"The University of Illinois is also in turmoil. The university sports an Interim Chancellor, an Interim Athletic Director, and an Interim Football Coach; the game will be played at Soldier Field, making this an Illini Interim Home Game."
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|6 hours 21 min ago||You can't follow that logic||
You can't follow that logic out one more step?
Of course his players populate the two-deep. But it is not a matter of course that those players were a top 5 defense and a 9-3 team. They're good players.
And yes, he failed to develop them, which is why he was fired and why he deserved to be. I'm just talking about recruiting.
|7 hours 45 min ago||He recruited every single||
He recruited every single contributor (except transfer Jake Rudock and freshman Grant Perry) to the current 9-3 Michigan team which had a chance at winning the division until Saturday. His recruits constituted the entire 2-deep of the top 5 defense we put out this year.
He was a good recruiter. A total failure as a coach, but he did recruiting (QBs questionable) right.
|1 day 8 hours ago||Double post. This Borges talk||
Double post. This Borges talk makes me all hot and bothered.
|1 day 8 hours ago||Tongue in cheek, schreibee.||
Tongue in cheek, schreibee. Meyer is of the finest kind. But you think I'm going to admit that on a Friday before the game? UNIVERSE-SIZED EDGE TO HARBAUGH!
|1 day 10 hours ago||Although the 3-3-5 wasn't||
Although the 3-3-5 wasn't brand new, the use of personnel was. Ross spent a lot of time in the middle, pushing Morgan and Bolden out wider than they were used to being.
I think this wrinkle hurt not only Ross, who hasn't played there, but Bolden and Morgan as well, putting them in unfamiliar positions with unfamiliar keys.
I also think that Ross was a spy of sorts on many of those snaps he took at Mike, which is totally new.
|1 day 11 hours ago||I don't mean this||
I don't mean this argumentatively, but out of curiosity, were you as understanding of Borges? He, like Durkin this week, often made wholesale changes to the offense in a week's time. He also was working with a talent deficiency, one arguably much larger than what Durkin had. He also had to try to hide an ineffective OL, which, again, is arguably harder to deal with than Durkin's thin, but talented front seven.
I often stood up for Borges for those reasons, and I still maintain that Durkin is a good coach. But I don't see how anyone can defend that type of drastic change in scheme, implemented in one week, when the base defense was quite good. Good coach, bad idea.
|1 day 13 hours ago||Is it fair to say that this||
Is it fair to say that this isn't really about Babers at all, but Briles?
Hazell, who you thrash viciously (and rightfully, I think) has an almost identical MAC resume to Babers'. The only difference is Babers has what you deem to be a really impressive reference.
Which is fine, and you might be right about Babers' future. But I think you could have made your real point much more clearly. If that is your point.
|2 days 4 hours ago||Maybe. And this is why I am||
Maybe. And this is why I am usually the last guy to criticize gameplans or play calls.
BUT, I hate, hate, hate when coaches outthink themselves or try to win a chess match instead of a football game. Getting too cute is my #1 pet peeve.
It's why, even though everyone on here knows I am a fool for Brady Hoke, the one thing that I hated the most about his tenure was when he went for two against Ohio in 2013. That decision was universally praised, but I hated it. It is somewhat palatable because we found out Gardner was hurt. But boy, it took a great 59 minute effort and threw it down the drain. I don't want the coach to try to win a game on his own. I want the coach to help his players win a game.
In our case this year, I would have been happier to have gone with the defense that brought us. If we lose, we lose. It wouldn't be the coaches' fault. But as it happened, I think it is. And I don't like that sort of gamble. Just my opinion, and obviously one biased in favor of Jimmies and Joes over Xs and Os.
|2 days 11 hours ago||It is possible to disagree||
It is possible to disagree with his game plan yesterday and not trash the man as a coach.
I think he tried to get too cute and implement a new defense in one week's time. I think it was a mistake. I think he is also a good coach who made a mistake, as they all do.
|2 days 11 hours ago||Tackling was problem #1, but||
Tackling was problem #1, but you would have to imagine that part of that is because they were playing a defense they haven't played at any point during the season. 3-3-5 with Ross in the middle was a brand new plan created and implemented this week. Not good.
This was a 2013 Borges game plan on defense. What makes it puzzling is that Borges was trying to find something that worked, whereas we went away from what had worked for us all year.
I like this staff, love Harbaugh. But that defensive game plan was not their finest hour.
|3 days 16 hours ago||Nick Roumel, j'acsuse!||
Nick Roumel, j'acsuse!
|4 days 8 hours ago||And Harbaugh saith unto||
And Harbaugh saith unto mgoblog readers, Why are ye fearful, O ye of little faith? Then Harbaugh arose, and rebuked Urban Meyer and the Buckeyes; and there was a great calm. - Matthew (Godin) 8:26
|4 days 8 hours ago||Not fair enough. Verily,||
Not fair enough.
Verily, verily, I say unto you, he that heareth My word, and believeth on Bo that sent me, hath everlasting wins over Ohio, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from losses unto wins. - John (Harbaugh) 5:24
|4 days 8 hours ago||You're lucky Harbaugh has||
You're lucky Harbaugh has said that we should turn the other cheek.
|4 days 11 hours ago||Pics or it didn't happen.||
Pics or it didn't happen.
|4 days 11 hours ago||Dwarves are Michigan State.||
Dwarves are Michigan State. Little brothers of the Elves.
Columbus is obviously Mordor, Urban is Sauron, Woody was Morgoth Bauglir.
I'm not sure who would be the Rohirrim, maybe Penn State? Light the beacon and they come to the aid of Gondor? But I see us more as the Eldar, not the Dunedain. Although we did have a little fall there with Rich Ar-Pharazon Rodriguez and Brady Tar-Minyatur Hoke.
Well, I'm going back to mom's basement. See you all on Saturday.
|4 days 12 hours ago||Yes, but is he Harbaugh?||
Yes, but is he Harbaugh?
|4 days 13 hours ago||FORTH EORLINGAS!||
|4 days 13 hours ago||How is Tressel v. Rodriguez a||
How is Tressel v. Rodriguez a medium edge? How is that the same as in 2007 with Carr? HOW IS HARBAUGH NOT A GALAXY-SIZED EDGE OVER MEYER?
|4 days 13 hours ago||Heck of a Brady Hoke||
Heck of a Brady Hoke imitation.
|5 days 7 hours ago||High praise for Bosa. I think||
High praise for Bosa. I think he's a great player, but there have been a lot of great players since Woodson.
|5 days 15 hours ago||Not that he didn't get a lot||
Not that he didn't get a lot of yards on his own, but you will never see a 300 yard rushing performance with so few yards after contact.
That's the best I've ever seen an OL play. He wasn't touched by first-level defenders all day. The holes were yards wide. Runyan absolutely ate Vrabel's lunch.
|6 days 6 hours ago||You're a schmuck on wheels.||
You're a schmuck on wheels.
|6 days 6 hours ago||Saban started at State. Miles||
Saban started at State. Miles started at OkSt. There are others who have done the same thing. Middle of the road school in a tough conference. Doesn't look like a great job, but it ends up being one.
You could argue that a job at a "big" program, even a really bad one, does more to prepare you for the real big programs than a better record in a smaller conference. Higher expectations, more dealing with the press, more contact with powerful HS coaches, more money to spend on top assistants, big booster money, etc.
|6 days 7 hours ago||Good effort by the reporter||
Good effort by the reporter in trying to get him to talk ill of the previous staff. But it ain't gonna happen.
They're colleagues. They might work together one day, they might work a camp together, they might want someone from that tree. These people are professionals.
|6 days 13 hours ago||Very well put, and I would||
Very well put, and I would argue 100% accurate. What sets M apart from most other programs is that Bo always are you aware that you were doing it for the guys that came before you. And this is an extension of that.
But I will say that I had my worries (still do, frankly) about that Harbaugh temper. This is a man who once broke his throwing hand punching Jim Kelly for saying something he didn't like. I'm that sort of guy myself, and not proud of it. Maybe its me projecting onto him, but I always worry about guys with short fuses at the top of the organization. That said, he's been a perfect head football coach so far.
|6 days 13 hours ago||I can honestly say I haven't||
I can honestly say I haven't been surprised by much.
I picked us to lose 2 games (thought we would beat MSU and lose to OSU). I had AJ Williams as my breakout player. I expected this version of Ruddock. Chesson's TD production has surprised a bit, but I always felt he was a good WR. Clark has been a bit of a surprise, but I expected Stribling to be very solid, so that position has been about to my prediction.
Maybe these all worked out because I'm always an optimistic fan. I thought we would win 9-10 games last season. But the signs were there -- these are good players, it's not a mirage.
One surprise. Braden has played much better than I ever could have imagined.
|1 week 6 hours ago||A friend of mine was being||
A friend of mine was being rushed to the hospital for a heart attack. He had a hard time breathing, severe tightness in his chest. He said it felt like someone was standing on his chest. Cold sweats, panicking.
Everything cleared up and he went home before ever getting to the emergency room. True story, hand to God. Maybe that happened to Meyer.
|1 week 8 hours ago||Always stand up. The worst||
Always stand up.
The worst thing about Michigan football: the "Down in front" people in the Stadium. I hate them as much as Ohio State. Maybe more.
|1 week 9 hours ago||So, although Ohio is a spread||
So, although Ohio is a spread outfit and they do run the zone read, they aren't as big on the stretch play as Indiana. They are more of a power team (Elliott called the OC out for going away from it, and they ran at least 4-5 QB powers as well).
So, we have a weakness, but it is luckily not their strength. They will run it, and they might have some success with it, but it isn't their bread-and-butter.