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|2 years 4 weeks ago||The Jim Harbaugh obsession is amazing...||
He's obviously a great coach but let's just say, and I don't necessarily blame him for this, a "volatile situation" is created wherever he goes. Why would it be any different at Michigan? What's been his longest stay at any head coaching job? Four years? How long would he be at Michigan before he pisses everyone off? Again, I'm not blaming him for this, but his intensity, his best quality and the reason he wins, wears on people. He doesn't care if you like him or not, and he won't give the warm and fuzzy press conferences fans here seem to need.
Has he said he even wants to coach college football again? And what happens in three years when the Colts or the Bears or whoever offers him their "head coaching and GM" job? Everything about him suggests he goes for the new challenge. People have some knight-in-shining-armor fantasy for this guy, like if we only get Harbaugh we've solved our football problems forever, but there's nothing to suggest that's the case.
|2 years 4 weeks ago||What's clear about it?||
A quick look at the rosters of Ohio St, Michigan State, Notre Dame, Minnesota, Rutgers, Iowa, and Northwestern shows that, on offense at least, we're a lot younger than all of them. The only team with comparable player experience on offense is, not suprisingly, Penn State, the one good team we were able to handle.
So how is it so clear that coaching, and not player experience, is the problem?
|2 years 5 weeks ago||I definitely hope they keep him...||
because another transition would be a drag. And what about when the new guy doesn't win fast enough? Fire him too? Learn to stick with a decision. Hoke's guys are still freshman and sophomores, and the defense is already pretty good. The offense will get sorted out.
|2 years 9 weeks ago||Agreed.||
The "fan base" is far and away the ugliest and most discouraging thing about the last few years of UM football.
|2 years 9 weeks ago||Agree. I think Hoke is great||
and people need to be patient. He's bringing in a bunch of good players, and it'll take a little time. He's only into his fourth year. That's not very long to build up a football program. He's a good man and he does things the right way. That's what matters the most at Michigan.
|2 years 10 weeks ago||Can moderators check...||
...some of the bs people are posting? This is character assassination by people who saw it on TV, and who contribute nothing to reasoned discussion. Not being actually there, or talking to the parties involved, or knowing the first thing about sports, or having anything to do with it at all, grasping at straws to bolster a preconceived position. There's no basis in evidence or reasonable inference, and these "arguments" wouldn't pass essay writing 101. You people hold UM football to a high standard of play, but hold yourselves to no standard at all. I propose the blog holds itself to the same high standard of reason and argument they want to hold UM to in football. If they can't do that, they should shut up.
|2 years 10 weeks ago||People are just making things up...||
Every time a guy gets hit now it's the coaches "disregard for player safety"? It's football. You get hit every play. DG got hit at the end of the ND game because he wasn't paying attention. Watch the gif. How is THAT Hoke's fault? And pulling starters in a losing game is NOT the norm. Obviously, they need the reps. And how is any of this due to "Brandon's meddling"?
|2 years 10 weeks ago||Exactly||
Which shows this is much more about the lunatic fans and the community. It has nothing to do with Brady Hoke or even football. Hoke is just another good guy getting railroaded because people are nasty and look for any excuse to nail somebody decent. You people don't deserve a good team, and you're not going to get one.
|2 years 10 weeks ago||This is a ridiculous comment||
Yeah, get the PRESIDENT too. Who else? Why stop with two or three? Maybe you have a neighbor you don't like...
|2 years 10 weeks ago||This is a witch hunt||
Hoke has no history of compromising of player safety, at least not that I've heard of. One thing happens where he obviously didn't realize, since he's actually working, unlike viewers, and assumed others had immediate charge of such things. It's not like he put Morris out there for competitive advantage. You hypocrites watch guys destroy their bodies every weekend for your entertainment, but work up some self-righteous fury when it's convenient just to attack a coach you don't like.
|2 years 10 weeks ago||People aren't patient enough||
Nobody expected great things from what is still a young roster, and it's only been a few games anyway. See if there is continued improvement through the main part of the schedule. Iowa, PSU, MSU, that will tell if the trend is positive or negative. RR got fired not because of losses but because the trend on D didn't look good. If we see something similar this year then contemplating a change might be justified. The main thing for the long term is line play, the running game, and defense, and all that's been noticeably better. If the D was getting destroyed, or the offense was getting continually stuffed, that would be something else, but that's not happening. Hoke is bringing in talent and that will pay off. There are no saviors out there. Changing coaches would just set us back.
|2 years 12 weeks ago||The team deserves total support.||
They are coming along. The line is looking better on both sides. We've got some good skill guys and the recruiting is going very well. The coaching is fine. Hoke has beaten Notre Dame a couple times with what seemed to me inferior teams, so I'm not sure where the "can't win the big game" gripe is coming from. His first year proved he can do it. Excellent assistants. Good spirit on the team. Hoke's a good guy worthy of the job.
|2 years 49 weeks ago||How can people advocate so casually...||
...for other people, some with families, to lose their jobs and livelihood? Shouldn't we think of our fellow citizens in a more generous spirit?
|2 years 49 weeks ago||People are overreacting||
I don't see how people can say these aren't good coaches. They all have track records. They didn't just suddenly forget how to coach. Mattison can run the Baltimore Ravens defense but suddenly has forgotten how to "prepare" a college defense? They're more than capable of running a big ten program. Think bigger than one season or a few games.
The thing that's strange about watching them now, is almost every player we're relying on is young. Interior line, backs, tight ends. Even the defense. We usually have some superstars and a lot of veterans on defense and these guys are not established yet. When this group are juniors and seniors they'll be really good.
|4 years 29 weeks ago||The Rose Bowl is great||
and the old system was better, which wasn't really a system, but had a kind of logic. The different conferences had their bowls, the matchups were usually excellent, yes, in sunny spots, which matters in January, and sometimes you got an undisputed national champion and sometimes you didn't. What's the problem that this is solving?
The circus around this issue is indicative of the funny-if-it-wasn't-so-pathetic national capacity to get a.) exercised over trivia and b.) to delude itself that some new supremely logical system will solve everything, and c.) to use any excuse to maintain a continuously hyper-contentious environment.. It's like a bunch of puppies with new teeth tearing at anything that comes along. It's ironic that fans of a team that has an inside track on this excellent game are as eager as anyone to rip it down, for the occasional opportunity Michigan might have to play for a national championship.
|4 years 30 weeks ago||Playoffs and the NC obsession are a sop||
to people who need to have life spelled out in a-b-c, 1-2-3 fashion. No technique or system can accurately capture any worldly thing, and no perfect, crystalline result is possible. We're deluded to think we can put that fine a point on it, and why should we want to? All we get is contentious hand-wringing every year. The BCS was a hilarious example of this techno "who's number one?" obsession. The old bowls-plus-voting was perfectly adequate for the nature of the activity, i.e. a game. Who exactly is number one given the infinite factors involved (schedule, conference, recruiting rules, academic standards, campus env't, etc.) is impossible to determine.
Michigan has this great stadium and a bunch of great opponents and the game against the Pac 10. It's never been better. Why rely on some NC to give your program legitimacy? People should enjoy the subtler aspects of it, rather than worry over abstractions like the NC. Go undefeated, and then worry about the NC. It shows a lack of confidence in Michigan to forget its unique qualities and history in favor of this compulsion to nationalize at all costs. The NC, as an actual system rather than just a vote, minimizes the importance of each school's character and tradition. Tradition matters. Using a ball, white lines on the field, four downs, are also traditions. Throw out tradition and the activity disappears altogether.