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|1 hour 54 min ago||Please check in with reality||
The Regents care zero about Michigan Football other than its a "classy" reflection of the University and is played with fairness, public safety, with compliance to rules, laws, you get the general idea. Note to those who didn't get the email, whether the team wins or loses has absolutely zero bearing on the above.
Brandon probably has some disdain from the Regents for wanting to start a weekly circus act surrounding the football game.
However he's an incredible fundraiser. For those of you who who missed the other email on the $250M free gift of 3 rail cars full of $100 bills, to the Athletic Dept. His position and Hoke's are endowed and not paid from the general fund. So there's no danger of him being in any trouble financially.
What would get Dave Brandon fired would be things along the exact same lines that would get your fired from your job....misappropriation, non-compliance with laws or NCAA violations, some sort of discrimination event. While anything is possible I don't see that happening. I don't love the guy but any win-loss issue with men's football is solely his own problem.
The media circus has begun, yes even here. I've never seen so many nancys posting on a football blog in my life. The season has sucked, yes, the Nuss-system is struggling to take hold and nobody from Hoke to the 'Blog is willing to admit it. I still believe it will work. Wringing your hands doesn't help. Recall football is a tough, man's game. Sometimes you get your ass handed to you and its your job to either deal with it, figure some stuff out or fold up your tent.
|9 hours 13 min ago||Is it possible - simple error||
That Gardner and Morris aren't harrassed very thoroughly in practice....in other words...meaning they wear the orange jersey meaning no hits on the QB.
For obvious reasons, yes, I understand, but maybe thats why suddenly its so much pressure back there during the game because guys are actually trying to take their heads off? And they are not used to that.
I don't have a simple answer here, you don't want to bust up the players in practice but somehow they have to practice with the gameday feel. Maybe the offensive line should practice (at times...bear with me here...) with an effort slightly geared toward sieve mode to simulate what a powerful rush can do to the QB's timing.
Its sort of the simple idea to make practice worse than the game in terms of stress. Then playing on gameday gets easier.
|18 hours 41 min ago||Tempo||
I think this is the one thing that can help out without changing much of anything other than working faster on offense.
I'm amazed how few offensive plays we have in a game, I saw the "every offiensive play" on mgoblue and I was astounded at how few total plays we run.
I am guessing this is Hoke's direction to Nuss and I'd like it to change. The Defense is good enough and has enough good subs to be on the field more.
Against UUU it seemed like we burned 10 minutes out of the 3rd quarter on a long run-heavy drive, getting some lucky penalties and nail biting 3rd down saver-plays, but the drive ultimately stalled and the time was completely gone. Supposing in an alternative reality we did eventually score the time consumed would still be a liability for how far we were down.
I feel like at this point we need more plays on offense to account for the fact that some drives are going to stall or have turnovers, sticking with the same % of success on any given play we simply need more total plays to hang up some points. Not suggesting a radical departure, give me 10-15% more plays or a mix of huddle and no-huddle to keep the opposing defense off balance.
The UUU defense did seem surprised when we jumped to the line on 4th down and dived ahead, I really liked that, and I understand that some of the surprise is going to be given up if we play no huddle at times. But pointing out the MIKE for 8 seconds has probably run its course of effectiveness, its probably ingrained well enough by now.
|1 day 11 hours ago||I'd vote for the platoon for awhile||
I'd like to see Shane in every game and not at garbage time. For example let him lead the second drive of the game and alternate or go from there depending on who is having success. Putting him in when down multi-TDs invokes some sort of hero mentality, "try to make a big play to get us some spark" and putting him in garbage time with the non-1-WRs does not help either.
I think Shane needs to get in the game more and see what he's got to work with, and get over the initial game jitters and settle down some and get rhythm going when its not pouring rain. What I see from Shane is that he rifles throws that shouldn't need that much power but I've seen him loft some excellent touch passes way down the field especially in the fall practice that are extremely well matched to the receiver's foot speed. Shane is going to make mistakes but I think its a price we have to pay to develop him more. Note I consider the bowl game under Borges' offense not really much of anything useful for this season.
Who knows, some players play better coming from the bench...Gardner seemed to be on fire when he was called off the bench to be Denard's backup. Sometimes as Hoke says, you watch from the sidelines a little and see whats going on from another angle and maybe get a little hot under the collar that you're watching and suddenly, you're there and ready to turn on the juice. Vinny Johnson aka "the Microwave" (ok different sport, please allow some liberties here in my analogy) was my all time favorite player off the bench because he came in with his mind set right and was ready to light things up.
|1 day 12 hours ago||NFL QBs & RBs||
We are missing these at present.
Henne & T. Brady, guys who played in NFL.
I have to go back a ways to find an NFL RB from Michigan.
Denard, while absolutely mind boggling in college FB and a stellar young man, is neither a NFL QB or RB (athough he plays you know what I mean).
Get some guys of this caliber on O, keep the D going as is (I can see the NFLers there, Jake Ryan for one, Bolden possibly, Peppers, Mone) and we are going to be great. I don't think you need both at the same time, either one or the other can suffice.
D. Green I believe can get there but he's not there yet. While I love the fact guys pretty much can't hit him hard enough to hurt him, I don't see a slashing style of running yet.
Gardner, I don't think fits the bill as a future NFL QB, for the one reason he struggles to fit the ball into tight windows or loose windows. I think its his throwing mechanics. He should get a baseball glove on and play long toss with a baseball for a half hour every day until the motion to throw a long ball is ingrained in his muscle memory. A short ball takes the same motion just with less power.
The other thought I have is that possibly Nussmeier is overloaded, similar to the way I thought Hoke was overloaded last year trying to be a DL coach and a HC at the same tiime. I think the DL has taken a step forward. But if Nuss is trying to mentor 3 new QBs AND develop his new (to Michigan) offense on an entire set of RB/WR/TE/OL there might not be enough hours in the day.
|1 day 12 hours ago||I felt like||
the MC for the airshow needed a hell of a lot more gain on his microphone. Obviously there are probably limitations without going full Mary Sue Coleman on feedback/distortion but it took away from the show because I could not hear his articulation and I thought he had interesting things to say no matter what the timing issues were between the program and the actual planes.
|1 day 12 hours ago||That author is a Tennessee Native||
and old enough to still hold a grudge about Woodson winning the Heisman over Peyton Manning. So there, lets get that out in the open, its easy peasy to come up with a nasty storyline here to satisfy your deep rooted hatred of Michigan.
Its an ESPN writer yes, but I don't think anyone with a shred of authority at ESPN really backs this. Obviously a struggling coach/team is the easiest story to write outside of a fall camp "quarterback controversy"
|3 days 23 hours ago||Its not as complex as that imo||
The corner bit on the fake bubble and then another receiver had a couple steps on a safety who was cold to react.
Sorry, that's a backyard football analogy and Mariota probably has an option here depending on what he sees happen because he could throw the bubble if the corner is playing back.
Its also probably predicated on having already run some successful bubble screens when the corner was playing back or got blocked, etc, so he's dialed up his aggression to stop it.
Also I noted I think its an outside linebacker took 3 steps towards the line at the snap which means maybe he thought run, but had he dropped into coverage it might have changed things as the corner then had help on the bubble.
So I'm not really sure if it qualifies as a weakness in their defense as it does a play where they bit on a fake. Don't get me wrong, I secretly want Spartie to lose every weekend, oops, cat's out of the bag....
|4 days 11 hours ago||Its pure economics||
If Brandon can keep wealthy alum money coming in the way he has and can keep the 100k streak alive then Hoke will last here until he voluntarily retires. Keep in mind that Rod had irked that class of people I mentioned above who could NOT STAND to see Michigan play no defense. If Brandon relied almost exclusively on his ticket sales you can follow that he would be changing coaches like underwear.
It seems very weird to me that a blog's following could ever put enough pressure on a coach to be replaced despite any level of average venom from the posters. I would think "blog attitude" is factor #100 in a long list of how to get fired at Michigan.
So I say embrace Hoke (even though there's a population that won't...I get that), despite what we all think is his meh attitude I really think he is passionate about everything Michigan. He just doesn't wear it on his shirt sleeve. I see improvements all over the field. and I believe top shelf kids are being recruited to this program.
We did what our most recent legendary coach said not to do...turn the program on its head looking for an outsider to "start over" with it. And now we are paying in ways never ever fathomed before. Football is easy, coaches are everywhere, state of Michigan has a huge pool of youthful talent with basically 1 major metro area and a cold snowy climate that is an exciting college destination for those who have never seen a flake except on TV or a ski trip. There are big challenges here that lie below the surface. It took 130 years of hard ass work to get to this point, and its going to take 130 more years of that to keep this program at the level of 9-3 or .750, not whoever is flashy enough to convince ourselves its worthy of unloading a railroad car of cash in a sizeable bet it will be better.
The posts trying to invoke logic along the lines of IF (this number of wins, this opponent beaten in this location)...THEN (Hoke fired post game, Hoke fired post-season, Hoke retained) are really the illogical ones here. Hoke will get 6 years, mark it down. Then Brandon will decide whether the economic conditions are favorable or he's willing to play the field. It seems all wrong that average Joe fans don't control the direction of the team but its the unaverage wealthy folks who have a lot more bearing. Its not fair and it never will be, so get out there and invent something silly that rocks the world so you can be one of this population or support the team, its that simple.
|6 days 11 hours ago||I am also a big Hoke fan||
I think the Team has taken a medium step forward this year from last. You can see it in all phases of the game, running, passing, and defensive play. The progression so far, and the hope to reduce mistakes and improve play is really exciting.
Credit all around but Hoke has made the moves necessary to make it work together. I think the Nussmeier hire will prove to be a really big shot in the arm. You can see it in the OL creating holes for positive yardage, even against our best opponent to-date (ND).
I really like the way Michigan is running a clean program and graduating the players at a high level. The incidents have been minimum and dealt with properly in my opinion. I will never be a guy to want a "win at all costs" coaching staff.
The calls to Fire Hoke I try to ignore. Its simple-minded and there is no easy solution plus as mentioned I believe it would tank the program for another 6 years. I don't think we can afford another trough in the program, our name is never going to be the same after that.
|1 week 11 hours ago||Pretty cool when the LBs trying to shoot the gaps||
are being met with a guy with 50+ lbs more beef. Even if he doesn't moldboard plow someone below the level of the turf, at least its going to be an incredible edge "seal" and at worst force Green/Smith into a 1-on-1 with a wing player like a CB or Safety who probably doesn't have the mass to make such a momentum-stopping tackle in short yardage.
|1 week 11 hours ago||RichRod||
would probably invent a completely new genre of offense never seen before that would leave us spinning and dumbfounded.
However it would be interesting to see if a RichRod team could play D or kick for points. Both seem to lack focus on certain days. I watch Az from time to time and always root against them which is irrational hatred I realize but it hurts no one so please allow me a few nefarious moments.
The pregame week would be a complete media firestorm.
|1 week 11 hours ago||Agreed the chill sets in when the sun slips||
behind the press box and some really great memorable plays have been made in the 4th Q over the years.
What I really like is that we have actual integrated stadium lights now. I hated the big truck-crane-mounted light banks that got elevated over top of the stadium to keep the 4th Q lit for TV. I realize that was a number of years ago...but it looked like old Tiger Stadium with its monumental light banks. The new array with individual lights pointing every which way does a super job of illuminating without creating huge spots of glare.
On some days, I miss the grass field, and seeing the players get ever dirtier uniforms and having chunks of turf in their helmet bars. You could tell when a QB was eating a lot of grass! But by November the grass field was a disgrace, we had to license the turf genetic from Spartie and so I don't miss it overall. Just allow me a bit of nostalgia now and then.
|1 week 11 hours ago||Here's to keeping the D ranking stable||
as we confront a high powered offense. My guess is they are going to attempt to spread and shred us and I hope Mattison has been cooking on the correct answer for a couple of years.
|1 week 1 day ago||Fatigue||
Also I noted the seeming fatigue factor setting in on Miami in the 4th Q. That's where having Smith and Green is a huge advantage. Bring in Smith when its time to burn out the clock and he's dragging already tired guys around down the field.
I feel like the OL has made a medium leap from last year and I have the gut feeling that they will continue to study film and improve their play. With obvious asterisk for competition level of Miami, but I also feel like they were serviceable in run blocking vs Notre Dame. The tests are going to get much larger. I scouted Rutgers and they look more dangerous than Penn State from a defensive standpoint.
I also like what I've seen from Amara Darboh. Despite his foot issue I can see he hasn't missed many strength training sessions. I think he has the body of an NFL guy from this vantage point. Really nice to see him step in and fill the hole where Funchess would be as I think he's nearly the size & strength mismatch in blocking CBs.
|1 week 1 day ago||Christian Okoye||
Also wore the 48" wide versions as I recall. He looked like a damn train coming thru the hole.
I also recall the high school pads where I could not physically catch a ball over my head and barely throw the ball due to pad restrictions. I guess I chalked that up to I was not a QB and while I was a skinny TE we rarely threw the ball.
I can understand the QB and receivers needing smaller pads but it would seem like lineman could use the width as it would "fill" some holes and make an OL guy harder to get cleanly around...thinking for a spread offense team which was in pass-protect nearly all of the time.
|1 week 1 day ago||The Defense||
To start, Monne, from the few times I watched him directly they double-teamed him. If he can work that into a starting role it would be the another step forward for this defense.
Miami definitely targeted Peppers and I think he did great, he was following the receiver without regard for sideline and tracking the ball the whole time (which I view as intense concentration and ability). I thought he did a nice job in run support when the play was obvious ground.
I'm not a football technician but it seems like with two wideouts, the safeties could do a better job jumping inside of the route to lessen the window that an opposing QB has to throw. Seems like the CB island is mostly good but the receiver has a big advantage with the inside position as the CB always has to protect against a game-changing double move/long ball. However having a safety to fall into the short flat if its a pass play seems like it would make it a lot different (meaning harder) for a QB. Maybe I'm 100% wrong and the CB should try to jump if he sees the opportunity and rely on safety help deep (?)
Ryan did a great job in pursuit as always and made the guy in front of me laugh a couple of times when he was on an angle and at top speed to blow up a QB running to sideline but just sort of "scared" him out of bounds. Smart football not to incur a penalty. I'm going to take a go-back to last week on the penalty when he gave the QB a Viking Push. I would think that would be entirely appropriate after watching some other games, really its completely along the lines of not making hard contact with the QB and absolutely no helmet is involved. You just knock the guy down assuming its a reasonable part of the play. Hope the refs are reading my post (lol).
So back to JMFR, I think its naturally a challenge for him to read, read, read at the snap rather than exploding off the ball but I think he's getting it down. Bolden also did a nice job yesterday, hoping for Morgan to come back soon as I like his play as well.
Frank Clark seems to be about 1 step short on 10 different plays. So I read that as a solid overall effort. Beyer got there as did Taco, Beyer was able to finish the deal, Taco is a little slower and got beaten in a footrace. I think as the secondary play tightens, the Dline is close enough to get some QB contact.
All in all, I would say solid defensive performance, obviously a few things to work on, but we look very serviceable in current form especially with some injuries.
|1 week 1 day ago||I remember Craig Dunaway||
Interesting how the "next generation" of former Wolverine standouts are coming back to Michigan (Wanglers, Runyan). I wonder if Anthony Carter has a son?!!??
|1 week 2 days ago||Jimi Live at Berkeley||
I think has an alternate version...but a lot more distortion/feedback and liberties with the main melody for part of it.
I thought the trained eagle stole the show, personally. It was impressive to watch.
|1 week 2 days ago||I did notice that||
So where is the largest crowd watching a football game anywhere in America today?
I noted this omission too, but damned if I know where the winner would be. I thought Tennessee for a minute but that's an away game IIRC. The AA-Saline Rd instructions also usually play a lot earlier on the scoreboard than at game-end. Possible press box disarray?
Is that comment secret code for "we win the actual gate-counted attendance too"?
So many questions 8-)
|1 week 2 days ago||i can see the yin and yang of the deep ball||
Early on when you are trying to establish rhythm its just as bad as running into a stacked box. So I sort of understand the reluctance by Nuss to go deep and keep focus on the core bread and butter offense that grinds out drives, especially early in the game.
That said, I was somewhat disappointed we didn't take a couple more shots v ND as the game wore on, even if the 3 & out sent the message to ND that we're going to try to beat you deep. The blitz pressure may have been the counter point to that but I never felt like we tested them that way.
|1 week 4 days ago||Speed||
The "old" Michigan teams were huge physically massive guys all over the field.
Yet they got taken apart by teams with speed. Going back a ways, a UCLA loss in the Rose Bowl where Steve Smith got his shoulder separated (I forget the year, sorry) seems to stick out in my mind but I am sure there are others in more modern times.
I would argue that Iowa is now roughly equivalent to the Michigan of old. They are chock full of burly guys wiht big pipes who do a damn good job of stuffing it back in your face but they seem ploddingly slow at times. If the game can be funneled to that advantage, its a very nice probability overall. However I will argue that its never going to be an elite formula for a team as eventually a hybrid team (with that speed in the right places) is going to beat a power team.
I would say the current Michigan team is a blended hybrid but elite in neither direction yet. I think if we can find the rare guys like Jabrill Peppers who have the speed and strength and put them in the secondary its going to be quite nice. Not dogging on current DBs but looking to the future. It would also be interesting to have a Denard-fast guy (thinking along the lines of Venric Mark) to complement the power backs ala Smith and Green and presumably Isaac. Fleet is close to that but lacking top end, Canteen is fast enough but not heavy duty enough yet. We see already what problems Funchess creates on offense, if Ways can follow in those footsteps and we can continue to recruit that type of athlete its going to be a deadly matchup near the goalline.
The planks of a ship don't all come together on a single day, its one at a time, and it takes everyone working together. I feel like the staff recognizes what they need to be an elite team (not an Iowa) and is working that way. Recruiting has been nice and adding some respectability back has got to make their jobs a ton easier going forward.
|1 week 4 days ago||Peppers (if able to play)||
I would like to see Dr. Peppers get his feet wet some more to gain experience as I think he can help the secondary. Even if he's not perfect which I would not expect I think the development time is essential to the future of this season as the opponents grow bigger and more skilled.
I would also like to see Kenny Allen get in the game even if its to kick an extra point. I think he needs to be out in front of the crowd in a realtime game situation, and hopefully this weekend would provide such an opportunity. Aside but related, the backup holder (iow whoever holds when Allen kicks) would also be ideally used in game time as part of this assignment. Not that Wile kicking and Allen holding doesn't need work but I personally would think it remiss if something were to happen and the backups had only kicked in practice at Glick. That was one fail of richrod's mind and I would like not to repeat.
|1 week 5 days ago||Biggest lapse||
in my mind was allowing ND to score right before half with Zero timeouts. They marched down the field with first down after first down, stopping the clock to their advantage.
You take away that and its 14-0 at half. Down, but manageable. Add the 2FGs and its wide open 14-6. When they score 21-0 its tough to get back without really shifting gears on offense and trying to hit an early 2nd half homerun to get the fire started.
Armed with the big lead, ND took a lot of chances blitzing without a bunch of risk. It paid off, admittedly, but made them look like geniuses that they are not.
|1 week 5 days ago||Counterpoint||
That Saban uses a psychologist to figure out what he needs to do to his players to maximize their output...we could do the same...its only money...we seem to have that resource.
I recall Hoke's post game speech (probably the last one released to the public) after Akron in which he said more or less "we will prepare you better next time" meaning...Sunday full contact practice instead of letting the players lick their wounds for a day. I personally thought he was pretty mad for what you typically see.
I agree with the overall point you need a workmanlike attitude in an away game, someone has to come out and set the tone for the game. Maybe some pregame fighting is good (kidding) but it seemed to fire up the team against Ohio last year.
The strategy I've wondered about is getting the "1s" to practice against something like an NFL practice squad, more or less made up of older stronger faster players just like having to play against your older brother and his friends. Everyone's game has to improve and then you trot out on Saturday and are blowing the other team off the ball. There are probably NCAA rules which prohibit this type of practice but I think it would work wonders. We can go train with SEALs so maybe training with a special practice squad would have merits too.
|1 week 6 days ago||Seems like||
We are making agreements with the mid south and the west. I really still want the SEC and B1G to play a few home and homes. Early fall is fine. Not asking to play them in November (lol). But it would straighten out a lot of storylines and provide some great games against good teams. It seems like Georgia might be reasonable enough to book that. Enough people in Atlanta metro & Athens are educated and worldly and travel well to make this a nice series.
I'm not trying to make a regional jab here but there are an incredible number of native southerners who are afraid to leave their own zip code and would never, ever, go above the Mason Dixon line. I lived in Atlanta for 10 years and met a lot of people from surrounding areas who fit this exactly. Correct me if you have experience otherwise.
|1 week 6 days ago||This 1000x||
My blood ran cold from the NW end zone student section as the DB forcibly tripped him up and the ball dropped into the grass and it was clear in that moment a lot more than the ball had fallen.
The referees admitted via the press in the next day's newspapers that this was a blunder upon viewing the replay. I had never seen any such admission before nor since.
|1 week 6 days ago||I personally believe||
we were cheated out of a great coach in Moeller. Times being what they were; more conservative at that, some reporter decided to TMZ/CelebJihad Moeller on audio tape and it was obviously game over.
Moeller had all the momentum from Schembechler and was young enough to know that a real passing attack (not jousting Bo, but it was a different era heavy on rushing) was needed going forward. Moeller had an outward edge that was similar to Schembechler's and I think he used it to his advantage.
I wish that the crossroads of time would have placed these two men in different locations on that fateful day, but alas, we have all stumbled at some point or other, and the history books tell us the rest.
|1 week 6 days ago||9-3||
Has been the standard for over 130 years if you review the math. So one game off that pace is reason to trash the entire football program and invoke the possibility of a 3-win season(s). I don't support that.
I get that its the 21st century and we want More, Now. We want to be a 10-win juggernaut year after year after year.
The days of the Big 2 and the Little 8 are over, fellow fans. Football is harder than it seems when you consider the modern era of strength training and the way the media has blown up sports coverage.
I also would point to other Traditionally Dominant programs have stuggled to keep up that level. Nebraska and Texas come to mind right off. Alabama about 10-12 years ago was a complete nobody after Stallings left. Some Georgia fans I know are foaming at the mouth for Mark Richt to be fired despite what I think is a damn good record in that conference. In my youth the Huskies of Washington were a feared force. Michigan State is suddenly one of the top teams in the B1G. Urban Meyer's offense is currently running for its life. What I derive from this evidence is that there's a slow rolling sine wave of adversity that affects every program. A deeper affect is to also be tied to certain coaching staffs who have repeated success and so it seems like its better to speed that process and roll the dice with the idea it could come up Saban. But the reality is the other 999 rolls are not Saban.
Last season was tough and its hard to maintain patience I agree, but lets see what Nussmeier can do. When the rhythm was going I personally think it was better than last year. I think we will have an answer in 6 years of Hoke coaching which way is right for the future. So...wait for it.......wait for it... 8-)
|2 weeks 9 hours ago||Never like to hear of injuries||
He seemed to do all the right things to try to extend his career, sad to see that dream cut short. But I think he made the right choice to walk away with his (hopefully) health intact and can recover fully.