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|5 days 3 hours ago||Maybe so...||
...but I am not sure Robinson is that limited athletically. I concede it is difficult to tell against D-3 guys, but he could pass it, handle it and (of course) shoot it at that level. To me, he looked like a very rich man's John Shurna (with better mechanics) and Shurna was hard as hell to handle. But, yeah, speed of the game.
|5 days 19 hours ago||Absoluely right,||
DR is working on his ball handling and passing and would like to be able to play the 2/3. He sees his future there---as a 2 or wing---though UM doesn't really use a "4." As a wing he would play on he left side of the court.
No player I know of has ever made the jump from D-3 to D-1. But I think he has a really good shot af doing so.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||Nominal Evidence.||
I heard Wilcher speak to a group of coaches once about how he organizes his program. Two things were apparent:
1. The guy cares deeply about his kids and views his primary goal as getting them into college---any college--- and
2. He seems quite sophisticated in using the respurces at hand (pretty limited) to continue and develop a successful program.
In this lecture he claimed to "leave the x's and o's" to others (his staff) but my impression is that he was being modest.
All in all, I was favorably impressed with him.
|4 weeks 6 days ago||Brady's plan..||
Brady's plan is to play until he is 45 "or maybe even 50." I know, I know, but that's what he says.
|6 weeks 3 hours ago||With you..||
It seems to me that Miles has always straddled opportunites. That's OK, it is ordinary.
But if he really wanted the UM job why not just say "I love LSU but UM is bleeding and and it is my home. I can't let them bleed to death.If they want me, I am there." Or something more elegant. I can't see how this would be offensive to LSU.
But maybe I am wrong.
|6 weeks 2 days ago||FWIW||
I think your friends are correct re: UM's side of the equation. UM would take Harbaugh at most any price tag.
But I don't think Harbaugh has made up hs mind, yet. A return to SF seems pretty unlikely. Pushing zero, it seems.
So I would surmise Hackett is in an awkward position. Maybe by the close of the day it will be clearer (SEA is winning in the 4th) but, right now, he must be looking for a coach who isn't really #1 on the Hit Parade and, somehow, hold him in line while Harbaugh decides or it plays out.
Speaking only for me, this seems a silly game. I would hire Tom Herman yesterday since the upside seems great and the downside more remediable than other choices. But, I know, my preference for Herman over Harbaugh (or Miles) puts me with almost no one. I understand other POVs.
On the other hand, Jack Harbaugh has been involved. Maybe this awkwardness/dithering is mere appearance, albeit in the face of national opinion that Harbaugh will be in the NFL next year. The reach out to/by the elder Harbaugh seems relevant.
|7 weeks 4 days ago||Stoops...||
Stoops is too low.
Way too low on your listing.
|7 weeks 4 days ago||Bielema||
Thanks for BB call yesterday. Extremely funny.
I am pretty sure I once met Gabby Hayes. I know I met Otto Graham when he was still playing.
|7 weeks 4 days ago||CR||
I am an occasional poster who lost a lot of points for some reason at some time. Last time I made a major post the AD was all over me, so I try to be careful. I write occasional pieces for the Ann Arbor Observer, HTTV (and now and again for Sam Webb) and just finished a book on UM football. Since these things are just "fun," my day jobs tend to push me to the limits of my time.
Brian and Sam (and Ira Weintraub) have been kind enough to let me play a periodic Gabby Hayes on the radio with Brian. Brian is the sane and reasonable one on the round table. Not that Ed Feng isn't, his love for David Shaw aside.
That's it, that's the list.
I am in the AA phone book, too. The new one is in, I have been told.
|7 weeks 4 days ago||My opinion is...||
My opinion is that you are right on the money in this construction.
[My opinion also is that you are pretty much on the money in most things you say.]
|7 weeks 4 days ago||No,||
1. Lloyd signed zero transfer papers.
2, He tried to keep players in the program, One notable player was about to transfer but Lloyd convinced him to stay,
These are facts, 100%
3, The LC recommended RR story has a legit basis. There is also legit reason ro doubt it.
|12 weeks 2 days ago||He isn't ready yet...||
but the kid is working like hell to get back,
Probably not his year, but I would love to be surprised.
|12 weeks 2 days ago||He is working out...||
and he told me he was up to 203. He will be up to 220 by the time he is ready to play.
He hit 16 threes in a row in drills on Wednesday and told me his goal---over the next year---is to get better with the ball, becoming adept enough to play the 2.
|12 weeks 3 days ago||MGoBlog and News||
Much as I love newspapers and other dead media, it is more impressive to me that this blog references the News than the converse..
I see better and more interesting takes on sports on this site than in, say, the New York Times, a paper I like. There is just, well, smarter stuff here---aside from the brilliant writings of Brian Cook and Seth Fisher, and numerous others, too many to name.
So, my question is, in this age where everyone knows everything that happens and knows it right away, when does the nth accrue? When, in McLuhan-esque fashion, does this electronic immediacy begin to collapse on itself and become its inverse? And then, what does this new privacy look like? No more "brothels without walls?" No more "every man a cubist?" What?
OK, back to my pedestrain hole of legal writing. Blah, blah, blah, strict construction, blah, blah (insert fake latin). I wait for some smart person to see me clear through the mist. [My old UM Prof, Donald Hall, might call this something like a "poor ruined war." Sorry, been up all night.]
|13 weeks 6 days ago||Chart-Time of Possession||
That's pretty interesting to me since Borges was a hugeTime of Possession believer but Nussmeier has discounted it as (more or less) "not particularly relevant" to winning or losing games. My guess is this isn't Nuss's chart.
|14 weeks 1 day ago||I think you can be less angry...||
While I think it is plausible that Carr was unenthusiastic about Miles, he didn't veto MIles. He did not have this much power in the search for his successor or Rich Rod's successor. This is my strong belief, backed by very good sourcing.
However, if I had the power to veto Miles I would have used such power. No one asked me, nor will anyone ever ask me such a question, I concede.
I can't recall my prediction in HAIL. I hope it was 8-4 but I fear it was 9-3. As many have mentioned, didn't the schedule look easy? But (as Seth edited out) didn't i call the OL to be a zero on a scale of 1-10? Shame on me and my analytical failures.
|15 weeks 2 days ago||Just untrue,,,,||
Brian is very pained by the season and wants UM to win as many games as they can. He isn't rooting for losses though, I know some UM fans are. I hope they are few in number.
|15 weeks 2 days ago||Disappointing, Nick||
you were off by two.
|17 weeks 2 days ago||Kevin Kelly||
Pulaski High, Ark
No more punting
|18 weeks 1 day ago||Question||
Is he related to the Jack Weisenburger---the great spinning fullback from the Mad Magicians? Grandson, perhaps?
|18 weeks 6 days ago||Defense||
Hey Mr. Coyote:
I find your comments quite illuminating. Thanks.
Question. Is GM playing Cover 4 or (perhaps) "Quarters?" GM calls quarter/quarter/half "Quarters" and has referenced that as a defense he likes. If you get a chance, some time, could you thumbnail the difference? Might this be the variance on what Brian describes and what you see?
|2 years 29 weeks ago||Bud||
Bud was one of the kindest persons I ever met. He was a big man in the best sense of the word, one of incredibly generous spirit. He was a great story teller. A great listener. I loved him and I will miss him.
|2 years 31 weeks ago||M-W: Shoot me a note in,||
Shoot me a note in, say, three years---assuming this might have any continuing interest for you--- and I wil tell you the exact deal re: sources of information. It is complicated.
Thanks for your note. Quite thoughtful.
|2 years 31 weeks ago||Seth: I owe you more than||
I owe you more than a coffee. [I am out of town for an extended period but, when I get back...]
Thanks for your work.
|2 years 31 weeks ago||Dear M-Wolverine: I enjoy||
I enjoy your posts quite a bit so I apologize for my brooding piece last year. You weren't alone in your point of view.
Until this moment, I didn't know which of my articles Brian had chosen, if he had chosen either. I sent him two and I am a bit surprised by his decision but happy for the "transition" article to see the light of day. I hope it isn't too depressing---I don't think it is---but for my part the transition from Carr to Rodriguez was mystifying, especially since I was "there," if in some virtual reality, for a part of it. I tried to make sense of the strands of information I had, some different ones than those owned by John Bacon---a guy who I have known for a long time. I respect and admire John, but some pieces I had just didn't quite fit. John's source was, or so I guess, Rich Rodriguez. For my part, I had access to Rodriguez, but I never asked about the transition. However, I did attempt to defend RR with John Hilton at the Ann Arbor Observer, who seemed to desire to run a "negative" piece (or pieces) about RR due to the litigation concerning the liquidated damages clause in his WV contract. I argued with JH (great editor, BTW) that the fight had little to do with RR, that it was strictly a pissing match between West Virginia and Michigan. I won't get into it, but (admittting my minority view) I think liquidated damages clauses in the context of employement contracts are mostly horseshit. That contrarian view aside, no one should have believed that the litigation had much to do with Rich Rod, since he had cut his deal at minute one with UM. It was strictly WVA versus UM, with WVA (my view) extorting money for non-existent damages. In the end, de classe at best.
Rodriguez never knew that I took up that particular cudgel for him. He may have known that I wrote an article for Sam Webb's publication (the editing there really went south; not Sam's fault) arguing strongly that (post 2010) Michigan should not fire Rich Rod. I may have been (be?) the last Rich Rod defender, since (irony) I thought UM should live up to its contract and that "any coach" deserves at least 4 years. Plus, I concede, I loved RR's offense. The defense? Well, I liked it about as much as you liked my article last year.
But I don't really know RR. I do know Lloyd, pretty well, and I am very defensive of him. I consider him a friend. When Rick Leach attacked Carr of WTKA Ira Weintraub gave me time for a rebuttal, but LC wouldn't help me out on Leach's claim that Carr was tanking the program. He said "say what you think" in my pre-radio inquiry to him. So I did, and he never complained to me. Same sorta deal in this article. I sent a version to him based upon things I observed and was told, including some things he had mentioned to me. His response to me has been (functionally) "It's your story bro, not mine."
My apologies for the lengtth of this comment.. Glad to answer specific questions to the extent I can. email@example.com. I am curious about the article, too, since it went to Brian at nearly 8,000 words and he was looking for half that.
As a complete aside, I have seen three coaching staffs up close. As impressive as Carr's staff was, Hoke and his group are off the charts. a truly thoughtful, savvy and gracious group of guys. I could not be more pleased or impressed. Blown away, really.
|2 years 49 weeks ago||Apologies||
I apologize for this.
The "play" side is the direction of the play. The "back" side is the direction away from the play. To keep it simple, think of a Rich Rod 2x2 formation, with a RB and no TE. [This would be a Rip or Liz formation in the "old" days, depending upon the side the RB (or Superback in RR lingo) was lined up. ] This is also (for everyone) called 10 personnel, 1 RB and no Tight End.
So, in this hypo RR model, in Liz, and a read option with the RB meshing and moving to the right, right of the center is the play side. The LG on this is, then, the "backside guard." Assume the LG is uncovered. He is then blocking the next man to his right, his line being "back side eye" (left eye, here) to the defenders "play side number" (here his right number as the guard faces him). If the LG is covered, and that's what I asked the Coach about post session, he is still blocking left eye to right number on the man over him, ergo protecting the backside A gap, the gap between the Center and Guard.
The great part about this site is that, I am sure, if I am wrong someone will point it out. But that's my understanding. Here's a zone blocked picture.
Here, if the LG is back side (play to the right) his responsibility is the double team on the T, his left (back side) eye to the T's play side (right) number. If the T pushes the B gap the LG releases to the second level. If the T pushes the A gap, this becomes the guard's primary responsibility and the LT can release to the second level.
That's how I understood it at least, and/but I am glad to be corrected.
|2 years 49 weeks ago||Coach Montgomery||
From all accounts Coach Montgomery is a sharp guy and quite approachable. I just haven't had the opportunity to talk to him.
For what it's worth, my favorite coaches on Rich Rod's staff were Calvin McGee and Rod Smith. Smith, in particular, was a tireless teacher, and had a compelling ability to convey constructs, even to a novice (like me).
I liked all of Lloyd's asistants that I talked to (most of them) but Scot Loeffler and Mike DeBord really were open and willing to try to teach me the basics. They may have more or less failed, but it wasn't because of their efforts or lack of teaching ability. The student was limited.
There is a certain disconnect between the coaching fraternity and the media fraternity, which (I suppose) I am sorta, kinda vaguely a part of. My surmise is that coaches think/assume the media knows nothing, and then the media tends to prove it with their questions (I admit to asking some obtuse whoppers) or their criticisms. On those occasions when I have asked (what a coach may have thought) was a good question, they have been willing to try to give me a real answer. On the other hand, I think the coaches tend to talk to the media like they know nothing, and this tends to complete the circle. The people in the media who do actually know something other than the surface of the game (Brian, for example) are disinclined to go to pressers because of this disconnect (my surmise). Plus, it is a fact, it is really hard to ask a concise and meaningful question at a presser. For my own part, I need to ramble on for about 10 minutes (Willie Heston, blah, blah, blah) of football history (Bears and Skins in 1941, death of the single wing, ya know) before I can get to the point. Woe on me.
The good news is that Brian has determined to go to coaching clinics (that's where he is at, right now) and maybe he can help many of us learn and appreciate more of the nuance of games.
|3 years 12 weeks ago||No....||
I asked that one, FWIW.
|3 years 38 weeks ago||Boren and Ambivalence||
At the first week of practice during RR's new tenure the coach brought out a few players to talk to the media. They were sitting at tables scattered throughout the large, upstairs room at Schembechler. A few reporters were talking to Boren but they drifted off---reporters often seem least interested in the OL.
I sat down across from Boren. Noone else was at the table. He didn't look at at me. I asked him about the pace of the new offense. He said, "The truth is I don't like it at all. I like to take time off between plays....I prefer huddles." He never lifted his eyes.
I then asked about Mike Barwis, expecting a more positive response. He paused for a long time. "The weight work is fine. But I just can't get used to the running....on the whole, I don't like it at all. The running..." The answer lingered, unfinished. He was clearly unhappy, miserable. I felt terribly for him.
Do I think Justin Boren is traitorous? Yes. A legacy transferring to (even) MSU would be one thing. But to OSU? But what would I think if he was an AA kid who had decided to come back home? Would I then feel the same way?
I wanted to ask Boren about the new zone (versus the old zone) and the interstices of the new blocking. But he was just in too much pain. He never looked up.
So, I am ambivalent. He was a person struggling and in pain and, in this, I have tried to forgive his choices. I wish him no ill. Schadenfreude can be satsifying, but I have a hard time working up to it here, though my rational mind wants to go there.
|3 years 39 weeks ago||Please email me...||
..maybe we can have luch some time.
Your posts are excellent.