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- Philosophical congruence - New OC must run similar system and be able to capitalize on current and incoming talent
- Proven track record at a high level - New OC must have demonstrated success in major conference football
- You really can't touch the receivers after 5 yards - In college, you can be making contact with the player (as long as he is in front of you) until the ball is in the air.
- QB protection rules - It's tougher to rush the passer in the NFL because of how many protections have been given to QBs. NFL players have to be more aware of how their momentum may cause a penalty and very careful about where they hit QBs
- Ben Braden
- Kyle Kalis
- Erik Magnuson
- Chris Bryant
- Jack Miller
- Blake Bars
|12 hours 26 min ago||Utah||
The game itself is not brutal, but is part of the tough schedule.
Utah lost to Oregon State by three. They lost to UCLA by a touchdown. They lost to Arizona State by one. The only team that really spanked Utah was Oregon, 44-21. They played four teams currently ranked #17 or higher
Only USC and Arizona State held them under 4 yards/play; add Oregon and Arizona and you get the only teams that held them under 5 yards/play.
Utah is pretty good. The only teams we played this year that I believe are appreciably better than Utah: Ohio and MSU. Probably better: ND, Iowa.
We lost to all of those teams except the miracle against ND. If we don't improve markedly, Utah could beat us at home. It's not a "brutal" game, but it's much tougher than, say, Akron or UConn.
|17 hours 44 min ago||Next year||
Our 2014 schedule is brutal: ND, MSU, and OSU on the road, along with Utah as a non-conference opponent.
2015 sets-up much better; we're at Utah to open, then face Oregon State and BYU as challenges at home, but have MSU and OSU at The Big House. Our conference road opponents are Minnesota, Penn State, Maryland, and Indiana. Very winnable.
What I'm saying is that eight wins in 2014 might be tolerated, depending on how we look. We need at least 10 wins in 2015.
|17 hours 56 min ago||Player development in college||
It's always a tricky thing to pick a position for a defensive player in college. Usually corners stay corners, but every other position has a tendency to move "down and in," meaning you get bigger and stronger; safeties become LBs, LBs become DEs, DEs become DTs, and DTs become NTs.
In our base defense, the closest positions on the line are really the SDE and DT. The coaches will probably continue to shuffle those guys back-and-forth. But when you have a guy with the quickness and strength to play DT that is also 290 lbs or more, he can probably hold-up as a NT as well.
Players' bodies change drastically in college, especially on defense. Frank Clark is big enough to be a SDE at this point--I would not have guesses that would be possible.
I'm not sure the coaches are looking for interchangeable parts at DT and NT, but if you have the size/strength combo, you can probably play both.
|1 day 12 hours ago||Green v. Smith||
Derrick Green has a higher ceiling than Smith, but that doesn't mean anything until he realizes his potential.
Green broke some tackles and made some plays this season, and the posters pretending he didn't are just silly. Yes, Smith had a Chritian Okoye Tecom Super Bowl run vs. OSU, and he looks like a good player.
But Green could be Carlos Hyde 2.0. He is big, powerful, and fast.
And you absolutely can teach balance.
The jury is still out, but Green appears more talented while Smith appears to have better leg drive and a good, old-fashioned refusal to go down.
|6 days 14 hours ago||Hope you're right||
If it doesn't get better, we will see a staff shake-up. Maybe not Hoke, but if the O-Line is still among the worst in the country, we'll see our OC and OL coaches go, mabye more.
|6 days 17 hours ago||That is not an impressive||
That is not an impressive trio: A former walk-on, a guy who is too small, and a guy who has not been able to stay healthy.
|1 week 17 hours ago||Borges covets mobility||
Every guy we've offered has at least decent mobility, and some are pretty good runners
Zach Gentry looks like an amazing prospect. We'll have much tougher competition for him than Louisville before it's all said and done. He has a cannon arm but still throws with good touch, can throw on the run, and can flat out run. With his size, he should be durable.
Gentry might be favorite prospect right now. Kearns is probably second, simply because as a pure thrower, I think he is the best of the bunch.
|1 week 1 day ago||Below for most OCs?||
AB's offense produced the best yards/play against Ohio since...ever.
I have watched every snap. I see plays that are working and players that are executing.
If you're going to play the "1/3 off defensive mistakes" card, what percentage of AB's play-calls were ruined by our own team's screw-ups? And isn't it the OC's job to call plays that force the defense to make mistakes?
Ohio's defense is hardly 'Bama, or even Sparty. But they were the #13 defense in the country when we faced them, and we did far better against them then any of their other opponents this year.
I'm not going to defend Borges' season--it wasn't good enough. But to call ths game "above average for Al below for most other OCs" is ridiculous.
|1 week 1 day ago||I'll play!||
This game is easy! Top Ten programs that have accepted your definition of mediocrity:
I could keep going, but hopefully you get the point. ALL of these schools have had stretches worse than ours with Hoke so far, and for longer. Maybe you're young, but Michigan dominated the Big Ten in the '90's and came up against one of the best coaches and cheaters of all time in Jim Tressel, that put us three points away from the MNC in 2006.
And this doesn't even mention that we hired one of the best minds in all of college football (RR) and went through three years of misery.
Give me a break. Michigan has not accepted mediocrity, they have decided to be patient with a guy (Hoke) they believe could be the next great coach at U-M.
If Hoke hasn't turned the ship around by 2015, he'll be gone.
|1 week 1 day ago||Not sure if serious||
DG will be the starter next year, and will be picked before the third round of the NFL draft is over.
With one of the worst O-Lines in Michigan history, all he has done is put up the second-highest passing yardage total in school history, and was absolutely magical in a handful of games this season. Even with the pass-blocking getting worse as the season wore on, DG drastically reduced his INTs and improved his reads (although he did have a bad day against Northwestern).
When it's all said and done, Gardner will be #3 on the all-time passing yardage list (behind two four-year starters) and has a very, very good chance to top Navarre's 3,331 yards single-season passing record. He will likely finish this season with around 3,200, and I expect he'll have much better blocking next year.
If you're a troll, please leave. If you're serious, then I don't know what to say. Gardner is hardly someone I predict to win the Heisman next year, but I do believe he'll be a very good or great QB.
DG is completing 60% of his passes and averaging 8.6 YPA (17th). His rating is 146.07, good for #31 in the country and one spot behind Jordan Lynch. He's also #31 in yards/game, tied for 27th in TDs, and did I mention his 483 rushing yards (sacks included!) and 11 rushing TDs? He's #23 in yards/game, and has accounted for 32 TDs.
This is a long way of saying, GTFO. Devin Gardner is, and absolutely should be, our starting QB in 2014.
|1 week 1 day ago||2014 WRs||
Remember, this is all speculation. Those guys might contribute next season since they'll have a year of experience under their belt.
The problem isn't that these guys aren't good, it's that the 2014 class is amazing. Moe Ways was supposed to be the sleeper but put up something like 55 catches for 1200 yards and 16 TDs this season. Canteen looks like he could contribute in the slot today. And Harris is most athletically gifted WR prospect we've had since...I don't even know. And he's an early enrollee, so he may very well contribute in 2014.
With Chesson and Darboh undoubtedly having big roles next year, and Funchess and Butt soaking-up targets as well, their most likely use is in the Reynolds/Jackson role as blockers and occasional pass-catchers. Don't forget that Hayes and Norfleet are both planned to be in the slot next year, and I believe both will produce.
|1 week 1 day ago||Joey Burzynski||
Little Joe will be a RS SR next year and was in the running this year; the competition at LG could definitely include him.
I think Funchess will turn into more of a flex TE next year, ala Dallas Clark. I would expect Darboh and Chesson to be on the field with Funchess quite a bit.
LOVE this feature, BTW.
|1 week 2 days ago||Rutgers commit Tyler||
Rutgers commit Tyler Wiegers
EDIT - He justed re-opened his recruitment and is now considering Iowa; they may be the favorite.
|1 week 2 days ago||He didn't say that||
But Hoke did not say that he wasn't firing anyone. He said he anticipates the whole staff will be back.
This question presents a no-win scenario for a coach who is still in-season and in the recruiting season. Admitting any changes at this point upsets the apple cart and can't possibly do any good for your team and recruits, unless the guy you're hiring is AMAZING.
As I said above, I don't think Hoke's plan is to fire AB. But I also don't think saying he doesn't anticipate any changes on the staff is a guarantee of anything.
|1 week 2 days ago||UCLA||
Borges left UCLA, he wasn't fired.
|1 week 2 days ago||Akron||
The only reason to mention Akron as a poor offensive performance is ignorance. It was a very good offensive performance; the defense was bad.
PSU is more understandable; the first half offense was pretty bad, and Borges seemed to stick with the run for too long. It was not a bad game offensively, but there were a few calls that may have cost us the game. Of course, Gibbons making any FG he always makes would have won us the game.
|1 week 2 days ago||Moe Ways||
WOW. He almost looks like a different player. Better hands, better routes, MUCH stronger, quicker...he looks like a top-tier WR now. I wonder if his ratings will change at all.
Canteen, Harris, and Ways...that is one helluva WR class for 2014. Hopefully, all of the '13 guys pan out, but even if they don't, all three of the '14 guys look like play-makers.
|1 week 2 days ago||Coachspeak||
"Anticipate" is a word that covers a lot of things.
There is no other answer Brady could have given that would not have made the next month absolutely miserable for the team and the staff.
While I don't believe Borges will be fired, I certainly don't think today's answer meant anything.
|1 week 2 days ago||EXACTLY||
I will believe they whole staff is back when the whole staff is back.
There is absolutely no other answer that makes sense here. I have little doubt that Borges will continue to be evaluated through the end of the season, and we'll see what the staff looks like in 2014.
That said, I maintain that I am not in favor of firing AB unless there is a suitable and proven replacement. This means:
That guy is not easy to find.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Great post||
|2 weeks 1 day ago||We are substantially younger||
We are quite a bit younger than OSU.
I won't argue that Hoke is nearly the scheme-and-execute coach that Urban Meyer is. I will say that Meyer inherited a much stronger roster, and that I don't want Urban Meyer to ever be the coach at Michigan.
You don't have to be patient; it's a free country. But impatience probably yields another painful transition. There aren't many coaches who can be immediately successful with a bad roster. I believe RR is one of the best scheme-and-execute coaches in college football, and look what happened with him.
I believe Hoke deserves at least another year. If he's replaced, it had better be with someone that is an absolute stud.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||BINGO||
Most of these charts is completely expected with regards to the schedule: we play tougher teams late and usually our toughest game of the year is the last one.
I'd be interested to see the stats with the cupcakes removed.
I really don't see any distrubing trends here.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||Perspective||
We won a BCS bowl just two seasons ago.
Henry Poggi said he was coming to Michigan because he believed U-M and 'Bama were the best two chances at a National Championship.
In 2006, we were three points away from being undefeated playing Ohio in Columbus.
In 2007, we had an 8-4 season that included the Horror, but beat Tebow-led UF in our bowl game.
Bad to slightly above average? No. That's Minnesota. Other than '08 and '09, we're above average to pretty good, but not elite.
Get a grip.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||And read the most||
The critics on this site are here more than the rest of us.
But I, for one, am grateful for the free content you deliver, and I am looking forward to welcoming another Michigan Man this week.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||I'll bite||
Dear Team 134 Seniors,
Thank you. I am so grateful for your contribution to this team, this program, and the University of Michigan. You have much to be proud of, and your work is not done. In fact, even after Ohio and the bowl game, your work is not done.
You will always be Michigan Men--you must never forget the responsibility that comes with that. Please continue to give off the field as impressively as you have on it. The only way we'll build the program we all want is if everyone is pulling in the same direction.
Thank you, and GO BLUE!
|2 weeks 5 days ago||Hell||
Also could've been Hell, MI.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||Good point||
And very true. Conversely, that helps the passing game, making it easier to use either side of the field on every down.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||Rules||
Rule changes in the NFL have made the passing game much more beneficial:
The best offenses in college are still running the ball very effectively. Wisconsin, Ohio, Northern Illinois, Oregon, and Auburn lead the nation in YPC and rush for at least 285 YPG. Those teams don't lose very much.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||Jet sweep||
I would like to do a jet sweep from under center like Wisconsin does, using Norfleet. You can run some great plays off of that action.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||Excellent work||
Thank you for this; I have been hoping someone would take the time to research this topic.
O-Line is not an area where the young are typically successful, no matter how highly-recruited they are. Now we have the stats to back that up.
This year, we only have four guys on the roster that were recrutied with scholarships in their third year or later: Lewan, Miller, Bryant, and Schofield. Glasgow and Burzynski have earned scholarships since arriving.
Here are our scholarship guys (guys that were given scholarships as part of their recruitment) that will be in their third year or later next season:
This is where RR really screwed us...there are only six scholarship options that will be in their third year or later. Yes, we can now add Burzynski and Glasgow to the list, but it's not like we have a ton of options. In 2015--assuming no defections--that number will swell to 12, not including the walk-ons turned scholly players. That will be the first season we have a full depth chart of OL players with decent experience.