Hoke was top notch at this aspect of his job.
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|1 week 4 days ago||Tonight's the Night, Neil||
Tonight's the Night, Neil Young
Tears of Rage, Dylan
Who by Numbers
New York City Serenade
|18 weeks 18 hours ago||Do you remember||
that the Rodriguez staff had multiple guys with coordinating experience? I don't recall that helping, and I bet people forgot because it was useless. Also, the 2008 DC was the DC for that amazing Stanford team that knocked off USC in 2007, also something that didn't help us much. And while I appreciate Jim Harbaugh's coaching tree (he has one), he hired said DC not by evaluating film or but by looking at statistical improvement. When we stole his guy, it didn't help. (Commence argument about whose fault it was that the defense performed below expectations in 2008 - and of course that turned out to be the high water mark in defense in the RR years). I am as excited as anyone, but I suggest that we can be enthusiastic without talking like we have already kicked ass.
|20 weeks 3 days ago||Title objections||
this is my first such objection EVER!
stop with the caps, the exclamation point, the puffing, and the implication that something just happened when nothing just happened. I couldn't be more annoyed with you and the way you made your point. Try a little harder next time. I will actually pay attention to what you say if you say it right, asshole. (I just wrote asshole to show you that you stop paying attention when someone goes over the top. Did not actually mean you are an asshole. Object lesson).
|22 weeks 1 day ago||bullets||
-cowherd is very ratings oriented
-he sees midwest college football recruiting as challenged due to weather
-he has strongly promoted Rosenberg, of course without mentioning stretchgate
-he is not always wrong. But he strives to have strong opinions, probably for.ratings
|23 weeks 1 day ago||you haven't raised the right question, Mr. Denver||
With all the Buckeye position advantages against a team with a losing record and an awful head coach, how was this game tied late in the 3rd Q, 1 week before your 59-0 game. Huh? Answer that for me. Mr. Santa Fe
|23 weeks 1 day ago||More to the picture than meets the eye||
I saw the Boston show of that tour in fall, 1978. The second hand smoke made it seem better at the time than it was in retrospect.
|24 weeks 18 hours ago||what an unpleasant group you are.||
I shouldn't be in any group that has you as a member.
|24 weeks 19 hours ago||chicks||
Do you use the term chicks just behind their backs, or directly to them. Just curious . I have been fighting this 1960s hippie derived misogyny for 35 years (born in late 50s). You can keep keep it to yourself. It is neither politics nor gender. Call it manners.
|24 weeks 2 days ago||the last time I heard 'you will like it a lot'||
When Borges was fired, Herbstreit said Michigan fans will like the next hire a lot, i.e. Nuss. I did like it a lot, until the season started.
|24 weeks 3 days ago||two issues||
1. UM does not want to interfere with Harbaugh's contract. This is separate from internal NFL rules on tampering.
2. UM must compete with NFL teams that can offer draft picks. We must offer cash to the 49ers, plus pay Harbaugh's salary. 49ers won't pay his salary whether he comes here or stays in NFL.
This is a great idea. Compete directly with the NFL.
|30 weeks 2 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.
|32 weeks 6 days 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.
|32 weeks 6 days 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).
|34 weeks 3 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.
|34 weeks 5 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.
|34 weeks 5 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.
|35 weeks 14 hours ago||Ray Vinopal sighting||
Short arms did not prevent him from stopping the run on 3rd down by shoving Iowa runner out off bounds
|35 weeks 14 hours 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.
|35 weeks 1 day 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.
|35 weeks 4 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.
|36 weeks 17 hours 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.
|36 weeks 3 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.
|36 weeks 3 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.
|36 weeks 4 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.
|36 weeks 4 days ago||I am still upset about Terrell Buckley||
|36 weeks 4 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.
|36 weeks 4 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?
|36 weeks 4 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.
|36 weeks 5 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.
|36 weeks 5 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.)