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- 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.
- Not tipping your hand for what you're going to do. Does it really make sense to spell out what you're going to do? Look at how VT used the element of surprise to ambush JT and OSU last Saturday. Urban Meyer and his OC had no idea what hit them. The element of surprise is a good thing.
- Not knowing whether or not someone will be ready by Saturday. I can easily imagine that Hoke would love to have Peppers and Taylor play. Maybe they aren't 100% today, or tomorrow. But if they're close on Friday, and ready on Saturday, well, then they'll play. Come on, everyone who has been sick or injured knows that there isn't an "exact" timetable for being ready.
- I do believe the OL is doing better, and isn't the problem.
- I do believe that the OL will mature, and be pretty good to quite good . . . in 2015.
- I do believe that for whatever reason, Hoke and crew are doing an EXCELLENT job of recruiting. If we have a good year, and recruiting finishes well this year, and is on a par or better next year, well, I think that will pay huge dividends.
- I do believe that firing everyone on the coaching staff and starting fresh would be disastrous, and really set Michigan back.
- They're not there yet. Mediocrity is the goal this year.
- ND's offense is pretty good, and was underestimated by many, including me.
- 2015 has always been the time when we would have experience and talent on the OL and be good to go. Brian said this 3 stinking years ago (I wish I could find it.) Nothing has changed.
- The injuries to Taylor and to Peppers hurt more than the OL play. Oh, and Wile's field goal woes.
|9 hours 9 min 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.
|13 hours 17 min 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.
|13 hours 25 min 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.
|14 hours 6 min 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.
|14 hours 9 min 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:
|15 hours 42 min 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.
|2 days 3 hours ago||Strong Coffee||
Strong Coffee. Black.
|3 days 15 hours ago||Glad for Friday to be here||
|3 days 18 hours ago||My son||
I'm looking forward to taking my son Kyle to his first game at the Big House this year. It won't be this game, because his own football game starts at 3:30pm (2:30 here in the Chicago area.) Kyle has never been to the Big House, and really wants to go. His season ends in early November, so hopefully we'll be able to make it up to a game sometime after that. I'm trusting, as several posters have noted, inexpensive tickets will be available on Stubhub or at the gate.
|3 days 19 hours ago||Have really enjoyed this thread||
I have really enjoyed this thread. It is just wonderful to see coach Beilein succeed. And I hope your grad project goes well.
As regards the skill and strategy, you already have some great choices in the responses above. I think I would go with his flexibility and adaptability operating within his own framework developed over many years. The framework gives the structure needed to do well. The flexibility to adapt to player's (and coach's!) strengths within the framework is what allows Beilein to excel.
As regards one characteristic, I think it boils down to one thing. For John Beilein, basketball is a great job, and something he has been involved with for close to his entire life. He began playing as a boy, and made the team at Wheeling Jesuit College in West Virginia. But while basketball is important, it is not the most important thing in Beilein's life. His faith and his family are more important, and give Beilein perspective.
Perspective is something that is often lost. Beilein makes clear that there are things more important than wins and losses, more important than being the head basketball coach at Michigan.
For those interested in reading more, there is a great Mlive article from last November on the strenght of Beilein's Catholic faith.
The Mlive article actual is based on a more substantive Beilein interview with the Jesuit Post. This interview really gives a deeper understanding of who Beilein is, where he came from, and what motivates him.
Fans can be fickle. Sometimes it just is about "what-have-you-done-for-me-lately" and the win - loss record. I think that all athletes and coaches are aware of this. The depth of Beilein's perspective, his humility, his integrity, his dependence on God, his clear acceptance that there are things more important in life than basketball, allow Beilein to attract and keep a certain kind of player (for instance, Trey Burke and Jordan Morgan) and coach (Jeff Meyer, among others.)
|3 days 19 hours ago||Link to article?||
Can you provide the link to article? That's something I"d like to read.
|4 days 8 hours ago||I'd tweak this slightly||
The d-line is solid, yes.
Regarding Cornerback, the depth is deceiving. We need both Taylor and Peppers out there. If they are playing, along with Lewis, we can use the defensive scheme. (Also with QB's not as good as Gholson.) We have the above 3 guys who can manage the defensive scheme. If they are out, we can't use that scheme. If they are in, we play aggressive.
I think OL is ok, and improving, yes.
RB is the unanticipated disaster, and yes, Norfleet might be the best. This is terrible. Wish that Isaac's request would be granted, but won't hold out hope for that.
|4 days 9 hours ago||You are correct, sir||
You are correct . . . in home visits scheduled. I conflated the fact that Dozier still needs to make an official visit in order to receive an official offer.
One thing is true, regardless. Michigan appears to truly be in the hunt for some very gifted players. IIRC, these are all top 25 type players, and we haven't been in the running for so many, although we did end up with Mitch for a couple years (grumble, grumble, NCAA, stupid rules.)
|4 days 9 hours ago||Dollar Bet?||
I think your wagers have improved.
|4 days 9 hours ago||Illinois and OSU Hurting||
Illinois is hurting with yet another highly rated recruit spurning Champaign. Sounds like Groce is kind of crabby about this.
OSU is also hurting . . . they missed out on the top three recruits in Ohio. Esa Ahmad just turned them down and committed to WVa and Huggins.Carlton Bragg left OSU out of his top 5, and Luke Kennard committed to Duke.
It is very hard to turn a program around. We are extremely fortunate that Michigan is doing such a great job of recruiting nationally, with three 5-star recruits coming for visits. I don't know the likelihood of commitments, but merely having Dozier, Leaf, and Battle on campus is great. If Beilein starts to sign goes of that caliber, watch out. I think we will then regularly be entering the recruiting and playing level common at Kansas, Kentucky, Duke, and Louisville.
|4 days 11 hours ago||Better Title||
Much more descriptive title than "Maize Malaise" (although the rhyming and alliteration in MM is pretty good.)
Alas, I don't have wonderfully witty pictures or gifs to post, repetitively, although the others have been somewhat amusing.
Oh, and I'm definitely with the OP and Brian on many things (the season isn't over yet; Michigan might do very well; it doesn't make sense to fire Hoke if he wins all games sans ND, MSU, OSU; +2 SD on patience for Hoke; the future is bright and coaching transitions are absolutely horrible.)
Ok, here's an image that describes too much of the fan base:
|4 days 12 hours ago||Don't care for the article||
Don't much care for the article. Agree that it is appealing to AA T&P crowd, and to some in the MMM crowd. (Mich Man Meme.) I completely, totally, believe Michigan is heading in the right direction. We're just not there yet. We are going to be better this year than last year, and better next year than this year.
I completely agree with Brian on the patience thing (two standard deviations north of many in the crowd) because another transition would be disastrous, disastrous, disastrous. There are no good options, and we need to stay the course.
I also think that with Hoke, Nuss, Mattison, and especially Manning, our recruiting is going to continue (short term) to outpace our performance. Recruiting and talented players are the lifeblood of a program. This recruiting theme is one of the major reasons a transition would be disastrous. It was bad enough losing Damien Harris (with cutting Borges loose.) I shudder to think what would happen with cutting ANY of our current staff loose
One other observation. I really hope that DB isn't stupid, and is chastened by his failures. Work to schedule good games, keep the prices stable, avoid corny shtick, and the program will be fine. DB has been a bit tone deaf. I do give him some slack, because as I think back to the old gold standard, Don Canham, he was kind of corny and progressive for that era of AD's.
|5 days 8 hours ago||I don't know.||
There's at least two things involved.
|5 days 9 hours ago||Very well said||
You articulated this much better than I did. I do NOT believe that mediocrity is the goal. I simply believe that Michigan is in the process of improving, and we won't really see this until 2015. Gutting the coaching staff, removing Hoke, would be disastrous, and possibly put Michigan in a worse place than it has EVER been. Thanks for your well written post.
|5 days 11 hours ago||Fair enough||
I think we probably agree on a bunch of things.
What I don't know is Hoke's ceiling. My HOPE is that Hoke stays, and reaps the benefits, and is here at Michigan a long time. It is possible that with Hoke, we have a ceiling of mediocrity. But I think the jury is still out. At the very least, we need to get through this season. If we get through this season somewhere between 8 - 4 and 10 -2, we have next season, which will really nail down Hoke's legacy. At least that's what I think.
|5 days 11 hours ago||AA T & P? Not for me||
AA T & P isn't for me. Not at this juncture. I mashed two memes together, and came up with a new meme to express my feelings:
|5 days 11 hours ago||Brian captures my thoughts exactly||
Brian captures my thoughts exactly. No need to panic, at least not at this juncture.
|5 days 12 hours ago||Could oblige||
Could oblige, but it's meaningless, all meaningless. We all make grammar and spelling errors. Chalk it up.
I reserve negbangs for mean spiritedness, for outright rudeness, for bullying, for calls to immediately change the coaching staff. (Off with their heads! Hire Jim Harbaugh! Hire Les Miles! Hire Scot Shafer! Hoke is over his head! Hoke is an idiot! It's all his fault! The sky is falling! The Ruskies are invading! The Chinese are coming!) Actually, on this whole angst about Michigan coaches, I just haven't read most of the threads. People need to calm down and get a life.
|5 days 12 hours ago||Re: Ty Isaac, could be game-changer||
Re: Ty Isaac, could be game-changer. IIRC we haven't heard definitively on the the appeal for Ty Isaac to play this season. Frankly, given what I've seen from both Green and Smith, I'd be absolutely thrilled to see Isaac get approval to play immediately, and to step in and make a difference immediately. We need a RB who can see holes, hit holes, and get some chunks of yardage.
|5 days 12 hours ago||Don't know about that||
Don't really know anything about the morals of the board. Don't know that they have been particularly or spectacularly immoral.
The morale, on the other hand, has taken a hit. Hopefully it will improve in short order.
|5 days 14 hours ago||Medicrority is not ULTIMATE goal||
Look, I don't want to settle for mediocrity at all. The goal is to continue to improve and get better all year, and to be great by next year. Just look at the depth chart: we will have EVERY SINGLE CURRENT STARTER back next year, and all but Glasgow and Miller the year after. I think they will do well, but they're still learning, and won't dominate this year. They won't blow a gifted DL off the line regularly. They won't create huge holes every game. They won't successfully pull, etc. As Space Coyote has said, OL is extremely difficult. All the starters are getting experience. And don't forget, there are 8 guys currently on the roster learning the ropes. (Kalis, Bosch, Dawson, Tuley-Tillman, Bars, Samuelson, Bushell-Beatty, Fox.) Even if half those guys flame out, some of them are going to get it, and get more playing time next year and the year after.
It simply is unrealistic to expect the OL to be able to regularly manhandle the likes of Sheldon Day.
Another thing: at least next year, we'll have Isaac at RB, if neither Green nor Smith really pan out. And Weber, if he enrolls early, might also be decent. I blame some of the running woes on the RB corps, not on the OL.
I don't know what kind of business you are in, but very few large organizations can improve to "excellent" from "poor" immediately.
|5 days 14 hours ago||Interesting perspective||
Amir, there is a difference between love of country and being political. Being political generally means that you are affiliated with or supportive of a particular party, whether Democrats, Republicans, Libertarians, Independents, Communists, Anarchists, etc. Regardless of political party, the assumption is that ALL parties are supportive of the United States of America, and the freedoms which we hold dear.
I'm sure it is obvious to you that regardless of party affiliation, the Office of the President, the House of Representatives, and the Senate have all at various times supported war and military action. Largely, such support is based on preserving and protecting the freedoms which are foundational to this country. Whether such action was wise or not (in many cases, probably ill-advised,) it was made by more than one party. Hindsight is always better than foresight.
Perhaps the most powerful recent example of the difference between loving our country and being political is the immediate response in the United States to the terrible action of terrorists in the 9-11 twin towers disaster in 2001. I visited the memorial myself this summer in Manhattan, and was deeply touched. Regardless of political party, citizens of our country denounced such despicable actions, and came together because of this. We were, if you will, "united."
Amir, I assume you yourself would likewise stand against the terrorist actions of 9-11, and gladly denounce them. You would do that, right? And if you wouldn't, I'd love to understand why.
I disagree with many people on this board about many things. But I think I stand with the vast majority in being appreciative of the freedom to vote as I desire, the freedom of men and women to be educated and go to school, the freedom to worship as I see fit, the freedom of assembly, the freedom to express views that are unpopular, the freedom for people of all races and nations to have the opportunity to work hard without fear of having their assets taken away on the basis of their race. I may disagree with you on many things, but I staunchly support the right of you to hold views and beliefs with which I disagree.
It would be hopelessly naive to think that these freedoms exist in a vacuum. Whether or not you support a particular military decision, in large measure, our military is there to preserve and protect such freedoms. And that's a good party of the reason why I and som many support those who serve in the military.
Full disclosure: my daughter is serving in the Navy, so I am hopelessly biased (and a bit cynical about what military service really entails.) Nonetheless, I appreciate the sacrifices made by ALL who serve in the Armed Forces.
|5 days 16 hours ago||Welcome home||
There's no place like home. Glad you can be home and enjoy time with your wife, daughter, and simple things in life. Appreciative of your service to our country, and defending the freedoms we take for granted.
I'm curious to hear what you've missed most, and some of the little things that make it "home" for you. When I was in Korea, a simple thing like getting a burger from Burger King was just a wonderful touch of "home."
Our daughter is in the Navy, and still in the States in training, but already misses home dreadfully, being a mere 12 hours away, but far from the comforts of the Midwest. She awaits her orders in the next month, and will be off in a Destroyer or Cruiser sometime within the year. I'm sure she will miss home and her husband and loved ones a lot. But honestly, my hat is off to all serving on the ground in the Army and Marines in the heat in a hostile area. You guys have it rough, and we can't really understand the half of it.
|5 days 17 hours ago||I saw and noted him on the field||
I saw and noticed Butt on the field. As Nuss & Hoke have said repeatedly, they are being very cautious and limiting how much he plays. How they determine that a play or two or five is ok, but more than that isn't . . . that I couldn't answer. Regardless, Butt played, albeit briefly, versus Notre Dame.
|6 days 14 hours ago||Hate your post||
I hate your post and refuse to read all the comments.
The OL is improving significantly.
Call me an ostrich. Tell me my head is in the sand. But I do not blame this on Funk, or Hoke, or Nuss. I really don't blame it on Borges. It is taking time to build up our OL. With time, strength, skill, and experience, our OL will be good again. They'll even be passable this year. Just not good enough against the likes of ND and several other teams.
We are going to struggle against MSU & OSU. We could win every other game, including a bowl, and some people would still want Hoke and Funk to be fired, because we failed on the road against our three biggest rivals. That is crap, and will set Michigan further back yet again.