"Jim's a tough guy and you can see his personality is all over this football team," Fitzgerald said.
|12 hours 57 min ago||Durkin will be the first of||
Durkin will be the first of this staff to be offered a HC job, possibly as soon as next season, but almost certainly by 2017.
|1 day 8 hours ago||Unless something crazy||
Unless something crazy happens, Glasgow will get drafted, or, at the very least, signed as a UFA.
Could see two drafted next year among Kalis, Braden, and Mags (or even Cole).
EDIT: Houma could also be a UFA this year.
|1 day 8 hours ago||Mea Culpa||
You were right: Morgan is the better LB. He has been lights out this season and will get drafted. He reminds me of a Patriots ILB: smart, good tackler, lacks measurables. He is sort of like Brandon Spikes in this regard.
Bolden has been a disappointment. I thought with this coaching he would be a star. To be fair, we don't even need him on the field all that often, and he hasn't been awful, but I was thinking/hoping we'd see blitzes and TFLs from him.
I will put some lemon juice in my pasta tonight to atone.
|1 day 10 hours ago||Michigan version||
There are many, many more names on the top list, and that is how we need it to stay the next two weeks.
|1 day 10 hours ago||Tom Herman||
Brian is spot on: Ohio State misses Tom Herman. They miss him as much are the Lions are missing their expectations for this season.
Herman has Houston--a team that fired their head coach last year--is tied for #25 in ESPN's power rankings. They are averaging over 600 yards and 45 points per game on offense. Maybe he would have been the second-best choice for Michigan...
|2 days 12 hours ago||It is delightfully surprising||
It is delightfully surprising that every game on our schedule appears well within reach.
It is awful that I am still nervous about Northwestern.
|2 days 12 hours ago||Agree, and I would add||
First, great breakdown by Seth, and I love the format (and title).
What I would at to SC's remarks is that one of your best clues for play design are the steps the RB and QB take. In this play, Smith's steps (and Rudock's) are telling you where this play is going: exactly where it went.
If the play was designed to go to the backside, Smith would have taken a counter-step and received the hand-off on the other side of the QB, heading for the backside hole. In this play, Rudock is obstructing the backside cut, which tells you that is NOT Smith's first option.
Here's a good video of what a true counter-step (and handoff) looks like:
In the play Seth diagrammed, Smith fakes an outside, or toss step, then immediately cuts toward the hole he chooses. This play was not designed to go backside.
|1 week 2 days ago||Not sure||
That will depend on how Maryland tries to defend us. I would expect a few wrinkles--we have had them every game so far, even the jet sweep vs. UNLV.
|4 weeks 1 day ago||Much to learn||
Oregon State will actually be a good test for this defense. Don't get me wrong--I expect us to win comfortably, but their offense has enough wrinkles to test us.
One thing I REALLY liked about this UFR was how well we adjusted after we busted plays. That's a sign of great coaching.
I dearly wish we had Utah as our fourth OOC game instead of our first. If we started with Oregon State, then had UNLV, then BYU, then Utah...I think that would have been much better for us.
Can't wait for Saturday--feels good to say that after almost dreading it last year.
|5 weeks 1 day ago||This Year's Stupid||
This Year's Stupid Predictions
YES. I believe Rudock will be highly efficient, probably #3/4 in the conference (Cook, OSU, Hackenberg)
YES. The OL will be a pleasant surprise by season's end. Despite the tougher schedule, Michigan will improve from last year's 4.60 YPC, and improve on last year's middling protection numbers.
NO. Unless you mean spot duty, I don't think we'll see much of Dawson this season. Braden will hold the job.
YES. The boldness of this prediction makes it much less likely to occur. That said, I love it, and believe it's plausible.
YES. That Smith is listed without an "OR" on the depth chart is getting less attention than it should. I think Johnson will be a true back-up, though.
WTF? Do you know something I don't know? Without insider information, this is an extremely bold prediction. Would love to see it happen, but I think Kerridge will be the main backfield receiving threat.
YES. See above.
|5 weeks 1 day ago||Special Teams||
This is one of the many reasons I believe the computers are wrong: I think our new ST coach is probably worth at least half of a win on his own. If we had not lost our kicker and punter, I'd say a 1-win increase.
9 wins...it's very doable.
|5 weeks 1 day ago||AGREE||
I am on board with 9 wins. All of the models out there say 7.7-ish wins, and do not take into account the impact of the coaching changes. I would say that Harbaugh & Co. are worth an extra win, maybe more.
My prediction is 8.7 wins. I believe 7 wins is far less likely than 9, but more likely than 10 because of the tough OOC schedule. Here's my best guesstimate:
All other regular season win totals would be outliers.
|5 weeks 2 days ago||An iPhone up vote for you sir.||
An iPhone up vote for you sir.
|5 weeks 2 days ago||Love it||
This is great stuff, thank you Ace.
Ross looks pretty good to me. I would agree that he is probably a more natural fit outside in Michigan's scheme, but he could be a good player at any LB spot.
Hamler is the real deal. He is explosive and could play WR or CB. I think he looks more like a college CB, but he could have success at either spot.
|5 weeks 3 days ago||Amazing game||
This looks like just about the most fun HS football game ever. Wish I could have been there to see it.
Peters is ridiculous, and Evans looks pretty good as a slot or perhaps a safety. Some great athleticism there.
Happy to have both of these guys in the fold. Peters looks like he'll be the recruiting steal of 2016, considering that he was a fringe four-star when he committed in April and unranked by Rivals as recently as December.
|5 weeks 3 days ago||Ace||
Ace's team is the best. Rudock is competent and Ferguson is serviceable, but everywhere else his team is strong, particularly on D-Line.
|6 weeks 16 min ago||Hi Buddy||
Welcome to the family. GO BLUE!
|6 weeks 16 min ago||Hi Buddy||
Welcome to the family. GO BLUE!
|6 weeks 5 days ago||Did Hurst play?||
Did Hurst play?
|7 weeks 1 day ago||Great post||
Brian nailed it. If you are a sports junkie, ESPN insider is super cheap and has loads of content. If you are a U-M football junkie, any of these are worth a subscription. If you are a U-M basketball junkie, Scout is the choice. If you are a college football recruiting junkie, 24/7 is probably your best bet. And if you want in-depth recruiting content (and, I believe, the most accurate ratings that are NOT the 24/7 composite) then Rivals.
And always, always MGoBlog. And for goodness sakes, people, at least by HTTV. This site has the best (not necessarily the most or most in-depth) content, and they have earned your business. Or buy a t-shirt. Just pay for something you want anyway, even if it's not much.
|7 weeks 3 days ago||Hate to say it||
But I'd pick Ace's team. Rudock may be the worst starting QB of the bunch, but he's also got Braxton Miller as an option, and with Thomas, Hamilton, and even Carter and Breneman, whoever takes the snaps has plenty of options. A dominant defensive line helps with any back-end problems, and the LBs are a strong group. The lone weakness here is his OL, which is just okay, but the weapons and possibilities of the offense overcome that weakness.
But I can't wait to see Ace photo-shopped into a Buckeye jersey, because he's earned it with his selections.
2nd Place: Seth. Not only did he find value with his U-M picks, his defense is bolstered by two HSPs that are All-B1G talents in Caputo and Peppers. Of course, Peppers is still just "potential," but if he's half as good as advertised, Seth's team will be able to control the middle of the field. Offensively, Carroo, Price, Marshall, and Geronimo (it should be illegal to ever use his last name) are more than adequate targets for the efficient Cook, and Clement is a ridiculous talent at RB. Add in a strong OL...this is a good team, and there are no gimmicks.
3rd Place: Adam. A weaker OL (comparable to Ace's) is helped by a great selection of skill players, but I'm not sure it's enough. Westercamp and Butt would be the stars of this passing game, with Barrett and Jackson combining on the ground, but I don't see this team can beat Ace's. Seth's squad can match-up because Caputo or Peppers can neutralize Butt, and Likely can handle Westercamp. Then what? Seth's defense is built to stop the option, and really only lacks a pass rush, but Turay can come in on obvious passing downs to add spark there.
4th Place: Brian. I don't know, man. Hated the Cardale Jones pick (has no value other than as a back-up QB) and the Cole gimmick. But there are bigger problems: you have the best passing QB and no real threats at WR/TE. Yes, Elliott is a beast and your OL is good, but in todays CFB, you've got to be able to throw the football effectively, and Kugler leaves a weakspot for the DTs to attack. Defensively, Zettel and Collins are good, but Johnson and Ngakoue are just fine. Biegel and Wartman-White are strong, but Ross has been a pernnial underachiever. I like the secondary, but I'm not sure the pass rush is giving them enough time to do their job, and the safeties are solid-not-spectacular types.
|7 weeks 5 days ago||Someone needs to vouch for this campaign. Looks like a scam.||
Someone needs to vouch for this campaign. Looks like a scam.
|8 weeks 1 day ago||Wish him the best||
Always liked Norfleet and hoped for that return we knew he was capable of. Hope his career finishes well at Tuskegee. I don't think he would have contributed much this year, so perhaps this is best for everyone.
|8 weeks 2 days ago||YES||
Logged in to post the same thing. He was an amazing coach--111-43-4 at Ohio State--but just could not beat Michigan, especially when it mattered most. In '93 and '96, Michigan accounted for their only losses and kept them from winning a MNC. When he finally managed to beat Michigan in '98, he blew a 15 point lead to a 6-6 MSU team that Michigan had handily dispatched earlier that season.
It was an era of dominance for us that fliipped almost exactly during the Tressel years, and it was the last time it was easy to be a Michigan football fan. The year 2000 is a long time ago now...
|8 weeks 2 days ago||Rams or Raiders||
I'd pick these two as the most likely, but I think we'll go another year without a "worst-to-first" team. If the Rams played in a different division, I think they'd have a real shot. The Raiders' division will be down this year, but Manning, Rivers, and even Alex Smith are all pretty damn good QBs, and Denver and KC have reloaded on defense. That division is going to be a mess, IMO.
|8 weeks 2 days ago||Kevin McHale||
How do you not hate Kevin McHale? One of the easiest basketball players in history to hate, IMO. McHale was just a gangly guy looked like he had no business playing with professional athletes, yet managed to be extremely effective (sometimes against the Pistons). I still don't understand how he was good. Athletically, he made Larry Bird look like LeBron.
|8 weeks 3 days ago||Some great picks in this edition||
Time to start judging (from best to worst in each position group):
QB: Adam, Seth, Brian, Ace
OL: Seth, Brian, Ace, Adam
RB: Brian, Seth, Ace/Adam
WR/TE: Ace, Adam/Seth, Brian
DL: Ace, Adam, Brian, Seth
LB/HSP: Seth, Ace/Adam, Brian
Secondary: Brian, Ace/Adam/Seth
Using a simple scoring metric, here are my standings:
I would probably pick Ace's team right now. Willie Henry was a very good value, IMO, and Ace's WR/TE group is absurdly good. His OL is ranked third, but it's close to Brian's and very good. His only weakness is at QB, and Rudock's film suggests he's plenty good enough to distribute the ball to those athletes.
Seth has, in my opinion, a deceptively strong offense, and still has a TE to add. But with the best OL and a close-second at RB, Seth's team is going to make you put 8 in the box. And Cook, Carroo, and Marshall will make you pay for that. The trouble for him is his DL. I believe that weakness outweighs Ace's QB issues.
Adam's team is boom/bust on offense and middle-of-the-road on defense. He's got a great QB and two good weapons in Westercamp and Butt, but the weakest OL does not pair well with a RB that is just okay, IMO. His strong DL and good back seven give him the #2 defense. Though the score suggests otherwise, I think his team is on par with Seth's.
Brian...why do you always take the double-QB? Cardale Jones, IMO, does not have value if he's not playing QB, and neither does Hackenberg. Jones is no Braxton Miller, whom I unfortunately believe will be a terror. But a strong OL and an amazing RB--a true Heisman contender--do a lot to offset a lackluster receiving corps. Boddy-Calhoun and Jourdan Lewis were both high value picks, IMO, and Wilson and Nicholson are adequate on the back end. The fourth lineman is going to be an issue on the DL, as is the other LB. If Brian had taken a DT, LB, or even an OG in round 6 instead Jones, he's probably in the discussion for second place. In the fantasy world, Jones was a good pick. In real life, I'd rather have more talent at a different position.
|8 weeks 4 days ago||Do you not?||
Do you not?
|8 weeks 6 days ago||Agreed||
Logged in to post the same thing. Just a perfect line.
|8 weeks 6 days ago||Running Game||
Stanford put up 190 yards at 5 YPC last year against Utah. Their problem was that they only managed 3.7 YPA in the passing game, with lots of lost yardage on bubble screen attempts.
I believe the Utah run defense vs. the U-M run offense will be a close match-up, and I believe the U-M run defense--one of the best in the nation last year and should be even better this year--is advantage U-M.
Further, I believe Utah's pass defense and hyper-aggressive rush will cause big problems for our passing attack. If that turns out to be an even match-up, we will win this game. However, I'd give Utah the advantage there.
There is no doubt this is still a coin flip game, and U-M has to prove they can compete with well-coached teams again. Will be a great barometer absent our usual against ND.
|8 weeks 6 days ago||One of my most favorite movie moments ever|
|9 weeks 1 day ago||Yes, Yes, and Yes||
Great questions. Here are my answers:
1) How much effect does this inspiration/motivation have on a game? Can this compensate for talent gap?
Inspiration/motivation has a HUGE impact on every game. Having been a part of upsets (both winning and losing) I can tell you that while talent dictates a majority of success, the increments provided by inspiration and motivation can overcome a talent/technique gap and create an opportunity for a less-talented team to win. That said, there is a physical baseline that is required to compete at a high level. There is zero doubt in my mind that Michigan has players that are at or above the physical baseline to compete with every single team on our schedule. Ohio State is probably the only team with superior athletes. But I am concerned that our technique may not be as refined as it needs to be to be a dominant team.
2) Is there a chance this clicks and the team plays their asses off, surprising everyone?
Lots of people equate Harbaugh's first season at Stanford with his first season at Michigan. This is a mistake. Stanford's 2007 roster had sub-par athletes that simply did not meet the physical baseline to be competitive. It took guts, luck, and masterful coaching to pull off a narrow win against USC, and part of the success was that USC lacked motivaiton and inspriation. It was perfect storm not dissimilar from The Horror.
A far better comparison is Harbaugh's first season at the 49ers. Inherting a team with talent but lacking cohesion and motivation, Harbaugh took the 49ers to a 13-3 regular season. He took excellent athletes and helped them reach their potential. But before you get your hopes too high, there is a key difference: Harbuagh had some top-flight talent that had proven that talent at the NFL level. Frank Gore, Patrick Willis, and Michael Crabtree are examples. That said, Harbaugh seemed to improve the performance of every player on the team (even though the stats may not have fully reflected that). Michigan has very little "proven" talent. Remember too that 49ers team won a lot of close games, and, statistically, should have 12 instead of 13. So there was definitely a bit of luck as well.
3) Can the first year of a coaching change forge this aspect of a team? (Hoke's seemed to, chance this happens again?)
There is no doubt in my mind that the team will take on Harbaugh's personality, and that drive and competitive fire will lead to incremental performance improvement. The question is, will the talent/technique advance enough to make that motivation/inspiration add-up to more wins? I believe that it will be tough early, but that we will have some surprising wins. Most are guessing 8 wins; I would project 9, and 10 is more likely than 7 but less likely than 8. I would not be even a little surprised to see us at double-digit victories this season, and I would attribute that to the coaching change.
|9 weeks 3 days ago||Disagree||
The drafting is much better this year, IMO. I don't see a clear winner, and each team has an advantage somewhere. By this point last year, Seth's team was out of the running and Ace and BiSB were pulling away from Brian.
FWIW, I think the Cardale Jones and Jabrill Peppers picks are the worst of the draft so far, and neither pick was terrible. The worry is that Jones may not see the field, and Peppers, while cleary an amazing ball of potential, is still just potential.
That said, both Seth and Brian have plenty of talent. I like Adam's offense but think Ace has the best D.
If you're just looking for the team that will earn the most post-season awards, that might be Adam. If you're looking for the team that I think could beat everyone else, that would probably be Ace or Brian. If Seth can find some D-Line gems, he'll be right there.
We'll see how it plays out...
|10 weeks 1 day ago||Source? This is interesting||
This is interesting if true.
|10 weeks 1 day ago||Facts||
Thanks for the data. Polls don't determine what's going on in the world, and neither do anecdotes. It's good to have some raw numbers to look at and consider.
|10 weeks 2 days ago||No so sure...||
From Nauta himself:
"Georgia, from the beginning, and when I made my decision, they were in my top four, but really they were in the top two," Nauta said last week. "They have always been at the top for me. Really the proximity to home plays in their favor. One thing about Georgia and Florida State is that they both have great tight end coaches in Coach John Lilly and Coach Tim Brewster. I love to be around both of those guys. So Georgia has atmosphere, closeness to my family and a great tight end coach as advantages."
|10 weeks 3 days ago||YES||
|10 weeks 6 days ago||Thanks for the info||
This is a great post, and now that the class is filling out and we're getting to "crunch time" (senior seasons) it's a much easier and more accurate read on the situation.
This is a very, very good class that will only get better, and will form a foundation for U-M's success going forward. It is not an elite class, but we'll have that after Harbaugh wins a signature game this year.
|11 weeks 9 hours ago||Love it||
Not a single pick I can really argue with so far, except for maybe Peppers, and that could end up being a great pick. Cardale Jones is certainly gamble, but if we wins the job it was the best value in the draft by far.
Bravo. It's going to be hard for me to pick my favorite team this year...
|11 weeks 11 hours ago||Correct Answer||
This is the right answer.
|11 weeks 1 day ago||5th years and PT||
I'll just leave this last comment here, because we generally agree.
5th-year players transfer all the time. Mostly, they transfer for PT reasons. Heitzman was aware of his PT situation, and did not initiate a transfer. Once Harbaugh told him he had to try out, he started looking.
Yes, PT was part of the decision. But the try out is what made him think about leaving, and I do believe it's fair to say that represents a lack of desire to compete for a roster spot. Do I blame him for feeling that way, after working for four years to earn his spot? No. Do I think that's the type of player Harbaugh wants in his program? No. Do I think that's the way I would have handled it? No.
The kid is not a jerk, a weakling, or a malcontent, as far as I know. Like I said, I wish him the best. But neither is he the type of competitor Harbaugh is looking for. I would have been upset if I had been in his shoes, too, but he had the opportunity to prove himself for a new coach with a demonstrated track record of success, and he chose instead to try his luck at a lesser program that is likely to offer more PT.
|11 weeks 1 day ago||Inaccurate||
Magnus, I've upvoted lots of your comments (I am in favor of empathy and being reasonable about a kid's choices), but you keep asserting that Heitzman transferred because he thinks he can get more playing time elsewhere. While that's part of the equation and I certainly hope he can get more PT at a lesser program, the fact remains that the catalyst for his transfer was that he had to try out. A fair and reasonable conclusion is that he did not want to compete for his roster spot at U-M. And that is a completely understandable position to take, and also a completely understandable reason I don't think Harbaugh would have wanted him on the team.
But please, stop asserting that playing time was the reason he transferred. Before he heard about the try out, he knew what his playing time looked like. He could have decided to transfer then. But he didn't. He decided to look around after he heard he had to try out.
|11 weeks 1 day ago||Not worked up||
Who's worked up?
I don't have any ill feelings towards Heitzman. I don't think he made a bad decision. I think he made a decision that I would not have made, and that it indicates that his competitive drive is not what Harbaugh is looking for.
I wish Heitzman the best at Ohio and beyond.
|11 weeks 1 day ago||Reason for leaving||
"Obviously, (Jim) Harbaugh coming in was going to change things at Michigan — do things his way,"Heitzman told the Dispatch. "But I didn't know if I wanted to try out. That definitely took me off-guard. I was bummed out."
The try out is why he looked elsewhere. Without the tryout, he would not have. Like I said, I have no problem with him looking for what he believes is a better situation for him, but if the reason he's doing it is because he's not sure he wants to try out, a fair and reasonable conclusion is that he did not want to compete for a roster spot. I understand that sentiment, but it's not how I would have handled it, and it's not the kind of mentality I want on the team.
|11 weeks 1 day ago||Guaranteed Scholarships||
Everyone at U-M has 4-year scholarships. NOT 5-year scholarships. If you're not a 5th-year, your scholarship, and therefore your place on the roster, is guaranteed (they can ask you to accept a medical waiver).
Everyone is auditioning for playing time; the 5th-year guys have to earn their scholarship, and this is standard practice almost everywhere. Calling it a "tryout" might sound more harsh, but it's actually just an honest statement of most schools' policy on 5th-year guys.
|11 weeks 1 day ago||Conflation||
You're conflating two issues here and missing my point. It's fine for Heitzman to seek an opportunity he perceives is better at Ohio. I have no problem with that at all. But he would have seen that Butt was a better player whether he had to audition for his spot at U-M or not. He could have chosen to transfer (like a lot of 5th years do, ie Blake Countess) based on his desire for a better opportunity, and not because he was bummed about having to try out.
From Heitzman's comments, it sounds like the tryout impelled him to seek opportunities elsewhere. To me, that's the sign of some one who did not want to compete for their spot on the team. It sounds like, absent the tryout, Hetizman stays at Michigan. That is VERY different than just deciding to transfer because you believe there is a better opportunity elsewhere.
|11 weeks 1 day ago||Reason for leaving||
But the reason matters. Heitzman did NOT leave for playing time reasons--he would have made that decision if there had been no tryout. He is quoted as saying he "didn't know if [he] wanted to try out."
The tryout prompted his decision to look elsewhere, no the playing time. I'm sure playing time was a factor, but if the idea of a tryout makes you look elsewhere, then yes, I do question your competitive drive.
What I don't question is his emotional reaction of, "that sucks" to the idea of tryout. I would have felt the same way. But a tryout would not have prompted me to consider transferring.
|11 weeks 1 day ago||Better way||
You don't have to say "no comment." You can say, "I was grateful for getting to play at Michigan. I saw an opportunity at Ohio that I believed was a better choice for me, so I transferred."
|11 weeks 1 day ago||Big difference||
Between being bummed and deciding not to compete. I would have been bummed, and then I would have done my best to go out and prove that I deserved my spot.
|11 weeks 1 day ago||There is no chance any of||
There is no chance any of those guys would have transferred or done anything but go out and prove themselves. No one likes having to try out, but everyday in college athletics is an audition, and true competitors would take the challenge.
I'm not arguing it wouldn't suck to hear you have to "audition" as a 5th-year, but damn if I wouldn't have gone out and done my best to prove myself.
|11 weeks 1 day ago||Agree with your sentiment||
It would be tough to hear that you have to earn your spot, after four years of hard work.
That said, any player not up to that challenge should transfer. When I played college sports I always knew that everyday was an audition, and that I had to earn my minutes. THERE IS NO WAY I would have transferred.
I feel bad for Heitzman, but if he wasn't up to the challenge, I'm glad he's somewhere else.
|11 weeks 2 days ago||LOVE Draftageddon||
Great read, great research, fun snark. Can't wait to see more.
|11 weeks 2 days ago||THIS||
Loved this approach.
The only problem is that it makes each position have equal value. BiSB won with this system, but Ace's team would have beaten him in a game, IMO. Have to look at positional value as well, which is why we have JT Barrett, who may not even start for OSU, as a legitimate #1 pick.
|12 weeks 1 day ago||He ain't passed the bar but||
He ain't passed the bar but he know a little bit.
|12 weeks 1 day ago||Win-Win-Win||
Personally, I'm happy about all three, but I'll never be a huge spender on apparel.
|12 weeks 2 days ago||Another fun fact||
|12 weeks 2 days ago||Hope you're right. One thing||
Hope you're right. One thing we know for certain: starting in 2016, whoever wins the QB job will have earned it by besting top-flight competition. So whether it's Gentry, Malzone, Morris, Speight, O'Korn, or even Peters or Vic Viramontes, it's going to be a really good player who has won the job over other really good players.
|12 weeks 2 days ago||Jim Hackett||
He's amazing, but he's not John Beilein status yet.
|12 weeks 2 days ago||Disingenuous||
Come on, Don. I love Denard as a player and person, but you're comparing two very different eras of football. Denard was not a very good passer. JH was. Who would you rather have throwing the football? JH would have put up monster passing numbers in today's college football, was a first round pick at QB and a successful NFL QB.
That said, I agree the poster's criticism was a bit extreme--Denard's arm did a few great things for U-M while he was here.
|12 weeks 3 days ago||Woodson, Wheatley, Perry...||
Woodson is my favorite, but there are some other guys that deserve love that haven't been mentioned much:
|12 weeks 3 days ago||So much good news||
Please, Rashan Gary. Go Blue. It will be the best decision you have ever made.
|12 weeks 5 days ago||Or just use the commonly||
Or just use the commonly accepted definition of maize Hex triplet #FBEC5D
|13 weeks 7 hours ago||Human Nature||
The color previously labeled "Iowa Official Yellow" is in the middle of yellow-orange range, as well as being the middle choice in the data set. It is a statistically proven fact that human beings are most likely choose the middle option when presented with several choices.
That said, a lot people just don't realize (or maybe even like) how orange real maize is.
|13 weeks 13 hours ago||TRUE||
We've had a great historical OOC schedule, and that was before the CFP incentivized having better OOC schedules.
If college football keeps moving in its current direction, we'll see more P5 teams in the OOC schedule, not less. And neutral sites won't matter because everyone will want home-and-homes.
|13 weeks 1 day ago||Sex Wolverine is the only||
Sex Wolverine is the only possible name for this product. And it should smell like Gatorade and cereal.
|13 weeks 1 day ago||Chris Perry||
One of my all-time favorite Wolverines. If he could have stayed healthy, I believe he would have been one of the best RBs in school history. I will never, ever forget his game vs. OSU in 2003. One of the best individual performances in school history.
|13 weeks 1 day ago||PAT||
Actually, I enjoyed it. Only criticism is showing the Utah PAT...only show those if they're missed.
|13 weeks 2 days ago||Tough One||
OSU - 70%. Wanted to go lower here to leave more room for the other bastards, but I just can't do it. I can't root for these guys no matter what the circumstances are. If OSU had to beat anyone--let's say Maryland--and it would put us in the CFB Playoff, I still couldn't root for them.
MSU - 20%. Dantonio and MSU have the most ridiculous complex in the history of God. I hate them, but still can't quite take them seriously, even though I know I should.
ND - 5%. Seriously dropped now that the series is over and since we pretty much owned them even when we sucked. To hell with them.
SEC, PSU, Tressel - 5%. These three are just bastards.
|13 weeks 2 days ago||Just curious||
BJR, what would hate percentages look like? Have to believe your disdain for MSU has increased. Are they your #2?
|13 weeks 2 days ago||Lessons from Yoda, you have.||
Lessons from Yoda, you have.
|13 weeks 3 days ago||IT MATTERS||
It's not about a fashion contest. I'm not sure what line of work you're in, but dressing appropriately not only helps to create an impression, but also helps get you in the frame of mind to perform at a high level.
In my experience as a coach (and player), this absolutely holds true with players. We got our team new uniforms for district playoffs and went out and played the best game of our season. Obviously this is just anecdotal evidence and I do not believe that uniforms = success, but the point is that the unis did hype the kids up walking into the locker room with each player having his new uniform hanging at his locker was a special moment for them, and for us as coaches.
When I was a player, uniforms were the last thing on my mind. But it sure did feel good when we got new ones, especially if they had a cool design.
I seriously, seriously doubt that we will get any recruits just becuase Nike makes our stuff, but I do believe that having Nike as our sponsor is more attractive and just adds another positive for most (not all) recruits.
This a long way of saying that if having Nike as our sponsor is a positive in the eyes of most kids, why not do it?
|13 weeks 3 days ago||Not any kicker||
If you can get Quinn Nordin, you take him. The kid can already kick a 65-yard field goal off the ground and a 50-yard punt with good hangtime. Kickoffs would be touchback city.
That said, if you can't get him, I'm not sure we are actively pursuing more kickers. Andrew David was a great prospect as well, and we've got the Aussie this fall.
But yeah, if Nordin wants to come, he's well worth a scholarship.
|15 weeks 11 hours ago||NJ/MD bunch?||
Aren't there some pretty amazing NJ kids visiting right now? Or is it MD kids?
|15 weeks 1 day ago||Hard to go wrong on NW lower||
Hard to go wrong on NW lower Michigan. I believe the Leelanau Peninsula is the best... Homestead or Glen Arbor area are amazing and right next to the dunes. Leland is a great little town. Traverse City if you want a more urban feel. Even Suttons Bay and Northport are great. Empire is another underrated spot. Basically, find a spot you like on M22.
|15 weeks 2 days ago||If you are there already and||
If you are there already and can get into Canada, Lake Superior Provincial Park is the best hiking on the Great Lakes. Porkies and PR tie for second but the Porkies are FAR. Nordhouse Dunes third.
|15 weeks 2 days ago||Yes and No||
The Tyus Battle comparison is spot on. It's important to note that the bulkiest group of decommitments were guys looking for greener pastures.
Alabama hasn't been hurt by Saban's style, which is that a scholarship offer is really just an invitation to try out for the 'Bama football team. Much the same could be said for the rest of the SEC. I'd much rather have Harbaugh pulling offers or stopping communication when recruits still have ample time to flip than have him bring kids in and send them packing with a forced transition year.
It's clear that the a lot of kids do not believe that a commitment is actually a commitment, just a way to hold their place in a class. But that doesn't excuse dishonesty from coaches.
Sadly, it has gotten to the point that this is how the game is played. Hoke was a successful recruiter (based on the rankings) and this article really brings into focus why he would not allow committed players to visit other schools: he believed in honoring commitments.
We can't have things both ways. If we, as Michigan fans, want a coach with a flexible recruiting philosophy (unlike Hoke) we're also going to conceed that there will be some less than honorable tactics used to get the possible class on board. Let's not pretend it's honorable, but let's also accept that's how the game is played, and we want to win.
Zerodark is right...every school that's winning is using questionable "roster management" practices. It sucks, and I don't like it, but it's the current market and the recruits are no more honorable than the schools.
|15 weeks 3 days ago||Not Chesson||
Will eat a lemon and a lime on the internet if Chesson does not get his 5th-year. Hard-working, athletic, willing blocker...this guy fits Harbaugh's style.
|15 weeks 3 days ago||Disagree||
While everything you said is true, I would prefer that Michigan only offer a top-level experience, even if that means limiting the size of the camp.
That said, this camp is not a reflection of Fisch (or Drevno's) play-calling or organizational skills, as I seriously doubt either had much of a hand in the logistics and neither was calling plays. Harbaugh obviously put his stamp on the day and focused on the top talent. I can't argue with that approach, but, like I said, it would be nice if they would limit the size.
|16 weeks 1 day ago||YES||
|16 weeks 1 day ago||That's Terrance Davis||
That's a favorable tweet from another highly-ranked 2016 OL who is trending blue...
|16 weeks 1 day ago||TRUE||
Swenson, Onwenu, Bredeson, and Davis would give us four top 200 247 composite OLs...awesome.
|16 weeks 1 day ago||Terrance Davis||
Could still add another top 100 OL.
|16 weeks 1 day ago||Welcome to the family!||
We are honored to have you as part of the 2016 class. GO BLUE!
|16 weeks 1 day ago||Embed||
|16 weeks 2 days ago||Welcome to the family!||
Another great pick-up...we are looking for all of the jumbo athletes to get the TE University train going.
|16 weeks 2 days ago||Yeah, that doesn't pass the test||
Unfortunately, this "second-best win" thing just goes to prove the "Little Brother" complex even further.
U-M's record was worse than Maryland, Rutgers, and Nebraska. Heck, even Penn State finished bowl eligible and with a better record, though they were behind us in the conference standings.
Beating a 5-7 team and counting it as your second-biggest win is just silly. But even more silly is that even after all of their effort to be noticed, MSU will never be more than our second-biggest rival, and perhaps only that because the ND chickens bailed.
When we won the Outback Bowl in 2002, did we put the score of our victory over the 5-7 Spartans? Can you imagine ANY situation where we would put the score of a win over a 5-7 MSU team on our championship rings? Would NEVER happen.
Please. This is the ultimate LB move.
|16 weeks 2 days ago||Yes and No||
Dude is not as fast as Shoelace, and not as elusive, but he's a close comparison when it comes to excitement. He is definitely my current favorite 2016 commit. I believe he will make big plays no matter where he ends up.
He just makes plays. His reel is full of broken plays turned into big gains from his athleticism, competitiveness, and great arm.
It appears we're done with 2016 QBs, but you never know...HARBAUGH!
|17 weeks 1 day ago||Great post||
Love this. Brian is at his best when he is disrobing idiocy disguised as altruism.
|17 weeks 5 days ago||Welcome to the family! It's great to be a Michigan Wolverine!||
Welcome to the family! It's great to be a Michigan Wolverine!
|17 weeks 5 days ago||I'm going to be mayor of titty city||
I'm going to be mayor of titty city
|17 weeks 6 days ago||Obvious troll is obvious. Our||
Obvious troll is obvious. Our class is fine and getting better. Just got a top MI prospect in Onwenu. Only an idiot would believe Harbaugh would win every battle, and I wager our class will comparable to or better than MSU when it's all over. Silly troll.
|18 weeks 3 days ago||Not worried about recruiting||
There has been a lot of alarm about recruiting on the board, and there is no good reason for it. Harbaugh just needs a little time. This summer will be big, and I expect we'll have a Top-15 class before it's all said and done. Patience...
|18 weeks 6 days ago||Co-Sign||
I think we could lose to Utah, and maybe even one other non-conference game, but be good enough later to beat one or more of MSU, PSU, and OSU.
I expect the team that plays Ohio State in Novemeber will be vastly better than the team that plays Utah, whether or not we beat the Utes.
|18 weeks 6 days ago||Yes, Yes, and Yes||
|19 weeks 12 hours ago||Valenti is a douchebag||
|20 weeks 1 day ago||Logged in to upvote||
Well done, sir.
|20 weeks 6 days ago||Better than the offense?||
This is bad--horribly bad--but it still might have been a more productive recruiting class than the 2010 offensive version. Only Gardner would wind-up a consistent starter, and Dileo was the only other significant contributor.
All-in-all, 2010 was pretty much the worst on every level.
|20 weeks 6 days ago||Competency||
If our defense can be as good as it was last year (and it could be better), then we just need a competent offense to get us to 8 wins.
What's clear is that a healthy Rudock is, at least, a competent QB. He may not be a game-breaker like Henne or Henson, but he may be able to manage a game and take what the defense gives him. I do believe we'll struggle vs. great defenses (like OSU) but 9 wins seems plausible, with at least 8 probable with Rudock at the helm.
If Morris beats him for the job, that's a very good sign, IMO.
|21 weeks 1 day ago||Old arguments||
RR is a good coach. He develops players, installs a scheme that maximizes his talent, and seems to genuinely care about his team.
But damn if he didn't shit the bed a few times while he was here, and this class was one of those.
|23 weeks 1 day ago||YES, and...||
Not only is this the begininng of something special, it's an opportunity to support this awesome site that provides the best Michigan content on the web FOR FREE.
Paying even just $15 gets you amazing content at a fair price and supports MGoBlog. This is a win-win.
Seriously people, buy the magazine. Love the magazine. Feel good about helping the people who help you get your Michigan addiction every day (or several times a day).
|23 weeks 3 days ago||Really?||
A steamroller that almost lost to PSU, Indiana, and Michigan? 2OT vs PSU, up by one going into the 4th against Indiana, and up by 7 at the start of the 4th against Michigan.
|23 weeks 6 days ago||HARBAUGH!||
April 24th has never been so much fun in the college football world.
Thanks for making my Friday, Jim.
|24 weeks 1 day ago||If Saban could do this he would||
Since he cant,
|24 weeks 1 day ago||NO||
"Really, there is no body of objective evidence, other than that, to indicate he has earned that offer."
That statement is patently FALSE. The kid has camped at U-M, has coaches who have seen him practice and play, and has played in JV games. Just because he doesn't have film that's publicly available or a high school stat sheet doesn't mean there is no objective evidence to indicate that he has earned the offer.
Here is a correct statement: "I can't find any objective evidence on the internet to indicate that he has earned the offer. Therefore, I will assume there was no reason other than his legacy status, despite the fact that his brother did not recieve an offer an is paying his way, and despite the fact that his coaches and our coaches do have knowledge of him. I will make that assumption because I am entitled to an opinion about everything that happens no matter how it makes a kid feel or how it might affect our football program."
Do you want to be the guy saying that last statement? That's what this board should be asking itself.
|24 weeks 2 days ago||Welcome to the family, Carter!||
We are grateful to have you! We need more enormous, athletic, committed young men on our team.
As far as everyone who is saying that this offer doesn't make sense...don't you think it's possible that Harbaugh knows more than you do? Carter has camped at Michigan and has obvious Michigan connections. HS stats for a sophomore aren't everything.
I'm excited to have another member of the family.
|24 weeks 3 days ago||(No subject)||
|24 weeks 6 days ago||Triumph?||
Is that you?
|25 weeks 1 day ago||Pretty sure this is Jim Delany||
|25 weeks 2 days ago||Too systematic||
I don't think we need applications and the formality proposed here.
In my opinion, the biggest problem with the Legends jerseys was that there were too many of them. Dudes that were most certainly not close to being legends were wearing them, and that watered-down the mystique.
Basically, we should only retire numbers of dudes who are legends (Heisman or some other equally amazing feat) and if those jerseys are brought back into circulation, it should only be for players that have already demonstrated they have a realistic shot at repeating those amazing feats, and that would be at the HC's discretion.
The problem with the Legends jerseys, and even the #2 jersey, during the Hoke era is that it was WAY too easy to get one. Not one of the players wearing a "Legends" jersey turned out to be anything close to a legend, perhaps save Jeremy Gallon--but even that is a stretch.
|25 weeks 6 days ago||Devin Lucien, UCLA|
|25 weeks 6 days ago||Hello!||
Welcome to the family, Blake! We are fortunate to have you and look forward to bringing the B1G championship back to A2 where it belongs.
P.S. - Negging a "Hello" post should be cause for a ban. I'm sure I don't understand all of the squabbling that goes on around here, but no matter what you think of a poster, don't neg the news that we've added a valued member to our family. You can find other places to relieve your angst.
|26 weeks 9 hours ago||Not that clear-cut||
First of all, I think they are very close--Bolden is not way ahead of Morgan. I think they are very different players who offer different things. I'd prefer Bolden. The previous staff (which had pretty good defensive chops and was led by Greg Mattison) agreed with me.
Morgan is more consistent. He fills his gap, stops the ball, and does his job.
Bolden is more athletic. On every play, he has a lower floor and a higher ceiling than Morgan. Bolden can blitz, come off the edge, and cover more field. He blew-up a screen in the Outback Bowl that really illustrates my point: Morgan could not have made that play on his best day, but even after he got there, I was worried Bolden might miss the tackle--Morgan would not have given me that cause for concern.
This is pretty nit-picky--I like both guys and only incrementally prefer Bolden. On 3rd and 1, give me Morgan. But Bolden can do things that Morgan can't, and I would slightly prefer his diverse skillset.
We'll see what this staff thinks. I'd like to see both on the field, but Bolden's diverse skillset gives him the slight edge in my mind.
|26 weeks 11 hours ago||almost 100% agree||
Other than the injured guys who may make pushes (Drake Johnson, Khalid Hill, Ty Isaac) I think you pretty much nailed it.
My one quibble is that you have Bolden and Morgan reversed; pretty much everyone but you puts Bolden ahead of Morgan. But it's your list.
Also, +1,000 points for you for the Lebowski reference w/Kerridge.
|26 weeks 1 day ago||Watson||
Agree on Watson, and I forgot about him in my diary.
The secondary will be fine, especially after Lyons joins. The only remaining concern on defense is at DE, where we'll be okay, though we might not have any gamebreakers.
Offense is a different story...two or three OL spots, one WR, the RB, and...oh yeah, the QB--all up for grabs. And not in a good way like the #3 safety (Thomas, Hill, and Clark all looked good). More like when you go to the grocery store looking for a ripe avocado and they're all bright green so you just take the one that you can barely press into with your finger but you're still not sure if you just pushed harder on that one.
I hope Harbaugh, Tolbert, and Co. help the boys work wonders this summer, because wonders are needed on offense.
|27 weeks 6 hours ago||Big Miss||
Ryan Glasgow will either start or be heavily in the rotation at NT. He was one of our best players last year. If we ever see the draft order, it will come out that he went very high. The fans missed this one in a big way.
Also, Erik Magnuson is a versatile player that has more talent and experience than a few guys above him. I'd put him ahead of Dawson, LTT, and Braden.
Other than that, I think we did a pretty darn good job. I think Bolden is ahead of Morgan and I think Drake is ahead of De'Veon, but that's picking nits.
|27 weeks 1 day ago||Don't get the Maize love||
I think Blue has the better O-Line and D-Line; Maize only has four scholarship O-Line players.
It's close, but I like Blue.
|27 weeks 1 day ago||I like Blue||
See below for complete explanation, but Blue is stronger on both lines and has the secondary to compete with Maize's loaded WR corps.
Should be fun to watch.
|27 weeks 1 day ago||Winners (my two cents)||
At first glance, I thought Maize looked better...upon further review, I like Blue's chances to win. Stronger on the lines and no real weaknesses on defense. If Isaac and Shallman can move the ball, they'll be okay only have two proven receiving threats in Darboh and Butt. Maize will need its WRs to outplay Lewis, Countess, Wilson, and Thomas to win. I'm not sure their O-Line will be able to hold-up against Blue in the running game.
|27 weeks 1 day ago||O-Line||
Can they open holes? Can they pass protect?
The Hoke era should have taught us one important thing: In a pro-style offense, the team goes as the O-Line goes. We're only in spring, but has Drevno picked-up where 'Nuss left off (a competent running game) or do I have to worry about TFLs being an official play call again?
We have the bodies; we'll see if these coaches can get them to execute.
I'm not worried about WR, and I'm not sure why we would be. Poor O-Line and QB play--not to mention scheme--has distorted that position's production. I believe Darboh, Chesson, Norfleet, Ways, Canteen, and even Jones, Cole, and Dever give us plenty of options. Maybe there's not star, but there's a competent group there.
RB would be my #2 position to watch...we have talent, but I'm real curious to see how it translates in this system.
DE would be #3...pass rush?
|27 weeks 1 day ago||Agree, but...||
What's our ceiling? Harbaugh has demonstrated that he can win games against superior teams, so is our ceiling a spot in the CFB playoff?
My prediction is now 9 wins; our schedule is pretty tough, even with our rivals coming to us this year. Utah, Oregon State, and BYU are all non-conference threats, with Maryland, Minnesota, and Penn. State joining MSU and OSU as potential losses. That said, I think we'll only drop three of those eight games.
It's awfully hard to put a ceiling on this team, but I'd say 11 wins is on the edge of reason, and going undefeated is implaubsible.
|27 weeks 1 day ago||YES||
As Brian said, this is a massive relief. Our biggest question mark just changed dramatically: our floor at the QB position is a competent B1G starter. If Rudock doesn't win the job this fall, it's because we have a pretty darn good alternative.
This is amazing news, and pushes my win prediction to 9.
Welcome to the family, Jake. GO BLUE!
|27 weeks 2 days ago||No names, but plenty of talent||
While this transition lacks a Denard-type star, it's not a question of if but rather who.
QB is the biggest question mark and potentially limiting factor on this team's ceiling. We really have no idea who's going to start, and we won't have a much better idea after Saturday. But I'm not too worried about any position other than QB, and possibly TE.
The point is that other than QB, we have starting talent and even adequate depth (other than TE). There will be stars...we just don't know who yet. I'm excited to see who rises to the top of the meritocracy.
|27 weeks 2 days ago||During the weekend, or following the weekend?||
Actually during the event, I'll take under.
By the end of next week? Over.
|27 weeks 6 days ago||Relationships w/HS Coaches||
And I would that coaches are a generally tight-knit community; relationships aren't going to vanish because a guy goes to the NFL. If they trusted Harbaugh before, they will trust him now, unless he gives them reason not to.
HS coaches are almost always looking out for the best interest of their players. Access to a school like Michigan and a staff like ours--led by Harbaugh--is a good thing for their players and their programs, and they will want to rekindle that relationship with Harbaugh. Sending your player to a great school that can also prepare him for the NFL is a win for you, the player, and your program...HS coaches want to see their players go as far as possible, and to be able to say, "You know who So-and-So rookie of the year in the NFL is? He played his HS ball here and got a degree from Michigan."
I seriously doubt JH's time away from college football has had much of negative impact on his connections, and I believe those bonds will be re-formed quickly.
The real problem is location--a lot of kids say, "distance isn't a factor," but most end-up committing close to home. Like Carr, if Harbaugh can get a couple players a year from CA, he's doing well. Ditto for Texas and the southeast. If we're pulling 6 elite or very good players per year from those regions, chances are we've got plenty of talent--that would be 20-30 of our total roster in addition to the talent we get from the B1G footprint.
|28 weeks 6 days ago||My Board||
This is a lot harder than it should be. We need more standout players, and I suspect that by B1G season, this will be much easier (and in the future). In a draft, of course, a lot depends on what the other team does, but in terms of overall value I would load-up on defense (assumes all players are healthy):
|31 weeks 1 day ago||Kap and Hack are examples of||
Kap and Hack are examples of what happens when your offensive line play declines precipitously. Hackenberg didn't become a ba QB as a sophomore and Kaepernick didn't become a bad QB because he's a year older. The O-line play directly impacts the QB and both guys faced softer protection this year. That's not all there is to it, but that's a big part of it.
|31 weeks 5 days ago||If this is half true, I'm||
If this is half true, I'm excited. HAIL-YEA, the defense should be ahead of the offense at this point. It is much easier to pick up scheme on defense than it is on offense where timing, precision, and chemistry play a bigger role. Not to mention that we have no established QB, very little WR experience, and a very different coaching style on the O-Line. On top of all that, our defense is simply better--they've been coached better and played better for years, and there is more experience.
|32 weeks 1 day ago||This is the winner||
"I MUST WIN...I MUST WIN!!!" He spends another few minutes repeating and talking about that phrase after he breaks the projector with his enthusiasm.
|32 weeks 3 days ago||Texas||
I actually like the Longhorn on the front of the helmet.
But yeah, lots of these are just bigger logos...
|32 weeks 6 days ago||No big deal||
I'm not worried.
If our staff is as good as we think it is, this won't be a huge issue. What makes me say that? OSU's defense this year featured 13 players on the two-deep with one or no years of experience. Their safeties each had one season of experience.
Would it be nice if the recruiting classes would smooth out a bit to prevent this in the future? Yes and no. Having years where you are loaded with seniors does seem to correlate to national success, so it may be worth having some lean years.
But like I said, Saban, Meyer, and even Fisher have demonstrated the ability to reload each year. Harbaugh will do the same.
|33 weeks 2 days ago||Numbers changing||
Unfortunately, I think transitions have made this look worse than it is.
I expect these numbers to change as Bolden, Wilson, Butt, Taco, Dymonte(?), Canteen, Cole, Mone, Watson(?), and Mason Cole move up through the ranks and rack-up some PT.
Then again, we just had another transition, and if those guys aren't willing to eat cereal and gatorade (that's a metaphor) then they won't see the field under JH.
|34 weeks 2 days ago||This should be Posbanged||
Morgan is a very good player who seems to have the tenacity Harbaugh craves. While expected, this is amazingly great news.
|34 weeks 3 days ago||Book your ticket to Indy||
If we beat both MSU and OSU, you can bet we'll be playing in Indy for the B1G championship. I'm sure it's not likely, but doesn't it feel good that it's possible?
|34 weeks 3 days ago||OSU||
The article also points out the running game's success against Ohio State, which was extremely encouraging when you consider how strong OSU's defense had gotten by that point.
But to answer your question, I dont know. I'd love to see someone research that, but it won't be me. Anecdotally, I do remember offenses finishing strong and then looking better the following year, like MSU '13.
|34 weeks 6 days ago||WRONG||
The laws of probability prove that if something has any chance of happening, it eventually will. Something that has a 0% chance of happening must truly be impossible.
|34 weeks 6 days ago||Burning bridges||
There is no way Urban didn't know about Drayton's departure. Drayton must know that if he even wants to coach college football again that he needs to be open and honest with his head coaches--especially guys that the influence that Meyer does.
This was dirty, slimy, under-handed. And if U-M does it, I'll say the same thing.
I'm not going to give Meyer the blanket label of "slimy," but OSU played this kid, and they should rip-up the LOI if he asks them to.
|35 weeks 7 hours ago||ND press coverage||
We pressed ND unsuccessfully. Countess, in particular, was getting torched. Will Fuller was getting clean releases on slants and fades, and we had to soften coverage to try to stop the bleeding.
We tried to press ND, just couldn't do it.
|35 weeks 3 days ago||Heh||
But, as you've proven, self-righteousness is not a lost art.
|35 weeks 3 days ago||Missing the point||
I am excited about/for every kid that commits to Michigan, regardless of their recruiting rankings. Our coaches should be, too.
There is no possibility of negative consequences from these tweets, unless you're the type of person that only believes that highly-ranked recruits are desirable.
Harbaugh turned Stanford into a national powerhouse with 3-star players...anyone he invites that accepts the invitation should excite us.
I have never, NEVER been anything less than excited for a "Hello" post, and I doubt I ever will be. It's always a blessing to welcome another member to the family.
|36 weeks 1 day ago||Ace||
Yeah, well said, Brian.
|36 weeks 2 days ago||Yeah, but not Gollums.||
Yeah, but not Gollums.
|36 weeks 2 days ago||Seth referenced it||
Smart football makes complex concepts accessible to the layman.
|36 weeks 3 days ago||Gut feeling||
I believe Clark is going to pick UCLA.
And if he does, I am fine with that, because I think it indicates that there are things that are more important to him than football. Don't get me wrong--I've lived in LA and Westwood is an amazing spot--I can't blame the kid for loving it. But Harbaugh's system is proven to be an NFL TE factory.
I wish him the best and hope he goes Blue, because I honestly believe Michigan gives him a far better chance of becoming an elite TE and a high NFL draft pick.
|37 weeks 6 hours ago||Early returns||
So far, he appears to be a good addition. The recruits he is visiting seem to like him and he's getting kids to come for visits.
Time will tell, but there is certainly nothing to criticize yet.
|37 weeks 1 day ago||I wish||
I could upvote this. Great work, and lots of it. We tend to only remember the whimpering end, but Fred had a pretty good career here.
|37 weeks 1 day ago||Broncos?||
He missed lots of hires. 49ers, Broncos, Jets. He named the guys that hired his assistants.
There really is nothing to see here.
|37 weeks 1 day ago||Really?||
Your comparisons are completely invalid. First of all, no one has any idea who (if anyone) deflated the balls, or who ordered it. It's more likely Tom Brady is guilty than Bill Belichick, but that's not the story out there.
Second, if you want to compare, let's use a valid comparison. The Seahawks break contact and pass interference rules all the time, and don't get flagged every time. Should they be fined and docked draft picks? They are doing it in plain sight, same as the footballs. This isn't cheating on a test, it's an open, obvious practice that the refs had the opportunity to stop AFTER EVERY SINGLE PLAY. And comparing this to putting lives in danger by driving drunk? SMH. That's beyond ridiculous.
Finally, the balls were re-inflated at halftime, and the Pats proceeded to annihilate the Colts. This game's outcome had NOTHING to do with deflated balls. ZERO.
Honestly, the Dallas Cowboys and Detroit Lions were hurt by far more egregious officiating errors, and there was no recourse. Give me a break. If this wasn't Belichick's team that has a chance to be the most successful ever, then it wouldn't be a story.
To answer your one reasonable question: YES. Blame does get shifted if someone is paid to enforce the rules. As my other examples above indicate, it is the referee's job to make sure the rules are followed. That's why we have refs. That's why you don't call your own fouls in professional sports. If you were ever an athlete or coach in a terribly officiated game, then you understand that bad officiating tilts the scales, and, if properly enforced, rules are broken far, far less often.
Have you ever played a sport and broken a rule? Ever fouled someone in basketball and not had the foul called? What did you do? Did you tell the ref to stop the game and give the guy some free throws?
The self-righteousness of our society is staggering.
|37 weeks 1 day ago||Iman Marshall||
The starting spots are all wide open with the new staff, but CB seems to be particularly open. Iman Marshall is very much what Durkin looks for in a CB, and I think he could win the job and start opposite Lewis by B1G season, if not from day one.
Countess was average at best on the outside last year, and I don't see the aggression that Durkin's CBs played with at Florida. I think we'll see a renewed emphasis on speed at all positions, and Peppers playing that HSP role that UF used last year sounds perfectly delightful.
This defense will, schematically, somewhat resemble Mattison's 2011-2013 units, but it will have a very different feel with personnel and execution.
|37 weeks 1 day ago||EXACTLY||
This whole thing is such a joke. If the balls were deflated to a point that would have made a difference, then the referees are the ones that are at fault here. They handle the balls after EVERY play, and if they couldn't tell they weren't properly inflated, then they should be reprimanded, not the Patriots.
Anyone who has played any football can immediately tell--just from gripping a football--if the ball is properly inflated.
This is more about media attention and making a stroy than anything, but if there is a story, it should be the continued incompetence of NFL officials.
|37 weeks 6 days ago||Best part||
I think this is the best part of the story...honestly reminded me of Hoke (in a good way):
Maybe we can have everything we want in a coach.
|38 weeks 8 hours ago||Crystal Ball||
If I had to guess, right now I'd say UCLA for Clark. But a visit to U-M with JH could change that very quickly.
|38 weeks 1 day ago||Bootleg||
What some people mistakenly call a waggle is actually a bootleg.
Two TDs were scored on bootlegs in this game alone, and the naked bootleg was a HUGE play for us in '97.
|38 weeks 1 day ago||Streets and Tuman||
I can't believe Tai Streets isn't getting more love.
He didn't really blow-up until '98, but he and Tuman combined for 51 catches and eight of the team's 14 receiving TDs.
I thought Chris Howard was overlooked too often just because A-Train was a freshman; Howard, at that point, really was a far better all-purpose back who led the team in rushing and receptions.
On defense, they all seemed like stars. Marcus Ray was amazing, but I loved Dhani, Sword, and James Hall.
|38 weeks 1 day ago||True||
But you are missing my point. The screenshot I posted is not the play OSU ran, it's the concept.
Harbaugh did not start the wham/trap concept, but he has used it to great effect and is known for it. OSU used it in the NC game, but hadn't been using before.
I wasn't actually talking about the Triangle play, since OSU doesn't use it.
|38 weeks 2 days ago||Baxter is not going to coach the TEs||
Baxter was hired strictly has a ST coach. He might help out a bit on offense, but we need another full-time body there.
I was NOT implying that Manning would be another RB coach, I was pointing out that the dude has coached lots of different positions. Maybe he gets named the TE coach, but probably not. Harbaugh wants proven excellence.
If Zordich is hired, it seems likely that Manning is out, but he has wiggled his way into coaching other positions, so we'll see.
|38 weeks 2 days ago||H-Back||
OSU used an H-Back extensively last night as a wham blocker. Harbaugh uses those, and fullbacks too.
|38 weeks 2 days ago||YES||
Yes, we do need another offensive guy. Sheer numbers means it's preferable to have another coach on the offensive side of the ball. Manning did coach RBs in Cincinnati and at NIU....
|38 weeks 2 days ago||Question||
Yes...to me, this looked like a new wrinkle. I don't remember many traps/whams from OSU this season, or from Urban teams in general. I remember them running more zone and belly stuff.
Have they been using this all year or was this new?
|38 weeks 3 days ago||Nine||
You can have nine assistant coaches. Ten with S&C.
So we're only 40% of the way there, officially. I think Wheatley is next.
|38 weeks 3 days ago||(No subject)||
|38 weeks 3 days ago||YES!||
Dude has swag. This staff is going to be pretty amazing, and I'm excited to see how they recruit the final weeks.
|38 weeks 6 days ago||(No subject)||
|39 weeks 6 hours ago||And from Centennial||
And from Centennial
|39 weeks 7 hours ago||^Only click that link if you||
Only click that link if you want to be frustrated. Real Link (JH starts at 22:57):
|39 weeks 7 hours ago||Harbaugh and NFL pitch||
We are getting a guy who just spent two years as an NFL OC, and two years before that as a college OC (at Miami [YTM]) to be our WR coach and help with our passing game, since our OC's strength is obviously running and the OL.
That is awesome, and adds even more cache to the "Come to Michigan and we'll prepare you for the NFL" pitch. SEVEN (!!!) of our ten coaches (according to guessochart) have NFL coaching experience. The guys that don't are Durkin (a college superstar with a record of coaching guys into the NFL), Baxter (a ST guru who is one of the best at his role in the country), and Dougherty. Heater played in the NFL and Morton played and coached in the NFL seem like our other options, and would only add to the "we can get you to the NFL" credibility.
Also, Harbaugh is fanatical about his staff...if Fisch didn't fit what he wanted, he wouldn't be hired.
|39 weeks 1 day ago||Great stuff||
These schemes are, in many ways, similar to what Mattison was running prior to this season (which is not surprising, since Durkin was a GA with Mattison at ND in 2003-2004). Durkin's genius is not just in his play calls, but in his use of personnel. He seems to keep a fast free-hitter on the field.
I'm interested to see the ECU breakdown, because the Pirates racked-up yardage against UF in the bowl game.
|39 weeks 1 day ago||Instant success||
This is one of the reasons I would expect us to compete in every game this fall, and finish #2 or #3 in the East division. With some bounces, I do believe we could have a 10-win regular season.
Also: This is why I love Seth. GREAT data and analysis.
|39 weeks 2 days ago||Also||
Durkin worked with Mattison on the ND staff in 2003 and 2004.
He will have no problem working with GMatt to get Michigan back to having Michigan defenses.
|39 weeks 2 days ago||YES||
Expect most, if not all, of the staff to be introduced at the meeting tomorrow. The meeting has been delayed (was supposed to be today), and I believe that was done so that Harbaugh could finish getting the staff together.
At a minimum, I would guess that Durkin and Drevno are there, and probably Mattison, Wheatley, and whomever has been hired as the S&C coach (Tolbert?), who will need to get winter conditioning started immediately.
|39 weeks 2 days ago||Best wishes to Bosch||
I wish Kyle the best.
I'm sure Harbaugh's stipulations made sense for Michigan football, and I can also imagine a young man not wanting to agree to challenging requirements.
It sounds like this is best for both parties.
|39 weeks 3 days ago||This is such good work||
It's a shame Michigan is wasting it with sub-standard play. It appears we just don't have the personnel/maturity to make a tourney run this year.
|41 weeks 6 days ago||(No subject)||
|42 weeks 5 hours ago||Harbaugh and Hackett||
I'll say this: Hackett could not have done any better in pursuing Harbaugh than he has. The offer is as generous as reasonability could possibly allow, the timing is perfect (49ers are out of the playoffs and the NFL can't yet contact JH), and it was kept relatively secret until the offer was made--at which poing either Harbaugh's agent or someone else was going to leak it anyway.
If we don't get Harbaugh, it won't be because we blew the process. It will be because Harbaugh simply was never going to come.
Here's my bold prediction: Either Dan Mullen or an elite name (think Bob Stoops, John Harbaugh, Sean Payton, Jim Mora) will be the next coach at U-M if we don't get Harbaugh. I guarantee you a back-up plan is in place, and that it's with a name that most of us would be satisfied with, if not downright pleased. This will be done by 12/29, and we'll probably know with reasonable certainty by 12/25.
|42 weeks 1 day ago||A 3-4 year turnaround that||
A 3-4 year turnaround that may not even be in Oakland that long. The Raiders could be heading back to LA.
|42 weeks 1 day ago||I laughed out loud and||
I laughed out loud and immediately thought of Weird Al's "Word Crimes." Perhaps a chart could assist Mr. Kawakami in his future twitter endeavors:
|42 weeks 2 days ago||We'll see||
It's only been three years since we won a BCS bowl. We beat Florida in the 2008 Capitol One Bowl. We went to the 2007 Rose Bowl. While we haven't won the conference since 2004, This program has still had some bright spots and plenty to celebrate.
I am willing to bet that every member of Fern's class will win a B1G title and/or a New Year's bowl.
THOSE WHO STAY WILL BE CHAMPIONS
|42 weeks 2 days ago||Those Who Stay Will Be Champions||
I wish Ferns the best. He seemed like a great guy destined to be a very good player. We don't know all the circumstances surrounding his decision, and he needs to do what he feels is best for him.
We are loaded at LB, and the next coach will make sure the cupboard stays fully stocked.
Those Who Stay Will Be Champions!
|42 weeks 3 days ago||O-Line||
Perhaps most encouraging, the 2010 O-Line (which was dominant) was entirely composed of three-star players. Not a single four-star in that group. Of course, they were all juniors and seniors...
|43 weeks 8 hours ago||Current roster||
The current roster is loaded. This is not a "rebuilding" job like RR and Hoke faced. While finding the right QB may be a challenge, there is an excellent defense, RBs, O-Line, and plenty of receiving talent.
Other than QB, safety is probably the only position at which you can even make an argument that help is needed.
Ohio State just won the B1G with a back-up (during the season) and a back-up's back-up (in the championship) playing QB.
This Michigan roster is ready to compete now.
|43 weeks 8 hours ago||I'm not his buddy, guy||
I'm not his buddy, guy
|43 weeks 12 hours ago||Get well soon!||
Please send your friend the following card and my best wishes.
|43 weeks 12 hours ago||Doubt it||
Gary Anderson left Wisconsin because they won't let him recruit the way he wants to and they won't pay his assistants.
Barry Alvarez will keep that program from reaching its potential by being a cheapskate.
As for OSU having anything to do with it...now Anderson is at a low-level Pac-12 team and has to compete with Oregon, USC, UCLA, Arizona, ASU...it's not better than the B1G West, which may be the easiest Power 5 division in all of college football.
|43 weeks 12 hours ago||Not what he said||
No, he said he was afraid losing to Urban 4/5 times would cost him his job.
The fact is that the TEAM (if not the program) is in very good shape--loaded with talent that was coveted by top programs across the country.
A coach that wouldn't want a top-tier salary with resources for top-tier assistants, some of the best facilities in the country, the Big House, and the Michigan brand to recruit to...that's a coach I DO NOT WANT.
|43 weeks 1 day ago||EXACTLY||
His reserch "confirmed" what he wanted to hear...have you ever heard of confirmation bias?
This looks like a pretty meager search, and the "secrecy" aspect only succeeded because the people of Nebraska don't know what Eichorst looks like. The whole thing sounded pretty lame, and resulted in hiring a 61-year-old who has won fewer than half of his games in the last five years at a program he spent 12 years building.
|43 weeks 1 day ago||Nebraska||
It looks like Eichorst just hired Riley because that was "his guy." I don't think they went to the trouble of looking at the field.
|43 weeks 1 day ago||Yikes||
I read the article hoping to find some cool technique or clever gamesmanship. What I learned was that if you're the AD at Nebraska and you wear a baseball cap, no one will notice you.
This is exactly how I hope Hackett does NOT conduct his search--a personal fixation on a candidate. Do your research, interview, and get references. Work with a search firm. Do it right, even if it take a little time.
But if Jim Hackett walked into DTW wearing a baseball cap, I have ZERO doubt that the press would be on it and the "secret" search would be blown. And if Jim Hackett just hires a guy because he liked him 12 years ago, I would be furious.
|43 weeks 1 day ago||Interview and references||
I know some people will disagree with this, but it's true: Urban Meyer's coaching genius is not in his system (which tons of schools run). It's in his ability to communicate with his players, inspire them, and get them to do what needs to be done. If you read interviews with former Urban players, they basically say, "Coach Meyer got me to do things I didn't think I could do."
Chip Kelly's success is similar. While both use a scheme they believe makes it easiest to develop players and win games, it's not like they are using plays that other teams aren't using. They are simply better at getting their players to succeed.
Onto Tom Herman...my thoughts on this search have evolved quite a bit over time. Herman would be, IMO, the best coordinator we could hire. I would certainly put him behind the following candidates:
I would probably put him behind these guys:
In the case of an OC with no HC experience, we at MGoBlog don't get the benefit of the most important pieces of the puzzle: the interview and references. If Herman comes to the interview with a plan--one that would have to include how he can win without his type of QB on the roster--and how he can build a program that can beat MSU and OSU, the most important piece being WHO CAN HE HIRE on his staff, then he could vault to the top of the "Plan B" guys. Players, coaches, and even some administrators will have a feel for how much this guy contributes to the success of a program, and if he's really good, he'll bring some damn good coaches with him.
This might sound ridiculous, but I have real concerns about Warriner (Kansas?) and Herman leaving OSU the same year--they'd be trying to poach some of the same coaching talent.
This is a long-winded way of saying, I really like Herman, but would need to see a good plan to be excited about him, and wouldn't be pleased with the hire until I saw his staff. That said, I would assume that if he was hired, he had produced a good plan with a good staff, and I would be hopeful...but I wouldn't feel great until I saw the staff, especially the DC.
|43 weeks 1 day ago||Possible||
I don't Harbaugh has told Hackett he's sure he's taking the job. But even if he has, Hackett should be looking for back-ups in a just-in-case scenario or in an effort to take pressure off of Harbaugh.
What I will disagree with is your second point: if Michigan is now looking for other options, they won't be caught with their pants down if Harbaugh says no. If we were not looking around, I'd be more convinced Harbaugh was the guy but more worried that if we didn't get him things would fall apart.
There is ZERO downside to looking around right now, even if Harbaugh has said yes (in principle). There is tremendous potential downside to NOT surveying the coaching landscape...as I said above, you never know what will happen, even if Harbaugh has said yes.
If you were the AD and Harbaugh had given you a verbal agreement, would you look around? I know I would. One thing I have learned running a business is that it's never done until it's done. Hackett knows that, too.
|43 weeks 1 day ago||Coaching Change||
CC = Coaching Change. It's an MGoBlog tag for everything related to firing/hiring coaches.
|43 weeks 1 day ago||IMPORTANT||
ThadMatt--I think your shark-horse avatar needs to have wings.
|43 weeks 1 day ago||I hope so||
To be clear, my post was not a prediction that Jim Harbaugh will be hired (though that would be my guess). The point is that Harbaugh (or some elite NFL guy) is still enough of a possibility that the risks and costs of waiting are acceptable. Hackett understands risk--his press conference proved that. He's not going to wait a minute longer than he has to, and the longer we wait, the more likely a blockbuster hire becomes.
|43 weeks 1 day ago||Even public statements mean little||
Brian is right on--no one really knows anything. The best we can do is attempt to decipher the intentions and desires of the players by examining what is actually happening. But never forget that even flat denials can be meaningless:
That was December 21, 2006. Saban was hired at Alabama January 4, 2007. In the interim, he actually said he wasn't going to talk about other jobs for the next five years.
My point is that what is happening is far more important than what is being said. Here's what's happening:
Unlike the 2011 fiasco, each day we wait is an indication that there is going to be a blockbuster hire. If Hackett wanted Herman--or even Mullen, Miles, Stoops, Whittingham, Richt, Mora, etc.--the machine would already be moving. The fact that we don't have a coach or any indication of aggressive negotiations indicates that we are waiting on the NFL...and probably Jim Harbaugh.
|43 weeks 2 days ago||Because you need to have Plan||
Because you need to have Plan B, C, and D ready if Plan A doesn't work out. Hackett is not going to put all his eggs in one basket.
|43 weeks 2 days ago||Patience||
While I want a coach hired YESTERDAY, the reality is that there is no reason to rush. Unless another top tier candidate on the Stoops/Payton level has definitively said they'll take the job AND that they will only take the job if they get it soon, then a Harbaugh ultimatum is just silly.
We are the last premier college job on the market. We have no competition from other colleges, and no one in the NFL can sign Harbaugh without working out a deal with the 49ers. There is no rush.
|43 weeks 2 days ago||+1||
Wish I could give you more for a cogent GGGR reference. One of the all-time greats.
|43 weeks 2 days ago||Divergent||
We are obviously still in the divergent phase, and I have ZERO problem with U-M reaching out to a candidate like Cutcliffe. There is nothing wrong with checking to see if he's even a possibility.
FWIW, I seriously doubt he gets the job, or even interviews. We will have an elite coach in A2 next year, I am certain of it.
|43 weeks 2 days ago||Stoops||
While Oklahoma was a passing spread for years, the past two seasons have seen a decided shift towards the run:
OU ran a ridiculous 1,211 plays in 2010, and this year will be the first in a long time they run fewer than 1,000. To put that in perspective, Michigan did not run 1,000 plays under RR and haven't run more than 893 since Rodriguez left.
My point is that Stoops runs a HUNH spread, but they seem content to emphasize their strength, rather than commit to being an air raid. What's amazing is that they run from the spread, but rarely use their QB--only 89 (17%) of 526 rushing attempts have come from QBs this year. Compare that to 179 (30%) of 587 for Ohio State QBs.
Stoops wants an efficient, HUNH offense, even if it's not an air raid. That his team has run effectively from the spread with minimal QB usage is certainly a hopeful sign since our roster has QBs that really aren't all that spectacular as runners, though Morris is underrated. FWIW, I believe Morris' best chance of success is a system much like OU's.
|43 weeks 2 days ago||(No subject)||
|43 weeks 3 days ago||BWHAHAHAHAHAHA||
I dare you to try to name five jobs better than Michigan in the B1G. Or even two. And our coaching hire will prove it.
|43 weeks 3 days ago||Harbaugh||
Brother John might be even better, but hasn't proven in college the way Jim has.
Sean Payton would be an amazing hire. While he doesn't have any history as a college HC, he did some good things in the college ranks in the 90s. He also has a superbowl ring.
Bob Stoops would be good, but I would rather have Harbaugh. Patterson would be a great hire. Mark Richt is another guy that would be a great fit.
Mora is a notch or more below all these guys, as is Mullen. But I believe we will land an elite name this time around, and no one I've discussed in this post seems outside the realm of possibility.