I'VE HAD JUST ABOUT ENOUGH OF YOU SONNY
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|4 days 14 hours ago||Opinions are nice....||
Brandon's and the new President's opinions are likely the only ones that matter. We can all claim unacceptable and fire Borges or whatever, I assume another total year end review coming after bowl game this season, important to win and show improvement to keep recruits and establish 2014 confidence. Otherwise, could be rough 2014 !
|1 week 1 day ago||Inconsistency the rule for 2013.....||
Both offense and defense were inconsistent all year. How much due to coaching, injuries, youth, talent, et al is open to debate but I think that our initial projections of 8-4 to 9-3 were all based on youth and talent levels and lack of experienced high talent levels on both O and D lines. In the end, the young guys on both the lines were up and down, and we saw D performances like OSU and NW and O performance like OSU and Iowa. Hopefully, next year will be better as the 2012 and 2013 recruiting classes get another year of experience and we bring in another talented class for 2014.
|1 week 3 days ago||Same Coaches and Same Kids||
How much of that inconsistency is just the hallmark of any young team learning its way after having been pretty much a mediocre non-B1G contending team since 2006? You guys act as if it is all about effort and coaching, yet it is also all about experience and talent. It takes all four elements in unison. The team played well on offense yesterday, but not on defense and remains short of talent and experience in both areas since 2006. Each game this year saw a lot of variability in performance between the offense and defense (Akron on defense giving up big plays deep, MSU on offense not blocking inside, et al). Rebuilding our talent level to challenge for B1G titles is still an ongoing process, and that talent level peaked in 2006 (and that level was not enough to win the B1G or a BCS bowl game) and really has not returned since.
We remain with a long way to go boys!
|1 week 4 days ago||Long Way to Go.....Oh Ye of No Patience||
I'm not happy about where we are in terms of our team's performance since 2007, but we are where we are. Pretty obvious that we are rebuilding, and that it is going to be a longer process than we like. The talent on the roster is young, and therefore is pretty inconsistant. Lots of consternation, coach questioning, player questioning, etc are going to continue as they did in the late Carr years as Tressel and OSU eclipsed us on a regular basis. We had better hope that Hoke and his coaches that he decides to retain or hire/fire are the answer, because if they are not, we are going to suffer greatly for another 4-5 years at a minimum. We have had one good season since 2006, and that was a 2011 11-2 season with this now being abused coaching staff. Hope springs eternal, and if we continue to rebuild the talent base we will get back to where we want to be.
|1 week 4 days ago||We can only wait and see.....||
A turning point, a blip on a flat line, or a blip on a downward trend? We really will not know for sure until a few years from now. That goes for you too Ty Butterfield, so your opinion is based on projecting the past into the present. Let's see another data point for the bowl game and for the 2014 recruiting class before we give up!
|1 week 4 days ago||Experience.....||
This is what a young team does, they have athleticism but they suffer on these kind of plays....
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Denard in 2011 under Borges....||
Had a pretty damn good year, won 11 games and a Sugar Bowl, which is 4 more games than he won with RR. Now, get your data straight and recall the facts that the records Denard set under RR were against the bottom half of the B1G.....
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Why Exempt WR coach?||
They dropped a bunch of balls today, and I understand from reading this blog that it is all about the coaches so he should have to go too!
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Urgent changes?||
What urgent changes? Issue is offensive line, and it looks like we have tried to play all the ones we got. Nothing can be done at this point, except to keep teaching, keep coaching, keep struggling to try and get better. The whole season has seen this struggle from Akron to UConn to PSU to MSU to Nebraska to NW and now to Iowa. We are what we are, and we are not suddenly going to get competent on the offensive line in game 12. Scream unacceptable and fire all the coaches and call for urgent changes, they all mean nothing.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||His Dudeness, Any names to replace Hoke?||
You say we need a top flight coach, so I respect your opinions as being well thought out and rationally argued. Who do we get?
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Ok, Who can we get now?||
RR is dead and gone, at least for our purposes at Michigan. Whatever the reasons, they no longer matter except in how they might affect our ability to hire any future top flight coaches.
When we fired RR, and hired Hoke, who else was available? Seriously, we were shunned in one sense or another by Schiano and Fitzgerald that we know about, and others (Harbaugh, Miles, ????) that are only rumored.
Who will come here after watching RR's experience? And let's say that Hoke is not the guy, then we get rid of him after year 3 or 4 or 5, now what? Who will come here? We might find ourselves in the same situation we are now, continually changing coaches and watching as we continue our sinking that started in 2007. We have an athletic director who watches film with the football coaches, do you think a hot young coach will want that?
Might we assume that RR learned a few lessons based on his experience at Michigan that he applies successfully at Arizona, and that maybe we did too (willing to pay coordinators and assistants now at least).
So, just saying we need a top flight coach is mom and apple pie, nothing to discuss. The question is, which top flight coach is willing to come here and who is he? You want Hugh Freeze? Who????
Personally, I thought one of the reasons to consider keeping RR was that we could not get a top flight coach to replace him. Appears to be pretty much what happened, at least based on results so far.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Name the someone to hire...||
You guys all calling to fire the coaching staff owe us who to hire instead. Name people we can reasonably expect to get, not Harbaugh nor Saban nor Miles. You want a hot young coach, we had one called RR and we saw how much time he got and after that would you take this job? So, how about Hugh Freeze at Ole Miss? Or maybe that Arizona coach who is beating number 5 Oregon 28-9 and about to score again at halftime?
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Nothing Changes?||
What would you have them change that they have not already tried? Easy to say nothing changes, but maybe that is because you have who you have on the offensive line and at QB, and at WR too, and all you can do is try to continue to teach them and grow them at this point. We are getting beat up on the offensive line, and no amount of coaching or play calling is going to fix that. Now, he could fire Borges, but that accomplishes nothing at this point, and what plays or offense can be instituted at this point of this season beyond trying to simplify things for the offensive line.
I get being frustrated, and I get saying fix things, but I am saying this year and this offensive line may be beyond fixing and that Akron and UConn and now MSU, Nebraska, and Iowa have shown us that issue in spades.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Name the great young coaches ready to come here....||
Seems we did not identfy a bunch of them back in 2010 and early 2011.....
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Hoke thinks we don't have a problem????||
Because he has refused to throw his players or his coaches under the bus in public criticism and told us that he is going to fire Borges and Funk unless this team gets better next week? Because he has not shared his intimate thoughts about how stupid Al Borges is because our offense is so bad this year? What specific actions do you want him to take to demonstrate that he thinks we have a problem? Pretty obvious to me that he thinks this is something that is handled between the players and coaches on the team, that they all play for each other, and that he is not going to tell us what is being said inside that locker room regarding the offense and the offensive line.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Different Situation||
Weiss had no, repeat not one second, head coaching experience and it showed. The over reaction to 2013 is matching the over reaction to 2011. The 2011 meme was that Hoke and Mattison and Borges are Michigan saving Gods, the 2013 meme is that they are all three idiots who should be fired. The guys who knew how to coach in 2011 are now guys who can't spot or develop talent. Obvious that our QB is a broken man from too many hits and too many turnovers and that our offensive line and our running backs are no where near historical Michigan standards. Boys, we are just going to have to wait this out.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||Prince signed due to V. Martinez injury......||
Main reason Detroit signed him was due to V. Martinez's injury, so with V. Mart back makes sense that they deal him. The real question is what moves come with this as this seems to me like the first step in a specific plan to make changes for 2014.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||OK with decision, hate play call on 3rd and 4th downs||
I think it was a ballsy decision, supported it at the time, but really wondered why we did not do the play action pass on either 3rd or 4th down there as it seemed to me to be the perfect time to do it with NW likley to sell out against the run for sure......especially given our o-line issues for the game and over the previous two games as well.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||Exactly Right JMBLUE!||
Where we missed him was during the Carr replacement search and the support he would have demanded and the wisdom he would have passed to Carr's successor.....But, that is what it was and those days are gone.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||Who was the right choice?||
Who said he would come here and be the right choice? Schiano turned us down, bluntly Harbaugh in essence turned us down, and Miles turned us down, who? I maintain that we may damn well have gotten the best coach who would come here after the RR debacle, and that no one, and this includes all you guys calling for Hoke's head and whining about things, can name me a better coach WHO WAS WILLING TO COME HERE! WOULD YOU COME HERE AFTER SEEING WHAT HAPPENED TO THE LAST GUY? Greg Schiano did not, and he is the one guy we know turned us down for sure.
Now, if you want to argue that the right path might have been to keep RR, hire him a competent defensive coordinator and a whole new staff as a condition of staying, and have DB watch film with them every Sunday, I think you would be wrong but it is at least a defensable position to take.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||Boys, The Road Back is Long and Treacherous......||
The road back is long, treacherous, and the path will not be consistant nor smooth. We started the current messy era at the end of the 2006 season with Bo's passing and then back to back losses to OSU and USC, and then the horror in 2007, the RR hiring and the 3 years of tire fire of 3-9, 5-7, 7-5 and the determination that was not the path back to where we wanted to be. Now, in 2013, we have Hoke and a staff and a tire fire of an offensive line from the leftovers of the years of unfathomable sadness. If anyone thinks that firing and hiring another new hot shot coach is the answer, just understand that the risk involved (see RR) is high in terms of recruiting and program continuity and the wrong hire experience shows you how it hurts your team for years in terms of talent and its development.
Patience and time is what we need, and whether we like it or not, and whether you decide to show that patience or not, and whether we scream for the heads of various coaches, reality is that we are left to wait and see. We are stuck for good or ill with Hoke and DB, they are going to be here for the next 2-3 years at a minimum. We had better hope they know what they are doing or we are going to be as we have been since 2007 with a few 2011's sprinkled in when we get lucky or experienced or whatever. The leadership team either will or will not figure this out, we can only hope they do.
Realistically, who else would you actually be able to get and come coach here, especially now that DB is (in the view of football and basketball coaches outside our program) micromanaging and inserting himself in deep with the football staff by viewing film and whatnot with them. Part of the issue is that after RR's experience, any intelligent and experienced guy you would want to bring here is likely to be very hesitant to come here, would not you? We must incrementally build our way back, and it ain't being fixed in 1 year or with 1 or 2 players.....
Reality sucks sometimes, but there it is.....
|3 weeks 4 days ago||My issue was the play call on 4th down....||
I think 4th and 2 inside the 10 was a good time to go for it, I just question the play call, if you got the balls to go for it, then call a damn play action pass the one time it ought to work!
|4 weeks 2 days ago||Personal Financial Decision: Up to You||
Do what you think is best, it does not mean anything other than your personal choice as to what works best and makes the most sense for you individually. You get to vote with your money, whether buying season tickets or buying on Stub Hub or staying home and watching on television or listening on the radio or ignoring the whole schebang. Support the team how you wish, because that is the beauty of America, it is up to you. Let us not tell others how they should run their life, nor how they should spend their money. If you want to protest the product, and not buy tickets, that is your freedom.
|4 weeks 2 days ago||Great News!!!||
Glad to hear things are going well and we will all keep you in our thoughts and prayers during this recovery period going forward!
|4 weeks 2 days ago||Developing Players||
I think the position coaches develop players, so the one position that the OC currently coaches is QB, otherwise he has to depend on the position coaches, right?
|4 weeks 2 days ago||Trade-offs||
Are we trying to simplify the blocking schemes since we keep screwing those up? Does that explain why we are so predictable on offense based on formation? Are we trying to zone block or man block or whatever based on formation? Seems to me we are just flat out lost in terms of what we want to do on offense and how we want to block and what we think we can do.
|5 weeks 4 days ago||Hire what top notch coach ?||
Who specifically should David Brandon hire and what makes you think this coach will come here and be successful? Hint : a specific name, not the generic top notch coach speak ...
|5 weeks 4 days ago||Harbaugh????||
He went to the NFL instead, get a clue. You guys all act as if there is some quick action to be taken that will magically fix things.....ain't going to happen, we are just going to have to wait and see.
|5 weeks 6 days ago||Luck to Texas, RR to Follow????||
Time to fire up the rumor mills and start getting Texas alumni and fans tracking airplane flights and fretting over both who they get as an AD and as a coach! If Gene Smith left to Texas, would Urban Meyer follow??? How about Nick Saban, seems Austin would be more pleasing to his wife than Tuscaloosa and he thrives on building programs to championship levels like he did at LSU and not necessarily staying there and running them......
|6 weeks 3 days ago||Hoke says in Interview....||
That his diagnosis is that the team has been inconsistent on offense, and that includes the QB and O-line. The turnovers, the great plays and boneheaded plays, seems to describe this year's edition pretty well. The offensive showing against Indiana coupled with a fumbled snap at the 2 yard line and an errant pitch that gave them the ball inside the 10 yd line.
We seem to get Good Devin and Bad Devin in each game. If he can reign in the Bad Devin, he can be great, but maybe we are just going to have to live with both for the balance of this year because that is who he is as a 2nd year starter (just now has basically started a full year's worth of games).