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|4 days 4 hours ago||Ace||
Yeah, well said, Brian.
|5 days 3 hours ago||Yeah, but not Gollums.||
Yeah, but not Gollums.
|5 days 7 hours ago||Seth referenced it||
Smart football makes complex concepts accessible to the layman.
|6 days 4 hours ago||Gut feeling||
I believe Clark is going to pick UCLA.
And if he does, I am fine with that, because I think it indicates that there are things that are more important to him than football. Don't get me wrong--I've lived in LA and Westwood is an amazing spot--I can't blame the kid for loving it. But Harbaugh's system is proven to be an NFL TE factory.
I wish him the best and hope he goes Blue, because I honestly believe Michigan gives him a far better chance of becoming an elite TE and a high NFL draft pick.
|1 week 3 days ago||Early returns||
So far, he appears to be a good addition. The recruits he is visiting seem to like him and he's getting kids to come for visits.
Time will tell, but there is certainly nothing to criticize yet.
|1 week 4 days ago||I wish||
I could upvote this. Great work, and lots of it. We tend to only remember the whimpering end, but Fred had a pretty good career here.
|1 week 4 days ago||Broncos?||
He missed lots of hires. 49ers, Broncos, Jets. He named the guys that hired his assistants.
There really is nothing to see here.
|1 week 4 days ago||Really?||
Your comparisons are completely invalid. First of all, no one has any idea who (if anyone) deflated the balls, or who ordered it. It's more likely Tom Brady is guilty than Bill Belichick, but that's not the story out there.
Second, if you want to compare, let's use a valid comparison. The Seahawks break contact and pass interference rules all the time, and don't get flagged every time. Should they be fined and docked draft picks? They are doing it in plain sight, same as the footballs. This isn't cheating on a test, it's an open, obvious practice that the refs had the opportunity to stop AFTER EVERY SINGLE PLAY. And comparing this to putting lives in danger by driving drunk? SMH. That's beyond ridiculous.
Finally, the balls were re-inflated at halftime, and the Pats proceeded to annihilate the Colts. This game's outcome had NOTHING to do with deflated balls. ZERO.
Honestly, the Dallas Cowboys and Detroit Lions were hurt by far more egregious officiating errors, and there was no recourse. Give me a break. If this wasn't Belichick's team that has a chance to be the most successful ever, then it wouldn't be a story.
To answer your one reasonable question: YES. Blame does get shifted if someone is paid to enforce the rules. As my other examples above indicate, it is the referee's job to make sure the rules are followed. That's why we have refs. That's why you don't call your own fouls in professional sports. If you were ever an athlete or coach in a terribly officiated game, then you understand that bad officiating tilts the scales, and, if properly enforced, rules are broken far, far less often.
Have you ever played a sport and broken a rule? Ever fouled someone in basketball and not had the foul called? What did you do? Did you tell the ref to stop the game and give the guy some free throws?
The self-righteousness of our society is staggering.
|1 week 4 days ago||Iman Marshall||
The starting spots are all wide open with the new staff, but CB seems to be particularly open. Iman Marshall is very much what Durkin looks for in a CB, and I think he could win the job and start opposite Lewis by B1G season, if not from day one.
Countess was average at best on the outside last year, and I don't see the aggression that Durkin's CBs played with at Florida. I think we'll see a renewed emphasis on speed at all positions, and Peppers playing that HSP role that UF used last year sounds perfectly delightful.
This defense will, schematically, somewhat resemble Mattison's 2011-2013 units, but it will have a very different feel with personnel and execution.
|1 week 4 days ago||EXACTLY||
This whole thing is such a joke. If the balls were deflated to a point that would have made a difference, then the referees are the ones that are at fault here. They handle the balls after EVERY play, and if they couldn't tell they weren't properly inflated, then they should be reprimanded, not the Patriots.
Anyone who has played any football can immediately tell--just from gripping a football--if the ball is properly inflated.
This is more about media attention and making a stroy than anything, but if there is a story, it should be the continued incompetence of NFL officials.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||Best part||
I think this is the best part of the story...honestly reminded me of Hoke (in a good way):
Maybe we can have everything we want in a coach.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Crystal Ball||
If I had to guess, right now I'd say UCLA for Clark. But a visit to U-M with JH could change that very quickly.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Bootleg||
What some people mistakenly call a waggle is actually a bootleg.
Two TDs were scored on bootlegs in this game alone, and the naked bootleg was a HUGE play for us in '97.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Streets and Tuman||
I can't believe Tai Streets isn't getting more love.
He didn't really blow-up until '98, but he and Tuman combined for 51 catches and eight of the team's 14 receiving TDs.
I thought Chris Howard was overlooked too often just because A-Train was a freshman; Howard, at that point, really was a far better all-purpose back who led the team in rushing and receptions.
On defense, they all seemed like stars. Marcus Ray was amazing, but I loved Dhani, Sword, and James Hall.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||True||
But you are missing my point. The screenshot I posted is not the play OSU ran, it's the concept.
Harbaugh did not start the wham/trap concept, but he has used it to great effect and is known for it. OSU used it in the NC game, but hadn't been using before.
I wasn't actually talking about the Triangle play, since OSU doesn't use it.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||Baxter is not going to coach the TEs||
Baxter was hired strictly has a ST coach. He might help out a bit on offense, but we need another full-time body there.
I was NOT implying that Manning would be another RB coach, I was pointing out that the dude has coached lots of different positions. Maybe he gets named the TE coach, but probably not. Harbaugh wants proven excellence.
If Zordich is hired, it seems likely that Manning is out, but he has wiggled his way into coaching other positions, so we'll see.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||H-Back||
OSU used an H-Back extensively last night as a wham blocker. Harbaugh uses those, and fullbacks too.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||YES||
Yes, we do need another offensive guy. Sheer numbers means it's preferable to have another coach on the offensive side of the ball. Manning did coach RBs in Cincinnati and at NIU....
|2 weeks 5 days ago||Question||
Yes...to me, this looked like a new wrinkle. I don't remember many traps/whams from OSU this season, or from Urban teams in general. I remember them running more zone and belly stuff.
Have they been using this all year or was this new?
|2 weeks 6 days ago||Nine||
You can have nine assistant coaches. Ten with S&C.
So we're only 40% of the way there, officially. I think Wheatley is next.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||(No subject)||
|2 weeks 6 days ago||YES!||
Dude has swag. This staff is going to be pretty amazing, and I'm excited to see how they recruit the final weeks.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||(No subject)||
|3 weeks 3 days ago||And from Centennial||
And from Centennial
|3 weeks 3 days ago||^Only click that link if you||
Only click that link if you want to be frustrated. Real Link (JH starts at 22:57):
|3 weeks 3 days ago||Harbaugh and NFL pitch||
We are getting a guy who just spent two years as an NFL OC, and two years before that as a college OC (at Miami [YTM]) to be our WR coach and help with our passing game, since our OC's strength is obviously running and the OL.
That is awesome, and adds even more cache to the "Come to Michigan and we'll prepare you for the NFL" pitch. SEVEN (!!!) of our ten coaches (according to guessochart) have NFL coaching experience. The guys that don't are Durkin (a college superstar with a record of coaching guys into the NFL), Baxter (a ST guru who is one of the best at his role in the country), and Dougherty. Heater played in the NFL and Morton played and coached in the NFL seem like our other options, and would only add to the "we can get you to the NFL" credibility.
Also, Harbaugh is fanatical about his staff...if Fisch didn't fit what he wanted, he wouldn't be hired.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||Great stuff||
These schemes are, in many ways, similar to what Mattison was running prior to this season (which is not surprising, since Durkin was a GA with Mattison at ND in 2003-2004). Durkin's genius is not just in his play calls, but in his use of personnel. He seems to keep a fast free-hitter on the field.
I'm interested to see the ECU breakdown, because the Pirates racked-up yardage against UF in the bowl game.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||Instant success||
This is one of the reasons I would expect us to compete in every game this fall, and finish #2 or #3 in the East division. With some bounces, I do believe we could have a 10-win regular season.
Also: This is why I love Seth. GREAT data and analysis.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||Also||
Durkin worked with Mattison on the ND staff in 2003 and 2004.
He will have no problem working with GMatt to get Michigan back to having Michigan defenses.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||YES||
Expect most, if not all, of the staff to be introduced at the meeting tomorrow. The meeting has been delayed (was supposed to be today), and I believe that was done so that Harbaugh could finish getting the staff together.
At a minimum, I would guess that Durkin and Drevno are there, and probably Mattison, Wheatley, and whomever has been hired as the S&C coach (Tolbert?), who will need to get winter conditioning started immediately.