"Jim's a tough guy and you can see his personality is all over this football team," Fitzgerald said.
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|2 days 14 hours ago||Scott Shafer, the greatest||
Scott Shafer, the greatest casualty of the Rodriguez era. He had the defense performing pretty well in the first half of year 1.
|6 days 17 hours ago||I watched a part of the||
I watched a part of the UCLA-Arizona game and internally laughed at those on this blog who thought Arizona would "truck" Michigan if they played each other this year. Arizona's tackling was horrific. We'd run those guys off the field.
|6 days 19 hours ago||And we have a 200-year||
And we have a 200-year anniversary coming up, come to think of it.
|1 week 1 day ago||Yeah I remember hearing about||
Yeah I remember hearing about O-line improvement every year in camp from 2009 through 2013....
|1 week 1 day ago||That's how they think of||
That's how they think of themselves, so that's how I think of them.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||This has been our bowl||
This has been our bowl projection every year since RichRod took over at Arizona.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||I only mock players who play||
I only mock players who play for Michigan.
|3 weeks 16 hours ago||I imagine these hypothetical||
I imagine these hypothetical future Buckeyes will know exactly what it means. Do you think they're ever going to forget how one of their most successful coaches referred to us?
|3 weeks 17 hours ago||Agreed. We're lucky they||
Agreed. We're lucky they still remember who we are at this point, part of me thinks.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||could be worse||
I think that was about the 34th shade of green Sparty's tried out. Nowadays they favor anything dark and scary (and Baylor-esque).
|3 weeks 1 day ago||Worst. First Post. Ever.||
Worst. First Post. Ever.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||So sad||
|3 weeks 5 days ago||It's Mike D'Antoni, actually.||
It's Mike D'Antoni, actually.
|4 weeks 1 day ago||Oh, I think it's the||
Oh, I think it's the chauvinistic tough guys who get the most emotional about this stuff.
|4 weeks 1 day ago||Both are irrelevant and||
Both are irrelevant and unecessary.
|4 weeks 1 day ago||That's simply not true.||
That's simply not true.
|4 weeks 1 day ago||as always||
They need us more than we need them.
|4 weeks 2 days ago||I understand what you're||
I understand what you're saying, but I guess I just see it differently. Your undermining of Harbaugh's accomplishments at Stanford is not convincing. Stanford mauled USC with (at least on paper) vastly inferior recruits, the same USC teams Michigan would lose to any time we found ourselves in the Rose Bowl.
And setting aside the defense, during the Rodriguez years did we ever score more than a touchdown against the Buckeyes, ever more than two against Sparty? It seemed like everything had to go exactly right for us to squeeze out a first down. We were just as predictable as we were under Carr, with read-option taking the place of zone blocking.
I believe Harbaugh's offenses will more complex than prior regimes' and more difficult to defend. We will not be baffled by teams like Illinois at the goal line. We will be able to do power and deception.
|4 weeks 2 days ago||'It obviously runs best with||
'It obviously runs best with premium talent at the skill positions, but I can’t imagine a world in which you could take Alex Malzone and drop him into Harbaugh’s offense and beat Indiana comfortably, let alone what OSU did against Wiscy, Alabama, and Oregon.
....And the second, related benefit is that it gives you a larger margin of error when it comes to recruiting, of still being effective with “lesser” athletes because their weaknesses are covered up by the greater system. It broadens the available pool of “viable” players for your system, and so you don’t have to hit as often on the great player(s) in order to maintain a consistent level of success.
By comparison, Harbaugh’s offense is great when you have all the pieces but seems to stumble without them....'
Um, can you imagine a world in which you drop Ryan Mallett into Rodriguez's offense and beat Indiana comfortably? I mean, even with Denard our games against Indiana were nail-biters until the final seconds (whereas with Henne and the most boring offense imaginable we'd beat Indiana 42-3 every year). I think that spread just as much as "pro-style" offenses rely on the right pieces being there. I think more important than spread vs. traditional is whether your offense has sophistication and discipline.
With Harbaugh we will have both. I really don't understand your idea that not running a traditional spread offense is some kind of automatic limit on how successful this program can be. I remember MSU plowing us off the field and shutting down our offense every year during the RichRod era, a team that has since won the Rose Bowl and is in real contention to make a run for the playoffs.
|4 weeks 4 days ago||This guy for D coach||
This guy for D coach
|4 weeks 5 days ago||Nah, we'll be fine, more than||
Nah, we'll be fine, more than fine, in two years (or fewer).
|4 weeks 6 days ago||It's a fanbase that doesn't||
It's a fanbase that doesn't know how to be winners.
|5 weeks 16 hours ago||I downvoted you to keep||
I downvoted you to keep things in balance.
|5 weeks 1 day ago||Sort of on the subject: Does||
Sort of on the subject: Does anyone know whether the team is only allowed to wear black shoes? I thought I'd heard something to this effect.
|6 weeks 19 hours ago||Harbaugh also made them make||
Harbaugh also made them make a sweatshirt, so the block Ms match.
|6 weeks 2 days ago||This moaning about what||
This moaning about what coaches choose to tell and not tell reporters is absurd. Ultimately, who cares what he says in response to questions like "how's the competition been?" What's a good answer to that? The question begs for tautology. Why should we expect to know who they're going to start and when they're going to do it. We'll find out in a matter of days either way, so who cares? They do these pressers not because they're eager to let everyone know about the program's inner workings, but because they have to, year in year out, always fielding the same type of questions, and thus always giving similar answers. There is very little say, however, but the press will keep coming day after day, we'll keep reading, and coaches will keep talking in generalities.
|22 weeks 6 days ago||The Game. I'm shocked there||
I'm shocked there would be any other response on a Michigan blog.
|24 weeks 6 days ago||They're still weird and a bad||
They're still weird and a bad fit for the B1G.
|25 weeks 1 day ago||He's a football coach. I'd be||
He's a football coach. I'd be surprised if his stance on global affairs wasn't somewhat simplistic and uncritically patriotic.
|28 weeks 1 day ago||Where's the love for the B1G?||
Where's the love for the B1G? I want two B1G teams in the elite 8. Sparty going any further would be insufferable, but I have no problem pulling for Wisky the whole way.
The teams I'm rooting against most strongly are ND and Kentucky, both for pretty obvious reasons.