James Franklin Implies Michigan's DBs Are Well Coached at Holding

Submitted by cweerapp on November 1st, 2018 at 9:07 PM

Full story here but relevant portion:

“They hold. They grab, they hold, they tug, they pull. They get called for it a decent amount, but they also get away with it a lot more....They’re gonna run with ya and be in your hip, but while they’re in your hip they’re grabbin’ your pants, grabbing your hip, very rarely is it the jersey because you see the jersey, they’re well coached at it.”



November 1st, 2018 at 10:13 PM ^

I remember being incredibly pissed about MSU always getting away with this. I vividly recall the 2013 MSU vs. Notre Dame, when MSU got called for like 7 DPI penalties and bitched about it even though they were all legit. MSU was literally holding and committing DPI on every single play, just daring the refs to keep calling it.

All I can say now is Michigan needs to apply the same tactics with regard to our OL and offensive holding. Come to think of it, maybe that's what they've been doing...

The Fan in Fargo

November 1st, 2018 at 11:55 PM ^

I remember that too. Those are the same tactics that the Seahawks used to beat the Niners in Seattle in the NFC title game. Everyone thought they were so talented. Yeah, talented at holding without the refs seeing or calling it on every play. That defense was a bunch of average Joes who thrived off of their crowd noise and cheap play. Niners and Jim should've been back in the Super Bowl that year. I don't think this Michigan defense is anywhere near that dirty and cheap when it comes to those two pathetic ass teams of punks, thugs, skipskaps, skallywags, hoolihoops and losers. There was one other team a few years back that had the so called (great) defense but were always holding. Couldn't actually cover guys fairly. Cant think of it but man did they piss me off when I watched them. I can see why Franklin popped off about it though. He's trying to give his team some help and make it public that the refs need to be watching it extra close. I hope every one of those refs break their legs too. Just because I hate refs. I'd hate my grandpa if he was a ref. Not dad though.

Bill in Birmingham

November 2nd, 2018 at 8:05 AM ^

Wow. I readily admit that most successful/good defensive backfields have to get away with a lot of holding and, in some cases PI. But to call that group "a bunch of average Joes" is seeing them a bit differently than I do. I thought it was one of the best defensive backfields I have ever seen, and I'm a Patriots fan. There are possibly three HoF caliber players in that group.


November 2nd, 2018 at 12:54 AM ^

All I can say now is Michigan needs to apply the same tactics with regard to our OL and offensive holding.

Funny thing is that when Ed Warinner was at Ohio State, the constant complaint from this fanbase were all the uncalled holding against their O-Line.

I remember reading that was exactly one of Ed’s coaching strategies. He had interns doing analytics on reffing tendencies and in-general how long a hold had to be for it to be called. Then he would coach the O-Line to hold just long enough to be effective, but not to be noticed/called.


November 1st, 2018 at 9:13 PM ^

Yawn. He can eat a bag of penis. The defensive backs are coached well, and fuck ya they hold. They engage well, they turn their heads to the ball and Felton learned they hit with a thud too. Sub par analysis, coach.


November 1st, 2018 at 9:13 PM ^

He's going to be in the refs ears about it from the first minute.

I wouldn't be surprised if we see a lot of call against us.  Home field doesn't matter much for Michigan when officiating is involved.