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|4 weeks 3 days ago||Prediction of victory||
-I have been too optimistic each year since 2007
-I am almost always wrong
-but, given that people on this blog are trying to pretend there is no game on Saturday because of the monstrous beatdown we all expect, it has come to my attention that there is only one realistic outcome: victory. That is my prediction.
|7 weeks 2 hours ago||Speaking of defensive coaching||
In the second half, I knew each time Rutgers lined up a cluster of three receivers that our secondary would get flummoxed, and screw it up, and they did. The only surprise was why Friedgen didn't do it more. When he did it, I thought to myself, our guys are not trained well enough in the basics to play this right. What is wrong with the defensive coaching where Friedgen could predict they are not well trained.
|7 weeks 9 hours ago||Unrelated point on Coaching search||
Saw Dan Mullen on Sports Center talking to his team after yesterday's victory. Talked about domination on every play. Nothiing wrong with that kind of intensity/passion. Perhaps every coach shares that but I am taking notice because of this year's success at MSU (NTMSU).
|8 weeks 4 days ago||the 2001 defense||
the 2001 defense was not good. It was just better than 2000. 2000 was a big drop off from 1999 when all the 1997 sophomores finished their eligibility. Current defense should be much better than 2001, which gave up 45 points to Tennessee, lost to a mediocre OSU team, etc.
|8 weeks 6 days ago||I agree with the comparison to 2008||
What does this offense do that is better than the tire fire in 2008 when we had lost Henne, Hart, Long, Manningham, Arrington, etc. We had Threet-Sheridan, plus played freshman running backs instead of Brandon Minor and Carlos Brown, receivers may have been Stonum and Mathews. Won three games. Was a bad offense. How is this 2014 offense any better than the 2008 disaster of an offense.
|8 weeks 6 days ago||Gardner may start||
Gardner may start but is no longer the #1 QB. Morris should play in the first half if a change is needed. BUT why do people think Morris showed much in the bowl game. I was there. We knew it would not go well, and it didn't go well. H e is older, so that performance may be irrelevant, but don't rely on it to make Morris the starter right now.
|9 weeks 1 day ago||Ray Vinopal sighting||
Short arms did not prevent him from stopping the run on 3rd down by shoving Iowa runner out off bounds
|9 weeks 1 day ago||2008 wisconsin||
UM had 19 yards in first half. Not sure if there were any first downs there. The won the game . I expect the same from EMU.
|9 weeks 2 days ago||one word: amaker||
Even amaker got six years. Why would Hoke get less without a total flameout. The rumors were that even Rodriguez could have returned if he changed his defensive staff. The ND game was not part of a total flameout; it was part of a learning process for new systems on both sides of the ball.
|9 weeks 5 days ago||objectionable by anybody||
but from this clown inexcusable. If he were our qb, I would renounce the team until he cleaned up or left. I am serious. Braylon was in the doghouse for far less.
|10 weeks 1 day ago||everything they said is wrong.||
We have recruits, including at skill positions. We played ok in trenches. Let the guys develop, hopefully starting to show today.
|10 weeks 4 days ago||oregon||
Oregon was headed to the mnc that year before dennis dixon went down. That oregon team was much better than this nd team. I still agree with the cup half full view.
|10 weeks 4 days ago||While I agree||
that any idiot should have seen those guys get torched, and made an in game adjustment, the question is with the injuries exactly what adjustment would that be.
|10 weeks 5 days ago||Carr era||
That Tennessee loss and the Oregon loss were far worse than this Notre Dame loss. Get away from the shutout. Michigan did not belong on the field against TN or Oregon. Did not get ESPN at time of Iowa game and did not see it. Also, the Florida State loss was both better and worse at the same time.
|10 weeks 5 days ago||I am still upset about Terrell Buckley||
|10 weeks 5 days ago||I agree with Mattison||
The ND game was a hickup, and he should have handled it better in game. I am optimistic for the rest of the season and look forward to 7 victories.
|10 weeks 5 days ago||there are no musts||
The team is not yet good, and we hope it will get better over time this year. And if there is improvement, Hoke does not have to win a certain number of games. I will be curious to see how we play the last game in November, but it being an away game, I am not expecting much, and I don't think Hoke's future depends on it. Can you imagine if Beilien had been fired for early year struggles, or losing to a #14 seed, or losing to Penn State after being ranked #1?
|10 weeks 5 days ago||thank you mgoblog||
This is the first post where the majority is saying be patient, there is a new offense, wait for the players to move into a comfort zone. The line is improving, the receivers are not yet at a high level, and the running backs are still developing. Even the 5th year QB, although stellar at times, struggles at other times. With all of that, the ND game is something that can happen. We hope it is an early in the season problem. We will look back in perhaps 6 games and see if this majority was right or not. I am not among those calling for Hoke's head, because I think this will go in the right direction. Be realistic and get off the spring practice hype.
|10 weeks 6 days ago||Maybe we play poorly on the road because we are not good||
We played well against South Carolina, and would have won but for the defense folding in the last seconds (sans JT Floyd). The offensive production is hidden in these numbers.
We played poorly againt VT but won anyway, without Molk. What does that mean. The offense sucked, without Molk, and was lucky to even be in the game.
We played well against OSU in 2012, in the first half, and then we all know how it cratered in the second half. What does that mean. Was it bad playcalling, or related to being an away game.
My theory is that the team is not good, and teams that are not good play better at home than away; hence the overall gap. When the team is better, it will play better away. Maybe the quarterbacking is better at home because the QBs like it there. There is a lot of theorizing, when we know full well that this is not at the talent level of, say, 1999 or 2004.
|10 weeks 6 days ago||Time to face reality||
The reality is that in 2004 we had the talent to surround a true freshman quarterback with enough talent to win the Big 10(although we lost to ND), and come within an inch of beating a Texas team that would win the MNC the next season. Today, we do not have that talent, or it is not developed to that point. We have 1) an offensive line that is improving, but not good yet, 2) only one premier receiver; the others are developing, 3) our talented tight end is not playing, 4) our talented senior QB has vision and decision making problems, the things that coaches say can't be taught when talking about QBs that just have it. So how many adjustments do you think the coaches can make in game. It is hard to realize how embryonic this offense is, when our hopes are so high and the star rankings are so high. But realism would point us away from the usual crankiness.
As to the defense, same deal. The defensive line actually stopped the run Saturday. Still working on the pass rush. The linebackers are a work in progress due to injury (Morgan) and shuffling of positions (Ryan). The coaches went aggressive with the pass coverage, and it didn't work, and they were outfoxed. This is the same secondary that was not good enough to cover within 10 yards last year. They just are not good enough, but I like to think they are improving. Face reality, and give them time to improve. The better they are, the better the coaches will be, and the more the staff can do. Even the 2013 MBB squad lost to Penn State and generally looked awful for a week before almost winning the tournament. Maybe the deficits of the 2010 and 2011 recruiting cycles were far more devastating than we have admitted (combined with problems like Borges, etc.)
|11 weeks 6 hours ago||small ball analysis||
there are specific problems; remains to be seen if they will be fixed.
1. Several times, nobody blocked the long haired defensive end. That hurts, especially on third down. Runblocking was ok. Green needs to look for the open space.
2. One play, Gardnerhad the bubble toNorthfleet, but handed to Green for 2 yards. On the
Drop by Funchess that should have been called interference, he had chesson open. Will gardner learn, or id that time pass.
3. Cornerbacks are not there yet, unfortunately.
There is talent, but not at levels that will cover blatant mistakes.
|14 weeks 3 days ago||Living out of state||
I didn't know that Marlin was cleared that way.
|14 weeks 3 days ago||Marlin Jackson||
Before Mgoblog, Marlin Jackson did something bad, but I never saw it on video. He was given another change. At the time of the draft, I learned (from reading the newspaper) that Lloyd Carr vouched for Jackson's character, to Tony Dungy, leading to Jackson being a late first round pick who went on to intercept Brady in an AFC championship game (not the point of this post). Does anybody know what Jackson actually did, and how it compares to York, and so on and so forth.
|28 weeks 6 days ago||We lose Gallon, Lewan, Schofield||
I'll be good with a winning record where each win against some crappy team is not a close shave. Seven Akron style wins will not feel as good. Anything more than seven wins will be success on the order of 2011.
|32 weeks 2 days ago||rare is the backup||
Lou Gehrig/Tom Brady
|33 weeks 5 days ago||Having 2 kids and waiting 7 years to get married||
I am 54. I found the waiting 7 years and 2 kids to get married as a huge problem, in the morality sense. Not even in the sense of violating a standard. But if he is such a nice guy, and this is so romantic, why didn't he marry her much earlier. The fact that this existed in the story, and was just glossed over, is a problem for me with the screenwriters. That is the kind of thing that led me to not like the show, even though I could spot talent at all levels. I liked Seinfeld, I am from the east and feel like these people were similar to people I knew (for better or worse), but the handling of the actual mother was unacceptable to me. What do you younger people think.
|37 weeks 4 days ago||what was Beilein's strategy 20 years ago||
Watching games, college and pro, from the 80s to early 90s, I don't recall any coaches that fully took in the import of the three point shot. It took time for that to sink in to coaching strategy and for players to develop that skill. In the old days there were a handful of three point specialists (and there are still players like that today), but now many players focus on the 3 point shot. Much of Beilein's strategy is to shoot the 3 or get a layup. He is not the only coach to approach it that way, but he is very good at it. Was he doing this 20 years ago? What was his style then, and would it have made a difference? Would he have known what to do with Chris Webber in the post? I am not sure Beilien knew what to do with a good post player 5 years ago. It is too easy to impose today's experience on 1993. Having said that, it certainly would have been interesting, but I don't believe we could have beaten that Duke team as freshman. North Carolina? Yes.
Point on Fisher. The BTN show on the 1989 team suggested that Frieder was not an x's and o's guy (explains the enormous waste of talent), and that an immediate change Fisher made was to use Terry Mills in the post. Fisher did a lot of good things.
|39 weeks 5 days ago||Gardner||
Gardner had good runs in many games. What would happen to these statistics if you limit it to analysis of running backs only. I think Gardner's runs were more or less independent of the blocking of the offensive line. In other words, I am wondering if Michigan was even worse than these extremely poor numbers indicate.
|43 weeks 4 days ago||Being from Philadelphia,||
I can tell you that very nice people blow a gasket out there, especially in the face of moral outrage like the officiating at the Kohl Center. I would have done it in his place and been proud. My wife, from southeastern Michigan, would frown upon that (although she gets more morally outraged than I do, but about different things). Cultural difference.
|1 year 35 weeks ago||dylan||
there is no indication that Bob Dylan ever went to a single class at Minnesota, although he was undoubtedly enrolled for a semester. So I agree he should have been excluded.