|11 weeks 3 days ago||Torres del Paine||
Been to Alaska (Denali close #2) been to S. Pacific (best beach-y), West Coast US, Hawaii, Greece, MX, Peru and Central Europ -ornate architecture is crazy. But to get the mountain formations and the color of turquoise in the lakes you have to go for Patagonia and the area around Torres del Paine is unrivaled in that sense, IHMHO. The isle of Skye does look redonk though..
|30 weeks 4 days ago||Bet he sticks at RB||
I actually see more upside for him on offense. Really good vision and burst and great hands. I know the need is at S/LB but I'm crystal ballzing him to stick on O after playing on both sides.
|34 weeks 4 days ago||Gametime!||
|34 weeks 4 days ago||Karma||
This should be out given the earlier blown call on Tanner McEvoy.
|34 weeks 4 days ago||What a Trophy!||
Much bigger than the Iron D
|39 weeks 6 days ago||My son has the same PJs and is the same age||
That is one devastating photo. My heart goes out to the Carr family - my wife is a '99 RN specializing in Pediatric Oncology and has seen this bastard of a disease firsthand; it's one of the worst pediatric cancers there are. RIP Chad hell of a fight you put up.
|1 year 4 weeks ago||More Yedlin||
We here in Seattle agree 100% with Brian.
|1 year 7 weeks ago||Blue and White Pants on the Road||
Would be cool for a change up.
|1 year 22 weeks ago||Wolverbear Whites!!!||
Adaptation of the '62
Blue sugar bowl numbers and blue stripe on shoulder, blue block M on the collar
Wolverbear on the hip, thin Maize and blue stripe down side of the pants
Jack and coke - do it..
|1 year 42 weeks ago||The Michigan I grew up with||
Harbaugh, Elliot, Kolesar, Morris.. Winning B10 Championships and losing Rose Bowls. Bo screaming at the refs and me yelling at the TV with my Dad in our neighbor's basement at 5pm on New Years Day. Thanks for the memories.
|1 year 46 weeks ago||I Demi Lovato your Josh Groban||
To quote my children's favorite song of the past xx months:
Let it go, Let it go,
Can't hold you back anymore
Let it go, Let it go,
Turn my back and slam the door
of course ESPN is twisting the dagger for dramatic effect, what else would you expect.
Don't worry about the past live in the future with "THE KNOWLEGE" where this entire arguement is rendered moot!
|1 year 46 weeks ago||Nice Analysis||
Got the same feel from watching how things have progressed and reading the UFRs. Learning a new system and getting comfortable with a coach's rhythm in calling plays and learning what works with the players (especially QBs as different in style as Shane and DG) takes time and apparently spring ball and fall practice wasn't enough, but in those practices you focus on "your stuff" and not as much on the different fronts and coverages that opponents will throw at you week to week and the game planning chess match.
Unfortunately we didn't have much of a luxury with this year's early opponents looking better than we thought, my view having watched Rutgers in person vs. WSU was it was always going to be a tougher game than anticipated, given the environment and Utah is better than advertised, although they seem to be an enigma losing to WSU then beating UCLA. Both teams we should beat by the M standard as referenced ad naseum here on mgoblog.
The Minnesota game is the one thing I just can't figure out. That team is not good, but I'm curious to know what the "sitting Devin" issue was, as it seems like something deeper than the yips and turnover issues. In all the interviews (e.g. Norfleet and Clark) the players and coaches allude to something he did though we'll probably never know what. Even without the program drama and Devin's issues these look like risky/poor decisions by the coordinators: bet the D scheme on Peppers along with hope for a pass rush we've never really had and too much tight formation manball and waggles on O. This alone doomed us from a scheme and RPS POV, but maybe that was Coach Brandon (that will be my own baseless internal narrative), at any rate it just piles up to a Mt. Everest of suckiness and ennui.
Would really love a candid interview with Nuss to compare the atmosphere and position coaching/player development between 'Bama and UM. Maybe we'll get that after this season.
Sucks that this is the situation, hopefully they team learns and can pull an upset or two out of this trash heap of a season while the program moves on to better days under a new regime. Would be nice to beat PSU, but then again I thought we would take it to Rutgers.
|1 year 47 weeks ago||kenyon college lords and ladies.||
D3... Was taken out of my last game as a senior when concussed after a tackle on a punt return. I couldn't remember anything for about 15 mins, plays, what I had for breakfast, my girlfriends name. I wanted back in but the team doc took my helmet and refused. This was in 1998. Also we had the Oberlin yeomen in our league..
|1 year 47 weeks ago||It's always better on paper||
Cy Young winners
When does basketball start?
|1 year 47 weeks ago||adversity||
This team 135 does not do well with it. 98's presence is worth at least 10 points. Rutgers 19-13.
In an alternate universe before Brandongate: Peppers plays offense, DeVeonGreen rushes for 100 and DG passes for 350+ with a couple nice scampers. M 27-17..
|1 year 47 weeks ago||Congrats Rich!||
Great win for Rich, team looked tough on D, some outstanding RPS+ on O. It also shows how big a difference experience O linemen make.
Agree with Yost, there is no Wisconsin on the PAC12, save Stanford, so I will be interested to see the outcome of that matchup, the weather makes a big difference and if you look at Oregon's style in the big games they've been in vs. athletic D lines (Auburn NC Game, Rose vs. OSU) they aren't nearly as explosive.
|1 year 47 weeks ago||Scooby was a 2*||
Look at him now!
|1 year 47 weeks ago||Manball!!!||
That guy is Vincent Smith size
|1 year 47 weeks ago||Women's soccer manager||
Can kick better than our ranked recruit of a kicker.. Rod wasn't kidding when he said he would audition anyone.
|1 year 47 weeks ago||Washington is not playing tonight||
|1 year 47 weeks ago||I understand the point of an awareness campaign||
Twas' a bit of a rhetorical question and I while I don't doubt the intent, i disagree with Oregon's execution. Uniformz cost a lot of money, probably a lot more than gloves or towels or wristbands.. I'd love to see the financials on the campaign vs. ROI on donation. Seeing as how nearly every team does some variant of this do you really believe that the donations they get will exceed the cost of the gear (Uniformz, Shoes, etc)..Phil Knight can't keep from grandstanding even when it comes to charitable causes.
|1 year 47 weeks ago||Why can't we run that play with Peppers on O||
|1 year 47 weeks ago||My wife made the point||
Instead of spending money on special breast cancer awareness unis, why not just donate the money..
|1 year 47 weeks ago||Sack Time!!!||
|1 year 47 weeks ago||Luck o' the Duck||
Looked like Solomon could've pulled and ran for the first but I think that last fumble was on his mind. Same thing happened vs. WSU.. Oregon is not the second best team in the country, but I will eat my words if they win the PAC 12.
|1 year 47 weeks ago||At least their return man||
knows where to go with the ball.. Two holding penalties though
|1 year 47 weeks ago||17-3||
Hard to do anything starting backup tackles. If we're dealing in hypotheticals, how much better would M be with Dior Mathis and Jake Fisher.
|1 year 47 weeks ago||Here come the track stars||
So nice to watch an exciting game
|1 year 47 weeks ago||Saw them in Seattle vs. WSU||
Agree w/Ace's take on their D. This team is a lot like Utah, with a slightly worse quarterback and similar defense with worse DBs. WSU is a gun, three step, leach-n-shoot and Halliday went bombs away after WSU stretched out Rutgers' D. Their pass rush was good and they held WSU to 6 yards rushing (on 14 carries I think knowing Leach they were called as pass plays and Halliday misread the signal). Caroo seems like the real deal, would be nice if we could just hand him to Peppers and say "give him nothing".. That's obvs not an option. Hopefully Louis/Countess/Taylor can stick with him as our safties are young and late on their help. Agree on that the less derpy offense wins. There's a chance If M goes DG Shotgun 4 wide with a few designed QB runs to keep them off balance. The slant game should be open, but having flown cross-country to attend the Minnesota debacle in person with my 5 year old son (his first game at Michigan Stadium), I expect to see lots of 3TE waggles and 3rd & long PA instead or whatever this weeks' version of the RPS takedown is..If somehow we can run the ball that would be a breakthrough, but that would actually take Nuss and Hoke giving more carries to the better running back vs. trying to keep things "equal" and going back to Green who is less than decisive with his cuts. I like how Smith runs out of the gun alot, Smith + DG = someone gets open somehow. Unfortnuately due to the transitive powers of college football, Rutgers beating WSU, WSU beating Utah at home and Utah beating M at home, I predict a 3 sack 3 interception outing for Garder with 67 yards rushing and 318 yards passing and a 17-10 loss with a blocked punt returned for a TD and inability to convert on 3rd and long being the main culprits.
|2 years 2 weeks ago||Walter Smith '94 Captain||
Is the player I was referencing, whoops. Also, couldn't find any pictures online so maybe a figment of my imagination. will search the freep archive.
|2 years 2 weeks ago||Could've done better||
Concur with the majority of posters on the iconic nature of the home uni. I don't know why it's so hard keep the classic design language but make it look modern, just use the normal solid number unis with thin single maize striped shoulders would look soo much better with the blue pants. The number font and "fake" stripes just kill this design, which in total is not so Uniformzy. Concur w/blue pants on the road. Didn't we do that once or twice during the mid 90's? I recall a photo with Walter Johnson wearing them possibly?
|2 years 11 weeks ago||Extras Sale on this year's models||
Have a couple extra of these that I bought from the MDEN last season. Let me know if you are interested and I'll send you a list of what I have. Will sell at a good discount..
|2 years 21 weeks ago||Stopped at the end of first half - Louisville replay||
Both of these games we had a decent lead that we just couldn't hold onto. Went to Atlanta with my friends, great game, terrible end. Watched it with him at his house 2 months later just to see what it looked like on TV. We decided to stop and delete at the end of the first half.
I actually feel worse about Kentucky because we had a more experienced team with a double digit lead and there were clear areas of weakness to continue attacking when we had droughts. Lville 2nd half just felt like a game we were destined to lose when they pulled ahead. Proud of M hoops this year; quite tired of losing the critical games in FB,BB and Hockey.
|2 years 22 weeks ago||Which Lord are you?||
I graduated in '99!
|2 years 26 weeks ago||Metropolitans||
The first U.S. team to win the Stanley Cup was from Seattle!
|2 years 32 weeks ago||Maturity/cohesivness of Oline||
This is where it really hurts you. I agree with all the commenters that it's good to have bread and butter; once you have a more experienced line you can implement the play that stacks up best both from a personel point of view and Opponent D tendencies. When our O was mostly upperclass linemen on my team we could run a mix of all the man/zone blocking schemes as well as play action pass off them and a little option (but not zone read, this was the 90's). That is when we had our best offensive output across most of the key metrics (YPP/QBR/RedZone/3rd).
Also sadly, this would be where an experienced poet like Borges would feel most comfortable; writing with a diverse vocabulary. From this diary and the 'bama UFR as well as my years watching 'Nuss improve the Dawgs O here on Montlake I'm extremely psyched due to the youth we have and hopefully an upgrade game day coaching and recruiting.
Also IZ was best result vs. NU and first half IOWA+OSU? with the dudes firing off and Green/Smith making their "one cut"...
|2 years 38 weeks ago||Talent beds make the difference to the top heavy SEC||
Overall the SEC is the best conference relative to Bowl wins/Championships etc. The main issue is the top-to-bottom quality of the conferences and players. The talent beds in the south (FL/LA/GA/AL/TX) where football is king drive this phenomenon, but if you look at median W-L records of the conference I bet it would tell a different story (e.g. SEC being top heavy).. I think you have to look at it relative to championships/bowl wins but also total wins in and out of conference and the overall strength of all the teams. Just because your top teams are the best doesn't mean that you're the best overall. On a championships basis in the BCS era there is unfortunately no argument. I hate the SEC (except for LSU - whose fans were friendly and knowlegable when they came here to play UW and Florida - who has yet to beat M)..
|2 years 38 weeks ago||Delicious Coda now Microcosmic Rendering||
What was a tantalizingly close ending. I concur with most of the pro/con comments made thus far but I do agree that the ennui was pumped up to maximum levels. This ending was a microcosm of the "season that should've been". What if we had Darboh, what if Pipkins isn't on that rotation late against Minnesota? Did Shazier ever tear his ACL? Jake Ryan did, each of us has had some internal or "internet external" monologue demonizing Borges. What if Gibbons makes a critical FG vs. PSU. What if we hold Nebraska on that 3rd and long? What if Dileo catches the 4th down? What if Funchess catches 2 of the 5 first downs he drops and Devin doesn’t fumble in Iowa City or the coaches call a different play after the Ohio time out? In essence every unsucessful season ends with more questions than answers and the most frustrating aspect of this ending is that it gives no closure to those that wanted it and invites further speculation on the themes du jour -Is Borges' job safe? Is Hoke a game theory realist or a stuck-in-the past sentimentalist nice guy who sucks at strategery? How good or bad is Mattison and can Mallory ever get a Dback to turn his head around? How much is DB’s involvement impacting the team? I would like at a minimum to see a QB coach instituted and maybe a LB coach although linebacking has generally improved under Mattison. Can we get two up and comers (future OC/DC?) there to influence the “Silverbacks” on the staff? Agree on the bowl. The team needs a confidence boost and while better (bad) situation would have been going to cap one and winning against a team the calibre of 2012 South Carolina, a bowl win of any kind should be just the right medicine especially after all of this season’s disappointments.
|2 years 40 weeks ago||Answers attempted||
Very cool read, some mod ought to give the OP a nice point bump.
A question for him, since he seems a good one to ask: Any chance the coaches are doing a poor job at simulating games in practice? Or more precisely, doing a poor job of practicing in a way that really prepares the players to execute in a game (vs. in a controlled practice setting)? I've observed a few things that might be explained by this theory, and am curious what a guy who played thinks:
That’s tough to answer with the limited practice clips available. I think there are two critical elements in practice, the “individual” period with the position coaches and the “interior/skelly” and “team” periods with all coaches .
Individual is where the techniques are drilled and picked apart – for example how you step correctly and target the right part of the defender in blocking assignments for example, to teach the guys how to be fast by not false-stepping and taking the right path to the block – “inside out” for example on kick out blocks and learn how it feels to move correctly. This is where the “muscle memory” part comes into play. More seasoned good players do this in their sleep, young ones struggle more and bad ones usually never really get it.
In the interior section, the Offensive interior (RBs and Oline) work against the defensive front 7 mostly on running plays, but sometimes on blitz pickup, depending on the coaching philosophy this can be 1’s vs. 1’s or 1’s vs. 2’s, scout team etc. and the O will spend time mimicking the next opponent d and vice versa or sometimes you just drill your own different looks against each other depending on how similar your opponent’s scheme is to yours. This is the opportunity to really evaluate and teach the lines on how to deal with the opponents. A lot of times when an MA happens the coaches would whistle it dead, coach the guy up (or replace him) and “run it again”!
In Skelly it’s basically 7 on 7 work in the passing game, routes, checks, d works on coverage responsibilities etc.
Team is where you take the starters and drill them against the opponent’s scheme in simulated down and distance situations. The intent is for the O and D to “get a look” from the scout team representing (as best they can) so you can rehearse all the assignments, variable looks that come from the structure of the game plan. Usually the coaches start with a larger set of plays in the beginning of the week and then whittle down to the ones that are “executed” well in practice against the defensive looks you expect to see.
This is derived from scouting the other team and assuming they will roughly play to their tendencies (e.g. in 3rdand long these guys are most likely to run a double A cross fire (the double lb blitz that State runs) with man free, so we are going to run a “check with me” which is like a two play choice, run the play call, but if they tip their alignment or QB sees something different the play changes to a pre-determined other play. This is a way to simplify the process of checks/audibles into a binary option. Not sure how much Borges employs this vs. straight audible where the C and QB must be on the same page when the QB sees something and calls a completely new play.
The potential issue here is being able to simulate the opponents size/speed advantages with the scout team (hoke calls this “look team”) who is usually composed of your young guys or walk-ons – which is why they had RB’s/WR’s etc play QB to try and simulate Denard. Unless you go 1s vs. 1s (recipe for injuries) all the time, the practice “look” often doesn’t match what you see on game day, the better the look team does, the better prepared you are. The better the coaches anticipate what the other team will do, the better prepared you are.
The other issue here is that if the other team comes out with something completely new and breaks tendencies your game plan can go up in smoke (read: Nebraska). This is what concerns me about those guys, they can’t anticipate what the other teams are doing based on what worked against them in the past. Hoke admitted as much in his presser. I didn’t compare the offensive UFRs enough to know if Nebraskas blitz scheme was the same as MSUs or just their own blitz package the decided to run or something completely new which is a risk both for you and them.
i) Head scratching personnel shuffling - you alluded to this in your answer to 1 in the OP. Are we rolling out young "practice warriors" who maybe perform great in drills but break down in the mental game on the field? Is that why we seem to juggle the OL so much? Is that why we played Taco Charlton and burned Bosch's redshirt despite them not appearing to be a major upgrade on actual gameday? Or is that why we played Furman, who is fast as heck (maybe Mattison thought we needed that against an option team) but seems to have made a couple mental errors that the guys he replaced generally havent?
I think this is how Hoke wants to run the program a la Carroll et al. who want “competition at every position” to keep pressure on the starters. Normally, the starters are determined by coaches eval and how they grade out in practice and games. Also, there is some judgement about whether to go with a player who has been in the program and plateaued vs. a baptism by fire for a young player with potential. I have to imagine in the case of the OL it’s that effect. For Taco, I think it’s a matter of getting young players involved who have a single talent (e.g. pass rush) in the right situation. For Furman it seemed to be a sub due to Gordon’s injury – Furman hasn’t show anything to me this year that would make me want to sub him in for a healthy Gordon. When you are in a nose dive, things become a clusterfuck because you are trying to turn over every stone to find something that works.
ii) Inability to execute 2 minute drill / general time management issues. Hoke has mentioned that they typically "coach guys up" in between practice reps, rather than the Oregon approach of rep-rep-rep-rep all day. Does rarely practicing at a high tempo hamper our ability to do it on Saturday? It’s possible, if you spend too much time working on base things you can leave out time for two minute. When we decided to start the game with it we practiced it more during team. Usually we practiced it at the end of practice in a set period of time. I do think that when your team runs a particular offensive or defensive style, the other side players are more accustomed to that style and probably play better against it. Other than talent deficiency and terrible coaching, I thought this was a big issue for the RR defenses when the played “heavy” teams.
iii) Defensive struggles against tempo - see ii
iv) poor pre-snap communication on both sides of the ball. A lot of guys seem to be struggling with their own assignments, let alone having someone act as a "QB of the defense" (watching Bullogh on MSU made me realize how much Michigan lacks a guy like that). And our actual QB and center seem to struggle at properly ID'ing checks and blocking adjustments. Is it possible to get good at this if the coaches aren't running a simulated game environment in practice? Maybe guys are good at this in theory but are falling apart when presented with the pace of a game. I think some of this has to do with youth and leadership, some of it has to do with our coaches’ lack of adaptation, but yes we miss a Molk or Harris/Kovacs on both sides of the ball, not sure this has to do with how practice is run vs. flat out experience, film study and reps.
v) home v. away performance. All of the game vs. practice issues will be intensified on the road, in a hostile environment. This is true, when it’s loud communicating is harder and you have to resort to more hand signals, especially on O. It drives me crazy though that we have issues getting lined up on D. That seems to be a practice issue, or an issue with rehearsing the timing to get the D call in when you are in a tough environment and the other team is running no-huddle/jet tempo.
Basically, my thought is that coaches who are used to (or more comfortable with) working with more experienced guys (e.g. Mattison's NFL experience) might be focusing more on refinement, technique, and so on. This is great for perfecting things that people already know the basics of, but maybe some of these young guys really need to practice the intensity, pace, and unpredictability of a game. That's where young guys will struggle the most.
What I read and consistently hear is that these guys are great teachers. However they have been around a long time and it may be that they are trying to be too fancy with certain things, or thought they had more capability from certain players based on practice than they did. I think it’s that we’re trying to “build and airplane in the sky” to use the tired corporate analogy and then deciding that airplane should be replaced with “helicopter” do that with apprentices vs. journeymen and you’re asking for trouble. Ultimately there is no ability to simulate exact game conditions in practice even if you go 1s vs. 1s which is a huge risk for injury.
Taylor Lewan doesn't need to be taught how intense and fast the college game is - he knows that, he just needs a guru coming in to make minor adjustments and point out any bad habits. But for Kyle Kalis the game is still moving super fast - he needs all the help he can get to get comfy in that environment, and maybe getting his footwork correct down to the inch is a little less important (or at least the value per minute of practice is less).
This is true and where you need the Lewans of the world to be player-coaches. This is where I wonder how variable or consistent the coaches are. Depending on the previous weeks’ result, sometimes less indvidual and more team if we struggled with opponent scheme, and vice versa if they felt it was a tecnique issue. Knowing Hoke, he’s probably pretty consistent, which while good for the young guys’ development, doesn’t give a lot of time for working on scheme. At this point in the season they are probably going to work on what they want to run and technique. A lot of the sacks etc. are just due to young guys getting beat straight up. Look at the lineman around the pile for DG and you’ll see that it’s Bosch, Magnussen etc. usually.
|2 years 41 weeks ago||Agreed||
There are always outliers, it's an unfortunate consequence of the social media era that people who lack basic self awareness and maturity are given a digital megaphone.
|2 years 41 weeks ago||Are you my cousin?||
He went to Tech and is an M fan too! Great school.
|2 years 41 weeks ago||But Zima doesn't make your breath smell like Alcohol||
At least that's what someone in high school told me.
|2 years 41 weeks ago||Brings a tear to my eye||
Counter from the offset I! Couldn't be more 90's. Love seeing us handle the Badger D... MANBALL at it's finest
|2 years 41 weeks ago||Thanks for the positive comments||
Purpose of the diary was a little catharsis, a sarcastic attempt at humor and some anecdotal evidence to take the edge off this nasty mofo of a season and try to bring the MGoBlog family together. I've read this blog nearly since it's inception, but the recent boiling over seems worse than even the worst of the RR era. I find myself so frustrated after watching these games, and when I finally gain perspective after being reprimanded by my wife, I remember what it was like to be a young player confronted with a bible-sized playbook. At any level, the jump from HS to CFB is an adjustment. One of the guys on our team was the older brother of Ohio saftey Donnie Nickey and I talked to him a couple times about his experience as a frosh there, and it wasn't that different than D3 in terms ramping to the prep, gameplanning, time investment etc, only the guys were crazy athletic and paid a lot of $$$ :-), so I definitely can empathize with baptism by fire regardless of level. My personally biased point of view is that good fullbacks can have a larger impact than a pure TE (not a Funchess) because they are also a threat as runners and can surprise the D based on their versatility.The obvious preference is to have both. Also, a Walmart Wolverine is as good as any in my book. In my family we have both and M sports are the tie that binds across the country and around the world. Kevin Dudley, Chris Floyd, Aaron Shea, Leroy MF Hoard, Jarrod Bunch, BJ Askew et al.. I salute you!
|2 years 41 weeks ago||When it come crashin' down and it hurts inside||
I gotta be a man, I can't let it slide!
|2 years 41 weeks ago||Yale||
Reminds me of my JV year when we played the Yale (MI) Bulldogs no idea who had the ball. Love the innovation by Princeton and the helmets/unis; I know it's heresy but imagine those in maize and blue/blue and white? Better than the Uniformz from MSU '11, Bama and the Cap One.
|5 years 38 weeks ago||Scout reporting the same||
At least that he will de-committ, something having to do with Justice Hayes but reading between the lines I think it's the coaching uncertanty.
|5 years 43 weeks ago||Never easy||
This one is tough. If Rodriguez was able to hire a professional-style defensive staff and do a complete overhaul a la Zooker would we keep him or is the damage done and we need to start the Harbaugh transition now? Rod's offense is so prolific but his lack of focus on defense is astounding. I was in the polyanna camp for quite some time but after this showing it's simply unbelievable that Rodriguez hasn't been able to make progress with the players he has or demonstrate an ability learn from the past. Last week's defensive line-up and strategy had Purdue 2008 written all over it, which to me is indicative of someone grasping at straws versus a ship headed in the right direction despite bumpy waters. However, I do look west and wonder what woeful disaster we might become if this situation ends up "doming" over the long term. A potential lost decade indeed. It's terrible any way you analyze it.
|5 years 43 weeks ago||That guy yelled at me for wearing a blazer||
For that game I was invited to the sideline and the press box as,so I wore a lucky blazer as most of the press-box type folk dress well and I was told to do the same although the blazer was clearly overkill. For the last drive we were down on the field and as walked by the bicep kisser yelled, Nice Blazer you fucking faggott. During the insuing maddness after the Manningham catch, my friend and I made a point to run by him dancing and swinging the blazer and asking "how do you like the blazer now, bitch" for some reason he did not respond. Only when watching the DVR to try and spot ourselves on TV did we realize that this guy was also the biceps kisser. What a game!
|5 years 44 weeks ago||Thanks!||
Nice summary hopefully Demens' development will be a referedum on GERG's technique coaching (but not substitutions and RPS)...
|5 years 45 weeks ago||Fantastico||
Just what the Dr. ordered
|5 years 45 weeks ago||Played in the Orange bowl||
Where they were pounded by a Justin-Fargas led USC team. I really liked that Iowa team though, it helped cement my hatred for Carroll... If RRod gets us to a bowl of that caliber next year my friends will eat their words..
|5 years 45 weeks ago||you should've stayed up||
It was a hell of an end to that game!
|5 years 45 weeks ago||My unacceptable people||
Are two of my best friends who are alums, while I am not. Their constant texting about how Rod is not they guy because he doesn't care about defense and special teams are starting to break me. I send them to mgoblog posts with facts but it's clear they never read them. How bad does Gibbons rank on the recruit flame out scale thus far? Thanks for the post though I feel better.
|5 years 45 weeks ago||Dave Brandon told everyone to take a deep breath||
And despite my utter displeasure at the T/O margin and special teams issues, I still have faith we can have a great second half to this season.
|5 years 45 weeks ago||Agree - the trend is becoming alarming||
I hoped we would see fewer turnovers vs. Iowa and we had more - we keep hearing about the same issues are "correctable" but then they are not corrected or become worse as the season wears on. If we win the next 3 with good showings, this hypothesis will be proven wrong and I sincerely hope it is. Rod and staff, please work some magic..
|5 years 45 weeks ago||Team effort on the losses...||
The O spotted the opposition points early via T/O but when the D could've stepped up and tackled ballcarriers on key third downs to get us the ball back, they preferred to not tackle. Therefore in my view they are equal culprits. BTW - what is the deal with all the friggin facemasking?
|5 years 45 weeks ago||Thanks for this||
Both Heismanpose and Enjoy Live - well done. Gives me some math to sink my teeth into to justify my John L. Smith style face-slapping reaction whenever I watch Denard pat the ball or Tate circle backward in an S curve trying to avoid the rush. I wonder how much of the Int-itis is due to schemes shutting down primary and secondary reads vs. Denard and/or Tate losing patience with their progressions and hucking it hoping for Hemingway or someone else to make a play when they feel the rush.
|5 years 45 weeks ago||TE Rumble||
I reside with henri in the land of ennui when it comes to this game due to Stanzi and the hawks d-line but I'd like to see some more of Koger and Webb catching the ball in the second and third quarters and then back to the read-option/qb lead and roundtree naked on the slanty thing in the first and fourth. Please Demens stay in your gap and tackle. Just doing that will cement the starting job...If Denard breaks 100 on the ground we win.Go Blue, win it and rest!
|5 years 45 weeks ago||TE Rumble||
I reside with henri in the land of ennui when it comes to this game due to Stanzi and the hawks d-line but I'd like to see some more of Koger and Webb catching the ball in the second and third quarters and then back to the read-option/qb lead and roundtree naked on the slanty thing in the first and fourth. Please Demens stay in your gap and tackle. Just doing that will cement the starting job...If Denard breaks 100 on the ground we win.Go Blue, win it and rest!
|5 years 45 weeks ago||31-28 M||
Closer than the Knowledge predicts
|5 years 45 weeks ago||Speed Rush||
Will be a great addition when both these guys can see the field and a referendum on our D staff's ability to teach technique. They will be a huge upgrade in athleticism if we can get them ready to go.
|5 years 45 weeks ago||Improvement is all you can ask for||
Hopefully Cam G and othe other young DB's continue to show improvement. Cullen just doesn't look ready to cover college receivers and Talbott and Avery seem more ready to play. It would be interesting to see GERG go with more cover 2 using JT as the safety with CC and Talbott at the corners so they can get a little better feel for the game without as much risk of being burt. I guess that requires at least LB's that can cover - i answered my own question. Well let's just hope they keep improving and Stanzi somehow implodes.
|5 years 45 weeks ago||Power I||
Yes that is a power I. Interesting that they split a receiver with that formation. Usually used only as goal line formation today. The "power" back is commonly used as a double lead blocker or as the counter back.
|5 years 45 weeks ago||Serve the Hawkeyes some midline||
Brian - thanks for sharing the diagram; I agree with your comment from UFR about having something in the second half to mix it up and hopefully this is part of that package. Any reason you think RR hasn't employed it yet? Concerns about Denard's ability to read or issues with D lines that slant a lot? I could see a slant blow up this play if the tackle can't reach the end and Denard hesitates blows the read. If it's run toward Lewan there and they slant to the strength then he can crush the end into the tackle and let Smith/Shaw bounce it outside for a big gainer if the WLB flows strong over the top.. Interesting option to say the least.
|5 years 45 weeks ago||Love the point about 2nd half adjustment||
I agree that we should have a couple adjustments - like you pointed out in the picture pages vs. scrape exchange - and save them to the second half. Even without doing that this game was a lot closer than the final score and the media analysis would lead you to believe. I just hope that with another year of maturity and work this team will recover and take one from someone they supposedly have no business beating. 8-4 is still realistic if we get a lucky bounce or two.
|5 years 46 weeks ago||Gap integrity||
We didn't have it on this play and we got burned. Last line of defense, the safety takes an improper angle - it's over. We got caught, MSU back made a great cut and burst. Will any of you actually feel better about this loss if you can claim victory in the academic argument of coaching vs. execution on a single play?
|5 years 46 weeks ago||Back in Dickety two I used to walk 8 miles to school||
And there weren't any forward passes and fullbacks were made out of steel and linebackers new how to tackle! Thanks Brian for helping me return from my denial/grief phase and back into hoping we can actually, possibly do the impossible vs. Iowa. It will be a good character test for Denard to see how he bounces back and if he still looks "too excited" then give the Tater a series our two
|5 years 46 weeks ago||Sucks about Odoms||
We need our mountaingoats! Get well soon #9 (I wore that number in High School)...
|5 years 46 weeks ago||And so it goes...||
The mean shifts with more observations... shouldn't be unexpected since Wisky gave up a lot more points to Mini than expected and Purdue upset an undefeated NU team. Iowa is scary as hell, I hope we can RPS the heck out of them, looking at their loss to Zona, we pretty much have to have ND Denard back although I wonder if Iowa's run game is as good as MSU's and I think Stanzi's efficiency rating is lower than Cousins, so the pluses may line up better.
|5 years 46 weeks ago||Thanks Tom||
Would be great to see the same analysis of the highly rated 3* in positions of need (LB,DB,DT) since we know RR's penchant for trying to find diamonds in the rough.
|5 years 46 weeks ago||Combo meal of attrition and scheme/coaching||
From my perspective it's a combination of both factors. While I recognize and re-quote the decimated defense to any RR-hater that complians, I'm however surprised that we haven't been able to develop at least one competent LB outside of Mouton. I am concerned about the technique issue and I think it's position coaching. In 06 we brought on Steve Szabo who did a great job with the LB's (Harris, Burgess, etc) and their tackling improved immensely. Harris was a 3* running back just like Ezeh and we all know what Harris is doing now. I don't know that having GERG coach LB's is the right call but with the coaching situation is with the self-imposed sanctions it's all we got. If I were Rod, I would look seriously into getting NFL-grade position coaches for DB and LB. This would however break his "dance with who you brought" meme around the guys who came with him from WVA. I'm willing give it another year though and see if any of this classes recruits can make an impact after a season of Barwis and spring practice. If the D improves like the O has this year with player development then I'll wait, however painful that may be.
|5 years 46 weeks ago||Welcome Dee -||
Will provide needed quality on the RB depth chart and can rotate to slot as well. Great pick-up M!
|5 years 46 weeks ago||Best Video Ever||
Haven't even been able to read the actual post yet... Fantastic!
|5 years 46 weeks ago||Making progress||
Nice UFR as usual Brian, I take solace in the fact that we played I believe (5?) true freshman and we were still able to get some stops in the second half. With the emergence of Black and hopefully some sort of competence by any one of the freshman DB's we may have a less-than-disastrous D. I think GERG is overcompensating a bit but wanted to keep things more than vanilla for the frosh. In the cackle with knowing glee section for this week I expect to see: Roh, Black, VanBergen and Marting simultaneously sitting atop Cousins a multitude of times. It will be a shootout but my modest hope is that the opportunistic D from the ND game comes back for a visit along with an positive RPS on the defensive side. GERG let's go!!!
|5 years 46 weeks ago||Would be sort of payback for Nick and Rojo||
I guess, but if this guy is no Austin Panter, has ball skills and can tackle I would love to invite him over for apple pie and coffee.
|5 years 47 weeks ago||Perfect Day for a "Sparty, No!" moment||
I think the stars are aligned for us on this one; we will change up some defensive packags, blitz a little more and hopefully Cam Gordon will separate a couple TE's from the ball. Sparty has been woefully short of "Sparty, No!" moments this season. This + Denard = M Win
|5 years 47 weeks ago||Blue in Seattle where are you?||
Do you watch games with the alumni club at downtown Buckley's? I occasionally went to the Rock Sport in West Seattle but now prefer to let my blood pressure rise in the comfort of my own couch. Maybe we can meet for a brew sometime and talk football.
|5 years 49 weeks ago||Hopefully an abberation vs. a reversion to the 2009 mean||
I'm happy for the win, was great to spend a day in AA and first time at the new Big House with my old man. It's been a while since we went to a game together. At any rate, I truly hope we can come up with a scheme and lineup that will enable us to be gap solid and maintain contain. Against ND Allen gave us fits breaking contain and the formations and schemes you saw from UMass look a lot what the Spartans are deploying successfully tonight vs. ND. We have to get better in time for that game and unfortunately neither BGSU or Indiana run offenses that offer that opportunity. And by the way, good lord, can we get someone who can field punts please? When I saw Gallon jump awkwardly at that ball and kick it all over the fieldI really lost my shit. There has to be someone who can do better that than on the two deep. Last point - it is great to see Taylor Lewan get in there and lay the wood. I'm in agreement with the Long comparisons, let's hope he keeps progressing.
|5 years 50 weeks ago||Culture of competition||
Is that RichRod is instiling a culture of competition in the same way that Pete Carrol did at USC. Devin has always said that he is willing to redshirt, but now that Rod has already said he has 3 guys he can "win with" given Devin's work ethic he sees the field a lot over the next two games. If he's not ready prior to the Big 10 season to Brian's point earlier this month, he could still be eligible for a medical redshirt but that is doubtful. My view is that he plays and learns over this season in much the same way Denard did last year - a few strategic series at a time unless Denard is hurt.
|5 years 51 weeks ago||Win for the love of all things good and righteous||
Thanks Brian for bringing your A game today. I am screwed. I live in Seattle and am visiting family in Michigan for a couple weeks and have been in A2 all week long getting sufficently hyped for Saturday. Unfortunately part of this trip is going to St. Louis this weekend for a wedding, so I miss the opener and getting to sit in one of the new suites. But hey, at least I'll get to go to the UMass game. If that wasn't bad enough I wear my Michigan hat to the Cardinals game tonight that the wedding party is all required to go to and some doucherific drunk St. Louis fan looks at me disapprovingly and says "god, go buy an Ohio State hat already"... It took all of my willpower not to kill this guy by crushing the cartilaginous tubes of his trachea, thank god for my wife, she sheparded me onto buying a bratzel, you know bratwurst + pretzel, that had a piece of bone in it. When I showed the bone to the woman she asked if I was "not from here". I told her I wasn't and explained that in Michigan we prefer brats without bones, she just told me it was gristle to be expected and there would be no refund offered. Anyway, while I'm on the party bus tomorrow that will be taking us all over St. Louis between the end of the catholic wedding at noon central and the reception that doesn't begin until 7pm, my many dreaded hope is that Denard rips it up, the D shows up sufficiently and we can finally tell the rest of the CFB world to smoke our poles even if it's only one day's worth of a trickle of redemption. Even though I won't get to watch this game, If we win, this entire debacle will have been worth it all. Go Blue, Hail to the Victors Valiant and lets just fucking go win this game!
|6 years 11 weeks ago||Awesome||
Being a Detroit transplant to the West Coast I agree wholeheartdly. With stints in SF and now Seattle, I can attest to the fact that there is nothing better than being a Detroit sports fan. For the diaspora it keeps us whole. It's also painful. Here are the list of Away games I've been to where the bad clearly outweighs the good, but those few wins are fantastic memories, it's roughly a 1-3 ratio of fantastic experiences to unsavory ones. Karma I guess.
|6 years 11 weeks ago||It was worth the -10||
Thanks everyone! I wish you brilliant rainbows and happy kittens. And for the record this sucks balls; let's move on to praying the Cullen Christian cracks the starting line-up and the best defense is a good offense in 2010.
|6 years 11 weeks ago||Denard is transferring in protest||
So says the knowledge.
|6 years 11 weeks ago||Are you talking about 10 years ago or 2 years from now||
Because as of today we are on worse footing than Northwestern in terms of wins and losses, therefore I am very pissed already.
|6 years 29 weeks ago||Scout says yes Dorsey & Ash||
Scout says yes Dorsey & Ash are blue, Parker to Washington and Talbott not deciding until 2/3... Personally that is the best outcome I could hope for outside of landing all 4.
|6 years 31 weeks ago||What a waste||
So frustrating to lead literally until the last two minutes and blow a 10 point lead, jeebus. NIT all the way for these clowns.
|6 years 32 weeks ago||Looks like a sleeper||
I like the pick up, same situation as Emilien but hopefully more immediate upside and less injury concern.
1) Check the highlight video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QhKjM55xRPI at about 1 minute awesome hit on the RB
2) looks like a solid blitzer with instincts for the ball
3) a bit rangy but will do well w/some barwis magic
4) will have to see if he can learn to play ILB
5) has frame (6'3") and speed (4.6 ish) to be a beast
|6 years 36 weeks ago||The Tree of Woe||
How much longer must we be crucified before we just say fuck it and bite the throat of the vulture that feeds on us! Hopefully next year we will figure out the riddle of steel.
|6 years 40 weeks ago||Thanks to everyone on the liveblog and Brian||
It's been a rough season to say the least and tough to be all the way out here in Seattle, even though there a quite a few M fans. It's also the first in 10 years that I didn't make it back to A2 for a game.. Anyway, here's to learning and hopes for a bright future. I really hope Tate never throws 4 picks again and that we finally figure out how to counterpunch Tresselball... Enjoy basketball. Cheers - SeattleChris
|6 years 40 weeks ago||Hope springs eternal||
1) We see Denard at Slot
If this happens it is Karmic retribution for the following:
Tressel Era of OSU especially '06
For the love of God let us sing the victors in the endzone once more this year!
|6 years 41 weeks ago||We will win because||
The BTN has already put on their ticker "Michigan 5 game big ten losing streak" which means that we will break it on Saturday. They also ran "Wisconsin 6-0 when John Clay scores a TD" that means he will score, but they will lose... Finally the ticker Karma is in our favor. It will hold true against OSU as well because of the 5 year streak and the hubris of their "tribute" uniforms.
|6 years 42 weeks ago||Carr and Miles||
I must admit that I've had the same thought regarding Miles and/or Jim Harbaugh. The issue is that Carr and Miles do not get along to put it mildly so I don't think that phone call would ever happen.
It would be more than suicide to fire RR at this point, he has 4 years to turn the ship and now we should all just turn the page on this discussion as Brian has already done. I have no issue with standard criticsm, leveled wisely (why can't we tackle? can't we use Denard in more creative ways, even the RPS metric to a certain degree...) but some of the blather I'm reading here is so ridiculous I might have to go over to GBW to get perspective.
|6 years 42 weeks ago||Six Sigma Comes to MgoBlog||
First of all great work in putting this together, however as any good process improvement practitioner would do you have to examine the outliers to determine what produced them; you might want to reference opposing defense's ypg and/or point yield for those that you removed and do the second layer of analysis to determine if RRod's o provided more big plays vs. better defenses with less experience.
That analysis might give some insight into how the M offense will evolve next year with more experience/competence at key positions. If you believe, as I do, in the hypothesis that "schematic advantage" + "experience" = more wins when isolating uncontrollable variables such as turnover margin and that "schematic advantage" can be expressed by delivering more big plays against stingier defenses. For example, good coaching creates greater variability versus defenses that keep overall variability in their process down(e.g. yard per play of PSU/OSU).
My point is that despite getting our asses handed to us by good defensive teams this year, the fact that we can schematically gash these teams once or twice this year is a harbinger of good things to come in 2010/2011 because the null hypothesis only applies to Juice Willams.
Is this really the case? I don't know, I don't have time to look at the data, but I suggest You, the Mathlete and Misopogon should join forces and analyze the shit out of this with real-time dashboards, scorecards and the like and become the Ernie Adams to Coach Rod and regail us all with tales of your victory....
|6 years 43 weeks ago||Agree on Hopson||
And the weird thing is I believe I remember Southern Miss having some good-ish defenses or maybe I've just watched too much Thursday night football over the years. It's bizarre to me to think that he sucks so bad as a position coach. What happened to the guy that came from BC and the Pros and coached up Burgess and Harris? If he's not available we could always bring back Jimmy H.
|6 years 43 weeks ago||Success story from Detroit - Bgraham anyone?||
Graham came from Detroit Crockett high school.
|6 years 45 weeks ago||Quick Reply to Yarmouth||
1) My point wasn't that the coaches should limit Tate, it's just that when he doesn't break contain, he needs to learn to be comfortable inside the pocket vs. on the run. There were multiple times when Iowa's dline held contain where he had time but had to make a decision from within the pocket and he didn't look comfortable. This is a coaching point where he can improve by either stepping up or moving around in the pocket vs. potentially running outside right into a sack, not that he did this but just a point for improvement. Denard has the same issue. Agree on the point about him being 6'1'' though.
4) Was a bit tongue in cheek but anyone who has played sports knows that after you f-up and know it the last thing you want is some red-faced coach screaming at you, but hey I'd rather have Rod's intensity than the opposite.
|6 years 46 weeks ago||What happened to putting all our eggs in the 2011 basket?||
Aren't most of you the same people that were singing that tune in the offseason? Honestly, I think we'll all look back on these two losses as key learning experiences for our Frosh QB's and the rest of the team late in the season and next year. Here is summary of the lesson from Iowa:
1) Tate needs to get more comfortable in the pocket and deliver the ball on the money when he has time, not just when he is running around in sandlot "hero" mode.
2) Denard just flat out needs more passing experience and pressure to understand when to throw the ball away and progress in his reads, his three bad picks all came when he was trying to go downfield and forced it; experience help this, but going from run, run, dink
3) the Defensive coaches are doing all they can to make both scheme and personnel adjustments to put us in a position to win games
4) Coach Rod needs to chill out on the sidelines and demand excellence with more coddling vs. screaming since these two are so young, but that's probably just Rod being a Dick and I don't expect that to change.
5) We are spoiled as hell even though we just had the worst season in recent history everyone now expects this to be Michigan back to its statistical norm. It sucks that we lost two games we had a chance to win, just at it was great that we won two games that we just as easily could've lost. Those wins were huge confidence builders and we will reap the benefits in the future. Yes it sucks that we are 4-2 vs. 6-0 but get over it.
|6 years 46 weeks ago||At least the Space Emperor is back in his throne!||
Now hopefully the rest of the universe will fall into alignment bringing the warrior poets to 9-3 with wins over OSU and Penn State. The knowledge can take that to the bank.
|6 years 47 weeks ago||Why Diss D3||
Not cool man, not cool. At least we play for the love of the game... How else do slow undersized high school players ever get to keep living the dream if not for D3?
|6 years 47 weeks ago||Sometimes you just lay an egg - at least we have moxie||
I'm actually pretty encouraged by the comeback. Having played in college, with the time you spend on FB and everything else, some games you might have had good preparation, you might have everything lined up and when you show up you just don't have the "Ginga" that day across the board from coaching to execution on the field. I though that is what the team looked like end-to-end for the first 3 quarters. MSU as usual did everything to give us the game with turnovers and stupid penalties, but we "spartied the game" back to them giving up the third and longs. Also, I thought your usually imaginative playcalling was somehwat pedestrian (limited motion, trying the same run play over and again)and was obviously exacerbated by our butterfingered receivers and the above-average play of the MSU defensive backfield. I agree with Brian's summary and a lot of the comments here regarding the linebacker play. It's arguably the worst part of the defense and we need to get back to making good linebacking a focal point on our defense (thinking Jarret Irons, the 97 teams, Foote, Harris and others). Also, we have to remember that last year, Mouton was playing Will in a 4-3 type defense, where his responsibilites were primarly to make clean-up tackles and play in space (which he has regressed on this year). This year he is playing more of an ILB role where he has to take on blocks, make reads and tackle, which doesn't look like his his game. I was on the sidelines for the '05 OSU game and remarked how fantastic a well-coached, talented linebacking corps can be. Hawk and the others read, engaged, got off blocks and tackled so well as a unit, I remember remarking to myself that we needed to get our guys back to that level. Regardless, this will continue to be an exciting season watching the M version of the cardiac kids.
|6 years 47 weeks ago||Dust Bowl - Emphatic visual depiction of the status quo||
Seriously, watching the backdrop of the Gartner video had an almost unintended? artistic quality and was so demonstrative of the the past 20 years for the bulk of the Detroit PSL (King and Cass Tech are the exemptions): Dusty, delapidated but still kickin'. It's ironic at the same time because neither team is a Detroit PSL team, but it just as easily could've been Finney vs. Northwestern. In reality Inkster and Highland Park are probably worse off. Someone should do a Pahokee special on the Metro Detroit area schools. Maybe it's already been done?
|6 years 47 weeks ago||Circle vs. Gear Route vs. "7"||
I think it depends on your terminology. I've also heard what Brian refers to as a "Circle" as a "Gear" route where you fake inside and go out as Matthews did. Usually an arrow and out or a fake slant and out are run a little different. Where Matthews plants and runs back outside essentially flat classifices this a Gear or Circle route in my mind. I have also seen circle used to describe a back coming out of the backfield that runs a looping route outside of the EMOL on the backside of a play and vacates a spot that a linebacker might have opened with either a zone drop or a play-action fake.
|6 years 48 weeks ago||Rawk Music||
Brian soft Jihad on Rawk is great. I agree that there should be a limit to the piped in stuff. 6-10 times max!
|7 years 40 weeks ago||Welcome Pearlie||
Snake Oil in effect. Lose 1 gain 1.
|7 years 51 weeks ago||Streaming Where?||
I'm in Dubai and doubt I will find an open sports bar... Please help me out..