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|2 days 23 hours ago||Honest Take||
There is a reality that young kids in large part may understand and accept that a school like Michigan is simply a better education than Alabama.
That being said, when you are visiting many of these other schools where one of the carrots is the fact that you are being told you will get a degree or head ot the NFL without having to put in the work studying like the rest of the students and can focus on football....sorry, but that most likely is a very big draw especially with the top talent that are being promised 2-3 years and an NFL contract.
It doesnt even have to be SEC, the McDowell recruitment to me was a prime example where mom wanted Michigan and son was sold on MSU and no school and the party atmosphere for the players. It happens, but the hope in that case is that mom and family can get through on the importance of the bigger picture and long term value vs living in the moment.
Given Saban's record of putting players in the NFL, it is not just the proverbial bagmen for everything in recruiting...although I am sure it does not hurt either.
|1 week 4 days ago||Excitement||
One of the biggest things I hope the recruiting classes bring is more players like Peppers who is just always fired up to play and playing with a lot of swagger and confidence.
What I am seeing in this game is groups of players who play with a ton of fire and excitement which is something at times I think was missing when watching Michigan play, especially to start the game against FSU with Peppers out.
|1 week 6 days ago||My Guess||
Maybe Mom was reallly serious about him going to a good school and decided she needed to impart her thoughts on his decision.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||Scheme||
I still say that given the deficiences on Oline and w Speight still obviously hurting, going to a spread look with four wide and Evans as a featured back would have been ideal for at least half the plays.
Get some additional speed on the field that can get quick separation and make FSU spread out and put some significant pressure on the back seven.
Instead, Harbaugh/Drevno stuck with a power concept with play action passing and 5-7 step drops that just did not play well against the strengths/weaknesses.
Just my opinion, but think of the last game Lloyd coached against Florida...spread and let the ball fly and it opened up a lot of good lanes for running.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||LBs on Cook||
Having either McCray or Gedeon on Cook out of the backfield was a match up that FSU wanted to get all game. Honestly, both improved significantly through the season getting back into coverage.
Cook is on another level than any back Michigan faced this year in terms of ability.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||Speight||
Looked overwhelmed at several points. I also cannot understand his apparent inability to understand the "clock" he needs to have on pass rushes and use the ability to throw the ball away at times.
Several big sacks were completely on him on 1st and 2nd down plays where he could have just tossed the ball away and took big sacks instead.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||Peppers at RB||
In my opinion, this would have been the position Peppers should have played if Michigan wanted to maximize talent on the field and have a runner on par with Cook.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||Hill||
Hill was blocking off the right guard, Smith was tackled by a blitz from the left guard hole due to either a missed call by Cole or simply Bredeson not understanding to pick up the LB that was screaming into the hole between him and Cole.
Hill had a shot simply because he would have already been into the line on that play.
|3 weeks 5 hours ago||Question the Press Box||
He at a minimum should have been on the sideline with the team. Only reason he would be a distraction that a HQ would want a player separated would be if there was some question just in my own opinion.
Peppers just always seems excited and was fired up the entire bowl game last year on the sidelines....it does bring some questions on why Harbaugh would not want him with the team as a distraction.
|3 weeks 5 hours ago||Protect by Scheme||
Spread the field, put in Darboh, Chesson, McDoom and Crawford/Harris with Evans in the backfield and put Speight back in shotgun.
Give your QB a chance to see the field and take a few shots down the field, or give the ball to your back who has the ability to make people miss and create in space.
|3 weeks 6 hours ago||Play Selection||
My issue is the continued insistence of using play action and Smith on slow developing plays that you could see from a mile away would not move FSU out of their pressure D. I am also highly confused at the end of the game the number of plays with Smith split wide on passing plays.
Put your QB back in the gun, give him a chance to see the field and take a few shots deep to loosen up the D.
|3 weeks 6 hours ago||Evans||
Evans also has plenty of speed, just needed more touches.
|3 weeks 6 hours ago||Ghost of Hoke Play Calling||
The inept offensive performance really was apparent in this game as well. The screen to DeVeon, the slow developing draw, the numerous power pitches....putting Smith out at receiver.
I am not sure why you do not move to putting Speight back in shotgun earlier when it was absolutely apparent that the interior of the line was just being abused. I also think Speight was still hurt much more than was given, but putting him into under center pass plays and just sticking with Smith over and over and over just made no sense again.
With multiple D backs out, the lack of really making an effort to go deep was also mind numbing.
|3 weeks 18 hours ago||BIG Ten Crowd Draw||
I think that the Big Ten has also had quite a few years where teams have ended up in bowls where they might not have otherwise made it due to ability to travel better and draw more fans. That has led to facing teams where by rankings they should have lost to along with the fact that in many cases they are playing de facto home games (Rose - USC/UCLA), all of the Florida bowls, etc against southern and western teams.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||Athletes||
Anthony, Ross and Singleton are significant upgrades in speed/athletic ability and if they pick up Gay it is really giong to make a difference in the play from the LB corps the next few years.
That was one area that has always felt lacking in the ability to get to the corner and causing gaps in coverage and liabilities with athletic QBs in space.
The LBs outperformed expectations this year, and I think that given a few years in the system these recruits could really stand out in Brown's system.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||Fast and Athletic||
Brown is really putting an emphasis on speed and athletic which I think is really going to show up in the linebackers the next few years and having some DEs with speed rush ability is great too.
He is going to need to adapt to not just being the most athletic player on the field as he has some of the same discipline challenges Winovich displays at times on the edge and overpursuit with just going 100 miles an hour into the backfield...those tendencies get exploited by good OCs who simply run through the huge gaps created by overpursuit....in HS you can close those, in college not so much.
|4 weeks 4 days ago||Borges||
You mean the OC who felt leaving campus to recruit was not in his job description?
Oh, and the man who seemed so preoccupied drawing up complex plays on napkins that required the QB and WR to both read a defense and be in synch on the same read...all with kids recruited to the RR zone read?
Borges never seemed to have any cohesive plan...it always felt like he was so excited about his playbook that he could not see what was happening in the game and forgot that maybe a counter to a few of his plays would be a good thing.
|4 weeks 6 days ago||Agreed||
The "coaching" capability only goes so far....the old chicken soup from chicken shit analogy does apply. Wilson was a miss from the definite perspective that I think many to include the coaches thought he was in the bag and my guess would be passed on Banks based on his decision time frame in the near future.
If I had one recruit that I would think would be the most impactful in the class it would have been poaching Leatherwood from Alabama.
That said, lineman develop in vastly different ways than most skill position players on average as they are growing into their bodies and abilities; but when you simply take the photo of where a Wilson is at vs. many other OTs in this class, there is a stark difference in the physical presence.
|4 weeks 6 days ago||IIRC||
Kugler also came in with an injured shoulder that required surgery and I believe he injured it again. Shoulders are really hard to judge on injuries and if my memory serves me well, it also makes it hard to get the same benefits from a college weight program in the first few years.
I give that comment as someone who dislocated one shoulder and separated the other a few times in DIII ball and still feels it today at 43.
|5 weeks 5 days ago||His Decision||
If I had a guess, getting his degree may really mean something to both him and his mom, and I think if he decides to return it is just because he really loves to play in college.
Smart money is on going pro, but he just really seems to enjoy college.
|6 weeks 2 days ago||Numbers||
Peppers would most likely have needed to notch another 3-5 INTs and honestly needed to score another half dozen or so TDs or at least one to two Woodson/Howard type returns to really have a shot.
He made a huge difference in the games, but think that the Wildcat offensive use down the stretch may have done more to hurt him than help him in the race for a Heisman. If they let him throw for a TD or two that would not have hurt either.
|6 weeks 3 days ago||Irvin||
|6 weeks 3 days ago||Irvin||
Bad decisions ... weak attempt and blocked
|7 weeks 4 days ago||Agreed||
It would be one thing if the only loss was to OSU, but the Iowa loss makes this argument much tougher. Indiana was a toss up with a back up QB and weather as factors and the W makes it go away.
Win at Iowa and this would have been a no-brainer discussion for the CFP committee, the loss to Iowa and no BIG Championship makes it much more difficult for me to see anyone getting bumped out.
Winning cures everything.
|7 weeks 5 days ago||Two Cracks - Helmet to Helmet||
There were at least two big crackback blocks with clear helmet to helmet in the game as well, one on Glasgow and another that I think was on Dymonte. Both were highlighted by ESPN and both were "praised" for the good hits, although my understanding is that hitting a player in the head is the definition of a defenseless player and one of the big reasons for the targeting penalty being enforced.
Both were not called.
|7 weeks 6 days ago||Playcalling||
I am also confused on using Peppers with no real counter to the normal BS....at least have him fake throwing the ball once. A lot of hype for no substance in the end.
Shots downfield - I think I remember one time Speight looked past about 15-20 yds.
Random at times....3rd down and long play action passes from your own end zone seem particularly stupid calls.
|7 weeks 6 days ago||Opportunities||
Peppers wildcat play is well overused and cost the team with breaking up rhythm.
3 TOs does not help with anything
Refs should be shot....seriously was completely unbalanced in how the game was called...every single close call and mutiple obvious just missed calls/disregarded calls. If I am Harbaugh, I am asking for a huge fine just to call out how absolutely one sided and pathetic the refs were in this game.
|7 weeks 6 days ago||No Measuring||
That is a total fucking bullshit call
|7 weeks 6 days ago||Terrible Call||
Terrible fucking spot
|7 weeks 6 days ago||Lewis||
Was being held like a motherfucker on that play by Samuel....fucking Refs absolutely fucking suck