this week in unintentionally grim-sounding recruiting headlines
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|7 hours 3 min ago||Harbaugh||
Hiring JH may not have been a tough "decision," but the accomplishment was getting him to take the job when he could have easily opted for several open NFL gigs.
|10 hours 39 min ago||Greeks||
I thought Athens and Sparta were rival city-states. So I am confused how an Athenian thing could be a Spartan thing.
|18 hours 47 min ago||Bummer||
Thanks for the hard work and excitement, Dennis Norfleet. Best of luck at Tuskegee.
|19 hours 5 min ago||BGS?||
Things may have changed since I was in school, but wouldn't a Bachelor of General Studies have been an alternative?
|1 day 19 hours ago||Blogs||
Wait--who is "making this blog worse?" I'm confused.
|4 days 13 hours ago||Running Backs||
Thanks for the effort, OP. Unfortunately I don't think the stats on the RBs are very meaningful.
Based on the eye-test, I personally think Drake looked the best of the guys we had last season and would expect him to be ahead of Smith and Green this fall if his knee is healthy enough. Smith is really slow, but still a useful between-the-tackles runner. As for Green, I'm worried about his bust potential at this point; if he doesn't stop going down on first contact and start punishing tacklers, I don't see much of a role for him.
Mgovideo has a clip with all of Ty Isaac's runs from his freshman year at USC. It's mostly him tearing up Cal, but he did look pretty good doing it. He's essentially a junior now, so he should also be much stronger and a more complete player than he was on this film. Especially with his abilities in the passing game, I think think there's a good shot Isaac begins 2015 as the #1 back--especially if Johnson isn't 100%.
|4 days 16 hours ago||Praying||
Won't work. God wants the 49ers to lose so he can enjoy more Jed York schadenfreude.
|4 days 16 hours ago||Ford||
WCF may be a terrible owner, but at least he doesn't embarrass himself in public on a weekly basis.
|5 days 17 hours ago||Blackshirts||
Yeah. But part of what made the blackshirts thing cool was that the team never actually wore, you know, black shirts.
Plus, part of it was that you had to earn your black shirt. Now the whole team gets them, earned or not. And the offense gets to wear them too, I presume.
|5 days 17 hours ago||Louisville||
They don't have Charlie Strong anymore, but they do have Bobby Petrino.
|5 days 18 hours ago||Denard||
Because Denard costs $16 and you only have $15 to work with.
|1 week 13 hours ago||Phrasing||
You're right, I could have done much better.
What I most expect Harbaugh to do is take what was a flaccid, impotent team under Hoke and transform them into a virile, penetrating unit--rigid in temperment, if supple in their approach.
|1 week 17 hours ago||Harbaugh's impact||
The main thing I am expecting Harbaugh will do, though, is take what was basically a soft team under Hoke and make them hard. Other B1G coaches have done that in a single off-season. John L Smith's MSU team was all bitches in 2006; Dantonio came in, and suddenly they were a hard-nosed team in 2007. Tressel's 2001 team wasn't very good, but played much harder and nastier than the John Cooper teams that preceded it. Gary Barnett, Barry Alvarez, and Kirk Ferentz also came into emasculated programs and immediately made them more vigorous, even if it may have taken a while for that to translate into wins on the field.
I am not convinced M has enough talent at the skill positions or DE to win the B1G this season, but I do think we'll see much tougher, more puissant squad emerge from the tunnel in game one. I think a single offseason is enough to instill that mentality.
|1 week 17 hours ago||Excellent||
I have been waiting for an opportunity to use my SSI decoder wheel again.
|1 week 18 hours ago||Amazon||
Heading there now...
|1 week 5 days ago||I don't think Morris is all||
I don't think Morris is all that talented. He does have a strong arm and some decent straight-line speed for a pro-style QB. But accuracy is far more recent important than arm strength, and Morris isn't accurate. He hasn't shown any kind of advanced pocket presence or decision-making ability. If Morris had come in as a three-star recruit instead a guy on the four-five star borderline, I doubt so many people would be making all these excuses for him or expecting sudden and dramatic improvement.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||Seattle||
Some time in 2016, the new Montlake light rail stop will be opening. That will provide a direct light-rail line from SeaTac Airport, through the southern half of the city, through downtown, then up through Capitol Hill and then to Husky Stadium. Should make game days a lot easier.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||"Harbaugh should have fired||
"Harbaugh should have fired Roman years ago. But Harbaugh was loyal, so they went down together."
|3 weeks 2 days ago||Well, I don't know who your||
Well, I don't know who your friends are. But most football fans are prone to becoming frustrated when their offense is struggling and saying stupid things, like that their QB sucks and ought to be replaced by whoever the backup is. Sometimes that is fortuitously true. There has been pretty in-depth analysis on this site, however, which has shown that Rudock is an okay QB who has been victimized by lousy pass protection, poor WRs, and questionable play-calling. Also, Iowa > Ohio
|3 weeks 2 days ago||Grammar||
And I will just add here that starting a sentence with a conjunction often helps produce tighter, punchier prose.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||Gloves||
Why is he putting on gloves to do the dishes when he's still in the car?
|3 weeks 2 days ago||Fair enough. But I was||
Fair enough. But I was hoping to see a big leap forward from him this spring; there was maybe a little hop. Morris could still put it together this fall and I hope he does, but I'd be pleasantly surprised if he can just become a capable backup to Rudock. Barring injury, I frankly don't see any realistic way Morris wins the starting job.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||Rudock||
Wow. Hard to believe Ferentz got buffaloed like that by a mediocre QB. Like Mr. York, I guess we can add Ferentz to our list of people to "thank" for poor managerial decisions that rebounded to M's benefit.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||(No subject)||
|3 weeks 3 days ago||If Gentry can help us now,||
If Gentry can help us now, then he should play. You have to figure that M will be loaded with options by the time Gentry would be a fifth-year senior anyway.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||Whenever I see Morris play, I||
Whenever I see Morris play, I feel like he just doesn't have that "it" factor that successful quarterbacks have. Strong arm? Yes. Accuracy? Getting better. Running ability? Some. Leadership? Sure. But he just hasn't shown that he can make things happen on the field. I hope he finds it, but I'm pretty doubtful at this point--especially after his rough showing in the spring game.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||What do you mean? The way||
What do you mean? The way this works is, after massive recruiting violations are discovered (er, acknowledged) at Ole Miss, the NCAA will punish the ever-loving daylights out of Louisiana-Monroe.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||I think the performance of||
I think the performance of M's defense will go a long way toward determining how much Rudock is asked to do this season. If the defense is stifling people and forcing turnovers, then M will probably only need the offense to control the ball and convert short fields in order to win games. If the defense winds up being more like the "good, not great" units we've had the past couple seasons, then Rudock will probably have to create more and could lead to both more yards and more INTs.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||Gardner is 6'5" and has a||
Gardner is 6'5" and has a strong, accurate arm. He could have been a good pocket passer, IMO. But no pocket passer can be successful when they are constantly under pressure and have no running game.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||Gardner probably WOULD have||
Gardner probably WOULD have posted Heisman-level production, if the line had been able to protect him and he'd had any kind of consistent running game. That remains my belief, anyway.