“The player development is the main thing I like (about Michigan),” Williams said. “You can see that they develop their players. They get them in the gym and they work them hard. And their hard work pays off.”
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|1 hour 32 min ago||PhotoShop. No Barwis, no S&C||
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|11 hours 35 min ago||+1 [wonderful screen name]||
+1 [wonderful screen name]
|11 hours 39 min ago||This thread has been a||
This thread has been a wonderful read. It has some of the best and worst posts I've ever seen on this blog. Bravo.
There are some stupid motherfuckers in this world. Wow.
|11 hours 47 min ago||I'm sure you are a great guy,||
I'm sure you are a great guy, but you are just in a bit of a slump when it comes to being a decent blog member.
|11 hours 59 min ago||I've never understood this||
I've never understood this line of thought. Winning at all costs isn't the Michigan way. When one decides to pick a team to root for, one should consider such things. Michigan just doesn't work that way, and I hope it never does.
There are 32 NFL teams that operate that way. Pick one. Or pick another college program, if you are into amateur sports. But if you want that sort of coaching, Michigan will always let you down.
|4 days 8 hours ago||Ohio State doesn't even do||
Ohio State doesn't even do acronyms right.
|5 days 22 hours ago||He charged one decency point.||
He charged one shred of decency. Sorry you couldn't afford it.
|1 week 3 days ago||AL BORGES. He never did a||
He never did a single thing wrong, ever.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||We could have won ten games||
We could have won ten games last year if our line was only 25% better in pass protection.
As much as I hate to say it, running the ball is not a must. We were a damn good passing team despite horrible protection. If we protect just a bit better, we win a lot.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||Well, he didn't say he was||
Well, he didn't say he was apathetic.
|3 weeks 19 min ago||Regarding scheme? Does||
Does defense count? If so, this is probably a Michigan win. Our defenses have been good. OSUs have not. And our offense was awful last year but decent the previous two.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||I've always understood your||
I've always understood your point of view, I just disagreed with it. I never actually felt your anguish. Until now. This thread has convinced me.
I am going to fire him if it is the last thing I do.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||He better win 13 games and||
He better win 13 games and shut out Ohio State and kill D'Antonio and swim around in his innards at the 50 or else I am going to fire him.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||Yeah, a lot of it is just a||
Yeah, a lot of it is just a disdain for the English mentality that allows them to think they are something they are not.
But Holland is the land of Total Football. To compare the Dutch footballing culture with the English is, I think, wrong. The national team is one thing, but the culture and how it affects the youth is what I'm rambling somewhat incoherently about.
Look at Italy. The country is still very much the home of catenaccio, of tactics over all, great defense, and direct counter attacking. The coaches teach the kids this way because this is how they learned. The national squad is trying to play a more attacking style, but they don't have the players to do it. That's not the style they grew up playing. England is in a similar boat, but they don't have an effective style to fall back on.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||I agree that they are two of||
I agree that they are two of the best players ever. It like Magic/Bird in La Liga.
I've watched and played soccer my whole life. Soccer is my passion, the only professional sport that interests me. And I think Messi is better than Ronaldo. I think he's better than Pele and Maradona as well.
And the reason is the same one that leads you to believe Ronaldo is better: Messi is the best player ever born at taking men on with the ball at his feet.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||Hey, he could still become||
Hey, he could still become rich and famous. Come up through a club like Chelsea and he'll have it made. But they'll sell him to someone like Wolves to make room for a technically superior player from elsewhere.
The English youth football system is not much better than ours at actually developing good footballers, is my point. Naturally, their kids are noticed much more easily because they have a great domestic league, but the quality just isn't there.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||If an English academy is the||
If an English academy is the best you can do, keep him here.
The English play like Americans with less creativity. They believe in pace over technique and work rate over all. Your son will never learn how to dribble. If he is a defender, he will never learn to play with the ball at his feet. If he is a midfielder, he will be taught to hoof the ball up the pitch and only get forward without the ball. If he is a winger, he will only ever learn to cross/wait for an overlapping player to cross. If he is a center forward, he will learn to jump and use his head and nothing else
The English play an inefficient, unsuccessful, dying style and wear it as a badge of honor. They try to outsweat their opponents despite overwhelming evidence that outscoring the opponent actually counts.
|4 weeks 1 day ago||I can't claim to know what||
I can't claim to know what makes a great coach because there are so many great coaches with different styles/philosophies/traits.
I do know that most college head coaches do a lot less coaching than people would believe. For every Coach Rod (a specialist on one side of the ball, almost a coordinator) there are probably 8 Brady Hokes (CEO-style). A short time ago, that number was closer to 1-20. Head coaches have so much to deal with that coaching a side or a position is not really feasible.
The primary job of a head coach is creating and maintaining a culture. If this sounds vague, it is. A ton goes into it. And it seems like an unimportant thing, as no one ever really talks about it. But those kids buy into that culture, they are indoctrinated into it, it becomes a part of their very consistency and character. This is why the greats, like Bo, still have an army of old players that would go to the grave for them. There can be all sorts of cultures, and all of them can win. But the coach must have whatever it takes to make the players buy in. This is what I thought Coach Rod's greatest failure was. We all remember the defensive players making statements about finally being coached in 2011. To me, this showed a lack of trust in the previous staff (probably earned, but a killer nonetheless).
An important part of that culture is being a motivator. Again, there are differing styles, and all can be successful, but the best coaches are able to sort of create a specific psychological plan for each kid on the team in order to get the very best from him. A guy learns his technique from his position coach. He learns his assignments from the position coach and the coordinator. But his role on the team and his spot on the depth chart are mostly decided by the head coach, so the head coach has tremendous motivational power.
|4 weeks 5 days ago||Joe Morgan now thinks Kirk||
Joe Morgan now thinks Kirk Ferentz is a computer that writes books about himself.
|5 weeks 49 min ago||They also count players,||
They also count players, coaches, trainers, event staff, and members of the press.
I did not make this up.
|5 weeks 51 min ago||But mgrowold, if I recall||
But mgrowold, if I recall correctly, you also thought that Brandon fired Borges. That Hoke was incapable of firing his friend, so the AD had to go over his head and do it.
Doesn't that get Brandon a +1?
|5 weeks 11 hours ago||Take it up with sports. High||
Take it up with sports.
High ticket prices are not an isolated issue.
|5 weeks 2 days ago||Hoke's first full class will||
Hoke's first full class will be the juniors/redshirt sophomores on this team. This was the class that made us believe Hoke had what it took as a recruiter. Thus was the class that committed during our wonderful 2011 season. This season will tell us a lot about those high ranked kids. The season after will belong to them. Then we can judge the class.
In the mean time, we just hope some of then can contribute at a high level. This is the normal way of things. No matter how many stars a kid or a class have, 99% of those kids are not ready to carry a team. 90% aren't ready to be an every down player. 75% aren't ready to play a down. That's just the nature of it. All of the athletic ability in the world (which is what recruiting stars measure) doesn't mean much when the kid doesn't understand the game, his responsibility on each play, the design of the play and why his responsibility is what it is, the technique that is required to fulfill that responsibility, and so on. And that's assuming the kid is physically ready, which most aren't.
Bit of a tangent, sorry. It's become an automatic response to recruiting talk for me.
|5 weeks 3 days ago||What should we have done?||
What should we have done? Pressed one of the better WR in the Pac 12?
|5 weeks 6 days ago||Fuck Ohio.||
|7 weeks 1 day ago||I'm a big proponent in taking||
I'm a big proponent in taking any class that might interest you, particularly as a freshman.
The most enjoyable experience I had as a student was Philosophical Problems with Louis Loeb. I don't know if he is around anymore or if that class is offered, but if so, I wholeheartedly suggest anyone take it.
It's one of those great liberal arts classes that is so useful in life even if it isn't career-focused. It'll teach you how to craft an argument and how to look at things from many different viewpoints. And its fun.
|7 weeks 3 days ago||We got help. As far as I||
We got help. As far as I know, no one wrote papers for anyone or took any tests in our stead, but we were steered into easier classes when our GPA slipped and we all knew which professors were easier on the ball players.
And we did have "paper classes". I once took an independent studies course during the spring term. It was a 1-credit class, I think, and I arranged it to meet the mandatory credit requirement for full-time students. I met with the professor twice (although we emailed frequently) and wrote a 10-12 page paper on the ancient Greek phalanx. I think I got an A, although I'm pretty sure I deserved it. There was nothing fraudulent about the course, but it did earn me a credit for very minimal work and almost no time dedicated to any thing outside of research and writing.
|8 weeks 1 day ago||Forgive me, I didn't fully||
Forgive me, I didn't fully consider the physical nature of collegiate line play.
|8 weeks 3 days ago||No it does not. If you are a||
No it does not. If you are a Michigan lineman, you have enough body control to not grab someone's facemask. If you grab it unintentionally, you are not good. If you grab it intentionally, you are an idiot/lack control.
|9 weeks 3 days ago||I'd argue that the scoring||
I'd argue that the scoring defense was really hurt by our poor offense. I think the D is pretty good, and would not be surprised to see a top 20 unit if our offense is capable of a middle of the pack (50-70 range) performance.
And if that is how it plays out, we smash the over. I've got my fingers and toes crossed.