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|5 weeks 2 days ago||Tremendous. Go Blue!||
Tremendous. Go Blue!
|5 weeks 2 days ago||Oh my god that was the worst.||
Oh my god that was the worst.
|12 weeks 4 days ago||Timeouts||
3 per team, per game. Games are to 60, win by 2.
|13 weeks 4 days ago||Yeah...||
I thought there were amazing recruiting classes for OL under Hoke. Ready anytime for those to start showing some results, plz.
|21 weeks 1 day 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.
|26 weeks 4 days ago||It's Herbie Hancock. Sheesh!||
It's Herbie Hancock. Sheesh!
|27 weeks 6 days ago||UFC is gross.||
UFC is gross.
|34 weeks 5 days ago||Fred Jackson...if only for||
Fred Jackson...if only for the press conferences.
|35 weeks 6 hours 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.
|35 weeks 7 hours 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.
|35 weeks 1 day ago||Nailed it||
"Michigan's play action does not actually simulate plays they run..."
Borges for the win.
|35 weeks 3 days 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.
|35 weeks 5 days 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.
|37 weeks 1 day ago||UM 1993, BU 2003||
I'm thrilled that Baylor is seeing so much success in football these days. Sic 'em, Bears!
|37 weeks 4 days 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.
|37 weeks 5 days 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.
|37 weeks 5 days ago||Nice call||
Too bad he didn't continue that. UM would still be undefeated.
|37 weeks 6 days 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.
|37 weeks 6 days ago||Praise for Borges||
will come when he stops putting Gardner under center.
|37 weeks 6 days 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."
|38 weeks 1 day ago||Where the hell is Norfleet?||
Where the hell is Norfleet? Jeezus!
|38 weeks 1 day ago||Spot on.||
The collection of pictures at the top of this post is too funny.
|39 weeks 5 days 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?
|41 weeks 5 days 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.\\\
|42 weeks 1 day 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."
|46 weeks 2 days 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.
|46 weeks 2 days 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!!!!!!!
|50 weeks 4 days ago||Anthony Carter||
|50 weeks 5 days 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.
|50 weeks 6 days 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.