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|10 hours 52 min ago||If Kalis is healthy||
I think you might be right, but if the coaches believed that, I suspect that Magnuson would have spent more time at tackle. While I know we don't know about what happened in every practice, Magnuson at guard seemed to be a constant. If he was really tge presumed starter for game 2 and beyond, I suspect he would have spent more time playing it in practice.
|10 hours 59 min ago||How much of Kalis's problem is injuries||
And not lack of development. Given that Kalis seems to have been nagged by on and off i juries and Magnuson was injured and then had sirgery, I suspect that healthy, they'd be much further along in their development.
|11 hours 46 min ago||Brandon can be blamed for a lot of things||
But tbe o-line recruiting? I guess you could suggest that with a quicker transition, Hoke could have recruited better, but if you count Glasgow, there were actually four o-line,en in the 2011 class. The much bigger problem was the one offensive lineman in a class of 27 in 2010. (Has anyone else ever put together a class of 27 that only included one offensive loneman?). One competent o-lineman in that class would have made a huge difference.
|13 hours 12 min ago||The odd thing about Glasgow being so raw when he came in||
Is that it actually appears as if Funk was capable of coaching him up. The other thing that I find interesting is that the shortcomings of Magnuson and Miller seem to have more to do with strength than technique, something that is not really on Funk.
|3 days 15 hours ago||Other than right guard||
How much shuffling as there been in the last couple weeks?
|3 days 17 hours ago||How much shuffling has there really been?||
It seems like Cole, Magnuson, Miller and Braden have spent the vast majority of fall practice in the starting five. While there has been shuffling at right guard, that seems to have a great deal to do with Glasgow not being able to play the opener and Kalis being hurt. Not sure you can blame that on Hoke.
|1 week 2 days ago||This is a really interesting and relevent write-up||
For the time examined only 21.5 percent of third year players are solid big ten performers. So if one of Magnuson, Kalis or Braden i s solid the four man 2011 recruiting class hits the mark.
Looking at some of the historic recruiting classes (see 1997, 1999, 2005 and to a lesser extent, 2004 and 2008), there have been a number of 4 plus player recruiting claases with multiple 4 and 5 stars that did not pan out .
|1 week 2 days ago||In 2009 there were 7 uperclassmen||
In the 2 deep and after Molk went down with injuries, they were not that good.
In 2011, which was I think far and away the best offensive line we've had in the post Carr era, there were six upperclassmen in the two deep.
Last year there were 3 (including walk-on Burzynski before he got hurt).
This year, likely 3 again including two walkons.
The only year that was comparable was the tire fire that was 2008, in which after the turnover, an injury to Zrbel and all the turnover, there were 3 redshirt juniors on the team, 4 star Moosman and three stars Ortmann and McAvoy.. He also only had three three red-shirt sophomors to work with.
I still have lots of questions about Funk, but Frey was generally working with more experience.
|1 week 5 days ago||Glasgow not focusing on one position?||
I think Miller has a big advantage in that he's only been focusing on one position, while Glagow has been switching between multiple positions. I suspect tgat if Glasgow played the same position for several weeks, you'd likely see some improvement.
|5 weeks 4 days ago||Not sure I would suggest it is, "scientific"||
It seems much more of an expert judgement proccess than a scientific one.
|6 weeks 5 days ago||Difference between ticket holders and non ticketholders?||
I wonder how many of the folks that so strongly dislike Brandon are season ticketholders? It seems football ticket prices and gameday experience are what fuel most of the haters.
As an alum from further away, my single ticket game day experience already costs hundreds of dollars between air-fare and hotel, the actual ticket price has been and continues to be a small portion of the total cost of my game day experience, so I bear almost none of what others see as troubling. I on the other hand like to brag about anything good about Michigan, so I do appreciate improvement in no -revenue sports (and for tge record, attended track and gymnastics meets as well as football, basketball and hockey games when I was a student).
From my vantage point, I think Brandon is a significantly better AD than Martin - the way he handled the first football coaching search is in my mind much worse than anything Brandon has ever done.
|6 weeks 5 days ago||Martin, Molk, Van Bergen and Hemmingway had nothing to do with||
Also, Rich's recruits after 4 years. Lets see how hoke does this year when he's had roughly the same amount of opportubity to recruit(and actually less, as he had significantly less opportunity in the transition year)
|7 weeks 1 day ago||Don't think he was much larger||
She was a 5'9" gaurd, he was a 5'9" d-back.
|8 weeks 2 days ago||Namecalling - the refuge of those who know they have lost||
Fanboy - solid comeback (s)
|8 weeks 5 days ago||Arguments for the name?||
1. Changing the name represents the pussification of America
What exactly are the arguments for keeping the name?
I haven't heard one argument that trumps:
|13 weeks 2 days ago||If we can beat ND and MSU away||
You really only see us winning 8?
|13 weeks 3 days ago||Recruiting actually is important||
Really wasn't trying to make this about RR or Carr, but I find it ridiculous to credit all of Hoke's 2011 season to RR's players. A new coach can't retain players if they aren't there in the first place. Look at what Carr at least partially contributed to 2011, vs what RR is contibuting to 2014.
- top 5 from RR in 2014
- top 5 from RR
|13 weeks 3 days ago||Carr's pkayers too||
I think, Molk, Martin, Van Bergen, Hemmingway, Koger, Hugye and Henninger may have had something to do with it too.
|13 weeks 4 days ago||Wasn't Magnuson also hurt most of last year?||
I' hopeful that a healthy Magnuson, playing in position will show significant improvement.
|14 weeks 5 days ago||Guess my reply was kinda dickish then||
Should it have been obvious?
|14 weeks 5 days ago||I am sure you meant to post that on the Faux News website?||
Not Mgoblog, cause I believe there is a no politics rule?
|17 weeks 2 days ago||Appreciate all the effort you are putting in Brandon||
Would be great if an offer list was added to the useful stuff with links to all of the profiles you've been doing.
|19 weeks 23 hours ago||Do you really tzhink he's watching it to learn the basics?||
You can't be serious. The offensive coordinator for Alabama is now the offensive coordinator for Michigan. Where better to see the specifics (not the basics) of what Nuss wants his offense to do? Do you really see no value in sitting down with your offensive linemen and making points to them from film of what is likely to be the closest thing you'll find to what they will be doing next yesr? If so, doesn't it make sense to watch that film yourself first to pick out the examples that are best for teaching?
It boggles my mind that with all of the legitimate reasons to be concerned about the o-line, this has somehow become one.
|19 weeks 1 day ago||Thank you||
Why are people freaked out that Funk watched Alabama tape? I'd be freaked out if he didn't.
|19 weeks 2 days ago||Re-read your reply #2||
Then explain to me how Much better you are than me at repsecting dissenting opinions.
Then, read your entire post and wonder who is taking who's post to personally.
My dissenting opinion - which you are obviosly free to disagree with, is that on offense, the biggest issue has not been player development, it has been an offensive coordinator who did not know how to get the most out of his players.
Frank Clark was a three star who we picked up on signing day, not some super highly rated recruit. Dymonte was a true freshman. Pupkins was another guy who probably would have done well with a redshirt
The "failures" in terms of player development are so glaring because for this team to succeed, these players have to succeed. They are generally not being forced to beat out upperclassmen who are better, because particularly on the o-line and d-line, there are no upperclassmen (better or not).
|19 weeks 2 days ago||I thought he played better in the end of the year||
He certainly cut way down on turnovers,.
|19 weeks 2 days ago||Maybe we should reserve judgement on Heitzman?||
The guy just converted to tight end, maybe he will surprise. Doesn't he deserve a cance before we decide that he's not gonna be any good?
|19 weeks 2 days ago||Great insight (s)||
Because at TE
None of our other players have improved either
Why the hell am I even reading a Michigan sports blog. The football team sucks and it will always suck. There is less than zero chance that bringing in a new offensive coordinator who has been successful everywhere he's coached could possibly succeed here. That Mattison, totally washed up, 2011 was definately a fluke. None of our players are possibly going to improve over last year.
Oh, and I forgot to mention the recruiting. We've already seen that Cole and Canteen just suck and that Peppers guy - way over-rated.
I gotta go find a good Indiana football blog that I can spend time on.
|22 weeks 6 days ago||He did spend 6 years as a sports statistician||
Granted focusing on baseball, but I think the fact that he's been highly successful at doing projections and statistical analysis for topics as baseball and politics might earn him the benefit of the doubt on being more qualified than most.
|22 weeks 6 days ago||Where does hecall him the best tourney coach in the country||
Both is data and Chait's agree that Izzo is quite successful in the tourney.