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|16 hours 44 min ago||The lineup is NEVER in||
The lineup is NEVER in pen.
Not only are there injuries and behavior things to consider, but guys are constantly fighting for jobs. On the eve of our season, we have several jobs up for grabs. We also tell our players constantly that the "starting" lineup at the beginning of fall practice is never the starting lineup in week one, and the starting lineup in week one is never the starting lineup by the end of the season.
That's high school, of course, but the same can be said for the NFL and college football, too. David Underwood wasn't the starting running back by the end of the 2004 season. Jack Miller wasn't the starting center by the end of the 2013 season. Taylor Lewan took over the starting left tackle job in the midst of the 2010 season. There are always jobs up for grabs.
|18 hours 28 min ago||LSAClassof2000, Space Coyote,||
LSAClassof2000, Space Coyote, MGoShoe.
|18 hours 33 min ago||Coaches can be wrong. Also,||
Coaches can be wrong.
Also, Ryan Glasgow made 2 tackles in his extensive playing time last season.
Players who had equal or more tackles than Ryan Glasgow in 2013:
Devin Gardner, Tom Strobel, Jeremy Jackson, Anthony Capatina, Joe Kerridge, Matt Wile, and Dennis Norfleet (among others)
|1 day 1 hour ago||Masina will still be tough to||
Masina will still be tough to pull out of the west, but Utah (which used to be thought of as the leader because his brother is there) is no longer in the running.
|1 day 3 hours ago||Gotcha. He has already lost||
Gotcha. He has already lost some weight, I think, as have people like Logan Tuley-Tillman and Ondre Pipkins. IIRC, Mone was up around 330 or 340 at one point.
|1 day 3 hours ago||Wheatley is listed as a DE on||
Wheatley is listed as a DE on Rivals and a TE on 247/ESPN. I don't know about Scout. I agree that he seems to be outgrowing the TE position. I have even read that some people see him as an offensive tackle long-term, perhaps like a Jason Peters type of situation.
|1 day 3 hours ago||What about Mone? He was||
What about Mone? He was considered a DE/DT tweener at one point, and now he's a DT. So the "rule" still works in his case.
|1 day 3 hours ago||The coaching staff has turned||
The coaching staff has turned down visits before if they're no longer interested in recruiting players. It happened to Tommy Schutt, Montae Nicholson, etc.
|1 day 4 hours ago||I'd say that's a fair||
I'd say that's a fair criticism.
|1 day 4 hours ago||If you want to find a tip||
If you want to find a tip jar, click on the "Beveled Guilt" at the top right of the page.
|1 day 4 hours ago||I believe UCLA wants him as||
I believe UCLA wants him as an OLB because they run a 3-4.
|1 day 4 hours ago||I think it's just Rivals||
I think it's just Rivals being Rivals. Recruiting sites do some wacky things sometimes, including listing just about any decent offensive lineman as an "offensive tackle."
One thing that I think can generally be considered a rule is that if a guy is a tweener in regards to size, then he will usually become whichever of the two positions is bigger. Kids don't usually go to college and lose weight or even remain at the same weight.
|2 days 17 hours ago||LOL. Well, count me in the||
LOL. Well, count me in the category of people who think this is not that big of a deal. First of all, Al Borges has been around a long time. If he's not requiring his QB to identify the MIKE, then that's one reason I don't think it's necessary for success. I have my issues with Borges, but he runs a complicated offensive scheme; now it seems that some are complaining that he didn't heap more on Gardner's shoulders.
Additionally, there are a large number of college quarterbacks who do not have to identify the MIKE on every play. I think it's more commonplace in the NFL. But generally, the center is responsible for calling out protections and blocking schemes. This is why you often see centers come out from the huddle, scan the defense before gripping the ball, squatting down to scope out the defense, pointing at defenders, etc. Those centers are identifying the MIKE linebacker, calling out combination blocks, pointing out potential blitzers, etc.
I also think that Michigan's running backs were responsible for identifying their own blocking responsibilities. That might be why the whole Vincent Smith "finger gun" thing became such a big deal. He appeared to be identifying the MIKE linebacker and/or potential blitzers.
I have talked to college coaches who have said that the one thing they really want their QB to figure out pre-snap is whether there's one high safety, two high safeties, or zero safeties. Obviously, they have to get everyone lined up properly, check out certain alignments, etc., but there's no point in doing any of that if the QB hasn't identified the deep safety(ies).
|4 days 4 hours ago||I think "sucked" is a strong||
I think "sucked" is a strong word. I just think some of his things were a little redundant, and some of the prospects he talked to had very little to do with Michigan.
|4 days 4 hours ago||I've been happier with the||
I've been happier with the site since we got the ability to pos/neg back. As far as content goes, I didn't think Brandon Brown added a ton to the site that wasn't already available. I'm glad the site found a replacement for Heiko.
Overall, I would say the one thing I hope gets upgraded is server speed during the inevitable overload of users during the season.
|4 days 10 hours ago||FWIW, I though Joe Mixon was||
FWIW, I though Joe Mixon was the best running back in the class. Not that it should change how the legal process is handled or anything, but that's the kind of talent that OU and college are losing because of stupid behavior.
|4 days 10 hours ago||Where did you see that it was||
Where did you see that it was a sucker punch?
|5 days 8 hours ago||That's pretty light for an||
That's pretty light for an NFL running back.
|5 days 8 hours ago||Rodriguez did the same thing.||
Rodriguez did the same thing.
|5 days 8 hours ago||Denard has always been a||
Denard has always been a fumbler.
|6 days 4 hours ago||I wasn't at the scrimmage||
I wasn't at the scrimmage last night, so all I have to go on is last year and the practice videos we've been seeing.
Funk is clearly knowledgeable and experienced in coaching the offensive line. The question is whether he can teach well enough. It's very difficult to judge an offensive line that is so young and inexperienced. I mean, aside from the two bookend tackles, last year included a four- or five-game stretch where Michigan's best option at center was a guy who screwed up A SNAP OR TWO PER GAME. That's not on the offensive line coach - that's on inexperience and a lack of depth.
I am a big proponent of simplicity. I think Borges's schemes were too numerous last year, and it's tough to teach a bunch of young guys so many different kinds of footwork, combo blocks, calls, etc. My hope is that Nussmeier is simplifying things in the playbook to help his offensive line. In my opinion, Michigan should be running inside zone, outside zone, maybe a pin-and-pull scheme, and some kind of counter scheme. The inside and outside zone schemes are very similar, the pin and pull is pretty darn easy, and a counter is necessary (IMO) to slow teams down and/or take advantage of undisciplined backside players.
I think the team will show progress in running the ball by the end of the season. If that's not the case, then I believe Funk should be fired following the 2014 season. You can't go that long with a crappy offensive line and not hold the OL coach responsible.
|1 week 1 day ago||It was all about Denard.||
It was all about Denard.
|1 week 1 day ago||The fun will begin soon.||
The fun will begin soon.
|1 week 1 day ago||I've long been surprised at||
I've long been surprised at how such a great university can have such a lame website. This change does nothing to alter that opinion.
|1 week 1 day ago||(No subject)||
|1 week 1 day ago||People are expecting way,||
People are expecting way, way, way too much out of young linemen. He was a high school offensive tackle who was switching to center for college. That's a big change, and he has experienced guys ahead of him. Let's slow down with the constant hype train for freshmen.
|1 week 2 days ago||I disagree.||
|1 week 2 days ago||Ryan Mundy had 86 tackles and||
Ryan Mundy had 86 tackles and 3 interceptions for Michigan. I think we can include him on a list of former Wolverines, since...you know...he's technically a former Wolverine.
|1 week 2 days ago||....and Brazil.||
|1 week 2 days ago||Michigan.||