"Jim's a tough guy and you can see his personality is all over this football team," Fitzgerald said.
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|9 hours 7 min ago||That table is ridiculous||
83% to beat NW?
C'mon, man. Much as I want Michigan to win each and all of them (even if those odds hold up, that's only 57% we'd win all three), that's probably 20-40% way too high for any of those games. Only a month or so ago, we reasonably expected to win one of the three, and hoped to win two out of those three. The defense (which we expected to be very good) has been even better; the offense (which we were unsure about) has been functional, but inconsistent.
I like the way the schedule sets up favorably with those three toughest games (Minny has been a disappointment and NW has taken their place, but still could have a game-of-their-lives type of preformance).
I expect to get their best game of the year from all three of them- and pretty much from everyone else the rest of the year. According to the chart, the most difficult game to win remaining on Michigan's schedule is...(Penn State at 68% which is the one that sounds closest to realistic IMO). This kind of stuff feeds Sparty's "we don't get no respect", chip on their shoulder vibe- expect them to be motivated, angry, confident and ready. Ohio State has so much depth, that whatever isn't working will surely be fixed or replaced by then.
We OTOH have been really fortunate so far- no significant injuries to deal with, except where we have depth. It would be foolish to count on that holding out for the next 7 or 8 games. We haven't needed to throw it late or throw it long (except for Utah).
Strap in, because it's about to get a lot bumpier than what we've seen so far. We need to get back to anticipating- and enjoying- each game one at a time, and then seeing where we end up. It should be fun.
|14 hours 2 min ago||Especially Milk||
I find that when I do drink milk, skim or 2% NEVER satisfies.
|14 hours 17 min ago||But what if...||
...the players unionize, and universities respond by basically negotiating with union standard 4 or 5 year contracts for all recruits. That included a stipend, scholarship, and some sort of insurance for future lost earnings in case of injury.
But then the universities would own each conract. NFL teams interested in a player would have to buy the rights to negotiate, and buy up the contract at any time, they could. Then the NFL could decide if they wanted "call the player up"- pending succeful negotiations with the player- or allow the player to continue until graduation.
For all the hate lopped on the NCAA and member universities, it is the NFL that benefits the most from the diminished amount of risk it has under the current system.
Meanwhile, the potentially NFL-bound player is putting his future at risk by playing in college in what is basically and extended audition paid for by somebody else- the schools.
|4 days 23 hours ago||Rudock throwing the Out||
|4 days 23 hours ago||that was a nice tackle||
By whoever that Maryland offensive player was on Lewis. Glad he's OK.
|4 days 23 hours ago||maybe not all bad||
A bit of humility should keep us on track.
|5 days 25 sec ago||Can't stop throwing deep||
It WILL happen. Gotta believe, and gotta make opponents think M coaches still believe and will call them.
|5 days 45 min ago||Clockl in his head||
That is one good thing that can be said about JR that DG seemed to lack.
|5 days 1 hour ago||I have underestimated Jake Rudock's ability to run||
I seem not to be the only one.
|5 days 1 hour ago||Pad Level||
inferior pad level blocking #20 there on 3rd down.
|1 week 11 hours ago||" Unless Rudock gets hurt "||
I said before the season we should promise ourselves to be satisfied this year with a bowl game, and expected 7-6 or 8-5 overall.
Now IFF everyone stays healthy, all things seem (and are) possible
However Michigan thus far has had no major injuries to deal with. There is depth in the DL, and maybe at RB. Maybe WR, too. But a couple of injuries on the OL, or at DB, or at QB, and every game would again be in doubt. Just stay tuned, be optimistic but pleasantly surprised and grateful, and don't go ordering those playoff tickets just yet.
|1 week 11 hours ago||Let's just enjoy the ride.||
Glad that most of this board is expressing caution. We seem to be headed in the right direction, true.
|1 week 11 hours ago||Losing 3 DBS in the game?||
...and 4 out so far?
I would hate to imagine that.
|1 week 11 hours ago||Easy there. So far we lost||
Easy there. So far we lost the only road game we played.
And it is too early yet- Michigan hasn't had that game or two every team has every season where they play down and the underdog plays over their heads.
|1 week 11 hours ago||The thing I like about noon games...||
..is you have the rest of daylight and the evening to watch whatever other games, already knowing what happened to Michigan, and can drink more/less as required, even slip in a disco nap, and watch other games or party at night to either celebrate or escape the pain.
|1 week 4 days ago||Similar Concept||
..but obviously a different formation.
I seem to recall McDonough incorrectluy called it "4 receivers to one side". But as three were on the LOS, only the outermost (the End), and the one in the backfield are eligible. Presumably it was 2 OTs on the line inside the receiver.
|1 week 4 days ago||I know what you mean||
Would like to scan through recaps without wading through videos, or clicking through slide shows or clicking game by game [I suspect it has something to do with wanting to increase exposure to ads, etc.]
It's a little random, but but ESPN does have this:
|1 week 5 days ago||The Mesh||
Yes, the Mesh (like other crossing routes) was designed to beat man-to-man coverage, and is a red zone favorite where DCs feel they need to blitz a lot.
But it still can work against zone. In the clip linked to, looked to me like the WR on the Dig was a bit lazy- he needed to threaten the Deep Post before coming across: the LBers covering the underneath zones were at 7 yards to cover the crossing routes, so I believe the Dig was open.
Perry did what you do versus a zone- you throttle down to find holes. But would like to see him threatening deep a little more and then crossing to get closer to the "mesh"- i.e. almost rubbing shoulders as he crosses underneath.
|3 weeks 5 hours ago||Night Games in November?||
I thought the B1G doesn't do 8PM games in November...or have they changed that?
[Otherwise, I can imagine TV wanting The Game played at night, or Minnesota wanting to play it's last home game in November at night which would be a lot of fun...for somebody]
|3 weeks 5 hours ago||I agree that the single||
I agree that the single receiver to the top of the screen is probably a pre-snap read.
But normally I think the triangle read is to read from the top- read the corner route, and if there is not enough "grass" there, to come down and hit the Flat or the Stick/Turn, who needs to threaten deep and/or in before turning out (doesn't look like it from the photos). His man is also turned out, walling him off, not threatened, which puts him in a position to get a jump on the ball.
Perhaps most of all, it was 1st &10...if you were wrong on your pre-snap read and the play is not developing to your liking, you have to be content to throw it away.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||Didn't Spielman say:||
Braden and Jake Butt?
I would kinda hafta agree with him at this point. Hopefully that will change, but at most other positions right now that would be a pretty good trade (ours for theirs) for Michigan if such a thing were possible.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||Brady Hoke never would have had this problem||
NUtOSU: wouldn't that be too easily confused with NUT-OSU, which would clearly indicate the Buckeyes?
[Beavers and Buckeys both start with 'B', so OSUB doesn't help]
|3 weeks 2 days ago||"can't imagine trying to do that and drink decently"||
Drink decently- what a noble sounding endeavor.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||Noon games||
So much for students not showing up to noon games.
I like them.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||more comments after a loss||
Quite understandable. People are up and about, doing things in Whoville, rather than wallowing in their misery. For the same reasons complaints are way over-represented in Feedback forums.
Similarly, I find you get much better analysis from coaches on the losing side, than you'll get on the winning side, where they intent on spreading credit around, and not further offending their vanquished opponent.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||De'Veon Smith||
It is quite obvious from that first .gif in OFFENSE that Mr. Smith has excellent pad level when engaging would-be accosters
|3 weeks 2 days ago||Harbaugh's Heart||
I know people love to see him getting all worked up. But I can't help it, my first thought when I see him going off like that is- 'please don't get so worked up you have a heart attack or stroke!'.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||don't think you need a cliché like that||
"Do you feel like you guys eventually broke them?
Very clear to me that is Harbaugh's ideal strategy- to break the will of the opponent, beat them into submission. Of course he will never say that out loud- much less publically- because saying so implies that you were sucessful in doing so, and that the opponent was broken, which would be treated as an insult, and so on. You can see where that would go...
The media would love to get JH saying such things, but he is wise enough to avoid saying them, just as he stopped short of any predictions or gurantees re: this season.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||Harbaugh really loves practice||
Is that not clear to everyone by now?
He also wants the players to understand that in many ways the coaches consider practice the most important part of the week. The game is just the quiz at the end of the week- the cumulative result of all the week's practices.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||95 yards||
change of field position on a penalty and a bad snap.