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|4 days 8 hours ago||This game wrap is so emo.||
This game wrap is so emo.
|6 days 6 hours 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 week 3 days ago||Combos||
If you haven't tried Buffalo Blue Cheese Pretzel Combos...then you haven't tried the best flavor yet.
|1 week 3 days ago||Terrific write up||
I lolololol'd. Thanks. :)
|1 week 4 days ago||Best comment I've read in a||
Best comment I've read in a long time! +1 to you, sir!!
|1 week 6 days 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.
|2 weeks 5 days 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!
|3 weeks 9 hours ago||Awesome||
I swear, this is some of the best content on the blog. Literally has me laughing out loud!
|5 weeks 5 days ago||Live stream link?||
Anyone know of one?
|15 weeks 9 hours ago||Tremendous. Go Blue!||
Tremendous. Go Blue!
|15 weeks 9 hours ago||Oh my god that was the worst.||
Oh my god that was the worst.
|22 weeks 2 days ago||Timeouts||
3 per team, per game. Games are to 60, win by 2.
|23 weeks 2 days ago||Yeah...||
I thought there were amazing recruiting classes for OL under Hoke. Ready anytime for those to start showing some results, plz.
|31 weeks 1 hour 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.
|36 weeks 2 days ago||It's Herbie Hancock. Sheesh!||
It's Herbie Hancock. Sheesh!
|37 weeks 4 days ago||UFC is gross.||
UFC is gross.
|44 weeks 3 days ago||Fred Jackson...if only for||
Fred Jackson...if only for the press conferences.
|44 weeks 5 days 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.
|44 weeks 5 days 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.
|44 weeks 6 days ago||Nailed it||
"Michigan's play action does not actually simulate plays they run..."
Borges for the win.
|45 weeks 1 day 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.
|45 weeks 3 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.
|46 weeks 6 days ago||UM 1993, BU 2003||
I'm thrilled that Baylor is seeing so much success in football these days. Sic 'em, Bears!
|47 weeks 2 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.
|47 weeks 3 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.
|47 weeks 3 days ago||Nice call||
Too bad he didn't continue that. UM would still be undefeated.
|47 weeks 4 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.
|47 weeks 4 days ago||Praise for Borges||
will come when he stops putting Gardner under center.
|47 weeks 4 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."
|47 weeks 6 days ago||Where the hell is Norfleet?||
Where the hell is Norfleet? Jeezus!