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|6 days 7 hours ago||Johnny U also said||
He thinks Jimmy Harbaugh is going to coach. Thus....it must be so!
I have a medium disdain for Bacon because he seems to be willing to write a piece pouring fuel on the fire to advance his own name. In my summary the 3 & out largely was an expose piece targeting the "players" in the Athletic Dept's decision making tree on a coaching change, Lloyd Carr being one...who refused to be interviewed for the book. The 4 & long is a target piece aimed at Brandon initially sort of about money. These are gripping revelations if you are a serious fan, I get it. However.,
My brother and one of my other best friends played, for JUB as a coach of junior high baseball in Ann Arbor at Clague in the late 80s. They had choice words for the man, basically about how big of a dick he was to his players, day in and day out. So there's also that, my own little expose piece. The guy is willing to cut (with words written or verbal, meaning to obviously embarrass) people in front of their peers on all levels of life.
Moving on to Dave Brandon. It keeps coming up he watches game film. I don't get why this is an issue. If I'm DB I would damn sure want to know why my team was seemingly descending the staircase into suck. If I am a boss in any kind of organization, if there is a department which is performing poorly, I am not going to kick back in my windowed office and let someone else with a long list of excuses parlate on why. There's a mental leap here that says by default DB is dictating action and coaches are hustling to it. I don't buy that. Generally a CEO type doesn't want anything to do with technical details because they don't understand them, and when they open their mouth about knowlege of such things they quickly look like a fool to a large group. Their life and career is farthest from being built on details in any one area. Instead there's talk of direction and generalities and measurables with a few buzzwords thrown in. However they are investigators of sorts, trying to get their own handle on what's happening in their organization.
I wonder why we don't write hate pieces on Bill Martin. After all he dumped the fanbase on his head a couple years back. When the PSD was instituted, tickets which had been passed thru 3 generations of people to nice positions of field view, more or less like a prized heirloom were stripped from their possession and sold back to them at 3-5x the price, or to someone who could afford more, and they went from their nice seats way around to the end zone. It sorted the fanbase by income rather than how much time and energy they had invested over a sum of years. Argue what you want but I see it as dumping years of tradition in the name of pure money reasons. Yes, some southern schools invented this and Michigan had to follow suit. I guess those people who got their tickets yanked back to the endzone are just too old to get on the internet, har har har.
I suppose my post will be labeled tl;dr supporting DB and I should expect internet rocks incoming. I am a detail person with a bit of memory still left. The media in general is really good at painting devils and angels, because its forever self-sustaining. I think we are all a little closer to the center than its largely made out to be.
|1 week 4 hours ago||Seems like he's reliant on a great QB||
I think Case Keenum and Manziel were excellent college QBs. Keenum struck me as a really accurate passer (not much recall there, think I watched a segment of 1-2 games) but spread gets a number of receivers wide open, Keenum was money at hitting them in the numbers (so to speak). Manziel was a different flavor, simply because he was so fast and elusive with his legs, and a good passer to boot, it seemed like they ran their receivers wayyyy down the field a lot and got the LBs all over the place and boom, Manziel is sprinting for big yards.
I like Sumlin because he came out of nowhere to give some powerhouse teams a lot of problems.
I wonder, though, how he transitions to maintaining his "big name" status year over year, or if his offense has been dissected enough to show some predictabilites, or if its going to rely heavily on a superior QB.
The theme I see over and over in CFB is that a given team/given coaching staff seems to emphasize one side of the ball over the other. Perhaps its the double demands of the HC and one of the coordinators, the other coordinator has greater autonomy and less oversight. I suppose he could hire a good DC. The following scenario came to me...suppose you could freeze M's current defense and couple it with a Manziel offense. It would be completely odd from a practice standpoint, to have a defense built to jam the run and pressure the opposing QB vs. an offense designed to make the nickel spin on its head. In other words, oversimplifying, the offense literally couldn't practice against the defense........because each side would be getting the wrong kind of practice.
So the answer is: unknown. I would think attractive to Michigan from a fan's point of view but I also think it would be a complete overhaul of the offensive players recruited, and thus could be another whipsaw/6 year rebuilding event. Could he recruit midwest is also another thing to be seen, Texas is chock full of talent. Kids play tackle football from around kindergarten on and I've heard anecdotes from a teacher I know there, of parents who hold their kids back a year from starting school to aid their physical development for high school football. Midwest is not quite that zealous at this point.
|1 week 8 hours ago||Is CAEN||
still around ? That's a blast from around 25 years ago.....
|1 week 8 hours ago||If you think about it||
from a professional organizational perspective it can't be any other way. Brandon isn't a complete dummy and is around 65 (?) years old haviing been high in the exec ranks of a medium corporation. Say what you want about the athletic department stuff but one doesn't get in that type of org chart position by flying off the handle on email.
WD should eat a lemon. I would have eaten the lemon if the email was verified as true, as my position at that time was the same it is now.
|1 week 2 days ago||mmm Chipati||
Good to see a local guy get picked up, always hope there's some future star who grew up in the shadow of the Big Haus.
|1 week 3 days ago||I hope they practice these bubbles non stop||
I'm watching (live) and when Penn St on offense, it seemed like every single one of their bubbles was 1 sketchy almost-missed tackle from going big yardage. Michigan on the other hand is getting from -3 to +3 yards on theirs which is a pittance.
I keep saying that while its impressive Cole starts, its telling that a true freshman can hold down a starting position at Michigan. To me it means bad, bad things. The big bonanza of OLs we got isn't meeting what I thought they could ultimately do. Is it Funk? Or is it just the players arent living up to their recruiting hype. That Glasgow (no stars, walk-on, picked up football late in life) seems to be doing well lends some evidence that maybe some of the coaching is working.
I would say that one of the most serious issues at Michigan is that we're stuck in this rut that appears over and over on film, can't drive holes open for RBs, can't pass protect long enough, can't block a bubble screen well enough to counter the corresponding defensive aggression, dont run the QB to keep the safety guessing. There is nothing to show a shred of life to counterpoint what the defenses are doing and so defenses seem to keep doing what they see has worked well on previous game film.
I have a hard time putting every bit of responsibility on either the players or the coaches. The coaches dont play the game; the players need direction and organization and ultimately the guys making the money are responsible. It appears there are faults on both sides here.
I'd be prepared to give another coach several years to straighten this out. Seems like no matter what the "schematic fit" with these current players the "starz recruiting" doesn't necessarily translate into who is doing really well on the field.
|1 week 3 days ago||Its odd||
the percentage of posters here who would seemingly believe Schissel takes his direction from reading the MgoBlog.
Schlissel's first statement was (my take) more or less about how academics should be the focus and athletics, while important should be a clear second priority.
And by sleight of hand or mind or transmogrification of the galaxy, he's going to be motivated to put a figurative wooden stake in Brandon's heart.
....so he can choose his own Ath Dir, one who would clearly place athletics second. Schlissel would also place himself in the chain of events that led to the selection of a new head football coach...I will guess here, that's not a place he would ever want to be, because it would be a talking point forever more and his credibility with the common person would be inextricably linked to that, rather than anything he might offer to advance or refine academics.
I just don't see it. I clearly get how Brandon has alienated various groups, but by DB simply responding to the various terms of the backlash....there's no further argument nor problems for his boss. It would simply then be about some cross-section of complainers. If one offers concessions (not those concessions) and the complainers keep going on it becomes a group of haters who really didn't want what they said in the first place.
I keep posting about this. I don't see this all happening the way its outlined in detail. Its my opinion of course, just based on what I see about organizational dynamics, in several different organizations.
|1 week 3 days ago||When you look at the receiver||
bent over at the waist, drive blocking, it sort of takes away the ambiguity. Just running forward into the DB and maybe hand fighting before cutting would have been sufficient. And as stated, pass behind the line you can drive all you want.
I used to think Kelly was an ass but I think he's reined it in some. Maybe the earlier purple-facing set the standard for players to do their jobs correctly. He does seem to be having more appropriate "chats" with certain players when they come off the field after mistakes.
Its also harder to argue with his success. Good or bad they have recruited quite well and really dominated the line of scrimmage on both sides of the ball in the first half. FSU negated and reversed that, though, in the 2nd half, getting a lot more pressure on Golson.
|1 week 4 days ago||Its time||
for some weird stuff.
Michigan is a big underdog, there's no point in going out the first series and see if we can run between the tackles into 9 guys in the box. The days of simply bulling over an inferior MSU are in the rearview mirror.
Example. Use Gardner at receiver, Morris @ QB, reverse play but Nooo its a throw 75 yards downfield to Funchess. Perfectly good reason...all the sideways running buys time for the WRs to run down the field, patching up for our weakened OL, Gardner can wildcat it if the lane is open as the DBs are going to be well downfield. Slightly less crazy...some rollout passes strong side right with Gardner on the field, when they start defending that, lets put in Morris to roll out left and pressure the other side of the field. No head shots, please.
At this juncture I'd say we are definitely behind the boys in green and white when it comes to manball, but something's wrong in the universe if we don't have the brainpower to concoct some deliciously insane but legal way to make them look foolish.
That said, we can always revert to the time-honored mantra..."play goalline defense the whole game...play the ball and not the man....."
|1 week 4 days ago||Its weird||
to think that a subsequent Ath Dir could cut the prices of anything at a football game from the tix to the concessions.
The die has been cast on the entire realm of facilities and their staff and maintenance.
I get the concept that it sucks to pay premium ticket prices when the football team is not so much win, but dropping the budget down for a poor football season is literally the definition of dynamic pricing which nobody seems to want.
I really think its wonderful that the athletic dept at Michigan is self-funding and I hope it always stays that way. I went to a Women's Softball game last year and marvelled at how nice of an experience it was as a fan.
|1 week 4 days ago||I liked what I saw from||
Bryan Harsin (Boise St)...watched them v Fresno St. Yes its not the offense we run but I think that's the offense with spread concepts that's going to be the one with the most success going forward. Having a QB who is prone to run (not like Denard who was almost a guaranteed run) puts a huge amount of stress on the defense. If its managed like Golston last night who just dove/slid down to accept the yardage and negate all the damaging hits.
Anyway, getting back to Harsin, they played what I though was solid defense. It wasn't a LOL--we slowed you guys down!! type of defense.
Another way to look at this is, if the HC has coordinators or position coaches with midwest ties, then that is good enough not to have the midwest ties himself. Its best not to abandon Michigan...as Dantonio will cherry pick...and best not to abandon Ohio, as O-St will get super strong with all the best recruits and no competition.
|1 week 4 days ago||ND is a pretty good team||
with a few weaknesses. I was impressed they converted the 4th & 18 to stay alive, pretty good play design there. And a similar play ran on the goalline although it was too much offensive blocking. If you look at Kelly's plays, oversimplified, he crosses receivers in an "X" pattern to force the defense to react, or "clears out" as above, where all receivers except one run down/across the field and then there's one guy in a huge space who could be covered by a LB. Simple, but makes the defense react in coverage or puts a 1:1 matchup with no defensive help under or over.
I always seem to want the team who is a "fraud #__" (insert integer) to lose. Last year it would have been Ohio = #2 (for other reasons of course, but they weren't a #2 team with their defense). ND's last NC run was fraught with luck (Pitt missed a 30y FG in OT, M turned it over 6 times and lost by 10 pts---or whatever). I was calling them the Golden Balloon because it was about to pop at any moment and plummet them back to earth and in the rankings. But, eventually these things have a way of working themselves out. As I always say, its better to lose early in the season as there's time to work your way back up the polls. Lose late and its all over.
Obviously, M is not on these levels. I really hope there's a secret Nussmeier offense that hasn't been displayed yet, and that we picked up some formulas from last night for defeating blitz aggression from the defense.
|1 week 5 days ago||I think I'd rather Nussmeier go into the box||
at this point. There is so much more to be seen on the field with an overhead view than standing on the sidelines.
Then Hoke could wear the headset to communicate with him, as he did with Borges at times.
I personally think Hoke is zoned in on watching player(s) during given plays vs. watching the person carrying or the flight of the ball, at various times. Try it during a game a few times and see how confused you can get about what just happened in relation to the ball or how it got where. More or less watch 1 or 2 players and you ignore the other 20.
My guess without knowing more is he's trying to observe and troubleshoot OL and DL play. Do that too many times probably under the pressure he's under this year, all things considered, and my guess is there have been moments where he was single-tracked on something other than just watching the game just like your average fan would.
There are plenty of problems to go around in Michigan football. Obviously Hoke owns them all due to his position of responsibility. I'm disappointed but hating on the guy for having to sort thru the chatter going on between the box and the field while doing other things certainly isn't my biggest issue.
Relative to Bo Schembechler, he, like other Michigan coaches, did a number of frustrating things..he was stubborn in his ways. It worked on the field when it comes to W-L record, but you also have to consider that the Big 10 (in the days when there were 10) was called the Big 2 and the Little 8. The Blog vastly a noob when it comes to Bo, Michigan was a run heavy, very solid run-defensive scheme with bend but don't break passing defense. It worked against the low-level competition but got hammered in a few Rose Bowls by west coast teams with speed and strength. I'm not trying to dog on our Patron Saint but you have to view a wide swath of the past for true comparison.
|2 weeks 8 hours ago||Correct me if wrong||
But I thought this thread was about the "mediocre defense".
Using your logic that we go three to four and out a LOT and turn the ball over on offense a LOT then this would likely put even more pressure on the defense by giving opponents more possessions in a fixed game time window and forcing them to play more minutes of that time window.
|2 weeks 9 hours ago||Is it strange||
we are ranked #5 overall in lowest opponent yards allowed per game....? I dont classify that as being mediocre. There have been some obvious derps especially in the secondary but rushing against M is largely a mistake.
|2 weeks 21 hours ago||Fun to predict||
Any new coaching staff is going to have to re-sift everything again. Probably less frustration with the little errors on the field but I'm guessing chaos on offense and defense to the tune of about 6 wins. Surprise me if the proposed monkey can do better.
I think you are going to see something special with Isaac in the backfield From the eyeball test he looks freakishly strong. Darboh looks also quite strong...just look thru the huddle, the guy has massively built calf muscles as compared to the rest of his 'mates, we already know about his arms. I think he's got the best hands from what I've seen so far, Funchess makes a lot of catches but there's the WTF easy bunny that hits him in the hands once a game for a stone-handed drop. I also think he gets beaten up around the legs by every opposing DB trying to negate his size. Morris I think will improve. He has the tools but too often resorts to throwing a rocket instead of a balll speed appropriate for the situation at hand. The OL is a question but I have to believe improvement as the main 5 is finally solidified. I think Cole will be a lot more of a force with another year of training. He has done remarkably well. Its the other side I worry more about, quite a few derps from the RT spot. The return of Bosch could help that.
Defensively I think good stuff is still there. There are some spot losses but it seems like younger players are there and have seen field time enough to pick it up. Really would love to have Morgan back again. He's not flashy but solid. Also hoping for an on-field demo of Super Peppers, maybe he can finally get a returnable punt or take the reins of Norfleet on kickoffs (isn't Fleet a senior?)
'16 should be a senior-laden team. Its '17 where I think there will be the "young team" syndrome again.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||The "reset"||
he talks about might be a reset in relations and strategies to rebuild relations and not the reset in personnel everyone is salivating about. Read it again and I think you can see that possibility in his words.
The thing is...in today's world its very difficult to fire someone because you don't like them. Of course there's the monetary buyout option, can Schlissel force the budgetary hand of the Athletic Dept to buy out its own leader? Or does the buyout money come from the academic side (General Fund) since he would make the call? The former is sort of a LOL, non-disclosure compensation is bound to be negotiated, the latter is bound to stir up a lot of trouble if its true because its going to find its way to a headline(s) that's going to make the UM look foolish due to academics having to buy out the contract of the Ath Dir.
If one truly wants to fire a subordinate there are the "for cause" set of possibilities which involve a stupid amount of documentation to avoid wrongful termination lawsuits because there is a lot of ambiguity in job performance. A more common tactic is to move the individual in question to a new job, one that they are not good at nor inherently comfortable with, and that usually leads somewhere without all the distasteful mudslinging.
We all can probably identify someone who by conventional wisdom is a proverbial anchor in our respective business organizations, its amazing how long they can stick around in many cases.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||a new Ath Dir||
is going to be forever judged by their first 30 days in office.
The weird thing (in some ways) is that the players on the field remain largely the same (except graduation, attrition)
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Lets put Ty Isaac out there behind the OL||
I think you will like what you see.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||There is always something to learn||
in a matchup like this although rarely its inside a box score or a W-L count.
If you watched MSU-Purdue you can see there's a start of a formula to beat MSUs defense. Likely there will be ways Rutgers shows it can exploit OSUs defense.
VaTech showed what can happen if the defense stacks the box and roars up the field at the QB. JT Barrett was laying on the turf more than Hackenberg in the 4thQ. Maybe Ohio has fixed that, maybe not. I'd say Rutgers DL has the capability to get that done. We will see if Ohio's OL has moved forward and can pickup the impending blitzes.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Its bound to continue||
Assuming a coaching change is made it will be back to the "its trying to make these guys fit his system" meme we all know about that goes on for 4 to 6 years. Not saying its better or worse but I seriously doubt an 11 win season in 2k15 even if Saint Nick was brought in.
I was surprised at Utah beating UCLA not having any further clarity at that point. And this Minnesota definitely isn't the Minnesota of my youth. Rutgers, remains to be seen. They and Maryland were the "LOL of the B1G" and might not be all of that. The true bottom feeder these days seems to be Illinois. Purdue has definitely raised their level of play. Hazell seems to be the real deal from a small sample size.
I personally would like to see what Nussmeier can do with a hand picked OL coach and Ty Isaac.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||A new coach is going to have to start his own recruiting||
When the whole world seemingly wants Brady Hoke fired, the Athletic Director fired, and is petitioning the president of academics to please fire the AD so he can't affect a coaching search, it all screams instability to those who haven't been around here for ages.
A new coach is going to have to start and develop his own recruiting train to be viable. I would think the class signed this February, is going to be pretty meh whether its Hoke or not based on all the calls for firing. I haven't seen Sparty mentioned prominently but it wouldn't surprise me if one or several of our current recruits ultimately go there or Ohio.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||One factor I've wondered about||
is how hard these guys are being pushed in practice.
Meaning are the players truly all injured in the game or do some of these happen getting drilled in practice?
Several of the ACL tears (Butt, Ryan, Bellomy) happened in practice.
I've often wondered where the coaches put the needle in terms of this, on one extreme the players can barely make it to the game, on the other extreme they rarely hit each other in practice, its all "touch football". Realizing neither extreme is likely but where to set the bounds, or if this has any factor....
One would think if injuries are completely random it would strike another team differently in another year.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||I really wonder about this||
I am hoping someone can shed some light. Michigan's bubble screens seem to go for -3 to +3 yards and get blown up almost immediately.
Penn State's bubble screens were seemingly almost always one tackle from breaking it really big.
What in the formation are we doing wrong, is it offense or defense or is it just crappy blocking by the other receiver on that side. I have been struggling to identify that but havent figured it out yet.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||At that point||
They were still struggling to ID a starting QB. Recall C. Cook had played most of the game but Dantonio summoned a cold A. Maxwell to play the last offensive series of the game and he incompleted every pass.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Rookie QB||
Anytime a rookie QB gets inserted its Defense 101 to stuff the box, and blitz the everliving hell out of him, there is literally no downside. If he's in there to handoff the ball, then you stuff the run between the tackles. if he's in there to pass then there's an overwhelming onslaught of defenders that can result in a sack, a poorly calculated throw, etc.
I'd say its an offensive coach's job to recognize this and try some stuff to avert that kind of pressure. With weeks to prepare I'd think they could shift gears from previous tendencies.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||I question the BIG Formation on 3 &1||
Because it took *forever* to snap the ball and PSU had plenty of time to get aligned and matched up with Michigan.
So then there's naturally a huge pileup and Gardner trying to ram the back of the pile gets hit first on the ankles and then folded back from up top. Sketchy.
There has to be some kind of variant to this, I see its effective if the offense runs immediately to the ball and snaps it for a QB dive but the lengthy time element screwed this one. Especially by not getting the yardage and getting our main QB hurt. I can see something like a naked bootleg or a sprint to the edge, etc, with someone fast on the end of the line able to run out and get a block on whoever is trying to tackle or funnel on the defense's side. Going mano y mano without a dominant offensive line in short yardage is a really low percentage play....and not just Michigan...all over CFB.
Bellomy I saw throw the ball 1 time and that was into a lineman's raised arm. So I didn't see much. I expected him to do better this time rather than Lincoln, expecting fewer big angry guys chasing him all over the pocket...
|2 weeks 4 days ago||We||
"Were not going to talk about each other, we're not going to criticize each other"...
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Just a thought||
The MMB seems to have attained regular perfection in field placement, formation, and route running....err...walking....maybe they should have a place on the Team
But a really great job, I can only wonder about how much practice, planning and innovation it took to make this look as awesome as it did. Kudos to the MMB!
|3 weeks 6 hours ago||Are we going to futz out||
on the probability that Nussmeier has to leave after 1 year and then turns into something really big somewhere else when he has time to implement and refine his system?
Aside: the Gurley thread got me thinking...I can totally see Mark Richt coaching in Ann Arbor. I think his persona fits completely with Michigan, and I could care less about his ties, just that he represents the values of fair play and professionalism. Georgia fans would throw rainbows of joy the day he was fired (left in my postulated situation) and rue it for years to come. His "very good" in the SEC might translate to "really good" in the weaker B1G. He might not be able to recruit the midwest but...wait for it....enter our new DL coach and recruiting coordinator Brady Hoke who has a track record of yes in that department.