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|18 weeks 3 days ago||I don't like it||
Because I want to see kids compete, and I like to see players of this caliber compete one last time in college football. That said, I can't blame them either.
They did compete throughout the season, when the games held more meaning, so I'm not going to hold it in the same regard as those that coast for a season. But still - and I'm sure Harbaugh would feel the same way - you want to draft guys who see competition as everything, because those are the guys that will give that to you daily in all walks of life when you draft them for you team. This may impact their draft slot a bit, quite honestly, but certainly not as much as getting hurt would.
|18 weeks 3 days ago||These are the stories that get swept into the carpet||
All. The. Time. Never trust the steely-eyed man. Thanks for your contribution.
|18 weeks 3 days ago||What the hell did I just read?||
Go back to elementery school and learn to wright an S.A. Yeesh. That UM education for ya.
|18 weeks 3 days ago||That's that toast||
Folks not respecting the sweater game better start. I dig it.
|18 weeks 3 days ago||This is my invitation||
For everyone here to tell their recruiting story. Let's call it a short story competition. The winner gets upvotes for, I dunno, an hour before it's deleted.
Also, I may be the only one in the office today.
|20 weeks 10 hours ago||Essentially all of the current commits could move inside||
And likely would fit better inside. It's a pretty flexible group at least.
|20 weeks 2 days ago||I think the 2006 team was better overall||
But I don't think you're giving this team enough credit. Darboh, Chesson, Butt, Cole, and maybe even a couple OL will get drafted more than likely.
As far as the better defense, I think the 2016 team has more depth and less weak spots, but I think the 2006 had better individuals. I think Woodley, Branch, Harris, Hall are better college players than Taco, Glasgow, Gedeon, Lewis. But 2006 didn't have a Wormley, or Hurst, or Stribling to match the depth, even in the starting unit.
Also lost on the 2006 team was that Michigan essentially had half an OL. Long and Krause was a very good left side, but Riley and a young Mitchell was a pretty weak right side, probably weaker than any single side of Michigan's OL this year. But Henne in 2006 (if he had left he would have been a top 10 pick I think), Hart, Manningham, Breaston, Tabb, Minor, Mesko, Rivas; there was some really good talent on that side of the ball that was better than this 2016 offense, which really doesn't have the capability to be dominant in any facet of the game against top level defenses (2006 could be dominant running left or throwing at various times even against great defenses).
|20 weeks 2 days ago||The record will likely be about the same||
But I don't think they'll be as dominant.
I think the 2017 schedule sets up much more like 2015 schedule, where there are likely fewer blowouts and more trip up and tricky games.
Florida is returning a lot. They return everyone save Appleby (Purdue transfer) on offense and only lose two backup WRs off their offensive two-deep. On defense, they'll probably lose a couple guys early to the draft, but only lose probably one player from each level of defense. Neutral field game, first of the season, tricky.
Michigan luckily has Purdue after Air Force, but Air Force takes prep work because of their weird offense and is always a potential trap game. I'm not convinced Cincinnati is terrible either, and depending on who their coach is, could at least put up a fight. The point being, I don't expect Michigan to lose either to Cincinnati or Air Force, but those teams won't give Michigan what is essentially a break.
B1G play essentially starts after the bye with MSU, @IU, @PSU (who returns a lot). Then ends @Wisconsin (returns a lot) and OSU (returns a lot).
So the schedule has a lot more variance than this year. Yes, Michigan could win every game on the schedule, and at least OSU is at home. But @PSU and @Wisconsin is tricky. I thought Michigan in 2016 was essentially 11-1 +/- 1. 2017 feels like 10-2 +/- 2.
|20 weeks 3 days ago||I find it funny||
That every time Michigan struggles in the 2nd half, the automatic blame goes to "play calling" and "Lloyd-ball", often without looking at reality.
The problem was that Michigan didn't consistently pick up first downs. Here's the actual play calling though in the 2nd half.
2-G: Pass; TD
3-6: Pass (Flag)
2-14: Pass; INT
2-2: Run (end of 3rd Q)
3-10: Pass (sacked); Punt
3-4: Pass (missed slant)
So what do we actually have here:
1st down: 6 runs, 3 pass
2nd down: 4 runs, 3 pass
3rd down: 1 run, 3 pass
Michigan had a lead late in the game, remained pretty balanced, but failed to execute consistently and got behind the chains or missed opportunities to pick up first downs. They didn't go into a shell. They had a QB that had bad turnovers that directly resulted in most of OSU's points. That's a bad nit to complain about.
|21 weeks 2 days ago||I think Brian's position, and I agree with it||
That people are getting just a little bit carried away to the point of repeating the same true and contrived complaints ad nausium.
The officiating was bad. I don't think anyone is denying that besides OSU fans. But rehashing the same thing over and over again to the point of having a change.org petition (as if that will do a single thing other than make the fanbase look incredibly petty) gets ridiculous. The reffing sucked and it shouldn't suck that much. But reffing has sucked for a lot of teams at a lot of different times. And it wasn't the only reason Michigan lost (winning would have been a lot easier with better officiating, but as Brian noted, that slant pass man...) We don't need more refereeing threads (and this thread could have gone in the "no more refereeing threads" thread).
|21 weeks 3 days ago||I've been known to disagree with Brian a bit||
But this article really is a perfect summation of my thoughts as well. I think people are so upset about the spot - which was close enough that it was always going to stand with whatever the call on the field was - because just about every time there was gray area on a call it seemed to go OSU's way. That was just the culmination of the frustration. And yet, don't grab the face mask, hit the slant, make the cut, tackle Samuel at any point when the whole defense is around him and he's taken their kicker to the depths of his FG range... just make one play, just have one more thing go your way. It's frustrating as hell. Michigan is one of the four best teams in college football. But they shouldn't be in the CFP. They didn't earn it in the field with the results. As soon as you go by eye test and not results, you've made the regular season and the outcomes of games, including this one for the ages, all but meaningless.
|22 weeks 2 days ago||These days||
Once an arena hits 30 years we just leave it an let it rot and build a new one. Nice to see them sticking with a 65 year old one rather than wasting tax payers money on a new one.
|22 weeks 3 days ago||The players aren't freelancing||
It's a call. There are different block calls and different return calls. Typically, with the opponent backed up, Michigan has called for a return. At various other points, Michigan has gone for the block over the return, but they mix it up (and have different block calls as well).
As for who makes the call, I don't know if it's Partridge or Harbaugh. My guess is that it is Partridge play call based on what Harbaugh wants to do at a given time.
|22 weeks 3 days ago||Indiana still got some edge runs early||
But it was mostly mitigated. Indiana attacks the edge a bit different than OSU though; lots of pin and pull and without a real interior keep threat. I think OSU with Barrett will be a bit more of a challenge, and I don't think the adjustment Saturday is necessarily the same adjustment that will be needed this up coming Saturday.
|23 weeks 1 day ago||Similar to the gap counter Iowa was running?||
Looks a lot like Power, just without the pulling OG? Works as a really nice counter to split zone because the OL all steps one direction and the FB works opposite, but here the OL just down blocks rather than zone blocking. It was a nice scheme for Iowa, got Michigan's LBs on the wrong side of blocks quite often.
|23 weeks 1 day ago||B1G may be the best this year||
But I don't really think any conference is "far and away the best". There are some really good teams in the B1G, and some good teams. Like any other conference, there are also some real clunker (Rutgers, Purdue, MSU, Illinois) and some really average teams to say it nicely. So let's not go around touting a huge win over Maryland or Illinois because, BIG TEN!
But I'm glad Finebaum admitted it. I watched Bama vs Miss St last weekend for a while, and while Bama did look really good, Miss St looked awful. Yeah, they be Texas A&M, they also lost to South Alabama. Every conference has the same depth issues when you get to the bottom half.
|23 weeks 2 days ago||Fieldturf||
Don't just purchase for yourself - Hanukkah, after all, is the season to GIVE. If you are like me, on the other hand, you will buy presents for yourself as well for other folks to give to you to make sure you don't have to return unwanted presents later. It's lawful, after all.
|23 weeks 3 days ago||Speight threw it a little late||
But Butt needs to settle in the void in the zone and not drift behind the LB in coverage. Still should have been a first down as Speight "threw him open" but Butt continued to drift.
|23 weeks 3 days ago||That's the whole intent of a wham play||
And it's a scheme that Harbaugh has used a ton in the past. He used it to great success against Suh while he was with the 49ers. Great DTs tend to over penetrate when they are let go, the H-back is just asked to get enough of him for the RB to burst through the LOS.
In retrospect it doesn't look like a wham play though.
|23 weeks 3 days ago||I initially thought it was a blown wham play||
But Cole and Kalis are both going after the same LB, which initially I didn't see. Kalis executes what looks like a perfect technique to let the DT past him, but likely there was a communication error between Mags and Kalis in which Kalis thought Mags was going to take over for him.
|23 weeks 3 days ago||A lot of the flash screens last year were called runs||
In which Rudock made a read (largely pre-snap, but to some degree post-snap as well) that resulted in him making the throw. My guess is that either Speight isn't as successful making this read or the coaching staff has limited what to put on his plate in that regard. If he's making the read correctly as often as incorrectly, it's putting you in bad situations and you just have to take it off the table, which is my guess as to why you are seeing less.
|23 weeks 3 days ago||I didn't see Speight locking in to his first WR as a problem||
Speight missed passes (3 or 4 deep at least), guys dropped the ball (Darboh on the final drive, Darboh made the overturned TD on the first drive harder than it had to be; Chesson dropped a pass as well, and maybe some others); guys ran poor routes (Butt drifted on his pop pass that Speight also threw late). There were issues in the pass game, but I don't think the issue was Speight making up his mind pre-snap at all. In fact, I think he saw the action pretty well all game, the decision making wasn't poor, the execution absolutely was though.
|23 weeks 3 days ago||It was his hot read||
He had trips to the other side of the field. Iowa sent a blitz and that's where the known one on one match up was, so he threw it (just before getting hit).
And really, Darboh should have caught it. Speight punted it up, but it went right through Darboh's hands.
|23 weeks 3 days ago||You're going to run into a stacked box||
And having someone a bit bigger is often more beneficial that a guy that is quicker in that instance, because you're going to have to break tackles. Not to mention, you need a guy that you trust to hold onto the football and run the play correctly. Lastly, Smith was a lead blocker on the Peppers run, something he is significantly better at than the other RBs.
|23 weeks 3 days ago||It was Hill or Mags||
Pretty sure it was Hill running the wrong direction on a wham, but it may have been an Iso or lead inside zone that Mags didn't get the combo call for. But Kalis, regardless of what it was, had the LB on that play. No one else was accounting for him. Kalis didn't have a great game against Johnson (a lot of people don't; Cole didn't either), but that bust almost certainly wasn't on him.
|23 weeks 3 days ago||Pass pro is a big part of it, but only part of it||
1. Pass protection. Smith provides it significantly better than anyone else. If you've noticed, the other backs have really only been trusted to cut block on quick three step drops.
2. They are asked to do different types of things right now. The other backs, particularly the younger ones, are change of pace backs. They are getting the "change up" runs, the ones that opponents don't rep all the time because they aren't the base runs. The draw, the stretch zone, etc. The more carries the get, the more Isos they have to run, the more 3rd and 1 pick ups they are asked to get, the more their average drops.
3. Michigan's pass offense is heavily based on a strong PA package. That often means down hill run threat, which is more of what Smith provides. You want WRs open by miles? Ok, well then Smith is the best RB to help get those guys open. People get pissed at 27 for 27, but forget how much it got the WRs open. Harbaugh's offense is similar to that, but better than 27 for 27.
4. Ball security is a big thing. Smith has lost one fumble his entire career.
5. Trust. Speight trusts Smith. The OL trusts Smith. Harbaugh trusts Smith. You can't throw everything on the plate of young guys because they can't take on everything, so you give them packages. Smith has the trust of everyone to do everything in the playbook, right, wrong or otherwise. If you're willing to sacrafice trust for one of the other guys, then be prepared to have a bunch of guys doing a bunch of things they aren't supposed to do instead of their assignment because they don't trust the guy behind them.
I think the other backs provide things that Smith doesn't I don't think they get much more, if anything more than Smith got. Evans ran well Saturday. Higdon had some guys miss blocks for him. But really the run game wasn't what lost Michigan the game. Speight missed deep shots, the WRs failed to make plays repeatedly (Darboh had a drop and should have had a TD on another; Chesson had a bad drop that lead to an INT; Butt drifted on a pop pass; etc). Some guys missed assignments in blocking, which also hurt (lead to the safety). I get why people are trying to assess what went wrong and find a single answer solution, but Saturday was a collection of things that could go wrong did go wrong (Murphy's law, as Ace put it). It sucks. It happens. Onto the next. A massive overhaul in distribution of carries isn't the solution this team needs though, IMO.
|24 weeks 14 hours ago||Despite it being from Ohio||
I much prefer them of Founders. Their Commodore Perry is a great IPA, they have a lot of good seasonals as well. It doesn't hurt that the food at the brewery is top notch as well.
|24 weeks 14 hours ago||Booo||
|24 weeks 2 days ago||People's personalities aren't black and white||
Lewan is no different. I'm still not a huge fan of Lewan, I think he goes over the line too often on the field, I don't think he has great leadership qualities, and I think some of his off field antics aren't what you'd like by a large degree.
He is a good football player. He isn't pure evil. He has good qualities and can still demonstrate himself as a good human being.
Draymon Green is a douche on the basketball court, always complaining, taunting, tapping sacks and other cheap shots. He's shown to be less than a great human being at times off the court. He also does a ton for the city of Saginaw and in other underpriveledged areas. He helps in multiple charities. Guess what? Not every is so cut and dry, especially people.
It's good to see this. I wish we'd see more "good" things from Lewan.
|24 weeks 2 days ago||You do realize this can basically said with any program?||
So it's not really a bad message to send recruits. You are telling them: look, if you don't make it in the NFL, you are still welcome back here and to be a part of the program and all that stuff. So it's not really a negative. Unless having Devin Gardner come back, Gallon come back, or any number of other Michigan players come back and be around the program would be considered "bad for recruiting", then I don't really see that as an issue for Alabama.