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|2 days 8 hours ago||Why do you play at Michigan?||
/ try the veal
|2 days 10 hours ago||(No subject)||
|2 days 10 hours ago||You're not alone||
Unfortunately, the guy who proved you right is both A) dead, and B) forgotten.
|2 days 10 hours ago||Hello Hello|
|2 days 10 hours ago||My Evil Twin|
|5 days 1 hour ago||I resemble that remark!||
Aubrey Solomon is not a walk-on.
/ Thank you, I'll be here all week
|5 days 3 hours 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).
|5 days 4 hours 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.
|1 week 2 days ago||"Michigan plays itself"||
|1 week 2 days 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.
|1 week 2 days 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.
|1 week 3 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.
|1 week 4 days ago||This bothers me way more than it should but||
Why is Winovich in a different size font?
|1 week 4 days ago||No||
You have to follow up with "this playcalling is shallow and pedantic".
|1 week 4 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.
|1 week 4 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.
|1 week 6 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.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||One of these is not like the other||
Uh. . .
/ I know, I know, list, not school
|2 weeks 2 days 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.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||Don Brown||
AHAHAHAHAHA! Welcome to the home of the best DC in the nation, Coach! That was so much fun to hear, and it's not like Hamilton's resume is just a piece of paper. You know that wasn't just flattery.
This does make me wonder, though -- I'm not too sure repping against Brown's defense is the best thing for the offense? No one does defense quite like he does, and he's said in pressers he doesn't have quarters in his playbook. I'm sure the other guys can whip up a vanilla scout team quarters but that's not quite iron sharpening iron anymore.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||Hoo boy||
This was gold:
You haven't been here long, and I'm sure those receivers will be fine, but I'm gonna say now -- don't ever change, Coach.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||A pterødactyl once bit my sister||
Mynd you, pterødactyl bites Kan be pretti nasti. . .
|2 weeks 3 days ago||I'd expect weaknesses||
Beilein can coach up players like whoah. And we can do S&C to add strength, bulk and some speed. But there's something to be said for the coaches having raw clay to mold. I'm just going off your write-up but I'm not sure what's here that's worth molding. This reads like the sort of flyer you'd take on a guy who's over 7' and healthy, because 7' tall and healthy. 6'4" without speed or grace. . . I can find someone like that in the cubicle farm I work at.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Something's off||
What I'm getting from this is he's point/combo guard sized but isn't fast, isn't quick, doesn't have a great handle, bad elevation, no explosion, can't finish and can't shoot.
Either that's a terribly unfair evaluation or. . . why the heck does Beilein want him?
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Marshall's in a weird place||
He didn't play much last year but he was behind Chris Wormley and Rashan Gary. He could've been in the top half of SDEs in the conference and he'd still have been behind. . . Chris Wormley and Rashan Gary.
If he was tearing it up I certainly would've expect him to play more, and I don't remember him doing much when he did play, so I think there are reasons why he ate bench. But that perception could be overstated in this case. Even if he was decent that would've been a clear drop-off from the monsters in front of him last season.
It's now or never for him, though. That he's not getting early hype is worrisome.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Give Milton a chance||
Harbaugh will hide his red Swingline stapler, at which point you will know the true meaning of "enthusiasm unknown to mankind".
|2 weeks 5 days ago||Officiating was exactly the problem||
The run game wasn't going anywhere, which was on them, but that left what for options? PA wouldn't have fooled anyone because the run game was dead. Harbuagh's no fool and had figured out by then that the refs were crooked.
So the options on a 2-point conversion were either a stuffed run, all-out blitz on a PA, a ticky-tack offensive penalty or an incomplete pass because the receiver was gonna get flat-out mugged before the ball got there and the refs -- on record as OSU fans -- were in no way gonna throw a flag that cost OSU the victory.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||Incredible indeed||
I'm sure even I could make Michigan defenders look bad if my teammates are allowed to hold them with reckless abandon.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||Didn't we rotate linebackers last season?||
And I don't mean in garbage time, which sometimes was the 2nd quarter.
I think they prefer to roll 8 D-linemen but also at least 3 linebackers for the two ILB spots. Robo may not start but if he doesn't lose ground by the end of fall the 3rd ILB can still expect to play 30-40% of snaps.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||The point may not be to win||
DEs tend to have a bad habit of trying to flank linemen to the point of abandoning their run responsibilities for the glory of a TFL or sack. That basically gives any sort of off tackle run a free lane; sometimes you need to concede defeat and become Boring so your teammates have a fighting chance.
Marshall was at a huge disadvantage by design, so I don't think he was expected to win the rep. The drill was more to condition him to mitigate the inevitable loss and at least constrain the space. In really bad reps I've seen guys get pancaked because they tried too hard to fight off the block instead of eating it and making the RB thread a needle.
In that sense he did OK. Onwenu wound up dominating him giving the RB a truck lane, but Marshall was still on his feet and trying to fight his way back when the ball got by him. If he eats bench again, this shouldn't be the rep that cost him playing time.