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- They have Nick Saban as #14, but trending down. Really? I realize he hasn't won a NC in the last five minutes, but c'mon ... it's Nick Saban. He's practically a god there. It would take more than missing a few NCs to put him on the hot seat.
- Brett Bielema at #5 and trending up strikes me as reasonable. He'd better have a pretty decent season or he may quickly find himself in the top 2 or 3. He may be regretting his move from Wisconsin.
- Going to the bottom of the list (safest territory), they have Bob Stoops at 122 and trending safer. I know they had a good year last year, but my sense is Stoops isn't quite so safe. Middle-of-the-pack safe, yes; darn-near-the-bottom safe? No.
- I'm surprised Urban Meyer at #114 and not further (safer) on the list. He's every bit as safe as Mark Dantonio at #124.
- What does Kirk Ferentz have on the AD and the others at Iowa? How is he only at #33? Iowa hasn't been a real contender in a long time (though he seems to have Michigan's number, that's for sure). He's very well paid to produce average results.
|3 days 9 hours ago||This is an interesting||
This is an interesting question.
On the offense -- the FB position has gone down the memory hole. Nothing.
On the defense -- Taco Charleton.
An element of this is the "shadow effect" ... who is not being talked about because someone else is being talked about a lot. Not sure how much that's affecting things, though.
|3 days 15 hours ago||I'm no lawyer -- and||
I'm no lawyer -- and certainly not a lawyer for the NCAA -- but I have to believe just the promise of future payment is a violation. Otherwise, there'd be an ocean of money in accounts held for the day top recruits leave their schools.
|3 days 18 hours ago||>> what would you rather||
>> what would you rather have? Mobile or pocket passer?
All else equal, then of course you want the mobile. That's not even a debate.
The key is the "all else equal" qualifier.
What would you rather have -- a pocket passer who has an uncanny ability to read defenses and possesses pinpoint accuracy, or a mobile QB who opts to run too often and makes bad pass decisions? Well, the pocket passer, of course.
A QB needs to be mobile enough to evade pressure and pose a credible running threat. Beyond that, passing skills and football intelligence is far, far more valuable.
|3 days 18 hours ago||I agree ... I never felt||
I agree ... I never felt dislike for Miller personally. I always thought he seemed a good young man and a very good football player.
What I liked was the way he seemed to mature and improve as a QB year to year. He was getting scary-good at resisting the urge to run, and to become more of a finesse passer. Lots of really athletic QBs never make the transition, but Miller was one who seemed to be making great strides in that direction.
|3 days 20 hours ago||Sure ... in a perfect world||
Sure ... in a perfect world I'd have Tom Brady in his prime ... except he's also the size of Ben Roethlisberger's size, Cam Newton's arm, and had the elusive quickness of Denard Robinson.
But if we're talking relative tradeoffs, then Football Intelligence > Arm Strength.
|3 days 21 hours ago||Agree 100%||
Spot on ... it's about what's between the ears more than what's in the arm.
The higher you go in terms of competition, the more important this becomes.
It's why, as you say, Brady and Montana did so well.
It's why Russell Wilson has a ring. He's smart enough to use his brain first, then his legs.
It's in the same category as what Desmond Howard said about athletic quarterbacks -- it's important for really athletic quarterbacks to be a good quarterback first, then be athletic.
I hope Speight does well. He seems a good kid.
|3 days 23 hours ago||Agree||
I agree ... I've long viewed Manziel as a crap shoot in the NFL.
Some (Colin Cowherd on ESPN radio) were high on him by association -- "Russell Wilson has similar build / style and he won a Super Bowl; ergo, Manziel can do it as well." I think Jon Gruden was also positive on Manziel.
The difference is Wilson is a smart, level-headed young man. Manziel not as much yet. Perhaps he'll settle down, though early evidence of that is inconclusive.
His hot-dogging at Texas A&M was entertaining for college football, but I never saw it playing well in the NFL. The defenses are too good ... his room for improvisation much less.
I think in the NFL the QB role is more about smart execution first, then athleticism. In college a QB can get by on athleticism. Not in the NFL ... the QB there better have the proper mind for the game to succeed.
|1 week 2 days ago||Borges||
I've wondered the same ... I can find nothing about where he is or what he's doing.
|1 week 2 days ago||Quick v Fast||
>> So many people do not understand the difference between Quickness and Fast.
There are different flavors of this -- quick on the first step; quick transition from one speed to another; quick in changing directions.
Barry Sanders was quick in all three ... dude was crazy quick on his first step, could lope along and then kick to a higher gear in a flash, and change direction in a flash.
Denard Robinson's first step was not quite so quick as his second and beyond. If he got a step or two under him then he was in top gear and gone. But if a defense could get him contained and at a stand-still, then his ability to accelerate out of the containment was a bit limited. I'm thinking of the Mississippi State game in particular here. Heaven help the defensive player who let him get a step or two in some direction, however.
I think receivers who are quick in changing gears can get that momentary separation. A QB that has protection (*ahem* ... OL?) and knows his receiver's ability to separate can make hay with that all day long.
|1 week 4 days ago||Trial by Fire||
This was my sense as well -- if the D is being super-aggressive then the OL is getting a trial by fire. Perhaps -- full hope engaged here -- perhaps what we're hearing about the OL is a result of this. When the dust settles we'll have our best 5 OL on the field that can handle such an aggressive D.
|1 week 6 days ago||Agree||
I'm in my mid-50's ... I've been watching Michigan football since 1973. I'm okay with the uniforms. Don't hate them, don't love them ... I'm okay with them. Beats the hell out of those awful throwback-to-the-40's uniforms.
I agree with slimj091's point above -- these uniforms are neither an assault on tradition, nor the game-changer for recruits. It's a relatively small datapoint in the shadow of the key thing, which is having a winning program.
Michigan's tradition is not based on just the classic home uniform. That classic home uniform is held dear because many of us recall the glory days when Michigan would maul opponents at home in those uniforms. It's not the uniform, per se; it's the winning associated with the uniform.
Go ahead and wear the all-blue uniform for the PSU game. But more importantly, go out and dominate PSU in that game.
|2 weeks 8 hours ago||Buy a set of tires there and||
Buy a set of tires there and it pays for the annual membership.
|2 weeks 8 hours ago||:-)||
That made me laugh out loud. Bravo! :-)
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Hey, this is cool ...||
Hey, this is cool ... purchased e-version ... am starting to read it.
Because I'm a documentation geek, I'm curious -- what software do you use to create the layout of the book?
|2 weeks 1 day ago||I see the point you're||
I see the point you're making. And in one of the clips of Braden it seemed to me he just pushed the blocking dummy rather than getting under and rolling it up. As I posted elsewhere, maybe it was late and Braden was just worn out (no excuse), or perhaps even that the drill was staged for the camera and Braden was just going through the motions.
What I don't know is how significant this one clip of Braden is. I don't know what, if anything, we can conclude from it.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||From cfbstats.com ...||
From cfbstats.com ... Norfleet returned 40 kickoffs for an average of 23.45 yards. He has 8 for 30+ yards and 1 for 40+ yards. Nothing 50 or more yards. He was tied for 7th in the country.
That means he had 31 for somewhere between 0 and 29 yards; 8 for 30 - 39; 1 for 40 - 49. With an average of 23.45, the math suggests he must have a bunch down around 20 yards.
So you're saying he's getting through the first, but his straight-line speed problem is hampering his ability to get past the last wave? Or are you suggesting he's being caught from behind?
I'm honestly trying to figure this out ... I'm replaying best I can the various kickoffs and what I recall is he comes tearing out of the endzone and is typically met somewhere around the 20, where he picks up a few more before being taken down. I think I recall his one long run and in that case he was angled out of bounds or taken down from behind.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Yes ... you stated more||
Yes ... you stated more clearly what I was trying to get at in my post above.
I just have this sense that the open practice is a sign of coaching confidence ... that they have a better sense they can control the game better than they were able the past two years.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||I agree ... it's a good||
I agree ... it's a good thing, and I think it's more than just a PR stunt.
There's a part of me that thinks this signals a subtle shift ... towards more of a mindset of winning based on playing better than the other team rather than winning based on secrecy and tricks-up-the-sleeve.
Now, I doubt very much the open practice will reveal everything, of course. But still, it's a departure from the past three years. Maybe we're seeing a glimmer of coaching confidence in the players and the talent on hand. Less need for secrets and tricks; now it's more straight-up football and beat us if you can.
Maybe? Or maybe I'm just overhyped for the season to start.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Thumbs?||
>> "the thumb placement isn't perfect"
Now I'm curious ... what's the proper technique, and what the reasoning behind the technique?
My guess is thumbs up ... and the reason is because that will indicate where the arms are. Thumbs up means arms are inside and aligned to extend up. Thumbs to the inside means elbows are out.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Conditioning?||
>> "I would be more concerned about this stuff if it had been recorded on August 26th."
I wonder how much of the technique shortcomings might be attributable to conditioning? Maybe that segment was filmed later in the practice and Braden was tired. That's no execuse for dropping technique, of course ... but early in camp it might explain it. With continued coaching and conditioning, I would hope these things start to clear up.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Hey, it's an excuse to go see||
Hey, it's an excuse to go see something resembling football. I'd take it in a heartbeat if I was living anywhere near Ann Arbor.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Norfleet||
I like Norfleet as much as the next guy ... but I'm mystified why he can't seem to get past the first wave of defenders. He takes the kickoff at a yard or two deep in the endzone and he comes out straight as an arrow. He seems to get 20 or 25 yards upfield then runs into a wall and drops.
I wonder ... has anyone looked at tape of his returns and see what's going on there? Are opposing teams just that good at defending kickoffs? Or is Norfleet relying too much on straight-line speed and overrunning his blockers?
Honest question ... I don't know the answer.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||Wonderful! Welcome! I look||
Wonderful! Welcome! I look forward to reading your write-ups.
As an aside, I wonder what Nussmeier's equivalent is to Borges' "Bubble Screen"?
|2 weeks 5 days ago||This seems right ... I've||
This seems right ... I've been following Michigan since the early 70's and I thought I'd heard "The Big House" sometime in the 80's. I can't put my finger on when or where I first heard it, but it seems to me I heard it before the 1990's.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||I wondered about that. The||
I wondered about that. The video must have been from the spring, right?
|2 weeks 5 days ago||Great video ... it got me||
Great video ... it got me even more excited about the season.
The snippet that caught my eye was his coaching Morris on getting elevation on his pass to get over the linebacker, not through him.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||Hard to say ... they might go||
Hard to say ... they might go looking for the second coming of Spurrier / Meyer. Or they might think they can tap into the motherlode of Alabama football. The SEC folks love their defenses, and Kirby Smart is a good DC. Get a good OC to balance him and Florida could work its way back.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||The Kirby Smart to Florida||
The Kirby Smart to Florida thing doesn't sound too far fetched, actually.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||Fair Point ...||
Let's not forget that Borges was seen as something of an offensive wizard after the 2011 season.
That said, I'm happy for the change. I think it was the right and proper move to make.
|7 weeks 1 day ago||CoachesHostSeat.com||
Interesting site. Some observations: