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10/19/2018 - 12:11am Not a NBA fan myself so…

Not a NBA fan myself so maybe everyone knows this already..... is Mo Wagner hurt?  I don;t even see him on the DNP list? 

10/19/2018 - 12:08am I am pretty sure that the…

I am pretty sure that the 2nd chance that was offered was AFTER he had already left M, got his act together, and played elsewhere.  It was as a potential Grad transfer but didn't work out for one reason or another iirc.  (One we could have REALLY used if football was the only consideration.)

Now I just need to check to see if that is "acceptable" and not "OSU-ish" by the resident morality expert.........

10/16/2018 - 12:05pm It DOES confirm the "aint…

It DOES confirm the "aint come to play school" OSU players meme.

Gary isn't in the same position as Bosa.  I doubt he will hold out the rest of the year BUT I can  guarantee (99%) he wouldn't drop out of school if he did.

10/15/2018 - 3:05pm I don't know the reason, but…

I don't know the reason, but McSorley seems to favor throwing to Hamler (slot) and the TE to the extreme.  PSU was really touting their returning receiving crew coming in to the year, but they either can't get the job done or McSorley doesn't trust them.  I saw some repeated calls for the highly-rated true frosh they brought in to see some more time when scanning the PSU boards.

10/15/2018 - 2:54pm AND no longer the need to…

AND no longer the need to make up an "injury" to claim said redshirt.

10/12/2018 - 3:29pm The big thing at play here…

The big thing at play here that I have picked up (per Brain and others on this blog, podcasts etc.) is that when you play man to man pass defense with your base defense you are going to be vulnerable with slot receivers versus your safeties. --- Unless you have multiple Daxton Hills....

The prevailing thought is that M's safeties are lining up outside of  slot receivers this year to make the slot-fade plays from last year less viable.  The trade-off for this is that slants become more viable.  Thought process is that -when defended well- both plays require a well placed ball to be effective but the potential "damage" on a slot fade is typically higher than on a slant..

Defense can help in man-to-man by having the LBs keep some depth after the snap, but that is the opposite of the normal way our LBs play.  The defense can also play zone to counter slant routes something M is apparently doing between 20-40% of snaps this year.

I did think the Nebraska play was a bust that could have been a TD but at least it was headed back toward the center of the field and other defenders as compared to some of the slot-fades last year.

10/11/2018 - 10:20am Probably need to relax on…

Probably need to relax on greatest class ever thoughts.... BUT did want to note that Sam W.  noted the GA trip for Hinton was for his brother - a 2020 4-5 star OL.

10/08/2018 - 10:31pm Seth noted in the past…

Seth noted in the past couple of weeks that they were dealing with 2 issues.

1.  The way the ad-counters were working they were generating less revenue.  (Think they were working on straightening this out.) 

2.  Trying out ideas to use some of the white space for ads either to offset #1 above or just in general.  It is very much a work-in-process and some of the ads were getting a bit intrusive while they worked things through.

10/08/2018 - 2:17pm I have seen turf-toe…

I have seen turf-toe mentioned on RCMB.  No one seems to know for sure but a lot of message-board warriors were questioning his dedication and toughness...some even mentioned McDowell as a comparison.

10/07/2018 - 2:54pm Patterson has stated to…

Patterson has stated to those in the know that is his intention since before he came to Michigan.  Only way he is not gone is if clearly a day 3 pick imo.

10/07/2018 - 12:18pm Not so fast my friend!  I am…

Not so fast my friend!  I am pretty sure Reshke started this week.  (Not that it helped much..)

10/07/2018 - 11:34am I am in the exact same boat…

I am in the exact same boat as you and it is a bit depressing to me that I cannot enjoy a game thread in my M football “haven”, but it is what it is I suppose.

To be honest - IF I go to a game thread these days, I got to the RCMB (NEVER comment).  They call them “early games thread” etc. but it is always 99% M based.  I find 2 benefits.  First any negativity tends to mean I am happy, and second I get constantly reminded of the vast conspiracy in media, Refs, the NCAA, financial markets etc. all working together to help Michigan.....I feel we too often take this for granted as M fans.

10/05/2018 - 2:24pm I would guess it would mean…

I would guess it would mean quite a bit to Milton or any of the other Freshmen to get into a game in the Big House this year.  Also probably creates a good stat to sell to recruits that X percent of true Frosh not only played, but played non-ST snaps.

Again - I am not predicting a blowout.   I would bet a large sum of $$ that even if it were a blowout it would not be to the 4th string level.  Hence the question and thought re: special accommodations or arrangements with the team IF the game were to get to that point.

10/05/2018 - 2:07pm My thought is that they…

My thought is that they would want to reward some of the Frosh for hard work on the practice squad - since they can now with the new rule - and it never hurts to see a kid in true game action.  (Remember Joe Bolden was apparently at an All American level in practice.)

 

I obviously didn’t word things right in the OP.  My thought was more “would the coaches put a Milton, Green twins etc. in for a final drive(s) over a Peters etc. knowing that this will probably be their best/only chance at game action this year?  

Again that is only IF we are fortunate enough to be in a Nebraska situation.

10/03/2018 - 8:05pm ^^This.  Safety is one of…

^^This.  Safety is one of the few positions where M hasn’t recruited a top-tier player(s) in recent memory.  (Peppers would have fit that bill if he had been played there.)

None of the current backups were highly rated (at least as a safety).

10/03/2018 - 11:54am Pretty sure he was committed…

Pretty sure he was committed to OSU until flipping to Nebraska late.  (This caused the late OSU attempted courtship of Oliver Martin.)

There was at least some debate (iirc) on whether this was a “processing” by OSU despite his lofty rankings.

10/02/2018 - 12:20pm If it makes you feel any…

If it makes you feel any better, most MSU fans seem to agree that White is their best receiver despite Davis’ history and rep.

09/30/2018 - 11:27am Right On Walter!!!!

Right On Walter!!!!

09/30/2018 - 11:11am To be fair the same could be…

To be fair the same could be said about OSU after last night.  PSU just couldn’t/didn’t adapt when they went to screens.

i am sure M has the same issues but will actually have to see some “all day with a clean pocket” (sigh) to be sure.

09/30/2018 - 11:05am McSorely laser-focuses on…

McSorely laser-focuses on Hamler (or at least did last night).  Put Hill on him - fitting as a PSU de-commit - and a big chunk of their offense is gone when they come to AA.

PS - may just be the way reads go in our O but I swear I see Patterson doing the same with DPJ and Nico over Martin and Perry.

09/28/2018 - 10:31am Maybe a Dangerman but…

Maybe a Dangerman but definitely not a Murderwolv.........yet.

09/24/2018 - 3:16pm Read the post more closely.

Read the post more closely.

He is a Senior.  He has played in 4 games this year and is unhappy.  If he doesn’t play in more than 4 games this year it can be counted as a redshirt under the new rules.  If he can graduate this year he would then be eligible to be a grad transfer at a school that he feels would offer him a better shot at the pros.

09/22/2018 - 8:58pm Would not want to be a small…

Would not want to be a small child or dog around Dantonio these days.  Imagine how angry he is with a team that can’t run the damn ball - with an OL that is AT BEST our line except under 300#.

(None of this matters of course when they play us...but still)

09/22/2018 - 4:29pm If you had practiced hard…

If you had practiced hard all week and then had to sit for the first half in a fun blowout, it would be natural to want to be in the game.

i do think he is showing frustration that he isn’t making as much of an impact as last year (maybe eyeing the draft?) and it is showing in these attempts to make the “big hit/play”.  Thought the same on that big Q4 QB run where he shot “hell bent for leather”after the RB.  — BIG hold on the OL to spring that btw.

I did think Nebraska went with a game plan to target Glasgow in coverage but didn’t have the time or ability to execute it.

09/22/2018 - 1:47pm Also hoping for some quality…

Also hoping for some quality O’Maury Samuels, Christian Turner time at RB, and McCaffrey and Peters at QB.

09/22/2018 - 1:45pm I thought they were…

I thought they were described a lot like MSU.....corners pretty good...safeties not so much.

09/22/2018 - 1:31pm Nebraska was ALLOWING 84…

Nebraska was ALLOWING 84 rushing per game.  Maybe these guys should talk to Martellus or Ru-ez to get their info....

09/22/2018 - 1:09pm Not even out-hitting us. …

Not even out-hitting us.  SMDH at Scott Frost.

09/22/2018 - 12:33pm On the to-do list.  It…

On the to-do list.  It reverts to oldest first on every refresh.

09/22/2018 - 12:04pm Boy am I glad voting is back!

Boy am I glad voting is back!

09/21/2018 - 6:25pm Are you related to Mr. Diaco…

Are you related to Mr. Diaco?

BTW - I read that passage as a compliment.......”Nebraska’s defense was bad last year with Diaco.  This year they don’t have Diaco..therefore hope that they will be much better is slim and ill placed.”

09/18/2018 - 5:46pm It has been more or less…

It has been more or less said by Sam Webb and others that SHEA’s plan is to leave after this year.  As long as he projects to go in the first 2 days of the draft, He gone.

Let’s enjoy the ride while he is here and thank him for bridging the gap until we have a fully weaponized Harbaugh (recruited) QB.  ——- If we cannot salvage an aboverage QB from a RS-JR Peters, RS-Soph DCaff, or RS-F Milton the Harbaugh era has more serious issues than another year of Shea will solve.

09/17/2018 - 5:10pm What about games where…

What about games where Michigan is really going to suck?  Maybe we call these Designated drunk days (or just "Hoke/Rodriguez Era") and allow 1 pint to be carried in per ticket??

PS - I would have smuggled in Vodka in a water bottle in my student days regardless of temperature.

PPS - Don't get me started on "HOT".  I learned during the Jax-NE broadcast this weekend that I had attended the hottest NFL game EVAR!! (GB-PHX 2003).   There were drunken cheeseheads being stretchered out by the dozen -- Luckily we had procured the seats with the most direct sun access.....

09/17/2018 - 2:49pm AHA!, Photo you used shows…

AHA!, Photo you used shows that the DB on the first Gentry completion was diving for the interception that never got past Gentry’s hands.  On TV Millen obviously didn’t see that and made some comment that “Zach should thanks the 30 yard-line for tripping the defender”.

Anyone want to guess or confirm the 2 people observed on the sideline “complaining about Shea” that one of our photogs tweeted about?  (Tweeted he was proud of himself for not engaging or accosting them.). I don’t have a great idea, but surely would want a fort around me for protection if I were to guess...

 

09/16/2018 - 10:33am OK, I get that you are…

OK, I get that you are extremely negative after this game but seriously WTF!!

Yes they ran that motion every time he was in the game (have to build a package of plays that he actually knows) but he only carried the ball once........and yes SMU did motion players that way to cover it........which is why the NON-jet sweep plays they ran off it were so successful.  I think DPJs first TD was off a Thomas sweep motion play. 

PS - If it is obvious what play is coming AND the team shifts to prevent it BUT you still get 11 yards...Is that bad?

 

Side note:  I guess coaches are really talking up Thomas with the TV guys in the pre-interviews?  I don’t get the massive AT on offense hype — think he was on of the 2 “players to watch” on offense on the BTN broadcast and I know he was mentioned pre-WMU as well.  Yes, he is dynamic as an athlete and the TD against ND was exciting, but he has done absolutely nothing thus far on offense.

09/16/2018 - 10:13am Except for the blatant Evans…

Except for the blatant Evans 1st down that wasn’t.

(Not saying things weren’t slanted toward SMU but that one was pretty obvious and came at a critical juncture.)

09/16/2018 - 9:57am IMO.....

if you get pulled…

IMO.....

if you get pulled as an individual it is punitive (see Evan post some bad blitz pickups).  If you get pulled en masse it is a reward for good play and having a big lead.  

The defense did not earn getting pulled early this game.  The SMU offense has a.lot of similarities to the spread passing concepts we will see in the next 3 weeks vs. UN, NW, and UMD and clearly the back 7 need work on the pass D concepts.

 

On a completely separate note... I thought this was a GREAT game (at least on-field) for Daxton Hill to see in person.  He saw first hand the high level of opportunity and responsibility we place on our safeties in coverage AND saw the potential for immediate PT given our current players/roster.  (Not that our safeties are bad - just that we don’t have any Game changers currently on the field.)

09/16/2018 - 9:00am You are wrong about the 3…

You are wrong about the 3 and out part,  I think M scored on every possession from the 2nd quarter on.  D may have been getting gassed but that was more due to untimely and often undeserved penalties.  (At least penalties called much tighter than the norm.)

Also I am NOT a expert but it looked to me that several of those big completions in the 2nd half were against zone coverage. I.e. the one Proche pulled down with 3-4 defenders surrounding him. 

09/15/2018 - 8:37pm George Karlaftis maybe?  I…

George Karlaftis maybe?  I always thought we had a better chance he would flip if Brohm bailed after a great season....but that ship has sailed.

09/15/2018 - 7:54pm You can agree that we got…

You can agree that we got some good calls and still complain about the refs.  Btw the SMU coach got the flag because he had F-Ed up  and didn’t have any time outs left to get it reviewed.

The 3Q spot for SMU - (that was overturned on review) was even worse than the one M got — at least there was a mass of bodies and pushing and shoving after Evans was first stopped to cloud the view of the officials.

The worst part of this crew imo was that it seemed like there were a lot of late flags - both on PI vs. M and holds vs. SMU - that seemed to come only after it was clear that the play would have a big impact.  Throw the flag or don’t — have some cajones.

09/15/2018 - 7:41pm Only one truly bad play with…

Only one truly bad play with the Hawkins bust for the TD.

D just doesn’t seem to have the same “fire” this year as last.  Hard to quantify.

I would love someone smarter than me (Maybe the UFR) to explain what (if anything) SMU did differently in the 2nd half aside from apparently slipping the refs some wads of cash.

Probably would be useful to develop a (zone?) scheme to roll out the next time we run into a ref crew that is going to call things so close........ this crew would have been great to call some of our games vs. MSU back in their “no fly zone” days..

09/15/2018 - 7:34pm We need to figure out who…

We need to figure out who AAMichfan needs to diss on the OL before the game next week.

Evans need to hit the hole hard if he ever wants to be the primary back - not every play needs to be a homerun.  Looked better early in the 2nd half before he got benched after an absolutely awful whiff on a blitz pickup.

Was nice to see O’Maury get a little run but felt it was right to sub Tru back in to get the TD.

 

09/15/2018 - 7:23pm Michigan O. coaches too…

Michigan O. coaches too stubborn trying to establish a tone with the run game early in games.  I love it concept but it is clear the OL isn’t up to the challenge yet.  

On D . I hope Brown wanted to use this as teaching and growth against a lesser opponent, BUT would hope we would create a scheme to cover better against a tougher opponent WHEN THEY ONLY HAVE ONE FUCKING RECEIVER! — On the plus side they won’t be overlooking Nebraska with their Mobile QB after this game.

Ref’s sucked.............After clearly giving M a bogus first down on the early Evans 4th down carry they seemed to spend the rest of the game trying to make it up to SMU.  Not all the PIs were bogus but they were calling things very ticky-tack.   The targeting, late SMU spot (over turned), and the late PI on the QB hit were just awful though.

09/15/2018 - 6:42pm They haven’t really earned…

They haven’t really earned the right to get off the field - overzealous refs or not.

09/15/2018 - 5:53pm Kurt Taylor - apparently a…

Kurt Taylor - apparently a wonderful and inspirational human being - was a recruiting miss before he signed his LOI.  If the staff truly “processed” players as some critics like to claim, he would never have been allowed to sign.

Samuels was a flyer - incredible athlete but no gauge against good competition- he could still develop.

09/15/2018 - 5:45pm And tbh McKeon should have…

And tbh McKeon should have attacked that ball rather than sitting back and waiting for it.....

09/15/2018 - 5:43pm He must read the blog and…

He must read the blog and decided he should start trying!!!!!!!!!

(wonder what his user name is?)

#rep2badthreadsinonepost

09/15/2018 - 3:48pm It is mislabeled on my PSVue…

It is mislabeled on my PSVue - had to check one of the overflow channels.

09/15/2018 - 1:54pm Halftime thoughts from…

Halftime thoughts from channel surfing.

KU might outscore OSU vs. Rutgers?

FSU QB looks completely broken - fluttering balls when pressure even gets close to him, probably need to pull him for a half or a game to see if a backup can do more.  FSU defense looks a bit like M’s last year - frustration with the O and trying to do to much (but with more personal fouls, which is the Florida/FSU/Miami way).

Most B1G teams look like butt so far today - The terps may have suckered me in to thinking they weren’t bad.  We should crush UN.  PSU just looks incomplete but I guarantee Franklin will run up the score for better optics.

09/15/2018 - 11:33am I checked RCMB on that but…

I checked RCMB on that but didn’t spend too much time.  There were a few threads about “fire all of the BOT” but later in the thread I think they cited sources from ESPN (the enemy) bashing the Freep — that this was a BS story - Nassar wasn’t even on staff at the time this was claimed...  

Not sure if that is true but it would explain why the coverage disappeared so quickly...