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|4 days 5 hours ago||"There's one where he decides||
"There's one where he decides to split the safeties and the safeties find out their angles have been calibrated so badly that neither gets within five yards of the kid."
So, he's this guy.
And by "this guy" I mean the video game version.
|4 days 6 hours ago||Guess what||
IT WILL NEVER WASH OFF
|6 days 5 hours ago||Trollrate?||
OK, so apparently I'm the only guy on MGoBlog who's a fan of Jordan Kovacs. Or with a sense of humor.
|6 days 5 hours ago||The problem with Gallon is||
The problem with Gallon is that he's Pint-sized.
|6 days 8 hours ago||Maybe not Michigan. . .||
I didn't see a preferred walk-on offer from Toledo, and obviously this guy wasn't good enough for Hillsdale.
Total red flags, yo.
|1 week 7 hours ago||Weight isn't the issue. His||
Weight isn't the issue. His shadow is purely a two-dimensional player and I don't see that ever changing.
|1 week 1 day ago||Fair enough||
You're obviously a better person than me, because I don't feel bad at all. I'm gonna confess some immaturity here, but I'm hungry. If that makes me spoiled, then guilty as charged. Beating them last year felt more overdue than satisfactory and they're still making excuses.
When they got their first couple of wins against Michigan as it was rebuilding from Carr's sunset years I was like, "Well, it wouldn't be a rivalry if they didn't get a few now and then." But as they gained confidence the MSU fandom hit a fever pitch of insufferable douchebaggery that triggered several seismographs in Tunisia.
I don't want to just beat these guys in recruiting. This is a fanbase that is thoroughly due for some badly deserved humiliation. I want them pounded into submission. I want four consecutive years of 20-point victories where their offense is kept below 10 points and I think Hoke's crew is up to the task. It's nothing against the players; I want their coach and fans to take such a series of beatings that they collectively curl into fetal position in a corner. And yes, I want the boys they recruited to show them why they chose Michigan instead.
Ditto with OSU. It seems they've learned nothing from Tressel's ouster and have yet to get that smirk wiped off their faces. They'll be tougher to bring down but I really want to see it happen.
|1 week 5 days ago||"I tried crossing the||
"I tried crossing the blocking power of Jake Long with the nasty hitting of Daydrion Taylor, and the looniness of Les Miles just to see what would happen."
Um. . . David Molk is a real person.
|1 week 5 days ago||Uh. . .||
You pancaked your daughter when she was 3? Should I be calling CPS or something?
|1 week 5 days ago||Simple feint to the left,||
Simple feint to the left, then juke to the right, with all the grace of a freshman high school running back. The execution here was mental, not physical. Urlacher probably figured Brady would surrender to the mismatch and slide to avoid contact. It's a perfectly logical assumption, and that's what Brady exploited. After all, if Brady tried that on every QB scramble he'd be forced into retirement ten years ago. The moral of the story is, some people are deadly at poker precisely because they'll bluff once a decade, when you least expect it, after you've unwittingly bet the farm.
Not that it'd happen anyway, but seeing this, I won't ever play poker with Tom Brady.
|1 week 5 days ago||His three-cone drill was the||
His three-cone drill was the fastest. Which doesn't surprise me, because of the shifty adjustments he makes at speed when he's got a human missile lock on a tailback.
His 40 time was middling. . . among safeties in this year's draft (something like 9th out of 21). That's decent, but throw ALL NFL safeties into the mix and he's got a lot of people ahead of him. Bear in mind he can't just beat out his fellow rookies; he's now competing with NFL veterans for a roster spot. Mediocre speed is not a show-stopper for a strong safety, though. If all else fails, instead of having him bracket deep routes high, you can instruct the corner to play the wideout soft and bring Kovacs underneath. SC's answer was to go four-vert, but that's risky against NFL CBs.
|1 week 5 days ago||That he wasn't drafted||
That he wasn't drafted doesn't mean Kovacs isn't liked. Almost every team in the NFL called him after the draft ended.
Signing Kovacs is a conservative decision, and the draft is NOT for conservative decisions. It's for high-ceiling prospects. In many ways, a 6th-round pick has just as much upside as a 1st-round pick; the main difference is risk -- the first-rounder is more likely to pan out. I don't necessarily agree with it, but here's the logic as far as I can tell: When you draft a freak athlete with a ton of question marks (doesn't know the game, needs to work on technique, etc.) and he does pan out, you've signed a Pro Bowl player for the price of a rookie. That makes good business sense. With a guy like Kovacs who projects to "productive", he's not going to break the bank even if he signs as a free agent, so why burn a draft pick on him? Consider that Will Campbell was drafted. In all fairness to Big Will, I think most people would agree that Kovacs is more likely to make an NFL owner happy. But Will's the bet with the bigger payout; hence he gets drafted. The matter of likelihood is off the table -- the only thing that matters as far as whether or not a player gets drafted is his ceiling. The draft is a speculator's game, is my point, and with Kovacs there isn't much to speculate.
It's kind of insulting that he wasn't drafted, but that's really just a public perception due to the media placing waaaay too much importance on draft order. There are enough NFL veterans who weren't drafted to almost fill a decent roster.
|1 week 6 days ago||Reading the article. . .||
I agree 100%, but the article painting him as some sort of Little Engine That Could kind of aggravated me. Yeah his heart and dedication are off the charts, but that's not what sets him apart in my mind. Those are admirable traits, but not too hard to find at the highest levels.
It's his intelligent work ethic that makes him special. He doesn't just work his tail off; he's the NFL's Greg Maddux. He doesn't just Rocky Montage his way to success. He lacks physical speed, but makes up for it by mastering the game like some white-beareded martial artist in a Hong Kong action movie.
I try to stress this among kids who have dreams. It's OK to dream, and you HAVE to work hard to get there, but also LEARN -- don't just throw your body against a brick wall until it breaks, because odds are you will first. The ones who succeed spend those countless hours finding a way around the wall. In Kovacs' case, he didn't just SPARTAAAA the ball carrier every time. He did it, countless times at that, with flawless technique. Standing high? I'll fly high and topple you like a tree. Near the sideline? I'm gonna throw my shoulder into your chest and knock you out. Fighting for every inch? I'm going to fly at you and p=mv your ass. Making a cut? I'm sweeping your pivot foot. Going in low? I'm going to barrel in, helmet to ball, and if you somehow hang onto the ball and stay upright I'm gonna cling like a pitbull until the cavalry arrives.
There are a number of NFL players who lack Kovacs' consistency. Even if he doesn't make the rotation, he'll get some rookies thinking twice when he shows them how the game's played.
|1 week 6 days ago||Here's the thing||
I honestly wonder if he can't make a career out of being a situational defender. He's not fast enough to be an every-down safety in the NFL, but he's a VERY solid tackler and an excellent last line of defense. I really wonder why some Miami fans are talking about him going on special teams. That's the worst way to use him! He's not great at blocking or getting off blocks and can't fly upfield. He's a sure tackler but he'll be the last person to get to the ball when it's a pure foot race.
Where he's worth his weight in gold is situational packages and red zone defense. There isn't enough room for the wideouts to use their speed against him and defenses have to respect the run anyway. A talented DC can move him around where Kovacs can use his brains to pick apart the play and keep the ball out of the end zone on his half of the field. He's worth keeping on any roster if he can force offenses into settling for field goals.
Keep in mind if the safety can't finish him off, there often isn't much between the ball carrier and end zone except nitrogen. Safeties with speed and nothing else come and go because the NFL needs last-line defenders that can tackle. They'll draft the speedsters in the hopes that they'll grow into reliable defenders, but the guys who can actually defend are the ones who stay on the roster.
|1 week 6 days ago||I kinda thought Jordan Kovacs||
I kinda thought Jordan Kovacs was already on the case. He's still working on the story.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||Who said it was OK to say in||
Who said it was OK to say in my late twenties? Did you miss the "and I was very late to mature" part of the post, or does everyone around here always try to read posts the most antagonistic possible way?
Yeesh, I openly admit I was a goddamn man-child through my late twenties compared to this kid who's really just being a kid and someone here still gets upset. I think I'm going to stick to "Michigan rocks yay" posts from now on; that seems to keep everyone happy.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||"Just show me, you know?"||
"Just show me, you know?" Edwards said. "Just show me that you're interested. Just show me like you've been showing me."
Ugh. . . sounds like something I said to someone in my twenties, and I was very late to mature. No, Michigan does not exist to put a silver spoon in your mouth; the entire culture to its very roots its that it's bigger than any one person.
It's a bit of a surprise to see this, because I'm used to seeing Michigan recruit athletes who speak as well as I did in my early thirties. Which says a lot about how spoiled I am as a Michigan fan -- this is pretty much how most high schoolers talk -- but there it is. As far as recruit maturity goes, this is an outlier.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||Word||
Did you watch the highlights? The wideout playing opposite Bunting is also a giant. Did Hoke experiment on genetics at this school?
|3 weeks 6 days ago||I think the defense will be||
I think the defense will be fine, but we HAVE to get over last year; it won't be fair to this year's unit. Gordon-Kovacs was the best safety tandem I'd seen at Michigan in at least a decade.
We were flat-out spoiled at safety last year. I know secondaries are judged as a unit and we were paper-thin at corner, but it says a lot that opposing offenses picked on J.T. Floyd. He was hardly bad; QBs just didn't have many other options (not to mention the B1G didn't have many elite receivers). I don't even recall that many attempts to go deep against our D (until SC's four-verts anyway) because in most cases slinging it was basically a wasted down.
I just hope that the first time the inexperience at safety forgives a long TD, MGoBlog doesn't lose it. Again, we'll be fine, but offenses will be looking to test our new FS.
|4 weeks 5 days ago||So long, Mealer's Beard||
Another Michigan legend becomes a matter of written word, to fade from memory. . .
All those moments will be lost in time, like tears in rain. . . oh no wait, we actually used camera & storage technology for posterity, unlike that twit in Blade Runner.
|4 weeks 6 days ago||I get that, but I'd call it a||
I get that, but I'd call it a good reason for being fair & honest. :D
I don't know what people say about me when I'm not around, but if it's critical I'd like to hear it, as long as the criticism isn't politically motivated (preening for a promotion, etc.). I've never seen anyone improve when surrounded by sycophants.
|4 weeks 6 days ago||Why?||
I hope I'm not misreading your post, but did you get a vicarious feeling of awkwardness or something?
One of the main reasons why I frequent MGoBlog is that the analysis is genuine. It's not "oh Chesson sucks" or "he needs to go back and cry to his mama" like some morning sports radio talkshow. Brian makes a legit point that as far as we all know Wellman has made Chesson well aware of, if not our cornerbacks. If he's also made aware that his biggest (current) weakness isn't escaping public scrutiny and Hoke recruits guys with skins as thick as I think they are. . . what's the problem? A lot of it was backhanded compliment and probably a lot milder than what he hears in practice.
|4 weeks 6 days ago||"Less than ideal" is||
"Less than ideal" is definitely a way to put it. I'm not TOO concerned, partially because they're up against a Greg Mattison defense and partially because O-line takes time to develop, but the lack of an elite RB was sort of a given (unless Derrick Green takes the position by storm). They'll struggle against the tougher defenses but one thing going for this team is that it has more weapons all around. A lot of it's raw but Darboh, Funchess and Gallon are all legitimate threats -- and don't forget Dileo. If Borges can get the defense to fear the passing game, the RB only needs to be decent. If not, well. . . watch Devin Gardner pass for 300-400 yards a game.
Thank you, thank you, thank you Lewan for staying another year. We're gonna need every ounce of pass protection we can get this season.
|4 weeks 6 days ago||He looked a LOT more||
He looked a LOT more comfortable today. Some of that could be lack of pressure in the spring, at least as far as Hoke treats this as an exhibition (as well he should). But I mean, he was very chatty in the video.
I've been as critical of Borges as any because I took his "use what works" philosophy to heart only to see him run a spread offense that was way more predictable than it should've been for all the variations it had, but in hindsight it seems to me like he was VERY uncomfortable working with the spread -- far more than he ever let on, which is understandable considering the poker game coaches play with each other. He's not gonna go out and say, "I've never done this so I'm really winging it right now," but I don't think I've ever seen him that comfortable yet excited at a presser. It's obvious this guy is a Walsh disciple through and through, I mean way more than he let on. Now that he's no longer cramming his brain into a jelly jar, hopefully we'll witness the firepower of his fully armed and operational pro-style offense.
|4 weeks 6 days ago||WTF?||
Oh, fer cryin' out loud! What's so terrifying about Heiko's questions that they need to be edited out like it's going to ruin our childhoods if we hear them? This is Michigan fergodsakes; it's not like a question about linebacker blitzes is going to crash our brains.
|5 weeks 6 hours ago||I don't know what fist thing||
I don't know what fist thing you saw, but this is a SFW site.
|5 weeks 1 day ago||Yeah. . .||
But unlike Michigan State and South Carolina, Michigan has some serious academic standards. Two sports and a Michigan degree: Pick two, and that's only if you're a badass to begin with.
|5 weeks 1 day ago||Who was this guy??||
I know back in March that Greg Mattison and Brady Hoke, when asked if we had a pass rush, said "Oh yeah", but I didn't see him in the Spring Game highlights. Maybe it was to avoid confusion with Devin's red jersey, or to avoid killing him?
|5 weeks 2 days ago||You can't really measure up||
You can't really measure up Clark by his stats. He was always an all-or-nothing player. When he made plays he made them like whoah, but when he didn't, he was a non-factor in the play. It wasn't like he posted nine TFL by constantly getting in the QB's face until the QB was terrified to take the field. He more cleaned up broken plays where he got through clean. This is a very ad hoc and harsh way to put it, but to clarify the point by exaggerating it, you can think of it as 9TFL from Frank Clark means he was relevant for only nine plays last year. That's not good production from a DE. Jake Ryan made the offense account for him even when he had no stats to add to his line; you really have to watch the plays to see it.
|5 weeks 2 days ago||I sense everyone just trying||
I sense everyone just trying to not burden Fitz with unrealistic expectations. He's coming back from a major injury. The interior line is untested. And while everyone hopes for improvement, defenses weren't scared of him last year. I'd rather undersell the guy and see him shock the world than overhype him early and add pressure to disappointment. Also, Hoke has maintained from day one that no one on the team is entitled to a position. That's not punishing Fitz; it was always the case.