January 28th, 2011 at 9:29 AM ^

If that was the case and we don't need to get stronger, or you are implying that the Barwis plan was better.  Then explain to me how we were dominated at the LOS against the better competition.  I'm not saying that this team was not stronger, by any means, however, as he pointed out there are different levels of strength.  You have the mental and the physical.  I think mostly what this team has lacked has been the toughness and I am hoping Wellman brings this aspect to the team and it translates into a tough gritty football team this fall.


January 28th, 2011 at 5:50 PM ^

Not to mention pretty much every 3rd and short last season, on both sides of the ball.  When we did manage to convert on offense, it usually took a fantastic individual effort out of Denard.  I'd prefer not to have to use him as a battering ram.

Cool One

January 28th, 2011 at 9:30 AM ^

I was a huge fan of Barwis and still am, but I really do like this guy. He's young and could be here for a long time. It's good to see the team working out.


January 28th, 2011 at 9:58 AM ^

I love the emphasis on mental toughness. We've talked a lot about 4th quarter strength with Barwis-- add in 4th quarter focus to that strength and we're moving forward. I think this guy will build on what Barwis started.


January 28th, 2011 at 10:31 AM ^

One thing I have noticed from the staff interviews is that they all seem to speak with one voice. They seem to be on the same page and if you talk to one of them then you pretty much get an idea of what direction this team is headed. I can't wait to see the results on the field next year. For the first time since many of these kids have been here there are no outside distractions surrounding this football team. 


January 28th, 2011 at 10:46 AM ^

I don't know a lot about what was so great about Barwis.  I've heard people talk about him like he is the best of the best.  I'm not disputing it (Mike Martin is clearly a beast) but am just wondering if anyone can explain to me what it was about Barwis that made everyone love him.


Wellman seems to be the real deal though.  Tough.  I'm glad I don't have to do that stuff.  Yowza!

Monocle Smile

January 28th, 2011 at 11:25 AM ^

or looked him up on Wikipedia? These are easy things to do that explain quite a bit.

Barwis made a career out of training Olympic athletes (medalists, mind you) before becoming involved with universities, where he trained athletes in like 12 sports.

Fresh Meat

January 28th, 2011 at 10:56 AM ^

I like his emphasis that S&C goes beyond just getting stronger.  He wants those kids to get a work out on their mental toughness and focus as well, which working out can certainly do.


January 28th, 2011 at 11:57 AM ^

Love the video, but it was pretty much a repeat of everything Coach Hoke said in his introduction press conference. I guess they really do drill it into everyone, no problems with that.


January 28th, 2011 at 12:10 PM ^

When asked whether the kids will like the program, he suggested that some won't (if they aren't tough enough).  Does that mean I should expect the discontent and attrition that often comes with  new program?


January 28th, 2011 at 1:12 PM ^

Barwis came.  I would expect the same to happen again.  I'm sure Hoke wants to honor scholarships for the sake of the Michigan image, but I'm also sure he and Wellman both know his S&C program is going to weed out those who are not the type of players they want to coach.