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- Players were a little intimidated having the HC coach their position?
- Mark Smith better at the nuts-and-bolts of coaching than Hoke?
|20 hours 37 min ago||Green||
Derrick Green in at 220 and "solid" by his own words.
Maybe I'm wrong, but it seems to me he realized from last year that things aren't as easy in D1 football as they were in high school. He's re-focused and has something to prove.
I hope so. Run angry, young man ... run angry. :-)
|6 days 12 hours ago||Giant River Otters||
>> Giant river otters are not to be fucked with
I first read that about six hours ago. And my mind keeps going back to it. I had never, ever, stopped to think about giant river otters. Now I know not to fuck with them. :-)
|6 days 20 hours ago||Nussmeier||
From the linked article, referring to Nussmeier's process:
"transforming the elite players that a program like Michigan can recruit into a dominant machine that leverages talent into consistency."
I love that "leverages talent into consistency" phrase. It gives me hope. And after 2013 I need some hope.
|1 week 6 days ago||Heiko||
Watching Nussmeier made me think of something ... I miss Heiko!
|1 week 6 days ago||Mattison||
Mattison was terrific.
And kudos to whoever was asking the questions ... some good, pointed football questions there.
|1 week 6 days ago||Nussmeier||
I liked what I saw from Nussmeier in this, his first Michigan practice press conference.
>> I think creating manageable goals will help the players and help with the installation of a new system
Call it a hunch (because it's based on nothing more than that) ... I have confidence in Nussmeier creating and communicating those goals in a consumable way. Nussmeier strikes me as the kind of coach that players will respond to.
>> getting 11 players to do the same thing the right way every play
And that starts with all 11 players being on the same page, and I believe Nussmeier understands how to achieve this. Again, just a hunch.
Or perhaps merely hope, but it doesn't matter -- I like what I saw (body language) and heard (words used) in this.
|2 weeks 22 hours ago||Thoughts ...||
It looks like Hoke is still keeping his fingers in the coaching stuff ... at least somewhat.
I like the sight of Nussmeier out there coaching ... it's a younger, more vital look to the program than before. Image matters, and that's some good imagery.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||40 time?||
Where would you place 40 time on the importance relative to some of the other measurements?
I can see the value of quickness ... particularly lateral quickness for an OT.
I get speed is a good thing in general. But it strikes me that other things are probably more important in the grand scheme of things.
|4 weeks 5 days ago||>> But the DL could improve||
>> But the DL could improve simply because of the players.
I almost had that as one of the bullets -- "Players one year more improved." Let's cross our fingers and hope for a healthy and improved Pipkins.
>> it will be hard to say how much, if anything, is do to this rather small shake up.
Someone needs to work up some before and after charts. :-)
Whatever the cause, I'd sure love to see some improvement on the DL interior. I'm no expert, but I've heard some say that it all starts on the inside. If the inside gets push, then the rest of the defense's job gets easier. Therefore, if we could get better on the inside due to Hoke wearing polka-dot underwear ... then I'd argue for polka-dot underwear.
|4 weeks 5 days ago||You had your Wheaties this||
You had your Wheaties this morning, did you? You seem particularly feisty today. :-)
|4 weeks 5 days ago||>> because if they improve||
>> because if they improve significantly, then what was Hoke doing trying to micromanage this part of the team.
Let's assume the D-Line play does improve. Some thoughts come to mind:
Hoke said he did the position coach thing to "stay grounded" or something like that. Maybe he's come to the realization it's just better for the team for him to step back and let others manage that level of the system.
|4 weeks 5 days ago||Interesting||
Having a HC also be a position coach is not unheard of, is it? (I think Saban is also secondary coach, if I'm not mistaken). Still, if that distracts Hoke from his broader responsibilities, then on the whole this is a good sign, I think.
|7 weeks 5 days ago||That's pretty cool. I've||
That's pretty cool.
I've always been curious about schools like Nebraska and Oklahoma ... where do they get their talent to stay relevant? Nebraska seems to get what home-grown there is in Nebraska, and then they go Texas and California for the most part, with a scattershot of other locations. Oklahoma gets its own state, plus Texas, but less scattershot elsewhere compared to Nebraska.
Texas, on the other hand, does Texas ... heavy concentration of home-grown talent. The state has it; Texas gets it. Ditto Florida.
|8 weeks 1 day ago||Any Michigan commit is #1||
Any Michigan commit is #1 with me!
|8 weeks 5 days ago||That's interesting. Beckman||
That's interesting. Beckman knows radio, and would know how a voice would carry or not. We'll see. Whoever it is, I'll get to listen to it here in Tucson in Sirius radio. (When games aren't on TV I'll get on the motorcycle and set the satellite radio to Michigan Football and ride all over Arizona listening to the game.)
|8 weeks 5 days ago||Karsch||
Care to speculate out loud? What sense do you get?
FWIW ... I like Karsch, but I think his voice is a bit harsh for the broadcast booth. It works well for those short-duration profiles, but 3 hours of it in the booth would be a stretch.
How about Brian Cook? He sounds very radio-like on the podcasts. :-)
|8 weeks 5 days ago||I like him already. :-)||
I like him already. :-)
|8 weeks 5 days ago||Obsolete Scheme||
I still can't get over the nagging feeling that it perpetuates an offensive scheme that is becoming obsolete in college football.
Another way to look at this is it affords an opportunity to evolve the Michigan scheme to merge in with where the game is going.
My sense is we're in the middle-phase of the melding of spread concepts and pro concepts, in both the NFL and the college ranks.
I'm not normally a pollyanna optimist, but in this case I sense that Hoke went with Nussmeier because he understands the up-tempo spread elements and the physical power game as well. I think that's where we're going.
|8 weeks 6 days ago||What are we to make of this||
What are we to make of this ESPN article (LINK) with this paragraph:
Honest assessment? Or sour-grapes after Michigan hires Nussmeier away?
I'm guessing sour grapes ... Alabama outrushed OU, outpassed OU ... and gave up 5 turnovers. Is it even in the ballpark of fair to say that game's performance was an leading indicator of problems of Nussmeier's tenure as OC?
|8 weeks 6 days ago||He was maybe "too smart" for||
He was maybe "too smart" for the college level.
I think there's a lot of merit to this. In a sense, Borges reminds me a bit of Charlie Weis (please, no fat jokes) ... someone who is enamored with sophisticated plays, and thinks they can out-scheme from the playbook and the booth. That works if the talent on the field can play up to fancy schemes. It's probably easier to make that happen on an NFL team than a college team.
It strikes me the best college coaches and coordinators are those that can take an honest assessment of talent and potential and design to that. Despite a lot of jargon out there, setting the bar too high can be detrimental.
|8 weeks 6 days ago||Center position?||
I asked this over on TTB ... I'll ask it here as well: would you anticipate the arrival of Nussmeier will make the role of center a better fit for existing personnel?
I'm no X's and O's guy ... it was my impression the center's job was to call line blocking, and if the blocking schemes set by Borges were really complex, might that have contributed to problems at the snap? A simpler, more intuitive blocking system might make the center more comfortable?
I ask this because I know center is one of our OL weak spots.
|8 weeks 6 days ago||Inside Zone?||
Based on what you know about the OL, their development trajectory, and ... well, everything else ... can that inside zone strategy be successful? If not initially, then what has to be addressed to make it successful?
|8 weeks 6 days ago||Why Leave Alabama?||
You really think any reporter will have the stones to ask that?
That's a legitimate topic for question and discussion.
A move from Alabama OC to Michigan OC -- or any school OC for that matter -- is a lateral at best. Alabama is rightly perceived as a top-tier school, and leaving it for the same position at another school naturally raises questions about the pros and cons Nussmeier weighed when making the decision.
I hope they do ask the question. It doesn't have to be framed in a dickish way ... just an open question along the lines of: "Would you explain what your thinking was when comparing the position at Michigan with what you had at Alabama?" If he goes all coach-speak, then okay ... it's what they do. But it's possible he'd give a glimpse into the decision process.
|9 weeks 3 days ago||I had Alabama pasting||
I had Alabama pasting Oklahoma, which shows how much I know.
Still, I like FSU in this ... FSU 49 Auburn 31.
|9 weeks 3 days ago||64 and sunny here in Tucson.||
64 and sunny here in Tucson. Just saying. :-)
I like NFL games like this every once in a while. It lends extra drama.
|9 weeks 5 days ago||No. Shaw at Stanford.||
No. Shaw at Stanford. Sumlin at Texas A&M.
|9 weeks 6 days ago||That was one of the finest||
That was one of the finest football games I've ever watched. Great football, interesting twists, suspense until near the very end.
That's why I love college football.
|9 weeks 6 days ago||I can only imagine the uproar||
I can only imagine the uproar if the winner of a playoff gets shafted by the voting organizations. You may be right ... that may very well be their prerogative. But wow ... if it ever happens. Duck and cover.
PS - I mentioned "pre-BCS" in my original answer because I believe that's when the term "mythical" first came in to use. Back in the good old days the two main polls were the AP and UPI, and they often didn't mesh come final tally. The BCS was supposed to address this. For the most part it has, but not enough to avoid a playoff structure.
|9 weeks 6 days ago||Playoffs and settling things on the field||
I think once the playoffs start and people have a chance to accept that it's an elimination tournament down to the #1 spot the "on the field" results will rule.
I'm thinking back to the 2011 season, and I recall watching the SEC championship game where undefeated LSU was playing Georgia. I remember someone -- Gary Danielson, I think -- stating without qualms that if LSU loses to Georgia they should still go to the BCS championship game.
I remember thinking, "You can't have it both ways -- you can't call for a playoff system and reserve the right to grant survival based on 'body of work.' Come the day we have a playoff, you lose and you go home, even if undefeated Team X loses to 2-loss Team Y."
Apples vs. oranges, I know ... that was then and the playoffs will be different. My point is there's a deep well of sentiment in college football that gives bonus points for style, schedule, etc., etc. People will have to get used to the fact that with a playoff the hot team that wins is #1.
|10 weeks 1 hour ago||Convincingly||
By "convincingly" I had in mind a show of utter machine-like domination. Not just a blow-out on the scoreboard, but a display of football dominance of epic proportions. For example, Alabama holding OU to less than 100 yards rushing, less than 100 yards passing, something like 1 for 15 in 3rd down conversions for OU, OU never cross the 50, and time of possession favoring Alabama 42 minutes to 18.
You know, the kind of game that leaves people slack-jawed in awe ... and left wondering why what they saw wasn't the best team in the land.
That, coupled with a sloppy display by Auburn and FSU in a bad Auburn win might ... emphasis might ... flip things to Alabama for the#1.