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|3 days 20 hours ago||No.......Don't Let Her Visit In December!||
I'm a little concerned about a December house hunting trip. That might not leave the best impression on a Northern California girl.
20 minutes north of Ann Arbor sounds like Brighton (where I grew up). It seems a little hard to believe that he'd live that far away. All other Michigan coaches (going back to Bo) have been in Ann Arbor/Saline.
|5 days 21 hours ago||Wondering The Same Thing||
Is LT Cole's natural (or previously projected) position? Is there a reasonable scenario where we see him move inside and be more of a "grinder"?
At some point, we should see progress by the others who were projected at tackle (Mags, LTT, Fox....) and I think that it's entirely possible that we see Cole move. Either way, I'd expect to see him on the field next year.
|2 weeks 15 hours ago||It's a rule now....||
.....but always subject to change.
I live in Jacksonville and the Director of the Gator Bowl has a radio segment every week. He's convinced the we'll move to four 16 team Power Conferences very soon (maybe within two years). He expects a merger of the ACC and Big 12. Not sure what would happen to the "leftovers".
|2 weeks 2 days ago||Depends On How You Look At It||
35% could be spun as "unlikely" or it could be spun as "most likely".
|2 weeks 2 days ago||Difficult||
Of course it will be "difficult" to get him away from the NFL. $8MM can fix "difficult" in most cases.
The reality is that he doesn't know what's going to happen so he shouldn't try to imply that he does. The same goes for Cowherd, Schefter.....
|2 weeks 2 days ago||Webb Losing Credibility||
Webb has said two totally opposite things over two consecutive days. I'm thinking that he should probably stop talking about it. The only thing we know for sure is.....he doesn't know.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||Big Name||
I agree that Michigan needs a big name (and Mora would count). This is mostly because of the last two failures. If I'm the AD, I'm going for the most "can't miss" name available. Harbaugh(s) are 1A. Saban (not happening) would also fall into this category. Miles and Mora would be 1B's. If they slip much lower than that, the AD is getting into risk territory (with a few notable exceptions).
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Bigger Hire||
I think that Michigan needs Harbaugh much more than Ohio State needed Meyer. The Buckeyes had a string of B1G titles and a MNC in the fairly recent past before Meyer was hired. Michigan hasn't done squat (unless you want to include the Sugar Bowl) since at least 2006.......and even that is questionable (no B1G title, looked bad in bowl).
Michigan football will never completely die but it's simply not that meaningful on a national scale at this point. Sure, it'll make the news cycle.....but never for good reasons. Ohio State never really faced that.
That's why the Harbaugh hire would be bigger than Meyer. JH has the best chance of resurrecting Michgan football. Just about anybody else would be a crap shoot.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||Buyout Question||
I understand that Michigan saves $1M by keeping Hoke on the payroll until 01/01 but does that prevent them from conducting a coaching search?
For example, could Mark Stoops be hired as the "Special Assisstant to the AD" tomorrow and then have him elevated to the position of HC after Hoke is fired on 01/01? That provides stability to the program.....or at least the recruits know who is going to be on board. I realize that may sound petty just to save $1MM. As you mentioned, it may be possible to negotiate the buyout with Hoke.
The circumstances are different but it was a similiar situation when Carr resigned in 2007. Lloyd coached Michigan in the bowl game but RR was already on board as the next coach (although he may have had some NCAA mandated restrictions).
I fully believe that behind the scenes negotiations are taking place at this time. I'm actually impressed with how quiet Michigan has been about it. After two failed CC's, the AD REALLY needs to get the process (and the hire) right this time.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||Better Option||
I agree that Drake looked like the best RB option on the team (speed, power, agressive to the hole, great cuts....). We saw hints of that last year before he went down. Since that's the case, why did it take so long for him to get into the lineup? If it's so obvious on game day, it has to show up in practice, right?
For what it's worth, I think that Ty Isaac will be the feature back next year. There's going to be some SERIOUS competition at that position. If the OL continues to mature and develop, along with input next year's RS Sophomores (I really want to see what David Dawson can do), Michigan could have a formidable running game in 2015.
|3 weeks 19 hours ago||This||
Carr probably left at least 10 guys on the roster who would spend some time in the NFL. That's way more than most B1G teams can say. It may not have been "classic Michigan" but the notion that the cupboard was bare is moronic. The meme just keeps getting perpetuated.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||Absolutely||
The Mississippi State loss was MUCH worse than the App State loss. People get way too caught up in the name. App State won three consecutive D1AA titles. They weren't chumps. Michigan lost on a blocked field goal on the last play of the game. Compare that to losing by 38 to a middle of the road SEC team when you could barely cross midfield all day. It was a much worse loss.
Sure, please explain to me why the botched fake punt against MSU was the AD's fault. Tell me why the AD didn''t have enough beef up front to punch it in from the one. Tell me why the AD could handle and "down and distance" dilemma when Michigan was perpetually in 3rd and long situations (similar to 2013). Tell me why the AD played a Josh Groban song at the banquet!
|3 weeks 1 day ago||Rich Rod WAS a bad coach at Michigan||
People like to conveniently forget that he lost his last three games by 20, 30 and 38. That his teams moved the ball like crazy between the 20's but were ineffective in the red zone. Remember the four tries from the one yard line they couldn't punch in against Illinois? Or that they didn't move the ball at all against the reasonably adept/physical defenses of the world (Wisconsin, OSU, MSU, Mississippi State....).
Why doesn't Michigan have any 5th year OL on the squad this year? Because RR didn't recruit any.
Why did RR nearly burn Gardner's redshirt for no apparent reason in 2010?
Remember the ridiculously ill-advised fake punt against MSU?
I was at the 2011 Gator Bowl which was probably the worst loss in modern Michigan football history (post-1969). No way he could keep his job after that game. No way.
I can go on and on regarding RR's self inflicted missteps at Michigan but what's the point? He was a bad coach at Michigan and deserved to get fired. He's doing a good job at Arizona and he deserves to be complimented for that. Good luck to him in the PAC 12 Championship game.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||Richard Ash||
I've probably heard Richard Ash's name called ten times in this game. It's good to see him blow it up on the D-line (including a blocked FG). Go Broncos!
If PJ Fleck can keep this up, he'll be a hot name in a couple of years.
|4 weeks 5 days ago||I love the album!||
Always great to see Ian Hunter!
To answer the OP's question.....yes, this team could be better. Last year's team could at least score points (when they weren't going backwards) with the same personnel. This team, with the level of talent (and experience) that it has should be 7-3 at worst. Losses to ND and MSU are justifiable. I'll throw in one other loss "just because".......but you can't explain away five losses.
|5 weeks 4 days ago||Agree||
I agree that he is probably commenting about pressure from the outside but I think that the same principle applies. He shouldn't be talking about coaching changes. There's enough instability in the program as is......no need to reinforce that.
|5 weeks 4 days ago||This||
To me, the comment about firing the football coach was the bigger concern. I don't think that the President should be commenting at all about coaching changes......until they actually happen.
The party line should be, "Brady Hoke is our football coach". The rest of it will work itself out soon enough.
|5 weeks 4 days ago||Dave Doeren||
Dave Doeren has won one conference game in two years at NC State (his only HC job at a Power 5 school). He might not be a bad coach, but there's no way he can get the Michigan job with a resume like that.
|5 weeks 6 days ago||NFL Season||
The 49er's are definitely in the mix for a playoff spot and the season doesn't end until 12/28. I don't think that Harbaugh can be hired by Christmas......and Plan B won't be implemented until Harbaugh is crossed off the list.
|5 weeks 6 days ago||Agree (Sort Of)||
I agree that the Morris situation lies primarily with Hoke. It's his fault that Morris was even in the game at the time of "the hit". Morris was ineffective and hobbling. He shouldn't have been in the game.
I'll give Hoke a little more of a pass on Gibbons. He was an actively enrolled student in good standing all season so I don't have a problem with him playing up until the issue was re-prioritized by the University. I think there's a pretty thin line between "family issue" and "personal issue". Surely his family was impacted by the issue at hand (what do you think his mom thought about her son being on the brink of expulsion for a sexual misconduct issue?). "Family Issue" is fine with me and I wouldn't consider it to be a lie.
|6 weeks 3 days ago||Not So Sure||
O'Brien coached at Brown, GA Tech, Maryland and Duke before jumping to the NFL. I wouldn't say that he "spent his entire career in the NFLwith the exception of the last two years". He's actually a college coach who moved to the NFL......not the other way around.
|6 weeks 4 days ago||2008 Defense||
Yes, the 2008 defense was horrid. However, the defensive players available were not. Will Johnson (Sr), Mike Martin (Fr), Terrence Taylor (Sr), Brandon Graham (Jr) and Tim Jamison (Sr) all had experience (except Martin) and at least sniffed the NFL.
Moving on the the linebackers....John Thompson (Sr), Jonas Mouton (So), Obi Ezeh (So), Marell Evans (So) and Austin Panter (Sr). You can put together a linebacking corp with that crew.
The DB's tell the same story. Morgan Trent (Sr), Donovan Warren (So), Troy Wolfolk (So), Stevie Brown (Jr) and Brandon Harrison (Sr).
Strictly in terms of available talent/experience, that was probably Michigan's best defensive roster between 2006 and 2014.
|6 weeks 4 days ago||I hate to bring this up.....but I will||
Brian said, "Whatever the coach is good at. This was the right move for Rodriguez in 2007 when there wasn't much talent no matter what you did with it."
I'm going to disagree with this. It was coaching suicide for RR to implement that offense with the personnel at his disposal. 3-9? Seriously, 3-9? Michigan could have (should have) beaten Utah, Toledo, Purdue and Northwestern that year. The coach's job is to WIN GAMES.....it's not to feed his own ego and ground a square peg into a round hole.
Michigan had decent offensive (and very good defensive) personnel available that season. Threet was a four star QB with a couple of years of maturity under his belt. He went on to be a reasonably effective QB at ASU (until injuries cut him short). Schilling, Moosman, Molk, Ortmann, and Dorrestein could have presented a reasonable OL. Don't forget that Boren and Mitchell were also on the roster that was handed to RR.
Carlos Brown and Brandon Minor were legit (if not dominant) B1G running backs. Hemingway and Mathews already had some time under their belts at WR. Carson Butler and Kevin Koger were availble at TE.
This wasn't your father's Michigan team, but it certainly had the ability to compete in the B1G and win 7-8 games. RR chose not to do that.....even though he had no QB on the roster that could remotely do what was asked of him. 3-9 set the tone for RR's tenure and that's why he never really had a chance to survive (well that and putting the three worst statistical defenses in the history of Michigan football on the field).
In the words of Herm Edwards......"You play to win the game!"
|7 weeks 4 days ago||RR in Power 5||
I'm trying to figure out how RR got 19 Power 5 "bonus points". He coached in the Big East which isn't part of the Power 5. Three of the teams (UConn, Cincy and USF) didn't land in Power 5 Conferences. The ones that did (outside of Louisville), are middle of the road at best (Pitt, 'Cuse and Rutgers). It was a league full of Purdues. The whole reason that the Big East imploded is that it wasn't good enough to be viable on its own. I'm not sure how that merits bonus points.......and we know that he's not getting bonus points for what he accomplished at Michigan (or Arizona to this point).
|8 weeks 1 day ago||Why?||
Michigan's defense is higher ranked than MSU's. Michigan has a 5th year QB who has the ability to be spectacular. Michigan has a roster full of 2nd and 3rd year players with 4* and 5* credentials. Michigan has an OC and DC who have won MNC's in the past 7 years. No Michigan coach (not named RR) has lost consecutive games to Sparty in two generations.
I don't reasonably think that Michigan will win this game. However, I definitely think that they cover the 17 point spread and may have a punchers chance in the 4th quarter.
|8 weeks 5 days ago||Awful Questions||
These questions (MGoQuestion aside) are awful. Just awful. I can't believe that these people are professional journalists. They're getting paid for this crap! They sound more like psycholoigists ("How does it feel....") than sports journalists.
The MGoQuestion was good......and actually about football.
I didn't count, but the word "rivalry" was used in abundance. Are the reporters trying to drive home a point? I don't think that the importance of this game is any perceived "rivalry". The importance is that Michigan has been owned by MSU recently. They're in the same divivsion. MSU is the defending B1G champ......and looking to do it again. I don't know why the reporters feel compelled to throw around the word "rivalry" like they have some kind of agenda.
|8 weeks 5 days ago||I'm Confused....||
We know that Brady Hoke is the HC and we know that Devin Gardner didn't start against Minnesota (but did come in to play later) so who else could have made the decision? Doesn't the buck stop with the HC?
|8 weeks 6 days ago||AD vs HC||
I'll probably be in the minority here but I think that the problem with Michigan football lies much more heavily on the shoulders of Brady Hoke than it does Dave Brandon. Hoke's the one who doesn't know what to do on 4th and 7 against Miami (NTM) from their 37 yard line. Hoke's the one who started the less experienced/effective QB against a beatable Minnesota team.....and then left him in after he started the 3rd quarter and his first three series were fumble (recovered), pick six, fumble (lost). Hoke's the one who attempted a 56 yard field goal at Rutgers. Hoke's the one who called a timeout with :03 remaining before halftime against PSU. Hoke's the one who fielded 10 men on the punt coverage team TWICE this year.
I don't think that getting rid of Dave Brandon will make Brady Hoke any more prepared to win B1G football games next year.
|9 weeks 4 hours ago||Good Post||
I think that Addazio is somebody who has been flying under the radar but is definitely a name to keep any eye on......especially if Bates ends up at Michigan. Boston College plays tough, competitive football. That's what Michigan will be looking for.
|9 weeks 3 days ago||Interceptions||
I think that primary thing that keeps Gardner from being listed along with the "greats" (other than the obvious lack of wins) is the number of interceptions he's thrown. With the stats that you displayed above, Henne threw 8 picks, Gardner threw 11. While that might not seem significant, it's about 35% higher.
In addition, it's the WAY that he throws them. Remember that inexplicable INT against ND last year? Well the INT against PSU last weekend looked almost as bad. It's not like he's throwing picks deep into coverage. It seems like a lot of picks are being thrown because he's simply not paying attention (or at least making knee-jerk reactions).
Personally, I'll always be proud of Gardner as a Michigan QB. He was a complete warrior against OSU last year. He's made some would-be tacklers look silly along the way. It's just the picks.....and the way he throws them......that will separate him from the others.