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- You can really tell the older players from the younger ones. The way Clark, Morgan, and Glasgow play is just... different. Less wasted motion might be the way to put it. Just watch for yourself.
- Miller looks a whole lot better.
- No Kalis at all.
- From this video, Ty Isaac is clearly our best running back. Who knows what that might mean in terms of actual game ability, but it's very noticable.
- Shallman is running with the RBs.
- Clark, Pipkins, and Henry are physically strong and on a different level than the others.
- BO DEVER BO DEVER BO DEVER BO DEVER BO DEVER BO DEVER
|2 days 8 hours ago||On the one hand I love that||
On the one hand I love that Brian is connected enough to say stuff like this and keeps us in the loop. On the other hand, given the context of the comment, that's a pretty damning charge to drop on the table without providing some support.
The program is a problem, but I'm not sure Brandon should be the one leading the purge.
|1 week 16 hours ago||*said in a trembling,||
*said in a trembling, frightened whisper*
|1 week 5 days ago||Seconded. This owns.||
Seconded. This owns.
|1 week 6 days ago||The MSU line is completely||
The MSU line is completely baffling to me.
|1 week 6 days ago||One last note - I'm sure the||
One last note - I'm sure the coaches know about this, and are already working with Braden to improve his technique. But I'm just pointing this out to show that you can improve this. It's good to be a "natural" knee-bender, but it's possible to learn to do it too.
|1 week 6 days ago||Let's talk about "waist||
Let's talk about "waist bending." Some people get confused because they think it's referring to the actual anatomical waist; it's not. It's referring to bending at the hips, like right above the belt level. Here's a good portion of an offensive line "manual" I pulled off the internet.
"KNEES It is necessary to keep the knees bent. Our knee bend will enable us to move quickly and react to the movement of the defender. Knee bend is the way we lower our center of gravity, which is essential in all of our blocking.
WAIST We can never bend at the waist. When linemen get tired they begin to straighten their knees and so they bend at the waist to stay low. However, this does not lower their center of gravity. It does not matter how low your helmet is, it is your center of gravity which is important. Bend in the waist makes you more susceptible to being pulled forward and beaten. No bend in the waist will keep your chest up and form a slight arch in your back."
Another way to imagine the difference is like this. Drop a penny on the ground. Pick it up without bending your knees. You'll "hinge" at the hips (or the waist); from the side you'll look like the capital letter "L" rotated to the right by 90 degrees. Like this:
If I was facing you, it would end really badly for you if I tried to yank you forward or to the side, because your center of gravity is way in front of your feet and I'd tip you over. But suppose you bent at the knees:
Now look at where the center of gravity is - over the feet. If I tried to pull this dude forward his feet would come with him and he could leverage his strength to compensate.
Now go back and look at the videos Brian linked to - Braden does like the former picture when he's trying to hurry to reach a block.
I have limited coaching experience, but from what I've seen there are three solutions:
1.) Hamstring flexibility needs to increase. Offensive linemen are sometimes extremely inflexible in the lower body because their upper bodies can be so massive.
2.) Squat more. WAY more. It's tough to get tired when your thighs, hamstrings and glutes are so used to carrying big weight that carrying your upper body is a piece of cake.
3.) Focus on avoiding lunging by allowing yourself to "play slow." Sometimes coaches emphasize "getting to the block" so much that it becomes second nature to lunge. Instead, take it easy. Use practice time to make it natural to approach the block keeping good position and gradually speed up the approach. Braden's a slower guy - that's fine. It's possible to succeed at offensive line with bad foot speed. But not if you double down by adding bad leverage to your bad foot speed.
|1 week 6 days ago||Brian, I understand that you||
I understand that you cannot responsibly disclose what's happened with Bosch, but do you expect that he will play football again, whether this year or in a future year?
|2 weeks 11 hours ago||Oh, wow. I hope everything is||
I hope everything is okay with him. Like as a human.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||So am I the only michigan fan||
So am I the only michigan fan that finds the msu/Oregon line completely horrifying? I stay away from wacky lines like the plague but it's so so so tempting... i cannot imagine msu would lose this game by over eleven frickin points.
I always try to "guess the line" before I see it to sanity check my impressions of teams. I thought I would see MSU +6, maybe even +7. But +11? That seems insane.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||I anticipated having||
I anticipated having offensive line personnel problems, but not having good ones. But I think Glasgow's return creates a good problem.
I have to say that I think if Kalis remains healthy that Cole or Braden sees the bench. Miller's performance - upon live viewing - looked good.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||I DIDN'T see what you did||
I DIDN'T see what you did there and this gave me a heart attack, because you are one of the most mysteriously reliable sources.
|3 weeks 17 hours ago||ALL OF THE UPVOTES||
ALL OF THE UPVOTES
|3 weeks 1 day ago||The worst. Best of luck to||
The worst. Best of luck to him in recovery. You can fully bounce back from an ACL tear, obviously, so I hope he's not too down about it.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||<blockquote>He watched as a||
<blockquote>He watched as a bystander on Michigan’s 2011 Sugar Bowl team. He considered transferring because of it. He opted to stay, to remain close to his family and friends, only to be pushed to wide receiver for a brief stint the next season. And then, in 2013, when everything seemed like it was going to fall into place – nothing did.
So Gardner did what he’s done his whole life. He leaned on his mother and siblings for support. He also spoke with an old friend, who reminded him that he didn’t need to be anyone but himself.
“Devin’s one of the toughest guys I know,” former Michigan quarterback Denard Robinson said. “Devin’s had three coordinators. He’s had injuries. That’s a lot.
“But that’s life, and that’s what I tried to tell him. How a man reacts when adversity hits (makes you who) you are. He’s handled it well and I always say, my hat goes off to him for that.”
Devin Gardner, simply, needed to get back to being Devin again.</blockquote>
Assuming that this is true, has any single player done more for the University of Michigan's football program than Denard Robinson?
|3 weeks 3 days ago||I like this thread. On the||
I like this thread.
On the topic of retroactive redshirts, I do think that Brian and Ace were on to something in the podcast about both K. Bosch and D. Thomas. Do you all think that the coaches would like to get them redshirts in their sophomore seasons? Do you think they WILL be able to?
For Thomas, I hope that the coaches appreciate the necessity of getting a redshirt year on him. He was, by most measures, the consensus blue chip in his very good recruiting class, and he's not even on a meaningful three-deep at any position. The limitation simply must be mental; getting that guy an extra year seems both desirable and key. As to whether they WILL be able to, I think that's obvious - yes. You haven't heard boo about him. If the coaches want an extra year they can get it.
For Bosch I think it's tougher because I think the answers are inverted. It's very suspicious to me that Bosch isn't rumored to be in the mix for a starting job considering he was first man up last year. I think the coaches want to rotate a redshirt on to him. But can they? Actual evidence suggests that he's probably the seventh or eighth lineman in terms of quality on the coaches' list... but do you want to hold him out?
|3 weeks 5 days ago||That's correct. Thank you.||
That's correct. Thank you.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||Great framing of this||
Great framing of this issue.
I'm saying that the coaches' ideal line contains Magnuson at LT. I think Cole is only starting because Glasgow will be suspended for a game and Kalis is also injured. Once Glasgow returns, IF Kalis is healthy, I think the line will be:
MAGNUSON // KALIS/GLASGOW // MILLER // GLASGOW/KALIS // BRADEN
Whereas it sounds like you think if Kalis is healthy the line will be:
COLE // KALIS/GLASGOW // MILLER // GLASGOW/KALIS // BRADEN
That's the bet. Who's number 1 at LT if everyone is available and healthy? You think it's Cole, I think it's Magnuson.
Let's do a friendly, fun wager. You pick the stakes. Money to charity, signature change, winner picks the loser's avatar - whatever you want.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||Here it is. The worst post on||
Here it is.
The worst post on the internet.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||To clarify, here is my||
To clarify, here is my understanding of Ace's argument. To the extent my understanding is accurate, I agree with him.
I think the coaching staff has identified six offensive linemen who have established themselves as possibly starting. Within those six I believe that there are internal tiers, but I think the coaches have decided that the five spots will go to the six. I think those six are:
Starting with that premise, I understand that Ace thinks this is how the coaches have decided things:
C: This will be either Miller or Glasgow. Coaches claim Miller has outplayed Glasgow, so MILLER wins. This means that Glasgow will either play guard or RT.
RT: This will be either Glasgow or Braden. I think the coaches can't fit Braden anywhere else, whereas Glasgow can play guard. I personally believe (although I don't think Ace suggested this) that the coaches feel Braden is too tall. So BRADEN wins.
G1: Glasgow is the best of the remaining linemen and might be better than Braden. So GLASGOW takes one of the two guard spots.
G2: Kalis would win this spot, but is chronically injured and this back injury is pretty scary. So we hope Kalis is ready to go but plan for his absence. KALIS wins, but what's the plan otherwise? It's between Magnuson and Cole. The coaches think that Magnuson might be the best of the linemen, and we need push inside to win. Cole isn't that strong but he's very agile, so Magnuson is better as a guard than Cole is as a guard, whereas Cole can play tackle. So it's MAGNUSON if Kalis is out.
LT: See discussion above. Magnuson is best here but Cole can play better here than at guard. So MAGNUSON wins, unless Kalis is out, which would make COLE go here.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||I just want to put down on||
I just want to put down on the record that I completely and totally love these podcasts. This blog generates a complete load of quality product, but I think your podcasts might actually be your best product. Thank you, Brian and Ace.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||I'm glad someone posted to||
I'm glad someone posted to discuss this. I guarantee Ace is correct. Wager?
|3 weeks 6 days ago||Brian is on with the guys||
Brian is on with the guys every Thursday afternoon.
Also, POST THE MGOPODCAST; IT IS SO GOOD. I LOVE PODCASTS SO MUCH
|4 weeks 15 hours ago||Thanks for the link! I||
Thanks for the link! I didn't see it!
For everyone who would like to read alum96's take, click here.
|4 weeks 16 hours ago||We can learn nothing from||
We can learn nothing from this whatsoever. It's just for fun.
|4 weeks 17 hours ago||Yessss||
|4 weeks 17 hours ago||Takeaway bullets go||
Takeaway bullets go here:
|4 weeks 1 day ago||I really like these. Just a||
I really like these. Just a difference of opinion.
|4 weeks 1 day ago||I just want to say that||
I just want to say that Braxton Miller is one tough, tough son of a bitch. This will impact our season and is worthy of discussion but I really do hope nothing but the best for him. He is a good dude and a great player.
|4 weeks 2 days ago||:( This whole thing sucks.||
This whole thing sucks.
|4 weeks 5 days ago||Just for perspective, the||
Just for perspective, the news of this first broke at noon. Let us just get through our own off season without trouble or injury.