This is maaaaybe premature there, ESPN. Maryland #1 FWIW.
|15 weeks 18 hours ago||I have a very short list of||
I have a very short list of college coaches I'd want my boys to play for. It just got shorter. Best of luck and health, Coach.
|17 weeks 17 hours ago||Same here, also from a former||
Same here, also from a former player from the '60s. Maybe it was a Bump thing?
|20 weeks 2 days ago||Yips||
Toddler me would appreciate a trigger warning on the Yips in the future, please. I'll be hiding behind my dad's recliner until then.
|47 weeks 5 days ago||Ah, I didn't remember that||
Ah, I didn't remember that about Speight.
|47 weeks 5 days ago||Amen. I feel for the kid.||
Amen. I feel for the kid.
|47 weeks 6 days ago||It's just one video and a few||
It's just one video and a few choice reps, but yes, it looked crisp.
There remains something I just don't like about the way Morris throws. I once saw a video of Joe Montana throwing with his two sons, talking about the finer points of delivery, and emphasizing the idea of driving the football straight at your target as opposed to bringing the ball around and just letting go at the right moment. It was very hard to describe in words, and it was a very subtle thing to see. But I went out an experimented, and I think I could feel what Joe was talking about. And it's something my uncle, a former Central Michigan QB in the '70s, used to try to explain to me, too.
Well, it looks like Morris brings the ball around more, if that makes sense. The results were fine here, but under pressure or when things break down, that can lead to some inaccuracy. So it worries me.
In contrast, I continue to love Speight's delivery. Tight, compact, and no wasted movement. It's not quite as pretty as Forcier's was—that thing was a work of art—but it's close. I like it.
Malzone's is somewhere in the middle, but very classic.
|48 weeks 12 hours ago||I don't think it will play||
I don't think it will play out that way, either, but I think you are right that it would be one of the better chains of events, at least long-term.
But let's not write off Morris yet (and I'm not saying that you were). The "light coming on," as you describe it, requires reps, and it looks as if he's finally going to get a whole bunch of them. A change of coaching staff can also be helpful, as a kid with a rough start can shake it off, start fresh, and clear his mind a bit. Finally, being the senior QB on the team should also help, as leadership fuels confidence. So this is about as good a situation as Morris could ask for.
That said, and while I certainly want the best QB to play, I find myself pulling for Malzone. From what I've seen of him in high school, he's likely to be my favorite kind of QB to watch—smart, accurate, and good in a tight spot. That's just a hunch. We'll have to see how it plays out.
|48 weeks 16 hours ago||There are a few elements to a||
There are a few elements to a quarterback's accuracy, and they develop differently.
First, there's the mechanical aspect of just being able to hit a bull's eye. This is the aspect that is most like a jump shot, and it can be improved with repetitions, plain and simple. When I was a high-school kid, I threw through a tire for hours. This is how you work on that. In a game, you need the ball to go where you intend it.
This mechanical aspect of accuracy is really important unless you are typically throwing to wide-open receivers (who can then adjust and still make the catch). But alone, it is not sufficent to have what is typically described as an accurate QB.
The second aspect is knowing where the bull's eye is, or identifying the right target. I don't mean identifying the right receiver, but instead identifying the exact spot where the ball should get to the receiver. At his belt? In his numbers? At his knees? In stride? A little behind him (i.e., between zones)?
This is much harder to develop, as it requires a lot of study so that the QB knows what to expect, as well as a lot of reps with a full passing offense and defense so that the QB can practice adjusting from expectations.
Finally, there's a timing or feel aspect that is very much related to the second aspect. Imagine Brian Griese running the classic TE waggle play. As Griese turns back after the fake to face the D, he's giong to have a number of ways to get the ball to the TE. Does he need to fire a rope between a couple of 'backers? Does he have a soft hole to lob the ball into? And this is complicated by his own options. Can he step up all the way and throw as hard as he is able? Is there a charging DE in his face that limits his forward step or forces him to throw on the run? All of these things affect the number and location of the bull's eyes Griese can hit.
These last two aspects are much harder to improve than the first. But any improvement on the last two is almost irrelevant if the first aspect—the ability to hit a target—isn't mostly there.
So the question really comes down to: What is Morris's problem? That really can't be answered by looking at film, because when we see him miss a target, we don't know why he missed. Did the ball not go where he wanted? Did he pick a bad place for the ball to go? Did his receiver run a terrible route? Coach Fisch is probably assessing this better in drills right now.
If Morris's—or any QB's—problem is with the first aspect, that's a big problem. That needs to be fixed before much work can be done on the others. If the problem is with the other aspects, well, those are more advanced problems, and those are the sorts of skills Harbaugh & co. seem very good at helping a QB develop.
|1 year 1 week ago||I believe that number was||
I believe that number was split over his sophomore and junior seasons. So at least part of the story here is that before his senior year, he was good but not world-beating against poor competition. And I'm not sure how much he camped until last summer.
|1 year 3 weeks ago||He seems a shoe-in for the #1||
He seems a shoe-in for the #1 jersey, no?
|1 year 3 weeks ago||Yikes. Even a QB guru like||
Yikes. Even a QB guru like Harbaugh would have his hands full fixing this kid's technique.
|1 year 10 weeks ago||I expected nothing less from||
I expected nothing less from him. He's a classy, big--hearted guy who loves Michigan and the players. I'm sad that firing him was the right decision, because I doubt anyone has wanted to be Michigan's coach more, or put more effort into it, than Brady Hoke has. Good luck, Coach, wherever you go.
|1 year 20 weeks ago||Gardner or Morris||
I think that Gardner can be fixed, in that he can be set up to regain his confidence and be successful—within a limited definition of that word—this year. You come out with a slightly simplified gameplan, give him a bunch of reps at plays and reads that he can is comfortable with, and help him feel more free to use his feet. Really play to his strengths for a game or two This will all help rebuild his confidence and make him a compentent—and at times, thrilling—player again. While Gardner, unfortunately, is not likely to be as good I believe he could have been with years of consistent coaching, he'll still be better than Morris would be right now. And I think it is imperative that we keep Morris on the bench.
As Brian has pointed out here, our QB situation is terrible. Morris is really our only hope at QB for the next year or two (as I'd like to avoid playing a freshman). So we need to make sure that he is going to be as good as he possibly can be in 2015 and '16.
So, if Morris isn't an upgrade over Gardner this year, then the only reason to play Morris now would be if it would make him better in 2015 and '16. But I don't think that playing in this offense is going to help. Instead, I think Morris needs lots of practice reps, lots of game film, and some mop-up action, all without the pressure of trying to save the program and his coach's job. Because if we destroy Morris's confidence this year, who else is there to turn to?
Plus, I just love Gardner when he's on, and I think he's got a few more of those games in before it's all over.
|4 years 11 weeks ago||You hit both nails on the||
You hit both nails on the head.
Nail 1: Denard is thinking too much. The kid is very coachable, and while that can be an incredible asset, when the things on which he has been coached have not yet been learned to the level of near-instinct, it can cause a lot of slowing. You can almost see Denard think, "Am I too anxious to scramble here? Maybe I should wait a second longer. That's what the coaches always applaud when it leads to a big play." His purpose was much more clear last year, and thus, his confidence was higher. He needs to get that confidence back.
Nail 2: Reps. More than really any other single part of playing QB, the option requires reps. Think of it like free throws. Denard should be ending every practice with 100 option reads (that wouldn't take very long, really) and 100 pitches with each hand (which he could do running up and down the field with Devin). Or 50/50. Whatever. The point is that it has to be like that for an option QB until he gets it.
That is why those old Nebraska option teams were so deadly. High schools ran a lot more true option then, and really taught it. So Nebraska could find someone like Tommie Frazier who had six years of option drills and experience under his belt. That is harder to come by, now; even a spread-option QB like Devin really didn't learn how to read in high school, since his athleticism allowed him to gain 10 yards on a bad read.
So, I think that will improve next year if Borges really embraces it and has Denard do option drills all summer. It only takes two additional guys to do the read drill, and one other to do the pitch drill. Actually, since catching the pitch and reacting properly to a long option ride are key skills for RBs, this practice would benefit them, too.
|4 years 13 weeks ago||Forget walking past the||
Forget walking past the facilities and silence. How did he not act to stop it right then and there? He's the one person (at least related to the 2002 incident) to actually witness the crime and have a chance to stop it while it was occuring. What did he do? Back quietly out of the room? Be a man.
|4 years 13 weeks ago||That's sort of the part I||
That's sort of the part I don't get. McQueary failed those kids in the same way Paterno did. I'm not sure what would prevent the Board from deciding to fire McQueary, as well.
|4 years 13 weeks ago||Dammit, I've got a new||
Dammit, I've got a new touch-screen computer, and I clicked the "moderate" button on your comment by mistake. I'm not sure what I did, but I sure didn't mean to do anything. Sorry about that.
|4 years 13 weeks ago||This Is Your Penn State Thread||
In this thread, I threw in a post of a PSA-type nature that I'd actually considered as it's own thread topic. But, seeing a Sticky-ed thread, I decided to put it in there first. It was marked as "trolling." What gives? I'm sure it wasn't Pulitzer-worthy, and maybe it didn't ultimately deserve it's own thread (and has not become one), but I'm curious as to why it was marked as "trolling." Can someone explain, please?
|4 years 13 weeks ago||I'm sorry, how is this||
I'm sorry, how is this trolling?
|4 years 13 weeks ago||I'd like to start a new||
I'd like to start a new thread to make one, PSA-type point. But I'll make it here first. Mods, you tell me how you want it done...
Abuse Victims Are Not Damaged Goods
There is one troubling statement I have seen in a number of sportswriter opinion pieces which I feel needs to be addressed. These writers have made statements like, "These kids will never be able to love," or "These kids will never be able to trust anyone again," or "These kids' lives have been ruined." I'm sure the writers are trying to convey the enormity of these crimes, to sypathize as best they can, but unintentionally, they send the message to anyone reading those articles (including, likely, many silent victims of these crimes) that there is no hope for a normal life after something like this. And that is not true.
Recovery is hard. Recovery is long. But it can happen. Victims can learn to love, can learn to trust, can learn to be wonderful members of our society. I have personally worked with people who started off as "sexual abuse victims" and now consider themselves to be "someone who was abused as a child." I'm sure I'm saying this inartfully, so let me try again. While sexual absue will always be something that happened to these victims, it need not be the thing that defines their lives.
I think this is something we should all keep in mind as we talk about this case with the children - and the adults - in our lives.
|4 years 13 weeks ago||I've been thinking about Bo's||
I've been thinking about Bo's Lasting Lessons a lot lately, which I am in the process of reading. I lived most of my fandom after Bo's retirement from coaching, and with no real insider knowledge of the program, I cannot know how much Bo lived as he later preached. So I am not making a Bo vs. JoePa comparison.
However, I'm reminded how often Bo wrote about being able to sleep at night after making a tough, but right, decision. That seems worth pondering lately.
|4 years 13 weeks ago||Thank you for writing this,||
Thank you for writing this, and well done.
Of course, the victims of Coach Sandusky are, and should be, foremost in everyone's thoughts and prayers. But I understand what you are saying here, Six-Zero, and feel much the same. No matter how many horrible stories we hear of both small and large evils, we like to believe that there are people and places who are above it. Sometimes, those people become institutions whose values become defining characteristics to which many look to with hope. Paterno did that at Penn State. Even though I never was a fan, I always listed Paterno among the coaches to whom I would entrust my three boys.
So, when we find out that we were wrong, and that the institution and the man that we believed were above such things (not perfect, mind you, but willing to do what was right even when it was hard), we lose something, too. That loss is incomparable to that of the victims, but it is still a loss, and worthy of acknowledgement.
All that we can do is pray for those boys, and remember that there are still good people in the world worthy of our trust and faith. Some of them are leaders of men in prominent roles, and some are posters on this blog who are great dads, uncles, big brothers, and friends. So hold the kids in your lives tight, and promise yourself that you will do what is right, even if it is hard, if ever put in the position to do so.
|4 years 13 weeks ago||Precisely.||
|4 years 13 weeks ago||Thank you. "Fondling or||
Thank you. "Fondling or something of a sexual nature" is enough to mandate (morally) calling the police. And if you're not 80, probably beating the shit out of Sandusky with a handy barbell.
|4 years 13 weeks ago||I haven't read it, and don't||
I haven't read it, and don't want to. I've heard enough of these stories through my wife's work to have a pretty good sense of what happened. I do not need the details.
That said, can someone quote for me what Paterno admits that McQueary told him? That is really the only part that matters to me in my judgment of JoePa. As far as I understand from various sources, what Paterno admits being told was enough that he had a moral obligation to call the police, as it was clear that something worthy of investigation had occurred. I just want to confirm that for myself without digging through the report if I can avoid it.
|4 years 13 weeks ago||Thanks, all. Sadly, this is a||
Thanks, all. Sadly, this is a topic I can write about with some authority, at least second-hand. My wife is an expert in these areas who has testified as an expert witness on these cases. She has a Master in Social Work from U of M, and has dedicated her career to working with the kids whoa re the victims of these awful crimes. As a result, she has a lot of experience working with prosecutors and law enforcement in these cases.
Thankfully, they win more of these cases than they lose, and many bad guys are put away, at least for a little while. But most prosecutor's offices have a higher bar before they'll bring these cases because of the difficulties I've described, and their win rates are usually lower than for other, more "normal" crimes. Other prosecutor's offices have a practice of prosecuting very few of these cases because of their difficulty and the high poltical cost of losing one. ("How dare you, Mr. Prosecutor, go on a witch hunt against this nice, innocent man? You should not be reelected.")
We have a rule in my house - you want to tell me about one of your cases after 8:00, you'd better make me a drink first.
|4 years 13 weeks ago||This is the hardest thing for||
This is the hardest thing for prosecutors bringing these cases. We can convict the thief, because wanting more money makes sense. We can convict the guy who kills his wife's lover, because we all understand jealousy and hurt. We can convict the guy who punches someone in a bar, because we've all been there. All of these things are rational, if improper, actions in our minds. So, when a prosecutor says, "That man over there did this bad thing," we can believe it.
But none of us want to believe that child abuse occurs, and particular child rape, and that the perpetrators are usually great with kids and look normal. Those factors only make sense when you think about it; for a child molestor to be successful, he usually has to be someone a kid would trust, someone who can build a good bond with a kid, and someone who seems "normal" and "safe" to the kid's parents. They often have jobs of trust - teachers, priests, cub scout leaders, coaches.
So, to convict one of these people is scary. A juror who votes guilty has to accept that this "nice man," maybe a "trusted teacher for years," maybe "the great neighbor who always loved watching the kids play basketball," did something monstrous. And that means accepting that your neighbor, your kid's teacher, your kid's coach, hell, your friend or family member, might just be capable of doing the same thing.
That is hard. That is really, really hard. No one wants to believe that happens. Or if it does, it certainly doesn't happen HERE, in MY COMMUNITY, to kids who look like MY KIDS, and perpetrated by people who look like ME. We want to believe that it happens OVER THERE, to THEM, and is caused by THOSE PEOPLE. Accepting that is not true is very hard.
And don't get me wrong. Most people who are "normal," are normal. Most people who seem to like kids and are good with them, are good and kind people. Most teachers, most priests, most cub scout leaders, are good caring people who would have laid Sandusky out on a slab if they walked in on this. I'm not saying that we shouldn't trust.
But these crimes cross every socio-economic, racial, geographical, etc. line. They are inexplicable, and leave us asking, "How could someone do this?" It makes convictions so much harder to achieve.
|4 years 13 weeks ago||I'm sure it's not||
I'm sure it's not lawyer-speak. This guy is going to have to say "I didn't do it." And his lawyer is there to advocate his case, so the lawyer will say the same thing. He has the right to deny the allegations against him.
But don't get me wrong, I'm just explaining the statement. It sure sounds as if he's guilty as sin.
|4 years 13 weeks ago||The cover of the book is even||
The cover of the book is even worse. The Onion could cover this part of the case straight.
|4 years 13 weeks ago||Are you an attorney who||
Are you an attorney who handles criminal stuff? If so, trust this guy on the bond question over me. I've been in civil practice my entire career, and was going off of memory when I said that flight risk was the biggest issue.
|4 years 13 weeks ago||I don't disagree, but it||
I don't disagree, but it matters little. He has enough cash to post whatever bond is necessary, and is a big enough name that he's not a huge flight risk. A TSA screener sees "Jerry Sandusky" on a passport and they might shoot first and ask questions later. Bond is not usually set with regard to the nature of the crime.
Plus, this guy would be a pain for the state to have in prison right now. They have to protect him - he's innocent until proven guilty - but jail populations are notoriously unfriendly to those who hurt kids.
|4 years 13 weeks ago||Pardon me, but where do I||
Pardon me, but where do I sign the first half of this post?
|4 years 13 weeks ago||This doesn't really clear||
This doesn't really clear things up, but at least provides some information regarding the laws at issue.
I still think that if you've got three school officials, JoePa and the two men he went to because of their positions within the school, are sitting around an office deciding not to do anything, I could get to a jury on the question of whether they were acting in their capacities as PSU employees. I'll bet PSU pays out here, or at least tries to settle.
|4 years 13 weeks ago||Different states have||
Different states have different reporting requirements, different rules for qualified immunity, and different Good Samaritan laws (some flavors of which could apply here). Regardless, I am 95% certain I could find a way to get this to a jury and win it. A judge would be very, very reluctant to dispose of this case before trial.
One question that is very relevant and to which I do not yet know the answer is whether PA has mandatory reporting requirements for child abuse (most likely) and whether these college employees are mandated reporters under that law (less certain). If JoePa & co. were mandated reporters, that might really up the ante on them.
For those who don't know, mandated reporters (in MI) are people who, by nature of their jobs, are required to report evidence of child abuse to the police. Teachers are mandated reporters, and it's sad how many fail to do this. (Instead, they tell their principal, which doesn't count, or they make a decision for themselves about whether or not they believe abuse actually occurred.) The law says that mandated reporters must report any allegations or suspicions to certain authorities, and let the authorities investigate.
In many cases where child abusers are convicted, earlier victims went to a mandated reporter who failed to do their duty. Instead, situations and processes like what seems to have occurred at PSU occur often in schools and churches throughout the country. It's understandable to a certain extent - no one wants to believe anyone is this monstrous - but it happens. There are lots of JoePas out there.
|4 years 16 weeks ago||Good Lord, that Michigan Man||
Good Lord, that Michigan Man can write.
|4 years 17 weeks ago||posted from iPad||
This. Learn to walk, then run.
|4 years 18 weeks ago||I am fine with the font on||
I am fine with the font on the helmet, but am glad that I'm not the only weirdo who noticed the difference!
|4 years 18 weeks ago||bronx, certainly there will||
bronx, certainly there will be a loss of quality if there are pictures. I guess I'm just wondering (and have done a poor idea of asking) whether this book includes pictures and diagrams that are worth having in hard copy? I'd bet not, but hs anyone seen a copy to know?
|4 years 18 weeks ago||Ziff, your idea might have||
Ziff, your idea might have merit. As to my original question, why do you think the Kindle version will be fine? I think it will be, too, but I wonder if anyone actually knows if there will be a difference (photos, diagrams, etc.).
|4 years 23 weeks ago||This was intended to respond||
This was intended to respond to the "a little below the belt?" comment.
|4 years 23 weeks ago||I say fine. Kelly lost the||
I say fine. Kelly lost the benefit of the doubt when he sent Cross-Eyed Crist back into the game last year.
|4 years 23 weeks ago||Yikes. Good luck, and God||
Yikes. Good luck, and God bless.
|4 years 23 weeks ago||Wow.||
|4 years 23 weeks ago||Frankly, I didn't see a lot||
Frankly, I didn't see a lot there with which to disagree. I think that if Michigan has a 7- or 8-win season, it will be very, very difficult for Denard to be in the running for the Heisman. This is particularly true because so many of the top contenders for the title (Oklahoma, Oregon, Alabama, BSU, etc.) each have a Heisman candidate in a starring role (Jones, James, Richardson, Moore, etc.). The modern-day Heisman is most likely to go to the best RB or QB on a top national championship contender. It is what it is.
Granted, I HOPE Michigan is one of those teams this year. I believe in Hoke, and I believe in our team. But I, too, would pick Denard to be the first top contender to fall out of the Heisman race when he doesn't rack up 300+ personal yards per game, and as Michigan picks p a loss or two.
|4 years 24 weeks ago||As if that would affect||
As if that would affect Kelly's decision to play him.
(Seriously, putting Crist back in that game cemented the fact that no son of mine will ever play for that man.)
|4 years 26 weeks ago||Well, that title is||
Well, that title is terrifying.
I assume you mean the Day 26 video. Frankly, it's too hard to say. It's one throw from a poor angle and from a QB not wearing pads. That said, you could tell the technique was pretty solid. The ball was tight to his head, not swinging out much, and it looked like a good overhead throw. (Again, at least from what I could tell with that camera work.) All of those things are good, and comparable to what he did some last year, when his shoulder was 100%.
The air under the ball is not so much a technique issue as a mental issue. That looked like a well-thrown ball, but that's all that I can say at this point.
|4 years 27 weeks ago||You're in charge, but for the||
You're in charge, but for the record, sometimes you have to plan ahead more than the LiveBlogs will allow. Anyway I can find a copy of the thread just to print it out?
|4 years 27 weeks ago||Sad to say, a lot of these||
Sad to say, a lot of these technologies are new to me. But I'll look 'em up - and probably hit up that streaming site and the alumni assoc., just to be sure. Thanks, all!
|4 years 42 weeks ago||Based on the stats here, I'd||
Based on the stats here, I'd have ranked Martin ahead of Chapman. Bench is nice, but it's not AS relevant to football beyond a certain point. (And they both have freakishly strong benches.) Squat is much more relevant, and Martin wins that. Further, Martin's clean numbers - maybe more relevant still - are ridiculous. (That said, I didn't see a clean number for Chapman.)
But the ranking is probably less important than the fact that the Hulk wears a winged helmet.
|4 years 42 weeks ago||It's the dreads. If DR had||
It's the dreads. If DR had Mel's stylist, he'd gain at least two inches of height and be fine.
|4 years 42 weeks ago||Really? I'd never heard that||
Really? I'd never heard that about Dan the Man, not that I'd looked. He looks so straight-laced that I'd think he'd be HILARIOUS high.
|4 years 45 weeks ago||I couldn't find this. Any||
I couldn't find this. Any advice? The Desmond and generic Michigan are quite nice.
|4 years 46 weeks ago||Gardner's release still||
Gardner's release still troubles me. It's hard to see clearly on the video because his release is fairly quick, but he's still really rotating the ball around when he throws.
Let me try to say this clearly. Obviously, when a QB releases the ball, he wants the nose pointed at his target. How the nose gets to that point can be important. In an ideal world, the nose of the ball will be in the same vertical plane for a few instants before it is released. (This is what is often meant by "coming over the top.") With Devin, the ball is coming around, instead of over the top.
Thankfully, Devin's a good passer, and this doesn't seem to be bothering him much in practice. The concern is what will happen under the far-from ideal situations in a game. When it all hits the fan, an over-the-top QB tends to be more accurate. He's also safer, because if he misses, the ball goes high or in the dirt. That can be bad, but is often safely incomplete.
When a QB brings the nose around, however, a miss goes left or right, which can be very dangerous.
At the end of the day, it might not matter much. Plenty of QBs are athletic enough and have good enough timing that they can be accurate under pressure with less-than-ideal mechanics. Devin might prove to be one of those. But I'd sleep better if he came over the top more.
From the few clips I've seen of Denard, by the way, he's coming over the top much better than he did last year.
(For those so inclined, i saw a YouTube video quite awhile ago of Joe Montana working wth his sons on this very point, and with the motions, he was explaining it very well. I haven't searched for it, but it's probably still out there.)
|5 years 2 weeks ago||I believe the following facts||
I believe the following facts are right:
So, to me, the whole issue will come down to the use of the "suicide grip." Why was Johnson using it? Was that his decision, or was he coached to do it? Had he done it in the past? Was he warned and educated about the risks of using that grip.
I don't know the answers to any of those questions for Johnson. I know that in my circle of serious lifters, none of us could bring this suit - we all know what the suicide grip is and the risks inherent in using it. And we know what a spotter is and is not capable of doing.
|5 years 3 weeks ago||There's some ... interesting||
There's some ... interesting ... technique being displayed by a few athletes in that video, but that could be for lots of reasons. Any strength coach who likes tires and the prowler is off to a good start in my book. I wish I'd seem some Olympic lifts, but I'm sure we didn't see everything they do in that 2:00 clip.
|5 years 3 weeks ago||That's quite the testament,||
That's quite the testament, right there. It's wonderful for Harbaugh to say something like that for a departing employee, and wonderful that we're getting a guy who earned so much respect from his colleagues.
|5 years 3 weeks ago||What JBE said. PERFECT.||
What JBE said. PERFECT.
|5 years 4 weeks ago||I should say that, while I||
I should say that, while I was not in favor of firing RichRod for Hoke, the big guy is growing on me and I have a lot of hope and enthusiasm going forward.
But that said, the idea of Randy Shannon working for Brady Hoke seems off. Very off.
|5 years 4 weeks ago||If we hire Miles, I cannot||
If we hire Miles, I cannot even imagine what MGoBlog's new banner slogan will be.
|5 years 5 weeks ago||My wife's response to the||
My wife's response to the threat title: "Welcome to Thanksgiving dinner. Here's your tuna helper."
My wife is funnier than I am.
|5 years 5 weeks ago||Absolutely. And he's a rich||
Absolutely. And he's a rich guy with two teams - the Dolphins and the Wolverines. I'm sure he'd have written a big check to help bring Harbaugh here if it would have worked.
|5 years 5 weeks ago||I believe the Lions violated||
I believe the Lions violated it when they hired one of the Ms (Mariucci?), and yes, I think it's a serious fine.
|5 years 5 weeks ago||Precisely. And he even got||
Precisely. And he even got his QB into the NFL. I watched the Toreros play Dayton (my cousin played for San Diego under Harbaugh), and their offense was fun to watch.
|5 years 5 weeks ago||Michigan Fans trying to||
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|5 years 5 weeks ago||Really? That makes me like||
Really? That makes me like Brian even more. My current favorite scotch.
|5 years 8 weeks ago||I think the OP's point, and||
I think the OP's point, and one I agree with, is that the issue is not what happened between the girl and the player. The issue is that a crime was reported, and then ... what? Regardless of the outcome of the investigation, there at least needs to be one, and what was done does NOT appear to be an attempt to uncover the truth of the matter.
I'm not saying you disagree with this, by the way. I agree with the majority of your comment. This simply seemed the logical place for this comment to appear.
|5 years 9 weeks ago||Period. Yes, single||
The fact that neither of these is actually a sentence, yet would pass muster in certain sports sections, cracked me up.
Thank you for a rational, well-reasoned post on this topic, Brian.
|5 years 10 weeks ago||For those who have heard||
For those who have heard Barwis speak, has he ever addressed players who cannot drink milk? I'm lactose intolerant, so I've been using protein shakes with good results, but miss being able to just chug some good ol' chocolate milk.
|5 years 10 weeks ago||This is an excellent||
This is an excellent suggestion. I for one enjoy the speculation at times - it's something to talk about - but at other times want to skip past all that stuff. This would make it easy.
|5 years 11 weeks ago||TGibsSmotherCover: "You're||
I laughed, I cried, but I mostly laughed. Well done to you, sir.
|5 years 12 weeks ago||For those confused by "Big||
For those confused by "Big Ten No. 4", it does not mean the fourth-place Big Ten team. It means that bowl gets the fourth choice of available Big Ten teams. Michigan is a huge national draw, and will thus likely be selected earlier than its conference finish would otherwise dictate.
|5 years 13 weeks ago||It's true. And this was not||
It's true. And this was not meant as a criticism of Denard. It's simply a possible explanation for a few of his accuracy issues (those 300 yards came on 50% passing), and a reason to believe he will continue to improve year to year.
|5 years 13 weeks ago||That reversion is precisely||
That reversion is precisely what I think is going on (although the injuries may be playing a small or large part, too). Denard's had a year of good coaching, but before that, he probably had ten years of coaching himself. Give him another offseason or two, and he'll "revert" to excellent technique.
In comparison, watch Tate under pressure, like the next-to-the-last pass of last year's ND game (the drop). He was pressured, had to move left, contort his body - and yet at the last instant, snapped into perfect form and fired an accurate pass. That's superb coaching right there, and a player who worked hard to learn it.
(I think it's clear, but in case it's not, my references to Tate are by no means my attempt to instigate a QB controversy. The kid simply has near-textbook form.)
|5 years 13 weeks ago||Thanks to Blue,||
Thanks to Blue, below.
Sarge, it wasn't good. If I recall, they ended up about 3-6. At least one of the players came back and was able to win a bunch of awards the next year as a back and LB. The other guy lost his senior season.
|5 years 13 weeks ago||Wow, my post gets bumped to a||
Wow, my post gets bumped to a diary, and then linked by Brian. I'm actually pretty proud of that.
Anyway, this cracked me up:
When I was playing JV football, our varsity coach decided to end the varsity's practice with a race. He had our three top RBs stand 40 yards from him, each in a different direction, like a T. He then held up a football and blew the whistle, initiating a dead sprint for the football. Without pads.
For those you who are imaging three of our top athletes hurtling toward one another at breakneck speed, you've got the picture.
One guy pulled up. His display of brains, and what happened next, made him the starter. The other two hit at top speed, with the coach throwing up the ball between them and diving for cover. One hyper-extended knee and one torn ACL later, and we were down two varsity tailbacks.
I wish I were making that one up.
|5 years 13 weeks ago||I've been watching this, too,||
I've been watching this, too, and can't decide what to think. Traditionally, you're right on. In fact, everything you see Tate do is pretty darn good for the traditional model of throwing. But there are a few QBs who have always been good even while stepping to 11 o'clock or even almost 10 o'clock when throwing (for a right-hander). I think Marino often did this. I learned to go to 11 during my senior year, and it opened up my hips much easier and gave me more zip. So, I don't know.
I read a good article awhile back by, I believe, Jerry Glanville, and he stated that the direction of the toes is much more important than the alignment of the step. The purpose is simply to get the body moving in a straight, stable line toward the target, and the author said that in his many years of coaching, he found the point of the foot to be a bigger factor there. In fact, to maintain stability while bringing the hips through, he advocating stepping slightly left of the target. I've tried it a bit, and it works for me.
|5 years 13 weeks ago||Interesting. I played QB as||
Interesting. I played QB as well, and did the opposite when rushed or injured - didn't draw the arm back enough and, as a result, short-armed some stuff. But it's interesting to note your experience; that could be exaclty the cause of Denard's mechanical change.
Also, I love the term "casting" - perfect description.
|5 years 13 weeks ago||Dammit, I'll have to look at||
Dammit, I'll have to look at that one again. I was going off of memory on that one.
|5 years 13 weeks ago||Regarding his injury, I don't||
Regarding his injury, I don't THINK that's having this particular effect (over-rotating his torso) on his mechanics. At least with my past shoulder injuries, I actually wanted to block my chect more (stop it right on target), but lost some timing because my arm started forward earlier. This is because it wouldn't take the stretch back as well. But his shoulder injury might be different.
Regarding the improvement in defenses, etc., that's all true. This commentary is not on his ability to read defenses, have the game slow down, etc. - it's just about his ability to put the ball where he decides to put due to his technique. Those other issues will also certainly improve. Remember, there are two parts to accuracy in a QB - knowing where to put the ball, and the ability to put it where you want it to go. This post was only about the second part.
|5 years 13 weeks ago||Ha! You should ask my dad||
Ha! You should ask my dad (Chelsea's super) about my footspeed. I was a legendary option QB in highschool. Legendary.
/very, very sarcastic.
|5 years 13 weeks ago||We've thought about this, but||
We've thought about this, but I think it would be miserable for everyone. "Baby" was really the wrong word. He's the youngest, but he's 18 months. He wants to be walking, or running, and wouldn't put up with three hours strapped to someone. He'd quickly turn into a 25-lb. shakeweight. With four-year old twins to manage, things would get unpleasant. I might notice hockey, but probably not. Nope, this dude needs to stay home for this one.
|5 years 13 weeks ago||Dudeness has the right idea.||
Dudeness has the right idea. Maybe I'll give babybear a nip o' bourbon...
|5 years 13 weeks ago||That's what I was afraid of.||
That's what I was afraid of. Thanks, all.
|5 years 13 weeks ago||This stuff terrifies me. I||
This stuff terrifies me. I don't think I ever had a hit that was too bad when I played, so I don't worry much about myself, but this stuff is making me think long and hard about letting my sons play. Thankfully, the two oldest are 4, so I have some time to see what develops.
|5 years 13 weeks ago||I agree 1000% To both of||
I agree 1000%
To both of those things.
|5 years 13 weeks ago||Sadly, probably not||
Sadly, probably not overly-dramatic at all.
|5 years 13 weeks ago||That was honestly my first||
That was honestly my first comment to my wife when Crist reentered the game.
|5 years 14 weeks ago||That provided a much-needed||
That provided a much-needed laugh. Thank you, sir!
|5 years 14 weeks ago||Very true. I was surprised||
Very true. I was surprised how quietly he broke the Big Ten QB rushing record.
|5 years 15 weeks ago||It also bears clarifying for||
It also bears clarifying for the person asking about Gardner and making the Saban reference that the only thing a "medical redshirt" and a "medicatl hardship scholarship" have in common is the word "medical." They are apples and bricks. The medical redshirt simply allows the player to take the year as his redshirt year even if he's played a little early on, leaving him four years of eligibility. The hardship scholarship permits a school to keep a kid on scholarship even though he suffered a career-ending injury and can no longer hold up the "play football" part of his scholarship requirements.
(I realize most posters here now this, but I think the person asking the question did not, and I think Brian glossed over it because it's been discussed.)
|5 years 16 weeks ago||I think it's important, as a||
I think it's important, as a general principle, to remember that offensive players know where they're going on a given play. (It's an out route, or block the safety, etc.) Defense is largely reactionary, and when reacting to the new, greater speed of a college offense, freshmen are always slow.
|5 years 18 weeks ago||That is actually brilliant.||
That is actually brilliant. Who knew someone at ESPN could be witty?
|5 years 18 weeks ago||Not a joke, but a true||
Not a joke, but a true story.
I took the bar exam at Breslin during the summer of 2004. I was wearing my Michigan baseball cap when I went up to the concession area for lunch.
When it was my turn, the guy behind the counter, all decked out in green Sparty gear, took my order for a burger, then said,
"You went to Michigan. Dude, your school sucks. [Pause.] Oh, did you want fries with that?"
As I walked away laughing, one of his coworkers smacked him on the back of the head. "Nice timing, genius. He's taking the bar exam, and your'e getting him french fries."
|5 years 18 weeks ago||You beat me to it - I was||
You beat me to it - I was impressed by Steele's confidence in our kickers. It's higher than mine!
Either that, or we're now missing extra points and just going for two all the time. (Which, frankly, seems a good bet to me.)
|5 years 18 weeks ago||Excellent post. I think this||
Excellent post. I think this - "What I am suggesting is that there is a point where defensive ineffectiveness reaches a saturation point in a Bend-Don’t Break strategy that debunks a dark fear in all our hearts that teams will score more and more and more." - states well an idea I've had for a week now but have been unable to articulate this well. Well done, sir.
|5 years 18 weeks ago||Go Jaws - that is a||
Go Jaws - that is a terrifically funny line!
|5 years 18 weeks ago||Is it really a "drop" if this||
Is it really a "drop" if this is the first resume ballot? If I started from scratch and looked at the teams as they sit right now, I'd definitely start with Alabama and Oregon ahead of OSU. Maybe I'd have OSU 3rd at the highest. And I'm trying not to knock OSU because I hate them; simply, Alabama has been dominant, and Oregon looks ridiculous, too.
|5 years 19 weeks ago||Thanks all. (And I'd||
(And I'd absolutely love an iPad or iPhone, but I'm stuck with my BlackBerry.)
|5 years 19 weeks ago||Too bad about MGoBlog (at||
Too bad about MGoBlog (at least then), but great to hear the rest about the Kindle. My eyesight is terrible, so I'm a bit nervous to make the jump and buy the wrong one for my eyes, but the latest Kindle seems really easy on my eyes. I guess MGoBlog would just be a nice bonus, but not a deal-breaker by any means.
Thanks for the response.
|5 years 19 weeks ago||Female dog: Cooper. Ya||
Female dog: Cooper.
Ya know, since he was our bitch.
|5 years 19 weeks ago||Thanks for posting this. I||
Thanks for posting this. I can only imagine how grateful his parents must feel that he has a whole team of friends and coaches who would do this with him. Truly awesome.
|5 years 19 weeks ago||Plus, we now know that Omameh||
Plus, we now know that Omameh has a thing for top LBs. So the question won't be whether Jones can catch Robinson, but whether Jones will spend every play 20 yards downfield, backpedaling furiously.
|5 years 19 weeks ago||This applies doubly for me -||
This applies doubly for me - not only do I have the #16 jersey, but I love it for other reasons. It was my number in high school, and the jersey I'd have wanted had I been good enough to play while I was at Michigan. I should have been more clear that the Denard thing was merely an example of what might be a compelling case.
|5 years 19 weeks ago||Oh, I think Roundtree will||
Oh, I think Roundtree will get it after this year, too, and well-deserved. That wasn't my question. It was much more a hypothetical - the Denard speculation was just used as an example.
|5 years 19 weeks ago||During the broadcast, didn't||
During the broadcast, didn't the announcers say Denard and Devin room together?
|5 years 20 weeks ago||Believe the Mathlete - don't||
Believe the Mathlete - don't kick!
|5 years 20 weeks ago||I'm crazy and actually like||
I'm crazy and actually like the Kovacs-to-MLB idea. I immediately thought of the play you posted - the slashing tackle off the screen-action draw - and you're right that it could work.
|5 years 20 weeks ago||God Bless, Coach.||
God Bless, Coach.
|5 years 20 weeks ago||Interesting that our three||
Interesting that our three games have really sort of borne this out when you think about their relative difficulty. Notre Dame being the closest, UMass being under control but closer than we'd ever want, and UConn not really being much of a game.
I hope it stays true through BGSU, Indiana, and MSU.
|5 years 21 weeks ago||I know. I just forgot my||
I know. I just forgot my "/s."
|5 years 21 weeks ago||If I recall correctly,||
If I recall correctly, RichRod didnt know of Tate's concussion until after the game, and Denard was inserted as a coaching decision. Hence the criticism. I think RichRod might have gotten off the hook for playing Denard then if he had been able to say, "I'm not putting a concussed player back out there." But he freely admitted that he was unaware of the concussion.
|5 years 21 weeks ago||I didn't know people||
I didn't know people transferred FROM Eastern Michigan.
|5 years 21 weeks ago||We all do. Hell, maybe we||
We all do. Hell, maybe we could play him in the secondary this year. Me might be too slow, but so are other options. But, think about it: Would YOU be willing to lay out over the middle with BG there, ready to turn your insides to mush? Me neither.
|5 years 21 weeks ago||Agreed. He also seems to||
Agreed. He also seems to have lost weight. I think that's a big deal - he looks healthier, which I think says a lot about his mental state. He's working hard, but he believes he's got something special right now, too.
|5 years 21 weeks ago||I am so, so sorry to hear||
I am so, so sorry to hear this. What a heartwrenching situation. My sons are much too young for football yet, but despite it being my first love, I will think long and hard before letting them pad up. Thankfully, that's probably ten years away.
|5 years 21 weeks ago||I liked that, too. When your||
I liked that, too. When your star QB is talking about a walk-on as an equal, you know he's really "all in" to the concept of team. And I'll bet the team notices those little things.
|5 years 21 weeks ago||Right now, our best surprise||
Right now, our best surprise play would be a made field goal. No one would see it coming.
|5 years 21 weeks ago||You know the Irish would have||
You know the Irish would have won if we hadn't scored 28 points. /s
|5 years 22 weeks ago||I normally don't care about||
I normally don't care about such things, but your MGoPoints score is impressive.
|5 years 22 weeks ago||Maybe Big Mike is getting||
Maybe Big Mike is getting lucky RIGHT NOW.
|5 years 22 weeks ago||I love the fact that you can||
I love the fact that you can write this about Denard: "Completion percentage comes down to 65%."
|5 years 22 weeks ago||A QB, with experience, can||
A QB, with experience, can learn to take the hit right after the pitch in such a way that it at least decreases his chance of injury. I certainly think it was still a concern for RichRcod in the past, but not the overriding concern.
I think the bigger issue is the difficulty of the play. I've run it both from under center and the gun, and it's much more difficult from the gun because the read is more complicated.
Under center, you're simply reading the end, and if the QB does a good job sucking the end in, the pitch is pretty safe and easy. This is because the pitch is largely traveling backwards at that point, away from the defense. This gives the RB a second to catch and control the pitch before he has to worry too much about contact.
More advanced QBs can option people further downfield - Nebraska's QBs were great at this. At that point, the pitch is more of a horizontal pitch, which is more dangerous, but those Nebraska QBs and others ran this play so often that they knew how to read it, and knew when a pitch was safe and when it was best for the QB to eat the ball and his "modest" 8 yard gain.
From the gun, however, the pitch is almost always going across the field as both the QB and the RB attack the line of scrimmage. So, while the DE determines the pitch/keep read, the QB also has to assess quickly if the pitch is safe. The defensive player covering the pitch man can be there much more quickly to pick off the pitch or rock the RB and force a fumble. It can still be deadly effective, but I think it's riskier. I don't believe either Tate or Denard ran the pitch option in high school; if not, they'd need a few years of working at it a lot to get fluid.
That's why I think RichRod has gone to more of the flare-pass option. It's easier for the QB to decide to get rid of the ball, yet at the last second see that the RB is covered and put it in the stands. Also, with the RB so much wider on the flare than he would be on the pitch, I think there's a better chance that he's open.
|5 years 22 weeks ago||I'm sad that you're right,||
I'm sad that you're right, because that could be a very classy move.
|5 years 22 weeks ago||It's not an either/or||
It's not an either/or situation. The court, if it finds abuse, would order Michigan to pay the fine and release the letter.
|5 years 22 weeks ago||I don't disagree. It simply||
I don't disagree. It simply seems odd that the timing is now. Why not stick the year out? The only reason to transfer RIGHT NOW is if there is something to be gained from doing so. Hence my question.
That said, kids also do things for dumb reasons - they're kids - but I'd like to think that if there was nothing for him to gain, then RichRod would have promised him the transfer at the end of the year, but encouraged him to stick out this season.
|5 years 22 weeks ago||Whether officially announced||
Whether officially announced or not, Vlad likely knew his travel options based on the depth chart. If he knew he was behind Vinopal, then he'd know he wasn't traveling?
So why would that matter? It would be disappointing, yes. But, is there something magical about the Notre Dame travel squad?
Maybe there is, IF NCAA rules allowed Vlad to transfer someplace now and have this year count as his sit-out transfer year. Given that schools are in various states of starting, he can probably still enroll someplace in the very near future, but that is an option that is quickly disappearing. That would certainly make this travel team - something which would tell him it was a lost year, anyway - more important.
But, I don't knwo about that IF, but I'm guessing some of you here do. Can someone transfer after playing in the first game and still have that year count as his mandatory "sit" year?
|5 years 22 weeks ago||I can't answer your question,||
I can't answer your question, but I'll bet the UFRs will. I'm looking forward to them, myself.
|5 years 22 weeks ago||Great video - especially that||
Great video - especially that first one. Thank you.
|5 years 23 weeks ago||The second I read the thread||
The second I read the thread title, I thought of this:
"Each other's 1997 Nat'l championship trophy (the winner gets to keep the loser's trophy for the year)"
You could have ended your own thread right there. Imagine if they seriously did that? How awesome, and how instantly-heated, would that rivalry become?
|5 years 23 weeks ago||I'll take it. If we're in a||
I'll take it. If we're in a different division from Ohio State, there's simply no getting around the fact that we'll have a tough schedule. So will OSU. But you know what? Screw it. We're Michigan. We should play a tough schedule. That's why we want OSU every year, and at the end of the year, isn't it?
|5 years 23 weeks ago||I am sure that's right. I||
I am sure that's right. I believe she is very much responsible for the tough, "I can handle anything" person he became.
|5 years 24 weeks ago||Really? That's news to me,||
Really? That's news to me, but I have no personal knowledge to say that you're wrong. I had just heard he wasn't a hard worker. (I had always heard that he was a good field leader, as we all - unfortunately - saw.)
|5 years 24 weeks ago||I was at that Pioneer game,||
I was at that Pioneer game, and I swear he threw with his eyes. Where his eyes aimed, the ball went. THAT is good mechanics, and THAT is accuracy.
I hope he does nothing for the next year or two but throw a ball. At a receiver, at a target, at a bottle on a fence, through a tire, I don't care. Throw. With proper mechanics. Over and over again.
That's how you build muscle memory, as good golfers and good free-throw shooters know. When Gardner finally takes the field as Michigan's QB - hopefully in a few years - he'll hopefully being throwing with his eyes again. It will be beautiful to see.
By the way, my favorite part of the Vince Young comparison is how poor it is regarding what really matters - by all accounts, Gardner's drive and work ethic outshine anything Young ever had. So I think he will throw a million passes, all the while thinking about mechanics, so that when he gets into the game, he won't have to think about it at all.
|5 years 24 weeks ago||Pat White did get taken high,||
Pat White did get taken high, but has been worthless and may be cut before the preseason is over with. That probably kills Denard's chances. He might be taken as a WR, sure, but college QBs/pro WRs rarely get drafted in the first or second round.
|5 years 24 weeks ago||This is one of the most||
This is one of the most original thoughts on The Game issue I've read in quite awhile. Very interesting.
|5 years 24 weeks ago||Speaking as someone who was||
Speaking as someone who was firmly on the Brandon bandwagon and now is not, I can say that for me, my switch demonstrates just how big an issue this is for me. And I think it seems to be that big of an issue for many here. I fully support RichRod and am glad that Brandon is behind him, but feel more strongly about this issue involving The Game than I would if Brandon gave RichRod an ultimatum. To me, at least, it's a big deal.
|5 years 24 weeks ago||I wasn't worried, Don,||
I wasn't worried, Don, because although he was a CEO, you can't CEO the Michigan out of a guy. He played for Bo. He'd be great.
I now am afraid that you and those who thought like you might have been right.
|5 years 24 weeks ago||My freshman year was 1996.||
My freshman year was 1996. Among my new friends in East Quad, I was far and away the biggest football fan. I was the only one who'd played the game in high school, the only one who hadn't missed a Michigan game on TV in years. My new friend, Ryan (who is now Godfather to one of my children), had given up on the team after a few losses meant we weren't going to the Rose Bowl.
I tried to convince him that didn't matter, that the Ohio State game, even if we had lost the rest of the games, had the power to redeem an entire season. That three perfect hours could - and would - make or break an entire year. I tried to explain to him that, as a player, this is one you live for, that one moment - not one season, but just one fucking moment - when you can be a hero on the greatest stage in sports. And that stage is not the greatest because it is the shiniest or newest, but because it is old and cold and the same stage on which thousands of players have fought the same battle every year for decades.
He watched that game with me. And believed. We drove to Pasadena together the next year.
|5 years 24 weeks ago||Congratulations! It'll be||
Congratulations! It'll be the best and hardest thing you will ever do.
Father of three sons here.
|5 years 24 weeks ago||The Churchill quote is now||
The Churchill quote is now second to this in my mind. It MUST be this.
|5 years 24 weeks ago||Great ideas. I vote for||
I vote for this one:
"If you're going through hell, keep going."
|5 years 24 weeks ago||My gut tells me the same||
My gut tells me the same about UConn. I hope we start on offense, even if we win the toss - with the emotion of what I hope will be Brock Mealer's triumphant run through the tunnel, I want the team to build a convincing lead in the first quarter. That has the potential to be one hell of an emotional tidal wave, if we can ride it right.
|5 years 24 weeks ago||Even today, coming off what||
Even today, coming off what sounds to be a hit-or-miss practice, RichRod sounds much more confident in this team than he has the last two years. It sounds as if he's judging them and critiquing them on details, almost nit-picking, which is very encouraging to me.
|5 years 24 weeks ago||Mathlete, have you ever run||
Mathlete, have you ever run these numbers for past seasons to see how closely the models played out? I'd be particularly interest in whether you've done this for any RichRod teams, here or at West Virginia, in case offensive system plays into it somehow. This is great work, and certainly gives me a lot of hope (particularly if a break or two goes our way).
|5 years 24 weeks ago||But what if your Mom only||
But what if your Mom only dropped the pass because of her previously-undiagnosed poor eyesight?
|5 years 24 weeks ago||It pains me to see OSU number||
It pains me to see OSU number 1, but the choices among the top 5, at least, are entirely subjective at this point, so I cannot say it's wrong.
|5 years 25 weeks ago||One part of that prediction||
One part of that prediction strikes me as likely accurate, though - I can easily see Denard as our leading rusher. Assuming he ges a lot of snaps, they'll be mostly running calls. Many he'll keep and run himself, and the others will be split among a few different backs. So, I can see him leading the team in rushing with something like 700 yards, with a cluster of backs (and maybe even Tate) behind him at 400-600 yards.
|5 years 25 weeks ago||I actually dislike the idea||
I actually dislike the idea of playing Ohio State twice. It renders the first game pointless, and seems to fly in the face of one of my favorite things about college football, namely, that a year's worth of bragging rights are decided in three hours on a fall afternoon. So, I really want Michigan and Ohio State in the same division so that it can be on Rivalry Weekend AND so that they cannot play twice in one year.
|5 years 25 weeks ago||Thanks for bringing this to||
Thanks for bringing this to my attention - I just may do this!
|5 years 25 weeks ago||But do you have a||
But do you have a source...
... or do you just THINK her cans are plastic?
|5 years 25 weeks ago||I don't know exactly why, but||
I don't know exactly why, but Gardner's "No?" killed me.
|5 years 25 weeks ago||I thought this was very||
I thought this was very good. Then I realized the franchising link was correct. You are now my hero.
|5 years 25 weeks ago||I might be interested.||
I might be interested. Anyone need a fat, slow, out-of-shape QB who hasn't thrown in probably a year?
|5 years 25 weeks ago||Fair point. He's the first||
Fair point. He's the first person to mention the issue - in the first presser - but it was so oblique that it could easily just have been a phrase going around the team, and not meant to even hint at this new motivational tool.
|5 years 25 weeks ago||If this is something the||
If this is something the seniors came up with, I am very impressed. Sort of hazing, but not negative. Earn 'em. I love that, and particularly if it came from within the team itself.
|5 years 25 weeks ago||I'm constantly impressed by||
I'm constantly impressed by how big - yet how lean - our big guys look. They look like athletes, dammit!
|5 years 25 weeks ago||The psychology of this is||
The psychology of this is very interesting to me. There's a tough balance for every coach as to the amount of praise or criticism to give out, and where (the locker room or the press). It's also different at every level - I have a hard time imagining calling out a high school player in the media, yet see it done often in the pros. At the college level, it is probably done quite carefully. I sure hope so, anyway.
My read, for what it's worth: RichRod and the team have tried the locker room pressure on Tate, and it hasn't worked. I get the impression that Tate reads the press and cares about his public image, so I suspect that this statement is RichRod's attempt to use the force of the media for good with Tate. I hope that it works.
|5 years 25 weeks ago||Ha! I think taking away||
Ha! I think taking away someone's facemask would be a much greater punishment than taking away his wings.
|5 years 25 weeks ago||I actually couldn't care less||
I actually couldn't care less about MGoPoints, and think that whether or not I thought the helmets were stickered is a poor measure of anyone's fandom. Someone I trust told me that - they were wrong. My eyesight sucks, so I certainly haven't been able to tell one way or another from watching the games. Is this really a big deal?
|5 years 25 weeks ago||The first suggestion was||
The first suggestion was sarcasm. The second was based upon my belief and understanding that the winges were simply stickered on. It appears from other comments below, referencing an MVictors article, that they are in fact painted on, so my understanding was incorrect.
|5 years 25 weeks ago||I'm guessing this is||
I'm guessing this is RichRod's way of slowly rolling out our new look for 2011 - hideous maize jerseys and wingless helmets. He's a foul-mouthed hick who doesn't care about Michigan traditions at all, anyway.
Also, I think that the number 1 jersey will henceforth be reserved for backup kickers.
Or, this is meaningless, and no one has thought it was important to a sticker on a helmet when it is just going to be repainted and restickered before the first game.
One or the other.
|5 years 26 weeks ago||You have my deepest||
You have my deepest gratitude!
|5 years 26 weeks ago||This makes me happy.||
This makes me happy.
|5 years 26 weeks ago||I love seeing Michigan||
I love seeing Michigan linebackers wearing 37.
|5 years 28 weeks ago||Well said.||
As an attorney, I'm disappointed in a lawyer in this case, but not the DA. Instead, it's Masoli's lawyer who appears to have suborned perjury and did not have the spine to fight the DA and get a look at the evidence before his client made such a life-altering decision. Maybe there is some oddity of Oregon criminal procedure that I do not understand (and I welcome a correction), but otherwise it appears that a not-so-hot attorney helped a scared kid wave a flag he shouldn't have waved.
|5 years 38 weeks ago||I just love the idea of||
I just love the idea of Pierce Brosnan and Jim Gaffigan in the same move. "I'm Bond. James Bond." "Hi, I'm the Hot Pockets guy. Want some bacon?"
|5 years 43 weeks ago||Just a personal note. I was||
Just a personal note. I was at the scrimmage on Saturday, the first day the team saw Brock get out of his chair. The team was gathered at about the 50 when Brock wheeled to the goal line. The team and the whole crowd cheered when Brock stood and started walking. It soon became apparent, however, that Brock wasn't going to make the 50. (I was told he'd been practicing inside with Coach Barwis, and was a bit tired.) The team seemed to realize this, too, and although I didn't hear anyone say anything, for every step Brock, the team took a step closer to him. They met at about the 30. Thank goodness I was wearing sunglasses - I still get a bit choked up thinking about it.
|5 years 43 weeks ago||I think that this is true. I||
I think that this is true. I was an option QB, and I can tell you - it takes a long time for almost anyone to learn to make those reads consistently at game speed. It takes years.
So, I was stunned when I was at practice on Saturday and say that the QB who was the best at this was Gardner. I don't know that he ever truly ran it in high school, but he clearly already GETS IT. He's not perfect, not by any stretch, but he seemed ahead of the other two. Tate was getting better than last year. Denard was hit or miss, but is such a ridiculous athlete I'd rather have him keep more than he should - he broke a few runs that should have lost him yards.
|5 years 43 weeks ago||He was out there, but I||
He was out there, but I didn't notice him much except when dropped one. I couldn't always see everything and was talking with others, though, so I didn't see a lot.
|5 years 43 weeks ago||I did not hear it completely||
I did not hear it completely explained, but it seemed like that used in the NCAA video game - a few points for a first down, a few for a defensive stop, a few for a tackle for loss, etc. Even when the offense would have a TD drive, the defense would acquire some points.
|5 years 43 weeks ago||I was there, too, and agree||
I was there, too, and agree with the other guests.
Just from what I could see, I would rank the QBs based on TODAY'S PERFORMANCE ALONE as 1) Gardner, 2) Robinson, 3) Forcier. That should tell everyone absolutely nothing about the season, however - it's just reflective about how each did today the plays called and against different defensive strings. All looked very good. I expected Gardner to be more raw and unschooled, but he even read the inside-keep (veer or midline, I think) correctly a few times to great effect. I was impressed.
I really, really hope they keep a redshirt on him, as I don't trust that he is at all ready to read a Big Ten defense in mid-season form.
I was also very impressed with Robinson. He looks like a QB and a team leader out there. He also looks like a real quarterback.
That said, I think Forcier is the starter until proven otherwise. He has a way of walking around the team as if it's his team, and the others seem to respond to that.
|5 years 44 weeks ago||I think that he could be,||
I think that he could be, with time. I'm not surprised he went 57/59 while playing catch, and firmly believe he could have done nearly as well as a freshman. That doesn't actually display much about his accuracy (meaning the ball goes exactly where he wants it to), since there are no defenders, the receivers adjust, etc.
That said, he IS accurate (critical for the pro game), and his toughness has improved dramatically under tough situations. I don't ever see him as perennial All-Pro, but can certainly imagine him as a solid starter someplace. Of the top QBs in this draft, he is probably the most prepared to run a pro offense behind a shaky line, as he would if he went near the top of the draft.
In Don Banks' last mock, Clausen went to Minnesota at 30. I think that would be ideal for this guy. That would give him time to grow up a bit and mature as a leader.
|6 years 11 weeks ago||I don't think you'll see most||
I don't think you'll see most fans "all in for Rich Rod" next year unless we're in serious contention for the conference title next year, and beat two of ND, MSU, and OSU (and if there's a loss there, it had better be close). So, a 6-1 start would be encouraging, but I think, particularly after this year, a lot of people will sit back and wait to see the final record. 8-4 will help, 9-3 would probably get everyone to relax, and 10-2 probably gets people all-in.
More likely, I think it'll take a few years for people to get all-in, as next year may see us at 8-4 or 9-3, but not contending for the title, etc. With that slow but steady progress, all-in will take longer for many.
Me? I'm all-in now.
|6 years 11 weeks ago||I actually think it's a good||
I actually think it's a good move. In effect, he is thwarting a bunch of rumors, and doing so publicly. To the recruits, to the players he might not see every day (not sure what the offseason routine is like), to the Michigan community, he is saying that he is not going anywhere, and that he is going to work to fix this, that in effect, he is one of those who is ALL IN. Considering the recently PUBLIC speculation regarding a transfer, his dissatisfaction with RichRod, etc., a PUBLIC statement such as this seems appropriate.
|6 years 11 weeks ago||Spoken like a law student.||
Spoken like a law student. :) As a lawyer, I know we do not have nearly enough facts.
Thankfully, no complex analysis is required. No one - but NO ONE - would be seeking damages for spreading such well-written and inspirational words among the Michigan community. It's a wonderful letter, uplifting message, and to top it all off ... Rivals is credited. Nothing to see here but a terrific letter.
|6 years 11 weeks ago||Very true. It looks like a||
Very true. It looks like a crime scene, and takes a little bit of time to clean up.
|6 years 13 weeks ago||I'll sign this, too.||
I'll sign this, too.
|6 years 13 weeks ago||Signed.||
|6 years 13 weeks ago||We ran this in high school||
We ran this in high school with the RB blocking the DE (or DT - sometimes we ran it inside), but in each case, it was a called QB keeper that we called a "Chase." Our RB was pretty good at making it look like he had the ball and was just trying to run the DE over, so sometimes a LB would jump on, too, and be effectively "blocked" by the RB. That was usually the difference between me gaining 4 yards and 8 (I had no speed).
|6 years 13 weeks ago||No wonder everyone says the||
No wonder everyone says the kid's so smart - his father can actually write! Great points and well-said, Mr. Roh.
|6 years 14 weeks ago||He's (loosely) committed to||
He's (loosely) committed to Arkansas as a RB, of all things. Sounds like one hell of an athlete.
|6 years 14 weeks ago||Nice double, jsimms. We were||
Nice double, jsimms. We were probably close in time. Anyway, whoever suggested having the great receivers would help is spot on. If the fades are a threat, that opens up space. The rollout/run option game is also key, and can work well. Hell, we've done it with success. But, to do it well, your QB MUST be a good decision-maker, as he's dealing with crowded horizontal zones. Tate's made some great decisions in those situations, has gotten away with murder in others, and has hurt us badly in still others. That will get fixed in time, too. But, it's the same theme - execution must become more precise in the red zone, but if it does, the spread can be just as effective there as anywhere else, and any other offense.
|6 years 14 weeks ago||Red Zone||
In my opinion, the spread CAN pose problems in the red zone. The spread succeeds by putting players in space, space being the critical asset that creates running lanes, soft spots into which to throw the ball, etc. In the red zone, the amount of space decreases dramatically. Holes close faster on the running game, and passing lanes become much tighter. So, physicality and precision become more critical for the offense. With a good team capable of physical play, it doesn't much matter - you'll still score. But if you're not great at precision pocket passing or of opening up big holes and moosing linebackers, you'll struggle. We'll get there in time, but I think that while our scheme is allowing our younger players to succeed in plenty of space, the experience/strength/talent deficiencies are magnified when space becomes a premium.
|6 years 14 weeks ago||I don't think so. Granted,||
I don't think so. Granted, bowls have to take all seven-win teams first, but usually at least a few six-win teams go, and we have to be the first selected, or close to it. Whatever else Michigan may be, they are a consistent fan draw with alumni everywhere. Hell, I'd probably go to the Motor City Bowl if we were there.
|6 years 15 weeks ago||Imagine the consequences,||
Imagine the consequences, though. How silly would RichRod look having to explain that Minor missed practice due to a horribly-irritated earlobe?
|6 years 15 weeks ago||My read on the coach's||
My read on the coach's comments precisely. I think the published quotes are the translated version of coach's initial thoughts: "Boo Boo needs a kick in the ass."
|6 years 15 weeks ago||Are there any traditionally-||
Are there any traditionally- and currenlty-good teams that we haven't played at least once? If so, that might be a fun way to start off the second 150-years.
|6 years 16 weeks ago||Oh, Amen to that!||
Oh, Amen to that!
|6 years 16 weeks ago||I agree completely.||
I agree completely.
|6 years 16 weeks ago||The knock on Forcier has been||
The knock on Forcier has been that he has hit his ceiling, while Pryor contains that untapped font of QB greatness. I don't really buy that, though. Forcier's "ceiling" may really be a boring QB who does nothing but make the right read, time and time again, while turning the ball over only four times while leading Michigan to a National Championship. Pryor may inspire cries of "How the hell did he DO that?", but he also inspires cries of "What the hell was he DOING?". As Tate improves, I think we'll all just sit back and be grateful for him.
|6 years 16 weeks ago||But won't Rosenberg reveal||
But won't Rosenberg reveal the amount of our preparation in an upcoming expose, citing Graham's quote as evidence that we violated NCAA regs and the United States securities laws, all under the headline "Does Rodriguez Ignore the Geneva Convention"?
(Sorry, I just hate that man.)
|6 years 16 weeks ago||I'm still laughing. That was||
I'm still laughing. That was one solid, half-assed preview, right there. Perfect.
|6 years 17 weeks ago||It's not just you. I really||
It's not just you. I really think that it is designed to be a speed option, but was a call this time due to Forcier's health. When he's healthy or DR is in, I think you'll see it run as a speed option. At least, I hope so.
|6 years 17 weeks ago||While I never want anyone to||
While I never want anyone to get hurt, I think we have a unique opportunity this week which we should take advantage of. Normally, a coach handles young QBs very carefully, as that position seems more sensitive to injured egos than the others. That makes it hard to get your backup QB serious practice or laying time, as it can leave your starter looking over his shoulder. (Thankfully, Tate and Denard seem to be handling this situation fine, so I am speaking in generalities.)
But, now Coach has an excuse to keep Forcier out for a whole week, giving Denard every 1st-team snap in practice and the whole game. And it's a game against a team, as said above, we should be able to beat with 80 Kennedy-to-Shaw handoffs, if necessary. So here's a chance to really prepare Denard, give him some great practice and game-time work, all without much effect upon Forcier's ego (if that's even an issue).
So, I'd prefer to see Tate sit for the week. If I see him for more than a quarter on Saturday, I'll be bummed.
|6 years 17 weeks ago||Then make up for it. First,||
Then make up for it. First, go get a steel brush....
|6 years 17 weeks ago||Brady's great now, but I||
Brady's great now, but I don't know how he felt the first time he tried to throw in that weather. Since he didn't play much until later in his career - after a few winters in Ann Arbor - he probably got used to it. This was Tate's first try. He'll figure it out.
|6 years 17 weeks ago||"Very middle school." That's||
"Very middle school." That's what it is! It looks like my middle and high school practice pants. You nailed it, Sarge.
I've never seen Chelsea in the all-white, but cannot imagine that can look good.
|6 years 17 weeks ago||White Pants||
I'm not a purist on the away uniforms, but I really hope we don't wear white pants. I just hate the all-white look anywhere - PSU, Texas, etc. I like that some schools do special uniforms for big games as a surprise (although black jerseys are overdone), but I don't think that's right for Michigan, nor do I think that "special pants" have the same effect.
|6 years 19 weeks ago||That's what I meant. UFR||
That's what I meant. UFR gets longer with more plays, not increased time of possession. I also agree that Brian probably isn't as suicidal afterwards.
|6 years 19 weeks ago||Anyone else notice how much||
Anyone else notice how much longer the UFRs have gotten this year? I haven't measured this or anything, but it sure seems like more and longer drives that we saw under Carr. I like that. A lot.