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|8 weeks 5 days ago||Odd correlation....||
Whenever my phone is inexplicably buzzing out of control, MGoServers crash....Crazy.
|8 weeks 6 days ago||No...||
Besides coaches doing bad jobs, there's a reason teams change up at least some of their coaches after crappy seasons: new voices and optimism. System changes, mentality shifts, motivation to play for new coaches, etc. If you're a player, you see a lot of guys getting one year older. While you're not losing much, given that the ONLY changes are one year of age and the addition of some freshmen (granted, one is Peppers), would you be really optimistic as a player that the team will go from whatever the hell that was in 2013 to a serious contender?
|9 weeks 21 hours ago||Weren't ready...||
For not being able to hit a hole, break a tackle, or pick up a block? I'm pretty confident that we'd be in a far better spot as a program and have a similar 2013 record had Green / Smith been out there all season.
My point isnt that Peppers won't be contributing by the end of the year. My point is that given how many times these coaches will bang their heads against walls before realizing that the wall is winning, I have a hard time seeing them run Peppers out there right away. They'll claim some sort of horse shit like "consistency" or "technique" and we won't see much of him outside of a formation rotation until the end of the season.
If you have great freshmen and shitty upper classmen that can't push around / burn Akron and UConn by their 3rd / 4th / 5th years in the program, then you should be playing your freshmen even if they are a little raw. Given Hoke's unfathomable loyalty to his assistant coaches, it's obvious that he would have some loyalty to upper classmen as well.
|9 weeks 23 hours ago||Ummm....||
You're overcounting quite a bit there. Most of these happened after A) an injury or B) the previous staff literally did not recruit that position or C) upper classmen were so so so bad that we were setting historic records in futility.
That does not lend itself to "the best players play." See: Fitz.
|9 weeks 23 hours ago||Let's hope....||
that the coaches actually use him as opposed to playing upper classmen due to "better technique" and "consistency." The fact that Dymonte played so little on this crappy team with hardly a speck of offensive or defensive athleticism still chaps me.
Given that Fitz got 90% of the carries through week 8, I think these coaches have a stubborn ass element to them that will prevent Peppers from having a huge impact.
|9 weeks 4 days ago||It's cold....||
It's cold / cloudy for 6 of the 9 months of the school year. The girls aren't as hot. Football isn't nearly as king for the vast majority of the conference.
Please spare me the academic BS. Besides Northwestern, name me one school that rejects 4-5 star players who are clearinghouse eligible. Note: Demar Dorsey couldn't even get into Louisville.
|10 weeks 2 days ago||Screw all of them....||
Even Wellman. These are the most overpaid blowhards in the country.
|10 weeks 2 days ago||Toussaint....||
The fact that he's playing tonight shows that hoke puts senior loyalty over winning/player development. Good luck recruiting great skill positions in the future.
|10 weeks 2 days ago||Coaches....||
They've lost this team. One month to prepare and we get this crap. If no position coaches get axed after this season, then Hoke is a stubborn ass that puts winning 2nd to loyalty.
|10 weeks 2 days ago||No question.....||
Worst coached team in America. Id love to see our kickoff coverage v. return stats.
|10 weeks 2 days ago||This team....||
Literally does nothing well.
|10 weeks 6 days ago||Fallacy....||
Do you watch other teams play or just tune into Michigan games every week? So do all of those 2012 recruits not count since they've only been in the program for 2 full seasons? If you don't think that most other programs would have at least one of those stud 2012 or even 2013 offensive line recruits playing at a level that could at least push around the sieve defenses of Akron, UConn, or Nebraska, you're nuts.
Pipkins was the top DT in the country. Those guys contribute as freshmen and are monsters by their second years at other schools. I know he got hurt early, but the guy was not a monster. What about every other d lineman besides Clark in 2-3 games?
We have a crap ton of drops and have zero people who can get open against a good secondary....and there is a lot of talent in there at a WR position that traditionally contributes in years 1-2.
We have zero running backs who can pick up a blitz (sorry, but good coaching can teach a tough walk on to do this proficiently by year 2), and outside of two highly touted true freshmen, I don't see one running back that can punish someone....what has Jackson been doing for the last 2-3 seasons with Rawls and Hayes.
Our secondary gives up too many head scratching gains against crappy offenses. Again this is jot a position that requires 3-4 seasons and 100% four stars to smother the god awful pass attacks of the big 10.
There's your specificity. I also think wellman has stayed too clean throughout this. We're recruiting players that could be playing at top programs, and when I watch those games, the speed and size differentials are noticeable.
|11 weeks 14 hours ago||?????||
You guys are just naming names of guys who play. I'm not sure if we have anybody besides Lewan that would be a key player on a top 15 team.
The point is that we have stables of 4 star talent every year and are in no way playing close to their equally recruited counterparts at other schools. Does it really take all 4/5 stars to be in their 4th and 5th years to not have the most under achieving offensive line in the history of football? UCLA would certainly say no.
Does it take all 4/5 stars to be in their 4th and 5th years to be able to get penetration on a decent OL? Other schools would say no.
Same applies for RBs, WRs, and DBs. Gross under achievement all around. Youth makes things less than optimal. Youth does not mean playing Akron / UConn as tough as OSU. That's just horrendous coaching.
|13 weeks 2 days ago||Sorry....||
But this is crap. A large reason that this university has its insanely loyal alumni network is historic athletic superiority. Michigan is not as fine of a school as the top Ivies, but it historically went out and competed athletically on an elite basis too. It gave a unique "we're awesome at both" well deserved arrogance that made UM unique and merited the "leaders and best" tag.
Given the continued and sustained mediocrity of the football program, it's almost laughable that you can sit here and say that we're the "leaders and best" when we're not the best academic institution and have been continually getting slapped around for the last decade with our flagship athletic program. We're basically a top 20 institution with a top 20 athletic program (major sports that the public ever notice). This is fine, but this smelling-our-own-farts superiority complex has roots in football superiority, so you can't keep up this leaders and best nonsense while getting embarrassed on national TV 3-4 times per year without sounding silly.
Then again, our alumni network is 2nd to maybe Harvard, so as long as the alumni keep smelling their own leaders and best farts, I'm happy.
|13 weeks 2 days ago||GR3||
is going to really carve up the Houston Baptists of the NBA.
|13 weeks 6 days ago||Yup....||
GR3 is still grossly overrated. That's a lot of talent for not being able to do anything in a moderately pressure situation. And please spare us some 10 minute stint over the course of last year's tournament where he actually did something.
|14 weeks 2 days ago||Smokey.....||
This isn't Nam. It's bowling. There are rules.
|17 weeks 2 days ago||Amazing.....||
We are so so so much worse than we were last time Nebraska was here. Given the injury shitshow that is Nebraska's offense, it's not like they've taken huge steps forward since 2011.
Brady's coaching and recruiting all revolves around motivation and pulse. Those things get stale and go down the tubes really quickly after having the worst coached / under achieving team on America.
|17 weeks 6 days ago||Dymonte not playing....||
This is because our coaches are really really bad. For some reason, Michigan football player development is on the third layer of inception where reasonable player development takes 4 years where it takes other schools 6 months.
Our safety play has been so damn miserable that these coaches must really be pieces of work if they can't get a stud athlete like Dymonte on the field by this point. I think there is an element of senior loyalty, which is insanely annoying.
|18 weeks 2 days ago||Gordon||
I hate to call out individual players, but Thomas Gordon might be the worst safety in the nation. QB is running backwards under assault, heaves a ball down the middle that is in the air for no less than 3 seconds, and that guy is still 7 yards behind the play when caught.
Holy crap. No speed. No instinct. Jesus.
|20 weeks 1 day ago||Scalper Tickets....||
I woke up in AA on the morning of the 2011 Trash Game and spontaneously headed up (directionally) and down (in quality / human decency) to EL. Sparty had 1 loss at the time that year too.
Since it was too late to do stubhub, I went the scalper route. A buddy and I each paid 140 for upper level seats and it was a pretty big pain in the ass. I have to believe you can find something fairly comparable on Stubhub that doesnt come with the paper / electronic duplicate risk that comes with scalper transactions nowadays.
|20 weeks 2 days ago||SEC||
Give me a break. It's like watching a different sport. There are a couple of Pac 12 and ACC teams that can hack it, but there is not one team in our conference that looks half as fast and physical as 5-6 SEC teams. There is a polling bias because they deserve it.
|20 weeks 2 days ago||Stribling and Lewis....||
They're doing a fine job covering these guys, and I actually think Stribling looks great, but there's some sort of defect where we're the only team in football that allows the football to be in the air for 4 seconds and have no help even coming into the picture.
|20 weeks 2 days ago||Special teams coach||
Add another one that needs to get axed after this season.
|20 weeks 3 days ago||Toussaint||
He really cannot break even the weakest of tackle attempts. It's as though he starts to fall before he even gets touched.
|20 weeks 3 days ago||Hole???||
Given that amazing hole, that was a really shitty run by toussaint. If you're not touched by anybody except a free safety 10 yards down field, that safety should not be stopping you in your tracks.
|20 weeks 3 days ago||Other concern....||
Their WR not even faking out our DB and outrunning him like a WR should outrun a DE.
|20 weeks 3 days ago||Short WRs....||
If you're a 5'8 wide receiver, you sure as hell better be able to catch wide open balls two feet off of the ground.
|20 weeks 5 days ago||Phase 1....||
Phase 1: Run power. Phase 2:........... Phase 3: Gain yards.
|20 weeks 5 days ago||Yes||