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|17 weeks 7 hours ago||Ryan Mallet||
Of course that might be more of a "who do I wish had never coached at Michigan" answer.
|27 weeks 1 day ago||For all his accolades,||
For all his accolades, putting players in the NFL is not one of RR's strong suits. He is well respected in the college coaching ranks but I think the NFL probably tends to look upon players from his and similar systems with caution. Mattison will have more players going to the next level from his defenses alone than RR would have from an entire team. I was nice to hear(read)the positive things he has to say about Denard. The kid deserves every word of it.
|33 weeks 6 hours ago||He can slow it down||
If a coach wanted to slow down a tempo offense and be able to substitute defenders all he would have to do is tell the defender leaving the game to drop and cramp up on the way off the field. There is no rule against this currently, except that the player for whom the officials call the timeout must leave the game for at least one play.
|34 weeks 3 days ago||The speaker thing||
The large folded horn subwoofers that can be seen in the picture are just that. Thumpers only. Probably only seeing signals below 100-120hz. Mostly bass drums, tuba with some other drums and perhaps trombone. Those need to be relatively close to the source(the band) in order to avoid phase cancellation and delay that is unpleasing across the field.
The large radial horns could be placed at more remote locations without having as much of a problem if they were by themselves but running the subs at the same time requires that the horns be located in close proximity.
In the suites @ the big house the band thru the speakers thing was horrible and had major delay issues. I cant speak to how it sounds in the peasant seats because I haven't sat there in years.(in my best judge smails voice).
|34 weeks 3 days ago||Said this before. If I was||
Said this before. If I was Borges I would make Denard practice with 20lb wieghts tied around his legs. If you want him to learn new skills you have to take away(in practice)his security blanket, which we all know is his blazing speed. His happy feet, which most often result in errant throws to the other team, are a result of years of playing football the best way he knew how.
|34 weeks 5 days ago||I wonder who/what was said to||
I wonder who/what was said to B.Kelly. His temper seems to have been tempered, or does he just drop a xanex before the game.
No matter what else is said about this game I think most everyone would agree that you were on the edge of your seat believing we could pull this out right to that last 1st down. Denard is a big part of the reason you believed that. Go Blue!!
|35 weeks 10 hours ago||Watching him just come||
Watching him just come unglued is almost too much to take. I want that player to just curl up his irish fist and drop that screaming lunatic.
|35 weeks 1 day ago||Spread punts look too much like rugby||
and everyone knows that rugby is a hooligans sport. We'll have no hooligans taking the field at Michigan!
|35 weeks 3 days ago||Is that Ryan being held like||
Is that Ryan being held like its a saturday night squaredance by the LT? Bad no call there because Ryan(?) was slipping the block and moving towards the point of attack until he was held.
|35 weeks 5 days ago||I think Denard is growing up||
I think Denard is growing up this season and it's going to pay big dividends as we go. I think barring injury he is really going to finish his career at Michigan strong. I've never been the biggest Denard fan, as in I really didn't care about his numbers while 2/3 of the team was a dumpster fire. Always thought he was a great kid, just wasn't a fanboi so to speak. Now I'm changing. I see his mannerism's and expressions thoughout the game and I see a kid growing into a man and a leader. Even with the tough start to this season, my gut feeling is good for the team this year. Mostly on the trials & tribulations so to speak, that Denard has faced down.
|36 weeks 2 hours ago||You sir. Just won.||
You sir. Just won.
|36 weeks 2 hours ago||Stanley Ketchum was from GR,||
Stanley Ketchum was from GR, long considered one of the greatest pound for pound fighters ever. Was killed in his bad by his wife I think.
GR could also claim Mark Knuble.
|36 weeks 6 hours ago||I was at the famous Illinois||
I was at the famous Illinois beating featuring some of AC's greatest hits. It was my first game at the big house. Funny thing was I recall the Illini going up something like 14-0 in the first quarter. It went downhill from there as Bo turned the dogs loose on them. It was a great first game for me.
|36 weeks 2 days ago||I've heard an NFL D-lineman,||
I've heard an NFL D-lineman, can't remember who, on the radio talking about how to defeat cut blocks. His reply was that you don't defeat them, you bring your entire weight to bear on an elbow or knee as you come down on the most vulnerable part of their body you can find. Basically he said if you're going to cut me at the knees I'm going to make sure you're not around in the 2nd half to do it. The host asked about intent to injure and he replied that the person cutting has no repect for my livelihood so why should I respect his. I'm going to try and break his short ribs with my knee or elbow or ruin his knee by coming down on the back of it as hard as I can.
I realize this is an NFL guy talking and its a little more "serious" at that level BUT its still a dangerous blocking technique that has a lot of potential to injure at any level.
|36 weeks 3 days ago||Denards avg. per carry of||
Denards avg. per carry of 8.2yds is impressive as hell. I've never seen a player that could just flat bust a defense open like him. As the year goes on his passing will continue to improve. I'm betting on a year end total of 10 int's vs. last years 18. We have lots of good things to look forward to this season and the maturation & improved confidence of the most exciting player in the country is foremost one of them.
8.2 yards!! I mean c'mon thats damn near a 1st down per carry!! Thats just sick.
|37 weeks 2 days ago||Football historians||
Can anyone give an insight into the history of this type of offense as it relates to the other old school option style offenses?
Fritz Crislers single wing > Winged T>Wishbone>????
I'm just curious about the orgins of the many derivatives of these type of schemes.
|37 weeks 5 days ago||If we really want to beat the Bama's of the world it simple.||
1. Allow 8-12 juco transfers on your team
2. give medicals to the 12 guys you replaced with those jucos
3. oversign and grey shirt the poor saps who arent the creme of the crop
4. Dont even consider suspending your starting RB for a DWI, instead just win at all costs and forget the pretentiousness of college football. Saban see's it as NFL light.
Guys, our goal is to win the B1G and see where it goes from there. Its is always going to be a crapshoot involving a ton of luck and circumstances to go further.
Anyone who wants Nick Satan and his methods to be in charge of our program and damn the torpedo's win at all costs is NOT a Michigan man.
We lost to what would be probably the 20th best team in the NFL. Their team probably has 25 baby daddy's on it who have absolutely NO intention of EVER getting much less using their college degree. They are virtually semi pro and anyone who does not see that is blind.
My cousin graduated from Bama last year and gave me a simple yet brutally obvious observation from the campus. He's never see such hot tutors spending such long hours(read party's, resteraunts etc) with their "students" and never seen them dissappear so obviously when baby momma's are visiting campus.
This might sound racist. I can assure you its not. My cousin is african american(from Kenya originally) and just see's what he see's.
We must continue to be better than to resort to the lowest measures in order to pursue some MNC or whatever. By doing so it makes our occasional victories in the face of these disadvantages 10X more meaningfull and by any measure more satisfying. Keep up the good work Coach Hoke. I support winning but not selling our soul to do so.
|38 weeks 7 hours ago||Morgan could a key.||
I predicted big things for Des at Michigan after seeing him play extensively for 2yrs in HS, however even my most optimistic visions did not have him starting as a freshman or even seeing substantial playing time. In other words the kid far exceeded my highest expectations and wasn't even a EE as a frosh. I expect that having made the nearly impossible leap from playing HS football to Div 1 at a position as difficult as linebacker. He has the capability to really make another giant leap in year 2, even exceeding what might be considered a traditionally solid leap. This could really help out the D-line as it develops as a unit.
|39 weeks 2 hours ago||I have to agree with Jesse &||
I have to agree with Jesse & Brian on this one. Beating the bejeebus out of them 10 years in a row would do nothing to diminish the importance of their one win against us. It's a little like the 69 victory over OSU, no matter what happens in the continueing series between the bitter rivals that victory will always stand alone as something special. I guess the word is shadenfreude??
They got theirs from us, we suffered for it and nothing is ever going to diminish it for either side. In which case its just a national div 1. power taking on a patsie. Happens every year countless times. Its nothing special.
|39 weeks 1 day ago||I've played on a coached some||
I've played on a coached some 7 on 7 with a bunch of former HS football players and I can tell you one thing for sure. Misdirection works real well. We started out using a typical pro set formation with 2 wideout, 1 back and 3 lineman and it was only semi effective. We switched to a pistol snap version of the venerable wing-t using 3 backs and no wideouts. We practiced the fakes, got everyone to commit to carrying them out and we began just CRUSHING every team we played. We had essentially 6 run plays and 2 passes plus a couple versions where the QB kept it and ran. Those were the biggest touchdown makers in our playbook because once the defense starts to adjust to the fakes in the backfield they become suckers for the boot pass or QB option. Using 1 of the 3 backs to double team the D-end and create a seal while the remaining 2 are either getting the ball or carrying out a fake then pinching the pursuit off with a timely block downfield. This can be run with tempo very well once the guys/girl know the plays.
|39 weeks 2 days ago||Clearly you missed the point.||
Clearly you missed the point. How were they fired?? Did Bo have Elliots guys waiting in a hallway talking amongst themselves while they awaited the executioner?? I don't know firsthand but something tells me that's not how it happened.
I have been terminated or layed off or downsized 2X in my life of over 40yrs. Once it was handled with dignity, compassion and understanding. Once it was not. My opinion of those respective companies reflects this.
BTW, you're welcome everyone. I got him in here!! and with nothing more than "dumb and insulting garbage".
|39 weeks 2 days ago||Speaking of 3 & O||
And the "If Carr had clearly reccomended RR for the Michigan job and was the first person toe contact him, why didn't he support him?" Lets go back into the text of the obviously biased Jon U Bacon himself.
How were Lloyds assistants and staffers dealt with again?? Sitting in a hallway for hours on end awaiting their appointment to beg for a job that the new guy has already made it clear you're not going to get??
Did we miss reading this crucial part of the book? Does anyone not see that this is the moment when the Carr/RR relationship soured? You have more than a couple dozen people who have been a part of your program for years, they have become more than assistants/coordinators/trainers etc. to you, they are like family. When the new guy handles them as poorly as RR did the seeds of discontent were sewn. Every one of those Carr people, when they ran into Lloyd about town, had nothing but hatred for the way they were treated and ol Lloyd got to relive it with them over and over.
Ask yourself how Lloyd would have treated the outgoing staff if he was the new guy?? After all having met the man myself and knowing a couple guys who played under him the one thing that is most often refrained about Lloyd is the word "class". Something the rube from the former Hatfield territory knew to little about.
Bitch about Debord, bitch about undeachieving on the field with talent to do better, bitch about his ultra conservative playcalling and I've got no beef. However to assign such petty adjectives as "self centered, egotistical, crabby, jealous etc." to the man you need to show me where, in our 20+ years of having him a part of the Michigan program and having forged relationships with countless hundreds of kids, he has established a reputation for any of these adjectives? I just don't see it.
Conversely, what reputation had RR forged for himself in WV?? In a trial the chorus of character witnesses for Lloyd would be around the block, with very few that I know of who would testify to the contrary. I don't think it would take long to find somebody anxious to sing about how RR screwed them over on a real estate deal or whatever.
You are what you spend 20 years being, not what some outsider can twist one incident into making you appear to be.
|40 weeks 1 day ago||Superior?? 30 NFL teams would||
Superior?? 30 NFL teams would dispute that. However I get the point about lesser personnel and I agree somewhat, although Stanford over the past 3 yrs is a pretty strong counterpoint.
Problem is, going full run first spread is going to lose you certian recruits. Big cannon armed, high IQ quarterbacks, big wideouts with NFL dreams who have no interest in blocking all day for that speedy QB, big NFL style O-lineman who know that the big leagues want them at 330lbs and therefore have no interest in slimming down to 285 and learning to create downfield seals for the aforementioned speedy QB to run thru. Big bruising running backs that are still NFL prototype that spread guys pass on because they are not "shifty" enough in the open field.
My honest impression is, if you're a team that cannot traditionally draw the top level of traditional NFL style players, you should go to a spread style attack. It will give you the best chance to compete with the best. If you're a top tier school with the ability to land NFL bound studs in spades then its probably not for you. This was always my dilema with the whole RR experiment at Michigan. Why?? We had a solid tradition of churning out quality NFL QB's, RB's, 0-Line etc but we were underachieving mostly due to a brutally conservative coaching philosophy. All we needed to do was inject some youth and energy into our coaching staff and foster some creativity in playcalling. We could draw NFL talent and once again can so why settle for slot ninjas, run first QB's, undersized Tailbacks and undraftable O-Lineman and rely on sheme? We were giving the "best" recruits away to OSU, MSU, Wisky and opting of specialized guys that mostly have no chance to excell at the next level. It seems to me thats what indiana, northwestern, minnesota and illinios should be doing to try and beat the NFL loaded Michigan, OSU, Wisconsin's and Penn st.'s of the conference. Its probably their best option, I never thought we needed to resort to it.
|40 weeks 3 days ago||Bacon is Freddo, Brandon is||
Bacon is Freddo, Brandon is Micheal. "Never..EVER take sides against the family".
Jon U knew exactly what he was in store for when he wrote that book. One of you AA locals that knows him should ask that very question. I think he'd honestly admit that he expected to be banned. Among the things that would have been different in the catagory "what if Bo was alive" is that Bacon doesnt release that book in its final form. His perspective would have been different and his loyalty for RR would not have been nearly as strong as it turned out to be from the pages of 3&O. Bacon was searching for another Bo when he was writing that book and his close personal relationship with RR had him believing or at least hoping that this guy was it. Others, many others, had already decided for themselves that he was not.
I bet when I tell the story of my sister & brother in law's messy divorce it sounds alot different than when his brothers tell it. The reality of it is probably that they were like oil and water from the get go and all the ugliness that ensued was just the downstream results of that. However that doesnt change that fact that the former brother in law is not invited to my Mom's wonderful thanksgiving dinner anymore.
|41 weeks 1 day ago||That and the primodonna's and||
That and the primodonna's and diva's that play WR in the NFL would not commit to his system because it would cost them numbers and thereby $$$. He would need several(3) QB's and roll them consistently to utilize the running threat that, while not as prevalent as RR's, still needs to be a threat to make his system work.
The tempo thing would be interesting to see NFL d-coordinators manage. Would they implicitly tell their D lineman to get up slow and keep the O guys pinned down as long as possible, fake alot of injuries etc.??
The underlying philosophy of that offense is get playmakers loose in space. In the NFL the defenses are just so much faster then in CFB that I suspect it would be no more or less successfull than the previous run & shoot etc. Problem is that in the NFL you cannot sacrifice QB accuracy, timing and overall passing ability for mobility. If a guy can't make all the throws they quickly figure out which one's he can't and adjust to the D's advantage.
|41 weeks 1 day ago||Forgot about the Buc's||
Forgot about the Buc's talking to Chip. He has done a great job with his system at Oregon and IMHO should get accolades for it. That said Harbaugh still got the sweet deal with San Fran because what he did with Stanford was even more impressive given the academic disadvantages & the team he was given personel wise when he took over. His system & methods transfer to the NFL better than Chip or RR's but its not simply because of TOP, its because he emphasizes defense & ball control. Minimizing the turnovers is of capital importance at the highest levels of football, however turnover margin does not happen by accident.
The problem with analyzing TOP is that it is misleading. It is not of utmost importance that you win the TOP battle. It is of utmost importance that you dont lose it by a mile. So if you lumped all the teams that keep TOP within a safe margin, say +- 5% vs. teams that consistenly lose in that catagory by greater than say 10% it would be a more accurate picture. Also I think you have to evaluate that at both levels of football to get a true picture. In CFB there are so many outright mismatches that are played every year whereby the much better team can let off the gas with a lead and thereby give the opponent opportunities that, in an evenly matched game, they would not get. Alabama vs. LSU or Oklahoma vs. Texas is alot more like an NFL game than Oregon vs. Washington, meaning all the "little things" count much more(TOP, turnover margin, special teams, starting field position) where in the many mismatch games the better team can overcome all of these and still win. These matchups factor into the statistical analysis and skew the resulting data IMHO.
Remember the old saying about statistics being like a bikini, while they reveal alot they also conceal some very important things.
|41 weeks 1 day ago||Get ready to be bombed with||
Get ready to be bombed with statistics about how TOP means nothing. Meanwhile, in the real world the NFL hires Harbaugh and he goes to the NFC championship in is 1st year after leading Stanford to BCS bowls and wins over USC at the height of its dominance. Still waiting for the NFL to call RR or Chip Kelly. My money says the NFL will be calling Hoke before either of those 2. They must not put much stock in statistics up there those fools.
I personally LOVED watching RR yell at Tate to "hurry up" when it was 3rd and 8, like he wanted to hurry up and give them the ball back. Hell I once saw RR yelling at the field goal team to hurry up, rolling his hand in that manner we all became familiar with. You know, its not like actually MAKING the damn field goal is what's most important, just go FAST!!
|41 weeks 2 days ago||I was screaming for Harbaugh||
I was screaming for Harbaugh as soon as I heard Lloyd's retirement was official. He was a far more unproven commodity at that point and time BUT.. His Michigan lineage along with having come from a clear family of respected coaches (Jack, Jon) got him the benefit of the doubt from me and I was ready to take the gamble even back in 07. Question is, since he was hired @ Stanford in 06 would he have left for Michigan?? I've always wondered if, since its widely rumored that Lloyd was wanting to retire as early as the end of 05 and a bonified Michigan man was tearing it up at San Diego, somebody should have been reaching out to him then.
Now, interesting is contemplating what Harbaugh's results would have been had he been hired in 07/08. Would it have mirrored Stanford?? Would we have gotten Luck? How would a Stanford like team have done in the B1G?
|41 weeks 3 days ago||So I assume we can agree||
So I assume we can agree that
#1. Harbaugh is a better coach than RR even though he never invented any dynamic offense and
#2. That Casteel is at best an unproven DC who has had some limited success at a lower level of CFB but is yet to demonstrate the ability to dominate against the creme of the crop on a consistent basis.
At least we have those to build on.
Now they did hold eastern nowhere to 3 points. Kudo's Casteel. Looks like you had a handle on them. Get ready for the Ravens to call you.
But......Losing to Lousiville & South Florida, taking 3 OT's to best the mighty scarlett knights?? Where was Casteel's defense that day??
RRs 2008 wolverine team with Sheridan/Threet at the helm would have gone 7-5 minimum against this schedule. Possibly better. Any major conference team would LOVE to play this schedule. Not just the Big10 but ANY of the real big boys. Great thing is, we'll just wait and see how that Casteel D handles the Pac12. Then perhaps we revisit this discussion. If the data shows me wrong at that time I'll admit it and eat that crow. My assertion is that as of now there simply is not a comprehensive enough data set to imply with any honest accuracy that Casteel would have had anything like a Mattison effect on RR's dismal defense.
Time will tell, have fun stopping Stanford and USC with those "bandits, spurs and sams" of your beloved 3-3-5. I'm betting your team will be in the bottom 3 of the conference in points allowed every year.(top 3 in points scored too, I give credit were due).
|41 weeks 3 days ago||Simple. How many teams did||
Simple. How many teams did Casteel shut out?? When a talented defensive coach with his own experienced players playing in his system come up against weak opponents. They shut them out or hold them to minimal scores in 3rd string junk time.
Now, if you really want to trot out the big east(without Miami & Va tech.)as an equivilent conference to the THEN big 10, big 12, SEC, Pac 10 or even ACC. You just go ahead and swim in that pool by yourself. There's nothing I can say to that.
Wins in single games against quality opponents on what 3 occasions? Does not balance the scale against playing your entire regular season conference schedule against middlings at best and downright patsies at worst. If any 6 game stretch in WVU's schedule had included Wisconsin, Ohio st., and Penn st. they would have never had the opportunity to win those games that you and others hang your hats on as indisputable proof of the dynamic duo's potential.
Dynamic offenses?? I'd love to see a Casteel's best 3-3-5 handle Bielema's freight train or even a Troy Smith led version of Tressel ball. Dynamic and effective are not exclusive. If they were the NFL would not be paying Harbaugh 7 million a year and not even taking a casual glance at RR. Same goes for Casteel. When the big boys start offering him DC positions you can trot him out as a potential game changer for the RR era at Michigan. Until then that dog just won't hunt.