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|1 hour 45 min ago||Nah||
This isn't the year of infinite pain. That already happened.
This year has had plenty of pain, but a different term is warranted for the smorgasborg of negative emotions in this one. Pain, frustration, anger, embarrassment. . . it even blurs into apathy and bemusement.
I'd call it the Year of Gonorrhea. It started with an attractive promise, brief bliss, then rapidly descended into embarrassment, scandal and extreme discomfort. Now we're desperate for a cure.
|1 hour 51 min ago||good point||
But even if the players were boobs, I think they'd be fine if we just got rid of the cancer.
|2 hours 42 min ago||Fabulous||
So we'll lose AND look tacky doing it, in the wrong month to boot.
We're kind of reaching the point where Hollywood writers are reviewing this season for comedic material.
|1 day 25 min ago||Is he in the (coaching) Matrix?||
-2 for ethics (alternate jerseys)
|1 day 27 min ago||learn your Latin||
blogus. I'm kidding. I know Latin like I know next month's weather.
Or logbay, but that joke might be too old for some whippersnappers 'round here.
|1 day 1 hour ago||OK then||
I'm going off Brian's lead but if you live there I'll back off.
|1 day 1 hour ago||Well||
OK I'm exaggerating. My point is, he's getting phenomenal results given what he's got to work with. Frankly I think Stitt would make a great assistant, but HC? It's one thing to win any football games at all at CSM, but it's entirely another to make the most of four-star talent. Now, that fly sweep tweak was genius, but the biggest question mark with Stitt is how well he can scale his program to the sort of resource mountain that is Michigan. Hoke obviously had problems with it and Stitt's challenge is even more immense.
|1 day 1 hour ago||See?||
|1 day 1 hour ago||Easy||
What Stitt had to work with. His players are engineers FIRST, and they're tearing up the league.
Anyone who can do that, even at the D2 level, is a coaching god.
|1 day 1 hour ago||It can also mean he wants an||
It can also mean he wants an overpaid waterboy.
|1 day 2 hours ago||So what||
yeah, it's just two downvotes around here and I get that without trying.
|1 day 2 hours ago||Um||
I'd happily hire an ex-kicker for AD if the guy was competent.
DB's problem isn't his past life; his problem is that he's clinically insane.
|1 day 2 hours ago||Yes||
Free "beer". . . at the same quality Domino's made "pizza".
|1 day 3 hours ago||Oh STFU Brandon||
You could be on the Free Beer for Everyone Party and I'd vote to hang you if that was on a ballot.
|1 day 7 hours ago||Eh||
He's probably delusional. Narcissists tend to have their own version of reality, considering their own version of themselves isn't realistic.
|1 day 7 hours ago||It's not bad, in a way||
When things are THIS terrible, it makes it easier to tear the whole thing down.
Kinda-sorta disasters are the worst because that's when assholes tend to shove all the mess onto people who had the least to do with the situation, in an effort to keep their post and do nothing.
|1 day 19 hours ago||Eh||
I'll believe it when I see it. Any rational being would fire Hoke but Michigan these days has been the furthest example from rational in all of sports.
You're asking me if the people running Michigan are smarter than elementary school children. We now know the AD himself is sending e-mails only a grade-schooler would be dumb enough to send, so that doesn't feel like a safe bet.
|1 day 19 hours ago||If only||
Our QBs are getting outplayed by third string true freshmen. They couldn't do anything against us but you know what App. State's QBs had going for them?
They didn't throw interceptions.
|2 days 4 hours ago||That's the thing||
He's been at Alabama; he's seen championship football (well technically so has Hoke but it was a different game in the 90s). His contributions may be overstated but he knows what a top-five program looks like. I think he knew what he was getting into when he took the job, but he's consistently spoken in vagaries about how far along the team is. What the hell is missing from this team that they can't even do the simple things consistently? When things are this bad, lack of transparency doesn't help.
Of all the people on the coaching staff, Nuss is the most intriguing because he has the least amount of ownership in this trainwreck of a team, yet the offense isn't just behind; it's a disaster. This team has more turnovers than a bakery.
|2 days 7 hours ago||Point taken||
Scanning the comments here, some aren't particularly substantive, so yeah, I see your point. I apologize for losing my cool.
I empathize, but I can't really get as worked up about it though; the vitriol here is pretty tame compared to other places, and taking heat just comes with the territory of a coaching job. Not that it's right, but I mean the most-loved coach on the planet will get trolls crawling out from cracks and crannies on the day after an undefeated season. It never completely stops, it just increases when someone's struggling.
And as for Hoke, I point his failings more to hubris than him being "just not good enough". That may be a bit of a quibble, and it's speculation on my part, but in its own way it's giving Hoke credit. I mean he probably COULD succeed as head coach of Michigan if he was willing to admit FOR A DAMN MOMENT that his methods are not infallible and if he was willing to embrace having to learn the game all over again with gusto, he might emerge as bona fide HC material. But if you read his presser answers you can see his unwillingness to change, his stubborn adherence to archaic minutae, and belief that the only thing his methods need is time. These are human failings, and fixable ones, as opposed to Hoke merely hitting the limit of his talents, which is why I'm much less sympathetic. He may not learn it here, and maybe he'll never learn it at all, but for what it's worth, I'm harsh because I think Hoke is a better man than where he's at right now -- like Derrick Green before he lost 20 pounds.
|2 days 17 hours ago||Oh, geez||
He's a big boy being paid more money this year than I'll ever see in my life. He'd better be able to take it.
And for what it's worth, who gives a shit that he's finished. Before I left my engineering career, I pulled an all-nighter leading up to my last day of the job. And stayed late. I didn't do it for my manager, who was an emotionally abusive and irresponsible asshole who stood to gain the most from the effort. I didn't do it out of principle. I did it to put my teammates in the best possible position even though I had absolutely nothing to gain from it.
Hoke is still the coach. He'd better man up because he OWES it to the players, and I'm gonna hold him accountable for every pathetic failing until his very last day. That's being a goddamn professional and an adult. Being the football coach at Michigan is not a personal hobby.
|2 days 23 hours ago||Agreed||
We're on the same page. But I had to speak up because I see way to much "doer" crap these days which is equated to "be an asshole". I see people worshipping sociopaths and screamers and thinking positive thoughts like "that guy gets it done!" instead of "that person is insane". Nothing against you, just a personal peeve of mine.
I think Hoke is putting in his best effort but mostly by just doing the things he's always been doing when he needs to adopt a more self-critical approach. I feel the biggest misunderstanding in modern U.S. culture is the notion of mutual exclusivity between criticism and confidence. Tom Brady, to name one favorite Wolverine, just oozes confidence. The dude thinks he's best, knows he's best and went into Lloyd Carr's office to tell his coach he's going to show him he's the best. But he did so by being extremely critical of himself. The guy is a goddamn perfectionist and always thinking one step ahead. Hoke talks about "we have to coach better" but it just doesn't feel like there's any plan behind that platitude. Coach what, Hoke?
I was a huge believer in Devin Gardner and think he'd been dealt a bad hand, but I think his problems reflect Hoke's -- they're both hard workers but their approach reminds me of the MLB teams looking for "five tool" players and focusing on batting average back when Beane was tearing up the league with Moneyball tactics (until everyone else caught on). Best-in-country talent that gets destroyed by the league's cast-offs because they're being developed like it's 1980. Youth is not this team's problem.
|2 days 23 hours ago||Wow||
Classy decommit. At his age, after the MSU debacle, I would've choked on my own foot.
|3 days 47 min ago||Meh||
Anyone can have a "killer" mindset. I've had my fill of bosses whose only way of approaching problems is emotional abuse. That doesn't solve shit. In that sense I'm actually GLAD Hoke isn't demanding his players work themselves to death (well except to keep them in blowouts until they get injured but you'd think the "killer mindset" crowd would be all for that). I'm glad we're not oversigning. I'm glad I went to a school that actually cares about academics and were I superhuman I would happily burn the Big House down if we EVER get the point where we're like a Penn State or Alabama and put football games before basic human decency. Frankly we have enough scandals as it is.
But that isn't to say we can't keep our priorities straight and have success -- or at least something better than mediocrity. Hoke in this sense is completely in over his head. From what I've seen his practices are inefficient, the priorities are screwed up, he sticks to archaic methods in the flying face of reams of stastical evidence to the contrary, he's too loyal to incompetent coaches, he doesn't run a tight ship except to train his players on Ft. Schembechler PR (we'll embarrass ourselves with our antics but by gods we won't talk about it to the press).
I think his success at smaller schools was genuine, but in hindsight it seems he's perfectly suited for rehabilitating programs with nothing to lose, where he can do his thing and the team isn't on everyone's radar. He's too hands-on in areas where he should delegate and delegates where he should assert full control. He kind of strikes me as a likeable if hubris-addled small business owner suddenly in the position of running a major nationwide, publicly owned corporation under high media scrutiny. It's the position he dreamed about but never prepared for. Having immense resources is often a good thing but not if you can't manage them. He can't coach up the D-line while sticking to dinosaur punts and no-headset habits. I like the Heinenger Certainty Principle and frankly he's a damn good D-line coach but FFS running Michigan football isn't a goddamn hobby.
Having a "killer" mindset would do jack squat for a guy who's too busy tweaking the bread recipe when the kitchen's on fire. Everyone likes to focus on the emotional aspect but I think that's the least of our concerns. All we'd get is another red-faced screamer who's still 3-5.
|3 days 23 hours ago||I'm gonna make the most of this||
I wouldn't put much stake in this statement. The stakes were much higher for the game itself. Pounding the stake into the ground was a futile gesture, as the score showed. It's not like Mikey D is gonna stake out Hoke's place after he's just fried his team medium rare like a hot dog.
I think that just about covers it.
|4 days 18 hours ago||Consolation||
I got an epic beatdown that cracked my ribs, crushed my testicles, gave me brain damage and publicly embarrassed me so thorougly my family disowned me and my girl left me for the guy who beat my ass, but at least I landed a punch when I tried to hit back.
|1 week 1 day ago||Quibble||
I think MGoBlog is erroneously sticking to a narrative, or at least missing the point by a smidge. The "doubling down" isn't the issue, per se. Nuss is calling the sorts of plays MGoBlog advocated -- constraints built around an identity. The team can't execute them consistently, which makes the opposing D's job easy. If you look at the bye week in a bubble, getting the offense more reps of the base play considering they're not good at it yet makes perfect sense.
But a preference or identity is only acceptable as far as one can make it work. The offensive system is new, OK, but the coaches have made downright disastrous personnel decisions that are indefensible at any level. We're also getting gashed because they're asking a zone merchant to do press man. We're turning the ball over like crazy. We can't even count to 11. The whole "back to our identity" thing may just be coachspeak so I don't put stock in it, but inside zone isn't the real problem, anyway.
|1 week 1 day ago||No||
I'm OK with the line having trouble picking up stunts because it's their first year of IZ (as long as they keep getting better). I'm OK with Jake Ryan's early season shakes because he's learning a new position (as long as they're corrected). I'm even OK with 3-4 (as long as the new offensive scheme was the sole reason).
Having ten men on the field twice in one season in your fourth year? Making the national news due to sideline miscommunication? Putting the wrong players on the field and ignoring their strengths in favor of asking them to do things they're not suited for? The program has a lot of growing pains I can forgive, but they're also piled on top of comical and even scandalous breakdowns that are unacceptable at ANY college program.
I see your point about "young team new system" but the program's issues go way, way beyond that.
|1 week 1 day ago||No||
His epitaph would read, "He just didn't execute."
|1 week 1 day ago||Conditionally||
Overall I'm on the same wavelength as BiSB, but while I don't see Hoke saving his job either, as AD the future is not for me to prognosticate. I need information, not prediction. BiSB's reply is really kind of a rant (though it's the rant I most strongly agree with).
If I was AD I'd tell him, "In my office, NOW," and have him lay out what the hell plan he's got because his pressers give me no information and from the AD position I'd be privy to what he thinks is going on. (Oh, while we're at it, I'd also roll back like 90% of the crap Brandon has done to alienate the fans.) They say, "You're not at practices," but I sure see the result, and while that's dissatisfying as it is, as AD the same excuse won't fly.
That's one of the things that annoys me about Ft. Schembechler. It works if the team has no scandals and looks functional. There is a facet of intelligence to football and as long as the students are making grades, staying out of trouble and winning on the field, the coach has something to lose by revealing too much. When they're making national news and can't even do the simple things like have 11 men on the field, it's just shirking accountability and their opaqueness has gotten much worse. I'd LOVE to be Hoke's boss for a day, just to really hear what's going on in his smug head. I've worked in emotionally abusive Japanese-style Deming Cycle environments so I will make that guy sweat. Being AD would give me the chance to force Hoke to defend his job directly, no BS, and while I'm not nearly as learned as people here at football, I know the difference between a good plan and a bad one. (Rule 1: If they can't explain their plan, they can't teach it and most likely don't even understand it. Rule 2: If you don't understand something, you can find someone who does. I'd hire Space Coyote as a consultant for a day if needed. There is no situation where a guy can get out of a meeting unscathed because he/she managed to confuse everyone.)
I think it goes without saying Hoke's management of the program is terrible, but if this thought experiment involves taking on a position of responsibility, I wouldn't let my emotions as a fan dictate my approach. But professionally, from an accountability standpoint Hoke's aloofness and incompetence are unacceptable and demand straightforward answers.