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|9 hours 30 min ago||Hm||
Well, I'll stop there then. I think it's harmless to speculate on how a dumb teenager could piss off a grown-up if only because that's a day that ends in y, but if the emphasis was on SERIOUS then I'm not going to guess what that was.
But again, he didn't get kicked off the team outright, which puts a ceiling on his worst offense.
|9 hours 34 min ago||Something like that||
I'm not sure what you think you're telling me to wake up from, because I basically guess something like what you described -- partying when or where he shouldn't have. Maybe he uploaded a selfie from a frat party while the team was in the submarine, or took a piss on a statue of Bo or something. Serious in a responsibility context, very bad fit for the team, but not an indication that he's completely broken.
I want to make clear I'm not throwing these out as a specific guesses of what he actually did. I just note that Harbaugh tried to handle this matter internally, adamantly. As in, this press conference is OVER level of having Mitchell's back. He obviously thought it was something Mitchell could grow out of. If he did something like assault someone he'd have been kicked to the curb.
|9 hours 47 min ago||His crime was partying?||
I get that Harbaugh has the authority to put him in the doghouse, and that's fine. It's not expulsion or a sentence or even revoking his scholarship; assuming he didn't do anything to deserve those punishments in the first place. So, "bad fit" I get. You play for Harbaugh, you play by his rules. That said, I think at his age I wouldn't be a good fit either. I was DUUUUUMB. I'm kind of amazed I graduated.
What I'm trying to say is, it's too bad it didn't work out, but if he was gonna go in the doghouse because he's just an immature nitwit, as a person there's still plenty of time for him to get his head turned around. Just thinking back, I passed my classes and never got in trouble with the police, but even if I was athletically gifted I could see Harbaugh kicking me out just on the grounds of being a toxic jackass.
|10 hours 19 min ago||Sounds Kovacsian||
He'll probably see the field if only because of our serious depth issues at LB, but I'll be interested in seeing if he's behind the others purely because of physical limitations.
|11 hours 45 min ago||Across the nation? Doubtful||
It's more work for the coaches. Hugh Freeze sure as hell ain't picking it up.
Unfortunately, it's most likely to be adopted by those who need it least, if they're not already on it -- Urban Meyer, for example.
|13 hours 7 min ago||[steps toward some reporters]||
|13 hours 33 min ago||Thank you, thank you||
I'd like to thank the academy. . .
I was actually hoping for that to happen with my Tecmo Super Bowl avatar, though. . . I just watched the Doc Brown presser and thought his Jourdan Lewis impression was hilarious so I 'shopped it on a whim.
|16 hours 52 min ago||Point taken||
I could've put that in as nuance #6, but honestly, I think betting against QB play this season is a bad bet. People are forgetting just how little time Harbaugh had to de-program Capt. Checkdown, and how long Rudock sucked. Even if we assume that Speight << Florida Rudock, and O'Korn is on the same level because there's supposedly a QB competition, Harbaugh's had a lot more time to get Speight, O'Korn and even Morris into shape. We may not see anyone shredding elite pass defenses like Florida Rudock at any point in the season, but if they're comparable to UNLV Rudock (50% DSR) without the "I finished reading the playbook three weeks ago" mistakes then that'll carry the offense when he's got so many legit weapons to throw at.
|17 hours 8 min ago||Um, Rudock initially was a newt||
He got better. MUCH better. But I think it's easy to forget when he first arrived he was anywhere but on the same wavelength as Chesson and was throwing a lot of picks (even if two were Perry's fault). The coaches had to simplify the game to the point that defenses could key on the small part of the field he worked, which created its own problems.
For about half the season, excepting Northwestern when the team freakishly fired on all cylinders, Rudock's DSRs were 50, 63, 50, 50, 55. Not the worst in the world, but very pedestrian. Much of it wasn't his fault; he only had fall camp to absorb Harbaugh's playbook. And holy hot damn, did he take off once he figured it out.
He may well be the best transfer for half a season, though. He started out with a 5/6 TD/INT (against the likes of Oregon State, UNLV and Maryland no less) but over the last six games he was 15/3 against some of the toughest pass Ds we faced last season.
|1 day 2 hours ago||Also, trust||
Third-down backs are often not guys with high upside so much as high floor. You don't need to have "flashes" of elite blocking ability, ankle-breaking routes or playmaking quickness. But you damn well better be able to consistently pick up the dangerman, catch the damng ball when it's thrown and make the right decision when the blocking goes awry. A third-down back doesn't move the chains with raw talent but with extremely steady play.
IIRC before RB became a complete commodity position, a fair number of marginal talents made decent NFL careers out of the third-down back by just practicing the hell out of everything until they earned coaches' trust because the superstar's pass blocking or hands or whatever couldn't be trusted on 3rd and medium. Smith definitely has that trust; that he's actually dang good at those things is a bonus.
|1 day 2 hours ago||% of plays will be about even||
I wouldn't even be surprised if we look run-heavy on paper, because that's what we'll do when we put away teams like Hawaii or UCF.
But against Penn State or Wisconsin, I think we'll run to keep defenses honest, but regardless of percentage of plays, the yards and points will be won with the passing game. It's less about % of plays and more about who's taking pressure off whom. Harbaugh prefers the run game to get results on its own and then use playmaking TEs as haymakers, but to start it'll be the receivers spreading the field to take pressure off the O-line.
TBH, we more or less did that last season. Against Oregon State we had 29 pass plays to 45 rushes because that game was over in the 2nd quarter. Against Indiana, Rudock threw 46 times while the tailbacks had 21 carries combined.
|1 day 2 hours ago||Speight||
Yep, I think that MSU will be the game where the offense's true identity will be decided for the rest of the season. Will the run game progress enough to stand on its own, or will Harbaugh go back to leaning on Chesson and Butt? We'll run up the gut against Hawaii but even if we finish that game with 50 tailback rushes I won't back off from my "pass first" prediction in the sense that that's where Harbaugh thinks the points will come from when the going gets tough. PSU and Wisconsin will tell us more.
As for Speight, since his meh debut he's had the bowl practices, Spring ball and now Fall camp, all under Harbaugh's wing. If he hasn't improved significantly then either Harbaugh's record as a QB coach up to now has been a complete fluke, or there really isn't a QB controversy at all and we should be talking about O'Korn. They looked comparable during the Spring game though.
|1 day 8 hours ago||Guilty as charged||
When I'm doing "serious" writing, after I clean up typos and errors and such, I'll often have to make a pass to remove overuse of emphasis. I was running out of time though, so a more prototypical version got published. A little embarrassing but MGoBlog is more substance > style anyway.
|1 day 9 hours ago||We tried||
We showed that look in the Utah game and -- to their credit -- quickly went to screens and such when they blowed it up while riding the nuclear-powered icebreaker. But yeah, as others have noted I kind of buried the lede; for at least the last third of the season and possibly before we were a pass-first offense. In fact that's a lot of what I'm basing this prediction on. As an aside, I could be wrong but I thought we were using the FBs extensively before Rudock was shredding pass defenses.
But I dispute that we're going back to the run, at least initially. That's kind of the default mindset but I don't think it's a given this O-line will improve significantly and we'll miss Kerridge/Houma. The pass blocking won't improve much because it's good. The run game may improve, sure, but it could improve quite a bit and still not be as good as what we have in the passing game. I don't know how Speight's ceiling compares to Rudock's, but Rudock took a while because he didn't arrive until fall camp and it showed as he struggled with timing and communication. Speight's floor won't have those problems, at least. Harbaugh will eventually realize his dream of a downhill running team, but he's not going to use high draft picks as decoys when they're legit scoring threats.
|1 day 10 hours ago||How it really went down||
HARBAUGH: You see a well groomed garden. In the middle, on a small hill, you see a forklift.
|1 day 10 hours ago||Nah||
Music. Glasgow on guitar, Wormley on the drums, and Gary's that smooth voice that has the ladies falling like dominoes.
/ needs more cowbell
|1 day 11 hours ago||He's bolded for that reason||
I didn't forget his play as a TE last season; he's a pass game asset. That's one more blocky/CATCHY type when we're already loaded with blocky/CATCHY types. He might play closer to the line than a pure FB this season, but in what context I won't try to predict.
|1 day 11 hours ago||I doubt the coaches are concerned||
Don't they actually encourage their recruits to go through the recruiting process even after they've committed? They want players to be comfortable with their decisions, and don't act in the least bit worried if kids take officials elsewhere.
'18 commits have a lot of 'crootin left. If Harbaugh wants 'em then this is far from over. If they've been given the cold shoulder then the earlier the better. I don't really see anyone winding up worse off in the long run as far as '18 recruiting goes.
|1 day 11 hours ago||Yeah||
When Smith got dinged up around the time Rudock came on, the run and pass games underwent role reversal. I think we also saw the heaviest used of FB dive in that transition phase because -- for a couple weeks anyway -- Smith was already hurt when Rudock wasn't quite in his final form. It did throw off defenses, but in hindsight the FBs were in the best shape. Harbaugh constantly adjusted the offense to fit the personnel, even as the personnel changed.
Poor Florida; whatever they were going through, they got the evolved neo-Rudock and cyber-Chesson, a healthy Smith and the FBs' swan songs all at once.
|1 day 12 hours ago||Unpredictability + one-back||
We can count on unpredictability but showing a one-back set won't throw off defenses for very long. More like, what the hell are you going to do? Chesson and Butt are first-round draft picks, Perry is Dileo 2.0, Darboh is Avant 2.0, Peppers is a playmaker, Smith is an excellent 3rd down back, Isaac and Johnson can also catch, Ways is getting hype and now there's even noise of Lewis joining in the offense. When it comes to making the defense go "I quit", the ceiling isn't running Power O with this squad, at least based on what we know today.
Consider if we ran four-verts with some combination of Chesson, Darboh, Butt, Lewis and Peppers with O'Korn running zone read. That doesn't look very Stanfordized but Harbaugh has gone four-wide at times with Luck and we got the peeps to run that today.
|1 day 12 hours ago||Well, he IS a jackhammer||
I like that way of putting it.
Houma/Kerridge > Poggi/Hill but not to the extent that we can't do the same things as last year. This is more about how much better the passing game looks today compared to the start of last season when he couldn't rely on Perry running a route properly or Chesson adjusting to a deep ball. Those issues are long fixed. If we need to convert a 3rd down, it's can Kalis or Poggi target the right guy or can Chesson be covered at all. Which one sounds more like a sure thing?
Also, Smith wasn't moved to FB in hindsight because there was no need. Our FBs were more than up to the task last season. And hey, Poggi and Hill might be too. But in the event they're not, an Isaac/Smith backfield looks compelling.
This could also be a theory as to why Speight is ahead; if Harbaugh's channeling his inner WCO based on the personnel, Speight is the better fit at least in the short term.
|5 days 3 hours ago||Damage is done||
Michigan State is going to get crushed unless something truly shocking happens, and OSU is basically a new team. These programs were very upperclassman-heavy last season and it stung that they got a super-fluke play and a DJ Derpin' beatdown as their send-offs to the NFL.
My point is that my time for disappointment is past. Already done that. MSU and OSU graduated classes that will brag about how they dominated UM for the rest of their goddamn fucking lives. Can't do anything about it now though. I gotta get over that disappointment.
But these newbies coming in, we'll get our chances to tan their hides. It'll be disappointing if we lose because A) losing and B) rivals, but I wouldn't compare it to the Horror.
|5 days 15 hours ago||Working on a modern tabletop RPG||
Doing research on various weapons, from bolas to vehicle weapons. One of the biggest challenges to making an enjoyable system is to combine as many exciting elements you might find in fact or fiction with game balance and survivability. So I'm not quite sure what to do about this:
That's a lot of bang. Good luck, me.
/ I think I'm gonna have to go with "some things will just kill you"
|5 days 17 hours ago||Good idea on paper but||
The hook-and-ladder isn't run enough for defenses to expect it, which is why the pitch can be clean. But if you run it with any sort of regularity, defenses might play the pitch. That does open up the screen. . . but now you're asking for a fumble. At least with the triple option the pitch is an option, and with a (modern) fly sweep, if the guy drops it it's an incomplete pass. I suppose the pitch is an option as far as the DE is concerned, but it's done while turned away from the LoS -- a fast SAM or safety can wreak havoc on it. Again, that vacates another part of the field, but I doubt most OCs will risk a fumble-TD for an extra 15 yards.
|6 days 3 hours ago||Don't conflate recruiting with what we want||
From a recruiting standpoint we don't have to beat OSU; we just can't get walked all over like last season. The 2013 loss to OSU didn't have any recruiting impact. Losing by 1 point to a top-5 team doesn't damage your cred. It was only when 2014 was such a very obviously bad team that recruits left in droves. I mean, did anyone rush to commit after we won the Northwestern sludgefest? Some HS football recruits can be pretty dumb because they're high schoolers FFS, but they do know football, and the difference between a competitive loss to a powerhouse and being slightly less worse than an awful team.
Recruiting isn't riding on beating OSU. We need to beat OSU because everyone's tired of losing.
|6 days 3 hours ago||Hatter||
Enough already. You shouldn't be making jokes about what we can't do until we beat OSU and MSU, until we beat OSU and MSU.
/ do as I say, not as I do
|6 days 10 hours ago||Don't fall down from your high horse, Ohio State||
You lost most of your starters to the NFL but you'd better still be standing on top of your mountain come November, because I want our boys to climb up from where they've been to meet you there.
|6 days 10 hours ago||He's in college||
I'm mildly surprised at how rarely f-bombs wind up in presser transcripts.
I'm more surprised at, wow, he actually put some real thought into his tattoo. With a lot of tattoos you can pretty much see how thought was NOT involved in the process.
|6 days 11 hours ago||Oh Eric||
After everyone else worked so hard to convince us Michigan's going to roll out a vanilla four-man rush? Tsk, tsk. Loose lips sink ships, Eric. Back in the submarine with you.
|6 days 12 hours ago||[email protected] was clever||
Crossing the pond is just something you gotta do as a Rainbow Warrior. But if you negotiate a "neutral site" on close to the opposite side of the planet as your opponent. . . they've created an advantage for themselves against Cal. Both will be sluggish, but at least Hawaii's used to it, and will have less of a time zone difference. They could take that one.
But yeah, I'm NOT looking forward to the opener. I love footbaw but this won't be footbaw. It'll be more like watching an autopsy performed on someone who's still alive. We could see walk-ons Not Named Glasgow in the 2nd quarter.