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|3 days 2 hours ago||Since John is part of that||
Since John is part of that family, doesn't any blanket statement that "family" is involved potentially include him? For all we know, he's just clarifying that he has no role in his brother's career decision. Or he's in "say nothing mode." Or anything. I don't read anything into this.
|4 days 2 hours ago||Yeah, that's tough. Money||
Yeah, that's tough. Money doesn't make up for everything.
Let's be fair--it's good that Nuss gets a soft landing. He jumped onto a sinking ship, and even with all of the struggles produced real growth on the OL for the first time in a couple of years. It is impossible to tell how much incompetence comes from him and how much comes from his superiors. We know a lot of it came from the top.
|5 days 2 hours ago||BTW, this is a good spot to||
BTW, this is a good spot to point out that I disagreed with your call that B-ball's unis would not be changed this year. I felt my reasoning was sound, but you were right. So good call.
|5 days 2 hours ago||Yep. The white M is a giant||
Yep. The white M is a giant unforced error on an otherwise great look. The maize M on the blue panel was a real winner on the original unis.
|6 days 1 hour ago||Maybe. But most aren't firing||
Maybe. But most aren't firing someone.
The key is probably a combination of roster and control offered. Maybe Oakland (whose QB looks promising) is enough of a draw. Or maybe Atlanta is willing to Nuke the staff. Or maybe Chicago has it's own "come home" to offer.
I can say this: it's a good thing Chuck Pagano is winning in Indy. Because that would be the Harbaugh dream team, assuming good terms with the front office.
|6 days 1 hour ago||Scratch one NFL suitor off of||
Scratch one NFL suitor off of the list.
Ross deserves credit here; he's done some things that have raised my eyebrows, but despite liking DB he was not an obstacle to a prompt dismissal and has apparently put no foot wrong in the Harbaugh sweepstakes. Contrast to how he dealt with Harbaugh last time when JH wasn't coming, and it's impressive.
I genuinely hope Philbin succeeds there and rewards Ross for the confidence.
|6 days 18 hours ago||Some necessary cold water.||
Some necessary cold water. You know where you can get good teleconference equipment? An Apple store. Pretty sure there are some Apple products in that area.
|6 days 18 hours ago||Can you elaborate?||
Can you elaborate?
|6 days 18 hours ago||Ne'ermind||
This post was a response to clarkiefromcanada, who appears to have deleted his post while I was typing. Ah well.
I want to believe.
|6 days 20 hours ago||I guess, seeing the original||
I guess, seeing the original non-shopped version, it doesn't say Michigan after all. But I want to believe.
|6 days 20 hours ago||Even includes the faded||
Even includes the faded portion that is partially masked through the laminate,and a pixelated word that appears to be "Michigan" on the other side of the same page.
So someone, somewhere, is trolling hard.
|1 week 1 hour ago||Given your recent exposure as||
Given your recent exposure as someone who makes stuff up, I'm inclined to disbelieve the OP. In this case my post is, literally, "pics or it didn't happen."
No offense, but I was 14 once and thought I had to make stuff up to be significant, too.
|1 week 21 hours ago||He's developed a fair number,||
He's developed a fair number, including Richard Sherman. Your inability to name them (And I can't name many myself) is not a strike against him.
|1 week 21 hours ago||No team that is going to fire||
No team that is going to fire a coach is without holes; naturally Atlanta has some. Frighteningly, one of the problems you've identified (running game) is something that Harbaugh has a track record of doing very well.
And you have to believe that if Blank wants to make a serious run, he's going to clean out quite a bit to get Harbaugh. It's pretty much assumed that he wants a place with more control.
And the Niners are not bringing him back, so their leverage is pretty limited--I don't think they'll block any serious move, since Jim is really in the driver's seat with where he wants to sign. The Niners will get a pick or two, but the alternative is firing him and seeing him walk to the same team for free. It's over in SanFran.
|1 week 23 hours ago||It's plausible, and it's bad.||
It's plausible, and it's bad. But it's not world-ending even if true, any more than home-shopping is a sure sign they're coming. If he hasn't made up his mind, then he's considering, and that means both options are appealing.
|1 week 23 hours ago||He is not stringing Michigan||
He is not stringing Michigan along. But that doesn't mean he has made up his mind--most signs now point to Michigan being a real possibility, but almost everything says that he has not yet decided. That Jeff Moss anecdote worries me, because it's plausible and would fit with a guy who is really thinking hard but leaning away from Michigan.
And the Atlanta thing worries me. They have real talent. There is no way Mike Smith is there next year unless they actually win a playoff game or two. But they have a real QB and pieces around him and have seriously underperformed. They're in a weak division. The dominoes are ready.
And if Harbaugh is desperate to win a Super Bowl that is hard to turn down.
|1 week 1 day ago||You've got this wrong,||
You've got this wrong, because you're conflating two different kinds of talking heads.
Your typical guys that get most of the screen time are guys that are producing talking points, driving clicks, producing quotes, and all that. Quite true. That's where you get things like Kirk Herbstreit (who I like) calling Miles-to-Michigan.
But guys like Jay Glazer and Adam Schefter are engaged in a cutthroat battle to break real news first and best. They are not analysts, though they might occasionally venture in some analysis for tv/radio purposes. They report. They cultivate sources. They, unquestionably, know more than they can actually write or say on air. Sports news orgs pay significant cash for them to produce, and if another guy is better, that guy gets paid too. Schefter is a good example--he got hired by ESPN because he was scooping Mort and everyone else on their staff.
So I'm talking about the specific set of guys who really gather the hard information. If they get stagnant, they will open a space for someone else. If they are inaccurate, they lose significant prestige and their networks suffer. They are incredibly careful about what they report on, because (as we've seen in other spheres recently) being seriously wrong is a problem.
|1 week 1 day ago||Jim, your time is||
Jim, your time is now
The concept is good
No offense, nothing personal, truth to power, etc.
|1 week 1 day ago||It's all circumstantial. Like||
It's all circumstantial. Like the house shopping. It just means this is a real possibility. Why does this have to be a done deal for someone from Michigan to say, "Let's ship a nice tie down for Jim for a presser, show him we mean business." It doesn't have to be a done deal for a spouse to call an agent to find out what kind of houses are available should a move be made (indeed, that seems almost a pre-requisite for a spouse if she is being consulted in the decision).
It just means that the offer is legit. And, apparently, that it is getting real consideration.
But we already knew that.
|1 week 1 day ago||I'm not talking about the||
I'm not talking about the presidential loser's confidence, but also the confidence of many who shared his political slant and had rational reasons (such as real issues with polling assumptions that became significant last November) for doing so. Perhaps you were only reading coverage from one side of the spectrum; that's fine, of course, but then you sound like Joe Average NFL guy who reads none of this stuff from he M perspective but bases his prediction on Harbaugh on only what Rappoport and Schefter tweet.
Reasonable people can disagree. That's kinda the point.
|1 week 1 day ago||I would trade the 00s that||
I would trade the 00s that USC had for any Michigan decade in my life in a hot second.
LSU may gripe about Saban now, but he turned a mediocre program with little history into a dominant power in the nation's best conference, allowing Miles to simply continue the momentum. I would take that kind of stint from Harbaugh easily.
|1 week 1 day ago||That's fine, but it's||
That's fine, but it's distasteful and embarrassing right now--wait for the result.
|1 week 1 day ago||I suspect a lot of the||
A negative post, posted twice.
That makes this a double-negative.
Which is really a positive.
IT'S HAPPENING PEOPLE
|1 week 1 day ago||I suspect a lot of the||
I suspect a lot of the Michigan confidence is a combination of hope, non-negative feedback from JH, and a conviction that the offer is so solid that there's no way he'll turn it down.
Which is to say, I'm not as optimistic, because I think Harbaugh can be swayed by an equal dollar offer from a potentially competitive NFL team. I think he wants to win a Super Bowl more than anything, and it's obviously not happening here.
So a team with a good QB and/or roster is a legit threat.
|1 week 1 day ago||I'm seeing more M fans||
I'm seeing more M fans totally convinced that it's happening (which is fine) rip on pretty reasonable NFL media guys who disagree. While I agree that the NFL guys aren't hearing the same info Brian is, it's worth noting that these NFL guys are not scrubs. If they were, someone else with better practices and sources would swoop in and supplant them.
My point is: be careful about arrogant bashing of NFL types just because they're not as optimistic as we are. We are hopefully right; however, we have serious confirmation bias.
Remember, in each of the last two national elections, one side has been stunned by the results because they chose to trust in (reasonable!) sources that predicted the outcomes they were hoping for. It's a natural human tendency. Don't get too carried away.
|1 week 2 days ago||But he IS interested. This is||
But he IS interested. This is Michigan. He grew up loving it, played here, sang the Victors, beat Ohio State. It's a tremendous draw. I believe that if he had no interest he would have said so.
If he chooses not to come, that just means the draw for the NFL job is bigger. Haven't you ever had to decide between two attractive opportunities? It's not always easy. That's where JH appears to be.
|1 week 2 days ago||As long he doesn't say he's||
As long he doesn't say he's "Taking his talents to South Beach" or make some similarly brutal publicity move, a decision should be reluctantly accepted. A guy who has dreamed of winning a Super Bowl for decades, and has come oh-so-close, shouldn't be faulted for keeping up the chase.
But I hope it doesn't come to that.
|1 week 2 days ago||I think the difference in||
I think the difference in multiple people contacting candidates is that in 2007 multiple people contacted candidates as representatives of the University WITHOUT representing the person in charge of the search. In this year's case, as far as we know, multiple contacts are made on behalf of the U of M but all are directly representing Jim Hackett. Outside guys like Woodson are just friends of the program that do not purport to represent the people in charge.
Excellent write-up. Just reading the timeline is awkward and embarrassing; that Michigan wound up with a brilliant young up-and-coming coach is astonishing.
It may be possible that Miles would still be coaching today and that he would be successful. It is also possible that a media far less compliant than the media in Baton Rouge would have, as they did with RR, found an area where Les's oversight was less than thorough and turned it into a massive scandal.
We'll never know. But the signs suggest that Hackett is handling things much better today. And was probably hired expressly for this purpose.
|1 week 2 days ago||Of course it's||
Of course it's Harbaugh-specific. JH is a Saban-level hire both in resume/capability and fanbase desperation. The big shots that are funding this are not putting $8 mil out for a lesser candidate.
And that's ok. Because half do that total could easily, easily pull a lot of quality guys.
|1 week 2 days ago||FWIW Afam Shefter is much||
FWIW Afam Shefter is much cooler on the possibility of JH coming, and cites sources at Michigan (and he surely has some) that were cool on it too. He says that Harbaugh has "something to consider," but even there he's not super optimistic on it.
He's a League guy, of course. But he's also the best in the business and, as a Michigan guy, not someone who would be biased against.