i refuse to even consider this a possibility
|30 weeks 2 days ago||Spot on. Bad decision,||
Spot on. Bad decision, whether it was coach or player, to go after the punt. And the momentum completely changed after that.
|30 weeks 2 days ago||I'm glad they were passing.||
I'm glad they were passing. We couldn't stop the run at all. Passing was merciful.
|31 weeks 23 hours ago||Love reading these types of||
Love reading these types of posts. Great analysis despite the overuse of the word 'mitigate.' ;)
|35 weeks 40 min ago||QB Sitch||
Who is the leader to start at QB for UM next season?
|36 weeks 1 day ago||God, I admire you.||
God, I admire you.
|36 weeks 3 days ago||At least MSU is back to||
At least MSU is back to winning games by luck, strange circumstances, or controversy.
That's how it used to be: Michigan winning most of the games with Spartan victories coming amid fortunate bounces and one in a million incidents. So far, in 6 games, Harbaugh and his staff coached these players (recruited under another coach and a mediocre, emergency quarterback) to come within 10 seconds of a win over a team that had outscored them 64-17 in the last 2 games.
I expect a Harbaugh-led Michigan program to fully restore the rivalry by winning 2 of the next 3 at a minimum.
|40 weeks 3 days ago||Start him||
|41 weeks 4 days ago||Oregon State is not good||
Certainly glad Michigan won, but, let's not go overboard here.
|1 year 15 weeks ago||Hilarious||
Guy reveals about as much as Hoke in his pressers...gets nothing but love.
|1 year 18 weeks ago||Just my opinion||
Dantonio didn't "go to extremes" to find motivational material. Mike Hart flat out gave it to him on national TV. Might as well have pinned it to the MSU locker room door.
|1 year 21 weeks ago||While that may be true, you||
While that may be true, you wouldn't know it from this write up.
That said - great snarky writing! :)
|1 year 21 weeks ago||I don't know||
It seems kind of hypocritical and juvenile to taunt MSU fans for citing recent football history exclusively when referring to the 'dominance' of their football program over UM...and then turn around and use the recent UM basketball record to rationalize today's loss.
MSU won the game. They deserve credit for that.
|1 year 25 weeks ago||I'm assuming that the article||
I'm assuming that the article could be summed up by saying MSU and OSU aren't afraid of a Harbaugh led UM? If so, he's right.
|1 year 32 weeks ago||"...people are admitted to a||
"...people are admitted to a University because they have a particular skill, are expected to hone that skill upwards of 40 hours a week, and also get a meaningful degree in something totally unrelated..."
|1 year 33 weeks ago||He is hurt||
He is hurt
|1 year 33 weeks ago||Dang it||
This is the best we can do? Wasn't Green the top RB in the nation? At least one of them. Something tells me he'd be doing better at another school/coaching staff. :-/
|1 year 33 weeks ago||Annnnnd...1000 points to||
Annnnnd...1000 points to you!
*my favorite movie ever
|1 year 33 weeks ago||Re: OSU||
Gout is no joke. If you don't have it, do NOT get it.
|1 year 35 weeks ago||Blech||
This is catty, immature, "he said-she said" B.S.
|1 year 35 weeks ago||"Willie Henry took the brunt||
"Willie Henry took the brunt of a Michigan State OL to the side of his knee, just like Denard took late hits and Mike Martin took a dirty chop block long after things had been decided. As per usual, Michigan shrugged at it."
|1 year 35 weeks ago||Michigan wins by 10. Hoke||
Michigan wins by 10.
|1 year 35 weeks ago||Maybe it's just me, but, MSU||
Maybe it's just me, but, MSU has not looked like world beaters really. I certainly think michigan could keep it close and contend in the 4th if the kids play their best game.
|1 year 35 weeks ago||Norfleet has been severely||
Norfleet has been severely underutilized and devalued as an offensive contributor at Michigan. As one of the only, if the only truly explosive player on offense (speed-wise, anyway), he should have a MUCH bigger role on every series. Can you possibly envision him being involved to this minimal degree as a player for A&M, Baylor, Oregon, Indiana, Alabama, et al?
|1 year 36 weeks ago||I didn't love the Hart||
I didn't love the Hart comments at the time. Still don't really. That stuff always seems to have a way of coming back around and biting you in the backside.
|1 year 37 weeks ago||No way Mullen is coming here.||
No way Mullen is coming here.
|1 year 37 weeks ago||Just flipped past and saw the||
Just flipped past and saw the Block M on the screen. Stuck around to watch the 30 second interview (Brady looked nervous on camera, actually) and then, for some reason, listened while those 3 blowhards laughed at Michigan. Desmond just smiling through it all. Then I remembered why I don't watch pregame, halftime, or postgame shows and quickly changed the channel. I do not need those guys to tell me what they 'think' or describe what I already saw.
/thanks for listening
|1 year 37 weeks ago||Some bad decisions being made||
Some bad decisions being made down in Florida. However, maybe it will take the focus off Michigan a little bit. Sheesh.
|1 year 37 weeks ago||To open with App State and||
To open with App State and end with Miss State. That's rough. I was 1993-1997.
As a band member, I personally witnessed: Gary Moeller/Lloyd Carr transition, Remy Hamilton with the game winner at ND '94 (Michigan fans rushing the field in South Bend), Kordell Stewart, Biakabutuka rush for 313, Purdue '95 (the coldest I've ever been), Purdue '96 (very disappointing), Tyrone Wheatley, Charles Woodson, Virginia '95 (Driesbach-Hayes to complete the comback and win 18-17 in the 4th quarter...also, Lloyd's first game as head coach), Bowl losses to A+M and 'Bama, Bowl wins over Colorado State and NC State. 4 years sandwiched between Rose Bowls.
That was back when we thought 8-4 was kind of a bad season. I remember being disappointed that I never got to march in a Rose Parade. Somehow, the expectiations have fallen since then.
|1 year 37 weeks ago||Right on||
I like the fact that you're not calling people out in this post. I remember all the accolades Hoke was getting in 2011 and did think it was odd that some of the same people were piling on the "fire him" bandwagon now.
Michigan's struggles this year are a giant mystery to me.
Getting shut out at ND? Losing to Rutgers? 2-4 start? 10 men on the field multiple times? RBs making bad decisions? QB play regressing at an alarming rate?
I did not see that coming. It's all very confusing.
|1 year 38 weeks ago||I had forgotten about||
I had forgotten about that!
That. Is. Hilarious.
That's Lion football.
|1 year 38 weeks ago||What a great post. Thanks.||
What a great post. Thanks.
|1 year 38 weeks ago||I like their uniforms.||
I like their uniforms.
|1 year 38 weeks ago||Stop the insanity||
|1 year 39 weeks ago||My gawd...we are ND||
My gawd...we are ND
|1 year 39 weeks ago||Yeah...but is he a Michigan||
Yeah...but is he a Michigan Man? /sarcasm
Seriously, lots of cool misdirection in the Stitt offense. I'd like to see Norfleet in motion on that fly sweep play.
|1 year 39 weeks ago||Predicting a loss is one||
Predicting a loss is one thing, but, saying "I don't care" is weak sauce. Never figured mgoblog readers to be such fair weather fans...only caring if the team is a national championship contender. The apathy is nauseating.
Michigan wins, 24-10, FWIW.
"Buck up, little camper!"
|1 year 39 weeks ago||"If he's the quarterback and||
"If he's the quarterback and Minnesota falls behind in the second half, it'll be serious trouble for the Gophers."
Given how Michigan has come out of the gate this year...I don't think this is a high possibility. Unless of course they pull together and play inspired to tacitly defend the public/media/former player assault on their head coach. Here's hoping! :)
|1 year 40 weeks ago||Lots of love for Mattison on these boards/comments||
As a reminder, he's the last die-hard Brady Hoke fan in the universe. He came here because of Brady and will leave when Brady does. All this talk about promoting him to HC, is pie in the sky stuff. Mattison is gone when Hoke is, unfortunately.
|1 year 40 weeks ago||Where's all the uproar about||
Where's all the uproar about Nuss? Hate on Hoke all you want (and a lot of it is deserved), but, it certainly seems to me that Hoke is a 'manager' type coach. He's the head coach and ultimately responsible for the direction of the program. To that end, he clearly hires people to run the offense, defense, special teams, etc and steers clear of any real direct interference (see: no headset/direct play calling influence on gameday). Hoke has a vision of what he wants and hires guys around him whom he thinks can best develop that vision.
So - doesn't Nuss get some blame here? I don't hear much ire directed his way. That's not entirely fair, IMO.
Somewhere Al Borges is saying, "Not as easy as it looks, eh?"
|1 year 40 weeks ago||"See Wisconsin - a very not||
"See Wisconsin - a very not great but competent team."
I don't know, man. Wisky has a Heisman contender on their team. That RB is the real deal and they look pretty good to me.
|1 year 40 weeks ago||I'd be happy with just||
I'd be happy with just consistently getting the ball to Norfleet instead.
|1 year 40 weeks ago||How does 'Nuss' get a pass on||
How does 'Nuss' get a pass on the offense's ineptitude? Forget HC, let's have him direct these highly touted recruits into the red zone once or twice before the coronation, ok?
|1 year 40 weeks ago||Not if the program is||
Not if the program is winning.
|1 year 40 weeks ago||Freakin' hilarious||
How perfect is it that Michigan gives up a punt return for a touchdown after a week of spread punt know-it-all posts here.
|1 year 41 weeks ago||This game wrap is so emo.||
This game wrap is so emo.
|1 year 41 weeks ago||I'll say it again||
I thought Green was supposed to be an all world recruit. I just don't see it. Love these kids, but, that run from inside the 5 by Green is awful. ND defender falls down on his own because Green goes to the most unlikely place and away from the hole.
|1 year 42 weeks ago||Combos||
If you haven't tried Buffalo Blue Cheese Pretzel Combos...then you haven't tried the best flavor yet.
|1 year 42 weeks ago||Terrific write up||
I lolololol'd. Thanks. :)
|1 year 42 weeks ago||Best comment I've read in a||
Best comment I've read in a long time! +1 to you, sir!!
|1 year 42 weeks ago||Green||
I don't know, I have high expectations for this guy. Wasn't he an all world recruit? Love these kids, but, no running back performance blew my mind on Saturday.
|1 year 43 weeks ago||Guys were wide open today. I||
Guys were wide open today. I hope that stays the same as the season progresses against Big Ten competition. Good win!
|1 year 43 weeks ago||Awesome||
I swear, this is some of the best content on the blog. Literally has me laughing out loud!
|1 year 46 weeks ago||Live stream link?||
Anyone know of one?
|2 years 3 weeks ago||Tremendous. Go Blue!||
Tremendous. Go Blue!
|2 years 3 weeks ago||Oh my god that was the worst.||
Oh my god that was the worst.
|2 years 10 weeks ago||Timeouts||
3 per team, per game. Games are to 60, win by 2.
|2 years 11 weeks ago||Yeah...||
I thought there were amazing recruiting classes for OL under Hoke. Ready anytime for those to start showing some results, plz.
|2 years 19 weeks ago||Love these moves. Burleson:||
Love these moves.
Burleson: The Lions are in desperate need of positive veteran leadership. Burleson was the antithesis of that. Offering yourself up as the media spokesperson for the team does not make you a leader. It makes you a loud mouth. His attitude and team leadership skills (or lack thereof) have a direct relationship with Detroit being one of the most penalized teams in the NFL. The Lions can get the same production (or better) across from CJ with many other receivers in the league for cheaper. Plus, they don't have to put up with his "talk first" attitude. The only thing that worries me is how Detroit is going to live without Burleson's first down celebrations. God only knows they need more of that kind of crap on the team.
Delmas: Often injured and a rare sight on the practice field, Delmas is another Lion with more talk than game. Frankly, I'd MUCH rather have a safety who is known as a good tackler rather than a big hitter. He won't be missed...unless you like to watch the Detroit D give up big plays.
The Lions are the most undisciplined football team I've ever seen. By shedding these contracts and the negative leadership of these players, Detroit is on its way to maximizing the talent they currently have. I didn't expect much out of the new coaching staff, but, if this is any indication of what's coming - maybe...just maybe...things are looking up.
|2 years 24 weeks ago||It's Herbie Hancock. Sheesh!||
It's Herbie Hancock. Sheesh!
|2 years 26 weeks ago||UFC is gross.||
UFC is gross.
|2 years 33 weeks ago||Fred Jackson...if only for||
Fred Jackson...if only for the press conferences.
|2 years 33 weeks ago||I don't remember that many||
I don't remember that many quick passes. I do remember a couple of short throws over the middle into LB traffic to Funchess. One dropped. One caught for minimal gain.
I guess I was just looking for more passing plays that weren't so slow in developing. Play action under center, 7 step drops, etc, all ask the OL to read/hold their blocking assignments for a longer period of time. That's what I meant about "suspect OL issues" and what not. Why ask your OL to do more than they are apparently capable of at this point? Especially against such strong opposition? With a week to prepare?
This may seem like a strange comparison, but, just roll with it. 2 years ago the Detroit Lions make the playoffs with nary a running game to be found. TE screens, quick passes, et al were a worthy substitute for their lack of running game. That seemed to take advantage of their OL "issues" pretty well.
I suppose we just agree to disagree here. I want Michigan to maximize it's current talent and put their players in the best position to compete and win. I just don't see our current offensive scheme doing that.
Nice Fletch reference, btw. Kudos.
|2 years 33 weeks ago||Great post - thanks for compiling all that||
IMHO at the end of the day, you have to beat the teams you are supposed to beat (PSU '13 for example) and at least be competitive with rivals (MSU, OSU).
Stats are one thing. Showing up and putting your players in the best position to win the most important games is another.
Seems to me that Hoke/Borges have an antiquated notion of offensive football. To them it seems to be all about trying to get the best pro prospect recruits at Michigan and using your talent advantage to beat the other team. Michigan used to be one of those teams years ago. The simple fact is that the college game has changed. In fact, the college game is now impacting the PRO game...not the other way around anymore.
My point is - scheme and strategy can level the playing field when it comes to talent disparity. Michigan needs to update their offensive mindset to this century.
|2 years 33 weeks ago||Nailed it||
"Michigan's play action does not actually simulate plays they run..."
Borges for the win.
|2 years 33 weeks ago||“It’s not hard to game plan.||
“It’s not hard to game plan. You just need to put the pieces together and hope like heck that under pressure your young players can perform. A couple weeks ago against a lesser defensive opponent, we did a pretty good job. But like you asked me a couple weeks ago, ‘Did you gain any confidence?’ I said, ‘I’ll tell you after this game.’ Well this brings you back down to earth on where you are against teams that you have to play – the margin of error against really good defensive teams is small. We had just too many errors put us in bad situations. And it wasn’t always the younger guys. The middle of our offensive line is young, and things come up sometimes.”
Yep. Just keep blaming the kids, Al. Youth, inexperience, injuries, errors, blah blah blah.
Nevermind the fact that you apparently can't design or implement any kind of quick passing scheme that might be able to take advantage of aggressive defenses or suspect OL talent/synergy issues.
Sell crazy somewhere else. We're all stocked up here.
|2 years 34 weeks ago||This was the biggest surprise||
This was the biggest surprise from Saturday's game. Certainly didn't expect to see that. The score? Unfortunatley predictable.
|2 years 35 weeks ago||UM 1993, BU 2003||
I'm thrilled that Baylor is seeing so much success in football these days. Sic 'em, Bears!
|2 years 36 weeks ago||Question||
When was the last time UM had a bye before MSU? Seems like it's usually the other way around. Perfect timing this year, I'd say.
|2 years 36 weeks ago||Yep. And a fumbled snap in a||
Yep. And a fumbled snap in a critical situation. Also against one of the worst defenses in the Big 10 (if not currently the worst). IMO, Gardner is better from the gun just like Denard was. I think the numbers and eyeball tests support that.
The offensive results from this game neither exonerate nor condem Borges entirely for me. His gameplan vs. PSU (and other past games which have been discussed ad nauseum on this website) is a problem, though. Additionally, the lack of a consistent short, quick hitting passing game that emphasizes that strengths of his offensive staff (young, somewhat mistake prone, and easily rattled QB as well as short/quick receivers like Gallon, Dileo, Norfleet), minimizes the shortcomings of a young and injured OL, and takes advantage of what the defense is "giving up" (10+ yard cushions on WRs) is a concern.
It's okay to want to be a power running, under center first...then hit 'em big downfield with the play action pass type of team. Even if that's your intended normal mode of attack there needs to be some variety in your playbook (and willingness to call those plays) in order to score when your preferred method isn't working or when the defense has reviewed the film on your run formations and knows the playcall before the snap. Had Borges and company done that against PSU, UM would be undefeated right now.
|2 years 36 weeks ago||Nice call||
Too bad he didn't continue that. UM would still be undefeated.
|2 years 36 weeks ago||Aw shucks||
What's the deal with calling the "fire screen" to the WR against IU and not PSU? Decisions like that are what prompts an "aw shucks" mentality, from me anyway.
Borges was able to "take what the defense was giving" against IU largely due to the fact that the IU defense was giving everything away. Against PSU, he showed zero ability to do so.
|2 years 36 weeks ago||Praise for Borges||
will come when he stops putting Gardner under center.
|2 years 36 weeks ago||2 things||
1) Good thing Brian has a bye week to deal with the UFRs. That's going to be quite an undertaking.
2) 3 words that I'd like to NEVER hear again this season: "Gardner under center."
|2 years 36 weeks ago||Where the hell is Norfleet?||
Where the hell is Norfleet? Jeezus!
|2 years 36 weeks ago||Spot on.||
The collection of pictures at the top of this post is too funny.
|2 years 38 weeks ago||Re: Funchess at WR: “Well we||
Re: Funchess at WR: “Well we obviously planned it that way. Getting him out on the perimeter a little bit, a mismatch in a lot of ways because he runs awfully well. He’s a big target. And then we get into the 11 personnel and he’ll be a tight end. Just trying to really take advantage of his skill sets.”
Nice to hear this and actually see evidence of it on the field. Enjoyed watching the staff really work with the talent they have and highlighting the strengths of their individual players.
Now, if they can just figure out a way to utilize Norfleet less obviously, target Dileo more often, and retroactively have Denard throw less and run more in the MSU Trash Tornado and the ND Interception Nightmare loss that would be great. Asking too much?
|2 years 40 weeks ago||Ugh.||
More misuse of talent and lack of creativity on offense. I just don't get it.
"Don't give it to Norfleet. It would be nice if Dennis Norfleet was treated like a slot receiver instead of a rapidly expiring steak when he is inserted in the game. Any time he sees the field right now it's going to be a gimmicky play involving him. As soon as those things get on film they're dead meat.
It is okay to put him on the field and have him, you know, run an out or something. Or just run the ball as Dennis Norfleet runs a bubble or something, if you ever did anything so outlandish as fake a bubble screen in this offense. Ironic that the main reason submitted for not doing such things is that it is insufficiently manball to occupy a guy with screen action when you could be blocking him instead. Michigan can't block for crap.
Anyway. Norfleet's symptomatic of the offense's larger problem where plays exist as small subsets of things that work together instead of a consistent whole.\\\
|2 years 40 weeks ago||Hate reading this||
"Oh: again there was a small Norfleet package. Hopefully as the season goes along "Norfleet is on the field" starts being less than 90% "Norfleet is getting the ball."
|2 years 44 weeks ago||The Year of the Uniform||
I was there for the uniform replacement in 1994 and couldn't have been happier about the upgrade. My previous year's uni was a bit Frankenstein. They had to take 2 pairs of pants and combine them to make them long enough for me.
|2 years 44 weeks ago||Memories||
I don't remember having that much weight to lose. In fact, looked at a few pictures from that era not too long ago and...well...wow.
Those were the days...thanks for listening.
Anyway - BONES IN THE ZONE!!!!!!!
|2 years 48 weeks ago||Anthony Carter||
|2 years 49 weeks ago||1995 game was awesome||
Ah, sophomore year. Came back to my dorm room after and my roommate was taking personal credit for starting a "Biaka" - "Butuka" chant in the stadium. Real or imagined...what an awesome game.
|2 years 49 weeks ago||They were in it until Hunter||
They were in it until Hunter and Cabrera grounded out to end the 8th. Heck, Leyland even had AJ bunt the runners into scoring position just prior to that flying in the face of the common fan complaint that Leyland doesn't try to manufacture runs. Seems to me that the 2 All Stars had bad at-bats at the wrong time.
They're not perfect. Can't win every game. Sometimes, I think the expectations are a little high for these guys.
|3 years 4 weeks ago||Dude. Yes.||
I was a sophomore. I was in the band. Talk about a letdown of epic proportions. Lot's of great memories from UM football, but, that is NOT one of them.
|3 years 16 weeks ago||Next step...||
...orange turf for the field!
|3 years 25 weeks ago||Enjoy it||
I'm just going to focus on watching Denard play for The Team in one more game.
Borges general futility and lack of imagination? Going to ignore that.
Norfleet on defense? I have a plan to convince myself that this is not real. It involves beer.
Win v. Loss? Not really that important to me.
Thanks to Brian and staff. Great content all season long. This site is the best. Much appreciated. Happy New Year, keep up the great work, and Go Blue!
|3 years 28 weeks ago||Shocker!||
I, for one, can't believe that the offensive genius Al Borges can't find a place for Norfleet.
|3 years 30 weeks ago||D+D Football Factory is||
D+D Football Factory is closed for business due to mismanagement (Borges).
|3 years 30 weeks ago||Goodbye!||
Credit to Chris Petersen at Boise State (like he needs more accolades - that guy's awesome) for keeping this kid in check when Young was a student there. It's a Chuck Daly/Dennis Rodman type situation.
Kudos, Mr. Petersen.
Happy Trails, Mr. Young.
|3 years 30 weeks ago||Borges Fail||
The simplest way to describe the failure of Al Borges is by asking the following question:
What would Urban Meyer have done with Denard Robinson on OSU's team? Do you think that Braxton Miller would've been pulled in order to insert Denard for QB keepers? Hell. To. The. No. The list that Brian mentions in this post about plays involving Denard would just be the beginning. If Denard was on Meyer's team OSU would've torched UM yesterday. It wouldn't even have been close. Urban Meyer would recognize that Denard on the field in any capacity makes all of his teammates better.
"Everybody" wanted Denard in as a RB. "He's not a QB." "Line him up in the backfield or in the slot" was shouted for the last 4 years. A throwing arm injury drops this possibility in Michigan's lap 3 weeks ago. It's perfect. A chance to keep Denard's legs involved without having to worry about his arm limitations. Not to mention the simulatneous and surprising emergence of a very talented athlete and QB in Devin Gardner. And Borges blows it. Total fail.
Brian is exactly right here:
"It's indefensible. It's a failure without any possible explanation."
|3 years 31 weeks ago||Prediction||
UFR will have Lewan graded out to his worst game of the season. I seem to remember him looking sheepish on several plays. Very out of the ordinary for him, IMHO.
|3 years 31 weeks ago||Quality post. Pretty||
Pretty disappointing play calling today. I just don't understand how the offense can be more creative against Iowa than against OSU. I don't remember any play calls that used Denard as a decoy at all. So much for Borges "staying up nights this week" thinking about what to do with both Devin and Denard in the game at the same time.
Denard = run (usually, QB run)
Devin = pass after pointless play action to Rawls
Why not run play action off of something you actually do?
In fact, don't even remember seeing Denard in the 4th quarter at all (I did miss the last 5 minutes, tho). Maybe he was injured?
I hope some Borges gets some questions about this in the post game presser (not that it'll make any difference or that he will answer them). Also, Hoke should get some criticism for the decision to go for it on 4th and 3 after using the timeout. Punt and lean on your stellar defense by giving them some field position. Especially on the road. That seemed like a pretty obvious miscalculation to me.
This gameplan felt like a lot of wasted opportunity and leaves me longing for what could've (probably should've) been.
|3 years 37 weeks ago||Who wants to go back and play||
Who wants to go back and play ND again using this game plan?
|3 years 38 weeks ago||That's nice, Al||
Unless you spent the week learning how to "take what the defense gives you" I'm not interested.
|3 years 39 weeks ago||Hilarious Kool-Aid Picture||
"Denard...was amongst the worst guys in the country in interception rate last year? I mean, we know this happens. It has just happened against Air Force and UMass, at home. It is not going to stop happening. Calling plays thatemphasize this flaw is insane."
Brian Cook, FTW
|3 years 39 weeks ago||Bubble/Laser whatever.||
I don't understand why this play isn't used more. Seems like a short pass like that is much easier for Denard to throw.
Just use it already. Especially when the defense is flat out giving it to you. And Al, stop being so cranky in news conferences when asked about it.
|3 years 39 weeks ago||Off the top of my head||
Off the top of my head recently:
I think Brian (and others here) bring it in terms of data.
I don't want to split hairs about how much has to be "wrong" in the <insert game plan here> to be declared a "debacle." The case for Denard's strengths not being optimized in this offense and by this coordinator is well thought out and argued on this blog. It is not just the spewings of a fly by night color commentator or sports journalist. It's a reasoned and detailed analysis with examples to back up that point of view.
|3 years 39 weeks ago||3 words||
In. Game. Adjustments.
|3 years 39 weeks ago||Note perfect post.||
"...and run play action off plays you actually run and then Denard might get back to the things he was doing in an offense that was not trying to jam him into a hole he clearly does not fit. I thought maybe we'd learned that lesson after Iowa, but apparently not."
Right on, Brian.
Borges continues to try and square the circle utilizing Denard. You're not the only one who has noticed, but, you may the only one who uses solid data (citing the 17 games of Borges regime) to back up the theory.
|3 years 42 weeks ago||Cool beans. I'm a fan of||
Cool beans. I'm a fan of former Wolverines doing well.
|3 years 42 weeks ago||Love this||
It's impossible for me to see the games this year. I work in the Caribbean and watch a lot of cricket, soccer, and Aussie football on ESPN Caribbean while keeping up with the Michigan score on the ESPN2 Bottom Line. So nice to be able to read a review of the game action the very next day. I thought I would have to wait for the UFRs this year. Thanks again and keep up the great work!
|3 years 42 weeks ago||I'd love to see him catch||
I'd love to see him catch some passes out of the backfield. We can haz Norfleet bubble screenz?
|3 years 42 weeks ago||Alabama played freshman, too.||
Alabama played freshman, too. How come that's not a big deal?
|3 years 42 weeks ago||How about Norfleet catching a||
How about Norfleet catching a bubble screen? Sounds perfect, amirite?
|3 years 42 weeks ago||Norfleet and bubble screens.||
Norfleet and bubble screens. That is what I shall remember about this game. And this write up. Hilarious stuff.
Any chance Borges didn't run Denard in order avoid injury in a game where UM wasn't going to win anyway?
|3 years 43 weeks ago||Totally agree.||
This game is and always was ultimately meaningless for Michigan. Win and it's the miracle scenario putting Michigan in the national championship hunt. Lose and it's just expected. Lose with Denard getting hurt? That's the nightmare.
It's already bad enough with Countess and Lewan (not sure how bad he's hurt) going down in a game where Michigan had nothing to gain by playing.
You think people are dark today with the outcome...imagine the headline of "Denard done for the year" on this blog. Yeesh. Let's play some opponents that matter, please.
|3 years 43 weeks ago||We can haz Norfleet? Nice!||
We can haz Norfleet? Nice!
|3 years 43 weeks ago||Quality snark opportunities.||
Quality snark opportunities.
|4 years 18 weeks ago||Great win on the road||
Cool game. Crazy explosion of 3 pointers in OT. I'd be totally happy if Hardaway would drive the hoop more instead of shoot 3s from the corner.
|4 years 20 weeks ago||I have high hopes for this||
I have high hopes for this kid at Michigan. Go Blue!
|4 years 21 weeks ago||Norfleet FTW||
Very excited about him. Love the scat backs. Go Blue!
|4 years 23 weeks ago||Sounds like he may have found||
Sounds like he may have found another diamond in the rough. I hope he works out in Arizona. Nice opportunity for that kid. :-)
I would've NEVER heard about this if not for an OT post on mgoblog. Thanks for posting!
|4 years 23 weeks ago||1995||
My junior year at Michigan (I was there during the 4 years sandwiched between Rose Bowl trips). I'm actually (almost) in the picture up there where Mercury Hayes is hauling in that pass....right behind the ref, in the band, to the tenor drummer's right, in the front row. I remember Butterfield dropping a pass with about 4 seconds left in the middle of the field on the play JUST before the final pass. I remember feeling lucky that he dropped it because UM had no timeouts and wouldn't have been able to stop the clock.
My favorite player during those years (93 - 97) was Ninef F. Aghakhan. The DL with the very intimidating last name. Actually, I'm pretty sure that "The Agh" graduated in 93 or 94ish, so, he might not have been on the 95 team.
Thanks for the memories and thanks for listening. Great post!
|4 years 24 weeks ago||Good grief.||
Reading the comments on this post is like eavesdropping on a pack of 7th grade girls at lunch.
|4 years 24 weeks ago||Good to know, thanks fellas!||
Good to know, thanks fellas!
|4 years 24 weeks ago||Who the hell is Nick Hill?||
Who the hell is Nick Hill?
|4 years 24 weeks ago||I'm more concerned about UM||
I'm more concerned about UM stopping the AFA option, especially with the departures on the D line who were so good at blowing up option plays this year.
Sure is fun trying to see if we'll match an 11-2 record from the previous year tho, eh? :)
|4 years 24 weeks ago||The schedule is tough next||
The schedule is tough next year, especially in the first 4 games. This makes the lack of D line experience even more concerning. It'll be interesting, to be sure. I can see UM being 2-2 or even 1-3 at the bye week.
The prevailing thought that Michigan may be a better team next year, but, have a worse record seems spot on at this point. Sounds like a good problem to me!
|4 years 24 weeks ago||Can't believe he couldn't||
Can't believe he couldn't crack the Lions lineup. I thought they should take a 7th round shot at him in the draft. Of course, I got negbanged to hell for broaching that idea here, but, whatever.
I like Donovan Warren. Always have. I am also not a scout. :)
|4 years 25 weeks ago||Boo.||
Go root for the Bears.
|4 years 25 weeks ago||Thank you, Lions||
Lions in the playoffs.
Party likes it's 1999.
TD taken away on the accidental whistle - only lost by 10.
Team on the rise.
All these "I told you so" comments suck.
|4 years 25 weeks ago||First playoff appearance||
First playoff appearance since 1999. I'm going to enjoy every moment of this, no matter the score. GO LIONS!!!
|4 years 27 weeks ago||Indy. I believe the Detroit||
I believe the Detroit game is on CBS today because they are playing an AFC team. However, we get the Monster Jam here on CBS. Fox has the Cowboys/Eagles game which I have ZERO interest in.
|4 years 27 weeks ago||Who's got a link for the||
Who's got a link for the Detroit game? I've got...wait for it..."Advance Auto Parts Monster Jam" here. I mean, I know it's Gravedigger's 30th anniversary tour and everything, but, c'mon son!
|4 years 27 weeks ago||Great game||
Thanks for the link. I remember almost missing a flight from Detroit Metro because I was watching Barry break the record and the Lions beating the Jets. AWESOME.
|4 years 27 weeks ago||They need more guards. /s||
They need more guards.
|4 years 27 weeks ago||ire of Borges||
"Again, players play, coaches coach, fans watch, writers write -- if you know your role, usually it works out."
Very subtle, Mr. Gorgeous.
|4 years 28 weeks ago||World's Longest Crutches.||
World's Longest Crutches.
|4 years 28 weeks ago||How can anyone focus on||
How can anyone focus on signatures when we're looking at your avatar?
|4 years 28 weeks ago||Don't worry, Malkin is still||
Don't worry, Malkin is still there to hand out the cheap shots, right?
|4 years 28 weeks ago||Didn't see the end of the||
Didn't see the end of the game live, but, good for them. It's about time that something went their way.
|4 years 29 weeks ago||Wow.||
What an undertaking! This is incredibly detailed breakdown and seems like it's very time consuming. Terrific stuff - thanks for taking the time to create this.
|4 years 29 weeks ago||I am SO done with Nate Burleson.||
Penalties and fumbles are one thing. However, his biggest transgression is his mouth. I'm convinced that his attitude and trash talk are a big reason the Lions are so undisciplined. They just don't need his type of leadership on or off the field.
|4 years 29 weeks ago||"When it goes against him||
"When it goes against him Dantonio has an opinion, but when his players are wringing the necks of opposing quarterbacks...total silence."
Yes. This. Moar Of This. +1000
|4 years 30 weeks ago||double post||
|4 years 30 weeks ago||Nice name - not quite this guy, tho.||
Scouting report says he plays hard.
|4 years 31 weeks ago||That was embarrassing.||
That was embarrassing. Especially Suh. Yeesh.
|4 years 31 weeks ago||GAWD I love mgoblog. There,||
GAWD I love mgoblog.
There, I said it. Well done, Brian!
|4 years 31 weeks ago||True - that is a possibility.||
True - that is a possibility. Just sayin' there unfortunately hasn't been much improvement this year in that specific area.
|4 years 31 weeks ago||Just a thought||
Maybe Denard's regression in running the zone read is because he doesn't have the guy who practically invented the thing coaching him anymore? He's certainly not a master of the zone read now, but, he's also not improving much in that department under the new regime. Not a criticism, really, just an observation.
That said: just win, baby. Beat Ohio.
|4 years 32 weeks ago||I like Odoms||
Moar PT for Odoms, plz
|4 years 32 weeks ago||Well, if I was Mattison and||
Well, if I was Mattison and my unit was performing well above expectations as compared to last year, I'd love to answer questions about X's and O's, too. Clearly, Mattison's coaching and scheme have made a huge difference for the D.
For Borges, it might be tougher/more annoying to answer those questions, especially since his unit returns all kinds of starters from last year, a former Heisman candidate and has struggled somewhat. Probably comes off as second guessing his expertise.
I don't think that's what it is, by the way. Keep those questions coming, Heiko. "Once more unto the breech, dear friend, once more..."
|4 years 32 weeks ago||Borges = Colonal Jessep?||
"There’s a lot of nuances now I could go into and you don’t have the time and inclination to do it, but simply spoken, "
I've heard this somewhere before....
Colonal Jessep, USMC Guantanamo Bay Windward
"I have neither the time nor the inclination to explain myself to a man who rises and sleeps under the blanket of the very freedom I provide, then questions the manner in which I provide it! I'd rather you just said thank you and went on your way. Otherwise, I suggest you pick up a weapon and stand a post. Either way, I don't give a damn what you think you're entitled to!"
|4 years 32 weeks ago||Yep.||
Those were the real Lions.
|4 years 33 weeks ago||Maybe Heiko can ask Borges to||
Maybe Heiko can ask Borges to explain why having Denard under center in this situation is preferable to the shotgun? :-)
|4 years 33 weeks ago||Harsh, but, true.||
"Denard has limitations. They are severe. He has assets that offset those. They are not being used effectively."
|4 years 34 weeks ago||Lions?||
|4 years 34 weeks ago||Gawd. Now RR gets blamed for||
Gawd. Now RR gets blamed for this, too?
|4 years 34 weeks ago||Hoke's not sayin' one word||
Hoke's not sayin' one word about percentages.
|4 years 34 weeks ago||Well, at the risk of sounding||
Well, at the risk of sounding overly negative, this is from the crack research team that couldn't figure out how MSU was guessing the snap count from the gun for the past 3 years and didn't make any adjustments in game to a fairly simple thing. Just sayin'...
That said, I agree with Brian that the offense is as diverse as any we've seen at UM in a long time. Why they would stop short at incorporating a bubble screen (nevermind that it seems mind-numbingly obvious) when they do just about everything else, save the triple option, is a mystery.
|4 years 34 weeks ago||It's possible he doesn't hate||
It's possible he doesn't hate bubble screens. I'd like to think he's saving it. I'm not sure how "not saying anything about bubble screens" will change opponent preparation, but, whatever. Either way, it's an entirely fair question to ask and a dismissive, rude answer.
Keep those questions coming, Heiko. I, for one, like 'em!
|4 years 34 weeks ago||Anytime Michigan is on TV in||
Anytime Michigan is on TV in my market is good in my book.
|4 years 34 weeks ago||Pure gold.||
"Michigan's rushing offense before playing Purdue: 12th nationally. Rich Rodriguez: not involved with the decision to throw two-thirds of the time against Michigan State.
Strategy matters, simple things unrelated to hearty grit toughness can provide huge swings, coaches make mistakes frequently, and no one at a newspaper ever watches a game a second time. Facts."
That about says it all, right there.
|4 years 35 weeks ago||"TerBush hits his||
|4 years 35 weeks ago||Hey!||
Chang made the Lion's practice squad, don'tchaknow!
|4 years 35 weeks ago||The end story is: I think||
The end story is: I think most everybody would be placated if Borges just says "Hey, I probably should have called a different play, that one was on me."
Instead he says the same tired line about execution, aka, a Weisian cop out. It translates to "I had a brilliant playcall that the players screwed up."
Yep. +1 to you sir
|4 years 35 weeks ago||"Your inability to identify||
"Your inability to identify steps that he took to remedy the situation speaks more to your lack of football knowledge and/or access than anything else."
Fair enough. Enlighten me on the steps that were taken please.
|4 years 35 weeks ago||Well, given that MSU has been||
Well, given that MSU has been jumping the snap for the past 3 years (Hoke mentioned it in his pregame pressers...heck, even the Detroit media noticed it), they were jumping the snaps in this year's game (obviously due to Molk's pre-snap mechanics), and I saw no reponse whatsoever to that.
None. Zip. Zilch. Zero.
There did not appear to be any "remedies he took" to deal with the snap count issue. Therein lies the problem.
|4 years 35 weeks ago||Sorry||
The hell with that. That call was awful. That combined with the inability to prepare for or adjust for MSU timing the snap count during the game is even worse. He is guilty of poor planning and poor in game execution in his own right.
I hope he never forgets that play call.
I hope he never forgets his lack of ability to adjust to MSU snap jumping.
I also hope that he tries to be a little less obtuse in the future. He certainly appears so in his press conferences.
|4 years 35 weeks ago||Yikes||
That fourth-and-inches call against Michigan State, what do you see when you watch it again? “It was underexecuted. We don’t design the play for the quarterback to be blindsided. That’s basically it. I’m trying to move on to Purdue. That one I’m trying to forget.”
Actually, Al you shouldn't be trying to forget that one. You need to remember it always, so, the next time you're in that situation you run the ball. Don't EVER forget that call.
|4 years 36 weeks ago||Re: Elephants in rooms||
Gholston = basketball recruiting
He is dirtier than a dirt sandwich.
Any attempt to "rationalize" or defend his actions is a waste of time. If he played for Michigan I would say the same thing and would be calling for his immediate suspension. Of course, if he played for Michigan, he action would've already been taken on that issue.
|4 years 36 weeks ago||You're right about the silent||
You're right about the silent and double silent count strategy. My next question would be, if it was operator execution error on Molk...why wasn't this addressed during the game? The coaching staff is just going to keep letting him make that mistake all game?
I see teams out of the gun all the time (Oregon, for example) get all set, center looks back, QB claps hands/signals and then....nothing. The whole team seems to stop, look at the sideline for direction and then reset and go.
How hard can this possibly be? This whole thing reeks of coaching failure.
P.S. His sub-.500 record is what it is (was). Either you are judged by your record or you are not. A similar argument could be made about Rich Rod here at UM (I'm not making it, by the way). Hoke had a sub-.500 record prior to being hired at UM. That was a negative, in my book.
|4 years 36 weeks ago||Unfortunately, the evidence does not support your claim||
If Borges/Hoke et al saw them jumping snaps, their response to it was piss poor.
Consider this: which is more likely?
1) Borges didn't see/recognize the snap jumping problem.
2) The Borges reaction was tied to so much football knowlege/experience that there is absolutely no way the simple blogger/message boarder could understand.
This snap timing problem is not complex and has several easy, obvious fixes.
This was a horrifyingly poorly coached game. Hoke said so himself immediately afterwards. Of course, he also says: "I think everyone has an idea of snap counts from guns, because there’s a mechanic that every team has." If he is to be taken at his word, then he believes that one of the shotgun drawbacks is tipping the snap and there is (according to his knowlege) no way around this. Yikes.
Unfortunately (again), this makes me question his overall coaching ability and reaffirm my skepticism in his hiring. If he or his staff can't figure out a way to disguise the snap timing out of the shotgun (one would think that Greg Mattison might have some ideas) that only reinforces the possible reasoning for his sub-.500 record at the time of his hiring and makes me even more sick that Jim Harbaugh didn't want/get the job.
This snap count issue is glarinly obvious now and was equally so at game time. Especially that MSU has done this to Michigan for the past 3 years. This coaching staff demonstrated no preparation for this issue pre-kick, no adjustment to it during the game, and could not provide any reason post-game that it would be resolved in any future games.
No panic button here, but, this does not inspire hope or confidence for the future. We are getting beaten by simple, sell out blitzes that "people on a message board" can recognize. What's the coaching staff response? Probably to be more physical...tremendously so. Yeesh.
|4 years 36 weeks ago||Funny Gholston uses the||
Funny Gholston uses the phrase, "neck and neck" to describe his recruitment.
Oh wait, that's not funny.
|4 years 36 weeks ago||Think about this: if Denard||
Think about this: if Denard had been injured on the helmet twist, would Gholston/MSU/Dantonio be under fire?
I mean, can you IMAGINE if Gholston had actually hurt Denard on that play?
He should be disciplined as if he did because that was the intent. Plain and simple. In my mind, Gholston should not be allowed on a football field again. I would feel the same way if he played for UM. That action was disgusting adn there's no call for it. Ever.
|4 years 36 weeks ago||"I do not condone William||
"I do not condone William Gholston-esque style of football."
What Gholston did isn't football. Even the punch I was willing to somewhat look the other way, but, twisting the helmet like that...no excuse.
What's the conversation like today if Denard had been hurt on that facemask twist? That is not a football play.
|4 years 36 weeks ago||Nothing to do with Leshoure||
Nothing to do with Leshoure going down. The Lions can't run block.
|4 years 36 weeks ago||They can't burn clock because||
They can't burn clock because they can't run the ball. Plain and simple. This game is a win if they had anything resembling a running game.
|4 years 36 weeks ago||Quickest way to negative||
Quickest way to negative points? Mention that you don't think Denard is a quality option at QB.
|4 years 36 weeks ago||Did I just hear 'complete the||
Did I just hear 'complete the process' again?!?!?!
|4 years 37 weeks ago||I agree with the sentiment,||
I agree with the sentiment, but, this isn't the NHL. You don't send Darren McCarty out there to fight Lemieux because of a cheap shot from earlier in the game or the game from last year.
You beat a bully (in football) by scoring more points. To the victor, goes the spoils. In the 4th quarter if UM runs a QB sneak, gets the first down in the red zone and punches it in to tie and eventually ties the game, the whole conversation is different.
Then the highlight is not only the UM win, but, the foolish, classless and dangerous behavior of MSU players that trickles down from their head coach who clearly preaches one thing that he is heralded for in the media publicly, but, obviously acts another way with his team.
|4 years 37 weeks ago||I don't know if they were||
I don't know if they were awful, but, the 4th and inches call was not good. First big mistake that I've seen from Borges all year. Too bad, that would've been interesting to have them pick up that 1st down and then tie the game. Additionally, felt like that game was over-coached. I hate this cliche, but, Denard never seemed to get into a "rhythm."
Overall, that game was uber-annoying. Everything from the uniforms, to the play on the field, to the final score. Looked like Delaware vs. S. Florida out there.
Ick. I'm going to go shower now and wash the stank of that off me.
|4 years 37 weeks ago||I predict that I will have no||
I predict that I will have no fingernails at the end of this game.
|4 years 37 weeks ago||I feel like this is UM's best||
I feel like this is UM's best chance to beat MSU in 4 years and I'm still super nervous about the game. Just beat these annoying South Florida uni imitating guys already!
|4 years 37 weeks ago||I'll always root for Rich||
I'll always root for Rich Rod. He's kind of the ultimate underdog in my book.
|4 years 37 weeks ago||5-0OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOoooooohhhh||
(RIP, Macho Man)
|4 years 38 weeks ago||Brian will have fun with that||
Brian will have fun with that UFR. Going to take a yeoman's effort. That's a lot of plays! Guess the defensive one won't be that big of a deal...:-)
Thanks for the vids!
|4 years 39 weeks ago||Very creative offense. I was||
Very creative offense. I was impressed, but, wonder why we had to break it out against Minny? Could've saved some of that to throw off some better competition in the B1G, I suppose.
|4 years 39 weeks ago||Ya know, I heard that these||
Ya know, I heard that these two schools were starting football teams.
|4 years 39 weeks ago||The equivalent of The Ocho.||
The equivalent of The Ocho.
|4 years 39 weeks ago||SMB tribute||
Kevin Sedatole (Director of Bands at MSU) also posted a video this morning of the SMB performing Amazing Grace as a dedication to Patrick. Tragic news, to be sure. Very nice to see the outpouring of support.
|4 years 40 weeks ago||Trap game||
Michigan needs to come out with sound strategy (Borges: after 3 games you know what works and what doesn't and what we need 'moar' of) and execution (Offense: no turnovers or penalties) in the 1st quarter or they'll be in trouble. I don't like the idea of Denard passing (in this offensive scheme) for a comeback.
C'mon, boys. Let's get it done to keep the mojo going! Go Blue!!
|4 years 41 weeks ago||This is exactly why I read this blog||
Great post, Brian.
|4 years 41 weeks ago||Totally agree. No reason||
Totally agree. No reason that Cox shouldn't see the field before those other 2.
|4 years 41 weeks ago||Well, that's one way to look at it.||
Another way is that it can't get much worse.
Clearly, it's a team effort to run the ball. But, UM has been underwhelming thus far. No reason he shouldn't see the field over the next 2 weeks in my book.
|4 years 41 weeks ago||The solution to the RB woes is?||
Mike Cox. The time has come for him to get some PT. Perfect few weeks for that to happen coming up.
|4 years 42 weeks ago||Me too. I've always noticed||
Me too. I've always noticed that, but, never took the time to post anything about it. Thanks!
|4 years 42 weeks ago||Who the eff is Colin Cowherd?||
Who the eff is Colin Cowherd?
|4 years 42 weeks ago||Perfect||
I'm a Michigan fan. If they are not playing, I'm not really watching. Just don't have interest in the other teams, really. This is exactly the right amount of info I need on how UM's opponents are shaping up. Well conceived and executed good sir!
|4 years 42 weeks ago||"For his first time, his||
"For his first time, his under center play was really good. His shotgun play was -- that’s kind of his power zone, and that’s why we’re going to use that and do that stuff. His under center play was solid. His mechanics in terms of exchange, tracks and things -- had a couple of errors on some tracks, but for the most part was pretty reliable.”"
Not to find fault with Borges or anything, but, why would we want to take Denard out of his so called "Power Zone" in terms of the shotgun?
Can someone please explain to me how going under center is better than shotgun and in what way? Don't bother taking into account that everyone including the OC believes this is the best utilization of his skills. Seriously, in what way does going under center benefit a QB, any QB, as well as specifically Denard. What is the obsession with going under center with any QB?
|4 years 42 weeks ago||Denard breaking out||
Denard breaking out "trememdous" to describe Fitz. Love it.
|4 years 42 weeks ago||Agreed||
I had to google that song after reading this post. That song is a complete facepalm and now I feel chagrined for ever laughing at "We Are ND." That tune sucks and I completely agree with Brian as to his frustration by the "tradition" of Michigan only applying to running off tackle.
Spot on, Brian.
|4 years 43 weeks ago||No embed, but, still worth||
No embed, but, still worth the click:
"Lou, you're always wrong."
|4 years 43 weeks ago||+1. Horsemen reference.||
+1. Horsemen reference.
|4 years 43 weeks ago||"Hot and wet. That's good if||
"Hot and wet. That's good if you're with a lady. Bad if you're at a football game."
|4 years 43 weeks ago||I might be the only one, but,||
I might be the only one, but, I was really thinking that Mike Cox would get the nod this season. That dude seems like the prototype to me.
|4 years 43 weeks ago||8-4 with losses to ND, Iowa,||
8-4 with losses to ND, Iowa, Neb and Ohio. I feel good about a win over Sparty. If they manage a win over Ohio the Hoke karma train would be unstoppable.
|4 years 43 weeks ago||"Alabama can sell tradition.||
"Alabama can sell tradition. Penn State can sell tradition. Michigan can sell tradition."
At TSIO they can sell team paraphernalia on eBay and barter at the tattoo shop.
|4 years 43 weeks ago||I love Boise State. I hope||
I love Boise State. I hope they win the whole thing.
|4 years 43 weeks ago||That would be cool.||
That would be cool.