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- First of all, jumping 30 spots in FEI D is a vast improvement
- Second, you are looking at the worst possible stats you can find...his S&P rating was 80 in '13 (same as it was in '12), then jumped to 36 in '14, then 3 in '15. That is marked improvement every year, and, considering BC's talent level, pretty impressive.
- How about some more numbers? BC was #102 in total defense in '12 (year before DB arrived). Up to #93 in '13, then #11 in '14. Of course, #1 in '15 thus far.
- Agree, he outdid Orlando when he took over at UConn.
- Yes, it feels like YOUR third or fourth choice. Not sure that's true for Harbaugh.
- Mattison inherited a vast amount of talent when he arrived--Brown has never had that luxury.
- Mattison took over a defense that had not had competent coaching prior to his arrival. As you have noted, DB has followed some decent or even good coaches.
|1 week 6 hours ago||Very tough play. The MLB||
Very tough play. The MLB reads the play correctly and heads to the correct hole. If he sticks to the backside gap, then the guard that blocked him is free to pop the safety coming down to help, and this might be a big gain up the middle. This was not a terrible play by the MLB at all, and I'm not sure gap discipline would have saved the defense.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||STOP||
Still too soon.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||This is not COUNTABLE||
This is not COUNTABLE copyright infringement.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||NCAA = IRS||
It is fitting that the NCAA is making such a stupid, self-defeating rule right around tax day. So many posters have discussed ways to fix the NCAA, but at this point, it's hopelessly corrupt and complex, and needs to be discarded...just like our 77,000 page tax code.
As with the IRS, the control is not in favor of the constituents, but rather those with the pockets deep enough to push through any ludicurous changes that will benefit them. This is why GE and Apple pay no tax but small business owners (who employ the vast majority of workers) are paying upwards of 50% in some cases. It's why the wealthiest individuals have some of the lowest effective tax rates and middle class gets crushed. And it's why Nick Saban and Hugh Freeze get their way when their only reason is "I really don't want to work that hard."
What I mean by this whole analogy is that I'm afraid the NCAA--like the IRS--is past the point of no return and needs to be scrapped now rather than reformed. Recruiting rules, student-athlete compensation, satellite camps...the NCAA has almost no rules in favor of the group it purports to protect and does a laughable job of enforcing the few that just might do some good. There is too much corruption and too much complexity--the purpose and focus of the organization have been completely lost and replaced with the self-interest of a few mega-star coaches.
|4 weeks 4 days ago||D-Line||
Not to mention the talent on the DL: Hurst, Wormley, Mone, Charton, and Godin. That is an insanely strong group that only has to get past one starting OL (Cole)...we are not deep at OL this year.
Based on these lists, I'll take Blue, who looks stronger in the trenches.
|8 weeks 6 days ago||Stribling Starting||
Jeremy Clark is a very good player, and he proved that last year. If Stribling has overtaken him, that means we have three excellent CBs. I think this might be our best secondary in a long, long time.
The 2016 defense should be even better than the 2015 version. Scary.
Unfortunately, the offense will need some time to come along. Fortunately, our first five games are at home and the first three are very winnable, then Penn State, then Wisconsin. Not exactly murder's row. We finally hit the road, but game six is at Rutgers, then the bye, then we're back home for Illinois.
MSU on 10/29 is the first real test, followed by a brutal November with Iowa and OSU on the road sandwiched with Maryland and Indiana at home.
Definitely could be an undefeated season.
|11 weeks 3 hours ago||Well done||
You finished the SEC trifecta!
But let's make sure we don't give kids a free, awesome vacation in Florida. That's not fair to the kids.
|11 weeks 3 hours ago||This is a message board.||
This is a message board. Take your logic elsewhere!
Seriously thought, this is spot on. While there will always be homers, there are lots of people trying to take advantage of homer bets, too. Vegas knows this.
|12 weeks 4 hours ago||Talent Gap||
Great data, thanks for doing the legwork.
We are still pretty far behind the nation's elite on a four-year rolling scale. We would be ranked #11 nationally, and 'Bama, OSU, LSU, Notre Dame, and FSU all have at least 10 more 4/5* prospects than we do. To put that into perspective, that means they have almost one whole unit (offense/defense) more of top prospects.
That said, a few teams are conspicuously absent from the top of this list: Michigan State, Oregon, Baylor, and even Clemson are all ranked lower than we are. Those teams use player development and scheme to keep with college's elite programs.
2016 feels like our best chance for the next few years, but if Harbuagh is on the same level as Dantonio, Kelly/Helfrich, Briles, and Swinney (and I believe he is) there is reason to believe that Michigan is set-up for consistent and long-term success. 2017 presents some obvious roster challenges, but it is also a home/home year for MSU/OSU. Unfortunately, we open with Florida in 2017.
What will be interesting to see is how some of the lower-ranked recruits from the 2015 class start to play. This season should at least give us some hints about how good Harbaugh is at maximizing 3* talents.
|13 weeks 1 day ago||Mgoblue.com still reports||
Mgoblue.com still reports that it starts at 11am. I will take no chances and tune in then.
|14 weeks 3 hours ago||I agree, probably||
Assuming the information we have about these decommits is correct, I wholeheartedly agree.
What sucks about this is that we don't know the other side of the story. But it sounds like our staff has learned some valuable lessons and that this will improve going forward.
All that said, none of this would be getting any attention if Harbaugh wasn't killing it on the road. Success like Harbaugh has had this quickly was always going to be attacked. I sincerely hope we handle these things better in the future, but:
|15 weeks 1 day ago||February 3rd||
I will be waking up way-too-early and getting very little done that day. This is one of the few times I wish I lived in the Eastern Time Zone.
|16 weeks 4 days ago||Yikes||
And he's coaching against June Jones, who is, you know...competent.
Gonna be tough sledding for the East team.
|16 weeks 5 days ago||Fixed headline for you:||
"6-time CFP Champion Jim Harbaugh to Detroit Lions: will be replaced by long-time OC Drevno"
|17 weeks 2 hours ago||Wow||
Did not realize how good those De'Veon Smith cuts were. The broadcast angle discounts how much lateral quickness he demonstrated there. If he can do that on the regular next season then he won't be BJ Askew--he'll be Chris Perry.
While I'd like to see more speed at the position, if Smith can run like he did against the Gators consistently, I can't see anyone else being our primary ball carrier next year.
|19 weeks 1 day ago||This is awesome||
Welcome to the family, Don Brown. We are grateful and fortunate to have you!
|19 weeks 1 day ago||Don Brown has coached the 3-4||
Brown has coached the 4-3, 3-4, and even the bear defense. He has adjusted to his talent and opponent in order to find success.
|19 weeks 1 day ago||Appreciate the counterpoints||
Alum--certainly appreciate your perspective, but it feels awfully slanted. I'm not saying we just got Nick Saban as our DC, but we did not just get GERG either. Not sure why you are so sour on this one. He obviously was not an expected name, but has also done more with less than most coaches. Let's go point-by-point:
Here's where I will agree with you: this is not a hire that has me dancing in the streets. He seems like a sound, accomplished coach. And while there are some up-and-comers that might have made bigger splashes, they also might have left after a year or two. Some continuity could do wonders.
My take is that this is a very, very good hire, but not a dream hire.
Lastly, a point you've made many times is that Mattison turned around our defense right away, and to that I would say two things:
All that said, I appreciate a balanced approach and that someone has some counterpoints...but man, it sure feels like you went searching for data to support your bias rather than searching for data to find your conclusion.
|19 weeks 4 days ago||Tougher than a two dollar||
Tougher than a two dollar steak.
|20 weeks 18 hours ago||Wow. We just offered a great||
Wow. We just offered a great prospect and the board is spending it's time bitching about missing on some other guys? This kid has all the tools to be great: athletic, very willing blocker, great hands and an ability to high point the ball. He needs to clean up his route running, but he could be an absolute beast.
|20 weeks 1 day ago||Excellent post||
Easy to read, nice to have the targets by position. Makes me hopeful for the future. You need moar upvotes!
|21 weeks 22 hours ago||Yeah, but he totally used the||
Yeah, but he totally used the wrong picture. I mean, Krang was a very cool villain, but this guy is one of the greatest cartoon characters of all time:
|21 weeks 1 day ago||Solid List||
I would be happy with any of those guys. Not sure I trust the list, though.
|24 weeks 1 day ago||Oh yeah, he has arm strength too. Can make every throw already.||
Oh yeah, he has arm strength too. Can make every throw already.
|24 weeks 1 day ago||Only limitation I see is his||
Only limitation I see is his long delivery. And that's being nit-picky. He has accuracy, touch, poise, pocket awareness, and even speed. Bold prediction: he will go down as the best statistical QB in U-M history if he stays healthy.
|25 weeks 6 days ago||John Beilein is the best||
This is excellent news. There is no coach I would rather have.
|26 weeks 6 days ago||Coaching Level||
This is a great interview, and I loved the MGoFollowUp question. This team is being coached at an extremely high level, and the results on the field reflect that.
What's amazing is that it usually takes a couple of years for excellent coaching to have a big impact. If we keep guys like Greg Jackson around, we'll have consistently good play that will be elite play if the talent is there (which it should be at Michigan).
Today is awesome. Tomorrow is almost certainly going to be awesomer.
|27 weeks 1 day ago||He was Peyton's QB Coach for||
He was Peyton's QB Coach for one season. It's not like he developed the guy.
I am a Lions fan, and certainly wish JB Cooter the best, but can you honestly say Stafford looks like he's made much improvement under Cooter?
Please have fun with that last sentence.
|27 weeks 1 day ago||TRUTH||
You just can't make this stuff up. Only the Lions.
|27 weeks 3 days ago||Welcome to the Family! Can't||
Welcome to the Family! Can't wait to see you strap on the winged helmet. GO BLUE!