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|4 min 38 sec ago||Oh Jesus||
Not good for Wilson. Very bad decision to jump there...know when the play is dead, dude!
|18 min 30 sec ago||Devin in his own head||
And oh look, special teams breakdown. Thought I saw a hold in there...no flags.
|20 min 28 sec ago||Offense too slow||
Not play clock slow...slow slow. Utes look faster and more decisive. Come on guys, get your shit together!
|26 min 26 sec ago||Wow.||
Lewis saved 4 points. Great hustle on a busted play. Strong recovery by the D on that drive.
|3 hours 41 min ago||Two home loss picks||
I might expect this for a team like MSU...but Utah? Are we THAT high on a team that finished 5-7, worse than Michigans unwatchable outfit last year? Are we THAT low on Michigan after a strange blowout loss to a rival on the road at night?
|4 hours 12 min ago||My God these noon games are awful||
It's sad when your best choices are Georgia Tech - Va Tech and Wisconsin - BGSU.
Though, BGSU just scored after Wisconsin fumble TO to tie the game up at 7-7. It's early, I know, but....BIG TEN!
|21 hours 55 min ago||Yeah||
I'm sure that had something to do with an end zone INT (that should have been a TD) and 3 missed field goals...and a fumble.
|2 days 3 hours ago||The sad part of this||
He could have gotten a modest 6-8 yard gain on 2nd and long had he kept going forward and slid prior to contact or just run out of bounds
Or, you know, freak out at the defenders coming your way and completely forget that you are FIVE YARDS PAST THE LINE OF SCRIMMAGE. Go ahead and try a pass there.. Sure.
|2 days 8 hours ago||Timeout||
He took another coaches defense ranked #107 and turned it into the #6 defense. I think the man deserves a little credit.
|2 days 22 hours ago||I'll point out to everyone||
That when Hoke says "You can say something about something and then you're wrong"...he's speaking the truth. Because it happened. This year. In week one. Remember? Right after App State, he said Peppers would play against ND the next week despite the injury. And obviously Peppers did not play the next week. He was wrong. I don't think he was lying either. He was just wrong. So he'd rather just not talk about it going forward. Which...fine. Who cares? There's no requirement for coaches to give out injury info.
So, yeah, I think we need to calm down criticizing Hoke for not perfectly saying the thing you want him to say. Nothing in that quote reads contempt of the press to me. Not that I would care if Hoke does have contempt of the press (and he probably does at least a little)...because quite frankly, after the last 7 years of Michigan football coverage, much of the local press deserve that sort of treatment.
I know that losing and the uncertainty of the year (especially post-ND game) have a lot to do with it. But Michigan wasn't exactly elite when RR said "get a life" either, and yet this blog had no problem defending RR then.
|4 days 3 hours ago||But see||
"slow and bad" is not a reason to move to up tempo. If they're slow and bad, what makes you think they would become good if they moved faster? Bad is bad.
And it's not particularly accurate anyway. You're ignoring the obvious improvements of the offense this year. A stat that others have brought up is they've already gained 44% of the rushing total from last year. So, close to one-half of last years rushing totals in just a quarter of the season. Oh, and nearly all of those yards were RB yards, so less Devin running around and taking shots, which should help in the long run. Remember how banged up Devin was last year? The offense relied almost entirely on him, and after the MSU game he was completely battered and shellshocked until OSU. So, Nuss is trying to get the pass blocking right to reduce sacks (so far an improvement) while getting the run blocking right so that there is less of a need to rely solely on Devin (a definite improvement). I think going deliberately and slow in the game offers the young inexperienced (and last year, turrible) OL to actually, you know, gain experience and execute their assignments. It's ben a mixed bag so far, but the trend arrow is most definitely up. So no, it's not just "slow and bad",
|4 days 4 hours ago||I get the sentiment for wanting uptempo||
Especially in end of half/game scenarios...but I still have no idea why people are criticizing the end of half drive against Miami for clock management. They get that first down, clock stops, ball on the 30 with a minute left and two timeouts. They're going to at least get 3 points in that situation with realistic shots at the endzone for 7. Time was simply not an issue on that drive.
|4 days 6 hours ago||Well||
When you are a troll instead of a local sports journalist, you have to get your points in no matter what. And frame every question in the worst way possible on the off chance the coach says something that narrowly fits into your predetermined narrative.
|4 days 8 hours ago||Yup||
I remember RRs years all those quick up tempo 3 and outs. Tempo can work greatly, but for a team struggling with inconsistency it can backfire easily. After the chaos of last year, I'd honestly rather they go slower and more deliberately to get the base stuff working. Once Nuss is confident with progress, THEN introduce some in-game up tempo concepts to give the O a new dimension. The quick snap 3rd and short play is a great example...when you lull a d to sleep with slow pace and suddenly you go quick, it is easy to catch them off guard.
|4 days 8 hours ago||One minute left isn't enough time to get a TD||
From your opponents 30?
|4 days 8 hours ago||I agree with this||
Of all the things this blog dwells on, tempo is the most annoying. Tempo can work and can be fun to watch, but it is not some sort of panacea for offense. Just one method.
|4 days 17 hours ago||I'll echo what others have said above this comment||
You're unfair to Hoke regarding how he left the program, because there's a lot that plays into it. To me, Stanford and Oregon appear to be exceptions rather than the norm. I mean, Pete Carroll leaves USC and they've been floundering for awhile, and still struggling to get back on top. Urban Meyer leaves Florida and they still haven't completely recovered. Those are two of the best coaches that college football has had the past decade!
|5 days 1 hour ago||This is where I take issue with Brian||
I mean, what's with the anger? Why is everyone so fricking ANGRY at the man? Can we all just settle down a little bit? My God, football is supposed to be fun to watch, people.
|5 days 6 hours ago||Great diary||
I always look forward to these writeups each Sunday.
And I somewhat agree with your view of clock management, though I have less of a "defeatist" attitude towards it. I think many here want Michigan to go hurry-up because they seem to think that "hurry-up" = 21st century, but the truth is not all offenses are built upon hurry-up. I mean, I just watched a San Francisco team last night huddle on every snap and waste almost all of teh playclock, even in the end when they were driving to tie the game! And that's a Harbaugh-coached team! San Fransicso wound up losing, but not because of clock mismanagement. And had they made that last 4th down, they still had a good 40ish seconds to work with to get the TD.
I guess what I'm saying is it's overblown. Espcially in this case. Sure, Michigan took their sweet ass time getting down the field, but had the delay not happened and they converted on 4th down, they were still in good position to get at least 3 points and run out the rest of the clock. Using all of the last 4 minutes to score and not give the ball back to your opponent is fine end-of-half strategy. They went slow because there's no reason to hurry up with 4 minuets left. The drive stalled, but not because of a lack of hurry up. That's really not a good enough reason to criticize that one. And even with the delay of game, questionable (at best) punt decision, and inevitable touchback on the punt (damnit, Hagerup, figure out how the hell to execute a fly punt please), Miami still came nowhere near to scoring on their last possession. Because there was less than a minute left.
Yes, I want the hurry-up to be installed, because there are situations where it's not only a good idea but actually a necessity. But that will come in time. This offense is not built upon hurry-up mode, it just isn't. So we need to stop bitching and moaning over it as a fanbase and accept it for what it is.
|5 days 21 hours ago||Here's the proper response||
Rankings at this point are very shaky because not only is the sample size small (3 games for each team), but almost every team in FBS has played at least 2 cupcake. It's not a Michigan-exclusive thing. But go ahead and keep believing that.
|6 days 5 hours ago||This meme pisses me off more than anything||
Hoke knows exactly what he's doing. He's a hell of a lot smarter at football than most of us. You can justifiably disagree with his in-game decisions, but to say he has no idea what he's doing? That's so utterly disrespectful. If he had no idea what he's doing, then I guess that means Mattison, Nussmeier, and a whole bunch of 4 and 5* recruits have no idea what they're doing either. So I call bullshit on that meme.
|6 days 17 hours ago||So,||
I was actually referring to how Devin sold teh fake, but clearly Butt did a great job too. And I completely agree with you about the coaching comment. That was an example of GREAT coaching.
|6 days 17 hours ago||I don't understand||
why some coaches have their QBs do pooch punts. I don't...get it. I never understood it when RR was here. Your QB already does so much. That's what punters are for.
|6 days 17 hours ago||Oh, definitely.||
No doubt it was underwhelming.
|6 days 17 hours ago||I can understand concern||
But let's call a spade a spade. A 24-point win is hardly in the realm of "escaping". Escaping would be needing a last-second goalline stand against Akron to win.
|6 days 18 hours ago||Well||
At least Utah is a home game, where Hoke actually has a stellar resume.
|6 days 20 hours ago||Yup||
He wasn't exactly a world-beater last year either.
|6 days 20 hours ago||It did get dangerously close||
But they didn't unravel, thankfully. I think that Butt catch that should have been intercepted was the real turning point. Hey, sometimes you can make a bad pass or bad play into something good. What a novel concept! Before that the team felt like if something bad could happen, it did, and thus played in a shell afraid to do pretty much anything. After that, they regained confidence and just played.
|6 days 21 hours ago||Agree||
I think there's a lot of confirmation bias on the board. They're all looking for negative things because of recency...they were 3-7 last 10 games and many had soured on Hoke after last week. So naturally every bad thing that happened today got amplified in terms of meaning. And when it happens one after another, we all just assume the game will end up like Akron last year. Even tho it didn't.
|6 days 21 hours ago||450 yards is a clown show now?||