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|1 hour 55 min 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
|6 hours 5 min ago||Grammar||
And I will just add here that starting a sentence with a conjunction often helps produce tighter, punchier prose.
|6 hours 43 min ago||Gloves||
Why is he putting on gloves to do the dishes when he's still in the car?
|7 hours 56 min 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.
|16 hours 16 min 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.
|1 day 23 min ago||(No subject)||
|1 day 27 min 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.
|1 day 29 min 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.
|1 day 38 min 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.
|1 day 46 min 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.
|1 day 1 hour 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.
|1 day 1 hour 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.
|2 days 20 hours ago||South Bend is such a dump.||
South Bend is such a dump. If I grew up in California and suddenly found myself there, I'd be looking to transfer out at the earliest opportunity too.
|3 days 1 min ago||Big girls||
Probably needed a third bottle of Mad Dog.
|3 days 5 hours ago||Fedorov||
Based on his production, there's no question his number should be retired. But I thought it was kind of weird when he was courting that teenage Russian tennis star.
|3 days 9 hours ago||Congrats!||
|3 days 9 hours ago||I'll be arriving at DTW from||
I'll be arriving at DTW from Seattle on Friday, driving up to Saginaw to drop off my daughter with her grandparents, then driving back to DTW on Sunday to depart for Portugal. So, "traveling" is gonna have to be my answer here. But hopefully we can get some fireworks in on Saturday.
|4 days 4 hours ago||Pipkins case||
If you say so. But I've read all your comments on this thread, and the general tenor of them seems to be that "M fans are hypocrites because they criticize Saban and Meyer for shady roster management, but have no problem when Harbaugh does it."
Although I think you are probably correct that plenty of M fans would defend Harbaugh even if he did engage in some truly unethical player move, I think you have to wait for such a transgression to occur before you can start calling people hypocrites. In this case, I think the greater weight of the evidence suggests that Pipkins is not healthy enough to play, or at least that JH doesn't believe he is healthy enough to play--which ought to be good enough.
I suppose, ultimately, that I may have kind of a minority viewpoint on these situations because I don't really see anything morally wrong with using medical hardships to clear roster spots from players who have become unproductive due to medical reasons. I agree the *system* (for lack of a better word) could use some improvements (to at least bring transparency, if not better a substantive procedure), but I would tend to clarify the standards and permissible considerations for using a medical hardship and require some level of independent verification rather than expand the opportunity for injured players to remain on active rosters.
|4 days 6 hours ago||According to Harbaugh, and||
According to Harbaugh, and evidently other members of the football staff, Pipkins is NOT healthy enough to continue playing. You seem intent on finding some wrongdoing by Harbaugh in this situation so that you can prove your non-homerness. But seeing as Pipkins has had at least two concussions, the neck/spinal thing, and the ACL--the combination of which seem to have rendered him incapable of being an effective player--Harbaugh's position looks pretty defensible.
|5 days 7 hours ago||Whatever shortcomings may be||
Whatever shortcomings may be present in this analysis, it is far preferable to threads about uniform contracts. Thanks for making the effort--it's a worthwhile contribution.
|5 days 16 hours ago||Bet||
I'll take probable autocorrections for $1000, Alex.
|6 days 18 hours ago||Ah, okay, now I understand||
Ah, okay, now I understand what you meant above. Yeah, certainly--if it's not safe for a guy to be playing, then the coach shouldn't let him play no matter how good he is.
|1 week 2 hours ago||How is Hatch even an example||
How is Hatch even an example of a player being given a medical hardship by "necessity?" Hatch played in games last season, so he's obviously capable of playing without endangering himself. He was given a medical hardship so that Beilein can use his scholarship on a better basketball player, and rightly so. Was it unethical of Beilein not to handicap himself by keeping that scholarship tied up for four years on a player who could have played, but whose injuries prevent him from making the kind of contribution that was expected when offered? I respect your opinion, but I disagree. The standard should not be "unable to compete because of medical necessity," it should be something more like "ability to perform significantly diminished for medical reasons."
|1 week 2 hours ago||Good point. If you're||
Good point. If you're allowed to carry more than 105 players, why shouldn't they all be allowed to practice in the fall? That rule seems arbitrary--I wonder what purpose it is supposed to serve?
|1 week 2 hours ago||Why do you presume all the||
Why do you presume all the other backs will be able to pick up the playbook, but Deveon Smith will not?
|1 week 4 hours ago||Ethics||
Well, if what you are suggesting is that a coach would put a player in a position to aggravate an injury so that the player could be "medicaled out," then that would be unethical under any circumstances. But putting that type of conduct aside, I just don't see how it's unethical for a coach to maximize the talent on his roster so long as he does so honestly and within the rules, and does not deprive players of the educational opportunity. The problem I have with Saban's practices is that it's dishonest to clear a guy out with a medical hardship when the player's health has nothing to do with it. The problem I have with straight cutting players who are on one-year scholarships is that they can't continue their educations (unless they can pay). But if a guy has a genuine injury and that is legitimately causing or contributing to an insufficient performance--well, that seems to be what these medical hardships are intended for.
|1 week 4 hours ago||I don't follow||
Presumably this issue would only arise if the coach determines that a player isn't performing well enough. Who else's opinion would be relevant?
|1 week 4 hours ago||Cutting players||
Personally I am fine with the answer being "yes, coaches can cut players for not being good enough at football, so long as their scholarships are honored." But the rules should be clear and unambiguous so that coaches and players know exactly where they stand. Also, the rules should conform to generally-accepted morals and expectations. If the rules are going to provide that cutting players for not playing well is okay, then that should be clarified so that everyone understands and so coaches like Saban don't need to use injuries as pretexts for cutting guys. If we decide those kinds of cuts are not acceptable, the the medical hardship rule should be tightened or eliminated, or perhaps require some kind of third-party verification such as with medical redshirts. But right now, the rules seem ambiguous, out-of-sync with prevailing viewpoints on the subject, and prone to exploitation by hyper-competitive coaches.
|1 week 7 hours ago||I realize there is an ethical||
I realize there is an ethical stigma attached to these medical hardships. Maybe there shouldn't be? If a player suffers an injury that renders him unable to perform at the same level as that for which he was given the scholarship, I think it's reasonable to give that player the option of finishing his degree under a medical scholarship or transfer somewhere that he can play. I don't think it needs to be a disabling injury.
|1 week 20 hours ago||Clarence muthafucking Darrow.||
Clarence muthafucking Darrow.