landing spot. will be interesting to see how he does.
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- Depending on nutrition/training, this may be the biggest line in a long time. A starting line of Wormley/Glasgow/Hurst/Taco is about 10 pounds lighter (listed weight) than Wormley/Glasgow/Henry/Ojemudia or RJS but Glasgow and Hurst could add some good weight and when Gary is in for Hurst or Wormley or whoever then he is probably not giving any back and Mone is obviously bigger than Glasgow.
- After seeing how Brown used Steven Daniels I understand Kemp at MLB. My guess is he plays right away and we see a lot of zone blitz from him.
- Mone coming back means a legit two-deep like there almost was to begin 2015. I am happy he played as a freshman.
- I hope we see rotation from the young guys. We all know depth is scary next year and I am not opposed to burning redshirts for guys who may be depended on heavily next year.
- Somebody is going to surprise and my guess is it will be Shelton or Ron Johnson or Reuben Jones (if he ends up back there) by virtue of the lack of depth at WDE.
|5 days 8 hours ago||Why would Cole leave?||
I don't see why Cole would leave early. If he is projected as an interior lineman or even a SAK, wouldn't two years of C/G give him a better chance of going early in the draft?
|5 days 8 hours ago||They have had no stability||
They have had no stability over the last 15+ years and McCartney built CU on recruiting. Some recruits will think the mountains are pretty and there are hot girls but you still have to be competent at developing players and managing a game and coaches.
Macyntire was dealt a tough hand and has improved the team dramatically from losing by 55 at home to Fresno State. The recruiting classes are highly ranked so they should be looking at 6-7 wins a year if he is at least an average coach.
|1 week 1 day ago||Charleston Hughes, CFL linebacker||
Charleston Hughes, CFL linebacker. He was a part of those Saginaw High teams with Charles Rogers, LaMarr Woodley, Jerome Jackson, and others only we didn't play them in football. I wrestled against him and won. I think it may have been one of his first matches but he was certainly a gifted athlete.
|6 weeks 1 day ago||Probably. He is one of the||
Probably. He is one of the best puckhandlers ever and at least as good as Yzerman defensively.
I will miss his hunched, unsuspecting glide.
|7 weeks 2 days ago||While I agree with a lot of||
While I agree with a lot of the spirit of your post, I think Michigan Stadium has always been an ongoing thing. Didn't Yost say something to the effect of it would have the footings to hold 200k? We may never see crowds that large in our lifetime and I am fine with that. I also can't picture the place being as relevant today or in the future without the boxes and giant scoreboards.
As to your point about the comparisons, I agree completely. This is not SEC country and Michigan should never aspire to replicate that here.
|7 weeks 2 days ago||Yep.||
Coke bottles aren't filling it.
|7 weeks 2 days ago||Reposting these from the last thread about this||
Here are some really crude mspaint mockups I did of the endzones filled in various ways:
|7 weeks 2 days ago||To celebrate with after scoring?||
Remember: In football you try to ge the ball into the opposing teams' end zone.
|7 weeks 3 days ago||I love this spring game||
I love this spring game format so much.
|9 weeks 1 day ago||Buckling||
|9 weeks 6 days ago||This should||
This should help: http://mgoblog.com/mgoboard/pretty-posts-sticky
I don't know how to post gifs or pics other than on the desktop which has a very easy editor. Just click the image button on the ribbon at the top and it will walk you through it.
|11 weeks 3 days ago||Tomorrow's Headline:||
South Dakota Man Paralyzed In Tragic Pancake Flipping Incident
|12 weeks 4 days ago||I went to a mid-sized high||
I went to a mid-sized high school in Michigan and was on the wrestling team all four years. We had never been to states which was the top 8 schools from each of four divisions, all competing at the Kellogg Arena in Battle Creek. Just prior to that are the regionals where the winners go on to the state finals.
We were the underdog in our first match at regionals and had a lot of things go our way early, up pretty solidly. When my match came up, I was super nervous but typically was going into matches. I didn't want to get pinned or do anything to cost us points. Nothing really happens in the first period and I choose down to start the second. I shoot my leg out and my elbow back to try to grab my opponent's arm but suddenly hear the ref's whistle. What happened? Did I do something wrong?
I got up and looked at the other guy and he was bleeding all over the place, like a LOT of blood. I kind of freaked out because I wasn't sure if he was ok or what to do. The other coaches and trainer came over to tend to the other guy. Turns out I elbowed him right in the nose and broke it. The ref chatted briefly with the other coach and then walked over to me and raised my hand, signifying that I won. Apparently if the blood can't be stopped by a legal move, then the other wrestler wins by injury default.
That ended up being six points to our team and the next guy on our team won his match, clinching the win for us. We won the next match pretty easily and became the first team in our school's history to make it to the state finals where we were blown out in the first round but it was fun making it that far.
|13 weeks 5 days ago||Yeah, I think it would come||
Yeah, I think it would come down more to AD budget so the blue bloods would still have an advantage in terms of contract revenue. I think B1G schools could have more to gain because of their endowments and donor lists vs the SEC. It would all really depend on how recruiting worked and if there is complete free agency, a draft, or some recruiting/contract hybrid system.
|13 weeks 5 days ago||I find it kind of funny that||
I find it kind of funny that the end of amateurism would also be the end of the whining about not attending a school and cheering for it.
|15 weeks 1 day ago||In my amateur opinion, his||
In my amateur opinion, his film looks like Ndamukong Suh senior year, only faster. It will take him some time to get up to speed and adjust to how offensive coaches adjust to him and stuff, but there is only so much you can do against that blend of size and speed.
Additionally, he has all kinds of positional flexability as a SDE, DT, and even a WDE or NT in some situations. He can probably cover with that speed so he can also be used as a decoy.
Impossible to say if he is better than those two but in terms of athleticism for their position (plus he seems to have a good head on his shoulders and work ethic), he looks elite.
|15 weeks 4 days ago||A few thoughts||
|16 weeks 2 days ago||I love it: Lebron James gets||
I love it: Lebron James gets tipped off that a kid is going to Michigan from a game of Counterstrike, then shares it on MGoBlog.
|17 weeks 3 days ago||If I recall correctly, Jim||
If I recall correctly, Jim has been recruiting for over 30 years as an unpaid assistant to his dad, then onto SD, Stanford, and then to Michigan. He knows the game and has talked with thousands of parents, coaches, and players.
He is also all about Competition. We were warned on this blog that it would feel weird because it wasn't recruiting like us fans were used to, and I think this is an example. Maybe the coaches now expect more out of a guy if they will honor a scholarship. That is certainly different than under Hoke where recruiting was done by fall camp, save for one or two guys, and it didn't matter how they were coming into camp.
It also appears to me that there is this accelerated timeline in recruiting that has kind of reached maximum trajectory where kids are committing so early or so many times that I think the "game" and hype of it have put some of these kids in weird places that they are not prepared to deal with. I am not saying that is the case with Swenson, I am just saying generally that I think the halo around recruiting, particularly the social media and enhanced public scrutiny, have put some kids and coaches in this odd place where they have pressure to commit or recruit early but they are using the data of themselves and the schools at the present time for something that will happen in the future. Things change.
|20 weeks 2 days ago||If you are interested in some||
If you are interested in some fun reading, RCMB is rich right now. Apparently a former player threw a tailgate and charged $50/person for what amounted to three kegs of beer, no food, and it was soon broken up by the cops. They are disputing charges for feeling like they were ripped off.
Too bad they can't dispute the Cotton Bowl tickets for the same reason.
The rest is either about Michigan or how they need to replace their OCs, which is probably true but coaching was only part of what happened against Alabama. That was a talent gap and one they are unlikely to overcome soon.
|20 weeks 2 days ago||I am inclined now to put||
I am inclined now to put Houston in at #8 vs. Clemson at #1, then:
#7 Iowa v #2 Alabama
#6 OSU v #3 MSU
#5 Stanford v #4 Oklahoma
I honestly think Houston-Clemson could be close but probably Clemson along with Alabama, OSU, and Stanford. Alabama-OSU is a tossup and so is Clemson-Stanford, but I think either way it ends up Clemson-Alabama.
Of course my inclusion of Houston is largely based on their win and ND's loss.
|21 weeks 6 days ago||I am impressed. Three||
I am impressed. Three assistants with HC experience and an up and coming OC, all with different recruiting ties. Independent of their success of failure as head coaches is a ton of experience that has to be a good thing for a first time head coach.
|21 weeks 6 days ago||Rudock||
I agree. Rudock needs to GOMAD and go to a team that needs competition or a backup prospect that they can get in the 7th or as an UDFA. He takes care of the ball and has an arm and has shown adaptability and improvement. Biggest drawbacks I see are that he is Bradylike scrawny for the NFL and he was a little late to making decisions, especially early in the season.
I think he may have a ceiling of Ryan Tannehill or Andy Dalton and a floor of Matt Cassel or Kyle Orton but only if he gets more durable and gets time and reps. He has a lot of the stuff scouts love - lots of starts, increasing completion percentage, ability to make all the throws + scramble, good character, etc. I hope the Lions give him a shot with only Orlovsky on the roster behind Stafford.
|22 weeks 2 days ago||I would think so if they got||
I would think so if they got to look up and see this on their way to the endzone:
|22 weeks 2 days ago||For expansion if demand is there||
Here's a crude mockup I did in mspaint a while back of filling in one of the endzones:
(Pic is a link to a full-size)
That looks pretty cool to me, and it doesn't really show the cantilevered stack that would be necessary due to the viewing and box angles. It would have to keep the sound in and I imagine it would add some tricks to the wind.
Another option would be to do something like Lambeau where the boxes stretch through one end zone and there are bleachers at the other end:
That would kill the symmetry though. Instead, maybe just filling it in with boxes all the way around is the way to go. That way the tops of them can act as the footing for the inevitable expansion to 200,000:
|22 weeks 3 days ago||It is an accomplishment when||
It is an accomplishment when you sandblast a program's culture as an outsider after years of lesser rivals lapping you. It is like Michigan in 2010.
|22 weeks 3 days ago||Charlie Strong||
The Charlie Strong part got me thinking about the last couple seasons of coaching change and how the narrative has shifted from coaches getting their "dream job" to coaches going back to their alma maters. It'll be interesting to see how the former (Hoke, Meyer, Kiffin, Malzahn) stack up against the latter (Harbaugh, Richt at Miami, Chryst at Wisconsin, Kirby Smart).
Charlie Strong fits in neither category and has a new AD on the way. Poor guy may not be able to save his job with even 7 or 8 wins. I hope so but if not then it was a strange fit anyway as any defensive guru with South Florida recruiting ties in the biggest football school in the Big 12 would be. Purdue and Indiana should go after him if he doesn't make it without a complete disaster.
|24 weeks 5 days ago||Definitely one of the more||
Definitely one of the more realistic and qualified candidates. Only issue is I imagine he also wants to be a head coach again. OTOH, being a LB coach is huge given the depth.
Whoever is hired will have a really deep roster, so I hope the depth chart attracts some of the top candidates. Only issue is so many other big schools are building staffs right now.
|24 weeks 6 days ago||Why? I get not wanting||
Why? I get not wanting friction between the head football coach and AD, I don't think hiring somebody just because the coach endorses them is always a good move, especially if it implies some subordination and spinelessness for the AD. I hope they hire the best candidate who can handle managing and building the facilities, contracts, hiring and firing, and so on, not just somebody Harbaugh likes.
|25 weeks 1 day ago||Disagree about Maryland||
Maryland is an unpolished gem. Facilities aren't great but they are less than three hours from 20 million people in five states with no D1 football competition besides Temple and Rutgers.
If UA is really a big partner and it can help sell recruits on being cutting edge and other benefits, they may be able to get some of the guys from NJ, PA, MD, and Virginia that Michigan and PSU get now.