Mike Lantry, 1972
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|12 hours 33 min ago||don't think his concepts were sound at all while here||
I will give you that in his initial year, he utilized the talent-and it was pretty good- to maintain the spread that had been installed. It would have been unwise to do otherwise with Mr. Robinson still leading the offense. However, in his second season (and I did not forget that we lost Fitz and DR's contribution was mitigated tremendously by the arm injury). However, he screwed up badly, most notably in the OSU regular season finale by refusng to adhere to Coaching 101, i.e., "When having success, make the defense stop you." And I'm really not certain why Brady allowed this. In the second half, Devin threw for roughly 8 yards on every first down and despite OSU showing neither the ability or desire-their defense made no adjustments to take this away-, Al inexplicably called(and they knew it was coming) running plays througout the entire second half on virtually all second and third and short situations. He could have done a number of things, including stretching his first down routes past the chains, rolled out Devin on options, utilized zone reads, qb keepers in a number of ways but despite the defense giving up only 6 in the second half, he-and this is where I think Brady might have been guilty-decided to play Man Ball, and despite having a decent OL,it was still one that was definitely built for the spread. ^I don't know how he would have done here this season, but I do think Brady's recruiting, and hopefully, willingness to follow the example set by Bo will allow Nuss to enjoy a decent season. I totally believe Nuss wants to follow the example Bo set by minimizing OL assignments but practicing them to the point they are executed perfectly. It will be step by step and diversity will come with proven results and experience. They are green, but they are also talented. Hell, it's not any different than what Saban does yearly. We had a couple of young wrs show promise last season, and i believe along w/Funchess our receiving game will surprise. Remember RR inherited one offensive starter and that was a second year RT. In his final two seasons, he put up numbers we haven't seen here in years. And I think we can all agree this OL is far superior relative to talent. JMO, and I realize the worth of that, but I think we get to ten Ws this years, based on that talent and diversifying as they and the seasons progresses, rather than unrealistic expectations starting with game one.
|4 days 7 hours ago||Don't even have to open the link to know he's a liar||
Aside from placing OU near the "Death Penalty," due to his complete lack of rules regarding recruiting I forfeited a year of my life to live in OKC, and he actually had a white qb, first name Kelly. Can't recall his last name (might have been Phelps), it was awhile ago. I'm certain he'd forego a chance at Johnny Football who just happened to grow up in his primary recruiting area. Barry was, as some poster stated "A legend," but for all the wrong reasons. He used someone elses's offense, broke every rule on the books to obtain great rbs for the bone, and is-I did meet him during a broadcast of the Cooney-Holmes fight- an unmitigated asshole. And contrary to his claims of necessity to throw, it was often to determine whether his qbs punted or threw the ball when asked to pass. Also, I don't think he put one in the pros. Today's qbs, even when operating out of the spread are looked at by the NFL and a couple are doing rather well.
|5 days 3 hours ago||I am truly sorry if that word, cancer, caused unsettled||
feelings of a loved one to resurface, but unerstand in this age of where you're every thought is captured, someone, even as inconsequential as Bayless, will be documented. I'll readily admit the man, the name, Bayless, would be much more appropriate associated with the BnotLOCKED article attributed to K.Cousihs, when you are as universally hated as this son of a bitch, to this day, pretending he had equal to better game than us other weekend warriors, mere mention will cause a firestorm. His latent homosexualiy-and unlike Cousins, I will not document it as a sin rather than a biological urge, is probably a better way(simply because of his refusal to admit same) to attack someone, anyone who, simply due to nepotism and blowing a queer uncle. lands a 6 figure job, rather than taking liberties with a disease that has profound affect on so many.
|5 days 12 hours ago||I do know the first televised game at M Stadium was in '47||
when M beat MSU 55-0, but you are probably correct. Am not sure if it was done on a regional basis or national scale. I do know the "Mad Magicians" held the nation's cfb fan base captive during those two years though, especially when the AP forced ND to relinquish its NC to UM after the bowl season. Rather ironic that ND claims only NCs as annoitned by the AP but refuses to do so in this situation
|5 days 12 hours ago||Good for him. Sometime||
those monkeys can grow into gorillas. Despite his problems-yeah, he's human too- it was special to watch him toss in '68 and '69.
|6 days 11 hours ago||Also just fine by me, but||
he possesses a skill-set that more-than-likely, if coupled with as equally great wr tandems as we've had in the past, the type that made Joppru, Shea and others put up numbers greater than their talent-and if was significant- would suggest, that, with learned blocking skills, could have placed him among some of the greatest ever at that position. We are all aware of what Gronkowski and Hernandez did at NE as their primary weapons, but they also had one Russ Francis, who when teamed with legit NFL wideouts, prompted Howard Cosell to dub him, "All-Worl." For those fortuate enough to have watched him live, you understand. For those fortunate enough to be too young, check out some videos. Winslow,Sr., also shared a like amount of fame while playing in the "Air Coryell" attack at S.D. As much as I am aware this is where Devin belongs on this team, I can only dream of having two AA wideouts like AA and DT with a Stevie Breaston or Jason in the slot and all defenses, no matter who we played, rendered helpless simply because we were fortunate to have a freak TE at the same time. Still believing our wideouts are of significant quality, joined by the speed of Harris and Freddy that we will be able to rotate a continuous stream of danger that will allow Funchess to get totally free two, three times a game, thus allowing the other Devin the opportunity to simply throw the correct pass. That should be good for 14 to 21 per game.
|6 days 22 hours ago||Player of the Game?||
Is this a Purdue thing due to the fact he graduated from said school? If not, then I'd have to go along with the "normalcy bias" and give it to the person most responsible for the victory. Inasmuch as UM won, I can't really see any Purdue player qualifying. A 17 point defecit is difficult to overcome. I might look for the player from M who was most responsible for leading them to this improbable comeback, and then again when a guy misses a shot, rebounds same and puts it back it for th victory, seems like he would definitely qualify as a candidate using the aforementioned "normalcy bias.: Just saying mi amigo.
|6 days 23 hours ago||40 time is a concern||
in respect to defense. My bet would be they've already thought about the "future package" and are imagining him on the other side of the ball. The only real position I can see him plaing in the future on the defense would be at the 1 or 3, and that's assuming he puts on about another 40-50 lbs.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||Conclusion? Get the Phuck over it||
shit happens in college athletics, no matter what the sport. Without that realization, there are only a few things you can take from a game. Victory is easy:u r among the party, however, it appears due to the "shit happening" thing you prefer to be the next tear off on the Charmin roll. U got to learn to deal with it or you will contine w/unintended trips to the restroom or you can get a grip and realize the result of the cycle, no matter the sport, no matter the decade tends to run in our favor. If u can't accept that, then, of course, you deserve that unpleasant odor. Grow the phuck up.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||You may be correct||
in a manner of speaking. You were correct in saying it wouldn't be read because after a few paragraphs it had the same effect as a couple of Tylenol PMs. Knowing this, why would you think anyone would bother to share something they could not stay interested in? Damn right dastarly writing.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Braska beneffiting greatly by becoming a member of BIG||
We were all certainly aware of their fb prowess under Tom and their not unlike Michigan slide after his retirement. But since joining the BIG, national, not just regional t.v. viewers have witnessed some tremendous comebacks and pride demonstrated when defending their home field in fb, I can recall 4 games when I considered turning the station at half-time, and in each they came back from large deficits to win. That stuff plays well with recruits. Now they're taking down perennial powers in bb? Must admit was a little worried about their academics when they joined, but they agreed to and have made great strides in improvement in that regard. And they're making noise athletically in sports we really didn't predict. Might prove as beneficial for conference as it has for them.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||In "Tradition," Bo states||
"I never coached a Heisman winner, but I did recruit one." He was, of course, speaking of Desmond. After chatting with a former NG from my hometown of Muskegon, MI by the name of Mark Reinhold, I became aware of just how much he thought of Moeller, actually calling him an "offensive genius." And then watching these two perform in completely different fashion than they did in high school, I realzed his perspective on Gary was not unfounded. ^Yes, they were teammates in the same backfield in high school, but the not no swift Elvis showed UM coaches, although his high school career consisted largely of pitching the ball to an undersized "scat back" named Desmond that he possessed the arm strentgh, and more importantly the intelligence to lead UM to a complete makeover of their offense, and although Harbaugh went to the NFL, he'd be the first in a long line of uniterrupted qbs that went from AA to playing for big bucks on Sunday afternoons. And just as seamlessly as Elvis made the transition from option to pro-style qb, so too did Desmond transform from tailback to wide receiver and returner, gaining the highest possible recognition for both while in college,and following it up with a Super Bowl MVP. ^Really doesn't matter which h.s. exacty they came from. Their contribution, coupled with Moeller's idea of offense propelled UM's offense to the change that was needed to land all the great qbs and wrs to follow and allow Brady, Henson, et, al., to take on and beat SEC powers with a combination of the rushing game and the passing game that made it even better. And as an aside, I;d like to add that if Tom Brady, or even Elvis would have throwen to A,C., he would have won the Heisman in a landslide. Yes, he was really that good,
|2 weeks 4 days ago||That is both funny and true||
We fans, almost to a fault, treat UM athletes like we do our children in regard to how they are perceived. I was actually going to post a comment, not complimentary in nature, but a few posts here made me actually think about the shit I pulled,-which, thankfully, has never been unearthed- and I came away, especially after learning he has a teenage son, that hope for his future decisions is a much wiser and far more humame decision than poking fun at a mistake he made while young. Hell, it took me so long to grow up that sometimes I forget that famous athletes are awarded the same protection, under the law, as us mere mortals. Additionally, our one day of having our name posted in the local paper for a DUI is not nearly as intrusive or demeaning as having your name dragged through the mud based simply on the fact that you took advantage of your superior athletic talent. We all deserve a "Freebie," and let's not forget he was found "not guilty," and as easy as it is to say same does not equate to "innocent," I will toss out the fact that a finding of either ends with the same result and the fortunate defendant cares not about semantics. If he does not follow up with a "low speed" white Bronco evading and eluding, I say good look mi amigo and take advantage of that all important monopoly card, but remember to only play it once, You gave us some great times, David. Good luck.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Settin back in an old saloon with a peso in my hand||
and for those that don't know, it's a line from the Grateful Dead's song, Mexicali Blues. If your list contained a drink I was supposed to choose, I'll forfeit my turn. But down here in Ajijic, Mexico-google it, you will be amazed- I stick with Leon beer, start off with a Mezcal with a Sangria chaser, then move on to a shot of tequila, una por hora, while staying with the Leon as my main drink. Through my now "too many decades" of drinking and learning, I have realized being drunk is not the goal any longer, it's being rolaxed while sill maintaing a buzz. Took me, probably too many years to learn that but now "todo estoy bien," It's all good. So for you kids just staring out, no more than one tequila per hr, while sipping your favorite beer and all should be cool. For those of you who are like I was at your age, my only advice is to puke where no one is watching and asking your friends in the morning who you have to apologize to. In the end, it's all good if you learn and don't hurt anyone during the process.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Agree, Tis' over||
when we put forth a dominat defensive team like MSU has in the past few years, logic dictates the best prepsters will regain interest. This one is over; we really don't want someone who prefers to be somewhere else anyways. You select M due to the sum reflecting all of the parts. It's simple logic and that is why, historically, we always garner our share of the best. This young man needs to be at MSU because that is where his heart is, and although they haven't really developed "NFL" caliber talent with the studs they've had on the DL, there can be no doubt they've, definitetly, got them to perform at all BIG status. Kudos to their defensive staff, and good luck in E. Lansing, young man. Wish you nothing but the best.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||Don't wish to always be the voice of the contrary, but........||
this is not true. Simply ask yourself if you, an 5 star qb, would rather be protected by a 2 star center and two 3 star guards or would na 4 star for each position suit you better? I think your answer will make my point. All great teams in any sport start with defense in the middle. What's so cooln with today's "mind in the moment" OCs is their ability to gain advantage because they are aware of the status quo and what they must bring, often three stars, or less even, to combat it. Pure, nunadulterated speed will mitigate a defense rostered by your typical AA. Proof thein lies w/in the W.V. offenses unbder RR and the same to be said of ORE. They won'tn beat you every game butn 10 out of 11 is about as good as anyone gets nowdays. Hell, even one of the BCS opponents usually have one loss, but like the Bear said, "Ifn you're going to lose one, do it early."
|2 weeks 6 days ago||Can't think of any one-termers on Rushmore||
In other words, two years won't cut it. If you are actually looking at sports programs and equating them w/Rushmore, you would certainly have to disqualify someone who would have been impeached. Given that, it would not be difficult for me to replace CW with Rudy T. In regard to football, I would have to include a giant or two that built it, i.e. Yost, Crisler, etc. And there is simply no way you can make a list of more than two and not include Bennie Oosterbaan. Whether true or not that "no one ever gained a yard around his end," his status as a multiple AA winner in both sports put his in very rarified air. Toss in the fact he also was an all-confernce baseball player for each year he participated and perhaps you may have to build a bigger mountain.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||Agree totally. We've actually got plenty of receivers||
and one who is emerging from wherevern he lines up is Funchess, of course, originally recruited as a TE but can pose a nightmare for opposing defenses no matter where he lines up. Personally, I thought Chesson, throughout the season, showed glimples of what could become greatness. Along with these two and our incoming receivers, I think we can go to multiple sets and, as suggested, use this young man as a blocker if nothing else. I'm certain most of us recall when Tressell went to the two OTs on the same side of the ball and punished us greatly for not being prepared. We have enough talent to play some games this season.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||I think history is strong indicator we will win at least 10||
I won't even go through the boring details of how so many coaches at premier programs have paid their due in the same manner. I am looking solely at Brady. His coaching bio points to programs that were, of course, non-BCS level, but nonetheless in piss-poor condition when he took over. After his third or fourth year, he had built programs to basically the same level as the one he inherited at Michigan in his inagaural season. If you look at his first year at MI, it's easy to see his defense contained the type of leadership and experience that he had to work three seasons to attain at his previous stops. He inherited Martin, Kovacs, VanBergen, and some lbers that, through Mattison's teaching, were able to actually read keys and act accordingly. I think we can all close our eyes and recall Ryan VanBergen not only chasing down an opposing RB headed for the end zone, but also stopping him and stripping him of the ball, thereby allowing Denard and Co. one more opportunity to put points on the board for UM. This type of play was typical of 2011 and why we went from one of the worst to one of the best defenses in the nation. Leadership, which can only be developed through experience and belief in the system, were on display every Saturday. I cannot recall the last time we had a turnover ratio in our favor to that degree. We all suffered while watching and probably all bitched while watching these young(key word) players suffer through wins over teams, that as far as star watch, should not have been on the field with us, and then worse, losses to teams like PSU that were as equally ill-equipped as those teams we somehow beat. But, we also watched Mattison, and you have to love him for this, toss almost his entire roster into every game to get them the invaluable PT that their talent, lessons learned while playing against far more experienced players, no matter their star ratings, is going to pay off handsomely as suddenly, they will be the team similar to the 2011 unit, only far more talented as an entire 42-44 man unit. No one can discount Kovacs value to the team, but because of Hoke's recruiting, we won't see too many more walk-ons be co-captains and major contributors. And if they are, although it will be rare, it will be a bonus. And just as the subject-matter of the initiator of this thread stated, those recruiting classes full of blue chippers, many of which are now upper-classmen will execute in the manner their numerous offers of top D1 BCS coaches throughout the land suggested they would during their recruiting cycle. ^And the offense is no different. Hell, as difficult as it was for Greg to watch his kids go through that learning curve, remember the record setting offense from 2011, although headed by one of our most exciting offensive players ever, along with another 1,000 yard rusher-two in the same backfield is always a good sign- and soon to be the single season receiver in M history, Jeremy Gallon, that offense also contained an AA center, a LT that would become a two time AA and arguably the best in the nation at his particular position, but buffered by experience throughout, and actual honest-to-goodness experienced depth. We were solid, and these were kids recruited for a completely different brand of football. The production, or lack thereof, of last season's oh-so-young OL was probably something we should have expected, not unlike the disaster that was 2008 when we only fielded one returning starter among the entire eleven. And this brings me back to the original point. At both of Brady's last two HC stints his teams went from cellar-dwellers to the top of the league based almost exclusively on his ability to outrecruit every other coach in his respective conference. But that took three to four years to accomplish. His first season here was basically a bonus in terms of talent inherited, but at the same time we all knew how thin we were going to be where the game is decided for the next couple of seasons, that being in the trenches, and even accepting that truth, I don't believe I am out of line by saying we should have easily beaten OSU twice out of the gate when considering Al's inexplicable second half play calling in 2012 when we continuously picked up an easy 8 on first down and his refusal to keep pushing it until stopped and instead displaying an almost Lloyd Carr stubbornness, continuously bashing ahead on the ground on 2nd and 2 and again on 3rd and 2 to keep coming up with the same results. Yes, we all are aware of Einstein's famous quote. To hold them to six for an entire half and still lose is something you can't do at Michigan, thus the "Adios Coach Borges. Then again, maybe there were a couple, i.e., the ND end results that could have just as easily turned out in the opposite manner. ^But as the initiator of this thread suggested, stars matter, and other than OSU, Brady has been able to separate himself from the rest of the league. Inasmuch as this is his fourth year at the helm, this is his statement year. Aside from gathering the necessary talent, something he has been very successful in, it's now time for him to make a personal statement, one that says, "I'm as good as anyone in this league." There are some very good to great coaches in this league. And as much as so many wanted Harbaugh, and to a far lesser degree, Miles, Brady has met the challenge at every level he's coached. He has the staff, he has the players and he's had the time. And I believe I did mention his wins and losses in his very first season here with far more many three stars than four and fives. I think this season will be a fun one for all of us.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||My goodness, I think Big Will would be ahead of||
Kevin in terms of being a "bust." RBs, as we have all grown to learn, i.e., Fargas and the above-named all all too often disappointments. I do, however, think Fargas played at the level of a high 3* while at USC, probbly due to determination and the year he was being catapulted into "Olympic like moves" while running in the BIG prior to being ready. I think Will, in our case, was a bigger disappointment, a fact I did not hesitate to mention on the wolverine when I was still welcomed there. All I saw from his h.s. clips was a man, withut failure,who went from a 3 pt to a full "stand up" mode and got by on size and srength alone. This scared the hell out of me becaue I thought,, like many others, a 5th star should be given those who demonstrated soething other than strength and size. I truly believe Rivals and all the other sites had him greaty overrated due to the tangibes, but gave little thought as to whether or not he'd break those terrible habits alowed him at the lower level. Inasmuch as both were thought to be ready for the BIG after their senior years, yes, they were bth disappointments. However, I strongly believe if one had gone to WI or even MSU he may have became a great college player. I think,in regard to the second it was simply a matter of over-hype and no matter what gifts he possessed was simply incapable of accepting the fact he'd have to learn the game to be what many-not me so much-expected.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||School of choice||
Thank God my last few years of coaching fb at the h.s. level in MI found me in a situation, at a rural school with a scary diversity containing 2 ethnic groups, We had one player of Latino heritage, a stud at guard and MIKE, or in my "52" scheme,the inside ss lber, also known as "the wolfman," in honor ot the last wolverine to earn that tag, Don Dufek.The other minoriy was an afro-american who could basically outrun everyone he ran against on defense, provided the crackback was successful, and on the defensive side could catch everyone who he allowed past him in pass covereage. In other words, one played according to the keys he was supposed to read, the other pure instinct that got him in trouble many times on the defensive side of the ball. I probably could have set his ass on defense but I wanted to keep his head in the game. and isasmuch as he averaged 43 yds per TD carry or literally scoring every 6 touches, thought it worth the gamble. Thought the trade-off was worthwhile because we had 21 varsity players and we lost that semi-final by a score of 16-14 and we celebrated the victory on a 28 yd fg that was dead center but, alas about one foot too short. Damn, our opponent, a 7 time state champ went on to win the finals by 35 points. This, too, was a team that had beaten us with a running clock in the 4th quarter when we met in the regular season. They both went on to earn GLIAC shollies, along with the starting qb on that team. ^I talked to the RB prior to his 11th grade year and told him he "would be a stud should he stay with us." A prophecy that proved correct. I also told him he would gain greater exposure if he chose to go with one of the better known teams in the area, i.e., Fruitport, Orchard View and to a lesser degree the Big Reds because they had perhaps 6 boys that could turn the corner and run away from the defense. ^I bring this up, not as a matter of race, but where a player decided, by circumstances and teammates, of which he had 21 when healthy, would be the best fit for him. And this is my point. If Damien decides, most likely on the area allowed him by next year's OL, that he will be able to gain the second level quickly and with superior running skill, take it to the house, he'll do great in AA, and as a currenr LOI signee stated, "Hell, if all goes wrong, I'll still have the Michigan degree," then AA is where he should commit. But if the OL does not prove itself next season, then, if he, I would, indeed, contemplate seriously about pledging to a team with a proven ground attack. Campbell would be a great pickup as a wr, not unlike Terrel, Arrington, Edwards and the lot. But if Coach Hoke wishes to keep picking up RBs that fit his style of "Man Ball," the OL must stand up big. His decision to revisit if a good thing. He wants UM, but he wants them to play like Hoke and his fellow recruiers have told him, "By time you get to campus, we'll be the Michigan old." This is actualy a good test as to his ability to get these blue chip OL to play at the level anticipated. If not, I cannot blame tne young man for taking his considerable talents elsewhere. If, on the other hand, they begin to gel and play the way Hoke thinks they will, I think a decision in our favor willd do both parties a world of good, and after all, isn't that what it's supposed to be?
|3 weeks 1 day ago||How in the hell did our coaches develop Mike Hart?||
Recall, if you will, he started as a true freshmen. After the third game of his first season, he claimed the starting sport that he did not relinquish for the remained of his time in AA. Fred. nor any of the other coaches "developed" him. They may have fine tuned his style as to what they expect as to M RBs, but this kid, much like Woodley, won starting jobs as freshmen because they were exceptional from the time they stepped onto campus, and incidentally better than all others at their respective positions, not unlike Henne. I don't think pointing our freshmen "phenoms" who win their starting jobs in preseason practices can be considered great as a result of being "developed." If, however, they start out as average, spend time on the bench and are ready to step in-something we saw did not occur last season- and play at the level of their predecessors, that would be considered "developing" not unlike Smith did with Denard from season one to season two.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||My question is, and only after recent conversation w/my son||
is will UM self discipline or NCAA imposed violations actually outweigh the nation's infatuation with their accomplishments? This conversation with my son occured on "Super Bowl" Sunday as we were "realtively speaking," watching the game in tremendous comfort down here in Mexico in a bar that has a 1/2 open ceiling, allowing us the luxury of not having to run outside for a smoke break. As the Seahawks were entering the stadium the coach in me came out and I said, "I hate that mfer,Pete) Tressell and all others like him who allow their ego to completely ignore the possible ramifications to the university if their quest for "ultimate performance" at the collegiate level comes to light. And we all have to face the fact that Fisher was as guilty as the two fb coaches, one of whom is going to get a fat pay raise and then other whom the Colts actually gave a non-existent job because he just might see something they could benefit from on the field, not so much "instant replay." I told my son, and this is my belief, that no one should benefit from cheating, and that USC's former AD was an asshole for stating, "Let's be honest, how many schools would not trade places with us and the ten year run we've had no matter the penalties?" ^This was all football talk until he mentioned the "Fab Five." He stated, and this is a young man who 15 years after he played organized ball, "C'mon Dad, taking away what Carrol and Tressel actually accomplished is like trying to wipe out what the Fab Five did as freshmen and sophomores." Further he stated, "Despite the sanctions or the black eye to UM, the nation will never forget the excitement those kids caused in college bb." Damn, that got me thinking. I instantly remembered a quote from a former no.1 draft choice from UM by the name of Jake Long who said, when speaking after a Rose Bowl, "They threw stuff at us we had never seen. We we're completelty unprepared." Further, and this really hurt, I recalled vividly how Tressel, like a chess master,would outcoach Carr, especially his first two years when we had a decided talent advantage, and then after that was gone would walk the sidelines, calculating in his mind how many points his defense would give us and immediately call for his FG kicker on 4th and short in the red zone because he knew, after watching our offense and correctly calculating our game plan just how many points he needed And he was correct every time except the game in which he simply had no chance. So, despite any record keeping problems it might cause the AD in question, I reluctantly concluded some achievements, and probably none moreso than 18 AND 19 year old kids outplaying, sometimes shamelessly, men far more experienced can never truly be taken away.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||Sorry Larry but disagree with much of what you are saying||
in regard to who we should recruit. You are correct in your assessment of the SEC and a few other teams separating themselves from the pack, however, during some of our greatest seasons and throughout our most successful decade in fairly recent times, that being the 70s, of course, roster was filled with players named Cannovino, Mallory, Dufek, et. al. These players, although they do fall into your category of "non-NFL" talent, played with aggression and determination similar to the style you displayed during your time in AA. And just like you, although often times not as athletic, with the possible exception of our last "wolfman," Dufek they also played with tremendous discipline and it is my belief their intelligence played a large part in their effectiveness on the field by correctly reading their keys, maintaining their assignments and depending on the other ten to do their jobs. ^Furthermore, all one has to do is look at Stanford, which just happens to have admissions standards surpassing possibly every other major program and it's not difficult to realize you can field great teams filled with players possessing a combination of both superior intelligence and often times good to well above average athletic ability. ^ I am not certain I want to stray away from our long held tradition of higher than average academic standards Bo be represented on national TV by the two qbs that played in the BCS championship game of 2013, Neither displayed an ability to articulate above what one might expect from a high school junior. As proven under both Mo and Lloyd, we are capable of fielding great athletes with the standards that are in place. Afterall, it is not as if we are among the "elite" in terms of admission standards for our athletes, but it not uncommon for a Dhani Jones, Devin Gardner, and many others to opt for Michigan in large part because of the education the university offers. And the number 3 rated player in this year's incoming freshman, who may very well prove to be the actual number one is not shy about why he chose Michigan should all else fail. ^I will give you that the coaches should feel free to sign certain players whose high school transcripts might indicate an "academic risk," should they be satisfied that said transcript is not truly indicative of actual academic potential at Michigan. This is often times true and discovered throughout the recruiting process. There are many factors that come into play resulting in less than impressive academic achievement that become evident as the coaches go throughthe vetting process.
|4 weeks 1 day ago||Not certain he was as bad as stats indicated this past season||
We had a less than effecient OL, an OC that had a difficult time adjusting to the game at hand and unless we had great OL and superior backs, i.e., Hart, Morris and a couple of others, most of our RBs under Fred's tutelage have not really become greater than average until they've been in the program for a couple of years. ^I'd like to see him play no bigger than 218 to 220 in order to get to the second level at a faster pace. But I do think if the OC is able to adjust to the game as he sees the defensive game plan unfurl and with expected improvement of the OL, then not only Green but the entire offense should perform at a level we saw in our first two games of last season where we scored 100 points, one against a team with far more experience and blue chippers than we had on ours.' Additionally, the increase in our defensive experience, especially in the backfield and at lber should give us far more opportunities to move the ball because we should be much more capable of keeping teams who have no business matching us score for score of limiting them to considerablen more three and outs. If these things aren't realized, look for a meeting not unlike the one between RR and Brandon to occur immediately post season.
|4 weeks 2 days ago||I would hope he ends up a Spartan-||
and be happy instead of caving into his parent's wishes. Logic, and that has proven to be less than an ubquitous commodity w/in the past decae: and ever declining, but....................I cannot know because I only signed one LOI and never advised anyone on what they should do. A man, and he is a man, as to do what he wants to do. What far too many peope don't get,and I don't know why, certain kids belong at certain schools. That is, afterall, what the recruiting process is all about. You fashion yourselves as best you can but just as calendar years begin a new beginning, so too does every coaching change, current win/loss records, records against arch-rivals, i.e., And let's be honest we haven't faired too well lately so justly, our rivals, including those in-state should reap the benefits. It is the team's duty to merit justification for the bullshit word exchange- which is good for both sides - to justify the fan's obnoxinous. As certainly as all MSU BB fans are begrudingly beginning to admit that UM, under coach B has owned their ass, it is our duty as football fans to recognize the same. Cycles, cycles, cycles. College sports have always been about such. Whether you liked RR or not-yes, he has beaten Ore in the past decade; something we've not- his words ring true, "We'll win when we deserve to win." Signing off from Tequila, yes me amigos there really is a town named that down here, OUT
|4 weeks 2 days ago||Truth is not necessarilyt cyncismn||
I can see Hoke stating that. Afterall, it was a major upward move on his part, maybe too far upward, referencing of course our debacles against PSU and even some of our wins that could be classified in a like manner. It is my hope that the team was just too damn young on the OL to get done what they wanted and of course when one side of the ball plays that poorly, itn usually filters to the other side. If that's the case-and I so hope it is, you shoud see major improvement this season based on nothing more than experience and a newer, much tougher coaching style from Hoke. You become friends after they graduate. ^But in all honesty, I have to agree with your assessment. We will be Michigan again when we start intimditing the opposing offense as we have in the past and begin averaging over 1yd per rush even when they know it's coming.
|4 weeks 6 days ago||For the olast time: here goes||
Outstanding coordinators are great, but they are only perceived that way if the hmfic is the right fit. The main man, and I don' care what era you are coaching in is the "end all and be all." He makes the decisions. If he wants a smash mouth rushing attack, his OC will do so by virtue of the way the head man tells him, shows him, hell walks him through it if that's what it takes. And the same is true of the DC. Don't worry about the names that occupy these positions. Worry instead about the man that is in charge of having them carrying out their duties. ^Admittedly I am old school; however, I saw a bunch of players that would be categorized as no more than three stars by virture of today's star ratings week after week perform as a 5 star unit because one Mr. Schembechler insisted on nothing less. By virtue of their understanding of that which is required, many were actually drafted into the NFL because acting as a unit, the majority performed as a unit of All-Americans. I recal Tex Schramm, the former GM of the Cowboys stating, "Hell, these Michigan kids must get the best coaching in the world. Their collegiate stats suggest a future NFL great but based on individual testing, they just don't measure up." That, my friends is what we must be concerned about. It's one Brady Hoke that must bring it all together. If you think for a moment that Bama will skip a beat withouth their OC, you are sorely mistaken. Just as Bo's coordinators were offered and acce[ted jobs at other schools, the Michigan beat kept tempo. We've all witnessed what happened at USC, with equally talented players that Carrol was running through, at ND with even greater talent that Davies and Ty enjoyed and in Columbus where probation was a one year hiccup. ^I'm concerned given some of the debacles, i.e., barely pulling out games that we should have dominated and losses such as those to PSU whether or not we have the right man in charge; These were unacceptable results and that is scary. Lining up road kill is a way of sending a message to future opponents, "We are coming, we will destroy and ain't a fucking thing you can do abot it." This has not been the message that next week's opponent receives when we outlast instead of lambasting inferior foes. The message they receive is, "Michigan is human and they can be taken, hence the PSU and NU losses in addition to the cliffhangers that should have been decided by half-time. My friends, it's not the OC or DC that will determine our future, and they're both proven. It's that guy with the title of HC who will determine our future. His recruiting has landed him players at a talent level that Bo rarely realized. The major and significant difference, of course, was that whomever Bo brought in was, as was proven year after year was simply going to impose his will on the man standing across from him until he broke because a "Michigan Man," as Bo labeled them would never break. It's as simple as that. No matter what the DC or OC preaches the players are going to listen and respond to the demands of the head man. The coordinators know what they're doing but unless Brady can communicate to the players the necessity of them performing at a level greater than they have ever been accustomed to, he is doomed to failure. Debate all you wish, but the ability to motivate players to perform at a level they're uncaccustomed to is what has separated all the great coaches. And fuck the axiom, "It ain't the Xs and Os, it's the Jimmy's and the Joes." That is a fine sound byte but I think we can all agree it's much better for a 3* lber to fulfill his assignment rather than a 5* rely on his "God-given ability" to completely misread a play.
|5 weeks 3 hours ago||Whomever wrote this is an idiot or biased||
"Rich Rod didn't have a bare cupboard until they all transferred." WTF kind of bullshit is that? The fifth year seniors chose not to play, our best "purported lber"was a kid from GR named Over Easy, he had one returning starter on offense and a walk-on qb who, when throwing the ball did not make it easy to decide if he threw or punted the ball. NO!!!!! you are correct. He was fucking loaded. What a waste of space. Next time you write, dig deep and attempt a modicum of objectivity. This was bullshit at the ma'v. Hell, the only decent season Brandon't lackey has had was with RR's players.
|5 weeks 6 days ago||I call bullshit||
Our roster, not the incoming class, is loaded with highly talented individuals that Bradyb should have gotten a hell of a lot more out of. If he does, indeed, start turning things around as he did at his previous stops next season, his first two classes will indicate the norm, not this one.