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|1 year 14 weeks ago||I think a better description||
I think a better description for the Taylor Lewan push would be "Still hates donkeys == Hates donkeys"...
And I also think the Hemingway replacements will be a downgrade - it's still too optimistic IMO to think that group can be a push considering how many times he bailed us out - Hemingway may well have been worth 2 of the wins (ND and VT) and was an eyelash from giving us an OT shot against Iowa.
|1 year 14 weeks ago||Hot Clicks||
This baby has gone mainstream now - it's up on Hot Clicks!
|1 year 36 weeks ago||Knee surgery||
Ok, I'm having knee surgery on April 10th too - how weird is that? Hopefully yours is a meniscus tear like mine - they say I'll be up and walking later that day, and back to exercising in less than a week...
|1 year 48 weeks ago||Has to be Desmond - I was in||
Has to be Desmond - I was in school with him - played basketball with him a number of times. Genuinely nice guy at the time (I assume he still is), and he never seemed to let the heisman stuff get to his head. Obviously his on the field stuff was legendary...
|1 year 48 weeks ago||He seemed like a really good||
He seemed like a really good punter coming into this year - frustrating to see the struggles this year. As Gibbons proved, there is a significant mental aspect to the kicking game, so there is hope that he can be in the same stratosphere as Zoltan, but man, those punts were frustrating last night.
|1 year 48 weeks ago||So let me see if I understand||
So let me see if I understand - we played an excellent D, didn't have a great game on offense (partially because our all-america center was playing on one foot), and now the team is hopeless until a high school junior can come in and be our savior?
Denard didn't have a great game, but he developed as the season went on, and is still in the first year in Borges's system. Two words give me hope....Cade McNown. He was mediocre in his first year under Borges, lights out in his second year, and worthless as a pro. So that tells me Borges has a pretty good mind, and Denard is still learning - John Navarre's second year as a starter wasn't so good...neither was Chad Henne's...and they both turned out ok.
I'm hopeful that Denard will be pretty good next year. The more pressing concern in my mind is depth on the lines. Losing our best lineman on each side of the ball will really hurt...hopefully the development of the other young lineman is ahead of schedule. That's the bigger issue with 2012 than Denard.
This team had no business winning 11 games - it was clear VT had more talent on both sides of the ball, and that comes down to recruiting...but the coaches did a tremendous job this year to pull off 11-2, so we should all be very happy about what that means for the future and for recruiting...
|2 years 5 weeks ago||Geez - remember freshmen||
Geez - remember freshmen Navarre vs. junior/senior Navarre? Freshman Navarre made me want to tear my eyes out, while junior/senior Navarre was a pretty darn good QB
Or freshman Henne vs. junior/senior Henne? Freshman Henne just threw it up randomly 3-4 times a game, and got away with it because of BE. junior/senior Henne carved up most defenses he played when he had a functional throwing arm.
Vince Young was brutal as he was learning college football, and Gardner seems to have physical tools that are at least in the same ballpark as VY.
Assuming Gardner makes similar progress (not at all unlikely given the progression of past quarterbacks with a couple years in system), he'll be lights out in this offense in a couple years with his mobility, arm strength, and a couple years of seasoning (not to mention a couple recruiting classes for Borges to tailor his team to strengths.
Play design like this makes me feel more & more comfortable we're not regressing to DeBoring style of offense anytime soon. Great stuff as always Brian.
|2 years 26 weeks ago||Am I the only one who noticed||
Am I the only one who noticed this - as I recall from playing basketball against Desmond, he was at best 5'9". Doesn't look like Denard is more than an inch taller at most in that shot. The 6'0" on the roster may be a little embellishment...
|2 years 41 weeks ago||I remember Vada was up at the||
I remember Vada was up at the IM building pretty regularly playing basketball after he graduated. I played against him a few times and he was obviously a special athlete. He and Amani Toomer were the two football players I remember being ridiculous at basketball as well. Both could jump sky high and had great moves - he had a sweet jump shot too.
I hope this ends up better than it sounds - he was always a nice guy at the gym too. Didn't have the arrogant attitude about being a football player that some of the other guys I met or talked to had.
|3 years 3 weeks ago||Umm.. the defense in 2006 was||
Umm.. the defense in 2006 was leaps and bounds better than this defense, which might have something to do with the 11-2 record. Michigan went into happy valley that year and didn't even have to try on offense to win - compare that to this year.
I'd be willing to wager that this year's offense coupled with the 2006 defense, Garrett Rivas and Mesko would be 10-0 at this point as well.
|3 years 4 weeks ago||Isn't a normal success rate||
Isn't a normal success rate on a 2 point conversion against an average defense something like 40-45%. I have to think that against our defense, the likely success rate is more like 55%. If that's the case, teams should actually go for two every single time they score against M, as they'd get an average of 1.1 points for every conversion, as opposed to an average of say .96 points for every extra point attempt.
But coaches ignore mathematics and stick to what they know, which is why the typical coach kicks extra points most of the time (and why they don't go for it more on 4th down.
I'd say Illinois' chance of converting a 4th and 1 against our defense has to be around 85% or so. You would then have to do the math of the likelihood they could move another 40 yards in a minute, but I'd say it's probably pretty good against our D. One wheel of death route would have done it. I bet the numbers would say going for it is the right call, but coaches by their nature are conservative - coach risky and lose, it's the coaches fault. Coach conservatively and lose - it's the players fault.
|3 years 4 weeks ago||I would have thought Mercury||
I would have thought Mercury Hayes would make this list - I know he didn't play for Bo, but it seemed like he had a ton of big play catches in 94-95 - surprised he wouldn't have averaged 20 yards a catch in one of those years..
|3 years 4 weeks ago||The kid's first name is||
The kid's first name is Desmond, he's what, 17 years old and lives in Michigan...do we really need to add that his dad is a big Michigan fan???
If I had a kid in 91/92/93, his first name probably would have been Desmond too! Seriously, how can this kid go anywhere but Michigan with that legacy?
Great stuff as always, Tom.
|3 years 5 weeks ago||Well, the over sure was a||
Well, the over sure was a good bet!
|3 years 5 weeks ago||But doesn't that also make it||
But doesn't that also make it an enticing opportunity? The reality is, if a D coordinator comes in and is moderately successful, isn't next year's team 9-3 at worst? If this defense gets to 60th in the nation, with a top 5-10 offense and a lot of the key games at home, there's a great shot for a great year.
It seems to me it wouldn't take much success from a D coordinator to bring a great year in 2011. Not to mention the prestige of restoring a program that has seen its worst three year stretch in at least my lifetime.
|3 years 5 weeks ago||Guess it's time to hold more||
Guess it's time to hold more student body tryouts. Let's send Gibson walking the halls of Alice Lloyd or Markley to find some depth at CB...
|3 years 5 weeks ago||That's awesome - nice to see||
That's awesome - nice to see some success for Michigan today.
|3 years 5 weeks ago||I guess after giving it more||
I guess after giving it more thought - we rent tuxes, and god knows some disgusting things happen in them too.
I have to wonder about the profitability too - how many times does a jersey get rented before it becomes too dirty to rent. I guess if it's the blue home jersey, probably takes awhile. My Drew Henson 2000 jersey is still holding on 10 years later...
|3 years 5 weeks ago||That was really interesting.||
That was really interesting. It does go to show how one player's reaction can have such a massive impact on whether or not the defense plays successfully.
|3 years 5 weeks ago||I filled out the survey. The||
I filled out the survey. The idea is unique, but man, the thought of what might have taken place in that jersey before I rented it...no thanks.
|3 years 5 weeks ago||I was rooting for tacopants -||
I was rooting for tacopants - if he didn't transfer to Connecticut, we'd have a viable position switch. We could use his height at corner.
|3 years 5 weeks ago||it's a blessing in disguise.||
it's a blessing in disguise. Think about it - now opposing QBs will be confused about which wide open receiver to throw to. Instead of automatically picking on whoever is opposite JT, they won't know which receiver to throw to. They'll now have to go through progressions and determine who is most wide open. By the time they figure out which wide open guy to throw to, Martin will have sacked them.
Glass half full....glass half full...