I'VE HAD JUST ABOUT ENOUGH OF YOU SONNY
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|9 hours 19 min ago||Peppers will be the highest||
Peppers will be the highest ranked and hyped recruit for Michigan in a decade. Countess should get the deuce next year, then on to Peppers in '15. Countess has been legit.
|22 hours 54 min ago||How did you allow or your||
How did you allow or your brother/sister allow your 6 year old to decide she loves MSU? WHERE IS THE PROPER PARENTING?
|23 hours 24 min ago||Fickel's a Buckeye lifer.||
Fickel's a Buckeye lifer.
|23 hours 26 min ago||Here's the thing man - what||
Here's the thing man - what you've perceived as Borges bringing his "A game," I've perceived as happening only in situations where the opposing defense has chosen a more balanced, conventional defensive approach. However, when opposing defenses have decided to sell out and load the box and blitz, my lovely avatar has yet to demonstrate even the slightest capacity to competently cope.
Borges' offense is increasingly reminding me of Mike Martz's Greatest Show on Turf which took the NFL by storm in 1999 leading the Rams to the title, but the next year D coordinators had a revelation: in order to succeed, Kurt Warner needed a requisite minimum time in the pocket for his receivers to reach the points on their elaborate vertical routes. Pressure Warner early, and Martz's offense began to crumble. Sound familiar?
Borges needs to use this off-season to solve the fact that his offense crumbles like a card castle in the face of defenses selling out and pressuring Gardner early. Ohio is a perfect example. Their spread simply disallows defenses from stacking more than 7 in the box, and if they do, Miller has quick answers.
Watching Ohio negotiate against Narduzzi's defense this weekend will serve as a further indictment of Al Borges and his inability to manage pressure defenses.
|23 hours 39 min ago||As good as MSU's D is, I||
As good as MSU's D is, I don't see them shutting down Miller and Hyde. OSU will score 30 and will win this game.
|23 hours 42 min ago||Impact on recruiting: Push.||
Impact on recruiting: Push. Both comprise our biggest recruiting rivals. Even with a BiG championship I don't see Sparty overtaking UM as the state's best recruiter. Hoke may not be an offense mastermind, but the heavyset man sure can recruit.
Douchier coach: Push. Dantonio is a mirthless bastard, and Urbz is an unscrupulous, win-at-all-costs moral phony.
Impact on next 364 days of misery for UM fans: Favor Ohio. Buckeye fans have grown weary of rubbing it in our faces after a decade of dominance. MSU fans with a Big Ten championship, which we haven't had in 10 years, would unsheathe a new dimension of misery on us we've never seen before.
Team Trajectory: Favor Ohio. Ohio's status won't change much with this win. Sparty's will.
Heartstings with the Underdog: Obviously, favor MSU. Sparty's resources and national recruiting pull (Dantonio intergalactic reach aside) are far inferior to Brutus's, so it is always nice to see the little guy beat the big guy (as long as the big guy isn't us).
VERDICT: With your heart you will be leaning for MSU, but with your mind, in terms of what is best for UM, you will be leaning for OSU, provided OSU loses in the NC game.
|1 day 16 hours ago||Don't forget '89 Rose Bowl||
Don't forget '89 Rose Bowl dubya followed by MBB NC and the mayhem on South U.
|1 day 16 hours ago||Now is de time on offense||
Now is de time on offense when we dance. Touch my avatar. Touch it. Love it, LOVE IT!!!
|1 day 16 hours ago||Irbz that you?||
Irbz that you?
|1 day 16 hours ago||No sir. Beets remain beat.||
No sir. Beets remain beat.
|1 day 16 hours ago||Best lol I've had in a||
Best lol I've had in a while. I will never, ever grow up.
|1 day 16 hours ago||there is no A in definitely.||
there is no A in definitely.
|1 day 18 hours ago||Not as much as I'd do for a||
Not as much as I'd do for a Klondike bar.
|1 day 18 hours ago||Not fair man. Put yourself||
Not fair man. Put yourself in Gardner's shoes where your performance is not entirely within your control given 10 other guys must execute, and all around him all year guys have been failing to execute, resulting in an endless carousel of 280 pound wackamoles popping up around him and stuffing him into the turf. Amid the questionable coaching he has received, the futility around him and the punishment he has had to absorb, it is totally unfair to consider Devin anything less than a true hero and one tough mother.
|1 day 18 hours ago||+1 for the longest||
+1 for the longest unintentionally long sentence in MGoBlog history.
|1 day 18 hours ago||Concur except I don't have||
Concur except I don't have much hope re reading defenses and check downs. Gardner was no freshman starter this year. He had a ton of experience and he still looked really bad when it came to checking into a positive RPS. Even worse were his early interceptions, which eventually morphed into sacks as he turned into a deer in headlights staring at secondaries probably seeing future picks where none existed. All of this is a massive indictment of Borges' lack of QB coach, and Borges himself. This is one area I don't expect much improvement on next year even with a 5th year Gardner, and actually expect a big regression the following year with the new starter (Speight/Morris) assuming Borges makes it that long.
|1 day 18 hours ago||Hard to argue with much of||
Hard to argue with much of what you wrote, but it's also hard to argue with Brandon's decision to give stability a try for at least one more year, especially given the brief flashes of brilliance we saw this year.
|1 day 18 hours ago||I'm all for protecting Hoke||
I'm all for protecting Hoke and giving him as much leash as possible for the sake of the program, so it is my hope that Borges is a more direct buffer between Funk/O line incompetence and Hoke. You state otherwise, and I weep silently, alone, and cold.
|1 day 20 hours ago||I toss Funk into the Borges||
I toss Funk into the Borges blender because Funk directly reports to Borges. When talking about the changes Al must make to improve OL play, coaching and consistency, one such change might be replacing Funk. I just didn't specify what those options on the table for change might be.
|1 day 20 hours ago||I agreed for much of the||
I agreed for much of the season, but I've tempered that point of view by two things:
1. It really cannot possibly get much worse than it was this year.
2. Most people tend to focus on improving around the things in life that embarrass them the most. After this season, if Borges doesn't make the offensive line his #1 priority then again, fool Al twice, shame on Al.
|1 day 20 hours ago||I'd categorize those as||
I'd categorize those as products of all of the above. If Al improves the OL, improves consistency, improves unpredictability, then the RBs will flourish and we'll see more of what we saw vs Ohio.
|1 day 22 hours ago||Thanks for the ambiguous||
Thanks for the ambiguous avatar name.
|1 day 22 hours ago||You do realize this program||
You do realize this program has lost 9 of 10 to Ohio and 5 of 6 to Sparty and hasn't won a BiG in a decade right? Not sure what planet you're on that you'd expect the fanbase of the winningest program of all time, after a 7-5 season that showed 0-2 vs MSU and Ohio, a losing record in the lousy BiG conference, and set historic lows on offense, to gladly bend over, grab their ankles and smile while saying "thank you sir I'll have another."
Can you name me one top 10 traditional football power who's fanbase has ever accepted mediocrity?
The day this fanbase falls in line with smiles on their faces astride a coaching staff that produces a product like we saw this year is the day this program becomes Iowa - always OK, but always mediocre. Sorry no thanks.
|1 day 22 hours ago||+1,000,000||
|2 days 42 min ago||This wasn't death due to||
Stupidity + alcohol + rage + gun = Darwin.
|2 days 14 hours ago||Al Borges is the Tracy||
Al Borges is the Tracy McGrady of college football. Flashed brilliance throughout his career, but provided zero consistency and inexplicably vanished with far too much frequency. The only thing consistent about Al Borges is that he is inconsistent. Oh, and my signature. Narduzzi completely and utterly owns Borges, and will do so again next year unless Borges actually shows some capacity to adapt, i.e., expect 40 screen passes.
|2 days 14 hours ago||Completely agree.||
|2 days 14 hours ago||Absurd... All of you people||
Absurd... All of you people still defending Borges need to pop the MSU game back on play or the PSU game, or the Akron game, or the UCONN game, or the Iowa game.
"Oh but the ND and Ohio games" you say? If anything, the success we showed on offense in those games UNDERMINES your defending Borges because it shows what this team was capable of, but was nowhere near able to show with any consistency, instead setting historic, embarrassing statistical lows in many offensive categories in multiple games.
Every possible excuse you come up with is trumped. He needs time to install his offense? Hmm what was that offense we saw vs ND and Ohio? The spread? He had his offense this year, and proved himself horribly inconsistent.
The worst part of this is people are overlooking Borges' utter incompetence in defending against aggressive, blitz-heavy defenses. Ohio's D was not nearly as aggressive as MSU or PSU's. Why? Because they probably felt they could play is safe given their point-a-minute offense.
To me the four most damning revelations this year involving Al Borges were:
1. Historically atrocious offensive line play - worst ever, by a line that showed it could actually compete in certain instances (Ohio/ND/etc). I chalk that up to coaching.
2. Schemes that put his players more in a position to lose than win - see Gardner's endless turnovers in the early games, followed by Gardner's endless conservatism and eating endless sacks to avoid turnovers in the later games.
3. Utter futility in adjusting to blitz defenses. This team has ZERO chance vs MSU. None. Do any of you actually think next year Borges will do a 180 and solve Narduzzi? Even if Narduzzi's gone, Dantonio has a big hand in the defense and will offer the same blitz happy game plan, and as long as Borges remains our OC, you won't be chalking up a win vs MSU due to our offense's performance. He will assuredly be outcoached every time by MSU.
4. Worst of all, the predictable nature of his schemes and his inability to adapt. The last play of the season was the perfect example. Lines stacked receivers for the 2 pt. conversion, OSU calls time out to adjust, Borges doesn't adjust to their adjustment. Brian Cook: "It does feel like Michigan should be thinking of what OSU might do in this situation and reacting to that instead of just running their play, but that has not happened much this year."
I personally believe Hoke hasn't made his mind up yet re Borges. He is going to protect Borges to the media until after the bowl game because what purpose would there be otherwise with one more game to play? But once the bowl game is over, that first week is when we'll get the true answer re Hoke's intentions.
He may keep Borges, and if he does, we'll all cross our fingers that you can in fact teach on old dog new tricks, and Borges changes A LOT of how he approaches the offense next year.
|3 days 10 min ago||Has Urbz offered to visit you||
Has Urbz offered to visit you yet?
|3 days 13 hours ago||Makes perfectly good sense.||
Makes perfectly good sense. Borges' season can be characterized as utter futility bookended by two excellent showings vs ND and Ohio. Indiana wasn't a quality enough team or defense (pass rush? what's that?) to toss any cache Al's way from that game. If anything, the fact that the offense came together as well as it did vs Ohio and ND helps Al, but also actually undermines Al in terms of excusing his futility in other games on player inexperience.
It's going to be a tough decision for Hoke and Brandon but personally I think it will come down to whether they have a strong viable replacement candidate. If they don't. We'll enjoy my avatar one more year, and hopefully he'll shore up not only the OL, but his predictability, and improve on his QB's ability to check down.