Mason NEEDS this, Pistons, after all you've put him through
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|5 days 21 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.
|6 days 9 hours ago||Thank you||
Why are people freaked out that Funk watched Alabama tape? I'd be freaked out if he didn't.
|1 week 10 hours 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).
|1 week 18 hours ago||I thought he played better in the end of the year||
He certainly cut way down on turnovers,.
|1 week 18 hours 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?
|1 week 19 hours 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.
|4 weeks 3 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.
|4 weeks 4 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.
|4 weeks 4 days ago||Or - Jonathon Chait goes on crazy rant that makes little sense||
Silver gave MSU a 6 percent chance of winning the tournament and his model doesn't have an Izzo factor. How did Chait take Silver down?
|5 weeks 6 days ago||I'm confused||
The only way to argue that he should have won it twice is to argue that making most with least should be the criteria in 2011 and doing best should be criteria in 2014. If you are ok with that, it seems harder to argue that he was robbed if the criteria are applied in the opposite way.
|5 weeks 6 days ago||But your points weren't part of his argument||
If he'd argued that:
It would be a much better argument. I'm not arguing that he isn't deserving of consideration, I'm just suggesting that the argument put forth was pretty lame. Yours, probably written in at most, a couple of minutes, was much better.
|6 weeks 21 min ago||Robbed once||
If he wins this year, why was he robbed in 2011? If he loses this year, he was either robbed in 2011 because different criteria were used in 2011 and 2014, or he was robbed this year because different criteria were used, He wasn't robbed both years.
|6 weeks 28 min ago||So, if I understand the argument||
The adversity that Miles overcame was doing a crappy job of recruitng, a big part of his job. The adversity that Beilein overcame was losing his best player to injury.
Therefore the coach that screwed up one part of his job, but overcame it to finish fourth did a better job than the coach who did all parts of his job well, overcame a significant injury to a key player and then won the conference by a wide margin.
Seems like a solid argument to me.
|7 weeks 3 days ago||Loved his comment re: my job||
Is to put the o-line in the position to succeed.
|7 weeks 5 days ago||Can't wait to hear why this is a bad thing||
Had to push Gardner to come back to soon because Shane is a flop? Oh no, Shane won't get enough reps now? How is Nuss possibly going to find time to coach three qb's? (S)
|7 weeks 5 days ago||Nothing against Brian||
But I think I'll trust Mattison's instincts on this one.
|7 weeks 5 days ago||I don't understand||
It seems like you are saying that change in reaction to rhings not working is reactionary and therefore bad? Is it better to not react?
|7 weeks 5 days ago||Milker at center?||
If anyone else is going to take the center job, I suspect it will be Kugler
|7 weeks 5 days ago||Don't see the coaching changes as that dramatic||
If you start with the idea that you don't want Hoke to be a position coach, you have to do something with the defensive line. If you don't want Mattison coaching four positions and you have a guy with many years of experience coaching d-line, you think, I'll move Smith to defensive line. You also think, I was planning on doing some things differently with my linebackers to become more aggressive and my d-coordinator was actually an NFL linebacker coach, moving him to linebacker could make sense.
Now comes my one challenge, one of my best recruiters was already coaching one of the linebackers, do I keep him there, or does it make more sense to move him somewhere else? If you are comfortable with Mattison coaching all of the linebackers, it's a waste of a coaching position to have him stay coaching a single linebacker position.
The one defensive position you are now uncomfortable with is Dbacks where you have one coach, coaching five positions, but Manning doesn't have experience with d-backs. Should I fire him and hire a second experienced d-backs coach? Well, I really like the job he's been doing recruiting, so I don't want to get rid of him. Also, the guy who used to coach all five d-back positions is still here and could act as a mentor. There's a bit of risk, but big picture, when I factor in both day to day coaching and recruiting, I am comfortable taking that risk.
Other than cb's, nothing drastic and all very logically. At cb's, a calculated risk, but Manning isn't an unknown quantity, so Hoke/Mattison are taking that risk with much more knowledge at there disposal.
|7 weeks 6 days ago||Very excited you've joined the staff||
Any chance we'll see an oofer boatd under useful stuff compiling key information on offers in one place? Used to be one of my favorite parts of Mgoblog.
|7 weeks 6 days ago||Seemed well thought out to me||
It seems like they are trying to do a number of things:
1. dL has been a weak link. Part of this may have been having two, part time coaches rather than one full time coach. The DL was part of Mark Smith's responsibility for 14 years at Indiana State doesn't seem to be switching to an unqualified or inexperienced D-line coach
2. It seems that part of the adjustments that Mattison would like to make to address the teams spread problems involves using the linebackers differently. Mattison did coach linebackers in the NFL for a year so he appears to have some qualifications. It may make sense therefore for him to focus on linebackers since he is both qualified and has a vision for some changes there.
3. Mallory is still coaching safeties, so this isn't a big move. If there seems to be a suggestion that anyone isn't doing a good enough job, this seems it, snce Mallory is the only person taking what appears to be a reduction in responsibilities. I wonder if he' is either taking on other, or retaing some responsibilities that ate not clear from his title? For instance, maybe he'll be doing some mentoring of Manning at the cornerback coaching spot or he'll be taking on a bigger role coaching coverage teams?
4. Manning to cornerbaks. This is the one that seems the most out of the blue. However, if they really want Mattison to coach linebackers, and they think Manning is a very strong recruiter, maybe it's worth taking a chance, especially if Mallory will be looking over his shoulder?
As for Ryan and Morgan, they are both in their fourth year with Mattison. If he has a different vision for how he wants to utilize his linebackers, he is working with alot of info about these particular players. I don't think Given his resume that Mattison is likely to be feeling desparate and that this is probably a plan he's given alot of thought too.
It''s funny, I have almost the exact opposite reaction that Brian did. Given the amount of experience the team has coming back, it would have been easy to stand pat and say, we're going to get better just with more experience. Instead, I think Mattison sat down and said, What can I do to maximize tge potential of this defense. I think that these changes are not a sign of desperation but are instead a sign that next year's D is going to be alot more aggressive.
|8 weeks 2 days ago||Wasn't Fox recruited as a tackle?||
I assume the fact that Dawson is getting a shot at tackle means the coaches are in fact more comfortable with some combination of: Kalis, Bosch, Glasgow and Kugler inside than they are with Magnuson and Braden at tackle?
|8 weeks 2 days ago||Seems like a strange argument||
If Glasgow is better than Miller, he should play. If Miller isn't good enough to beat him out, the problem iis not recruiting better players than Miller.
|8 weeks 2 days ago||Seems like a positive philisophical change||
They recognized a weakness and moved to address it. That's good, isn't it?
|8 weeks 2 days ago||Which means more hope at tackle than I thought||
Thanks. I really was questioning whether Braden was someone we should consider in the mix at tackle given his OG struggles. Sounds like jury is still out, but we shouldn't view the failed OG experiment as a reason for pessimism.
|8 weeks 2 days ago||Mental challenges||
I thought you wete refering to a loss of confidence - that is why I thought a change would help.
Sounds like you more meant picking up schemes. I see why its not as obvious that a change would help there.
|8 weeks 2 days ago||If Kalis's problems were mostly mental||
Then a reset on the offensive coordinator could be a really good thing for him.
It also seems that if folks around him can improve, that could help Glasgow a great deal at center. Both lacking chemistry (and probably faith) in his linemates seem like it would exacerbate any weaknesses that Glasgow did have.
It seems like there are reasonable arguments that the middle of the line could really improve. At the same we should expect the tackles to take a step back. The real question is, can the interior step up more than the tackles regress. On top of that, can Nuss scheme around weaknesses.
|8 weeks 2 days ago||What do you think about Braden?||
Is the fact that he couldn't hack it at guard any sort of sign about his potential at tackle?
|8 weeks 2 days ago||If you acknowledge that he might be a good player or productive?||
Why wouldn't you want him to start? While it shouldn't be an every day occurance, walkons can step up. Eric Mayes, Shawn Humrick, Jordan Kovacs, should none of them have gotten a chance?
|8 weeks 2 days ago||Is that based on the midseason snap snafu's?||
Or even later in the year did you see him as a liability at center? I thoght at guard he played as well as anyone else we through out there. Since he was the only one other than Lewan or Schofield to play every game, it seems many other players were more patches than Glasgow was.