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|2 days 22 hours ago||Florida will be good. If we||
Florida will be good. If we can beat a veteran, well-coached Florida team, we could easily go 11-1
|2 days 22 hours ago||Well then we're not winning||
Well then we're not winning the B1G, because Speight will be your QB
|4 days 13 hours ago||AMAZING! Keep it up, Grant.||
AMAZING! Keep it up, Grant. Hope to see you on the field soon.
|6 days 12 hours ago||2016 Post-Spring was ON POINT||
Was this your most accurate prediction ever? The only misses would be Speight over JOK and swapping Noah Furbush for someone else who got more PT as we rarely used a third true LB...Kinnel?
|6 days 13 hours ago||Disagree||
Young, hungry, and Harbaugh. That's how I would describe next year's roster. There will be doubters aplenty given the youth of the team, but if we can beat Florida in the season-opener, we could definitely make the playoff. In fact, even if we don't, we could make the playoff by winning out, which I believe is possible.
One thing is certain: for the first time in a decade, we have the athletes to compete with anyone in the country. Between Harbaugh and Brown, my guess is this young roster out-performs and is another borderline playoff team. I would predict 10-2, but if we beat Florida, we could easily be 11-1.
Why so optimistic? Yes, we lose nearly all of our receiving production, but Darboh and Chesson are being replaced with superior athletes that are already superb blockers. Yes, Jake Butt is probably the best Michigan receiving TE of all time, but Wheatley and Asiasi are far better blockers and will improve rapidly in the pass game, with Bunting filling in more TE slot catches. Yes, we're losing 3/5 of an O-Line, but it's an O-Line that was poorly coached for years and has under-performed its talent level--look for that trend to flip next year as Harbaugh's guys start to mature. Yes, the DL is not as deep, but it's still uber-talented and will be in year two of Brown's system. They will find adequate or better back-ups. The LBs? Gedeon was very good, but Bush will be a monster and McCray will be a year better. Peppers? Sure, he is an amazing athlete, but Brown has ALWAYS had a great SAM and has plenty of athletes to choose from. You get the point...
We have top-quality coaching, and we will have excellent QB play from day one for the first time since...Henne's last season?
Quite frankly, next year's squad reminds me a lot of the Ohio State squad the won the MNC. Young, hungry, and coached by some of the best minds in the sport. Oh, and we have MSU and OSU at home. Our toughest road games are at Penn State and at Wisconsin, though I expect Maryland will be much tougher than most would guess. That is still a VERY favorable schedule, even compared to this year. IF Florida is good enough to beat us, I expect they'll win the SEC East, which makes it a quality loss. I seriously doubt we lose more than one conference game next season. Too much talent, too much Harbaugh.
|1 week 14 hours ago||This||
He was a very good CB, pushing Stribling who had an amazing season. He's also a great tackler. Given our youth and the lack of confidence in playing CBs (other than the starters) by the coaching staff this season, I'd say we need him at corner more than we need him at safety.
Kinnel, Hudson, Metellus, Glasgow...we'll find a starting pair from that crew that I think we'll like just fine.
I'm actually not too concerned about ANY position group on defense for next year. In fact, my only concerns are at OL. We have loads of talent everywhere else and the athletes to compete with the Ohio State's of the world.
At CB, we'll have Clark, Watson, Hill, Long, and Washinton in the mix. At LB, we'll have Furbush, Bush, Mbem-Bosse, Jones, Uche, Gil, and Wangler pushing for time.
On the DL, Gary, Winovich, Marshall, Kemp, and a pair of Johnsons will compete at DE while Hurst, Mone, and Dumfour hold down the middle.
Speight is your QB, with Peters backing him up. We have an embarrassment of riches at RB, with Evans, Isaac, Higdon, Johnson, Walker, and Davis all having potential roles, and a true freshman could easily crack the line-up (especially if Najee Harris joins the class).
WR and TE are loaded with inexperienced talent. Drake Harris, Eddie McDoom, Mo Ways, Nate Johnson, Grant Perry, and Kekoa Crawford are ready-to-play WRs, and it looks like another amazing WR haul will be arriving next fall. Asiasi and Wheatley headline the every down TEs, but Bunting, Gentry, Eubanks, and McKeon are all amazing athletes that could find their way onto the field.
And then there's the OL...will Dawson reemerge? Bredeson, Braden, and (hopefully) Cole are locks. Newsome if he can recover. Kugler, JBB and Onwenu are in there, then it's Ulizio, Spanellis, and Runyan. No idea who pans out there. OL is my biggest 2017 worry.
|1 week 6 days ago||Wow. Those were the worst||
Wow. Those were the worst questions at a press conference ever, and that is a very, very low bar to slither under. That was the Battlefield Earth of press conferences.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||No. Indiana.||
|3 weeks 2 days ago||Too cute. We try to outsmart||
Too cute. We try to outsmart the defense every play. When you're the better team, it's okay to just beat them. More basic power, traps, and Isolation runs. Fewer trick plays.
|4 weeks 12 hours ago||That's no M00N...||
That's no M00N...
Seriously. We'll never have to put up with offensive ineptitude like that with Harbaugh around.
|4 weeks 12 hours ago||That's no M00N...||
That's no M00N...
|4 weeks 5 days ago||See my post below||
MSU kept trying to use these concepts to beat us, but once Durkin had seen it, our defensive gameplan changed to stop it. So, M reacted.
|4 weeks 5 days ago||Great defense/coaching||
What many people forget about MSU's golden days on defense with Narduzzi was that they often gave up points or big yards on the opponent's first drive. Why? Because most defenses are going to come out using their best, tried and trusted plays. These plays are on tape, they are not a secret. Even UM's bad offenses often had a good first drive against MSU with Hoke.
As Dantonio did against us last weekend, you can use a defense's tendencies against them--for a drive. Once the defense has identified your gimmicks, it's back to who can outsmart and outplay the opponent.
This is where great coaching is so important--Brown and the defense adjusted and, for the most part, shut down MSU's offense for the balance of the game. The old Narduzzi units used to do the same.
While Brown is more crafty than most defensive coordinators and probably varies things more on opening drives, seeing a team move the ball effectively against us in the opening drive is no longer an accurate representation of what we can expect to see for the remainder of the game. Brown will adjust, adapt, and improvise in order to take away the opponent's scheme.
Contrast this with Durkin's approach against OSU last year--the defense showed a new look and had early success. Durkin kept running the same defensive plays, formations, and coverages. OSU adapted, Durkin did not. After early defensive success, Durkin's gameplan was annihilated by a superior opponent (both in terms of talent and scheme).
I don't expect we'll ever see that happen to Brown.
|5 weeks 3 days ago||Get used to it||
These recruits are amazing, and I agree they are a buch of difference makers. This, however, is going to be the norm with Harbaugh. Expect the 2018 class to have the quality (though not the same quantity).
|5 weeks 3 days ago||Offense is an easy choice, but defense...||
The '97 defense was probably better than this year's version, but we'll have to wait and see. It is certainly a much tighter battle than the offenses.
|5 weeks 3 days ago||Correct||
Missed that and will fix. Thank you!
|5 weeks 4 days ago||While this game may give us||
While this game may give us more trouble than analytics say it should, I am not concerned about our running game against MSU.
For starters, we average about 1.5 YPC more than Wisconsin. We have two RBs in the top ten in YPC in the country. And we run a much larger playbook of runs than the Badgers. Harbuagh, Drevno, Fisch, and Wheatley know MSU's weaknesses. They will do their best to exploit them.
My point is that while Wisconsin also runs a "manball" running game, they are not nearly as good at it and they don't have nearly the same size playbook.
|5 weeks 6 days ago||Brian Cook - Speaker for the||
Brian Cook - Speaker for the Dead
Highest compliment I have ever given (by far my favorite book of all-time) to Brian.
The dead should be treated with the same respect as the living, and honesty is far more valuable than sensitivity.
|6 weeks 1 day ago||Benjamin may be better than||
Benjamin may be better than our three current commits, and I would definitely rank him above Dillon and Taylor. Don't get me wrong--we have three solid players committed, but Benjamin is a very, very good back that I believe could be one the best we've had in years. He gets to top speed extremely quickly, can cut without losing much speed, often breaks the first tackle, and has the vision to find the right hole. Watch his tape. It will change your mind.
|6 weeks 1 day ago||Yes. Watching yesterday's||
|6 weeks 2 days ago||I would like to see him get||
I would like to see him get more carries. Smith is looking slow again and I'm concerned there may be an injury issue. Higdon is our best pure runner, and Evans is probably the runner up.
|6 weeks 4 days ago||Carol Phillips||
While he does not hold-up well consistently against the run, Carol Phillips has 11 TFLs and 4 sacks this season. He deserves a star, and his match-up with JBB is probably our biggest weak point in this game.
Don't get me wrong--this game won't be close--but Phillips is an impact player. My guess is that this game is a more reasonable annihilation, say 45-3.
|6 weeks 5 days ago||I appreciate the info.||
I appreciate the info. Looking forward to seeing Nate tear it up and hopefully Perry and Harris learned their lesson.
|6 weeks 6 days ago||Don't like it||
I think Pelini would be a homerun hire from Purdue's perspective, but I still think it's a bad idea. Why? Because his ceiling at Purdue is bascially Nebraska minus. Whereas he churned-out 9-win seasons at Nebraska, in the B1G East and with a lesser program to sell, his ceiling drops a bit. If Purdue wants to be consistently decent, Pelini is a great hire. If they want to be exciting with a chance at a great year, he's a bad choice.
Purdue is at their best when they do something innovative or different. They should look for a spread-to-pass or triple option coach, IMO. Pelini is not that guy. Bob Stitt* is that guy. Troy Calhoun is that guy. Tim Walsh (Cal Poly) is that guy.
*Stitt is averaging 47 pts/game at Montana this season. The Grizzlies scored 41 points in their only loss, falling to Cal Poly by a single point.
|6 weeks 6 days ago||My Take||
My take so far:
QB - EVEN. Was someone expecting an All-American here? Speight has had a strong start with some hiccups. Most of those hiccups come under pressure, but the occasional errant throw is concerning. All that said, his QBR is high and he has made some great plays. Now we need him to have a jump in performance for the second half of the season.
RB - UP. Hard to see this any other way. Smith is the steady, tackle-breaking monster we thought he was (who is amazing in pass pro); Isaac and Higdon have taken massive steps forward; Evans is a revelation. Our best backfield in over a decade, but still without the game-breaking bell cow Michigan used to have every year.
WR - DOWN. Chesson was supposed to be an All-American. Yes, the opportunties are lacking, but there have also been drops and we haven't seen the same separation we saw last year. Darboh has been pretty damn good, but a couple of drops in there too. So while DOWN is the right answer, that's only because expectations were so high. Still the best group in the B1G.
TE/FB - UP. Jake Butt had a few uncharacteristic drops early, but he's back to himself and I expect his usage to increase against some of the better teams on our remaining schedule. Bunting's injuries are disappointing, but damn, Asiasi is a player. Hill is an exceptional Harbaugh FB and Poggi has made huge strides. Hard not to love this group overall.
OL - EVEN. I don't understand the downvote here. Sure, we lost Newsome, but we weren't even sure he was going to start. That he's been much better than expected is a bonus. His injury hurts, and is the ONLY reason this is EVEN--Kalis, Magnuson, and Braden are all playing their best football. Cole has only been good, instead of the anticipated Rimington-contender. We'll see how LT plays out, but the right side of the line has been dominant, getting Michigan back to being a team that wins most short yardage and goalline battles. About damn time.
DL - EVEN. Can't get much better than predicted, which is one of the best DLs in school history.
LB - WAY UP. What was supposed to be our biggest liability is one of the best groups on the team. The depth looks spotty, but McCray and Gedeon have been amazing at everything but pass coverage, and Peppers is Peppers.
DB - EVEN. Stribilng is better than expected, Thomas is worse. Everyone else's performance is on target.
Overall, my expectations for this team are up slightly, and I now feel like 12-0 is an expectation instead of a wish.
|7 weeks 4 days ago||This was one of my all-time||
This was one of my all-time favorite OWs. Thank you, BiSB. Some highlights:
|7 weeks 4 days ago||I thought Kemp had||
I thought Kemp had played.
|7 weeks 5 days ago||1. Ben Gedeon on defense and||
1. Ben Gedeon on defense and Karan Higdon on offense.
|8 weeks 1 day ago||This. There is nothing more||
This. There is nothing more disrespectful to an opponent than not playing your best. You can put your worst players in, but you should always play your best.
|8 weeks 5 days ago||Kicking Game||
This ties in with Seth's answer, but when your offense isn't great, FGs become even more important.
The Wisconsin game was not even as close as the score indicates: even an average kicker should make 2/3 of those FG attempts, putting the score at a comfortable, spread-covering 20-7; had 'Sconsin hit that long play Stribling fell down on, it's still 20-14.
So my answer is definitely the FG kicking. Our defense should be able to limit every remaining opponent on our schedule; our offense may need help from our kicker(s) to get points on the board.
This could also be vital in The Game, where a FG could easily decide the outcome.