here's one vote for "John Beilein's head in a Futurama jar"
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|7 hours 59 min ago||That may very well be the||
That may very well be the case, but I would think they'd be encouraged with the Nuss acquisition. I don't think RB recruits in recent years have questioned the Nuss coordinated Bama running game. We are a couple years away from Bama's talent/depth level, and it will be a newly implemented system, but we should see dramatic improvement over last year (low bar, I know).
If we do not exceed mediocrity in a couple years, it would be a very strong case against Funk's player development ability.
|3 days 9 hours ago||You summarize well the source||
You summarize well the source of the prevailing pessimism on this board going into 2014: Anchored by NFL tackles, the expectation was that the young interior would improve as the season progressed. The OL defied logic last year - total befuddlement.
So what happened there? After AB was fired, it ws reported here (accurately, I'm assuming) that his approach to fixing the problems on offense (remember the "they know every play that's called" frustration?) was a "more is more" approach with regard to scheme. With all that inconsistency, the OL never did establish itself. For me, that makes sense of what we all witnessed last season.
Enter Nuss with a simpler blocking scheme to grasp, a proven competency as an OC, and a stated priority of fixing the run-game. I think this year-older/stronger, still young (but talented) OL really embraces this scheme, and owns it. Also, we'll have better playcalling (no 27/27), and an actual QB coach.
Think about the huge chip the OL has on their collective shoulder. They know that they're widely pegged as the culprit for last year's letdown. I see a tight, focused group, hungry to prove themselves.
It seems that the majority of this board seriously doubts their ability and potential. If you believe as I do, that the real culprit was the previous OC (scheme, playcalling, coaching), and we've replaced that weak link with a very strong one, then you've got to find this pessimism to be shallow, and unfounded.
The offense will surprise this year. If we can win on the road at ND (get the road-win monkey off the back), and continue to improve, it could be a great year.
|1 week 2 days ago||OK, Mr. Thought Police. I||
OK, Mr. Thought Police. I get the impression that if DB were black, you'd have called me a racist. You seem a bit narrow in the mind.
|1 week 2 days ago||Doesn't the buck stop with DB||
Doesn't the buck stop with DB on this? Did he give Addidas carte blanche for whatever they want to design? Apparel is a significant component of the brand. The AD should have veto power over shit like this (I would hope he didn't have input, although in general, he shoud).
What's worse - that DB allows Addidas to produce this shit unchecked, or that he approves it?
I am not anti-DB by default, but is he not ultimately responsible for the apparel line?
|1 week 2 days ago||Great post - at least he's||
Great post - at least he's got the hat right.
|1 week 3 days ago||I share this optimism. Sick||
I share this optimism. Sick of the pessimism that '14 can't improve much, if at all. Two NFL tackles gone, blah blah. I think Nuss' offense in first year trumps last year's "offense" in spades (low bar, I know), and it'll be coaching/scheme that makes the difference. Can't wait!
The staff needs to get these kids pumped up to play on the road, and thrive off a hostile environment.
|5 weeks 2 days ago||I'm glad you brioched that||
I'm glad you brioched that subject. Makes me Wonder what leaven warriors might say about that.
|8 weeks 14 hours ago||What you're saying makes||
What you're saying makes sense if you believe the o-line problems last year were due primarily to youth/underdevelopment. I wouldn't say that didn't play any role, but comparing the ND, CMU, and OSU games to the middle of the season had me scratching my head a bit. Looking back after learning of AB's over-scheming, combined with frequent, questionable play-calling, I saw an o-line (entire offense even) that struggled with that, started to lose confidence, and that vicious cycle just snowballed. Speculation aside as to what transpired to produce the offensive performance in The Game, that did have us all shaking our heads as to what the season could have been.
I don't think we have to write-off the first half of the 2014 season as some necessary development process for the o-line, because I don't think that is the problem. I am a big fan of the Nuss hire, and I think, among other things, that the relative simplicity of his offense is a big difference maker. There's talent on this team. It's a new system, so I'm not expecting them to hit the ground in full stride, but I think they may be able to keep it to a slight stumble, with no fall, and they could even pull it together by the ND game. Regardless of the start, we should see steady improvement through the season - you know, what you would normally expect.
On another note, I think Peppers will have a (potentially huge) positive effect on this team - beyond the anticipated impact of his play. He seems a natural, charismatic leader. He brings a serious work ethic (contagious), and reputedly will call out those who don't. He backs it up on the field. Hoke talks alot about accountability, and here's a kid who embodies it. A guy like that can raise everybody's level of play. It's as much a mental game as physical.
|20 weeks 2 days ago||That would be OK because||
That would be OK because other schools are starting to do it.
|26 weeks 1 day ago||Saban may or may not think||
Saban may or may not think Nuss is a lesser offensive mind. There's speculation, but I have not seen any details attributable to Saban or Nuss as to what went down. That's a pretty shallow conclusion you've drawn. There are other possible, plausible reasons as to why Kiffin is in, and Nuss is out at Bama.
|28 weeks 1 day ago||Yeah, cuz I really meant it||
Yeah, cuz I really meant it in the literal sense.
|28 weeks 1 day ago||In his apology, Beckmann says||
In his apology, Beckmann says the column was "my effort to emphasize my disdain for political correctness", and in true PC fashion, the university issued a thorough condemnation. Maybe he could have executed it better, but I can believe that was his intent. I think he would have been canned if cooler heads honestly felt it was truly racist. Comedians make a living playing off stereotypes. Beckmann was doing so to make his point, which can come off "flagrantly racist" on its surface.
We live in an age where you're a "racist" for disagreeing with the policies of a minority president. The term is thrown about way too loosely these days. Apply the intellectual filter before doing so.
|28 weeks 1 day ago||Downvoting a non-political||
Downvoting a non-political post because you don't like the OP's political slant in other posts? What kind of hitler-youth bullshit is that?
|29 weeks 3 days ago||Cabbage. Gap.||
|32 weeks 5 days ago||Wrong! it's Brandin'||
Wrong! it's Brandin'
|33 weeks 2 hours ago||Agree||
The point is, it's the same story too often. Play-calling to date = embarrassing offense. How many times would the crowd run power up the midde? Right there is improvement. But then we non-professionals would not be setting up the PA, and all the success it has garnered. Damn, we're so short-sighted.
|33 weeks 4 hours ago||No, they are not.||
At this point in this season, there's nothing to play for except pride. All the "that should be enough!" arguments aside, the wind really left the sails after the state game. I think that when the team really has brought the passion, and pathetic coaching neutralizes that, it is truly demoralizing.
I think you'll see some initial fire from the player's in The Game, but if the coaches bring the same play-calling, that leads to the same problems, that "passion" won't last past the first quarter.
If they bring the same basic game-plan, then they aren't trying. Do something - spread the field with wideouts and pass out of the 'gun all day - anything but what we've been doing. Could that be any less effective?
Wouldn't you love to hear someone like Lewan's honest thought's on this and other topics, such as the competency of Borges and Funk?
|35 weeks 2 hours ago||If you want to take that||
If you want to take that angle...shitty team = not as much money.
|35 weeks 5 hours ago||Whatever you think of DB, I||
Whatever you think of DB, I think he cares enough about the product that he doesn't need empty seats to alert him to the weekly embarrassment. Do you think he's content to field a .500 team as long as sales don't drop off? I think the guy's got more pride than that.
|35 weeks 6 hours ago||Hoke has to let Borges go.||
Hoke has to let Borges go. If I'm DB and Hoke is not coming to this conclusion on his own, then I've got to seriously question his competency. Regardless of whose call it is, I think that call is made - I just wish they'd do it now. You gotta send a message that this is not acceptable, we recognize the problem, and are acting upon it. Consider - strongly - how the handling of this problem is perceived by our current commits/leans - quick, decisive corrective action, or a bumbling stumbling through the rest of the year.
Hoke is a delegator, and has his strengths. I'd see how things go next year with a new OC, whom I would let have some degree of input, if not final say, on his staff. While the jury's still out on Funk, I think this thread reinforces the sentiment that it's tough to block against an oft-stacked front that knows what's coming,
To keep Borges is to believe he has the potential to reverse his ineptitude. If he does, and he hasn't...enough said. For the rest of the year, anybody on that staff (including GAs) would be no less imaginative a play-caller, and I don't think his QB coaching would be missed. I would put more trust in a random play-call generator (weighted slightly toward passing) - I couldn't be more serious.
|36 weeks 9 hours ago||I contend - with complete||
I contend - with complete confidence - that you are an arrogant alumni douchebag.
|38 weeks 1 day ago||We need to show credentials||
We need to show credentials with differing opinions? What are yours to say he wrong? I should hope UM would hire no less that an "expert" as OC - how's that been working out?
We all recognize Mattison's 2011 turnaround of the "same" defense as a testament to his coaching prowess - a textbook example of what good coaching can achieve. And yet it's crazy to think that a different OC could achieve more?
|38 weeks 5 days ago||Hire Kugler's dad.||
Hire Kugler's dad.
|38 weeks 5 days ago||Good for Nebraska. I'm||
Good for Nebraska. I'm envious. I wish we would take it a step further. Schedule two top-tier (top 1-3 in their conference) opponents, and top-half (at least) teams for the rest. You want to be the best? Then play the best. It's good for exposure - recruits want to play in big games. Fan perspective - you want to face a MAC, or an SEC team? Which would you rather attend?
Lots of talk this wek about playing to win. Scheduling tough teams is like going for it on 4th down - you may not always make it, but at least you tried! And when you make it, it pays big dividends. Scheduling weak teams to "ensure" wins, is playing not to lose. Which team would you rather be? I want us to be "that team" that is fearless and takes all comers.
A tough OOC schedule doesn't affect the B1G race, and isn't the tournament selection committee going to reward SOS? If we suck against these top teams, then we need to get a coaching staff that will rise to the occasion - kick our program up a notch - not maintain the status quo and revert to scheduling cupcakes.
Scheduling wimps to have all, or almost all OOC games at home is lame. Ultimately it waters down the quality of the program for a buck. Such a blatant money grab, and shiity games. I don't care if everybody else does it. Michigan difference, right?
|38 weeks 6 days ago||+10 Correct answer. Borges||
Correct answer. Borges can try this, or something (he should know) will not work. He chooses the latter, and he did it throughout the game. Enough said.
|40 weeks 4 days ago||Peter:||
Don't be a cotton-headed ninny-muggins!
|40 weeks 4 days ago||Blast:||
Your "don't be an ass" reply started this lengthy diversion. What's funny about that is, I don't think the guy was ripping Brian in saying "if Brian said it, it must be true", I think he was ripping on all of the Dear Leader worshippers that jump to his defense - and there you were - right on cue!
|41 weeks 4 days ago||Hate this.||
I'm an avid reader of the site, and often get a good laugh from some genuinely witty, off-the-cuff posts. But I too am incrfeasingly annoyed with the number of embarrassingly obvious and "clever' sophomoric posts. Middle-schoolers? I hope so for their sake.
What also sucks is the frequency with which good healthy threads quickly digress into off-topic bitch-fests over the stupidest things. Seinfeld threads...but not funny.
I also frequent 11W. While not a douche-free site (none are), the threads stay refreshingly on-topic.
BTW, bitching about thread content is never off-topic.
|43 weeks 6 days ago||This.||
I hate it when we benefit from questionable calls - I don't want a tainted win, and I don't think this one was - but I'll make an exception for ND with all the breaks they've gotten over the years against us and others. I actually enjoy it.
|44 weeks 1 day ago||Well said||
And the away uni maize piping and number trim is like putting aftermarket gold pinstripes all over either of those cars.