further adventures in Jed York being unsuited for his position
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|3 days 10 sec ago||JH Offense||
I read the post on JH's running game last week and really appreciated it. That one is a must-read for any serious M football fan.
|5 days 17 hours ago||offers||
Yeah, offers are obviously a good shorthand way of assessing what caliber a prospect is at. I'm not denying the importance of offers at all--indeed, personally I am one of the people who thinks offers are usually a better indicator than stars or number grades (like Rivals' bizarre 6.1 scale).
What I meant though, is that all these things rating should ideally be independent data points. If a guy has 3 stars on a recruiting site, that's one piece of information suggesting how good he is. Then if he has an impressive offer sheet to go with it, now I have a second piece of information suggesting that maybe he's better than his star rating indicates. If he's got 3 stars and just a bunch of MAC offers, then the second data point suggests maybe he's not as good a prospect. Then if I go on TTB and see that Magnus has watched the guy's film and rated him 75, then I have a third data point, and so on. Granted, in practice a player's offers probably do influence the star ratings and whatnot quite a bit, but in theory I believe those ratings are supposed to based on some analyst making an independent assessment.
So, let's say I am trying to form an opinion on a prospect, and I see that he's got 3 stars on Rivals, an impressive offer sheet, a 62 rating on Magnus' site. If I then I go to your site, I want your score to help refine my opinion a bit further. If you come up with a score based on your own review of the film or other observations, that helps me. But if your score includes offers in your the rating, then instead of providing a separate data point you are at least partly just reiterating the information I already have from looking at the offer sheet.
Well, this got longer than I had intended. Also, I really meant this as constructive criticism and hope it has come across as such. Thanks for puttiing in the time to review these prospects and share your work. It is much appreciated.
|5 days 18 hours ago||Girly pics||
Add me to the list of people who prefer the site sans sexybits.
|5 days 19 hours ago||Rating system||
I think it's a bit odd that you incorporate a player's offers into the rating, when all the characteristics have to do with the player's actual ability. I mean, presumably a player doesn't become better at football just because Alabama offers him a scholarship.
|5 days 20 hours ago||Play-calling||
That's one school of play-calling. Some teams will indeed try to establish a tendency so they can then break that tendency and hit a big-gainer. But there are different schools of thought on this. Some teams have more of a "take what the defense gives us" type of approach. And then other guys just try to score on every down.
|5 days 20 hours ago||Great Plains||
The Iowa-Nebraska back-to-back E/W experience is another true study in monotony.
|5 days 21 hours ago||Leonard Nimoy||
For some reason, whenever I hear the name Leonard Nimoy the first thing that comes to mind is that sample of him saying "pure energy" in that song by Information Society.
I wasn't much of a Star Trek fan, but everybody loved Mr. Spock. RIP.
|5 days 22 hours ago||Hockey||
It would be nice if we could ever get an NHL franchise here in Seattle. There was some talk locally about the possibility a few years ago in connection with a proposal to build a combo NBA/hockey stadium, but I think that's all dead in the water now. I'll grant that Seattle isn't much of a hockey town, but it's got to at least make as much sense as Dallas or Arizona.
|1 week 2 days ago||Returning players||
I suspect a few of our guys will be pre-season All-B1G. Jourdan Lewis, Jake Butt, and maybe one of the linebackers are probably the best candidates. Plus there's Peppers.
|1 week 2 days ago||Pallante||
I don't know--this seems like a negative overall. I suspect that if he was working out at DT they would have kept him there.
|1 week 2 days ago||Helmets||
The Oklahoma helmet was the only one I thought was better than the team's existing helmet.
|1 week 2 days ago||Fenrisian Thunder Wolves||
I Googled "Thunder Wolf" and got a hit on the Warhammer 40,000 Wiki. That game was never my thing, but I can respect it.
|1 week 2 days ago||Thunderwolves||
Is a ThunderWolf an actual type of wolf? Or is it more like a ThunderCat?
|1 week 6 days ago||Top 5 moments||
I'm only including things I watched as they happened (either in person or on TV):
1. Kordell Stewart: unforgettable for anyone in the stadium that day
2. The Gibson homer off of Eckersley: still the most amazing thing I ever saw in a baseball game
3. Mike Legg's goal in the 1996 hockey championship: maximum style points
4. Zenedine Zidane headbutting that dude: couldn't believe what I saw
5. Marshawn Lynch's beast-mode run against the Saints in the 2011 playoffs
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Early enrollment||
Maurice Clarett enrolled early in 2002, and it seemed like every time he got the ball that season some commentator would talk about it. I suspect Clarett may have been the player who really popularized the practice.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||Gloria Victoria||
So is that old U2 song "Gloria" somehow connected? I hope so, because that song is pretty bad ass.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||Pro-Style QBs||
Michigan really had turned into (pro-style) Quarterback U for a while toward the end of Carr's tenure. Scott Loeffler was a very highly-regarded QB coach, and M had a raft of QBs in the League: established starters like Grbac, Collins, Griese, and Brady, fringe guys like Dreisbach and Navarre, and I don't know how you classify Henson. It was really paying dividends on the recruiting front: Henne was a big-time recruit in the 2004 class, Mallet was another in 2006, and even some of the backups we'd signed during that era were pretty highly touted (Matt Gutierrez, Clayton Richard).
I realize that all went away with Rich Rod's arrival, but I am optimistic that Harbaugh can get us right back to that status pretty quickly.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||52 starts||
The 52 starts were at Northwestern? Welp. If he'd started 52 games for the 49ers I'd agree he's an "NFL guy," but if he was just there for a single season or less then I agree it's not really a good label.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||NFL experience||
I believe the average NFL career is around 3 seasons. If Nutter made 52 starts with the 49ers, he would have to have played there at least 3+ seasons. If that's a cup of coffee, then it's a quintuple venti latte.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||Lyons||
So, a tall corner with limited athleticism and some technical flaws--kind of sounds like Stribling.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||Zirin||
Have to disagree. I e-mailed The Nation twice and commented on their Facebook posts about that Zirin thing. I can't believe the editors let that by. If you are the New York Times and one of your columnists writes something dumb, it's not that big a deal. But if you are The Nation, and the sports guy gives credence to a ludicrous conspiracy theory, it just makes it that much more difficult to persuade on the issues that actually matter.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||Linebackers||
Even if not an elite prospect like Smith, I do kind of wish we'd been able to get a LB in this class because LB is a position where you really don't want true freshmen playing. Gedeon only has two years left, and then we have four LBs from the 2013 and 2014 classes who haven't really played yet (Winovich, Furbush, McCray, Wangler). We'll need at least two of those guys to work out if we're to avoid playing true freshmen in 2016.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||College rules||
The main difference is that college has no "illegal contact" foul for chucking a receiver more than 5 yards downfield.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||The troll||
I wasn't responding to you. There was a bona fide troll, whose comment appears to have been deleted.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||Lame. If you are going to||
Lame. If you are going to troll, you have to be more subtle about it.
|4 weeks 35 min ago||Presidents||
|4 weeks 54 min ago||Great story! Thanks for||
Great story! Thanks for sharing it, and congratulations.
|4 weeks 1 hour ago||Out of the 14 guys we signed,||
Out of the 14 guys we signed, I think eight of them have four stars on at least one site.
|4 weeks 12 hours ago||Malzone||
With QBs I think there is a huge difference between a true freshman who enrolls early and a true freshman who enrolls in August. Especially with a new system in place, I don't think Morris' experience gives him that big an edge over Malzone. I still think Morris is the favorite to start, but I don't think you can rule out Malzone just because he's a freshman. Gentry, OTHO, is not an EE and thus will be way behind in fall camp. I do think he's a real long shot to play.
|4 weeks 1 day ago||The Trail of Tears pretty||
The Trail of Tears pretty much makes Andrew Jackson an irredeemable piece of shit. The parrot thing is cool though.