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|1 day 18 hours ago||Maybe we need reverse psychology||
After reading Sharp's portrayel of JH and his 2014 1st Team Meeting Speech it's clear that JH is completely obsessive and unrealistic and won't be swayed by anything other than what's in his head. My hunch is there's no way in hell he signs before the 49ers play their last game, which means we will have come compete with all the NFL suitors. This may take a few more weeks :/
|2 days 6 hours ago||Did you get the gist?||
I'm not comparing the value of a recruit and JH. I'm comparing the courtship. This has the feel of recruiting and a highly valued athlete that is beeing whooed by many suitors.
|2 days 8 hours ago||Is it just me||
Does anyone else feel like we're recruiting a 5-star high schooler like Da'Shawn Hand? Everything seems like it should be favoring UM, but yet it just seems like for some reason or another it's never gonna happen grr.
|2 days 8 hours ago||If that's the case...||
If that's the case how come Urban had so much difficulty beating Bama/Saban? I believe they scored 31 points and won in the first meeting in 2008, then only scored 13 points in 2009 and 6 points in 2010 against Bama, losing both games. I just always got the impression the pressure Saban/Bama put on Meyer/Florida is what pushed him out. He couldn't beat them.
|4 days 17 hours ago||Good to UM in some positive football news||
Good to see UM in some positive football news and congrats to Cole. Next year should be the year we have all been pointing to when the o-line is finally where it should be with 4/5 spots filled with 4th or 5th year guys and all are returning starters. With lots of questions at QB and WR we are gonna need to get the running game going.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||He wasn't mediocre in 2011 when he signed the contract||
When you are at the top of your field you are able to get more and have more power to negotiate and your employer is under more pressure to keep you there. That was Hoke after the 2011 season when he went 11-2 and turned a crappy team into a BCS bowl winning team. The same likely happens for CEOs, athletes, musicians, basically anyone at the top of their industry. It would be different if he were a Division 3 head coach, but instead he's the head coach of the winningest college football team of all time and commands a large salary.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Should be good enough with decent QB play||
The o-line was clearly not great this year, but it did look to me that they improved from last year, especially in the running game. One the one hand Gardner's feet and athleticism probably bailed them out at times. On the other hand, his awful ability to read defenses, find the open reciever, and be decisive with his throws probably hurt their sack numbers too. Morris hasn't looked great thus far either, but I'm hoping that a talented junior can be better and if not Speight can step in and provide a consistent ability to accurately hit open recievers and keep the offenseive moving.
The o-line is still probably only average next year. But, their run blocking especially should improve. The depth chart likely goes 2nd, 5th, 5th, 4th, and 4th year players...no youth excuse any longer. Plus you'd have to assume that whoever is in the backfield is an upgrade as they are a year older and more experienced regardless of if it's Isaac, Johnson, Green, Smith, or Hayes. Ultimately with how good the defense CAN be, I think it really comes down to having an effective QB that can hit open recievers and not turn the ball over so much. If we get that I'd think the o-line comes off looking much better and we can have an 8-10 win season.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Take your pic||
Take your pick of Glasgow, Miller, Hayes, Funchess (if he returns), Morgan, Countess, Wilson, and Bolden.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||What irks me the most||
It's not so much that Harbaugh is now rumored to not be interested in UM, it's that OSU doesn't seem to have this problem. They take a chance on an FCS coach with no FBS head coaching experience and he turns into a juggernaut. Then, Tressel leaves and they get possibly the most respected coach in college football not named Saban. Meanwhile UM hires what appears to be a highly successful head coach from another FBS program only to fail and then another coach only to fail again. Where is our Urban Meyer/Jim Tressel? Why does UM seem to suffer through so many crappy seasons and OSU doesn't? This is what really drives me nuts that with all the resources UM has that these crappy seasons can't be avoided.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||C'mon man||
While I totally agree Devin made the wrong read there and may have been able to score with the correct one, it's ludacrous and in poor taste to say that it's Devin's fault Drake got injured.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Yes and yes||
Yes to both questions.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Agreed||
I often question the same thing with coaches. Maybe that's not fair because we're not there in practice. But sometimes I feel like coaches are playing the best practice players and not the best game players which I beleive is a mistake. From what I've seen Drake was clearly the best RB on the depth chart by far. The goal is not to win in practice, it's to win in the game. I get that you want to reinforce practicing hard and whatnot, but to play a guy that doesn't play as good in games is a huge mistake IMO.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Tough break||
I feel bad for the kid. After what I've seen of all our backs he seems like the best fit for us right now. He certainly looks like the fastest and big enough to not go down of first contact. He seems to have pretty good vision too. I have to think Isaac will be the front runner next year, but I hope Drake can come back. He was looking really good the past few games.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||Which came first?||
Hoke's biggest failure is not recruiting skill players and relying on RRs skill players? That's like the old question...what came first, the chicken or the egg? Hoke has not been able to sign many big time WRs (not skill players because he signed some good TEs and RBs). He did sign Drake Harris and still has a verbal from Brian Cole who are two highly thought of WRs. But, it's pretty hard to sign big time WRs when you have Denard that couldn't really throw effectively with much consistentcy. Their offense was all Denard sprinkled in with some jump balls or "throw it up" receptions. Gardner/Gallon/Funchess started to change that and Hoke's WR recruiting came along as such, but Gardner was just not consistent enough. I don't think that's Hoke's fault, but a condition of the roster he was given. Lack of offensive identity, a system the talent can run successfully, lack of player development at certain positions, etc. all make sense, but not recruiting skill positions is not accurate IMO. Funchess, Harris, Cole, Butt, Clark, and Green are all pretty highly rated skill position recruits.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||Don't think it's that simple||
I realize the problems at QB are significant, espeically the number of turnovers, but it's not as simple to say that's the single problem. There have been 4 offensive coordinators in Devin's tenure. The offensive line has been a problem. The defense had opportunities to tackle guys for losses or prevent first downs and failed to do so, including our best player JMFR not making tackles on a RS freshman QB. When Drake Johnson left the game our running game became absent. We played poorly returning kicks and punts, Norfleet had no room and got manhandled when we was tackled because he's so tiny. When we stopped pressuing the QB late in the second quarter OSU's offense looked great throwing the ball. The list goes on and on. The QB has been a problem, but the reason we continually lose to OSU is a more complex problem than simply the QB. The QB may be one of the most glaring problems, but it's not as simple to say if we had a better QB everything would be different.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||That was an awesome game by||
That was an awesome game by Tim, but look at what's happening at the LOS. You don't see that today...no defensive penetration, lots of holes, defense moving backwards. Hopefully we'll see some of that next year so Isaac, Green, Smith, and Johnson can get going with a little more aggression. I yearn for for some success like all of us do so we can again be proud to be a fan!
|3 weeks 4 days ago||I'm more concerned about our roster||
I'm not concerned about matching up with any of our opponents in terms of talent. The only matchup that seems to significantly favor our opponents is OSU's d-line vs our o-line. Bosa, Spence, Schutt, Washington seem to be tough matchups for us. The others at least on paper seem to favor UM. But, that assumes no injuries, and experience tells me a major contributors will get injured every year. But, our defense looks pretty stacked at every position. The QB position is a huge question mark. I think the RB should be upgraded with Isaac. The WR situation is a little questionable unless Funchess comes back. And, of course the o-line still has to develop.
My concern is our coaching, strategy, and development. We really need the o-line to develop in order to get the running game going a bit more and we need a QB that can consistently find the open reciever and complete passes and not turn the ball over so frequently. If we have an offensive identity and gel a bit it seems like it should be a decent year, but it's hard to predict that with the current coaching staff, so idk.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||Woulda been nice but||
We still have quite a few backs, including Ty Isaac with 3 years of eligibility left. Hate to see him go, but he's the least of our worries.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||I hear the audio, but I don't||
I hear the audio, but I don't see anything you're describing. All I see are links for downloads...Media Player 13.1, Install some plugin, download Flashplayer, update Java, watch it now here, watch it now there, watch in HD...a thousand links to do stuff. Not sure what's what. But, I can hear the audio, I just don't see the game.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||When I click on this there is||
When I click on this there is a bunch of stuff popping up on the page...lots of requests to download stuff, but no game. Do I need to download something or is that just spam?
|3 weeks 6 days ago||When I click on the link my||
When I click on the link my computer asks me what I want to open it with...any suggestions?
|4 weeks 4 days ago||I see progress but I'm still concerned||
I'm not too worried about the defense. There are a ton of talented defenders. Ryan's loss should be filled with a combo of RJS/Gedeon/McCray. Taylor's loss will be filled with Peppers which should be an upgrade. Beyer's loss should be filled with Charlton which should be an upgrade. Clark's loss should be filled with Ojemudia which probably is a downgrade, but the overall d-line should be better if Pipkins and Henry are healthy. The only position I'm still worried about is the safety opposite Wilson. But a 3rd year player in Thomas/Clark/Hill should be servicable.
On offense I still am very converned about the recievers ability to threaten downfield (assuming Funchess moves on). Hopefully Harris can get healthy and is what he recruiting profile suggests and Chesson/Darboh/Canteen can develop. My biggest concern still remains a QB that can consistently move the offense and an offensive line that can consistently get the running game going. And, we need an offensive identity that the personnel can actually do and gain confidence in.
|4 weeks 5 days ago||Sweet||
Totally thought this was referencing James Ross though...maybe I'm an idiot. Either way, lets get Harbaugh!
|5 weeks 2 days ago||I have to agree with him on||
I have to agree with him on that one. It seems that USC, the major Florida schools (UF, FSU, Miami) schools, Texas, Georgia, Alabama, and OSU are the states with the best recruiting bases and also some the traditionally best football programs. That doesn't mean a nearby school like Oklahoma can't live off Texas talent, Michigan can't live off Ohio talent, Oregon can't live off CA talent, etc. but it's harder than the home state. There's a reason there are no great programs in Maine, Vermont, Massachutes, Wyoming, New Mexico, etc.
Also, the advent of the internet and recruiting rankings have had an impact. Nebraska hasn't really been a national power since the 2000s. ND seems to be a bit of an outlier and has some other advantages such as the catholic thing, the high number of successful NFL alums, Rudy, etc. They have a cultural advantage, which UM does too, but it's still probably harder for them than say USC, Texas, FSU, or OSU. Again, a great coach can overcome this stuff, but it's still a significant factor IMO.
|5 weeks 3 days ago||Ohio||
For as long as I can remember and been alive (1979) OSU has been better than UM. UM may have beaten them a lot of the late 80s and 90s, but OSU was still the higher ranked team and more talented most of the time. They seemed to play in better bowls more often, have higher recruiting classes more often, and have a better national reputation for football. OSU simply puts more emphasis on winning football games than UM does. UM is very prideful of their football, but it has so many other things too. OSU is all about football. I personally don't see UM ever being significantly better than OSU for any long stretch of time. That doesn't mean they can't be competitive with them, but I just don't think they'll ever prioritize football the way OSU will and they don't have the in-state talent either which makes recruiting more challenging. It would take an amazing coach (ala Saban) to turn UM heads and shoulders above OSU.
|5 weeks 5 days ago||We have a pretty big and fast guy sitting on the sidelines||
I believe his name is Ty Isaac. He's big and may not look fast, but never seemed to get caught from behind. I mean with Green and Isaac we have 2 of the top 5 backs from that year. It's hard to complain about that. Add Funchess and Drake Harris and it's hard to complain about recievers too. Maybe it hasn't all worked out yet, but the recruiting is there. And I don't think we can complain about speed on defense either. Maybe their young and/or not playing buy guys like Wilson, Peppers, Lewis, Ross, RJS, Bolden, Gedeon, Ferns, McCray, Charlton, Marshall, etc. are all pretty well thought of for their positions. Recruiting is there, enough speed is there, injuries, player development, and an identity is the problem.
|6 weeks 5 days ago||Once a decision is made it can be hard to change||
While that's true, there are plenty of kids I'm sure that just want to make a decision and even though they haven't officially signed anything, once they make that mental adjustment and make up with their mind on someone else and build those relationships it can be hard to change their mind without something major happening.
|6 weeks 5 days ago||I don't see the negative angle||
I don't think so. Any kid who was interested in Michigan and wasn't overly attached to the current coaching staff wouldn't care about his previous stop in a negative way IMO. Think about human psychology for a sec...most people are just happy to get what they want in the moment and don't take the extra time to think about the events that led them there. They just see getting what they want and are happy. Other coaches can say what they want, but I doubt it works. Plus Harbaugh is a pretty charasmatic guy. I don't picture kids not getting excited about playing for him.
|7 weeks 18 hours ago||When should we expect a new AD?||
If Branden is out today when should we expect a new AD? And, who runs the ship in the interim?
|7 weeks 3 days ago||Manning||
I wouldn't mind keeping Mattison just because I think he's a standup guy who tells it like it is, is passionate, and recruits at a high level. I still have some questions on his coaching ability however, so I wouldn't be crushed if he wasn't retained either. The only guy I would really like retained is Manning because he's young, charasmatic, a great recruiter, and kids seem to love him. At this point I don't care about his coaching ability. I don't think there's enough data to evaluate Nuss and the rest are less important IMO.