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|2 weeks 2 days ago||The thing I observed last||
The thing I observed last year that caused me some concern even in fall camp was that simple twists and stunts were absolutely befuddling the interior line. I just remembered an "oh-oh" moment going off in my brain as an interior line that can't handle basic defensive line movements like that was just thinking too much and not instinctive at all. That speaks to youth and not being grounded in the basics but being asked to be as capable at baseline as senior level players.
The first team OL was actually not bad yesterday honestly. They had a few missed assignments but overall blocked well - not with power but were on assignment. I think they will have to do max protection in the early days and chip potentially to help the tackles but I think overall by the end of the season they will be decent enough to run their base plays consistently and have counters. They will have to game plan until then and there will still be some ugly negative plays.
But I was fairly sanguine on the first team line and am curious if magnuson goes back to LT when Kalis and Glasgow come back.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||They've never had massive||
They've never had massive academic fraud...oh wait...that just happened? AND they've lost to Gerg Robinson? Yeah they're basically boned....
|2 weeks 4 days ago||I think that the fundamental||
I think that the fundamental issue that is driving all of this is that we are really young at tackle which is affecting depth. I think Miller is honestly the best suited IZ center we have on the team. He was recruited to be D Molk lite. This seems like an ideal situation for him. A team with miller at center and Glasgow at guard is ideal if IZ is what we are going to run.
The lack of tackle depth makes it such that if anyone that is a guard gets injured you have to shift a tackle over. If Braden goes down who plays right tackle? Cole? Magnuson and Cole plays right tackle?
I think the ideal line is magnuson, Glasgow, miller, Kalis, Braden and my concern on that line is Braden. I'm still not convinced that speed rushers won't give him trouble and would frankly be more comfortable with Mason Cole at RT.
I think these are my takeaways:
Glasgow, miller and Kalis are locks to start at the positions they are in barring injury and suspension.
I think magnuson will start somewhere on this line and my guess will be LT as his shoulder improves.
I suspect Braden and Cole will be battling for RT which Cole will eventually win
I think Dawson and Bosch are the guard back ups.
I think we should pray the Chris fox catches up fast as he maybe our only legitimate tackle depth
|2 weeks 6 days ago||The real problem here is Greg||
The real problem here is Greg Monroe is a center and not a power forward. People keep thinking josh smith is the problem. He's A problem but not the problem. Greg can't be in detroit one term and be a center. Even giving the offer he wants won't change that.
|3 weeks 6 hours ago||This is my guess as to what||
This is my guess as to what we are seeing.
The back up center is miller but there is no Glasgow for the first game so miller has to be the center. Now who is the back up guard? If it's not miller and assuming Bosch and Kalis are the left and right guard respectively then who is the back up left guard? At right guard you have Dawson but only one with experience on the left. That would be magnuson. If that's the case who is your back up tackle? It's not LTT, and it's not Fox. Only one left is Mason Cole. Who is the back up right tackle? That would be Glasgow.
So there is but one real life scenario where the team benefits from looking at alternative line ups. I think there is a lot being made of very little. The real issue is the tackle depth which is really the primary issue to me.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||All that matters||
Is that there is COMPETITION! The days of limited depth are over and you aren't obligated to put true freshman in just to put them in. If Mason Cole is part of the discussion that means that Mason Cole is that good. We have miller, Glasgow, Bosch, Kalis, Dawson, cole, magnuson, Braden - true competition. I think if switches are occurring at the end of camp I'm more worried as this means that the lineman can't absorb the scheme at all and therefore assignments are still being missed (ie there isn't a cohesive starting five). I firmly believe that the complexity of the Borges system is something that makes it hard for college level athletes to absorb. If we can generate any push at all this will help the offense significantly.
|9 weeks 5 days ago||I'm sure Don you will say||
I'm sure Don you will say both but do you think that speed or size would be better in the Big Ten. There is a weather factor that should negate speed to some degree. It maybe why Big Ten powerhouses haven't historically recruited that way
|9 weeks 5 days ago||Yes they were...yet not doing||
Yes they were...yet not doing that in the pros. A team of skill, speed and strength should be a factory producing NFL talent (see Alabama). They aren't and the program has been together for seven years. In the last seven years name an NFL defensive starter that played at MSU.
Is it a system that doesn't translate to the NFL? If they are handling even smash mouth teams how are they not just constantly getting guys drafted who are producing at very high professional levels. Virginia tech has a specific style if defensive play and they put regular starters in the NFL. Worthy, Gholston, jones ....
It's honestly really confusing....
|10 weeks 3 days ago||I like DJ Wilson a lot -||
I like DJ Wilson a lot - size, athleticism and a great feel for the game. I hope he gets to play this year - would love to see what he can do and I almost don't want to wait a red shirt year to find out
|11 weeks 2 days ago||Hahaha...that one is for the||
Hahaha...that one is for the win! Epic comment
|11 weeks 2 days ago||He's actually a really good||
He's actually a really good player - instinctual, aggressive and plays really well in the open field. It's a loss to be sure - as may Harris and Campbell be. But let's not deride a kid for making the right decision for himself. Are we going to be there for him if he can't crack the starting line up but could have shined somewhere else where opportunity abounds?
It's easy to be a fan and throw around words like honor and commitment but this isn't marriage and he's not in the military. There isn't the threat of prison or losing half your assets as a back stop. He plays football at a high level and he wants visibility with a style of play that will get him to the pros. Because I have never worn a football helmet I can't judge his metrics or reasoning. But if someone is willing to risk permanent injury for my bemusement like a roman gladiator, then he gets to pick the armor.
Being a fan doesn't give people carte blanche to be douches to minors. Let's have some class, wish him the best and give someone else the golden ticket. I want someone to value all I've been given but I don't begrudge their desire to find that gift a place where they believe they will have a better chance to accept it.
If you read this blog and this is where your heart will truly be happy, then congrats Shaun on what I hope will turn out to be the best decision FOR YOU! Because that is all that matters.
Thanks for the perspective Seth
|11 weeks 2 days ago||The most foregone conclusion||
The most foregone conclusion of all time
|11 weeks 5 days ago||You want to really mess them||
You want to really mess them up? Show them a pay phone and tell them "that's how we used to call people urgently from the car"
|11 weeks 6 days ago||The better way to judge this list||
Is average star ratings on entry to college versus outcome in the NBA. Then you can look at true player development.
I think tom izzo does a good job of getting his recruited bigs ready for the NBA (sort of). But honestly I've been really impressed with how good the player development versus where those recruits were rated have been for Beilein. I suspect that if you narrowed it down for this particular coaching staff it's even better
|12 weeks 3 days ago||I think that Izzo style||
I think that Izzo style doesn't work well with this generation. Kids leave after a year, they are treated like stars before they show up on campus - you think they want to play for the Brian Kelly of basketball?
He is a great coach, and he teaches the right things to be honest. But he doesn't have the creativity that Beilein has - he doesn't out scheme the other guy.
In relation to Eron Harris, I wonder if the pathway to playing time is far less cluttered at MSU? Because honestly he would have become a star in Michigans system.
|12 weeks 6 days ago||Jamal Crawford can't pass -||
Jamal Crawford can't pass - off the pick and roll or in transition or in basic sets even. I think stauskas is going to be far better than people give him credit for because of his pick and roll passing ability. He creates his own three point offense at 6'6! That's honestly, even in college, unheard of - plus he can pass off that creation.
The argument of athletic twos being his kryptonite is a legitimate fear. The Tennessee game showcased that but again he can pass really effectively out of those sets. He will be far better than people think in the pros.
|13 weeks 3 days ago||Amazing||
What is truly amazing is Erin Harris is the only NCAA player other than nik stauskas to have that high a three point percentage unassisted and he is 6'2. We will miss that Canadian a lot - as far as college players go I don't think we will fully appreciate how amazing it is for someone almost 6'6 to create three point offense at that level.
|14 weeks 4 days ago||Someone is doing some great||
Someone is doing some great negative recruiting. Campbell or Harris decommiting doesn't surprise me - I never got the impression they internalized the decision. Crawford seemed like he had internalized the decision. This is a little bit of a surprise but good on the kid. He knew he wanted to explore other options (or more likely someone close to him told him to) and now he's free to do it honestly. I wish him the best of luck and if it's ND we may never play him ever again.
|16 weeks 3 days ago||Phenomenal opportunity for||
Phenomenal opportunity for Jeremy. He is ideal for New England's no huddle especially as Tom Brady's signature capability is being able to accurately through open the middle of the field and hitting the seam. POssibly no one better in the history of football at doing the later (it really is amazing he lasted until the sixth round seeing as how being able to make an accurate seam throw is the definition of being a great quarterback....but I digress).
Jeremy is one of the best route runners in college football. He will thrive in the slot and most likely have a career comparable if not better than Wes Welker. Congrats to him and Pats nation!
|17 weeks 1 day ago||priorities!||
Yes mGrow please pay attention to all facets of recruting at all time!!!
Or have a life....that's option 2 which I sincerely hope you reconsider:)
In seriousness, I think Weber recruiting is far from over. Also frankly, we will be fine. I will just say negative recruiting works when the fan base of team says such wonderful things as, "8-4 and Hoke should be fired...unacceptable at Michigan, etc, etc".
I'm not saying we should be satisfied with mediocrity but negative recruiting works because other fan bases let the ennui of our fan base spread like a slow flame across the internet until it becomes a self fulfilling prophecy.
Running back is one of the few positions where you can take backs of lower Star rating and generate good return on value. I would like Weber or Harris to be here but if they aren't we will find someone interested in Michigan for the tradition, the experience and the love.
I love contrarian years. We are so despondent at the prospects of team, sighting statistical reasoning for the inability of the team, etc. I suspect this team will have a surprisingly effective year. And 2015...watch out!
I am firm believer that adversity makes you appreciate success. WIthout it there is an expectation that excellence is and should be the status quo when there is no guarantee that is ever the case. Accept the today and get excited for tomorrow. And embrace whatever comes and whoever we recruit that commits to the ride.
|17 weeks 3 days ago||I like the Tampa bucs a lot||
I like the Tampa bucs a lot and believe they will not only make the playoffs but go really far.
1). That defense was schemed so poorly it makes Borges seem like a genius. To not even think about doing fast upfield rush with Gerald McCoy is just idiotic. Lovie will fix that.
2). I like glennon a lot - underrated very accurate
3). They didn't have Nicks all of last year - huge loss
4). They are one wide receiver away (ahmm sammy Watkins)
|17 weeks 3 days ago||Also a thousand huzzahs to||
Also a thousand huzzahs to the morning dump!
Morning dump and the afternoon nap..,the best things in life are free
|17 weeks 3 days ago||Ola señors mogobloggers! A||
Ola señors mogobloggers! A little bilingual hello for those who are trying to have a fabulous telemundo day!
|18 weeks 2 days ago||In medicine we call that the||
In medicine we call that the cockroach effect. Deplorable people cannot be killed like cockroaches in nuclear winter but good people get afflicted with a variety of diseases.
One of my best friends, a plastic surgeon who runs an operation smile to fix cleft palates in Ecuador, died of ALS this past year. To be of completely lucid faculty yet just deteriorate in every way physically is the worst torture I can imagine. When your own body betrays you like cancer afflicting at any time it's just heart wrenching to watch. It's the opportunity those of us have to love and be loved as we live that is the true loss. I miss my parents, miss best friends and even some of my patients who lost their lives way too early. As a five year old patient of mine once said, "I hate cancer because it makes mommy and daddy sad".
Honestly F...F'ING CANCER!!!!
|18 weeks 2 days ago||Something is up with that MSU||
Something is up with that MSU program. Not a single defensive player from these vaunted defenses is making an impact in the pros. Even Stevie brown, mike Martin and Ryan Mundy are doing something in the pros. That doesn't make sense honestly. Either it is an unbelievable system that is difficult to beat no matter how good you are or their get really strong, really fast and then some how in the nfl just aren't the same kind of strong or fast or athletic.
They've had some great defenses but you would believe those would translate into professional level players. I'm really curious to see what Dennard and bullogh become. Worthy? Jones? Gholston? Wharf happened to these guys?
|18 weeks 3 days ago||Don't ever have a poppy seed||
Don't ever have a poppy seed muffin ...the NCAA is watching.
I knew his father through ASIPP - they used to come to events as a family. Honestly he is a great kid, wants to be a doctor. First time he enters a game it will be Roy Hobbs knocking the lights out. That kind of goosebumps....
|21 weeks 2 days ago||I'm not sure Calipari figured||
I'm not sure Calipari figured this out or the team did but it was a few fold:
1) Two gaurd offense where both could initiate was really problematic because Andrew is a great drive and dish gaurd but not a great spot up shooter and Aaron is exactly the opposite. The real killer is Aaron wasn't shooting well most of the year allowing teams to double the post, pack the lane and stagnate their offense. Aaron initiating the offense also was a huge turnover issue and their poor transition defense compounded problems. This new configuration allowed Aaron to occupy the wing, let Andrew initiate from the top and got Randle isolated with the option of passing to Aaron or Young on the wings where they shoot an extremely high percentage. Having Aaron initiate the offense and drive to the goal takes one of the best shooters off the wings and Aaron truly is much more lethal as a spot up shooter than anything.
2) They gave young the green light to shoot or pass. This spaced the floor much better as young is actually the best shooter on the team (contrary to popular belief) and the best wing shooter in particular. This gave a ton of space for andrew to drive and have both young and his brother on the wings to shoot. It also allowed whichever guard wasn't shooting if they were running isolation on one side to get back and slow down transition as the bigs crashed the boards.
3) The big men are doing a much better job defending the pick and roll and the guards are using their length to challenge shots on the outside and prevent dribble pentration. The later was the big problem because they really spent a large part of the season blaming each other on P&R plays and trying to out run the other team rather than committing to defense. The key has really been that they have committed to the half court defense and force others to shoot over their length because their athleticism makes getting cheap baskets difficult if they are zoned in.
|22 weeks 2 days ago||I wanted to be purposeful||
I wanted to be purposeful with my thoughts so here goes:
1). I'm so damn proud of this team. They all grew up and became great players. This is just a game in the end and what has always made me so proud is who these men become. This coaching staff is instilling in these men a sense of purpose in life, how to tackle adversity and how to dedicate yourself to a cause and to your teammates.
2). Calipari has his methods and we have ours. But his kids wanted to win just as badly as ours and they wanted to win for themselves. Hats off to them for making great plays and hitting great shots. They deserved to win as much as we deserved to win. I have no issues with how they handled themselves or how they played.
3). I am so excited for Michigan basketball and I haven't said that in a long time. We are building an institution, one that breeds a sense of family and instills values that help boys be men. Every year I'm going to look forward to basketball rather than bad behavior, bad progression or bad motivation.
4). We can call out all sorts of things including refs but the truth is we lost the game for two reasons. They shot far higher from three both in quantity and conversion than they have all season and we didn't offset that with our own threes. It's almost as if we took the bait and went to the goal because shot blocking was limited. The corner three off penetration was open all game but we didn't leverage it well enough . That cost us the game.
5). My son, who is 4 and has watched every game, said "daddy basketball has ended. That's sad because I like daddy basketball and daddy's team". He paused for a few seconds, saw how crest fallen I was, and said "daddy if you play with me for a whole year it will time for daddy basketball again".
You realize it's just a game but the memories it invokes stay with you forever. I love this team and the direction this program is going. But most of all I love the kids who are becoming michigan men in this program. Playing basketball with a purity and conviction that makes you realize that we recruited kids who love the game - not just kids who have to get theirs or are viewing this as a weigh stop to the NBA.
The kids at Kentucky will always be one and done. But our kids will be memories forever.
Go blue kids...thanks for making us proud.
And to Jordan Morgan my son has a special message. "That's a man daddy. He's not as tall and he doesn't jump as high but he just seems like a grown up".
Out of the mouth of babes.
|22 weeks 5 days ago||Magnus I respect you highly||
Magnus I respect you highly but I genuinely believe this was probably an auto correct situation. I concur that spitting vitriol over what appears to be a true true unrelated statement is a bit much on his part, let's not denigrate him for violations of grammar or structure from a mobile phone.
In defense of Magnus' primary point however if you are going to put yourself up to the standard of a two year degree is just as good as a four year degree, then criticism might be levied when you make a basic mistake even if that mistake is accidental. The judgement bar is just higher.
As to the primary reason we are all rankled by your comments Jobu, it's that you're missing the fundamental point. This isn't a question of the value of a degree - it is the question of representing one you don't have. There could be a litany of reasons but even you have to admit that if someone with a fraudulent four year degree was promoted over you who had a two year degree but actually completed that degree you would take umbrage to that. It's not a qualification of the coaches education, it's the fact that it should be a requisite as an educator at a major university and it shouldn't be represented if it isn't acquired rightfully.
|22 weeks 5 days ago||If we lose it will be because||
If we lose it will be because our cold streak shooting coincides with them grabbing every offensive rebound in sight or the bigs get into foul trouble early. I would almost start Horford just to see how the game will be called and absorb some fouls.
My bigger concern is how good Tennessee is at driving people off the three point line and how good their guards are at penetrating the lane. I think the size on the perimeter is overblown as stauskas likes bigger defenders in general. I also hope coach finally pulls out the side ball screen between stauskas and Robinson.