alternate headline: man does job
|1 day 3 hours ago||Selective Requests||
First reply was: "This should be a comment not a thread."
I can't improve on that.
|1 day 3 hours ago||He's going to Ohio State.||
He's going to Ohio State. Todd Howard coached him in high school but Michigan never looked. We probably had the best shot if we did.
|1 day 3 hours ago||I can't feckin wait.||
I can't feckin wait.
|1 day 3 hours ago||Fuck this game.||
Fuck this game.
|1 day 3 hours ago||I think I'll go see how the||
I think I'll go see how the mod thread is going
|1 day 4 hours ago||Just got an email from a guy||
Just got an email from a guy who said it's so bad it'll end up on a TED talk for bad charts.
|3 days 3 hours ago||Well||
It's a really small sample size, and the contributors are three sleeper OL and a free safety who'd be redshirting if he was ever even recruited on literally any other Michigan secondary of our lifetimes.
Only Omameh among them had an NFL career. And he was a late bloomer whom Rodriguez plucked to run his system. I don't think we ever were happy with Riley, and Huyge was unkillable but never excellent.
What about the 4.4s? Small sample sizes again but there are plenty of disappointments in there. Also plenty of guys who haven't played the back ends of their careers. For example Kugler's a 0/26 to the starts/possible total, but then that's his RS freshman and sophomore years and he could earn a starting job for the next two. On the other hand: Pipkins, Justin Turner, Doug Dutch, Brett Gallimore, James McKinney... It might be bad luck, or it might be guys who were 5-stars due to early development who then slipped to some sites at the end when the senior film didn't look any better than the sophomore film.
As for the little dip at 3.4 I found the error: there are no starts listed for special teams players, and a lot of our scholarship kickers and punters were 3.4s.
|1 week 12 hours ago||Hawaiian names: Harry||
Harry (Ace): Hale
|1 week 2 days ago||They're in the middle of||
They're in the middle of upgrading. Their problems are:
|1 week 2 days ago||/giphy gampling in this||
/giphy gampling in this establishment
|1 week 2 days ago||Nate Johnson is a slot the||
Nate Johnson is a slot the way Jeremy Gallon is a slot. He's not tall, but he can be very effective outside too. Height is just more of an issue there.
Keep in mind that Harbaugh's "slot" isn't Rich Rod's. Harbaugh loves twins formations with the TEs to the sideline and 2WR to the field. The inside guy is technically in the slot but he is set up to threaten the whole field.
|1 week 2 days ago||Still open.||
|1 week 3 days ago||Would you even want ND back on the schedule? [YES YES YES YES YE||
I may have added that last bit to the title before canning the thread.
By the way the thread below it had a discussion already forming about ND. Make your case there.
|1 week 3 days ago||Not to hijack your thread but||
Not to hijack your thread but the answer is yes we want ND back on the schedule.
|1 week 3 days ago||Wood type? Thickness?||
Wood type? Thickness? Underlay?
|1 week 3 days ago||Stay on the front page all||
Stay on the front page all day today and you will get news and analysis live. We are planning to get thwomped by traffic so Matt sprung for some additiona internet power and we are gonna make Twitter do most of the heavy lifting. If you want to say something in the saying things box, Twitter Brian.
|1 week 4 days ago||I decreed they're safeties||
I decreed they're safeties based on SOURCES, which may be ON SLACK CHAT and sometimes KNOW THINGS because THEY TALK TO SOURCES and since they make plenty of sense and haven't been kept SECRET I figured it'd be best to list guys where they are expected to play at Michigan when we talk about them on the radio and stuff. Their position rankings aren't included in the star ratings. If the sites want to continue listing those guys at a position they probably weren't recruited for, that's their perogative.
Brian's mentioned Dytarious Johnson hasn't taken any officials, which is a likely sign that he's not qualifying. Hawkins I think it's been up in the air whether he gets into Michigan and less up in the air whether he meets the NCAA's criteria, whatever that means. If they don't qualify they may go to prep for a year and come in as 2017s--Michigan's going to be replacing a ton of seniors not to mention another year of attrition so there will be plenty of spots next year. Also one guy above (still a mystery publicly) committed as a grayshirt-unless-there's-a-spot like Jeremy Clark-style.
Ahmir Mitchell is already enrolled at Michigan.
|1 week 4 days ago||I know. There's a problem||
I know. There's a problem with my ESPN grading. He's an "80" but past the top 250, which probably ought to make him a 3.75 (akin to a 5.8 on Rivals if you're used to that system).
|1 week 4 days ago||I'm still perfecting my||
I'm still perfecting my standardizing formula but 5.7 to Rivals = high 3-star = 3.50. That's one rating that most of the sites seem to be pretty solid on.
Since the sites keep Fullbacks generally low in stars I didn't think it that big a deal to parse between which ones rank the #2 fullback an average 3-star or a high one. Scout treating him as an RB seemed like a bigger outlier.
|1 week 4 days ago||DFW really wanted you to feel||
DFW really wanted you to feel like you were reading a book, and put a lot of it into end notes. That might make the kindle experience a bit different, I don't know.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Thanks! Let's see how long||
Thanks! Let's see how long THIS tab stays open in my browser!
|2 weeks 1 day ago||I have my own pet conspiracy||
I have my own pet conspiracy theory on Richardson. At one point wasn't he being discussed as an early enrollee? After that he didn't enroll early, then Durkin left, then later Richardson decommitted and went to Maryland. So I kinda wonder if Durkin had anything to do with him not enrolling early.
Swenson and Weaver are in the same boat, except Weaver they left open the possibility of a scholarship being available whereas with Swenson they were pretty clear in october and very clear when he tried to come on an official.
Enis I think was more the Dytarious Johnson story, hence not making a fuss.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Third-hand (I know not much||
Third-hand (I know not much to go on) the coaches have been keeping a hard count since September that's gone up by 1 with each incident. I think they have an idea of some guys who will finish their degrees in May then grad transfer to places they can play.
If I had the ability to play football at a high enough level to earn a Michigan scholarship, and had put in the incredible commitment in time and physical effort it takes to get even this far, and it wasn't going to get me on the field at Michigan, damn man, I'd want to go somewhere and play football. I'd also want to get that Michigan degree first, and I imagine a few guys who won't be here in fall are going to walk to May then take the grad transfer route.
Off that note: I really hope grad transfers don't ever get closed. Players having mobility and options to get on the field if they don't pan out is a good thing so long as it doesn't decimate programs. A degree is a sufficiently difficult/attainable and eminently worthwhile barrier of entry. Helps programs shed weight without resorting to Sabany skeeziness, helps keep football-first kids focused on something that will help them when they realize there's 40-60 years of life after football, helps other programs plug last-minute holes, and we wind up with even more educated kids at the expense of "non-profits" who'd otherwise spend it on building projects to make a Roman Emperor blush. Losers: Big Ten teams who have to face Jake Rudock when they might otherwise have gotten Shane Morris.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||I really should add that this||
I really should add that this doesn't come from talking to him. Just those guys on facebook having reactions.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Regarding comments: "The||
"The trouble with kids these days..."
Is currently our most likely translation of the first three pictographs in the oldest cave paintings yet discovered.
Later in this cave are drawings of animals that signify the end of the world is coming soon and the cavemen should all prepare.
Via friends who played with him he's getting screwed. They called in the football coach to deal with the kid because the kid seemed too dangerous for literally any other staffer to handle.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Edited OP and tile. Also||
Edited OP and tile.
Also isn't OT. Well okay he was an OT sometimes and an OG sometimes but it's not OT! Damn it's hard having a football board.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||I didn't have Arrington||
I didn't have Arrington higher than those guys did I? I'll check in a second so my reply isn't colored by it.
Streets is a very good example of production versus ability. When they're assessing stars it's the latter, so I tried to be fair to the services by grading them on that and not just "this dude put up STATS!"
I will go to my deathbed singing the praises of Streets as perhaps the most underrated Michigan star of my lifetime.
For most of his career Streets had his stats nerfed by a Fred Jackson-coached, passing-averse mess led alternately by Dreisbach and Griese. As much as we complained about Borges under Hoke, DeBord in his his first stretch at Michigan was wose, neither holds a candle to the insane decisions being made on offense immediately after Moeller left. Fred Sr. will admit he wasn't ready for the job. They routinely misjudged their talent, famously let position battles drag deep into the season, telegraphed their plays, and never did anything more clever than a waggle after at least five runs to set it up. Anyone who played in those offenses should be judged against the clowns running the show. Braylon in contrast did most of his work in the comparatively competetent Terry Malone era.
Streets still put up great numbers for his day, but he did so much more. Watch him at the bottom of the screen on this TD pass to C-Will (at 2:11):
The last bit to separate them is their respective pro careeers. Streets had a long and successful NFL career despite toppling down the draft with an injury.
Streets was also an all around amazing athlete. He was the fastest guy at the draft combine (before the injury) and played basketball for Michigan too. I will go look at the scores I gave them again now but that's my thinking: the Original 86 at least=1.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||It's bullshit is what it is.||
It's bullshit is what it is. Florida is ranked #1 because they won the last two championships, but this team doesn't have Lauren Haegar and replaces another six contributors besides.
Michigan was right up with the Gators last year in dominating the rest of the softball world, with their own generational player. And everyone returns except a pitcher they replace with one just as good coming off a medical redshirt, plus the catcher and her backup.
Yes I am mad about a preseason softball poll on the internet.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||So this afternoon I got a||
So this afternoon I got a text from a number that probably used to be in my phone thanking me for not telling her story on here. And I realized I did have a worse one.
Let's never do this again.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||Well maybe I don't use my||
Well maybe I don't use my MGoPoints as haphazardly as you do.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||Yeah. I couldn't end it badly||
Yeah. I couldn't end it badly since brother was already obviously headed toward engagement with her best friend. At the very least we were gonna be in the same bridal party. On reflection I should have called her a cab.
When my sister in law tells the story it's about why she and my brother both had to drive separately to pick us up a week later.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||He made a person. Okay he||
He made a person.
Okay he stood by and didn't lose his shit while the MGoWife made a person.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||damn.||
Here's 28,000 mgopoints. They will never expire.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||Constanti-NOPE-le||
|2 weeks 2 days ago||I work them in when I can.||
I work them in when I can.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||Well yeah there was a strike||
Well yeah there was a strike one and two. I think Rivals was putting it out there that he was off the team after 2 even after Cole had been working his way back.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||If the incident that got him||
If the incident that got him in trouble happened after the bowl like the scout report says, that would make 247 right. He was practicing for bowls because there were quotes about him looking good at safety so I think the dire Rivals reports weren't correct until something happened more recently.
It's like do you give the Texas247 guy credit now for arguing with Elliott weeks ago about whether UT was in it? If I called Jim Harbaugh the next president of the United States with 90% certainty right now and then that actually occurs that doesn't make me a good political analyst.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Several reasons why that||
Several reasons why that is:
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Class of 1998 REPRESENT!||
Class of 1998 REPRESENT!
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Rasheed Simmons: Crap you||
Rasheed Simmons: Crap you caught a typo. I had him as a 3.75. He transferred to Maryland after taking a year to get over personal issues, and bounced around NFL practice squads after. 3.75.
"Most Underrated": was simply the reassessed stars minus the composite star rating. I bet it's universal that underrated players become fan favorites, and I submit for evidence that it's those same underrated guys I like on the Red Wings and Tigers when they do well. We love a rags to riches story (and don't realize the greatest players are usually the ones who worked the hardest to get there--talent only gets you so far).
Here's that full list including guys from before the modern services were available (and kickers). Really there's a lot of our beloved guys on that list. There's also a lot of kickers and fullbacks, because for some reason the sites never want to assess those positions like the rest of them.
Kickers and punters and fullbacks almost never get rated over a middling 3-star, I guess because they're oft replaceable from your student body. The rest above were mostly really skinny dudes who beefed up. JMRF, Braylon, Chesson, Molk, Knight and Rumishek were too small to play as freshmen (Braylon was too good to leave off the field anyway) but grew into those bodies. That's a common story among breakout college stars who weren't highly rated coming out of high school, but guessing which guys will be able to get bigger without losing any twitch is a crapshoot.
Why isn't Hart on that list? For one people are arguing with me that he should be higher than 4.25 so maybe he does belong there. For two, it's because he was actually a high 3-star. The point of going to quarter-stars with the ratings is that when Rivals calls a guy a "5.7" they're saying he's closer to a "5.8" than a "5.5". However a "5.8" is a 4-star and a 5.7 is a 3-star. Hart was a high three-star who almost but didn't quite crack the 4-star range, and therefore he was forever able to play with that "3-star" tag around his neck. He was also ranked as an "APB" which is a distinction I never understood since they never manage to actually capture scatbacks and slot receviers, which hid the fact that despite the difference in apparent stars, Hart and classmate Max Martin were ranked very close to each other.
Hart was overlooked, by the way. Despite crushing NY State records in the Buffalo/Syracuse area he didn't get a lot of looks. State might have gotten him if not for a serendipidously timed phone call by Carr...
Sometimes all you needed was to look closely at the film to see a player should be ranked higher than he is. Sometimes the services just miss on those guys, especially when there aren't a lot of schools involved in his commitment. With Hart, and with Khaleke Hudson, the film didn't show a "3-star" level kid. But that film got in the hands of the services long after his decision was no longer going to be interesting, and they had each rated as a mild 3-star, so both got a bump to "near 4 star" status. At least my numbers adjust for that.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Google spreadsheet! You||
You "publish to the web" and get the embed code. I manually added width="560" height="315"
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Sorted by how I ranked them,||
Sorted by how I ranked them, then by class, then by what their coposite stars were when they were recruited.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||It's a running meme on the||
It's a running meme on the site that people don't read the author's name.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||I laid out the reasons.||
I laid out the reasons. Denard could run around WMU his freshman year but also couldn't beat Iowa or supplant Tate as a starter in 2009. It wasn't until UConn in 2010 that we saw how ruthlessly efficient he could be in an offense designed around him.
I also took that last bit into account. Henson you could run just about any offense and his skills translated to them. Denard--and you can blame the coaches and the AD for this way more than him--was vastly more effective in a QB outside zone/veer based offense than any other. He was never a very good zone reader, and he was even less effective when they tried to make him into Tom Brady. That took Borges far out of his comfort zone and led to all sorts of offensive problems.
Denard at 4.75 is something I'm very comfortable with. It doesn't make me love him any less.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||DOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOM||
|2 weeks 4 days ago||We're getting into philosophy||
We're getting into philosophy now: blind faith is not evil in itself, but it invites evil by making someone else the judge of your moral compass. Amoral, not immoral.
Mostly I just wanted to point out that using PSU is distracting. There are better examples that don't ignite an immediate "whoa whoa whoa that's not the same!" reaction.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Get what you're saying but no||
Get what you're saying but no need to bring the PSU thing into it even as an example. The worst moral quandary you can get dragged into by following Harbaugh is supporting the "I'm just not going to call for a few months and she'll get the hint" method of breaking up. Not the classiest thing, but also not ruining lives. The 409'ers are literally arguing that Paterno should not have told any more people than he had to legally while lives were getting ruined on his campus by his former coach who was using his facilities.
It's the college football equivalent of Godwinning.
What you mean to say is that blindly following Harbaugh and not calling him out for even less-than-Saban tactics is a lot like the Bama or Tennessee fans who blindly accept oversigning, and that Michigan can and should be above it. The value today of an honest reputation in recruiting is higher than any value you might get from stringing along a kid on the off chance you'll want him later.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||1. Is a great idea. 2. Would||
1. Is a great idea.
2. Would make us a lot of money.
3. Brought up something like this before.
4. Never gonna happen, unless you want, like, me and Matt Demorest.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||I think he left in the middle||
I think he left in the middle of his MSU official and visited his brother on the way home. But it's 'crutin so I guess this is news.
|3 weeks 10 hours ago||Look at the extremes in||
Look at the extremes in comparison to the years around them. The highest years in returning starts were:
The lowest were:
In general the years with more returning starters were better but there are outliers. 2014 and 2010 had relatively good experience but also had coaches about to be fired and teams significantly underperforming as a result.
2001 was a good year on its own but in context of its era it was a down year because of how talented the roster was. Two years to either side Michigan was one of the best teams in the country. 2004 was also low on XP but that team had astounding play from its freshmen, including Mike Hart, Chad Henne, and Jake Long. 2005 had good experience returning but there were so many injuries that much of it didn't get on the field. Ditto 2007.
Experience is like talent: it helps a LOT but it doesn't guarantee.
|3 weeks 11 hours ago||You're using fake numbers||
You're using fake numbers generated for press releases to draw an incorrect conclusion.
|3 weeks 11 hours ago||For the most part these are||
For the most part these are kids who were told in October or November that they should look at other schools since they're probably not going to get PT at Michigan. In one of those cases the kid obviously didn't get the message, but all of those guys remained "committed" in name only while looking around, because being a Michigan commit makes you more likely to be taken seriously by other schools.
Also there's the academic thing. Michigan's going to lose at least one guy who won't qualify academically. That happened after he committed to Michigan, and since you have to meet academic standards just to take officials he isn't even able to do that. So he's leaving his status as committed to Michigan because it's embarassing to have the whole country know you had shitty grades.
On the other hand sometimes a kid just decides he wants to go somewhere else. Commitments are not formal, and they mean something different to each kid and each program. Other programs can and absolutely do continue recruiting "committed" prospects. Apparently someone got in Richardson's ear that David Long and LaVert Hill were going to make Antwaine the Channing Stribling of that rotation, and he opened up his recruitment. Happens. The coaches really liked him, but he's been committed for a long time and maybe things changed for him.
He's the ONLY guy they've lost this year that they wanted. Michigan has the opposite of a decommit problem; they have so many great players who may want to come here that they can't keep their fliers.
|3 weeks 11 hours ago||It's a problem but not the||
It's a problem but not the worst problem. If you limit to 22 unreplaceable scholarships per year, period, at maxium you have 110 scholarships in football and most likely something like 90 and almost never over 100. So you're adding 15 more women's scholarships. Not the worst thing ever.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||Not nice to guess out loud.||
Not nice to guess out loud. The coaches already know about some guys who were passed by younger players and asked for a release, but it's up to the players, not the school, to inform the public whenever they're ready to. Green told them he'd be gone months ago, and he made it public what, last week? There's others that have already trickled into the paywalled boards. The coaches started saying "29" spots to people a few weeks ago and then that grew by one right when the premium boards were breaking a behavioral loss that hasn't been publicly announced. So I think the coaches have an exact count.
Also you can always expect attrition after spring and in fall, when the roster shakes out and inklings of PT issues become certainties. It's also kind of fluid, for example Ryan Glasgow and Kenny Allen will earn scholarships next year so I counted them, but they are treated as if they're still walk-ons when they're making the count for the Big Ten on signing day. Michigan will lose some guys between then and fall, and there will be schollies available for Glasgow and Allen and probably a few more besides at that point.
I keep this updated:
If you'd like to make a copy of it and remove anyone you think won't be back for 2017 be my guest. It'll automatically set the count.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||11Warriors is a good blog.||
11Warriors is a good blog. It's just whoever runs their twitter who's awful.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||RAISE!!!!!!||
|3 weeks 2 days ago||If anyone cares it turned out||
If anyone cares it turned out to be a problem with an Adobe update that conflicted with Microsoft's static files. I did some registry finagling to simulate a fresh Office install and it worked.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||Class size also correlates||
Class size also correlates with things like producing starters and NFL players and such because moar dudes is good and Michigan has only ever used all of its schollies once in this period (2002). USC once had a small class of almost all 4-stars but it's rare that any team will have more blue chips they can get to commit than spots available.
These are individuals and time to recruit them is limited so I give credit for finding 29 of them cumulatively.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||I'm listening (while I alter||
I'm listening (while I alter registry files because the latest hypothesis is Adobe got in somewhere.)
|3 weeks 3 days ago||Barring unexpected attrition||
>only thing that's changed since then is Henry.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||2016 Seniors: 23 RB:||
2016 Seniors: 23
RB: De'Veon Smith. Drake Johnson
WR: Jehu Chesson, Amara Darboh, Da'Mario Jones
TE: Jake Butt
OL: Kyle Kalis, Ben Braden, Blake Bars, Erik Magnuson
DT: Ryan Glasgow
DE: Matthew Godin, Chris Wormley, Taco Charlton, Tom Strobel
LB: Allen Gant, Ben Gedeon
S: Delano Hill, Dymonte Thomas
CB: Jourdan Lewis, Jeremy Clark, Channing Stribling
ST: Kenny Allen
Some of the above won't be back in 2016 but none are expected to have eligibility for 2017, barring an injury to one of the true seniors. That is a HUGE graduating class.
There are also quite a few guys who will be redshirt juniors this year and haven't been starting yet. That is hardly a death-knell on their careers, since they still haven't even played the spring practice of the 2nd half of their eligibility. Just putting them here because 9 is rather a lot considering the above.
QB: Shane Morris
RB: Ty Isaac
FB/TE: Wyatt Shallman
WR: Jaron Dukes
OL: Patrick Kugler, David Dawson
LB: Mike McCray
CB: Freddy Canteen, Reon Dawson
Again, don't count these guys out. Kugler is battling to replace Glasgow this year, and if McCray is healthy he could well be your MLB starter the next two years. Shallman's been injured too much thus far to show much but he's a very Harbaugh guy and if he's healthy you know he'd be valuable to this offense.
On the other hand you can see why Harbaugh is keen on stuffing as many dudes into this class as he can, because there's gonna be ~30 open spots next year naturally.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||I'm doing the final||
I'm doing the final data-scrubbing on own version of a consensus ranking for Michigan players dating back to 2002 (when available). It converts all the inconsistent ranking systems into a 5-star system with decimals. So for example a 5.8 on Rivals is a 4-star but a 5.8 ranked in the top 250 is a 4.25-star and a 5.9 is a 4.5-star and a 6.0 is a 4.75-star.
If we're defining a "sleeper" pick as someone under a 3.5 or lower on that scale then one more bump for Hudson knocks him out of the running:
Dwumfour and Nordin italicized since they're not commits but appear to have a good chance of ending up in the class. Also Brian's been dropping hints in the crutin roundups that not all of these guys will even sign with M (like one guy's ball'd to Temple, another's not taking visits because he won't qualify).
Man who do you take there? Kingston Davis I guess?
|3 weeks 4 days ago||Also guilty. Everyone just||
Also guilty. Everyone just shut up--I was transported. I was transported I tell ya!
|3 weeks 6 days ago||If you're talking about a WDE||
If you're talking about a WDE with a video game character's first name I may know which coach you're talking about.
|4 weeks 1 day ago||There have been so many worse||
There have been so many worse trophies foisted upon mankind than this.
|4 weeks 1 day ago||John Herrington has won 13||
John Herrington has won 13 state championships. He's been coaching there since the school opened in 1970, is in the Michigan Coaching Hall of Fame for both football and baseball, and didn't lose a game either my senior year or my brother's senior year after me. He's sent a dozen players to Power 5 schools and several to the NFL, most recently Devin Funchess. This year when they discussed closing one of the high schools in the district because of major budget problems the first thing on everyone's minds was "oh god would that make Herrington retire?"
He makes $21,000 for coaching the football team (it's in the public budget.) He used to get way way less but half a century of loyalty at one of the state's premier programs that you literally built yourself comes with benefits. Like Coach Herrington doesn't pay for beer if any of the thousands of his alumni are at the bar. It's a good life.
If you get a chance to join D-I staff when you're going, you do so. Like Partridge, the chances of moving up to an assistant role are far greater when you're already in the room. Coordinators come from assistant ranks and head coaches come from the successful coordinators, and if you tie your flag to one of the great coaches the likelihood of those openings (as others move up and out) and having the kind of success to attract better jobs is greater.
Coaches I know in town--those in their 30s, and yes they're coaching DI talent--would leap at a chance to take Partridge's position on a MAC team. Typically you would want to get to know an up-and-comer and move up through the ranks was he does. But a guy like Harbaugh who's already at the peak of the profession skips that step. If you're recruiting coordinator at Michigan you're a step away from linebackers coach. If you're linebackers coach you're a step away from a coordinator job at a good mid-major or a middling Power 5. Squeeze out a top-X performance there and you're on your way to $1 million.
|4 weeks 1 day ago||Steps: 1. Do something for||
1. Do something for the blog on a consistent basis that Brian finds of monetary value.
2. Fill out a W2.
3. Years later be watching TV with Ace and be like "what is that sound that keeps coming from your laptop?"
|4 weeks 1 day ago||Yes he can play WDE. His||
Yes he can play WDE. His future is on the interior sure but he's got the moves and the rush and the responsibility for WDE, especially in Michigan's/Brown's system that almost never zone blitzes. In a nickel over he's rushing the passer, stunting, setting the edge against LTs, and getting optioned a lot.
If you watched the National Championship game Clemson has an excellent WDE who's bigger than Gary and built like him who made a spectacular play where he was optioned, squeezed in juuuust enough to make the quarterback think he has to keep it or else his RB will be swallowed at the line, then read the keep and exploded for a TFL. Coker isn't exactly Tebow but it's a rare QB who could have gotten out of that one when he's getting hit half a second after standing in the handoff position.
That's the kind of play Gary could bring to that position. Someone with the scary athleticism in that size of a body can't be shoved or kicked (like Roh was as a freshman) but has the agility to make crazy-ass plays that negate the mathematical advantage of the spread and cause havoc on passing offenses.
"Will" is WLB, i.e. the position Bolden played this year. We're not talking about will.
|4 weeks 1 day ago||They've got a walk-on they||
They've got a walk-on they like who can do Kerridge things: Bobby Henderson. I don't know if he'll come back for a 5th year but he won a scholarship once under Hoke.
Other than him I think there's legs to the idea of De'Veon Smith playing some fullback in the Houma mold. He's already a very good blocker and get him on a dive play into the 2nd level and you're gonna have a good time. Only thing holding that back is he's also the best running back on the roster, and he'll get banged up as the season goes. But I predict an Askew-like role for him next year where he's a fullback sometimes and a running back sometimes and nursing boo boos all the times.
|4 weeks 1 day ago||Semi-critical? Dude if you||
Dude if you can't tell why that headline was awful...
|4 weeks 1 day ago||Original thread title was,||
Original thread title was, paraphrasing, "Let's admit Hackett got woodshedded" or something near it. I ain't no mod; i'm the guy who makes his living by selling the advertising around here, and that thread title sitting on our site like that caused me a world of problems.
Honestly if I he hadn't corrected me (on a thing I was self-correcting already but that doesn't discredit it) I would have dropped the hammer.
|4 weeks 1 day ago||Pick a MAC offensive line you||
Pick a MAC offensive line you like, spend a year learning what a hole looks like, and some NFL team will draft him. Nobody seems to know how to scout vision and the shifty small things great RBs do to make sure nobody can get good contact on them. They do see huge dudes built low with a lot of meat and "angry" shoulders. So long as coaches overrate such things--and boy do they ever, on all levels--he should find a home.
|4 weeks 2 days ago||Yeah, edited it before I saw||
Yeah, edited it before I saw your response.
Anyway you may wanna scale back your take since I nearly banned you for the headline.
|4 weeks 2 days ago||Header changed||
I changed the header because the OP didn't know that shorter contracts are better for the schools and royalties and whatnot are going to push Michigan way over.
Michigan gets a preposterous 15% royalties, worth probably $2-$4 million/year.
|4 weeks 3 days ago||Yeah he wishes he was||
Yeah he wishes he was Seth.
|4 weeks 4 days ago||Freshman All-American isn't||
Freshman All-American isn't an All-American. Hargreaves was in because he's a top 10 draft pick. He's the lowest "shield" I've consented to thus far.
|4 weeks 6 days ago||With Gary this would||
With Gary this would presumably be the two-deep:
WDE: Charlton, Gary
All of these guys would play. DL gets so much rotation that the 2nd guy can play like 40% of snaps. Gary could conceivably take snaps away from Godin and be a 50/50 with Taco, thus predicting starter-level snaps for him is actually quite reasonable. Things like cutting off a zone read take time to learn, though.
|5 weeks 3 days ago||They did roll a safety down||
They did roll a safety down behind the MLB on the snap.
|5 weeks 3 days ago||Graphite actually.||
|5 weeks 3 days ago||They didn't terminate the||
They didn't terminate the contract; the contract was going to be up and they notified Flint that it was going to be up and then Flint was like "Nah, we're leaving." It would be the equivalent of a landlord sending you a notice in the mail that your lease is up in 60 days and that you need to give 30-days notice if you're leaving, and then you call them and say you are leaving. Then you decide to build a beautiful new house and live in a rental property in the interim, but you didn't bother to put windows on the rental property then ignored your family's complaints for 18 months that they were really cold.
When Flint tried to come back Detroit was like "You SOLD the pipeline! We can buy that back perhaps or build a new one but that's costly!" And with Flint over a barrell they jacked up the price. Not, like, ridiculously, but high. Capitalism's a bitch.
In fact it's $12 million. Flint is going to cover $2 million of that and the rest is being donated by the Mott Foundation. Which gets a ton of its conributions from Michigan fans, by the way, if you're wondering who's footing the bulk of the bill to get good water flowing again.
Detroit's water also wins the taste test at WEFTEC every year (or did when I was covering it). If anyone's charging the most in the country for water, it should be them.
|5 weeks 3 days ago||It's not a zone play it's a||
It's not a zone play it's a counter off outside zone. Backside ISO with zone stretch action? Labeling isn't my department. I was trying to convey that the counter here is that he shows the DL stretch action from the line, even though M doesn't run stretches much, which gets DL to start fighting to what will be the wrong side of their blocks.
Rudock makes a frontside pivot to help--if the WLB is supposed to be watching for an FB dive as I imagine he would, that should convince him to take a step to the frontside and maybe pull his eyes off Houma and stick a toe in the direction of that frontside B gap.
The sell of the zone stretch only has to last for that one second. Then the OL cut off their slides, let the DL win their race to the frontside gaps, and seal at the same moment the RB starts coming down the backside with two blockers.
|5 weeks 3 days ago||I'm sure we've both talked||
I'm sure we've both talked about it. Brian had an article in HTTV on this stuff, and that was adapted from his road spiel that he uses when he has to speak at events. I've hit on it a number of times in neck sharpies.
|5 weeks 3 days ago||That was just a demo (hence||
That was just a demo (hence the click track) that never got finished.
But I put a link to the band in the description. I recommend Homer and Ophelia.
|5 weeks 3 days ago||Cleanup on Flint Thread||
One 6-year member Boliviated for going extreme political. Points back after the next presidential election--would nuke permanently if not for long history of not stepping over the line and some good contributions in the past.
Keep an eye on this one; lock if it gets out of hand.
|5 weeks 3 days ago||Noooooope!||
|5 weeks 3 days ago||Shortest version I can muster||
Shortest version I can muster and this may be out of order; I used to be the publisher of an environmental trade magazine so I've been hearing about this a lot from old contacts.
Keep in mind that perspective is from environmental consultants and engineers, who are hardly apolitical.
|5 weeks 6 days ago||Take Henson with a grain of||
Take Henson with a grain of salt. He knows John Arbeznick, who gets things from Harbaugh sometimes, but I have never seen any evidence that Harbaugh talks to his friends about recruits.
|6 weeks 1 day ago||Some kids got a trip they'll||
Some kids got a trip they'll remember their whole lives. The football team went to the playoffs and they got to go. That is not a tragedy for anyone who didn't get to go. It's just an awesome thing for those who got to go.
I don't think we fans need to play lip service to the fiction that a volleyball player and a basketball player at Michigan State are there to do the same thing. And if Michigan, who will see plenty of big football games in the future, can do the same thing for our hoops players, we'll only benefit.
|6 weeks 1 day ago||really who gives a shit?||
really who gives a shit? State isn't a clean program anymore but this wasn't paying off some coach or blackmailing a parent to get recruits. If this is illegal it shouldn't be.
|6 weeks 2 days ago||Yes, that's the basic rules||
Yes, that's the basic rules of football. 7 men on the line, 5 in the backfield. End guys on the LOS are eligible receivers plus the guys in the backfield.
|6 weeks 2 days ago||He's eligible by alignment,||
He's eligible by alignment, but due to his number he's not.
In the NFL you can report to the referee that you're an eligible receiver even if you're wearing a number between 50-79 or 90-99.
In college football it's just numbers 50-79 that are ineligible and he must change his jersey if he wants to be an eligible receiver. That's why Magnuson wore 81 in 2014 when he lined up as an extra OT.
|6 weeks 2 days ago||I noticed that too. What||
I noticed that too. What Michigan was doing is the weird thing--the whole point of an over front is to set the edges with an end who can rush.
I think Michigan's "over" was informed by under thinking, and that Michigan was trying to get back some of their size advantage by having ends in a 5 or 4i tech to help with inside runs, trusting they had dynamic edge players who could come up quickly if a bounce occurred. Peppers and Ross are both pretty good at that sort of thing.
Remember that what Michigan ran last year wasn't the defensive philosophy that its coaches came up with. They're much closer to speed-through-gaps type of thinking, but they had a surfeit of DE/DT tweeners on the line and tried to dominate battles they could have just focused on winning. The strategy worked great against those they could dominate on the regular--pushing the Mormons or Terps off the ball was simple--and blew up in their faces when they met OL as strong as their DL.
|6 weeks 2 days ago||My wife is off work but of||
My wife is off work but of course my boss is all like "the bowl game is tomorrow" and "people are at work today--we can't let them actually WORK!" so here I am.
|6 weeks 4 days ago||Well when it comes to||
Well when it comes to recruiting Ace or Brian or Steve Lorenz or Sam Webb are E.F. Hutton.
But my dad worked for EF Hutton.
|6 weeks 5 days ago||Don't do the bleach. Then you||
Don't do the bleach. Then you won't be able to enjoy his Michigan career.
|6 weeks 5 days ago||meta: meta.||
|6 weeks 5 days ago||powerpoint. I've been||
powerpoint. I've been tweaking my template for several years to get it where it's pretty close to scale.
|7 weeks 1 day ago||So far that seems incorrect.||
So far that seems incorrect. But I have a lot more to watch.
|7 weeks 2 days ago||Kelly's a spread to pass,||
Kelly's a spread to pass, really. He uses the read option sometimes but the base of his offense is West Coast passing from a spread. More Joe Tiller than Rich Rodriguez, or more to the point: Urban Meyer.
|7 weeks 3 days ago||Didn't I say that article has||
Didn't I say that article has issues? The point was BC's schedule didn't have many spread teams, and I gave it as something more concrete than "trust me I watch more football than is considered healthy."
|8 weeks 3 hours ago||Are you from the union?||
Are you from the union?
|8 weeks 16 hours ago||Hill's situation hasn't||
Hill's situation hasn't changed. If he physically can still play football it's likely he will do so at Michigan. But I find it more likely that he's done.
|8 weeks 1 day ago||Please just trust me he's||
Please just trust me he's done. Beilein would of course leave the door open, but Spike isn't walking through it.
|8 weeks 1 day ago||What would I have to get rid||
What would I have to get rid of then?
|8 weeks 1 day ago||I think alum hit it right.||
I think alum hit it right. I'm basing this on this whole triad thing seemed to start right after McDoom committed to Oregon. At that point it seemed the Ducks would take both McDoom and Crawford, so Michigan was moving on with their next target, Pie Young. For his part Pie seems like he's been a strong Michigan lean for awhile, but obviously both parties would reassess a commitment if Crawford's in the class.
So I bet with the old info Pie was set to commit this week, and with the new information he's still a "silent commitment" in that if Michigan doesn't get Crawford, Pie is coming to Michigan, and will announce it in January. Which is close enough that Amir Mitchell is convinced Pie is coming to Michigan.
|8 weeks 1 day ago||No insider info here--just||
No insider info here--just going off what was said on the crutin roundups--but I thought it was going to be Pie Young.
|8 weeks 1 day ago||Head footbal coach isn't a||
Head footbal coach isn't a professorship though.
He gets a fair share. Much more than 10%
|8 weeks 1 day ago||He's right. Michigan beat||
He's right. Michigan beat virtually the same Florida team the following year.
|8 weeks 2 days ago||don't try it. It messes up||
don't try it. It messes up our whole system.
|8 weeks 2 days ago||I think things drop off of||
I think things drop off of there automatically after a certain amount of time and brian hasn't posted a link for awhile
|8 weeks 2 days ago||My feeling on that is a||
My feeling on that is a market should include all of this. People don't stop being people because money is involved, or shouldn't. Some people find it's a game to get the best possible deal. For a difference of $20 however a lot of people would rather just buy from some nice people, especially if the seats are good and you can sit with some other Michigan fans.
When I scalp I almost always find one cheaper after I bought. But I've also met some great people, and become closer to a lot of friends and family because I didn't make $ the only consideration.
Everyone should decide for themselves what's most important to them. I think we'd all appreciate it if people marked it up for Ohio State fans because it's horrible when they start spelling that one word they know. However I've been an away fan countless times, so I've got respect for those who come to our stadium. They're there because they love their team. I get that.
|8 weeks 6 days ago||he will. I'll get details.||
he will. I'll get details.
|9 weeks 1 day ago||yep. I've been chatting with||
yep. I've been chatting with the author all week as he's been in town. He goes way back with Jack Harbaugh.
Anyway I'm a quarter in. Review forthcoming.
|9 weeks 3 days ago||Seriously. alum can we throw||
alum can we throw you a t-shirt or something?
|9 weeks 3 days ago||I don't want advanced stats||
I don't want advanced stats determining rankings; that's a disservice to the game. Advanced stats are great because they're predictive. They'll tell you if Michigan plays the game we played against Michigan State with the 10th worst officiating in the game's history instead of the worst-worst the Wolverines win that one. But if you make that the determining factor in ranking, what's the point of being mad about that crap?
The point of football is to win, not to look like you would win. I want Alabama to be pissed that they were an Ole Miss luck-ball away from perfect. I want Indiana fans to be pissed they couldn't upset any of the Top 25 teams they took to the wire. I want players who got to almost to be furious with themselves for not finishing. Extra credit for Indiana taking Michigan to overtime this year would mean 2013 Michigan should kick the extra point against 2013 Ohio State instead of going for it. Screw that.
That's why I kept my rating system simple. It rewards Power 5 schools for being in tougher conferences and for scheduling each other (one of the stumbling blocks for increasing conference games is it necessarily decreases the number of bowl-eligible teams in the conference), and rewards upsets, and disincentivises teams from scheduling FCS schools at all. And you only get points for wins, so ultimately the main point of football is preserved in the rating system.
|9 weeks 4 days ago||Why in the world would you||
Why in the world would you want to keep the Mobile Bowl?
|9 weeks 5 days ago||It's really hard to get your||
It's really hard to get your gap when an OL has a free release on you. The best you can do is pop the guy and set up when the ball arrives. When that's Pat Elflein, one of the best guards in the country, the likelihood of success is small. Football's a team game.
That said you can play a style that's more about individuals doing their jobs so long as your guys can consistently win one on one matchups. The team thing to do if you're Henry is delay the guard's release and flow down the line until a clean Morgan makes the play. The other thing Henry can do is let the guard go, destroy the attempted block by the tackle, and blow up the play in the backfield. He tried to do the latter and failed, thus making Morgan's job too hard to expect Morgan to do every time.
|9 weeks 5 days ago||greater vigilance for this in||
greater vigilance for this in the future. Moderating all comments is really too hard; for the most part things like that will get negged a ton and if the thread is devolving we lock the thread. If there's a particularly bad offender, note them and the mods will look into it.
|9 weeks 5 days ago||In high school STP were the||
In high school STP were the favorite band of everyone in a band (until about 1999 when that became Tool). My best friend who was the biggest STP fan founded the MGoBlog of metal blogs, Metalsucks. If he's got no musical inclination this site knows dick about Michigan.
Music is about taste so there's nothing wrong about not being into them. If your mind was shaped by music critics of the time it's hard to drop that shit, even if some of the critics themselves have. I've had this same argument with my cousin who's two years older than me and is from Seattle, because he believes the 90s were Sub Pop and posers until Radiohead came along. It's a fine argument; I think the week Scott Weiland died is probably the wrong time to be fighting it with such vitriol.
|10 weeks 1 hour ago||RIP couches||
|10 weeks 1 hour ago||Rule #2 Doubt the Internet.||
Doubt the Internet.
|10 weeks 9 hours ago||I meant revolver||
I meant revolver
|10 weeks 1 day ago||Michigan leaves a safety back||
Michigan leaves a safety back to take away the middle third and able to get over to either sideline on a fade. But that means the run game has one less guy involved.
State uses a type of coverage that is sound but not as strong against the deep pass, but activates the safeties against the run game.
Michigan's free safety can't stop an inside run until it's gone 8 yards. State's can be there when it has barely gone 1. I like the Michigan defense against pro style opponents because it's so strong against the pass and they had the horses to dominate run games before the LBs even got involved, let alone the safeties. But they really need a way to adjust to spread to run offenses.
The same thing happened to Alabama when they played Auburn a few years ago. Saban's answer was to get such a terrifying front seven you couldn't run against them since it takes six guys just to block the front three.
I thought Michigan's response would be to use Peppers as a full time safety and walk him down in the box, hoping his speed is enough to get back in high coverage. I would love it if they could do that with Dymonte or maybe Cole or a 5-star recruit one day. But M used Peppers as their slot defender all year, which is a good thing to have against spreads because it neutralizes the main curveball they can throw at you. But Michigan does not have the guys to hit a fastball running game like Indiana or Ohio State's.
|10 weeks 1 day ago||nanananannananana Bagman||
not even mad. it's a great article and I should reference it more often.
|10 weeks 1 day ago||Sort of a strange coincidence||
The one in the upper right kind of reminds me of a venus fly trap we had in my 5th grade classroom. SO WEIRD YOU GUYS
|10 weeks 1 day ago||DO YOU EVEN KNOW WHAT||
DO YOU EVEN KNOW WHAT FOOTBALL IS? WHAT ARE YOU DOING HERE?
|10 weeks 2 days ago||BLL and 3&O together would be||
BLL and 3&O together would be a good one. Co-sign on Tram and Lou. Maybe that can get them in the Hall of Fame finally. Also love the 90s Avs-Wings rivalry. Only rivalry in pros where the players really hated each other. Start w Quebec move and the Lindros draft. And the Russian 5. I'll save some of my Michigan film ideas because we may actually make them.
|10 weeks 2 days ago||That was to be my answer.||
That was to be my answer. Carr got the CMU job for DeBord so he could get some head coaching experience. Instead he gave a string of very good CMU coaches after him something to rebuild.
|10 weeks 3 days ago||McDoom and Pie are both kind||
McDoom and Pie are both kind of slot types while Corley and Crawford are outside receivers. My guess is we get Pie out of that group.
FWIW I think Ace crystal balled Crawford to Oregon recently.
|10 weeks 3 days ago||His defenses have been||
His defenses have been whatever his DC does, but he's tended to get guys who are all from the same tree, which is pretty much Bo's tree. This defense is Mattison and Durkin, and it's hard to tell where one stops and the other begins because they come from the same coaching tree pretty much. Yesterday's 3-3-5 stuff was vintage Durkin I think, except Mattison played around with it in do-or-die situations before.
Harbaugh had a different DC at Stanford every year, then kept his last DC at Stanford for his tenure with the 49ers.
2007: Scott Shafer you know. He was connected to the Michigan family via Bill Mallory, who gave him his start then was Novak's DC at NIU for a decade. Rich Rod hired him away from Stanford, from there Shafer was the Syracuse DC then HC. His 4-3 defense is very similar to Mattison's--press Cov 1 and attack the gaps, very basic stuff without frippery. I know it'd be weird but he'd be a candidate since he knows the town and his defense woudl be a pretty seamless transition.
2008: Ron Lynn is an older guy who was a longtime NFL DC int he 1980s and '90s. Harbaugh brought him out of retirement--Lynn hadn't coached since 2004 and hadn't been a DC since he was Norv Turner's assistant for the mid-'90s Redskins. Lynn is now the director of player development at Stanford and will probably remain there.
2009: Andy Buh was LBs coach at Stanford then took over the defense in '09. He bounced around a lot of places since--he was the LBs coach for Wisconsin in 2012, the DC and LBs coach for Cal in 2013, then joined Mike Stoops in Kentucky for 2014-15.
2010: Vic Fangio A longtime NFL DC (Panthers 95-98, Colts 99-01, Texans 02-05, Ravens 06-08). After a year at Stanford Fangio followed Harbaugh to the 49ers. Fangio's defense is identical to Michigan's--they call it a "3-4" but the Buck is half-DL. Fangio is in his first year as the Chicago Bears DC so there's no way we're getting him. He's a Mattison-level guy.
|10 weeks 3 days ago||This isn't really a 3-3-5||
This isn't really a 3-3-5 though. It's a 4-3 defense with 3-3-5 personnel. Everything Michigan's doing here is 4-3 or 4-0-4.
|10 weeks 3 days ago||On this play Michigan stacked||
On this play Michigan stacked the box.
|10 weeks 3 days ago||If you do a search you can||
If you do a search you can find an article I did on Virginia Tech and how they used the bear defense against Ohio State. But OSU did beat the Bear after that. Wisconsin also had an interesting strategy for beating Ohio State. They made one of their linebackers basically a 3-tech.
|10 weeks 3 days ago||MSU runs a different defense||
MSU runs a different defense that they have been practicing nonstop for years. That defense is weak this year because it puts hard responsibilities on the safeties who are not very good.
However Ohio State for whatever reason didn't test those safeties very much. It was baffling. Ohio State had a far better game plan and a far better game in this one. So much so that you can't really compare the two.
I think if Michigan tried to install a quarters defense in one week it would not have gone well. We don't have the outside linebackers for it, it would waste Peppers as a spacebacker unless we made him the deep safety, and most likely it would have been a disaster for our safeties who've never practiced it. Plus do you really want to Dymonte Thomas to have 3 reads every play?
|10 weeks 4 days ago||He's correct.||
|10 weeks 4 days ago||I'm personally not getting||
I'm personally not getting anything from the apps, and I think Brian's only getting a pittance. They're there for convenience. I think Brian made a deal with both developers long ago. Anyway I don't run any ads on there so I imagine if they are, it's some sort of mobile network, and half is going to the general blog coffers (ie Brian).
|10 weeks 4 days ago||Would people here want to do||
Would people here want to do a Q&A with the alumni association? I'm sure Kevin Woodard of the national organization would be down and we have plenty of club leaders on hand as well. I'd be happy to do an offseason thing about it.
|10 weeks 5 days ago||Thanks looking into it.||
Thanks looking into it.
|11 weeks 1 hour ago||Not Rivals. I think this has||
Not Rivals. I think this has been an ongoing issue with guys they haven't scouted personally.
|11 weeks 1 day ago||see the front page article.||
see the front page article.
|11 weeks 2 days ago||I.... doh.||
|11 weeks 2 days ago||State overloaded the||
State overloaded the receivers to one side to make Eli Apple an edge defender. They did best going to the offense's left, since a) Bosa's side has all the stars, and b) Conklin, and c) easier to pass the othe other way, and d) Apple is soo soooooo bad at run D.
Late in the game OSU adjusted and State just went up the middle on the NTs because Allen could carve a huge hole.
|11 weeks 3 days ago||Gardner.||
|11 weeks 3 days ago||What is Tlargetfing?||
What is Tlargetfing?
|11 weeks 3 days ago||Ohio State made it clear they||
Ohio State made it clear they weren't passing (AGAINST THAT SECONDARY ARGH!) so they loaded up on run defenders and played cover zero and stuff.
They also just rip upfield like mad dogs and they have the DL to do that with. I've known the main guys for awhile but there are some DL down the depth chart on MSU who really impressed versus Ohio State.
|11 weeks 3 days ago||Agreed. Though the way the||
Though the way the college game is called these days you really need to be engaged with the guard to get those calls. For that reason I see a lot of middle FBS teams shifting away from that aggressiveness and just having the DTs play grabby vs zone teams. The big schools who can get those super-twitch monsters on DL don't want to do that though. They want to wreck stuff. That was a good identity for Michigan until Glasgow went down, but it may behoove us to have a couple guys down the roster who can play crafty.
|11 weeks 3 days ago||PAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAWWWLLLL||
|11 weeks 4 days ago||I saw that, and understood||
I saw that, and understood why Bolden wasn't able to shoot his gap; that play is still mostly about Henry getting cut because that's an easy read for the RB. Still Bolden is shuffling instead of high-tailing after the handoff, and either way I'd like him to realize there's a huge hole and start mitigating the damage.
|11 weeks 4 days ago||Someone emailed me asking||
Someone emailed me asking where this Q&A is. Bacon's had it mostly done for awhile but there was one question about the typos that his publisher had to be the one to answer. Since "are you going to fix those?" also means "is there going to be a second print?" that couldn't be answered right away.
There is an answer now, but OSU week is jammed so expect this to come in the offseason.
|11 weeks 5 days ago||I posted this yesterday as a||
I posted this yesterday as a diary because I just needed to vomit some words out without interrupting the schedule.
|11 weeks 5 days ago||The UM press agent came down||
The UM press agent came down the box when Rudock was around 215 yards and told everyone that if he hits 250 OR 300 that only freshman Henne, Senior Brady and Senior Navarre had done it.
|11 weeks 5 days ago||Thanks for replying here '87.||
Thanks for replying here '87. I did consider you've been a fine member of the community for a lot if years but it was also a really bad idea for a post that caused some problems for us as we are trying to collaborate with some good OSU fans on this week's content.
The points will come back on March 1, and I didn't set you back so far that you can't get back to plus before then. You can still reply but I thought it fair to make you earn your way back to being able to start threads after that.
|11 weeks 5 days ago||why do I read the comments||
why do I read the comments under such tweets?
|11 weeks 6 days ago||We don't like to ask for||
We don't like to ask for money. We don't mind selling you something.
|11 weeks 6 days ago||We bought new servers last||
We bought new servers last year. The site redesign was completed but Brian hasn't gotten to it yet and that causes a lot of the problems. Live blogging got way too expensive.
Feedback is appreciated, though this week of all weeks is probably the least effective time to bring it up. Just getting the core content out on Thanksgiving week is a crunch and it's Ohio State week.
|11 weeks 6 days ago||Yet another reason OSU and it's fans suck||
Make sure this stuff gets moderated immediately. Boliviating the OP. Talking shit to a rival is one thing but a thread just to call all fans of the rival losers is a bad look.
|12 weeks 12 hours ago||Thanks Yard Dog! I've heard||
Thanks Yard Dog! I've heard that PSU and ND in particular like to put the parents as far as possible from the action; for Notre Dame at least there's really no bad seat in the house. I've also heard that Michigan is very accomodating; they get seats in the first section above the entrance at the 50 yard line. Sometimes you can tell a lot about a program by how they treat people who are unlikely to be able to do them a favor in return.
Please keep reproducing!!!
|12 weeks 1 day ago||That question was about PSU's||
That question was about PSU's defensive line more than our RBs' vision. In our pre-chat Jared literally laughed when I started to talk about finding holes in their run defense.
|12 weeks 1 day ago||I find it disingenuous to use||
I find it disingenuous to use less descriptive terms for what I want to say about a player. I think it's fair for me to crticize things I'm confident about a guy's game, just as it's fair for you to criticize my writing. Where is it written that we can't criticize each other for our crafts?
Also how many times have I talked about De'Veon Smith's astounding pain tolerance? I've had the foot injury he's playing through and I couldn't walk on that. And then he was stood up by four Hoosiers so a fifth could come flying in to give him a headshot. And he came out of that just mad.
The great backs don't "see" holes; they intuitively feel them opening, the same way Gretzky could feel when his winger was coming open. Smith just doesn't have that. Whatever words we use to say it, it means the same thing. Better I think to use honest words than dance around it. PC has its place; it's never been this site's thing to expand it to football talk.
Trust me, there's an awful lot we see that doesn't get published.
|12 weeks 1 day ago||Different kind of player||
Different kind of player entirely. It's hard to find a good comparison for Michigan because we haven't had that many tall, top-heavy 5-tech types who were that athletic (if you say Pat Massey I'll shoot you down). We've had big dudes, but they're usually in the mold of Wormley or RVB with a low center of gravity.
Closest comparison on this team is you could say Matt Godin is a very poor man's Nassib. Good burst, very hard to block when he shoots a gap, holds up well to TEs and OTs, but because he plays so high you don't want him going against guards and centers that much.
The other comparison is if you supersized Jake Ryan. Actually let's go with that: a 6'7/300 lb Jake Ryan is exactly what Nassib is.
|12 weeks 1 day ago||He didn't have time to get to||
He didn't have time to get to all of them. For the record they were what's PSU's favorite coverage, are they going to stunt a ton with the DL, and how are you at stretch zone running?
|12 weeks 3 days ago||He made it clear he intends||
He made it clear he intends to graduate from Michigan. So granted he doesn't win the job (he won't but being fair) I think he'll be around next year at least. I would guess he would stay on for 2016, when he's a redshirt junior, get his degree, then go wherever he pleases as a grad transfer.
|12 weeks 3 days ago||Also we took our Wolverines||
Also we took our Wolverines later than it seems, when it was time to reach into a pile of guys who do a thing well. We probably overrated Dawkins (Valentine and Shields are the only wings taken after him) and Irvin, though we've seen Irvin take the team on his shoulders late last year. As for the rest Spike is justifiable in the last round, and so is Ricky Doyle as the 8th center taken. Walton was the 4th PG to go. LeVert went 2nd overall but a lot of drafts might have had him go first.
|12 weeks 3 days ago||Agreed. I was too caught up||
Agreed. I was too caught up in not wanting to have to root for Valentine and Trimble as they hogged all year. No idea how one of them fell all the way back to Ace but blah.
|12 weeks 3 days ago||I've maintained since Hill||
I've maintained since Hill went out this year that if he does play college ball ever again I think it'll be Michigan, but the chances are not that likely that he plays college ball again. If his health wasn't a huge question, he'd be in the NFL draft.
If he comes he's the presumptive starter.
|12 weeks 6 days ago||It's gut check time for our linebackers Morgan, Bolden, and Ross||
Put it in the snowflakes thread.
|13 weeks 1 day ago||The thread devolved into||
The thread devolved into angar at the chart for being impossible to read if you're color blind. So I made the chart have no red in it.
|13 weeks 1 day ago||I took out the red. Then I||
I took out the red. Then I took out a long thing about my war hero grandpa who could spot camouflaged German tanks from the air because of his colorblindness.
|13 weeks 1 day ago||I think I was one when Carter||
I think I was one when Carter graduated.
|13 weeks 1 day ago||My pre-Wolverine Historian||
My pre-Wolverine Historian knowledge of players from the '80s was limited.
|13 weeks 3 days ago||I like it. And I love the||
I like it. And I love the Cleveland alumni association club so we could make a trip work probably.
|13 weeks 3 days ago||I think that game would be a||
I think that game would be a 92% Michigan win. So there's a chance. Also I had selfish reasons for that pick since I have some friends who graduated from W&M (the trip where I took that picture was one of their weddings).
|13 weeks 3 days ago||Not really since Brian's the||
Not really since Brian's the only guy who can do that. I don't know Drupal at all. And these don't take much time to write--they're more something to do with all the scouting we're doing pre-season so we can properly cover the team.
|13 weeks 4 days ago||Yeah. Remember how last year||
Yeah. Remember how last year they were one great player and a bunch of guys? That one great player is now gone. The guys include a 6'4 center. The nicest thing I can say about one of their players is that John Beilein really wanted KBD.
|13 weeks 4 days ago||There are a lot of good fours||
There are a lot of good fours available and Robert Carter takes a ton of mid-range jumpers. I can't speak for the other guys but I'm playing catchup on hoops, which I barely watch until football is over, and after the amount of shit I took for my double-post gambit in the first turn I've been trying to avoid things that will make my picks easy targets for ridicule.
Plus I needed a PG, and Layman's very good.
|13 weeks 4 days ago||I figured with hoops there||
I figured with hoops there are so few guys just saying "TEAM: Bryant McIntosh (PG, NW), Jake Layman (PF, MD), Diamond Stone (C, MD), AJ Hammons (C, PU)" will do the trick.
|13 weeks 5 days ago||Nope. Because we use a lot of||
Nope. Because we use a lot of body language to deal with them.
|13 weeks 5 days ago||We should call Lorenz's||
We should call Lorenz's segment "Crooked blue line analysis with..."
|14 weeks 13 hours ago||I think referring to him as||
I think referring to him as such while assuming everyone knows who that is was all the respect.
|14 weeks 1 day ago||The database is missing a lot||
The database is missing a lot of guys. Late-joining walk-ons weren't always listed. The Opong-Owusu family has their names written like 8 different ways.
|14 weeks 2 days ago||So the thing about a computer||
So the thing about a computer engineer being the guy who does UFRs is...
...is that these things get pushed into the future. Along with the entire site redesign for the latest version of Drupal. This site is outdated; like a stadium that's way past its prime and is waiting for the new one to be built, some of the paint is gonna come off.
|14 weeks 2 days ago||More to the point they don't||
More to the point they don't employ anybody of any worth.
|14 weeks 2 days ago||ESPN stirring the pot again because they continue to be the wors||
every time some media person proposes Harbaugh for an open NFL job we don't need a thread, especially not in the first damn year.
|14 weeks 2 days ago||I agree that a pass wasn't an||
I agree that a pass wasn't an awful call. But the one type of pass you don't want to call there is a fade. What makes those plays a good idea in the context of a game is to keep the corners backed off your short passing/outside run game, and they're low downside (an INT is basically a punt) with high upside (long pass completion). The most likely outcome is burning a down.
In that situation the other 30 yards after the first 10 are not very valuable. A 1st down is game over. Forcing M to use timeouts gets you significantly closer.
It wasn't that it was a pass, but the type of pass.
|14 weeks 2 days ago||I've been getting those two||
I've been getting those two confused since the 90s. In fact this was the first time in years that I didn't double check, figuring by now I've got it. So of course...
|14 weeks 3 days ago||The fake seemed academic. I||
The fake seemed academic. I don't think he was doing any reading.
|14 weeks 3 days ago||Johnson is coming open at the||
Johnson is coming open at the end since he's running at the unblocked DE like he's got a kickout block. May be the point was in all the confusion to get him to run by the DE into the open space left by Butt clearing everyone out.
Anyway Minnesota played it well.
|14 weeks 4 days ago||To the IRS Brian and Ace are||
To the IRS Brian and Ace are employees and I'm a contractor. I get a monthly pittance for writing and other stuff, and commission on ad sales, and own 30% of HTTV. But we all three make this our livelihoods.
|14 weeks 4 days ago||1. I think this has been||
1. I think this has been covered thoroughly.
|14 weeks 4 days ago||Grantland was a subsidiary of||
Grantland was a subsidiary of a gigantic corporation that is itself part of a giga-corp that is publicly traded. Its was suffered to exist because Bill Simmons made them money before and was allowed to go work on his baby. To ESPN it wasn't anything more than a branding element, a thing to say they have highbrow stuff for the highbrow so they can remain the sports leader rather than be pigeonholed into the "Sports for Dummies" site.
To Disney it was lines on a balance sheet. When someone at Disney who reports to the short-term stock price had to do something to justify his position as a C-level person in the face of the first wave of the eventual collapse of the cable industry his company is built on, he made a company mandate to cut jobs everywhere. ESPN had to get names off the balance sheet and the person in charge of there had an axe to grind with Simmons, so he axed Grantland in the shittiest way possible.
MGoBlog is working on an entirely different decision tree. Take the radio. This began with a conversation with UGP when Brian and I were meeting with Rishi regarding Hail to the Victors. We agreed the Huge Show is terrible and that's a prime slot, and he said he'd find it valuable enough to sponsor and that other sponsors would as well, and how much cooler would it be for Michigan fans to have an MGoBlog radio show instead of the Huge Show leading into the coaches show at Pizza House? So we checked out the price to do that, I got enough advertisers onboard to basically cover the cost of it, and now we can talk about Michigan on the radio, and we have good clients with an investment in the Michigan community whom we can help by saying their names on air, and as long as we can keep justifying the cost we can keep doing it.
That's the key difference: the money to us is a means to having jobs where we put out the content we want to. For Disney, the consideration is how few jobs do we need to make the cheapest possible content in order ot maximize the profit margin?
|14 weeks 4 days ago||John Skipper is an||
John Skipper is an asshole.
There, no more worries.
|14 weeks 4 days ago||I got as far as a writeup on||
I got as far as a writeup on both of them at the 4th and 5th picks. Then I realized I didn't like any big options that would make their way back to me at the turn, and didn't think Brian would take a second PG, leaving Melo to Ace and Walton finding his way to me next round. That didn't work out.
At least I don't have to spend a year being happy every time Denzel Stupidface Valentine goes off.
|14 weeks 5 days ago||For future reference, call||
For future reference, call the M ticket office and explain. They'll void your tickets and issue you new ones.
|14 weeks 5 days ago||Let's leave off of that. I||
Let's leave off of that. I saw the Bucknuts post but the rumor was wrong. It was a beat up 2003. If his car was a brand new freebie from the dealer lot it was probably Maurice Clarett's.
|14 weeks 6 days ago||it's the first one.||
it's the first one.
|14 weeks 6 days ago||I don't think your friend was||
I don't think your friend was the only one who knew Speight was considering transferring. I take issue with the idea that this would be an attitude problem. Michigan brought in a lot of quarterbacks with a lot of eligibility to cover the duration of Speight's eligibility. If he transfers it seems like it would be one of those where both sides respect the decision. Not all these QBs can play.
I should also note that virtually every player I have met in this job was seriously considering a transfer at some point. That is not just a reflection of all the shit Michigan has been through, which was harder on the players than the fans. Unless you are starting as a freshman and starring as a sophomore, I think everybody wonders if they'd get a better shot elsewhere. Most players who start process do not finish it. Most players who do transfer do not succeed at their new schools. Humans just naturally believe there's more opportunity on the other side of the hill.
|14 weeks 6 days ago||Except that one County where||
Except that one County where they only have one type of pop.
|14 weeks 6 days ago||If you want a dry recap you||
If you want a dry recap you can find those. I don't think that has ever been the kind of thing we post here.
|14 weeks 6 days ago||Man everybody had shitty||
Man everybody had shitty expectations for Speight. I would put his play as noticeably worse than Rudock but better than Morris v Minn or Bellomy v Nebraska. You could tell he has had much better coaching. But he was pretty awful until the last drive. The two-point conversion play was excellent. I don't know what else we are supposed to expect. He didn't look like a future starter. But he did look like a better option than Morris.
|15 weeks 2 min ago||You don't say.||
You don't say.