"The University of Illinois is also in turmoil. The university sports an Interim Chancellor, an Interim Athletic Director, and an Interim Football Coach; the game will be played at Soldier Field, making this an Illini Interim Home Game."
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|2 days 2 hours ago||Actually BYU's (69) H Option||
Actually BYU's (69) H Option had the TE was running a Deep Cross. The H was releasing on the weak side to the backer, and basically turning in or out, depending on the leverage of the backer. Lavell Edwards said he couldn't believe that Michigan kept trying to cover it with the ILB, and never adjusted.
|2 days 3 hours ago||Remember, before they changed||
Remember, before they changed the rule, there was the No Repeat rule. (Not to go to the same bowl two years in a row, which frankly I think is a nice rule).
The Big Ten champ went to the Rose Bowl game, if they had not gone the year before. Then they changed the rule.
It wasn't until after the 10-10 vote disgrace, that the Big Ten opened up to more than one team from the conference going to a bowl game.
|2 days 3 hours ago||rotating non-conference challenges in December||
How about the teams not involved the conference championship games (unlikely they will give those up), have a "conference challenge" (based on standings and which teams are due a home or away slot) played that weekend between the others in the conference?
e.g. Michigan (B1G East #3 would play SEC West #3 Arkansas or LSU; or ACC Coastal #3 Miami), allowing for a little leeway to avoid rematches, and to make sure that teams had home and away games in alternating years.
The results could impact seedings for any playoff (and bowl games, if they still exist) to come.
|2 days 3 hours ago||It's playoff games that are a||
It's playoff games that are a week apart that are the problem. Very little time for preparation (for payers and fans), rest and recuperation, or studying. No reason to follow the pro-football model: if playoff games were 2 weeks or so apart, there would be more time for (mandatory) rest, recovery, and studying, as well as preparation for teams and fans interested in attending.
|2 days 3 hours ago||Because it seems so unfair to||
Because it seems so unfair to the winners!
Like the well-off (in their own minds) complaining about the scraps that are fed to the poor, it denies them the satisfaction of seeing the unsuccesful spared some disappointment and degradation.
|2 days 3 hours ago||Was against the playoff. but||
Was against the playoff. but I will say: with 5 Power conferences, a 6 or 8-team playoff makes more sense.
6: One spot for each Power 5 champion; at least 1 spot for the highest ranked non-Power 5 champ. [That would make 6, which would be interesting.]
If 8, same 6 as above (plus an additional highest ranked Power 5 conference champ/or independent); plus on at-large team.
Nowadays, college football television is mostly about "Which 4?", all season long, ignoring the conference races, often the game in front of us.
|2 days 4 hours ago||Games where both teams 6-6||
Games where both teams are 6-6 are some of the hardest fought, entertaining games there are. Bowl games are a nice chance for teams and fans trying to redeem themselves, and look forward to next season.
More importantly, it's not about you or me (except as viewers, which I am glad to be, especially considering what else is on). (Yeah, I know, it's about the $$). But I think if you pollled players and asked them if, after a less than stellar season, they would prefer to just go home or go on a trip and play a game, close to 100% said they'd rather go. For them it's not about rewarding mediocrity- it's about something for the sacrifices they've made for the previous 11 months.
|2 days 4 hours ago||Red shows up more. Plus||
Red shows up more. Plus Michigan fans are not all wearing blue, not as consistently as some of these other teams. Some wear blue, some maize, some white. But it was 40 degrees out, so people are wearing their cold weather gear, whether that be black or brown or blue or whatever.
|2 days 4 hours ago||I honestly didn't see the||
I honestly didn't see the same intensity, entusiasm, or performance from the defense in the latter part of the season that we saw in the beginning. I don't know whether that was because guys were playing hurt, because the practice or training schedule wore them out, or what.
PURSUIT: was an obvious difference. In the early part of the season, we marveled at how there were 3-4 players on top of every pass receiver immediately; on run plays it was often 8 or 9. by the end of the season, it was only a couple, they didn't seem as fast to the ball, and didn't seem like they were attacking the ball as a group.
SPEED: In the early season, we saw amazing speed to the ball- guys flying around, selling out, with confidence and enthusiasm. Michigan defenders looked like they had an extra gear compared to the guys were playing against, but it wasn't just relative. Later in the year, they had pretty much lost that gear. I remember on a game or two thinking, "did these guys run a 10K this morning? They look a little tired, even in the 1st half."
LINING UP: How many times in the OSU game did you see 3 or 4 guys scrambling to get to the other side to line up, just before the snap. Durkin may have out-smarted himself there, trying to get the perfect matchups on receivers, etc. But it seemed like a lot of wasted movement, which couldn't be good for concentration, and seemed to increase the amount of stress and likelihood of mistakes.
FOOTWORK: It seemed as the season went on, players relied more and more on reaching, instead of moving into proper position. Their feet and hips slowed down. This results in more arm tackles, poorer leverage, etc. Again, tired legs, maybe?
LINEBACKERS: They did not progress as we would have hoped. Granted, they may have been a problem to begin with. I find it interesting how often the position the DC coaches can be a problem spot (I seem to recall saying the same thing when Ron English was the DC coaching the Safeties). This might be coincidence, but I think it is also possible because that coach is divided in his duties, and that in order to be good to his fellow defensive coaches, he schematically puts a little bit too much on his own position group guys.
An added factor to LBer problems- Bolden really had the persona of a solid LB: he had LB looks, talked like a LB, had the charisma and apparent leadership skills, so he is definitely the kind of guy you want to work out at that position; but for one reason or another, was not able to consistently perform at a championship level. [Reminded me a lot of Devin Gardner in that sense]
|2 days 5 hours ago||Let's not give Ohio State any||
Let's not give Ohio State any more credit than they deserve. They went for it on 4th down because it was not about scoring more points; they ran it because they wanted to re-emphasize their physical dominance over Michigan.
|2 days 5 hours ago||Sorry for you, but that may||
Sorry for you, but that may be your cross to bear.
|2 days 6 hours ago||Absolutely nothing wrong with||
Absolutely nothing wrong with "Your thoughts on~" questions. It is the least confrontational way to implore him to give some kind of answer. If more direct questions are asked, he is often as not likely to respond with hostile answers.
Reminds me of dealing with a tempermental teenager, or a sulking spouse. How do you deal with those situations?
I know it is fashionable to pick on the media, but they are trying to do their job. They are more intelligent than you are making them out to be. Like it or not, for the most part, the media are the ones who stand between the tax-paying public and a very secretive football program, to help find us out what happens and why. Add to that the fact that they have bosses and deadlines and a public that is curious, and are only given limited access to find that out.
Contrary to what some people around here think, JH's job is "not just to win football games". Like it or not, he represents the university, and media obligations are an important part of that.
Bo and Lloyd and JH may have treated the media like the enemy, but that is no reason for us to. [see how well it worked for Richard Nixon]. Frankly, I don't think it is very smart- if you don't at least play ball, they will find something about the program to talk about, and it may not be good. Be hard on them, and they will be happy to be very hard on you.
|2 days 6 hours ago||So, what questions would you||
So, what questions would you have asked?
|1 week 5 hours ago||Gotta say, I thought Finebaum||
Gotta say, I thought Finebaum was pretty spot on with his comments there:
"“I just don’t like what Urban said yesterday, when he acted like it was the media’s fault. ...Ezekiel Elliott was not under siege there. This wasn’t him walking out of the stadium; he was holding court,"
Urban talks "tough love", but certainly does have a history of enabling the better athletes on his squads.
|1 week 6 hours ago||I doubt Meyer would do||
I doubt Meyer will do much of anything. Of course he will try to spin it to their/his advantage, as he always does. And truth of it is, they probably will call more runs by Elliott this Saturday (and I predict various plays utilizing Braxton Miller more).
I recall in Urban Meyer's biography, written while he was at Florida, a couple of times he mentioned how when he was WR coach at ND, there was a game (I think they lost), where David Givens(?)- one of the best players on the team- was upset after the game because he hadn't touched the ball. Urban said that greatly influenced his offensive philosophy: get the ball in the hands of your best players, preferably in space.
The thing is, from what I saw (admittedly not the entire game, I missed most of the 2nd and 3rd quarters) Elliott had one good carry, and on the others didn't show much at all, hardly gaining anything, with very little drive. Whether it was his leg infection; MSU's scheme and performance; the weather or what, Elliott did not look as strong and explosive as he has in the past. Handoffs to him were not working. So it is not surprising there were fewer handoffs to Elliott than normal.
|1 week 6 hours ago||I don't think it is Urban so||
I don't think it is Urban so much wearing out his welcome- the fans and schools love the winning part- but the fact that his "turn it up to 11", "in your face", encyclopedia of motivational and pyschological tricks act is great for a couple of years, but probably wears on players after a while. The players also love to see the results on the field, but maybe it start to sound hollow, especially when the talk is revealed to be calculating and a little empty. It is the contradction of wanting to encourage and coddle superior talent, while trying to sound like a hard ass discliplinarian, eventually comes off as phoney.
No doubt- he is a brilliant coach, and there might be no better coach in the short-term of getting players to buy in, get results. But he always moves on to the next place willing to sell their soul to the devil. Bain Capital somehow comes to mind,
|1 week 1 day ago||I would imagine Michigan will||
I would imagine Michigan will be changing up the depths of their safeties- making Barrett figure it out, and having to make throws to beat us.
The Safety high is presumably to clean up anything, screaming downhill.
I am less worried about the OSU perimeter game (don't know how accurate Barrett is with the WR screens and throws to the Flats), than I am concerened about getting gashed between the tackles on power or whatever (that's what I seem to recall from the 2006 and other OSU games), where the safeties come down too far (and the CBs are in press), and Elliott (or Barrett) breaks through for a long run for a TD .
|1 week 3 days ago||Think maybe Harbaugh and Urbs||
Think maybe Harbaugh and Urbs are on the phone with Franklin tomorrow offering all the help he needs?
|1 week 3 days ago||I just want these two teams||
I just want these two teams to beat the crap out of each other.
|1 week 3 days ago||Bulleit Rye for the PSu||
Bulleit Rye for the PSu game.
Saving some Pappy Van Winkle for The Game.
|1 week 3 days ago||While I prefer Bourbon||
While I prefer Bourbon itself, I generally find Rye (and most Canadian Whiskys) work better in mixed drinks.
|1 week 3 days ago||Compared to Xavier, Michigan||
Compared to Xavier, Michigan didn't look like they were playing very hard. Loose balls, rebounds, driving to the basket, harassing defense, contesting shots- Michigan's effort was severly lacking.
XU looked like they had the intensity of tournament game; Michigan looked like they were playing a scrimmage.
"Wanted it more" is usually a lazy, non-sensical way of explaining a game, but for that "contest", it was the perfect description.
|1 week 5 days ago||The stripes on the pants||
The stripes on the pants (blue-maize-blue) on the white pants helps, but the white jerseys on maize pants look much classier.
(Wondering how stripes on maize pants would look.)
|1 week 5 days ago||Would give better clarity if||
Would give better clarity if we did it in mid-November.
Or the teams did it in December (1st or 2nd week), for all the teams that were not in their conference championship game, based on conference or division standings.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||"We were figuring out ways to||
"We were figuring out ways to jump offsides is probably the biggest thing in terms of theme.”
??? It looks like English, however....
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Yeah, but if they don't ask||
Yeah, but if they don't ask those "stupid questions", the reporters are not doing their job, at least as far as their bosses are concerned.
Despite what others on this board would have you believe, they aren't all stupid. Harbaugh is messing with them. Sometimes, it's funny, sometimes it's borderline adversarial. It's amusing to us, and things are on an upward trend, with no scandals or problems so far. But we shouldn't be surprised if some of them take the opportunity to pounce when opportunity arises.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||'bounce in our step". What||
'bounce in our step". What does that even really mean?
Because truth be told the defense played likeb it was banged up pretty leg-tired to me.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Yeah. Just as long as we||
Yeah. Just as long as we realize that if he was coaching for anybody else, we would probably be thinking, "He's kind of a dick, isn't he?"
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Rudock's RTG (however that is||
Rudock's RTG (however that is calculated) was at 301 at one point in the game, which is fantastic. (He finished at 190.8. Sudfeld was 122.9 for the game).
|2 weeks 1 day ago||4. The receivers are running||
4. The receivers are running better routes, and being more aggressive.
5. The pass protection- particularly RB blitz pickup- have improved.
6. After Utah, he has calmed down and does not panic, does not get rattled.
7. He is seeing the field better, using his eyes better, and going through progressions better.
8. Increased confidence from coaches, fellow players, and himself.
9. The game plan and play calls have changed because: