WTKA Roundtable 1/10/2019: Ramming Jupiter

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Seth January 11th, 2019 at 7:23 AM

Things discussed:

  • Craig can beat Joe Simon one-on-one.
  • Greg Mattison is off to make his money, takes his integrity with him. Michigan absolutely would have had him; this was an Urban Meyer move.
  • Dispelling the Mattison myths: No he didn't underrecruit Zach Harrison. No, Big Foot isn't buried under this studio.
  • The Game is a business: how much do the fans care?
  • Hoops: Developing the bench. Johns! Still skittish as an offensive player, but boards and athleticism and blocks, oh my!
  • Poole now the 3rd dragon. Iggy isn't a black hole anymore.
  • Is this a national championship team? They're beating very high expectations.
  • Big Ten basketball: It's Michigan-Michigan State. No awful teams in the league; Rutgers is 100ish and beat Ohio State. McQuaid shut down Carsen Edwards.
  • Sam: "X has no hope against Cassius Winston-*wink*"

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

Segment two is here. Segment three is here.

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Michigan's lost 99/100 to Ohio State we're all insane; can we please talk some basketball?

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WTKA Roundtable 1/3/2018: The Rasslin League

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Seth January 4th, 2019 at 7:40 AM

Things discussed:

  • Pro rasslin' back when it was regional
  • Basketball ramping back up—but are they? Tired of playing zone teams.
  • Is the free throw jumper a good shot? Ira & Brian vs. Craig and Beilein. M went 4/27 from there.
  • If you're making half of them you're…alright? You're at 1 PPP.
  • Michigan is going to see more zone until it looks like they like it more.
  • Penn State: doesn't have a point guard, turns it over a lot, have some good defenders, heaping offensive responsibility on guys who can't handle it.
  • Around the Big Ten: Reminds us of 2014, when the league was so good: 11/14 teams are tourney-caliber
  • Will there be a 1 seed? If Michigan goes 15-5 in this league they're a 1 seed.
  • Indiana preview: Top 20 defensive team with a lottery pick in Langford who can't shoot the 3.
  • Wisconsin: the 6'11" guy at WKU shut down Happ. If Teske can repeat that at the Trohl Center we're in business.
  • Craig talks about Eastern Michigan for a minute for some reason
  • Is Michigan shaky? Downgrading the Nova and UNC wins, Purdue is still a big win, worry about this team declining?
  • Worry about opponents who play some zone and M can't shoot. Not worried about D, rebounds, turnovers. Most Big Ten teams are man teams so if they go zone they're getting out of their wheelhouses.
  • Poole is at 60% on NBA threes—that's how you shoot out of a zone.
  • Are we going to talk about the Peach Bowl ever?

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

Segment two is here. Segment three is here.

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Yeah, I'll put on Penn State-Rutgers; that could be interesting.

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WTKA Roundtable 12/27/2018: Caring Some

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Seth December 28th, 2018 at 6:56 AM

Things discussed:

  • Peach Bowl apathy: if the players don't care it's hard for us to.
  • How do they schedule Florida again?
  • Florida isn't great but could beat a depleted Michigan team, which would really depress the fanbase
  • NFL departures: Hill leans coming back, Long leans going pro, Gentry probably pro
  • Will we see some freshmen? Would like to see McGrone once this year.
  • Craig Ross rekindling his friendship with Scot Loeffler
  • Basketball school: Crisler is filling up against meatball teams for the first time since Cazzie
  • Is this team for real? North Carolina got whupped here and beat Gonzaga
  • AF game fixed some of the concerns from the other tomato cans
  • The new defensive mindset is a weird thing to old tyme Michigan fans
  • Personnel vs. coaching: defense, free throws, CM possessions

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

Any comments on football, Mr. Apathy?

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WTKA Roundtable 12/20/2018: De'veon But Fast

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Seth December 21st, 2018 at 7:36 AM

Things discussed:

  • Dax made it a good narrative, imagine if Hinton and Charbonnet committed
  • Cornelius Johnson is an important get—need a Darboh in this class.
  • Quintel Kent: found last summer and had a great senior year.
  • Three slot guys? Giles Jackson=Rondale Moore? Yo-yo'ing TEs and slots
  • Quenton Johnson is signing with his teammates. Getting back that speed they lost when Delano Hill and Dymonte Thomas left, and these guys are faster
  • Zach Charbonnet gets tackled well. Brian(!) issues a Fred Jacksonism
  • Warinner on the recruiting trail. Recalling the 2013 OL class—let's not have this one fall apart like that. Sam's favorite: Karsen Barnhart, who's going to be better than Devonte Dobbs (not Logan Brown). Building your own lineman from a quasi-TE is better than trying to subtract from an already 340-pound kid.
  • Talking DL: Aubrey's potential. Sam sees Aidan Hutchinson, Kwity and Uche as a very good DE rotation, Vilain is further ahead with this injury than he was with the last so he's back in the conversation.
  • NT? Jeter is the new Mone, Mazi is the new Aubrey, Dwumfour's got a shot but he's got to learn to be a run defender. Kemp has to gain weight to be a full-time 3-tech. Don Brown's defense needs a DT who can create pressure
  • Freshman factors: Dax Hill, Mazi and Hinton.
  • Two-deepers getting redshirts, would like to see some freshmen.
  • Hoops: Early unsustainable two-point defense. Flowers was throwing up some garbage.

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

A very trappable defender

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WTKA Roundtable 12/13/2018: Change Alone Endures

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Seth December 14th, 2018 at 7:33 AM

Things discussed

  • Florida's same things are exactly the opposite: mitigated the pass pro problem, up and down season
  • McElwain leaves and Michigan's receiver recruiting ticks up
  • Who's playing? Gary's out. Bush might not but he's the heart of the defense. The corners don't have enough tape. Other guys weighing their options: Metellus, Hudson.
  • Stueber was alright vs OSU, the TEs were not
  • More Florida: they will blitz and get after you up front
  • Caller: Does Saban just enjoy tormenting Harbaugh? Addressing crootin cynicism
    -Malik McDowell's mom was right about Michigan State
    -Craig's theory: Tyrell Pryor strung Michigan along to make it harder for Rodriguez to sign a 2008 QB
    -Aubrey Solomon: Committed to Michigan the day after the "FU" video
    -Daxton Hill committed at the trough of the season. When the dust settles, Sam will lay out the timeline but he isn't going to make things more difficult for Michigan in an ongoing recruitment
  • Don Brown: $2 million. Pay the players. Big XII has interest in him of course. We're paying Pep Hamilton $1.45 million (highest-paid OC?)
  • Sam goes through Michigan's real time playcalling, which is weird and leads to fighting the clock
  • Developing the short game, and the Evans game
  • Promise next time will be basketball

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 wrote it down while writing about the Lions

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WTKA Roundtable 12/6/2018: Do You Know What a DVD Is?

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Seth December 7th, 2018 at 7:41 AM

Things discussed:

  • Shutting down Carsen Edwards was a team effort
  • Surprised Haarms hasn't progressed more.
  • Northwestern hit a lot of weird shots, good defensive team.
  • Poole and Brazdeikis are their best isolation players but that's not their offense
  • Brian not so hard on Austin Davis—blamed the refs.
  • The 14-2 run with Teske on the bench with foul trouble was too stark
  • Could use less Matthews usage but that's not gonna change
  • Post-Michigan coaching comments
  • Defensive strategy leads to fewer fouls: not a lot of help/reach-ins
  • The Big Ten is deep, some poor bubble team is going 8-12 in this league.

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 turn on the game and I'm like who is this 60 year old freshman?

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WTKA Roundtable 11/29/2018: What Are We Doing Here?

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Seth November 30th, 2018 at 10:14 AM

I broke it up by times so you could skip past the bad thing if you don't want to talk about the bad thing.

Things discussed:

1. Disaster in Columbus (at 1:00)

  • Ed rips on Don Brown for the South Carolina game
  • 2016 and 2017 Michigan vastly out-schemed Ohio State, so it's not an overall pattern.
  • The problem is Michigan had the #1 defense so couldn't anticipate their flaws. At halftime, fine, you can't get to the quarterback and can't live with Watson anymore. Change it up!
  • OSU probably going back to being a Tate Martell offense next year
  • Catch three balls.
  • Bowl destination?

2. Glory in Crisler (at 19:51)

  • Too soon to talk Monday Night
  • Why was Michigan State the consensus pick for the B1G? This year's is a better team than last year's.
  • Craig: Teske was the player of the game: UNC didn't want anything to do with under the basket. Brian: No it's CM. Sam: No it's Iggy. Wait we all forgot Livers
  • Turned it into a halfcourt game.
  • Versus last Novembers
  • Purdue preview

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 turn on the game and I'm like who is this 60 year old freshman?

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WTKA Roundtable 11/15/2018: No Pulls

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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

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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

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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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