Some MGOBLOG Nostalgia.

Some MGOBLOG Nostalgia.

Submitted by Ziff72 on December 3rd, 2010 at 2:39 PM

I was bored today and got caught up in a MGOBLOG link fest and ended up in 2005.  I thought this sounded a little like a defense I know and love.

Overall Defense

The only departing player who will get a serious look from the NFL is Watson, and that will be based more on his enormous, er, everything than anything unbelievable he did last year. We'll miss him, but teams tended to run at the gaping hole next to him this year and that--combined with his entry into the doghouse early in the year--limited his effectiveness. In terms of personnel, Michigan should be better next year. Other than Watson, Michigan lost its worst starter, a third-down edge rusher, and an adequate corner. There are still questions (who is the nickelback (and dimeback, for that matter)? Can we find effective outside linebackers? Who starts on the DL next to Branch and Woodley?) but Michigan has good players at at least seven defensive positions. There should be no excuses next year.

Of course, there's that whole coaching thing. Michigan's soft zone got downright ephemeral after the year of safeties who were anything but. Michigan avoided man coverage like it was the clap, sacrificing any element of surprise in favor of keeping someone (or three someones) behind the play. The end result was a hair-pulling, garment-rending extravaganza not seen since erroneous reports of Joseph's death reached Jacob. (BLAM! Ten years of Sunday School!) This year forcibly disabused me of the notion that Jim Herrmann will change or Lloyd Carr will pull ineffective players who are really swell people, so Michigan's underacheivement relative to talent will probably continue, but there will be more talent and more experience next year. That should count for something.

Just thought this was kind of similar to the beloved 2010 defense on steroids, with no man coverage and 3 deep everywhere with lots of guys coming back and losing your worst starter and a tealented but frustrating starter.  Maybe 2011 defense=06.   We can dream.

If anybody else has any good posts they remember it might be fun to look thru.  I found a commit post on Carlos Brown that Brian almost got giddy over as it appeared to be Lloyd  snake oil and a humourous look at our sleeper fb/lb recruit Obi Ezeh and hoping Jonas Mouton might leave USC behind.


Punching Jim Kelly and DUI

Punching Jim Kelly and DUI

Submitted by Kalamazoo Blue 87 on December 3rd, 2010 at 1:56 PM

Is this really the type of person who we want coaching Michigan football:

1.  Punched Jim Kelly and had to miss several games - hurting his team because of the broken hand. 

"Indianapolis Colts quarterback Jim Harbaugh broke a bone in his throwing hand Saturday when he punched former Buffalo Bills quarterback and current NBC-TV analyst Jim Kelly in the head because of negative comments Kelly made about Harbaugh a week earlier.  Harbaugh told ESPNEWS, "I regret throwing the punch, but I felt I had to do something since my toughness was being questioned."

2. Coach arressted for DUI during season

ENCINITAS, Calif. - University of San Diego football coach Jim Harbaugh was arrested early Sunday on a charge of drunken driving after being stopped for running a stop sign.

Harbaugh, a former NFL quarterback, was released after 7½ hours at the Vista Detention Facility. He is to appear in court in December.

“I’m upset at myself about it, and more embarrassed for everyone else around me, the team,” Harbaugh said Wednesday. “My No. 1 concern is the players. I’m trying to set a good example for them. There’s a consequence for making poor decisions and now that applies to me.”

3. I was at Michigan when Harbaugh was quarterback.  One night he tried to get in a fight with one of my friends "Do you want to play 'fistball"? was the clever line he used. 

4.  He was a good quarterback.  And he may be a good coach (what was he in his third season something like 8-5?).  But I'm not sure what kind of a person he is.  I do know that I don't want to take the chance that his selfish and unstable behavior, as demonstrated over a long period of time, will embarrass our great university. 

OT(?) - Which song should RichRod have picked?

OT(?) - Which song should RichRod have picked?

Submitted by InterM on December 3rd, 2010 at 1:20 PM

It's past noon on Friday, so honestly, who's working at this point?  On to a really important topic as we contemplate the coaching direction of Michigan football:  What song should Rodriguez have picked to feature at the Football Bust?  Maybe Bon Jovi, Livin' on a Prayer, a Big House favorite?  Perhaps DB could have followed that with Won't Get Fooled Again?  What song should be featured at next year's Bust (hosted by Coach X)?  I welcome your views.

UM Donors, Get Ready to Open Your Wallets: Jim Harbaugh and financing private luxury latrines

UM Donors, Get Ready to Open Your Wallets: Jim Harbaugh and financing private luxury latrines

Submitted by markusr2007 on December 3rd, 2010 at 12:34 PM

It's been over 12 months since this story about Harbaugh and BathroomGate, but I still find it hilarious.  I imagine a massive HD screen to watch film and a high-tec X's and O's white board right next to the shitter.

From August 2009:

The Stanford athletic department is facing a multi-million revenue shortfall. Fundraising has cratered. Team budgets are being sliced. More than 20 jobs have been eliminated through layoffs and buyouts, and at least one sport (fencing) is in danger of being cut.

So by all means, build the football coach a private bathroom.

Harbaugh's response to austerity measures:

“It was something I’d asked for,’’ Harbaugh said. “It cuts down on drag.’’

$70,000? I don't care what anyone says, that is going to be one nice bathroom to spend lots of time.

CC: The MGoBubble

CC: The MGoBubble

Submitted by dahblue on December 3rd, 2010 at 11:35 AM

The current uncertainty with the football program seems to have strengthened what I call "the MGoBubble".  This is a bubble whereby those who disagree with the opinions of the vast majority of Michigan fans (roughly 75% of whom want RR fired...if you can believe a highly unscientific poll in the News) and sports media (booooo MSM!  boooo!!!) angrily retreat to avoid hearing that which is not what they want to believe.

I know that I risk an epic negbomb, but I assume the risk in making the present post.  There are a number of great things about RichRod.  He is clearly doing everything he can to turn our program into a winner; he cares deeply about his players; his offense is innovative and explosive; he produced winning records at other programs; and, he is a Michigan Man.  I know...that last one is a touchy point, but to me, if you put your heart and soul into coaching our Wolverines, then you've earned the title.  Rich has.

There are also a number of things about RichRod's performance that indicate he might not be the guy for the job.  In posting this, I merely hope to pierce the MGoBubble.  To take the blinders off of those who would attack any messenger who dare note a problem with the team.  There is no problem with defending the coach, but please, can those in the bubble cease with the:

-My 13 year old gets it buy you don't
-Only an idiot would consider firing RR...he deserves an extension, douchebag!
-You're not a fan; you're an asshole!
-You're not "All In".
-Haters gonna hate images
-Kitten pictures
-Pictures of explosions

Then, there's the litany of excuses:

-"It's Carr's fault (one poster even blamed our current problems on the emotional damage that Carr did to the team in retiring)."
-"It's the media's fault" (and yes, we can still all agree the Freep was well out-of-bounds)
-"It's the fans fault."
-"It's Scott Schafer's fault"
-"It's Greg Robinson's fault"
-"It's Jamie Morris's fault"
-"Things are great now; I don't count the first year"
-"Things are great now; I don't count the first or second year"

Here's the bottom line...If you've raised an excuse (or perhaps, "explanation")...then you, somewhere, somehow understand that there is a problem that merits discussion.  Defending the performance of RR (explosive offense, good guy, etc.) is just as valid as arguing that he hasn't done enough to prove he can lead the program to the NC level (which is what he was hired to do).  If you're defending RR, however, maybe drop the angry attacks and take a peek outside of the bubble to understand that all of those people who disagree with you (there are a ton) might have some valid thoughts.

-It's fair to note that the young defense has no depth as 32% of defensive commits have left the program under RichRod (again, that doesn't mean he's a bag guy, or that there aren't reasons kids left, but it's a statistical reality).
-It's fair to note that we haven't beaten OSU or MSU under RR.
-It's fair to note that our potent offense has not been as potent against top half Big Ten competition. (or that RR hasn't beaten a Big Ten team with a winning conference record)
-It's fair to note that we weren't a garbage program before RR got here and that RR's improvement from 3-9 kinda ignores the lengthy history before that season.

This blog is great.  The bubble is not.  Go Blue!

Bowl game line-up

Bowl game line-up

Submitted by mGrowOld on December 3rd, 2010 at 11:34 AM

Warning - this post contains no coaching discussion points and focuses entirely on football.  For those of you expecting the usual "fire RR/no keep RR" post  I sure that will undoubtedly come up next on the board.

I am very much looking forward to our bowl game as we will be as healthy for that contest as we have been since Connecticut.  One of the many causalities of a young team is lack of depth and our ability to overcome injuries has been severely hampered by our lack of able bodies.  Take a look at the injury report for the OSU game:


Hemingway, Junior                Head



Gallon, Jeremy                       Shoulder

Martin, Mike                              Ankle

Roh, Craig                               Head

Smith, Vince                            Head

Stonum, Darryl                        Ankle


Not on this list but certainly not at 100% was Shaw, Lewan and even Robinson.  Tate was banged up too but playing through it when called upon.   I'm sure there were lots of other unreported  "walking wounded" that we never really heard about too.  So our team was a shell of what it started out to be and I think the results show that.

The bowl game however gives all the guys 30 days to rest and get well.  I am expecting a VERY different team to emerge as we get the players back at full strength and I think the results will show it. 

I didn't include the players lost for the season because they will obviously not be back but based on the guys returning to health I am predicting a Michigan win. And I believe this regardless of who we get matched up with because we will have the players back to make that happen for the first time in a very, very long while.





RR's Quote about "wanting to be a Michigan Man"

RR's Quote about "wanting to be a Michigan Man"

Submitted by michgoblue on December 3rd, 2010 at 11:21 AM

As a preface, as most of you know, I was a strong RR supporter, but since mid-season, I have joined the ranks of those who think that RR should probably not be back next year. 

So I logged on to MGoBlog this morning to see if there was any actual insight (not the Bowl)to be gained from the Bust last night.  And I see that certain members of the MSM and some posters are trashing RR's quote that he "wants to be a Michigan Man."

Are you freeking kidding me?  This is what our fanbase is reduced to?  Criticizing Coach for being honest and humble in his speech at a team Bust?  To me, RR's statement that he wants to be a Michigan Man was one of the most sincere, emotionally-open statement I can recall a coach giving. 

He is acknowledging that within our alumni and fan base, there is a concept of a Michigan Man.  He is acknowledging that many do not accept him as a Michigan Man.  And, most importantly, he is expressing his honest desire to gain acceptance to that designation.  He is recognizing that just because he was hired to coach the team, that does not automatically make him a Michigan Man. 

To me, that statement alone makes RR a Michigan Man.  From what I have read of the bust, RR handled himself with dignity and class, and in a manner that makes me proud to have him as our coach. 

While I still have reservations as to whether he can survive the shitstorm that he has faced, RR is a class act who is deserving of all of our respect and pride.  He certainly does not deserve to have his statements twisted and mischaracterized as they have been.