WTKA Roundtable 11/15/2018: No Pulls

WTKA Roundtable 11/15/2018: No Pulls Comment Count

Seth November 16th, 2018 at 8:00 AM

Note: Brian is not feeling well so he missed this episode. Craig Ross and Johnny Wangler will be joining me on MGoRadio this afternoon instead.

Things discussed:

  • Rutger: Brown admitted they got got by the zipper motion, wanted to keep that to 12 yards
  • Weather was a factor
  • Patterson ain't pulling.
  • Indiana: the Ball State game?
  • Ramsey is more conservative with the football this year
  • Their defense gets no pressure, can't tackle
  • Nova on the road: defense travels.
  • Not last year's Nova, but they brought back Paschal and some 5-stars.
  • Iggy! Played defense like Simpson, in his 3rd game in college, on the road, versus the defending champs!
  • Flexibility: 7-guy rotation but Livers is the hot shooter and lets M go five out
  • Simpson and Teske both candidates for DPoY. Juggernaut?
  • Teske can swat shots from guys after they get by him.
  • M got themselves some easy shots at the rim too.
  • They let Matthews go right.

You can catch the entire episode on Michigan Insider's podcast stream on Podbean.

Segment two is here. Segment three is here.

THE USUAL LINKS

"When the going gets weird the weird turn pro."

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WTKA Roundtable 11/8/2018: So Much Simpler

WTKA Roundtable 11/8/2018: So Much Simpler Comment Count

Seth November 9th, 2018 at 8:36 AM

Things discussed:

  • You don't want that timeout, Frames.
  • Hail the great Pistol Formation idea: Michigan's been using an arc zone with split zone action—this was just putting the TEs out there.
  • Harbaugh at the Orange Bowl: "The backdoor's open!"
  • Hail the great J.Uche idea! Michigan is getting a sack on 1 in 5 passing downs. He's 17th in the country in sacks.
  • Gary's return: a little miscalibrated but created the Glasgow sack and is still ridiculous.
  • PSU minus Moorhead is a bit silly.
  • Jet action game was prepped but didn't come off.
  • Shea is accurate deep, getting good at reading and running, still short of a killer.
  • Rutgers: Michigan covers.
  • Nordin wobbles? That block was not his fault.
  • Tight end blocking issues, particularly McKeon, who's getting the hard jobs.
  • The world would split in twain if Michigan gets left out of playoffs.
  • Playoff predictions: what's the chance Bama, ND or Clemson loses anyway?
  • Warinner effect?
  • SEC bias is overrating LSU and jerking everyone else up. SEC title loser is not in the playoffs.

You can catch the entire episode on Michigan Insider's podcast stream on Podbean.

Segment two is here. Segment three is here.

THE USUAL LINKS

"Before you have a revolution you have to have a revolutionary theory."

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WTKA Roundtable 11/1/2018: From the Ivory Tower

WTKA Roundtable 11/1/2018: From the Ivory Tower Comment Count

Seth November 2nd, 2018 at 8:53 AM

Things discussed:

  • Nate Stanley: Dude!
  • Maryland: Dude! Once you have a certain level of money and power you think you lose accountability. How to check this: have a legitimate 3rd party making medical decisions. Any donor who wanted to pull their money: pull your money.
  • MSU-Purdue: dude! State gets the rain again, Blough had his bad day.
  • Penn State: At their most potent when Trace McSorley is running the ball. Make him throw! Alan Robinson wanted to come to Michigan badly—they don’t have anyone like that anymore.
  • McSorley healthy? He ran a 51-yard TD after his knee got banged. He’s performing at a better level than his stats imply but his receivers are his receivers.
  • Their DL has five guys who can get after the quarterback. Two Michael Dwumfour types at DT and three dynamite DEs, including Yetur Gross-Matos who’s playing out of his mind.
  • Nobody can say Oruwariye, nobody in the linebacker level looks like a Linebacker U guy. Can PSU stand up against Michigan’s ground game? Pull out all the Harbaugh and grind them down.
  • Jansen: Brian explains why you don’t run much power against an odd man front. Here’s a graphic from me:

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  • Ed Warinner has a play sheet now—Michigan didn’t know what they’re doing with Shea against Notre Dame; maybe Ed’s teaching them how to not suck at spread
  • We want Bama…to win against LSU? Don’t trust the committee to leave out a 1-loss Alabama that doesn’t go to the SEC Championship over a Michigan that wins out.
  • Ferentz still brings up the fact that Chris L. Rucker got out of jail and played against him.

You can catch the entire episode on Michigan Insider's podcast stream on Podbean.

Segment two is here. Segment three is here.

THE USUAL LINKS

Not every school sells their soul.

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WTKA Roundtable 10/25/2018: The Truth Is Too Loud

WTKA Roundtable 10/25/2018: The Truth Is Too Loud Comment Count

Seth October 26th, 2018 at 8:44 AM

Things discussed:

  • “I think we should put Paul Bunyan in a wood chipper, and if we lose next year hand them back the sawdust.”
  • Lewerke was definitely injured; no idea why the story isn’t straight
  • I think he’s on Urban Meyer’s meds
  • Like most of the team he’s not on the same page
  • So many opportunities to pull away early.
  • Kwity and Uche are recreating Gary in the aggregate
  • Five or six opportunities to pull on zone read plays where MSU had nobody for it
  • State’s run defense threw in the towel in the 4th
  • Don’t like the can’t hit the QB in the knee rule
  • March of the Rockettes: point was to show up late and make Michigan leave the field
  • What was Harbaugh’s role in this? Saying the truth too loud? Delany’s statement is exactly what Harbaugh said, and the Big Ten wouldn’t have looked at it if he hadn’t said something, so why the reprimand?
  • How much more effort did they put into this than Max Bullough, the captain of the team, getting suspended for the Rose Bowl? Is there anything more pathetic than the MSU beat? Just a bunch of shameless bootlickers
  • Mark Dantonio is the Elmer Gantry of NCAA football.
  • Rondale Moore is the Truth.
  • Ohio State: Meyer doesn’t know how to run without a running quarterback
  • Marcus Ray: would he call Michigan the best team in the Big Ten if they had losses to Northwestern, Eastern Michigan, and Missouri?

You can catch the entire episode on Michigan Insider's podcast stream on Podbean.

Segment two is here. Segment three is here.

THE USUAL LINKS

Michigan State’s used to double-digit losses to Michigan, but five digits is gonna hurt

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WTKA Roundtable 10/18/2018: We Playing Like That

WTKA Roundtable 10/18/2018: We Playing Like That Comment Count

Seth October 19th, 2018 at 7:28 AM

Things discussed:

  • The dude punted! What are you doing Paul Chryst?
  • Michigan's offensive line kicked into gear in the 2nd half. JBB gave it to that kid.
  • Patterson was not seeing guys downfield
  • Michigan's breaking tendencies, making you respect the QB's legs
  • Losing Singleton: they've got guys, but disappointing he pulled the trigger so fast
  • Hornibrook was too uncomfortable to set his feet
  • Paye held up against the best run offense he'll face, Aubrey back is a big deal
  • Metellus isn't here to be a hero but he saved some bad situations. Kinnel came out okay in a tough battle.
  • No slanting: trap coverage is gonna getchya
  • Bosa leaving: Is it a story, or just a guy who got injured for the season?
  • Speculation that he's been pressured to come back sooner than he should.
  • Trying to shed Schiano
  • Pump the breaks Joel Klatt; we've got a rivalry road game this weekend.
  • MSU: Great run defense, why are you running on them? Oh, rain.
  • Shea needs a check at the line for soft coverage.

You can catch the entire episode on Michigan Insider's podcast stream on Podbean.

Segment two is here. Segment three is here.

THE USUAL LINKS

He's held that team through the ups and downs of J.T. Barrett

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WTKA Roundtable 10/11/2018: There's Been a Development

WTKA Roundtable 10/11/2018: There's Been a Development Comment Count

Seth October 12th, 2018 at 7:19 AM

Things discussed:

  • Fundraiser for Ace: Passed $90k last night. Ace has been living this on the blog and now there’s a community on the internet who understands an of-misunderstood disease.
  • Craig Ross UFRs the first drive: playcalling was good.
  • Michigan running zone stretch! Well!
  • Offense looked good—35 points in 9 drives feels better if it comes in a different order.
  • Maryland’s worst pass rush performance this year. Hey-O!
  • Hitting the Mendoza line of good blocking every game
  • Wisconsin: doesn’t rush the passer. Badgers used to get injured and there’d be a Cichy or a Connelly. Now…?
  • Patterson had his best game of the season against Maryland
  • The holding call that wiped out a perfect TD pass was not as bad as the Higdon one, same genre
  • There was an RPO in this game!
  • Shea’s dad: “Let one guy go and Shea will take care of the first guy every time”
  • Defense last year had a game from Aubrey vs Wisconsin; is he back?
  • Dwumfour was about to pop before he went down.
  • Hornibrook the best QB in the conference: gonna hit his slants, his receivers not giving him much
  • Defense’s first big test of the year.
  • Playcalling vs. Northwestern: Hankwitz has our number, Pep had a solid tactical win vs Maryland, who also had a bye
  • If you’re running play-action and their LBs are dropping back 10 yards something’s going wrong.
  • Caller: Shut up about the offense.
  • Michigan hasn’t stacked back to back efforts in consecutive weeks. Time to do that.

You can catch the entire episode on Michigan Insider's podcast stream on Podbean.

Segment two is here. Segment three is here.

THE USUAL LINKS

That’s about as mythological as a Jim Harbaugh injury report

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WTKA Roundtable 10/4/2018: Brian's Mercedes

WTKA Roundtable 10/4/2018: Brian's Mercedes Comment Count

Seth October 5th, 2018 at 7:44 AM

Things discussed:

  • Down 17-0 coming off a bye week?
  • Skill positions erratic play: not sharp, balls dropped, not sitting in zones
  • Niko you are not a slot receiver.
  • Frustrated by Shea: not seeing open guys in front of him, had to pull out a few plays that were already there for him.
  • Northwestern did a good job anticipating what Michigan was going to run: playcalling allowed them to anticipate what to do with their linebackers.
  • Where were the smoke screens? Iso plays were a good wrinkle.
  • Northwestern got by thinking there's no such thing as a Michigan zone read, M been preserving QB health?
  • Give it to Ben Mason on any 4th and short. That's why you got the Big Big Boys.
  • The defense: Unfortunate to give up 17 points on 200 yards.
  • Winovich's Elite Day, the young DL stepped it up. Carlo Kemp dissuaded a throw to the TE
  • Glasgow was fine in Hudson's stead.
  • Cornerbacks: keep calm and don't grab a guy named flynn nagel
  • The slants: good strategy, some bad play, still only gave up <5 YPC. M plays zone about 1/3rd of the time
  • NFL talk: Pat Mahomes for MVP?
  • Maryland: the insane stuff. Their offense is not the kind that works against Michigan's team speed.

You can catch the entire episode on Michigan Insider's podcast stream on Podbean.

Segment two is here. Segment three is here.

THE USUAL LINKS

First of all Brian is just mad the cigar lighter on his Mercedes doesn't work so he can't smoke his stogies

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WTKA Roundtable 9/27/2018: Keep Steve Welmer

WTKA Roundtable 9/27/2018: Keep Steve Welmer Comment Count

Seth September 28th, 2018 at 7:10 AM

Things discussed:

  • Nebraska is in Year Zero: don't take this game too seriously
  • Michigan's offensive identity: Down G? The thing about Down G is if the LB reads it right the defense has it dead to rights
  • The Down G wrinkles keep it viable. Bubble screen off Down G action and Jet Sweep and Flaring a TE
  • Dylan McCaffrey has grown up a lot at Michigan—good to see his arm gets downfield
  • Nebraska's pass rush is the worst we'll face.
  • Warinner/Ruiz effect: unblocked guys not getting through as much. Stopping the Gaz is another matter
  • The officials: A lot of curious calls. O'Neill Crew calls a facemask thanks to replay guy.
  • Craig says the safety call was correct (made by someone upstairs) because what if someone catches it? Throwing is directing it not establishing possession.
  • Targeting/Not Targeting: Hudson puts his helmet in the QB's chest. Sam thinks last week wasn't this week was because he's leading with the head (does facemask count?). Two NFL quarterbacks got freak injuries so you can't hit low on the quarterback now. They totally missed the very real targeting on Ben Mason
  • NW: Clayton Thorson is the Mitch Leidner of this year's Big Ten. The Gaz. "Paddy Fisher."
  • Nick Bosa: Is he going to take the whole year off, or just every game but The one?
  • Brian had a daughter in the middle of preview season and forgot to tell anybody

You can catch the entire episode on Michigan Insider's podcast stream on Podbean.

Segment two is here. Segment three is here.

THE USUAL LINKS

When the shaving cream dries she's arrested for public indecency

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WTKA Roundtable 9/20/2018: Why Don't We Stiff-Arm More Running Backs?

WTKA Roundtable 9/20/2018: Why Don't We Stiff-Arm More Running Backs? Comment Count

Seth September 21st, 2018 at 7:15 AM

Things discussed:

  • The Lions covered the spread!
  • Complain about an offense that scored on 6/9 drives
  • The 1st quarter/the commercial breaks/heat/tedium put the game in a worse light
  • Down G has been successful because opponents are straining to beat Power
  • Bredeson bad day? Weird mental errors, especially from the TEs
  • Higdon was missed. Evans looked more like a hamstring than a cramp :(
  • What is targeting?
  • The Proche problem: JKP needs to get back in because he's their answer. This is open so Michigan can defend jet sweeps
  • Caller: WRAP UP! Tackle with your arms.
  • Officiating crew was motley.
  • Michigan is playing more zone this year.
  • Throw more? How many times has Michigan gotten their quarterback healthy to the Ohio State game?
  • Scott Frost's mom.

You can catch the entire episode on Michigan Insider's podcast stream on Podbean.

Segment two is here. Segment three is here.

THE USUAL LINKS

Scott Frost's mom didn't put Rutgers in the Big Ten

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WTKA Roundtable 9/13/2018: Who is Matt Patricia?

WTKA Roundtable 9/13/2018: Who is Matt Patricia? Comment Count

Seth September 14th, 2018 at 7:09 AM

Things discussed:

  • Craig Ross’s radio firsts
  • Good to pound a bad opponent rather than struggling, e.g. Cincy, AF
  • Door is wide open for freshman tackles.
  • Down G: Second week in a row my Neck Sharpies is the first topic of the show. Thanks Sam!
  • We won’t see it as often in the future: this was a wrinkle that was good against WMU.
  • Running backs and WMU being bad caused the good day on the ground.
  • Lions vs 49ers odds.
  • Craig’s history lesson: Detroit Wolverines were bought by New York just so they could steal Benny Friedman, so Detroit had to steal the Portland Lions.
  • At 17:50 they come back to Michigan’s OL if you want to skip the Lions. Hudson looked very good in his limited time.
  • Tru Wilson had one of those flip-a-guy cut blocks
  • EXTREMELY low pass protection opportunities says Michigan still thinks they can’t pass block.
  • SMU: Not good.
  • Shea turns easy throws into easy catches. Missed 3 throws.
  • Sam: Brandon Watson has been M’s best corner.
  • Kemp does pretty well against a meatball
  • Hurst was Hurst-y by this point in Dwumfour’s career.
  • Josh Ross is comin’. Think he’s your WLB and gonna have a great career.

You can catch the entire episode on Michigan Insider's podcast stream on Podbean.

Segment two is here. Segment three is here.

THE USUAL LINKS

I didn’t flip out over a Lions loss. I took it in stride.

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