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|1 day 14 hours ago||Big Lebowski||
Great movie, and a great line.
But you used it inappropriately...I think that's where the negging comes from.
|4 days 3 hours ago||Congratulations!||
Also, great post.
|4 days 20 hours ago||AWESOME||
I loved the background on Nussmeier, as well as the IZ breakdown and the over/under comparison.
I did not like the elaborate SCOTUS opening. It was fine for a paragraph or two, but then it was just too long for a football preview.
Despite that niggling flaw, this is an amazing piece of free content for which I am very grateful. +1 to you, sir.
|1 week 4 days ago||Agree, but...||
The important thing is that the QB, RBs, and the O-line know where the potential pressure is coming from (ie, who the O-Line isn't going to block).
Having a system in place where all of those parties understand that is essential. It doesn't much matter who makes the call, IMO.
FWIW, I don't think the QB IDs the MIKE in RR's offenses, and they do just fine.
|1 week 4 days ago||Asked and Answered||
Someone asked if Glasgow would replace Miller, Hoke that was one possibility.
I think Glasgow is the leader at RG right now. Not sure if that slides Kalis (whom Hoke confirmed is working at both OG spots) to LG and Magnuson to LT, or if that means Kalis, Bosch, and Joey are on the outside looking in.
|1 week 5 days ago||Quick release?||
He does NOT have a quick release. If you mean that he makes decisions quickly, there is some truth to that, but he has a long, almost Tebow-like throwing motion.
He has good zip on short throws, but looks a little shakier on the longer stuff. He's a decent runner.
This guy is a good player in a great system. He's not great, and won't be even by season's end. In time, Meyer will turn him into a star, but he doesn't have elite tools...then again, neither did Tebow.
|1 week 5 days ago||Embrace the avatar. It's||
Embrace the avatar. It's awesome.
|1 week 5 days ago||Wilson||
I'd add Wilson. I think he's going to be a jack-of-all-trades safety for us this season, doing plenty of blitzing as well coverage, picking a few sacks and TFLs to give with a handful of INTs.
|1 week 5 days ago||BiSB should win...but||
There needed to be more snark about BiSB not having a kicker. Does anyone remember the hell of 2010 when Michigan lined-up for a field goal? You really can't win football games consistently without a kicker.
Aside from that GLARING omission, BiSB's team is the best. But what a ridiculous omission.
Ace has the second-best squad, despite an underwhelming secondary. But he actually has a kicker.
Brian's team is sexy, but a bit disjointed and lacking in O-Line bona fides, AND soft in coverage in the middle.
Seth's team...is a strategic masterpiece with very little talent on offense.
This was fun. Please keep this series next year.
|2 weeks 15 hours ago||Two TE||
When your base play is IZ, using two TEs allows you to flip which side of the field you run to based on how the defense lines up. Furthermore, you can motion the H to the strong side to add an extra blocker, run counter, OZ, and play action out of this look while equally threatening both sides of the field.
If you're a "spread" zealot, the two TE set accomplished a lot of the same things: it spreads the defense horizontally and forces them to make pre-snap alignment choices that allow you take advantage of what they're giving you. You don't need exceptional TEs for this to be effective.
When we actually line-up for App. State and beyond, you'll see a much greater diversity of plays coming from these sets, and you'll see extended hand-offs, play action, and RB patterns that are set-up for success.
Nussmeier knows what he's doing. I can't promise the O-Line is going to block well, but our formations and sets and tempo will put us in a position to succeed this season. The question mark will be whether or not we have the talent and player development to get it done.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Not great yet||
The '97 o-line wasn't shaky, but it wasn't great. Hutch and Backus were not very good yet. They are actually perfect examples of how important experience is on an O-line.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Center in a zone offense||
It's worth mentioning that the center position is more important and more difficult in a zone offense. Getting the calls right becomes vital, and it's not always easy. Miller's intelligence is likely a big reason he's winning the job right now.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Thank You||
I have lots to say about this issue, but I'd much rather just thank you for your tremendous opening in this post. The MGoMob can get pretty, well, Sparty-ish sometimes, and I appreciate your perspective.
Again, thank you for writing this.
PS - John Beilein is the best.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||It's all over||
The final rosters are in. There's nothing left to do but over-analyze and project with great confidence and what is likely to be only moderate accuracy.
As promised, my plan is to do an imanginary round robin where the teams all play each other to decide who is the GCMVA (Grand Champion of my valueless approval). Here is the trophy:
Let's get to it.
Game 1: Brian vs. Ace
Brian has, without question, the best offensive skill players. He also has a strong O-Line...on one side. The weaknesses on his team are the right side of his O-Line, his safeties are the worst of the four teams, and his LBs are (and it pains me to say this) just solid. His DL is pretty darn good, with excellent interior players and reliable if not spectacular DEs. Without question, Brian has the best CBs. He the best kicker and the worst punter, and very good returners.
Ace's team has, I believe, the best offense. Connor Cook is an efficient QB, and Abdullah, Maxxxxxx, and Funchess are all big-time playmakers. Jacobs, Jones, and Wilson are legitimate threats if the defense is focusing on the aforementioned game-breakers. And his offensive line is very good, if not the best of the bunch. Ace's defense is very, very good up front, but I believe it's the worst secondary in terms of play-making ability...there are a total of 4 INTs among his six DBs. Darian Hicks is a projection, but with Narduzzi coaching him, not a bad one. His LBs are pretty good, but nothing special. That said, this is a defense that will pressure the QB and penetrate the backfield, and a back seven that's built to stop big plays, even if they don't make big plays. Ace has no punter, and his returners are just okay, IMO.
The result: Brian 30 - Ace 31
Brian's talent on offense is going to put some points on the board, but Ace's DL is strong enough to stop a few drives with FGs. On the other hand, while Brian's CBs do a great job limiting Funchess, the U-M LBs have not demonstrated an ability to cover, and they are combined with NW safeties. Maxx, Jones, Jacobs, and Wilson eat-up yards down the middle of the field, and Abdullah and Ace's O-Line are more than enough to keep Brian's defense honest.
Game 2: BiSB vs. Seth
BiSB has built a team without holes...except he has no kicker. He has the 2nd most talented QB, a solid group of pass-catchers and blockers at TE and WR, and two very good RBs. His O-Line is a group of very good players with no weak link, and the ability to move the LOS in the run game. On defense, his line has playmakers and one question mark (Henry, who does NOT play for OSU), but the buzz surrounding Big Willie has been very good. His LBs include JMFR, one of the best defensive playmakers in the B1G, and very good OLBs. Peppers is a huge projection, but has talent, and Shelton is damn good. Drummond is the best safety in the B1G, and Davis isn't going to miss many tackles. It's not a sexy team...but it's basically MSU.
Seth found great value in the late rounds in a desperate attempt to make-up for some questionable early decisions. No one but Seth believes that Sudfeld is a top-tier player, and while CJ Brown is a decent running threat, he's no Miller or even Gardner. The WRs are lackluster (even if Jones wasn't injured) and Mark, pretending he's still in the B1G, is an injury risk. His second RB is a back-up projection. Jesse James, Devin Smith, and Christian Jones will keep you honest, but DCs aren't shaking in their boots. On defense, half of Seth's line is AMAZING (Gregory and Bennett) and the other half is fine. I like his LBs quite a bit, and only Brian has better CBs. His safeties and HSP are, as a group, the best of the bunch. The Wile pick was smart, because he's at least adequate at both jobs. Mark is a dangerous returner, when he plays.
The result: BiSB 24 - Seth 20
While I think lots of poster are overrating Brian (because of his very sexy skill players), I think they're underrating Seth. Seth's team is an attempt at "Indiana but with defense," which is fine, but those super-fast spready types struggle against the MSUs of the world, and that's what BiSB's got. The score would have been more lopsided, but BiSB's punters missed two FG attempts.
Game 3: Brian 24 - BiSB 21
BiSB's team simply doesn't have the weapons to take advantage of where Brian is weak. Bell, Wynn, and Long are locked-down by Lucas, Waynes, and Grant. Kroft has a big game, but he's not good enough to win it on his own, and Langfod and Coleman get yardage, but aren't the receiving threats to take advantage of the LBs or Ss. Oh, and the punters miss three longer FGAs. Brian's team can't manufacture a ton of points against BiSB's defense, but in the end having a kicker on his team makes the difference.
Game 4: Ace 41 - Seth 38
What happens when a super-fast spread outfit meets a dominant, moderately-paced offense? Your defense gets tired. Seth's team matches-up well with Ace, because Ace's secondary is a bend-but-don't-break outfit that spread teams are happy to get their 6 YPA against all day long. But cruising down the field for five TDs and facing an offense capable of mauling you or going for the big play, Seth's defense just can't stop Ace's offense. Countess and Murray are very good players, but neither matches up well against Funchess and will need help over the top. The constant threat of the deep ball to Funchess and Maxx attacking the seams actually opens opportunities for Abdullah, the 2nd-best back in B1G, and Ace's other complimentary players.
Game 5: Brian 43 - Seth 45
Brian's weakness at LB and S is most evident against Seth's spready outfit. Brian's CBs can only cover two players, and adding Grant all game helps, but there's still someone open, and that someone could very well be Venric Mark (in theory). In a close game, Brian's one-sided O-Line can't hold up enough to score the game-winning field goal.
Game 6: Ace 30 - BiSB 28
The game for all the marbles. BiSB's team actually plays well enough to win, but without a kicker, can't get the points they need. They move the ball on Ace's secondary, but with zero FGs on the day, Ace pulls out a victory, and the GCMVA award.
In a stunning move that was the opposite of smart, BiSB closed his draft without taking a kicker, and it probably cost him the championship. Ace's strong offense and boring defense win because of a silly choice by the funny man.
Well done, Ace.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||The B1G||
We have good QBs, very good RBs, solid TEs, lousy WRs (overall), plenty of O-Line, up-and-down DL, adequate but not great LBs, some star CBs (though not tons of depth), and pretty average Ss.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||Defense||
The only potential hole I see in our two-deep is at safety. Jarrod Wilson seems to be the only established guy there.
I'm excited about this defense.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||Green||
It still sounds like Green's struggles with protections are holding him back a bit.
And I agree, it's not a bad thing when we have better/other options other than our extremely talented 5-star recruit. I think we'll see big plays from Smith, Drake, Green, and Hayes this season. That's what Nuss' does with RBs.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||Not dreamy||
You're optimistic, but not dreamy. There is a very good chance that our O-Line is at least competent this year.
As I've said in previous posts, there is shuffling, to some degree, at every position on the team right now. That's what happens in camp. And I agree that Mags, Bosch, Glasgow, Kalis, and Braden will be the starters for most of the season (Miller, IMO, will start at center for App. State). And I believe Dawson and Cole are in the mix. I think Kugler is still a year away.
A competent O-Line that progresses to a good (not great) O-Line by season's end gives us a chance to be very good. I'm not sure this group is capable (this year) of getting to "great," which is likely what we need to win the B1G or make the playoff.
BTW, this is dreamy:
|2 weeks 5 days ago||Love it||
I can't get enough of GM pressers. Did we get Nussmeier's as well?
|2 weeks 5 days ago||I see what you're saying, and||
I see what you're saying, and I don't think those calling for expulsion and dismissal are "wrong," I just disagree, and only slightly.
I'm saying IF the legal system allows York to reduce the charge/sentence--which they are more likely to do if he is truly contrite--and IF he serves his sentence, and IF the university doesn't expel him, and IF Hoke determines that it was just a bad, bad mistake, and IF York works, works, works his way back onto the team, if all of those big "IF"s play out in the kid's favor, he should get a second chance.
If we hadn't seen the video and just heard that York had punched a kid in the face, I seriously doubt we'd all be calling for his head. Yes, he hit the kid hard. Yes, it was an awful decision. But it was a split second decision by a kid who thought his friend might be in danger. I'm not defending York, because I don't know what was/is in his heart, but if he can prove that it was just a bad moment and he's learned his lesson--and that's a lot of hoops to jump through--I'd rather see him graduate from Michigan and play football again and have a positive impact on decisions that other kids might make.
I'm not saying go soft on him, I'm just saying I wouldn't rule out completely the idea of having him back on the team. And you're right, that's just my opinion.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||Agree||
This was obviously a horrible crime, and the legal situation will play itself out. I, however, hope that after York has served his punishment, if he is contrite, that he gets a second chance.
He sucker-punched a guy. It was an awful decision, but it was made in the moment by a young kid. If he is willing to work his way back onto the team, after the legal system has meted out justice, AND he's been suspended for at least a year, I am okay with it.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||AGREE||
I loved Henne. Navarre was the ONLY one of those QBs that I did not like.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||MNB Practice Vid||
#18 is a small human being.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||Guards||
What this video and write-up do a nice job of highlighting is how important the interior linemen are to making any zone run successful. The RB's cut will, most often depend on the playside OG.
Obvious is obvious, but if your interior linemen can't block the play properly, you are screwed. Here's hoping our guards have taken a major leap this off-season.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||Yes and No||
You'd like to have five guys that are just amazingly dominant and leave no question, or even seven guys that are soooo good there is a lot of competition.
Unfortunately, we've seen more of the "Oh shit, we don't have anyone playing well out there...let's try another combo."
That said, EVERY team is shuffling positions in camp right now trying to find their best players. What is important is that the shuffling stops soon and we give our line a chance to gel.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||Lightning||
By law, they have to go inside.
|3 weeks 4 hours ago||I don't see this as a||
I don't see this as a negative. A highly touted four star taking the place of a highly touted five star is not a bad thing. It just means the four-star right now is better than the five star.
|3 weeks 4 hours ago||The redshirt isn't burned||
The redshirt isn't burned unless he plays. Just because he's traveling and dressing doesn't mean he will play. You don't see third string qbs play very often.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||I think Buffalo will still be||
I think Buffalo will still be pretty bad; 8-8 at best
The Browns have such a long way to go and a new Head Coach. I don't see it.
The Texans still don't have a QB. I expect them to rebound, but they have a long way to go.
The Raiders? That's funny.
The Redskins? Not with Philly in their division, though the rest of the group is wide open.
The Vikings are in one of the toughest divisions in the NFL, and all four teams arguably got better this off-season. I don't see them ascending to the top.
The Bucs are, IMO, highly overrated. I like Lovie Smith, but that is a pretty tough division with Carolina, New Orleans, and Atlanta.
Speaking of Atlanta, I think there's a good chance they return to form this year. They are my pick, since New Orleans and Carolina are both good, but both are beatable, and I think the Bucs have lots of work to do.
The Rams would be my pick if they weren't in the best division in football. They are a very good team and would have a chance to win the following divisions: AFC East, AFC North, AFC South, NFC East, NFC South. But alas, they're in the NFC West, and will struggle just to make the playoffs.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||Hoke can recruit||
There is no denying the success of this staff in recruiting. This season and next will be fun to watch with all the talent we'll have on the field!
Dantonio gets a lot of credit for his 4th year, but a soft schedule was a big part of a 11-2 record that only had one strong win (they beat Wiscy in EL 34-24) and a pair of embarrassing losses, falling to Iowa 6-37 and 'Bama 7-49. Wisconsin was the ONLY ranked team they beat.
His fifth year was much stronger, IMO, even though they lost one more game, they scored more, allowed less, and beat three top-25 teams, barely losing to another (Wiscy in the B1G title game).
And it's not just Dantonio: Saban didn't win more than seven games at MSU until his fifth season.
The roster overhaul that Hoke has executed since the '12 class has certainly brought in top tier players, but there was almost nothing left from the previous classes. This is still nearly a brand new team.