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- There aren't a ton of true freshmen playing. (iirc, only five have seen the field: Mone, Canteen, Ways, Peppers, and Cole.) This is completely awesome, and a great sign of things to come. If you can generally give Freshman time to acclimate, to gain strength, to learn the playbook inside and out, it is a great thing.
- At the same time, I noticed that significant numbers of underclassmen were vying for PT, and pushing out guys that were older. Among others, Peppers, Mone, Butt, Cole and Lewis replaced or have passed by guys who were more experienced. As Michigan's recruiting gets even better, the Freshmen who see the field will be there not out of desperation, but because they deserve to be there and are a better job than those who are upperclassmen.
- 2014: 8 - 4.
- 2015: 9 - 3.
- 2016: 10 - 2.
- 2017: 11 - 1.
- 2018: 12 - 0.
- 2014: 9 - 3
- 2015: 11 - 1
- 2016: 11 - 1
- 2017: 12 - 0
- 2014: 10 - 2
- 2015: 11 - 1
- 2016: 12 - 0
- Hoke is not going to be fired. Michigan is returning almost everyone next year, and Hoke will be there to lead it.
- Ohio State is always the biggest game, then MSU, then any Big 10 game.
- And after conference games, bowl games. So the Sugar Bowl was the biggest.
- From a different perspective, the NEXT game is always the biggest game. So in that sense, sure, Utah is the biggest game.
- I really don't want them to come back early, but when they're ready.
- I think we need the defense more than the offense against Utah.
- Along with that, I want the rest of the receiving corps to get more game reps. We already know Funchess can play. If he doesn't come back until Minnesota, well, that shouldn't matter that much. Gardner has to learn to use all his receivers more.
- As a matter of principle, just do the right thing, whether or not someone is looking. There's a book I recall with the title, Who You are When No One is Looking. (not a link.) Still, it is a question worth considering. It makes life a lot easier when you live the right way, regardless of who is watching or who knows.
- A corollary, especially in this social media age, is that someone is always looking. You should just assume that someone out there is aware of everything, that a camera is rolling, that someone is taping, that someone is talking. So, even if you don't choose reflexively to do the right thing no matter what, choose to do the right thing because there are no secrets any more.
|1 week 21 hours ago||He never lost me||
Hoke never lost me. That doesn't mean I am going to argue for him, nor does it mean that I'll stop going to games when he is fired. But he never lost me, and I still think Hoke is a good coach. I'm almost at the point where I'd like to see the team win against Maryland, Ohio State, and the Bowl Game, and Hoke still get fired. That way, the majority of the fans who think he is the problem will be satisfied with blood. Many great recruits will jump ship. And we'll get to experience what a real tire fire is.
This post of mine is stupid, and invites a negative response. It reminds me of the reason why I need to just walk away from the blog altogether. I guess I just strongly dislike the presumption of the question, "when did Hoke lose you?" The fan/blog hive mind is an incredible thing, which is beyond me to stand against.
|1 week 1 day ago||I need to be more clear||
I need to be more clear. I think MN has a very good team. We lost badly, I fully agree on that. What I was trying to say was that losing to Minnesota was losing to a very good team.
|1 week 1 day ago||Went to the NW game||
I went to the Northwestern game. It was . . . interesting, to say the least. I can't respond to everyone, but I am not going to argue for Hoke. And it is a waste of everyone's time to get into pissing matches with other fans about the future of the program. What's done is done.
I simply think that if Peppers had been healthy, if we had had Ty Isaac, if Gardner had been healthy and mobile, if the OL had been where they are now at the beginning of the season, we would have won a couple more games, and the discussion would be very different. Yeah, and if wishes were fishes . . .
|1 week 2 days ago||I think the team is much better than given credit for||
I think the team is much better than given credit for. Imhe, Michigan has improved an awful lot over the course of the season. I really expected that to happen, largely because of the OL.
I think the defense has done remarkably well, particularly given the loss of Peppers.
The skill positions haven't been as good as we want, but part of that was the OL developing, part of it injuries (Green and Gardner.)
I think that Minnesota is much better than given credit for, and don't call that a bad loss. The single game I really wish we would have won is Rutgers. I am incredibly depressed when I think about Michigan football, because I think it is a foregone conclusion Hoke will be fired, and I think that is not the solution.
I do think we will beat Maryland, and I think that Michigan will play OSU much better and tighter than hardly anyone expects.
Oh, and I actually think that in terms of player personnel, Michigan is pretty well set for the coming year. While I'd dearly love to see Hoke get another year, I'm assuming that the Mongol hordes won't allow that to happen.
|1 week 2 days ago||Thankful for this Post||
I'm thankful for this post. I haven't posted much the last several months, as the negativity has been too much for me. However, like a moth drawn to the flame, I can't quite quit this blog. Thanks for your perspective.
Speaking of perspective, I'm thankful for time away from this blog to think about what is really important, which means I've spent more time with my family, more time doing things that matter, less time on the internet.
I'm thankful for the time I had in Ann Arbor, and thankful for so many blessings from God in this life. If I had to pick just a couple, I'd say I'm thankful that God is patient and forgiving, and I'm thankful for good people around me, from a wife and children to good friends. I think I'll just stop there.
|1 week 2 days ago||Biggest change is OL||
It appears our OL has jelled. This was predicted: they are young and were not used to playing together. Regardless, assuming our OL play is solid, and we have three RB available (Green back, along with Smith and Drake,) that opens a lot up.
Conversely, we will be hurt by the loss of Clark, but that is more than compensated for by their loss of Diggs.
|1 week 2 days ago||You're on your own.||
You're on your own.
|9 weeks 6 days ago||Hold responsible, yes||
Yes, Brandon should be held responsible. He has made some bone headed decisions. Being held responsible, however, doesn't mean that all his decisions are stupid. It seems that there are some who reflexively here "Dave Brandon," and their first thought is, "what moronic, money grubbing thing is he doing now?" When you try to paint things as either "bad" or "good," you get into trouble. There are some things that Brandon should get credit for, just as there are some things he should be castigated for.
If Brandon is a good executive, and not totally tone deaf, criticisms need to help him change some of the things he has done. But you know, I do agree with several things Brandon is doing. Time doesn't stand still for anyone. You have to make changes with the times, while being respectful of the past. I don't think that Brandon should be crucified for trying some things that don't work. It wouldn't help if he was paralyzed by the fear of opposition. For me, the biggest problem would be if Brandon fails to listen to criticisms and to accept that some of the things he has done have failed.
My frustration is with those who are simply seeing negative in everything right now. The so-called "haterz" are those who will criticize EVERYTHING that Brandon does.
Let me use an analogy. A lot of people love to wax poetic about how wonderful Wrigley Field is. Wrigley Field does have it's charms. But the reality is that the facilities were not updated, are cramped, and are not an enjoyable place to play. And as a fan, there are lousy things about the park. Now, you don't need to tear Wrigley Field down, but you do need to acknowledge that there have to be some updates and changes.
Brandon is making some of those changes for Michigan, and it isn't a bad thing.
|9 weeks 6 days ago||Fair enough||
We'll see what happens this season and next. Yeah, I'd support cutting Hoke loose if he has a losing season, or even if he just matches last year. I think the team will do much better than that, but we'll see. As regards Beilein, I do agree that he's an elite coach. But I also remember how glum Brian was, thinking that Beilein was pretty meh, and had a limited ceiling. What Beilein needed was the support system and the money and the everything else to get to the next level. I don't think the consensus for much of Beilein's coaching career was that he was elite or a genius.
I do believe that the lack of OL depth and experience is the single greatest factor that hurt Michigan, especially in 2012 & 2013. I think that we're seeing the OL (and hence the team) turn the corner this year. I simply am convinced that most fans don't get how critical a solid OL is. That's why the LT, and with the other linemen not far behind, command such huge salaries in the NFL.
I grew up in the city in the Ukrainian Villiage area, left for 25 years, and landed in Carol Stream 17 years ago. It's been nice to be in one place for a while: I've lived longer here than at any other time in my life.
|9 weeks 6 days ago||Yes, I do||
Yes, I do believe they are building a culture of excellence. The improvements to the stadium, to the training facilities, the pay scale for the coaches, all those things contribute to excellence. I don't think it is a complete coincidence that Beilein has improved alongside huge improvements to the basketball physical plant. That is also happening in Football.
On another topic: are you in the city, or out in the burbs? I'm living near Wheaton, so just curious.
|9 weeks 6 days ago||That's why you play the games||
That's why you play the games. Obviously if Hoke proves this year and next that he is a mediocre coach with a limited ceiling, you let him go. And you are predicting he is mediocre, so cut him loose, the sooner the better. I'm predicting he will be a great coach for a long time. The most I'll say in terms of "excuses" is that he needs through the 2015 season for an intelligent analysis of who he is and what he can do.
Oh, and regards Bo: I loved him, and loved the fact that he was Michigan's coach the entire time. But some of the Bo worship around here goes a little bit overboard. Sometimes I wonder why he gets such a pass for his bowl record.
|9 weeks 6 days ago||You missed one . . .||
A corollary to to Option 4 is that this is politics, and anything political doesn't belong at Michigan, or shouldn't be posted on the board.
Other than that, excellent job . . . as I wrote my post, I was thinking of the noodle and the halo and the fireworks and the "get off my lawn" contingent.
|9 weeks 6 days ago||Thanks for the update||
I'd love to see KLS end up at Michigan. Having said that, it's a great thing that we are going after guys who are also considering USC, Oklahoma, OSU, Alabama, etc., etc., etc. The prowess of Michigan coaches in recruiting can't be underestimated. Should Hoke and the team make it through the next two seasons intact, we should be very well set going forward, with excellent depth at virtually every position, and stronger recruits as each year goes by. This morning, as I looked at the depth chart and went through the UFR, I was struck by two seemingly contradictory things:
Regardless, I'm thrilled with the recruiting, and that Michigan is in the hunt for a couple five star recruits.
|9 weeks 6 days ago||Don't be an idiot||
Don't be an idiot. Of course no one is content with 8 - 4 being ok. The question isn't about whether or not 8 - 4 is ok. It is about whether or not 8 - 4 is ok for the 2014 season.
To put it another way, what is the direction of the program? Are we improving, stagnatiing, or declining? For instance:
Of course, we'd rather have success NOW. But life doesn't typically work that way. I want Michigan to build a culture of excellence, and it takes time to get there. The complete lack of patience for the process is maddening to me. No, I don't want mediocrity. But excellence does not happen overnight. And typically, if it happens overnight, it's because someone has egregiously cut corners. I don't want that to happen either.
|9 weeks 6 days ago||Nice||
That's great . . . it is practically an airshow. And I'll assume some current generation stealth fighters or bombers are what you can't officially say.
Only thing I wonder: how will the Brandon Haterz twist this and complain? Some people aren't happy unless they're whining and complaining about something.
|9 weeks 6 days ago||Hanging on by a thread?||
You're nuts. He is not hanging on by a thread. Michigan is fine, and is getting stronger week by week.
|9 weeks 6 days ago||Are you serious?||
Are you serious? For real?
Several comments . . .
Hoke and Nuss and Mattison wear big boy pants. Frankly, they don't give a crap what reporters think, and when reporters get their shorts in a wad. And they care even less what the tin foil hat fan brigade thinks. But man, crap like this marginalizes all of us in the fan base.
I guess the only positive I can take from this is that the football team is getting more and more pissed off, has circled the wagons, will take no prisoners, and will play with the proverbial chip on their shoulder throughout the year. I wouldn't want to face them this year. No way. If Funchess and Taylor and Morgan all come back healthy, and Pipkins and Ryan and Butt are fully conditioned and up to speed, watch out.
|9 weeks 6 days ago||Great resume||
As I reflect on where I was when 21, the age when Brady wrote the resume, and where life has gone since, for both him and me, you never can predict the future in the least. Things have an interesting way of turning out.
Obviously, he was supremely prepared and made the most of his opportunities. Carpe Diem. That's a great reminder and example for me and for most of us.
|10 weeks 1 day ago||Wonderful article||
I always love reading these articles, even those that are "fluff." From Pahokee stories, to Brock and Elliot Mealer, to Zack Novak, to Beilein, it is inspiring and encouraging.
You know, we can't have our heads in the sand. But the sky is not falling, all is not bleak, and Michigan is headed in the right direction. The OL is improving, the receivers are getting experience, the DL is awesome, the LB's solid, and the secondary is going to be fine. Our recruiting is great, and things will only be better next year.
There are definitely things I don't like about Dave Brandon's decision making and possible price gouging. However, he gets a big pass in my book because of his support for Brady Hoke. I completely, totally, absolutely believe that the worst possible thing that could happen at Michigan is ANOTHER coaching transition. It is obvious that the players believe in Hoke and his staff. You can tell this is the case in three easy ways. First, the retention of current players is astounding. The current team believes. Second, retention of committed recruits. They are not bailing on Michigan. And I don't mind that Campbell is gone, and there were extenuating circumstances because of Damien Harris's coach's prior relationship wtih Borges.
This is turning into a rant: I'll just stop, and say that I'm always glad for positive, uplifting, encouraging, inspiring stories about Michigan and it's players and coaches.
|10 weeks 1 day ago||Great Article||
Zach was an incredible player for maximizing the limited athletic ability and talent he had. What a great guy to have on the team . . . I know it is borderline racist to say "grit" etc., but he is the kind of player it is critical to have on a team. Miss him.
|10 weeks 1 day ago||I joke about Ohio||
I joke about Ohio, but the honest truth is, there's beauty everywhere, including Ohio. I'd love to spend time on the Islands in Lake Erie. And the hills and valleys and Appalachian areas down south are gorgeous. I enjoyed time in Amish country about an hour or so south of Cleveland last summer. I actually love staying with my sister-in-law in Cleveland, who lives about 50 feet from Lake Erie, and can watch the sunset almost every evening in the summer. Cleveland, while with significant struggles, has a very different feel to me than the Chicago area, where I live.
|10 weeks 1 day ago||I'd be angry too||
I'd be angry too, if I lived in Ohio. Corn, flat and boring, rust belt abandoned factories, depressing. I guess the anger is a good thing for the football team, but yeah.
|10 weeks 1 day ago||Good question||
Good question . . . will cease.
|10 weeks 2 days ago||Dave Brandon has spoken to this||
Everything is driven by TV and money. Because Michigan is a big draw in terms of viewers, ABC, ESPN, and the Big 10 Network pretty much dictate that Michigan will play at 3:30pm. This shifts a bit at the end of the season . . . Michigan will typically play at noon against Ohio and maybe the week or two before that. But 12noon starts in Ann Arbor from August through October are pretty much a thing of the past.
|10 weeks 2 days ago||MGoClimb asks an excellent question||
MGoClimb asks an excellent question. And I don't really know the answer. However, I'm going to go with the defense over the offense, i.e., Taylor and Wilson more than Funchess. But here are my thoughts.
|10 weeks 2 days ago||Depends on perspective||
It obviously was stolen. Sadly, too many people believe that taking something that someone inadvertently left is "free money," the "finders, keepers" kind of thinking.
|10 weeks 2 days ago||It's always about who you know||
I don't hate Coach K (although I dislike Duke.) But as said above, using access and connections is pretty much SOP in every business. I'm not surprised in the least. The playing field is not level, but it never has been, and never will be.
|10 weeks 2 days ago||Sad to see||
i feel a bit bad for Rawls. While it doesn't make sense, temptation is a hard thing. Who of us doesn't like free money? Two observations:
|10 weeks 2 days ago||Who are you a fan of?||
Who are you a fan of? I kind of get disgruntled former Michigan fans who are upset with Brandon and Hoke and the direction of the program. I happen to strongly disagree, but I get it.
But if you are "no longer a UM fan," then who are you a fan of? And why are you here at mgoblog?
I also understand going to a rival's website to see what they are saying and what they are up to. That's why some go to RCMB, and why I will go to Eleven Warriors for OSU info. But unless you are a fan of OSU or MSU or PSU or ND, I don't understand why you would dcome to MgoBlog.
I will always be a Michigan fan. It will wax and wane with other things going on in my life, and with the fortunes of the team. But I will always be a fan. If a game is on TV, and I don't have a pressing commitment otherwise, I'll be there to watch the Maize and Blue and cheer them on.
Honestly, I think Michigan is going to have a bright future, and it will be coming sooner than you think. We already see the OL improving greatly (I agree with Bronx Blue's take on this.) As they improve, both the RB's and Gardner will "improve." The WR's are going to get better with their route running. The biggest adjustment has been press coverage for the secondary, and as things sort out with Peppers and with Taylor and with learning what needs to happen, they're going to get on top of this. Honestly, as things turn around with turnovers, and all the different units of the team jell, we'll be seeing Michigan playing better and better, and winning more and more games. I can't predict 11 - 1, but I don't see it being outside the realm of possibility. And if that happens, will you be back on the bandwagon, or still disgruntled because we didn't win it all? Some people are never satisfied, and that isn't a good thing.
|10 weeks 3 days ago||Strong Coffee||
Strong Coffee. Black.