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|16 weeks 5 days ago||This||
Has gotta be one of the dumbest athletics departments around. You lose a core group of players and then sign the coach to a 6 year extension, without waiting a little bit to see if there's a drop off? The only way this even remotely makes sense is if Kelly really had NFL offers, but I guess we'll never know. They're stuck with him for at least this year and next year.
Been popping the popcorn at the ND sites. I think the main issue they have with Kelly is the realization that he's not Meyer or Harbaugh. A good coach, probably the best they've had since Holtz, but not at the Meyer / Harbaugh level. It really eats them up inside, fun to read.
|51 weeks 5 days ago||You Don't Know That||
Touch the Banner's take is interesting. He says that Weaver has been working hard to improve and that he has in fact improved. That's different from Swenson, who has slacked off (according to Michigan's side of the story).
Guys like Weaver end up being the out of nowhere guys who get drafted. I'm not saying he's going to make the NFL, but you shouldn't count out a hard working, smart player.
|51 weeks 5 days ago||Don't Attack the Kid||
Just because Harbaugh didn't want him doesn't mean he can't play. His tweet was raw emotion, but unlike Swenson, he gave the facts, expressed disappointment, and thanked the fans. I can see why he was accepted by Ivy League schools. Very mature response. Unlike Swenson, I will be rooting for him to succeed.
|51 weeks 5 days ago||So What?||
Harbaugh's response will be "I'm honest and open with recruits about where they stand. Some of my offers are conditional. I'm all about competition. But I stress academics, my players graduate, and I never cut a guy before he gets a degree. Next question."
|51 weeks 5 days ago||How is this Bad?||
He admitted being told his chances were 50/50. That means there was a chance he would not be a part of this class. He posted how he truly felt, and you can't fault him for that. He's disappointed but the fact that he was told there might not be a spot for him is good enough for me.
Criticize Harbaugh all you want, but he's not hiding the ball.
|1 year 2 days ago||I Don't Get the November Deadline||
How can you expect the staff to evaluate film during the season and then instantly come to the conclusion that there was no room for him, and then tell him? This stuff takes time, there are games to be played, bowl prep, other recruits, and staff turnover issues. Maybe it should have been sooner, but I'm okay with this if the staff fired a warning shot at the start of his season like "you're still in his class, but you have to improve if you're ever going to see the field for us".
Lost in this debate is the fact that his stock fell dramatically during his senior season. Touch the Banner notes that his technique is subpar. If anything this shows the danger of offering someone so soon.
|1 year 6 weeks ago||Would Pruitt Come Here to Redeem Himself?||
If Pruitt does have baggage that may have cost him a HC position this year, then wouldn't it be wise for him to get away and redeem himself at a program such as Michigan. It would make his resume look a lot stronger and give him more HC opportunities outside ones in the deep south.
I guess that's a positive take on the situation.
|1 year 6 weeks ago||More Teams Will Run the Spread on Michigan||
Until we learn how to stop it. The IU and OSU games are cause for real concern. Note that Utah and MN ran hybrid schemes, but the plays that worked the best for them were read options or plays where the QB ran the ball.
Note also that Durkin and Ash both said in their press conferences that they will run the spread, which means 4 of the 6 teams in the division will now run the spread. Of the 3 bottom feeders IU, MD and Rutgers, the Michigan defense as it stands now will probably lose one of those games (like this year at IU) due to the inability to stop the spread.
I agree with all comments that the next DC needs to have proven experience understanding (and stopping) the spread.
|1 year 6 weeks ago||Jacob Eason?||
Jacob Eason looks like a QB without a home now. He might follow Richt to Miami but I believe we have always been on his radar.
|1 year 7 weeks ago||Why do so few NFL Teams Use the Spread?||
I've always wondered why the spread has not caught on in the NFL. Just a layman's perspective, but I think it's because the spread capitalizes on inexperienced and undisciplined defenders, namely the DE not reading the play, the LBs overshooting or missing tackles, and the secondary taking bad angles. Defenders who make it to the NFL will not make those fundamental mistakes, which is why you don't see the spread in the NFL. A fundamentally sound, talented and experienced defense will stop the spread, but since there's so few of those teams in college, you see more teams run the spread.
The spread also seems like a quick fix solution for college teams who don't want to invest. Long term I still think it's better to run pro-style because the #1 sale to a prospect is the ability to play in the NFL. Look at Miles, he's never going to have problem getting guys because he sends so many to the NFL.
|1 year 7 weeks ago||They Would be Wise to Hire Golden||
Ash would be like Durkin (taking a chance on a hot assistant in the hopes that he turns out to be the next Urban Meyer). The Rut doesn't need that right now, and they can't afford to gamble and lose because they are losing money and subsidizing athletics heavily. They need a steady hand to make slow inroads in in-state recruiting, which will eventually translate on the field. Golden is a Jersey guy, he is a good recruiter, and his one flaw is that he's not a good gameday coach. If it's Golden and a good OC, then I can see this working for them.
|1 year 7 weeks ago||He's in the Running for the South Carolina Job||
With his track record, I can also see him landing in a AAC or MAC school.
I don't see him going to AL because they already have Mel Tucker (who's been a DC for 3 NFL teams), and Saban (whose background is defense). Seems like too many egos for one side of the ball.
|1 year 7 weeks ago||What Other Choices Did He Have?||
You can't blame someone for advancing their career, but I just would like to know what other options he had. It's kind of off putting moving to a school in the same division and then already trying to poach guys.
Why couldn't he try to get the job at Virginia or Syracuse, two similar programs but in a different conference?
|1 year 7 weeks ago||Not Really Surprising to Me||
This happens all the time in the work world. It's a classic case of attrition, and the reason why so much of the working world nowadays follows the "up or out" principle. Here, you had two guys, Claeys and Limegrover, who had nearly identical credentials, but with only one spot. It's easy to see how Limegrover would feel slighted, even if the entire staff are close. Another example of this is Orgeron, who refused to accept a position that would essentially make him a co-coach with Sark because Sark was hired over him even though he did well as an interim coach. "Up or out" may sound harsh but it does reduce the internal strife that happens when people are chosen over others (and it's fine if the people who aren't selected are well qualified because they can simply find other jobs easily).
|1 year 7 weeks ago||Schlissel||
I think it has less to do with how physical you are and more to do with reading the play and seeing the ball. I don't see any players on the roster with this ability (Hoke recruited the classic downhill LBs and DEs where this doesn't matter). It will have to come through recuriting.
Also, I don't think lowering academic standards is the solution because it causes follow-on problems like players not being able to graduate. We have an Ivy league type Schlissel now who doesn't want to see standards slide and he's said that numerous times already in public. Another issue is that it's not sustainable. I have a good ND friend with deep ties to the university (basically his entire family went there), and he tells me the base is very divided now over Kelly even though he's had success on the field due to the academic issues.
If there's one guy who can convince good players who care about academics to come here, it's Harbaugh.
|1 year 7 weeks ago||This Episode Will Make It in B-School Textbooks||
on how not to handle a situation. Unreal that all this happened while the administration was not 100% sure Fisher was on board.
I've always wondered, if they need a QB, why not make a run at Taysom Hill? On paper, they are a game manager away from being a playoff team.
|1 year 7 weeks ago||We Haven't Stopped the Spread in Like 15 Years! We Need Talent!||
That's what I was thinking when watching the game. Through all of the coaching changes, the one constant is a defense that still can't stop the spread!
Michigan is a flawed team. Both lines, the RBs and the LBs are subpar. These veterns got a mulligan by getting probably the deepest and most experienced coaching staff in the country. Some guys like Lewis, Peppers, Chesson and Butt got the training and proved they are good players, but these guys simply aren't good enough. We just have to hope and pray that their replacements come through next year.
|1 year 8 weeks ago||Why Are They Doing This Now???||
Unless FIsher has literally signed the papers to be LSU's coach, it's just suicidal to do this now. There are a lot of openings out there. If Georgia loses to Georgia Tech and the bowl game, Richt may be gone. That creates a superior opening IMO because you don't have to deal with Saban every year in the SEC West (LSU also has to play Florida every year). If Fisher really wants a change of scenery to get away from personal problems, he can pull a Rich Rod and head west to USC.
LSU fans talk a lot about how their state produces the most NFL players per capita, but where was this program before Miles got here? This feels a lot like Tennessee pushing out Fulmer.
|1 year 8 weeks ago||Hoke as Recruiting Coordinator?||
There's a part in me (and maybe I'm crazy), that sees Hoke an asset if he's being asked to do very specific tasks, namely recruiting and being responsible for one group on the defense.
Hoke has said he wants to be a HC again but I doubt he gets anything even in this year's market where there are a lot of vacancies.
If Durkin is gone we need to replace his recruiting skills (I don't think there will be a drop off in coaching given the overall quality of this staff).
|1 year 11 weeks ago||The Running QB Again||
The defense was on its heels tonight because the read options were working enough to keep the defense off balance. They had to respect Leidner running after he scored on the TD. It looked like the defense was lost because they couldn't defend the option (this may also explain why the run defense was porous on an average team).
It looks like Utah was not a fluke. Going forward I see teams trying to run the option on us, even if they don't do it often. The LBs were slow in reacting and the extra time the QB had to throw allowed receivers to get open against any defender except Lewis and Peppers. Thomas had a rough night. It looks like the drop off after Lewis and Peppers is deeper than expected.
I don't think this will be an issue in the next 3 games but given the way things are going this team does not match up well against OSU.
|1 year 11 weeks ago||That's a Very Small Sample Size||
You can't judge a guy on 2 plays. I trust the coaches. He was clutch tonight and it's nice to know that there's a viable backup (esp. since we don't know if Rudock is hurt), but there's a reason why Rudock starts and there's a reason why Harbaugh keeps heaping praise on Rudock even though he's been very mediocre.
Also, I'm not sure I buy the Morris redshirting line. It could just be that Speight is a better QB than Morris.
|1 year 11 weeks ago||Running Game + Mobile QB||
I don't think we can make too much of those ridiculously lucky throws that were off target and late, yet somehow end up in the hands of receivers. The fact that some of the WRs could get open on Clark and Stribling is an issue but it's not something to worry about if you stop the run.
More concerning was the run defense. Their RB looked undersized and yet slipped away too many times. The QB options are an issue. Utah did this effectively and MN did almost exactly the same thing tonight, and was equally effective. Michigan won't see that again until the last game, but whoever is back there for OSU is better than Travis Wilson and Mitch Leidner.
|1 year 13 weeks ago||I'm Not Sure I Agree Michigan Was Better||
The breakdowns will reveal more, and I'll defer to those, but watching the game I didn't think Michigan was the better team. Michigan was much better on special teams with the Peppers punt and kick returns (with the exception of one Peppers fumble), and on punts (before the final play). This was a HUGE help for the offense because it gave them short fields. A failed 4th down conversion also gave the offense a short field. When the offense had to drive the length of the field, they got nowhere except for the first drive.
I thought on defense the secondary played very well but the front 7 was disappointing in the pass rush. As expected, Cook made some big throws when the blitzs did not get home in time (which was often). The difference in the game was the offense. Cook was just flat out much better than Rudock. Both had decent pass protection but Cook made the plays and Rudock didn't. Even with a middle of the road QB like a Sudfeld, this game wouldn't have come down to the last play.
It still angers me that Hoke put all his eggs in the Morris basket. That decision alone was like a 2-3 year setback.
|1 year 13 weeks ago||Get Over Yourselves||
This kind of stuff happens (Cal / Stanford band, Iron Bowl TD on a missed FG, completed hail marys). This team, with Harbuagh as its leader, will get over it, the same way Bama hasn't missed a beat since losing that Iron Bowl.
And it's not as if this was totally heartbreaking. We got outplayed in every facet of the game except on special teams (sans the last play of course). It's not as if we were dominating, they found a way to keep it close through some lucky breaks, and then pulled off the upset on the last play.
|1 year 13 weeks ago||Reality Check||
We need to be realistic and patient. Even with a W, today's game exposed a lot of weaknesses. They had 20 first downs to our 10, Cook threw for 328 to Rudock's 168. For much of game, we were outplayed by a hobbled team limping into the game with major weaknesses in their secondary. We were only in this game because of Peppers on special teams and MSUs' 4th down gambles failing.
We have a below average QB, no complete RB, fairly mediocre receivers, and no truly elite front 7 players. You're not going to get away with that and be an elite team.
If there two more losses, I am fine. That's what most of us expected anyways.
|1 year 14 weeks ago||We're Extrapolating Because the Rutgers Game Revealed a Lot||
I've watched Rutgers all year; they're not a very good team. This game revealed a lot because unlike the Purdue game, MSU didn't jump out to a big lead. Rutgers was up 14-10 at half and the game was in doubt deep in the 4th quarter.
The Rutgers coaching staff had 2 weeks to prepare and they came out with a good game plan that Harbaugh and co. can build off of (not that they need it, but whatever). The only reason why MSU was able to score was because Cook made some huge throws under pressure, throws that are either going to be harder (with better coverage), or not there at all because Michigan will get to him faster. When MSU is sending out hobbled players in the 4th quarter the week before their Super Bowl game, you know something's wrong. MSU is not a top 10 team.
I also think you have to look at this game along with their other unimpressive victories. It's not like OSU where they're dealing with QB issues, but you get the feeling (or expect) them to put it all together when in counts. With MSU, they are what they are, and it's showing.
|1 year 14 weeks ago||He's Going to be Pressured||
Cook made some clutch throws today when they were down, so that's a concern. That said, I'm not all that worried because their pass protection was terrible today. A lot of blitzes worked today, and even with 1:1 coverage the MSU receivers got zero separation from one of the worst secondaries in the country. They did make some great contested catches, but better secondaries will be all over those balls (and may get out in front for picks). I can definitely see a panic pick or two next week, along with sacks.
|1 year 14 weeks ago||Running Game||
The Rutgers running game is a little different from ours. They have 3 scat back types, so they rely on angle blocking to try to get them to the edge. Their RBs also did a nice job hitting the holes (it's just amazing to see how we still struggle in that area with our backs). I've watched Rutgers all year and they didn't do anything different today than they did all year, so either MSU wasn't prepared because they were looking ahead, or they just couldn't stop it.
It seems like the MSU defenders were having trouble defending in space, but they're built to stop our power run game. It's definitely something the coaching staff can exploit with a guy like Drake Johnson (if he's healthy enough) or with Chesson on the end arounds and jet sweeps, but I'm not sure we can simply assume a power run game will work against them.
|1 year 15 weeks ago||Rich Rod?||
Remember the Rich Rod to Maryland rumors right before the inevitible firing? He'd get his shot at us once a year. If he doesn't want to bring Casteel maybe he can hire Tony GIbson!
|1 year 18 weeks ago||Totally Agree||
The only additional point I would make is that "top" is relative. I still think there's more slack for STEM majors than for others. For example, I had several friends in the BBA program, and it was generally the impression that you needed to be at the very top of the BBA program to get offers to work on Wall Street or Chicago. I had a good friend who was "average" (3.3) in the b-school, and ended up taking on debt to go to an average law school because he didn't want to be a "glorified secretary" making $40,000 per year. He ended up doing well, but only because he finished at the very top of his class in law school, but it's a cautionary tale nevertheless.
Another observation is the importance of STEM majors. It just cannot be stressed enough. If you look at NJ, a local engineering school many of you have never even heard of, the Stevens Institute of Technology, has an average salary of $82,800, whereas Princeton University (a school you probably have heard of), only has an average salary of $75,100.