's a good||
I like McDoom. He's a good all-around receiver, and he's pretty polished. I think he could come in and contribute next year, unlike project guys like Drake Harris, Brian Cole, etc., who need developmental time.
|2 days 22 hours ago||You mean Rashad Weaver? I||
You mean Rashad Weaver? I don't know of a Rashad Williams.
|2 days 22 hours ago||I think Walker is a good||
I think Walker is a good all-around back. I don't think he is Leonard Fournette or Derrick Henry. He's not a physical freak, but he does everything well.
Right now we have guys who are slow, guys who don't have great vision, guys who can't run through tackles, etc. I don't think people will have a lot of complaints about Walker if he comes here, but he won't be a Heisman candidate, either.
|2 days 22 hours ago||I thought you were suggesting||
I thought you were suggesting it for me and my site. My site isn't as lucrative as MGoBlog. But yeah, it's obviously less drastic of an expenditure for MGoBlog.
|2 days 22 hours ago||I really like McFarland as an||
I really like McFarland as an all-purpose back. If all we can get is bruisers in 2016, it would be nice to get him in the 2017 class to offer some speed to the equation. We're missing a gamebreaker RB.
|2 days 23 hours ago||I'm pretty sure Jordan||
I'm pretty sure Jordan Elliott's season is done. Houston Westside went 4-7 this year and their last game was on November 13, which was a 77-0 loss in the playoffs.
|2 days 23 hours ago||$2,000 a year isn't chump||
$2,000 a year isn't chump change.
|3 days 52 min ago||Sure they are. We currently||
Sure they are. We currently have commitments from guys like Devin Gil, Josh Metellus, Rashad Weaver, Dytarious Johnson, etc. Does that mean the coaches like Tucky as much as, say, Dytarious Johnson? Maybe not. But take out Tucky, and insert a Rivals 3-star that I didn't list.
The bottom line is that there are guys in Ohio who fit the criteria of a) being able to play at Michigan and b) not being Ohio State locks.
Michigan just isn't pulling them in, offering them, etc. I'm not saying that's bad or good, but it's true.
|3 days 1 hour ago||Not that I know of. It was||
Not that I know of. It was just an unlucky coincidence.
|3 days 1 hour ago||There are some "at Michigan's||
There are some "at Michigan's level" who are not shoo-ins for the Buckeyes. There are 14 Rivals 4-stars in Ohio for 2016, including:
- Boston College-committed LB Ethan Tucky
|3 days 1 hour ago||If you're talking about Matt||
If you're talking about Matt Bockhorst, he's a 2017 kid.
Jack Carman (from Fairfield, OH) was offered in early October.
|3 days 1 hour ago||Michael Ferns transferred to||
Michael Ferns transferred to WVU after his freshman year. He didn't decommit.
|3 days 1 hour ago||Rick Finotti||
He's the Director of Football Operations, but that still hasn't translated into a lot of recruiting in Ohio.
|3 days 1 hour ago||We have heard that, but it||
We have heard that, but it may just be Michigan shills trying to explain it away.
|3 days 2 hours ago||Unfortunately, all the dental||
Unfortunately, all the dental assistants look like John Leguizamo.
|3 days 2 hours ago||But...that's not accurate.||
But...that's not accurate. Michigan was just as veteran in 2013 as they were in 2011. And in 2012, they were even more so when the line consisted of redshirt junior Taylor Lewan, fifth year Ricky Barnum, fifth year Elliott Mealer, fifth year Patrick Omameh, and redshirt junior Michael Schofield.
|3 days 2 hours ago||We're clearly all too cool to||
We're clearly all too cool to be something nerdy like a "computer programmer." For example, I am an underwear model, and Reader71 is Harrison Ford's stunt double.
|3 days 2 hours ago||Supposedly, there was a power||
Supposedly, there was a power outage where the servers are located. The site is back up now.
My site goes down too much, too. I am looking into changing servers. But I have a lot less traffic and capital than MGoBlog.
|3 days 2 hours ago||You play cards in the||
You play cards in the morning?
|3 days 19 hours ago||If that's the case, then Bo||
If that's the case, then Bo maybe would have told Graham Glasgow to hit the road, too.
|3 days 21 hours ago||LOL. I'm the one arguing that||
LOL. I'm the one arguing that we should lay off of Ezekiel Elliott.
|3 days 21 hours ago||Sorry - I believe it was the||
Sorry - I believe it was the second incident, not the third.
|3 days 22 hours ago||I'm not sure how well that||
I'm not sure how well that would go over in the locker room. Elliott is arguably their best player. He criticizes you as a coach, and to punish your best player for "undermining the team," you suspend him for (all or part of) one of your biggest games of the year?
|3 days 22 hours ago||"I'm fine with how Graham was||
"I'm fine with how Graham was handled this time around."
That's fine. I'm not.
But I'm not really talking about that. What I'm saying is that if you don't get suspended for your third incident with alcohol, then you probably shouldn't get suspended for saying unkind words for the first time.
|3 days 22 hours ago||Morris is a junior. He was in||
Morris is a junior. He was in the class of 2013.
|3 days 22 hours ago||That's a fitting tag for this||
That's a fitting tag for this post.
|3 days 22 hours ago||Fitzgerald Toussaint, Frank||
Fitzgerald Toussaint, Frank Clark, and Graham Glasgow are all players who served suspensions for games when they committed wrongdoings in the off-season.
|3 days 22 hours ago||Dever is still on the||
Dever is still on the official roster on MGoBlue.
|3 days 22 hours ago||Off-season punishments are||
Off-season punishments are horsecrap. They can be tough (waking up early, doing conditioning, etc.), but you hit players hardest with playing time punishments. Glasgow had multiple alcohol-related incidents, and he didn't miss a bit of playing time for his most recent one. So I'm not going to sit here and suggest that Ezekiel Elliott should be punished for the first time (AFAIK) he says something publicly where he questions the play calling.
Also, if we're talking about Bo - who stopped coaching almost 30 years ago - I think Graham Glasgow would have been on the first bus out of town, too.
|3 days 22 hours ago||He was suspended in the||
He was suspended in the off-season? Oh no! How terrible! That sounds like an Urban Meyer punishment...
Also, Graham Glasgow is not Ryan Glasgow.
|3 days 22 hours ago||I also think it looks a||
I also think it looks a little petty and thin-skinned if you suspend someone for criticizing you. I agree that you pull him into the office, tell him that his comments were not appropriate, have a talk, etc. But if it's the first time he's done something like this, then it's not a huge issue.
If he does it repeatedly, that's when I think you hand out punishments.
|3 days 23 hours ago||Antonio Poole is also listed.||
Antonio Poole is also listed. When he took a medical, he took on a gig with the football program.
|3 days 23 hours ago||As soon as Graham Glasgow is||
As soon as Graham Glasgow is suspended for his alcohol incident, we can talk about Ezekiel Elliott being punished for saying "I deserve more than 12 carries."
|3 days 23 hours ago||In the past, the people to be||
In the past, the people to be honored were only those who were departing the football program. In other words, redshirt juniors who planned to return would not be honored during this game.
Things might change under Harbaugh, but that's how it was previously.
|3 days 23 hours ago||Digression? Interesting word||
Digression? Interesting word choice...
Elliott's comments are fun if you're a Michigan fan, but they're not that concerning.
|3 days 23 hours ago||Well, there do appear to be||
Well, there do appear to be some players leaving, but I'm not sure that they will be given an "honored" departure...
|3 days 23 hours ago||The official roster lists||
The official roster lists only 40 players who are either "Sr." or "5th", so that would mean at least 4 players who are otherwise designated will be honored. Interesting...
(BTW, Michigan no longer lists redshirts on their official roster, so players in their fourth year are "Sr." whether they redshirted or not.)
|4 days 4 hours ago||He's talking about Rodriguez,||
He's talking about Rodriguez, who recruited Denard, Tate, and Devin.
|4 days 4 hours ago||Speaking of stupid/ignorant,||
Speaking of stupid/ignorant, how often have you heard coaches/employees apologizing for a job that was poorly done?
|4 days 4 hours ago||Did he get better? That was||
Did he get better? That was the question.
Also, *I* think it's kind of funny that people say "Hart was who he was when he got here" but then say "Jackson was such an idiot that it took him a few weeks to put Hart on the field."
So...which is it? Was he the best RB from the moment he stepped on campus? Or did he have some things to work on that perhaps he improved from August 1 until a few weeks into the season?
I'm assuming you didn't attend those practices in 2004, so you probably have no clue whether Hart was ready to play. Maybe Underwood and Jackson were the better pass protectors and thus got the majority of the snaps. Maybe it took Hart a few weeks to grasp the concepts.
Regardless, I think it's unfair to say that coaches don't have anything to do with players who are good from the beginning of their careers.
|4 days 4 hours ago||Yes, the plan is still for||
Yes, the plan is still for him to play tailback. He does not want to be a fullback, but that doesn't really change where the recruiting sites rank him.
|4 days 15 hours ago||a) You asked for an answer. I||
a) You asked for an answer. I gave you one.
b) Your response is kind of the point. Running back is a NATURAL position. Guys are often good as freshmen, and they're often good as rookies in the NFL (hell, this thread is about a ROOKIE in the NFL who's contributing). It turned out that Justice Hayes transferred to a worse program and still ended up as a third-stringer there. So is it that Fred Jackson didn't teach him how to be a good running back? Or is it that Hayes just wasn't very talented?
As I mentioned above, Rawls never did anything special at Michigan. Sometimes it takes a change of scenery for people to be successful. Kurt Warner was a great NFL quarterback, but not until after he hit some bumps in the road. Pete Carroll didn't do anything great in coaching until he ended up at USC and then in Seattle.
|4 days 15 hours ago||Well, I certainly thought||
Well, I certainly thought Derrick Green was better in 2014 than he was in 2013. And as I mentioned above, Justice Hayes went from not playing at all to being our best pass blocker in 2014. Chris Perry got into the conversation for the Heisman eventually. Carlos Brown didn't do jack squat when he first arrived, and he averaged 5.9 yards/carry by the time he was a senior.
|4 days 16 hours ago||Oh, okay... So just like Hart||
Oh, okay... So just like Hart above, Jackson gets no credit. So when people are good, it's because of the player. And when they're not good, it's because of the coach.
P.S. Justice Hayes developed into our best pass blocker. He was also the smallest of the running backs. But I guess Justice Hayes was Justice Hayes from when he got to Ann Arbor, too.
|4 days 16 hours ago||That's a cop-out of an||
That's a cop-out of an argument. Just because a player is pretty good from the beginning of his career doesn't mean that he wasn't coached well during his career. Mario Manningham was good for his entire time here. Does Erik Campbell not get any credit for coaching him?
|4 days 16 hours ago||So he was able to communicate||
So he was able to communicate with a tiny kid from The Muck in Florida, but he couldn't teach a 225 lb. kid from Warren, Ohio? That's an interesting theory.
|4 days 16 hours ago||At pass blocking? Wasn't||
At pass blocking? Wasn't Vincent Smith everyone's favorite pass blocker? Who taught him how to pass block? Fred Jackson didn't forget how to teach players to pass block.
|4 days 17 hours ago||I forgot Elliott.I had||
I forgot Elliott.
I had Delance down for a visit a couple weeks ago, which didn't happen. I didn't know that he had rescheduled, but yeah, Rivals lists him, too.
EDIT: Delance isn't visiting now. He has a playoff game and tweeted out that he'll reschedule the Michigan visit. I think that might be bad news if he doesn't get the game-day experience, but the coaches may be able to give him more attention if he's in town another weekend.
|4 days 17 hours ago||Honestly, he looked slow at||
Honestly, he looked slow at Michigan. Maybe he finally started taking training and nutrition seriously. Playing RB is such a natural skill. He did nothing special in three years at Michigan, bad blocking or not.
|4 days 17 hours ago||Yeah. That damn Fred Jackson||
Yeah. That damn Fred Jackson never taught Mike Hart to pass blocker, neither! That guy sucked!
|4 days 18 hours ago||Velus Jones does look good.||
Velus Jones does look good. He's not playing against great competition, but I agree that he should probably be rated higher. I don't look at him and see just a 3-star prospect.
|4 days 18 hours ago||I don't think yesterday's||
I don't think yesterday's MSU/OSU game has much to do with our recruiting situation. Most of the guys we're recruiting at this point are not really considering Michigan State, except for Donnie Corley. And I think some of the guys on our radar are as good as or better than Corley, so that wouldn't be a huge loss if we can still get one or two of those other players. Otherwise, we're battling teams like Georgia, Texas, Oklahoma, etc.
|4 days 18 hours ago||I'm totally serious about||
I'm totally serious about Mork d'Antonio.
|4 days 20 hours ago||Yes. Otherwise, it would be a||
Yes. Otherwise, it would be a recruiting violation.
|4 days 20 hours ago||I don't think they would turn||
I don't think they would turn down Mecole Hardman, for example, if he wanted to commit. I think the big thing is that a) they want people who are going to stay committed and b) they don't want player #2 on their board to prevent player #1 from committing. So let's say Chris Brown tried to commit, but the coaches feel good about Hardman. They would probably ask Brown to hold off in the hopes that they could convince Hardman to come.
P.S. That previous scenario is both unlikely and entirely made up. I don't know whether the coaches would take both Brown or Hardman, or how many spots they're recruiting for in general. It's just an example of a scenario.
|4 days 20 hours ago||Unofficial visitors still||
Unofficial visitors still have to purchase their tickets, but Michigan allots certain tickets and seats for them. So a kid like Fred Hansard won't be sitting in row 93.
|4 days 20 hours ago||"Flood" is too strong of a||
"Flood" is too strong of a word. Lots of these kids are coming from a long ways away, and Michigan is playing from behind for some of them. The best Michigan can do for some of these kids is put themselves in prime position for the next few weeks until some of these kids announce at the UA and Army All-American games. It also seems like Michigan discourages kids from making emotional, in-the-moment decisions and wants them to think about their choices after they go home.
|4 days 20 hours ago||There are too many visitors||
There are too many visitors coming in to rule it out. A lot of these guys who have waited this long, though, are either planning to take several official visits after their senior seasons, or they're waiting until the various all-star games to announce. I wouldn't be surprised if Terrance Davis or Jonathan Jones commits, and maybe a big win could sway someone like Chris Brown or Dontavious Jackson.
|4 days 20 hours ago||I'm sure some of them will be||
I'm sure some of them will be visiting. I don't think those visits are quite as big of a deal publicly because it just involves driving an hour to Ann Arbor, whereas a lot of these guys have to make travel plans, get plane tickets, etc.
|4 days 21 hours ago||I think we should be able to||
I think we should be able to redeem our MGoPoints for vouchers to Chop House.
|4 days 21 hours ago||Les Miles will end up at||
Les Miles will end up at Michigan State when Mork d'Antoni goes to South Carolina.
|6 days 19 hours ago||I really like this kid. When||
I really like this kid. When we offered him a while ago, I thought he was a pipe dream so I didn't pay much more attention. Michigan needs linebackers, and I think this kid could be a player in year one or year two.
|1 week 17 hours ago||I understand questioning the||
I understand questioning the coaches - I do it all the time - but questioning PA on plays like this is silly, in my opinion. He is very well prepared, one of the best coaches in the country, heavily involved in the offensive play calling, and a former high-level NFL QB. If he thinks running a PA pass on 2nd-and-20 is a good idea, then I believe it is a good idea.
|1 week 17 hours ago||Butt is just a guy at the NFL||
Butt is just a guy at the NFL level, in my opinion. He's not a good enough athlete to be a standout there. However, I think he could very well be a guy who carves out a 10-year career as a #2 tight end or a journeyman-level player.
|1 week 23 hours ago||Kids who are in high school||
Kids who are in high school today have seen a pretty high-quality Oregon program since birth. They were 9-3, 10-2, and 11-1 from 1999-2001. Then they had a few mediocre years before becoming a perennial powerhouse.
|1 week 1 day ago||Amateur. Everyone else here||
Everyone else here knows their middle name, birthday, and length of their inseam.
|1 week 1 day ago||I think he's a little||
I think he's a little short/small for a traditional tight end position, but I could see him being used as an H-back type. He's more the type of guy who would go in motion like Khalid Hill, Henry Poggi, etc.
|1 week 1 day ago||My guess is that he ends up||
My guess is that he ends up as a linebacker. I think there will be too much talent at QB for him to break into that situation. I don't think he'll be athletic enough for safety. He could also be a fullback/H-back, but I'll go with LB.
Thanks for the compliment.
|1 week 1 day ago||I don't think the RB||
I don't think the RB coach/offense is an issue. Running back is pretty much the easiest position to adjust from coach to coach, especially considering that his offensive at USC, Hoke's Michigan, and Harbaugh's Michigan are fairly similar (pro-style, power, inside zone, etc.).
|1 week 1 day ago||He's not a good blocker, but||
He's not a good blocker, but he is a very good receiver. I think Michigan should use him more as a receiver out of the backfield, whether he's lined up as an H-back or a tailback.
|1 week 1 day ago||Yes, the competition was||
Yes, the competition was weak.
However, his production has been pretty good when he has played.
|1 week 1 day ago||I don't think Stribling is||
I don't think Stribling is happy about his playing time diminishing. But the truth is that he doesn't have the position locked down. Jeremy Clark is just as good or better.
|1 week 1 day ago||Right. My understanding is||
Right. My understanding is that when he committed, Michigan told him they would give him a chance to play LB but wanted him more as a FB. Then when he got more offers at LB, Reese went to them and said he wanted to be LB only. After that the coaches started backing off.
|1 week 1 day ago||WOTS is basically that the||
WOTS is basically that the coaches don't want him anymore. It's their polite way of telling him to get lost.
|1 week 1 day ago||He can transfer again to an||
He can transfer again to an FBS school, or he can go down a level. There are options for him if he doesn't continue his career here.
|1 week 1 day ago||His issues are partly to do||
His issues are partly to do with fumbles, but mostly due to attitude.
|1 week 1 day ago||The guys at Rivals have said||
The guys at Rivals have said that the FSU thing is mostly smoke for Bush, and that the dominant Oklahoma lead for Caleb Kelly is inaccurate. Various people are still confident in Jonathan Jones and Dontavious Jackson, the latter of whom seems interested in Texas but they have a highly questionable coaching situation.
Reese is somewhat limited athletically, so I'm not too worried about losing him.
|1 week 1 day ago||Unwatcha Bowl.||
|1 week 1 day ago||Agreed, but he was at least||
Agreed, but he was at least aware enough of the statistics to use it as a viable excuse.
|1 week 2 days ago||I'm not sure how much we can||
I'm not sure how much we can blame some of those things on coaching, though. Was it Baxter's fault that O'Neill dropped the punt? Do we know that it was his call to run a spread punt?
Also, with the punt return against Indiana, there was a guy there (Stribling) who completely whiffed on the tackle. I'm not sure Baxter can be blamed for that, either.
|1 week 2 days ago||He didn't play last week when||
He didn't play last week when he was on the depth chart.
|1 week 2 days ago||Pallante is only 6 lbs.||
Pallante is only 6 lbs. lighter than Maurice Hurst, Jr. Pallante is 276, and Hurst is 282. I agree that his size isn't ideal, but it's workable as a backup. I don't think many backup nose tackles keep defensive coordinators up at night.
|1 week 2 days ago||He missed almost all of 2014||
He missed almost all of 2014 with a shoulder injury, and yeah, it seems to be continuing to bother him.
|1 week 2 days ago||So he's inaccurate, but our||
So he's inaccurate, but our receivers - as we all know - are extremely awesome superstars, so he completes a lot of passes. Gotcha.
|1 week 2 days ago||Your response is not an emphatic rebuttal.||
Your response is not an emphatic rebuttal.
|1 week 2 days ago||"in the end all that matters||
"in the end all that matters is you find a way to win."
Your post is contradictory. Yeah yeah yeah it's nice to say that all that matters is winning blah blah blah. Hooray for you.
But the truth is that if we only missed 2 tackles, the coaches wouldn't concern themselves much with fixing their tackling issues. Whether Harbaugh knows it's 28 or thinks it was 20 or thinks it was 50, he's probably going to try to fix the tackling issues this week. Stats are a way to quantify the things we see.
You act as if Harbaugh not knowing/discussing stats is a good thing. It's not. It's just his way of thinking or talking to the media. He said he went for 2 against Rutgers because that's what the chart said he should do. The guy doesn't just do things on gut feelings because he has an innate ability to win football games. Part of his coaching method clearly relies on statistics.
|1 week 2 days ago||Dang. I didn't even know we||
Dang. I didn't even know we had that many on the roster. No wonder we had to use Strobel at that position.
|1 week 2 days ago||Dude! Your donation was going||
Dude! Your donation was going to be the difference between a site redesign and dealing with this same look for the next four years. Thanks a lot, you selfish bastard.
|1 week 2 days ago||He also has to pay income||
He also has to pay income taxes on that $94,000,000 (or however much it is).
Of course, there are other paid advertisements, the Beveled Guilt button, HTTV, etc., so there are more avenues of income than just ad revenue.
If he were running the site alone, he would be making a pretty good income. And maybe he still is. But yeah, with multiple employees, he's probably not making a killing.
|1 week 2 days ago||...and now you're just||
...and now you're just flat-out wrong again. He's #30 in the country in completion percentage.
|1 week 2 days ago||You teach them to make a play||
You teach them to make a play on the ball - look back for the ball when you recognize cues, track the receiver's inside hip, track his hands as he goes up so you can rake through his hands, etc. You don't HAVE to look back for the ball to make a play, but you do have to play the ball instead of simply faceguarding.
|1 week 2 days ago||Are you also learning about||
Are you also learning about Roll Damn Tide? He's the one who makes this whole thing go.
|1 week 2 days ago||I can't tell you whether||
I can't tell you whether Indiana ran any traps or not without looking back at the film. That's not a staple play of their offense, so it would be somewhat surprising if they did.
You certainly some OL pulling with some down blocks in front of them, which can look like a trap in some ways. If there's penetration on the front side, then the pulling OL need to pick up those penetrators. Maybe you saw a situation like that once or twice where Howard cut it up inside, but I don't think there were any legit traps.
|1 week 2 days ago||Perhaps. But turning your||
Perhaps. But turning your head around too soon can result in more completions, missed tackles after the catch, etc.
Playing Cover 3 can help keep everything in front of you, but it also makes it relatively simple to find holes in the defense and move the ball down the field. Running the football can help control the ball and prevent turnovers and negative plays, but it's more difficult to hit big plays. Everything is a tradeoff.
With Michigan's current coaching and personnel, the technique is working. It's not a bad thing or a good thing. It just works. Like I said, no need to fix it if it isn't broken.
|1 week 2 days ago||Oh...so you're changing the||
Oh...so you're changing the argument.
You're saying that he HAS been accurate, but he has struggled to be accurate with his downfield throws.
That's an interesting way to argue.
Anyway, I might suggest that an issue with accuracy downfield is timing with his receivers. That seems to have been improving over the past couple games. So maybe it just took him a while to sync up with his receivers. He didn't seem to have those same types of issues at Iowa, possibly because he had been playing there for two years before he started his first game.
|1 week 2 days ago||I don't really see Thing #1||
I don't really see Thing #1 happening very often, at least not what you're describing. I would perhaps agree with Big Boutros, though, that one consistent issue is a lack of linebacker flow to the ball.
With Thing #2, yes, the players are being coached that way. It generally works. Don't fix it if it ain't broke. They're playing press man coverage, and they are taught not to look back for the ball unless they are in excellent position and (coaches teach this different ways) the receiver's eyes get big, his hands go up, etc. Back-shoulder throws are notoriously difficult to defend, so the best thing you can do is have good position and make it difficult for the receiver to come back to the ball.
I don't think this will have any effect on the players' draft stock. They are doing what they are coached to do. It's not "conservative" or "aggressive." It's just good football.
|1 week 2 days ago||The "good" thing about||
The "good" thing about graduate transfers is that they typically don't arrive until the summer. So that means that we wouldn't need the spot until the fall, when some freshmen will have failed to qualify, guys will have "retired" due to injury, guys will have transferred after spring ball, etc. It's not like a graduate transfer will need to have a scholarship available for spring practice.
|1 week 2 days ago||Didn't he also have a good||
Didn't he also have a good game against Rutgers the previous week? And hasn't he been improving over the past few weeks? We're not talking about 1 game in a vacuum.
|1 week 2 days ago||I mean, yeah, we've seen some||
I mean, yeah, we've seen some great catches (Darboh's one-hander, Jake Butt's double-covered TD against Utah), but your statement implies that other quarterbacks don't have players making great catches. Rudock is not unique in that respect. Darboh and Chesson have dropped their fair share of passes. If you're going to knock down his completion percentage because of a few good catches, you also have to knock down other QBs completion percentages for the good catches that their receivers have made. If we assume that 2% of completions are because of great plays by the receivers, then every QB needs to have his completion percentage knocked down by 2%.
So...that's not a very good argument.
|1 week 2 days ago||I'm not sure if that's a||
I'm not sure if that's a great argument. Denard Robinson had a really fun season that year, but Michigan didn't win very much. A big part of a QB's legacy is winning games, and Robinson's best statistical year was when he beat up on some weak teams and still went 7-6.
|1 week 2 days ago||Caron Butler or Carson||
Caron Butler or Carson Butler? Those are two very different people. I would be very intrigued to see Caron Butler dabbling in a football career.
|1 week 3 days ago||Howard is a very solid back.||
Howard is a very solid back. He reminds me a little bit of Arian Foster - sneaky but not great speed, really hard to bring down without solid contact. Outside of Fournette, Henry, and the now-injured Nick Chubb, I don't think I've seen a better back this year. (Utah's Devontae Booker has not impressed me.)
|1 week 3 days ago||I mean, I don't really think||
I mean, I don't really think he'll get drafted, either, which is why I said I thought he'd be an UDFA.
But Rudock doesn't have a ton around him, either. He doesn't have a good running game, and his receivers are mediocre. Chesson had a breakout game, but otherwise, he has been rather inconsistent. Darboh is not much more than a possession guy. Jake Butt is a guy with good hands and a big catching radius, but he's not really a big-play guy.
Both guys are playing/played without elite talent around them.
Also, Rudock went from 59% to 62% to now 65% completions. That's a pretty good completion percentage.
P.S. Golson just got benched at FSU. I don't think he's anything special.
|1 week 3 days ago||What if he's a really sucky||
What if he's a really sucky doctor?
|1 week 3 days ago||Northwestern's Trevor Siemian||
Northwestern's Trevor Siemian got drafted in the 7th round last year, and he's the Broncos' backup right now with Peyton Manning hurt.
His numbers in 2014:
58% completions, 2214 yards, 7 touchdowns, 11 interceptions
So yeah, I think Rudock will get a shot somewhere. I don't know if he'll be drafted, but someone will pick him up as an UDFA.
|1 week 3 days ago||...except he could.||
...except he could.
|1 week 3 days ago||Drake Johnson was a 2-star.||
Drake Johnson was a 2-star. The fact that he's putting up some of the best numbers on the team at RB - while outplaying 5- and 4-stars - suggests that yes, he is in fact outplaying his ranking.
Also, in a more pass-happy era, Michigan's two most productive running backs played for Fred Jackson. So...you're wrong.
|1 week 3 days ago||I think we match up better||
I think we match up better against those teams, and I think a slower pace will help. I don't really see Michigan's defensive line being an advantage, but it should be less of a disadvantage. I also think they need to do some rejiggering and move Henry inside, so they can use Strobel and potentially Poggi at SDE. Henry's a more viable NT than Strobel.
Either way, Michigan's defensive line has gone from a huge strength to a very average unit.
|1 week 4 days ago||I think our DL was getting||
I think our DL was getting beaten up, and our inside linebackers couldn't flow to the ball. The absence of Glasgow hurt us a ton. The linebackers are okay when they have room to move, but they couldn't get off blocks and the DL wasn't getting penetration.
|1 week 4 days ago||Hayes is also third-string at||
Hayes is also third-string at Southern Miss. The top two guys are averaging over 6 yards/carry, and he's at 4.47. Even the freshman behind him on the depth chart is averaging 5.5 yards/carry. Hayes just isn't very good.
|1 week 4 days ago||Tshimanga Biakabutuka,||
Tshimanga Biakabutuka, Anthony Thomas, B.J. Askew, Chris Perry, and Mike Hart (among others) disagree. Most of those guys did next to nothing in the NFL (for various reasons), but a few of them set records in college and Askew carved out a decent career for himself in the NFL for being a fullback/tailback tweener. Also, Fred Jackson recruited Thomas Rawls and Drake Johnson - two low-rated guys who have outplayed their rankings.
But hey, don't let facts get in your way. Just because he wasn't a great coordinator doesn't mean he was a bad position coach. Brady Hoke wasn't a great head coach, but he was a good DL coach. Charlie Weis wasn't a great head coach, but he was a good coordinator. So on and so forth.
|1 week 4 days ago||I think Toussaint was a||
I think Toussaint was a better college running back, and that's why he didn't get more of a shot. But Rawls never did anything special when he was at Michigan, other than that late 60+ yard run against Illinois in a blowout. He was supposed to be a power back, but he couldn't run through tackles. He was basically what Derrick Green is now.
I think it might just have been a case where he didn't "get it" and didn't mature physically until he got to CMU and then NFL. Or maybe the success he had at CMU, against lower-tier competition, was what gave him the confidence and drive to be decent in the NFL.
|1 week 4 days ago||We had a pretty decent OL||
We had a pretty decent OL when Rodriguez was here, at least toward the end of his tenure. The guy coaching the OL was Greg Frey, whose OL just helped Indiana run for 307 yards against us.
Funk was not a good coach, but Frey can coach the crap out of a team running those zone systems. It's not a coincidence that people are talking up Dan Feeney as a potential All-American.
|1 week 4 days ago||I agree that his competition||
I agree that his competition isn't very good. Indiana isn't known for its football. On the other hand, they have produced some pretty good college quarterbacks over the years - Rex Grossman, Jay Cutler, Rick Mirer, etc. Say what you will about their pro careers, but at least at the college level, there have been a fair number of success stories.
|1 week 4 days ago||Well, the same thing could be||
Well, the same thing could be said for both of them. But no, I'm talking about Strobel. He has been a sixth offensive lineman for much of the year. He has lined up as a TE, OT, and OG at various times. Over the past couple weeks, it seems like Grant Newsome has taken over that role, but Strobel was the guy they were bringing in for an extra OL.
|1 week 4 days ago||Eh... You do know that Tom||
Eh... You do know that Tom Strobel has been playing a bunch of offense, right? So you don't think there's ANY chance that he improves if he concentrates solely on defense?
Also, Godin has been better in the past. He did not have a good game on Saturday, but he's capable of a better performance.
|1 week 4 days ago||Several teams have reportedly||
Several teams have reportedly contacted him. Not exactly a who's-who of teams, but Wisconsin was one of them.
|1 week 4 days ago||Fred Jackson wasn't an awful||
Fred Jackson wasn't an awful coach.
|1 week 5 days ago||potential threads||
OT: Jack Conklin has a cramp
OT: Aaron Burbridge cut himself while shaving
OT: Malik McDowell's cat died
|1 week 6 days ago||I don't know much "stronger"||
I don't know much "stronger" PSU is getting. They were 7-5 in 2013 and 7-6 in 2014. Right now they're 7-3 with regular season games remaining against Michigan and Michigan State. On paper, those are both losses. So they're likely looking at a third straight season of 7 wins (pending a bowl game).
|1 week 6 days ago||No, he wouldn't be the first||
No, he wouldn't be the first (after all, Tyriq Thompson chose Michigan State), but to commit to MSU and then decommit for Michigan would be a real twist of the dagger.
|1 week 6 days ago||From what I've heard, Hayes||
From what I've heard, Hayes is likely to end up at Notre Dame.
|1 week 6 days ago||Abdul Adams might be in the||
Abdul Adams might be in the same boat.
|1 week 6 days ago||On top of that, Michigan||
On top of that, Michigan hasn't even offered. So it's definitely not about us. In fact, I strongly doubt that he would come to Michigan even if he were offered, since his dad is an MSU alum.
|1 week 6 days ago||Also, Donovan Johnson is the||
Also, Donovan Johnson is the 2017 Cass Tech corner, not Jackson.
|1 week 6 days ago||I don't get all the||
I don't get all the consternation about Lewis's size. Five of the eight Pro Bowl corners from last year were 5'10" or 5'11".
|1 week 6 days ago||Webb came back from suspension earlier this month.||
Webb came back from suspension earlier this month.
|1 week 6 days ago||I would rather see other guys||
I would rather see other guys succeed. Funchess was too lackadaisical for my tastes.
|2 weeks 18 hours ago||I'll root for all Michigan||
I'll root for all Michigan sports, but if it's not football or basketball, it would be nice to have the sport in the title. There just isn't enough coverage of baseball, softball, hockey, women's basketball, etc. to know who these guys are as a casual follower of the sports. If I had known it was a hockey thread, I wouldn't have clicked.
|2 weeks 23 hours ago||I have to disagree with Space||
I have to disagree with Space Coyote above. I like this kid as a running back. I think he runs tough. I could see him playing other positions (slot, SS, CB), but he's a very good runner. Plus he's jacked already and listed at 6'0", 205 lbs., which is about the same size as Jabrill Peppers. Add on a few pounds in a college S&C program, and he's probably 215 lbs. or so within two years.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||Florida, South Carolina, and||
Florida, South Carolina, and Nebraska are possibilities.
Yes, Michigan offered him, but they never really recruited him very hard.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||I don't think Michigan is a||
I don't think Michigan is a factor at this point.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||WOTS is that A.J. Williams||
WOTS is that A.J. Williams has the fastest 27-yard time, but he's pissed becaues nobody ever talks about it.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Blergh. Green gives you||
Blergh. Green gives you nothing extra - no shake, no power, mediocre speed. He apparently gets in less trouble than Ty Isaac, but unfortunately, Green looks like the least talented runner of the main quartet (Isaac, Smith, Johnson, Green).
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Excluding sacks (which are||
Excluding sacks (which are counted against rushing yardage):
2015: 4.24 yards/carry
2014: 4.72 yards/carry
|2 weeks 3 days ago||I don't think Jackson forgot||
I don't think Jackson forgot how to teach running backs to pass protect. He certainly did fine in the early '90's and 2000's. Besides, I didn't think Smith was a bad pass blocker before this year.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||It helps that basically our||
It helps that basically our whole offensive line returned, and so did all of our backs. Everyone is a year older and wiser than they were last year.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Magnuson is arguably the||
Magnuson is arguably the weakest player on the line and might get replaced. Meanwhile, Michigan has two redshirt junior offensive guards who are both returning next year (presumably) and more effective than Magnuson.
Therefore, there will be a need at center and a potential desire for a change at RT.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Drake Johnson's number have||
Drake Johnson's number have been better than De'Veon Smith's in both 2014 and 2015.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||I agree in some ways, but||
I agree in some ways, but lots of high schoolers break records and then are never heard from again. I'm not saying he'll disappear, but he's looked out of shape to me this year.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Preferred walk-ons are||
Preferred walk-ons are essentially guaranteed to have spots on the roster. Since you have 85 scholarship players and only 105 players are allowed to begin practice in August, there are only about 20 spots for preferred walk-ons (or student body walk-ons) to participate. So you have to monitor the number of preferred walk-ons you bring in since there are always returning walk-ons you want to be on the roster, too.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Green isn't physical enough||
Green isn't physical enough to succeed as a fullback. It's RB or nothing for him, IMO.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Bobby Henderson is the||
Bobby Henderson is the current third-stringer. He's a redshirt junior and stands 5'11", 240 lbs.
Then you have redshirt freshmen Nick Volk (5'10", 238 lbs.) and Deyanco Hardwick (5'11", 225 lbs.).
You also have people like Wyatt Shallman, Brady Pallante, Kingston Davis, and David Reese. Those last two want to play other positions (RB and LB, respectively), but it's a question mark whether they'll end up in the class or what spot they'll play. Personally, I think Davis has grown a little too large to stick at tailback unless he takes care of his body better, and Reese is at least a possibility to defect to Florida, Texas, Nebraska, etc.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||I would be happy to see Smith||
I would be happy to see Smith playing fullback next year, but I doubt it will happen.
I was annoyed by Houma's burned redshirt in 2012, and I'm even more annoyed now. He should be our starting FB in 2016.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||I didn't. I smelled it.||
I smelled it.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||He's a silent.||
He's a silent.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Meh. Even if he's in the top||
Meh. Even if he's in the top ten, it doesn't matter. Only the top few get invited or have a chance to win it.
I don't think Peppers has made enough plays on either side of the ball to warrant a mention. He has 2 offensive touchdowns, 0 picks, 0 fumble recoveries, 0 forced fumbles... Good player, but not Heisman-caliber yet.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||I don't like the idea of||
I don't like the idea of Charlton at Buck linebacker. He's too big and stiff, IMO.
(I know, I know, TWSS...)
|2 weeks 4 days ago||He's a little bit ponderous||
He's a little bit ponderous athletically, but he runs good routes as a TE.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Both are redshirt||
Both are redshirt juniors.
Since Harbaugh arrived, "redshirt" has been removed from the roster. Third-year players are juniors, second-year players are sophomores, etc.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||IIRC, this rule is a||
IIRC, this rule is a relatively recent adaptation, so I'm not sure if it was illegal when Sedrick Irvin ran it. I could be wrong on the timing, though.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||"If there was no players||
"If there was no players leaving for substitution, would that have been called the same foul?"
No, it wouldn't have been a foul, because there was no substitution (and therefore, no "substition with intent to deceive"). It would have simply been a receiver lining up near the sideline.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Agreed.||
|2 weeks 4 days ago||The big difference to me is||
The big difference to me is that Butt left the "huddle" before the team even huddled to call the play. You see him milling around, then he jogs toward the sideline, and only after he's several yards away does the team huddle together to get the call. How would he know the play if he wasn't in the huddle? And when else does Jake Butt line up two yards from the sideline? It was clearly intended to deceive the opponent, regardless of what Harbaugh says.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||No. He's wrong. The||
No. He's wrong.
The "unsportsmanlike conduct" in this situation does not only apply to players entering the field. It applies to players who make it appear that they are LEAVING the field.
I'm sorry, but you don't understand the rule.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||The explanation, which I||
The explanation, which I commented on, is further down in the thread.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Your interpretation of what||
Your interpretation of what happened and what was called is inaccurate.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||The referees did not call||
The referees did not call this because they thought Butt stepped on late from the sideline. They saw what happened, and it was illegal by the letter of the rule.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Agreed. I don't like the||
Agreed. I don't like the rule, but I think Michigan broke the rule.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||That's fine. College isn't||
That's fine. College isn't for everyone. If you don't graduate within 6 years, you obviously aren't getting the job done in the classroom (whether it's for good reasons or bad ones).
|3 weeks 47 min ago||With a tight end and an||
With a tight end and an H-back to his side, there are essentially five gaps. Cioffi is the fifth player on that side of the ball.
The more troublesome issue seems to be that the other safety runs into the official.
|3 weeks 1 hour ago||As someone who recently went||
As someone who recently went through a big change, I think it's a pretty daunting thing. You're talking about a lot of time that gets wrapped up into a project like that. It's not just creating the new site, but then making the little fixes that will inevitably pop up once it gets launched. Plus, what do you do with logins? With MGoPoints? Furthermore, my site had a ton of content that needed to be transferred to the new site, which was problematic in some ways.
Obviously, money could be an issue, too, but I don't know anything about the blog's finances. Readers of TTB pitched in a pretty significant portion to get my new site going, and there are a LOT more readers of MGoBlog.
Anyway...I think it's easy for an outsider to say that there shouldn't be a holdup, but there's a lot that goes into redesigning a website. Change is hard. I just reached the point where I think I maxed out what I could do with Blogger. Unless/until Brian hits that wall, maybe he doesn't see the upside of change platforms or creating a new site.
|3 weeks 1 hour ago||Most students aren't athletes||
Most students aren't athletes who often spend the summer taking classes. Why are so many players able to transfer after three or four years with their degree? Gardner was a graduate student, Rawls was a grad transfer after three years, Heitzman was a grad transfer, Bellomy was a grad transfer, etc.
|3 weeks 1 hour ago||I often disagree with the||
I often disagree with the assertions made about players' responsibilities. I don't see what Cioffi is supposed to do on one of those plays. The guys up front don't win any battles, and he steps up with two giant gaps to fill. Unsurprisingly, a Wisconsin running back picks one of those two giant gaps and scores a touchdown. If Cioffi picks the inside gap, Clement bounces outside for a score. If Cioffi picks the outside gap, Clement cuts up inside for a score.
|3 weeks 2 hours ago||The move from one year to||
The move from one year to four years is about giving student-athletes the time to earn a four-year degree. It's not right for schools to recruit kids for a college scholarship and then dump them after one or two years. But a student doesn't deserve five years of free tuition to pay for four years of schooling.
|3 weeks 2 hours ago||I agree about the||
I agree about the crowdfunding option. I don't think it would take long at all to find the money for a site overhaul.
|3 weeks 3 hours ago||With something like this,||
With something like this, it's not very effective if one person e-mails. You're not going to redesign a whole website because ONE person wants it changed. You need a wave of public support, which is what this thread (and others like it from the past) intends to do.
|3 weeks 3 hours ago||I'm too dumb to know the||
I'm too dumb to know the difference, but when I was getting my site redesigned, the web designer was pretty critical of MGoBlog's design (which I used as one of my reference points).
|3 weeks 4 hours ago||This totally f***s up the||
This totally f***s up the "Pipeline Nine" idea.
|3 weeks 17 hours ago||But there's really no||
But there's really no precedent for what you're suggesting. What you're essentially suggesting is that coaches everywhere get stuck with guys they don't want for a fifth year, which means the quality of football would go down. And all because...somehow guys deserve FIVE years of free education.
You're right that we all have our own ideas of morals/ethics, but you're talking as if your way is the ONLY way. Obviously, there are lots of people who disagree.
|3 weeks 22 hours ago||"What if he tears his ACL at||
"What if he tears his ACL at the beginning of his first year? He gets five years."
He gets four years. Tough luck. If the team wants to bring him back for a fifth, then they are free to do so.
I don't get where the right "ethically and morally correct" thing to do is defined. You and I have had this conversation before. Is it written in the Ten Commandments or the Koran that all good athletes should get five years of football scholarships? Did our Founding Fathers develop this great country based on the idea that athletes get five years of college for free?
It's simply YOUR idea of what's right.
|3 weeks 22 hours ago||...so none of Tyrone||
...so none of Tyrone Wheatley's kids could go to Michigan, even though it's their dad's alma mater and it's a local school. Maybe Tyrone, Jr. and Terius and Tyrique Wheatley are really close to mom and dad and will get homesick, but the NCAA is going to prevent them from going to Michigan because Tyrone was just hired in 2015...
It's a silly rule you're wanting to impose. Sorry. Too many holes.
|3 weeks 23 hours ago||I won't try to lull you into||
I won't try to lull you into a long list of "what if?" questions, but I'm trying to illustrate how difficult (and unfair) this would be to enforce.
Rashan Gary is being recruited to play for almost every major program in America, and surely teams in the MAC, AAC, FCS, etc. would gladly take him. Let's say Rashan Gary's mom is a college professor, an administrator, or even a custodian. If that rule were in place, Rashan Gary's mom would essentially be blacklisted from getting a job at ANY university just because her son is good at football and every university wants him.
So if I'm UMass and realize I have no shot at Rashan Gary, his mom still can't clean toilets at UMass or else it's a recruiting violation.
It's just a very, very slippery slope...
|3 weeks 23 hours ago||If you get let go before your||
If you get let go before your fifth year, you've had four years to make a difference. If the coaches thought you would be an impact player the next year, they would keep you. If they cut you, you can basically be assured that you would be buried on the depth chart next year.
There are four-year scholarships for a reason. That's plenty of time to earn a degree if you concentrate on your studies. There's no reason to guarantee a guy a fifth year. What if he tears his ACL at the beginning of his fifth year? Are you going to argue that he deserves for the team to pursue a sixth-year exception, too?
It's not the kid's money. He doesn't decide what is done with it. If you want to play, get better. If you don't get better, you have four years to earn your degree. If you think you can play football, then you can go elsewhere and prove it. That's essentially what the graduate transfer rule allows. There are options.
|3 weeks 23 hours ago||So...Michigan could hire||
So...Michigan could hire Wayne Lyons's mom to work in the payroll department or for the basketball staff, but not the football staff?
|3 weeks 23 hours ago||What's the definition of a||
What's the definition of a current recruit? Does it mean we can't hire Devin Bush, Sr. between August 1, 2014 and National Signing Day 2016? Does it mean that if a kid visits Michigan as a freshman, then we're prohibited from hiring his dad for the next three years? What if we hire his dad the day after the son enrolls at the school?
I think it's a very murky area you get into if you have the NCAA telling you that you can't hire certain people because you want their son to come to your school.
Also, if I'm a brilliant chemistry student, is the university prohibited from hiring my dad as a janitor just because you're trying to get me to come to U of M for a chemistry degree?
|3 weeks 1 day ago||1. Just because something is||
1. Just because something is coached doesn't mean it's followed. For example, look at Channing Stribling biting on the double move against Minnesota. He was in man coverage and supposed to be locked onto Wolitarsky, but he looked in the backfield and was beaten over the top.
2. Players have to read their keys. Keys do not change based on down and distance. They might change by formation, alignment, the defensive call, etc., but if you're keying the FB on 3rd-and-4, you're keying the FB on 3rd-and-15 (given the same formation and defensive call). If you stop reading your keys, suddenly you're being hit with a draw or a quick-hitter and you're not in a position to stop it.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||Parents are disappointed from||
Parents are disappointed from middle school (or earlier) on upward when their son isn't good enough to make the team. The truth is that one daddy's disappointment shouldn't prevent the team from being able to use a fifth-year scholarship elsewhere. Furthermore, that scholarship and free education will then be rewarded to someone the coaches deem more worthy.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||I don't really agree with the||
I don't really agree with the comments about teams' route combinations being based on play action. For example, we have the same route combinations that can be called out of a straight dropback from under center, shotgun, play action, or a rollout. All it takes is a change of a word or two to tell us what's going on in the backfield.
I think what a lot of people forget is that these defenses are not watching the game on TV. They're not saying "It's 3rd-and-15, so if the QB puts the ball in the RB's belly, he's just messing with me so I'm just going to drop to my hook-curl zone." Those guys are taught to read and react to what's going on on the field. Sure, 1/2 or 2/3 linebackers might not respect the play action because of the game situation, but if you get just one linebacker out of position, then that might be all you need.
Frankly, I don't see why anyone would be too upset about play action on a long play. It's not that distracting for a QB or RB to run a fake handoff. Personally, I think this is only something that fans get worked up about. Obviously, lots of coaches make a conscious decision to run play action on third- or fourth-and-longs, so it's probably not a big deal.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||Ypsilanti is not a powerhouse||
Ypsilanti is not a powerhouse football school. However, they have a class of 2016 kid named Marquis Smith who is committed to Kansas. He's a dual-threat QB type, but he has been getting some communication from Michigan, and I like him as an athlete (WR, CB, etc.). Fred Jackson won't ever coach him because he's a senior this year, but it may provide a small connection if Michigan extends an offer late in the process.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||So...a guy who coached for||
So...a guy who coached for Michigan for about 25 years gets a job at a local high school, and you don't think it's newsworthy enough to post? If that's where you draw the line, you should post gifs like that on about 10 different threads per day.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||Honestly, I don't understand||
Honestly, I don't understand all the clamoring for Riley to get fired. It's his first year. Their six losses are by a combined 23 points, and that was 5 losses by a total of 13 points before last week. The guy needs a chance to run his own staff with at least SOME of his own guys.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||Clark was beaten against MSU||
Clark was beaten against MSU on a similar play to Stribling's in this game.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||Chad Henne got hurt, too.||
Chad Henne got hurt, too. Denard Robinson stayed healthy in 2010 and 2011 (except for a short stretch of time here or there, such as against Illinois). Then he got hurt in 2012. Devin Gardner stayed healthy for all of 2013 (except the bowl game) and 2014. Injuries are something you're going to have to deal with, regardless. Shane Morris started only one game in 2014, and he got a concussion before the end of that game.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||Eh, it gives people practice||
Eh, it gives people practice in learning things. I don't think college is really intended to teach people HOW to learn. There is very little direction on HOW to think, HOW to respond, HOW to solve a problem, etc. College is basically, "Here's a bunch of information, and hopefully you figure out how to synthesize it all before the exam."
|4 weeks 23 min ago||I don't know if the QB||
I don't know if the QB situation is quite that contrived. I think Meyer was having a very hard time convincing himself and others that their national championship-winning QB should be benched in favor of the guy who lost to Virginia Tech. Why fix it if it ain't broke? Then when things weren't going so well for Jones this season, it made sense to go back to the guy who was so prolific last year.
|4 weeks 1 hour ago||Are you Martavis Bryant's mom||
Are you Martavis Bryant's mom or dad?
Bryant had an injury issue in 2014, was inactive for a while, and has only played 2 games this year after being suspended. Maybe he was downgraded in the draft because of off-the-field concerns.
|4 weeks 1 hour ago||It's an interesting||
It's an interesting thought.
In most college classes, it would be frowned upon to say, "In this class you will learn the skills necessary to pass my class." After all, the point of college is to learn skills to take with you beyond college. So in theory, it doesn't make a lot of sense for coaches to teach players the skills to only succeed in their system.
However, it's a business and everyone has his own system to run. I think it's totally fine that different coaches have different systems. It's a unique situation, and not totally like classes. However, I can see why it would be frustrating for the player and the NFL team if drafted players are not prepared for success at the pro level. It's just a necessary obstacle.