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|37 weeks 3 days ago||Some one else said it, but I||
Some one else said it, but I too cringe every time DG throws the ball. I love the kid of what he's given, but a this point he's a complete liability. The OL is actually improving, but much like we saw with Denard, opposing DC's are daring Michigan to throw and loading up to stop the run.
I see people ripping on Nuss, but how can any OC be held accountable for the offense when the only viable QB is a complete turnover machine? From what I have seen, Nuss calls good plays (for the most part) but DG seems to almost always make the worst possible decision and/or a terrible throw.
I have to imagine that the players, as much as they respect DG, know that they're not going very far with a kid that cannot run (was supposed to be his best weapon), can't throw deep, and has a very hard time protecting the ball. It's sad, but that's where we are today.
|37 weeks 5 days ago||Whomever knows Johnny||
Whomever knows Johnny Kolasar, Eric Kattus, or Gerald White needs to contact them and tell them to call up Jimmy and implore him to come back to Ann Arbor and bring back us back to these glory days!
So many great memories -- I remember so many of those TD plays.
|37 weeks 5 days ago||It is Jim's destiny to come||
It is Jim's destiny to come back to AA and lead Michigan into it's next era of greatness, just like Bo did. It's all lining up as it should. Hoke = Bump -- well like but not getting it done, new AD = Canham, and Harbaugh is the new Bo.
I cannot imagine Jim watching Michigan suffer, being one of the few people who could actually make the suffering stop, and NOT do anything about it. Bo HAS to be coming to Jim in his dreams and telling him to cement his legacy at Michigan forever. Yost, Fritz, Benny, Bo and Jim ... It's too perfect to not happen.
|38 weeks 5 days ago||Nuss is a QB guru, but there||
Nuss is a QB guru, but there are three issues at play here: 1) not a whole lot of time with DG; 2) DG's bad habits/mechanics; and 3) the OL isn't overly condusive to QB development.
Look, I love and respect DG a great deal, but let's speak frankly; he just makes too many mistakes to be an effective QB, and pretty much has for his entire career. To be fair, it's not always all his fault, but in the MSU game the 2 INT's he threw were HORRIBLE, and the fumble was pretty derpy on his part.
I have a feeling that if one were to have a candid conversation with Nuss he would tell you that DG is an amazing athlete, but that he never developed the eyes and mind to be a great QB, and at this point it's pretty much a lost cause. Todd McShay highlighted his eyes during the MSU game -- within seconds of the snap his eyes were down, looking at the rushers, and NOT looking downfield and going through his progressions.
I am not really blaming the guy, doing what he does (especially behind a lackluster OL) is pretty scary. But, as we all know, the ability of a QB to keep his eyes "downfield" is almost more important than anything else. Add to that his near inability to "read a defense" and we are where we are, and I don't think it's fair to put any of that on Nuss.
DG, like Denard before him, is a square peg in a round hole.
|39 weeks 1 day ago||You, and others, say "MAC||
You, and others, say "MAC level coaching" as if the MAC sucks. I think you're way off base in that assessment, although I know what you're trying to say.
I think if you took the top coaches from the MAC right now, transplanted them in AA, we'd be better off than we are. I just want to know how/why players aren't developing. Is there something that the coaching staff is/isn't doing that is the key? Why do players on other teams seem to get better all the time, yet ours stagnate and seem to even get worse?
|39 weeks 1 day ago||I am not saying they're||
I am not saying they're playing a "bunch of scrubs" and I know they're doing well in recruiting -- but they're still not to the level that Michigan is "on paper."
I think we might be in a similar situation to what Texas was in a few years back -- too many soft, coddled, overrated players coupled with lack of development when they arrive on campus.
|39 weeks 1 day ago||I didn't know anything about||
I didn't know anything about the "stake incident" until I read about it in here. Personally, I like the fact that the players took it upon themselves to do something to motivate each other in the face of an obviously superior team. It didn't seem to do much good as, once again, they got bullied in every way possible, and look completely soft and lost.
Hoke's apology, IMO, was perhasp the weakest thing I could possibly imagine a coach doing. In fact, after MSU ran the score up on us, I was hoping that Hoke would go out to meet Dantonio after the game and fuck him up, or at the very least express show him he was pissed. But, once again, Hoke rolled over like a dog in the face of the Alpha dog.
I like Hoke as a person (but I am beginning to like him less and less) but that is just fucking sad. The whole Michigan football organization -- coaches AND players -- just fucking suck. They're weak physically and mentally. I know people don't think we should "rip on the players" and I've admonished people for doing the same. But, with all apologies, they just SUCK. They're completely incapable of doing even the most basic football plays. I feel so sad to say this, and I know there is a lot of "bad coaching" involved, but c'mon guys.
The whole thing depresses me to no end.
|39 weeks 2 days ago||#9 is the only one that||
#9 is the only one that matters.
|39 weeks 3 days ago||They didn't force Carr out||
They didn't force Carr out dude, he retired. Your indignance implies that he shouldn't have been forced out (if he was) after he lost to App. St. and Oregon the way his last team did.
|39 weeks 6 days ago||I think you're projecting||
I think you're projecting your own bitchliness.
|40 weeks 2 days ago||http://www.jaguars.com/media-||
Check out the highlight on the Jax Jag Offical Site.
I wish they'd show his 20 yard run also.
Great game Denard, first NFL TD!
|40 weeks 5 days ago||Player development is||
Player development is concerning, and really seems to be at the heart if Michigan's struggles. So many other programs seem to get a lot out of any level of recruit they land, while Michigan (even before Hoke & RR) seem to continually get less out of high level recruits.
Any of the FB coaches in here have insights into what might be going on?
|41 weeks 13 hours ago||What a shitty attitude!||
What a shitty attitude!
|41 weeks 15 hours ago||You're pretty full of||
You're pretty full of yourself dude. You won nothing. You're just that annoying little jackoff on the other team who thinks he's hot shit because he's "tapping people on the back of the legs."
Annoying little fok is what you are.
|41 weeks 17 hours ago||"I used to play excessively||
"I used to play excessively cheap it was the only way to make the playing field level since I was shorter and smaller"
Nothing worse than a cheap shot artist who rationalizes his dirty play as ok because he's scrawny. Todd Brost was a little guy, did he play "excessively cheap?"
You never had any intention of hurting anyone? You used "cheating" as a tool? C'mon man. The ONLY reason that you were able to get away with this crap was because you played High School hockey where there was no fighting and no real consequences to that kind of behavior. If you tried that BS in juniors, college, or the pros, let's just say you would have been motivated to change your behavior.
So, according to you, you were more skilled and tougher than almost anyone on the ice, but because you were small, felt the need to play "excessively cheap?" GFYCS! What a fucking tool!
|41 weeks 17 hours ago||The entire Rutgers ref/call||
The entire Rutgers ref/call situation was a joke. How anyone could think that that wasn't a catch is beyond me. It cost us a TO, and add to that the clock error, and this really is an instance in which the refs seriously screwed Michigan.
|41 weeks 1 day ago||I see your point(s)||
I see your point(s) Vegas.
However, I have to wonder if there is far too much emphasis being put on coaching in an effort to shield the players from their responsibility: execution. I agree that if a coach were continually putting them in positions to fail that that would be on the coaches. However, to my eye there are many times when the players are being put into a position to succeed, and yet, they're failing to do their jobs. For example, Frank Clark (our best and most experienced defensive player) missing a sack on Nova against Rutgers after GMat calls the perfect blitz at the perfect time.
I hear it now, "bad coaching!" But c'mon man, you're a senior, you've been in the same defense for your entire career, and you're always brought up as a "Impact Player" by the tv guys. Your DC calls you number, you have a free run at the QB, and you miss the play. Now, I am not dogging on Frank (ok, I am a bit) but at some point the players have to take responsibility for their own job, and fans have to recognize that the coaches can only do so much.
Now, all that being said, I fully suspect that there is something in the environment that the coaches have created that isn't bringing out the best in the players. I don't know what that might be, but there is something definitely wrong internally.
|41 weeks 1 day ago||0/2||
Bellomy threw it twice. One was batted down and one was very nearly intercepted by Hull, and likely would have been a pick-6, and the loss of the game.
|41 weeks 1 day ago||Quit being so emo!||
I know you didn't just call me an imbecile dude!
Do you ever listen to what the players say? DG wanted to be in that game more than anything in the world, and he said so in his post-game interview. He's the leader of the team, the QB, and his emotion is something that Michigan desperately needs.
Quit being so emo about things Dennis -- it's very unbecoming of a Michigan Man!
|41 weeks 2 days ago||You mad bro?||
I'm not sure if you're serious, but since I don't see a "/s" at the end of your post, I'll assume that you are.
GET OVER IT! Guys play with ankle sprains all the time. Would you be in here praising Hoke for playing Bellomy for the entire game? No, you'd be whining and calling for his head.
|41 weeks 2 days ago||Will,thanks for posting the||
thanks for posting the info you've posted. Unfortunately, (IMO) it raises more questions than answers.
"...they just want to win."
So why aren't they winning? It's too simplistic to say, "because the coaches suck ..." Are the players that Michigan has on the roster currently capable of more, of sustained success, of winning? We all assume, because of their star ranking, that they are. But if they're working so hard, love each other and their coaching staff, why are they consistently incapable of doing the things that are required to win?
For example, Michigan runs a basic stretch play to the left -- a play that they've repped 1000's of times in practice -- and the PSU LB shoots the gap and drops Smith for loss. I know a lot of guys will scream, "bad coaching!" but is it really? I've said this before, but at the end of the day, all the practice and coaching is so that the players can perform on gameday. Why aren't they? A coach can only do so much coaching.
Taking you at your word that your brother plays on the team, I'd be curious to hear what he has to say about this issue. It's not as if there are "advanced football techniques" that Hoke & Co. don't know, that other coaches do, and this is the cause of lack of execution. There are always going to be times when the other team "out executes" you. But, with this Michigan team it seems like every team out executes them on bascially every play.
I know it's the "in thing" to disparage the coaches, but I have to wonder if, based on your original comments (and the comments of Desmond Howard), if there is a component of the struggles that is "on the players." If former players are willing to disparage a kid to his family, maybe they're seeing things from the players that they, as former players, don't like. Further, maybe they're seeing things from Hoke & Co. that they do like, because they have seen/experienced good coaching.
I don't know the answer.
|41 weeks 3 days ago||I liked them a lot! Thought||
I liked them a lot! Thought the helmets looked awesome with the all blues. I'd love to see them again!
|41 weeks 3 days ago||Let's see that running attack||
Let's see that running attack we saw against Rutgers in the 4th last week. Our offense is so anemic and always seems to be behind the chains and thus allowing the opposing defense to tee of on us.
|41 weeks 3 days ago||Sigh||
|41 weeks 3 days ago||I have mentioned this a lot.||
I have mentioned this a lot. Between DR and DG I cannot remember more than 2-3 "throw aways" by either of them in years -- yet watch any other QB and you'll see at least 2-4 a game. It's uncanny.
|41 weeks 3 days ago||you got to be shitting me!||
you got to be shitting me!
|41 weeks 3 days ago||Well, it's tackling 101 ...||
Well, it's tackling 101 ... as soon as you stop and grab, you open yourself up for a broken tackle. If he just keeps going forwards Hack goes down. If he's incapable of making a tackle, why the fuck is he blitzing?!?
|41 weeks 3 days ago||That play remided me of the||
That play remided me of the play last week when Clark came free, but then missed the tackle on Nova. Run THROUGH the QB Blake. You had him dead to rights and let him get out of it because you STOPPING RUNNING THROUGH HIM! WTF?!?
|41 weeks 3 days ago||So sick of our blitzes being||
So sick of our blitzes being close but getting nothing!
|41 weeks 3 days ago||I am 41, and I LOVE the||
I am 41, and I LOVE the uniforms!
They're sharp, understated, and the blue on blue looks hot!
Great catch Funchess!