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- More talent. Among Evans, Higdon, Isaac, Walker, Davis, Johnson (if he's back), and even Samuels and Taylor, I believe we have the most talent at the position since...the 90's? And four of those guys have quite a bit of experience. It's worth noting that Evans and Higdon had the best YPC of the RBs (6.98 and 5.90, respectively).
- Better overall coaching. Even if we assume that Jay Harbaugh is a downgrade from Wheatley, adding Frey more than makes up for it, IMO. We have added a guy who wasn't just an OL coach at IU, he was also a Co-OC and running game coordinator. The real swap was not Jay for Wheatley, is was Wheatley for Frey, and that is a clear upgrade. I believe Jay will be just fine as an addition to the running game group, since we now have an extra set of eyes that is focused on the running game overall. In 2016 it was Drevno and Wheatley, with Jay chiming in for TE blocking. Now it's Drevno, Frey, and Jay all focusing on that aspect of our offense.
|1 week 6 days ago||No||
Love the content, but this argument is absurd. There is no way Green is more valuable than Panda. Greens stats are totally useless--Hill has helped win games and made more plays than Green. The stats lie on this one, though Pandas TDs should count for more in your eyes.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||Well done||
You all do a great job and I am extremely grateful for the free content. Thank you!
|2 weeks 5 days ago||Definitely concerning, but...||
UmBig11 thought Wilson was going blue.
Insiders are wrong sometimes.
|3 weeks 2 min ago||Yes, this is the best WR||
Yes, this is the best WR class ever, if we get Collins and Martin. I say that confidently because of the size and quality. 5 guys, 4 of which are top 150 recruits including a 5 star. Yes, the 98 class had two amazing prospects, but this class would be rated higher because of quantity while still being high quality.
|3 weeks 16 min ago||UCLA is an excellent school.||
UCLA is an excellent school. Michigan isn't the only great academic institution in the country.
|3 weeks 14 hours ago||Part of the class yes, but||
Part of the class yes, but not part of rankings or scholarship count. I think UM maxes at 115, though there is no max once school is in session or you play your first game. Only 105 are allowed in fall camp.
|3 weeks 21 hours ago||Congrats and welcome to the family! Go Blue!||
Congrats and welcome to the family! Go Blue!
|3 weeks 21 hours ago||Congrats and welcome to the family! Go Blue!||
Congrats and welcome to the family! Go Blue!
|3 weeks 2 days ago||You mean like DPJ and Rashan Gary?||
You mean like DPJ and Rashan Gary?
|3 weeks 2 days ago||While I think this assessment||
While I think this assessment is a bit over the top, I agree that he was overrated. Cam Akers looks like the real deal to me. I believe Najee will be a good to very good college RB, not great, and Bama will make him look better than he is.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||Actually, I'd argue Walder is||
Actually, I'd argue Walder is an exceptional wedding planner. I didn't like who he killed, but the plan was a great one. He got his just desserts anyway in one of the most satisfying moments in the show.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||True. Even if we miss on all||
Even if we miss on all three, we're still a top 5 class loaded with talent across the board. Would be great to get all these guys, but we are fine even if we don't get any of them.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||Greg Frey and the running game||
Love this hire. I believe Drev will be gone next year (2018), so we'll have our Running Game Coordinator (probably co-OC with Pep) ready to go. Furthermore, I believe we'll see immediate improvement in our running game with two proven coaches spending more time with the OL. I also agree that the marriage of spread-zone concepts and MANBALL can be harmonious, as programs like Alabama make a living off of zone running concepts in pro sets.
Jay Harbaugh as RB coach? It's always cause for concern when you install a coach at a position with which he has no experience. It is entirely possible that our RB coaching takes a step back this season.
Or not. Jay had no prior experience with ST or TEs, and those have been two of our best units on the team. It's worth remembering that he spent four seasons at Oregon State as a GA (doing and learning about everything) and then three seasons in Baltimore as Offense-Quality Control guy. Again, that means he would be learning about all aspects of the offense and that would certainly include diagnosing issues/strengths with the running game and RBs. Furthermore, he is surrounded by coaches who have strong track records with RBs and running games.
My guess is that our RBs take a large step forward in 2017, even if the running game doesn't improve much. There is so much youth on the OL that I'm concerned the running game as a whole won't progress much (keep in mind that we were 33rd in YPG nationally in 2016 and had our highest YPG average since 2011) but I believe our RBs will be better for two simple reasons:
A better question might be will our TEs suffer as pass-catchers as a result of this change, since it seems with Frey as their position coach--in addition to coaching the OTs and being running game coordinator--they may not receive the same attention they did last year.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||Agreed||
I think a lot of people are looking at this the wrong way, feeling like Wheatley is being replaced with Jay. Really, Wheatley is being replaced with Frey, and Jay is just shifting duties. Yes, Jay may not be as knowledgeable about coaching RBs as Wheatley was, but we certainly need more OL help than we need RB help, IMO.
Drevno is a proven coach. While our OL hasn't been very good yet, he's been dealt a tough hand and I will reserve judgment. Drev didn't forget how to coach just because he came to Michigan.
BTW--Harbaugh has had multiple coaches coaching his lines before, just like he's doing again now.
Overall, I like the move, and hope the NCAA adds that extra coach so we can hire a RB specialist.
|4 weeks 2 days ago||My guess is Solomon, Martin,||
is Solomon, Martin, and Becton/Gay/?Mystery?
|4 weeks 2 days ago||Did not have the best Army AA||
Did not have the best Army AA bowl week.
|4 weeks 2 days ago||Great Post||
This is an excellent post. A mix of bad roster management, bad coaching, and bad luck has put our 2017 OL in a tough spot.
I do not understand why everyone is writing of Juwann Bushell-Beatty. Remember how bad Newsome looked in 2015? JBB was our "next man up" this year, and I fully expect him to either start at a tackle position. He will have another year in the S&C program and another year of solid coaching.
My line guess: Ulizio / Bredeson / Cole / Onwenu / JBB
It's ceratinly possible that Kugler or a freshman changes that starting OL, but knowing what we know now, that seems like the best grouping.
It's worth nothing that having JBB (6-6/311) and Onwenu (6-3/350) on the right would be a LOT of beef. Bredeson and Ulizio seem more athletic, so it could make for a "right-handed" running game with Bredeson and Ulizio pulling towards Onwenu and JBB. This also sets-up well for pass pro since Speight is right-handed and your more athletic lineman are typically your better pass-blockers.
Ruiz seems like the most college-ready guy and he would be my first guess for a freshman to crack the line-up. Filiaga plays the right position, but let's not forget how tough it is for true freshman to succeed on the OL.
|5 weeks 3 days ago||First of all, we are going to||
First of all, we are going to be younger than any of those teams were. Second, the youngest team 31-0hio, got housed by the experienced team, due in no small part to young OL issues. Third, Alabama's talent is way ahead of even OSU for now. Fourth, Alabama lost largely because of their young QB.
|6 weeks 3 days ago||O-Line is the bigger concern for me||
Agree that O-Line is the bigger concern. Mattison has had our DL as a plus unit since his first day here. Between him and Brown, I'm not that worried about the DL. Yes, depth is thin, but these coaches will make it work.
OL...I trust umbig11's prediction: Ulizio/Bredeson/Cole/Onwenu/JBB. Runyan is the next man up. The question in my mind is if a true freshman can overtake Ulizio or JBB, which might reshuffle the deck.
SERIOUSLY doubt Cole plays anything but center. He's coming back for a senior year in order to get better at his NFL position, and I don't think he'll move, especially for a true freshman. It's entirely possible that Ruiz can play OG, but Cole at OC seems like the only lock on the line.
If I had to predict a change, it would be Filiaga replacing Ulizio. But I actually believe none of the true freshmen will start.
|6 weeks 3 days ago||Folks around here forget that||
Folks around here forget that Willie Henry was something like the #985 national composite player. This is why I am not too worried about the D-Line--Mattison has turned nearly every DL recruit into a monster.
|6 weeks 5 days ago||He was not on he roster this||
He was not on he roster this fall
|6 weeks 6 days ago||Nope. The players should get||
Nope. The players should get credit too. And the coaches should get blame too. It's not all or nothing either way. But did Harbaugh fumble the ball on the OSU one? Did Harbaugh whiff on blocking Walker all game long? No. Kalis and Bredeson just aren't good enough to block that guy. Harbaugh can't fix that. What he can do, and it appears he mostly did, is to maximize the potential of his team.
|6 weeks 6 days ago||No, I didn't. Play calling||
No, I didn't. Play calling and scheme are meaningful parts of college football, but the idea that great play calling can outmatch serious talent deficiencies--especially when facing another great play caller--is just not accurate. You aren't going to consistently out coach other great coaches--you need more talent.
|6 weeks 6 days ago||Two separate ideas that||
Two separate ideas that probably shouldn't have been next to each other:
|6 weeks 6 days ago||Rarely do I agree so wholly||
Rarely do I agree so wholly with one of Brian's posts--it's hard to find anything I disagree with here.
|8 weeks 4 days ago||Good question. The consensus||
Good question. The consensus is obviously that Harris the better back. He is putting up insane numbers against top flight competition. He is fast, strong, and big. He is agile and has great hands. He seems to have great vision and instincts. He follows blocks well. His initial quickness is off the charts, even if his top speed isn't ideal (though it is still VERY good).
|8 weeks 4 days ago||This. And it is so tiresome.||
This. And it is so tiresome.
|8 weeks 5 days ago||Can't believe that people are||
Can't believe that people are assuming this complaint is all true. Americans must be the most easily manipulated group ever. Wait to hear both sides, folks. There is no evidence presented in this article at all other than the plaintiffs version of events. Yeesh.
|8 weeks 5 days ago||Disagree. I don't think it's||
Disagree. I don't think it's personal, I think it's virtual. If you are sitting next to be you are much more likely to be an honest version of yourself and we are more like to build a real connection. Online, people create versions of themselves. Read any message board or game chat and you'll see that.
|10 weeks 5 days ago||Identity. What was our||