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|20 hours 54 min ago||Looks like Chatman will be||
Looks like Chatman will be our "Irvin" of next year and then Donnal probably takes over the Horford role. Doyle looks very interesting to me because it appears he is a big man with actual post moves, which nowadays seems to be a dying breed. That said I hope he redshirts next year, guess it will depend on McGary's return.
|22 hours 14 min ago||No. There are 2 awards -||
No. There are 2 awards - media and coaches. Miles won the coaches award, Coach B won the media award.
|22 hours 22 min ago||We have a real chance with||
We have a real chance with Levert next year to win 3 in a row (or McGary*, GR3*) - Yogi and Petteway look to be main competition there.
Amazing condition of program.
Here are the 2nd teams if curious
2nd team media: Yogi, Caris, Craft, Payne, Newbill
2nd team coaches: same as above, but without Craft and add Dekker from Wiscy
|22 hours 27 min ago||I'll answer my own question||
I'll answer my own question higher on the page
2nd team media: Yogi, Caris, Craft, Payne, Newbill
2nd team coaches: same as above, but without Craft and add Dekker from Wiscy
|22 hours 30 min ago||awesome-ness. 2 for 2. Dear||
awesome-ness. 2 for 2. Dear 2015 recruits, please observe....
|22 hours 44 min ago||I've seen him generally 5th||
I've seen him generally 5th thru 7th (CBS WR Rankings for example show him not being drafted). He looks like a perfect guy for the Patriots, all he does is make plays and his hands are velcro - Wes Welker 2.0.
|22 hours 49 min ago||Agreed. Need a 3rd/4th||
Agreed. Need a 3rd/4th rounder to develop behind Dominic. Sims you will need to replace in maybe 2-3 years but he has been nothing but solid since he got here. The other 3 positions are young esp if Waddle turns out. We still have Fox I guess too but can't count on him - I think I've played in as many Lions game as he has in 4 years. This is the best condition the Lions OL has been in, in a long time esp with Dom adding that weight.
|22 hours 52 min ago||I love Jeremy but he is not a||
I love Jeremy but he is not a 3rd rounder. He might be a UDFA or a 6th/5th. And because I love him I don't wish him to be stuck with the Lions lol.
|22 hours 53 min ago||Who was on the 2nd team along||
Who was on the 2nd team along with Caris?
|22 hours 58 min ago||He throws a lot of empty||
He throws a lot of empty yards when the Lions trail. I looked 12 months ago at his previous year and he had something like 30% of his yards when the Lions trailed by 17+ and teams were in prevent. He has the best WR in the game. He had very good 1-2 punch at RB last year. He had a nice TE. He had the best OL the Lions have had in 15+ years. And he imploded the last half of the year. He thinks he is Favre but Favre was a winner. Matt is a statistics man. Youth is not an excuse, this was his 5th year. His accuracy lacks. His decision making lacks. He has a strong arm.
|23 hours 24 sec ago||Last year was unprecedented||
Last year was unprecedented goodness in the NFL draft and UDFA - we got a starting OL player in UDFA, we got a starter in the 3rd round, we got a nice 1st round player, we got a punter. Etc. For this franchise it is amazing - usually it takes us 5 drafts to get 3 starters lol. We need a few of these back to back and our franchise QB to get his head out of his butt and valute the football. But by then Calvin will be "old" etc. So we're right back to square one.
The Lions currently are suffering from years upon years of getting almost nothing except in the 1st round of the draft. And in Millen's era - just nothing at all.
|23 hours 2 min ago||I am open to debate to the||
I am open to debate to the fan zone. The NFL has changed from the era of the 49ers and Cowboys. You have to rebuild your team every 3-5 years now with free agency and salary cap.
The NFL is now built on parity. A few horrid teams and a few elite teams (each fleeting) and a lot of teams in the middle who are deemed to be "close" by design. If you get a franchise QB you can evade the fan zone for a long time (see Patriots, Saints, Packers, Steelers) but all in all that is how it is now designed... to keep every fan thinking they have a chance as opposed to in 1989 when you are like - well the 49ers won, hope we can at least make the playoffs and lose. :)
Curious what you disagree with.
|23 hours 9 min ago||Caris will win POY next year||
Caris will win POY next year - shoo in if Yogi doesnt stick around :) or maybe McGary. Petteway is the other guy, curious to see if he leaves or stays. We have a few candidates for next year. Amazing.
|23 hours 17 min ago||These have become the 2||
These have become the 2 running jokes in the NFL havent they? Amazing they were league powers in the 50s right before the Super Bowl era. Now people snicker when both are mentioned.
|23 hours 18 min ago||Only this fanbase (and||
Only this fanbase (and Cleveland's) would buy into the notion that a guy who will touch the football 4-6x a game is going to "turn things around".
The sad thing is when Calvin was out there literally was nothing out there - Titus was supposed to be that #2, but he was a head case... Broyles is a walking MASH unit...and Burleson at this point of his career is probably a #3. The offense is actually ok now if Stafford was on his game and not a turnover machine as he was the last 8 games. The OL is probably the best since Lomas Brown / Glover/ Utley/ Andolsek era as we had young guys perform for once. But that QB killed em. What is telling to me is you throw ANY WR on Tom Brady or Drew Brees or Rodgers teams and they look like All Pros. You take away Calvin from Stafford and he looks like the 25th best QB in the league. Those guys make other players better, Calvin makes Stafford.
|23 hours 22 min ago||Thoughts? It is the Detroit||
It is the Detroit Lions. Nothing will ever change no matter how many moving of checker pieces their front office does. It is still the Lions. Always will be.
The Lions are not 1...2...5 players away. Watching the Seahawks v 49ers, it looked like a different sport.
The Lions are in the NFL "Fan zone" that the league is built around - you have 3-4 awful teams, and 3-4 top end teams and everyone else gets put in the "Fan Zone"; that perpetual 6-10 to 10-6 area where you really are a major pretender but the "close losses" (which are again designed for in a parity induced league) and "2 players away" ethos has people drinking Kool Aid. They are currently the San Diego Chargers East or Dallas Cowboys North. Same type of nothingburgers.
Unless Matt Stafford turns into Rodgers they are still light years away and even if that happens that defense is average. They are elite at nothing and Sammy Watkins won't change that.
Source: Lions fan for well over 3 decades now.
|1 day 34 min ago||Yes the unbalanced schedule||
Yes the unbalanced schedule is going to cause havoc in the future, esp with 2 new teams joining the conf. If this had been a close horse race we would have had a major disadvantage - we had to play the 2nd, 3rd and 4th place teams twice. (6 games) MSU only had 4, Wisconsin 4. (MSU and Wiscy avoided each other and only played Neb once each) By that measure Nebraska also lucked out in that they only played 4 games within the "Top 4". And yes of course going into the year who knew avoiding Nebraska once would have been a good thing for MSU and Wiscy.
In future years with an even more unbalanced schedule this is going to bring up a lot of debates about who is really better than who...
The more ways you look at this season the more astonishing it is - toughest schedule in the conf, massive loss at center, and clear the field by 3 games.
|1 day 41 min ago||Jabari Parker'sofficial||
Jabari Parker'sofficial reasoning for not going to MSU is because he didnt want to cut into Branden Dawson's playing time. That is good because it is hard to fit two first team all American's at the same position on the same team....
|1 day 2 hours ago||Yep, Palm and Lunardi just||
Yep, Palm and Lunardi just have the loudest megaphones. But very average megaphones. The top 5-6 guys (those who are updating right now) have UM as a 2 as of yesterday mostly in the South or West.
With the East #2 pretty much sewn up the question is, if you want to play Witchita (if we are fortunate enough to get there and them as well) how do you flip flop with Wisconsin as a 2 seed in the Midwest. Probably they'd need to exit in game 1 and we'd need at least 2 wins in the BTT. Or they go 1-1 and we win the whole thing. (or beat them head to head in the final!)
So aside from pride it appears all we are playing for right now is a flip flop with Wisconsin to see who gets the Midwest region #2.
Honestly if you look at our 6-4 early record we basically had 2 returning starters, a halfway there McGary, a freshman PG and Horford starting. Stinks a bit it is hurting us some now for seeding purposes but Wisconsin was bringing back most of their lineup from last year early in the year so didnt require the same learning curve we did.
|1 day 2 hours ago||Hi, cool thread. Sincerely,||
Hi, cool thread.
Sincerely, First World Problems
(how far have we come in half a decade to be having these discussions)
|1 day 5 hours ago||Just fyi guys - Lunardi is||
Just fyi guys - Lunardi is like the brand name bracketologist based on who he works for. His track record versus a lot of other bracketologists is actually very average. Due to his "brand" (ESPN) he gets all the hype (and Palm is average too). Some of these smaller sites in that bracketmatrix have a far better record at picking things correctly. Of those almost all the ones i looked at have UM on the 2 line playing in the South or West, opening in Milwaukee or Buffalo. (UF or AZ as the #1 seeds)
|1 day 15 hours ago||Both have done great relative||
Both have done great relative to expectations (in the end UM didnt just win the conf, we won by 3 friggin games) as of Dec 31st. I think the fans put way much more into this title than these guys, esp. Beilein at his age and accomplishment. Maybe Miles would care more to polish his resume as a relatively young guy, but these titles are for fan bases more than anything. I understand the player awards being more important because players have short shelf lives in college but coaching stuff - well I wouldn't trade Coach B (AND staff) for anyone right now in the country based on how he develops people and I dont think Duke people would trade their coach if the VIrginia coach wins COY for the ACC etc.
Just win baby.
|1 day 18 hours ago||Iowa is probably the coldest||
Iowa is probably the coldest team in the conf right now, of the top 8.
|1 day 19 hours ago||Well I don't know his||
Well I don't know his personality and some guys like the pressure cooker. He might have hit the jackpot with Petteway and knows that, and sometimes you can ride one player (esp in b-ball) to the next level of coaching. If that is not his belief he might stay and build.
A lot will have to do with what openings come free in the next few years. If Gores goes after Izzo maybe he would go to MSU and he'd be suddenly a lot less likable ;)
I dont know how difficult it will or will not be to attract players to Nebraska in the long term, maybe not so difficult since in bball you need less players than football. Anyhow the guy from Wichita State is probably first in line from that region to get a sniff.
|1 day 19 hours ago||It will be interesting to see||
It will be interesting to see if he does stay and build or goes to a more established program. I could see a Big East or Big 12 type program coming hard for him in a year, especially if Petteway stays and they have another top 4 finish next year. Nebraska seems to have invested a lot in their program in terms of resources.
|1 day 19 hours ago||I'd parallel Neb in bball to||
I'd parallel Neb in bball to Northwestern in football as to why they are likable. A non traditional power who beats some of our rivals but doesnt often actually beat us (I am excluding some of that RR era) ;) And a more likable coach than NWs. Until Nebraska begins to hurt us directly it will be like NW football... "cute" and admirable as they do "less with more".
p.s. pretty amazing we beat that team by 29 in AA.
|1 day 19 hours ago||Tellme why it would be HUGE!||
Tellme why it would be HUGE! vs a #3 in say the East! Thanks!
|1 day 19 hours ago||We all like Tim Miles because||
We all like Tim Miles because he has yet to affect UM's season. It is easy to like a guy who beats everyone else and not us. ;) If for example Nebraska takes out UM in the BTT or next year splits we will be less fanciful with Mr. Miles. I do appreciate his personality even if one days he beats us.
On a serious note - yes he is a very good coach and I truly think he won't be in Nebraska more than 13 months.
|1 day 19 hours ago||Wiscy and Virginia losses||
Wiscy and Virginia losses this weekend helped. I dont see much diff in a 2 v 3 seed (same first round opponents and face each other in sweet 16) but in terms of playing for location it should help us secure Milwaukee (Wiscy will probably be there as well - 2 teams can be in the same "pod" from diff regions)
|1 day 20 hours ago||Did he mention on the play||
Did he mention on the play before when Denzel drove the lane and fell over he pushed Craft off with his forearm and there was no call on that (OSU was in double bonus?) I doubt it.