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|1 week 2 days ago||Sheesh, that stinks but...||
I am trying to have faith in our coaches and the idea that there needs to be a culture change and it's hard to do that unless some people that don't buy into the new culture go. I'm not saying that's the case here, but it helps me deal with a former all conference player leaving. It also hurt to see a highly rated young guy like Ferns leave too, but in Harbaugh we trust.
|1 week 4 days ago||I hope the result this time is better||
I was at the last two UM games at PSU. One was a white out night game and the last one was not. We obviously lost both games. I expected us to win both. Oh well, I will be adding some color to the stadium this year!
|1 week 4 days ago||Great hands and feet||
With his ability to run routes, get off the line, and make one handed catches it almost makes you wonder why we don't have him playing WR, considering the lack of proven playmakers we have at that position now. I guess we have more depth, but he looks like he could be an excellent WR if he decided to be. But, I'm happy to have him either way. He should have a nice season, especially if Countess/Stribs can be effective this year and we can generate a little more pass rush.
|5 weeks 3 days ago||My pup's name is Harbaugh||
I just rescued this little fella. He is a pit mix and his name is Harbaugh. Everyone loves little Harbaugh and only sports fans even know what his name means.
|8 weeks 3 days ago||I totally disagree. I'd||
I totally disagree. I'd guess most people can pick just about any year of their careers and go without and it's not big deal in the grand scheme of things. There are not many careers/jobs/positions, especially at the entry level, that are as exclusive as being a UM football player is. He can likely get the job/career experience he'd potentially miss this year later down the road by just delaying it another year. However, the opposite is not true. This experience is only available now and never will be again. And, playing football at UM is so much more than being the BMOC. If you use that experience wisely you can really market yourself and use it to launch your career in almost any field. And, IMO by the way Miller conducts himself on the field and with his intelligent interviews he does just that. I just think it's too unique and valuable of an experience to pass up. He seems like a standup guy and I will miss his interviews. I always enjoyed hearing his perspective and comments.
|8 weeks 3 days ago||You're right about the||
You're right about the passion. But, IMO being passionate about something doesn't go away. If you get stressed out/burned out I can certainly understand gettng sick of it and needing a break. I totally understand that. I just think once he gets away from the stress and expectations and he's no longer burned out that he will miss it. Maybe that's just me projecting onto him, but based on the many college athletes I've both played with and coached they all miss life after college sports and would love the chance to go back and do it again.
|8 weeks 3 days ago||Still doesn't make sense to me||
I think he'll come to regret it. I know that it's not easy, but this experience is not only unique, but only available for such a short time span in your life that I think you really have to take advantage of it as long as possible. I respect his decision, but I think 20 years from now he'll wish he had another year.
|9 weeks 1 day ago||IMO it looks silly for an adult||
I think it looks a little tacky. I prefer just to wear team colors in the form of a t-shirt, long sleeve, polo, or even jacket. But, whatever floats your boat. The problem with jerseys is they don't go with anything other than an actual uniform. They look goofy with jeans, shorts, khakis, sweatpants, athletic shorts/pants, whatever. They just don't match with any clothes for the lower half.
|9 weeks 2 days ago||Transverse bimalleolar fracture||
When I was in high school I had a transverse bimalleolar fracture with some displaced fragments and quite a bit of ligament damage. In laymen's terms I shattered both of the bones in my ankle/lower leg. I had 3 surgeries. The initial surgery put in a plate and 9 pins, then six months later I had one of the pins removed, then another 6 months later I had the rest of the hardware removed. I was non-weight bearing for about 4 months. I played my senior year of baseball with the hardware, then went on to a productive college baseball career. Overall I would say it was the worst experience of my life. However, it did lead to an interest in anatomy, rehab, and eventually strength training.
|9 weeks 2 days ago||Throwing mechanics are hard to re-learn||
I think some athletes just struggle with this and they are who they are to some degree. I know I had this issue as a young baseball player even through college. I played as a college shortshop and had a strong arm. But, I always gunned the ball when I threw it regardless of whether I needed to or not, and because of that had accuracy problems at times. When your whole life you've grown up and been praised for your arm you learn to rely on that. Then, at some point everyone says, "you don't always have to gun it over there". But, you've never learned to throw without throwing it hard. So, your brain tells you not do it, but your reactions tell you to do it, it's just hard to re-learn. This may be just what you get with Morris.
|9 weeks 4 days ago||Who got kicked out of practice?||
And, why is that in the transcript but not the video?
|10 weeks 1 day ago||Maybe it's just me, but being||
Maybe it's just me, but being on the Michigan football team sounds like a pretty good way to market yourself, get the year of school paid for, and create opportunities down the road. Maybe it's the jock in me, but looking back I'd hate to have missed a year of training and practicing with the guys, being in the locker room, having the camaraderie, etc. even if I never played a single minute in a real game. If in fact this is a personal decision, I'd regret it down the road. There is no comparison to anything in later life like being an athlete on this level. I'd never "forgo" that opportunity.
|10 weeks 6 days ago||Coverage grows every year||
Recruiting hype and coverage has grown every year so every year's top guys are more "household names" than the previous year. I'm not sure what hype and media coverage has to do with anything anyways.
|10 weeks 6 days ago||One thing about Jabrill||
One thing Peppers has going for him that I'm guessing only Rolle can probably match is that he's a special kid off the field too. He's really smart and doesn't seem like the type to get involved in off-the-field issues, which IMO makes him much less likely to flame out. Despite being supremely talented he remains a humble kid and hungry for success. And, the only way I see him staying after his junior year is if he has more injuries, doesn't have the success he expects, or the team is on the verge of turning a corner for a very good year his senior year. Otherwise, he's probably gonzo, which isn't a bad thing because it means he's had 2 really good years, which I'll take.
|10 weeks 6 days ago||O-line has an impact on QB TOs||
To say that turnovers by the QB are only the fault of the QB is misleading IMO. Often when the QB turns the ball over it's because he's being pressured (o-line not giving him enough time), picking up blitzs, etc. or he's forced to throw it in obvious passing downs. Many times getting behind in down and distance and being in second and third and long is due to a lack of a running game, which is in part due to the o-line as well. I'm not saying Gardner didn't make mistakes and poor reads, but to let the o-line off the hook for his turnovers is a mistake IMO.
|11 weeks 3 days ago||A few thoughts||
First off, they have only practiced for a week, so I take everything with a grain of salt. Some kids will take some time to adjust to a new coach/style in order to show their true stuff, and there's still plenty of time to adjust. Second, I really think Harbaugh will make a big immediate difference at UM. We shall see how that turns out in terms of W/L, but I think we will notice a big on-field difference...like back to soundly beating opponents in the bottom half of the conference, playing hard and fast, being more aggressive in all facets of the game, not making dumb plays/penalities, better clock management, etc....just looking like a better team. I know that's a bit of the honeymoon phase talking, but I really think the attitude, charisma, pace, expectations, etc. that Harbaugh and his staff bring will make a world of difference. Lastly, I'm not overly concerned about Morris not doing so hot. I think we have a pretty big pool of guys with some talent. Maybe Morris will eventually emerge and this is just motivation talk, maybe it will be Speight or Malzone. Either way, I'm fairly confident that Harbaugh will create at least an adaquate QB, which should be enough to show a vast improvement from last year, even if none of them are on the level of the traditional pre-Hoke QBs yet.
|11 weeks 4 days ago||Well, yeah||
Caveat...I know exercise very well, I only know offensive line play what a run of the mill mgoblogger/fan would know. A strength coach's job is not to make the athletes better football players, or in this case offensive lineman. His/her job is to improve attributes of athleticism such as strength, power, size, speed, agility, mobility, stability, etc. and to build mental toughness. So, the only way to tell if a strenght coach is doing a good job is to look objective measures that he uses to asses those things like 1-rep max testing, 40-yd dash testing, pro agility testing, etc. And, we as fans never get to see that stuff, so it makes it harder to judge a strength coach as a casual fan. But, you should not judge a strength coach based on how the players play in games. It's the job of the sport coaches to then turn those attributes of athleticism into better football players or offensive lineman.
When it comes to how the offense line performs however, any casual fan can see the o-line sucked and with the same coach for 3 years it seems reasonable to think he didn't do a very good job. I don't think you have to be an expert or know why he didn't do a good job to still be able to know he didn't do a good job. My point here is it's probably not fair to judge a strength coach by how players play in games, but it is fair to evaluate a position coach that way.
|11 weeks 5 days ago||They are not mutually exclusive||
Agreed, the two are not mutally exclusive, but IMO one is clearly more important than another as an S&C coach. If I was paying a guy on the internet to do my own personal programming, I'd want the most knowledgable guy whose up to speed on the current literature. He's not coaching me and I'm providing all the motivation and execution. However, if I want a strength coach who is responsible for the hands-on coaching of 85-105 guys, a different skill set takes precidence.
Shannon Turley is a pretty well respected coach in S&C. In fact, a friend of mine, Ryan Cidzik, works with him there. But, Turley is not really know as a rah rah in your face high intensity sort of strength coach. You will never see out of him what you may see out of Scott Cochran at Alabama. He's not that kind of guy. And I think our conditioning in the 4th quarter is less a function of the strength coaches as it is the football coaches and how they run practice. Maybe if you watched practice now after the strength coach as had them for winter conditioning that would be more indicitive. But, once the season gets under way they spend limited time with the strength coach, and the volume and intensity of workouts and conditioning goes way down as the volume and intensity of skill practice, games, and practice times goes way up. You can only have so many stressors at once. So, the 4th quarter conditioning it's more a function of the philosophy of the head coach and how he runs practice IMO.
|11 weeks 5 days ago||There are so many training variables||
Questionable practices could be anything that isn't supported in the literature. It could be how to program, how to vary intensity over time, how to periodize your trianing program, how hard/long to push athletes, ideal rest periods or rep tempos for various training outcomes, prioritizing one outcome for a particular sport over another (strength, power, hypertrophy, endurance, stability, mobility, etc.). It could be as simple as which energy system is most ideal for which sport. It could how many days per week you should train athletes in season vs out. It could how to set up the exercises in a workout, like the order. It could be only training in the saggital plan vs using more "functional" multi-planar exercises. It could be a focus on machines vs free weights, barbells vs dumbells, olympic lifts vs plyometric training, it could be unilateral exercises vs bilateral, it could be nutritional advice. I mean the list goes on and on. And, all this stuff is highly researched in the journals and publications. But, the bottom line IMO is there is more than one way to skin a cat. And, almost anything done hard and consistently over time will yield positive outcomes when it comes to exercise. So, it's more important how you go about your businesss than what specifically you're doing or what your exact program philosophy is.
|11 weeks 6 days ago||As a former S&C coach||
The science is not what coaching is about, even as an S&C coach. Yes, these guys have degrees in exercise science, many graduate degrees, but they are stil coaches. They are not lab technicians publishing research on exercise and pouring over research journals every day. I think the biggest thing in coaching, and most anything in life, being a good manager, being in good shape yourself, etc....it's not what you do it's how you do it. There are a ton of different ways to get the same result. But, something done hard and with passion, belief, and consistently and questionable science/theory will give better results than a perfectly planned/theoried approach done with questionable effort, enthusiasm, execution, committment, and consistency. What Harbaugh, and it appears eveyone on his staff are best with, is enthusiasm, energy, and intensity. The previous staff seemed more focused on education, mentorship, and growth. Those are all noble values, but are not IMO as highly correlated with success as a strength coach, and success in college sports with highly impressionable kids.
I have worked for strength coaches that used highly questionable practices if we go by current literature, but were really enthusiastic guys and they got great results. I've also worked with guys that were super smart, but just simply didn't inspire and challenge the athletes enough. Like most things in life, the people with the best personalities get the best things out of their constituents because people want to be around them and perform for them. As much as a scumbag as we see Urban is at times, he has a confidence and charisma that is effective on those around him. And, that is what I see as the difference so far in this staff versus the former, including from Tolbert.
FWIW I realize I am gleaming a lot from a very small sample size including loads of assumptions. But, usually when there's smoke there's fire and it's often enough to gather what's really going on. I also have worked for 3 different college S&C programs and have a master's degree in exercise science. Take it for what it's worth.
|12 weeks 7 min ago||RJS is Darnell Hood||
RJS kinda reminds me of Darnell Hood. Hood was obviously a safety and RJS is a linebacker. But, he seemed like one of those guys that had trememdous upside and I never understood why he didn't play more...maybe he was in Carr's doghouse. Maybe Englemon, Harrison, Trent, etc. were better IDK, but Hood sure looked the part to me. He always looked real athletic and talented, never cracked the starting lineup, but was a standout on special teams.
|12 weeks 17 min ago||Sure seems that way||
Based off what I saw from d-coordinator press conferences last year, especially as the season went on and things were going downhill quickly for Hoke, Mattison remained a class act. He always took responsibility for everything, never deflected blame on anyone else, stood up for his head coach, and remained humble but still positive and passionate about his job. From everything I can tell he's just generally a great person, which is probably why he's still there. Not that others weren't, but it seems like he stood out.
|12 weeks 23 min ago||Hoping for more big plays defensively||
I'm just hoping for some more big plays from the defense this year. With so many guys back, they should be able to be aggressive. As as been the mantra for a while now, we need to get some pressure on the QB. Last year it was Clark and Beyer on occasion. Hopefully Charlton can turn into the dominant pass rusher we've lacked. He certainly has the body for it that we haven't had there in a while. And, if Henry can stay healthy he should provide some penetration from the middle. Plus with so much experience back at LB...I mean to think of Bolden, Gedeon, Ross, RJS, McCray, and Morgan, that's a lot of talent and experience. It's almost too many guys to take advantage of.
|12 weeks 46 min ago||Intensity/Confidence||
Just watching the video clip off mgoblue.com, you could really see Drevno coaches with a heightened sense of urgency and intensity when compared to Borges (Durkin looks intense too). Nuss was more intense than Borges, but Drevno seems even more so, and definately more so than Funk. I don't think everything has to be rah-rah and certainly don't think you need to yell and swear at kids (not that they are), but you can see a sense of seriousness and intensity in Drevno's voice and commands that I haven't seen in a while of UM coaches. And, it comes off as confidence and fast paced, which I think rubs off on players.
I think this is precisely what the o-line needs. I saw a lot of educating and mentoring from the previous staff, but not a lot of intensity. I'm hoping this gets guys like Kalis, Braden, Glasgow, Dawson, etc. in touch with the aggressive, come off the ball, side to their personaltiy that I think they all have. I'm hoping this will result in a tough line that can run block and protect their QB. I don't want to see another UM QB take a cheap shot without anyone standing up for him. It will be nice to see these guys play with some pride.
|12 weeks 6 days ago||Another example of why the Combine doesn't do what it's supposed||
I think this is another example of why the NFL Combine is not a good indicator of whether a guy will be a good NFL football player or not. If you watch Devin play football he looks fast. He's never had a problem running away from a defender or getting open. But, this closed skill test says he's slow. He's not slow (even for an NFL reciever), he's just not good at this particular test. Why anyone would consider tests like this over game film and watching a guy play the game is beyond me.
|14 weeks 1 day ago||I think it's a combination of||
I think it's a combination of factors. One is that the really only guy that was always on the field and seemed to be the focus on having around the ball was Ryan. They moved him from SAM to MIKE so that he would be on the field in all situations, which moved Bolden to SAM, no? Also, I think if you talk to most fans they think that Gedeon and Bolden seem to have the higher upside over Morgan, but Morgan is obviously the older and maybe more reliable choice. But, as the younger guys gain experience and get older you would assume the reliable factor becomes less obvious and the talent may become a bigger factor with upside. And, obviously Morgan was out with a season ending injury. An injury of that nature puts him in question IMO, especially with bigger, faster, and more talented younger guys coming up on his heels. Not saying he won't come back and reclaim his old spot, but I don't think it's a foregone conclusion. I don't remember seeing Ross on the field all that much. And, I don't know that we are sure what scheme the coaches will run yet. But, McCray seems like the most natural fit at SAM due to his size at 6-4 240. I'd guess that Morgan, Bolden, Gedeon, and RJS will all be in a battle at MIKE and WILL as both positions seemed to be interchangable last year. But, again who knows, this staff may go to a 3-4. But, if there is a SAM in a 4-3 McCray seems like the best fit IMO.
|14 weeks 1 day ago||The NCAA is at fault IMO||
I hear what you're saying, and the critic in me agrees to hold the athletes accountable for their actions. But, it's just to hard to figure out what's what. And, with so many coaches wooing them and selling them on everything shiny it's hard to tell what's real versus what's a sales pitch for a young kid. And, lets face it, few parents understand this process. Heck, we follow this stuff year round and it's hard for us to understand what's what. The reality is the governing body (NCAA) should be there to protect athletes and keep competition among schools at a level playing field. IMO it's really the NCAA that is accountable for allowing this system to go on and do nothing to educate kids. A kid is gonna be a kid and will be easily swayed by all this attention, someone else has to take on this job.
|14 weeks 1 day ago||I can't help it, I'm human.||
I can't help it, I'm human. So, of course I'm looking most forward to seeing some of the highest rated/hyped recruits that haven't yet been starters get significant snaps. On offense I'd love to see Ty Isaac and Drake Harris or Brian Cole. Issac because, well the RBs we've seen (Drake Johnson isn't healthy) haven't shown a ton yet. And, Harris/Cole becasue they both look like they have a lot of talent and it's a position we don't have a proven playmaker at yet.
On defense I'd like to see Peppers, McCray, Pipkins, and Charlton. Peppers because of his obvious hype and McCray somewhat the same, but he's shown a few flashes in his limited experience and there's a spot wide open for him to take. McCray didn't have as much hype, but he was a highly thought of recruit and hasn't seen many snaps. For that matter I'd love to see Gedeon beat out Morgan and Bolden. I think Gideon is our best LB and it would be nice to see him on the field more. He looked great against OSU his freshman year and I don't remember him on the field much last year. And, I'd like to see Pipkins and Charlton both on the field a lot. They both have the size and talent, and if healthy should be really good players. We need a pass rush and both are explosive to get some pressure on the QB. Charlton should be a load to handle.
|14 weeks 2 days ago||I think it's hard for recruits to see through the sales pitch||
I'm not saying these coaches are complete scumbags. I think they want what's best for the players and athletes at the end of the day. But, they probably think going to their program is what's best for the athlete and they also want to get the best players, which may sometimes lead them to be at the least somewhat deceptive or omit certain things they think may sway a recruit away from their school. And, after this years recruiting season and what happened to UCLA and OSU's assistants leaving the day after signing day, I don't get the feeling that recruits are level-headed enough to see through coach BS/sales pitch. These are impressionable teenagers being wooed and it is hard to say no to a successful, confident coach at a big time program. I think by and large they make emotional decisions versus logical ones.
|14 weeks 2 days ago||You had me until you said||
You had me until you said Hutchinson