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|2 days 17 hours ago||Status Quo||
It's status quo for a player or coach to say "we can't pay attention to what's being said outside of our locker room" and stuff like that. But why? If it's me, I might start collecting the haters and use it to fuel my fire. If Desmond Howard says this about me I'm gonna play with a chip on my shoulder all season long. That's quite the indictment. Wake up squad! Don't ignore the haters, prove them wrong instead.
|4 days 8 hours ago||Brandon||
I wouldn't mind if Brandon was fired. But I have a feeling that he's aware of the backlash and that season ticket holders and students will get a pretty sweet deal next year, and possibly beyond.
|6 days 9 hours ago||Keep Brady Hoke!||
Not actually, the way we're playing. But he will finish the season here. And I am cheering for a miraculous turnaround and a 9-3 finish so we CAN keep him and feel good about it. He's a great man. Maybe not a great coach, but he has 8 games left to prove otherwise.
Go Blue, Beat Minnesota.
|1 week 14 hours ago||Brady is his meal ticket?||
The guy left the Ravens. He is his own meal ticket. Brady is just his current boss.
|1 week 1 day ago||Minnesota||
Death of an optimist indeed. I've been designing scenarios where we can redeem ourselves and Hoke will look like the guy for the job. Brandon hasn't been that bad, I say, it's the losing that rubs everyone. After this one...I'm on life support. I won't go as far to say the season is lost, because you still have to play the games. It sure as hell doesn't look likely, but sports are crazy. He's going to ride the hot seat all season. I just don't think you can fire him in the middle of the season. The only reasonable option is to keep him around and make phone calls to John, Jim, and Les with the hope to pounce on one after their respective seasons. It's a longshot, but Hok will still get the opportunity to win the rest of the games on our schedule.
Beating Minnesota would be a nice start.
|1 week 1 day ago||Yes||
2008. This is rock bottom, but hey...anything can happen
|1 week 2 days ago||Can't edit||
I'm mobile. Can't edit. But what I'm saying is coaching hasn't been an issue at all. Need more accurate throws, a little better pass pro. I guess you could say coaching for the lack of spread punt.
|1 week 2 days ago||Pessimism||
For as much pessimism as I'm reading. Who here thought we were gonna blow them out?
|1 week 2 days ago||Onion so||
Onions. This type of stuff is amazing. I love it when athletes embrace their status and use it to do good. Can't stand celebrities who "never asked to be a role model." Fantastic stuff, JJ.
|1 week 3 days ago||I get your point||
I see your point. And sucks for the OP. But I dislike everything about the tone of your post. I don't think being lazy is this team's problem, and as shitty as this schedule looked before the season....Utah is a pretty compelling game, PSU will be very fun, and Maryland should be interesting. Short on big names and awesome opponents, but hey, Michigan is gonna be IN all these games and has a chance to win them all.
|1 week 5 days ago||Isaac||
I have a friend who works closely with the team. Says that Issac's talent is obvious, but he spent 3 months out of a college weight program so he's behind our current guys in terms of conditioning and looks a bit "doughy."
|2 weeks 18 hours ago||Delay of game||
Watching on TV I remember thinking it was way too short. The coaches obviously thought they didn't reset the clock. Any input from people in the stadium? Was the clock operator partially at fault?
|2 weeks 20 hours ago||Right||
You're right. And that game is almost more forgivable, although no prepared backup QB isn't good either.
|2 weeks 22 hours ago||Hoke||
Won a Sugar Bowl, then went 8-5 the following year with losses against Bama (Nat Champ), ND (Nat runner-up), and OSU (undefeated). Other losses @Iowa with a questionable no flag at the buzzer and heartbreaker bowl loss to South Carolina. Last year was really bad, but his entire tenure hasn't been as bad as our memories tell us.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Doing you part huh?||
Paying for tickets, but then not showing up so that our home field advantage is less impressive. And recruits question our fan support.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||I disagree||
Braden has massive potential. He's an all-big ten body. Maybe he's underwhelming right now, but if we can get him up to speed it will bode well for this season and the future.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||The line||
You're dancing on the wrong side of the "No Politics" line.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||Yeah||
Yeah that is what it's come to. I can't expect us to win every game anymore because it hasn't happened. In fact, we've looked awful at times. I'm looking for real progress, not a miracle season.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||Tongue in cheek||
Meant as a joke. I agree man.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||Some people||
Some people just like to watch the world burn.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||I agree||
The way we lost was straight out of 2013. I hated it. And I'm definitely not counting on smooth sailing for the next 4-5 games. I'm just saying, as an optimist, that's what it would take for me to accept the possibility that MAYBE Saturday was just a series of bad breaks that snowballed into a disaster.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||Haha||
Too many numbers? Good, I've distracted you from the pain of defeat.
|3 weeks 13 hours ago||Compliments||
I get the feeling that adding a guy like Duncan Robinson is part of the larger plan for our team. We have role players with an elite skill, now he can tell these guys that we need a few cornerstone guys. Players who can command the ball and be the primary guys. They'll have Duncan on the wing to snipe and spread the floor, and Doyle and Teske to grab boards and command the paint on defense.
I think trying to build the best team possible, not just the best collection of players. The pieces have to fit. Now it's time to strike on 2-3 alpha dogs to compliment our recent commits.
|3 weeks 22 hours ago||I get it||
I totally get it. Last week was awful and much of the same stuff as 2013. But I literally cannot wait until Saturday for another game to prove our mettle. Huge concerns with coaching right now, so I'm not upset with your post. Just the volume of them make me want to gouge my eyes out. And I want to believe we will rise up to the challenge and improve. Go Blue.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||Confidence||
Our schedule shapes up with great opportunities to get some confidence back. Obviously an awful game yesterday and we aren't anywhere near looking like a team fans, players, or coaches can be proud of. But the schedule sets up nicely with a cupcakey-game to work out kinks and get our confidence back, a home game against a team that can beat us, a home game against a decent Big Ten team, and a road game against a middling Big Ten team before our next primetime game AT HOME against a solid team with little depth.
Each week is a step up in difficulty. I would be there next week if I could, because I'm not ready to lose hope (or Hoke) yet. I really want to give these guys a chance to prove their mettle, and showing up to support them if I had a ticket would be a good way to do it. We wait all winter and summer for football season. Way too early to write us off, especially when we have a chance to build some momentum with the soft part of our schedule.
*disclaimer: yesterday was very bad. I'm not trying to blow rainbows. I just don't see the sense in "Fire XYZ" posts after 2 games. We still get to play @Rutgers, PSU, @MSU, @OSU, and a Bowl Game to change the tune of big game/road woes*
|3 weeks 1 day ago||No Choice||
I know our players are working hard. I want to believe our coaches can get the job done, because I can't stomach another coaching change and all the turnover it comes with. I really like Hoke and co. But this performance was abysmal, and straight out of 2013. It's really difficult for me to say anything positive about our coaches after that game.
However, I don't really see a choice for the short term. We can talk about coaches in November. But right now, the only option is to watch our game at Miami next week. As bad as it was, you can't abandon a season because of one awful game. The schedule sets up for a winning streak and incremental improvement might have us ready for MSU. Give ourselves a chance to improve and atone. It's the only option right now. Let's try to enjoy the season. Go Blue.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||Funny||
It's funny that we both said basically the same thing, except with a much different spin. Glass half full vs. Half empty.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||AD||
I agree. For all the grief that the board gives the AD, they're just obeying the concept of supply and demand. Tickets aren't selling? Lower prices and propose deals. When demand is high, of course ticket prices rise. They didn't write the book on it.
|4 weeks 3 days ago||True||
True, but that's relative. A reasonable flight doesn't compare if you can drive <5 hours and fit four people in your car.
|4 weeks 3 days ago||Press Conferences||
I think most of us get it why he's bland in press conferences. Press conferences are a requirement for him. Something he has to do because it's part of the job to work with the media and promote the program. But it's not what drives him to coach or what makes him love his job. Maybe he could be a little more lively in his conferences, but I guarantee that we'll stop nitpicking him if we string together 10 win seasons with a few conference championships and playoff appearances.
I really like the man and am rooting for him to succeed here. Thanks for sharing this snippet.