"Jim's a tough guy and you can see his personality is all over this football team," Fitzgerald said.
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|5 hours 53 min ago||It seemed like the OL's||
It seemed like the OL's struggles with targeting might have come from being coached to hold their initial combos long enough to get movement/prevent penetration. There were a lot of cases where by the time the guy that's supposed to release gets his head back around from the initial block, the guy he's supposed to go get is already running by untouched.
|5 hours 57 min ago||Isaac got a -3 on a bad read||
Isaac got a -3 on a bad read and cut later on, and I'm sure Smith has picked them up before too for really bad vision plays. So, at least it's consistent.
|8 hours 20 min ago||Yes, he's known for his||
Yes, he's known for his "academic game plan" system he developed over the years.
|10 hours 22 sec ago||As aw shucks as Hoke seems||
As aw shucks as Hoke seems sometimes, I get the feeling he's more career objective driven than he let's on. If being a DL coach was enough for him, he wouldn't have left Michigan the first time. The guy wanted to be a HC, strongly. Now that may have changed after he attained his dream job, even if it didn't work out, but I don't think so, personally.
|10 hours 40 min ago||I fully concede that falk's||
I fully concede that falk's own words are the only concrete info we have on this, but neither am I just making stuff up either. There was a ton of insider grumblings at the time it was announced that this was Brandon's doing. Is that sour grapes as you say? Could very well be, but there was enough of it that the adage "where there's smoke there's fire" likely applies, especially when a lot of the other grumblings turned out to 100%,true. It's not any less conceivable than Falk just wanting to put Michigan, and Brandon by association in a good light, and trying to set the narrative that it was on his terms during his interview.
|11 hours 7 sec ago||Was thinking the same thing.||
Was thinking the same thing. Absolutely nothing positive to be gained by announcing it early and dragging it out.
|11 hours 3 min ago||Same here. For all his||
Same here. For all his failings, DL coaching was stellar, particularly on the interior. His recruiting chops would be just icing on the cake.
That's probably a hard step down to take for him though, even if that's really good calling (as he himself has said). My bet is he takes another MAC level HC job in the next couple years.
|12 hours 31 min ago||There's a difference between||
There's a difference between being domesticated for food and domesticated for companionship and as a helper. They call dogs "man's best friend" for a reason.
|12 hours 38 min ago||I don't see where he said it||
I don't see where he said it lives in a cage. Being stuck in a cage and wheeled out in front of screaming fans and fireworks is kind of a shitty thing to do to a tiger, even if you return it to a posh enclosure afterward.
|1 day 9 hours ago||If true, the punishment is||
If true, the punishment is definitely warranted, but I'm always a bit uncomfortable when schools act prior to due process on alleged crimes that hinge on consent. I'll give the staff the benefit of the doubt here that they have more info than the public does, I guess.
|2 days 2 hours ago||Mgovideo has a couple clips||
Mgovideo has a couple clips that they stole from our favorite freep reporter. Mgoblue.com usually also has some stuff if you can ever get their horrendous video player to work.
|2 days 10 hours ago||I'm not sure who to believe||
I'm not sure who to believe on this honestly. On one hand you have it straight from the horses mouth. On the other, Jon seems like the kind of man that would never speak ill of the program no matter what and there was plenty of insider chatter that he didn't exactly leave on his terms (including Brian), and it certainly fits with Brandon's pattern of marginalizing institution guys and "firing Fridays."
|2 days 11 hours ago||JUB sort of answered the why||
JUB sort of answered the why no one else did it question... they forced Jon Falk out and with him went the policy of having a student manager stand next to the backup with his helmet.
EDIT: One of my favorite parts of BLL was how Bacon systematically documents all the safeguards to prevent concussion gate that were removed, one by one, by Brandon until the perfect storm came and exposed each and every gap and why those things should never have been messed with.
|2 days 12 hours ago||For me, the more||
For me, the more unforgiveable thing was not being able to find his helmet during the Morris concussion fiasco. Not having the physical talent to play QB at the college level, being thrust into a road night game unexpectedly is one thing, but not even putting in the slightest effort to follow what's going on in the game to know you're next man up is just ridiculous.
|3 days 3 hours ago||"I like the way he feeds his||
"I like the way he feeds his pads to the defender."
|3 days 6 hours ago||There's something like triple||
There's something like triple as many alcohol related incidents for MSU than any other weekend. I would link to the article I read that in, but I'm having finding it because googling "Michigan State" "alcohol" "arrests" etc comes up with a exactly the type of hits you'd expect.
|3 days 8 hours ago||You said right to left the||
You said right to left the first time, which means the ball gets pushed right to left too, which means he needs to aim to the right to compensate (all this is from his perspective, it would have been opposite for you sitting in the endzone behind the goal posts.)
|3 days 8 hours ago||It was because arrests and||
It was because arrests and alcohol related incidents skyrocket during MSU games, not " intense desire to maintain certain games at certain times while frowing on alternatives." Moving the game later only gives the Sparties that decend on campus more hours to get even more drunk and unruly.
|3 days 8 hours ago||Yup, I said it in another||
Yup, I said it in another thread, but the "the stats only look ok because of the big plays" comments miss the mark a little. The feast or famine nature of the offense has a lot to do with how the defenses were playing us. The aggressiveness pays off most of the time by stuffing the obvious plays, but then you get caught by a constraint play and there's nothing but green grass because you ran yourself out of the play. I feel like having those constraint plays, and dialing them up at the right time, is the key difference between this staff and the last.
|3 days 8 hours ago||It took him a long time to||
It took him a long time to get to the requisite size for the position too, then maybe a little longer still to get his athleticism back after putting on the weight. Damn shame he goes down just as he's finally putting it all together.
|3 days 8 hours ago||Don't you mean mike it down?||
Don't you mean mike it down?
|3 days 8 hours ago||Green's meteoric rise after||
Green's meteoric rise after dropping a ton of weight should have been a red flag. It seems like conditioning will continue to plague him as maybe a lean 220-240 just isn't ever going to be a comfortable weight for him to maintain.
Ty Isaac is a bit of a head scratcher. He reminds me of HS players that haven't realized how big they actually are yet and haven't learned how to use that size and strength to their advantage.
|3 days 8 hours ago||It pains me to say this, but||
It pains me to say this, but this defense reminds me of Narduzzi's defenses the last few years. People come out with a game plan and make some hay on the opening drive or two, but then they adjust and kill it dead and stay ahead of the chess game the rest of the way.
Hell, our whole team reminds me of MSU 2013 where their defense was lights out but their offense was pretty rickety to start. Hopefully our offense finds their groove like their's eventually did.
|3 days 9 hours ago||He missed it just to the||
He missed it just to the right. I thought the same thing Brian did, he aimed for the wind to take it left and in, but it never did.
|3 days 9 hours ago||Was thinking the same thing||
Was thinking the same thing with Ojemudia unfortunately. If he has one skill where he excels, it's being the optioned end and playing it responsibly, but also agressively enough to force bad reads by the QB. Hopefully there's not much of a let down to RJS, but Lawrence Marshall worries me. Putting a freshman in that situation is asking for him to bite hard on a fake and get gashed as a result. I forsee a lot of pre-determined scrape exchanges this game where the end gets an easy assignment to stick with the RB and letting a LB take the QB.
|3 days 9 hours ago||Rewatching the game, it||
Rewatching the game, it seemed like the OL's problem this week was staying on their combo blocks too long. Couple that with hyper aggressive Maryland linebackers, and the result was guys running by clean before the OL got off their initial blocks to get even a chip in. I'm guessing the coaches are doing that thing they did last year where they want the DL blocked well initially before worrying about the fancier stuff like getting out to the next level. This probably worked ok with Deveon Smith squirming past the free hitter for a couple yards every play, but with him out, it led to a lot of stuffs.
|3 days 22 hours ago||He had a few almost punt||
He had a few almost punt blocks the first two games but hasn't played the last two I don't think. Unless it's a season ending injury, my guess is he'll be back out there as soon as he's able.
|3 days 22 hours ago||Richardson still cant find||
Richardson still cant find the field, ojemudia played meaningful snaps out of necessity. Linebacker type guys always are the first to get put on special teams because that's the skillset and body type that's most versatile there.
|3 days 23 hours ago||You'd think people would have||
You'd think people would have learned their lesson after the first few games of 2013 when we blew the doors off of ND and their defense outscored their seemingly inept offense in 3 straight games. Then they absolutely embarrassed us in EL a few weeks later.
I'm not taking anything for granted anymore.
|3 days 23 hours ago||I'm shocked people aren't||
I'm shocked people aren't freaking out about Cole actually.