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|5 hours 29 min ago||Eesh||
Good omen, but statistically speaking, that's having way too much fun with small sample sizes.
|6 hours 6 min ago||what?||
You'd think that Wolverine would slide hands first. . .
|7 hours 47 min ago||OK||
Who's been messing with Brian's medicine?
I want to be shown how it's done.
|9 hours 35 min ago||Difference being||
Someone who needs technique is a question mark, but few HS linemen have good technique (why bother when they can just plow through everyone) so if that dinged him then there'd be no 4- or 5-star linemen prospects, ever.
Physical development can address any issues with frame or strength, it's just a redshirt and a good S&C coach away from fixing. Not that there are guarantees here either, but generally programs are confident they can get players into college form if they have the frame to carry the weight.
I think the buzz is due to the fact that he's quick for his size. If someone isn't naturally quick, it's really hard to predict if S&C will change that, especially with HS linemen who often have to gain weight. For someone to be overweight and quick, that means they can get him into playing weight and he's only be faster.
|9 hours 46 min ago||Not likely||
Size usually correlates negatively with endurance. 250 is about as big as two-way players get in the modern era while remaining effective. Physics eventually says "nuh-uh".
HOWEVA, he's a classic Harbaugh recruit in terms of versatility -- recruit the athlete, sort out the roles later.
|9 hours 52 min ago||"Dominate M"?||
I'm guessing there's a green-and-white version selling in East Lansing?
I mean, I get the point, but damn, sometimes designers need a brush-up course in irony.
|13 hours 25 min ago||365||
My main concern is injury risk; speeding up 365 can be done if you're a monster like this guy, but slowing down or changing direction physics says I want my pound of flesh I choose your ACL.
|13 hours 49 min ago||I love our pitching,||
I love our pitching, especially when it is dominant.
|1 day 7 hours ago||Hi||
Meet new boss, same as old boss.
|2 days 57 min ago||I can relate||
I don't live in A2 so unfortunately I can't partake in these festivities but I had a similar experience in HS. Our boys' basketball team was drawing all the attention with talent, expectations & a good coach. To call the girls' team an "afterthought" would've been flattery. But the starting PG on the boys' team had a leetle sister, and she practiced against. . . the starting PG of the talented boys' team. Against local girls' talent, she was impossible to stop. She wasn't a great shooter, but there wasn't a defense in the region that could keep her from running the offense. And our center? Undersized at 5'10", but she was a fierce lady, and she would out-muscle girls 2-3" taller than her for rebounds. Watched by a small pep band about 2 dozen strong, the JV cheerleaders and about a hundred parents & fans, they quietly won games. They made the regionals. They kept winning, and made the state tourney.
During the run the team, the cheerleaders, the band and the crowd were the closest-knit sporting experience I'd ever enjoyed in my life. Everyone went to watch the boys' run, so the only ones who watched the girls wanted to be there. No miracle ending, unfortunately. In the state tourney they faced bigger, quicker teams and exited in back-to-back losses, but I was proud of their effort. Other sports moments were more exciting -- some games I've played in, or watching the '97 football team as a student. But those games meant more to me, as a person, than watching the greater achievements of athletes I've never interacted with. I envy M's softball fans. They're getting the best of both worlds.
|2 days 7 hours ago||James Light Football's||
Notes on Baxter:
Hmmm. . .
|5 days 5 hours ago||Which WRs?||
Our starters have a lot to prove. Our young guys have a lot to prove. Our current WRs just haven't done very much like Gallon, and none are athletic outliers like Funchess. I'm not ready to say any of them have a future of playing Sundays yet.
|1 week 2 hours ago||Uh. . .||
Well, I was born in the USA; does that count?
|1 week 5 hours ago||Nah||
This is more like being approved for fire insurance after buying a new home, having watched the last one burn to the ground. A huge relief that it happened, that's it.
Not to put Gardner in a bad light; he was probably the most badly mis-coached QB I've ever seen. Case in point: Bellomy and Morris were even less prepared. It would've been nice to have hired Harbaugh the first time around, just to see what could've been. Sigh. . .
|1 week 5 hours ago||No surprises||
The insight we're looking for is if there's something here for Harbaugh to coach up. Unfortunately, it's tough to tell. What we ARE seeing is that Iowa's offense is a lot like Michigan's, so at least he'll be working in familiar conditions.
|1 week 6 hours ago||Long arm of Wisconsin||
If Wiscy expected something, OK, but I think blitzing in a game you're not scheduled to play in should be a violation, if it isn't already.
|1 week 1 day ago||3rd guard||
At the same time, he's not there to fill minutes, which is what I dislike about the "rotation" label. I mean, it's accurate in that Beilein does use short rotations, but he's no longer a reserve. Beilein puts him out there not just to spell starters, but also to calm the team down (for lack of a better way to phrase it). For all his creativity he's not a consistent creator, but he's an excellent ball-handler so when he's bringing the ball up the court the team can reliably get into their offense. We've had chronic youth issues so even early this season (IIRC before injuries shredded the roster) he saw a lot of playing time when opposing defenses tried to fluster our young guards.
|1 week 1 day ago||The Zone Merchant||
I'm assuming the Count did his homework, but does Auburn use a lot of zone?
|1 week 5 days ago||Tevaun Smith?||
You mean Tevaun? Small sample size is small, but I think Darboh is better. He's just not a "threat", at least not at this point unless he's making huge strides in practice. He didn't look like a #1 receiver during the spring game but I'm not sure how much to chalk that up to the regime/QB change.
|1 week 5 days ago||This||
Our WRs are not very good. They're not as bad as Iowa's, but the problems are similar -- they can't get separation, their routes are bad, they drop a lot of passes and their decision-making is iffy. I like Darboh's character and Chesson is a huge asset in the run game but unless a light turns on in someone's head in the next three months, passing yards will be hard to come by.
|1 week 5 days ago||Kind of hard to UFR that.||
Kind of hard to UFR that. "TA", maybe.
|1 week 5 days ago||Here, lemme help||
Whether or not Rudock starts, every gameday you are one day closer to death.
|1 week 5 days ago||YMRMFSPA||
|1 week 5 days ago||I'm responding to imafreak1's||
I'm responding to imafreak1's comment at face value. I wasn't following RichRod's teams particularly closely because I had other things going on at the time (note the date I created my MGoBlog account). So if we argue about why things were done during the RichRod years, I'm gonna lose. I do appreciate that everyone's seeing the forest from the trees, though. My focus is more on Borges than anyone else.
|1 week 5 days ago||Eeehhhhhh, errrmmm||
Kiiiind of. It's apt, but I'm not comfortable with this analogy because the contexts are so different and beyond the scope of this site.
While the principle is the same, I'm more comfortable comparing it to learning a piece of music vs. learning music. Anyone can master a particular piece on the piano if they just rep it enough. Musicians, however, are drilled scales and arpeggios as well as taught concepts like tempo, dynamics, key, transposing, etc. At first glance it's very inefficient and causes intense "paralysis by analysis", but over time, a conceptual understanding gives one the ability to make seamless adjustments, improvise, and pick up new songs at a pace simple repping can't keep up with.
|1 week 5 days ago||If that's the case||
Then credit to Borges, because simplifying the read made the option viable. Again, there are perfectly legitimate reasons to go with the "tell, not teach" approach, and this is one of them. RichRod tried to teach Denard the zone read for two years and had to ditch it. Borges got it back by making it a process instead of a concept.
But the downside to something like this is precisely what happened in the Nebraska game (and hence) -- a process will eventually be reverse-engineered, especially at a heavily scrutinized program like Michigan. Borges had to keep tweaking but he could never stay ahead; there are too many permutations to drill. Concepts is how you compress the permutations. If the players understand what needs to be done, then are drilled on technique, in games you don't have to tell them what to do.
I think Borges wanted to simplify the game as much as possible for the players, do all the thinking so they could just run the plays. That has dramatic short-term advantages but it's unsustainable. In that light, I think Borges' resume makes a lot of sense.
|1 week 5 days ago||Got me there||
OK, that's a point. RRod had guns pointed at his head from the day he arrived, but there were plenty of things those guns were NOT telling him to do that he did anyway, that got him fired. Running a 2-gap 3-3-5 with a DC who didn't know how was one of them.
Again, I don't think RichRod's issues were insurmountable. Tough, yes. Unfair, yes. But to me, the mystery is why everyone involved who remember, WANTED TO WIN was sabotaging the team. RichRod's stubbornness in meddling with the defense. Carr, Freep, etc.
In all, I really just think generations of success had bred a critical mass of arrogance within the program and without. Everyone took success for granted and wanted success MY WAY, and in the process had to learn that success must be earned. It's unfortunate that RichRod had to be in the middle of it, but the misadventures with the defense shows he had some learning to do himself.
|1 week 6 days ago||Thank you||
I'm putting forward something I neither can prove nor necessarily feel should be proven, given Hoke's gone anyway. But if it provoked thought, that's the best I could've hoped for.
While I had to cut down my post for length, one other reason why I came up with the "teller not teacher" theory is indeed how they kept going on about the "good practices". I believe them. I believe the players executed every practice according to the coaches' expecatations. It just didn't translate to the games because opposing defenses would make adjustments they didn't expect. When what they were told required defender 1 to be in gap C etc., and that didn't happen, they'd run around wondering what to do.
If you teach the concepts, which is admittedly much tougher and takes longer, the players develop the ability to make adjustments on their own. The defense was coached much better in that regard, but I think that's because Mattison and Hoke -- who can coach D-line very well -- had the capacity and mentality to develop the defense into players who knew what they were doing. I feel this is what Nuss envisioned, but he only had like six months to unravel 2-3 years of "telling" and he lacked Borges' knack for scheming out of trouble.
FYI, I think Borges was the "teller". Hoke's a teacher but was too focused on D-line instead of being an HC, Mattison was a teacher, Nuss was a teacher but didn't have enough time. Borges being a "teller" explains why he's great with experienced units but can't develop an offense.
|1 week 6 days ago||Denard did fine||
Denard did fine when he had the ball. The 21 (!!!) minuses he got were racked up in large part because he kept handing off to Fitz at inopportune times. I theorize Nebraska had reverse-engineered Borges' "give if the edge isn't clean" read and used an EMLOS defender to get the ball out of Denard's hands while the DE went right after Fitz. A bunch of other factors put the game out of hand, but that particular strategy worked.
Basically, Borges coached Denard like he was an idiot.
|1 week 6 days ago||?||
I think the story was more straightforward there, and well-chronicled on MGoBlog. RichRod didn't get the DC he wanted, found a 1-gap DC but insisted he run a 2-gap scheme, never righted the ship. The mystery was outside Schembechler Hall -- while I don't agree that RichRod's problems were insurmountable, why bring in a guy and then make his job harder than it needed to be? It's easy to take sides but what's baffling is that no one involved on any level was against the idea of success.
Hoke's offenses were much more mysterious because they vastly underperformed. They had talent, they had past success (Borges at Auburn & SDSU, Nuss at Alabama). . . It was easy to pick apart the details but everyone struggled to make sense of the big picture.