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|5 years 36 weeks ago||Hey whoa Hey||
Whoa whoa whoa
wait up a minute 'peoples'
this is a game in which the Notre Dame Fighting Irish have a lil more to lose than the Michigan Wolverines. Guess what,"We're still rebuilding here in Michigan people!" Notre Dame needs to be 'rebuilt' by this game. This is a coronation moment for both Clausen and Weis. This is a big, if not huge game, for Mr. Charlie Weis.
If Michigan wins, think about it, with the big tens performance this past week, Michigan will more than likely still not be ranked. Rather Notre Dame will just slide out of the rankings. The idea that at week 2, a non ranked 3-9 of last year, can slide into the top 25 at 2-0 is ludicrous. AND I DON'T WANT MICHIGAN RANKED TILL THEY BEAT A RANKED TEAM ON THE ROAD!
Michigan, with freshman QB's, a never quit attitude(MUCH LIKE NAVY HAD), and the idea that WERE THE UNDERDOG can really make this a game.
|5 years 37 weeks ago||People need to talk about||
People need to talk about that O-line of Michigan. If all goes well Saturday I think they will some more.
One thing Michigan had on Saturday was tempo. Tempo, overall game tempo is tough to get or control when you are playing an evenly matched team. I believe these two teams are now evenly matched given Michigan's home field and last game played. But fret not young Michigan and just hang with them punch for punch until the last ticks of the clock.
|5 years 37 weeks ago||Nice||
There seems to be a friendly game of can you top this, as far as play making goes amongst the younger Michigan team. I mean this both offensively and defensively. Very good sign, very good. Carlos Brown, I mean, is anyone that overly concerned now with the idea of starting Brown? With the play of Koger is anyone overly bummed about Sims at MSU? The players were holding onto the football, taking big hits and then stretching the plays for an extra 2-3 yards. There seems to be a developing sense of,"we, the young guys of Michigan, want to take ownership and show what we can do." To me, that's family values 101.
One of the few negatives I heard, and I heard it from people who could care less about Michigan. But they all said,"You got blanked in the 2nd half. Did they figure out your schemes in the 2nd or what?" I did not notice there were no points in the 2nd and I still think there were points in the 2nd half. But if there were not I'd write it off to experimentation and to the idea that,"Dude, we're up 31-0 at halftime."
The reality is, for all teams on Michigans schedule, that you can't really look at Forcier as a freshman anymore. And you cannot sleep on that offense.
|5 years 37 weeks ago||He will be a great guy and||
He will be a great guy and coach here. I mean in the long view, when people give the guy some room to do his thing. Perception is a weird thing. Because the guy, I mean coach, could be smiling and teaching and have that moment not on TV. And then the media could cherry pic and seek out the moment where he blows his cool and then air that. I want to see the public or overall narrative changed on Coach Rodriguez because he is a likable guy. But he's a football guy and there's nothing wrong with that. Recommending a football coach to smile more is kind of chintzy and lame. I mean it's football for God's sakes! But, I also think the days or Woody Hayes are long gone. You almost have to be part coach, part baby-sitter and a full time pr guy. Who also has an agent by the way. All in all, with all the crap that goes along with it, college football coaching is not for the timid. One can deduce that from following Michigan and Rich as of late. "Win one for RR," is my motto.
|5 years 37 weeks ago||As the author of this||
As the author of this mgoboard posting, I can say not much thought went into it. I am sitting here nervously hoping we don't lose tomorrow. The typing part, is just therapy.
|5 years 37 weeks ago||Perception, period.||
Jim Rome said the same thing. Actually Rome said something to the effect of,"And he'd better hope most of the team has bought in or there will be something to really cry about. And if they lose to Western, look out Michigan."
In all of this, every moment of controversy that has happened from day one, it has been about perception and the handling of how things went down. Some one on ESPN radio said, paraphrasing again,"throughtout the hiring process you wished there were handlers in the athletic department managing the overall output of the decisions upon the brand name of Michigan. And in the press conference as well." The question you the reader have to ask yourself is,"Do you think the guy knew he was going to tear up before going in?" In some ways that's what journalists who take the,"He teared up?" avenue may be thinking. I dont think a coach gets emotional on cue. If I was making desicions and part of the athletic dept. I would've already put Brian on payroll and asked him to be the handler of all things media. He has the insight and the youth. Once again, if Michigan wins, people will shut up.
|5 years 38 weeks ago||Good Football Weather!||
What's the forecast on Michigan Football as of today??? Well, the 'shot across the brow' of Michigans Football vessel has been taken. As I watched the news today, the interviews and season felt like it came a week early. In some ways, this may serve advantageous to the mindset of the warriors involved in this up and coming football game. It should be a better, more focused week of game prep. It's a must win game. Will Michigan lose games this year? Could Michigan possibly lose to Western Michigan? Could Michigan win it's first 4? Yes, to all. Don't be surprised if this game is close and don't be surprised if its a blowout. I mean that for both squads. It's essential that the Wolverines take a rational, methodical approach on both offense and defense. The idea that emotion can be harnessed, or the idea of playing off of it has kind of left the building. At this point, it's just for the love of the game. At this point, for the players, coaches and fans of Michigan Football, you will win and lose quietly.
|5 years 38 weeks ago||He must complete the training!||
Physically, he(#7 Devin Gardner) has all the tools. He is taller, and moves side to side as well as he does when he squares his shoulders and runs up field. BUT, and I hate to sound like some crusty curmudgeon, he is not a jedi yet.
|5 years 38 weeks ago||The NFL is different||
I just don't see it long term. People talk of the core ideas of offensive football changing from an offensive formation. That formation being the spread. Did Donovan McNabb make his money in the NFL running the ball or from his scrambling mobility? Think of Steve Young firing lasers to T. Owens. Think of any running vs scrambling QB and you'll see scramblers, who are tall with good instincts and passing ability succeeding in the NFL. For gods sakes Eli Manning is the highest paid NFL player. Dude couldnt run our spread if he tried. To make money in any professional sport, you need reps. You do not currently get enough reps when as a NFL QB you're only reps come from running the Wildcat. McNabb, he made his money by scrambling and also being an adept passer. As a QB, first and foremost you need to be able to throw the football. Sorry, but it's a job req. and it always will be. A running QB will rarely be franchised(because of fear of injury) by anyone looking to throw money at a young college kid. Even Timothy Tebow will have to prove himself as a drop back passer in the coming years in the NFL. The fact is there is no way D. Rob or even Darth Forcier garner the NFL looks Barkely will, should all stay healthy. With Mark Sanchez starting as a rookie in the NFL in his first game you have the perfect analog for Barkely. The reality is here and is no longer on the horizon. USC is winning with the old Michigan ideas and formulas. And thus the idea and title of QB U has passed to them. So the idea of a 'draftable' high round QB from Michigan is no more. Maybe, maybe Gardner should be develop though.
|5 years 38 weeks ago||Yeah, it is weird that a||
Yeah, it is weird that a freshman is STARTING let alone playing at the QB position. BUT, it seems to me, that once the game starts, USC, no matter who is running what position, just takes over the game. As a Wolverine fan at Quarterback 'U,' it will be tough watching pro-style QB after pro-style QB from USC get drafted over ours. It is really a no brainer that a healthy Barkley, in two-three years time, garners 1st round draft money over what we currently have at UofM. And that is also another reason why Denard Robinson should stay(shows commitment and loyalty) at Michigan should be not find time at the QB position. Because if he's that fast and skilled, an NFL team will make room for him somewhere at some position.
|5 years 38 weeks ago||Drop back:Spread||
How many college spread QB's, below 6'0, start in the NFL as of today? Versus the percentage of college based drop back passers who start? How about a ratio of how many qb's per roster is spread based vs drop back?
|5 years 38 weeks ago||Agreed.||
|5 years 39 weeks ago||They'll be alright||
They'll be alright
|5 years 39 weeks ago||Western Michigan is a MUST win for the Wolves||
Wait, must win? Yeah, must win. Weird as hell to utter it aloud if you are a long time supporter of Wolverine Football. However, don't kid yourself, it's a huge game. When I think of UofM football I think of the 2006 season. 11-0, opening day victory over an SEC team. Then a M.A.C.-CMU drubbing, followed by a line of consecutive victories. And then barely losing to tOSU, coupled with a bowl game loss to the PAC-10. But, I think my history of Michigan Football kind of stops there. It then merges into a moment, a moment I am still sort of in. After giving up 21 points in the second quarter and the ensuing 34-32 opening day loss to Appalachian State, my ability to remember what I knew of Michigan is lost. My point is this, you can play 3,4 or 5 QB's coach if you want. But this team and it's fan need to stop the bleeding and win a home opener. I WISH it were like basketball or baseball where you could try this and that in pre-season tournaments. Football is a different animal, especially in these days of the BCS. So, if you are hoping to go to a bowl game as a Wolverine fan(as I am), well, I hope WMU is a W for you(us).
|5 years 40 weeks ago||http://www.mgoblue.com/footba|
|5 years 40 weeks ago||"Punt Catch Team"||
As a punt returner, the only thing you really have to do is field or catch the punted football. Personally I am not concerned one bit if their return yards are in the negative. The concern is a special teams turnover after our defense has caused a three and out! I would hope the special teams coach changes the name of the punt return team to the punt-catch team.
You only have to catch it fellas. Fair catch if it helps!
|5 years 41 weeks ago||Multiple Guess||
On Mgoblue the video of the day shows a bruised coach.
What's the rumor mill saying about Coach Smith's black eye?
a. Feagin clocked him on the way out.
|5 years 44 weeks ago||I agree here. Brian is one of||
I agree here. Brian is one of the best, natural writers around. I feel it's the subject matter that brings out the beasties and troll like replies. Subject matter being sports. I think we've all left some replies out there that have sucked. But because of Brian we're all still here able to comment and ramble.
|5 years 45 weeks ago||f.y.i.|
|5 years 45 weeks ago||I like the way Ellen uses||
I like the way Ellen uses alumnus in this commencement speech.
|5 years 45 weeks ago||Fa- la- la - la||
This is just how you are judged in the long view when you lose. If he wins, his cursing, whether at you or at those around you, is something akin to a verbal anointment. If he wins, he could not cut his grass for a month and post a sign in his yard that read,"F-You, You cut my Effing Grass," and people would mindlessly cut it. Cheering merrily as they go.
|5 years 47 weeks ago||A year like that will cause a||
A year like that will cause a drop off or dip in recruiting. But there is a real concern in the areas of recruiting for the d-line and LB's.
|5 years 47 weeks ago||Solid Prospect.||
The more reps this young man gets the more dividends he'll pay off. And it is weird saying that about someone so young and inexperienced at the QB position. He understands reads well for being as young as he is. He has older brothers who have played QB. Also guys like Marv Marinovich helping with this facet or area of learning. Secondly, he has great technique and like Brian said is freakishly accurate. Lastly he is a good scrambler who can do a lil running. But the most important thing I saw at the spring game is that he wants to take ownership of the offense. By the time he's a senior he'll be barking and coaching on the field. Should he stay healthy, he will be tough to dethrone over the years. Just a great fit all the way around for Michigan fans. Should be a fun four years.
|5 years 47 weeks ago||Ha||
|5 years 47 weeks ago||I think Forcier is a great||
I think Forcier is a great pickup for Michigan. There needs to be some kind of forward motion, or the identification of some of the missing puzzle pieces that Coach Rodriguez and Michigan fans need. And this recruit landing in Ann Arbor is one of those pieces.
The downside is that he scrambles and then gets a zinger or dinger laid on. Height is really not an issue simply because he played taller in the spring game. Scrambling was not an issue either because he was elusive in the spring game. The fear is the spaces in between where the play breaks down, causing the scramble, and some random 200 plus LB'er or lineman simply falling/tackling the young man. Because there will be breakdowns, 3rd and longs and other obvious passing plays where he will scramble, be elusive and be one on one with some bigger people in the open field. His loss would significantly hurt the passing rhythm of the Michigan offensive attack. Not that Jack Kennedy and Denard Robinson cannot throw.
Great recruit, hard worker, so heres to sliding into tackles and staying healthy fella!
|5 years 47 weeks ago||Wow||
|5 years 48 weeks ago||what a video! wow.....||
what a video! wow.....
|5 years 48 weeks ago||Heart and intellect trump||
Heart and intellect trump height and speed for the most part. I'm sure they see something they can work with here. If you can be a point guard and quarterback you can definitely use those skills & knowledge in man-to-man coverage and zone reads as a corner back. So I like this pick up alot for RR and Grrr.
|5 years 48 weeks ago||The easy whipping boy||
I hope Threet makes all PAC-10 first team by his sr. year under Dennis Erickson! And then I hope he gets drafted high in the NFL! Same for Mallett! That guy, Threet, has a lot of justice on his side man. Threet was somewhat altruistic in my opinion last year. Namely because he was playing for a school he loved when getting called out socially by am offensive coach who'd been there one year! For a redshirt freshman, he took more than his share of blame. Knowing damn well he'd be forgotten and wrote off completely. He learned a great lesson last year that could really help that young man out long term. He wasn't coddled that's for sure. It's an endless debate about the bare cupboards. I get that. But I think when Steve Threet came in against Utah and dropped that pass to Hemingway in the corner, it said something. That CB was pretty good as well. Here's the thing, people judge you when you do great things with an empty cupboard, not a full one. I get CFB is about winning, but there is a game within the game as well. As good as Gardner, Forcier are and will be, I am still concerned by the handling of Threet. My opinion.
|5 years 48 weeks ago||For Michigan this is a huge||
For Michigan this is a huge acquisition. Good Luck!