"Though I received no official response to these sophisticated and elegant tweets to the Illini Athletic Department, I would like to think that Beckman spent the evening prank calling everyone in Illinois named George McLellan and then ordering an absurd amount of hats off an internet haberdashery to hoard in his home's hat annex."
- Member for
- 1 year 38 weeks
- Number one is he has bad balance and therefore lacks any kind of lateral agility
- That can be partially explained by his high pad level.
- Another separate weakness is his lack of vision
- Runs with authority
- Hits the hole hard and fast
- Has good straight line burst
- Does have a good power base, not entirely sure if he will put it to good use every time
- First of all, it was very, very tough to pry him from LSU. It was almost like he didn't really want to go pro but his ego telling him that he had to prove he could win there forced him to. The Phins at that time was a marquee coaching destination. They still had a good defense(Jason Taylor, Zach Thomas) and the number two pick in the draft coming up.
- He will never enjoy the power he wields at the college level. He berates his assistants. He scares college players to death, but pro players, especially when things aren't going well, tend to push back to those tactics. Even the players that liked him just tolerated his attitude. A Dolphins employee dared to say 'Good morning' in the hallway to him and his special teams coach warned that employee to never do that again or he/she'll get fired. He bullied media, which he still does, but towards the end of his second year the Miami media really had an axe to grind, and that all came out when he left.
- He can't out-recruit every team like he does in college. He didn't draft well at all, and mind you he inherited plenty of draft picks. Word was he just couldn't make his mind on who to pick, making every draft choice an agonizing selection. He made one mistake choosing Culpepper over Brees, and that basically wrote his story at Miami.
- One of the strongest reasons he quit was his wife. She liked being a college HC's wife where she is the queen of that little kingdom. She didn't have as much influence in Miami's diverse culture and where she was just about middle in the pecking order, the owner(and his wife) being higher-ups.
- He never struck me as a genius coach. Sure, he's friends with Bellichick, but being a close friend of a genius does not equal you being a genius. He can coach defense, especially DBs as long as they don't revolt. But it's not at BB's level.
|27 weeks 1 day ago||Blah...||
It's going to be another story about fly-fishing in Bama.
|27 weeks 1 day ago||Respectfully disagree with the OP||
regarding AJ Williams. Granted I'm not a professional and I didn't do a full UFR, but I did rewind and saw some of the first half runs, and AJ was the main culprit on at least two of the blown opportunities.
|29 weeks 5 hours ago||You probably would have been first||
if you didn't type "(fluff)"
As always, no good deed...
|32 weeks 3 days ago||I love this stuff||
But this one is easy. Louisiana, since he plays there.
But a lot of times history plays a role. You know that Dwyane Wade will always get favorable votes from Florida. But there's another state that votes for him. Not Illinois, because Chicago never viewed him as an inner-city baller and over the years he became somewhat of a traitor. Of course it's Wisconsin because he went to Marquette.
On a few occasions though, you have to think. I remember a month or so back ESPN was asking who's the best QB, and it was between Aaron Rodgers and Peyton Manning. Four(or more, my memory is fuzzy) states voted for Manning. Colorado, Indiana, and Tennessee are the obvious ones. But there was also Louisiana, which puzzled me at first. And then I went A-HA! Archie Manning played for the Saints! But now that I think of it, it may have more to do with recent playoff history, but I stopped following the NFL a few years ago.
|33 weeks 23 hours ago||Conversations deep inside the office somewhere in Cbus||
"Hyde? Definitely in the Circle of Trust("CoT"). We'll deal with this matter seriously. Wait until the facts come out(and hope this dies down by then)"
"Roby? Are you kidding? He's like the chairman of the CoT! He's banned from talking to the media for the WHOLE SEASON!"
"Marcus Baugh... Hmmm... He's not yet in the CoT, but he's a four star. He has potential to get in the CoT. Lay down the hammer. SUSPEND HIM (for one game)."
"Who? Gardner? Tim Gardner? Who's he? Oh, he's a three star right? MAKE AN EXAMPLE OF HIM. CUT HIM. KICK HIM, I mean literally, kick him. Then kick him off the team. We NEVER EVER tolerate that kind of behavior here!"
"What? Vonn Bell? We'll deal with that later. We already did a lot of work this morning."
|34 weeks 3 days ago||Agree with most||
Zingerman's is about a 5-10 minute drive from Central campus, is expensive, and if you're coming on a weekend there will likely be a line (though the line moves pretty quickly). But if you can bear all that then it's worth the visit. If you're looking for some place right on or next to campus, Pizza House is nice, and even Cottage Inn is pretty OK (unlike the delivery). I like Sava's on State St.
Somebody mentioned Frita Batidos, owned by Eve Aronoff, is actually my favorite in all of A2. But it's a more trendier place, and off Main St so maybe you'll save that visit for next time after your daughter enrolls ;)
|35 weeks 5 days ago||Again?||
It's an inexact science. If a player doesn't do camps and you don't have a whole lot of film, you're not going to rate him very high. I think Ben Gedeon was massively underrated due to these factors, and guess what, I think he didn't care. Good for him. He knew where he wanted to go and that was that. So don't expect the coaches or the recruiting services to know everything, because they don't have all the information they need.
What's more, even if they did have all the info, they still are going to whiff. Players grow. They develop. Sometimes they fulfill their potential, sometimes they don't. Trust the film you say? Go back and watch Kevin Grady's film. He was supposed to rule CFB.
My point is, you are basically guessing what they are going to turn into in a few years based on incomplete information. Coaches are in the best position to make that guess. We, as fans, are in the worst position. Doesn't mean coaches are always going to be right and we'll be wrong, but PLEASE STOP PUTTING TOO MUCH WEIGHT ON STARS, OK?
|40 weeks 4 days ago||Hey!||
Hey! I resent being called a dummy!
|1 year 8 weeks ago||I did a little amateur scouting of RBs||
Don't ask. I had too much time and tried this just for fun. Here is my breakdown of Derrick Green. I also did an amateur breakdown on DeVeon Smith, Ty Isaac, Thomas Rawls, and Kevin Grady. If anybody, for some reason, wants more, I might post it.
Verdict: Hugely dependent upon a great O-line, he fits well with Michigan's philosophy of overpowering Ds
Metaphor: Wrecking ball. Or punch in the mouth. Mainly concerned with hitting you with power.
The ESPN scouting report(insider) also mentions that he just has to keep his pad level low and he'd be fine. And I also saw he was better in that aspect in his senior film. To me, he's not even a one-cut-and-go runner. Ty Isaac is. Derrick Green is more like a no-cut-and-go runner.
|1 year 9 weeks ago||Also confirmed by TVH||
You may be right about Wiltfong and Sapp, but this time TVH confirmed the news.
|1 year 9 weeks ago||That OSU offer to Quick||
That OSU offer to Quick guess it wasn't committable. Seeing how he's playing in this game, totally understandable. He's a bust.
EDIT: /s just in case.
|1 year 9 weeks ago||After two and a half hours watching||
After two and a half hours watching, I'm convinced the organizers made a conscious effort to put Butt and Boutte on separate teams.
|1 year 9 weeks ago||Don't know||
how much inside you need to get, but last time I took a look at 11w they were at least 50-50.
|1 year 9 weeks ago||Quick picking Louisville||
Can we count this as a victory?
|1 year 9 weeks ago||And||
it was Jourdan Lewis who tackled him
|1 year 9 weeks ago||Reschke?||
Come on down!
|1 year 9 weeks ago||Actually, it makes sense||
I'm a former Phins fan and a longtime Jake Long fan. It was such a delight when they drafted him 1st overall.
Long used to be the best LT in football two seasons ago. But that's not the case now, because of his injuries. Not only did he miss time, but even when he did tough it out(which is definitely commendable), the performance suffered. That's reason one.
He was either the highest-paid or second-highest-paid OL since he was drafted under the old rookie salary rules. He hit some incentives and that pushed his salary even higher. It will not be easy to take a paycut, and taking a dramatic paycut while playing for the same team is damn near unheard of. Especially when your agent can get a lot more elsewhere. Reason number two.
Just as Michigan is transitioning from RichRod's spread to Hoke's manball, Miami is transitioning the opposite way. Sparano's run-heavy offense(Wildcat included) needed elite run-blocking linemen like Long. Philbin, the new coach, brought in the zone blocking scheme. Now Long can excel in both schemes, don't get me wrong. But whereas in a iso-blocking scheme nobody could come close to Long because of his individual talent, in the zone blocking scheme you can get away with relatively less talented OL and still somewhat get the job done. In short, you can get away with an LT half the price of Long but the product would suffer only a bit. Reason three.
The Phins already have a replacement. They drafted Jonathan Martin last year, and he's a natural LT who played at that position all his life. He only moved to RT because Long was there. It would be easy to flip him to LT and find a cheaper RT. Reason four.
With Long becoming increasingly injury prone and his contract expiring this season, Jeff Ireland and the front office made a lot of noise about an extension for the past two years but nothing ever materialized. And as I mentioned above, they went out and drafted Martin last year. When a local columnist suggested the possiblity that they might be planning to depart ways with Long, they(Ireland and co.) reacted with venom, angrily denying it and denigrating the columnist in the process. Which is, what they don't really do. Ireland is famous for asking inappropriate questions and being standoffish, not reacting to the media. IMO the front office was planning this all along. Reason five.
|1 year 11 weeks ago||The robot from Asimov's Foundation||
You'd have to consult the robot from Foundation. The robot(Chetter Hummin, I looked it up) has more data than anybody, not just recruiting-wise but every relevant gene, emotion, personality trait and sociological influence that is involved in selecting a BCS football scholarship. But even then, I think you'd have a hard time understanding his findings.
EDIT: OK, after an hour or so with no response, I'm officially disheartened. #Mgoblog's nerd/geek o'meter #Crestfallen
|1 year 11 weeks ago||He's a great college coach.||
Perhaps one of the all-time best. Not denying that. And even more the reason why I think he'll stay. The way I understand it, strong personalities work better in college than they do in the NFL. Unless your name is Parcells, massaging egos is a critical part of the pro game. But in college, you can woo HS players and parents under the name of 'strong leadership'.
I didn't think I was 'bagging' Saban, but I guess I was in the sense I don't worship him the way a lot of others do. Coaching ability-wise I said he's a good coach but not at the level of Bill Belichick. BB's genius is his flexibility, whereas the impression I get from Saban is he's pretty rigid. And you don't hear BB making his staff absolutely miserable the way Saban did(or does, I don't know what the story is at Bama).
I think his real strength is the ability to have total control over all aspects of the program. That's recruiting, information control, details, everything. But it's impossible maintain the same level of control at the NFL.
|1 year 11 weeks ago||As a former Phins fan||
As a former Phins fan, I'm familiar with that episode. Wright was what, a fifth round supplemental draft player? That kid wasn't an established pro like Zach Thomas was. He was a rookie, and not even a first rounder with some leverage. That episode further shows how Saban tries to intimidate players.
|1 year 11 weeks ago||It's the opposite||
I agree 100% on his personality. Disagree 100% that pro coaches don't have to deal with any of that. You can't scare pro players the way Saban scares his college players. And you absolutely have to kiss behinds of, the owner to start with, and depending on the structure of the team perhaps the GM.
In college you are king as long as you recruit well and win games. We saw that movie at Penn State.
|1 year 11 weeks ago||He's not going||
As a used-to-be diehard Miami Dolphins fan, I had a chance to follow him as the coach of my favorite team for two plus seasons. Here are the reasons:
I know, too many words but simply put, he's not going pro because he can't bully everybody the way he does in college.
|1 year 11 weeks ago||Is it DB's job to make you happy?||
I don't know. I'm asking all of you. Isn't that the central issue here? Is his job closer to Mary Sue's, or the president of the Detroit Lions?
|1 year 12 weeks ago||Joe Mixon||
Add Joe Mixon(CA) to the list of longshots. To me this '14 kid looks as good as, if not better than anybody in the 2013 class. Magnus could you do a scouting report on him?
|1 year 13 weeks ago||Hudson Houck||
Man I wish Hudson Houck, the old OL master was coaching White. The man is a living legend of OL coaching when it comes to man-blocking—of course there's Alex Gibbs and Ferentz when it comes to zone blocking. Just a few days with Houck could have potentially changed the future careers of LTT and Kugler. What a bummer.
And I absolutely HATE that he's coaching ND's kids(Bivin and McGovern)!
|1 year 13 weeks ago||Fine. You're probably right.||
I am a UM grad but I didn't grow up in Michigan. I'm rather OK with not playing MSU every year, but that doesn't mean I can't understand your point.
It'd hurt the competitive balance but I guess we could put MSU in the East division and switch one of Indiana and Purdue back to West. Or continue with the dreaded 'protected rivalries'. Problem is if the B1G adds two more east schools in the future then somebody will have to move West anyway.
|1 year 13 weeks ago||Just Can't Get Over||
the idea of splitting one division far east and far west.
And if we're following the money, the whole idea of expansion started from getting Michigan and OSU to play on the east coast. Instead, according to your plan, Minnesota and Iowa get that privilege.
Here's my two divisions, um cents:
East Division - Michigan, OSU, PSU, Maryland, Rutgers, Purdue, Indiana.
West Division - Wisconsin, Nebraska, Iowa, Minnesota, Northwestern, Illinois, MSU.
The pickle with this alignment is obviously MSU. But I'm curious to see how they'd do on their own. And if we do away with the protected cross-divisions, then it's not like we'd never see them again. I say it's about time little brother moves out.
|1 year 14 weeks ago||Jadeveon, not Javedeon Brian||
Jadeveon, not Javedeon Brian
|1 year 14 weeks ago||Head scratcher for sure||
A smallish OLB good at pursuing outside runs. Too small to be a rush end, but ESPN isn't listing any coverage skills either... sounds like a special teams ace to me. This isn't a preferred walk-on offer, because he's a NC kid already with a VT scholarship offer. Might this have something to do with Urban Meyer? The only way this makes sense is Greg Mattison wants to use him as a spy on Braxton Miller(and all those mobile QBs who'll take his place). He does seem to do a good job tracking down mobile QBs in his highlights. In fact, that's all he does.
|1 year 14 weeks ago||How I read the OP's first sentence:||
You can't play manball without a sun-blocking OL.
How I understood the OP's first sentence:
(Nodding along) Yes, of course. You need some O-linemen so huge they'd block the sun. Wait a second, sun-blocking? Did the OP mean the whitey stuff? I know some players play with built-in visors, but sun-block??