Niko Porikos grew up in an NTDP billet home. Cool story.
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|1 year 2 weeks ago||The ONE thing that you do NOT have to worry about with Shaw . .||
is unlike Hoke, Rodriguez and yes, even Carr, he WILL not hesitate to ensure that his staff is made of QUALITY coaches over those with whom he may be friends or have some historical attachment to the program. To me, THAT has been THE defining problem with Michigan and is a big reason we have struggled for so long.
|1 year 2 weeks ago||What do people think about Butch Jones as a possible . . .||
candidate? He's not yet proven himself at Tennessee, but has a good track record elsewhere. Tennessee is NOT the equivalent of some of the big boys in the SEC, so assuming Brandon would write the check, do we think he'd be a possible fit?
|1 year 4 weeks ago||Outstanding. Devin Gardner as emoji.||
I've about had with Michigan and its tendency to cite its past. They have done NOTHING lately and are teetering on becoming a regional program. They have become the General Motors of the CFB world.
|1 year 4 weeks ago||Well, you know . . . clap,||
Well, you know . . . clap, clap, clap.
|1 year 8 weeks ago||Jeebus. This Offensive Line Stuff is Starting to be Alarming||
SOMETHING seems wrong with the process - it seems like either poor talent evaluation, poor development, poor coaching, or some combination of those three. Is it time to start pointing fingers at Funk? I honestly don't know. I know that learning the offensive line position is difficult, but for the love of god, it's not like we're trying to teach these kids quantum physics, is it?! :-/
|1 year 9 weeks ago||And just like that, the recruiting momentum goes bye-bye.||
We need a DE, another DB, RB and an OL, right?
|1 year 22 weeks ago||Recruiting is getting stepped up these days in the B1G, it . . .||
would seem. Michigan (or any other team, for that matter) is going to find it harder and harder to rely on taking the field with better talent for wins. MSU has become more of a player nationally and Wisconsin has been very stable at a fairly high level over the last 10 years. Franklin's staff still has to develop the talent and win on the field, for sure, but I think we might be seeing the beginnings of a new dynamic in the conference.
|1 year 40 weeks ago||If changes aren't made,||
If changes aren't made, Brandon and Hoke will confirm themselves to be the dumbasses that they appear to be. It's really THAT simple.
|1 year 41 weeks ago||George Campbell "likes" this||
George Campbell "likes" this post.
|1 year 41 weeks ago||Exceptionally well played,||
Exceptionally well played, sir.
|1 year 42 weeks ago||Good. Now let's DEVELOP the||
Good. Now let's DEVELOP the damn talent! No excuses in 2014.
|1 year 42 weeks ago||In the short time I have been||
In the short time I have been on this site, I have not seen a more incisive summarizing quote than this one when it comes to my problems with Michigan Football:
"It's not good that the only major school still willing to hire Michigan coaches is Michigan."
|1 year 43 weeks ago||Maybe you're right, but I am||
Maybe you're right, but I am underwhelmed. Michigan hasn't had a truly dominant defensive line in forever (they have had players, but not a whole line of wreckers), so you'll have to forgive me if I am a little incredulous when it comes to believing that Michigan has the ability to consistently develop underrated talent along the DL.
|1 year 43 weeks ago||Is the thought that the staff||
Is the thought that the staff is trying to build a relationship with a Florida school and thus made this offer? Considering how Mattison wants to use the DL in his defense, it seems like kind of an offer to a kid that will likely never start.
|1 year 43 weeks ago||Can someone give me a rundown||
Can someone give me a rundown on the story with Pallente? I missed his commitment and haven't heard a thing about him. Rivals has him rated a 2-star, so I am assuming there must be some story there.
|1 year 43 weeks ago||Stanford vs. MSU is a very||
Stanford vs. MSU is a very intriguing matchup to me. The MSU defense DARES you to throw deep with the style of play it uses. Interestingly, Kevin Hogan, the Stanford QB throws deep exceptionally well. If his line can give him the time, he will complete some passes. Where Hogan struggles is with the short to medium passes when pressured. If MSU can constantly hurry Hogan and get in his head, Stanford will struggle against MSU.
I got my RB tickets day before yesterday and can't wait to be there. Go Card!
|1 year 43 weeks ago||Puzzled by why it took the||
Puzzled by why it took the staff this long to offer Settle (given the other offers he has racked up) and depressed by the Sills offer likely meaning that Borges will really STILL be here next year. Sigh.
|1 year 44 weeks ago||Was definitely fired from||
Was definitely fired from Auburn, however.
|1 year 44 weeks ago||^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^THIS^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^||
is the question that needs answering. I suspect you will hear crickets.
|1 year 45 weeks ago||Thanks. Just as I hit post,||
Thanks. Just as I hit post, I discovered a link to said abbreviations, but I appreciate your help and your restraint in not hazing me for the noob that I am. ;-)
|1 year 45 weeks ago||As a relative noob to this||
As a relative noob to this place and as I have not been able to ferret out a FAQ sheet, can someone give me a primer to the various abbreviations such as "UFR" that are commonly used here?
|1 year 45 weeks ago||I wonder if Brady thinks||
I wonder if Brady thinks Jabrill Peppers is being "fickle" too, now that it appears that he wants to take visits?
|1 year 45 weeks ago||Indeed, you do. As a||
Indeed, you do. As a Michigan graduate and a Stanford graduate that lives a stone's throw from Stanford Stadium, I can tell you that being a Stanford fan is wonderful.
The crap that is Michigan football, i.e. coaches that care more about cronyism and history than excellence and accountability and an athletic department that is insular and arrogant, etc. is simply not part of the program at Stanford.
Seeing those kids (true scholar-athletes) take the field and play well fills me with a sense of pride and a feeling that "anything" is possible in a way that Michigan cannot.
When Stanford loses, I at least know that it loses because it "got beat," and I have NO fear that it lost because it is being led by substandard coaches with job security. Losses hurt, but they hurt a HELL OF A LOT LESS when you are sure that the whole machine is working well and is doing everything it can to prevent losing through the pursuit of excellence. I haven't felt that way about Michigan football in 25 years.
|1 year 45 weeks ago||So coaching consistency||
So coaching consistency "isn't difficult" according to Brady? That would seem to say that essentially, the kids we have are uncoachable. If coaching consistency ISN'T difficult, why then is it so elusive, coach?
Either the kids you have brought in are not capable of learning (calling into question your judgment about them in the recruting process), OR your coaches just haven't figured out how to teach them (calling into question the quality of your staff).
The "youth" argument has some validity, but the dumpster fire of an offensive line that we have had for the WHOLE SEASON and the lack of improvement there speaks to coaching.
|1 year 45 weeks ago||I should have been more||
I should have been more specific.
This OFFENSIVE staff has not shown me anything. You cite Funchess as a developed player, but his blocking is suspect and the jury is still out on his hands, in my opinion. He is good because he is a mismatch, not because he has developed. What role they use him in in the future remains to be seen. Will they try to "develop" him as a tight end, or use him as a very large wide receiver. Either way, I don't think his development is that great (perhaps it can be, but I'm not convinced YET).
As for an "Urban Meyer caliber" coach, I would have liked to have seen us pony up the money for a coach that had a PROVEN record at a bigger school than San Diego State. Pinkel comes to mind as a possibility, though admittedly, he's not a flashy name in the same vein as Meyer.
A better way to state my point is that it's been my impression that historically (since Bo), Michigan seems very timid about "going outside the family" because the alumni want a "Michigan Man." In the case of Rich Rod, while he definitely created a good portion of his own problems, a fractured alumni support base was most certainly a contributor in his demise.
The problem I have is that since Lloyd took over the program, we have not exactly developed any coaches that have gone on to succesful head coaching gigs at name schools. Contrast that with the plethora of names that worked for Bo and went on to successful post-Michigan careers.
So, on the one hand, the alumni want a "Michigan Man," but on the other, those that meet that litmus test haven't exactly lit up the coaching world.
It's going to take an AD with REAL backbone to put up the money to hire someone from outside the family and give him the resources to succeed. Is Brandon that man? I don't know.
|1 year 45 weeks ago||Perfect post.||
|1 year 45 weeks ago||Really good post. The scary||
Really good post. The scary and accurate thing about your musings is revealed in two points:
1. This staff has shown NO ability to develop players.
2. Your observation about no one of Urban Meyer's caliber wanting the Michigan job last time.
Mediocrity and a dysfunctional culture have become part of Michigan's DNA, spookily mirroring the collapse of the auto industry and the state's economy.
|1 year 45 weeks ago||Not sure if already posted, but . . .|
|1 year 47 weeks ago||To which a not insignificant||
To which a not insignificant portion of the Stanford Football team replied, "F#ck that." "Leaders and Best," my ass.
|1 year 47 weeks ago||PART (not all) of the reason||
PART (not all) of the reason that not getting Hand hurts for me is that I have absolutely NO FAITH in this staff's ability to develop the lesser rated players it has into something special.
In fact, if I am honest with myself, I would say that my fear about player development stretches well back into the Carr years and that my "gut" level belief about this program is that it is broken. Couple that with a belief that the powers that be are so caught up in the "Michigan Way" that they cannot see what many of us see and my only hope for ever being elite in football lies in our ability to recuit players that are so naturally gifted that even they cannot be screwed up by this program.
I can't shake the belief that underachieving has become part of the DNA at Michigan.