“The player development is the main thing I like (about Michigan),” Williams said. “You can see that they develop their players. They get them in the gym and they work them hard. And their hard work pays off.”
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|29 weeks 14 hours ago||speaking truth to power||
great point on the implied threat in GRIII's early passes on the break
|1 year 15 weeks ago||has Draft Express watched Burke play defense?||
because he showed the ability to make clutch steals at the end of games almost at will. the author in the linked article comments that he seemed to be saving himself, but I think they didn't quite get the point that he was saving himself strategically rather than physically. it's not that he was being lazy, it's that he saw a vulnerability and saved the "zero day exploit" for the key moment in the game. Super smart basketball player.
|1 year 15 weeks ago||Burke's right shoulder rotates into||
the defender's body at the end of the block. Probably enough contact to justify a foul.
|2 years 8 weeks ago||1) dayton 2) the Michigan "thing"||
1) as a former resident of Dayton, Ohio--ppl in dayton do not care about Ball State. it is closer to Ann Arbor than to Dayton (and there is a darned nice McDonald's right off I-75 which makes a great pit stop for the Dayton to AA drive). People in Dayton care about Ohio State. It is a bastion-- the suburban Centerville High is a major feeder to OSU--A.J. Hawk, for example.
2) Michigan had a thing. It was the pro-style quarterback. Remember Brian Griese, Tom Brady, John Navarre, Chad Henne? That was another one of the things that Bill Martin threw out when he hired Martin. Getting our "thing" back isn't as easy as getting a good coach back. Same as if Penn State decided "meh ... linebackers are stupid" for a few years or Nebraska decided "we want skinny linemen and orange jerseys for our defense" or MSU decided ... well, you get the drift, little brother.
|2 years 29 weeks ago||UT President's Facebook address||
Suggest you ping the UT President's Facebook page. He only has 409 friends so this will probably get his attention.
|2 years 48 weeks ago||where are you going, Tim?||
What's your new gig?
|3 years 5 weeks ago||enjoy the ride||
Geez, all this recruiting stuff is a bit too intense for me right now. Let's relax and enjoy a new beginning. It'll all work out. If Michigan can recruit every JAP on the east coast to spend four years in Ann Arbor, we can recruit some good lacrose players, too.
|3 years 18 weeks ago||Amen||
Amen! My first game was watching Ken Brady and Henry Wilmore in 1969. Brady hit a 35 foot hook shot to win it. This is one of the best teams ever. Zack Novak is Steve Grote.
|3 years 30 weeks ago||actually, i've lived both places||
blueheron is right. PA would be pretty nice if you had Harbaugh's money.
what matters is what Sarah Harbaugh thinks about the choice.
|3 years 30 weeks ago||strictures of sports journalism & spouses||
It always amazes me when sports journalists (and now Brian has become an uber-sj) discuss transfer ideas without talking about what the coach's spouse might want Harbaugh is recently remarried and has a newborn daughter. Don't you think his wife's preferences are going to have a major impact on his decision?
Apparently, Sarah Feuerborn Harbaugh is from Kansas City, Missouri. It's not clear how much of a West Coastie she is: she was living in Las Vegas when they met. Much will depend on whether she wants to raise her daughter in Palo Alto (why not?) or whether she is interested in settling for life (could Harbaugh ever be fired?) in Ann Arbor, whose quality of life is best described as "a B+ in everything."
|3 years 38 weeks ago||funnest plays||
the Leon Hall 83yd fumble return around 9, the Lamarr Woodley rumble against ND at 10:28 or so, and the Thompson convoy at 11:45.
|3 years 38 weeks ago||schadenfreude highlights||
Boy, it was great when the other team's inexperienced quarterbacks obligingly put it right on the numbers for our defensive backs.
I noticed the freshman defensive back Clarence Thompson making a pretty nice read & pick six.
|3 years 38 weeks ago||don't do anything to risk losing Denard||
I'm surprised that no one ever mentions that firing Rodriguez at the end of this year would create a risk of having Denard and many other Rodriguez recruits transfer. We could easily lose a guy who may be good enough to be the best offensive player at Michigan, ever.
CEOs are always concerned about keeping the "star" individual performers. If firing your department head means losing your best engineers, probably not a good idea. Brandon knows that.
|4 years 2 weeks ago||Kiffin's plea for attention for USC||
None of the name schools are going to give USC free publicity while they are on probation. Why help your competition recruit?
Maybe USC can schedule something with Hawaii.
|4 years 24 weeks ago||Bill Zimmerman||
I resemble that remark.
--Not Bill Zimmerman
|4 years 36 weeks ago||4th & 8||
Unfortunately, failing to convert on a roll out run on 4th & 8 on your 18 at the decisive moment in a crucial game probably disqualifies you from player of the year at your position, especially when your position is one where mistake avoidance is so critical.
Wish it weren't so...
|4 years 42 weeks ago||argument for going to 2 on last TD||
I thought we should have gone for 2 on the final possession. I rate Forcier's chance of converting a 3-yard play as substantially higher than 44%. Kid's a clutch player who's great at scrambling and the short passing game. How many of his possessions (throw or run) went for more than 3 years during the game? He was 17 for 32, so that's probably 15 or 16 passes for greater than 3 yards, and he had a heck of a lot of 5 yard scrambles.
Conversely, I don't see how we could have justified, estimating the probability of winning in OT, away, against a team that outplayed us most of the game, at any more than 50%.
|5 years 20 weeks ago||the shape of the bubble|
|5 years 22 weeks ago||Until Crable got that flag,||
Until Crable got that flag, we were clearly going to get the ball back, march down the field, score, and win. We had the momentum.
Crable, agh, what a knack for the huge mental mistake.
His greatest play at Michigan was in the MSU game where he missed the RB 5 yards behind the line of scrimmage, then ran 75 yards the length of the field to make a touchdown-saving tackle. Typical.
|5 years 29 weeks ago||Zach Gibson has great ideas||
Zach Gibson is my favorite player this year because he so clearly has a lot of great ideas about driving athletically to the basket, sinking 3 pointers, etc., but only converts about half of these great ideas into reality. What I love trying to figure out is whether as he gets older, he's going to make an increasing percentage of these plays -- in which case he will be an excellent player -- or whether he is going to continue to miss about half of them, in which case he is sort of the white version of Brent Petway.
|5 years 30 weeks ago||Manny Harris & the four dwarves||
Manny Harris looked great when he turned it on. I thought he took some time off at different portions of the game.
Sims had an effective game, but could have done more against NCCU's big men, I thought.
they are not going to go .500 in the Big Ten unless some of the other guys play better.
|5 years 35 weeks ago||statistics on rushing||
The average isn't the only interesting statistic about the rushing game this year. Remember the incredible number of 0 or negative yardage non-sack plays in the first several games? That's an abnormal distribution. It's my impression that the number of totally failed running plays significantly decreased towards the end of the year.
|5 years 35 weeks ago||Despair? I said "time will||
Despair? I said "time will tell."
|5 years 35 weeks ago||Morning after OSU weekend is||
Morning after OSU weekend is a good time to commit if you have it in for OSU, which is what Sam Webb said this morning about Vlad. Apparently OSU was hot and heavy after Vlad, then cooled down when he had an ACL. That's when Michigan got into the mix.
|5 years 35 weeks ago||Good point about 20 years||
Good point about 20 years experience/20 years at Michigan.
But your point about sunk costs is also relevant to the question of whether Rodriguez is a "quality coach": "past performance is no guarantee of future results."
It's all going to depend on what happens when Rich Rod looks inside himself in the offseason of this year (and probably in the offseason of next year, when they will probably go 5-7 or so).
Does he have value to add now that the spread has been widely assimilated? Is he a coaching genius, or a Johnny One-Note? time will tell...
|5 years 35 weeks ago||Agree.||
|5 years 35 weeks ago||Deviation from Expected Wins||
Deviation from Expected Wins is a bad metric because it depends on a fundamentally fictional quantity.
|5 years 35 weeks ago||"restore his reputation" was||
"restore his reputation" was a little strong.
but it has certainly taken a dent, and if his teams struggle for the next couple of years (which seems entirely possible given the returning talent), he is going to be a much less marketable commodity.
|5 years 36 weeks ago||"nothing but depth"?||
Magnus, for someone who prides himself on sound reasoning and football cred, it's amazing that you assign so little importance to depth.
|5 years 36 weeks ago||No kidding. Usually when I||
Usually when I use circular logic in the 3rd act, the Daystrom M5 goes into an infinite loop.