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|1 day 1 hour ago||Gives a little more||
Gives a little more motivation to Shane. Sends a message to the rest of the team that no ones job is safe over the summer. That sorta thing.
I don't really care how Hoke handles it, I just don't see any reason for him to declare to the press that there is no competition.
|1 day 3 hours ago||Sure. They are brainwashed,||
Sure. They are brainwashed, at least if Hoke is any good. All athletes are to some degree or another. But what matters is what the coaches tell them face to face. In my scenario, Devin doesn't "know" he is going to start in the same way we do, he knows it because his coach has told him he will. Meanwhile, he is telling Morris to keep working and improving because there is a legitimate competition. Now, what does he tell the press? He can't say Gardner is going to start without hurting Shane's trust in him. He can say its an open competition and it will not hurt Devin's trust, as he and Devin have their own understanding.
Regarding brainwashing, it is definitely true. As college athletes, it is very easy to miss the forest for the trees. Guys are made to live and die with each practice, each workout, each rep. This is particularly true for young guys and guys who have yet to make the starting lineup. It changes as you get older, as the coaches soften their approach with you and give you more respect and ownership of the team. I love that shit.
|1 day 3 hours ago||I've had a number of those||
I've had a number of those moments on here. Not a bad blog. By and large the commenters are excellent.
|1 day 3 hours ago||It's never silly. It's a||
It's never silly. It's a motivational tactic.
The kids are brainwashed. If Hoke tells these guys there is a real competition, then they will believe him. I just suspect that Hoke isn't telling both of them the same things. This way, its a win-win. Gardner knows where he stands but Shane busts his ass.
|1 day 3 hours ago||Nah. Sorry, man. I just had a||
I just had a discussion the other day with a guy who insisted Shane made better decisions and was more accurate with the ball. This despite the fact that Shane has one start, had to make very few decisions due to the extremely pared-down offense in said game, and showed no great accuracy. In fact, the knock on him in high school was lack of great accuracy. I jumped to a conclusion I probably shouldn't have, but it was informed by discussions like that one that are very clearly race-related.
|1 day 4 hours ago||Yeah, after rereading it||
Yeah, after rereading it later in the day, I probably over-reacted. I'm just so sick of it, maybe I'm seeing boogeymen. Sorry to the board.
|1 day 4 hours ago||This is true, but Gardner is||
This is true, but Gardner is a fifth year senior going into his second full year as a starter. He is not short on confidence. It is probably his biggest strength.
He knows the job is his, just like we all do. But he also knows that a good Shane is good for the team, so he will play along. This is what senior leadership is about. The point is, announcing it to the press is pointless. And in fact, if Hoke tells him he's the man and goes and tells the press otherwise, Gardner feels in on it. It draws him closer to the coach.
|1 day 4 hours ago||Because the kids on the team||
Because the kids on the team are basically brainwashed into believing everything the coaches say. So if they tell both guys they've gotta fight it out, the guys are going to believe them and act accordingly.
There is a limit to this, of course. You can't tell an All-American to keep his nose to the grindstone or else that freshmen is gonna have his job. In fact, I'm pretty sure Gardner knows that he is going to be the starter, but he also knows that a motivated Shane is good for Michigan, so he will play the game. This is a people business. Fans aren't people.
|1 day 11 hours ago||Yeah were just having a||
Yeah were just having a discussion. I meant no offense and don't think my tone was accusative. FWIW, I agree that Michigan football should be at the very upper echelon. And I agree that the AD hasn't been perfect. I don't have a huge problem with Brandon, but if we could get a better AD, I'd be all for it. The same goes for Hoke or any University employee. I want Michigan to be the best.
I just think that questioning someone's desire to succeed is no good. Hoke might not be a top coach, Brandon might not be a top AD, but they both want to be. And I understand your point that Brandon's first priority is money, and winning his second. I just don't buy it. Why would he have fired Coach Rod? Were we not making money? If the programs tanks ala Tennessee, do you think we will still make as much money? Neither does Brandon. Winning is the reason for all the money. He knows that. Everyone knows that. If you don't think he knows that, you are questioning his intelligence, i.e. competency. Again, it all goes back to that.
|1 day 12 hours ago||Skin color. That post read||
That post read outrageously racist to me. He had to couch all his criticisms in compliments so as to avoid all the old racist tropes.
Devin is intelligent, but doesn't make good decisions. Etc.
I might be too sensitive, but I've heard to much of this shit that I can't take it.
|1 day 12 hours ago||Only if Shane Morris is the||
Only if Shane Morris is the next Peyton Manning, a prodigious once-in-a-generation talent.
Devin Gardner has proven that he is a good quarterback. New system or not, good quarterbacks are a commodity. They aren't just discarded because of "fit", or else Hoke and Borges would have let Denard transfer.
The only reason this debate exists is because Michigan had a bad record. For some reason, football fans love to blame/credit the quarterback for losses/wins, no matter what his actual production is like. In the age of Sabermetrics, I can't believe how stupid we are about this issue.
|1 day 12 hours ago||But what is there to gain? We||
But what is there to gain? We get some peace of mind. Gardner might not work as hard over the summer because he knows the job is his. Shane might similarly lose motivation if he thinks there's no point.
There is literally nothing to gain by publicly naming a starter at any point before the first snap of the season. And even privately, the starter should only be named at the end of camp, before the first practice of game week.
|1 day 12 hours ago||His answer would be that||
His answer would be that there is no hypocrisy: Coaches are employees and players are student-athletes and each group has certain rules they must live by. Whatever you think of this answer, it is obviously the one Emmert would give, so why even ask?
|2 days 2 hours ago||Ball talk. I love it when you||
I love it when you talk dirty to me.
|2 days 2 hours ago||You're still proposing that||
You're still proposing that someone doesn't care enough or doesnt try hard enough. And you give nothing to support it. You might have a case if you said our Athletic Department and AD were incompetent. In fact, your post argues just that. But you make a jump about passion and effort that isn't sustained by your own evidence.
Lets say that Hoke is a bad coach. We still pay him like a top coach, so what more can the AD do? The coordinators make a ton of money, and we just fires one who underperformed. What more can the AD do? The answer, the only one that makes sense is "hire better ones". Well, this is a knock against the ADs ability to judge coaches, i.e. competency. Not a lack of want or effort.
But I get it. It's easier to think that if we just tried harder, if the AD just cared as much as the fans do, that we'd be better. It's somehow comforting to think that the reason for our struggles isn't aptitude but desire. But I'll never get Kate Beckinsale into bed no matter how hard I try.
|2 days 11 hours ago||Agreed. If anyone blames||
Agreed. If anyone blames Coach Rod for anything in 2015, that person will be a fool. By that point, it will all be on Brady Hoke (despite Coach Rod being responsible for a portion of that years 5th year seniors, he gets a pass in my book). This is true whether he is the head coach or not. By 2015, Coach Rod will be completely irrelevent.
|2 days 12 hours ago||I don't havean excuse for the||
I don't have an excuse for the 2012 line. It wasn't very good, but it was not historically bad. That line actually protected the passer very well. The running game was weak, but they made enough creases for Denard to be effective. You are right, though, that the RB run game was poor. I thought the biggest problem was terrible line calls, not a lack of physical ability.
Still, I think that line sort of illustrates my point. Barnum and Mealer were not great players, but neither were they totally overmatched. I think this is because both of them were seniors getting their first time. Being seniors, they weren't dreadful, but neither were they great players or else they would have started earlier in their career. They were, in short, what most OL are. And because we had them to go along with some truly good players, the line was OK.
As far as Hoke, I am entirely biased in his favor. I hope he is never fired, wins a lot, and rides off into the sunset. This doesn't mean that he is entirely to blame for the young line, just as my love for Lloyd Carr didn't stop me from calling for his head after the Horror, or as my distaste for Coach Rod didnt lead me to blame him for the lack of experienced offensive players in 2008. Sticking to this debate is probably a good idea, rather than rehashing the coaching change debate all over.
|2 days 12 hours ago||But you must realize that the||
But you must realize that the AD is comprised of real, actual people not just corporate robot monsters? Dave Brandon played football for Michigan. He wants Michigan football to win. To deny this is just being overdramatic. He might have no idea of how to make that happen, but to suggest that he doesn't care is so unrealistic and personally disrespectful that it almost defies credulity. The AD probably does not live and die by every little thing like fans do, but don't forget that Brandon wrote an open letter to a recruit in an effort to land him. This is because he thinks that player will help the team win, not because that player will lead to any economic gain.
|2 days 13 hours ago||No amount of Hoke recruiting||
No amount of Hoke recruiting would have given us a senior OL this season. This problem, therefore, is the responsibility of the previous staff. This is not a blanket excuse for our problems on the line, but it is an explanation for why we have struggled and will do so again.
As for the lack of drafted lineman, it seems pretty irrelevent. Those lines, despite having few NFL players, were pretty good. They were never a weakness on our team. More to the point, we had a number of All-Conference guys, meaning they played well for us, so who cares about their NFL careers?
My theory is that guys like Mark Bihl and Rueben Riley (the two starters from the 03 class) didn't see the field until they were juniors and seniors. So when they got the call, they were not overwhelmed, even if they were never dominant. That is the difference between those lines and the current one. Kalis will almost certainly be drafted (all 4-year starters at Michigan have been) and will probably end up as a hell of a player. The problem is that did not help us one lick last year when he wasn't a hell of a player.
|3 days 4 hours ago||Anyone who has the gumption||
Anyone who has the gumption to lie to my face about "starving" as a college athlete is a punk. There are legitimate complaints to be made. Singing the blues about your empty belly is just bullshit.
|3 days 18 hours ago||Jesus, the kid is a||
Jesus, the kid is a sophomore. WHAT IS TAKING HIM SO LONG?!
|3 days 18 hours ago||It's a total load of||
It's a total load of bullshit, and it all comes from guys who think they are pros before, you know, going pro. Athletes have it made compared to the rest of the student body.
That said, they are young and dumb. And entitled.
|3 days 18 hours ago||If no one blocks, Nuss will||
If no one blocks, Nuss will struggle. As did Borges. As would any OC. I really hope we block people, and Nuss is a genius and Borges is a simpleton and all of our notions are confirmed and we live happily ever after, amen.
|3 days 19 hours ago||Space Coyote is a jerk!||
Space Coyote is a jerk!
|3 days 19 hours ago||Also, Brian makes it seem||
Also, Brian makes it seem like the logical answer is to play TE next to the OG. Brilliant.
|5 days 5 hours ago||This has been a source of||
This has been a source of confusion. Consensus was that most of our problems were due to Borges. He's gone and his spot has been filled by Nussmeier of Alabama. So why are people still so down?
I think the line will be improved. The scheme might help. But the fact that we could have 0-1 new starters is a huge factor that no one seems to consider. Losing Lewan and Schofield could be mitigated by having 5 guys that have all started. Fewer missed assignments. Fewer disasters. If we had cleaned some of that up last season, we win 2-3 more games.
|5 days 10 hours ago||Anyone who argues that game||
Anyone who argues that game attendance is meaningless is an idiot.
Ticket sales lead to money for the AD, which leads to money for the program, which leads to shiny new things, which leads to recruits, which lead to winning. And winning is the point.
|5 days 11 hours ago||Yes, yes, yes. It like what||
Yes, yes, yes. It like what I've tried to say about Glasgow. If Glasgow made his way into the lineup as the vast majority of Sophomore OL did, by being the one underclassman amongst a line full of upperclassmen, we would be frothing at the mouth about his potential. But because of the makeup of the roster, he was our oldest interior OL, and so many of his weaknesses (pass protection and deciding how and when to come off a combination block) were exposed rather than hidden.
The players on the list have all improved. But because the team was and is so young, we see a lot of their weaknesses. Ross might never be a thumper up the middle, and when Washington and Black were playing well inside, he didn't have to be.
|5 days 11 hours ago||The jury is not out. Every||
The jury is not out. Every one of those guys has developed. They haven't become Molk or Martin, and may never. That doesn't mean that they have not improved or have gotten worse
Look at Frank Clark. We are almost all down on him. Why? Because his production didn't reach the crazy arbitrary levels of hype that we set? Clark was a much better player in 2012 than he was in 2011. And if he makes a similar jump this season, he will be a first team All-B1G player.
The team has not developed as fast as we'd have liked. There is a lot of room to improve. But the jury isn't out on Frank Clark, he is a decent B1G DE who has yet to play his senior season. If you're familiar with college football, you probably know that the vast majority of players are best as seniors. The jury is out on someone like Tom Strobel.
|5 days 11 hours ago||Graham Glasgow is no Steve||
Graham Glasgow is no Steve Hutchinson, but he is a walk on who will have developed into a multi-year starter at Michigan.
I didn't think he was that good last year, as his pass protection was weak, but he did a nice job in the run game. HE WAS ALSO A SOPHOMORE MAKING HIS FIRST STARTS.
Glasgow will probably not ever be on any All-America lists, and he might not make any All-B1G. But he was our best interior lineman last year, and I promise you that was not the case when he showed up as a freshman; this is development.
If Glasgow played at his exact same level but was surrounded by the 2011 line, we would be talking about how great of a season he had and how Funk and Hoke are geniuses. This has been the case for almost all young OL at Michigan. They have always looked really good because they have been the one youngster amidst a line of upperclassmen. In 2016, some freshman or sophomore will play at exactly Glasgow's level, and we will marvel at how good he is because the guys next to him will make him look better than he is. This is the nature of line play.
This is becoming a fucking joke.