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|13 hours 14 min ago||Am I the only one who missed||
Am I the only one who missed Borges last season?
Probably. I miss Borges if I dont see him hourly. I carry pictures of Borges in my wallet.
But seriously, how was our passing game so terrible last year? Sacks went down, safeties still packing the box, and nothing. We were the least threatening passing offense I can recall outside of 2008.
|19 hours 3 min ago||Fair enough, but your last||
Fair enough, but your last paragraph sums up my thoughts. I'm not saying it was a good idea. I'm saying I don't think it was a bad one, and the results seem to support me. As you said yourself, we weren't bad back there outside of Countess. And I'd argue that Lewis's Manning-coached improvement was equal to or even greater than Countess's regression. Lewis today is a better corner than Countess has been, IMO.
As far as QED, I think that very short list compiled straight from my head with 30 seconds of Bing(?) is actually kind of approaching it. Not as evidence that Roy Manning was a good DB coach, but as evidence against the level of thinking that produces, "How can a LB possibly coach DBs?"
|19 hours 21 min ago||For some context behind my||
For some context behind my train of thought: Manning had much more success in his first year than Funk did in his 24th.
|1 day 2 hours ago||First, Hoke didn't go into||
First, Hoke didn't go into the season thinking he was coaching for his job. It developed into that when the wheels started coming off. He was supposedly safe, so breaking what he thought was a good coach in at a new position wasn't a big risk. Carr did that type of shuffling a few times, including when he made Andy Moeller the OL coach and moved Terry Malone to OC/TE. I think they won the conference in the next two seasons.
And the change in scheme is a PERFECT time to make that type of change -- its not like Manning was stuck in his zone scheme, whereas an old timer might be.
Second, even if it was a bad idea, it wasn't because Manning never played DB, which was the thrust of my comment.
Third, again, outside of Countess struggling, DB wasn't a weakness. We were OK back there, and without Peppers. Nothing great, but no Tony Gibson, either.
As for if I think it was a good idea. I dunno. I get it. I would have preferred an established, top of the line DB coach. But I dont think Manning was a bad idea. And the results, I think, support me.
|1 day 4 hours ago||I wrote this in another||
I wrote this in another thread, but:
Mattison was an OL. Jay Harbaugh played DE in high school and no higher. Jedd Fisch never played any football at all, at any level.
Coach Rod was a linebacker, now offensive genius. Bill Walsh played DE, invented the offense copied by every team in the world for 30 years.
Now, I'm sure most of those guys had more success in later years than in their first. So Manning's problem was probably that he was in his first year coaching a position, not that he is incapable or only knows LB or whatever.
And that's assuming he had a problem. I dont think our DBs were bad last season. Lewis is a star who flourished under Manning, Wilson was a plus. Basically, He couldn't make Countess a man corner. But being a man corner is probably the hardest job in football.
|1 day 9 hours ago||BUT DOES #2 DO YOGA?||
BUT DOES #2 DO YOGA?
|1 day 9 hours ago||Mattison was an offensive||
Mattison was an offensive lineman.
Jay Harbaugh was a high school defensive lineman and never played at a higher level.
Jedd Fisch never even played high school football. He was a tennis player.
I hope those position groups turn out OK. But at least our DBs will be coached by guys who played DB.
Rich Rodriguez, innovator of offensive football renowned the world over, was a linebacker.
Bill Walsh, the guy who invented offense before Coach Rod, played defensive end.
Bill Belichick did play football, but much preferred lacrosse and squash.
|2 days 7 hours ago||Yeah, he missed a portion of||
Yeah, he missed a portion of camp. If you aren't an established player, missing camp is a death knell. The other guys, by virtue of going through the grind, earned snaps in his absence.
And for all the consternation, our backs weren't terrible, they were just inconsistent and tended to make the mistakes young players do. They were sophomores.
|2 days 7 hours ago||I think Williams will be a||
I think Williams will be a strong contender for Most Improved Player. It is almost impossible to play as many snaps as he has and for the light not to come on.
|2 days 13 hours ago||It would be really, really||
It would be really, really nice to have Miller in there and have Glasgow bump Braden out to be the first man off the bench.
In my limited expertise, I dont have much evidence to suggest that leaners, or waist-benders, ever really figure it out. Often, they lean because their feet aren't fast enough to get into the right position so they have to throw their upper body forward to get to the block. That scares me. Braden scares me. Still, I hope to hell that I'm dead wrong.
Plus, you can hide some of that between a good, experienced center and a future all-conference tackle.
|2 days 13 hours ago||I call.||
|2 days 15 hours ago||I dont think anyone who is||
I dont think anyone who is that rich has ever gone into coaching. Coaches are, by and large, guys who have to work to make a living, at least when they start out.
Plus, who wants to work 18 hour days with Giselle at the house. "Bye honey, I'll see you in January."
|2 days 15 hours ago||I hope he goes to San Jose||
I hope he goes to San Jose State.
We would need a Borges/Rodriguez fusion cuisine tag.
|4 days 7 hours ago||Dymonte Thomas returning||
Dymonte Thomas returning kicks. Hope he hits it big there.
|4 days 7 hours ago||We figure to be in 2 LB||
We figure to be in 2 LB packages very often, probably most downs. So depth becomes less of a concern.
And I think you're on to something with the moving back. If Harbaugh can move two guys to TE this year, I dont see why he couldn't move two guys to LB next year if need be.
|4 days 7 hours ago||Glenmorangie. Cellar 13 if||
Glenmorangie. Cellar 13 if you can get a bottle.
|5 days 11 hours ago||<3||
|5 days 14 hours ago||What's weird is that Funk||
What's weird is that Funk actually got really good play from Molk, Lewan, Schofield, and even Huyge. I think the guy might be able to coach experienced kids, but has no idea how to get young guys ready. Like, he might be an decent coach but just a dreadful teacher.
I wont miss him, but looking back on his time is so interesting.
|5 days 14 hours ago||Also favoring us in 2011: not||
Also favoring us in 2011: not getting knocked off the line, linebackers attacking the gaps, backs mot letting guys behind them.
The turnovers certainly helped the team, but that defensive improvement was no mirage. The jump from 2010 to 2011 was so drastic that we want to give credit to turnovers, otherwise it would be unfathomable. Think about that.
|5 days 14 hours ago||Funny thing. Off the field,||
Funny thing. Off the field, Hanlon was ALWAYS smiling. He's the most cheerful coach I've ever seen. I suppose its easy to smile when you know you've always done the job really, really well.
|5 days 15 hours ago||I'm hoping these quotes are||
I'm hoping these quotes are more similar to the ones from Roh and RVB about the new coaches finally teaching them how to do what they wanted to accomplish rather than just telling them to go out and do it. Those quotes were accurate -- the new coaching made real players out of them.
I expected a nice jump in OL play due to each of them being another year in the system and not having to replace any starters. But with Drevno, I'm now expecting a quantum leap. And I haven't been an optimist w/r/t the OL since Lloyd retired.
Kids always talk up the new staff, you're right. But lets go with some optimism in this case. Can't hurt until the first loss.
|5 days 15 hours ago||Wheatley at OT is something I||
Wheatley at OT is something I am all for. Reminds me of Jon Jansen.
|1 week 6 hours ago||SKYPE MEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!||
|1 week 6 hours ago||Skype me.||
|1 week 6 hours ago||Is your refrigerator running?||
Is your refrigerator running?
|1 week 6 hours ago||I will fellate myself if a QB||
I will fellate myself if a QB starts for Michigan.
|1 week 6 hours ago||If anything bad happens to||
If anything bad happens to Rudock before the Utah game, I am going to slap your face, you Goddamn jinx.
|1 week 6 hours ago||Beat Ohio. Beat Ohio in 69,||
Beat Ohio. Beat Ohio in 69, Beat Ohio in 97, Beat Ohio in 2011, Beat Ohio in 2015, Beat Ohio forever.
|1 week 6 hours ago||Typical Catholic, always||
Typical Catholic, always thinking about cornholing someone or other.
I'm also a Catholic, for what it's worth, so you can't fool me.
|1 week 9 hours ago||Road game. Out west. Bad team||
Road game. Out west. Bad team last year. New QB. New coach.
We will win, but based on a lot of common metrics/factors, Utah should be favored.