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|23 hours 14 min ago||My thought as well.||
My thought as well.
|1 day 4 hours ago||Go big (as you can) or go||
Go big (as you can) or go home. The early-season buzz is fantastic. Make it a home-and-home with one of the better schools on that list that wouldn't (understandably) consider a one-off. The second (away) game of that may be delayed a little due to existing schedules, but that is what we need - as a team, with the playoff in place, and as fans - you want to watch a MAC opponent, or a marquee matchup?
|5 days 21 hours ago||Not choosing sides here, but||
Not choosing sides here, but an eventually great lineman who was good enough to start as a true freshman would not seem a good example in support of a staff's ability to develop linemen. Now if, say, LTT were to become a great lineman...
|1 week 3 days ago||I'm cool with simple||
I'm cool with simple variations like all-whites for the occasional big away game. If Bo dressed his team like that, then what's the issue? I would love to hear Bo's opinion on all of these uniformz if he were around today. I think he'd have a little mentoring moment with DB behind the woodshed, and we wouldn't have to endure this BS.
The away jerseys should be the same style as the home. Solid white (including the collar), and lose the maize trim around the numbers/lettering. Keep it simple and clean. It's sharp and classic - striking. I'd be very happy with a return to this (below), but I'd even lose the sleeve stripes. Also, visible Under Armor type sleeves should be solid white (or blue for home). The sleaves with logos/stripes/whatever just look inconsistent, busy, and sloppy. Keep it all clean and let the helmet stand out.
Back to reality, and these all-blue uniformz... I'm in the home-unis-off-limits camp, but these are at least not embarrassing, EXCEPT for the WTF cheesy number striping that looks 100% the differentiating-alteration-for-jersey-sales sellout that it is.
|1 week 4 days ago||Yesterday I would have agreed||
Yesterday I would have agreed with you, but having read this post, I'm sure that after this game we will win every recruiting battle with them from now on - win or lose!!
|2 weeks 4 days ago||That's possible, but can you||
That's possible, but can you imagine the what the outlook would have been for this season with Borges returning? I think the consensus would have been...not too optimistic.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||I think Watson is going to be||
I think Watson is going to be very good. The pictures above reinforce his HS coach's claim of exceptional work ethic and character. Physical cover specialist! Untested recruit, but folks that have seen him play are quite impressed. My gut says he's legit. I think he plays sooner than many thinik.
|4 weeks 6 days ago||The firing of AB provided||
The firing of AB provided Harris a classic, common, convenient reason to decommit that wouldn't be questioned. It could easily have been for other reasons, which is what I believe.
|5 weeks 3 days 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.
|5 weeks 6 days 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.
|6 weeks 5 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.
|6 weeks 5 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?
|6 weeks 5 days ago||Great post - at least he's||
Great post - at least he's got the hat right.
|7 weeks 3 hours 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.
|10 weeks 5 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.
|13 weeks 3 days 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.
|25 weeks 6 days ago||That would be OK because||
That would be OK because other schools are starting to do it.
|31 weeks 5 days 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.
|33 weeks 4 days ago||Yeah, cuz I really meant it||
Yeah, cuz I really meant it in the literal sense.
|33 weeks 4 days 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.
|33 weeks 4 days 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?
|34 weeks 6 days ago||Cabbage. Gap.||
|38 weeks 1 day ago||Wrong! it's Brandin'||
Wrong! it's Brandin'
|38 weeks 3 days 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.
|38 weeks 3 days 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?
|40 weeks 3 days ago||If you want to take that||
If you want to take that angle...shitty team = not as much money.
|40 weeks 3 days 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.
|40 weeks 3 days 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.
|41 weeks 3 days ago||I contend - with complete||
I contend - with complete confidence - that you are an arrogant alumni douchebag.
|43 weeks 4 days 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?