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|2 days 7 hours ago||None of those things has||
None of those things has ever, at any point, been non-politicized. Politics touches all parts of life and society. Academia has always been highly political. Cinema has always been political, often times used as outright propaganda. And on and on.
What has changed is that there is no longer political consensus on basically anything, no matter how trivial or how historically 'removed' from politics it was.
|4 days 17 hours ago||When a recruit uses the thing||
When a recruit uses the thing we call language to communicate with a coach and the coach uses a word in a way in which no other speaker of that language does, I don't think the recruit is a special snowflake for being upset. Do only snowflakes expect language to provide sounds with meaning?
An offer is an offer. A non-committable offer is not an offer at all. At best, it's an "alternate offer". Just because we do it now doesn't mean it's right, or that the kid is wrong or a special snowflake, or that the foundational understanding of language isn't important.
|6 days 6 hours ago||That Braden was invited||
That Braden was invited instead of Magnuson and Kalis shows the lunacy of the combine. He has been invited based on his frame only. I wish him well and am glad he was able to improve as much as he did, but both of those guys outperformed him in college.
|1 week 1 day ago||That's not similar at all,||
That's not similar at all, really.
Brian was trying to tell people Morgan was having a great collegiate career. I don't think he ever tried to project what kind of pro he would be.
Plus, Brian was right about Morgan, and it wasn't because of any stats or nerdiness. He was using old-fashioned film scouting.
I'd also suggest to you that most NFL scouts are pretty much horseshit when it comes to projecting college players in the NFL. Its not much better than a crapshoot for most scouts. There are a handful in the league with good track records, the rest are at coin-flip levels.
|1 week 3 days ago||But no one wants to read||
But no one wants to read every article on here, much less every comment. And yet people do read a lot of stuff they disagree with, including some of the articles and many of the comments. Why is it that we can't handle only the political ones?
This isn't even directed at you, per se. Why are we incapable of discussing politics in a civil manner, and why does a political statement we disagree with any more troubling to us than the latest WD gear comment, the TIMMMAY comment bashing it, and whatever else we don't care to see?
|1 week 3 days ago||How do we define "politics"||
How do we define "politics" or "political"?
Is it anything that deal with a politician? Is it substantive claims about policy? What is it? "Thanks, Obama" doesn't count, right? Does "bigly"?
Because I don't really see the current climate as really political. I think certain demographic groups are terrified about their immediate futures, which is only partly due to politics and much more to do with cultural forces of anger and scapegoating and such.
|1 week 6 days ago||I agree with you. As soon as||
I agree with you. As soon as a kid signs, I couldn't give a shit what the scouts thought about him. After year 2, I no longer cared, for example, that Kalis was the most college ready guard some guy had ever seen. Because what I saw was a guy who needed a lot of work just to be serviceable.
I was just stating my extremely low opinion of scouting services vis-a-vis OL. I can honestly say I have a better record of predictions after watching one practice than all recruitniks put together, and by a pretty large margin. I'm an idiot-savant. It's my one talent.
|2 weeks 4 hours ago||But I would argue that of all||
But I would argue that of all positions, OL is the least understood position by recruiting services. A five star WR is more likely to actually be good than a five star OL.
Someone do a statistical study to back me up, please.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||This is how the vast majority||
This is how the vast majority of coaching hires are made. An out of work guy turns to a HC he knows, and the head coach on the hot seat turns to the position coach he knows to help save his job.
Most head coaches aren't like Harbaugh, where they can offer anyone and anyone would have to at least give it serious consideration.
Jones is a local guy and either knows Hoke from years of camps and clinics or they have many common friends.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||This is true, but as someone||
This is true, but as someone who watched a few of those practices, I can state that Hoke had total autonomy over the DL. Give the devil his due, he can recruit, he can evaluate defensive talent, and he can coach a hell of a defensive line.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||The final paragraph is||
The final paragraph is fantastic. A great summation of a complicated process, put plainly and yet losing no meaning.
Great opinion, and great writing.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||That 2013 class looked like||
That 2013 class looked like it would make up the backbone of a 10-win team.
That 2013 class ended up being the backbone of a 10-win team.
Pretty good recruiting.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||As long as we don't bring||
As long as we don't bring back the Communist Minister of Defence, I'm cool with it.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||In very plain terms, the||
In very plain terms, the greatest strength of the zone scheme is that there are basically two plays, as far as linemen are concerned. Inside and outside. So you can rep those two plays thousands of time during the course of the season against dozens of looks, and you can build some proficiency relatively quickly.
The gap scheme has more plays, and you still have to prepare for those dozens of looks, so each play gets fewer reps. Which is why most teams have a base play, like power O. They get really good at that and use changeups sparingly. Whereas in zone, you only have two plays, so of course that's your base, but also fewer changeups.
I speak only of the scheme as relates the the linemen. There are tons of wrinkles to a zone scheme that you can do with your backfield or formation or motion and what have you.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||If we run a passing spread --||
If we run a passing spread -- and all of the 5-man protections that entails -- next year, we will be bad and a QB or two will die.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||Except you leave out the part||
Except you leave out the part of the analogy in which admissions doesn't send you notice that you've been rejected. Instead, it sends you Wish You Were Here postcards or some shit. I'm not creative enough to create a separate analogy for what type of letter admissions would send that would represent the nod and wink ghosting thing.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||Right. The column establishes||
Right. The column establishes the fact that the process is note rare.
It is still wrong. I don't like when Michigan does it.
If all your friends were jumping off a bridge, would you do it?
|4 weeks 1 day ago||Sava's is chronic. No mention||
Sava's is chronic.
No mention of Maize and Blue Deli surprised me. Spent many chits there back in the day. It's not fancy, but it does the trick.
|4 weeks 4 days ago||Frey seemed to do a nice job||
Frey seemed to do a nice job with young linemen in his first go round. That could be huge for us, as we will have a young line next season. I actually didn't hate Funk when he was working with upperclassmen; I think he was good at really crafting guys games, but he was dreadful with the young guys. He was probably a bad teacher, or he was better at the minutiae and worse at the fundamentals. Frey doesn't have that problem.
He would also lessen the load on Drevno, allowing him to focus more on his OC duties. That's another plus.
|4 weeks 4 days ago||I'd guess you associate line||
I'd guess you associate line problems with Coach Rod because he didn't recruit any.
But Frey did a pretty nice job with the pieces he had.
|5 weeks 2 days ago||It is. The NFL is a higher||
The NFL is a higher level than NCAA.
NFL assistants spend the off-season in Mallorca. NCAA assistants spend their off-season in the living rooms of high school kids in West Bumfuck, OH.
|5 weeks 2 days ago||Not if he wasn't any good on||
Not if he wasn't any good on defense. You don't give snaps to just any warm body, not if you want to win games.
|5 weeks 2 days ago||I don't see this as a lateral||
I don't see this as a lateral move. He's moving up a level of competition. He also might be excited by the prospect of working with a talented back like Yeldon and some nice pieces in Ivory and Denard.
Most likely, WSU turned him down and held his lack of coordinator experience against him. So, if he wants to get that coordinator job, his visibility is better in the NFL. Couple more years and he will use the extra NFL experience to impress a smaller college program into giving him the reigns to an offense. And then head coach from there.
|5 weeks 4 days ago||Bando is a very overrated||
Bando is a very overrated commenter. Sad!
|5 weeks 6 days ago||Harbaugh also said that||
Harbaugh also said that Peppers should not be the only guy in the Heisman chatter in reference to Speight this year.
So, we kind of know what he thinks great QB play looks like, and it was pretty close to what mid-season, top form Speight looks like.
Speight could be beaten out for a job, of course. But Harbaugh's own comments make that very unlikely. Seems like he really likes the good version of Speight. And his evaluation is the one that matters.
|5 weeks 6 days ago||I don't doubt that at least||
I don't doubt that at least one of those guys has a higher ceiling than Speight. But I care much more about winning the next game than the game a season from now. And I think Speight gives us the best chance of winning the next one.
But that's almost getting to a new topic. I commented in reply to your statement that unless Speight has a great line or an All-Conference back, he won't win much.
Like I said, that's true of most. And there is literally nothing except hope supporting the idea that the other guys will be good behind a mediocre line or with a mediocre back.
Then you brought up Henne, who had pretty good lines and an All-Conference back, in the hypothetical. This despite Speight just having gone 10-3 as a sophomore behind a decent line and with no All-Conference RB.
|5 weeks 6 days ago||Najee Harris.||
|5 weeks 6 days ago||I have no idea if the young||
I have no idea if the young guys can be that guy. I've never seen them play. I DO think Speight can be that guy. But he's a Sophomore. Not there yet.
Regarding Henne and Denard: I don't know. Henne had Mike Hart for his whole career, as well as guys like Braylon, Avant, Breaston, Manningham out wide. Henne had absolutely loaded offenses and never went 12-0. I don't think Denard wins us 12 games either. I like the kid and he was a hell of a runner, but you talk about Speight missing easy passes and want to replace him with Denard? Not me.
Regarding Luck: I think 9th in QB rating makes my point. He's got the tools to be a top 3 guy in the league. Instead, he's in that range of meh starting QBs. Why? Because, although he has good WR, his line is bad and they can't run the ball. And that's basically what you were saying about M -- that because we have a bad line and no star RB, we need a different QB. Well, Luck is a great QB with a bad line and no RB, and his team is no good. The QB can't fix it all by himself. Unless he's of the Brady caliber.
Regarding your edit: I think we're not talking about the same thing. I'm not blaming anyone else for Speights struggles. I was taking your argument on its face and saying that not only can't Speight fix the issues you brought up, but very few could.
A new point: Speight is the best scrambler I've ever seen at Michigan. He's amazing at keeping plays alive. It's his best skill. I'd argue that makes him more likely to succeed behind a weak line than our underclassmen (assuming they aren't as good at it, because they likely aren't).
|6 weeks 1 hour ago||I think that's true of every||
I think that's true of every QB on our roster and the vast majority of QBs in the history of football.
Only legends of the sport succeed with bad blocking and no running game. For every Tom Brady, there are hundreds of Andrew Lucks who kind of suck because of the guys around them.
|6 weeks 1 hour ago||There's the small matter of||
There's the small matter of winning games that might mess up your plans.