that's unfortunate, but at least the interest is there on both sides
|1 year 7 weeks ago||Has Gardner been working out||
Has Gardner been working out or has he been limited by his injury? If he hasn't been working out a lot, his eight pound weight gain might not be good weight.
|1 year 7 weeks ago||The feds are investigating||
The feds are investigating half the universities in the country thanks to new politically motivated rules that have been forced through. It's doubtful anything will come of this.
|1 year 29 weeks ago||he's just taking it easy so||
he's just taking it easy so he has lots of gas left in the tank for another final four run.
|1 year 31 weeks ago||i find it hilarious that you||
i find it hilarious that you posted this today.
|1 year 35 weeks ago||You are a prince among men.||
You are a prince among men. I wish we could change the sad state of IP law in this country.
|1 year 42 weeks ago||Are you sure OW doesn't mean||
Are you sure OW doesn't mean Other Worldly?
|1 year 45 weeks ago||You guys are seriously||
You guys are seriously sheltered or just don't have dirty minds at all.
Hibbert played on the phrase "Lebron had me stretched out". Obviously in a basketball context he means Lebron put pressure on him to guard him while he had to stay near the basket to defend. After the words "stretched out" left his lips, he realized his choice of words could mean that Lebron, a man, could be stretching him (Hibbert) out, that is increasing the size of his anus by penetrating him anally, you know, like homos do. So he dropped the phrase, "no homo". I laughed because I have the mind of a 13 year old. It's a pity more people don't.
|1 year 46 weeks ago||This makes me like the guy||
This makes me like the guy and makes me think that the best part of getting old is that one day I'll be an old man who says whatever he pleases and people will laugh it off.
Gee is way bigger than Ohio State. He's someone who has lead numerous universities successfully and improved every one of them. I think it's great that someone is so good at his job and so well respected that he can say what's on his mind without repercussions.
There are dozens of reasons to hate Ohio State; Gee's comments aren't one of them.
|1 year 49 weeks ago||This is horrible. wolverine||
This is horrible.
wolverine historian and mgovideo:
Have either of you tried using a Chinese site like http://www.youku.com/
They may not comply with takedown requests.
I can't read Chinese but someone here must know how. Maybe you could write a tutorial and wolverine historian and mgovideo could try it out.
|2 years 20 weeks ago||This is all about media||
This is all about media markets. They should just sell out and get Texas so the BIG conference (yes, BIG should be its new name) can have access to 8 of the 11 top media markets in the country.
1. New York (Rutgers)
3. Chicago (BTN HQ, NU, UIUC, alums from everywhere)
4. Philly (PSU)
5. Dallas (UT-Austin)
8. DC (Maryland)
9. Atlanta (GaTech)
10. Houston (UT-Austin)
11. Detroit (UM/MSU)
|2 years 38 weeks ago||He was super nervous for the||
He was super nervous for the first half and it was a little difficult to understand him. I also wasn't a big fan of the "why I stayed" topic. The second half was excellent though. It's great to see an introvert come out of his shell and get comfortable speaking to larger audiences.
|2 years 47 weeks ago||I think this is pretty sad.||
I think this is pretty sad. This basically says that at Stanford, a couple years of good play (that didn't even result in a conference championship) are so rare and highly valued that they're more important than the school and the program. I hope something like this never happens at Michigan.
|3 years 1 week ago||Why is he an idiot? Sure||
Why is he an idiot? Sure she's a bit skeletor looking, especially when spiking a volleyball but for a 50-something coach, he's doing really well for himself.
|3 years 28 weeks ago||Doesn't Brandon have millions||
Doesn't Brandon have millions in pizza dough? He could easily pay himself less if he wanted to.
|3 years 33 weeks ago||If Michigan scheduled a top||
If Michigan scheduled a top I-AA/FCS team or a mid-tier I-A/FBS team NOT named App. State and lost to them, it would be even more shameful. If Michigan beats App. State, they will even the all time record at 1-1. I think Michigan should make a 4-1 home/away deal with them. The more we play App. State, the better. I'm completely fine with Brandon's decision.
|3 years 34 weeks ago||I echo the suggestions to try||
I echo the suggestions to try to find a good deal in Chicago and take public transit to the game.
If you really want to get up to the game fast, I recommend the Metra (a commuter rail service) that can get you from downtown Chicago (the Loop) to Evanston (Central Stop) in less than 30 minutes. This is much faster than the more colorful and pungent L. You can buy a 5 dollar round trip ticket. The only hassle is that the Metra runs once an hour on the weekend so you might be in for a bit of a wait on the way back from the game.
If you really want to stay cheaply "north of Chicago" your best bet would be the Travelodge or Courtyard in Glenview (20 minute drive to Evanston). But you'd be hard pressed to pay less than $70 there. You'll have a much more pleasant stay and have better access to dining and shopping if you stay in Chicago and with some luck might even get a $100 deal on a hotel room.
|3 years 36 weeks ago||BMI is most useful as a rough||
BMI is most useful as a rough proxy for body fat percentage for "normal" people, that is, those with average levels of muscle mass. It's utterly useless when it comes to analyzing some of the most muscle laden athletes in all of sports. An analysis based on penis size would have equal usefulness.
|3 years 37 weeks ago||Can't wait for the phrase||
Can't wait for the phrase "all in" to fade from the Michigan football lexicon.
|3 years 41 weeks ago||I don't understand why anyone||
I don't understand why anyone would cite turnover margin when talking about an offense since half the stat relies on defensive takeaways.
If we ignore games against non-conference opponents of highly variable quality and focus on games against its Big East peers, WVU's offense was mediocre at turning the ball over under Rodriguez (5th in 2006 and 5th in 2007). As soon as Rodriguez left, WVU jumped to the top of the pack (1st in 2008 and 2nd in 2009). To me, this indicates Rodriguez ran an offense that was explosive against most everyone but was especially turnover-prone against teams of similar quality (i.e. conference opponents.)
This sounds similar to the performance of the offense in 2010 at Michigan: explosive against non-conference opponents and inconsistently explosive and highly turnover-prone in conference.
|3 years 42 weeks ago||Exactly! This is the right||
Exactly! This is the right way to recruit: grab the best instate players early and start picking off the top available Ohioans next. Obviously, Tressell's downfall makes the second step easier than in the past but following the Mack Brown approach to recruiting is a recipe for success.
|3 years 44 weeks ago||I'm too snooty to attend a||
I'm too snooty to attend a pro sporting event.
|3 years 44 weeks ago||Jerseys should be worn by||
Jerseys should be worn by kids under age 10 or cute college age females at games/tailgating. All the threads complaining about the Adidas and "Under the Lights" gear skates right over the fact that nearly everyone looks stupid in jerseys or college logo apparel.
P.S. Yes, I'm that guy next to you at Crisler or the Big House wearing a sweater or button down. And I'm not even old.
|3 years 44 weeks ago||Maybe the little girl should||
Maybe the little girl should grow longer arms.
|3 years 44 weeks ago||What an awful diary. You||
What an awful diary. You should have called it "Michigan's Adventures in LaLa land" or "A Highly Selective Alternate History Based on Personal Fandom."
|3 years 44 weeks ago||I can think of a couple||
I can think of a couple reasons why Michigan's very early class ranking shouldn't be compared with final rankings of year's past:
1. Some of the early commits will be 2-3 star types who are just thankful to get Michigan offers and want to get in early before their spots are filled. 4-5 star players are willing to survey the scene and consider their multitude of offers.
2. Rivals tends to shuffle uncommitted recruits upward and committed recruits downward to build more interest and hype as signing day approaches with headlines like "UNCOMMITTED 5 STAR VISITS WEST COAST!! JOIN AND PAY TO LEARN WHICH PAC10 POWER IMPRESSED HIM!!!" They always claim changes are based on senior year performance though.
I didn't have a chance to read all the replies so apologies if I'm repeating points already made upthread
|3 years 47 weeks ago||Exactly. People lose all||
Exactly. People lose all sense of perspective in trying to defend Rodriguez. In Carr's final three years (2005-2007), Michigan finished with the 19th best winning percentage overall. Among BCS conference teams, they were 14th! Think about that. Only 13 BCS teams had better records than Michigan during Carr's worst years.
If you spot Rodriguez a mulligan for 2008 and look at his 2009-2010 record, you'll find Michigan finished with the 47th worst record among all teams and only 15 BCS teams did worse. Yes, it's easier to count how many teams did worse than Michigan than to count how many were better!
The takeaway point is that Carr's worst years were as good as Rodriguez's best years were bad. Try wrapping your head around that.
|3 years 47 weeks ago||So you actually like||
So you actually like meaningless coach-speak instead of honesty?
|3 years 51 weeks ago||Title IX effectively sponsors||
Title IX effectively sponsors a slave labor system where teams of primarily black male football and basketball athletes subsidize comparitively less athletic primarily white men and women playing olympic sports. And for all their trouble, the football and basketball players graduate at pathetic rates compared to other athletes. It's a sad state of affairs.
|4 years 6 days ago||In the second half of Carr's||
In the second half of Carr's career, Michigan owned the 11th highest winning percentage in college football (BSU doesn't count).
That is quite successful by any definition.
|4 years 1 week ago||He was the top rated||
|4 years 1 week ago||This may come as a surprise||
This may come as a surprise but the offensive coaches don't care about Denard's sucess and happiness. They want to score points and win games.
|4 years 8 weeks ago||You don't understand, brah.||
You don't understand, brah. Rodriguez offered 3 star diamonds in the rough who were destined to be the equivalent of 5 stars in his system! Totally, dude.
|4 years 9 weeks ago||The argument still holds even||
The argument still holds even if you include non-conference games. Michigan was 24th in scoring defense in 2007 and plummeted to 84th in 2008 despite playing a significantly tougher non-conference schedule in 2007. And the defense was hardly decimated in 2008. It was littered with 4 and 5 star players with at least a year of starting experience. Even if one takes into account the coaching change, that's doesn't explain the enormous dropoff. Had Michigan's defense been mediocre in 2008, say finishing in the middle of the conference, I could understand. But it didn't. It was pushed off a cliff by a head coach who brought not the "best staff in the country" as he loved to proclaim, but incompetence.
|4 years 9 weeks ago||Yeah, something always seemed||
Yeah, something always seemed a little odd about him. His blog says he has a 1230 SAT, which is respectable for a two part SAT but a 22 ACT which corresponds to a 1030 SAT. Yet he supposedly took calculus as a sophomore in high school which is impressive even for a real math geek. He's undoubtedly sharp by any measure and off the charts intelligent for a top D-1 prospect. Nevertheless, I could never reconcile his test scores with his grades and academic achievments. He might simply be a bad test taker or his high school was grade inflated and not at all rigorous.
|4 years 9 weeks ago||Are you suggesting that||
Are you suggesting that Michigan's defense wasn't bad in 2008? Rodriguez took a unit that finished second in the Big Ten in nearly every statistical category in 2007 and drove it off a cliff. In 2008, they finished tenth in Big Ten scoring defense, passing defense, rushing defense, and total defense. Immediately upon arriving at Michigan, Rodriguez abdicated at least 40% of his job (assuming offense is 40%, defense is 40% and special teams is 20%). The problems of the "decimated defense" only kicked in during the following years when the lack of recruiting, injuries, and attrition led to the debacles of 2009 and 2010.
|4 years 9 weeks ago||You left out an even more||
You left out an even more likely possibility: consistently poor defensive position coaching and a scheme pushed from the top down that didn't work.
|4 years 9 weeks ago||Look at the depth chart on||
Look at the depth chart on offense: http://michigan.rivals.com/cdepthtext.asp
Every single starter was in his third year in the system with the exception of Lewan, who displaced an older player, and Denard. That's plenty of time and experience to get to the point where the offense isn't incompetent for long stretches against every decent opponent and to stop leading the Big Ten in turnovers by a substantial margin.
|4 years 9 weeks ago||"He had two of the fastest||
"He had two of the fastest players in college football and did nothing but run them straight into the line every play."
|4 years 10 weeks ago||I don't think the offensive||
I don't think the offensive line was soft but on the few occasions per game when they lined up under center and tried to run out of the I-formation, they were very ineffective.
|4 years 11 weeks ago||I'm just honored to post on||
I'm just honored to post on the same board as TomVH.
|4 years 11 weeks ago||WON'T ANYONE THINK OF THE||
WON'T ANYONE THINK OF THE PAHOKEE PIPELINE?
|4 years 11 weeks ago||He will be tailgating outside||
He will be tailgating outside the CBS College Sports studios on signing day to support his coach.
|4 years 11 weeks ago||There is only one way to win,||
There is only one way to win, the pure, the divine, the ONE SPREAD. Without it, we will fall into darkness.
|4 years 11 weeks ago||I'm bookmarking this thread||
I'm bookmarking this thread for that purpose.
|4 years 11 weeks ago||Rittenberg is a good blogger||
Rittenberg is a good blogger generally but don't expect him to analyze anything involving numbers well. Here, he's hamstrung by ESPN's awful recruiting rankings and more importantly, he doesn't analyze the worth of star ratings in a rigorous fashion. Look to Yahoo's Dr. Saturday who found 5 star recruits were four times more likely to become All-Americans than 4 star recruits who are in turn three times more likely to become All-Americans than 3 stars.
Recruiting rankings don't predict the future but they are the best metric available and those who shit on them do it at their own peril.
P.S. Just because Yahoo bought Rivals, don't think Hinton is a shill for Rivals. He has been publishing such analysis since his days as an independent blogger.
|4 years 12 weeks ago||I hope the phrase "all in"||
I hope the phrase "all in" fades quickly.
|4 years 12 weeks ago||Saying Smith is the best||
Saying Smith is the best running back because he had the most production is like saying Kovacs is Michigan's best defender because he had a lot of tackles.
|4 years 12 weeks ago||I haven't been keeping up||
I haven't been keeping up with things. What's the status of Cardale Jones? Any chance he ends up at Michigan?
|4 years 12 weeks ago||Ohio might be a third world||
Ohio might be a third world state but they have physical therapists there.
|4 years 13 weeks ago||It wasn't the halo that||
It wasn't the halo that bothered me but the words on it. Why do we needed to be reminded of the school's fight song every time we enter the stadium or drive by?
|4 years 13 weeks ago||Bro, you don't seem willing||
Bro, you don't seem willing to let the main thing be the main thing.
|4 years 13 weeks ago||You seem confused. Mattison||
You seem confused. Mattison was the DC at Florida from 2005-2007 under Urban Meyer. He recruited this guy
|4 years 13 weeks ago||And for all the complaining||
And for all the complaining about losing recruits around here, Hoke prioritized things correctly:
1. Secure the loyalty of current players
2. Assemble staff
|4 years 13 weeks ago||If you were a defensive||
If you were a defensive player, would you WANT to be recruited by Rodriguez? The recent track record showed little ability to develop defensive players outside of the natural maturation of an all-world, five star recruit named Brandon Graham.
|4 years 13 weeks ago||Looks like good stuff but||
Mostly good stuff but there's a disturbing lack of power cleans in the video and an equally disturbing appearance of barbell bicep curls.
|4 years 13 weeks ago||Wouldn't the best offense for||
Wouldn't the best offense for Denard be a Troy Smith 2006 type thing? Where he passes or hands off most of the time and has a sprinkling of 4-5 zone read or QB-iso plays a game? And takes off to scramble on a more regular basis? Reducing his carries from 15-25 down to 5-12 would probably make those runs far more effective too as they would be harder to predict. And of course, he wouldn't get beat up as much.
|4 years 13 weeks ago||I, for one, would love to see||
I, for one, would love to see more Cox.
Also, I think Smith will be deadly as a third down back where his great blocking and pass catching skills can be used. Anything would be better than seeing him repeatedly run into a wall and tackled after a yard or two.
|4 years 13 weeks ago||The defensive line was only||
The defensive line was only strong in comparison to the poor linebackers and abysmal secondary. There's a tendency when things are going poorly to think highly of the team's better performing units -- this plays a huge role in the perception of Michigan's offense -- but it's important to compare each unit's performance to its peers, not to the bad units on the same team.
|4 years 14 weeks ago||You guys obsessed with scheme||
You guys obsessed with scheme don't make any sense to me. There is no one scheme that wins. All that matters is playing well and executing consistently within your scheme. Rodriguez was fired because for all his scheming, his players executed very poorly against Michigan's peers. His core competency was offense and the offense was ineffective except against vastly inferior talent. Finally, his offense was full of third year players except at quarterback; I count 9 of 11 starters in their third year or later:
Lewan is the only non-QB exception and replaced a junior. Is there any top program in the country that is utterly incompetent until they manage to magically have all juniors and seniors on the two deep?
|4 years 14 weeks ago||Why should one player have||
Why should one player have any effect on the choice of a coach? Is it possible to be any more short-sighted?
|4 years 14 weeks ago||Everyone who says Gruden||
Everyone who says Gruden repeatedly should close their mgoblog account and open up one at ndnation.com. You'll fit in just fine with the wackos over there.
|4 years 14 weeks ago||They're like battered women||
They're like battered women who can't stop going back to their abuser. Now that he's been imprisoned, they can't stop talking about what a great guy he is and how much they need a guy in their life.
|4 years 14 weeks ago||Yes, there was no talent in||
Yes, there was no talent in the 2005, 2006, or 2007 recruiting classes. None at all.
|4 years 14 weeks ago||Crack. Stop smoking it.||
Crack. Stop smoking it.
|4 years 14 weeks ago||While the practice of||
While the practice of oversigning is despicable, it's the way things are done in the SEC. I don't blame Miles for following the practices common in his conference to stay competitive. If Miles were to come to Michigan, the administration wouldn't permit it so we dont' have to worry about it sullying Michigan.
|4 years 14 weeks ago||Rosenberg fired in the air in||
Rosenberg fired in the air in glee as Rodriguez drove off.
|4 years 14 weeks ago||To take on a greater role in||
To take on a greater role in the passing game and make the offense competitive, Denard will have to make a jump equal in magnitude to the one he made between 2009 and 2010. It's possible but not certain by any means. He could linger in a Juice Williams-like state of mediocrity. Denard is still very inconsistent as a passer, especially against opponents with a pulse. Against Big 10 teams, he completed 58% of his passes and had 12 TDs and 9 INTs.
|4 years 14 weeks ago||Why don't you check them||
Why don't you check them yourself?
Stanford has one starter on defense who is a four star, Skov. Every other starter is a 2 or 3 star.
|4 years 15 weeks ago||This versatility seems to be||
This versatility seems to be the future of college football. If you look at some of the most successful programs this year, especially ones that acheived success with less highly touted recruits, such as Stanford, Boise State, and TCU, they all are capable of running and executing a wide variety of plays from multiple formations. In contrast, Michigan struggled to execute consistently on offense against their tougher opponents from a much smaller playbook.
|4 years 15 weeks ago||The defensive futility isn't||
The defensive futility isn't really surprising at this point. What bothers me is that this purportedly great offense (judged by FEI, yardage stats, etc.) is utterly incompetent. They aren't young anymore either. You're basically looking at guys on the cusp of being juniors, seniors, and 5th year seniors who can't be productive on a consistent basis. If Rodriguez can't excel at his core competency -- the spread offense -- what can he do well?
|4 years 15 weeks ago||Herbie painted with too broad||
Herbie painted with too broad a brush and that made the point he was trying to make unclear. There's a huge difference between a good but non-top 10 defense and a horrible one. In the era he was referring to, 1998-present, Michigan's defenses were mediocre to excellent under Carr, never below average. Under Rodriguez, they have ranged from below average to horrible.
|4 years 15 weeks ago||Did you make finger quotes in||
Did you make finger quotes in the air before you typed that?
|4 years 15 weeks ago||Fortunately after Schaffer||
Fortunately after Schaffer left, defensive players stopped transferring. Oh wait!
|4 years 15 weeks ago||I root for OSU in all non||
I root for OSU in all non national championship bowl games. Nothing looks better for the Big Ten than an undefeated bowl record.
|4 years 15 weeks ago||My dislike for ND has gone||
My dislike for ND has gone down dramatically since Weis was fired. I actually like this ND team and would like to see them keep winning games, except against Michigan, of course.
|4 years 15 weeks ago||All this ignores where the||
All this ignores where the programs started when they came in. Stanford was coming off a 1-11 season. Michigan finished 9-4.
|4 years 15 weeks ago||I don't really blame him.||
I don't really blame him. This place is sounding more like a NDNation-style echo chamber these days.
|4 years 16 weeks ago||This isn't true. Michigan||
This isn't true. Michigan expects to beat MSU and has done so with regularity in the past (67-30-5 all time and 13-7 over the last 20 years.) MSU had never beaten Michigan thrice in a row until now.
On the other hand, ND is a historically strong program that Michigan is happy to play 0.500 ball against and that's exactly what has happened since the series resumed in the 70s. Michigan has never beaten ND thrice in a row in the modern era.
During Rodriguez's brief tenure, he's managed to meet expectations against ND but has fallen way short against MSU.
|4 years 17 weeks ago||To address the tiny bit of||
To address the tiny bit of substance in the OP: Michigan State was bad against the pass last year but at least they were very good at stopping the run finishing 24th. Expecting a wholesale turnaround from a defense that's bad at everything is extremely optimistic.
|4 years 17 weeks ago||When someone posts something||
When someone posts something stupid, I love it when a cute girl shows up in the thread saying, "I'm here for the Neg Fiesta!"
|4 years 17 weeks ago||I think Rodriguez deserves a||
I think Rodriguez deserves a mulligan for first season. But from season 2 to 3, there was no leap, just glacial linear progress.
|4 years 17 weeks ago||I see signs of linear||
I see signs of linear progress. In 2008, Michigan fumbled 8 more times than the next most fumble-prone Big Ten team in conference play. In 2009, they fumbled 5 more times. In 2010, they fumbled only 3 more times. I boldly predict that Michigan will TIE for the most fumbles in Big Ten play in 2011.
|4 years 17 weeks ago||Being a broken thumb away||
Being a broken thumb away from playing for the national championship is like being the chief of staff for a losing presidential candidate. You're close to the sphere of power but effectively neutered.
|4 years 17 weeks ago||If not, he'll be counting||
I don't understand what you're getting at. Has Michigan shown an ability to shut down mobile quarterbacks in the post-Ron English/Jim Herrmann era? I've seen them get chewed up by guys like Justin Siler, Juice Williams, and Terelle Pryor just as they were destroyed by Vince Young and Donovan McNabb in years past.
|4 years 17 weeks ago||Next year's front seven will||
Next year's front seven will be younger than this year's group with the departure of Banks, Sagesse, Ezeh, and Mouton. If the coaching is as poor as it was this year, Michigan could be just as bad on defense next year. The best case scenario is a drastic rise of 40 places in the rankings to finish a bit below average. Expecting more improvement than that would be insane.
|4 years 17 weeks ago||That's my rough esimate of||
That's my rough esimate of the date when the phrase "Big Blue" was first applied to Michigan football, possibly by Brett Musburger. Until then, it only referred to IBM and the Giants.
|4 years 17 weeks ago||It might have something to do||
It might have something to do with the OP flippantly projecting multiple NCs. Just a guess.
|4 years 17 weeks ago||Exact trajectory? That's||
That's ridiculous. Rodriguez's track record is one of blowing up the team during the first year while he installs his system then a huge leap in the next year. We haven't seen a leap at Michigan. We have seen steady but glacial progress. And in 2011, the best case scenario for the defense is a bit below average ranking and a pummeling at the hands of a Pryor-led OSU offense. They will put 50 up next year if they choose. The only hope is that Denard makes another huge leap this off-season and learns to read secondaries better and puts on 10 pounds so he doesn't get knocked out so often. Winning the division or conference is very optimistic. Continued glacial progress to 9-3 is the likely scenario. The leap is nowhere to be found.
|4 years 17 weeks ago||His handle is BigBlue02. He||
His handle is BigBlue02. He probably thinks college football started in 2004.
|4 years 17 weeks ago||Wait, are you saying Mike||
Wait, are you saying Mike Hart was a 3 star?
|4 years 18 weeks ago||They can try to use him in||
They can try to use him in the same way but don't forget Harvin was the top recruit in the country and was almost guaranteed success at the college level.
Even if Hayes were used in the same manner, it's unlikely he'd be as effective.
|4 years 18 weeks ago||I hope this is a parody of||
I hope this is a parody of all the other brain vomit threads we've seen here recently. If so, I suggest shorter sentences and more hyperbole.
If you're serious, I want to let you know that I use Beano to control my gas.
|4 years 18 weeks ago||Which one?||
|4 years 19 weeks ago||The offense is extremely||
The offense is extremely mistake-prone. Since they turn the ball over at a high rate running simple plays, it stands to reason that they'll turn it over even more if they try to get fancy. Once they cut down on their turnovers (which we all hope happens next year thanks to Denard's soon to improve decision-making) the coaches will be more confident installing more complicated plays. If the offense is just as turnover-prone next year, well, that's the kiss of death for the Rodriguez era.
|4 years 19 weeks ago||Over in Ypsi, everyone is||
Over in Ypsi, everyone is hung like that.
|4 years 19 weeks ago||Didn't you watch the Purdue||
Didn't you watch the Purdue game? Kerrigan was the guy who set up a lemonade stand in the Michigan backfield.
|4 years 19 weeks ago||You had me scared. Thought||
You had me scared. Thought you were warning of an impending Ward Bomb on my ears.
|4 years 19 weeks ago||*Victors_Valiant catches his||
*Victors_Valiant catches his girl making out with another guy*
*Asks TomVH if she's cheating on him*
|4 years 19 weeks ago||Love them, learn them, use||
Love them, learn them, use them
|4 years 19 weeks ago||It's not like Michigan was||
It's not like Michigan was recruiting really well up until Brandon's announcement that he'd wait until the end of the season to evaluate Rodriguez. Michigan's poor recruiting is due to: 1) their win-loss record, 2) bad defensive coaches who can't effectively decide on a scheme or how best to use players, and 3) Brandon's delay. I'd guess the delay is dwarfed by the first two in recruit's minds and needless to say, it's not independent of the first two either.
|4 years 19 weeks ago||I don't know. Will my||
I don't know. Will my favorite QB win two Heismans after I start cooking with Beano?
|4 years 19 weeks ago||I ate five meatballs with my||
I ate five meatballs with my pasta tonight because a sixth would make me fart a lot.
|4 years 19 weeks ago||He's been through some really||
He's been through some really tough times as described in this article but since moving in with his coach it was thought he'd overcome them.
|4 years 19 weeks ago||Try those pants with hidden||
Try those pants with hidden elastic in the waistband. Perfect for Thanksgiving or a full rack of ribs.
|4 years 19 weeks ago||Bold prediction: this won't||
Bold prediction: this won't be a 500 comment post.
|4 years 19 weeks ago||You don't have to guess at||
You don't have to guess at this stuff. There's a fantastic site called mgoblue.com that has all this info listed.
Ezeh is a sociology major.
Omameh was in engineering but is now a sociology major which is totally understandable because being a starter on a Big Ten football team and majoring in engineering are both 40+ hour/week time commitments.
|4 years 19 weeks ago||Because pouring syrup||
Because pouring syrup directly in your mouth is kinda decadent.
|4 years 19 weeks ago||I ate six pancakes for||
I ate six pancakes for breakfast.
|4 years 19 weeks ago||List other realistic||
List other realistic possibilities.
|4 years 19 weeks ago||Malzhan is an offensive||
Malzhan is an offensive coordinator who has never coached at the college level. Michigan already has an offensive coordinator struggling to make it as a head coach at the highest level. Why would they ever consider hiring another one?
|4 years 19 weeks ago||This may come as a surprise||
This may come as a surprise but Michigan's use of a first year quarterback was a choice not some unfortunate fate due to injury.
|4 years 20 weeks ago||You're going to have to||
You're going to have to explain. Do you have a thing for little khaki shorts? Or Asian women? Or something else altogether?
|4 years 20 weeks ago||I'm pretty sure I've heard||
I'm pretty sure I've heard Harbaugh use the "my QB is perfect just like my wife" line a few times.
|4 years 20 weeks ago||It will take much more than a||
It will take much more than a year of maturation. Stanford cleaned house on the defensive side of the ball after 2009, retaining only their recruiting coordinator, Lance Anderson, who shares linebacker coaching duties. All their other defense coaches are new, led by a highly accomplished NFL coordinator, Vic Fangio and new secondary and defensive line coaches. Will Rodriguez have the guts to demote or fire his friends?
|4 years 20 weeks ago||We can all make charts||
We can all make charts
|4 years 20 weeks ago||Today's team is just about as||
If you say that three times and tap your heels together, what happens?
|4 years 20 weeks ago||There will be depth but can||
There will be depth but can you see this defense, even with new/better coaching climbing the ranks to be good next year? The best case scenario is that it finishes about average in the national rankings and a bit below average in the Big Ten rankings. It's just too big a leap to take from their current depths.
The starting cornerback tandem will be very weak. Remember Woolfolk was never a lockdown corner, merely a very fast guy with poor coverage technique. At the other corner, Floyd was abused repeatedly all year by opposing QBs, good and bad.
The safeties you're projecting as starters are, to use the standard euphemism, gritty rather than fast. They're good decision makers and sure tacklers who will nevertheless be constantly taken advantage of by better passing attacks.
The linebackers are a total mystery. Demens has shown flashes of competency. But will they miss Mouton? Will Michigan ever position their linebackers in a sensible way and get them to fill gaps rapidly?
The line has some experienced, talented guys in Martin and Van Bergen. But the rest of the line is inexperienced and full of 3 star guys who fans hope are the diamonds in the rough Rodriguez is known for unearthing. Will any of them develop? Will the scheme allow them to get any pressure? Or stop the run?
I wish I could agree that Michigan will be good next year but I see this defenses allowing the better Big Ten defenses to move the ball at will against them. And it will cost them games, probably 3 or 4.
|4 years 20 weeks ago||It makes perfect sense. At||
It makes perfect sense. At this stage Denard is more of an offensive curiosity than a guy you'd want to QB your team in a must-win game due to his consistency and fumbling issues. If he can cut down on the turnovers next year he'll make the first team with ease.
|4 years 20 weeks ago||Another way to look at||
Another way to look at it:
The Sophomore Denard led offense is ONE (1) touchdown per game better than the Freshman Tate led offense.
Don't believe me?
This year, Michigan scored 30.9 points/game. But 22 of those points came in overtime. So they scored 28.2 points/game in regulation.
Last year, Michigan scored 22.1 points/game.
So for all the hype, we saw one extra touchdown a game against conference brethren.
|4 years 20 weeks ago||This is a simplistic and||
This is a simplistic and misleading analysis. How much of the game did the starters play against weak defenses? How much more aggressive was the playcalling against strong defenses than weak? How much more risky was the playcalling against strong defenses than weak? Is the spike of turnovers against stronger defenses a function of youth or injury or playcalling that exceeded the capabilities of the players?
|4 years 20 weeks ago||The OP shows embarrassingly||
The OP shows embarrassingly poor reasoning. There is no ceiling on any particular style of play. Just look at the last few teams the Big Ten sent to BCS bowls. There's a mix of spread (Illinois 2007, PSU 2008) and pro-style (Iowa 2009, OSU 2009, Wisconsin 2010). There is no evidence to support the ideas that
1. spread teams have a higher ceiling than pro-style teams
2. Harbaugh will bring a pure pro-style offense back to Michigan
3. the pure pro-style attack you assume Harbaugh will bring will be limited to 9-3 or 10-2 at best.
You should stick to what you do best. Multiplying 500 by 13. After all, Denard is going to hit 6500 yards of total offense any day now, right?
|4 years 20 weeks ago||Stanford will finish in the||
Stanford will finish in the top four of the BCS standings, guaranteeing them an at-large.
|4 years 20 weeks ago||We could have executed better||
We could have executed better when scowling at Drew Sharp.
|4 years 20 weeks ago||Strength of Schedule Sample||
* Strength of Schedule
* Sample Size
I'll let you fill in the blanks.
|4 years 20 weeks ago||Haha, your point was right||
Haha, your point was right on. I was just messing with you because you wrote (so far) next to their 10-1 record.
|4 years 20 weeks ago||PSA: OSU is 11-1 this year.||
PSA: OSU is 11-1 this year.
|4 years 20 weeks ago||Come on, if we're heading||
Come on, if we're heading down this path, let's go with the TV personality who has won a championship, Lou Holth. Our players won't have to waste time showering after he spittle-bathes them during his rousing post-game speeches.
|4 years 20 weeks ago||I applaud you for continuing||
I applaud you for continuing to post statistical projections. They're really useful.
|4 years 20 weeks ago||Texas, Florida, and USC are||
Texas, Florida, and USC are in the midst of mere blips following years of sustained success. Unless they continue to struggle, there's no evidence to suggest they're really down.
|4 years 20 weeks ago||No, ND fans think Gruden is||
No, ND fans think Gruden is going to be their next coach. At least we're not that deluded.
|4 years 20 weeks ago||The board is busy and slow.||
The board is busy and slow.
|4 years 20 weeks ago||This is an important point.||
This is an important point. Good teams don't play eight Big Ten games. They play four or five and about half or three-quarters of the remaining three or four games. The gaudy yardage stats are a result of this team playing "more" games than an average Big Ten team.
|4 years 20 weeks ago||Walking Dead is amazing so||
Walking Dead is amazing so far. It's not really a zombie story so much as a post-apocalypse drama. I would highly recommend it.
|4 years 20 weeks ago||You tell me||
|4 years 20 weeks ago||Malzahn is Rodriguez light.||
Malzahn is Rodriguez light. Why would he ever be considered as a HEAD coach at a top program?
|4 years 20 weeks ago||There are more than two||
There are more than two million reasons he won't quit.
|4 years 20 weeks ago||The offense is infallible.||
The offense is infallible. Check out the FEI, bro.
|4 years 20 weeks ago||Players asked to execute||
Players asked to execute plays they can't execute with regularity make mistakes. Younger players are more mistake prone with a larger portion of the playbook than more experienced players.
|4 years 20 weeks ago||Probably not. Assuming||
Probably not. Assuming Oregon wins out, the Pac10's Rose Bowl bid will go to TCU, mostly likely.
|4 years 20 weeks ago||The defense allowed 17||
The defense allowed 17 points. Seven came on a kick return.
|4 years 20 weeks ago||Turnovers are random, bro.||
Turnovers are random, bro.
|4 years 20 weeks ago||Hi Chris Martin!||
Hi Chris Martin!
|4 years 21 weeks ago||Find the "perenial" loser on||
Find the "perenial" loser on this list.
|4 years 21 weeks ago||Be nice. I love it when Greg||
Be nice. I love it when Greg rubs his beaver all over my face.
|4 years 21 weeks ago||Does anyone else think||
Does anyone else think something fishy might be going on at Clemson? Their recruiting is ridiculous this year.
|4 years 21 weeks ago||You guys are beating to death||
You guys are beating to death a strawman argument that no one has made: that the Rodriguez offense has no progress in three years.
|4 years 21 weeks ago||I only click links that don't||
I only click links that don't have bleacherreport.com in the URL
|4 years 21 weeks ago||Can they cash in some of||
Can they cash in some of those yards for points and get some more wins?
|4 years 21 weeks ago||I would liken it to an NBA||
I would liken it to an NBA game where one team is down by 30 to start the fourth quarter. And they go on a 25-5 run to close the gap to 10. And you think just maybe the team trying to comeback can get 3 stops and hit a few three-pointers and pull it out. But they never do. It's a blowout that doesn't feel like one.
|4 years 21 weeks ago||Getting blown out either way||
Getting blown out either way sucks. But I would much rather see a team that comes out and imposes its will on the opponent and is competitive during the first half. If they are shut out in the second half, thanks to the opponent adjusting to Michigan's offensive schemes that's just an indication that the offensive repertoire is limited. You can always add more weapons to your arsenal. But against MSU, Iowa, PSU, and Wisconsin Michigan doesn't seem to know how to use the weapons they have until they're beaten and bloodied.
And while it sounds nice to claim Michigan's offense is one of the best in the country, they're not even the best in the Big Ten:
Note these stats include the triple overtime so you can subtract 3 points off Michigan's average.
Finally, Iowa and PSU are nowhere near top 15 BCS teams.
|4 years 21 weeks ago||You are reinventing history.||
You are reinventing history. Michigan never had the ball with a chance to tie or take the lead against Iowa. Look at the chart
Also, they were down three scores with 16 minutes left. That qualifies as a blowout loss.
|4 years 21 weeks ago||I think your expectations for||
I think your expectations for next year are overly optimistic. At best, the defense will be mediocre. And the offense should finally be able to compete with teams in the top half of the conference. I think 5-3 or 6-2 in Big Ten play is most likely. Winning the division seems out of reach. Obviously, a lot can happen between now and then to change this prediction.
|4 years 21 weeks ago||Don't forget that Henne's arm||
Don't forget that Henne's arm was hanging on by a thread during those last two losses.
|4 years 21 weeks ago||My argument above was that||
My argument above was that the progress on offense has been too slow, not that the offense hasn't improved. I don't think it's unreasonable to expect an offense that many claim is great to play well in just one first half against a good opponent. They've had four chances and failed every time. And the game is out of hand by then.
Michigan has equaled their Big Ten wins from the last two years and only went undefeated in non-conference games because their non-conference opponents turned out to be historically awful.
|4 years 21 weeks ago||You're citing stats that were||
You're citing stats that were inflated by games against non-conference trash. Against teams in the top half of the Big Ten, Michigan's offense has been shut down in the first half of every game. I didn't expect wins in many of these games. But we should have seen one good first half by now, especially in one of the home games against MSU, Iowa, or Wisconsin.
|4 years 21 weeks ago||The defense can be written||
The defense can be written off as horrible.
But did you watch the offense during the first half? They were completely ineffective and that starts with the QB being tentative and making poor decisions.
|4 years 21 weeks ago||Rational Rodriguez critics||
Rational Rodriguez critics don't think the program has reached its ceiling. They think the progress is too slow, especially on the offensive side of the ball where Rodriguez's expertise supposedly lies.
|4 years 21 weeks ago||Stanzi is going to take those||
Stanzi is going to take those hippie traitors out.
|4 years 21 weeks ago||Michigan finished 2007 ranked|
|4 years 21 weeks ago||During your lifetime||
During your lifetime 1966-2009 (44 seasons) Michigan won the Big Ten 21 times or about half the time. Did they win a slew of national championships? No, but almost every year they were competitive or dominant in their conference.
|4 years 21 weeks ago||This is the fundamental||
This is the fundamental point. I have written off the defense for the year. We've learned it's futile to hope they'll be anything other than horrible.
But Rodriguez is supposedly an excellent offensive coach and many claim that this offense is great. But this purportedly great offense has been shut down in the first half of every game against teams in the top half of the Big Ten. I didn't expect them to beat many of these teams but in games against MSU, Iowa, PSU, and Wisconsin, one good, competitive first half from the offense would be heartening. But we haven't seen that. This is what really worries me. Even if the offense improves they will, at best, be able to compete with top half teams in the Big Ten.
And returning to the defense, the best we can hope for is mediocrity next year.
|4 years 21 weeks ago||Do you get to make up facts||
Do you get to make up facts when you get lots of mgopoints? Michigan isn't even the best offense in the Big 10 this year!
Keep in mind that these stats include the 3 overtimes against Illinois.
|4 years 21 weeks ago||Your math is off. It's an||
Your math is off. It's an increase of 20 percentage points but changing from 38% 3 stars and below to 58% 3 stars and below, is an increase of 52 percent.
|4 years 21 weeks ago||A huge part of recruiting is||
A huge part of recruiting is identifying players who are good fits for your program and can be inspired to work hard enough to remain in the program. It's clear that Rodriguez can do a much better job on that front. Signing a guy like Dorsey is doubly hurtful because not only did he not make it to campus but also because it scared away guys like Tony Jefferson who is contributing as a true freshman at Oklahoma.
|4 years 21 weeks ago||They were both excellent||
They were both excellent calls, especially at that stage of the game. Once you're down and have demonstrated that you can't stop the opposing offense, just the chance of getting the ball back for your offense vastly outweighs the 30 or so yards of field position.
|4 years 21 weeks ago||Jordan Jefferson is so||
Jordan Jefferson is so patient on his runs.
|4 years 21 weeks ago||It's still one||
It's still one season.
Hiring someone to coach Michigan on the basis of a single year of head coaching experience is so laughable I question your sanity.
|4 years 21 weeks ago||Wow, one season. Impressive!||
Wow, one three-loss season. Impressive!
|4 years 21 weeks ago||ok||
|4 years 21 weeks ago||Michigan never had the ball||
Michigan never had the ball with a chance to tie in the second half of games against MSU, Iowa, PSU, and now Wisconsin.
|4 years 21 weeks ago||This so-called prolific||
This so-called prolific offense has been shut down in the first half of EVERY game against teams from the top half of the Big Ten.
|4 years 21 weeks ago||Wow, one game! Impressive.||
Wow, one game! Impressive.
|4 years 21 weeks ago||Short-sighted idiocy.||
Short-sighted idiocy. Michigan already has a glorified offensive coordinator at head coach who had greater success and a longer track record as a head coach at WVU than Mullen has at Miss. State.
I don't advocate replacing Rodriguez but if he is replaced, a top quality coach with a track record of success in a major conference is the minimum requirement.
|4 years 21 weeks ago||Come on bro. "We're going to||
Come on bro. "We're going to be multiple."
|4 years 21 weeks ago||We could have won this||
|4 years 21 weeks ago||Showed promise? Did you||
Showed promise? Did you really see promise? What game were you watching? This is the same team that's been blown out (been down 3 scores) early in the second half against every team in the upper half of the Big Ten.
|4 years 21 weeks ago||Jaxon Shipley is listed #2||
Jaxon Shipley is listed #2 under Best Hands but there's no mention of his GRIT or his childhood friendship with a McCoy.
|4 years 22 weeks ago||Want to Hold my Rope? Wait,||
Want to Hold my Rope?
Wait, this isn't MGayBlog? My bad...
|4 years 22 weeks ago||A one year blip doesn't wipe||
A one year blip doesn't wipe out a decade of success.
|4 years 22 weeks ago||No, Boise State executes||
No, Boise State executes first and foremost. They are unusual in that they execute a large variety of plays successfully.
|4 years 22 weeks ago||I'm not sure if Hard Edge||
I'm not sure if Hard Edge alone will do. Perhaps some Rope Holding is necessary too.
|4 years 22 weeks ago||You know that how?||
You know that how?
|4 years 22 weeks ago||At this point the offense||
At this point the offense isn't very young. They are young at QB but almost every other player has 3 years in the system or was supplanted by a younger player with fewer years (e.g. Lewan).
|4 years 22 weeks ago||I started clicking it and now||
I started clicking it and now I can't stop.
|4 years 22 weeks ago||Though it pains me to admit||
Though it pains me to admit this, another guy who did this well was Troy Smith at OSU who was very effective and absolutely destroyed Michigan repeated by scrambling selectively.
|4 years 22 weeks ago||Are you being sarcastic?||
Are you being sarcastic?
|4 years 22 weeks ago||Can't agree. It's much more||
Can't agree. It's much more impressive when Michigan beats an undefeated OSU team.
|4 years 22 weeks ago||The Illinois game was in Ann||
The Illinois game was in Ann Arbor.
Do you seriously think the triple OT game leaves players more tired a week later than a game that finishes in regulation?
|4 years 22 weeks ago||It's a combination of using||
It's a combination of using first year starters at QB 3 years in a row and an insistence on calling plays that the offense can't execute without error reliably, especially against Big Ten defenses.
|4 years 22 weeks ago||Northwestern +10 was an easy||
Northwestern +10 was an easy pick for today.
Why would you bet on a totally unpredictable Michigan team and an injury-wreaked Purdue team when it's tough to know who will even play for them.
|4 years 22 weeks ago||Iowa's defense played||
Iowa's defense played drastically differently after blowing Michigan out in the first half. Similarly, Michigan played drastically differently on offense when they were trailing big and Denard went out with injury. The simple fact is that against non-Indiana Big Ten opponents, Michigan's supposedly powerful offense has one impressive performance: against Illinois, a team that will finish in the middle of the conference.
I didn't think Michigan would finish in the top half of the Big Ten. But I did think that their offense would give more than one good Big Ten defense trouble. That hasn't been the case.
|4 years 22 weeks ago||The Denard led offense had 7||
The Denard led offense had 7 points on six drives against Iowa. It wasn't an impressive offensive performance.
|4 years 22 weeks ago||Platitude. Platitude.||
Platitude. Platitude. Platitude.
I feel better now.
|4 years 22 weeks ago||It's not just the record,||
It's not just the record, it's the way they play. Michigan hasn't shown they can play with teams from the top half of the Big Ten like MSU, Iowa, and apparently PSU.
My dream is that Michigan's offense is competitive against against either Wisconsin or OSU but I don't think it's likely.
|4 years 22 weeks ago||Minnesota and Ball State are||
Minnesota and Ball State are ahead of Michigan in scoring defense.
|4 years 22 weeks ago||Indiana does not have a good||
Indiana does not have a good passing attack. In Big Ten play, they are second to last in efficiency and yards/attempt. They have a weak dink and dunk attack that appeared fearsome against a weak Michigan defense. They pass a lot but to little effect and mostly because they can't run at all.
|4 years 22 weeks ago||Les Miles is a guy who||
Les Miles is a guy who actually calls a game much closer to ideal game theoretic choices than the average coach but everyone just thinks he's nothing more than
|4 years 22 weeks ago||I want my serifs back||
I want my serifs back
|4 years 22 weeks ago||LOL, the moment he put the||
LOL, the moment he put the Vols hat on, the number of viewers dropped from 5000 to 4200. Ten seconds later, it's 3400.
|4 years 22 weeks ago||He looks dapper as fuck. The||
He looks dapper as fuck. The big surprise will be when he Hulks his way out of the shirt and scarf to reveal the Central Michigan t-shirt underneath.