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|1 week 4 days ago||The late, late show||
I hate 8PM games, but only because for me it means sitting down to start watching a football game at 1AM.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||What history with Speight are||
What history with Speight are you referring to?
And, I am reasonably pleased with what the team has done so far, but that cannot be credited to Rudock.
I need a life because I have the temerity to criticize a QB who has been demonstrably mediocre? What is the point of having this website if reasonable criticisms are out of bounds? Is this just a cheerleading blog?
|2 weeks 6 days ago||Criticism is not (and should not be) hate||
Let me add my name to the chorus finding this thread dumb.
I agree with you--anyone saying we'd beat Ohio State with a better QB is a moron.
But if you're looking at what Rudock is doing and are in any way satisfied or think he's doing OK, you may also be a moron.The interceptions are bad enough. But the absolute inability to hit any pass of more than 5 yards is ridiculous and will make it impossible for us to compete against good teams. And the 'it's all the receivers' fault' or 'he's still learning the system' excuses are getting very old indeed. His passes simply have not been accurate or even really all that close. Fact of the matter is, while Speight may not have completed either of those late passes, they were pretty damn close to right on the money, and far more accurate than any 5+ yard pass thrown by Rudock.
Should we trust this staff? Of course, but if anything that should only make us more uneasy about what sits behind Rudock. I went back and read Brian's QB preview after week 1, and it was startling--I've never seen such variance between a prediction and the facts on the ground. I'm not faulting Brian here, I'm merely pointing out that Rudock has not been as advertised.
Game management? Yeah, OK, but let's not forget that with the running game (and perhaps more importantly, offensive line) we had with Griese, we could afford a passing game that was middling. We don't have that luxury here, and Rudock is no Griese.
As for this 'let's be happy being mediocre' garbage--is there not a MAC team you should be rooting for? I think most of us are willing to agree that it will take some time for us to get back to the top. But in the meantime, I think we're well within our rights to make legitimate criticisms of a QB who is performing at a level well below what was expected (and well below the level of a legitimate DI QB).
|5 weeks 1 day ago||Well, as long as unWavering||
Well, as long as unWavering says not to worry... he would seem to have considered all options and be open to negative possibilities.
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|24 weeks 1 day ago||One that keeps popping up in||
One that keeps popping up in my list is 'SchindlersFist'.
Don't get me wrong, I don't think this is a good name; but I do marvel at the utter tastelessness of it.
|26 weeks 6 days ago||What a load of crap||
If Hoke's reign had been successful, you and everyone else on the board would think this was a fantastic thing. It wasn't, and no doubt we're better off for the change that's come in the form of HARBAUGH. But the idea that you're looking at this as some kind of indication of why he failed (rather than the fact that he was simply a mediocre football coach) is absolutely laughable. I'd put the over/under on the impact/indicative nature of pictures/quotes in the weight room at 0.000001%. And I'd take the under.
|30 weeks 4 days ago||??||
You mean the players who signed up to be coached by Red Berenson?
You want him to be fired because you think he's not up to it anymore, that's fine. But don't couch it in some self-righteous crap about concern for the players.
|30 weeks 4 days ago||Winning with class||
The man has one year left on his contract. If he and Pearson talk (and do you really think they don't?) and agree now is the time, great. But if we throw a legendary coach (and the mentor of our ideal target, Babcock notwithstanding) out on his ass with one year left on his contract, I hardly think Pearson or any other coach worth their salt will come rushing in to replace him.
If he wants to, let the man finish out his contract. I have to imagine Pearson will be available and, with Red's blessing, willing, a year from now.
|34 weeks 3 days ago||Question:||
Is this the first time the words "Thanks NCAA" have ever been used without sarcasm?
|35 weeks 1 day ago||You've gotta be kidding||
The coach leaves in a month, six months, a year, I'm with you, but the next day? You think he just figured it out this morning? Drayton (and surely Urban) were engaged in an extended lie to get an 18-year-old kid to sign away the next four years of his life. All they had to do was wait one more day to publicly release a fait accompli.
There are worse things in the world, and yeah, sure, crap like this happens all the time in recruiting. But to quote Joe Biden, this is a big fucking deal.
|36 weeks 4 days ago||I'm looking forward to Paul||
I'm looking forward to Paul Giamatti playing Chad Ford when the movie version of this comes out.
|37 weeks 3 days ago||On the other hand...||
Perhaps he went to the Jags specifically to coach Denard. That would be an excellent decision.
|37 weeks 3 days ago||Those were 2 ideas: 1: worse||
Those were 2 ideas:
|37 weeks 3 days ago||Do you honestly think he||
Do you honestly think he wasn't expecting to land one of the open HC jobs?
The 'he didn't like Buffalo' angle (at least enough to leave a job) seems spurious for a guy who went to and coached Syracuse. As for him not liking his co-workers or owner, shit happens; it's not a great reason to leave.
As for Harbaugh, come on Magnus, is that even remotely the same thing? Guy leaves NFL to take 'Savior' HC job at one of the most prestigious and historically successful big-time college programs (that also happens to be his beloved alma mater) vs. guy leaves NFL HC job to become vaguely titled assistant coach at worse NFL team in Jacksonville?
I'm just gonna come right out and say it was a bad decision. And I'm pretty sure he knows it too.
|37 weeks 3 days ago||I don't know. HC jobs don't||
I don't know. HC jobs don't grow on trees. And it's not like he'll be the hottest name on the market next year after toiling away in anonymity in Jacksonville for a year.
|38 weeks 4 days ago||I hadn't thought I needed to||
I hadn't thought I needed to explain that the point of the thread was the tone-deafness of Meyer and OSU in bringing the issue of tattoos back to the fore when that was the very issue that brought the program into disrepute just a few short years back. Like you, I couldn't give a shit about whether Urban Meyer gets a tattoo, but yes the optics are pretty bad.
You don't like the thread, don't read it. The title itself gave it away.
|38 weeks 4 days ago||Exactly!||
That's what I was trying to reference. You seem to be the first (and only) to pick it up!
|38 weeks 4 days ago||Wishful thinking||
The best team almost loses at least one or two games every year, even when dominant. We can hate that they won it, but let's not take away what they did. They beat the hell out of a very good team with their 3rd string quarterback. You can try to denigrate that if you want, but you'll find yourself in pretty weak company. We can't be hoping for Ohio State to be weak--it's not happening anytime soon. The only thing we can hope for (and finally there is very good reason for this hope) is that Michigan will soon be just as good as they are, setting up epic battles in the B1G once again.
|38 weeks 4 days ago||??||
This is a non-comment.
What this season demonstrated, recruiting-wise, is that programs that will soon fire their coach, so that therefore you, as a recruit have absolutely no idea who you will be playing for, do not get top-notch recruits. Nothing more than that.
|39 weeks 4 days ago||Even a stopped clock...||
For once, you gotta agree with those idiots in Columbus.
|39 weeks 4 days ago||Not the end of the world||
Honestly, as long as Durkin is indeed coming, this doesn't seem like a major problem to me. In fact, I was starting to worry that it was (as someone had mentioned) a potential 'too many cooks' situation in the making.
A bit bummed over Marrow and Turley (if the noises we're hearing are true), but come on, aren't we getting just a little bit greedy?
|41 weeks 4 hours ago||A little conversation||
I think you have to expect that even if everything we've been told is true, Harbaugh will talk to the Raiders, if only out of courtesy (after all, it is reasonable to believe tha Harbaugh has an eventual NFL return in the back of his mind, and the Raiders always need a new coach, don't they?). If Harbaugh has given people assurances in the way he seems to have, a polite conversation is nothing to fear--he seems to be a man of some integrity.
|41 weeks 3 days ago||Reading skills||
If that's how you read it, you need to work on your reading. Baalke cannot prevent Harbaugh from going to Michigan if he so desires. Therefore, if he wants to keep him, he's going to have to do more than just say fairly blandly positive things about his very desired coah (if you think those statements were raves you must be very easy to impress). Harbaugh has been insulted by Baalke and York all season and they have said very little to suggest they want to keep him. If this is the best they can do, it ain't much--but it isn't, because they're not even trying. He's not gonna go out there and say, "screw that guy, we can't wait to be rid of him".
|42 weeks 20 hours ago||NFL will always be there||
I'd be very surprised if some version of "In the long term, the NFL will continue to be an option for you, but this is almost certainly your only chance to coach Michigan" doesn't make its way into Hackett's discussion with Harbaugh. Sure they'd love him to stay forever, but the best way to fend off the desire to win the Super Bowl objection is to make sure he understands that that dream will still be plausible.
|42 weeks 1 day ago||It's all about narrative||
I think the issue for many of us is that the narrative is just so damn compelling. With all the talk of how Bo was his hero and idol and his love for Michigan, it is incomprehensible to us (particularly alumni) that you could be offered the chance to come in (with no real financial loss) and be the savior of the university that we have to presume he feels as much about as we do and then turn it down.
It is true that none of us will ever be faced with the choice of coaching Michigan or an NFL team, but we all believe we would choose Michigan. Whether that is a realistic conclusion (kind of like "I never would have cooperated with the Nazis") is another question, and is an easy choice to make when its not a real one. Still, I'd like to say that I'd do the right thing (in both hypotheticals).
He may not be hated if he turns us down, but I don't think he'll ever be loved, or considered a true Michigan Man if he leaves us in the lurch in our hour of need.
|43 weeks 2 days ago||Let's not talk to anyone||
Let's not talk to anyone other than our top 3 choices. That way if they don't pan out we can start a search from scratch in January! Great idea!
|43 weeks 3 days ago||College experience?||
My issue with NFL coordinators would be the complete black hole in the portion of the resume in which you get some sense of their ability to recruit. Yes, it's great that you can say you coached x, y, and z players in the League, but if you can't deal with parents or deeply egotistical 16-year-olds (and let's face it--who wants to?), it's far from clear that you can get them to come play for you.
|43 weeks 6 days ago||The Eye Test||
Based on what we've seen out of him first hand against us alone, he should get a look in. He's been a consistent winner and seems to do it the right way. Worth a look, just in case Christmas never comes.
|44 weeks 2 days ago||Yes, I was joking. So much||
Yes, I was joking. So much so that I didn't think the old '/s' was necessary... Ahhh, well
|44 weeks 2 days ago||Jeez...people are touchy.||
Jeez...people are touchy. Lighten up!