further adventures in Jed York being unsuited for his position
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|2 days 6 hours ago||In the H4: pt. 2 post Seth||
In the H4: pt. 2 post Seth discussed a former #1 overall draft pick QB who floundered and fumbled his way through a thoroughly mediocre pro career until JH arrived to turn it around. Untimely injuries, constant turnover in the OC position, all nearly the exact same circumstances Shane has experienced, going back to HS.
I'll give him at least Spring practice to get a feel for the Harbaugh Way before I write him off. My impression of Shane since HS has been loves the limelight, the twitters & instagrams, envisions himself the Justin Timberlake QB. We'll see if adapting to an intense teacher/competitor will click with him.
One difference in JH embracing and investing in Alex Smith and our QB situation now: There was literally no other option on the 49ers, with the lockout looming. Harbaugh has as many options as he feels like committing schollies to here...
|2 days 7 hours ago||Accuracy is pretty important||
Accuracy is pretty important at SS too... find another comp. Water balloon fights?
|2 days 7 hours ago||No that was Lloyd's regime at||
No that was Lloyd's regime at the end, and you forgot GrrAnimals...
Then people said RR was too mean and vulgar, and that plus his tempo drove players away...
Hoke re-introduced physicality, but the pace was too slow and the players lost the conditioning "edge"...
And now, like Goldilocks in the forest, we've found "just right"...
And happiness shall reign, but I'm afraid not for Shane.
|2 days 7 hours ago||And Lo - at the end of the||
And Lo - at the end of the comments there appeared a man (ok a sponge) who gets it...
|2 days 9 hours ago||See the problem with that||
See the problem with that take is that the buckeyes I know are perfectly happy to let Michigan QBs win in the NFL as long as theirs are winning in college...if y'know what I mean?!
Trade a few SBs for a NC myself!
|2 days 9 hours ago||I believe there's some||
I believe there's some validity to that "meme" - and perhaps it's one of the fundamental causes of fissures in the Harbaugh-Baalke relationship.
But as an avid (now former) 49er fan and Harbaugh-backer (before he signed with Michigan, now we are all in his corner) the primary problem with Kap in '14 was multiple injuries and holdouts on the OL, along with the departure in free agency of Michigan-man C Jonathan Goodwin.
That much turmoil and inconsistency along the line will give any QB problems, and the potential mixed messages on how best to develop Kap, if not outright war between management saying preserve him while Jim knew he had to win immediately to keep the job, in my opinion were the reasons for Kap's apparent step back.
In short, I think JH will continue to be the outstanding recruiter and developer of QBs he had been prior to '14, the turmoil in SF was an aberration...
|1 week 16 hours ago||Actually, yeah... I finally||
Actually, yeah... I finally found one I agree with. CWebb travelled like a mofo, he did. But like the Clowney hit, the universe corrected the call almost immediately. Has the universe EVER corrected the phantom TD yet, 35 years later!!??
|1 week 16 hours ago||Just...||
WORST post ever on Mgoblog, Garde. And that's saying something brother!
You have my permission to GTFO of this blog and all things related to Michigan athletics... you can keep your degree if you earned one, but don't come to any more games. You hear me Garde??!!
|1 week 16 hours ago||1st of all - nice catch on||
1st of all - nice catch on this being the worst calls to go FOR us thread!
2nd - apparently there's never been a bad call in our favor, because I haven't seen any mentioned so far that someone else didn't immediately follow up with "But that was the correct call, the rule is just bad"
3rd - C'mon, weren't even born yet when the phantom TD happened??!!??!! I was a freshman who absolutely idolized Rick Leach (got an A in Freshman Comp by writing a piece far pre-dating modern analytics detailing how Leach should have won the Heisman over Billy Sims using yds per play, % of team's offense responsible for). Two of the greatest crimes against (Michigan) humanity of my lifetime were robbing Leach of that Rose Bowl and Bo of his last game (also vs SC) with a TURRRIBLE holding call on a fake punt.
I haven't read the other thread yet because I was more interested in seeing if anyone on this blog would say a bad call had ever gone in our favor - I've not been disappointed! Go Blue!!!
EDIT: Hey look, the very next guy, suspiciously named after the ohio mascot, finally posted a bad call in our favor and no one argued it - they even upvoted the opinion piece!!
|1 week 1 day ago||I have a thoery about this||
I have a thoery about this "trend" in interviewing Burgers - I also come from a media background, degree in Journalism & Broadcast Communications.
We never would have been allowed to get by with such sloppy practices "back in my day"...but now you turn on ESPN you see their most esteemed journalists (OK not Bob Ley, but just about anyone younger than 40ish), guys who get plumb assignments like Tom Rinaldi - they all employ the "talk about..." form of questioning.
So my theory is it presents as much less confrontational to the interviewee than a direct question. It leaves it open to address only the parts of the general topic the subject feels like addressing. And if it's just general platitudes they feel like spouting (which is all you'll ever get from JH unless he feels like rambling onto a side topic like how the nativity and pagan rituals around the celebration of the New Year equate to spring practice), well that's just what the reporter and their public have to settle for!
It's a small but important part of the "dumbing down" of everything we're experiencing with the explosion of electronic media.
|1 week 1 day ago||Unfortunately, the coaches||
Unfortunately, the coaches who don't suffer fools gladly are the ones who get screwed & stabbed in the back by those same fools!
Dig up those SF media "classics" and you'll find a steady stream of media who were only too happy to jump on the "abrasive" and "combative" and "lost the locker room" canards planted by the 49er brass and a few disgruntled players. Even when things were going great, heading to the SB, they all complained Harbaugh's answers were too terse, he played things too close to the vest.
This is my last time making this point, as it was extremely poorly received during the coaching hunt (or should we just call it the Harbaugh Negotiation) process:
Tim Kawakami was the ONLY SF area media member who was giving an alternate narrative to those memes above being floated out there. He alone pointed out that Baalke could also be abrasive, and it was Kawakami who posted that many of the leaks appeared to be coming from Jed York.
Not coincidentally, when JH decided he'd heard enough of York's crap and wanted to set the record straight about his departure from SF, who did he turn to?? Kawakami...
So while I understand Kawakami was suffering Michigan fans about as gladly as JH suffers most reporters - and that pissed off a lot of the people who's main interest is Michigan football - before he catches any more grief on this blog (called a troll just a week or so ago by the fearless leader), recognize that not all media were complicit in running with the management narrative of the divorce.
There, that's it, Kawakami is on his own now, I'm done with it...
|1 week 2 days ago||What happened to "If you're||
What happened to "If you're for us... Be FOR us!" What happened to HARBAUGH!!??
Honeymoon ended already before the 1st Spring practice?
If this Iowa QB is accepted in a transfer here I'm guessing it's because HARBAUGH thinks we need him? You geniuses (and I'm always in your corner Bronx) can mock his Iowa accomplishments all you like...I'm still all in on HARBAUGH!
On the other hand, if Rudock doesn't end up coming here, then you were all right about him, of course....
|1 week 2 days ago||I didn't finish reading the post yet, I just||
I didn't finish reading the post yet, I just wanted to jump in here and cast my vote for Rahk over MAAR as an abbreviation. Can we make that happen?
Now - back to reading the post...
|1 week 2 days ago||Well if you COULD care less about the backing||
Well if you COULD care less about the backing music track, how MUCH less could you care?
On that topic, maybe you could convince Gruden to grill them on what they saw and what they were thinking as the soundtrack - or if he's too busy try Frank Caliendo?
|1 week 4 days ago||Sorry but that's an extremely||
Sorry but that's an extremely antiquated view of the conference tournaments... the whole point of them now is to drive revenue for the conferences and programming hours for ESPN.
If the MEAC or Horizon or what have you still need the drama of the conference tournament to drive interest in which single team from their conference goes dancing - and they'd rather sacrifice their entire regular season for that one game on ESPN - that's fine for them. I just disagree with it.
But literally the ONLY major conference team I can think of that perhaps made the NCAA purely because they won their conference tourney - i.e. would likely not have been invited if not for the conference win - was UConn a couple years ago...the year they beat Butler for the title I believe.
That's a rare & freakish occurance in other words... and should my beloved Michigan somehow parlay this gutty win into an amazing run that leads to them winning the B1G tournament, I'll celebrate the achievement in my heart; but in my head I won't feel they belong in the NCAA.
|1 week 4 days ago||Let's not get carried with||
Let's not get carried with that word 'happy"... we need to win the B1G tourney to make the dance (which will probably end once and for all the ridiculous practice of having conference tournament winners receive automatic bids, so that'd be really cool)!
We need to make the B1G finals just to get an NIT bid, so that's also filed under unlikely...
My viewpoint on today's game is skewed a bit as I didn't turn it on til we were up 17, and I watched as we were outscored 14-0 over the next 7-8 mins... but I really appreciated the effort I saw today, from Dawk, Rahk, Maxx, Zak and especially Spike!
But that was not a happy feeling watching this team nearly squander another lead. The end was certainly satisfying tho!!!!!!
|2 weeks 1 day ago||I liked numbers on the||
I liked numbers on the helmets... I almost typed # but realized in time that in this era people would think I wanted hashtags on the helmets...
Thanks to the Gods Brandon didn't think of THAT!!
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Yo Yost! That Amir guy - I||
Yo Yost! That Amir guy - I think he was trying to be funny...
|2 weeks 1 day ago||For those who understand the||
For those who understand the 25/85 rules better than I:
Does O'Korn even count as a '15 schollie? If so, why does he? Because he'll be attending Michigan while waiting out a season of inelgiblity?
|2 weeks 5 days ago||Hey, accuracy and all that, but...ur poopin on a||
Hey, accuracy and all that, but...ur poopin on a Cool Story Bro!
My 1st thought was I can't wait til it's that big a deal to beat Michigan in football again! Camp Randall '93 anyone?
I mean, people shouldn't die or anything, but beating Michigan should inspire dangerous levels of delirium among our rivals it should be so rare!
|2 weeks 6 days ago||Why is the lie to Roquan||
Why is the lie to Roquan worse than the lie told Weber? Weren't they exactly the same lie, or did I miss something?
|3 weeks 13 hours ago||In addition to the fact you||
In addition to the fact you mentioned 4 guys as has been pointed out, I also believe the cliche is "High floor" not "low floor"... it implies a guy who may never be a star but will almost certainly be solid.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||See I think what needs to be||
See I think what needs to be trashed here is the NCAA - it's a pathetic organization that exists at the whim of the members it governs. And when those members decide they don't care what it says and thumb their nose at it, it ceases to have any authority. (See Miami (Fla) & Nevin Shapiro).
Another example of this in sports is the office of Baseball Commisioner. Once the owners decided that an independant governor dictating operating parameters to them no longer met their needs, they fired him and changed the job description.
When Mitch McGary, who passionately loved playing college sports and wanted to continue, is forced from inter-collegiate athletics by the NCAA, while they stand impotently by as Miami ignores them, the system is irrevocably broken. To me anyway... LOI are really among the least of my concens.
I know Trojans who are furious at their AD for not just doing what Miami did and calling the NCAA on their true power. They're not furious at Bush and Mayo for disgracing their academic institution, nor at Pete Carroll & Tim Floyd for ignoring it, they're pissed that SC rolled over and accepted ANY penalties.
That's a system broken far beyond whether signing a LOI is bad.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||I think most on this site all||
I think most on this site all agree that for most highly touted recruits signing a LOI is a bad, one-sided deal. I think Brian (and Ace, Seth,et al) have detailed that all a player who KNOWS they'll always have a spot waiting at virtually any school they decide to play for has to do is apply for some sort of Financial Aid and not commit to anything. I think that's great for the players, and when Michigan football is back among the elite programs in the nation I'll be just fine with it...,
BUT, since in the past decade we have needed top players a LOT more than they've needed us, I'm gonna be a bit selfish here and say whatever's good for Roquan is NOT more important to ME than what's best for Michigan.
Sorry, neg away, but that's how I feel...
|3 weeks 3 days ago||Brother, sad to say Pete's/Pedro's have gone to||
Brother, sad to say Pete's/Pedro's have gone to the Dark Side - full on buckeye places now. If you're moving to Moraga (and congrats on the new Wolverine!) check for an East Bay Alumni website - if it's like the North Bay they'll say places to get together with others in your area. Good luck! Weird we both joined Mgoblog the same exact day! Wonder what happened 11/2/09 to spur that? Tim Lincecum won his 2nd Cy?
|3 weeks 3 days ago||HarbaughTzu Ball - sounds||
HarbaughTzu Ball - sounds kinda like bocce ball if ya do it just right!
|3 weeks 3 days ago||+1 on that - quick, when was||
+1 on that - quick, when was the last season Michigan was playing it's best football at the end of the season? Aside from LLoyd's final game, the bowl victory over Urbs/Tebow, I'm gonna say '99 under Brady or 2000 under Henson was the last time we finished strong - i.e. beat osu & won our bowl in a fashion that didn't smack of good fortune more than good football (lookin at you Sugar Bowl). That's a LONG frickin time, man!
If we can get a trajectory going (let's call it a Beilein curve) where each season the team gets better and better, eliminates mistakes made early, instills new wrinkles that other teams cannot anticipate - well that will be a very successful transitiion from what we've been looking at for Oh, about this whole millenium!
|3 weeks 3 days ago||Well we can find out if you're right by watching||
Well we can find out if you're right by watching how San Jose State does this year - or I guess next year, since they'll need a year to learn the Borges system?
You (Hancock) and some other Borges/Nuss defenders seem as if you're familiar with this blog, yet seem to have somehow missed some fairly extensive and elaborate analysis of how it was play-calling as much as execution that doomed our offense the past few years. Clearly we can all point to failure to develop players' skills as a major shortcoming of the past two (or three, or four. ..) offensive coordinators, but to simply chalk up the offensive woes to player error is pretty unfair to the players.
So many on this blog (Hell maybe every blog, I just don't read many others) are frequently trying to look smarter or more versed in football strategy than other readers/contributors. If "I luv Michigan" posts that Harbaugh will succeed because of his decided strategic advantage, "Bleeds Michigan Blue" will chime right in that it's his 'crootin that will actually make a difference, because all strategies short of Mike Leach are essentially the same.
And if "Blue til Death" posits that Harbaugh's savvy coaching hires are the key to our future success, "Ohio Wolverine" fires back that it's his revolutionary usage of TEs that are the real reason he'll have us swatting down evil Urban.
Sheesh people, if dragonchild praises Harbaugh's play calling, do you really need to try to impress us with your acumen even if it means saying the failures of the previous staff were mostly players not executing?! Because I heard that way more than enough from Hoke, thank you very much (or should I say Fergodsakes?)
|3 weeks 4 days ago||SFBlue, by some grand||
SFBlue, by some grand coincidence we "joined" this club on the exact same day - and I'm a SFBlue too!!! Although now that my kid's in school we live in Mill Valley (sorry to be so stereotypical!)
Now our North Bay Alumni club is looking for a new place to congregate for football games (we've been doing hoops too, but I think it'll be hard to scare up a decent crowd this season!)
We had been going to Max's in Marin and then Wipeout in Marin, but both have now closed. I'm afraid the only times they were ever busy was when we had a big game... Marin peeps with kids will NOT shlep over to Blue Light, although that was my go to place to watch our games for years.
Have you got any favorite public house to watch Michigan football?
|3 weeks 4 days ago||And THAT'S why it's Phelps'||
And THAT'S why it's Phelps' favorite restaurant in A2?