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|2 years 37 weeks ago||Purdue's D is pretty||
Purdue's D is pretty good, or at least was able to handle Illinois' offense pretty well. Illinois couldn't do much on the ground and Short was very disruptive. After seeing what MSU did, I expect Purdue to blitz quite a bit and put a lot of pressure on Denard, so it'll be interesting to see how he reacts this time. I have no real clue how Purdue put up 21 points though, so I think Michigan should be able to hold their offense to not much of anything so unless it's a complete implosion by Denard, Michigan should be easily.
|2 years 37 weeks ago||I was kind of hoping Kiel||
I was kind of hoping Kiel could do for IU what Brees did for Purdue, but IU isn't exactly having the same level of success that Purdue did in Tiller's first year, so I can see him wanting to jump ship. IU still has a good group of coaches that they've brought in, so there's some hope for the future there, I think.
|2 years 38 weeks ago||Sure they won, they got the||
Sure they won, they got the guy they hated out(Rich Rodriguez) and got what they wanted, a Lloyd assistant that says the right things and runs the program the way they wanted. I don't buy that everyone loses, sure those people look bad, but they obviously didn't care when they were doing it. They were more interested in doing what they felt was best for themselves and didn't give a shit about Michigan or the players. And they won.
|2 years 38 weeks ago||Suspend Gholston if you want||
Suspend Gholston if you want to, or even Rush as well. It won't actually change anything. I don't really think either of those kids are naturally evil or dirty players, I think they're getting all of that from their coaches. They promote and encourage this type of behavior, of course the kids are going to act that way. Someone said that after Rush injured Denard, the coaches and players were high fiving him on the sidelines. Suspending these kids just tries to cure the symptoms while the real problem goes unchecked and it will keep happening over and over until someone steps in, which doesn't seem likely. Suspend Dantonio and Narduzzi for a month and don't do anything to the kids Get the point across that this type of behavior is not acceptable from the coaches, and the players will stop doing these things.
However, the media has painted the narrative that Dantonio is a saint and is just trying to help these troubled kids out, so nothing will happen. There might be a suspension for a player or two, but it'll be one game and after that everyone will just forget about it.
|2 years 38 weeks ago||Braylonfest, easily. I caught||
Braylonfest, easily. I caught the 2nd half/OT with a buddy of mine at our favorite restaurant, which was full of Purdue fans that had an extreme hatred of Michigan. I got so much shit for telling them it wasn't over yet and some much joy out of seeing them get shut up so quickly. Was just one of those games where I -knew- Michigan was going to win and didn't care what the score was at any point.
|2 years 39 weeks ago||As someone who basically||
As someone who basically lives in West Lafayette and nearly everyone I know is both a Purdue fan and hates Danny Hope, I have a feeling JHSNCAH will become very popular.
Also, these posts have been fantastic, I wasn't sure if I wanted to grab the book but after reading this I can't imagine not having it delivered from Amazon the day it's out and reading it instantly.
|2 years 39 weeks ago||If I had to guess, it's||
If I had to guess, it's becuase there really aren't manyquestions beyond "Why did you hire Greg Robinson?" and "Why did you keep Tony Gibson on staff?" on that end that we don't already know about. We know about the attrition. We know about all the high ranked guys that just plain were busts the last couple years. What else is there to really talk about?
All the drama/politics/etc. were a pretty large unknown for a large portion of the fan-base. I think we'd all heard rumors about "factions" that were trying to undermine the program and how it might be related to Carr/etc., but never anything but rumors from unnamed sources on message boards. It sounds like the book does a good job of at least trying to layout what happened and with actual sources. That seems a lot more interesting to me.
I can see one chapter or so on the defensive coaching thing, and if that was left out then it could have improved the book I'm sure, but even with that I think a large majority of the book would be about the "other" stuff.
|2 years 39 weeks ago||I'm very very very glad||
I'm very very very glad ESPN only showed that once so far on replay. Yikes.
|2 years 40 weeks ago||Agreed, the improved||
Agreed, the improved secondary play and actually having depth across the board on D has been pretty huge. Minnesota probably gets a first half FG against last year's team and a cheap TD against the backups in the 2nd half.
|2 years 40 weeks ago||The major difference, to||
The major difference, to me, is that the Big Ten appears to be way worse this year. Iowa looks worse, Purdue lookd worse, Ohio State looks worse, Michigan State looks worse. Minnesota is somehow worse. Northwestern is probably worse since Persa isn't 100%. Illinois may be better but Liuget dominated that game last year, as much as a defensive player can in a game where both teams score 60+.
With how bad the rest of the league looks, besides Nebraska/Wisconsin, the expecations should be at least 10 wins at this point. Put the same team in last year's schedule, and expectations probably drop to 7-8 wins. This should be a great opportunity for Michigan and Hoke to build up a lot more goodwill in the event next year doesn't go as well with a much tougher schedule.
|2 years 40 weeks ago||indeed, this Minnesota team||
indeed, this Minnesota team vs Delware State '09 would be one heck of an awful football game.
|2 years 40 weeks ago||I decided to search google||
I decided to search google for "football team scored 39 points" and the first result was Michigan beating Michigan Agricultural(which became MSU, according to Wikipedia) 39-0 in their inagural meeting in 1898. It's like Google knows me too well and made sure to list a Michigan score first...
|2 years 42 weeks ago||Possibly, but most people||
Possibly, but most people around here think 3-3-5 = only what we saw last year, so they think it's a useless D. A well played 3-3-5 should be an interesting test for Denard, but I'm not sure if it's the best to handle Denard. SDSU runs an aggresive version and blitzes a lot, which should leave Denard some easier quick throws and running lanes to take off. The best way to handle him is probably to only rush 4, keep contain, and force him to beat you from the pocket throwing the ball.
|2 years 42 weeks ago||Heh, last year I made a||
Heh, last year I made a comment about how I felt Gallon was the 2nd most explosive player on offense, but didn't really have the route running/hands to be a good WR yet. I got a lot of heat for that comment. Glad to see that once he ironed out some of the kinks on offense that he's showing my comment to be at least close to correct. Dude is amazing in the open field, will be very interesting to see how he's used in the next couple years.
|2 years 42 weeks ago||ND will eventually run out of||
ND will eventually run out of bullets to shoot itself in the foot with and start actually winning games. I suspect it starts this week. ND 38 MSU 24.
|2 years 44 weeks ago||They had some bounces go||
They had some bounces go their way, which was good to see. Brian keeps railing that the turnover margins will regress to the mean, I think this is part of what he meant. The past couple years, when a good play was made it seemed like the bounces never went Michigan's way; they did today. Whether or not that continues is obviously just random chance, but if they can keep putting themselves into the position for those things to occur, good things will happen.
However, the defensive line seemed invisible and the secondary looked poor. I have a feeling a decent team with a somewhat experienced QB will pick this team apart and actually be able to beat them big when the blitz comes. On a lot of those blitzes in the first half, they had people 1 on 1 and open but couldn't make the play. The good teams Michigan will play this year will have the ability and athletes to make those plays. That doesn't mean it's the wrong strategy, just a risky one if Michigan has to blitz that often to get any pressure at all.
Overall, watching this game felt a lot like watching the UConn game last year. The D looks passable and made some plays when it needed to and the offense was good but didn't really show much. It's easy to compare this game to OSU/Wisconsin/Bowl game last year and think it was a huge leap in D, but compare it to UConn and it was pretty similar.
|2 years 44 weeks ago||WMU - W ND - L EMU -||
WMU - W
ND - L
EMU - W
SDSU - W
MINN - W
NW - L
MSU - L
PURD - W
IOWA - L
ILL - W
NEB - L
OSU - L
Bowl Game - W
|3 years 6 days ago||That was my first||
That was my first thought as well. I had been out partying the night before, apparently woke up at a friend's house just as the game was starting. So we're watching the game when he suddenly realizes he has to go to work, so I had to leave as well. I live about 30 miles away, and managed to make it home during halftime despite it still being a near blizzard outside. Didn't miss a down.
I think I felt happier at the end of that game than I had about a football game since the 1997 OSU game.
|3 years 1 week ago||Agreed, 100%. NFL 2k5 is||
Agreed, 100%. NFL 2k5 is still the most fun football game I've ever played. My buddy and I usually rent the new Madden game each year, try it for a week or two, then go dig his PS2 out and play 2k5 again. It's just a superior game engine and EA has no reason to want to overhaul theirs. I don't blame them, why improve when you don't have to?
|3 years 4 weeks ago||Agreed, the number of||
Agreed, the number of times the other team would have a huge play, then in the replay you'd see Mouton in the completely wrong position or lying on the ground after a missed tackle was egregiously high.
|3 years 4 weeks ago||I'd +1 you if I could. It||
I'd +1 you if I could. It will be quite funny to see the people that argue for him getting a 5th chance, though.
|3 years 5 weeks ago||You aren't likely to get much||
You aren't likely to get much agreement here. Everyone loves to pile onto Dantonio and MSU's treatment of criminals, but soon as it happens to a Michigan player instead, people are going to keep rationalizing it down until he should only be suspended for a couple games, if that.
When it comes down to it, fans and coaches of nearly any team just want to win and they don't care how. The fans will buy into the theory that their coach is a great guy and is molding his young players into great men and he's done enough to punish a player behind the scenes and if the coach lets him play, that means he's worked through his troubles enough to earn his spot back. Michigan State fans said that about Dantonio and his band of merry criminals. Ohio State fans said the same thing about Tressel and all the violations with his players.
Now it's starting here, too. Hopefully it doesn't get near as extreme as it has at those two programs,
|3 years 5 weeks ago||Even if Hoke is the||
Even if Hoke is the answer and Michigan puts together a good 5-10 year run... I don't know if I'd put them as a top destination for a coach. The prestige and history factor would help, sure. But after the things you mentioned, I think a lot of coaches would be wary to come into Michigan if they weren't already connected to the program. I wouldn't blame them either. All those fans and alumni got what they wanted, a "Michigan man" in charge, but they need to realize the way it appears from the outside, that unless you're already connected to the program we won't give you a chance at all.
|3 years 5 weeks ago||I don't think "But I only||
I don't think "But I only barely broke the law!" is a very good defense. The point of the limit being so low is partially to make sure people just DO NOT DRINK AND DRIVE. Excusing someone because they just barely went over the limit seems silly. It'd be akin to saying "But officer, I know I fired that gun in the general direction of that guy, but the bullet was really far away from him, can you let me off?"
|3 years 5 weeks ago||I don't know, I think||
I don't know, I think willingly risking the lives of numerous people near wherever the person is driving drunk is a lot worse than stealing money or even punching a hockey player in the head. I'm not very convinced by the addiction argument, either. If he was just getting drunk a lot, then yeah get him help, but on two occasions that we know of, he willingly got behind the wheel while drunk. To me that's just inexcusable. I'm okay with the idea of keeping him on the team, but he should never play another down, even after a redshirt year. If he wants to go the Dantonio route and let him play at some point, that's his perogative but the poster above is right, fans supporting it will be on a real thin line of hypocrisy
|3 years 5 weeks ago||I would imagine because||
I would imagine because college coaches are more interested in winning games than making sure their players do well in the pros. Now, the kids doing well in the pros is important to a coach I'm sure, so if they can help them they will, but why take your Heisman contender QB and make him a WR just so he could do better in the NFL? Especially if it works in college to use that guy at QB.
To put it better, should Hoke move Denard to WR so he has a better chance at making it in the pros in a few years?
|3 years 5 weeks ago||Cam was on a better team||
Cam was on a better team and was much better at getting money from his university?
Joking aside, there isn't much difference. I think if you're going to look at potential upside, you can look back to someone like Steve McNair. Give him a couple years on the bench with a decent mentor and he might be able to make something of himself. Who knows, people can grow up in a hurry at times.
Now, I personally think QBs like Pryor/Newton/Vince Young are way too risky to spend much of anything on, but I can see why teams take that risk. I think some team would probably take a risk on someone like Pryor.
|3 years 6 weeks ago||Didn't Cam Newton just go||
Didn't Cam Newton just go #1 in the draft? Teams don't learn on these things, someone will take him because of his upside. Highly athletic QBs with questionable passing ability are the types of players that a coach thinks they can turn into a superstar with just the "right" coaching. Even someone with rather questionable character, people will take a risk on. Mallett was picked, and actually went to a really good spot for him to get his attitude turned around.
|3 years 6 weeks ago||In the media, yeah. It seems||
In the media, yeah. It seems likely that Brandon's list was 1) Jim Harbaugh 2) Brady Hoke. It seems a lot more likely that the guys mentioned above would actually be on tOSU's coaching search list.
|3 years 6 weeks ago||This actually made me||
This actually made me burst out laughing. Good job.