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- The LB play last year was not bad, but it was not good enough. James Ross III disappeared for long stretches and while Morgan made some timely plays, none of the guys playing the two interior spots were consistently game-changers.
- "Put your playmakers in a position to make plays." This is true in any team sport, and is vital to success. Seth accurately pointed out that the frequency with which we are seeing multiple WR looks has diminished the ability for the SAM to make a consistent impact, as dropping into zone coverage or being spread away from the box decreases a player's chances of being directly involved in a play.
- Jake Ryan is, without a doubt, our best defensive playmaker. Look at what other teams in the B1G have done with their interior LBs--Shazier, Bullough, and even James Morris at Iowa. These guys aren't just leading their teams in tackles as LBs have traditionally done, they're leading their teams in TFLs. In-the-box LBs are expected to make more plays and shoot more gaps than they used to which leads me to...
- The MLB position is much more of a penetrator than it used to be. That we haven't seen Desmond Morgan flashing into the backfield is further evidence that we need more playmakers there. To take this a step further, we got NOTHING from our interior LBs on the blitz last year, while other teams across the country are making a living off of interior blitzes. We need to at least have that option, and neither Ross, Morgan, nor Bolden have shown the ability to blitz effectively. Ryan has.
- Brian rightly points out that Manning has never been a DB position coach. That said, he has been a defensive assistant (jack of all trades) and has also coached RBs. If what they're saying about Manning as a coach is true, the guy is a great communicator who can coach any position. Furthermore, LBs have to learn many of the same techniques that CBs use in coverage, even though they don't focus on them with thre frequency that CBs do.
- Whatever your system, you have to be able to communicate the techniques and tactics associated with that system, and NONE of those techniques or tactics are secrets known only by experienced coaches. Anyone with google can find info on the information Manning will need to effectively coach the CBs, and Manning has the resources of one of the wealthiest and most storied programs in all of college football. It's safe to say he'll know his stuff as far as technique and scheme are concerned.
- Knowledge of X's and O's is often overrated. Great coaches aren't defined by scheme, they're defined by their ability to get the most out of their players. Manning appears to have that.
- In today's game, DB's account for nearly half of your defense. Having one guy coach the entire group doesn't make much sense to me, and frankly I wish we'd more coaching for those guys sooner.
- Hard to disagree with much here. What I will say is that I don't want to see the staff taking recruits that won't contribute to a championship team. I don't know exactly what the scholarship numbers are, but I'd rather bank one or two than fill those spots with guys that won't help the team.
- There is no doubt that our soul-crushing season impacted recruiting in a negative way. All the more reason to make some changes and try to make 2014 a turnaround year.
|20 hours 15 min ago||Not that simple||
While I agree that Hoke could have stepped-in and said something, it's not like Borges had a history of failure while working with Brady. Sure, 2012 was disappointing, but Denard got injured and, if we're being honest, the offense looked pretty damn good (other than 2nd half Ohio) for the rest of the season with DG at the helm.
Brady gave Borges a season to fully implement his scheme, and it failed. I don't think giving an OC one year to try to have his way is being too patient. Don't get me wrong--I'm glad Borges is gone and Nuss' is in--but I'm not sure Hoke could have foreseen how bad things would be last season. No one else did.
|1 day 15 hours ago||THIS||
Borges is a smart guy that understands constraints and football theory. But it appears he is not as adept at being able to coach his players to execute his multiple schemes, especially when the players are younger.
His concepts have always been sound, and when his teams have been smart/skilled enough to execute, he's had great success. But when his teams can't master his sorcery, they fall flat on their faces.
|2 days 15 hours ago||Billboard #1 "Top Hit"||
Walk Like an Egyptian.
Great song. Great year.
|3 days 18 hours ago||Yes, please||
Compiling a list of recruits and targets with their scores would be AWESOME. Worthy of a sticky, IMO.
BTW, great work. Your content keeps me hooked to the football site, even during this long lull.
|1 week 15 hours ago||Confidence?||
Nice work as always, Seth.
Not sure where you got confidence from my Hail Mary piece; I'm sure I said I was nervous more than once.
Excited? Yes. Confident? Hell no. It's 50-50 whether these changes work, IMO.
|1 week 1 day ago||Thank you||
It's people like Jon that make Michigan special and keep Michigan special. I wish him the best.
|1 week 2 days ago||Apology accepted||
IMO, the 4-3 Under and 4-3 Over are very, very different. The 4-3 Under is actually pretty similar to a 3-4: your SAM and your WDE are your most interchangeable positions, and either of those guys needs to be prepared to eat a TE or OT. You use a NT much like a 3-4, and your 3-tech and SDE (5-tech) are pretty similar positions. The biggest difference is that you will see two-gapping much less in an Under than in a standard 3-4, but 3-4 defenses (even in the NFL) are one-gapping a lot more now.
The 4-3 Over essentially replaces your SAM with a 9-tech (your SDE will line-up near the TE, usually outside, sometimes covering, and rarely inside) and leaves your new SAM uncovered. This is creating a new position in the defense: a uncovered LB that must be able to make plays in space. The NT must be able to consistently two-gap and the 3-tech must either get consistent penetration or two-gap. There is a lot more responsibility for the 3-tech in this defense, and I think they'll leave Henry there instead of moving him to nose. This defense further emphasizes the MLB, who must now be able to stop runs in the A, B, and C gaps. The WLB must also be able to take on more blocks in this defense and needs to be ready for B and C gap runs.
So, other than the LB positions being drastically different, adding a new position to the D-Line (which suits Taco and Beyer MUCH better than the Under SDE), and strategically changing the way you blitz, contain, and control gaps, it's pretty much the same.
|1 week 2 days ago||Not just record||
It's not just the record. Hoke could go 8-5 and keep his job, depending on how that 8-5 looks and who we beat. If we beat MSU and Ohio but lose some unlucky close games to Notre Dame, Penn State, Northwestern, and Rutgers, then lose a close bowl game, I think he stays. More likely, we go 9-3 and fall to Notre Dame, MSU, and Ohio. He probably still keeps his job, assuming he was competitive in those games and in the bowl game.
Losing to all three rivals plus another loss puts him in ultra-hot water, and five losses all but guarantees he's out. But if the recruits keep coming in and the losses are close, 9-3 would probably be the benchmark.
Style will be as important as the record in 2014. If the teams looks good and is obviously progressing, Hoke keeps his job. If they look like they did last year--even if they win eight games--I think he's gone.
But I think ten wins--no matter who they are against--and he definitely keeps his job.
|1 week 2 days ago||Not perfect, but...||
Try this: http://tableizer.journalistopia.com/
It's not as pretty as using the MGoBlog tools, but it seems to work to just cut and paste into the plain text editor.
|1 week 2 days ago||Thanks||
I appreciate the gratitude. I'm nervous, but I'm excited-nervous, like I used to be before big games when I played/coached, not scared-nervous, like I used to be before tests I didn't study for. It's the feeling of confidence in a good plan and the expectation of success coupled with the understanding that you never know what the day will bring or if your plan will work.
Now we just have to execute. (In memory of Al Borges)
|1 week 2 days ago||Thanks||
I appreciate the feedback. I hope it all works.
|1 week 2 days ago||You||
|1 week 2 days ago||LTT||
He had lots of bad weight and had been injured; 290 signals that he's probably dropped most of what he needed to lose, now he needs to add 10-20 lbs of the good stuff.
He was always going to take more time to develop.
|1 week 3 days ago||I have no problem with this||
I have no problem with this salary whatsoever. Now he needs to earn it.
|1 week 3 days ago||List of highest paid||
Once that list is updated, we won't have #4 and #6 on the list anymore. That said, we are still paying top dollar for our assistants, and I hope they earn their checks.
|1 week 3 days ago||Desperate times||
Brady Hoke knows another 7-6 season likely dooms his tenure as the football coach at Michigan. Furthermore, another 7-6 season means we've had just one double-digit-win in the past eight seasons. That is verging on a program that is awfully tough to call "elite."
Here are my feelings on the changes, and why I think they were good changes. First, the Ryan move:
Then the coaching changes:
Desperate times call for desperate measures. While I don't see any of these moves as "desperate," they are certainly pretty significant moves that probably would not have been made had we finished 11-2 or 10-3. But we didn't, and change was in order. I'm optimistic about the changes, and if they don't work Brady Hoke will be the last guy left to point the finger at.
|1 week 4 days ago||Good idea||
I like this concept. Would love to see the data aggregated for current offerees and prospective offerees. And I agree that the numbering system is less offensive/sophmoric than the smileys.
I will miss you Eduardo; may you rest in peace.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||AGREE||
I'm not saying we had a good year or that we were close to greatness. I'm saying that a respectable improvement could get us double-digit wins.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||11 pts. from 11 wins||
As bad as the season was, and as bad as these stats are, let's not forget how close we were to 11 wins. If Nuss' can improve these stats in a meaningful--even if it's not spectacular--way, then we could easily finish the season with 10 or 11 wins.
I don't think we'll be in the top 20 next year, but I think top 75 is realistic.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Not the only program||
The football program is doing great; so is men's basketball. But the rest of the athletic department and the university as a whole BADLY need the cash.
Organizations like Michigan should be looking for creative ways to get big gifts. I used to raise money for a non-profit, and a goofy title is well worth $10 million.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Good idea||
I think this is a good idea. Who cares if the title is different? This is a good way for Michigan to bring in a donation and help be certain they can afford top-level coaches for years to come. I have no problem with this at all.
Think about it this way: would you rather the goofy title, or higher ticket prices?
|3 weeks 1 day ago||Wish him the best||
Jake Butt had a great freshman year and was poised to have a huge sophomore campaign. This is a big loss.
I wish Jake a speedy and healthy recovery, and look forward to his return. He's going to be a great player for Michigan.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||Great stuff||
This is a great analysis with some good ideas; it's hard to install a new offense in a short period of time, but I think the Rip Hamilton double screens are a great solution, and would serve Stauskas well in the long run: he's a pure SG in the NBA that won't be able to create his own shot against most defenders he'll face in the league.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||Was at DCD with Webber||
If you think Webber paid for Country Day, you're crazy. Shane Battier probably did, but I seriously doubt Webber's family paid for him to attend Country Day.
And it's very true that these kids don't have time for a job. I don't support "pay-to-play," but I do support a small stipend so that these college kids have a little cash and aren't as tempted to do shady things with boosters.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||Vision + Speed = Yes, Please||
I like his film a lot. Even though he's still pretty slender, he runs with power and doesn't shy away from contact. But I think his vision and speed are the most impressive aspects of his game. He takes the hole and hits top gear quickly.
I hope RJII gets up to AA for a visit.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||THIS||
It's not what you know, it's who you know, and from that perspective, U-M opens a lot more doors than MSU.
|4 weeks 13 hours ago||No||
No, that's not the difference. And the federal government has not changed the justice system, just the disciplinary system at universities, which are not part of the justice system.
I do think the university has the authority (and responsibility) to judge its student body on these matters, and FWIW, and I agree with the decision to expel Gibbons, however terribly it was handled.
But it's not just "technically" different. The difference between "rape" and "sexual misconduct" is like the difference between murder and manslaughter: they are very different crimes. Look it up.
And calling someone a rapist instead of saying they are guilty of sexual misconduct is a lot like using a racial slur instead of calling someone a jerk. There's a big difference.
Language matters. Nuance matters. My opinion is that Gibbons made a mistake, a big mistake, and that justice was delayed. I'll say that publicly. But I'm not going to say he raped someone unless it's proven that he did or I know he did.
|4 weeks 14 hours ago||You are completely wrong||
You could not be more wrong on this one. I am passionate about this issue because I don't think it's fair to a young man--any young man--to call him a rapist without proving he raped someone or knowing he raped someone.
The only thing that's proven here is that you're acting in an ignorant and bigoted manner, and that's why I won't waste my time responding to the rest of your post. Your mind is made-up that you know what happened and that you know what everyone else is thinking, so why bother.
|4 weeks 14 hours ago||DISAGREE||
So everyone that is accused of rape is guilty if they actually had sex?
|4 weeks 14 hours ago||Rape and due process||
Rape was not the proven charge. In fact, the charges of rape were dropped. So calling him a "rapist" doesn't further the discussion or make people think about it, it just villifies a young man.
I'm not sure if you went to college, but these drunken sexual encounters can be more complicated than they seem. Sometimes people don't say what they're thinking, don't do what they mean to, and don't remember what happened. It's not always as black-and-white as a big football player throwing a girl down and taking advantage of her.
You have no idea what happened, and discussing things when you don't know what happened means you are behaving ignorantly. So don't jump on the guy that says you shouldn't label a kid a rapist because he refuses to speak ignorantly on an issue. Of course, you're not just ignorant, you're bigoted, since you are assuming someone is saying something just because this is the football team, when you have no idea what their motivation is.
For me, it's about not calling a kid a rapist when I don't know the facts. I'm not calling him innocent or saying I don't think he should have been expelled, but I'm not going to call him a rapist unless he's been proven to have raped someone or I know he raped someone.