further adventures in Jed York being unsuited for his position
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|1 week 6 days ago||3rd in catches||
7th in yards. Considering he played on a team that threw 10 TD all season long, not nearly as bad as people make it out to be, especially with the injuries factored in.
|1 week 6 days ago||Not to mention||
He led the team in receiving by an enormous margin. 55% more receiving yards than Darboh (the #2 WR) and 376% more than Chesson (#3 WR). He had the only catch over 34 yards and twice as many TD as Darboh (Chesson and Norfleet didn't have any).
His numbers were also virtually identical to the year before when he had a healthy, functional QB some of the time and Gallon on the other side.
If Funchess wasn't trying, I'd hate to know what everybody else on the team was doing.
|1 week 6 days ago||Not bad||
That seems like a solid deal, all things considered. And on the bright side, in a stadium that size I doubt there is really a bad seat anywhere.
|1 week 6 days ago||Tickets||
We've discussed going and making it part of an extended road trip, but I have a feeling tickets are going to be pretty bonkers. The stadium only holds 45,000, this is the biggest name they've had visit in who knows how long, plus you have the Harbaugh hype on our end.
Just have a feeling tickets are going to be more than I'd like to spend for one non-conference game. Would be nice to go, but I'd probably rather put $500 back in my pocket and watch on TV. That being said, I will almost assuredly pull the trigger one night while drunkenly scanning StubHub.
|2 weeks 11 hours ago||Respect?||
Or maybe a guy like Brandon took credit for giving the athletes all the stuff they would have gotten as Michigan athletes no matter who the athletic director was.
I can kind of sort of picture a world in which he'd be the kind of guy to take credit for shit he didn't really have anything to do with. Then if the kids think he's the reason they are getting cool stuff, they'll not surprisingly defend him if he's attacked.
|2 weeks 15 hours ago||Who said that?||
This also seems like a bit of a straw man argument since Robinson is not in the D-League and has a guaranteed contract (i.e. he's got access to NBA resources and is getting paid).
If he doesn't stick in the league it will be because he's an athletic 3 who doesn't shoot or handle the ball very well (at least by NBA standards). Coming out too early or (in his opinion, probably) too late won't have anything to do with the end result. In the meantime he'll have a million bucks in the bank and a year of NBA experience (even if it is with the T-Wolves).
|2 weeks 15 hours ago||Doesn't seem like an eligibility issue||
As pointed out, some guys stay four years and still are close but not quite good enough to play in the NBA (Daniel Horton comes to mind as a UM guy, who has played in the D-League and overseas, despite being Freshman of the Year and an all-conference player multiple times).
There just aren't that many spots in the league, and a lot of them are taken by veteran guys. I don't see eligibility rules changing how the story ends for these sorts of guys.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Crappy football||
While obviously Iowa hasn't been a terribly entertaining team to watch under Ferentz (save maybe that Brad Banks team that went to the Orange Bowl), I don't know where the idea that they have sucked lately comes from. They had one shitty season in 2012. Other than that they've been about what you would expect from Iowa relative to the other programs in the conference.
Last year they were in the middle of the pack in the western division (behind Nebraska and Wisconsin which you would expect, and also Minnesota which is I guess a bit of a letdown for them, but ahead of Illinois, Purdue, and Northwestern). The year before that they were #3 in the B1G (same record as Nebraska but beat them head to head).
They've been .500 or better in B1G play in 12 of the last 14 seasons. Do people really expect more from a program that shares a league with traditional powers like UM, OSU, PSU, and Nebraska?
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Northwestern||
Since that special 1995 season (more than the lifetime of current recruits), they have been a decent team more often than not. Fitzgerald is 60-53 over his 9 years there (and is still just 40 years old).
At that point things like being Chicago-adjacent and benefitting from the superior academics at NU start to factor into the equation in a way they wouldn't have back in the days of abject awfulness in Wildcat football. Picking NU over UI seems pretty logical to me, at this point.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Cost||
$395 (for close to the worst seats in the building) amounts to $56 per ticket over 7 games. Two of those games are against Illinois State and North Texas. Let's generously say those games are worth $20 a piece on the open market, and you are still talking about the season ticket price (you know, where you are supposed to get value because you're going to every game and making a bigger investment) being over $150 a game for a pair of tickets to see Pitt, Illinois, Maryland, Minnesota, and Purdue. Would anyone who isn't a batshit crazy Hawkeye fanatic pay that much to see one of those games?
That's the problem.
UPDATE: Just checked the Iowa website and noticed that someone willing to skip that big rivalry game with Maryland could spend the same $150 on a pair of season tickets to all 20 UI baseball games. Just $125 if you are bringing your kid between the ages of 6-18. Kids 5 and under are free, so you can take the whole gang for a low price if you're a serious breeder.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||Don't think of Spike as "gritty"||
He's short and white, sure, but he is a very, very skilled player. He impresses me by dribbling circles around guys, making circus passes/shots, and hitting super long range threes. He plays hard, but making hustle plays would be way down the list of things he excels at, IMO.
And Jordan Morgan has to be on the list.
|3 weeks 15 hours ago||Short memory||
I like how they always conveniently forget that Bo basically ran the triple option with guys like Michael Taylor and Demetrius Brown and the only QB he ever had who was a better thrower than runner/option-decision-maker was probably Harbaugh.
|3 weeks 15 hours ago||Annoying||
The people who confuse British phraseology with soccer terminology are the worst. The Australian national team are called the Socceroos. In Spanish they called it the field/court (cancha). Enjoying the game doesn't require you to affect an accent.
|3 weeks 15 hours ago||Good in theory||
I like the idea of stopping people from being self-absorbed assholes, but giving more authority to my big pet peeve, the usher drunk on his own power, sounds like a potential nightmare.
If I'm at a AAA baseball game or have shitty seats at a concert you don't need to check my ticket stub every time I take a leak. Hate that guy/gal.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||Other jobs and context||
People don't think of it because he was at UNLV so long and was such an iconic figure there, but he also took Long Beach State to the tourney four years in a row, twice making the Elite Eight (losing both times, once by only two points, to eventual national champions UCLA).
He also won a tournament game at Fresno State at the end of his career (made the tourney twice there).
Someone above mentioned how good those late 80's early 90's teams were, and it should be noted that UNLV was playing in the Big West at the time. To build such a powerhouse while playing in a league where you are traveling to UC Irvine and Cal State Fullerton (both played in basically high school gyms at the time) is probably unprecedented.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||Ali G||
This reminds me of when Ali G was pitching his idea to get a TV network to produce and air a hardcore porno starring J-Lo (because you never actually see "dongs going in" on TV). When asked how he will convince J-Lo to star in this picture, he suggests offering her $1 million. When asked where he will get the $1 million, he says, "That's where you lot come in."
|3 weeks 1 day ago||Ojemudia||
He was behind Roh, Beyer, Black, and Clark at defensive end. Meaning he wasn't on the 2-deep. He never beat any of those guys out before they graduated either (Clark and Beyer were still the starters last year). He at least made a minor impact (11 tackles, 1 sack). Charlton made 2 tackles as a true freshman, good for 12th among defensive linemen on the team.
There was no depth issue, there was simply Mattison's Chinese fire drill approach to subbing guys on the d-line.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||Michigan's roster||
Ty Isaac is a guy with much better hands and route running ability than the guys we saw last year. If he plays a big role in the offense next year I'd expect a good chunk of his production to come out of the passing game.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||Stanford||
Harbaugh's last year there Stepfan Taylor caught 28 passes (tied for 3rd on the team). The year before Toby Gerhart only caught 11 passes (because he was carrying the ball almost every play).
This seems more like a playing to skillset issue and maybe lightening the load for Gore as he gets older so he can still run the ball effecitvely.
|4 weeks 2 days ago||No reason||
Billy Donovan went to the national title game in 2000, won back to back championships in 2006 and 2007 (at a time when Michigan wasn't sniffing the tournament), and the last four years went to the Elite Eight three straight times and made the Final Four last season.
Gee, I wonder why he might land the occasional blue-chip prospect? In the lifetime of current recruits, Michigan has made the second weekend of the NCAA tournament twice. And it just happened. Bitching about guys choosing Duke and Kentucky over us and criticizing the staff because of it is incredibly dumb.
|7 weeks 2 days ago||RS sophomore||
He played as a freshman at USC in 2013 and redshirted this past year.
|7 weeks 2 days ago||Pass catchers||
This team needs to replace Funchess and dramatically improve in the passing game after averaging just 170 yards per game last year. The top returner posted less than 500 yards and none of the other WR broke 200.
For this team to get really good in just one year, I think Harris and Canteen have to emerge as our best two WR. Darboh reminds me of a poor man's Jason Avant (which isn't necessarily a bad thing), but when the actual Jason Avant was our top receiver the team went just 7-5. If he's the #3 guy we are in much better shape than if he's the #1. Bunting could also make a big positive impact if both he and Butt are healthy and on the field making plays.
Adding 2-3 receiving weapons would go a long way toward improving things in 2015. The line should be better and the D should be okay. We just need a lot of guys to step up at the skill positions.
|9 weeks 14 hours ago||Owusu and Whalen and Baldwin||
Chris Owusu ran a 4.36 at the combine and was a stud at Stanford. Had injuries so he didn't get drafted and his numbers weren't what they could have been, but he's still on an active roster in the NFL. In 2009 he ran back three kickoffs for TD (how long do you have to go back in Michigan history to get 3 return TD?).
Doug Baldwin had over 800 yards on the 2010 team that won the Orange Bowl. He plays for the Seahawks and has nearly 3,000 career yards in the NFL.
Ryan Whalen also got drafted and put up over 900 yards on the 2009 Stanford team.
Canteen maybe becomes as good as those guys, but that is it with respect to our current roster, IMO, and that is totally based on hope rather than production.
Stanford also had Zac Ertz and Coby Fleener drafted highly as TE as additional weapons in the passing game. Both of those guys put up over 700 yards this year in the NFL. Levin Toilolo put up over 200 this year with the Falcons, another TE draft pick recruited by Harbaugh.
The difference is pretty stark. I'm excited about what he'll build, but acting like this current Michigan squad looks like what he left behind at Stanford is very wishful thinking, IMO.
|9 weeks 15 hours ago||Alex Smith||
I think people are overstating how big of a transformation took place there. In 2009 he completed just over 60% of his passes, threw 18 TD and 12 INT. In 2010 he just under 60% of his passes and threw 14 TD and 10 INT. Both years he was dealing with injuries and getting yanked in and out of the lineup by a shitshow coaching staff.
In 2011 he completed 61.3% of his passes, threw 17 TD and 5 INT. He got better and the team improved dramatically, but he didn't come as far as people seem to think (meaning he wasn't a total disaster before Harbaugh arrived, more a young QB playing on a shitty team). He was making positive plays before Harbaugh arrived, he just cut back slightly on the mistakes and his career took off.
I don't know if expecting the same kind of transformation is fair when we're talking about a guy who has literally done nothing on the field so far. Morris may be a late bloomer, but he also may just have been overrated coming out of high school, through no fault of his own.
I also think you are underestimating the weakness at WR. Darboh has looked like a decent possession receiver at best (nice production this year but only a long of 34 yards). None of the other guys you mentioned have done anything of note on the field, and the young guys did not make an immediate impact nor are they can't miss type prospects. Losing Gallon last year and Funchess this year leaves a big production void, especially if we no longer have a mobile QB to pad the rushing stats a'la OSU or Oregon. We don't need one guy to carry the load, but we need playmakers. Contrast what we have with what USC threw on the field in the Holiday Bowl (true freshman Adoree Jackson with a kickoff return TD and a 70+ yard catch and run, JuJu Smith with 700+ yards as a true freshman, Agholor with 1,300+ yards, and 5-star guys on the bench). And they still lost 4 games this year.
|9 weeks 15 hours ago||Consider him?||
The guys we have coming back have combined to throw for 0 TD and 9 INT so far in their UM careers. One has completed less than 50% of his passes and the other less than 20%. Neither has won a game as a starter.
Kevin Hogan has thrown 48 TD compared to 21 INT. He won a Pac-12 title last year and went to the Rose Bowl and he just won a bowl game this year.
If you can get him with just a one year commitment this is the definition of a no brainer.
|9 weeks 1 day ago||Did something right||
He got to play New England to end the year when they had clinched their playoff position. Instead of Tom Brady, he beat Janeane Garofalo and got above .500. Otherwise they are 8-8, just like Joe Philbin (WHO?) and the Dolphins the past two seasons. Is he a hot commodity in the league now too?
And it isn't like Syracuse is some historically downtrodden program. They just hired Greg Robinson and were a .500 team in Pasqualoni's last couple years. David Cutcliffe has been more impressive at two spots in college, but I don't see the Jets knocking down his door.
The guy the Jets fired went to the AFC title game. Twice. With Mark Sanchez. That is at least something to put on a resume rather than, "I went 9-7 once and rebuilt Syracuse from shitty back to mediocre."
|9 weeks 1 day ago||He should take the money and go where he wants||
It just makes zero sense to me how this guy is a candidate to replace Rex Ryan who seems to be a candidate to replace everybody else who got fired, unless some random coordinator gets those gigs.
Seems like a league full of retreads and shot-in-the-dark candidates. Obviously Marrone should take whatever opportunities are there, I just don't understand how anyone is excited to hire him, much less multiple competing NFL franchises.
|9 weeks 1 day ago||Don't make a lick of sense||
The guy goes .500 exactly at Syracuse and doesn't really leave them any stronger than when he got there (Shafer is 10-15 since). But he gets a head coaching gig in the NFL. He goes 15-17 there, then thinks he is in such high demand that he gives up his contract willingly, thinking he will get an even better job.
And yet the 49ers wanted to get rid of Jim Harbaugh? What the fuck is up with that league?
|9 weeks 1 day ago||Dream scenario||
I think you are talking about raises and new titles to get some of these guys, but it seems doable. If Roman isn't coming, I could easily see giving Drevno an OC title (in addition to OL coach and run game coordinator, which is his title at USC). Morton comes in as WR coach and passing game coordinator (pretty much the title/role he's had at USC in the past). Harbaugh handles QB. And the guy from Kentucky gets a raise and recruiting guru title alone with handling TE. Add a RB coach and you're good to go on that side of the ball. Then some combo of Durkin, Mattison, and a few others on D.
|9 weeks 1 day ago||The youngest?||
After RS sophomore Chad Wheeler (a returning starter at tackle) got hurt, the line was three true freshmen, a touted RS sophomore who still hadn't really played before (Zach Banner), and true junior Max Tuerk.
They went 9-4 and just smoked ND. Buck Allen rushed for almost 1,500 yards. Justin Davis has just under 600 more. Kessler threw 39 TD and 5 INT.
Especially for a conventional offense without a running QB, that is insane from a line that young.