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|1 week 2 days ago||I am sure he was more qualified than Bates.||
Hired solely on merit, no doubt.
|1 week 4 days ago||Moot point||
both Brady and Belichick probably are laughing at the question. It's like, you find a collaborator who's really great at what they do and you're really great at what you do, you have enormous success together and it's generally acknowledged you compliment each other.
There's no problem, there's no questions there unless you're insecure. Lincoln didn't win the Civil War on his own. Does he win it without Grant and Sherman? Maybe not. Does Grant win it and go on to become President if he isn't given the shot by Lincoln? Nope. Nobody is on an island, nobody works entirely outside their circumstances. It's life and if you end up on the positive side of it, you take it and run with it.
|1 week 5 days ago||Harbaugh is a very good coach||
but that's a lot to get from that one stint in SF. In which he did not win a Super Bowl.
I think this is just contrarian clickbait to be honest. I don't Belichick is really debatable at this point.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||What reputation?||
Bad as HC at Michigan, bad as DC in Oregon. It's February. If he wanted to work this year, he had to take this job.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||What a dick||
Maybe if he didn't feel entitled to coach a big team, he still would be a coach at a big team. These guys pay him to do a job, he won't get a bigger one if he doesn't win there. He won't win if his team feels he doesn't give a crap.
|5 weeks 5 days ago||I always admired Sheridan.||
It's not easy to be asked to go out there to perform a role you know you can't master, the people asking you know you can't perform in, everyone watching knows you can't suceed at. You're just asked to do it because *someone* has to go out and do it just to get it over with. Good luck to him.
|7 weeks 5 days ago||Sick of college football for now||
To be honest, I've kinda been sick of it since the OSU game. I barely watched any of the bowls and last night's game did little to change this mood. I'll be back in the fall, probably for signing day even, but at the moment it's all pretty gloomy. During the Rich Rod/Hoke years people had forgotten how depressing the 3 loss ghetto can be as well. LLLoyd didn't sound good and wasn't very enjoyable in the end. Not criticizing Harbaugh at this point because really it's not even fully his team yet but at the moment it all feels rather discouraging.
|11 weeks 4 days ago||Not excited about it?||
Well then don't cry if we lose to FSU then. It's time to prove we did deserve the playoffs by walloping the Seminoles.
|11 weeks 4 days ago||If this is the final product, it's not good enough||
but it's Year 2 and we have two double digit win seasons under our belt. Too early to throw in the towel.
I'm pretty sure Jim Harbaugh knows that at Michigan the expectation is to win the Big Ten title, which if you're Michigan also pretty much means a playoff berth. Let's see in 3-4 years where we're at and if we're still stuck in Lloydland, we can have a cry about it then.
|12 weeks 4 days ago||Harbaugh in close games||
could be an issue down the line. He's just 11-13 as a FBS college coach in games decided by 7 points or less. Meyer in comparison is 35-13 or something like that. It seems clear that Meyer is a pretty aggressive coach while Harbaugh goes very conservative in these sorts of situations. Ferentz was more audacious in our game at Kinnick than Harbaugh and that's kind of worrisome.
Will Harbaugh's desire to be Bo v2.0 also ensure that he will suffer from the same fate i.e. no national titles and a meh record in big games?
|12 weeks 4 days ago||2019||
is 3 years from now. There's people posting on this forum who won't be alive in 2019 for sure. If we wanted to just flush the next two years down the drain and be good every once in a while, we wouldn't need the best-paid coach in college football. We expect to beat OSU next year, end of story.
|12 weeks 5 days ago||The breaks/little things||
I just wonder if we'll ever again have these things go our way in this game. It seems like we're just destined to end up on the wrong end of it.
|13 weeks 4 days ago||Well, he could be a homer||
and say Michigan pulls off the upset at OSU and then wins the BTCG. While not the most likely scenario, it's also not some harebrained fantasy either. I think we're the underdog in C-Bus but you see a lot bigger upsets almost on a weekly basis in college football.
|14 weeks 3 days ago||Most experts||
predicted O'Korn to be the starter this year. I think Speight probably is the better QB now due to the experience amassed playing in the Big Ten this year but it's hardly crazy to think that the fact he's not gonna be around for another year played a big role in Speight winning the role to start the year.
|14 weeks 4 days ago||Are you suggesting the Iowa team are||
Trump fans and were therefore buoyant rather than depressed? I mean I suppose there is a possibility, I believe their QB and a few others attended a Trump rally in January. It would be almost humorous if there's truth to that.
But questionable if our coaches did not successfully fight that. It's their job as professionals to not let the team be distracted.
|14 weeks 4 days ago||Bad things happen for a reason||
It's naive to think that 'bad things' in a competition just happen to occur for some magical reason. If you get underperformance across the board in all phases of the game, that's not a coincidence or 'one of those nights'.
I could sense 30 minutes into the game that Michigan lacked energy and intensity. Harbaugh even was subdued. Did you see the reaction when our player was ejected? There wasn't anger either at the ref or the player. There was nothing. It was a mostly indifferent Michigan bench.
Football is a game of violence and intent is a big part of violence. The team that is more eager to get in there will win 90% of the time. This is how upsets occur. Complacency, being elsewhere mentally when your opponent is eager to kick your teeth in more than anything.
Michigan played complacent and has played complacent at least since Illinois IMO. This was the first opponent able to make us pay.
|14 weeks 4 days ago||It wasn't the first game with issues||
it was the first game they were punished for these issues. I really felt the form curve dipped a bit over the last month and this was the most difficult challenge yet so you go into the game a bit sloppy, not entirely on point and you run into an opponent who is one-dimensional but can pull that one dimension off extremely well in the right scenario.
When you saw how the D played Wadley for much of the game, you wonder if they had seen a scouting report asking them to watch for the shifty jump cuts. They probably did, but perhaps they were so caught up on the media reports of them being 'the best D in college football' that they didn't prepare themselves as well as they could have. Perhaps the coaches did not notice that the team wasn't preparing with the require intensity, perhaps they themselves were not entirely focused on the game prep for this one.
This happens a lot in sport but especially in college football, but it's a bit odd when the team that's basically out of any championship scenarios plays a game with aggressiveness, focus and enthusiasm and yet the team with a shot at the National Championship on the line plays flat and cold. This doesn't happen for no reason, there's no 'magic' involved. This happens because complacency is a true challenge for every competitor, because if you're not hungry enough it's easy to give in when things don't go your way. Iowa was hungrier than Michigan and Ferentz coached for a bigger prize than Harbaugh. That's not really acceptable given the scenario. It happens but it's a big and costly mistake when it does happen. Nobody should insult Harbaugh or imply he's under pressure to deliver or anything like that, but you also gotta point out fuckups.
I also believe, firmly, that it was a big mistake for Harbaugh to attend the Obama/Clinton rally ahead of the election. That's not a political comment. It undoubtedly created a distraction. It was one of the most reported sports stories on Tuesday morning and had nothing to do with Michigan football or the game. And it's not like this is something like an appearance at a basketball game or throwing the first pitch here or there, because it was a controversial move that had controversial implications. Almost everyone involved with Michigan football would have an opinion on it, one way or the other. It adds an element to the equation where perhaps the Iowa game isn't as important anymore. And I am sure most agree that the Presidential election is more important than a football game, but we pay Jim Harbaugh a lot of money to act like the football game is the center of his universe.
|14 weeks 4 days ago||Best course of action||
would have been to approach that last drive the way you'd approach a drive in the 1st quarter. Don't even think about the clock. With them having 3 timeouts there's just no way you're going to drain the clock significantly enough in any event for the clock to become a major issue for them.
There's a higher probability of making the required 1st down if you do that, but even if you throw 3 passes and go 3 and out, there would still be like 1:38 or so on the clock which leaves you in pretty much exactly the same situation except Iowa would still have timeouts. But how are they of use to them? They're more likely to run out of downs than time given the scenario. If anything it would increase the chance for them to kick a FG with perhaps 30 seconds left which gives us another shot (albeit a long one but better than none).
The issue here is IMO that a lot of routine attitudes held by coaches in football today still come from a time where being a score down with 2 minutes left is a big deal, where the 2 minute drill was seen as a 'hero' scenario - rather than the reality of today's game where you can see 3 touchdowns scored in under 2 minutes on a pretty much weekly basis.
Harbaugh is not as stodgy and conservative as he likes to pretend but yesterday he coached down to Ferentz's level and that favored Iowa whose special teams effort basically won the game for them. You got into a game with them where their punter could earn MVP basically and that's not where you want to be.
|14 weeks 4 days ago||The boasting and gloating here||
had nothing to do with the loss, but even if you don't play in the game you can still look like a jackass.
You know, we mock the "Pride Comes Before The Fall" thing and every fanbase has their share of people like that but the boastfulness and arrogance displayed on this forum in the last 6-7 weeks (at least since Rutgers) has been uncomfortable. Nothing to do with it 'jinxing' anyone, it's just a bad look on anyone. It's the attitude that makes neutrals root for the underdogs and makes other teams angry. We can't be surprised if teams play their best games vs. us when we give them every reason to be *particularly* motivated against us.
|14 weeks 4 days ago||Where did Iowa match up favorably vs Michigan?||
Before the game, even many Iowa fans expected to lose. College football can be a crazy sport, nothing is impossible.
|14 weeks 4 days ago||Funny how Punt||
was written to mock that viewpoint and yet it somehow actually came true. Sounds familiar.
|14 weeks 4 days ago||The only way to redeem the season now||
is to win in Columbus. As unlikely as it looks now, it's no more unlikely than Iowa beating us a week after getting blown out by PSU.
The truth is that it's really hard to maintain focus over 13 weeks and it's really hard to go undefeated. Even Saban loses one more often than not and not always in the games vs the toughest opposition either.
|14 weeks 4 days ago||It was a brutal brutal performance||
Iowa scored 14 points, 2 of those off a very much avoidable safety. It really wouldn't have taken a great offensive performance to win this or even a very good one. Nobody asks Speight to carry the team, just get us 20 points and with our defense we'd be good to go most of the time.
What we got was the worst Michigan offensive performance of the Harbaugh era. Speight was subterranean, the receivers had drops, the O-Line looked completely out of sorts. With this type of offensive performance, we would have lost in East Lansing and we would have lost to Colorado and some other games would have been quite a bit closer. And if they don't play better vs Indiana next week, they could be in trouble there too.
While these types of hiccups happen, the team now would need to pull an all-world performance out of their a**es to have a shot in Columbus. And it's difficult to see it. All this talk about Bama and best team in CFB was just both hubris and hype. This team will need something of a miracle to avoid a 2nd tier Florida bowl.
|14 weeks 4 days ago||Subpar effort by everyone involved||
Iowa are not very good and even though they played a good game today, there were plenty of opportunities on the field to win this game.
Speight choked big time and so did the receivers. The truth is that they hadn't been in an environment like this before, the truth is that they hadn't been up against it before.
If this is the kind of game that shows the character of a team then this game has shown Michigan to be the same old - namely a team that will lose multiple games even in good' years.
It's really difficult to see this team win or even compete in Columbus. If they lose there, it's off to Florida for a nice Bowl game vs a team like Auburn or LSU..
|14 weeks 4 days ago||Didn't Michigan run that 3rd down play||
a drive or two ago already and it was stopped for a loss as well?
The offense reminds me of the Hoke years tonight. Russell Bellomy dressed up as Speight.
|14 weeks 4 days ago||Maybe Harbaugh should have prepped for Iowa||
rather than attend political rallies this week.
|14 weeks 4 days ago||Iowa is playing ultra-conservative||
with all that's attached to it. There's a reason they were in the game vs Wisconsin til the end. You won't easily score on these guys typically (last week's PSU game was an aberration) as they drain the clock on purpose to shorten the game. And all they need is a couple good plays to put 14-17 points on the board and you know, it's not guaranteed you'll score more.
Michigan did a few things to help Iowa in this half. The running into the punter penalties, the safety, some drops, some bad passes because Speight is scared of their pass rush. Without that, it's like 17-3 or something which would be still not 'over' but a lot more comfortable than 10-8.
|14 weeks 4 days ago||Speight's worst game this year so far?||
He's not playing well, no rhythm.
|14 weeks 4 days ago||No idea why he didn't call a timeout||
ahead of the 4th down. It feels like Harbaugh isn't in the game tonight either. Has barely shown any emotion.
|14 weeks 4 days ago||Michigan's effort is not good.||
Quite a few players playing sloppy and unfocused.