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|19 hours 16 min ago||Saying Hoke can save his job||
Saying Hoke can save his job if he finishes 7-5 is like saying petered0518 can be a professional athlete if he can be as fast as Denard Robinson.
Sweet hypothetical dude, while I'm here let me tell you about my top coaching candidate, Bill Belichick.
|1 day 13 hours ago||I know this site is known for||
I know this site is known for great analysis and reporting, but HOLY SHIT ALL I WANT TO DO RIGHT NOW IS GOSSIP MY ASS OFF. THANK YOU FOR THIS BRIAN I NEEDED TO HEAR IT.
I'm like a middle school girl talking about her favorite boy. Just saying the names Long and Harbaugh get me giggling and smiling and writing secret love notes.
|3 days 15 hours ago||Given what we know now about||
Given what we know now about Hoke and staff's ability to field an offense, I don't think Denard's struggles post RR era reflect all that poorly on him. Coaches are the ones who teach the qbs to read defenses and not a single UofM QB under Hoke has shown that ability.
|1 week 1 day ago||There is a rather disturbing||
There is a rather disturbing trend of poor talent evaluation developing for this staff (in addition to many failures already outlined in other places). Any individual item from the following list could be written off as a fluke or coincidence, but taken all together I think it represents a massive failure of the Brady Hoke era:
- success of Josh Furman and Thomas Rawls after transferring.
- Constant Oline shuffling last year.
- Bellomy over Gardner (I know they moved Gardner to WR, they should have known that Bellomy wasn't ready)
- Shane Morris over Gardner for Minnesota game.
- Countess starting over Lewis to start this year.
- Jake Ryan to middle linebacker.
- Quest to replace Thomas Gordon last year despite him being one of our most reliable players.
- AJ Williams over Hill or receiver.
This is all just off the top of my head, I am sure others can think of more examples. I am starting to come to the conclusion that Hoke and staff base their personnel decisions off of quaint and intangible notions like "toughness" and "physicality" rather than actual effectiveness. Their track record of identifying the best man for the job is pretty horrifying in my opinion.
|1 week 2 days ago||I'm sorry, but any criteria||
I'm sorry, but any criteria that compares Schiano and Patterson and ends up prefering Schiano is screwed up.
Schiano is widely disliked, had a track record barely any better than Hoke at Ball State/SDSU, and already said no to us once. I just don't get it, why would anyone want this guy?
|1 week 2 days ago||On one hand, yes the Franklin||
On one hand, yes the Franklin timeout was worse on the surface. EXCEPT, if the PSU staff called a regular punt originally and the players weren't looking to the sideline since they already had the play call. In that case, the timeout is actually necessary since PSU couldn't afford to kick it off at that time.
Still terrible communication but at least there is a scenario where a timeout is needed.
|1 week 2 days ago||He will definitely be in the||
He will definitely be in the league that long. He just needs to find the right team, hard to judge how good any individual player on the Jags is. I check the box score every week and while his stats are usually poor, none of the running backs on that team are finding any success at all.
|1 week 3 days ago||Bet you a dollar it was an||
Bet you a dollar it was an unverified second hand story he heard.
|1 week 3 days ago||Norfleet Dakich dance off.||
Norfleet Dakich dance off. Someone make it happen. Call in a few favors, abuse your power, I don't care. Just MAKE. IT. HAPPEN.
|1 week 5 days ago||I don't think they have given||
I don't think they have given up on Hoke, but I also don't think that is grounds for keeping him. Winning is part of the coaches job in addition to developing his players.
Almost every functional sports team develops a family mentality, especially when a guy like Hoke intentionally fosters it in his players. That is one of the really cool things about being part of a team and I think it is great that the players defend each other and their coach. But that mentality also makes it so that their opinion on the competence of Hoke is heavily biased and shouldn't be a factor in evaluating a coach.
Anyone objectively analyzing Hoke's coaching acumen during his tenure at Michigan has to be coming to the conclusion that he is in over his head. There is no other explanation for our inexorable decline over the last three years.
|1 week 5 days ago||Do we really need more losses||
Do we really need more losses to terrible teams in order to convince people that this staff needs to go? I mean, if the games against ND, Utah, Minnesota, and Rutgers weren't enough...I just don't know man. I don't think anything could bridge that segment of the fanbase's disconnect from reality. If you can't see what is right in front of your face you are never going to see it.
Given the inevitability of getting punched in the face by our biggest rivals and having 6 losses on the season, Hoke's fate is sealed. Let's cheer for some wins to get the player's confidence back up and salvage some dignity (however infitesimal it might be).
|2 weeks 19 hours ago||I believe he was quoted in an||
I believe he was quoted in an article as saying he would be willing to be an OC. Maybe I am getting him confused with someone else.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Interesting thought. I agree||
Interesting thought. I agree that median may be more predictive of the outcome of a future rush, but that isn't necessarily the only insight you wish to get from a rushing statistic. The fact that a super fast running back is more likely to break an 80 yarder is better reflected in the mean, and it could be argued that mean is a better indicator of the ability of a running back based on his chances of ripping off a big one. Mike Hart probably looked fantastic based on median but only average based on mean. The ideal answer of how to measure a running back is somewhere in between the two (I don't know the actual stats for Mike Hart, I was just using him as a theoretical example).
In the end, mean is simply easier to calculate, which is the real reason it is used in online stats.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Only fair to note that||
Only fair to note that Gardner's YPA is 7.6, which is much more reasonable. Still hasn't been very good for what was supposed to be the strength of our offense.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Here here! Or is it hear||
Here here! Or is it hear hear? Always uncertain about that one.
Either way, I think our Oline has been solidly average this season, a far cry from last year. Yes App state is inflating the YPC a bit, but every team in the country has played at least a couple of cupcakes. Add in the fact that Minnesota had no respect for Shane Morris and personally I feel pleased with the progress the line has made.
In fact, the real tire fire part of our offense has been the passing game. For the season we are sitting at 6.5 yards per attempt. I am at work and don't have the time to put that number in perspective, but I am pretty sure that is a dismal, depressing number. Especially in the context of having a 5th year senior QB and a future NFL draft pick at WR.
Sigh, I always end on a depressing note even when trying to say one part of our team isn't as bad as people think. #thanksDaveBrandon
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Call me crazy but I am firmly||
Call me crazy but I am firmly in the Tom Herman camp (assuming Harbaugh money dump truck idea doesn't work).
He has had success everywhere he has been, he has had the opportunity to observe a current top 5 coach (painful to admit but obviously true), excellent recruiter, connections to both the CA and TX areas from playing/early coaching days.
Given the current list of candidates, I really feel like he is the guy. While our current personnel doesn't fit his offense...that is true of almost all top college candidates. I'd prefer to make the right choice rather than trying to fit our current team to the coach.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||The egregious part of it was||
The egregious part of it was that Shane wasn't even properly checked for concussion symptoms. Even if it turns out he doesn't have a concussion, it is ludicrous to risk it by throwing him back in there.
So no, whether or not a concussion actually occurred is irrelevant. It was a negligent and irresponsible thing for Hoke and his staff to do.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||CONFIRMED, MORRIS BETTER AT||
CONFIRMED, MORRIS BETTER AT HANDING OFF THAN GARDNER. MICHIGAN OFFENSE IS SAVED.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||I think he is hesitating from||
I think he is hesitating from a lack of confidence. Overthinking a throw can really mess with your mechanics.
Maybe he is injured, I certainly wouldn't be surprised. Based on what I have seen I think he is pressing since he started the game with a few nice throws, but who knows.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||The correct call is to start||
The correct call is to start Gardner and utilize his mobility rather than trying to force him to be a pure pocket passer (assuming he isn't injured of course, which I don't think he is).
Since that is obviously not going to happen with this staff, I say go ahead and give Morris a shot. Might as well see what he can do since Gardner has really struggled so far this season. I have no faith that it will go any better, but at least I won't have to read idiotic comments about how everything will be fixed when we put in our sophmore backup.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||While I appreciate Brian's||
While I appreciate Brian's work, I feel like he is just setting me up for disappointment. If (when) the coach profiles start coming, he'll put together an exciting list of offensive innovators that gets me dreaming. The crash back to reality will be that much worse when we hire Cam Cameron or Scot Loeffler.
|5 weeks 5 days ago||It isn't bad on weekends when||
It isn't bad on weekends when I drink it throughout the day. On weekdays I usually only drink about half to three quarters of a gallon because I only start after I get home from work. Early on when I was doing a legit gallon a day I was indeed very gassy at night when I had to chug to finish the whole gallon.
It works, though. For context I was a complete beginner, never lifted weights in my life. I started at 6 ft 140 lbs (I know, I am naturally extremely skinny without trying to be). In about a month I gained 35 lbs and it was most definitely not all fat.
In relation to this article, I think Rippetoe is the absolute gold standard for a beginner. His book is detailed and explains the lifts very well imo (though they are far longer and wordier than needed). I don't think he is a good source for elite athletes, though. All of his experience has been getting novices to lift heavy, not to fine tune the genetic elite.
|5 weeks 6 days ago||I'll say off the bat that I'm||
I'll say off the bat that I'm following Rippetoe's starting strength program, so I am a fan of his.
I did a lot of research before starting a weightlifting program, and there some common standards amongst the most respected weightlifting coaches (though of course there are a lot of differences as well). Then I check out some youtube videos of D-I college weightlifting programs and they seem to have terrible form. At least, based on what the weightlifting coaches teach.
Check out this video of USC from 2012:
Starting at 1:35 they have a minute and a half of guys doing power cleans, and they are just all over the place. I can't imagine anyone actually teaches cleans like that.
Then at 3:05 they show some guys doing squats. They aren't even close to hitting proper depth, which every respectable weightlifting coach I found teaches is bad for your knees and less effective for strength building.
There are plenty examples from other schools. It just seems like there is a huge disconnect between what I read about weightlifting from actual lifters versus what I see from the college programs. I don't agree with everything Rippetoe writes in that article (dynamic work seems pretty important to me, at least for athletes), but I think he might have a point about college weightlifting coaches not necessarily being that good.
|6 weeks 5 days ago||Weightlifting is one of those||
|6 weeks 5 days ago||Weightlifting is one of those||
Weightlifting is one of those areas where it is very hard to say for sure who is right or the best. The research in that field seems to be very inconclusive and hard to interpret, hence the perpetual disagreement about the ideal way to train. So it makes perfect sense that strength coaches can be making 6 figures without actually knowing what they are doing. Not saying that is for sure what is happening, but seems like a very real possibility to me.
Rippetoe is for sure abbrasive and dismissive of other methods, but to me he generally has far better logic behind his methods compared to most of the "experts" out there.
|8 weeks 5 days ago||MSU's reply, "Make fun of us||
MSU's reply, "Make fun of us all you want. Whereas we will we will be strong."
|8 weeks 5 days ago||The one word analysis is too||
The one word analysis is too good to stop at just the Big Ten. Interesting ones from the SEC:
Alabama’s Nick Saban: Untested
as in, untested for mysterious ailments that automatically qualify you for medical hardship scholarships. Tests to be completed after the season, you will be informed of your status once we know how many five stars are committed.
Vanderbilt’s Derek Mason: Audacious
Just in case everyone in the SEC didn't think they were academic snobs already, he decided to use a word that none of the other fanbases would understand.
LSU’s Les Miles: Unknown
No, for real. He really can't remember who is on the team at the moment.
|11 weeks 5 days ago||Watched his video and it||
Watched his video and it looked pretty solid. But I have to admit I had trouble focusing because my mind was all like "DAT PEPPERS" in most of those highlights.
|12 weeks 1 day ago||I won't believe Smith is||
I won't believe Smith is ahead of Green until I see his OMG shirtless thread. How else can we know how good at football he will be?
|14 weeks 2 days ago||Aaaaaaand Contador is out.||
Aaaaaaand Contador is out. At this point Quintana has GOT to be kicking himself. Even if he lost some time to Nibali on the cobblestone stage (I hate cobblestone stages so much), he would have had a huge opportunity to take this tour. I have never been overly impressed with Nibali and I still have no reason to to think he is any better than Froome, Contador, or Quintana.