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|1 week 20 hours ago||Renting planes is quite||
Renting planes is quite common. It's what most flying clubs do. I'd bet that most private pilots rent.
|1 week 20 hours ago||It would be unusual for a||
It would be unusual for a pilot in a plane like this to have a parachute in case of emergency, so the emergency-bail-out scenario is unlikely. If he had a parachute and used it, either he is very unusual, or planned on using it all along.
|6 weeks 2 hours ago||Well, crap. I need to make a||
Well, crap. I need to make a correction here. I was discussing this with my wife last night, and apparently a lot of the research that suggested that victims were more likely to become perpetrators has been challenged recently. Part of the problem is that a lot of these studies were based on self-reporting, and there were incentives in place for a perpetrator to claim that they were also a victim. But that self-reporting might not be credible or accurate.
I'm sure that there is much more nuance here than I understand, so I won't muddy the waters more in an attempt to clear them up. But please disregard my "yes" answer above.
|6 weeks 1 day ago||That is an excellent||
That is an excellent clarification. And yes, you understood me correctly. Among those who abuse children, a disproportionately higher percentage were abused themselves compared to the general population. How much higher? I'd have to ask mamabear. Also, I have no idea whether the accused here was abused.
As someone said below, this could be an example of how this evil can perpetuate itself down through generations, harming hundreds or thousands of kids. (Sadly, that's not hyperbole.) This is why reporting this stuff is so important; if you can break the chain, you can save so many kids.
|6 weeks 1 day ago||This is my wife's line of||
This is my wife's line of work. Although I'm not qualified to answer a lot of questions about it, this one I know: Yes.
|7 weeks 1 day ago||The wallets don't do a lot||
The wallets don't do a lot for me, but the cuff links are all pretty cool. That's more than I can see myself paying, but can see it given that you could have them your entire life. (And I wear a suit often, so they'd get use.)
|14 weeks 2 days ago||Only one thing disappointed||
Only one thing disappointed me in all of this.
The letterhead is fantastic in its simplicity. The letter to a group of very deserving people is genuine and thoughtful. Taking the time to sign it himself is special. Even the pin is cool.
But in the last sentence, he omitted the Oxford comma. There's no miscue, so no error, but I'm a little bummed Coach isn't an Oxford-comma man.
In all seriousness, what a wonderful thing for Coach to do. Go Blue!
|14 weeks 5 days ago||Aw, hell. May he rest in||
Aw, hell. May he rest in peace.
|15 weeks 5 days ago||No, not a good sign. There||
No, not a good sign. There could have been a lot of reasons for the pause—perhaps he understands that this could be a dangerous subject for him, and therefore wanted to be cautious—but regardless, it only makes sense for him to go. If my son were able to leave school early with an engineering or law job lined up, I'd tell him to do it. I don't know why my advice would be any different simply because his chosen career is football. That said, I'd sure be selfishly happy if he stayed!
|17 weeks 18 hours ago||I think that Peters has a||
I think that Peters has a bigger window to win the QB1 job than the post suggests. I think that there are some fundamental limitations in Speight's game that limit how much he can improve.
Usually, when you see a young but talented QB play, they are strong deep-ball throwers who, when throwing from a clean pocket to a receiver with a few steps on the defense, regularly connects. That is because that throw is most like playing catch, or throwing routes in shorts. It is a fundamental skill that, at a certain point, QBs have or do not. At the same time, these young QBs often have accuracy problems on short and intermediate routes because they lack the familiarity and anticipation necessary to see those holes that open and close so quickly. This is often an area where you see dramatic improvement throughout a QB's career, because that familiarity and anticipation are the skills that often develop at this age, particularly with good coaching.
I'm afraid that Speight is demonstrating good familiarity and anticipation already, which is part of the reason his short and intermediate accuracy is so good. He's a student of the game who is working hard with excellent coaching. So that will continue to imrpove, but frankly, there isn't that much room for improvement. He hits most of those throws that he should.
But he also leaves a lot of points on the board with his inability to throw from a clean pocket to hit open deep routes. Those are costly, costly misses. And because they are such fundamental throws, I worry that he is less likely to suddenly improve on that skill so far into his career.
Maybe I'm wrong, and that would make me happy. I'd love to see Speight come out with the same level of toughness we saw this year, the same or slightly better anticipation, and the ability to hit the deep ball consistently. That's a tough QB to beat out. But absent that, an athletic QB who studies well and gives up a little on the short and intermediate routes but doesn't leave the same deep-ball points on the field will have an opportunity.
This year, leaving those points on the field didn't cost us too much, because we kept winning. But we all expect to take at least a small step back next year. So when the coaches dial something up that sees a receiver running free, we'll need to connect.
|17 weeks 1 day ago||I've got a few minutes. I||
I've got a few minutes. I might as well explore my NFL options, too.
|27 weeks 1 day ago||One thing I haven't seen||
One thing I haven't seen anyone mention yet: This was a staple of Bo's offense at one time. I remember watching some old Michigan tape and seeing a lot of of power-I off-guard and off-tackle runs where the QB would pitch it instead of handing off, and then be one of the blockers going through the hole. I seem to remember my coach telling me that the QB was responsible for the cutback lane on those plays.
|30 weeks 5 days ago||I played quarterback and||
I played quarterback and defensive end in middle school and high school. starting both of my varisty years at QB. We ran the wishbone most of that time, but switched to the I my senior year. I was the slowest option quarterback you've ever seen, but I could throw it a bit.
The only coaching I've done was during the summers before my first two years of college, when I helped coach the QBs at my high school. It was nothing formal. I would love to coach in the future, and might coach a little flag in the coming years as my kids get older.
|32 weeks 1 day ago||If you are really concerned||
If you are really concerned about getting the name exactly right, could you maybe team up with someone to get this done? One person orders a PEPPERS 88 jersey, the other a BUTT 5 jersey, and then find a good tailor who can switch the name plates? (If they are, in fact, name plates. My eyes are poor but I know a lot of jerseys seem to be done this way.)
|34 weeks 1 day ago||I have the the coaches hat in||
I have the the coaches hat in both fitted and stretch headed my way, set to arrive tomorrow. I ahve a huge melon so figuring out which will fit and look best on me is a bit of a trick.
|1 year 5 weeks ago||He taught me one class, as||
He taught me one class, as well, during my aero days. I enjoyed him and thought he was a good professor. But what I remember the most is a time I went to office hours for a quick question and we ended up talking guitar for about an hour. He plays a sweet Gibson SG, if I recall correctly.
|1 year 21 weeks 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.
|1 year 23 weeks ago||Same here, also from a former||
Same here, also from a former player from the '60s. Maybe it was a Bump thing?
|1 year 27 weeks 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.
|2 years 2 weeks ago||Ah, I didn't remember that||
Ah, I didn't remember that about Speight.
|2 years 2 weeks ago||Amen. I feel for the kid.||
Amen. I feel for the kid.
|2 years 2 weeks 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.
|2 years 2 weeks 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.
|2 years 2 weeks 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.
|2 years 8 weeks 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.
|2 years 9 weeks ago||He seems a shoe-in for the #1||
He seems a shoe-in for the #1 jersey, no?
|2 years 10 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.
|2 years 16 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.
|2 years 26 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.
|5 years 18 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.