that's unfortunate, but at least the interest is there on both sides
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|3 days 6 hours ago||Yep||
It's the fairweather fans that force change. If anything, the diehards owe them a debt of gratitude. There are times for loyalty, but sports just isn't one of them. What programs often need is patience, but that assumes the program has a plan that will take time to implement. When it became clear that DB didn't have plans, just a bunch of shitty ideas to exploit the fans like they're a stolen ATM card, it was time for him to go.
|3 days 6 hours ago||Holy crap||
I hope most of those are just concepts. The opulence is rather silly.
|3 days 6 hours ago||That's the watered down version||
The original strip was spicier:
|4 days 8 hours ago||Numbers, schmumbers||
Allen Iverson never once wore #42 in his NBA career so why should I care about anything anymore.
Don't you understand? THE ANSWER WAS NEVER THE ANSWER!
|5 days 19 min ago||Snark||
It may not have been funny, but I thought it was pretty obvious.
|5 days 4 hours ago||Ain't comparing the two||
Suffice to say I don't watch basketball live anymore, NCAA or NBA. I catch what I can afterwards because while I enjoy the sport, the broadcasts have become completely unbearable.
Honestly, the level of play in either is the least of problems.
|5 days 6 hours ago||I can't stand the NBA||
. . . but only because every team's attempt at smooth ball movement and efficient play is broken up by the same three old, stubborn veterans that will never go away: Commerical Break, Time Out and Onscreen Graphic.
|1 week 2 days ago||Wouldn't quite agree||
It's got some pretty obvious strengths, weaknesses and question marks. Much of the offense is unproven, the defense is a collection of studs and square pegs. Chesson blocks well for a WR and Butt catches well for a TE; we need a WR that catches well and a TE that blocks well. The middle of the defense (DT, ILB, S) is a "just try it" murderer's row, but edge position depth is spotty, especially DE. Norfleet, Countess and Ross are all very experienced but in ways that don't fit the schemes (slot bug, zone merchant, SLB).
But here's where the coaching change is giving me excitement for the first time in years. The offense has a high ceiling it either doesn't realize or never existed at all. It's apparent in hindsight it was never going to be realized under Hoke, but however high it is, Harbaugh will find it. If Norfleet was always just a little bit away from becoming a return TD machine, Baxter will get him there. Many of these players are one thing away from being really good; if the missing piece was coaching before, it isn't now. The result may not be a solid team, but I expect it'll be an optimized one -- a scheme that best fits their collection of ill-fitting abilities.
We've always been scratching our heads about why these players can't quite put it together. I feel confident this coaching staff removes the uncertainty. They'll get them there, wherever "there" is. . . and while that may not be a championship, the most any player can ask of a coach is to become the best they can be.
|1 week 2 days ago||No caveat||
When he took over at USC he maintained the 7 blocks/year rate. Fewer return TDs but still, 3 in two years. He got a decent amount of accolades from the media but I think they managed to underrate this guy. His ST coaching is a legitimate difference-maker.
|1 week 2 days ago||What?||
Mike McCray is doing great at Oklahoma City.
. . .
Dammit, it's not like I can't tell one from the other but this happens when I stare at a computer screen too long.
|1 week 2 days ago||Don't discount special teams||
I know our special teams has been boringly terrible, but now we have Baxter. This guy is ridiculous. His Fresno State squads averaged (AVERAGED!), per season, 7 blocked kicks/punts and 3.25 special teams TDs.
I wouldn't be surprised if we didn't get 7 blocks and 3 TDs out of special teams in the Hoke/RRod eras combined.
|1 week 2 days ago||Wilson's already a senior||
I feel old.
|1 week 2 days ago||No worries, mate||
"CB Keith Washington—Harbaugh favorite probably needs seasoning"
That's why we have Peppers.
|1 week 3 days ago||Man =/= press||
Not trying to put words in Padog's mouth but I understood the question as mixing man and zone coverage. I agree that they're not committed to press coverage just yet, but it was still man coverage. Because the slot receiver is a shifty guy a few steps behind the line, they're very hard to press and Countess isn't very good at it anyway. Peppers can press but he's now more of a NB/SS/OLB hybrid. Both would blitz, and when they did a safety would cover the slot wherever he went -- still man, just not press. I saw a lot of press from the outside corners, when they were in the frame anyway.
|1 week 4 days ago||Only circumstantially||
For example, if an OC's answer to a blitz is a "hot" route to a go-to receiver it can be worth it to bump him so the pass rush has time to get there.
But the pass rush had better get there, because you're now playing zone without one guy. That's either leaving an obvious hole in the coverage or asking everyone else to cover that much more ground. Neither is a sustainable option as a base defense. After a few plays any decent QB, let alone OC, should see the hole in the coverage and now all you've done is tell them where to throw the ball.
Think of it as a "trick" defensive play. Can work as a changeup if you have the players and the situation calls for it, not viable as an every-down look.
|1 week 4 days ago||Peppers & edge rush||
Huzzah, this is what I wanted. Peppers as a CB could've been a playmaker who freed up a safety on his side of the field, but considering he's got the size, why not just play him at safety? Especially since archtype safeties would have trouble staying with slot receivers Peppers can cover like a noon shadow.
Honestly an edge rush would be great, but I don't think that's necessary if all the other pieces are there. The DEs only need to play the edges/gaps they're assigned to. The DTs are good enough that they'll eventually get push, the ILBs are very good, and with Peppers wreaking havoc this won't be the situation where the QB can confidently wait all day in the pocket for someone to break open.
The issue is more that we have some pieces that don't fit as well as others. Countess is, or should be, an All-American zone merchant who may or may not develop into a decent press corner. Two senior inside linebackers is a luxury that doesn't make this defense much better compared to, say, a reliable edge defender. We're loaded at DT and thin at DE, pass rush or no. It won't be a perfect defense.
But coming full circle, it will be a very good defense, and my point is that will be the case without asking our DEs to do too much. With the DTs and ILBs applying pressure every play and Peppers playing sideline to sideline, whatever "weak links" opposing offenses think they can exploit will be difficult to execute against. For example, even if the DEs don't provide pass rush, in a nickel formation vs. spread I can see Peppers blitzing/spying the QB and Wilson being an insurance policy against whoever Lewis isn't pressing. As long as the DEs don't derp completely, when the DTs collapse the pocket the QB's options are to roll out and risk getting leveled by Peppers or try to hit a small window on the run. Those aren't appealing options.
|1 week 4 days ago||Chesson||
Credit where credit's due, Countess AND Gant respect the feint from Chesson because he's a good blocking WR. If, say, Funchess (who, all due credit as our #1 receiver last year never was a good blocker) had made the same motion, odds are Gant (who hesitates in anticipation of Chesson's block) figures he doesn't need to worry about it and just attacks Henderson, as a result there's no D gap, and Morgan (with just one gap to worry about now) maybe even beats Kalis & Smith to the C gap. And even if doesn't, no way a non-blocking receiver ties up two DBs so either Coutness or Wilson would be there to fill.
If Morgan or Henry had blown up the play then Chesson's effort is all for naught, but his ability to sell a block stems from his known willingness and ability to do so. Runs of 10+ yards often can't happen without something like this, and when the running game can torch a defense for long runs instead of merely "safe" yards (3YAACOD), it's a really crappy day to be a safety. I wish the passy-catchy part of Chesson's game would blossom because while I never envision him as a game-changing, field-stretching #1, if he can establish himself as a reliable downfield threat he's exactly the sort of space player any OC should love to have.
|1 week 4 days ago||Olajuwon||
Player with the most five-by-fives (5pt, 5reb, 5ast, 5blk, 5 stl) in NBA history.
|1 week 5 days ago||Sure you can||
You can judge depth.
We have quality depth at DT and LB. We have little depth at OL.
And that's game, folks.
|1 week 6 days ago||Really?||
This is something I'd expect word-for-word from Hoke:
"I was pleased with the way the team competed. Pleased with the way they worked. Pleased with the way they did it without complaint, without excuse, without- just kind of head down, grinding. That’s what I was most pleased with, and it’s starting to surface, you know, who the guys are you can count on, who needs to do more to be counted on, and who needs to do a lot more to be counted on, so it’s happening."
Harbaugh seems to have a much better handle on the program, but I say that from info gleaned from all kinds of sources EXCEPT Harbaugh. His pressers are every bit as Ft. Schembechler as Hoke's, maybe even more so. It's clear both coaches would rather to anything other than answer inane questions by the press. Which, you know, OK. But point is, they're on the exact same wavelength here.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Half a Malone, anyway||
May be better than Kareem though. I think Kareem's the greatest, but my dad says he doesn't work hard enough on defense. And he says that lots of times, he doesn't even run down the court. And that he doesn't really try, except during the playoffs.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||sans one "advantage"||
Let's put the weather thing to rest. I've never met or even heard of a 17-year-old boy who was eager to put on pads & a helmet but was enough of a sissy to be intimidated by snow.
If anything, if you grow up in a place that doesn't snow, you develop a fascination for it. Like, that stuff is weird.
The only reason they have a weather advantage is because people say they do. Doesn't have to be this way.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||Wow||
If we land Kareem, Michael Jordan and Isaiah, that's one hell of a basketball team we'd wind up with.
wait. . .
|2 weeks 2 days ago||I don't care as long as we||
I don't care as long as we tell them what to do and not the other way around. We're Michigan, not a bunch of dress-up clowns. If the contract's structured WITHOUT that deep festering insecurity that other schools get by allowing them to use their AD as a test market, we'll be fine.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||Under Armour||
"UA is a distant third when it comes to recognition and door-opening."
Here's a thought: We don't need UA's help with recognition. Michigan already has among the most, if not the most, recognized looks among colleges.
What we need is to have that recognition preserved, not have some corporate jackass turning it into something the next generation of students won't recognize. Under Armour has more to gain by not messing with Michigan's look, whereas Adidas and Nike are more likely to make ego-driven decisions and expect us to swallow whatever BS they throw at us.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||Beat me to it. With all the||
Beat me to it. With all the lip service they give to STUDENT-athletes, this is making the case they're irrelevant for their stated purpose.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Maize vs. Blue||
I was looking for that, but on closer look it seems to be more "force" vs. "finesse".
Blue has Isaac, Kerridge, Butt, both Glasgows, Wormley, Henry and Morgan.
Maize has Malzone, Norfleet, both Coles, the Green/Smith duo and Peppers.
Both sides have exceptions (e.g., Countess on Blue, Chesson on Maize) but I just take that to mean neither coordinator is one-dimensional. Or they got their picks poached.
But assuming Blue is Drevno, he seems to think line play will rule the day, going as far as picking walk-ons at WR to snag Butt and Bunting. Maize is betting on playmakers ready to bust out with Mason Cole picked to protect Malzone's blind side.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Looking forward to the Spring||
Looking forward to the Spring Game, but I'm also eager to see the fall premier of Chronicles of Rudock.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Don't overlook our defense||
We lost JMFR and our DEs but Jake the Mike was a project and DE play has muddled along as decent -- neither weakness nor strength. And we were still pretty good. Durkin and Mattison have worked together, Peppers is healthy, Mattison's back as DL coach, the defense is loaded with experience and Greg Jackson's secondaries at SanFran were scary good.
Honestly this transfer is great news but I don't expect the offense to carry the day. There are a lot of questions on offense, mostly variations of just how quickly they can pick up the new system given Harbaugh's staff have said they're starting over. The defense is picking up right where they left off with several coaching upgrades.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||For great justice||
YOU HAVE NO CHANCE TO REDSHIRT MAKE YOUR TIME.
oh, wait. . .