Mike Lantry, 1972
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|2 days 1 hour ago||Willing passer Won't shoot||
Doesn't fit team culture of immature spoiled shot chuckers
PASS AT ALL COSTS
|1 week 2 days ago||I think the nature of home||
I think the nature of home the NCAA tournament along with the subtle rule changes is going towards is actually rewarding teams that are shot makers. There are in my mind only three true shot making teams in the tournament: Michigan, Duke and Creighton. If any of them even play a modicum of defense, they should be able to make a lot of noise.
The traditional method by which teams make it far in the tournament is top 20 offense that rebounds and/or creates turnovers at really high rates. The only way to overcome mediocre offense is generating a litany of extra possessions. One of the things that was glossed over last year as a true beneficial effect on the team was GRIII increased rebounding presence in the tournament. I'm not sure if it was a McGary effect or a concerted effort on the coaches part but it helped us limit extra possessions on the other side and drive up our own possession rate. Teams that have that potential this year are Kansas (because they ALWAYS have that potential), Duke (because again they ALWAYS have that potential), San Diego State, and Arizona. Arizona missing Brandon Ashley is a big blow though. He was their offense.
Traditionally I would put MSU in that cateogory and oddly enough when they have everybody healthy (I know...I know...waa waa....but objectively speaking here) they have the best front five in the country I think. Appling, Harris, Payne, Dawson and obligatory high percentage three point shooting stretch four guy are a pretty significant match up nightmare and have lots of experience. In my mind, these usual suspects will do what they do in the tournament.
Florida, Wisconsin and Syracuse seem like paper tigers to me. Syracuse because ultimately their zone actually limits them when it comes to teams with shooters or people who can pass from the high post. They grind down the game to such a slow pace that it is a complete crapshoot which end of that pace they will end up on. They are almost one over michigan (sort of like Ohio State but with more offense). I expect them to go far but I'm not sure they can go all the way to the Final Four. The only variation from theme on that would be if no one can gaurd Ennis in anyway but even then they don't have the type of shooters who make you pay for giving up penetration. Florida is the definition of a paper tiger. They play in the SEC which sucks save for a few teams. They have one volume shooter who puts up a ton of points and if he has even a remote off day they are DOA. That just seems like too much risk. Wisconsin...because you know, they're Wisconsin. I like the composition of this Wisconsin team more than previous years. They have shooters, veterans, they run seven deep and can be a real pain in the ass as usual. But they are Wisconsin. You over estimate them and they let you down - like that divorced dad who promises to do stuff with his kids but never does. The only caveat to that is Wisconsin is far better offensively than they have ever been in the recent past. If they play even a modicum of defense, they could go pretty far in the tournament.
The one team that sort of fits every criteria for making a surprise tourney run and going really, really far is actually in our conference and that is Iowa. They generate a ton of extra possessions, rebound like mad, can send ten guys out there and has a variety of plus players who can get hot at any time. Their three point shooting is a fluctuating phenomenon but would it surprise anyone if aaron white or RDM got hot?
Watch out for Iowa...they really have a Michigan from last year feel to them. In fact, I really like four teams from the Big ten to make real noise in the tournament this year: Iowa, Wisconsin, MSU and Michigan. All four of those teams, if healthy, could make a legitimate run to the final four if not the championship.
In terms of who Michigan should avoid, Kansas...Kansas....AND...Kansas. Also Duke and Creighton and any of our fellow Big Ten compatriots. I think where Michigan will have the biggest trouble is against teams that can keep up with them offensively but can turn up enough defense that they can get distance. The only defense Michigan can play that has the possibility of doing anything is the 1-3-1 and that just slows the game down. If you are behind far enough that this starts to happen, it is probably too late.
|1 week 4 days ago||Do...ray....egon! He made||
He made the most simple lines complex and funny. Everything he would deliver with that deadpan smirk was so universal that other actors could use and deliver the same comedic timing.
Hopefully you are crossing streams in the sky...we will miss you egon Spengler
|1 week 6 days ago||The Patriots||
May he be drafted and utilized as god intended. He was always quick but it is great to see he is fast too. In the end though, it is his quickness and ability to be the type of route runner that can get separation that is going to keep him in the league and performing at a very high level. Whatever team drafts him will get an absolute steal and an amazing third down possession reciever who could really grow into a number 2 threat. I think once he gets the hang of running routes from the slot - he will be exceptional.
Because the Lions are steeped in cultural mediocrity (or at times looking up at medocrity wistfully as if it is an almost unattainable aspirational goal) I suspect they won't draft him. But it would be great if they did.
|1 week 6 days ago||Am I right on that Read your||
Am I right on that Read your Guard? If it's OxyContin and the kid doesn't have a script the police get involved. In a lot of states there is a PDP that has to be registered.
To me oxy in a random screen would be a huge flag to get the kid help like we did for stonum. The odds of only short term use being picked up on a screen especially oxy that needs a confirmatory sample is low. If they had genuine concern he would be in a program - which is really hard to keep a secret because it's not institutional.
|1 week 6 days ago||Wait the big ten doesn't UDT||
Wait the big ten doesn't UDT for controlled substances? That's impossible. If it was oxy, adderall etc that would be public knowledge because he would be suspended by the league right? Oxy is a level 2 narcotic - if he is taking it without a script from a physician that's not kosher and in many states illegal. If it is a script from a doc then no need to suspend him.
|1 week 6 days ago||I asked this question before||
I asked this question before and the answer I got was Dennard. But what defensive players from MSU have gone on to be stars in the NFL since dantonio started as a coach there? We talk about talent development but that talent isn't in the NFL necessarily. Our defenses were miserable and we still put out Stevie brown, and mike Martin. I just find that odd but I might be missing someone obvious.
If it was academic it would have been announced, if it was an arrest it would be known and if it is conduct it would be under conduct detrimental. The level of cloak and dagger is weird. Even if it was drugs you can say conduct unbecoming. It's just odd...and frankly unnecessary. They find out at the combine and it will be known. The only reason has to be program facing which makes all of us more curious than we need be.
Saying all that - MSU has a great defense and I'm pretty sure that it's not because they are ALL cycling andresteinedione.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||progressing to the mean||
Is there a possibility that you have a regression to the mean (or in this case a drift upward)? I recongize it is linear but scheme makes a difference, experience makes a difference, and running the ball in particular in the middle makes a difference. I guess same personnel is more likely to head to the mean than a personnel change but if you can regress downward aggressively or progress upward (changing from 19 to 70 or 83 to 2) then you would think that a 30 point upward drift would be feasible especially with a scheme change?
I think most of these stats rely on a consistency of variables and therefore on a population basis may have a definable end point. But statistics fail many times because though they normalize for populations, they don't factor variable changes in individual cohorts. I feel that the same can be said here. It also explains our defensive line (that and how experienced they were but again there you have a variablity in the cohort - Mike Martin and Ryan Van Bergen being older and wiser).
|2 weeks 5 days ago||So in an honest and related||
So in an honest and related question:
Who is the best player that MSU has developed in the NFL on defense since dantonio has been there? I'm truly curious actually - it's not snark.
It's the perpetual argument I hear.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||It's odd but the one quote I||
It's odd but the one quote I always remember in moments like this is "to thine ownself be true". The anxiety we cause ourselves in life by not admitting and being who we truly are so that the perspectives of others maybe tolerant of us is so damaging. It forces us to revel in the joy of being something we aren't. This is the definition of a sorrowful existence. Now that I have kids, I wonder about this world I am bringing them into. I cry at the thought of them being ostracized, bullied, unloved or unwanted because of who they are or what they choose to be. I worry about the so called "wisdom" of crowds that shuns people for simply not thinking popular let alone exposing their sexual orientation.
He chose to be himself - no matter the consequence. Scorn, ridicule, his future in his chosen profession. This isn't someone in the twilight of their career offering what is tantamount to a deathbed confession. This is boy who became a man, the day he decided that he would tell the world the kind of man he was. And he is surrounded by a team of men who supported him, believed in him, played with him and for him like he was their brother. I can honestly say, I feel relief to know that my boys have a chance to be in a world that will love them for them, no matter who they choose to be.
And to the original OP, I can tell you from a person whose best friend was one of the best basketball players I had ever seen, but killed himself rather than face the ridicule that other kids we knew faced when they came out, that this is relevant. Because we get caught up in sports because these things define our egos, whether good or bad. But sports is about life as well. In the end sports can do a lot to bridge bonds, more so sometimes than breaking them. Nothing inapprorpriate about this post to me at all.
|4 weeks 2 days ago||Something is going on||
For those mogobloggers who are parents doesn't this seem really odd? I mean to the point that:
A). An unsavory element in relation to his friends is going there
B). A girl they think is bad for him is going there
C). They feel he is a kid who is easily influenced by others and are afraid of the environment at MSU
I find number three hard to believe - you can find trouble in Ann Arbor as much as east lansing. But to be so vehemently opposed to MSU to the point of going "anywhere but" strikes me as parents deathly afraid of some bad influence or danger at MSU they are truly worried about.
I originally thought his transfer to Southfield was purely about football. Now I'm not so sure. They weren't so over protective that they didn't want him to go to Southfield but they seem genuinely concerned about MSU. It makes me think it's not just MSU that's the problem.
|5 weeks 2 days ago||http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=||
I feel the same...just something about his face makes me want to punch him in the suck hole
|5 weeks 2 days ago||Imagine if steph curry was||
Imagine if steph curry was six inches taller and had a 3:1 assist to turnover ratio in college at the highest level of play. That's nick stauskas...how he won't be a lottery pick is impossible for me to see.
|5 weeks 5 days ago||I love the pure athleticism||
I love the pure athleticism of owl tennis but I could do without the perpetual foot faults...
|5 weeks 5 days ago||Michigan State did expose a||
Michigan State did expose a defensive strategy on us that could work - which is packing the lane and forcing us to shoot deep triples. We didn't get a lot of the same mid range open jumper looks we were seeing against Iowa and Wisconsin (part of that I'm sure aided by their ability to be extremely physical with us without being called for it) and were much more reliant on having to shoot threes. I'm curious to see how many other teams will try this against us as it seemed to be really effective for the most part.
But the thing that is more meaningful to me is I have so much confidence in Beilein. These players get better every year. I hear people talk about how he finds recruits that fit his system but honestly you don't think there isn't a coach in the country that wouldn't want Burke, Hardaway, Robinson, Stauskas, and McGary? He finds recruits that are undervalued, coachable and he TEACHES them. How to run the pick and roll, how to come off a ball screen, how to run the curl effectively but most importantly the proper form when you shoot. If you look at how our shooters shoot, their form is exceptional. Credit for that goes to the assistants as well, but I just have so much confidence in this team and their coach that I find myself basking in how exceptional this has all become.
I think we should just sit back and marvel at how good these players have become. More importantly is there anyone that doesn't have confidence in our coaching staff perpetually finding not only the right type of players, but coaching them up to be great? That in and of itself...is amazing.
|6 weeks 5 days ago||A few things||
1) The Kohl Center is actually the alien space ship for the TV show "V" that just looks like a basketball arena. Our win today literally prevented the end of the human race, as Bo Ryan and his band of alien snakes who eat rats and referee whistles were finally staked with enough offense to destroy mankind.
NIK STAUSKAS SAVED MANKIND. LET IT FOREVER BE KNOWN THAT CANADA IS GOOD FOR SOMETHING! VIVA THE HUMAN RACE!
(though it is a bummer that we didn't get to see Bo Ryan shed his human skin, become his true lizard self, take a gigantic shit that actually looks like a slow, plodding 6'10 power forward with surprising athleticism who fouls incessantly and hits oddly launched three point shots with minimal post game, and then dies having produced the last pod necessary for the destruction of humanity. Oh well...always next year).
2) The creativity of this offense is really a sight to behol. We run curls, high ball screens and pick and rolls from every spot on the floor imaginable. If you want to go to the NBA with all the fundamental skills for your position and lights out shooting ability - go to Michigan. Can you remember anyone who develops talent like Beilein does? It's criminal that he has been under resourced for so long in his career. This team is like the Vociloraptors from Jurassic Park - we just keep learning and growing at an exponential rate.
3) The thing I like about Nik is that he has no fear. I would rather go down proud and fearless than fearful and passive. Is there any doubt he hasn't practiced that shot a million times?
Also how is this kid going to be a low first round pick? He has athletiscism, he can pass with limited turnovers, he can run the pick and roll, and he is an absolutely lethal shooter. Could you imagine an offense where he is paired with another lights out pick and roll gaurd in a two gaurd set? They would destroy teams just off of open shots on ball rotation alone. He is going to be a star in the NBA if utilized the right way. An absolute star...
4) I think the one thing that is being lost in all of this is the maturation of Glenn Robinson right before our eyes. That high curl jumper is a man size shot. That is an NBA level shot. He neeeds to develop a step back post jumper and if he did that, watch out. I know this sounds crazy to say but he has Jordan level talent. He just doesn't have that killer instinct. But when Wisconsin was making that run, wouldn't Glenn Robinson in the post abusing fools seem like the natural antidote? If he can make the step back jumper like he can hit the jumper off the high curl - he would be damn near unstoppable. I think as the season progresses we will see Glenn being used to push leads out and Nik being used to close if necessary. The step back jumper also gives Glenn something to use on guys more physical or bigger than he is.
Wow - what a win. Great team effort....go blue!
|6 weeks 6 days ago||Einhorn is fickle||
Fickle is a man
|7 weeks 5 days ago||Current posts on RCMB||
1). Who wants to burn a couch pre emptively?
2). What is and isn't yolo?
3). Computers are hard - bring back pencils thread!
4). It should be illegal to be smart of you're hot - support our Sparty cheerleaders!
5). How drunk do you have to be to get kicked in the nuts and not feel it?
6). Brady Hoke = Fred Flintstone
7). Al Borges game planning appreciation thread
In all honesty RCMB runs a good site but they have to spend ninety percent of their time policing their site like its Al Jazeera
|7 weeks 6 days ago||The key||
Is you need exceptional safety play to cover for your mistakes. If you get beat of the press coverage and your safeties don't have enough range to cover you will be giving up massive yardage. The part of the Sparty defense that has been given limited credibility is their safety play. Everything flowed from there - they were able to pay press coverage which then allowed their linebackers to fill with reckless abandon and blitz relentlessly.
|9 weeks 4 days ago||David Shaw is who I want||
David Shaw is who I want desperately. I'm not sure they can get him but they should pay any amount of money to try and get him. After that it's Ray Horton, Mike Zimmer or Gary Kubiak for me with Jim Tressel as a dark horse. I think they will end up with Todd Bowles or Ken Wisenhunt. Boles in particular seems like a high possibility because he played for the Redskins along with Mayhew. Also because he is the one I want the least.
|10 weeks 1 day ago||Hoke is a lot of things.||
Hoke is a lot of things. Sleazy is not one of them. In fact he probably has some of the highest integrity of any D1 football coach in the country. If you look at how he was running early in the year versus later in the year you can see that he didn't have the same cutting ability. I think the foot is a culmination of a lot of odd sided weight bearing that human beings tend to do once a certain injury occurs. He probably hurt his ankle at some point in the year, it never fully healed, he put a lot of plantar pressure on his foot and eventually broke the foot.
Regardless, the fact is the kid has heart and guts. Next year, especially if he can pick up the nuances of Borges offense, then we won't be complaining about the lack of a "check with me" option on this offense. He will just be slinging to the open man. I can hardly wait actually. If his mental toughness catches up to his physical toughness (ie. the game slows down for him and HE is making the right reads) then watch out!
|11 weeks 3 days ago||All rumors are credible until||
All rumors are credible until they are proven not to be factual. Then they stop being rumors and start becoming innuendo. I think we should just skip to innuendo.
I think that Brady Hoke is going to play Santa at the Somerset Mall on Saturday. Tom Beaver has reported it but I can't give you the full details because it is behind a paywal;.
Isn't this kind of fun WolvinLA2 - you should try it.
|11 weeks 3 days ago||haha||
Damien Harris isn't decommitting. He is a kid that if he decommitted, he already would have. He put up nintendo numbers this year and every program will be beating down his door. And if he did we would probably offer Mike Weber in two seconds anyway. The truth is recruits come and go - they truly do. George Campbell I'm sure is a good kid and he will be a good football player but players are rarely....RARELY...Jameis Winston or Johnny Football. If we had a once in a generation QB recruit that decommitted, that would make me apopleptic because that is the type of player who can win you a national championship by themselves. But you can game plan to take away a wide receiver or to take away a running back.
More importantly who knows what George Campbell may become. He could be Calvin Johnson or he could be Ricardo Miller. Remember Ricardo Miller was one of the top recruits in Florida and a borderline five star. When you are predicting this far ahead you don't really know what you are predicting. If he wants to come to Michigan he will and if he doesn't he won't. The sky isn't falling, the world won't end, a high school kid chose to look at other options. Even Randy Moss couldn't help Marshall win a national championship or Calvin Johnson help GT win a national championship. A WR or a RB doesn't win national championships. World Class defenses and offensive lines that help you run the ball win championships. Are there any big time defensive players decommiting? No? Then cool - call me when 2015 arrives.
|11 weeks 3 days ago||Only coaches I would pick||
Jim Tressel: Runs first, stops the run, his teams play with significant discipline and understands the players
Bill O brien: If you want to commit to the pass then you go with BOB but I just think that for this team and with this qb he is the wrong guy.
David Shaw: See Jim Tressel - plus he has coached in the pros. Why he picked Oakland I will never, ever know.
Dan Quinn: I really, really like Dan Quinn A LOT - he is a great guy and a very smart defensive coordinator. But with coordinators you never know how much is them and how much is the HC, and how will they do being the head coach versus the OC.
My hope is David Shaw. I think he will do a masterful job and I think he will really help this team get to the next level. Teams take on the make up of their head coach. Schwartz is a smart guy but he is entirely too emotional to guide a team like this one. This is a team that needs to be much more focused and much more deliberate in everything it does. It needs to be LESS reckless. That comes from the coach with a plan to be more committed to not making mistakes and playing as sound as possible. Talent wins out if you give that a chance.
|11 weeks 3 days ago||Thoughts||
Problem with the Lions:
1) They abandon the run quickly even when it is successful - they were averaging almost 6 yards a run yesterday but multiple times when they needed a yard they would go to an empty set. If you can't run when the other team knows you are going to run, you will lose a lot of football games.
2) They have a good quarterback who will NEVER be elite but rely on him to win games like he is an elite quarterback. You have to know what you have. Elite quarterbacks are good at four things:
- Checkdowns: Knowing what the defense is giving them and taking it. The number of times Stafford makes a high risk throw into significant coverage rather than taking the low risk throw that is readily available and can get you the first down is striking to me. If he had his arm, more touch and Alex Smith's penchant for valuing the ball EXTREMELY highly, he would be in great shape. It is no surprise to me that the Lions were 6-3 when Stafford was valuing the ball and 1-4 since he has basically stopped valuing the ball.
- Audible: He is a very smart guy who is actually not a very smart quarterback oddly. He actually doesn't understand the nuances of the position very well nor can he read defenses very well. There is a reason they have never tried no huddle with Stafford because he doesn't process what he is given at that type of speed. It is actually the most surprising part of his game.
- Accuracy: He is just not a very accurate quarterback. A large part of that is mechanics and part of it is that his pocket awareness makes it such that he doesn't move in the pocket to get himself the best angles to throw with a natural arm motion at his height. He isn't tiny but he is not the tallest quarterback. Russell Wilson and Drew Brees make up for this by setting up in the pocket with a clean window to throw from. Stafford makes up for this by throwing off his backfoot and side arming and etc. This affects his accuracy even on natural throws set up from the pocket. In my mind it's a real problem that if it is about mechanics is fixable but if it's about pocket awareness, is actually not.
Not being accurate enough is a death nail for quarterbacks. He was never very accurate at Georgia and it's actually gotten worse in the pros. Just even think about the number of deep balls he misses. If he gets it there it is purely his arm strength which lets him beat coverages rather than the mechanics of the throw.
- Seam route: He can't throw a seam route...AT ALL. In fact, he doesn't throw check downs or slants very well either. He throws really great flag routes, deep in routes, and go routes (preferably intermediate go routes) but hall of famers throw either great seam routes or great deep out routes and he doesn neither well. People sit on his slants hoping for mistakes or they force him to throw deep out routes.
He is a qb that has relied on his arm strength to survive his entire career and I suspect he may be one of those quarterbacks who starts using his smarts when his arm strength starts to wane and that is when he will be an even better quarterback (like Rich Gannon). He will just never be elite. Which means you have to have a strong running game that you make your team first identity, play action once you have gotten them where you want them with that play action working to get the ball downfield. The next coach has to be committed to the RUN not the pass. This is not a QB that you can commit to the pass with unfortunately.
|12 weeks 6 hours ago||traditionally||
The traditional problem with Borges offenses is that they require experience in the scheme and the ability of the QB to audible at the line effectively. It is heavily, heavily, heavily dependent on the later fact. Spread offenses are great offenses for inexperienced qbs or lines to run because the schemes are relatively simple to absorb and utilize overall. There are certain spreads that are far more creative (OSU, Oregon, Auburn) and therefore maximize counters and run a lot of misdirection disguised really effectively but overall I think spread offenses have become all the rage because of their overall simplicity and general ease of implementation.
Stanford is a great example of the time it take to implement a traditional pro style offense. I think Harbaugh runs one of the most creative run based offenses in the country and that imprint is seen in the Stanford offense. Prostyle offenses are also significantly dependent on the interior line to be effective and the ability of the QB to switch out of formations. We talk about checking with the sideline for the call but Borges expects the QB to be the sideline. I also think because a prostyle offense takes so much time to implement correctly it is something that you have to commit to regardless of where your personnel is unfortunately. The way you offset inexperience is that you have a great running game, and you run until they overcommit and play action over the top. A strong defense on top of that can then allow you to do a lot even if you have inexperience at the tackle position. But interior inexperience for a prostyle offense is absolute death especially if either your fbs, hbacks or running backs can't block either. You can always use tight ends or hbacks to chip for tackles and help them out (the year the saints won the super bowl for example) or run a ton of short precise timing routes.
I actually have only one true problem with Borges (and no problems honestly with Funk - I believe he is actually a very good OL coach forced into having to engage in schematic transition and consistency. Basically I don't believe he had a choice but to teach something that he realized his kids were not ready to execute at an extremely high level yet because they needed to gain the experience for what the scheme was going to be long term). He is so damn STUBBORN. So unbelievably stubborn that he believes that out executing the other team is the only method of success. When your team is so young on the interior and your ENTIRE offense is based on power running and complicated route trees, you have to know that the interior of the offensive line is going to be the biggest complicating factor to success. In the spring game, I remember distinctly that simple twists and stunts were completely confusing and blowing up the interior line yet no one was really discussing it in any meaningful way. I think the success against Notre Dame made the coaching staff believe that the issues of the interior could be masked but once Akron figured out that the interior is where you attack then it became a free for all. By the time you got to a defense as intelligent as MSU, then trying to out scheme them became futile.
I believe actually that Michigan will be extremely, extremely good next year. Many people will be really surprised. I worry actually about the interior Dline depth more than anything else. If Jake Butt improves even more as a blocker, then your left tackle or right tackle issues become much less meaningful. Magnuson will be great at either tackle position (left tackle more likely where I think he will be a very good pass blocker) and the interior will be significantly better. I am really excited to see all the gnashing of teeth this year and that was fun. But again my biggest beef with this team was Borges insistence on doing things that had minimal chance of success knowing the personnel he had because he believed it would all just "click" and more importantly that after the UConn game they took the dependence of the offense out of Devin's hands completely. I think if they had this year to do over again, screens, draws and counters would have been a much bigger part of the offense and base plays with counters would have been more insisted.
|12 weeks 6 days ago||MSU||
The games against MSU when I was a kid were some of the best I remember. Both fan bases hated each other and there were some classic games. But I am ultimately a fan of football and a good MSU is good for the big ten and good for us. Dantonio has always been a good coach. When he was DC for Tressel they were the best defense in the Big Ten and frankly he has made them an amazing program.
I look forward to what this rivalry will be going forward. We will be back and this will be great again for both teams. But let's just appreciate a great game and honestly a really great team. MSU came out, and took it to the Buckeyes. They used a ton of the plays and misdirections we had used and abused the Buckeyes with it. They played an outstanding game, and I'm glad they are repping our conference in the Rose Bowl.
This reminds me of basketball when we lost to MSU by 50 pts and they were pouring it on - literally embarassing us. Now you have people at MSU looking at U of M basketball worried about what we are becoming. These things go in cycles as long as you stick the course and commit to the right philosophy.
Cheer them on - they aren't playing michigan again this year, they don't compete with us for recruits, and they just beat OSU which is a far bigger threat. They have also become both a damn good team and a damn good yard stick to go after and achieve against. Congrats to them and hopefully we can build something that special soon.
|13 weeks 36 min ago||He's coming here||
But the wretching and insanity on this board is fun to watch. The truth is that at Alabama you are part of the cog. I think Jabrill wants to be the next Woodson because Woodson defined a program. You will not be that guy at Alabama just a guy. I have a feeling that matters to him.
Having said that I would recommend to the Michigan fan base that you shouldn't invest your ego in the outcome. One person does not a team make and Peppers not picking us doesn't all of a sudden make us suboptimal as a destination or a team. I love Michigan football and that love has never been defined by one player.
|13 weeks 2 days ago||Offering Vic||
Probably means we are having attrition at the position that the coaches maybe more privy to than us. Either way he fits the mold of an RB archetype the program likes to recruit.
|13 weeks 5 days ago||The defense||
I tend to agree with Magnus that it is both an experience and talent deficit. I'm not sure if you play Henry and Washington you even get there. If we run blitz up the middle they will stretch with Miller and if we blitz the edge they put Hyde up the middle. The difference last year is we had two space eaters in the middle (Campbell and Washington and to be honest a much healthier Washington I think) and Jake Ryan was max level Jake Ryan and they just couldn't run Braxton stretch. Hyde still got a lot of yards last year - we were just able to contain Miller much better and a large part of that was max Jake Ryan.
In addition, those are some big boys in the same system for two years, and I mean most of the meat on the inside is senior level NFL caliber talent. Moving a mis positioned Black and Washington with undersized linebackers on the second level is not that much of a surprise.
I think we respected Braxton Miller's arm a little too much. He isn't going to throw seam routes and outside routes for him will also be a challenge. But unless you can stop the inside running game, all else will fail. I would have just run blitzed the middle and taken the risk at some point. Does this open us up to play action and getting gouged on the edge? Yes but at least you get to flow to the ball that way and can use players like Ryan to make tackles in space. But honestly it seemed like a damned if you do, damned if you don't scenario. There is no Kovacs back there, so guessing wrong (as evidenced by the game) has disasterous affects.