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|36 min 49 sec ago||I did||
The difference was run D.
I'd give Stribling a slight edge over Clark in coverage, but his run D was bad enough to be deliberately targeted by opponents. That was in part because Brown makes his CBs defend the run and in part because last year's D didn't give offenses much to pick on to begin with, so his UFR minuses were probably inflated. Having said that, Stribling's run D is. . . not good, and Strib isn't quite so dominant in coverage to have Deion Sanders privilege. Clark was strong against the run, so if not for the injury I took him for a sleeper pick.
|1 day 6 hours ago||Wouldn't have been complete without a Don Brown run blitz||
The "spread" bread-and-butter run exploited the tendencies hard-wired into defenders born, raised and conditioned to stop pro-style offenses. I couldn't stand that as late as 2015, Michigan's DCs seem baffled by a 40-year-old concept.
Don Brown flipped the script in one year. It was fun seeing overwhelmed offenses clearly lose confidence in their plays. The players can feel when their coaches have lost a chess match. It was refreshing to do that to others for a change.
|1 day 13 hours ago||I loathe a few||
But I'm kind of weird in that my gripes and grievances have almost nothing to do with the people on the field. I hate the Cowboys for their PR machine, I hate Washington because Snyder's an asshole. . . thing is, the NFL across the board is so dirty it's hard to find a team to like. The players are basically just people in an ethical sense -- like any cross-section of society, they range from saint to sinner -- but the league itself is so lacking in shame that it's hard to work up any GAFs about the game part of the actual game.
I do check the draft, though, if only because I want players I like to succeed.
|1 day 14 hours ago||And?||
First off, there's such a thing as a 1st round reach. I don't trust a number of first round picks most years.
Second, if any team recruited based on draftability then they'd be short a kicker, punter, long snapper, slot receiver, center and -- in most years when there isn't a Leonard Fournette or Christian McCaffrey -- running back.
Third, teams need to be more than the sums of their parts. Michigan last year had the best D-line in the country held back by inconsistent guard play. If for the sake of argument there was such a thing as FBS free agency and the five BPAs all played DE, Michigan wouldn't have gotten any better even if they nabbed all five of them. OTOH, Harbaugh III would've given his kingdom for a pair of guards with merely Magnuson's level of consistency.
|2 days 10 hours ago||It's not a coincidence||
If you take the letters in "Bay of Pigs", and replace them with the letters "O-I-H-O', it spells Oiho! It's all connected!
|2 days 10 hours ago||Well, duh||
You're in ROME!! There are better things to do than troll a rival.
Classic Ohio mentality; you're in a living landmark of Western society and the best thing you can do is troll Michigan.
|3 days 6 hours ago||Paying for quality is a quaint notion||
The rage these days isn't to collect a bunch of talent and attract readers/viewers/listeners organically. People no longer want to digest and emulate smart, but rather feel smart without putting in any sort of effort to get there. So the gimmick on radio and at ESPN is to hire people to say outrageously stupid things like "10 reasons why T.J. McConnell is a better player than LeBron James" and have the community blow up. Then have unpaid interns troll everyone howling with WTFs to keep the threads going. Because WHAT the community says doesn't matter. What matters is clicks & comments of any nature; in the end they're stripped of context and presented as numbers to sell ads with. So, yeah, clickbait. But I think clickbait is misunderstood as a business model. If all you wanted is a visceral reaction you can just insult your own audience. Clickbait is about getting them to feel righteously superior and compelled to engage in the melee. You're never gonna go highbrow if your entire business model is kiting Dunning-Kruger morons.
Thing is, ESPN wants cable subscribers to dish out $35+ per month for their video version of clickbait when you can find idiots on the Internet for free. So for those of us who CAN afford $200/month to watch just one channel, we'd damn well better get our money's worth. Why the hell would we want to do that for the sports equivalent of Buzzfeed?? It's the state of journalism in general; every outlet is crying that they can't do real journalism if there's no revenue, when all the high-brow sorts are saying you abandoned journalism FIRST you schmucks!
MGoBlog is the exception that proves the rule. Michigan is one of the few schools in the nation that has huge numbers of alumni and historically has both academics and football continually ranked in the Top 20. MGoBlog directly caters to one of the few fanbases that can sustain such. It's self-limiting by design; it's never going to be a model for the market as a whole.
|3 days 13 hours ago||Why would he?||
Does WBC have any 5-star recruits?
|3 days 13 hours ago||All I know is||
If Jim Harbaugh didn't literally hand the Pope a football, video or no video, this didn't happen.
|4 days 7 hours ago||It's as dirty as landfill||
Just because it's legal doesn't mean football players don't know damn well what happens when you throw your armored body full speed into a knee. I ain't ending someone's playing career just because I'm getting beat, but -- and I may be opening myself up to ridicule here because it sure feels like an exception these days -- I'm not a goddamn psychopath.
It's legal so nothing will happen, but that Wiscy player was as dirty as an unwiped ass after burrito night.
|4 days 14 hours ago||Just a guess but||
At Michigan, a dual-threat QB is part of the offense. At pretty much any spread program, a dual-threat QB IS the offense.
|1 week 1 day ago||Why do you play at Michigan?||
/ try the veal
|1 week 1 day ago||(No subject)||
|1 week 1 day ago||You're not alone||
Unfortunately, the guy who proved you right is both A) dead, and B) forgotten.
|1 week 1 day ago||Hello Hello|
|1 week 1 day ago||My Evil Twin|
|1 week 4 days ago||I resemble that remark!||
Aubrey Solomon is not a walk-on.
/ Thank you, I'll be here all week
|1 week 4 days ago||We're kind of loaded in weird spots||
The Order of St. Kovacs might be large, but also in a weird way. We need tight ends so of course we have another receiver in Schoenle behind the most absurd WR recruit haul I've ever seen. We need offensive tackles so of course we have a guard in VasTARDIS. We need DTs so we have another linebacker in Robo. We need. . . well, we'll always need safeties because Brown will regularly field three so Glasgow will see the field. And we apparently have kicker depth. I didn't know there was ever such a thing as kicker depth.
I was also surprised by Tru Wilson, yet another viable walk-on in a crowded unit. I don't know if even Walker will get significant carries with three guys in front of him yet during Wilson runs I'm thinking, "Wow, that guy can play."
I know tree-sized bodies don't grow on. . . OK there goes that metaphor, but can't we find any DTs or OTs from the walk-on crew? We seem to have viable walk-ons for just about every other position (well maybe CB and DE not so much).
|1 week 4 days ago||How much time did he realistically have?||
To put it mildly, our pass pro game needs serious work. His protection was better than Speight's, which isn't saying much, but Brown was being mean (which is a good thing, iron sharpens iron) so he may as well have been making three-step drops out there. If he "locked on" it was because he stared down a read for the whopping two seconds it took for the pocket to collapse. I did see him try to keep his eyes downfield, for all the good it did.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||"Michigan plays itself"||
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Makes me nervous every time||
So, the Al Borges*/Roy Manning** school of coaching again?
I'll admit I've been wrong before and I'll be happy to be wrong every time, but after seeing this fail as bad as it did before I don't think I'll ever be anything but nervous when a coach is thrown into unfamiliar waters.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Haha, this||
The whole point of the exercise was to have fun, and the thread goes pedantic.
Imagine if the MGoBlog community got together for a party. There would be fistfights about proper evaluations of the punch bowl's pad level.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||What the heck||
"sideline to sideline speed in the front 7"? We were possibly the only defense in the country that had sideline-to-sideline pursuit across our entire D-line. Our nose tackle was chasing down ball carriers in space. The only guy who was a tad lacking on lateral speed was McCray, but even that was usually adequate, and Gedeon's was merely "pretty good". What made McCray exploitable was that Stribling's run D was downright terrible, so offenses tried to get them on the same side (away from Peppers). When it worked, weakside runs had some space to work with. But note just how far removed this is from running your base play and forcing the defense to overplay something. Offenses went to extraordinary lengths to avoid taking Michigan's defense head-on and still they often didn't go anywhere.
I do think understanding the D better will lead to faster play, so, point. But whoever you're quoting sounds like contrarian beard-stroking.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||This bothers me way more than it should but||
Why is Winovich in a different size font?
|2 weeks 3 days ago||No||
You have to follow up with "this playcalling is shallow and pedantic".
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Fun nit-pick||
For straight-line, hole-hitting acceleration I like Drake (bless his ACLs). Yes I know he's probably gone but he's an archetypal one-cut back, to me.
Not that Evans doesn't have that, but what I really like about Evans is his ability to accelerate through a change of direction as opposed to drag racing or stop-cut-and-go. Ridiculous lower body power-to-weight, which I fear he'll lose some of as you can't gain weight without mucking up that ratio. As a DC you almost want a slot corner roaming the inside gaps but that's just asking for Harbaugh to call FB dive and laugh, so you gotta clench your teeth and ask the LBs to get a good angle on a guy who can change direction faster than they can commit.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Dead snap on a punt?||
I'm not going to go back and look because it'd be too painful, but I'd think punts and FGs would still use spiral snaps because of the distance they have to travel.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||Easier said than done||
It's hard to beat Meyer -- just ask anybody -- and it's even harder to win when there are 13 Buckeyes on the field.
That's why I hate these threads. Bad luck comes with every program, but Michigan gets real hate and NCAA refs are literally unprofessional. Not only do we get screwjobs, but fans of other programs live in this bizarre bubble of absolute certainty that refs favor Michigan.
Not that I need or even want their sympathy, but when Michigan gets bad luck AND screwjobs, it's heartbreaking to see the players try so hard, get shafted, and the rest of the world doesn't even see it.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||One of these is not like the other||
Uh. . .
/ I know, I know, list, not school
|3 weeks 1 day ago||Not to refute||
since these are good points, but I think context matters here.
I think "because I said so" was directed at the receivers. There's certainly nothing bad about a receiver being smart, but it''s very much a choreographed position. Your best way to help out the QB is to stick to the script and be as predictable as possible. If coach wants you to run a curl route, you run the damn curl. The only times a WR should improvise are on broken plays and it's way too early for the new crop to be working on that. I expect more back-and-forth for positions like QB or as the WRs get seasoned.
As for Speight, there's always competition but there's probably no point in pretending it's a horse race this time around. Morris is gone, O'Korn looked terrible vs. Indiana and Speight's got a full season of running Harbaugh's offense on everyone else.
The rhetoric does raise an eyebrow, but that could be scars of "no audibles" Borges and Hoke's tradition of making QB an inherited position.