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|5 days 18 hours ago||How dirty does that draft||
How dirty does that draft kings advert make you feel, Brian?
|1 week 5 days ago||Cardale Jones is 6'5" 250lbs||
Cardale Jones is 6'5" 250lbs and has a plus arm.
Jake Rudock is 6'3" 208lbs and doesn't have a plus arm.
A three game flash might have been enough to convince GMs that Cardale could meet the potential his physical attributes provided.
I doubt a three game flash would be enough to convince GMs that Jake Rudock can overcome his limited physical attributes.
|5 weeks 3 days ago||Ummmm, on that 2014 clip, he||
Ummmm, on that 2014 clip, he clearly underthrows Duzey (?) by a good bit, making it a very tough catch and leaving yards out there.
Perhaps Iowa didn't throw downfield very often and had more natural receivers as deep threats, leading it to be a combination of limited sample size and Jehu Chesson's lack of adjustment?
I mean, how many throws did he make 20-yards downfield for Iowa last year? 15-20?
|5 weeks 6 days ago||On the coaching staff. From||
On the coaching staff. From the point where Michigan got their last first down and a punt with a few seconds left was a good possibility, Baxter should have been coaching up Baxter to fall on the ball if there was any trouble. He also should have been getting his guys ready for max protection with Peppers deep behind the O'Neill in case of trouble.
Huge failure by the special teams staff.
|6 weeks 2 days ago||He only has offers from||
He only has offers from Vanderbilt and Kentucky. All of those other teams are listed as "interests".
|6 weeks 3 days ago||Counterpoints: Chesson has||
Chesson has more yards from scrimmage and TDs than Kings, not counting the kick return (which Kings doesn't do).
The best rushing defense LJ Scott has played against is #58 Air Force. He had 23 yards on 11 carries. He has 223 yards (over half his total) on 31 carries in the games against Purdue and WMU, ranked 108th and 126th in the country in YPC allowed. It is also of note that Michigan has turtled up on offense and ran into 8-man fronts for half to all of the last 5 games.
|7 weeks 2 days ago||No, not really||
They don't employ a fullback much, typically go with a lot of receiver-heavy shotgun formations, and their two main running backs (Christian McCaffrey is their starter) are 200lb not-quite-scatback types.
|9 weeks 4 days ago||I guess I defend Smith too||
I guess I defend Smith too much here, but that first -3 play seemed to unfold completely differently to the Isaac touchdown. Isaac was out in front of Glasgow for the sweep but then slowed up when Glasgow was able to get turned north and south. That never happened on the Smith sweep, as Glasgow had to take that linebacker (with what may have been a block in the back). And on that play, who is Mason Cole supposed to be blocking there? He runs by the unblocked corner and doesn't seem to target anyone. Maybe Smith was following him upfield since he was the free blocker and Glasgow was tied up behind the line of scrimmage?
On the -1, Smith follows his lead guy, but Braden can't get through the hole. I'm having hard time figuring out how you can be sure he missed a lane to the inside when Utah had 9 men in the box and all of them stacked the line at the snap.
I honestly don't know the answer on these, but I just don't follow how you are so sure that's how those are supposed to play out.
|10 weeks 5 days ago||I don't think you are very||
I don't think you are very good on the NFL stuff, Brian. I'm pretty sure those top 10 seasons are generally a factor of rookie QBs starting for horrible teams in a pass happy era of the NFL.
Robert Griffin - laughing stock who lost his job to pro-style JAG Kirk Cousins
Mike Glennon - Backup QB for TB
Cam Newton - completely stunted after rookie year and currently heading up one of the worst offenses in the NFL
Teddy Bridgewater - one season with as many turnovers as touchdowns. I do expect him to have a good career, but not enough there to make an argument either way yet.
Russell Wilson - Only QB on this list that is a true success, but he made his draft profile at one of the most devout "pro-style" programs in the country.
The no-huddle, get to the line and get the playcall (of a very short list) from the sideline causes QBs to be very limited in the ids and reads.
|11 weeks 3 days ago||Arizona State ran 239 against||
Arizona State ran 239 against them
|11 weeks 3 days ago||Kalis couldn't pull cleanly||
Kalis couldn't pull cleanly because Braden gets blown up into the backfield just like he did on the QB sneak that got blown up.
I thought Kalis was bad, but Braden was atrocious in this game.
|11 weeks 3 days ago||Perhaps, but he doesn't seem||
Perhaps, but he doesn't seem to kick the guy out so much as he doesn't get pushed too far back into B Gap.
The tackle had to maintain the edge with the end flying into the backfield, but Braden did nothing to keep him honest. He really could have been nonexistent because the tackle wasn't crashing the hole, and Braden wasn't engaged enough to do anything if he tried.
|11 weeks 3 days ago||100% agree. Braden and||
100% agree. Braden and Glasgow got completely destroyed on this run. If either has any control over their mark, that run is bust up the middle like the previous on that drive.
|11 weeks 3 days ago||On the fourth and 2, I||
On the fourth and 2, I completely disagree that Smith can get away from the guy in the A-Gap if he just follows Kalis. That backer is behind Kalis's pull while Kalis is still 2 yards behind the line of scrimmage. That is a loss of yardage whether Smith follows Kalis or cuts up as he did. One way he is running at the tackler, the other way he is getting pulled down from behind.
On the next clip where he misses the outside cut, I think you have to look at how badly Braden is getting blown up and losing the edge to the Utah lineman. That lineman can disengage and string that run out at any point because Braden simply didn't get a bit of leverage.
|11 weeks 3 days ago||NFL personnel also are less||
NFL personnel also are less restricted in their ability to prepare and have a lot more continuity.
|11 weeks 3 days ago||Lightning quick 6'0, 180lb||
Lightning quick 6'0, 180lb slot receivers are common enough that most programs can have a few.
Lightning quick 230-240 linebackers are hard to come by. There are only a few every year.
The difference in athleticism between NFL level slot receivers and middling college slot receivers is a lot less than the difference between the same tiers in linebackers.
|13 weeks 5 days ago||Both of the passes to Manley||
Both of the passes to Manley and Duzey look drastically underthrown because there was no one behind them and passes thrown a couple steps farther could have resulted in touchdowns.
I think they failed to adjust because both were expecting longer passes and couldn't come back to them. KMM is Iowa's all-time leader in receptions and Duzey is projected to be one of the first tight ends drafted last year. They are both really good players.
In the Dudeck example, he adjusted because appeared pretty clear they were targeting the pylon and the ball was placed exactly where it should have been.
|16 weeks 1 day ago||1370 If you look you also||
If you look you also see that Clark lowers his head and plants his helmet into Braxton above the wings first. Swatting at the ball also doesn't prevent a solid tackle when the ball is held high and away from the body like unsuspecting QBs do.
|16 weeks 1 day ago||1364 There is a pretty||
There is a pretty clear trend there, and 26th is kinda middle of the road for an opponent-adjusted metric like FEI.
The results you have there suggest that Michigan's defense went from above average/good to mediocre during Mattison's time.
|16 weeks 1 day ago||1352 Its difficult to||
Its difficult to have a discussion with such and ill-defined term as "bad", so here is how I would put it:
the demotion and anemic pass rush numbers during Mattison's time (especially with talent that graded out well with the NFL) are clear indicators that Mattison wasn't good enough.
I'm not arguing that this play is a sign of bad coaching, just that Mattison is definitely not above reproach. Most aspects of the defense were very reliable, but Mattison bounced quite a bit between schemes and player positions, and in some aspects the players on the field just didn't perform up to par.
|16 weeks 1 day ago||1346 He did lower his||
He did lower his head a bit and missed a ball that was served up to him on a platter, so I wouldn't say it was a great fundamental play. I think he kinda went for a kill shot when he could have stayed a little more composed and may a play for the ball.
Wouldn't agree that it is a sign by itself of bad coaching. Just a young player missing an opportunity in the heat of the moment. That happens.
|16 weeks 1 day ago||Not to take a side either way in this||
But Harbaugh did demote Mattison in favor of a DC with less experience, and I'm pretty sure Durkin will be handling the BUCK/rush end positional duties that Frank Clark would fall into in the new scheme.
I consider Mattison's continued presence on this staff as a matter of Mattison's desire to stay in the area more than an endorsement by Harbaugh.
|22 weeks 5 days ago||Taking your clues on ethical||
Taking your clues on ethical treatment of amateur athletes from the NCAA, are ya?
|22 weeks 5 days ago||That isn't even a valid||
That isn't even a valid rationalization given in all four occasions he didn't contact or respond to the recruit regarding his scholarship status.
If your scenario was the case, the staff would have had to inform the kid that they were no longer wanted, rather than ignoring them until they went away.
He basically just fixed the glitch.
|27 weeks 2 days ago||426 Not many. In the||
Not many. In the games Michigan lost, it was established early and often that the offense was not going to do much to win the game.
Being overly aggressive in the passing game was also absolutely not the problem.
|28 weeks 17 hours ago||I 491 I did some digging||
I did some digging on that time because I was bored and because I didn't believe he was that fast after watching the tape.
That time was posted in the Randolph County Meet. All 8 runners posted their best times on the season in the sprint. Most posted their best career time in that sprint. And the majority posted their best career time by over a quarter of a second in that sprint.
Are we sure those timers were perfectly accurate?
|32 weeks 2 days ago||If your point is that Beilein||
If your point is that Beilein will take one in three of his 3* big men recruits and turn them into valuable role players, I will certainly grant that.
However, the Beilein magic we generally are referring to means taking a high 3* or low 4* and making them B1G player of the year candidates.
No big man Beilein has coached at Michigan has taken the career arc of Trey Burke, Nik Stauskas, Tim Hardaway, Darius Morris, or Caris Levert. Not even close.
|32 weeks 2 days ago||Cronin didn't look like he||
Cronin didn't look like he was set to blow up, and Donnal barely saw the floor. But Doyle is looking like a quality player.
Anyways, out of the other players there, you have one that turned into a decent player, and the "poster child for Beileining" didn't even make All B1G honorable mention. Morgan was a great "glue" guy who directed the defense very well, but he never rose above "competent".
|32 weeks 2 days ago||3* magic doesn't extend to big men, apparently||
|35 weeks 4 days ago||It is really hard for me to||
It is really hard for me to believe that the toe injury was that hindering to the guy running down an all-conference safety in that gif, or that it had much of anything to do with his dropsies. I also wonder if his catch percentage had much more to do with the complete abandonment of downfield passing (Gardner's completion percentage increased and YPA cratered last year).
Funchess may or may not excel in the pros, but his departure was met with a chorus of "meh" because he had problem maintaining any consistency of focus and effort that was indicative of the team as a whole.