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|16 weeks 3 days ago||I ...don't hate them?||
The shorts could be better. But the top is great.
|17 weeks 4 days ago||Is there a part 3 coming?||
I ask because there's one apparent glaring fault highlighted by the statistics, which is that Kaep's YPP fell every year under Harbaugh. The NFL-writer-narrative this year was that Harbaugh was "breaking" Kaepernick by insisting on [exact problem not clear], but that seems unlikely given his track record; my instinct is to look for a decline/other problems in the surrounding "pieces" of the team, but (a) I don't know how to go about analyzing that, (b) anyway I barely watched the 49ers this past season, and (c) obviously no position exists in a vacuum.
One concerning interpretation might be that NFL defenses are starting to figure out Harbaugh's "system", if it's fair to say he has a system, and under that interpretation we want to ask whether college guys will do the same. (As a sort of flip side of this argument I'd point to MSU's emerging defensive issues this past season.) I'm not sure whether this adds weight to the argument or is a reason for dismissing it, but Seattle, St. Louis, and Arizona are all at least characterized as "defensive" teams right now.
Of course "struggles vs. really good defenses" isn't exactly a valid criticism of any offensive scheme - no one's claiming Oregon's offense is suddenly in trouble. But I'm curious what you think here. Especially since we're playing MSU and Ohio State every year!
|33 weeks 6 days ago||Well, sure.||
That Iowa and Tennessee (say) were playing in last year instead of Directional State and U of State-Nowheresville is a problem. But that's execution of format, not directly the fault of the format (except that it apparently was spit out by the computers giving the overal #1 the theoretical weakest schedule? I'm not entirely sure how it should work mathematically; common sense says, if you've got four play-ins, they should be for the 4 16 spots.)
|33 weeks 6 days ago||Eh||
68 makes no sense, but 65 made even less sense even from the "publicity stunt" point of view.
Okay, refine that a little bit. If the tournament were really seeded 1-64, then a play-in for the 64 spot, and the 64 spot only, is still silly but is justifiable. As it is, the Big Dance is (except for the "overall #1 spot) basically 4 tournaments seeded 1-16, in both the public mind and reality, so it makes more sense to have either 4 play-in games, or none. (I prefer none.)
|35 weeks 5 days ago||My line of thought||
After the Notre Dame game, my operative theory became that Nussmeier had come in this Spring, looked at what he had, and said to himself, "Self, this is going to take a while," and so went into the year coaching "for next year". Hoke is Brandon's guy, Brandon didn't look nearly so shaky then; it seemed plausible that, say, an 8-4 year with obvious "progress" (whatever that means) would buy Hoke at least 2015. Especially with a win over MSU or OSU.
Michigan has looked fine against bad teams. That's a minimum competence and wasn't there last year (see: UConn). Against good teams - even decent teams - it's been a struggle. The offense to me this year looks like it knows what it's trying to do and can't - missed holes, dropped passes, wild throws, poor blocking, goofy turnovers, the works. The big red flag exception is the Minnesota game, of course, when ... I don't have an explanation. But this is an at least slightly better thing than last year's team which often looked like it didn't know what it was trying to do even when it was working. (And then there were the Notre Dame and OSU games, which... I also don't have an explanation for, but in a good way.)
I have no idea how to try to sift out who's responsible for what problems at this point. I look at the team and my gut feel is that with another year Nussmeier's offense would be at least back to decent even with a new QB, just from familiarity, repetition, and some experience on the line. It was garbage time, sure, but (at least with the rose-colored glasses) the mere fact of a touchdown against MSU is a tiny positive progress.
But I don't think we can keep Hoke, as he's shown no ability to improve a team - the opposite, rather: we need to get rid of him. So it's new coach, new coordinators, new QB, new everything next year, and that's also going to be a pain.
|36 weeks 5 days ago||Okay, thanks.||
Looking at it more carefully, I think where I was confused was that I was assuming the Z was on the LoS - I never realized the "exactly seven" rule.
So if I'm reading it right now, the LT is eligible (except for his number) by being on the end of the line, and the X ditto on the other "end" (which is really out past the hash), the Z is eligible because he's in the "backfield" slightly off the LoS (despite being out wide (until he comes in motion)), the Y (as lined up) would never be eligible regardless of motion, and the "center" of the line for counting purposes is actually the RG?
|36 weeks 5 days ago||So this is where my ignorance shows.||
Not having played football myself, I never can keep receiving eligibility straight. But I thought it had something to do with distance (by bodies, not space?) from the ball - anyway, I can't figure out why on that first play diagrammed the Y is ineligible but the LT is (apparently, by color) eligible. I thought it should be the other way around, but I trust Seth to not have screwed that up. What am I missing?
|43 weeks 2 days ago||Point of Order||
That's Vad Lee, JMU and former Georgia Tech QB. He didn't look so hot at GT, either; I'm putting that percentage chance Gardner's better at well over 70%.
|43 weeks 6 days ago||Little-noted artistic detail||
In "Run blocking!", the streamer on the FG pole blows out marking right where #4 just ran.
It's the details that make things great.
|44 weeks 4 days ago||I was getting all excited with the position player previews||
Now I'm worried again. If Glasgow comes back at center and is good, and the freshman is competent, and Braden's taken a step forward, ... it could be almost-good. I feel like the pass pro might actually be okay; still worried about the running game. Hopefully The Nuss has actually simplified it and we'll be doing 2-3 things pretty okay instead of gameplan roulette.
|44 weeks 6 days ago||This was somehow worse than the defense UFR.||
21-7 and somehow we found a way to lose.
|45 weeks 4 days ago||One thing I will miss from Borges' offense||
Is the stacks. When the offense really got going, they worked really nicely, and were fun to watch.
I don't know enough about football to know whether they'd be compatible with what Nussmeier's doing, let alone whether he's likely to use them or any similar concepts.
|50 weeks 4 days ago||As a Hillsdale alum||
Hillsdale basketball is usually a mediocre to occasionally kind of good D-II program. The game should be a laugher.
|1 year 1 week ago||Yeah, and||
I'm going to go ahead and guess you weren't that excited about beating VT in the Sugar Bowl either, because just another bowl game win isn't a "special accomplishment" for Michigan (regardless of, you know, the actual state of the program).
|1 year 13 weeks ago||There's a certain tragic irony||
For Michigan to lose a nail-biter on a last-second three.
Great season, Blue, see you next year.
|1 year 14 weeks ago||Even if Dakich never played a minute||
He'd be worth keeping around.
|1 year 18 weeks ago||Lose-lose for the coaches?||
The defense slipped a bit last year; if they make changes, it'll get worried about as "reactionary", if they don't make changes, it'll be "why aren't they changing anything?"
I'm inclined to wait to see it in action before making judgments.
|1 year 22 weeks ago||Was at a party with some friends||
Saw the score when we were down 6 with 13 to go.
I'm in a mild state of shock at the moment.
|1 year 43 weeks ago||I'm going to save that first image somewhere.||
Even though I've been watching football religiously for about 5 years (it was a habit I picked up in college), as a non-football player I've only had vague ideas of most positions. That's the first image that's managed to make the defensive lineup absolutely clear. So props for that.
|1 year 45 weeks ago||Eh, a survey?||
27, male, Mount Rainier (PG Country, MD - or just "DC" for short), graduated Hillsdale College (MI) '08, right-handed (but I'm nearly ambidextrous for ping-pong and fencing), and Thoth.
|2 years 2 weeks ago||Borges = Martz?||
This is more and more the conclusion I've been coming to reading through the series. Mike Martz had "The Greatest Show on Turf" until ...he lost a perrenial Pro Bowl RT (to the Browns, of all teams). This is the biggest difference when the thing suddenly fell apart. The Rams were never the same, apart from one season which is in retrospect an outlier. The Lions o-line has been bad for years, San Fran was a debacle, and the Bears o-line is... well, look at Cutler's sack numbers.
Borges with Molk in 2011 - apart from game-planning problems - was solid. Take away an all-American center from that line, and his offense struggles a bit.
|2 years 3 weeks ago||Based on this write-up||
My impression is that Notre Dame this year is basically a better MSU with different defensive concepts. Which admittedly worries me, given the trouble the Spartans have given Michigan lately.
|2 years 35 weeks ago||Judgment call||
Suppose they yanked Bellomy. Unless we pulled out a win somehow, then you have, "Why would you pull Bellomy, just showing you have no confidence in him, when there wasn't that much you could expect?"
If the kid has his head screwed on straight, a bad performance in an emergeny situation when he's barely played isn't going to do long-term damage; if it's seriously going to impact his confidence, then he's not the guy we were looking for and we're back to questioning recruiting.
|2 years 38 weeks ago||I don't follow LSU dropping that far, looks like over-reaction||
Specifically, they're still way better than Georgia, Oregon State, or Florida State, and I'm not sure about Clemson.
|2 years 43 weeks ago||Thing I would pay good money to see...||
I know that the service academies play "small" guys because they literally can't have guys be bigger and still scrape through the military requirements (especially endurance stuff), but I've always had a fondness for the resulting normal-sized-people-playing-football. Army-Navy is consistently one of the most watchable games of the year not involving powerhouses. (Uh, also my dad was in the Navy. That might have something to do with this opinion, especially recently.)
I also have a suspicion that the gradual size creep is probably causing corresponding gradual a) direct injury creep and b) residual health problem creep, especially for linemen.
I know the Shaun Rogers and Ndamukong Suhs of the world are way more "in shape" than I am, but carrying that kind of weight has to be unhealthy. Nothing would make me happier than to see football leagues - NCAA and pro both - instituting some kind of "healthy body" standards.
The only drawback I can see would be the loss of the Fat Guy Touchdown, and while that's a major drawback, everything has its price.
|2 years 43 weeks ago||My meager contribution||
|2 years 44 weeks ago||"Keep checking mgoblog..."||
Alabama: USC has to play Oregon, Stanford, a messy PAC-12; I don't like it. They might be better than 'Bama but SEC or not I think 'Bama has fewer chances to trip and a safer strategy (and a better defense).
Michigan: Georgia might be better. So I'm a homer. Sue me.
WVU: Better than Clemson or Texas. MSU and Wiscy have to deal with the B1G mess - I think they're both guaranteed a loss and may each lose another; I don't know who what to make of West Virginia.
Ohio: but probably VT. I will be happy if I'm badly wrong here.
Boise State: Stanford has the same problems as USC above. How is Louisville in a group?
Arizona: Random guess. (Also known as, "Didn't want to read through the whole list to find something sensible".)
|2 years 46 weeks ago||Opinion is split, clearly||
I think this needs to happen every year.
I wonder if there's any correlation between "like this feature" and "plays fantasy football"? Probably not, though it would make sense.
|2 years 46 weeks ago||Quibbling like a sophomore||
That .gif is incredibly informative... once I downloaded it and took it apart piece by piece in GIMP. Up at the top of the page it flashes by too quickly - which I guess just shows I can't play quarterback. I like the format, but maybe next time slow down the frame-rate?
One question - I'm guessing this is me not knowing enough - but frame 10 is labeled "Offense: 122" when it seems like it should be 212 (I-form with HB and FB, Y on right end, 2 wide).
Anyway, cool post.
|2 years 47 weeks ago||Actually Heiko's not Millen|