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|1 week 16 hours ago||Exactly||
I am getting sick of the anti-Brandon whining. First, people are upset that the ticket prices are so high and the home schedule so crappy. I get it - that's fair. But, now Brandon goes ahead and does something nice for the season ticket holders - those same poor unfortunate souls who are being victimized by high prices and crappy opponents- and that's bad, as well. Gimme a break. Rewarding those who are willing to pony up $$ for a season pass (especially with our poor home schedule) this year is not a bad thing. It's actually a nice gesture that is similar to what many teams do for their season ticket holders.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Tragedy||
|8 weeks 2 days ago||Bs||
We totally got screwed. How the hell did Nebraska get a better bowl than us, given our relative records, strength of schedule, quality wins etc. This is total BS and we were screwed as usual.
|8 weeks 3 days ago||Nice job||
I like that you don't have us "beating everyone but ND, PSU, Sparty and Ohio. Many people (including me in my post down thread) take it for granted that we will win all of the games against anyone who is not a big time program. We are not there yet. Losses to Indiana and Northwestern level teams are certainly possible.
|8 weeks 3 days ago||My $.02||
1. Over - we won 7 last year. On defense, where many of our contributors were young, we return pretty much everyone and add some serious talent in the form of Peppers. Another year of playing together and another year of experience and offseason s&c for the younger kids should result in big time improvement. On offense, it is pretty clear that Borges' complicated schemes were a big part of the line problems. That should be corrected by Nuss. Gardner returns with another year of experience, we have a stable of very good backs and a whole bunch of talented (and admittedly young) receivers. In short, all of the tools are there to be great on offense and at a minimum decent on offense. With our weak schedule , there should be 8 wins as a base, and I assume that we win one or two of PsU, ND , Ohio and Sparty. PSU should really be realign the sanctions this year with talent coming in but not much upper class talent on the roster (think us over the past 2 years), ND is pretty loaded so not much to say there, ohio's O-line looks like a potential weakness and Sparty lost a ton of talent this past offseason. So, we should be anywhere from 8-4 to 10-2. I bet on 9 wins.
|8 weeks 5 days ago||Subtle||
What you did there . . . I see it. Well played.
|11 weeks 2 days ago||advantage Michigan||
For those that are complaining about this, keep in mind that for the year that the tourney is played in NYC, this move effectively turns the BTT into a Michigan home game. The reality in NYC and metro-NYC is that of all of the B1G schools, Michigan has by far the largest and most passionate fanbase. I have attended the games that our team played at MSG and Barklays for the past two seasons, and the crowd at both games was heavily weighted with Michigan fans. Other than Rutgers (not exactly a basketball power), I don't see any team taking more than 1/3 of the tickets in a game against Michigan.
|11 weeks 6 days ago||awesome||
So much good stuff in that one. The Punting Laboratory and the Zook dialogue really had me laughing. Well done.
|12 weeks 1 day ago||Woodson||
Given Brian's YMRMFSPA, the funniness of your comment is enhanced by your avatar.
|12 weeks 2 days ago||agree / disagree||
I totally agree on all of the patience stuff. 100%.
As to the RR firing, I think that RR got something of a raw deal from the start. He didn't have the support of much of the fanbase or the administration, and even so many former players. He also was the victim of the Freep nonsense. Totally agree. Now, if we are being honest, RR did contribute to his own demise in some pretty significant ways. However, regardless of who was to blame in 2010, at the end of that season, it was pretty apparent to everyone that RR as head coach of Michigan football was not tenable going forward. He had lost just about the entire fanbase (even Brian said that he should be fired, I believe), including so many that had previously defended him. Because of so much of the noise surrounding the program, his ability to recruit - which is perhaps the most important responsibility of acoaching staff in terms of setting the program up for future success - was crippled. The media / publicity surrounding the program was resoundingly negative. And, some reports seem to indicate that he lost the team.
So at the end of 2010, what was Brandon going to do? Risk yet another year of all of the above continuiing, further crippling the program, or make a change. Again, I think that RR was on the receiving end of a crappy deal in Ann Arbor, but at the end of 2010, after the embarrassment of a bowl game that we endured, and a complete collapse in recruiting, do either of you really believe that the right move was to keep RR?
|12 weeks 2 days ago||JV squad||
That's a very important point that I think that many of the 10-2 or bust crowd simply don't want to acknowledge. Had we suffered a severe sanction from the NCAA for stretching-gate in which we had to sit out an entire year of recruiting in 2009 and had 15 scholarships taken away in 2010, we would actually be in better shape than we are now. Any program suffering such sanctios would take a decade to climb out of it. It is a testament to this entire coaching staff (ok, Borges may not have been the right guy for such a young roster as his schemes seemed not to take into account the youth and learning curve), that we have done as well as we have.
|12 weeks 2 days ago||stupid post||
That is a ridiculous position. So if Hoke goes 11-1 in the regular season, but loses to OSU in overtime (on the road), as OSU caps an undefeated season and clinches the championship game slot for the division, you would fire Hoke? How about if he goes 10-2 with losses to MSU and and one other team (say NW) but trounces OSU on the road giving OSU their only loss (yet still leaving Michigan left out of the BIG CG)?
It's like you didn't even read Brian's post - the point of the post is that Hoke is still dealing with a roster that has gaping holes as a result of numerous factors that can be attributed in varying percentages to numerous people / circumstances, but for which Hoke has zero responsibility. Unless you expect hoke to get out on the firld and play RG, there is a limit on how much a coach can do with a roster that is just broken.
One my hypothetical question. If Devin Gardner decides that he would rather play water polo than football and Shane Morris is injured in the first game of the season, do you still ascribe to your CG or die view for Hoke?
|12 weeks 2 days ago||context||
I think that this post gives great context that needs to be kept in mind when eveluating Hoke's tenure so far. Hoke's success to date has roughly tracked the number of upperclassmen contributing to the roster. Thus, in 2011, Hoke had great success with a team made up of seniors and juniors from Carr's last class and RR's first. In 2012, as those seniors graduated, we were forced to play far more younger players, and started to experience depth issues at several positions. By 2013, the effect of this was at its greatest, as our roster was amongst the youngest in the league.
I know that many on this blog like to refer to the youth explanation for the past 2 season's struggles as an "excuse," but it is a valid excuse. There is a real physical difference between an 18-19 year old kid and a 22-23 year old man. Similarly, experience and continuity does make a difference. For those who doubt the effect of upperclassmen, experience and continuity, take a look at the player retention rate at MSU - towards the top of the conference. In his first three years, Dantonio had 7 wins, 9 wins and 6(!!) wins. Certainly worse than Hoke. It wasn't until his 4th year when the rubber really hit the road for him. Had MSU fans over-reacted and canned him after 3 years, they would certainly have missed out on success that they are currently enjoying. Wisconsin is another example of a program that has historically had greater success than their recruiting ranking because of stability.
While 2014 is Hoke's 4th year, given the crater that he inherited, especially at OL (one F'ing recruit over a 2-year span is unheard of), a real argument can be made that he is entitled to get to 2015 if this next season is anything better than a total disaster. What our program need most not is not a hot, splashy coach. It needs spability so that the craters in the roster caused by 2009-10 are completely filled.
|12 weeks 3 days ago||Optimism||
My optimism beanie must be working overtime, but I am actually looking forward to this season. Why, you ask? Some thoughts:
1. The defense. Even playing a ton of underclassmen, our defense was solidly average. The problem was the because of our youth, we were forced (or GMAT felt it best) to play a very non-aggressive style of play. Fortunately, we lose virtually nobody of any significance, meaning that we should see a better, older, more experienced version of last year's D. And spring buzz seems to indicate that we will be playing a more aggressive style of play, which should provide even further benefit. If the defense goes to solidly above average (not great), we should be able to contain everyone on the schedule that is not MSU, OSU, ND and throw in one other game here.
2. The OL. Last year was a shit show, and most people are expecting further regression because we lose both tackles to the NFL. Without opening a big debate on Lewan's character or Borges, I think that it is safe to say that anyone watching Michigan football last year could figure out that something more was going on with the line than youth, crappy players, lack of experience, lack of execution or some other quantifiable metric. Something was really off. Practice quotes seem to indicate the Borges was running a scheme that was just too complex for young players to quickly pick up, lead to frequent missed assignments. Nuss seems like he is doing the opposite.
3. QB - While Devin has been with the program forever, people forget that last year was his first as the starting QB from day 1. The prior season, he came in 2/3 of the way through and ran an offense designed for Denard. You can really look at last year as his redshirt freshman or sophmore campaign. This season, he comes in with another full offseason of practice as QB and a full season and a half as starting QB under his belt. I expect an even better Devin.
4. RB - I liked Fitz as much as anyone, but he was just a poor fit for the offense that we ran. And he couldn't pick up a blitz to save his life. If we even get to approaching competency from the OL, I expect Green, Hayes and Smith to be a huge upgrade at the RB spot.
5. Overall team chemistry - Seems like Hoke aluded to the fact (and numerous posters on here seem to indicate) that Lewan was a crappy leader, and that there was some friction on the line and with the team. Hopefully, regardless of whether it was Lewan or some other seniors on the team, we are entering a phase where Hoke's "character" recruits take over leading the team and the team can gel as a cohesive unit. Lack of locker room chemistry is not uncommon in years 2 and 3 of a coaching change as the kids from the prior regime begin to feel left out of the center as their playing time is eaten up by younger players who committed to the new staff. This problem should largely be gone this year.
So, will we win a National Championship? Likely not even close, but I do expect improvement.
|13 weeks 3 days ago||media||
While I personally like the Carr mentality of never speaking to the press except when required to, Hoke is kind of damned either way. When he speaks to the press, even when he accepts responsibility and doesn't blame a single other individual, he is called out for "throwing people under the bus." When he doesn't address issues with the press or provide insight, he is accused of "hating the fans" or refusing to acknowledge the problem.
Personally, I don't think that he said a thing wrong - he accepted a lot of blame and didn't call out a single member of this or last year's team. The fact is that anyone watching could see that the team lacked chemistry, cohesiveness and leadership. Many on this blog noticed it. Hoke is simply conceding that there was a problem and discussing a method that he has employed to fix it.
|13 weeks 6 days ago||Wait||
You were serious?
|13 weeks 6 days ago||Serious?||
Does my sarcasm meter need fixing again or are you serious? Can't tell. I assume sarcasm because nobody is that dumb.
|15 weeks 9 hours ago||no||
What is wrong with you, man? This is the internet - this is no place for rational, calm thought. It means something, and that something is almost certainly one of the following:
1. All three are going pro, and they are taking Caris with them.
2. All three are returning,
3. Mitch McGary is leaving Michigan to accept a job as senior executive of State Farm (see the last pic);
4. Shane Morris will start on opening day because Devin Gardner has conceded that he is a terrible quarterback, leader and human being; we will have negative rushing yards because after Derrick Green, Smith and Hayes all transfer to Ohio, we are forced to start Bellamy at RB.
I am fairly certain it is #4, but I suppose that #1 is equally possible.
|15 weeks 3 days ago||schedule||
If we and sparty are both ranked going into the game, I very seriously doubt that they schedule it for noon. Look at Sparty's home schedule - we are their only home game with enough juice to warrant a night game matchup (OSU in in November, and there is a B10 preference against night games in November). So, I think that game likely ends up at night.
As for Rutgers, I wasn't proposing that they would decide based upon religion - more about $$ - I guess there are so many Michigan alum in NYC area that the game will sell out regardless, so my point is probably moot, but my thought was that given the large Jewish Northeastern alum base of both schools, they would try to make it a late game to try to increase ticket demand. You are probably right that it will not be taken into account though.
|15 weeks 3 days ago||Night games||
So we are confirmed for night games at ND and at home against PSU. Any other likely candidates on the schedule for night games?
|15 weeks 6 days ago||Brandon||
So his announcement was actually for something pretty awesome.
|16 weeks 11 hours ago||totally agree||
I had the exact same feeling throughout the entire season. Something was just . . . broken, for lack of a better word, with this team. I have some thoughts on this, all being total speculation:
1. Complete lack of senior leadership.
Lewan was a great football player, and made a totally selfless decision by coming back. That said, his actions throughout this season have been anything but those of a senior captain or a leader. The OL was perhaps the worst of the clusterfuck, and some of that has to be on the leaders of the line.
2. Poor offensive coaching
I don't want to pile on the Borges hate here - in fact, I was probably one of his most vocal defenders on this site until the day that he was fired, but hearing some of the quotes out of practice this year, it is obvious that Borges tried to do too much with a relatively young group of players. Nuss' simplified approach may be just what this team needs.
3. Empty cupboard at key spots
2011 was a good year largely because what was left of RR's early decent recruiting classes were upperclassmen. As those players transitioned off the team the poor 2009, 2010 and 2011 recruiting and attrition left us with holes at key spots, most notably on OL. The holes in the line-up really killed us on offense, and certainly didn't help in a few defensive spots.
4. Talented youth
Aside from a few notable exceptions, the remaining RR players on the roster - the upperclassmen - were lower ceiling, lower talent players. Great program guys, sure, but not excatly the stuff that championship teams need. The Hoke players, at least according to the recruiting services, are far more talented and higher ceiling types, but they are still young and inexperience. This make-up forced us to play many more young kids at key spots, instead of working them in slowly. youth is never a recipe for success in football.
Fortunately, for us, issue #2 has been rectified and Nuss looks like he could fix our troubled offense. #3 and #4 are also taking care of themselves. We may still see one more season of youth on the line, but less so than last season, and none in 2015. As to #1, the players that Hoke has been bringing in all fit the Pattern (TM), so I expect that over the next year, any leadership void will quickly be filled.
|16 weeks 2 days ago||Himym||
I have to admit that I love this show. My wife and I were really bummed that it was going off. That said, I also kind of liked the ending. It gave the viewers the rest of the story for all of the characters, and then teased the ending that many fans wanted all along - ted and Robyn ending up together. I, for one, like when shows that I watch are wrapped up neatly and in the way that the fans wanted.
|16 weeks 6 days ago||Go blue||
Earlier this week, I was getting pretty down on this match up, likely as a result of the sports media's incessant love of Tennessee. Now I keep flashing back to that post about how deadly Beilein is when he has a week to prepare, and I am getting pretty confident.
|17 weeks 5 days ago||Seriously?||
You would rather lose and not get to the finals than face Sparty? Come on, that's just sad. We have the talent to hang with them. If our shooters are on, we can beat anyone. Not saying that we will , but we can.
|18 weeks 10 hours ago||transfer||
Any word on that? To me, a guy who was with Nuss for a few years at Bama, even if only as a back-up, is probably good enough to walk in and start.
|18 weeks 12 hours ago||tourney||
So I have about an hour and a half before all of my productivity at work ends. I actually bought a TV for my office just so that I could watch the tourney while pretending to get some work done during commercials. Sadly, the firm would probably frown upon a cooler and beer, or a small BBQ indoors.
|18 weeks 1 day ago||Braylon||
There are always a ton of teams that struggle with the salary cap, and teams always need a decent WR who can stretch the field. I see Braylon at a point in his "career" where he would likely have to accept the league minimum, so for a team with a need, he presents an option that has potential upside and very little downside.
|18 weeks 1 day ago||sad but likely true||
I can't fathom how a guy with his athletic gifts could be such a complete bust. For years, I attributed his lack of success to being a stretch-the-field wideout on teams with crappy QBs. Think of the number of great WRs who have gone to teams with poor QB play and done nothing - Larry Firtzgerald and Santonio Holmes are just two recent examples. I still think that this is part of it, but I also suspect that work ethic played a large part, as well.
Braylon would have been best served to go to a team with a strong QB and a disciplinarian coach - the NY Giants, for example, with Eli and Coughlin, would have been a better fit than the circus that is the Jets.
|18 weeks 5 days ago||Experience||
Perhaps most important is that he has a few years of experience playing in the system that we will now be running.