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|1 day 21 hours ago||I see the problem||
You've been reading each article forward. What's new about this is what you get when you read it backwards. An optimistic Brian perhaps? A potato salad recipe from BiSB? How to build a lovely aged wood kichen table from a certain Space Coyote? You'll just have to read to find out
|2 days 13 hours ago||I think it's just a numbers thing||
They don't feel, with the current numbers at the position this year, that they should take a DT in this cycle. I can almost promise they'll go after 1-3 in the next cycle, though. At that point, they'll be coming in when a guy like Pipkins is leaving and the year before a bunch of the guys currently on the roster will be SRs.
|2 days 14 hours ago||I said this elsewhere and applies here||
Disregard stuff that seem random if you want though (as it was a reply to something else)
"DT isn't exactly like OL, or even RB. You're going to get numbers at DT. DEs will bulk up. OL will switch over. "OL every year" is because you just need the numbers to fill out the depth chart, it's 5 positions to fill out for a position that has a pretty low hit rate. RB is a position you typically try to fill every year because those are your best athletes, plain and simple. If they don't work out, they'll likely work out somewhere else: FB, HB, WR, CB, Safety, LB, and at worst on ST. DT isn't like that. You can use them on ST, just like you can use OL on ST. But you can get numbers at DT without having to take a guy every year. It's a position kids naturally grow into."
So outside of crazy position switches, Palante, Mone could potentially play 3-tech this year, Roseboro potentially could if he came on board, Poggi and Hurst could both end up there, etc, etc. They just have a lot of bodies there right now, especially with the move to the Over. Makes sense to focus elsewhere to a degree.
|2 days 14 hours ago||RB recruiting||
Note (Magnus speculated as much yesterday):
|2 days 15 hours ago||I didn't take offense to it||
Needless to say, there are other reasons I had it taken down. I really didn't take offense to it, so no worries there, and I didn't reply with insults or anything nasty (I actually had a pretty well thought out response that had some decent info, it was just better left unsaid). There were just some other reasons I had that I didn't want what I said to be taken the wrong way. Can't say much more than that. But no offense taken.
|2 days 15 hours ago||I think it's more over-confidence||
Peppers seemed to get in position when he wanted to, but I think at this point he's still over confident in his athletic abilities relative to his peers, who are now clearly another step ahead of what he's used to.
He did do a poor job on his initial jam several times, does way too much reaching and that puts him in a bad position early. But you look at him recover, and he almost slows up, trying to anticipate the ball to get the interception, when he clearly has the athletic ability to get back in position instead. And that's where he needs to focus on, at this level, it's very difficult to be out of position and make plays, bait throws, etc. He has the technique when he focuses on it (look how good he was when he didn't reach on his initial press), but it's going to require a bit of an adjustment in mindstate.
Luckily, that's not the hardest thing to fix. And you see the explosiveness he has out of his breaks that are the reason he is a first a CB at the next level.
|2 days 16 hours ago||Well, the hypertrophy thing stated above||
EDITED - I had written something up, maybe you saw it maybe you didn't. But I said some things I probably shouldn't say (nothing insulting, just probably better left unsaid than out in a public forum).
|2 days 17 hours ago||Jordan baseball stats||
Even if he was improving (and I give him some credit, he hadn't played baseball since high school and was playing AA ball against some decent prospects), he wasn't improving nearly enough to likely ever amount to much.
He not only batted .202 on the real, he had 114 strike outs in 127 games, and had only two more total bases (116) than he had strike outs. His OBP was a paultry .289, and his OPS was .556. He did steal 30 bases, but also got caught stealing 18 times. He eventually probably could have been a decent AA type player, and may have been alright if he stuck with baseball through, but his 6'6" height and long arms weren't going to help any baseball career he hoped for. Still an incredible athlete, still a much better baseball player than I ever would have been, but not much of a baseball player or prospect by pro standards.
|2 days 17 hours ago||It highly favors the DL||
Everything in that drill favors the DL. No one is wearing pads, instead they are only wearing skin tight shirts, meaning there is nothing to latch on to, no leverage point, etc. Secondly, there is no run threat, so the DL can come of uncontrolled, and attack what is essentially a completely stationary target with no threat of anything different.
These drills are fine and all, they work on some technique for pass rushing situations and teach players to start using their hands and things. They work on some footwork for OL and some basic hand fighting techniques for the OL as well. But it's nothing like guys in pads, that can twist, stunt, etc, and you have to fend them off while they're in pads. Similarly for DL, it's nothing like most situations in a football game.
So what you get is a bunch of high school kids on defense that come in and are ready to throw out some pass rush moves because they worked on them a bit without pads on. Yet, they lack basic understanding of how to take on run blocks, how to defeat double teams, how to shed blocks, how the game naturally flows, how to properly work your technique and ability to minimize multiple threats. Instead, they're one dimensional players.
These camps could do much, much more to actually help both OL and DL in these situations, by working on other things that would benefit them more at the next level. At working at firing off the ball low, of latching on to defenders, at holding up to blockers, etc, etc. But, then again, that's not what these events are really about.
|2 days 17 hours ago||Hypertrophy is muscular cell growth, yes||
And in that way, yes, he is building muscles as any weight-lifting will tend to do. But it is more than simply increase reps and decrease rest. It also has to do with switching reps and load, optimizing down time between sessions (max ~2 days), decrease micro-damage (which prevents muscle growth), etc, etc.
Certainly he knows a lot about strength and conditioning, I don't think anyone is denying that. From the chocolate milk thing, to his focus on olympic style training, to his method of moving people from station to station and limiting overall rest (and thereby constantly stressing various muscle groups, increasing cardio, while also increasing explosive strength) are all beneficial workout styles that many use, and clearly pay dividends. No one is arguing that.
But there are times when some of the things he says are not all together accurate. That doesn't mean it's a bad workout program, again, obviously it's not. It's that it isn't necessarily steeped in the most accurate of science. Either it's miscommunicated, slightly misunderstood, or what have you. Many of the things he does teach have scientific merit, and that's good. But at the end of the day he is a coach, as you're saying, he isn't the scientist or the professor, nor should he be.
His job is to teach technique, plan workouts based on results, continue to learn based on other's research and implement into his plan, and to motivate. Just as a researcher isn't the same as an engineer isn't the same as the person that eventually implements a concept, the same can be said with Barwis. Many college football coaches teach their players how to properly run. They teach their players how to properly gain leverage and explode through opponents. They do all this, but I doubt a whole lot of them truly understand the science behind it all. That's fine, they shouldn't have to know it, as long as they sell what their saying and as long as what their teaching is affective. A little background can certainly help, too much background is unproductive.
I haven't seen anyone on here that doesn't have their ego in check. No one is calling out Barwis as a bad S&C coach, in fact, everyone here even questioning some of his stuff has claimed he is a good S&C coach. No one is stating that his workouts are easy either, so your debating an argument no one is making. I've been through similar workouts, I've made it through the week, I've puked and sweat and felt like garbage and carried through it because of a high level S&C coach. It was hard, it sucked, and I wouldn't have gotten through it without that coach, and that's the purpose of the coach: to give instruction, to formulate a plan, to continue implementation of new ideas, and to motivate.
|2 days 18 hours ago||Man Pushing Self to Point of Effort||
"ALBANY, NY—In what impressed coworkers are describing as an unprecedented application of minimal exertion, local office worker Doug Slater is reportedly just about pushing himself to the point of basic effort, sources confirmed Monday."
|2 days 18 hours ago||Yeah||
I don't put much stock into those thinking the Pistons are going to sign LeBron as a WR. Think that's a tough sell for them.
|2 days 20 hours ago||Bagman you say, eh? Recruiting:||
"Oh good... my laundry... is done."
|3 days 13 hours ago||A few things to note||
Waynes is sticking at FCB, rather than rotating over the BCB. Typically, MSU has rotated guys from field to boundary (field has more safety support, less run responsibility), but they felt more comfortable with one of the other guys to come in at BCB. Waynes has his own issues, and IMO, is not as good as Dennard, though he's a bit better athlete and has better length. He does not have the functional strength Dennard had in press and gets turned on double moves a bit.
MSU also runs a 2 safety nickel, and do so on many third downs. From this, they often run their blitz package, with a cover 3 behind it. This means that the two safeties are the primary tackling players in this package, and their typical cover 4 puts and emphasis on safeties making tackles as well, so that number is inflated by scheme a bit.
A lot of MSU guys talk up Ed Davis, because he came in in limited reps and showed well. But remember, that was a limited role in those limited reps. Lots of which was because he is a good, quick, strong blitzer. But he has other parts of his game to work out.
I still think MSU will be good, but it won't necessarily be a completely smooth transition. My guess is they'll still look great at times, but be more susceptible to giving up big plays than they were last year.
|3 days 15 hours ago||Nebraska, FWIW||
Nebraska was horrible at rush defense to start the year (mainly, Wyoming and South Dakota St), and that's what drags them down. But if you look at how they actually played on the field, they turned into a solid group toward the end of the year.
Their last 5 games:
Michigan - CENSORED
MSU - 48 att, 168 yards, 3.5 ypc (averaged 4.28 ypc, 174 ypg on season)
PSU - 44 att, 140 yards, 3.86 ypc (averaged 4.17 ypc, 174 ypg on season)
Iowa - 44 att, 155 yards, 3.52 ypc (averaged 4.21 ypc, 180 ypg on season)
Georgia - 43 att, 96 yards, 2.23 ypc (averaged 4.55 ypc, 170 ypg on season; were very hurt by then).
They held their last 5 opponents to below average numbers by a fairly significant margin.
|3 days 17 hours ago||Wiggins can play 2-3||
Kyrie and play 1-2. Lebron can play 1-4. When you have a chance to pick up Lebron you pick up Lebron and let the pieces fall as they most.
I still think the Heat would have been better without the shell of Wade, teaming Lebron with Bosh (who I think is underrated by a lot of people), and then focus on getting some other, actual, real talent and depth around those two instead of a shell of Wade, Allen shooting, and a whole lot of nothing else.
|3 days 17 hours ago||I've heard the billboard thing||
And I don't buy it. Once Lebron signs, it would cost Nike a minor fortune to purchase those signs. It's more cost effective from a risk/reward standpoint to purchase those signs now, shell the ones they won't use for Johnny Football, Irving, etc. I don't think Nike has a pulse one way or another here, they are just doing what makes sense from a business standpoint.
|3 days 17 hours ago||Not enough billboards||
Than Johnny Football warrants though. You know, because Johnny Football. Johnny Football plays for the Cleveland Johnny Footballs playing the Johnny Football position in which he'll go out and be all Johnny Football-like. Johnny Football.
|3 days 17 hours ago||But Miami is not Cleveland||
For God's sake. We'd all like to flee to the Cleve and club-hop down at the Flats and hae lunch with Little Richard, but we fight those urges because we have responsibilities. If the whole world moved to their favorite vacation spots, then the whole world would live in Hawaii, Italy, and Cleveland.
Well, now Lebron doesn't need to fight those urges, and he can live in his favorite vacation spot. Welcome back to Cleveland Lebron.
|3 days 18 hours ago||Malzone was running 7 step drops, the other 5 step||
Could be different scenario, different route, different timing, etc. But the QBs are fairly clearly doing different things, it's not just Malzone getting deeper.
|4 days 12 hours ago||Things like boxing out and positioning on the defensive glass||
Are a lot about putting in the effort and concentration, both of which are affected by physical and mental fatigue. Contrasting, offensive rebounding is much less about focus and technique, and more about luck (bounce of the ball which also become more varied as shooters get fatigued, rebounding position, etc).
Because the norm is for the defense to rebound the ball, if the offensive player relaxes, not much changes if the defender gives max effort. But, if the defensive player relaxes, it can drastically change if the offensive player gives effort. On top of that, the defensive rebounder is more affected by fatigue (and working hard on the offensive end is much easier to give effort than on the defensive end for most basketball players as well).
|4 days 12 hours ago||He certainly will allow check run left/right||
That's a requirement for a zone based run team.
I also think Nuss has more built-in adjustments as far as hots and extended hand offs that are simply a part of a playcall. Borges seemed to dabble in some packaged concepts, but clearly never felt comfortable with them to a great extent and so didn't rep them a ton. But I think those built in adjustments are a requirement for Nuss's offense because it is more simplified in terms of route structure, reads, etc.
It's similarly why tempo will likely come along quicker with Nuss's offense than it did with Borges (which I do believe was something Borges did really want to implement, as evident in the USC bowl game and to start the CMU game). With simplification, other aspects can begin to be repped early, and are necessary to rep earlier to make the offense more capable.
|4 days 14 hours ago||At Bama, McCarron audibled himself||
I don't see that changing at Michigan. I think Michigan has a philosophy that they want to be pro-style and prepare their players for the pros. That means making the QBs comfortable making the correct adjustments and audibles themselves. I think that's a selling point they use in recruiting, I think that's something that they deem as their responsibility to the QB, and I think it's something overall they believe in.
Now, that's not saying that audibling from the sideline is a bad thing for the college game, and certainly people like Chip Kelly are doing it now from the sidelines in the NFL, but I just don't see Michigan or Nussmeier changing that this year. Not sure what he did at Washington with regards to this, but he also has NFL ties and I just think that's the position he wants to put his QBs in.
|4 days 14 hours ago||Pretty sure there are communication rules||
As far as only being able to transmit in-play still photographs, and being able to talk through the headsets/phone. Everything else has to be done on the field.
Now, that's not saying that can't change. I wouldn't be surprised to see teams start to utilize the technology in practice for a variety of reasons. And I wouldn't necessarily be surprised to see the NFL try to capitalize on in in terms of fan interaction. But I don't see it being allowed for player/coach/team interaction any time soon.
|4 days 14 hours ago||It's illegal according to the rules||
You can't do that because the NFL/NCAA outlaws such activity, which is why you don't already see it done. It would essentially be akin to having video capabilities on the sideline, which are not allowed.
|4 days 15 hours ago||FWIW||
He's always done this. This isn't really a new thing. He's always been aware of what the offense was doing, sat in meetings, known the game plan going in, etc. For better or for worse.
|4 days 15 hours ago||Really sorry Seth||
Reminds me of the Hoke article discussing similar circumstances, and my response to that.
"I think of all the little things, like the anecdote that started the article, that I have with my old man. The little things that I just call him about as I start doing things that "grown ups" do and become more and more like him. And my old man sounds a lot like Hoke's dad, my biggest critic but my biggest fan. He was really hard on me growing up, but he's also really proud of me. So I start seeing myself in these pieces, and what that feeling will be like, and that's hard.
It's never easy losing someone that means so much, in all the big ways and little ways, no matter where you are in life."
You're not the first and you won't be the last that struggle with the loss of such an important part of your life, but that makes it no easier. I'm very sorry for your loss and you and your family are in my thoughts. Take your time getting back, and when you start to think you're ready to get back to some sense of normality (whatever that can eventually be), I'll make sure to send the denizens that critique you're every move and will make sure to start badgering you feverously about the where abouts of HTTV. Until then, take care, find comfort in your family and friends and the ones you love, and take your time getting back.
|4 days 15 hours ago||That's true||
That is the perception/expectation for the majority of the fanbase. Many in the fan base believe that Hoke should be able to win right away, and shouldn't need time to build his program. I think it's wrong that that is the perception/expectation, but I probably differ from the majority there. I think he deserves time to build a program, as long as the wheels aren't completely falling off (which they aren't as of yet).
|4 days 15 hours ago||I'm almost certain he coached from the box||
Not sure what he did at Washington though.
|4 days 16 hours ago||I'm guessing there are at least a handful that have||
Not that it really matters all that much in this case, it isn't changing anything.
And I'm not really sure what you're trying to argue to begin with? What's conjecture and a useless exercise? This is what Nuss is doing.