I'VE HAD JUST ABOUT ENOUGH OF YOU SONNY
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|1 week 5 days ago||Zach Adami||
Maybe not big time, but started for first time as senior in 1997 and was all big ten. Didn't play as redshirt freshman
|3 weeks 1 day ago||Cherrypicked examples don't always make it so||
I personally don't think all of our woes are due to youth, but I do think it has played a part. In order for a lineman to be successful he needs several things:
1. Physical tools - strength/size/agility
All three of those are things that are likely to increase with time in program. Yes, there will be physically mature kids who either came in with good techniqu or are quick learners and can learn both the technique and the playbook quickly, but it shouldn't be a shock that many can't and need time.
Even if someone could statistically conclude something along the lines of 33 percent of 4/5 star lineman who weigh 300 lbs or more by their redshirt sophomore year are rrady to play we still couldn't statistically look at a coach wiho couldn't turn 1 out of 3 such players into adequate starters as a good or bad coach because such a small sample size is meaningless.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||What is Toussaint better at?||
Not saying it is all his fault, but he can't block and he can't run. Maybe he's a better reciever?
|4 weeks 6 days ago||And for those who complain about DG holding the ball too long||
At this stage in the development of DG, I think you have two choices - take the occassional bad sack when he should throw the ball away, or take the occassional turnover when DG shouldn't make a given throw.
|5 weeks 14 hours ago||Was "the proccess" as bad as this blog makes it out to be?||
While Brandon could have fired Rodriguez and hird Hoke right after OSU, giving Hoke significantly more time to recruit, I think there are downsides as well. Would Hoke have gotten the same reception he did if people thought we hadn't given Harbaugh a chance, would the team have done any better in the bowl game, would we have gotten Mattison.
I think Brandon had little choice but to give time for the Harbaugh drama to play out, which coincidentl made the RR firing easier because of the bowl disaster. Brandon inheritted a bad situation and I really don't think he handled it badly.
|5 weeks 1 day ago||Today was not on Gardner||
This was all on the o-line and Fitz
|5 weeks 6 days ago||Where are all the 3rd year guys you speak of?||
Miller - not bigstrong enough - that's not really on Funk
Everyone else on the interior is 1st or 2nd year player. Unfortunately, depth actually matters, because even when you recruit top tier talent there is still some luck involved both in whether and how quickly they pan out.
To my count, there are 5 non freshman, non-walkon offensive lineman greater than 291 lbs on the team. Its not surprising that our coaches were hopeful that with those 5, Glasgow and a 291 lb Miller, we could field a good line. Unfortunately, it doesn't appear that Miller is strong enough, with his injuries, Bryant has progressed enough and red-shirt freshmen Kalis and Braden were ready.
Thus, we're now going with smaller but maybe more mentally prepared Magnuson and the true freshman Bosch. It doesn't seem to be a totally illogical plan.
Last year was not much different. We had five uperclass scholarship lineman, an injured redshirt sophomore, a too small redshirt freshman, a bunch of freshman and a bunch of walkons. To pull together 5 solid guys, we needed hits on every uperclassman scholarship player and/or a phenomobal freshman or some real luck with a walkon.
I doubt there are many offensive line coaches who would have done well with those numbers.
|14 weeks 2 days ago||What does the Avery move really mean?||
Was the Avery move a panic move because Wilson could not cut it, or was it a depth move because the coaches felt vey good at cornerback? It is not hard to believe that Avery was pretty far down on the cornerback depth chart (behind some good competition).
Regardless of the status of Wilson as a starter, depth at safety is pretty thin, so bringing in another player there makes sense. The fact that he was quickly named starter however is a bit woorisome.
I do wonder if the Avery starting plan may have also had something to do with the schedule. The Notre Dame game is the only one of the first five games that should present a major challenge. Even then, the challenge largely comes from the defense, unless our offensive line is better than expected, that should be a close, low wcoring game. A big mistake from a safety could be the difference. Given his experience, that mistake is probably more likely from Wilson in only his second game as starter than from Avery. Maybe, once they realized that Avery was not a factor in the corner battles, they thought, lets use Avery to start the season and move Wilson in for the Akron game. A strategy like that doesn't say Wilson is bad, it just says he is more likely to have growing pains.
Given Avery's injury, that usn't good for the Notre Dame Game, but it may be less ominous by mid October when the schedule gets tougher and Wilson has more experience.
|14 weeks 5 days ago||Lewan came back to win||
Lewan has said that one of the reasons he came back was to be part of a more successful team. He was in a better position than any of us to project whether this years line would be good enough to win a big ten championship. The fact that he decided to come back tells me he thinks just that. This is what makes me confident that this line will be significantly improved.
|28 weeks 5 days ago||You haven't looked to hard||
You can't find anybody who cares about college sports? Last ime I checked, the sports bars aren't empty on Saturday afternoons in the fall
|28 weeks 6 days ago||I hpe you are right||
No doubt we'll do right by the people in this disaster, but I fear we won't do enough to limit the impacts of the next one
|28 weeks 6 days ago||Would be nice to see your rationale for downvoting||
Are you suggesting there is no point to a serious dialogue about whether we can do more to reduce the devastation of future disasters?
|28 weeks 6 days ago||Who would downvote this?||
Disagrree - sure. Downvote, that is the sign of an insecure, smallminded person
|28 weeks 6 days ago||How small-minded are you?||
To downvite something suggesting we should all do more?
|28 weeks 6 days ago||Its good to see how open minded some can be.||
Heaven forbid one suggests we do more than donate and pray and actually try to do things to minimize tge devastation of future disasters. If it doesn't fit in my worldview, it must be downvoted and labeled as flamebait.
|28 weeks 6 days ago||If by every way we can you mean||
Donate money and maybe even have some kind of music benefit, you are probably right.
If you mean have a serious dialogue about what we can do to limit the impact of future severe weather events, I highly doubt it.
|28 weeks 6 days ago||There is lots more we could discuss||
But it would cross the no politics rule. There is lots more you can do than just pray and donate.
|31 weeks 6 days ago||Brian was wrong about RR and wrong about Hoke||
I suspect he'll be wrong about this too
|31 weeks 6 days ago||Any chance you'll sell e-versions?||
I'd much rather have an e-version than a hardcopy
|31 weeks 6 days ago||Not sure that is a representative sample||
Is it surprising that people who go listen to Brian are ones that tend to agree with his opinion?
|31 weeks 6 days ago||So it would have been better||
If the big ten didn't do what everyone wanted them to do? And that would have given you more hope they'd get it right the third time around?
|31 weeks 6 days ago||East coast alums - the $ part of the equation hat gets ignored||
Everyone focuses on tv money, but I suspect that this will significantly increase giving by east coast alums. I can't wait to go to College Park to see Michigan play
|31 weeks 6 days ago||Or we could welcome Andrew to the Michigan family||
And just leave his dad out of it all together
|31 weeks 6 days ago||His son on the other hand||
Might be disappointed to find out that a bunch of Michigan fans are kinda dicks
|31 weeks 6 days ago||Great third post (s)||
Way to show support for someone who's just signed up to put in four years to help make our team better
|31 weeks 6 days ago||You make me proud to be a Wolverine (s)||
Is there any reason for your post? Why is it remotely relevant what you think of his daddy? If you really supported Andrew, you wouldn't feel compelled to curse about his dad in a post welcoming him to the University.
The quote in your profile is quite ironic, because your senseless post looks like it was written by a street urchin, not by someone with any character.
I hope that if Andrew decides to check out Mgoblog to see what people think about his decision, he realizes that many Wolverines are much more classy.
Walkons like Andrew are an important part of thebteam and will be a part of our future success. Andrew could have a key role from day 1, when Beilein may take Derrick Walton aside and have Andrew run the second team so that Walton can stand back and see how Spike handles the first team. He may run the second team when Walton or Spike have the flu and can't practice and at some point in his career he could play a key role when a second string PG is injured and the first string point gaurd runs into foul trouble.
I for one am very excited about this addition to the Wolverine family and am excited that he ad parent's who were supportive of his decision to come to the greatest University in the world.
|33 weeks 3 days ago||Bloomberg donated $350 million to Hopkins|
|35 weeks 3 days ago||Agree wholeheartedly on the ebook option||
Would love to get an e-book version rather than a hardcopy
|40 weeks 23 hours ago||It would require legislation||
|40 weeks 1 day ago||It requires legislation||
For a Federal Agency to collect money