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|35 min 22 sec ago||They're clueless. 3:30 is a||
They're clueless. 3:30 is a more prestigious timeslot than 12:00. The OSU game is the marquee game we play at noon anymore, mostly out of tradition.
|38 min 31 sec ago||i guess the downside of||
Not quite sure what you're getting at here. The admissions standards for Jucos aren't changing. Lousy students can still learn better study habits at a Juco. They just need to get slightly better grades at the Juco before they move on to a 4-year school.
In the end, this probably will just mean a little more of that good ol' academic fraud at the Juco level to get the guys eligible.
|18 hours 42 min ago||You keep throwing out this||
You keep throwing out this "since 2007" stuff. It's a red herring. I'm not arguing about 2007-10.
In 2011 and '12, we went 14-0 at home. Fans buying season tickets couldn't have gotten a better record than that. They didn't pay to see the team on the road, or the teams from previous years. They paid to see the 2011 and 2012 Michigan teams at home, and those teams won 100% of those games. It's hard to argue that they didn't get their money's worth.
|20 hours 2 min ago||It's Kelly's offense. He ran||
It's Kelly's offense. He ran the same thing at Cincinnati when he didn't have Martin as OC.
|20 hours 5 min ago||I agree that our home record||
I agree that our home record from 2007-10 was terrible by our standards. But I don't understand how that makes the 2011 and 2012 teams - which went 14-0 at home - an "overpriced" ticket. We beat OSU in '11 and MSU in '12.
|20 hours 23 min ago||This is very much my view as||
This is very much my view as well.
|20 hours 32 min ago||People eager to see Borges||
People eager to see Borges pack his bags might want to consider that his replacement could well be none other than one Mike DeBord (who happens to already be employed by Michigan at the moment).
Borges has had his bad outings but when he brings his A game, he's very good. That's more than I can say for some of our past offensive coordinators. I'm not sure DeBord, Terry Malone, Stan Parrish or Fred Jackson could have delivered a 600-yard, 41-point performance last Saturday.
Even if it weren't DeBord, hiring any OC is a gamble. The few truly great ones are almost all looking for head coaching jobs, not another coordinator position. Basically, if you want consistently awesome offenses, you need your head coach to be the driving force, either as a schematic guy (like RR) or a monster recruiter (which Hoke is showing signs of being, though the jury's still out).
|20 hours 42 min ago||(Denard, Gallon, Hemingway,||
I think you're overselling some of those guys. In particular, calling Toussaint, Omameh or Schofield elite talents is a stretch - I would consider all three of them to be below-average by our historical standards at those positions. Some of the others had their weaknesses, too - Denard was an erratic passer; Gallon lacks size; Hemingway lacked speed.
I'm not concerned about the returning talent at the skill positions. Gardner has the potential to be a star; he showed that against ND and OSU. Funchess likewise can become a monster receiving threat; the main thing that's holding him back now is just concentration on some of these passes. Chesson needs work making plays on the ball but has excellent size and speed, and Darboh was supposed to be a breakout star on the way before his injury. Butt is emerging as a receiving TE and should come along as a blocker. At tailback, Smith and Green are very promising and could well prove to be upgrades at the position.
The OL is the main question mark, but given our recruiting, it should improve. Left tackle will probably be worse, but RT may or may not be (I think Schofield was out of position there and did not have a great season) and the interior should be better.
|21 hours 9 min ago||Given that we went undefeated||
Given that we went undefeated at home in 2011 and 2012, why was it "overpriced"?
|21 hours 13 min ago||Didn't they announce that||
Didn't they announce that prices would not increase?
|22 hours 17 min ago||Yeah, I was going to say||
Yeah, I was going to say that. It seems like a logical move for him, based on his size and that he's demonstrated some receiving ability already.
|22 hours 23 min ago||That's not really how it||
That's not really how it works. The coordinator is the driving force behind the gameplan and makes the gameday calls, but it's Hoke's call to hire or fire position coaches. The coordinator's involvement with position groups he doesn't coach is generally not that large. Borges isn't really Funk's "supervisor" - Hoke is.
|22 hours 44 min ago||I'm not sure how consistent||
I'm not sure how consistent his play was this season. I thought he had a pretty rough year in pass protection and was not much better in run blocking. I think his future in the NFL, if he makes it, is at guard.
|22 hours 45 min ago||Any OL product remotely as||
Why Al and not Funk, the guy who coaches them on a daily basis? Generally speaking, the coordinator is not that involved (on a day-in, day-out basis) with position groups he doesn't personally coach.
|22 hours 57 min ago||Neither side of the ball was||
Neither side of the ball was good that year. We had some good outings out of conference, but In Big Ten play our ppg and yardage were barely different from 2008.
|1 day 18 min ago||You have to remember that red||
You have to remember that red stands out much more than dark colors. I was there - it was probably not more than 20% OSU. We had a clear homefield advantage - they couldn't make much noise while we made a ton. That would not have been the case if it had been 60-40.
|1 day 21 min ago||I blame Mateen Cleaves. His||
I blame Mateen Cleaves. His total washout of a career probably spooked Joe D (who drafted him back in 2000) into not wanting to draft another local product coming off a Final Four run. That is irrational logic, of course, but I bet it was in the back of his mind. I'm afraid the Pistons are probably going to regret this one for a long time.
|1 day 17 hours ago||You can "demand excellence"||
You can "demand excellence" all you want - but in the real world, you can't always snap your fingers and land the perfect OC. In fact, I'd bet that the new OC would end up being an underwhelming hire like Loeffler. The real superstar coordinators are looking for head coaching jobs, not another OC position.
I'm not married to keeping Borges around, but I recognize that there is a nonzero chance that Borges's replacement would end up not being an improvement over him. It's not unthinkable that, with improved OL play, we have a considerably improved offense next year, without having to resort to the gimmick-of-the-week like the tackle over.
The other thing to consider is the unknown issue of how much influence Hoke actually has over the offensive gameplan. We do not really know how much freedom the OC has.
|1 day 19 hours ago||I think this is a closer call||
I think this is a closer call than a lot of people are willing to acknowledge. Certainly, given the offense's general performance in Big Ten play (outside of OSU/Indiana and maybe Minnesota) you can make a case that this offensive staff doesn't deserve to stick around. On the other hand...
-Is it fair to Gardner, a guy who's really taken one for the team the past couple of years, to have to adapt to another new coach? I'm not saying we should let an individual player dictate staff direction, but it might not be good for his development to once again change things up on him. He's a guy who clearly has great upside and maybe the best chance of bringing that out of him in his senior year is to stay the course. Is his return tied to the return of Borges?
-Funk's OLs haven't looked too impressive the last two years, but his position group, probably more than any other on the team, is really hurting due to a lack of past recruiting. We did start to see progress on the OL at the end of the year. Maybe it's a mirage, maybe not. Also, we have no idea how he and Stenavich may have been affected by the deaths in the family they both experienced this season.
-The case against Jackson seems a little weaker after Smith and Green have shown us something these last few weeks. His overall track record is fine, but recently it had been lacking. But maybe he just didn't have the players.
|1 day 20 hours ago||A change certainly could work||
A change certainly could work out - but it might not. Right now we have no idea who a hypothetical replacement OC/QB coach could be, so we're ascribing all the best qualities to him. It's like those political polls where they compare the unpopular incumbent with a generic guy from the opposition - the generic guy wins. But then the party actually nominates someone and it might be another story.
The big unknown in all this is how Gardner and Borges get on. If they have a strong relationship (I don't know), that's not something you can easily toss aside.
|1 day 20 hours ago||It's never irrevelant when||
It's never irrevelant when it's your rival. When your rival is strong, that adds a level of urgency to everything. Losing to those guys sticks in your craw a whole lot more.
|1 day 20 hours ago||Of course it's a possibility,||
Of course it's a possibility, but I don't think it happens. We lose a handful of key guys, sure - every team does. But on the whole we won't be as young as this year and I think we're going to see Gardner and Ryan really step up as team leaders. We saw Gardner start to become more of a leader as this year progressed. Next year I think he'll be a captain and a very good one. Generally speaking, teams with senior QBs do pretty well.
|1 day 20 hours ago||Anytime you have a senior QB,||
Anytime you have a senior QB, it's not a throwaway year. I'm not in love with Borges as our OC or QB coach but I was also somewhat leery of asking Gardner to adapt to a third QB coach in his career. Gardner can be a really special player and I can understand the rationale for wanting to ride it out with Borges as his OC/QB coach. There is no guarantee a new QB coach would help his development.
|1 day 20 hours ago||In Funk's defense, the talent||
In Funk's defense, the talent he's recruited is all freshmen (redshirt or true) right now. He doesn't have many upperclassmen to work with beyond the tackle duo. Also, both he and his GA, Stenavich, suffered deaths in the family during the season, and we can only guess how much that affected them.
|1 day 20 hours ago||I don't think we go 7-5 next||
I don't think we go 7-5 next year. Last year we were good in conference play (6-2) and could point to Denard's injury as an excuse for the overall record being a little disapppointing. This year we just weren't very good and it was plain as day. There are no excuses now. Throw in OSU and Sparty being in the title game and I think guys in the program are going to have a lot of fuel for the fire this offseason. This is the kind of crappy season that can force guys to rededicate themselves.
|1 day 21 hours ago||I loved seeing the||
I loved seeing the Transcontinental return. My favorite trick play. It was wide-open, too, if we could have completed the pass. That was a missed opportunity (I think we ended up punting).
|1 day 22 hours ago||But again, you run the risk||
But again, you run the risk of having someone panic on that quick play and false start or just blow his assignment. Rushing to the line of scrimmage with the clock ticking down is a nerve-wracking situation. Imagine us getting flagged for having only six men on the line there. That could be a game-killer.
|1 day 22 hours ago||I don't know how much that||
I don't know how much that really matters. Stanford has held Oregon in check the last two years and they don't use much in the way of spread concepts. Likewise I expect MSU to do pretty well against OSU (at least, a lot better than us), and they have a pro-style offense.
The common thread among defenses that do well against spread offenses seems to be more that they are very physical and dominate the line of scrimmage. That unfortunately does not really describe us this year, especially our DL.
|1 day 22 hours ago||I've gone back and forth on||
I've gone back and forth on the spike at the end of the game. It wastes a down, which is certainly a significant cost, but OTOH you're only two yards away and really should be able to get it in one of three tries. There is value in allowing everyone to settle down and get ready for the second-down play, so you don't have issues like a guy not lining up properly (which might end up blowing up the play or getting a procedure penalty).
If you have two timeouts, you obviously don't do it (you call timeout instead). With one it's iffier. You don't really want to burn your last one there. I think either course of action is defensible.
|1 day 23 hours ago||Well, there was Gardner's||
Well, there was Gardner's "fumble."