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|1 day 19 hours 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!
|5 days 2 hours 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?
|6 days 21 hours ago||What a shitty attitude!||
What a shitty attitude!
|6 days 23 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.
|1 week 1 hour 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!
|1 week 1 hour 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.
|1 week 19 hours 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.
|1 week 19 hours 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.
|1 week 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!
|1 week 1 day 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.
|1 week 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.
|1 week 2 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!
|1 week 2 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.
|1 week 2 days ago||Sigh||
|1 week 2 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.
|1 week 2 days ago||you got to be shitting me!||
you got to be shitting me!
|1 week 2 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?!?
|1 week 2 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?!?
|1 week 2 days ago||So sick of our blitzes being||
So sick of our blitzes being close but getting nothing!
|1 week 2 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!
|1 week 2 days ago||Fleet the starting RB!||
Fleet the starting RB!
|1 week 2 days ago||Huge play by Ben! Atta Boy!||
Huge play by Ben! Atta Boy!
|1 week 2 days ago||Are we going to make a||
Are we going to make a horrible offense look awesome again? I sure hope not!
|1 week 2 days ago||I like them ... I like them A||
I like them ... I like them A LOT!
|1 week 2 days ago||Mullen with a derpy fake punt||
Mullen with a derpy fake punt call -- WTF?!?
|1 week 2 days ago||Mike Martin? RVB?||
Mike Martin? RVB?
|1 week 2 days ago||Stop is Gordon, just stop||
Stop is Gordon, just stop it.
|1 week 5 days ago||I said this before elsewhere,||
I said this before elsewhere, GP is NEVER going to leave TCU. I am not sure if many of you know this but TCU has an extremely wealthy alumni base. GP is basically in the most ideal situation in the nation. He's in one of the hottest recruiting beds in the nation, now they're in the B12, TCU just did some extensive rennovations to their stadium and facilities, and the school is tolerant of a few weak(ish) seasons.
Further, as I said elsewhere, I was on the golf course with Mack Brown in 2007 when Michigan was looking for a coach. I told him that I thought we should take a serious run at GP, and his response was, "if he tried to leave Ft. Worth his wife would divorce him." He went on to say that she's extremely tied in with the society scene in Ft. Worth, and would never leave. He make a shit ton of money, his job is as secure as anyone's in the CFB, and although I'd LOVE to have GP coach Michigan, I think we've got a better chance at one of the Harbaughs than GP.
|1 week 6 days ago||This is sort of what I was||
This is sort of what I was talking about above. As I think about this more (way too much) it's becoming more and more clear to me that the "personality" of the program is just too nice.
An interesting contract, IMO, is to look at Dantonio. He's dick, and I would tell him that to his face. He's got a massive chip on his shoulder, but nobody can argue that the guy produces results on the field. If we adhere to the concept that players take on the persona of their coach, than MSU is finding players who, although "less talented" on paper (whatever that means), have chips on their shoulders and MD is harnessing and even accentuating this aspect of their personalites (especially in regards Michigan).
Hoke, by contrast, is very nice, and it seems his players are nice too.
|1 week 6 days ago||Nailed it mGrow!||
this HAS to be it. As I am sure many of you have experienced of late, I've had phone calls and texts from non-Michigan fan friends asking, "what the fuck is wrong with Michigan?!?" One guy whose opinion on CFB I respect a great deal said he watched Hoke's presser on ESPN and he thinks the team is taking on the persona of the coach, and that Hoke is "too nice" and "too passive."
Hoke seems to have created a very "friendly" and "family oriented," which is great -- especially for recruiting. But, it seems that in terms of getting the best out of the players, it might not be the best. Obviously we're speculating, and I am sure there are times when Hoke is hard on the players, but, I think your point is well made: the players aren't afraid of Hoke, and his personality isn't inspiring them to play their best. It is -- at least according to the players the coaching staff -- inspiring "hard work" from the players, and unity. But, something just isn't there.
One further thought, maybe the players that are attacted to this "family atmosphere" that Hoke has created aren't the "toughest" players in the world. I am not trying to disparage them, but maybe the atmosphere/culture of Michigan right now is part of the issue. On paper it produces good recruiting results, but the players aren't mean enough or something. Then, add to that the lack of fear as a motivator, and we get this sort of bland, almost "friendly" style of football.