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|21 weeks 2 days ago||Where the cheese go?||
I am blown away that Ween's quarter-assed attempt at a Pizza Hut commercial makes an appearance here. Blown away and tickled.
|26 weeks 6 days ago||Hoke+Oregon=fascinating||
I know it's just a blip on this UV, but the Hoke-Oregon thing is going to be interesting. I live out in Oregon, so will get to see plenty of it up close.
However, in the linked article, Lindsay Schnell does one of those things that, as a fellow journalist, I can't stand and see way too much of, basically making something up. She refers to Hoke as "one of the best defensive minds in college football." If you say so ...
This is a near total fabrication. Perhaps it draws on something that is true. Hoke is certainly a well-liked coach, perhaps even well respected, but it has never been for his "mind." The context is that outsiders doubt Hoke and Oregon, but she doesn't explore the doubts or piles of evidence for those doubts at all.
Hoke is not known for a scheme or for Xs and Os. He's known for being a great motivator, a great position coach (DL). How can he be known for the cerebral or tactical aspect of D when he has never even been a coordinator? How much of Michigan's defense, the scheme or philosophy of it, can he really be credited for? Even then, Michigan's defenses under Hoke still struggled against good spread teams, especially spread to run ones. I bet RichRod is licking his chops for that match up. No one feared playing Michigan because Hoke was in the dark machinating devilish ways to trip you up or confuse you (unlike now, praised be the Jimmy!) It seems rather, he was more the opposite, a dull disciple of Lloyd Carr's reliance on talent to win out because Michigan was usually going to have more of it.
Tactically, as a head coach or with his team's offenses and defense, Hoke isn't known for being cutting edge. If anything, he's too vanilla, too conservative and has shown a resistence to, you know, acually using logic or even thinking when evaluating non-traditional strategies or formations? Spread punt anyone? Turn perhaps the best running quarterback in college history into a pocket passer? Go ahead Borges.
I'm eager to see what he does with Oregon. If I had to guess, he will run a pretty vanilla 4-3 with good but not great talent and the results will be mediocre. There will be some highlights. There will be a few abect disasters. If he has time to build a top D-Line, which I don't think they have on this roster, maybe that would be enough to make the Oregon D effective enough overall, but I expect he's going to have to rely too much on blitzing. Against average teams that will work out fine, but the Ducks will get outcoached and burned by the RichRods, get mixed results against passing spread teams in the Pac-12, and get outmuscled or just beat superior talents that run pro-style, like USC, UCLA and Stanford.
I have only a glimmer of hope that given the chance to actually run a defense himself without having to carry all the weight of being Michigan's head coach, he will either bone up on how modern defenses are adapting or become even vaguely innovative. Doesn't feel likely.
|1 year 23 weeks ago||55-10 Blue!||
|1 year 24 weeks ago||For the record ...||
For the record, it's Riley, not Reily.
|1 year 24 weeks ago||37-16 Mich||
|1 year 25 weeks ago||Utah 29, Michigan 19.||
Utah 29, Michigan 19.
|2 years 8 weeks ago||Don't forget||
Don't forget that Harbaugh's comments, which, like Brian said, were from the hip in true Jimmy fashion (with maybe some selfish agenda in there too), actually changed things for the better at Michigan. The leadership of the athletic-academic counseling department was shed after the Ann Arbor News investigation, which I know was spurred by those very comments.
The fact is that Michigan IS BETTER for him having called it out. It's the difference between blind patriotism, which smells an awful lot like M's tendency in the late-Carr and post-Carr eras to turn a blind eye to reality in favor of to turning the be-all-end-all of tradition as, and true patriotism, which is calling out something you love because it has lost its way. His response to Mike Hart's comments were also refreshingly truthful about the Michigan Man concept at a time when said concept was already twisted out of context and about to become completely hollow in the same way our tradition did.
|2 years 8 weeks ago||warms my heart with soothing layer of hot grease||
"He will not get yelled at when ordering at Blimpy"
As an Ann Arbor native and former long-time employee, this just warms my heart with a soothing layer of hot grease.
Gotta Love Brian. Gotta Love Jim.
|3 years 2 weeks ago||beaten to the punch||
|3 years 20 weeks ago||Watt isn't just an NFL||
Watt isn't just an NFL starter. Try almost unanimous defensive player of the year.
|3 years 23 weeks ago||44-16 M||
|3 years 28 weeks ago||You heard it hear first ...||
... Ace is predicting that James Ross will bolt for the NFL after his junior year:
When Wangler gets to campus, James Ross and Royce Jenkins-Stone will both be juniors ... Assuming Wangler takes a redshirt year, he'll compete for Ross's open spot as a redshirt freshman ...
I'm pretty sure I'm reading the first part correct, that Ross will be a senior when Wangler is a redshirt freshman, but if Blue's human missle blows up to the point where he's ready to jump to the pros after year three (as a linebacker, no less), that bodes especially well for his 2014 campaign and, hopefully, this fall!
Of course, this could be a simple error (either mine or Ace's), but we prefer to be bold in our predicitions around hear, amirite?
Welcome to the family Jared.
|3 years 30 weeks ago||Frankly, I'd prefer he just||
Frankly, I'd prefer he just stay under a rock tootin his own busted horn.
|3 years 30 weeks ago||Scary awesome||
Dangnabit this is awesome news, though scary how football recruiting, for Michigan and in general, is beginning to catch up with basketball recruiting in terms of building classes a year or more in advance of signing day. I think it's definitely going that way with and it's good to see Michigan at the leading edge and doing so well at the same time. It really bodes well for a long and illustrious Hoke era. GO BLUE!
|3 years 32 weeks ago||Packard and Stadium||
I grew up just off that corner and have no idea how that plays into the Little Brown Jug. Can't wait to find out!
|3 years 34 weeks ago||"But continuity is never a||
"But continuity is never a bad thing." I understand you're really talking about players, and especially offensive lines as a group, but that's a pretty a tough blanket to throw out there considering GEEERRRGGG. I know he's a coach, but did anyone get better under his tenure?
Interesting look at Penn State. Looks to me like just one automatic loss and three tossups to small dogs (Mich, Nebraska, Wisco -- with M and Neb at home and Wisco probably leaning strongly to a loss being in Camp Randall -- but who knows whats up with the Badgers now?) The easily could get tripped up in spots like last year, then upend someone in return. Considering the depth and the true frosh qb, I'd say 7.5 wins is the over under and it becomes personal preference as to which way you go. The schedule looks pretty cake, so I'd lean slightly to 8-5.
|3 years 35 weeks ago||I don't think what he's||
I don't think what he's saying is mutually exclusive to a recruit getting a chance to spend time with Borges and learn how he would be used. A lot of recruiting is the constant contact, time spent in person visiting the athlete on their turf, etc. Borges can be a weak recruiter and still spend enough on-campus time with recruits so they can get to know each other. It could be that's not enough, but recent results say otherwise.
|3 years 35 weeks ago||To your first point, that||
To your first point, that reeks of coach speak: there is a kernel of truth in there that is pretty solid but can't be extrapolated to all situations and in those is a nice way for a coach to hedge their bet and keep expectations realistic. I think Henne as a freshman is an example. What does Borges mean by "learn the offense?" It seems he means knowing and operating it at a certain, profficient level. I don't think anyone would argue that Henne knew the whole offense by the end of his freshman year, but he didn't have to be to have success, or lead the team to success, which is what I think a lot of the comments on this post are about. The coaches pared the offense down and tailored it to Henne's strengths, rate of learning, and the strengths of the offense in general (BRAYLON being the closest thing to Tacopants anyone has actually seen with eyeballs and not their imagination). They gave him more and more by the end of the year and he lit up Texas in the Rose Bowl.
As to not getting the burning of a redshirt, I don't know how you don't get that if you watched the Nebraska game. Bellomy, even in year 2, is so very likely not an option in most situations. If Morris is a better option to come in and win a close game or start for a few against the Indianas and Minnesotas of the world, the coaches will and should take that. Coaches don't just give up on games now for future success and based on what we know of Bellomy, that is exactly what they would be doing. Who knows though? Maybe with the whole team running the more pro-style Borges offense, Bellomy will approach something like a capable backup, especially if it's a late-game situation and not a season-long one. If Gardner goes down for the season, you absolutely play Morris and get his learning curve started. Bellomy just seems like a huge long shot to be a starter at any point. A lot of that will depend on how quickly Morris takes to things and recovers from missing a lot of his senior year, and how much Bellomy has progressed.
Lastly, a national title seems quite unlikely if Morris is in his first year as a starter in 2015, even with two years of waiting in the wings. It would actually be much more likely if his redshirt was burned and he had some experience to build on that a title could even be a possibility. You'd likely feel good about a run in 2016 either way, with 2017 being the dream situation if we can manage to get him a redshirt this fall.
|3 years 35 weeks ago||To me, that screams out ...||
To me that screams out Lloyd coaching him to err strongly on the conservative side as a freshman. As another commenter noted, that first Notre Dame game on the road, they didn't even give him many chances to go downfield with the ball, or at least that was my memory. I had the distinct impression, most of all in that game, early in the season that Carr had him totally reined in and didn't loosen up until he had gotten more experience and had adjusted somewhat to the speed and what defenses were throwing at him.
|3 years 35 weeks ago||Ehhh ....||
"2700 yards and 25TD are his best marks from his 4 years of starting." Keep in mind that was the only season he had Braylon, and a lot of that WAS Braylon catching jump balls over midgets. I found it interesting that he didn't have a better than average impact according to this statistic, so it's nice to have another data point for evaluating that season. It was was his best season in some senses statistically. I haven't looked at the breakdowns much (or in a while), but it's possible that, mainly because of Braylon, his supporting cast was better as a freshman than as a junior. That team was so much better than his freshman season because of the defense and he was a mature quarterback who wasn't asked to put up points like he was as a freshman. Always fun looking back on the Henne years.
|3 years 36 weeks ago||Schroedinger's Jake Long ....||
.... that's guiness-commericial-grade brilliant. We're spoiled in that department, but it's appreciated none the less.
|3 years 37 weeks ago||what about 2013||
I know Brian has touched on it in a few different posts, but probably in reference to single recruits. It would be interesting (and probably a good bit of work) to see the breakdown for 2013.
|3 years 40 weeks ago||Well done, but I smell a madlibs contest||
"MSU sources are indicating they dropped him like..."
a match on a couch.
What say ye?
|3 years 47 weeks ago||a word type substance||
Conversationally, a valid word it be. Wrote is as well, but "written" be the one preferred by context.
|4 years 4 days ago||Christ on a cracker ...||
... alert the grilled-cheese-Jesus and Virgin-Mary-in-anything nutjobs!
|4 years 4 days ago||crap this didn't post where I meant it to||
Holy Christ on a cracker ....... alert the grilled-cheese-jesus and virgin-mary-in-anything nutjobs!
|4 years 37 weeks ago||2-star???||
It may very well have been said tongue in cheek, but did anybody think it was crazy for the Hokester to claim Brady would have been a 2-star prospect if recruting sites had been at their current level in the mid '90s? I would posit he would have been a solid 4-star coming out of De LaSalle in Cali as I recall him being fairly touted. A 3-star at the very least.
|5 years 21 weeks ago||The real deal||
Having lived in Oregon the last two years, I can tell you Tyner is L-E-G-I-T. I was amazed at his size at the state track and field championships. He seems to be getting bigger and faster at the same time, which, wow. So I was stoked to see the Introducing entry and that Michigan is at least testing the waters with him. That said, I would guess he's a longshot to go Blue. He seems likely to continue pursuing track and field, which would give Oregon (although not known per se as a sprinter school) a big edge in addition to their home-state advantage.
|5 years 36 weeks ago||... I am probably not even going to take my computer||
Almost touching (almost sad) that you'd even consider the feelings of us addicted to the site. (Maybe you're actually taking your own addictions into consideration?) Anyhoo, congratulations to the both of you, enjoy your time off and don't even consider bringing your computer!
|6 years 11 weeks ago||forgot about that moment ....||
... the dorm "yeahs." I remember actually getting in trouble for it because it was during "quiet hours" and people had finals coming up. Classic.