needs moar usage
|1 day 21 hours ago||How about Dan Smith ... BYU||
How about Dan Smith ... BYU
|1 week 5 days ago||Hagerup no... JT Floyd would||
Hagerup no... JT Floyd would have made a huge difference. His absence was a huge factor in giving up the big plays that lost that game.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||My Account>Edit>Username||
|3 weeks 5 days ago||Agree - Herm you need to||
Agree - Herm you need to re-watch and re-think...
|3 weeks 6 days ago||Is the fumble rate higher for||
Is the fumble rate higher for shorter kicks? Do upper class returners fumble less? What is the impact of backing a team into their own endzone to punt distance net and gross? Are we seeing more muffed punts and blocks with the spread punt? Expected points wrt field position is important but not reflected above. What was the outcome of San Diego State's experiment? Mid season Rocky Long changed his tune to the press.
There is quite a bit of cat and mousery behind the numbers. Thanks for this work.
|4 weeks 6 days ago||Ways' film is impressive. Mo||
Ways' film is impressive. Mo Blue!
|4 weeks 6 days ago||Thanks for sharing... these||
Thanks for sharing... these are treasures. Usually I see this kind of stuff @ MVictors but this is a pleasent surprise - almost didn't open this thread due to the title.
|5 weeks 9 hours ago||He is a slacker...|
|5 weeks 5 days ago||The un-Denarding of Nebraska||
The un-Denarding of Nebraska was a bigger tell on the season (and ultimately more disheartening.)
|5 weeks 6 days ago||The comparison shows how||
The comparison shows how marginal OSU and the B1G were in 2012 when the presumed conference champion is so comparatively weak. I don't think this makes any non OSU feel better except to push for better standards of excellence in 2013.
|6 weeks 1 day ago||Having guys leave after a||
Having guys leave after a year or two is a sign of success at this level. We have guys who will stick it out on this roster. It's almost all good.
|6 weeks 2 days ago||OK charge then...||
OK charge then...
|6 weeks 2 days ago||It's not like he made the||
It's not like he made the shot. Michigan has the rebound. To call a block would create just as much hoopla and be even more controversial as free throws would ensue.
The call puts it back on the players to make a play. That is the right call.
|6 weeks 2 days ago||Go! hmmm...that doesn't||
hmmm...that doesn't sound right... does it have to be one word?
|6 weeks 3 days ago||Change of title please||
Change of title please instead of "Charge of Block?". uv oar AC... really?
|6 weeks 4 days ago||Let's walk before talk||
Let's walk before talk please. It's too soon.
|6 weeks 6 days ago||Herm, I totally agree with||
Herm, I totally agree with you. I don't want the fab five associated with UofM. But I attended many of the fab five games and have the memories and heart ache scars to show for it. The gist of the letter is valid. I wouldn't mind seeing Chris in the stands albeit not behind the bench. There are too many rules, so much water under the bridge and not enough peace. Let it be. Go Blue.
|6 weeks 6 days ago||Your avatar says it all.||
Your avatar says it all.
|6 weeks 6 days ago||Agree it will be||
Agree it will be incrementally better... but It will likely never be honest or equitable.
|7 weeks 21 hours ago||Panic mode...||
Alex will be 21 this month...
Cleary is not awful...
Shaun looks good...
Get well fast Russell... this was going to be your year to shine - shake it off... make the most of your recovery.
|7 weeks 21 hours ago||Great game coming... many||
Great game coming... many more to come.
|7 weeks 6 days ago||By not matching we plant a||
By not matching we plant a coaching tree and Montgomery learns from a pretty good program. You need to let people go to get the most from them sometimes. This is where the magic happens. Hopefully Mattison can plant as many seeds as possible until he's done. If he does we are going to see benefits for years to come.
|8 weeks 2 days ago||Good words Gordie. Best of||
Good words Gordie. Best of luck with the treatment. I'll be thinking of you this year. Be tremendous times two - because once is never enough.
|8 weeks 2 days ago||Good words Gordie. Best of||
Good words Gordie. Best of luck with the treatment. I'll be thinking of you this year. Be tremendous.
|9 weeks 3 days ago||Amaizing... thanks for the||
Amaizing... thanks for the OT...
|9 weeks 4 days ago||It's Miller time... and||
It's Miller time... and Bellomy's most important year of his career. Even if Russell doens't show a 20 yard out ball - just to competently be the #2 woud help this team immeasurably. It's now or never for these guys. Fall is big for Bryant as well if not spring. Moar spring ball please.
|10 weeks 4 days ago||EA marketing won in a||
EA marketing won in a landslide...
|11 weeks 6 hours ago||Bellomy will take the 2||
Bellomy will take the 2 snaps then? I don't see any word on his progress other than deflected comments by Hoke and Borges. It will be interesting to see if Shane's RS is protected this year and if Russell progresses.
|11 weeks 1 day ago||Does this mean less charts||
Does this mean less charts and more moderation...I'm not sure I'm for this move...
The only way to celebrate this is of course with a chart...
I think it's clear which bin the moderators fall in. Congrats LSA.
|12 weeks 5 days ago||Except for the fact ratings||
Except for the fact ratings aren't made on So. FB recruits for good reason...still good news none the less...
|12 weeks 5 days ago||Youtube ignominious||
Youtube ignominious bastards...unleash the Kraken.
|12 weeks 6 days ago||If this forces an already||
If this forces an already constrained Marylandish like school into pulling non-revenue dollars to pay their loss leading FB coordinators that would make my head spin.
....uh...why is my head spinning.
|13 weeks 5 days ago||I thought he was coming back||
I thought he was coming back from Ikea...? Seems like he has been Hardened by his adversity.
|13 weeks 5 days ago||Has any recruit done this||
Has any recruit done this before for any school? This is pretty cool. I think it's a great idea ... I'm glad he's getting it done early as well.
I want that shirt.
|14 weeks 1 day ago||Link to SI article and charts||
|14 weeks 1 day ago||I'm beginning to appreciate||
I'm beginning to appreciate Ivy League football. That history is repeating itself. Bring back Chicago.
|14 weeks 6 days ago||Agree...in fact I don't||
Agree...in fact I don't really think OSU is offering anything more - and very little less despite the sanctions - than they have done in the past. I'm just saying I'm more interested in what they are doing than Ole Miss.
OSU is a great choice for recruits for many legit reasons with or without Meyer.
|14 weeks 6 days ago||I'm more interested in OSU||
I'm more interested in OSU closing out their class but I don't mind reading this.
OT is not needed as there have been recent recruiting battles with Ole Miss...which is to your point.
Simmons is reacting to the many stories percussing in big time sport. Journaiistic integrity is preserved with shots across the bow. In that vein...well shot.
I looked at the geographic splay of Alabama's recent classes and didn't see much conspiratorial correlation. Ole Miss is a special case and place. Tables and charts can't frame that picture. If they win I would be more inclined to look for fire. Right now all I see is desire...to win...to be better.
Looking for integrity in Ole Miss is misguided if not in CFB at large. Ultimately I am happy with finding it in my own house. I prefer not to see Tressel lauded on moranic shoulders at "the" game in conference. I expect the Fab Five not to be lauded in March.
|15 weeks 6 days ago||Boo!... could that be any||
Boo!... could that be any more descriptive of your avatar change... Boo!
|15 weeks 6 days ago||Hindsight is 2020 but you||
Hindsight is 2020 but you can't let a guy walk around after that ... he's got to be taken to a hospital right away. Hopefully the medical protocol is reviewed after this incident. This is an uber dangerous sport that needs to be respected in the medical response procedures.
|16 weeks 1 day ago||Your diaries are better with||
Your diaries are better with edition. Thanks.
|16 weeks 1 day ago||I'm getting CTE from all the||
I'm getting CTE from all the face palming I'm doing reading this post. Meltdownious postious ... Wyle E Coyote never catches the Road Runner. To be a mod...a dream / nightmare.
|16 weeks 4 days ago||I like me some lists. Nice||
I like me some lists. Nice work... RBs make a difference.... Offensive linemen make a huge difference. It's been too long since we've had an every down sort of back with staying power. Thanks for taking the time on this.
|17 weeks 2 days ago||I'm still wondering... double||
I'm still wondering...
double post fail.
|17 weeks 2 days ago||I'm wondering if playing time||
I'm wondering if playing time is more an issue than in previous classes. PT was meme like for defensive recruiting. The depth chart is getting deeper...I'm wondering if there's less traction on this than in Hoke's initial years. Has anyone heard that this is an issue for Malik.
|17 weeks 2 days ago||Guilty as charged...looking||
Guilty as charged...looking forward to your in-depth analysis. Nice post... where's the beef? ... or should I say what is the beef?
|17 weeks 4 days ago||Boo!...||
|17 weeks 5 days ago||Frustrating to see RR burn||
Frustrating to see RR burn his red-shirt to block for a few PATs. BWC is the posterchild for why linemen should sit it out if at all possible. Another year would have been very helpful to his progress.
Best of luck Big Will. College days don't necessarily indicate NFL success.
|18 weeks 1 hour ago||Infamy is a stain that does||
Infamy is a stain that does not ever come clean. I wouldn't draft this guy or allow him in camp tryouts. It will be interesting and a statement about which organization picks him up from this hole he's dug for himself.
|18 weeks 2 hours ago||Wow....just Wow...||
|18 weeks 4 days ago||He had possesion prior to the contact...||
The rule states...
The helmet exploding play caused the ball to come out. Does that make Vince not the ball carrier? That seems silly.
The guideline from 1976 is the precedent setting for discouraging spearing.
This is F'd. The adulation is the problem. We haven't learned anything from Daydrion Taylor's hit. Nobody wants to take action and when the action is taken they don't enforce the rules.
In this case the ball should be dead when the helmet came off by rule...Michigan ball just as if it had rolled out of bounds.
They should clarify this so that fumbles should not be allowed when helmets are removed due to the contact that caused it.
The play itself seemed to fit some balance given the 9.9 yard first down previously enforced - which was a case of extreme paralax on the part of the media. I never heard the officials chime in on that either. It looked like the official ruled the chain and not the stick was the 10 yard marker...or else the Clowney hit was just divine justice.
|18 weeks 4 days ago||Shouldn't the play have been||
Shouldn't the play have been dead when the helmet came off? That is what the rule states I thought. It's clearly leading with the helmet as well.
Am I missing something there? People keep telling me it's a clean hit. No it wasn't IMO ... he led with the head.
The ball should be dead in the air when the helmet is blown off Vince's head. Educate me please.
|18 weeks 5 days ago||Yeah... I'm tired of those||
Yeah... I'm tired of those parents telling their kids what is good for them... like they think they know better and what's good for them... /s
|18 weeks 5 days ago||We don't allow kids to||
We don't allow kids to drive... cars and driving are heavily regulated.
|18 weeks 6 days ago||ND/OSU :-( balance out with||
MSU/NU :-). The 2012 coaching staff bet the farm mulitple times and came up short. There will undoubtedly be less betting in the coming years and more Ws.
Denard in the final analysis was an epic mis-cast once RR was forced out. Borges did not make the power move and compromised other QBs in not doing so.
I'm looking for Mattison to build a lasting legacy. Taylor coming back is huge.
Thanks for the post Wolfman.
|18 weeks 6 days ago||Here is to an injury free and||
Here is to an injury free and dominant year. Thank you Taylor. Please buy a big fat insurance policy as I hear Long did when he came back. Totally unexpected on my part... I'm sure most everyone else.
|19 weeks 3 days ago||Injury?...one game at a time||
Injury?...one game at a time plz.
|19 weeks 3 days ago||Favorite thread ever...||
Favorite thread ever... awesome in so many ways.
|19 weeks 4 days ago||This is relatively bad for||
This is relatively bad for JuCo challenged Michigan. For teams and admission departments setup for this like Alabama it simplifies things.
From a player perspective I don't see a down side...though parity is in the long term interest of the sport and ultimately the student athletes. For elite talent it's an incremental step toward semi pro ball. The Russell Wilson/Cam Newton effect can be huge...this makes that more a reality. Talent follows coaching and facilities...and money.
|19 weeks 4 days ago||Can you point me to a link to||
Can you point me to a link to explain expected win odds? I would like to hone my gut on this sort of analysis but I didn't feel 70/30 at half getting the ball back in the third.
Ace got decleated by the media hype for Clowney. Small things win games. Bring on Norfleet in 2013.
Great post as expected.
|20 weeks 6 hours ago||13-1 one loss to NU...||
this will be a very good year.
|20 weeks 1 day ago||Yes! I like this game!||
Yes Baby - it is real! I like this game!
|20 weeks 1 day ago||Boyd ... career game. That||
Boyd ... career game. That was incredible. Love the coach - "It's great to be a Clemson Tiger. This is a National Championship team." Emotional? yes... Savvy? hell yes.
|20 weeks 3 days ago||I didn't click. I can't do||
I didn't click. I can't do anything.
|20 weeks 5 days ago||Hopefully Kyle breaks this||
Hopefully Kyle breaks this record.
|20 weeks 5 days ago||Please let Kyle break this||
Please let Kyle break this record.
|22 weeks 13 hours ago||86-62 Michigan||
|22 weeks 1 day ago||I don't hold it against Hoke||
I don't hold it against Hoke for not picking up recruits at the airport. Does Franklin do that with every recruit? Obviously not... I'd like to know which ones he does ... Coaching now is 24/7 - it has been for a long time - more now than ever before it seems.
|22 weeks 4 days ago||Bump this to Diaries... this||
Bump this to Diaries... this is good stuff...
|22 weeks 5 days ago||Tough Mudder||
|22 weeks 5 days ago||Bell wasn't invited to||
Bell wasn't invited to practice due to roster limits...that is some evidence... though that has not happened with students the current staff recruited.
|22 weeks 5 days ago||First class coach... this||
First class coach... this would be great news for the conference.
|23 weeks 11 hours ago||63-57 Mich||
|23 weeks 14 hours ago||Luck is confused with||
Luck is confused with coaching in this analysis. Fortunately for Darrell Hazell it goes both ways.
Manziel was lucky to have a stellar O line this year. A&M wasn't lucky though...they were just good.
|23 weeks 15 hours ago||It looks like it has to do||
It looks like it has to do with turnovers, tempo and defensive strategy. Borges shouldn't be credited for rate though clearly. Like the 2nd half of Ohio it looks like missed opportunity on the coaches part. Particularly in bigger games there are execution misses.
|23 weeks 1 day ago||It didn't feel like Mich led||
It didn't feel like Mich led in conversion rate but I guess we did. I would like to the QB breakdown. I bet it is the same. Good for Borges.
|23 weeks 3 days ago||Club, Where did you pull||
Club, Where did you pull this from and how did you do it? The headers don't look familiar.
|23 weeks 4 days ago||The new kickoff rule has changed this for the better...||
The NCAA should move the kick again if the injury rate is too large.
|23 weeks 6 days ago||I guess... but are we looking||
I guess... but are we looking at garbage time, strength of schedule differences, strength of offenses/defenses, downfield success rates, play success, points per play? There are a ton of stats (most that take real work to bring out) that are meaningful to football. Choosing an aggregate of summary stats IDK about that. If it brings up questions about the constituent distributions then by all means let's go there but always with an eye to what is happening on the field and team.
LSA knocks me out with his production of work here. I'm looking at these tables partly because my daughter won't let me correct her math homework but mostly because I love football and Michigan. I think the targets need revision. Let's look at Success rate to begin with. 1st downs that gain 5 yards or more (.5 of needed yds on non std 1st and >10 yd situations). 2nd downs that gain .7 the needed yardage for first down. 3rd and 4th downs that convert. Football Outsiders has a good rundown of GAF statistics for Offense, Defense and Special Teams. The Hidden Game of Football has good footbally stats. If I had LSA's ability to kick it out... I'd go in this direction because there are few people who do. There is this guy from Maryland who does a pretty interesting take. I'd like to see that done for Michigan related data more often.
You are the one who made the thesis that single data points would create a normal distribution. I just showed it. Truth be told - if you smush different distributions together - I have no idea what they will look like - though I can fit them to a normal distribution - albeit not necessarily well.
I'm looking at this passing thing now for Mich and Nebraska... let me think about that... I think it's due to a lot of this sort of thing...
Let the good times roll.
|24 weeks 8 min ago||Because Michigan paid for||
Because Michigan paid for it... because Michigan is a good school... because Hoke is straight up...because there's a chance it might be worth it...because there's stuff we don't know...there's more to this than we know. This staff certainly is not above greyshirting either.
|24 weeks 1 hour ago||What I said...||
I'm good with that.
In the universe of distributions there are infinities of kind. When human minds fathom them they do so... for almost all parts... through the normal distribution. I clipped in the bell curve image on a lark because this analysis and metric is fashioned on the mean (not the distribution around it) of 31 different distributions...which spawned this fun. Stats are fun but not necessarily meaningful.
LSA then takes each school mean for each targeted distribution and does exactly what you say might make my obscure point valid... and reduces it to a single data point for each school.
Here's a picture of that distribution of overall targets attained ...
...wait for it...
...as fitted to a normal distribution...uh...hmm...it's a pretty good fit given we are only looking at 12 datapoints.
Michigan is highlighted...as usual... above the mean...which is what most people here come to hear.
As to my original point... it was simply this - Good Post LSA. Let's focus the metrics to GAF criteria if possible but good post.
GAF - Good At Football
|24 weeks 8 hours ago||If only there was a way to||
If only there was a way to quantify this skew you speak of... if only there was a distribution we could use to measure it.
When you make mean arguments you can't get away from the normal unfortunately.
|24 weeks 11 hours ago||It's a Drupal Seth thing.||
It's a Drupal Seth thing. You can do both at once clickable full size charts - but I think... if this is your medium I would change the fonts to fit the column for impact. I'm not speaking as an expert - I suck at this - but as a reader I really appreciate design... and of course content.
Thanks again for your time and work.
|24 weeks 11 hours ago||This is filed under FOOTBALL?||
This is filed under FOOTBALL? This is statistics for stats sake. When you average out stuff... half of it is below average.
The post is great and gorgeous... but I'm not sure I get what this has to do with Football other than using it to show on average that some schools are better than average.
I will always read your stuff... just feedback.
|24 weeks 11 hours ago||85-72 Mich||
|24 weeks 1 day ago||http://www.cfbstats.com/blog/college-football-data/||
csv formats... but beware of some mistakes.
|24 weeks 1 day ago||Why are you not posting your||
Why are you not posting your charts full size? It's a distraction to have to click in to get to the detail. Just wondering why?
|24 weeks 5 days ago||I like to do a diary if only||
I like to do a diary if only to get Seth's take. More people should try it. Live Writer makes it happen with very little overhead.
I disagree that Adjusted Line Yards should be reduced to a run game assessment. Our run game vs. OSU was good. It just relied on the big play. In the 2nd half we didn't employ that guy who's ... you know ... really good at running.
I'll re-work that data with a team to team comparison ... straight yards or avg yards don't tell the story.
|24 weeks 5 days ago||Mat knows Math...||
I don't see the OL numbers as better.
Inside run blocking has more promise. Outside run blocking - not so much. I don't see Bryant pulling and being effective - but we haven't seen him play. That is a big body to pull. Kalis is an upgrade - but we don't know where everyone is going to be yet. Barnum was suppose to be the center out of Spring ball and that didn't happen.
Pass protection is unknown. Lewan is a loss wrt pass protection. Who will step up there? It's not going to be an upgrade regardless.
Big questions and challenges on OL.
|25 weeks 12 hours ago||I will do this if I can. It||
I will do this if I can.
It just takes time...which I don't have. I need to normalize this and account for success wrt down, distance and field position as well.
I included QB runs and disregarded formation which FO takes into account because they care about NFL stuff (boring...). Sacks could/should have been excluded but ... again time is the bite.
Earth calling Mathlete... help.
Maybe this weekend if it doesn't snow enough for the slopes.
|25 weeks 1 day ago||Bryant is either blitz or||
Bryant is either blitz or keyed to Omameh.
So much video...so little time.
|25 weeks 2 days ago||First laugh in days...||
First laugh in days...
|25 weeks 2 days ago||Kovacs has one more game to||
Kovacs has one more game to impress upon you what a football player is. Obviously that will not be enough. Ability is no match for accomplishment.
|25 weeks 3 days ago||Bold thesis for a game summary...||
we lost...let's not scapegoat. Borges didn't fumble or miss any blocks today.
|26 weeks 7 hours ago||That's right...it was the||
That's right...it was the guys who left. /s. I don't want to go there...but I guess I just did. It was what it was.
|26 weeks 11 hours ago||Nice... I always enjoy your||
Nice... I always enjoy your diaries... what happened in 2008 BTW? That was so long ago...Oh well... it will come back to me... nice charts.
Less INTs please...
|26 weeks 1 day ago||setiment <> sentiment - pls||
setiment <> sentiment - pls fix. Otherwise nice post. You got me on this - bring on Rutgers. This makes sense to me where Maryland in a football sense does not...
I remember the 1976 NCAA tourney... that was a great run for them.
Not as great as Michigan's but nice...
Paul Robeson played for Rutgers the intertubes tells me...
They fill their stadium... this could work.
Maryland...well...hmm...they're good at Lacrosse.
They look tall too... if you squint and distort things a bit... maybe that could work as well.
|26 weeks 2 days ago||Bo does not like your Sig.||
Bo does not like your Sig. It makes your story ... well ... it just doesn't ring true. Nebraska is Go Big Red. UAB is Go Big Green. What is a Giants fan or a Kentucky fan doing here? Seriously... change that ... even if you are trolling for 100pts. Not good.
|26 weeks 2 days ago||Beat Ohio!||
|26 weeks 2 days ago||He gets off blocks like Jake Ryan...||
He's good at football... he deserves it. Go Blue Jon.
|26 weeks 3 days ago||Pos bang on the win... but||
Pos bang on the win... but this thread I don't agree with. I don't see the coaching rising above the talent on the field on offense. Gardner and even the threat of Denard were major factors in this game. Iowa was outclassed. Michigan has plays and players. Beat Ohio.
Get well soon Fitz. Way to go out Seniors. Congrats on beating Iowa.
|26 weeks 3 days ago||UVA, UNC, MD and anyone but||
UVA, UNC, MD and anyone but Rutgers...srsly bring back Chicago.
|27 weeks 20 hours ago||Good things come from ISU...||
Iowa State played KSU tighter than anyone in the country(except Oklahoma.) ISU is not worthy of this kind of talk...at least not until Michigan beats Iowa... which is more than MSU can say.
|27 weeks 1 day ago||This and bronxblue's post NU||
This and bronxblue's post NU take sum it up. Thanks for doing this. I'm really hoping for a Denarding this Saturday... but if not then so be it. Let others prepare for both guys.
|27 weeks 2 days ago||This sort of scheduling||
This sort of scheduling doesn't do much for the conference. Frustrating lack of compelling games. ND can't go to the ACC soon enough. The PAC12 matchup that wasn't. I'm not seeing brand worthy games. It won't be very telling unless there are fails ... so much to lose... so little OOC to do it in.
|27 weeks 2 days ago||One problem with the old||
One problem with the old system was that it created a lot of silly point driven content and meta activity that didn't have much to do with Michigan sports.
I like the karma model. Mods could lessen their lode by upping karma where sportminded comments are given. Points were an interesting model. Massive meltdowns need to have consequences that don't require a mods intervention.
I can't imagine moderation in the same house as a new born.
|28 weeks 2 days ago||OSU last year was the big||
OSU last year was the big inversion veerathon.
|28 weeks 2 days ago||The problem with that idea is||
The problem with that idea is DR earned his spot at QB. He came here to play QB, he stayed here to play QB (about as huge a coup for Hoke as any recruit to date - given the timing) and he did the work where others balked - he bought in and led. Both DG and DR are standup guys, but DR prior to Borges was on pace to historical records (and still is for some.) You can't switch a guy to WR when he's potentially the best rushing QB the game has ever seen...ever.
Clearly DG is a better fit for Borges - but that is more a statement of the problem IMO as it is an interesting question.
Your comment does make me wonder (as does Bellomy's ability to chase down P.J. Smith at the 4 yard line saving a TD - keeping the game within reach late (that showed character and speed - the guy can play))... whether Bellomy could have switched to WR...he certainly wouldn't have hurt the production of the unit as whole. I think he could play over others seeing time on the field.
To say DG is a better fit at QB ultimately just says to me that Borges is a one way street. You win with people. I think Hoke understands that well and is getting the most from his staff and the players he prepares in practice. I also think he'd admit the DG to WR move was wrong in hindsight but that's just not what good coaches do.
|28 weeks 6 days ago||Things change...||
nobody was calling Stribling solid except GREG when he verballed. These sort of problems happen when you lead the market...but at least you are leading.
|28 weeks 6 days ago||Michigan isn't marrying these guys...||
for most kids and parents this is business. To take your analogy though... if there are no premarital relations...I have no issues with my wife shopping around. The vows are sacred... the courtship is not. Engagements sometimes break. Every recruit is different. A policy is only as good as the relative return you get with respect to other policy in the long run. Ideally the best policy might be to allow a player to take visits if his stock improves by ...IDK...2 stars on the average...this too could be explicit and would allow both sides the honor and flexibility needed in today's twitter screwy recruiting battles. I don't think this staff takes recruiting services that seriously...nor are they looking at this with that kind of savvy. It is what it is...these dogs weren't hired to do what they haven't done before. You dance with the guy who brought you....but ultimately you aren't married to him either.
|28 weeks 6 days ago||The staff also seems to let kids know there are limited spots..||
and they are going to take the first quality commits. There is pressure both ways. This staff knows football...this sort of thing is going to happen when the staff sees talent others haven't yet. I don't see any evidence the staff is advising the Conleys and Striblings how good they are prior to taking their commit but I do agree the no visit policy is explicit.
|29 weeks 4 days ago||What folks in Lincoln call||
What folks in Lincoln call Trickeration...
|29 weeks 4 days ago||That is not why Greg Smith||
That is not why Greg Smith left Goldman Sachs...
|29 weeks 5 days ago||38 21 Mich 235 rush I don't||
38 21 Mich 235 rush
|30 weeks 5 days ago||I don't know how ENG students||
I don't know how ENG students do it. Playing football, the problem sets and projects - this is a tough road especially for a guy with this much NFL potential. I would love to see this happen. There are very few ENG students in the draft for many reasons.
Are most the ENG classes on north campus still? I hope the academic counselors bring their A game.
|30 weeks 5 days ago||He's not playing SS in many||
He's not playing SS in many of these videos. His pad level is basically in the heavens. He does have a nose for the ball like Jordan.
A walk-on is by definition a project players. The sacrafice he is making coming to Michigan is financially extreme. It's admirable.
This is the sort of walk on that Hoke likes I take it. That said ... I will take it. I don't think the road to walk on success is as golden under the current coaching staff is in Jordan's underclass years. The success walk ons have enjoyed recently are more due to dire need than work ethic. Any walk on is going to have to overcome the hurdle of low expectations from the coaching staff - and Magnus (I kid...).
If the coaches thought he had what it takes they would have offered based on his film and character. As it is they let him walk on (there were no open tryouts right?) It will be interesting to see if a walk on can get on the field where need is not dire and RSs don't need protection.
|30 weeks 6 days ago||This is bad policy for the||
This is bad policy for the B1G and Minnehaha. It would be nice to go to a promotion relegation scheme with automated scheduling based on past performance...but that'll never happen.
In the meantime there will be Minnehahas and Hiawathas. I'm glad to schedule the best teams possible. It's good for football... it's good football. Ask the players who they want to play... the best. The fans have already spoken...bad football - even at historically good programs makes for empty stadiums.
|31 weeks 3 days ago||What does a verbal commit||
What does a verbal commit mean if you do this? The policy is good as is...explain to the recruit what it means to verbal and hold him to it.... Mich precludes other offers when they take verbals. The policy makes sense to me. This just happens...if a recruit wants to reconsider on signing day and there is room - that is another matter.
|31 weeks 6 days ago||Kwiatkowski... getting it||
Kwiatkowski... getting it done...one play at a time.
|32 weeks 12 hours ago||Enough with these Roh-brow||
Enough with these Roh-brow comments...
|32 weeks 3 days ago||He meant Unduhfeated...||
He meant Unduhfeated...
|35 weeks 3 days ago||/s ?||
|37 weeks 5 days ago||Read/Do this...||
Of course that is only if you have a Windows machine.
Otherwise drink more beer....
|37 weeks 6 days ago||Yes I have been to||
Yes I have been to Hiroshima. I lived in Japan for 3 years. Yes it is a site for American tourism - for a damn good reason. Agree with your take on Japanese identity? - no I do not.
The Japanese are odd. They bought our scrap and shot it down our throats. They fanatically fought for their Emperor in WWII without overt provocation from the US. They castrated our dead in dehumanizing fashion. They turned around and worshiped McArthur after the war ended. They assimilated Kaizen from William Edwards Deming. They love Jazz. They emulate western aesthetics but are serious xenophobes.
To say that Hiroshima and Nagasaki do not mean much to them now is weak IMO but not without superficial basis in the putty that is Japanese culture and ipseity. People suffered there and endured. How they express it now is not for a gaigene to comprehend. My father didn't talk about fighting in Okinawa that much but I think he told me more than his Japanese brethren shared with their sons.
To use the material glitz of the recovered Hiroshima skyline juxtposed to the cratered desolation that preceded it to analogize a post RR UM Football world is FUBAR. Making this comparison is misguided.
The French and Indian War brought us Ohio BTW with the creation of military roads that greatly increased the settlement of future Div I talent. It also brought us Cajun and Zydeco music, culture and most importantly food. Louisiana does produce more NFL talent than any other state per capita... I'm just saying.
|38 weeks 9 hours ago||Mandatory triple post fluff...||
Who's that at 46 secs?...
|38 weeks 9 hours ago||Mandatory triple post fluff...|
|38 weeks 10 hours ago||I installed an electric fence||
I installed an electric fence to keep my dog away from my neighbors. Only problem was not one of my neighbors would wear the collars I bought for them.
|38 weeks 2 days ago||No pictures from Hiroshima||
No pictures from Hiroshima please...Football is fun. Hiroshima was not fun. Hiroshima has not recovered... it has endured. Let's not contrast pictures... it won't be and isn't pretty.
This critique is more directed to the OP. I see the style but the points are as over the top as the analogies.
|38 weeks 3 days ago||You have learned much young one...|
|39 weeks 1 day ago||That is not football.||
That is not football.
|39 weeks 1 day ago||That ship has sailed...||
and a mighty fine ship it was. I hear the waters are calm in Arizona.
|39 weeks 3 days ago||This is a diary. You should||
This is a diary. You should download MS Live Writer and cut and paste this in - this would take you all of 10 mins. It should be bumped regardless. Thanks for the read.
|39 weeks 3 days ago||Laquon Treadwell as soon as||
Laquon Treadwell as soon as he commits.
|39 weeks 4 days ago||There can only be one winner||
There can only be one winner in Dallas. If DR puts on a show and BWC shows up then one first place vote would cover that possibility. Go Blue!
|39 weeks 4 days ago||Yeah... nothing to see there...||
|40 weeks 4 days ago||Still waiting for revenge.||
Still waiting for revenge.
|41 weeks 6 days ago||I'm not confused, but I'm||
I'm not confused, but I'm definitely dialed back. Seems like Green is going to take his time. That is so last year. I am a petulant and impatient Michigan fan given the success of this class. This schedule is more realistic for Green or any recruit this or any year.
Michigan's early commits this year are due to Morris' early signing, Michigan's change in scheme and the opportunity that this staff has to offer. I would be happily surprised to have Hoke's classes turn into a Texas situation going forward. I don't think it will though./s
|42 weeks 1 day ago||Ron Simpkins does not approve||
Ron Simpkins does not approve of this post...Charles White thinks it's dandy though...
|42 weeks 1 day ago||Cam Newton didn't do much for Auburn either...||
this is a player by player - team by team call. In general due to physical maturation alone these guys can contribute. Team chemistry is another matter.
|42 weeks 2 days ago||Not BWC gazelle like but he runs pretty well...|
|42 weeks 3 days ago||Where are the parents? Setup||
Where are the parents? Setup for failure. Yeesh.
|42 weeks 5 days ago||Erickson did the right thing||
Erickson did the right thing to accept the summary judgment of the NCAA. To drag this out would give this fringe/insanity more legs than it already has. Franco Harris was lobbying for the statue to stand as is right up to it's removal.
|42 weeks 5 days ago||Some feedback and appreciation||
Focus on the 2 deep for team to team and positional comparisons. Subtract out the walk-ons not on the 2 deep for team, position and developmental comparisons. Lastly development is hindered by position change on defense. If you dig to many years back or even report out current data without regard to the actual coached plan for players you are doing yourself a disservice.
As I'm sure you can attest not all teams report out or play to the same position naming formats. Sometimes this is due to nomenclature but other times it is due to scheme. This is interesting as well and should show in your positional analysis, but you need to pay attention to that. It goes deeper than spread vs. manball or 34 43 DL techniques.
An example - I did a rough comparison of Mich vs. Alabama and ran into issues with their roll down of the safeties and lb play. They have different types of athletes playing different roles. The H back position is another issue on offense as some teams are bought into the Joe Gibbs "H" back idea while others are using different personnel, formations and match ups.
I'm interested in your categorization - which is why I suggest focusing on the 2 deep above.
This analysis leads to a finer appreciation for the game, players and year to year the coaches. Football is tribal. However nothing is secret on the field. If bigger is better then it shows on team rosters and 2 deeps. Since the 70s bigger has been better. However we are at the limilts to the human body at many poisitions. The exceptions are truly worthy of the NFL.
Football isn't Baseball. Coaches want so much beef here and so much there to get it done. Football is like Baseball in that stats aren't shown for so much that is really relevant. What is shown is height, weight and an approximate position. I applaud this anlaysis and look forward to the position breakdown.
|42 weeks 5 days ago||Execution and turnovers are||
Execution and turnovers are more important than any other roster based stat. Motivation and team play are important as well. Alabama is very different at key positions on both sides of the ball. They need to prove they are better before anyone can say it. We need to believe it before we can do it. Beat Alabama.
|42 weeks 6 days ago||Good for her to continue and||
Good for her to continue and to go public on this. Her courage makes the apprehension of this rapist much more likely. She is a role model and leader.
|42 weeks 6 days ago||Bring on the halcyon days of||
Bring on the halcyon days of Cannavino, Sword and Girgash...O'Neal, Simpkins, Boren, Mallory, Irons, Foote. There was time when LB meant leadership. I can't wait for these guys to develop.
|43 weeks 3 days ago||Oops ... link already posted below ...||
nothing to see here...move along... here's the zit picking jpg instead...5:40
|43 weeks 3 days ago||I would assume that was a||
I would assume that was a feint to prevent this from getting out of hand. The fact that it could get out of hand speaks to what still needs to happen there.
|43 weeks 3 days ago||Link PSU to take it down|
|43 weeks 4 days ago||I've tried to start at a spot||
I've tried to start at a spot and stop somewhere else and then loop. Has anyone done this? It doesn't appear possible when I look for tips.
It would really help when people are talking about technique or a specific analysis.
I'm also curious how you do the pop up box video like Brian has done in past UFRs. Though I have never really viewed the source to see the code.
|43 weeks 5 days ago||Well done... best if only||
Well done... best if only laugh yet from this thing.
|43 weeks 5 days ago||Kids first. Everything else||
Kids first. Everything else be damned. What was done by the President, AD, Coach and Defensive Coordinator to kids in the name of Penn State Football makes the prospect of watching that uniform and football played in it repulsive.
What honor is there in playing football there this year? Is that going to help the parents of those kids feel better? (They are not kids anymore for the most part are they.) Will those victims think about the penetration and humiliation in a better light knowing that PSU chose to allow it - with all due entendre.
What are you going to get out of watching PSU this year that the kids and families who suffered here can share? Will it make them better? Could it perhaps in a totally backward way make them worse? What do you want to say to them? We don't need a civil court for this sort of direction or healing.
Kids first. No football. In my mind not for 4 years. All athletes transfer without regard to limits to any school that is not under penalty or they can stay and finish their degree as they so please.
PSU can start again when all ties to the previous coach are broken. There is no way to do that without doing that.
If that statue stays up through Sept 1... I will not watch a down this year of any football. Nor will I log onto this site or follow this game anymore until it is taken down. Whether it is taken down or not I will go to great lengths not watch PSU football at all... for quite a while. Not a huge loss for anyone but I will not do it. I'll spend that time with my family. Football does not mean anything if you can't put kids first.
No more threads about this please. There are good people who will, I hope, at the least, take that statue down and set this right. I can only hope.
|43 weeks 6 days ago||Agree enough statue talk this year||
|43 weeks 6 days ago||I disagree but let's not go||
I disagree but let's not go there...you know... we've been there before. I will be shocked if there is football at PSU this year. Unfortunately shocked means just about what it has always meant...
In other news this animation was tame relative to what most people think is justice for the real three stooges Spanier, Curley and Joe who drove the train wreck morphing this into a football issue as well as a legal one.
I don't know the audience here but the golden footballs was glorious - the cowering kid overshadowed by the Nittany lion (in lieu of Sandusky) disturbing. Both portrayals were unfortunately accurate. Open discourse, justice and time are the only true healers.
|43 weeks 6 days ago||This is Saban's "Jack"||
This is similar to Saban's "Jack" position. The Alabama game is going to bring out all the defensive cards. I wish decks were not as stacked.
|43 weeks 6 days ago||Evolved is a good term.||
Evolved is a good term. Mallet would not have recieved as high a claim by the services in 2012 but I don't have any data to back that up. His arm was better than Morris' at this point but I think the focus of the 5 star ratings has changed. I would be interested in reading a study of that - but there really isn't a consequence in the ratings services being wrong. They are definitely more uniform now than in 2007 (with interesting and sometimes silly exceptions.)
|43 weeks 6 days ago||He's relatively beefy on the||
He's relatively beefy on the team ... but he's absolutely beefy by frame.
Borland is pretty beefy.
Bullough and Higgs are the only above average LBs in Ht/Wt/Frame
|44 weeks 9 hours ago||The rich get richer and the||
The rich get richer and the poor get nothing...mostly due to insider trading. God bless America.
This is a cool idea and well done. I wouldn't mind seeing a list of Bolivian exiles or Karma-ness (what is the dharma of Karma anyway?)
|44 weeks 9 hours ago||Data is good...thanks for this...||
|44 weeks 12 hours ago||It looks like you are going||
It looks like you are going to do the guys behind these guys later but Demens is significantly more beef relative to the rest of the candidates at MLB. He is poised for a big delta this year with his experience, though LB intermeshes vertically with NT and the loss of Martin won't help him.
Q intermeshes with NT as well. I'm curious as to what percentage he plays, where he lines up and how quick he can be. He's been shuffled like BWC and could be a good story in the middle. Ash is behind BWC because his talents are best suited for NT but where and how the DL played in the spring is going to change in the fall when development takes a back seat to getting it done.
The need for freshmen help is alarming on the line. I'm glad we have coaches who know what they are doing.
|44 weeks 3 days ago||It's not over until it's||
It's not over until it's over. The PSU community has far from swallowed the ugliness of this scandal. Honestly that stadium needs to go idle if not to rubble. Football just isn't anywhere near as important as the movers and shakers in this scandal took it. USC is suffering? PSU is well into recovery mode football wise. This needs to be reset.
Do the right thing by the victims past and future of child abuse. This is a teachable moment.
I wouldn't want Michigan football to exist if it meant raping one child. I think MSC understands that. PSU allowed multiple kids to be raped and the consequence is what? Football doesn't mean this to me. Football doesn't mean this period. That the new leadership at PSU doesn't get that makes me sick. It's time for a safety stand down.
|44 weeks 3 days ago||Would that BWC didn't serve||
Would that BWC didn't serve on PAT duty his freshman year and instead rep'd NT continuously to this season. Regardless he would still be in the same position of need. He certainly couldn't ask for a better opportunity to make money than 2012.
It's never to late for a Nebraska take down.
|44 weeks 3 days ago||Thank goodness PSU is looking||
Thank goodness PSU is looking after the welfare of blameless kids. (/capital S) This argument has no merit.
|44 weeks 3 days ago||It's not about the money at||
It's not about the money. Leave that to the lawyers. This is about doing the right thing.
|44 weeks 3 days ago||This has everything to do||
This has everything to do with football. The coverup was done because of football.
|44 weeks 3 days ago||It's not about punishing the||
It's not about punishing the right people or forcing payment where due - it's about resetting the priorities of a system gone whacko. I don't get the lack of action here. It seems very straight forward. 3-4 years of no football at PSU is better like it. What happened there is sick.
The athletes can transfer and play immediately wherever they want without regard to scholarship limits at any school that is not currently under punitive restriction: The PSU - no child left behind limit exception.
Most games missed could be made up in season (there is likely some idleness due to bye weeks) or soon after due to the exception that this truly is.
Make it so. Somebody needs to step up here...PSU, the B1G, the NCAA - the teams who scheduled PSU. There isn't any doubt as to what happened at this point.
|44 weeks 3 days ago||Thanks Wolfman...Let's not||
Thanks Wolfman...Let's not forget that it is incumbent on any champion to prove it's caliber every year. If the SEC is better then they need to prove that on the field. It's possible they aren't this year. A well-coached enthusiastic team beats a poorly coached and/or sloppy team every time. I don't want to start a battle but if we didn't square Denard to our round offense, I'd peg Michigan in this game by a touchdown or more. But that is water long under the bridge.
Talking to an SEC fan or advocate about over signing is like talking to a Barclay’s executive about gaming the LIBOR. They just don't get it. They think they are doing these kids a service. The ones who succeed are being served. The marginal ones are not. McNutt over signed quite a few guys but those teams aren't the stuff of legend.
I pulled the attrition rates and walk-on numbers for the B1G, SEC, Pac12 and Big12 to look at personnel management. I have a diary in mind there but it's fraught with more categorical issues than the positional analysis here. The problem is the data isn't privy to the choices made by these athletes, coaches or the academic institutions. Most all of the issues have been brought up before in other posts or articles. In the end it is probably too much work for too little gain.
Over signing is not as large an issue now that the SEC rolled back their allowed signees to 28 in 2009, but over signing is still an issue if you have 18 to give and then sign 23. Telling who has what to give is not easy when you don't follow the team like you do your own. Alabama is still benefiting in granted redshirts, grayshirts and deferred athletes who have comeback as JUCOs. Several blogs and media-ites have deconstructed that class individually. The effect of all the large classes together 2008 to 2012 has produced the balance that is Alabama 2012. Michigan suffered a few lackluster classes but has otherwise signed just about as many kids on the good years.
The biggest difference in the rosters is in the JUCO policy. Michigan would do well to establish a transferable kinesthesiology curriculum at Grand Rapids CC. I looked at that awhile back and I don't think there is a possible path for an athlete to follow there to get into Michigan. If we are going to take a JUCO he pretty much has to figure out his path on his own evidently. Certainly Michigan is not signing guys and "placing" them which is standard practice in the SEC (I think Nebraska has done this as well.)
The opportunities at other top 40 programs will become more apparent as the information that the recruits have going into the process becomes more apparent to the recruits and their families. Opportunity, coaching and facilities will make the difference to these athletes in the long run IMO.
|44 weeks 4 days ago||Boedecker 2009 Pinot - Yum||
|44 weeks 5 days ago||I spent some time with that table... thanks for the link...||
Here is the subset of that data without wins (for which I don't see a correlation.)
Michigan is more local now comparably
Alabama less - though still more than Michigan
By wins from that table...
Proximity to recruiting hotbeds is the most significant take home I'm seeing here. West coast teams are reaching east, southern and midwestern teams are staying home.
Demographic changes favor southern teams if proximity remains king. This article on ESPN by Paula Lavigne talks a bit about that. Ohio is stil a hot bed regardless. I'm not sure how seriously I take that though. Football is changing pretty fast with recruits getting contacted earlier and with data being available at the touch of a mouse.
USC is certainly pulling from across the country as does Oregon (though I haven't looked at that closely.) In defense of Hoke he's just missed on long distance guys up to this point.
I strongly feel the largest factor for success in CFB is player/team dedication and good coaching. When Zettel went to PSU because he felt it would give him a better path to the league that was disheartening (I'm sure there was more to it than just that.) I think more of the top notch guys southern or not are going to start looking at coaches and facilities farther from home.
Fluker plays and projects to RT IIRC but both OTs are NFLers for the Tide this year. And I think Lewan is better than either one.
|44 weeks 6 days ago||Thanks for the insight RollDamnTide...||
I mean WDE...
|46 weeks 3 days ago||These are the 16 I am counting as on the roster from 2009 class||
for Alabama...I'm not going to get near the actual count given the vagaries of CFB (this isn't clear at any school.)
This puts the attrition from this class at 10. Do you know who I'm missing or if one the guys below is no longer with the team?
Air Force is an even greater challenge IMO.
If IIRC each team needs to summarize their 85 scholarship guys twice a year for the NCAA. I've done a little research on that but it's pretty dry material vs. actual comparisons of the two teams - which is what I'm really after.
|46 weeks 3 days ago||Thanks - good read.||
Thanks - good read.
|46 weeks 4 days ago||If you haven't read Ramzy's||
Link please - not coming up on google.
|46 weeks 4 days ago||This is not my issue or my||
This is not my issue or my thesis here... but I will address this because it's an issue in pt. 3. Thanks again for the get back. I look forward to pachyderms on MGoBlog. In many ways the Tide is showing Michigan how to get it done.
|46 weeks 4 days ago||P33 - good catch on Foster.||
P33 - good catch on Foster. He is counted in this diary and the original diary as a scholarship kicker and a 3 star to Rivals - though as second string to walk-on Shelley. I do count him as one of the 86 I show on scholarship. I will go back over the list and ferret out the scholarship count in pt. 3 and link my data table as well when I come back to this. Telling who is on schollie or not is not easy when schools are not obliged to tell you. I take no data from oversigning.com nor have I vetted their data.
This diary is not a treatise on math versus football. It's a straight comparison of the public rosters, rivals and depth charts as posted in pt. 1. The charts can be helpful in this comparison and as stated in pt.1 are no substitute for real football. The comparison to this point shows that Alabama is better pretty much in all ways to this point. Certainly I'm not trying to prove Michigan better with these numbers. I have other numbers that do that.
Rivals numbers do mean something. Something does not equal nothing.
This is a good post - though by no means the only one that shows this.
This is a diary. It comes from a random guy on the internet...just like you...take it for what it is - not a summary of the Michigan fanbase or even the readers of this blog.
Signing more than your program can accomodate is oversigning. Alabama has done it (along with most of the SEC.) Saban has moved kids out as better talent becomes available. He's not fessed to it. Good for you if you are into that. Michigan has not had that luxury nor do they move kids like Alabama does. We've had our fair share of attrition. Under Hoke we have offered a grayshirt and previous scholarship athletes have not been invited to fall camp. We don't offer kids who can't be admitted. We don't take JUCO players (at anywhere near the rate at least) as the Tide. The way the teams have managed their rosters is different. It shows when you look at the roster data.
This is a comparison not a statement of superiority. Alabama vs. Michigan - so far... as I am seeing it... is more apples to oranges than mano e mano (though mano e mano it will ultimately be.) The really good stuff is going to see how Michigan schemes around the difficiences in this comparison - because they are real... Fluker is about 100 lbs heavier than Black or Roh were last year - and it's not bad weight on DJ.
I like your comments for the insight but don't go dissing the stats. I mis-spoke on Foster in my comment above but not in the diary. I will re-hash the scholarship numbers in pt. 3. Stats can lie but they are not doing so here.
|46 weeks 4 days ago||This is not OT and that is||
This is not OT and that is the point.
The group think that allowed this to happen needs to be addressed and vilified just as much as the individuals need to face the consequences of their action.
This sort of abuse runs deep in our culture and in many others. We need to face up to it and not separate ourselves from it.
That said we should sow salt in the earth of Beaver Stadium and in a torts sense all of Happy Valley. If this had been Michigan I would not argue otherwise. If PSU stays in the B1G - let's take 5 years of no football on that campus. It's just too disturbing to carry on like nothing happened.
Villains or not, PSU hasn't begun to heal here. It's just the beginning. I don't think it would be preemptive to cancel football there (I don't get the reluctance to do this.)
|46 weeks 5 days ago||Saban not Sanan...can't fix||
Saban not Sanan...can't fix that on my phone.
|46 weeks 5 days ago||If the kickers are on||
If the kickers are on scholarship then there is a numbers issue going into fall camp. The Tide is already one over not counting kickers (who were not listed on Rivals though Michigan's are??? ) I suspect some players are not going to be able to grasp Sanan's concepts between now and August.
|46 weeks 5 days ago||EE = Electrical Engineers.||
EE = Electrical Engineers. Bama is going to kill us on the nerd front.
|46 weeks 6 days ago||This is nothing when compared||
This is nothing when compared to Soccer outside the US. The info available doesn't help. This will level out though at some point I would hope. Please no genetic testing in sports.
|46 weeks 6 days ago||Nice. Coaching is a large||
Coaching is a large part of the success equation at Michigan this year and every year. Mattison is much less likely to drop BWC into coverage where last year Martin could and did. Moving Roh to SDE with Brink/Heitzman/Wormley/Strobel behind him isn't going to be fun. These guys are going to have to follow the plan and live up to the hype to make improvement over last year. The schedule is many times harder this year.
I like the trends...Mattison has his work cut out for him.
|46 weeks 6 days ago||I simplified the contingency||
I simplified the contingency tables to ease the pain. I'll try to add more objective and subjective analysis in pt. 3. It really comes down to time. The data is easy...what it means is hard to say. I’m here for the gang bang.
This is good feedback. I hear you.
|46 weeks 6 days ago||Have some π...||
My apologies...it was either the whole enchilada or just not post it. You shouldn't see the stuff I'm not posting. I'll spare you.
|47 weeks 13 hours ago||Bama doesn't red shirt their||
Bama doesn't red shirt their walk-ons which makes that table (taken from spring rosters) a bit misleading. That is why I broke out walk-ons - it makes that table work. Michigan's take on walk-ons is changing a bit under Hoke but is drastically different than Saban's. Bama did use Walk-on kickers (didn't that bite them in the "first" NC game last year?)
Bama is a deadly serious Football first school under Saban. They are better at red shirting. I would like to see their special teams depth charts - which is where most good modest sized freshman go to burn their shirts. That data is not on the inter tubes. Bama's serious attitude shows in the roster management. In some ways Michigan is adjusting to that sucess (or returning to it) but I think we will never really go to where the Tide is now... at least not that extreme. We are just different.
|47 weeks 21 hours ago||Justin Taylor from the 2012 class...there are others...||
No one is crying a river here. Just acknowledging the pachyderms in the room or signed and "placed" or... yes ... pushed out for medical scholarship at a rate 12 times that of other schools.
It's not in anyone's interest to bad mouth a school when you are trying to get scholarships from other schools who might be interested.
Thanks for the comment. I don't really know the particulars of Alabama's 2008 class. I'm really just trying to look at the roster - but I have more to say on this - just by looking at the roster data alone.
|47 weeks 5 days ago||BG - I'm in a tent with my||
BG - I'm in a tent with my family getting pelted by what sounds like hail. Extended cell phone somehow reaches here...but alas my number crunching desktop does not. It's not as interesting wrt to the 2008 diaspora as OS. Com makes it out IMO but I have some data to show. As you would expect the better / bigger talent didn't get hurt but the exception is this RS So who apparently took one for the team.
|48 weeks 2 days ago||Use thine own judgment...||
MS TSS finished it for me. Must sleep.
Seth... I screwed the pooch fixing a data error. Is there a better way to fix stuff in Live Writer than re-publishing (it apparently re-sets the posted date?)
I tried to edit from my phone first and that was my first mistake.
Any advice would be appreciated. Live Writer makes it so easy otherwise.
|48 weeks 3 days ago||All 40 times come from Rivals||
All 40 times come from Rivals so Darboh and Chesson's are just as specious as the others. 40s are missing for half the linemen on Rivals. Jesse Williams runs pretty well from film.
If anything the tipping point is Cyrus Kouandjio on Roh and Black regardless of their speed. They are going to come at our DL. This puts a ton of pressure on BWC to step up. Demens is not going to do well if BWC doesn't.
|48 weeks 4 days ago||40 times are sparse and fakey||
40 times are sparse and fakey in the Rivals DB (BMI is pretty fakey as well - I only do it because it's complete and easy. This diary isn't a referendum on BMI but the only correlate it might have to WR is for possession receivers in my mind. I don't think correlation of BMI to 40 or other numbers work other than height, weight and position wrt performance is warranted.)
Here's a quick look at Rivals 40 times...it doesn't mean much... but I do think their DBs and LBs are faster and our QB (duh!) and OL are faster. I'd rather have speed at DB than OL. 40 times have a history. I'd rather have squat, bench and cone drill numbers for OL. Some of that is available but again it's too sparse and fakey to put much time into.
|48 weeks 4 days ago||It's a roster move. Someone||
It's a roster move. Someone else is going to run the routes and do the work this summer. He's part coaching part wheeling and dealing these kids. Once on scholarship this sort of power game for such a minor infraction is classless.
I prefer the Hoke way administered through the graces of Wellman and 45 lb plates in AM workouts.
|49 weeks 1 day ago||The lucky guy may be the one||
The lucky guy may be the one who RSs. The overall playing time across his career is going to be larger for that guy. Devin will take the marginal snaps at WR this year IMO - which means nothing.
|49 weeks 1 day ago||Not to sub-sub thread - but||
Not to sub-sub thread - but which guy do you think is going to be more impactful in 2012 Darboh or Chesson? Or do I have to wait for your countdown.
Eddins is undersold in that coutdown BTW in my opinion - but we will see about that on the field. He's had the college workouts and training. It's highly dependent on how fit/ready Williams comes in.
|49 weeks 1 day ago||Why not Darboh? I don't||
Why not Darboh? I don't think both will see the field (that would be wasteful - but the need is there.) I haven't seen too much film on either but I'm curious if you know something wrt Chesson and Darboh. They both have similar speed and cred.
|49 weeks 2 days ago||Know thy grammar nazi...||
Know thy grammar nazi...give to him not thine excrement.
|49 weeks 3 days ago||Jimmy and Joes not Xs and Os||
My first take on Brown's "Book" was not good, if only because it's a compilation of his previous work from his website. Posts don't add up to a book. Several of the posts/chapters could have been slightly or greatly reworked to contemporize the themes and material. Older chapters end with a one to two sentence rundown of what took place since that work was posted with no update to content. The chapter on Borges was written prior to 2011 - there is no effort to read in the the importance of Fitz' impact in the coming year or the denouement of DR's interception rate learnings from 2011.
Anyone can tag together the W/L records of the last five years and glorify the coaches and strategies of the Ws vs. those of the Ls. Saban coached at MSU and was beatable. Brown himself admits in every interview for this book that Bama just pummels people with talent.
That all said... great post. Pattern reading is a big deal. Coverage becomes 1 on 1 in the base defense that Brown discusses when the pattern read is executed. That can be used against the D as well. WR matchups are a concern. DG as a WR makes sense to me in this game at least if only because he's so talented. DR needs to not telegraph his throws. That is going to do no favors for our guys downfield.
Outside zone is not going away this year.
The over signing issue and rebuilding on the Michigan side can't be overstated. We are still in the limelight (hopefully twilight) of that period. Our first team can match up, but the depth is not there. We could have 9+ freshmen in the 3 deep rotation. But it's 11 on 11 so execution is key. I'm hoping the exchange between Barnum and DR is solid come game time. After that it's the matchups that concern me more than the strategies.
Getting Michigan in position for victory here is a challenge. The margins for success are challenging. Fortunately the players who are going to have to step up are mostly seniors for Michigan. The most important of which is DR and dare I say BWC. No more injuries please (I was sorry to read about Poole - I hope that resolves soon and well.)
|49 weeks 6 days ago||There's nothing this guy||
There's nothing this guy doesn't do right...it's just crazy.
|50 weeks 20 min ago||Laremy Tunsil||
LT... hmmm... Laremy Tunsil ?!!!!
|50 weeks 42 min ago||OMG -||
OMG - nevermind... http://mgoblog.com/content/hello-scott-sypniewski
|50 weeks 12 hours ago||BFD - this is good for the||
BFD - this is good for the kids’ self-esteem -not so good for their skill development. The Opening, Sparq training, elite camps ... this is more the ground work for the future commercialization of these athletes.
Has any coach endorsed this "training"? No. It's money. Connections will be made. Business is what business does. This isn't the only example of this but Nike is perhaps the most affluent. If that makes this a BFD then BFD.
I support these athletes. I'm happy for Jake. The Opening... I don't think it means much in the end. The sleds weigh about the same throughout the country. Give me some football... not Combine Jr.
That said ... I might go and check it out (not that there is much for the public) if I can get out of lawn care duties. Life is full of hypocrisy.
|50 weeks 2 days ago||Hoke can't recruit long||
Hoke can't recruit long snappers. It's so frustrating.