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|2 days 19 hours ago||electronically timed 4.43, which gets zero FAKEs out of five||
Holy sweet buttery mashed potatoes.
|2 days 20 hours ago||Better a Butt||
than a bunch of boobs.
|3 days 19 hours ago||that's a "why discuss anything" stance||
Yes, football is a superstructure, but if you're going to throw out any attempt at analysis of one facet on the grounds that others exist, then none of us have any business being on this blog because that's what MGoBlog is.
|3 days 20 hours ago||I don't subscribe to "signature play"||
If you live by a play you die by it. Denardball could drop 40 on overmatched opponents but against any defense that could defend the edge without leaving the slot uncovered, which were few but unfortunately our rivals, RichRod didn't have an answer. It looks like he still doesn't.
The problems with the offense were cyclical, which meant they were prone to misfiring on all cylinders. Solid O-line play makes a QB better; a good QB can bail out a bad O-line. Speight was fine; what he couldn't do is win games by himself. Against undersized defenses we had a squad of maulers. But several players tended to miss assignments; others were just strong enough to hold ground but not do much else. Bredeson, JBB, Hill, Poggi, Asiasi, Wheatley and Kalis have varying levels of athleticism from decent (for FBS) to freakish but were all prone to mistakes, some just because of youth but we're talking this season here. Butt was a willing but mediocre blocker, Cole and Mags were fine, Braden would kind of swing somewhere between OK and terrific. Newsome got injured :'(. We didn't have a Molk or Lewan.
So if you're Harbaugh and you NEED a first down, what do you call? Iowa got a safety on a run because Kalis busted. Speight got shaken up on a pass against Colorado because Hill busted. You can't bet on a playmaker to deliver and the ONLY guy you trust for blitz pickup is Smith. It's not that there wasn't some sort of play that utilized the players' strengths; Harbaugh has plenty. The problem is that when Michigan needed a first down, these plays got blown up because the O-line busted. It wasn't for lack of a one play they could execute consistently for want of talent; it's that some players couldn't execute anything consistently. It didn't matter what that one hypothetical play was. So in crunch time, the options were really to squander the lead slowly or squander it quickly. When the offense coughed up the ball late with a slim lead, Harbaugh went into a shell.
Stanford's 2010 stats are comparable to Michigan's because they had fewer pure athletes. What they didn't have was problems executing key plays with consistency. If Harbaugh felt he could dial up an exotic play on 2nd and 9 with the game on the line he could do it with confidence.
|3 days 21 hours ago||Forget it man||
He's rolling. This isn't even feelingsball; it's fundieball. He's right, and no amount of facts will change that. This is personal, and if you question his gospel he's going to breathe fire on you.
I mean, there are some good points being made about QB play and stat equivalence, but we're not dealing with a rational person who's happy in a world of nuance. Someone is Wrong on the Internet, and he's going to "win" this thread datgum.
|3 days 22 hours ago||Comparing apples and iPads||
In the end, basketball is about talent. The guys B coached up had it; the guys he couldn't, didn't.
I've maintained for a while now that Harbaugh/Drevno probably picked up something at Stanford: smart players are good players. Generally speaking, the smartest players on a football team are offensive linemen. This is because 90% of playing O-line is being in the right place at the right time (and right stance and right orientation), and defensive coordinators burn the midnight oil trying to prevent that. You learn multiple schemes, multiple techniques, and see them attacked by an endless variety of blitzes, twists, stunts and moves. There is no amount of rote coaching that can develop an offensive lineman. Way too much variation.
We physically dominated our overmatched opponents, but against good defenses the offense sputtered -- Wisconsin, Iowa, Indiana and OSU all held the offense to 20 points or less in regulation. There were extenuating circumstances, from refs to injury, but there are extenuating circumstances in every season. What we needed was consistency. Too many players were prone to missing assignments, especially on key downs. Stanford's offense had that; in 2010 they scored less than thirty points once. QB play was definitely a factor, but I want to point to a microcosm of the line play difference. In terms of natural ability, whether it's catching passes or getting two-for-one blocks on the edge, Hill >> Marecic. But when it came to being in the right place at the right time, every time, Marecic >> Hill. Guess which matters more against an elite defense that can match your physicality? The 2010 Stanford line was all unheralded 3-stars, but they soaked in schemes that were NFL-caliber in complexity. Our players aren't dumb, but I think Harbaugh had to turtle at times because he didn't trust them in big games.
I think the thing about our current O-line is that Hoke's crew largely recruited players who had some intriguing physical trait that got them 4 star evaluations, but also some rawness they assumed could be fixed. The problem is that even after three years, many of them still couldn't figure out the intricacies of O-line. Many of them washed out, Magnuson turned out OK, Drevno coached up Braden. Cole and Newsome were the Hoke recruits closest to the sorts of guys I think Drevno's looking for, but Cole has limited physical upside and Newsome got cheaped by Wiscy.
|4 days 19 hours ago||Yo Aubrey||
Just so we're clear on this. No one who cares about academics picks Alabama over Michigan. I don't even have to say anything about their academics. Michigan's is just that good. Unless you're comparing it to a Stanford or a Northwestern, this isn't even a conversation. There's a reason why so many of our players graduate; a degree here will open doors.
|4 days 20 hours ago||I'm just a fan though||
Next year's team will be young; they'll have chances.
But this year was the swan song for many players who lived through some of the worst years of Michigan football in memory. The program will probably take a step back just from losing so much experience and depth, but the future's bright for next year's starters. But many of the guys who carried this team, it's the end of the ride for them. They'll be fine, but they've got one game left as Wolverines and damn if I'm not pissed that fate, past mismanagement and some goddamn crooked asshole refs didn't rob them of what could've been.
|4 days 21 hours ago||Kind of hard to say||
if the team over-achieved or under-achieved this season. There's no question Harbaugh got way more out of the same talent than Hoke did, but when it came to crunch time, the team was done in by various things -- uncharacteristic mistakes by otherwise steady players (Darboh, Butt), bad officiating (fuck you B1G refs), lack of talent (O-line, QB), and just plain bad luck. At times I saw their efforts get set on fire by a bad call or a fluke, but other times Harbaugh scripted a play that had an easy assignment right there and they blew it. So we could go 'round and 'round forever on whether it was factors in their control or out of their control, because the answer was probably, both. They fell short AND were unlucky.
I guess it's appropriate that they didn't fall upwards into the CFP. At their best this team could hang with anyone, but whatever they were done in by, they'd need the opposite (better play or better luck) and at this point I've no expectation it'll be there when they need it.
Go forth and crush FSU, boys.
|4 days 23 hours ago||My goodness||
How can you say that, what with the holidays so close? When did you last visit your mother, who gave birth to you and raised you? We were always right, you know. East Lansing? Where is that even, anyway? Just the east side of the capital? And your Aunt Margaret, she said you stopped calling years ago. Are you still at that crappy job, working for that guy with the funny hair? It's a dead end, you know. You know our neighbor's kid Anthony, the one you used to play video games with? He got promoted again and lives in New York City now. I've always wanted to go to New York, I'm sitting here thinking there's no one to take me. When are you going to get married and have kids? I'm not getting any younger, you know. You'd better make it to this year's holiday dinner or your father's going to be so worried. . .
|4 days 23 hours ago||They'll be fine||
as long they keep holding us, like they did by the lake on Naboo.
|1 week 9 hours ago||Hang it up, man||
Both hips, and now your back.
You were greatness when you had it, Spike. You made your mark. But an NBA career was never in the cards, and I'm guessing someday you'll want to chase around your grandkids. Listen to what your body's telling you. I'm sure you've got the will to come back, but how far can you go? Save what you got left for the rest of your days. There's a lot of life after basketball.
|1 week 1 day ago||All hands to the tweet decryption stations||
"The grind is rewarded"
OK, so, this looks like plaintext English, but it's actually a 4096-bit RSA. But with a little quantum computing and a secret decoder ring, I was able to extract a portion; it's obviously incomplete:
B* SU** TO *R**K YO** O**L*INE
I think the complete message is, "Be sure to truck your off. line", with a typo here or there. It's Twitter, after all. Jay's obviously after another D-line recruit.
|1 week 1 day ago||What's the point of the vote then?||
Why even have a vote if to keep it you have to do as you're told?
|1 week 1 day ago||The zero experience is apparent||
I'm no football coach either, but I have been around long enough to know when to read a situation.
To your point, I certainly would have such a play in the book. I'd bet money they do. But this game was very much a story about how the offense couldn't execute consistently. The defense was gassed and the refs were giving OSU everything, but neither offense was having the sort of day where they could get two yards if they absolutely needed it.
If they tried to do a two-point conversion, one of three things would've happened. One, it's a pass and OSU mugs the receiver, no call. Two, it's a run and it gets stuffed because the O-line blew an assignment or the RB screws up the blocking. Three, it's a misdirection and it gets blown up because a lot has to go right on a day when nothing was.
For that matter, Michigan had won the game. Perry was interfered with, no call. The defense got held on the long Samuel run in 2OT, no call. The spot was probably short; more importantly, that doesn't matter. The review was just show; it was a very close call and a game-deciding one yet that was the fastest video review I'd ever seen. The refs had made up their minds. It's hard to argue Harbaugh was wrong when Michigan wins a legitimately called game. You can only do so much to overcome that kind of handicap when the opponent is genuinely good.
|1 week 2 days ago||It's not really stocking||
Michigan has this ongoing "pulse" problem that was created in the RichRod/Hoke years. It's going to take some time to smooth out.
|2 weeks 20 hours ago||So, it's like this||
You know when eucalyptus leaves aren't crispy fresh, kinda gettin old and frumpy, but not bug-ridden either, still edible? Decent.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Same here||
But can we at least put up a goddamn fight? And I don't mean a hobbled, tragically mis-coached QB playing out of his mind to make up for a lack of leadership. And losing anyway because of course.
I'm so sick of this not even being a rivalry, but a one-sided affair with the occasional heroic effort to keep OSU from falling asleep. I'm so ready for a win but FFS let's start by punching them in the mouth enough times that they stop laughing.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Well, I guess bad weather would favor us||
Barrett goes from meh to bad, and our QBs are already bad.
Our best shot is to make this an ugly, low-scoring, high-variance game.
Oh, and we'll block a punt, but because it's an Aussie punter and B1G refs, the latter will short-circuit when Johnston runs outside the tackle box and we'll get hit with a penalty.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||This needs to go like BYU||
Where the Michigan offense that shows up isn't the one the Buckeyes spent all week preparing for.
And even then, they're going to have to execute these plays, which is terrifying because our passing game is a sputtering mess right now.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||o_O||
|2 weeks 2 days ago||This game is NOT about matchups||
Mark my words: If it becomes about matchups, Meyer wins an ugly blowout. Not because our guys aren't good, but because Meyer will attack, and if Brown lets him then that's counting on Stribling to make a solo tackle in the flat. Durkin was happy to make it about matchups and got destroyed. The theme of this entire FFFF is that Meyer is second to none at creating the matchups he wants. He adjusts quickly and adapts to whatever you do to counter. Seth calls them the Borg for a reason.
Brown does not run a read-and-react defense, precisely because that's what coaches like Meyer feast on. He shoots first and hopes to make the offense adjust to him. If it works, it will be by far the most effective counterpunch to Meyer's shenanigans. If it doesn't, Meyer will have Samuel with the ball vs. Stribling in acres of space. But the one thing Brown won't do, contrary to his presser, is put athlete on athlete and see what happens. He is going to blitz the crud out of that offensive line and try to blow up plays before they can develop.
More than any other game, this is going to be a scheme chess match, but I strangely don't think it'll be close. One coach will win decisively. There will be negative plays. The question is whether the positive ones go for 3-5 yards or 30-50. If it's 3-5, you can cause the OSU offense to misfire -- 1st and 10, 2nd and 6, 3rd and 9, and now Barrett's forced to pass out of trouble against Lewis/Hill/Thomas/Stribling. A bad drive will be something like 1st and 10, 2nd and 12, touchdown.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Harbaugh will give the offense chances||
They have to execute them. Unfortunately they've been sputtering lately. Hard to move the ball when the QB misses a goddamn 5-yard slant.
The D has everything it needs to hold OSU in check, at least but a bad outcome for Michigan would be something like getting shut out 17-0.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||I dunno about "interesting"||
Of all the scenarios in the huge gamut of outcomes, I think a back-and-forth battle might be the least probable.
I'm now a big Doc Brown fan but he's occasionally too clever by half, tries to force the pressure issue and can get RPSed with no easy way to adjust at halftime. His stuff will either destroy Meyer or not work at all.
So it's either going to be a long afternoon of throwing stuff at the screen or cackling with glee, depending on which side is better prepared.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||This is going to be such an RPS battle||
I can see scenarios where OSU drops another 42 on Michigan. I can also see scenarios were Michigan goose-eggs OSU. Because if Meyer gets the matchup he wants, like Samuels vs. McCray at the edge, it's going for yards. If Brown wins, OSU's going backwards.
This is going to be a ludicrously high-variance game. If I was a betting man, I'd put money on. . . hard liquor.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||He could be on vacation for all I care||
How are you supposed to give meaningful answers to this garbage?
|2 weeks 5 days ago||Brian the last couple weeks has written lots of content||
on his blog. Talk about what he’s given you on this site?
|2 weeks 5 days ago||Yes, thank you, that was the joke||
This happens so often it's annoying; I make a joke and someone realizes the potential for a joke, without actually realizing I made that very joke.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||Can't blame it on the weather||
Downfield throws maybe, but overall Indiana's QB was much more accurate in the same conditions; the stats don't show it because he was up against the #1 pass defense in the country. But for 3.5 quarters, he could at least hit a damn 5-yard slant.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||The comments, OTOH||
Ugh. . . shouldn't have looked.