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- The OL needs to improve significantly
- Speight (or O'Korn) really need to develop.
- We need to fix the safety problem.
- Lewis, Mone, and Charlton need to come back healthy.
- We need to stay healthy. We just don't have the depth.
- Something needs to fall apart at OSU. On the one hand, you never wish bad on your opponent. On the other hand, we need some luck here. If OSU were to lose a starter at NT or DT, that would help tremendously.
- RB, Najee Harris
- WR, DPJ, Nico Collins
- OL, Isaiah Wilson, T. Slaton, C. Ruiz
- DT, J. Tufele
- LB, Drew Singleton
- CB, Ambry Thomas, Darnay Holmes
- For 2017, OSU seems to have an insurmountable lead, at least in quality. Should we be concerned? If yes, why? If no, why?
- Where especially do we really recruit the same players? Where different?
- What are each school's strengths in recruiting?
- Where do we really look for a different kind of player?
- OSU fans despise Harbaugh and his antics. But he seems to be very popular with athletes. UM fans can't stand OSU, and diss it's academics. But it looks fairly similar to me, albeit not quite as good in academic quality as UofM. I guess I'm curious if you see any PATTERNS for who likes Meyer and prefers OSU, and those who like Harbaugh and prefer Michigan.
- Talk about current hot head to head competition between the two schools in recruiting.
- How did Michigan fail so badly on Antjuan Simmons. And Weber?
- After 2017, what to do you see as the key head to head recruiting values.
- Zeke being sick
- inability to consistently pass downfield
- A solid opposing DL that kept contain
- Bad playcalling and adjustments by the OC.
- I'd love a long form article on the entire recruiting process. This could include: how are potential prospects identified? Does JH pull the trigger on every offer given (give the yes or no)? How do we distinguish the kinds of offers? I.e., there seem to be offers that would be accepted any time (Najee Harris, DPJ), but others who are given courtesy offers, or offers that are contingent on there being room. I can't always tell what an "offer" means. What are the qualities that are looked at in who receives an offer? What are the roles of different staff in recruiting? How often are recruits contacted? Who are key support staff in the process?
- What do you see as the 3 most critical position groups to recruit? OL, DT, and other?
- 247 has certain prospects listed as "warm," "Warmer," "cool." Is this guage helpful?
- Which recruits in 2017 and 2018 do you see Michigan and OSU fighting over head to head?
- What are the differences in the type of recruit OSU and Michigan look at? Are there characteristics that either coach or team really gravitate towards? Avoid?
- Given the kerfuffle with JH at Stanford dissing Michigan, what are the differences in recruiting between Stanford and Michigan.
- What has changed from January of 2015 to the current date in how JH and Michigan do recruiting?
- What happened in the situation with Aubrey Solomon? How could a letter be sent, and misspelled at that? (And has the Solomon ship sailed?)
|2 days 22 hours ago||Don't care about Cowherd||
I don't care in the least about Cowherd and his opinions.
Having said that, I really believe Michigan will destroy everyone up until OSU.
|5 days 2 hours ago||Thank goodness!||
Yep, there's only one of me.
I'm glad someone else put up the link. And the OP was right. Michigan did well, but wow, was PSU awful. Not much of a tuneup is right, and not a whole lot you can tell from this last Saturday. (Other than how sad we all are for Jeremy Clark, and our secondary depth).
I am really looking forward to being in Ann Arbor at Michigan Stadium this coming Saturday. Should be the best game of the year so far.
|1 week 1 day ago||Lefty||
I'm a lefty, ginger, preacher. No hope for me.
|1 week 4 days ago||OSU is very, very good||
OSU is very, very good. I currently predict a loss to them, as much as I want Michigan to win. For Michigan to win:
That's an awful lot of things that need to line up right. Could it happen? Sure. Will it happen? Unlikely.
Regarding recruiting, I really hope Harbaugh has some mojo. Here are some guys who would really help:
Of course you can't predict who will come. But if these guys come in, we have some recruits who should be able to compete with OSU.
|1 week 4 days ago||Good as usual||
Pretty good as usual. Thanks for the link.
|1 week 5 days ago||Definitely on the 1||
It is pretty easy to remember Carter and also Edwards because "1" is an iconic number. Even if nothing ever happens with it ever again, I will always remember 98 (both Gardner and Tom Harmon, the latter which I never would have known.) Personally, I will always associate 32 with Jordan Kovacs, the best walkon ever to me. And of course Anthony Thomas. On the current team, Gary (3) and Peppers (5) already stand out. As does Butt (88). Of course, Charles Woodson (2). And I guess Leach at (7).
Grammar Nazi aside: I don't think "who's" means what you think it means. Just sayin'.
|2 weeks 1 hour ago||Not worried at all||
I am not worried at all. Not even a little bit. We are going to win this game handily. Having Mone and Taco and Lewis might lower the points Colorado puts on the board a bit, but ultimately, it wouldn't matter. I feel it is more important for the guys behind our starters to get game day experience. More than that, have these guys completely healthy, ease in, and be good to go for the long haul.
This year, we are concerned about 3 games: MSU, Iowa, and OSU. The first of those is 6 weeks away. Honestly, they should each take AS MUCH TIME AS NEEDED to get well. Think about it: if they are able to start knocking the rust off mid-October, a month from now, they will have two weeks to be ready for MSU. What a luxury! We win all our games, and have these guys come back HUNGRY for the meat of the season.
I really think Harbaugh is going for it all. We don't need any of these guys really until OSU. I think they will be back long before then. But we need to have all hands on deck to knock off OSU. Having two guys back on the DL, along with Lewis in the secondary, could make the difference in shutting the Buckeyes down.
Even beyond OSU, we really should be thinking of 3 more games: Big 10 Championship, NC Playoff Game, and National Championship Game. Those last two games, we will want to have lots of depth and skill. I 100% support getting these guys completely healthy.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||OSU vs. UM Recruiting||
So, I'd like to get a better handle on OSU vs. UM recruiting. Obviously, they kind of look for someone different at QB. I'd assume they'd compete over almost every other position.
Honestly, I'm not worried about MSU, or the rest of the Big 10. But it seems we have to recruit on approximately the same level as OSU if we ever hope to beat them.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Was confused for a moment||
I was confused for a moment. I thought it was about Brady Hoke burning bridges with Michigan. I mean, I'm glad he is no longer our head coach, and we couldn't do any better than Harbaugh. But I still like Hoke and don't want to see burned bridges. So this was better.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Thanks for sharing this||
This is a great article, which I will read at length later.
Also, I don't know what is going on, but if Bleacher Report is putting out stuff like this, I think they can safely be linked to. Just saying.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Like neither||
I like neither.
I think ND will win.
I hope MSU wins. (Why? Better for the Big 10 and for Michigan if MSU is 7 - 0 when we face them, and beat the snot out of them.)
|2 weeks 4 days ago||I'd partially agree||
I'd partially agree, but I would chalk that up to the talent level. That is to say, when the talent level between Bama and a spread team is equal, and the coaching is equal, Bama will win or be very competitive.
As regards OSU in particular, I think Herman was a huge loss. I don't know how well he has been replaced. Your playcalling last year against MSU was part of your doom. You lost to a team with a much lower skill level. Why?
Michigan has been gashed several times. I believe this is something that can be addressed. If they stay as deep on the DL as they are, I think they are set up this year to stop your offense from marching down the field. We'll see . . . that's why they play the games.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Agree with you 100%||
I agree with you completely that there is something about the spread and the level of play. I have always thought that the spread does very well against 90 - 95% of the teams out there, and the level of talent out there.
However, against the highest level of talent and coaching, I think a pro-style offense can win. I am not enough of a football guy to explain this. But this is the reason that the Crimson Tide wins. They have the level of talent, especially defensively, to beat a spread team consistently. I think this is why Oregon looked so dominant, but collapsed when then faced the highest level of talent and coaching.
On the coaching front, Brian noticed this last year, and even moreso this year. He saw that even though Harbaugh's team wasn't a spread, they weren't boringly predictable. Many Michigan teams in the past (sorry, Bo and Lloyd et al), it was very easy for a good defense to know what to do. There were keys in formations that spelled out what was going to happen. Brian's happiness and frustration (with the UFR) is that the defensive formations are many, and are not predictable.
As Michigan gets the talent on campus, I believe we will see more creative playcalling. And as we see better teams later in the year, I believe we will see many more wrinkles on both offense and defense. There are two ways and maybe a third Michigan is doing this to their advantage.
First, the more sets that Michigan uses now, the more sets opposing coaches have to prepare against. They already are aware that they can't definitively predict what Michigan is going to do from how they line up.
Second, by keeping the playbook against UCF fairly vanilla, Michigan can save trickeration and unusual sets in their hip pocket to use only when needed.
The third wrinkle is a variation of the first: Michigan can introduce "red herring" formations for other teams to see and prepare for, even if they never intend to use them again.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||I am troubled . . .||
I am troubled by the assertion that "I have never eaten a booger in my entire life." This does not have much "truthiness." I mean, hasn't virtually every boy on the planet eat a booger some time? Can Jim Harbuagh categorically state that he has "never eaten a booger?" I am suspicious, and cynical, and doubtful of this assertion.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||Everyone's got a price||
|2 weeks 5 days ago||Great article||
I really want to say that this was a well written analysis by Baumgardner. Give credit where it is due. He lays out what went wrong with the five defensive plays, and also gives intelligent analysis of the OL and the failure of the TE and FB and WR to contribute in blocking.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||:-)||
|3 weeks 1 day ago||Thanks for doing this||
Thanks much for doing this. I appreciate the time and effort. Here are some possible topics and questions.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||Not bad||
Not bad weather at all. My daughter's Destroyer is in the Persian Gulf, currently in the vicinity of Bahrain. Today the forecast calls for widespread dust. 0% chance of rain the next 10 days, with sun and high temps around 105. I know she would trade for AA weather in a heartbeat.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||Yeah||
Yeah, I don't think I would sleep well. But I guess Beautyrest wanted to highlight their mattress. And I will say, I love a good night's sleep, and hate sleeping on a crappy bed. A good pillow, some clean cotton sheets, dark room, quiet room, good mattress, blanket if needed, and I am a happy man.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||You're kinda right||
You're kinda right. I figured, this must have been posted sometime, right? I mean, it has been out since May . . . never posted at mgoblog? The search function is kinda so - so. And yeah, you have to have a thick skin or solid content, because the crowd can be rough. But in retrospect, I should have just posted it without the CYA stuff. Let the chips fall wherever they may. Can't worry about the restless mob and their fickle feelings.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||GIF matches your avatar||
That gif matches your avatar. Interesting.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||grumble, grumble, grumble||
I hate the meta issues of the site . . . can't embed vids, can't page down the mgoboard, speed bogs down with traffic, search function doesn't work well. Sigh . . . still has the best Michigan content anywhere, so what's the point with complaining. Suck it up and enjoy the UFR's.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||Embedded video||
|3 weeks 2 days ago||Hart screwed himself||
Hart will never coach at Michigan. Harbaugh won't forget. Nor will others. Never throw your family under the bus.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||Just win, baby||
How would JH answer this question? He sure wouldn't whine or wring his hands. You control your own destiny. If you take care of business, and win your own games, that's all you can do. If Michigan won all it's games, and Houston won all it's games, it is my firm belief that Michigan would be rated above Houston. More than that, they would both be in the championship games, and would have a pretty good chance of meeting each other, to settle who is better on the field.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||Great observation||
"There wasn't a weakness on the field (at Michigan). Their coaches deserve credit. Their players deserve credit. That's some big-time football right there."
That's some high praise there.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||mesmerizing||
That's a mesmerizing gif. Brings back such good memories of studying in Korea at Yonsei for 6 mo.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||Agree with you||
There was a significant talent gap for a number of years. Part of it was the type of player (RR), part of it was who the player was. But whatever the reason, Michigan did not have the horses. I would say at this point, if you took the top 24 at each school, they'd be comparable. And if you took the recent recruiting class, they'd be comparable. But top to bottom, everyone on the roster, Michigan needs a couple more classes to be on the same page.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||Gerdeman definitely a Buckeye||
Gerdeman is definitely a Buckeye. But he often analyzes the Michigan game fairly well. I mean, there can be snark. However, looking at the last 10 years, and how Michigan fans typically had overinflated expections, the snark was justifiable. This year, this "now" year, seems to me to be the first time in a long time that Michigan really amounts to something. I am just hoping that Michigan stays healthy throughout the whole season. There are a lot of guys we can't really afford to lose. OSU is feeling our pain, with their depth at DT painfully thin.