"He makes it really easy on you as a coach because he has tremendous football instincts," Michigan tight ends coach Jay Harbaugh said. "Things come really naturally to him. He doesn't have to see things too many times. He has a good sense for how things should look and feel, and he's a tough, physical guy."
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|1 week 3 days ago||That team||
That team was very oddly detached from the results it seems. There should be a certain awareness of losing games badly that was just somehow missing, the booing should have been understood, even if they didn't appreciate it.
|1 week 3 days ago||Zeppelin||
I would love to hear them play Immigrant Song.
|3 weeks 11 hours ago||The Hoke's wearing off...||
The Hoke's wearing off...
|3 weeks 1 day ago||Bedford Park IL||
Just off Midway's runways, I'd just finished giving the best presentation of my life to a bunch of bigwigs, about half of whom were from Manhattan as we had a location down there when a guy came in wheeling a TV. I walked outside to calm down a bit and I'll never forget the sheer number of planes coming into Chicago; it was like a superhighway of jets everywhere you looked, planes were coming into Midway what seemed like literally seconds apart.
But we had people in the Trade Towers every day and our site there was very close by, so when the first building went down we all knew we were watching friends and co-workers perish, to sit there and watch that with a number of people from Manhattan is one of those things that I will never forget, but wouldn't want to describe.
|4 weeks 2 days ago||Still||
Still felt a bit like Brady Hoke's Michigan watching tonight. There were signs of hope though, may take a few more games yet for the team to start being a true Harbaugh team. Waiting on Drake Johnson to get into game condition...
|4 weeks 2 days ago||Too much...||
Still too much iron poor blood at RB...need a shot of Drake Johnson.
|4 weeks 2 days ago||Kerridge||
|4 weeks 2 days ago||Just....||
Just gonna take some time...
|4 weeks 3 days ago||Trajectory||
Personally I never bought the point towards 2015 optimism; with Hoke and a non-Rudock starting QB this season I think we could have been as low as 4 wins.
Now with Harbaugh 7 or 8 wins and playing with passion would be fine by me, its the trajectory that matters now and we are definitely going to go up from here and its going to be great to watch.
|5 weeks 1 day ago||I swear...||
"if we ever hire a skywriter again we will consider your views carefully."
I laughed out loud at the sheer dickishness of this. He shouldn't be let near anything important in the real world, but "Dave Brandon" should really be a television character. Unreal...
|5 weeks 1 day ago||Absolutely...||
I absolutely believe Kalis, but at this point I'd really rather see it.
|5 weeks 3 days ago||RE:Schlissel||
...waiting until later to make a change at AD, when Brian's e-mail post went up in October I said to my wife "I think we just got Jim Harbaugh".
|5 weeks 6 days ago||Shane||
1. Shane was diagnosed Sunday night and he should have been notified and given medical advice at that time.
2. Brady not only talks to the Medical staff, he talks directly to Shane on Monday morning before the press conference. Without having "evidence", how far out of your way would one have to go to talk directly to Shane without finding out that he has been diagnosed with a concussion? You would think he would have to be actively TRYING to avoid the subject in order to get up there at the Press Conference and say "as far as I know he doesn't have one." That's not being better than Brandon, that's at the same level.
|6 weeks 1 day ago||Yep||
That's pretty much where I land with this as well. I even wondered at the time if the decision to start Shane was really Hoke's, given his apparent indifference about what was going on during the game.
The part of all this that still is going unexplained is how Shane could be diagnosed Sunday night with a concussion and yet even after he speaks with Brady Mon. morning, Brady doesn't know he has one. Was Shane not told his diagnosis, which would be inexcusable; did Brady somehow communicate to Shane that he didn't want to know, or did Brady find out the diagnosis and not say anything at the Press Conference because they were still disputing the diagnosis?
|6 weeks 3 days ago||He won...||
He won with Denard Robinson and more than a little bit of luck. Plus certainly the defense got a boost going from Gerg to Mattison. I mean I get your point, but you're not really comparing Hoke to Bo overall? Having to beat a Woody Hayes Ohio St. team or losing to a '75 Oklahoma wasn't quite the same road as playing Virginia Tech poorly but winning.
Maybe it was going from a harder edged coach to a nice guy the first year, that does happen (and it happens in reverse too) but Hoke's case seems to be that if you recruit a dozen Top 200 guys per year they should be pretty decent by the time they are seniors. The problem is that anyone could make that argument recruiting for Michigan and it wasn't sustainable once you have a track record for recruits to look at; as the results kept getting worse, more and more of the top talent wasn't going to show up here.
|6 weeks 3 days ago||Wow||
I don't usually log on just to disagree but Hoke would get most of the credit? He coached the way most of us would coach on a video game; bring in what you think are good assistants and what the computer tells you are top HS players and then bring absolutely nothing to the table yourself.
The team has good talent but wasn't prepared, wasn't taught, was extremely docile even if they did like their coaches in a milk and cookies sort of way and accepted getting their asses kicked by teams that had no business doing so because I think deep down they knew they weren't getting top coaching. Harbaugh will completely change that with the same players and I can easily see a 5 game swing just on changing coaches, hell Drevno coaching the OL alone is worth at least 2 wins.
I mean, do you see Brady Hoke even trying to get another QB for this season? No Gardner, Ryan, Clark or Funchess, this could have been a 4 win team or worse w/ no coaching change.
|8 weeks 2 days ago||There were signs...||
There were signs before Minnesota (not showing up against Kansas State, putting Funchess back in vs. Notre Dame) that things weren't what they seemed but the entire game vs. Minnesota felt like Hoke was just spiting everyone and the team played that way. By the second half Minnesota was yapping like they knew they were playing a team with no heart and when did anyone ever see Michigan punked by Minnesota?
You're right though, it was inconceivable that he was so hard hearted during the Press Conference about Shane, but then how does Shane not tell Hoke Monday morning that he has a concussion when he was diagnosed Sunday night? I never believed that could be true and that's when the decent man thing died for me too.
The bottom line is he had to bring something to the table as Head Coach and he didn't. Literally any of us could coach a football team if all you do is hire assistants and clap. The team embodied none of the characteristics that he said he wanted and the one time they did, he apologized for it.
|9 weeks 1 day ago||Wat||
|11 weeks 1 day ago||Pet Sounds||
Anything off of Pet Sounds or anything off of SF Sorrow by the Pretty Things.
|14 weeks 1 day ago||Right or wrong||
...this is what popped into my head when I read the article too, what if he can't do the work to Harbaugh's satisfaction? Not stating that obviously, but it occurred to me too.
|14 weeks 1 day ago||Yes||
Do not understand how this helps w/scholarships.
|14 weeks 4 days ago||I guess...||
I guess I would want to wait and see what happens here before getting bothered by it, but I'm glad to see this posted in such an objective fashion.
|15 weeks 3 days ago||Ouch||
Yes, and 7 years after suggesting that Justin Turner was slow, I'd like to point out once again that Justin Turner was slow, or maybe he might not be quite as fast as Jabrill Peppers to put it more delicately. Had to take a 6 year posting break after that one.
|15 weeks 3 days ago||I don't know man||
I don't know man, we seem to be in the running for a whole lot more players than we currently have room for...really hope this isn't the case.
|15 weeks 3 days ago||Reasons||
Back when kids were into such things, I remember long debates on the playground about Michigan's propensity to sign undersized, "quick" defensive linemen during the seventies and invariably someone would say "why don't they just sign big, quick linemen?"
I didn't and still don't think that was necessarily being critical of Bo, because he had a logic and they did what they believed was best for them, but it was most certainly OK to wonder about the practice.
This is sort of the situation now. I don't believe for a second that Harbaugh is "settling" for 2 star recruits; he's after something specific and it would seem to be the role of a Michigan sports blog to discuss what that something may be. Obviously, he inherited Singleton and a roster full of 4 and 5 star talent, so he just had to maintain that if status quo was what he was after. It would seem though, that there is something he wants other than what he inherited.
Smarts/football IQ, toughness, work ethic, what have you, there is something he wants in that locker room that he may not believe he has enough of today. He may want to build a foundation of warrior type leaders at playing football his way, and that means more to him right now than star ranking. We all know that half the roster walked out on Bo's first summer at UM, what we may not know is whether Bo then brought in these types of hungry players in his first class to build a roster full of the character that he taught. You obviously really don't want to sign players who are going to walk out the next year, right?
I don't think everyone has to be offended and feel as if Harbaugh is being attacked for wondering about this, especially when he signs a 4.7 CB people are going to wonder if he can cover the Devin Smiths of the world, although most of them seem athletic enough to compete.
I think its certainly plausible as well that as time goes by and he has opportunity to scout the younger players that he may feel more comfortable finding and building relationships with more 4 and 5 stars that he knows have the characteristics that he is looking for, this current cycle may be a one off.
|16 weeks 1 day ago||Attitudes||
Yes, the common denominator seems to be 5 star attitudes with athleticism.
Everyone says Harbaugh thinks out of the box, it may be that he sees something that needs to be fixed if he wants a team out there that embodies his passion for the game and that may be a higher priority to him right now than who is rated the best player at 16. Rather than him not trying to get all 4/5 stars, it seems more like finding leaders at playing football his way who are athletes as well.
|28 weeks 5 days ago||Well...||
Well he might be like 110.
|31 weeks 5 days ago||Non Ones||
What do they tell the 2's and 3's?
|31 weeks 6 days ago||1984||
I wish I could find one of those old Bob Gibbons type Top 150 lists to back this up, but my recollection anyways is that Butch Wade was the second highest recruit in 1982; Rellford was about 20th and Wade was somewhere in the high twenties. Henderson and Jokisch were around 40 iirc. Remember Henderson had some sort of problem with his hands? They were always taped and he couldn't seem to catch the ball.
Yeah Rockymore was a really good player too, I think he was a Top 100 type and in fact Quincy Turner from Benton Harbor was too but I don't know what ever happened to Turner. Garde Thompson was a great HS player at EGR, he was on all of the lists of Top underclassmen and then kind of dropped a little as a senior for some reason although he was still 2nd in Mr. Basketball. I think he may have gotten injured at some point which maybe affected his ranking and being Class B on the West side probably didn't help either. He was not only skilled and a great shooter but he could really get up too.
Joubert was probably still a pretty skilled guy but he never seemed to get back to the rock star he was as a HS junior, maybe because he was thinner then and like you said he was 6'5" with hair. I remember him going up for a jumper as a freshman at UM and Dennis Hopson slamming the ball right back in his face and everyone kind of went "Uh Oh", it seemed like a lot of the recruiting people kind of overstated his athleticism. I still think though that a coach like Beilein could have worked wonders with the talent that was on that team.
|31 weeks 6 days ago||In fact...||
It was probably Joubert who was a Top-10 recruit who started the parade of elite players to UM after this, but this team in reality was already loaded.
McCormick, Turner, Rellford, Wade, Henderson, Jokisch, Joubert and Garde Thompson were all Top-50 players, and that's not counting Tarpley who was the diamond in the rough. Can you imagine that kind of talent on the team today?
And the bigs were beasts too...I was in high school and playing Loy Vaught every day in gym class when he was just starting to come on as a junior, '84 was a great time for BB in the state. Hard to believe when people say we can't compete with Duke or Kansas for players now when you look back at what level we were recruiting at in the 80's. UM didn't take a back seat to anyone and really only UNC was matching Michigan in recruiting from about '82 on.