"Jim's a tough guy and you can see his personality is all over this football team," Fitzgerald said.
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|22 hours 35 sec ago||Ain't nothing "micro" about||
Ain't nothing "micro" about Harbaugh.
He's a macro dude. :-)
|22 hours 33 min ago||You know what else is good?||
You know what else is good? Butter, damn it. Real freakin' butter. :-)
|1 day 1 hour ago||Consult with THE_KINOWLEDGE||
Consult with THE_KINOWLEDGE ... he'll be able to tell you what was. :-)
|3 days 1 hour ago||Likely and ST coverage||
Michigan played a bit with fire, giving him a couple of returnable punts, but nothing seemed particularly dangerous, and he never got close to really breaking anything even on kickoffs.
Credit the special teams coverage unit. Watch them stay in their lanes, mirror Likely's movements, and not overcommit on pursuit. The clips I've seen are things of beauty.
|3 days 21 hours ago||Special Teams||
There's a slice from the video where it shows our punt coverage team containing Will Likely. He gained a few yards, but no more.
Here's what caught my eye -- the coverage team was disciplined. The white uniforms arrayed out to cover the run lanes. Likely tried to juke right and the Michigan players shuffled with him; he then tried to juke left and the Michigan players shuffled back with him. Likely had no where to go, so he tried to run through the Michigan players, and that got nowhere.
It was a beautiful thing to see.
|4 days 19 hours ago||Let it go.||
Let it go.
|4 days 20 hours ago||Interesting recipe ... the||
Interesting recipe ... the peanut butter and sriracha almost puts this into Thai-like territory. I wonder if coconut milk with this would move the needle even more in that direction?
|5 days 2 hours ago||The big news is Nick's avatar||
The big news is Nick's avatar picture change!
I like his pick. I think the score will be in that neighborhood.
|5 days 23 hours ago||Pfft ... a real geek would||
Pfft ... a real geek would have done that in pen. :-)
|5 days 23 hours ago||Wow ... shutouts are great,||
Wow ... shutouts are great, but predicting them takes stones. Well done!
Drink is Speight comes in and throws a complete pass.
|1 week 6 hours ago||Hey, wait ... what?! :-) (We||
Hey, wait ... what?! :-)
(We do get remnants of tropical storms that come off the Pacific. Lots of rain and flash flooding.)
|1 week 20 hours ago||Michigan has a long way up||
Michigan has a long way up the rankings to make top 4 for the playoffs.
Still, we can dream, right?
|1 week 23 hours ago||Maryland and Northwestern||
Maryland and Northwestern will be good tests of Michigan's ability to win games they should.
Circle the MSU game. That's where we'll see what this team is made of and is capable of.
I suspect Dantonio is going to put a massive chip on his team's shoulders for that game. Michigan has enjoyed a lot of pre-season and early-season publicity. MSU is going to come to Ann Arbor looking to knock Michigan down a few pegs.
I suspect also that the unspoken fear up in East Lansing is that Michigan *is* back, and we're entering a period where UM ascends and MSU fades into the background a bit. MSU will be looking to delay that at least for another year.
MSU is the game that will take a good measure of what this Michigan team is all about. I can't wait.
|1 week 23 hours ago||I think this is spot on ...||
I think this is spot on ... the character of a team is seen when facing adversity on the road.
This much is clear in my mind -- I have a bunch more confidence in Michigan doing that under Harbaugh than in the past.
|1 week 3 days ago||Harbaugh: "Keep a humble||
Harbaugh: "Keep a humble heart and grind on."
|1 week 3 days ago||Every coach ever has talked||
Every coach ever has talked about this.
I honestly believe Harbaugh doesn't give two shits about what Utah did to Oregon as it relates to Michigan State three games from now.
Doesn't cross his mind. At all.
|1 week 3 days ago||This is why Harbaugh's||
This is why Harbaugh's outlook is so healthy ... he disregards all talk like this and says the only thing in his mind is what's in front of him. So right now, it's Maryland. Then Northwestern. And then we'll see how good Michigan State is.
|1 week 3 days ago||I've been saying for some||
I've been saying for some time now that Drevno is Harbaugh's secret X factor.
It gets better from here. Each game he continues to tune the machine. Bwahahaha.
|1 week 3 days ago||Reflexive on my part ... my||
Reflexive on my part ... my wife went to "UVA" but hails from West Virginia. For the past 25 years with her we've referred to the state of West Virginia as "WVA."
|1 week 3 days ago||:-) I've heard more than a||
I've heard more than a few coaches speak of yards gained on first down being a key stat.
It makes sense ... 2nd and short creates a very different set of play-calling options than 2nd and 10. Or worse -- 2nd and 12.
I painfully recall all the 0 or negative yards plays on 1st downs in 2013 and 2014. We seemed to always be facing 2nd and long.
I don't have the same sense this year. I don't have easy access to the stat on yards gained on first down. But I'd be willing to bet it is much improved this year.
|1 week 3 days ago||Do you track Michigan's||
Do you track Michigan's production on first down?
I'd be willing to bet that stat is much better this year.
And I'd bet it's getting better game by game this year.
|1 week 3 days ago||Re: the "3rd down yards to||
Re: the "3rd down yards to go" ... first down production.
That's a function of the offensive line.
2013- 2014 ... our RBs getting hit behind the LOS; now they typically get to it and beyond.
WVA is an intriguing team this year. Let's see how they do full season. But for now, they're on my "hey, let's keep an eye on this team" list.
|1 week 4 days ago||Michigan #2 in total defense,||
Michigan #2 in total defense, according to CFBstats:
|1 week 4 days ago||Didn't Harbaugh mention this||
Didn't Harbaugh mention this in the post-game press conference? Someone asked him about watching the NFL, and he said he still does watch and in fact gets good plays from the NFL. He mentioned Michigan ran one. The pass was blocked, but the play itself came from Baltimore, Harbaugh said.
|1 week 4 days ago||It don't mean nothing until||
It don't mean nothing until we face off against our in-conference rivals and beat 'em all, damn it. :-)
|1 week 4 days ago||1976 ... Michigan travels to||
1976 ... Michigan travels to Columbus to face 8th ranked OSU ... and pastes them 22-0.
Afterwards, Woody Hayes says that was the finest football team they'd faced all year.
|1 week 4 days ago||By my count, 124 yards||
By my count, 124 yards offense in second half; 58 rush, 66 passing.
1st half -- 324 yards offense; 196 rush, 128 passing.
|1 week 4 days ago||Mattison has said we have to||
Mattison has said we have to "earn the right to rush four."
Am I correct in saying that we're there ... or very close?
|1 week 4 days ago||Second half lack of||
Second half lack of production is a bit concerning (or at least a bit curious). Harbaugh ease up? Or did BYU defense adjust? Or did Rudock revert to some bad habits?
|1 week 5 days ago||Go Blue!||