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|5 weeks 12 hours ago||From Pagano's Perspective||
If you think about it, the NFL head coaching gig is quite the grind. Typically, you've had to prove yourself as an excellent coordinator, a top ten practitioner of your craft in the entire world. Then you get to compete with 31 other top-ten-in-the-world-coordicator-types and roughly two thirds of you will be considered failures because your team didn't make the playoffs.
Which means there are some excellent, excellent football coaches, some of the best in the world, who "fail" every year. (John Harbaugh, Sean Payton, Tom Coughlin, all Super Bowl winners, all out of the playoffs this year.)
Taking a postition as a defensive consultant at an excellent school like Michigan with a Jim Harbaugh coached staff to me sounds like an ideal situation. Pagano could take his time reviewing the NFL landscape and make sure his next move has an environment that will favor his success. He'd be paid low 6 figures with no pressure, doing what he loves with the daily entertainment of Harbaugh.
|6 weeks 5 days ago||Great Memories||
Great piece Ace
|14 weeks 3 days ago||^This^||
Take one and only one...
|17 weeks 1 day ago||Thoroughly Enjoyed The Post||
OSU schadenfreude at its finest.
Thanks for posting The Team 16.
|18 weeks 6 days ago||Embed Fail||
Probably because the video was in the MLive article and not Youtube.
|18 weeks 6 days ago||Tentative > Decisive||
Yup, the players talked about being too tentative in the earlier games, which comes from getting used to new schemes. Sometimes it's nerves. Sometimes it's the brain trying to process all of the coaching they've been getting for the past 5-7 weeks or so.
I think what we saw last weekend was the players starting to "get it". All of the coaching started to sink in, they weren't thinking out there, they'd had enough good reps so they were just playing football. The BYU coach said as much in his post game presser, that UM was more prepared, more physical, super-sharp, disciplined, precise execution (with a few minor exceptions like the fake punt).
Perfect practice (good reps) > good precise execution > dominance
Man was their coach humbled.
|21 weeks 3 days ago||Level 5||
One of the attributes of Collins' Good to Great Level 5 leaders is to accept the blame when things go south and credit your subordinates when they go well.
"Players win games and coaches lose them."
Belichik is a classic Level 5.
|22 weeks 5 days ago||Force of Nature||
That was a great piece, thx OP for posting.
My favorite quote: WHAT YOU VIVIDLY IMAGINE, ARDENTLY BELIEVE, AND ENTHUSIASTICALLY ACT UPON WILL INEVITABLY COME TO PASS.
Our coach is a force of nature.
|25 weeks 6 days ago||User||
"Flashes shock and violence in his punch." IK Enemkpali 2014 draft profile: http://www.nfl.com/draft/2014/profiles/ik-enemkpali?id=2543598 …
|25 weeks 6 days ago||Michael David||
|25 weeks 6 days ago||User||
Word is Geno Smith put his finger in the face of IK Enemkpali’s during and argument that wasn’t getting difused. Then came the punch
|40 weeks 3 days ago||Jesus & Dr. Seuss||
If anyone loves Me, he will keep my word and My Father will love him and We will come to Him and make our home with Him. Jn 14.23
Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind. Dr Suess
|50 weeks 5 days ago||A Classic Case||
of when 1 upvote is simply not enough.
|1 year 17 hours ago||Isn't it obvious?||
Deceit, bait & switch.
|1 year 1 day ago||Classic||
Well played ALLmaize
|1 year 1 day ago||Great Point Black Socks||
What good is a national championship when you make a bad name for yourself, when you show the world you've got a major flaw in your character.
|1 year 1 day ago||Don't consider myself a scholar yet||
Working on it...
But to me it means when you begin a plan or a scheme and your intent in the beginning is to utilize deception in the carrying out of the plan, you'll find that your plans can get pretty tangled up. I think that's what the "first practice" part means.
For example, Meyer's in a corner now. Like one of the other posters said, this is prime recruiting ammunition for every coach competing with OSU right now.
How do you trust anything they say?
|1 year 1 day ago||Pure Awesomeness||
Absolutely love it.
|1 year 3 days ago||Thanks MichiganMan14||
For your service, for your mentoring of our country's young men, and for the great story.
It's sounds like a great fit. A special young man at a special place.
|1 year 4 weeks ago||Quitting Not an Option||
It would appear that Jimmy loathes quitters.
We understand that Kyle was probably 19 or 20 years old at the time and none of us is perfect and we all learn from our mistakes but if he did leave the team because he was pouting because he got demoted for not playing well, that's not good. From the Sporting News:
"After expecting to redshirt as a freshman, he moved into the starting lineup midway through the season and started three games. He later was benched and didn’t play in Michigan’s bowl game. Bosch said the staff told him he had not performed well against Northwestern and Michigan State. In this season’s opener against Appalachian State, Bosch played just a few snaps. He admitted to Sporting News that he was unhappy and considered transferring after going from starting guard to playing mop-up minutes. Two days later, former Michigan coach Brady Hoke issued a release stating that Bosch had “taken a leave of absence for an undetermined amount of time for personal reasons” and that “we wish him the best and look forward to his return.”
I'm sure in Jimmy's mind, to walk out on your teammates mid-season is an egregious offence like desertion or going AWOL. It's cowardice and it's antithetical to everything he's trying to build into the character of his team. I'm also certain that if Jimmy had been the coach at the time, there would be no option to return. Since he wasn't here, he probably did give Kyle a chance to compete for a back-up position. Which is why Kyle said this:
"It just seems like now it just wouldn’t be possible for me to go back to Michigan and be as successful as I possibly can be.”
I bet though if Kyle was contrite and realized he had let his teammates down, realized that it's a great honor and privilege to play football for the University of Michigan, and proved to the coaching staff that he had learned his lesson, he prpbably could have earned a starting spot again.
Bo didn't say, "The team, the team, the team, unless you're unhappy about your playing time."
This is obviously conjecture and we wish Kyle all the best.
|1 year 45 weeks ago||Wise Choice||
Welcome to Ann Arbor young man and the prestigious University of Michigan.
All the best both on and off the field.
|2 years 18 weeks ago||Thanks||
for the tip.
|2 years 22 weeks ago||It may be a little premature||
It may be a little premature to label them Michigan Men but I appreciate the optimistic outlook.
And I don't believe the OP's conficence is misplaced. Some of us (Brian? lol) had our doubts when Hoke was named head coach of our storied program, understandably so. I know he didn't fit the profile of what I thought the ideal candidate should be (shows you how smart I am).
I envisioned a Bill Belichick/Bill Walsh hybrid, very cerebral, with a track record for fielding stifling defenses like our '97 squad. I wanted someone who at the same time, could build an offensive juggernaut that would throw caution to the wind and dominate with aggressive play-calling and shrewd creativity. My Maize and Blue soul was seeking carthisis of the pain of watching our typically significant talent advantage wasted by a way-too-conservative game plan. I desired a football genius to make those years a distant memory.
Brady Hoke's unbridled passion and tremendous (using one of his favorite words) devotion and love for all things Michigan totally trumps every other consideration. When you add to that his ability to recruit like-minded coordinators like recruiter and DC extraordinaire GMatt and Gorgeous Al, (getting the right people on the bus and the wrong people off, a la Good to Great" by Collins) you have the foundation for a successful program.
Add to that the fatherly care and genuine compassion for the young men in the program or family (Real recognize Real) and their commitment to the same (“How about you coach them as hard as you can for as long as you have them,” Mattison yelled back tersely. “YOU GIVE THEM EVERYTHING YOU’VE GOT!! ...that’s why you don’t go to Ohio State...”), is awesome.
I"m so excited about the trajectory of our program.
|2 years 23 weeks ago||Great Job||
|2 years 23 weeks ago||Appreciate the Potential Rivalry||
We're going to need a replacement.
And I bet Brandon and Hoke would give a free ticket to this year's UTL if someone would dress as a leprochan mascot with a chicken head.
Hope you guys have a great season and look forward to seeing you in the B1G Championship.
|2 years 23 weeks ago||Thanks in Advance||
I just perused the first few pages.
Dude, you can write.
Thank you for the excellent reading material over lunch.
|2 years 24 weeks ago||Best Quote Ever?||
"There will be blood on the field and it won't be mine. … Quote it. Let them know."
|2 years 28 weeks ago||Over -17||
Shall we set the new o/u at -27?
|2 years 28 weeks ago||Fail - Here's the link|
|2 years 28 weeks ago||Embedding 2nd Attempt|