I'VE HAD JUST ABOUT ENOUGH OF YOU SONNY
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|1 day 16 hours ago||For the love of God||
For what seems to be 70% of the posters here - try thinking for yourself and not just running with the sorry ass narrative of "we suck, and will suck, I love being a DB pessimist".
(If) you actually look at this season and take into account what exactly went wrong and contributing factors (hint - not everything was Al's play calling, Brady's no-headphones, or other common themes) you would see that we have a pretty explosive offense albeit young and still very erratic but getting better. We also have a pretty good defense for the most part that also is capable of very good performances.
If you are a true fan and not just a "yeah what the mods think" guy - then you would look at this game and be optimistic. Gardner will be more consistant. O-line will have time over the next few weeks to really fine-tune and put in a good performance, defense is not facing the OSU combo and will play an above season average statistically. Michigan should win this game by 10.
BTW - hearing that players are happy with the BWW connnections because they do like their food . Sorry that all of the highly developed pallets on the board feel this establishiment and the Bowl are beneath them.
|6 days 15 hours ago||Again -||
Let's highlight that some plays are because the other team makes mistakes ergo - the offense (collective) reeeeaaaaaallllllleeeeeee didn't show much improvement.
Yeah - there has never been a game before in the history of football where one team didn't always align perfectly (IN F'ING HINDSIGHT). In fact it is such an anomaly that we should call it out.
Brian would bitch about Jesus Christ himself "all these hand jestures", "defiant in his arrogance to keep dressing down".
The game Saturday was a good game, called well, played well with the usual smattering of mistakes. It is a sample size of one right now separating itself from the prior two games but given the team it hopefully is a predictor of how this team can perform when all are in sync.
For those who have played/coached will easilly understand that the game can't be viewed through finite engineering retrospective analysis. At least not fully. Too many moving parts (brains, physics, player roles, sun, turf, play, alignment etc.). There is not ever a perfect game so looking at the shit/doubt side of this game really is just trying to maintain a narrative.
|6 days 15 hours ago||Damn you football knowledge||
This will not sit well with Brian's negative narrative. "there has just gotta be a huge problem lurking in this data somewhere. Let's go find it !"
|1 week 14 hours ago||I could see Mallory being eager||
He is that type of coach (this is a compliment). On paper, Martin has a pretty good CV to present to M O. He was pretty aggressive and successful at GVSU and now has the recruiting, db, and OC roles at ND to present. It fits.
So - we get to go against ND then ND's spinoff NuCo the next week in 2014. Martin will take a lot of risks. He was very well known for not punting (should please some here) alot at GVSU and making a go of it. He did have a pretty good QB though to and I don't think he'll have the analog at M O for a while.
|1 week 20 hours ago||What the F ?||
Hey ! Let's get started being a downer and douche bag for next seasons projections too ! Hurray !
Really - your projections are based on your and the board's pitiful mob mentality this season. Get over it. You saw what the team can do Saturday. Shit happens during seasons. Borges is going to be OC'ing for his career and should be pretty close to what we saw Saturday.
Your analysis of teams is sophomoric.
Worst case is at most 2 losses. Realistic based on this team's roster and the opponents is 1 loss.
Braxton Miller sans Carlos Hyde is a loss next season if that's the case. They guys on OSU behind Hyde are not in his category. No Hyde Saturday and we would have won by 2 touchdowns.
|1 week 3 days ago||Electric and...||
anyone who sold their tickets to OSU fans are complete DB's. Nothing more to be said. Also, the horses asses that lament about this team constantly are in the same category. You have to be present for the this game more than any other. If you can support the team even in challenging seasons then you are really the worst part of this entire experience.
|2 weeks 16 hours ago||Yeah - you are right||
That comment about the "team" isn't about the players. In fact your whole family are a bunch of whores and drug abusers, BUT, I only mean that about "the" family, not the members of "the" family.
Hey, let's even disregard the fact that I also say nice things about your family members too. Now the fact that "the" family are whores and druggies really is said with a smarty-pants engineering degree sarcasm and all your really smart in agreement friends know that.
Poor Brian doesn't like when prices are raised. Boo fucking hoo. I hate it when prices are raised too and I can make a choice.... but lets get back to talking about your family - the family, not the members you know....
|2 weeks 16 hours ago||So Brian||
You are railing against the modern age of sports marketing and "big business". Got it.
I'm sure on a relative scale you charge your advertisers right? Do you decrease your rates when less people look at the blog for a while?
Calling the team (or as will be corrected "shuffling like") syphilitic pigs is really the the best here. Guaran - fucking - damn - tee you do not have the balls to say that to a player do you? Piece of shit comment about the team and the kids.
|2 weeks 18 hours ago||Connection with Pipkins?||
Any thoughts if this is prompted as some stated because of losing Hand or is this maybe connected with Pipkins?
Looks like Henry is a rising talent so if this kid can develop and be something akin to Mike Martin starting next fall (not playing but in line for that position) then has there been a determination about Pipkins?
|2 weeks 6 days ago||Is this not a valid subject?||
First off it has nothing to do with my liking or disliking him so think what you want. I see on this board discussion on whether players have the potential to excel at a position or not so I think this is a fair issue if you are willing to look at it objectively and have perhaps some football background.
It's a chicken-egg arguement. Is DG struggling because he burdoned with Borges or is Borges struggling because DG is not able to execute components of the QB position. This does not mean that DG can't do it next year and my early vote would be yes he will make the leap.
But if you really...... understand football you would have to allow for the argument that DG despite his incredible efforts to save games has been a lead/key role in getting the offense into tight spots. Now the reason for that is up for discussion and conjecture.
Are all the troubles he has soldiered through a direct result of a young line, bad play calling, poor blocking TE's etc? Maybe but a valid discussion could be is the QB's "performance" causing downstream effects for the offense.
When I have coached I knew that if we felt we could unnerve a QB or he had tendancies to bail (for whatever reason) we specifically addressed that in our defensive game plan.
Unfortunately now we are in a loop where DG can't really develop because of what state the offense is in and therefore teams are aggressively pressuring him in the areas where they believe he can make an error or be conflicted (not throwing quickly enough for example)
To answer an above question I do think a pocket passer with a low turnover rating and accurate arm could very well have gotten this team to a 1 loss season. I am not saying that is Shane yet either since he needs game experience. I also say that DG's early struggles have enabled "some" not all of the problems the offensive system now faces. Yes his athleticism and fight has absolutely saved the game multiple times now - I am pretty confident the offense will get to a point next season where DG doesn't have to rely on the rib-risking heroics with but a few exceptions.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||Overlooking||
an area that I am wondering why isn't attempted to address in this:
Is DG able to play QB at this level? He may, and he may very well may not, but it's interesting you don't ascribe a slice to him.
|3 weeks 14 hours ago||Hoke is the one||
I am confused how he can't lead and help orchestrate that unit without a fucking headset...
|3 weeks 19 hours ago||agree and don't||
with some of your positions.
Not sure that I would draw the conclusion that Fitz is "very, very" good. Not horrible, but not in that category. Also I ask this in all objectivity - there is a narrative around Gardner that should be scrutinized (refering to your point about how good he is).
Where would this offense be without all of his mental errors this season (fumbles and picks and probably half of the sacks are attributable to him and not others). Early in the season those mistakes put the team on its heals and very much affected momentum.
This one I struggle with, yes DG has absolutely dragged us out almost single handedly of big holes with his (at that point in the game) athleticism and competitiveness .... yet.... he was the one more times than not that was to be looked at as the primary contributor to those situations (we were running the ball well Saturday but stalled when we had to get production out of a QB making QB decisions correctly). Do you laud someone who leads you to the backside of a cliff and then later pulls you back to safety? I really am not sure on this one.
I believe very much that next season 80% + of these issues are gone because of his experience of this year. I would say that if you see any sign of mental mistakes in game one next year (or any point early in the season) we may have an answer definitively about his ability to play at the level the team needs.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||Your Experience||
in what. ? You think coaches don't take how difficult a particular play or action is? Do you think for a minute that part of what we are seeing is the coaches really simplifying many things to find a point where the offense gels and is effective. You'd be having a shit fit if they were making it harder.
There are also expectations for players on a graduated scale. Certainly would have to hold Fitz accountable for troubles he's had in pass pro - he's been there 4 years and has been taught technique I'm sure.
I have also seen Mattison exactly say what you are proposing the coaches don't do (it's your responsibility...) with regards to Stribling. He's talked about how he has been right there and it just has to start breaking his way and expressed confidence that it will. He didn't fling Strib under the bus and say he just has to execute.
Whatever spooked all of you about Space Coyote sure has revealed kind an interesting side to your positions and assumed status.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||Unifying theory of db's||
"the part of the brain that has the ability to release the enzymes with which to formulate excuses is often destroyed in the process of playing or coaching football. "
So... if you haven't played/coached you somehow don't have the ability to address what is happening with any accuracy? Is that what you are saying? I am smart enough to know (how) to fly an f-18 and I can probably write about it to a depth of where most of my facts are absolutely correct. Bet I can't land it on the damn carrier though
|3 weeks 6 days ago||above to comments||
absolutely prove you have NO idea about what successful S&C is. First off, I think from all accounts Wellmen is on his way and doing a very good job. With that being said statements like... "D line is in best shape in years" (by what metric, how do you know the state of S&C of the other units in prior years). Seems to me Mike Martin may be an example to skew your statement (Van Bergen, Roh as well). Secondly, pictures of guys getting bigger over winter conditioning only proves that they lifted and got bigger..... you can lift like a jersey fool and get bigger. You can not judge strength, increase in base metrics by a picture. Again, I am guessing they improved but you can not make that determination by a picture. Finally, age has something to do with guys getting bigger, stronger, faster. Look at Lewan in his freshman year to judge how much size he's added.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||First impression is||
That you were taking a stance against said poster. Don't dig in your heels all Borges like now.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||Wow Blue||
Pretty succinct and straightforward rebuttal. How dare he really dig into some aspects of this and shed some light. Love the statistic of "most" people (here) are critical of him. That has to be a reason his argument is moot.
I think SC can take care of his own defense of this but I would say that breaking down the play(s) to this degree and understanding where the flaws are are precisely how you begin to follow path to a correction. I know we don't have one yet and I am frustrated but this is I'm sure what the coaches are looking at with much more critical eye. In the end it may be that someone has to be replaced but your comparison of running amounts and results is vacuous. It's that kind of general critique without any depth of description that is a big part of the mob mentality here.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||Ferrigno/Jackson||
Ferrigno has the TE's and U/H guys (Paskorz, Williams, Butt, Hill, and word is some Shallman who is working with this and the RB group per some posts). Jackson is all RB/FB I believe.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||A rhetorical question||
Regarding the RB's - Fitz is a senior. Is it fair to assume he should be making little to no mistakes? Kerridge is a walk-on therefore had the grades/smarts to get accepted on his own.
To SC point about "getting through to them". Is the denominator on this part of this play Jackson?
|4 weeks 17 hours ago||Joe missed it||
Also Gardner did not trip trying to read a crashing corner - tripped because Kerridge's guy caused Fitz to stall otherwise DG would have been in the clear (footwise). Kerridge just needs to occupy the guy in some shape or form for it to theoretically work. The O-line and Bosch especially did their job.
Usually have seen this where the lead (in this case Kerridge) is suppose to track "inside to out". The idea being that he can interrupt what happened or the DB has to make a decision (and therefore slowdown and play the ball) which will enable the read option to work.
Don't think Kerridge anticipated that the guy was coming inside like that and that is why the lateral release.
|5 weeks 15 hours ago||Jackson / replacement||
I agree with SC that it is this year or next at latest with FJ. Jeromy graduates this spring and maybe some of this situation is being used to scrutinize Jackson. Hoke even made a comment about RB development...
Absolutely NO to Mike Hart unless Tyrone Wheatley turns it down. Wheatley has been a successful coach and recruiter (of the Detroit area too which was always what everyone said was/is FJ's strengths). Wheatley is at Buffalo getting some even better experience after moving from the Syracuse gig. Hart may be very good but you are getting the better of the two with Wheatley. TW would literaly be a plug-in-play in every high school in the region.
Space Coyote - very impressed with the work you have assembled elsewhere. Kudos.
|5 weeks 6 days ago||speaking of paying attention||
he didn't play after a kick return early in the 1st quarter - but you are close and smarmy enough....
|5 weeks 6 days ago||It's not 1% - more like 40%||
1% may be the vocal asses at games - the rest post.... I would add basically add every poster here who 3 weeks ago went after Borges in the same way the article describes the fans.
Another point - because you are a fan of a school or went to the school is irrelevant. Someone who went to Saginaw Valley is less a fan than someone who went to Michigan? That's a bit of the problem here....
|6 weeks 3 days ago||Dear Salvatore||
you sir are an ass....
|6 weeks 6 days ago||Here's the grind||
Give Al credit when credit is due (in moderation). Give Al criticism when criticism is due (in moderation). Last week was not in moderation and was basically MGoMob. The guy is dealing with a QB that has wave amplitudes much greater than Dennard did and I am betting is calling plays to try and hedge/accomodate what he sees constantly at practice or anticipating what the issue of the game may be.
Is every poster here now starting a career as a guest analyst for some other posters' new blog?
|6 weeks 6 days ago||Wait - I thought Borges was turrible||
Seems like, maybe perhaps, there is more going on with this offense than the bashing last week.
|7 weeks 19 hours ago||Up Tempo vs. No Huddle||
These two get mixed together often but you have to separate. While no-huddle can be up-tempo it isn't always...
I have no idea how to do this but I am guessing by using my God given "I think I remember" powers that it seemed many of Indiana's big plays were pure up-temp affairs. There were times where they got to the line and then checked out of plays and I could see that the defense was able to at least stop moving and communicate amongst each other. I would be curious to see if these plays were on-par as successful as the up-temp ones.
|7 weeks 1 day ago||Actually you're kinda right/wrong||
ACL's are avascular especially as compared to a tendon. Now some ligaments are "very" vascular (as compared to other ligaments). MCL and LCL are quite vascular and unless you tear it from the bone it will regenerate. Pretty sure we have had a couple of MCL "tears" this year through the grapevine and I know those players are back 100%.
Someone mentioned S&C doesn't affect this - well we are an a pretty accelerated injury rate on this injury so we shouldn't overlook any variable. Obviously you could have the best program and a kid could tear his ACL falling down the stairs, but it would be interesting to learn our S&C prehab and leg regimen. Leg strength can help - especially hamstrings in preventing or minimizing ACL injuries due to hyperextension - they act as a break.
This is disheartening but if we go by the Jake Ryan model he will be practicing in spring albeit lightly and good for next year.
|7 weeks 6 days ago||yep||
I said coach "a" team and then gave examples. Did not say coach "the" team. See how your collective hindsight does at coach real humans in real time.
"the team" does feed you all. No Michigan football - no smarty pants blog sites (for this program at least)
I don't think you know why the performance of the RB game was what it was - I mean you should after looking at countless replays and affixing correlation to every causation. This is what I mean by actually coaching some humans. We kind of weird in that we are all over the place and make mistakes (even if taught the right way). Humans are fallable ya know.
"Math" with humans is the source of much of the arrogance I see. If I have a bunch of stats that say a certain thing should be done by God I'm going to criticize a coach that has a bunch of stats (that you aren't aware of) that say what he's doing in his opinion has a good chance of succeeding.
I'm also talking about tone - not specifically the fact that you disagree. I know, you gotta drive eyeballs so the hot thing this week is think of every snarky headline and cut at the team.
I feel bad about the game and there is something amiss currently keeping them from what our expectations for performance are, BUT being a snarky smart ass or asking about bubble screens to a coach that has for the most part been pretty good is what I am alluding to (among other things)
How about this - when the team turns around and gets back on track (I am assuming success for fandom's sake) then I hope all of you go out of your way to give the same amount of praise to Hoke, Borges, Funk as well.