a vitally important recap of all the dumb tweets sent during the Harbaugh coaching search
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|12 hours 3 min ago||Stribling||
If Stribling really has improved, that's a good early payoff on Jackson & Zordich over the Roy Manning experiment. But I still half expect to see Wayne Lyons there on Thursday night.
|12 hours 37 min ago||Defensive ends||
The WDE has edge containment responsbilitiy against outside runs to his side, and then will usually be single-blocked and thus needs to be a good pass rusher on throwing downs.
The SDE will be double-teamed by a tackle and TE often, so he needs to be bigger and stronger to hold his ground--but typically it's the SAM linebacker who will set the edge to that side, not the SDE.
|15 hours 40 min ago||Alabama-Wisconsin||
I haven't really looked at what either team has coming back, but it's hard for me to see Wisconsin keeping that close. Saban eats one-dimensional teams alive.
|19 hours 54 min ago||Good catch||
Thanks for catching that. The receiver was off-screen in the video I had from the spring game, so I just put him in and forgot to back him off the line to make Butt eligible.
I guess I can collect all these little mistakes and then do one big edit to fix all of them.
|20 hours 3 min ago||Utah Coordinators||
Yeah, they lost both their coordinators. For offense they promoted a guy from within the staff, and for defense they hired a guy (John Pease) out of retirement who hasn't been a DC since 2002. That makes it difficult to get intel on what either guy intends to do, so I figured Utah 2014 was a better guide than speculation based on coaching trees and old news stories.
|20 hours 10 min ago||Got it||
Sorry, must have missed that word the first time.
|22 hours 15 min ago||This Utah team isn't as good||
This Utah team isn't as good as last year's Utah team. They lost Nate Orchard, Jeremiah Poutasi, and both of their outstanding WRs. I also think it's a stretch to call Travis Wilson an NFL player. It's still a pretty good team and a difficult environment, but I think you may be overrating them a bit based on what we saw last season.
|22 hours 33 min ago||I still think M would have||
I still think M would have beaten Minnesota in 2014 if Devin Gardner had started, or even started the third quarter.
|22 hours 43 min ago||So, if M defeats a||
So, if M defeats a middle-of-the pack P5 team in week one, that means M will go undefeated against a schedule that includes the #1-ranked defending national champions?
|1 day 7 hours ago||Not Rutgers! Ugh.||
Aaaand, as soon as it's up I see that I left "Rugters" in the subject line at the top. Not worth reloading all the images just to edit that.
|1 day 21 hours ago||True. Plus Bosco beat Utah||
True. Plus Bosco beat Utah every time he played them so that's probably not a face they want to remember anyway.
|1 day 21 hours ago||Robbie Bosco heads might||
Robbie Bosco heads might work.
|2 days 14 hours ago||New Jersey is the new Ohio.||
New Jersey is the new Ohio. Only better, because it's not Ohio.
|3 days 17 hours ago||Beckman||
The first Illinois game I watched with Beckman as coach, I couldn't help but notice his DBs were leading with their helmets and spearing people--and then being congratulated on the sideline for it. I'm not surprised that he was fired for not taking player safety seriously enough. Good riddance.
|3 days 17 hours ago||Bunting||
I've noticed that the mgoblue roster weights for players who've had size questions seem to trend toward the heavier side. Jehu Chesson, for instance, is now like 208. So, maybe Bunting is not quite the 252 he's listed at?
|3 days 20 hours ago||Depth||
Looking at the team now, I agree 8-4 seems conservative. But we are thin at lots of positions. Lose one OL, lose Rudock or Peppers or Butt or Lewis for any appreciable time, and we could be hurting. If the team stays healthy though, then 9-3 looks about right.
|4 days 15 hours ago||Division Winners||
I'll take the Patriots in the East and the St. Louis Cardinals in the Legends. Barcelona looks pretty good too.
|4 days 20 hours ago||Depth chart||
I wish he would just come out and say whether filling out the depth chart is a painstaking process.
|4 days 23 hours ago||Seems like running back,||
Seems like running back, boundary CB, and FG kicker are the only genuine position battles taking place. I'm not confident enough to put fruit on it, but I think Isaac and Lyons will win the first two. No idea on PK.
|5 days 21 hours ago||I do think State will remain||
I do think State will remain good for as long as they have Dantonio, but long-term I think it's probably better that Michigan alternates Ohio State and Penn State as opposed to MSU and OSU.
|6 days 18 hours ago||Swag||
We laugh, but each of those guys has like 3.7 wives.
|1 week 18 hours ago||Canteen||
Okay, but Canteen did have the fancy footwork thing. And more significantly, he's one of the Eastern Christian Academy guys. I thought the advanced coaching he received (or, at least, that I presumed he would have received) would have made a bigger difference. If a guy is hyped because of speed or strength or some other physical characteristic, then yeah--it can take a while to translate that into performance on a football field. But the Canteen hype was based on route-running ability and technical proficiency. He was supposed to be a guy with average athletic ability but finely-honed skills. If he doesn't have the finely-honed skills, then where does that leave him?
|1 week 19 hours ago||Canteen||
Yeah, I know. I don't normally like to write posts like that one; even if I've kind of given up on a particular guy, I usually just keep it to myself. But you're right--he could have just been overwhelmed with the transition to college ball (or even just to college in general), could have been less than 100% healthy, might not have been getting the proper coaching, etc., so there are lots of reasons he might not have been very impressive as a true freshman. Hopefully he does improve and have a chance to break through later on.
|1 week 19 hours ago||Marshall||
Yeah, this is the thing that concerns me the most from the practice (other than the pretty clear evidence that Kugler, who might be our 6th-best OL and is almost certainly one of the best 7, won't be available for a while). He's kind of the great hope for a pass rusher this season. But maybe Charlton can finally put it all together.
|1 week 19 hours ago||Canteen||
The thing about Canteen is, he was supposed to be a high-floor guy. He went to that football-first ECA high school, and was supposed to be a great route-runner, all polished and ready to play from day one. But the Canteen we saw last year was ... not that. And now he's being moved to corner.
I hope he can contribute down the line on defense, or at least on special teams. The chances of him being a major factor seem pretty slim to me at this point though.
|1 week 20 hours ago||Henry||
Some possible theories on Henry playing DE in the scrimmage (all of which are probably wrong):
1) They want to get Henry some reps at DE because they are planning to call some stunts and zone pressures that will require him to execute DE-type duties on particular plays
2) They wanted to see if some of the other DTs behind Henry can play, but still get Henry reps in the live scrimmage
3) They just want to fuck with people (opposing scouts, media, fans, etc.)
4) They wanted to see what the QBs and receivers could do and the actual DEs were getting too much pressure
|1 week 22 hours ago||Wait--how are you going to be||
Wait--how are you going to be "MeanJoe," and then be apologizing to people?
|1 week 1 day ago||Stave had "the yips" last||
Stave had "the yips" last season--some kind of psychological issue that made him unable to complete basic, easy throws to open receivers. It was odd.
|1 week 2 days ago||Awesome post. Thanks for||
Awesome post. Thanks for writing this up.
|1 week 2 days ago||James Light||
James Light also did two separate posts that broke down plays from the spring game. His site is kind of hard to navigate but there's a lot of great stuff there.