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|1 week 2 days ago||As long as they allow time to move the chains||
And for equal substitutions, its all within the rules. Keep in mind that its also within the rules to have a defensive player lay down with cramps on any or all plays as long as he sits out one play. Thats what a Saban, Bielema or any coach in a big game vs. a tempo team should do.
As far as NFL playing "manball" vs. CFB. Thats due to the placement of the hash marks as much as anything. In the NFL a defense can line up symmetrically and does not need to tip their hand in reponse to the offensive formation due to the long side of the field.
|1 week 3 days ago||Why just football?||
Skateboarding? Jumping on a trampoline? Bicycles? Swimming? Heading a soccer ball? Where does it end?How about the old uncles that used to pat the youngsters on the head? Is that why I'm not working for NASA now? Can I sue them?
In our desire to avoid the pitfalls of this thing called "living" we continue to eliminate the joys that make up actual life.
Get busy living or get busy dying a famous man(or woman?) once said. This statement just rings with me when I hear stuff like this.
For instance, we could very quickly drive motor vehicle deaths down by 80% with one simple thing. Wear a DOT cerfified helmet when you get in your car. Add a HANS device and they go down by 90% I'd bet. We accept some risks in life as worthy and eliminate others but where are we actually heading with this?
I have a really hard time making my son put his bike helmet on just to ride 1/2 a block up our subdivision road to his friends house. He looks at me like I'm treating him like a baby and I feel the same way. He is an athletic and coordinated 10yr old who knows how to ride his bike. When he rides a quad or motor bike, he wears a helmet because HE recognizes the potential for severe injury that comes with the increased speed and proximity to trees etc.
If he flies over his handlebars he'll get his hands down and manipulate his body to NOT land on his face/head. This is actually in inborn human instinct that shows up in toddlers(most of the time) unless said toddlers have worn helments because mommy was scared of head injuries and made them wear them as soon as they started walking. Those kids were handicapped from normal human develpment in that case were they not?
I guess what i'm saying is that some young kids should NOT play pop warner. They lack the coordination, common sense and reflexes to do so. In fact at 9yrs old I'd venture to say that 50% of kids should not play and its growing all the time as we continue to insulate them from consequence altogether. Pain is the greatest teacher, but we dont teach HOT with a blowtorch. They should learn it at the kitchen table with a baked potato. If you cool the baked potato to acceptable temps from day one what have you done?
|1 week 5 days ago||Well said||
Take even a player like last nights featured Christian Laettner. Guy owns scoring records for NCAA tournament play and they'll never be broken simply because if you can score 20, you leave.
Its a case of "dont hate the game, hate the playa'z" They short their own development as an individual but I think even more costly they never learn to function as a unit which is how you really get points.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||Ha ha, with all the draft||
Ha ha, with all the draft projection stuff I've read over the past couple weeks my brain must have farted and made me think they already drafted. Point being the same, his name would have been on those lists in the 1st or 2nd round as a WR had then been his position from day one.
As far as Rockford or Macomb(could have used BBR or Livonia or any "big" program) they dont select their QB's thinking of who might go D1 at that position. They pick who can lead the team to the most wins. At those places Devin at WR would be a no brainer IMHO. There's probably 5 or 6 kids on their 65-90 man varsity roster that can play QB at the HS level "good enough" to get the wins, especially with a 6'5" wideout like DG. They would not put the 6'5" guy with speed at QB then put those others at WR even though they are 5'10" or 6 ft and lack leapiing ability and break away speed.
This is not a slam on DG. He was recruited for a spread to run system where I believe he would have torn it up big time. He was then force fitted into a pocket passing based scheme where he never developed the instincts, patience, vision and game understanding to excel.
Put it this way, Tom Brady became a QB because he couldn't and wouldn't be playing anywhere else on the field starting early in HS most likely. There were guys that were better than him at running with the ball, catching the ball and blocking.
Devin became a QB because he went to a HS with a total of 35 guys on the varsity roster and he was so far and away the best athlete on the team the coach just said I want the ball in this guys hands on every play. He likely had very few options at QB(Cameron Gordon was the 2nd option when Devin was a sophmore) and thus he was QB out of nessesicity. They even changed to a spread system at Inkster(not a very good one at that) because the had DG for those years.
Des was an example I used because despite lacking arm strength(big time) and only being so-so as a runner, he was the best option at QB at a school with 70 guys on the varsity roster and 2300 students. Why?? What did he have? Instincts, vision and an ablility to make the right decisions under pressure. Same tools that have made him a pretty damn good D1 middle linebacker despite not having D1 speed or size for that position. Would he have been a better QB than Devin and Michigan?? Only if he grew 3 inches and developed an arm(which never happens) otherwise no. But he had SOME of the tools just like Devin had SOME of the tools.
I'll change my statement. Devin had the tools to be a GREAT college QB in the RIGHT system but he lacks the tools to be even a good "traditional" QB in a pro style system.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||It has nothing to do with skin color||
Russel Wilson is the epitome of a QB, in fact having to overcome physical limitations(height, arm strength) and use his instincts and mental game awareness to flat out dominate at the highest level.
Jamius Winston will also(if he avoids the pitfalls of instant wealth and fame) likely dominate at the next level.
Instinct and vision know no color or race. One thing that might make it seem like we're always saying these things about minority QB's is the simple fact that all the white kids who lack these things never make it past a very low level of football before they are washed out while perhaps the black kids are talented enough to overcome these limitations in their game and stay at the QB position longer.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||Well I guess we'll see.||
Since the NFL has people who can and do seek out such hidden "talent".
One a similar note, did Denard also have this "talent" you speak of? He's a running back now in the NFL so to me that says all I need to know about his talent for the QB position.
Like I said, DG is a shining example of what a Michigan Man should aspire to be but it was obvious to me at a very early point in his career that he was not gifted with the tools to be a QB at any level above HS unless you're running a run to pass spread. Which makes total sense why RR recruited him. He would have been a STUD in an RR system where there's only 1 read but watching DG's eyes post snap you could clearly see that a QB in the "traditional" sense was never in his genes IMHO.
Magnus I watch a TON of HS football and it becomes very clear which kids are playing QB because they are the best athlete in their school system starting in 7th grade and which kids are playing QB because they possess a poise, sense of timing and a natural ability to slow the game down and make decisions under duress. DG was clearly the former and not the latter IMO. As are most HS QB's I see. Desmond Morgan was a QB in high school and other than a clear lack of the arm to do it at the next level, he was more suited to play QB in the "traditional sense" then Devin. I watched them both in consecutive weeks and the difference was immediately obvious. There were probably options at a big HS school like Des attended but he had the tools that made him the best able to play QB in the traditional sense. Devin was most likely shoehorned into playing QB at a young age because it was obvious from the 16 player bench Inkster had that there were not many options available. If Devin was at Macomb or Rockford or 25 other HS's in the state he would have been a WR from 7th grade on thru and very possibly been drafted a couple weeks ago in the 1st round.
Looking at it thru maize colored glasses because we love the kid(and 100% desevedly so) won't change the fact that other than in a run to pass spread he was never gonna be a stud QB.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||"clear talent at QB" made me||
"clear talent at QB" made me throw up in my mouth a little bit. Love me some DG. I think he was a great young man, a real team player and a shining example of exactly the kind of leadership our young players should model themselves after. That said, having watched several of his games when he was at Inkster H.S., he was anything but a "clear talent at QB". He was a chucker who was big and athletic enough to play QB in H.S. but had not developed(some of this is on coaching BTW) into anything resembling a clear talent at QB.
Having also watched Malzone in several of his HS games this is abundantly clear to anyone with functional eyes and a brain. DG finished a 5yr career at Michigan with less of an understanding and less instincts for playing the position that Alex brings with him on his first day.
Would/could DG have been a decent QB in a spread system? Probably in a RR style run to pass spread I'd say yes. Of course that really means you're a running back who can handle some throwing assignments. Not a clear talent at QB.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||Perfect analogy IMHO||
No dis on "drift guy" but it is a perfect comparison. Smaller, lighter, quicker components vs. Stronger, heavier, torquier ones.
And..IMO, there's a lot of merit to saying that the "drift/tuner" guys of today have alot of advantages in their choice of equipment BUT, when facing a TRUE, finely tuned muscle car?? They are at an inherent disadvantage. Like good ol Dad used to say, when everything is put on the line, there's no substitute for cubic inches. Think Saban's best Bama or Carrols best USC or Miles best LSU vs. Oregon's best or RR's best WVU team. They are good enough to keep it interesting(most of the time) but ususally run out of "torque" in the end.
|5 weeks 3 days ago||Sadly.||
The world as I have witnessed it throughout my 30+ years of professional work, is becoming more and more a place where the Dave Brandon's run the show. Self promoting bullshitters who ARE mean to the wait staff keep finding their way to the top as they step on and alienate those with the real chops to do the job and make the difference.
Excellent work Brian. This was a fitting and deserved flogging of a man who prides himself on belittling and flogging others. I sincerely hope that writing this was as cathartic and healing a process for you as reading it was for me.
|13 weeks 6 days ago||Wayne benefitted from||
Wayne benefitted from expansion like nobody can imagine. His timing in terms of the expansion before true international expansion was perfect. Howe had the opposite. Great one was great no doubt but a 20-35 yr old Gordie would dominate the league Gretzky owned in the same way but with the addition of being physically much stronger.
|15 weeks 2 days ago||hash marks||
Any discussion of offensive philosophy has to take into account the GREAT differences between the NFL & all the others in regards to hash placement.
NFL has 18' between the hashmarks, which allows a D to line up symmetrical against you without tipping what they are going to do.
NCAA & high school football have similar hash mark placement(40' & 50' approx.) which means a D has to account for the "long" side of the field on every play. This is why the no huddle/stand there and look to the sideline works so well at those levels, along with the zone read stuff, triple option stuff and various other "schemes" that are rendered almost useless in the NFL.
This is why college QB's that are successfull often flounder at the NFL level. They have to make subtle reads themselves and cannot rely on stomping their foot and looking to the sideline for instructions.
|15 weeks 5 days ago||The most telling tweet||
Where it is mentioned that captains were done after because there was a sense of entitlement last year. Who were the captains again? Lewan?
|16 weeks 3 days ago||except that....||
We probably could have gotten Hoke for a lifetime supply of chicken wings and unlimited M gear.
When a guy says he'd "walk" to AA from SD for the job, he kinda gave away his "negotiating leverage" right out of the gate.
More evidence that pizza boy was playing favorites from the get go. Look where it got him.
|16 weeks 3 days ago||De bunked||
We offered him fair market value vs. what other DC's with similar "clout" were getting paid at the time. He didn't want to leave WVU at that particular time for whatever reason.
|16 weeks 3 days ago||P.J. Fleck?? I think thats||
P.J. Fleck?? I think thats the name of the guy at WMU right now.
Tony Annesse? Instantly turned perennial loser Ferris st. into a winner, has an offense that I'd put against the "genius" of RR or Stitt anytime(watch some youtube of his teams including GRCC, Muskegon HS or Ferris st.)
Of course this is all based on the outside chance was can't get Harbaugh and don't want Miles.
If you aren't going to end up with a proven winner, might as well get a real innovator who's won BIG at a lower level and had to overcome serious talent difficiencies.
|19 weeks 3 days ago||Tony Annesse||
If we'll look at an offensive innovater like Stitt. This guy deserves equal mention. Look at his record in 3(?)yrs at Ferris state. They went from perrenial doormat to beating GVSU and did so remarkably quickly. Previous to that he rebuilt a Muskegon HS prorgam and won mulitiple state championships.
I've watched his offense firsthand and all I can say is WOW!! I don't see anyone doing what he is doing so I don't even know what to call it.
|19 weeks 6 days ago||We need speed, but not the type being discussed here||
The slowest and most detrimental thing on our team is the MENTAL speed at which Devin Gardner processes the game of football.
His handoffs are slow. At least 6 times in every game I've watched him play I find myself yelling RUN!! or THROW!! only to watch him do it 1-2 seconds after.
His computer(brain) is running on a 120mhz processer. He's not dumb. His classroom success's at Michigan verify this. BUT..A 120mhz computer will, given enough time, perform the functions. Classroom gives you that time. Football does not.
Can you imagine watching Tom Brady run our our offense for one series? Can you imagine the recievers getting hit in stride, when they come open? They would not know what to do with balls arriving 2.5 seconds after the snap and on target.
Of course Devin is not Brady. Nor would it be fair to expect him to be. Problem is in his 5th year he's also not even Conner Cook in his 2nd.
I watched Gardner play in HS. He was playing weak competition and he won(some) with a simple game plan. Throw it up to Cameron Gordon or take off running. He never learned the game for the speed chess match that football is. He learned checkers.
Don't judge our team's speed when they are completely handicapped by Gardners sluggish processer. This team would be plenty fast with a QB who could manage a football game. Conner Cooks and Tom Brady's are forced to do that in 8th grade because they have no choice. They would be riding the bench if they didn't. "QB's" like Denard & Devin are never in that situation from youth football on. They are likely the best athletes on any team they play and get away with alot of weakness's that would bench Hackenburg & Cook early in their football life.
|20 weeks 1 day ago||Football is Football||
As a guy who watches ALOT of H.S. Football its important to note that there are 2 kinds of coaches. Those for whom its all about THEM and those for whom its all about the TEAM.
I am constantly amazed at these HS coaches trying to run multiple formation systems with sequental reads and shit. WTF!! You are the definition of delusional. You have these kids that you cannot recruit for 2 yrs at the varsity level and you want to make it as difficult as possible on them for what?? Oh yeah, so you can show everyone what a "genius" you are and MAYBE..just MAYBE get that one kid with athletic talent enough to do so into a Div 1 program.
You justify you complex offensive scheme by saying "thats what the colleges run so thats what they want to see kids in". So you basically tell the other 35-60 kids on your varsity team to go F themselves. This is all about kid X who MIGHT be good enough to get into Whatever U.
Bo coached for the TEAM. If he had Johnny Wangler and Anthony Carter he ran play action I formation power and beat them over the top. If he had a lesser O-line he ran option stuff.
Watch the MHSAA playoffs this year and see how many teams win their division running a Michigan T(power T, Dead T). Those coaches realize that they can't choose their talent, have a limited time to teach a system and therefore use the system that can deliver the best results in the fastest time with a wide variation of talent. Those coaches are NOT concerned with getting that ONE kid into a big program(thereby getting themselve attention from the coaches/staff etc.) They are concerned with whats BEST for the TEAM, the TEAM, the TEAM!!
That is what I want in ANY coach at ANY level.
|20 weeks 3 days ago||Brians very first statement||
Brians very first statement about 2007 and how it was the "right thing" is my single biggest pet peeve and point of total disagreement with Brian, who I probably 90+ percent agree with.
That is saying basically F the seniors. You don't matter to me. You suck and don't possess enough talent to bother trying to win games for you. RR could have gone a MINIMUM of 6-6 running a power based scheme with Threet/Sheridan handing to Brandon Mnor & Company & running the same basic passing scheme's both of those guys had become familiar with practicing under the previous system. We beat Utah, Toledo, Purdue & likely Northwestern but perhaps lose to Wisconsin because we're not able to use the RR stuff to exploit them in that memorable 2nd half.
Our defense & O-line were still strong enough to win us those games. The only reason(s) this was not the strategy we took were 1. RR has no idea how to coach any system other than his own(I think this is the reason BTW which is a damn shame for anyone who consider's themselves a top level football coach) or 2. RR was too impatient and thought that he could get away with ending our 30yr bowl streak( in other words he thought Michigan was just like every other school but just bigger) without losing too much support. He was wrong.
You can, and i'm sure will, continue to believe this was the right thing to do in 2008 but that does not make it so. If we assume there was a large faction of the M fanbase(20-25%?) that was anti RR from the get go, that means at least 20-25% were Pro RR and that leaves 50-60% that were on the fence waiting to see. By disregarding those seniors in 2008 and ending the bowl streak etc. What did he do to those 50-60%(myself in that group)? I'm saying he sent more of them to the anti camp than to the pro camp and never got them back. He gambled that he would go 7-5 then 9-3, that would have gotten enough of them back to win him a 4th yr. Instead he went 5-7(no bowl again) and 7-5. The fence sitters he lost in 08 were not going to move inot the neutral or pro camps with those results.
|21 weeks 6 days ago||My Z West DUX might just have||
My Z West DUX might just have something to say about that.
|22 weeks 3 days ago||They both have won 1 BCS bowl||
They both have won 1 BCS bowl win I believe.
Hoke has a NC ring as an assistant. RR has Zero
Same level? I wouldnt go that far.
On a scale of Div. 1 coaches going from A to E, I'd but RR as a B level and Hoke as a C. Mostly because RR is recognized as an offensive innovater and Hoke not an innovater at anything. Careful though because a short list of coaches who are also not "innovaters" looks like this
All of these have one thing in common. At least one NC ring if not several. I won't bother to make a list of "innovaters" who have exactly ZERO NC rings but you can easily do that yourself.
|25 weeks 1 day ago||Count me in||
Les Miles would be the BEST answer for Michigan right now and here's why I feel that way.
1. We would have the BEST defense in the B1G every year. More times than not that will win the conference
2. Recruiting ties to the deep south. Les would have at least 3 freshman playing on our D next year because they would instantly be the fastest, meanest and most aggressive guys
3. Identity, this is good and bad but we would have an identity that we would sometimes have us scratching our collective heads, sometimes laughing out loud and alot of time smiling and saying "take that sparty".
4. The hiring of Les Miles would be a clear signal to those that submarined him in 2007, that they do not own the identity of Michigan. Whether it was Carr or his minions who I assume are the ones responsible for our current hire, there is nothing they would despise more than a Miles hire. Therefore I want it to happen. They need to be put in their place once and for all.
5. Press conferences would be EPIC!! As Dantonio with MSU, Bielema at Whisky. I like the idea of our coach maybe being percieved as an asshole, but he's OUR asshole and he's willing to do whatever it takes to BEAT YOUR ASSES!!
6. No coach we could hire(except maybe Harbaugh) respects the rivalries more.
|25 weeks 2 days ago||Les Miles||
This would suit me fine. SEC recruiting ties, asshole but OUR asshole, defense would ALWAYS be great, never a dull moment(imagine the pressers).
|25 weeks 2 days ago||I'll take the sister at this||
I'll take the sister at this point. Even though she's married to that asshole Creen
|27 weeks 3 days ago||I've been clamouring for that call for years!!||
Sadly for "spread" or at least "zone read" based teams. If they ever were to return to calling the ineligible by the book(3yds max) it would be the death of their bread and butter.
The zone read itself is a morph of the old wishbone/option offenses of the 70's. Defenses figured out how to play lanes against it using inside to outside angles & 4 linebackers and it was pretty much neutralized. Without the threat of that slot reciever standing open in the spot the linebackers vacated, the spread would also be neutralized to a degree, or at least the oregon/R-Rod version.
I watch it closely during oregon games and count more plays than not where they have at least 1 and many times 2 ineligible and it goes uncalled every time. Keep in mind. The rule is 3 yards not 5 not 6. If you watch it closely they routinely violate the 3yds.
Its the overriding threat of the quick passes that cause defenses to not be able to over commit to the run, meaning they have to hold rather than attack. It used to be once linebackers read the lineman going forward hard it was automatically run and they were set free to "hunt" as they pleased. Thats why linebackers(HS) were taught to read guards first. One or the other guards is always on a "combo" block with the center and is supposed to release to the LB's as soon as he's got his man "turned". By watching him we waste no time looking at the TE since the guards action(chip & release) makes covering a releasing TE irrelevant.
|28 weeks 5 days ago||4 seconds folks||
the O-line can only be expected to keep them off Gardner(in the pocket) for 4 seconds MAX. Watching Gardner get happy feet and bobble head before there's even any REAL pressure is so frustrating. Also Gardner has to MAKE THE DECISION and THROW THE DAMN BALL in those 4 seconds.
Asking the O-line to give him unlimited time back there is a recipe for failure everytime. The young man needs to get his head right and make the read and trust his instincts. IMHO I'd make it this simple. One more yakity sax moment(especially over these next 4 games) and you go directly to the bench for at least a quarter.
He's been here too long and should be past this playground level shit. I'd rather see him step up into the pocket and eat the ball due to good coverage than go all 9th grade.
|29 weeks 3 days ago||So riddle me this||
Why in cases such as this, does the D-Tackle not drop his trailing leg and "sit down" in the hole like we were taught(and Bo taught) back in the day? If you cannot fight back across the O linemans face you have to drop where you stand before giving that ground.
|30 weeks 2 days ago||Makes me smile to hear about Des||
It really warms me to have been the one that, when he was originally recruited by RR, that predicted he would be a solid contributer and possibly senior captian for Michigan.
I watched almost every game of his Jr & Sr seasons in HS since he played for my alma mater West Ottawa. He was by FAR the best player on the field in every game I watched. Tough as nails, football IQ off the charts and on top of that a really nice and genuine young man.
|32 weeks 5 days ago||My 2 cents||
The year they won the state finals their closest contest was with a local(zeeland west) team in the regional
The following year(2013) they again met Zwest in the regional final and lost pretty convincingly to almost the exact same Zwest team, only difference? GR christian did not have Drake on the field due to his injury.
Zwest went on to win the state final game with ease.
This young man has the potential to be a real difference maker. I think his hands are among the best i've ever seen in HS and his leaping ability and timing are just as impressive.
I watched both him and Rojo(Muskegon) play Zwest and Drakes ceiling is much higher. The only place I'd give Rojo the edge would be YAC because he was more illusive(smaller too).
|46 weeks 3 days ago||Classic Mickey Redmond||
"He's got Domi out there..Probert's talking to him right now...BINGO BABY!! Proberts got the boxing gloves on tonight!!"