The nutty Michigan coverage isn't so much about Harbaugh as it is a signal to the Big Ten that Fox wants to party.
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|6 hours 56 min ago||It does work. I watched it||
It does work. I watched it work to win a superb owl after the miners had just run all over 3 teams. I can't tell you why other coaches dont do it but the Ravens defensive players are very upfront about their strategy. If you leave them unblocked and the qb makes himself a potential runner you hit him every time.
|9 hours 38 min ago||I hated the play calls on 3rd||
I hated the play calls on 3rd and 4th and 1. The zone read is really not as difficutl to stop as everyone makes it out to be. Just hit the damn quarterback every time. Not a single coach in the country wants their start QB getting 20 times a game. Tell the unblocked end to hit the QB every time and go 10 on 10 with the oline and running back. If they average more than 4 yards a carry doing that they were going to beat you anyways because that means their oline is dominating your dline and linebackers. All of these ofensive sets are working because they also are really simplifying the game for the offense. Do the same thing for the defense and eliminate the hesitation that comes with making a decision. Just destroy the QB. The ravens do it in the NFL and they haven't had a zone read team go off on them offensively.
|10 hours 54 min ago||Also I'm guessing the UFR's||
Also I'm guessing the UFR's are going to be real tough on the LB's. A lot of missed arm tackles, they looked unimpressive dropping in zones and were getting torched like they had never seen a zone read before.
|10 hours 57 min ago||Yeah he got beat like a drumb||
Yeah he got beat like a drumb in the passing game, though the pass interference was pretty weak.
|14 hours 49 min ago||Obviously the most||
Obviously the most dissapointng aspect last night was Rudock. They had 10 guys in the box and our WR's did get open deep and he just missed them, generally without pressure in his face. He also got happy feet a couple times and bailed out of a perfectly sound pocket. Deveon Smith got good yards after contact but has never seen a cut back he likes and that is a problem.
The thing I was most dissapointed with on the defensive was the handling of the read option, both by the players and coaches. We were totally unprepared for it going into the game and never really adjusted either. I'm a big fan of what the Ravens do to stop it. Hit the QB every time. You take away the reading part and have the unblocked guy hit the QB every time. Trust your defense to not give up more than 3 yards 10 on 10 and eliminate the threat of the QB running. Just look at the TD run, the whole defense was flowing to the running back, if it had been a hand off would probably have been a 4 yard gain and a DE can generally take a QB on flat feet shuffling horizontally. If they just attack.
|2 days 9 hours ago||Man overall this is great but||
Man overall this is great but you really loved some Norfleet. Seems like a good guy but he had 21 total receptions on offense in 3 years for 157 yards. He might have been under utilized and Grant Perry might be a freshman but I don't think its a great sign for this offense if the starting slot receiver ends the year with 15 catches for 111 yards.
|2 days 11 hours ago||I mean the first ever night||
I mean the first ever night game was also a terrible game of football but that doesn't mean it wasn't my favorite experience in the big house as a student.
|2 days 12 hours ago||Glad I'm not the only one||
Glad I'm not the only one thinking people are really overrating Utah. 5-2 in one possession games with losses of key playmakers screams regression to me.
|2 days 13 hours ago||Why do people think Utah is||
Why do people think Utah is good or that Rice-Eccles is a difficult place to play? Utah was literally middle of the road average at everything last year and went 5-2 in one possession games and I think they look worse this year than last year. Sure they will be bringing back a good pass rushing defensive line but they are bringing back 19 sacks, Nate Orchard had 18 on his own, that will be a huge buzzkill to their line and they were mediocre against the run last year because they focused so much on the pass rush. Their cornerbacks weren't good last year and couldn't take advantage of an amazing pass rush and they lost all of those guys and are replacing them with complete question mark. On the offensive side you are taking a team that scored all of 1 touchdown against us last year and removing all of their WR's. Not to mention this is a team that played better on the road than it did at home last year.
Maybe I'll be eating my words on friday but Utah looks to me of having a ceileing of exceedingly average this year. If we can't beat an average team on the road than this team is probably going something like 7-5 with losses to Minnesota and Penn State included.
I'm guessing 8-4 but lean more towards 9-3 than 7-5, mostly because I don't actually think Minnesota or Penn State will be good so we will win at least one of those if not both and clearly from the above post think we are overrating Utah.
|3 days 7 hours ago||28-17 Michigan wins. Going||
28-17 Michigan wins. Going on the record here, I don't think Utah will be a good team this year and this win will look worse as the year goes on but will still be an awesome confidence boosting way to start the year.
|3 days 11 hours ago||Why will you be in the middle||
Why will you be in the middle of a road trip on a Thursday night at 8:30. Just stop for the night.
|6 days 5 hours ago||I just had sever ptsd||
I just had sever ptsd watching that play calling inside the 10.
|1 week 1 day ago||All of the feels man.||
All of the feels man. Thanks.
|1 week 2 days ago||Insidemdsports probably has a||
|1 week 2 days ago||Insidemdsports probably has a||
I guess I'll use this triple post to say thanks for doing the draftegeddon even if nobody does care who the 5th best safety in the big ten is..
|1 week 3 days ago||I'm not buying Penn state||
I'm not buying Penn state until they are actually good. Franklin was a terrible oc while at Maryland and while he did OK at Vanderbilt he never actually made the jump to beating a good team.
I think their ol being terrible masked Franklin being a bad play caller/coach and that will be more evident this year. He is closer to hoke on developing guys than dantanio.
|1 week 3 days ago||Insidemdsports probably has a||
Insidemdsports probably has a more active community than here. Just as a heads up if you are looking for a Maryland fan community.
|1 week 4 days ago||I'm hoping Rudock will be||
I'm hoping Rudock will be good but those highlights show a really average player. I put some of the for blame the first interception on him. Sure it was going to a big loss but just throwing the ball like that there is a really bad idea.
He just is what he is and hopefully the defense and rest of the team is good enough to make that work but the only reason Iowa won that game was because Michigan had a pathetic offense and Mark Wiseman and co. eventually wore the defense down, not Rudock.
|1 week 5 days ago||Seattle Washignton is nearly||
Seattle Washignton is nearly an 18 hour drive from LA. We didn't lose that game because of travel. Bo failed in the rose bowls, no real way around it.
|1 week 6 days ago||Jay may wind up working out||
Jay may wind up working out but it was still a terrible hire. He has zero experience as a te coach, didn't play te and likely is mostly learning how to coach te this year rather than actually doing it. If Harbuagh isn't his dad he isn't coaching at Michigan at his age based on his resume and that is not a knock on him at all but we all know exactly why he got the job and it wasn't because of a proven ability coaching up te's or recruiting successfully.
So knocking a guy for going to FSU because of how great Harbuagh was in the past at using TE's doesn't make a ton of sense.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||This is so simplistic and the||
This is so simplistic and the fact that it has upvotes makes me sad about the lack of crtitical thinking and logic. People are responding to this post like I want to ban football, I don't, turning away from the game would be a personal choice and I don't see the players as slaves, though I do think college athletes should be paid, thats just a different issue.
If someone gets hurt building a house it is an accident, not a basic reality of every single action that goes into building a house. Same with driving a car, it comes with risks but the risks are a result of an accident, not a guarantee every time I get in a car that there will be a crash. That is Borlands point that I wanted to see discussion on. Football is pure violence, every play, that is the base of the game, injuries aren't an accident they are a guarenteed byproduct. Long term head injuries from more minor impacts, which we are just starting to understand, will occur from every play.
Not to mention a house is necessary for me to lead a happy and healthy life, a car is necessary for me to get to work, there is a risk reward balance that I make in those decisions. I don't like how little we pay people who work on a farm but I still need to eat fruits and vegetables to live and don't have a plot of land to grow my own. For me as a spectator, football is just entertainment, there is no need for it, if something else actually important in my life happens I skip it. So the reward of being entertained may not be worth supporting what is inherintly a gladiator sport. It is a personal choice but I think one all fans should consider, that is what I am trying to convey.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||People aren't suprised by the||
People aren't suprised by the immediate health problems, it the long term brain damage that people were not aware of.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||God this is stupid. Nothing||
God this is stupid. Nothing about singing or acting or dancing is causing an overdose, drugs do and while entertainers do drugs correlation is not cuasation. Brain trauma from direct contact to the head repeatedly over a decade or more is directly related to playing football. Fame might be a contributing cause to someone using drugs but it is not a direct action, just completely different things and you know that. But being snarky and stupid is more fun than making a reasoned response.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||As long as everyone who is||
As long as everyone who is saying nobody is making anyone play is also cool with things like prostitution being legal then I don't disagree. If you actually read the article Borland never says anything about telling anybody to not play. He wants the NFL to stop covering things up and wants there to be an honest discussion about the reality of the sport but he doesn't advocate banning it. I just think it is a discussion worth having.
If people want to play and watch football that is fine, I'm not trying to ban it either but people talk about the NFL in the US the most because it is the biggest sport, that isn't that hard to figure out. Boxing has mostly died as a sport, MMA is mostly a niche sport that is still only on PPV. The NFL makes 10 billion dollars a year, and thousands of young kids with still developing brains play it every day. Slightly different.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||http://espn.go.com/nfl/story/||
Sorry forgot to include link
|2 weeks 1 day ago||pre-season polls actually||
pre-season polls actually tend to be really accurate as a whole. Obviously there are individual outlier teams every year but as whole they tend to be pretty accurate.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||Yeah I'm sure Brandon and||
Yeah I'm sure Brandon and Hoke would be gone if this team beat Baylor in a new years day bowl last year or had won the big ten championship two years ago. The difference between the way msu and we handled it is that our football team was losing their basketball team was winning.
I'm not saying any msu fan gloating over this is stupid, I'm saying us trying to downplay this like we are any different from the vast majority of other schools is stupid as well.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||We currently have a player on||
We currently have a player on our team who is starting ol not missing any games after violating probation on a dui arrest and a high up staffer not being suspended or fired for his DUI. Taylor Lewan also threatened a sexual assualt survivor with no repucussions from the football team. Glass houses and all. Sometimes members of an organization do bad things, you don't judge the organization by that, you judge it by how it reacts and unfortunately Michigan tends to react like every big time program and not do much at all.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||The guy didn't say Ypsi||
The guy didn't say Ypsi sucked, he said it is where the less affluent who work around the area live which is also exactly what you said. And by seperating out the two rather than comparing the two places like happens in other cities moves Ann Arbor artificially up the rankings. It would be like cutting Cambridge out from the Boston metropolitan area or Palo Alto from San jose metropolitan area. So either Ann Arbor should be compared to those places in this ranking, or the data of ypsilanti should be combined with Ann Arbor to give a more accurate representation of the area. That isn't a knock on Ypsi, just a reality of housing segregation both based on race and economy.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||My point is that it is a||
My point is that it is a stupid comparison. What is your cutoff for how small a pplace can be before you stop comparing it to other metropolitan areas. You might not think of Boston as an educated city but if your cutoff for size is 50,000 people Brookline, Massachusets has the most phds per capita,Davis California is next followed by Palo Alto cambridge and Bethesda Maryland as the top 5. Ann Arbor is number six on this list. So two places you consider to be not as educated as Ann Arbor have towns within their metropolitan areas that are actually more densely educated than AA, Boston actually has two of them.
You don't just get to cut it off at whatever the size of Ann Arbor is. Ann Arbor isn't a city, it is really great college town but comparing it to actual cities is stupid. A town of 10 people with 7 phds and one office that employs all of them would technically be the highest density of educated people but comparing that to Ann Arbor would be dumb as well. Comparing like to like in situations like these is the only correct way to do it and comparing a town with 100k people to a city with over 600k is just as stupid as comparing a town of 50 people to Ann Arbor.