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|4 days 5 hours ago||And since then the defense||
And since then the defense has gotten worse not better...
Zero freshman were forced to play on the O-line last year. The only true freshman that played was Bosch and there were several other options. That was just a coaching decision and seemingly a mistake considering the results.
I'm not arguing that experience was an issue on the O-Line last year but the coaching staff made a complete clusterfuck of the situation with the constant shuffling of personnel and scheme.
I watched Oregon take out Sparty 2 weeks ago with major offensive line problems. Coaching matters and it's hard to argue that our coaching is making the most of what we have anywhere on the field.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||The inmates run the asylum.||
The inmates run the asylum. That is the issue and has been since Bo died and Lloyd retired. If you are going to hire a football coach based on the fact that former players from a bygone era like the guy you're sunk. Especially when they submarine the guy hired in the first place.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Terrible players on the OL||
Terrible players on the OL such as Lewan, Schofield, and Omameh? All in the NFL. It's fair to say that RR didn't recruit ENOUGH offensive lineman but considering most Hoke supporters think you can't have a good offensive line without redshirt juniors and seniors on it I doubt it would have made much difference. After all, RR was only around for 3 seasons and really only had 2 1/2 recruiting classes.
This thread is pretty tedious and all the same arguments come out. The bottom line right now is that RR and Hoke both look like terrible hires albeit for different reasons.
Hoke seems to be a good recruiter (helped by the fact that the athletic department and football alumni are supporting him rather than forcing him out the door and saying things like Lloyd Carr's senior class won the Sugar Bowl) but beyond that his tenure is an embarassment. That he and members of his staff are openly and privately contempuous of the spread is disturbing when tempo, option, and spread concepts have infiltrated every level of football. When the Seattle Seahawks are running plays stolen from Gus Malzahn I think it might be time to stop pretending that the spread is somehow beneath Michigan.
That said, the offense Nussmeier runs is very much one back based and incorporates many spread concepts. He's a disciple of John L. Smith and in that coaching tree along with former Lions OC Scott Linehan. These are not "manball" guys. That might be good or bad depending on your point of view.
The biggest issue I see is that our supposed ready made talent such as Kalis and Derrick Green stinks. That Kalis can't get on the field ahead of a true freshman, a walkon, and Jack Miller is very disturbing. Does anyone think Green looks like the #1 back in the country? Recruiting rankings matter but talent identification is a huge issue right now.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||RB is usually behind the QB||
RB is usually behind the QB for inside zone from the shotgun and to the side for outside zone. This can be changed of course but this is something that Fishduck covered at one point when discussing how Oregon didn't care because the over pursuit can cause problems against disciplined zone blocking and good one cut runners
|3 weeks 1 day ago||I don't think the issue is||
I don't think the issue is bias; the issue is that he's an idiot.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||Content is great as usual||
Content is great as usual Brian but the Tyler Lockett hyperbole machine is overheating badly at this point
|4 weeks 2 days ago||Cobra...nope. Countess and||
Countess and Taylor starting per Hoke yesterday.
The overreaction to stuff on this board with zero real evidence always amuses me.
|5 weeks 1 hour ago||Peppers and Lewis won't be||
Peppers and Lewis won't be your starting corners in week one. Probably Countess and Lewis. Taylor will get plenty of run.
|6 weeks 5 hours ago||gimmicky||
you mean like using Taylor Lewan as essentially a blocking tight end? and then doing the same with crappy backups even when he was out of the game?
|12 weeks 3 days ago||Pistons would have picked||
Pistons would have picked 9th...unless you think we traded with the Kings.
|13 weeks 7 hours ago||Cameron is first choice||
Cameron is first choice fullback in the Premier League. He is not the problem. Giveaways happen.
|13 weeks 8 hours ago||Choking would have been not||
Choking would have been not fighting back to equalize after a crushing early goal and getting run off the pitch 2 or 3-0.
It's literally insane to blame Klinsmann for the late magic that Ronaldo produced. If they had only added 4 minutes of stoppage time your sports radio style narrative would be even more meaningless today than it already is.
|19 weeks 2 days ago||I think the point is that the||
I think the point is that the weather had nothing to do with poor late season performance but you've attributed that as the reason without any evidence.
Causation vs. correlation and all that.
|23 weeks 6 days ago||excuse me||
you must not be familiar with THE KNOWLEDGE
|29 weeks 5 days ago||Hayes||
Did anyone even watch the bowl game...Hayes was the #1 back and
|32 weeks 5 days ago||Green being behind Hayes and||
Green being behind Hayes and Smith after all of bowl practice was not encouraging.
|35 weeks 5 days ago||"looking good" isn't really||
"looking good" isn't really relevant if you are afraid to throw an actual forward pass with him and score 0 meaningful touchdowns
|35 weeks 5 days ago||Tyler Lockett is great but||
Tyler Lockett is great but he's not the best WR in the country.
|36 weeks 23 hours ago||Why do most of the comments||
Why do most of the comments imply Borges has already been hired? He's likely just being floated by his agent. If not, it's a weird marriage between him and Kelly to say the least.
|36 weeks 23 hours ago||Yes, running option plays||
Yes, running option plays without anyone being optioned is genius level stuff.
|36 weeks 23 hours ago||Notre Dame runs primarily a||
Notre Dame runs primarily a passing spread. Ran quite a bit of pistol this year.
|37 weeks 3 days ago||You left out Hayes who was||
You left out Hayes who was the #1 back in the bowl. He will play as either a tailback, slot, or third down back at the very least.
|37 weeks 6 days ago||Space- I agree with most of||
I agree with most of this. However, I think it's a stretch to say that Michigan runs mostly out of the gun. Certainly not the case in 2013 and it's clearly not the goal of the staff.
|42 weeks 4 days ago||All of you applauding Dave||
All of you applauding Dave Brandon...do you enjoy being lied to like a politician begging for votes?
I understand why this blog was written but the execution is miserable. A short, direct, statement of support would have been fine and served it's purpose. Instead we get Brandon's deceptive comments and weird commentary regarding past coaching standards.
This is a man that is completely insecure because he knows he hired a cheerleader that no other BCS team would ever have. Then, he pays him like he's coveted by the NFL because Brandon made his useless comments about how Michigan needs to pay for the best to get the best.
Do you really think it was in ANY WAY necessary to pay Brady Hoke more than RR?
It's literally only so fans can't point to his salary and say Brandon was being cheap.
Beyond that, he had the nerve to compare this season with NICK SABAN at Alabama in his 4th year. Saban won the NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP IN YEAR 3. Are you kidding? And in his "down" year he was 10-3.
Those 3 losses were against a ranked South Carolina team, #10 LSU, and Auburn. With Cam Newton. The eventual NATIONAL CHAMPIONS.
Sounds just like this year with Hoke.
Now that I think about it, we're really not being fair to Hoke. Sure this year has sucked but we did win the National Championship and go undefeated last year just like Nick Saban at Alabama so everyone just quiet down. Nothing to see here.
|42 weeks 6 days ago||according to||
a certain faction here bringing in Swenson should start paying dividends in 2020
|43 weeks 1 day ago||I watched the while||
I watched the while Oregon/Stanford and Oregon could have been up early without a costly dropped pass and red zone mistakes.
|43 weeks 2 days ago||Oregon wasn't smoked by||
Oregon wasn't smoked by Stanford. And Mariota was hurt. They also haven't played Alabama. You have your preconceived notions and you're woefully wrong.
|44 weeks 5 days ago||You forgot: *We are behind||
*We are behind where we'd like to be because of Denard.
Apparently I must be dreaming of their ineptitude under center in 2011 and 2012 because they never installed any of it.
|44 weeks 6 days ago||Oh. I see now in Angelique's||
Oh. I see now in Angelique's article from the Borges presser that he's now saying they're two years behind in installing their offense, ostensibly because of Denard.
That is laughably absurd and just a flat lie.
|44 weeks 6 days ago||Does anyone think it's||
Does anyone think it's odd/troubling that the stated goal of the Hoke regime since day 1 has been to run the power O and they've been awful at it for 3 straight years?