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|3 days 23 min ago||Took survey, but . .||
I skipped the "should Hoke be fired" question although it is fairly obvious he will be when the season is over. I skipped it because a decision should be made at the end of the year.
It is highly unlikely but not impossible that Michigan could beat Indiana, Northwestern, Maryland and OSU (yes, this one would be quite the shocker) and look like an improving football team thus finishing the year winning 5 of 6. If this happens, you could make a case for bringing Hoke back next year. For this reason, I'll wait until the year is over to say Hoke should be fired.
I also skipped the "who is doing more damage" question because I found it unnecessarily negative. Who is more responsible for the state of the program would ask the same question without being negative.
For all of Hoke's lack of wins on the field, Hoke has clearly made a huge upgrade in the talent on the roster compared to when he arrived. The best thing that would happen if he was fired (IF, IF, IF, IF, IF we get a great coach) is that the roster is poised to be good next year. The new coach could easily have a near Hoke-like first season with plenty of talent on the roster for 2016 and beyond. All of the bad would be swept aside with Hoke being gone and the new guy would look like a savior.
Of course, once Hoke is fired, we could also not get either Harbaugh or Les Miles and get a second tier candidate, have many players who loved Hoke transfer and be doomed to mediocrity for the next 4 years. Sigh. . .
|8 weeks 1 day ago||Need more data.||
I tend to agree that Brian was a little hard on Kalis. He had the play Brian showed that he had a brain fart and let the guy through, plus two plays where he inexplicably fell down. Other than that, I would describe his play as solid but unspectacular.
I don't think Kalis' performance was bench worthy, but Glasgow is going to play somewhere.
I completely agree with Brian's assessment that the huge change from last year was everyone playing their assignments on almost every play. Awesome!
|10 weeks 5 days ago||Agree on Dileo comparison.||
I had the same thought on Dever watching the spring game. Dever looks like a quick slot guy who catches everything thrown at him but doesn't have the speed to get deep. Sounds a lot like Dileo to me. He also appeared to have the same running style.
|10 weeks 6 days ago||Hill playing???||
So Delano Hill is playing? I thought he was out 2-3 more weeks with a busted jaw. I would assume he and Clark are playing in the scrimmage because they already know what Wilson can do.
|11 weeks 2 days ago||In general agreement. . .||
Here's my list:
2. Magnuson (first two are easy)
3 Kalis. Ever so slightly ahead of Bosch based on last year and spring game. Happy quotes from him in fall camp tells me starting lineups without him aren't correct.
5. Braden. I hope you're right that he is ahead of Kalis and Bosch since we haven't seen him. He has a higher ceiling this year than Bosch/Kalis but also a lower floor since he has barely played.
6. Miller. Comparing play in the spring game, I'd put Kugler here. However, Hoke's comments in the fall give Miller the slight edge here. If he's really ready to play, I could see Glasgow pushing Kalis, Bosch or Braden out of the starting lineup.
7. Kugler. To me, he looked ready to play in the spring game. Plenty big and strong enough and seems to know what he's doing. Won't be surprised if he starts at center or guard later in the year.
8. Cole. I still think he is better than 50/50 chance he will redshirt unless there are multiple OL injuries.
9. Burzynski. He's ready as an adequate fill in at guard if noone else is ready. I'd bump him ahead of Cole if Cole hadn't been in most of the starting lineups.
10. Dawson. Wait until next year.
OL competition next year will be ridiculous with 12 or more guys ready to play. Expect battle between Bosch, Kalis, Kugler, Cole and Dawson for three spots to be epic!
|12 weeks 36 min ago||First 20 minutes when press allowed in.||
So the media was allowed in for the first 20 minutes per Baumgartner link below.
My bet is that Hoke was just messing with the media by showing an OL that OBVIOUSLY will not be the starting OL. I seriously doubt this was the line for the part of practice the media did not attend.
|16 weeks 3 days ago||Got Poggi.||
Thanks for checking. I've got Poggi as one of the 4* FR DTs based on the 'Depth Chart by Class'. For this year at least, he's more likely a DE, but I defaulted to the mgoblog list in almost all cases.
|16 weeks 5 days ago||Good catch.||
Good catch on Beyer, I fixed it. It was right in the table but wrong in the text. Thanks for noticing.
|16 weeks 5 days ago||Agree with this.||
Your reply pretty much sums up the OL situation. There is enough talent on the OL that they COULD be good but not enough experience that they SHOULD be good. The players, OL coach and offensive coordinator need to do an excellent job for the offense to be successful.
Give these players another year in the program and the coaching gets a whole lot easier.
|19 weeks 23 hours ago||This is a big one.||
I'll be honest. Now that the roster is so loaded with 4* at nearly every position, I like seeing new recruits come in to fill in depth down the road, but not many of the individual new recruits are game-changers to me these days.
This one is a huge deal to me. I'm a big fan of TEs that can block and catch because of the mismatches they create to begin with, and Clark's got the size, athleticism and apparent want-to that will make a big difference in Ann Arbor before he's done. Not only that, it looks like he'll be college-ready in terms of size when he walks in the door.
My new favorite 2015 recruit and into my Top 5 for 2014 and 2015 (Peppers, Canteen, Mone, Clark and Cole)
|21 weeks 1 day ago||I did.||
I've got two season tickets, but my two kids haven't been to a game. I'm taking my kids to their first game against Appalachain St. Got tickets on the 50 yard line!
|23 weeks 1 day ago||Not taking bets.||
No. They are NOT taking bets on this data.
|23 weeks 1 day ago||Not impressed.||
7.5 over/under is a joke. Looks like they took last year's record and set the line a half point up or down. If you could actully bet these odds they would be put out of business by the end of the season.
Vegas sets odds so that half the people will bet each side of the line. There is no way that half the people would take the under.
I'll take the over.
|24 weeks 2 days ago||How about team defense?||
I don't know the OSU roster. However, if the talent is better on defense as you suggest, the results didn't show it last year. My opinion is Michigan's defense will be better this year than last.
Per NCAA.com for 2013:
Passing Yards Allowed:
Rushing Yards Allowed:
I'll take Michigan's defense over the OSU defense every time.
|25 weeks 3 days ago||Biased but excited about DC tourney.||
As a resident of Northern Virginia with season football tickets, I'm excited the Big Ten Tourney will be in DC. I don't think Maryland adds anything to the conference, but I will enjoy being able to see additional Michigan sporting events without traveling 500 miles.
It's only an 8 hour drive to Ann Arbor now that the speed limit is 70 mph in Ohio, and it's a big treat to the many, many alumni in this area.
I would understand the dislike if it were going to be here all the time, but it's a nice bone to throw Maryland as long as it's only once every 5 years or so.
|28 weeks 3 days ago||Reasons for optimism.||
1. We don't have to start 3 guys that have never played a snap before. Ben Braden is the least experienced of the likely starting 5, and at least he played in goal line situations in several games last year. Everyone else started multiple games. I
2. The TEs might be able to block. I'm as skeptical as the next guy on AJ Williams, but in the spring game he looked like a guy who can block. He also looked ok running some short routes, but I don't care if he catches a single ball as long as he can block the guy in front of him. If Williams can't block, I believe Heitzman can. He's huge and for a blocking TE is pretty athletic. Two blocking TEs instead of zero is a big step up.
3. RBs coached to cut back when the hole isn't there. One (admittedly of many) of the reasons the running game was poor last year was that the RBs never cut back instead they bounced even further in the direction the play was going. From the spring game, it was clear the RBs are being drilled to look for the cut back if there isn't a hole where the play was designed.
Unless you have 2-3 guys next to each other that blow the DL down the field, I think the OL success or lack thereof is driven by the weakest link. If one guy misses a block or goes the wrong way the play is doomed even if one or two guys had a really good block. If all of our OL and TEs are consistently adequate the OL will take a big leap forward. All of the starters (except Braden) have played a good deal, and I would argue by the end of the year Glasgow, Magnuson and Kalis were playing consistently adequate. It doesn't seem like too much of a stretch with a simplified offense that Bosch and Braden will be there by the fall. I thought both of them looked ok in the spring game.
|29 weeks 3 days ago||Too much negative...||
I'll admit to being an optimist, but I can't believe how negative this thread is. Here are the positives I took from Saturday:
1. Our defense blitzed and played press coverage. This is great for the defense, but it is more important for Devin Gardner and the line's development. We all watched last year's offense struggle against the blitz. The only way to be prepared to play the blitz is to practice against it early and often. If we do this all spring and fall practices and can't handle blitzes come game time, shame on us. In the fall, we will intenionally run some plays that work well against blitzes rather than forcing Gardner to make the hot read. We all saw our offense succeed against teams that didn't blitz, if we can hold our own against pressure, the offense will be fine.
2. We appear to have 2 new playmakers in Lewis and Canteen.
3. AJ Williams looked to be able to block and Heitzman did too. Competent TE blocking will make a big difference over last year.
4. I thought the OL looked a lot better in the second half of practice. Bosch and Braden looked fine and Miller had his moments. Put Magnuson and Glasgow in the starting lineup, and we could be ok.
5. Safety play was good. Jarrod Wilson had a couple nice plays, and Jeremy Clark had a couple nice plays in run support.
6. I believe the defense looks like a big step up from last year's defense even factoring in the offense.
|32 weeks 5 days ago||Not Glasgow.||
He won't displace Glasgow, since he's our best lineman. Glasgow will start somewhere whether it be center, guard or tackle. More likely replace Bosch or Kalis, possible Glasgow goes to tackle and Braden becomes the first reserve.
|35 weeks 7 hours ago||Good and bad...||
This is the good and bad for where we are today. The scary part is that not only is Gardner the only SR, but Gardner, Funchess and Glasgow are the only members of the JR-SR classes on offense. 2015 will be a great year and hopefully this year talent will trump youth. At least we have players who have seen the field before at every position.
I would put Heitzman #2 on the TE list. I think we will love his position switch. Given his size and athleticism (for a primarily blocking TE) along with his experience in HS, I'll be surprised if he's not ahead of Williams by the start of the season.
|35 weeks 2 days ago||Glasgow.||
I thought Glasgow was our best OL not named Lewan or Schofield last year, especially considering he had to move over and play center. Walk-on or not, he's a good football player. He will start somewhere on the line next year and do well, whether it be C, G or RT.
|35 weeks 2 days ago||Ryan move seems like a spring test run.||
I see the Ryan move to MLB as a test run to see if he can be a disruptive force in the middle of the defense. If it doesn't work out, they move him back. Even if it doesn't work, they can play Ryan at MLB here and there to throw teams off if he's spent some time playing there. Fortunately, we have a bunch of LBs with 2 years of playing time so we can try some different things and go back to what they know if it doesn't work.
Another amazing observation. We can move a player who started at SDE some of last year to tight end with no concerns about that lack of depth on the DL. This is a little less exciting since we have a bunch of solid players, but not much WOW at SDE other than Taco.
I'm assuming Dawson is at LT because Braden will likley start at RT. I seem to remember seeing somewhere that LTT was the nominal LT with Magnuson out and before he had surgery.
|41 weeks 1 day ago||Safety options.||
I'll be stunned if Wilson and Dymonte aren't the starting safeties in the fall, but if one of them isn't ready I suspect Jeremy Clark is a viable option (looked good in the spring game). Down the line, Hill and Dawson both sound like very athletic players who could develop into excellent safeties.
|43 weeks 1 day ago||Willie Henry.||
Henry's got enough size/strength to play NT. If Pipkins isn't ready to go, I think Henry is the NT with Wormley at the 3T to start the year. I see Hurst and Pipkins backing up at both positions and pushing to start as the year moves along.
|43 weeks 2 days ago||Can the 2014 guys add weight?||
I think that Funchess and Darboh will get the bulk of the catches along with Butt and a few from Chesson.
Of the 2013 and 2014 guys, I was thinking that Harris and Canteen would both make an impact, but I was surprised to watch their highlight tapes and see how skinny they are. Granted Harris' tape was from 2012 so maybe he's put on good weight while injured (?). Ways did not look as skinny, so maybe he'll play. All of them are very talented.
My bet is 1-2 of the 2014 guys contribute with some big plays and that if it's only one of them that Jones will be the other WR getting PT.
|45 weeks 4 days ago||Run defense?||
Would make sense based on size, but he'd need to dramatically improve his run defense. Certainly an option on passing downs.
|45 weeks 4 days ago||Skins||
I see Clark-wde, Henry-nt, Wormley and Beyer. Pipkins at NT with Henry at 3T if Pipkins is back ready to go. Hurst and Poggi will be next year's version of Henry and Wormley. Play more and more as the year goes on. Charlton will amaze here and there and play a lot by the end of the year.
|1 year 3 days ago||Similar to last year.||
I see the game going a lot like last year. State won't be able to move the ball but will find there way to a touchdown and a field goal somehow. We'll play it tight to avoid turnovers and win 13-10.
As long as we are -1 or better in turnover margin, I see us winning. I just don't see their offense moving the ball against our D.
|1 year 1 week ago||MSU game will look nothing like IU||
Borges' game plan against MSU will be completely different because it will be a completely different game. It will be a grind it out game, and if we get 20 points that will likely be enough to win. TOs will be our doom. Borges will smartly call a safer game (I don't mean run on every 1st down). If it works all is well. If we lose, Borges will be criticized for not using the IU game plan.
|1 year 1 week ago||More Magnuson?||
I thought Magnuson was in there pretty much the whole game. I did see Kalis on a goal-line play as the extra lineman and a few more plays. I am far from certain this is correct.
I thought Magnuson, Burzynski and Bosch all looked good enough. None are likely to blow people off the ball, but they'll block the guy they are supposed and not be a liability against a pass rush. This is good enough for me in 2013.
|1 year 4 weeks ago||Re-watched U-conn game, feel a little better.||
The first half was awful, but after watching the second half, I feel better about Devin. I felt like he needed to spend the bye week getting his confidence back. I was surprised to watch the second half and watch a poised Gardner play pretty well. He threw 1 bad pass and other than that looked pretty good.
I also noticed on the long Touissant TD run, Gardner saw the LBs gearing up to blitz up the middle and audibled to the speed option that went for a TD. Borges also had a couple other calls geared to deal with LBs blitzing up the middle that went well. The LB blitzes confusing our interior OL has been a big worry for me, so I was glad to see we had adapted in the second half.
Anyway, if you want to feel better about the team, rewatch the U-conn game, but start right after the second half fumble. I actually think it says good things about Devin that he was able to pull it together at halftime.