further adventures in Jed York being unsuited for his position
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|2 weeks 3 days ago||Fans and people with Madden||
Fans and people with Madden skilz think timeouts are only good for stopping the clock for end of game drives. Thing is, coaches "waste" them all the time for personnel and play calling reasons. If you take the default view that the Pats weren't stopping Seattle, then calling TOs to save clock for a Hail Mary type late drive makes sense. But if you think Belichick was thinking about making a stand, then using or not using TOs to maximize his chance to make sure he had the right defensive play call given what the offensive personnel was showing, it isn't so dumb to do what he did.
|4 weeks 3 days ago||You're still thinking in terms of having to score again||
Think in terms of wanting to stuff them 3 more times. Bellichick said after the game that he knew they were going to run a pass play from their personnel package. If he thought that they could stuff that, then he could use his last two TOs to react/adjust to what the Seahawks were showing on the field. Using your TOs to preserve your shot at getting the ball back ups your odds of getting scored on.
|4 weeks 3 days ago||No Pats timeout was the right call.||
You forget that the Seahawks had 1 TO left with just under a minute to play. If they run and get stuffed, they have to call TO and then are forced to pass the last two downs. That was why Pete Carrol called the pass play. If Belichick calls TO, he gives the Seahawks a free TO and an option to stuff the run twice.
|5 weeks 4 days ago||Also||
At least the local media stopped talking about deflated footballs.
|5 weeks 4 days ago||Live in Boston, but grew up in WNY||
So meh. Was funny going to the store today as everyone was buying food like it was going to be a Blizzamagedon Snowpocalpyse.
|6 weeks 1 day ago||The outrage is dumb||
The rules say what pressure the ball needs to be delivered to the refs two hours before the game should be. It also says a pump must be furnished, presumably so refs can rein flare balls if they wanted. That puts the onus on the refs for not checking and correcting it before kickoff. Furthermore, the rules don't say what the air temp of the balls should be upon delivery, so if the Pats delivered 12psi balls @140 degrees, an then they deflated due to physics when they cooled down, the rule book doesn't say anything about whether that's legal or not.
|9 weeks 2 days ago||Or||
|9 weeks 2 days ago||JCT||
Jim crush Tuesdays.
|9 weeks 3 days ago||Your comments about real||
Your comments about real versus blind patriotism are spot on.
|10 weeks 1 day ago||One comment on Durkin||
I wanted to take his waiting on Harbaugh as a positive for It's Happening.gif, but it could always be that Harbaugh has said, you're my DC no matter where I land. If it's Michigan or if it's an NFL destination where he has the control he wants.i still think Harbaugh comes home, but I don't think Durkin putting off TAMU is as conclusive a sign as one might hope.
|10 weeks 3 days ago||I thought this was a possible||
I thought this was a possible reason for the video equipment yesterday, but based on the rumored details of the agent meeting today reported by the Edge, it makes more sense that the video equipment involved Harbaugh + Agent one one side, and Hackett + regents on the other.
|10 weeks 4 days ago||On the other hand, it could||
On the other hand, it could also just be Michigan making sure to keep the full court press on and deciding to not risk letting a FaceTime connection screw things up and thinking HD is worth the money and effort.
|10 weeks 4 days ago||I took the video equipment||
I took the video equipment comments on Rivals to mean that maybe Harbaugh would actually be addressing players. It seems like such a very Harbaugh thing to do, and it makes sense why you would need to send equipment + tech people. I'm sure Hackett would find a way to get to SF for a real face to face if it came down to it. I'm sure FaceTime or Skype would also work. But a video conference call with 100 players logging in remotely with video feeds in Aa and SF as sources sounds exactly like what would require people and equipment on a plane.
|11 weeks 5 days ago||Ugh. I think Harbaugh does||
Ugh. I think Harbaugh does have real interest in the UM coaching job, but I don't think he's any sort of lock. Tire fire or not, if Oakland throws the GM/coaching combo at Harbauh, I think he'd be very interested. The GM/coach combo worries me much more than the money.
|11 weeks 6 days ago||He's the director of||
He's the director of marketing, not the chief marketing officer, I don't care what his business's card says. I hate the C I front of things now.
|12 weeks 4 days ago||I see what you did there, but||
He's Mullen' it over would have been better.
|13 weeks 2 days ago||Don't rule out a face saving||
I don't know what Harbaugh is thinking or wants, but from what I've read about him, IF he were very interested in returning to UM, he doesn't seem like he would want to let it look like some 34 year old rich kid gave him the boot back to college, where his shtick would work better. He seems like he'd want to let NFL teams offer up draft picks to get him, simply to prove a point; that he's still very much a hot commodity. That would allow Harbaugh a chance to save face a bit when he then took the UM job. It would make it a choice he made out of love for his alma mater, and leave the NFL on his own terms, not York's. Not saying that's what he wants, but IF his mind were made up and terms basically reached with UM, this is exactly how it would play out in the media before then end of the season.
|16 weeks 5 days ago||So.....||
Gruden, who has one few Super Bowl rings, a worse winning percentage, and has been in the broadcast booth for 6 years since getting canned by the team he took to the Super Bowl after a six year stretch with a losing record, gets GRUDEN!! type posts in every CC tread since forever, but Shanahan elicits universal DO NOT WANT posts?
|18 weeks 6 days ago||It makes me like JH more. I||
It makes me like JH more. I feel I'm a pretty driven guy, but I'm driven FOR my family, not irrespective of it. That he puts his wife and kids first isn't a knock on his ferociousness.
|20 weeks 4 days ago||With the way the AD is being||
With the way the AD is being run, in 20 years team 135 will look at their feet and mutter, "I can't afford the $10k Former Player Seat License".
|20 weeks 4 days ago||I do not envy the hangover||
I do not envy the hangover you're going to have Sunday morning two weeks from now.
|20 weeks 5 days ago||So let me get this straight.||
So let me get this straight. It's not the coach of the 115 sons in his 4th year, it's not the tough as nails 5th year senior QB, or the strong side turned middle LB whose middle name is Mother F'er. No, it takes the punter who was suspended for all of last year for a dope problem to light enough of a fire under this teams ass to get them to eek out a narrow win at home to a mediocre Penn State team still reeling from NCAA sanctions. Fabulous.
|21 weeks 6 days ago||Wait, they lead the nation in||
Wait, they lead the nation in sacks? We have no deep threats and a porous OLine? We. Are. Getting. Shut. Out.
|22 weeks 1 day ago||What's his stance on the dean||
What's his stance on the dean of LSA? What about the issues facing the engineering school? How about the financial footing of Mott? Can he even name one non-athletic issue facing the university?
|22 weeks 4 days ago||Maybe if Hoke was wearing a||
Maybe if Hoke was wearing a headset, he might have heard the coach in the booth say, "gee, Shane looks addled". Did the guy in the booth say that? We'll never know, an neither will Hoke. I didn't know isn't an excuse when you don't even wear a F'ing headset!
|23 weeks 1 day ago||Sigh.||
|23 weeks 2 days ago||One common characteristic. RR||
One common characteristic. RR had some young defenses, filled with more underclass men then upper. Same is true of BH and his offense. Don't get me wrong, I've seen enough cluelessness to make me want Hoke gone, he's in over his head, but youth is a real thing. I wish I could find the link, but I'm pretty sure I read a mathlete post back in like 2012 that said that 2013 would be worse than 2012, and that 2014 would be the low point in terms of this, with a rapid maturing in 2015 and 2016.
|23 weeks 6 days ago||27-10 Michigan||
|23 weeks 6 days ago||Brandon has made it clear||
Brandon has made it clear that The expectations are for Michigan to compete for B1G titles. If Michigan finishes tied for second in the East (presumably behind Sparty), and give the winner of the East a reasonably competitive game, that will be enough to save his job even if we lose all of our OOC games.
|24 weeks 4 days ago||True, but it's not like the||
True, but it's not like the other teams in the top 25 were all playing great teams. Also, given how we struggled to run against anybody last year, even the bad non-conference teams, this line and our running attack is clearly improved. Is it up to standards of a decade ago? No. Still, if the line play and the run game continue to improve this year, I think Hoke's hot seat will cool down a bit. My confidence in Hoke was definitely shaken by the severity of the ND defeat, but the reality is that barring a Harbro wanting the job, a weak B1G should allow allow this team to improve as the year goes on and put the ND fiasco in the rear view.