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|1 day 10 hours ago||That really has nothing to do||
That really has nothing to do with what he said.
|1 day 10 hours ago||Yes.||
|2 days 5 hours ago||Playing in the Cactus Bowl||
Playing in the Cactus Bowl sounds painful.
|2 days 5 hours ago||In other relevant news, Jerry||
In other relevant news, Jerry West took his Metamucil this morning.
I just thought everyone would be interested because he shares the same initials as some other guys who play sports.
|2 days 7 hours ago||Neat.||
|2 days 8 hours ago||He's actually wearing #1 on||
He's actually wearing #1 on the front, #2 on the back, #21 on the left shoulder, and #98 on the right shoulder.
|2 days 8 hours ago||I would be interested to know||
I would be interested to know some examples of things he's said to indicate that he thinks of himself as one of the all-time great quarterbacks. Almost every talking head on TV is going to come across as opinionated, because that's what their paid to do. And most of us would probably come across the same way, because when you air your opinions on TV for an hour a day, that's the way the cookie crumbles.
|2 days 8 hours ago||I think you're assuming||
I think you're assuming something from what you've heard about Malzone that isn't necessarily true. You seem to be assuming that people who have said "He has shortened up his delivery" or "He has worked on his mechanics" mean that he has fixed the problem entirely. That's not necessarily the case. If I told you that Logan Tuley-Tillman looks to be in better shape than he was as a high school senior, that would be a good thing, right? But that doesn't mean his body is where it needs to be to start at the Big Ten level. He was 330 lbs. in high school, and then he was about 285 lbs. as a freshman. That's probably a step in the right direction, because he's presumably shed a lot of fat. But we still probably want our tackles to be 295-300 lbs. or more.
I don't know whether Dilfer "sticks to his guns" too much or not. Honestly, I don't think the Elite 11 thing is worth all that much, because it relies on camp stuff that can't possibly simulate a zone blitz on 3rd-and-11 with :14 left and your team down 6 points from your own 42-yard line. So I don't pay it a great deal of attention. But even if we assume that Dilfer knows less about football than college head coaches, only the gurus at Wake Forest, Pitt, a bunch of MAC schools, and our very own Wolverines pulled the trigger. So if Dilfer finds some significant flaws, maybe Brian Kelly, Mark Dantonio, Urban Meyer, James Franklin, Jerry Kill, etc. saw similar things.
|2 days 9 hours ago||I grew up playing baseball,||
I grew up playing baseball, too, although I've never coached it. While I agree that the timing is different depending on the play, a QB has a shorter window to get rid of the ball from the time he makes the decision on where to go until when he has to let it go. In baseball, the choice of where to throw is typically made as soon as the ball is hit, so for the entirety of the play, an infielder is typically getting himself into position to throw the ball to first base (assuming nobody is on base). If the ball is hit hard to a third baseman, or even a shortstop, he has a relatively long time to wind up and throw.
In football, there are times when the first read is the bomb down the left sideline, so the QB can sort of take his time in dropping back, planting, winding up, and throwing. But in most cases, the QB is looking off a safety, checking down to his #2 or #3 option, scrambling out of the pocket, pump faking, etc.
I'm sure Dilfer knows enough about baseball/throwing motions to admit that a shortstop trying to turn a quick double play is not going to take a long windup, but I sure as hell don't want to read an entire paragraph of him listing all the situations when a windup is possible or when a snap throw is necessary. If we're reading between the lines, we can get the gist of what he's saying.
|2 days 10 hours ago||I think it's kind of funny||
I think it's kind of funny that threads like these rip on Dilfer's assessments when people on this message board, recruiting scouts, etc. have been saying the same types of things. There's only so much you can say about a football prospect. Malzone probably isn't doing anything much different than when Josh Helmholdt, Clint Brewster, Space Coyote, etc. have watched him live or reviewed his film.
Does it make the Elite 11 somewhat redundant? Sure. By this point in the recruiting cycle, the elite quarterbacks in the 2015 class have been scouted and their film pored over for months, if not years.
What kind of information are any of you looking for from Dilfer? Is he supposed to give some inside scoop, such as "Malzone's favorite animal is the wombat" or "Alex's index toe is longer than his big toe"?
On top of all that, a lot of people like to bash Dilfer because he wasn't the greatest NFL quarterback, but he was a high draft pick, won a lot of games, and won a Super Bowl. It would be great to see Joe Montana, Steve Young, Johnny Unitas, John Elway, Peyton Manning, etc. running football camps, but the guys with Hall of Fame busts tend not to bother with this sort of thing.
|2 days 11 hours ago||I believe Malzone is||
I believe Malzone is primarily a third baseman.
|3 days 1 hour ago||Diet Dr. Pepper.||
Diet Dr. Pepper.
|3 days 9 hours ago||Pat Massey had 5 pass||
Pat Massey had 5 pass breakups in his career. Since he was a DT, I can only imagine most/all of those were batted down at the LOS and not swatted down while covering wide receivers on crossing routes.
|3 days 9 hours ago||Brady White mentioned||
Brady White mentioned interest in Michigan way back when, but he never visited and was never offered.
Malzone's other offers came from the MAC, Pitt, and Wake Forest, IIRC. It's likely that he would have picked up other offers between now and December, and December is too long to wait for a QB commit. But still. If another quality program came in with an offer, Michigan still would have had a chance to swoop in shortly thereafter. Let's say Notre Dame offered at the beginning of August; what's to stop Michigan from offering a day or two later, just so they don't get far behind?
I'll admit that I'm higher on Kearns that the recruiting services and some schools, so I'm not saying that Michigan's coaching staff should absolutely agree with me. But some of the other guys I mentioned are both ranked higher AND have better offer lists than Malzone. There are certain people around here who don't care about recruiting rankings and trust offer lists. There are very few who say "None of that matters at all."
I think it's only fair to admit that the offer is a little bit questionable based on his stature, ranking, offer lists, etc. It may or may not work out for Michigan in the long run, but it's understandable to question it at the present.
|3 days 9 hours ago||"The most batted balls at the||
"The most batted balls at the line I can remember came from our 6'6" QB."
And I know for a fact that the 4'9" Vincent Smith never had a ball batted down at the line of scrimmage.
|3 days 9 hours ago||I didn't like the offer,||
I didn't like the offer, either. The truth (or at least my interpretation of the truth) is that there were other, better quarterbacks out there that Michigan could have pulled in. The same goes for Messiah DeWeaver, although that's irrelevant here. I think the coaches got antsy about not having a QB in the 2015 class, so they lowered their standards a little bit. They could have gone after Brandon Wimbush, Travis Waller, Kyle Kearns, Brady White, etc., but they offered Malzone instead.
|3 days 10 hours ago||Um...*cough*...well...er...I'||
Um...*cough*...well...er...I've only got, like, one of 'em.
Jeez. This is awkward.
How 'bout them Cowboys?
|3 days 10 hours ago||My sources tell me that it||
My sources tell me that it would cost about $3,700. I'm currently an A-cup.
|3 days 10 hours ago||I'm not trying to be a Debbie||
I'm not trying to be a Debbie Downer here, but "admirably" here means that nobody has said bad things about him. So far he hasn't been one of the top 11 performers on either day, and he's actually being outfperformed by Ryan Brand, a 5'10" Detroit U of D Jesuit kid who's committed to Air Force.
|3 days 10 hours ago||Speaking of Jordan Scarlett,||
Speaking of Jordan Scarlett, he committed to Miami yesterday. They already have a commitment from a RB we're recruiting (Dexter Williams), so perhaps that might have an effect down the road.
|3 days 10 hours ago||Malzone received a lot of||
Malzone received a lot of praise for his grittiness, essentially. Not exactly the most resounding praise for a QB, although I guess it could be worse.
|3 days 23 hours ago||Georgia also pulls in||
Georgia also pulls in top-notch talent from the surrounding states, namely Florida. There were 30 Rivals 5-stars/4-stars from Georgia in the class of 2014, so they can't keep all of them. They whiffed on many of them, but they also pulled in a 5-star from Florida (Sony Michel), three 4-stars from Florida, one from Kansas, one from South Carolina, and one from North Carolina.
|3 days 23 hours ago||Never trust the early hype.||
Never trust the early hype. Michigan fans (and fans in general) need to stop making this same mistake over and over again.
|4 days 4 hours ago||Overrated! I think only 29||
I think only 29 Georgians deserve to be on the list. Sucks to be Georgia!
|4 days 4 hours ago||It's still early, so some of||
It's still early, so some of those kids are bound to drop out. For example, Desmond Fitzpatrick and Jalen Martin are down near the bottom of the list. Still, though, it should be a decent class within the state.
|4 days 4 hours ago||Nope. Here are all the guys||
Here are all the guys Michigan has offered on the list:
|4 days 7 hours ago||I'm really sorry to read||
I'm really sorry to read this, Seth.
|4 days 7 hours ago||"I prefer coordinating||
"I prefer coordinating offense from the box and defense from the sideline."
I tried to type the same thing on my phone, but it ate my comment.
|4 days 9 hours ago||I'm not your pal, friend.||
I'm not your pal, friend.
|4 days 9 hours ago||One thing that bugs me is||
One thing that bugs me is when people say "So and so hasn't done anything to warrant being on the watch list!" or "So and so hasn't earned the right to wear that jersey number!"
The fact is that players have to be chosen before the year if you're going to do one of these pre-season watch lists, and they have to be given jersey numbers before the year starts. If these guys were already superstars, they probably would have left for the NFL by now. Most of them are upperclassmen, many of them are juniors, and many of them are stepping out of the shadows of other players. For example, Melvin Gordon had to share carries with senior James White last year and ended up with 15 fewer carries. If he were the full-time guy, he might have won the Heisman or the Doak Walker Award.
Devin Gardner, another example, is on the Maxwell Award watch list. No, he's not deserving of the Maxwell Award right now, nor was he last season. But he has the physical ability, the stage, and some pieces around him (such as Doug Nussmeier and Devin Funchess) to help him put up some great numbers and performances. Will he do it? Chances are that he will not, but then again, there are 76 guys on the list, and only 1 guy can win it.