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01/11/2019 - 11:38pm Drinking a Temperance…

Drinking a Temperance Brewing Restless Years rye pale ale.  Very tasty.  I’m always on the look out for rye beers.  Nice change of pace.  Not happy that Bell’s appears to have retired Smitten.

Watching general garbage on TV.  Need to find a new show to binge watch on Netflix.  Just finished Fat Salt Acid Heat which was interesting if you are into cooking.  Real Time is back next Friday, so that’s good.

01/11/2019 - 1:58pm Those random neutrinos can…

Those random neutrinos can really mess you up.

01/10/2019 - 6:10pm Maybe he knows who to cover…

Maybe he knows who to cover mesh and slant routes as well as how to use zone coverage on 3rd and long.

01/10/2019 - 6:06pm Saban was just fine with…

Saban was just fine with Nuss leaving.  Not so sure that's the case this time, especially if it clears the deck for elevating Enos which solves a problem for him.

01/10/2019 - 6:03pm This is all good.

Harbaugh…

This is all good.

Harbaugh brings in someone who is passing game focused (WR coach) and will have some different ideas...like those that worked this year at Alabama.

He's also young, so he's bound to have a different perspective, but he has worked in a passing game that coexists with a pretty good ground game.  So, he understands getting some sort of balance with run/pass and when to lean one way or the other.

A good recruiter, so he checks that box, too.

We'll have to see if this changes how actual play calling works.  He could be Jedd Fisch 2.0 which is fine with me and probably many others around here.  Jedd did fine in the play calling structure Harbaugh had in 2015.

01/10/2019 - 2:00pm Nussmeier was kind of a …

Nussmeier was kind of a "bungy OC".  Here was here and gone pretty quickly.  But I agree, he was certainly not the answer to what ailed us for that one craptastic season.

01/10/2019 - 10:34am I think it's called do…

I think it's called do something unexpected and different from this past season.  I think DB can figure that out.  He mentioned that during The Game he countered and OSU countered back.  They had thoroughly scouted him.  I think he knows he needs a fastball, curve ball and slider now to beat OSU.

01/09/2019 - 1:44pm Don't forget an endless…

Don't forget an endless supply of Gold Bond talc powder, too.

01/09/2019 - 1:36pm He's going somewhere we he…

He's going somewhere we he will have the starting job handed to him.  I doubt he's interested in going through a job competition.

So, Wisconsin?  Probably too cold there for him.

01/09/2019 - 1:01pm At this point, everything…

At this point, everything about OSU is in our team's heads.  They have to feel the pressure.  You can tell it's in the heads of the people on MGoBlog.  We haven't won any big games lately, so confidence to perform when pressure is high is lacking.  I was hoping the comeback vs. NW would build some confidence, it probably did, but the pressure of OSU is clearly greater.

So, the coaches and players need to get past a very tall mental barrier.

Clearly, whatever the coaches executed as a plan did not work.  Back to the drawing board there.

We can't take the season "one game at a time".  The season's preparation needs to build for The Game and that's thinking I would expect to be endorsed by The Mad Hatter.  Is that what the coaches thought they were doing?  I have no clue.

01/09/2019 - 11:13am Harbaugh can call Bill…

Harbaugh can call Bill Belichek and he’ll take the call.

01/08/2019 - 5:54pm The coaching carousel is…

The coaching carousel is spinning fast and furious.  Music hasn't stopped yet.

01/08/2019 - 1:34pm I hate playing MSU in mid…

I hate playing MSU in mid-Nov.  Pretty much guarantees crappy weather for the game which always seems to help them and hurt us.

Should be plenty of tickets available for the road game at Illinois.  Haven't been to a game there since the mid-80s.  This is probably the "make or break" year for Lovie.

01/08/2019 - 1:09pm Yes, I did buy a car in 2018…

Yes, I did buy a car in 2018.  No, it was not anywhere near the Top 25 list.

I love cars...not SUVs.  I enjoy driving a car that has handling and performance capabilities.  I have moved beyond the "get the fastest thing possible" phase.  I'm not driving as many miles as I used to and don't have a daily commute anymore that was my playground for driving.

I replaced my 2011 BMW 335xi with a 2018 Audi A5 Sportback (4-door with coupe profile).  A lot more technology and luxury than my BMW and basically the same performance with a turbo 4-cylinder motor with better gas mileage.  It actually was priced a bit lower than my BMW, so it's a good value (relatively speaking).  I did get the car with beautiful 19" wheels with summer tires and the sport suspension package.  The car stays very flat through turns with no nose pitching when starting or stopping.  Love it.

01/08/2019 - 12:55pm Change happens. …

Change happens.  Relationships matter.  Washington wasn't very invested in Michigan having been here for all of one season and his friend Day probably offered Washington more than a step over to Linebackers at OSU.  He will need to backfill Mattison after a year or two of grooming the new guy from the 49ers.  While Washington had ties to Brown, he's been with Harbaugh a short time.  I don't think Brown is going anywhere.  He turned Temple down as "not the right opportunity at this time" and nothing has changed.  He doesn't seem like the kind of guy to hit the road because things got tough on the job.

So, all this goes under the category of change.  We'll see who the new guys are that step in.  Michigan is still a very attractive coaching destination.  We'll know if it is a change for better or worse next season.  Maybe the new guys stepping in will have some ideas to help with the holes in the D.  There are plenty of young and hungry coaches out there looking to move up.

01/08/2019 - 12:59am I appreciate the optimism.

I appreciate the optimism.

01/07/2019 - 11:53pm Now you tell me!

Now you tell me!

01/07/2019 - 8:03pm Day appears to have decided…

Day appears to have decided to not retain a good chunk of the staff Urban built.  That’s a pretty big change and a risk, because who knows what the coaching/team chemistry will become.  I think the churn down south is another potential silver lining.  Fingers crossed for a bumpy road.

01/07/2019 - 2:00pm Best of luck to Greg.  He…

Best of luck to Greg.  He did this before when he left to go to ND after the 1996 season.  He's a good coach but he can be replaced.  We did it before and we'll do it again this time.  Just a surprising outcome because, based on previous information, it seemed like retirement would be his next step.  Guess he wants to be a DC again before that happens.  As this plays out, we'll hear if this was an amicable departure or not.  I'm hoping he parted on good terms.  If not, probably has something to do with Solomon's unexpected departure.

This will open up some changes on the defensive side which I'm pretty sure people were making noises about after the last 2 games.

01/07/2019 - 1:49pm IIRC, Mattison said he'd…

IIRC, Mattison said he'd sign on for a few years after Harbaugh came and was leaning toward retirement in the future.  He was glad to be in Ann Arbor to be near his family.  So, when the noise started about perhaps retiring, this wasn't surprising to me.

Something seemed to be going on with the defense in the last few games.  Also, the strange departure of Solomon.  If Greg is being allowed to walk or has chosen to walk, then this would signal that Harbaugh is siding with the players about whatever may have happened.

01/07/2019 - 9:19am Yes.  People gotta talk…

Yes.  People gotta talk about something and decifer the inner meaning.

01/07/2019 - 12:19am Time for another round of…

Time for another round of unfounded speculation.  Eventually, things will play out and they will be publicly disclosed.  

01/06/2019 - 10:44am If Pep’s departure is being…

If Pep’s departure is being handled like Drevno’s, then be patient.  Warriner wasn’t hired until early March.  Could take some time.  Given this, I won’t panic until March.

01/04/2019 - 7:18pm Too early to start for me,…

Too early to start for me, but I do see some Founders Dirty Bastard happening later this evening or maybe  the last of the 3 Floyds Alpha Klaus.

01/04/2019 - 7:15pm Thought you were a borscht…

Thought you were a borscht man.

01/04/2019 - 10:11am I need a good bang.  We are…

I need a good bang.  We are going through what are always to me the two longest months of the year, crossing through the armpit of winter in Jan.  May basketball keep the spirits warm as we journey to March Madness and the end of winter!  Bang, bang and Go Blue!

01/03/2019 - 5:06pm Sure does look like Harbaugh…

Sure does look like Harbaugh fell into the same trap.  Early in the season, especially the ND game, they were scheming around what the OL should be able to handle.  The playbook got thicker as the season went on, but Brian did note that they didn't seem to roll out much new stuff as November rolled along.  One would think going into the 2019 season that they ought to trust the O-line to handle pass-pro and run blocking schemes better than 2018.  

01/03/2019 - 4:57pm I totally agree that winning…

I totally agree that winning teams cast a glow on the players, then again, the players made the win happen.  Top 10 teams get guys on all-america teams and also Heisman trophies.

01/03/2019 - 2:48pm Bo's teams had the unique…

Bo's teams had the unique capability to blow a game with penalties, dropped passes ('84 Sugar Bowl), bad breaks ('85 Iowa, '90 Rose Bowl), and just not getting over a loss, especially to ND.  It takes a lot of skill and luck to complete an undefeated season.  Only Bo would have kicked off twice to Rocket Ismail and lose a game after getting burned on a first half kickoff.

Bo also believed in "dancing with who brung ya'".  He never took time to put in new plays and wrinkles for bowl games.  It was a mental block of his. With a month to prepare for a bowl game, you have to put in new wrinkles because the other team will be prepared.

I'm  not minimizing skill players, scheme or other factors that create championship teams.  But, all-american OL do appear to be a leading indicator of a team that has made it into the Top 10 as most of Bo's teams did.

01/03/2019 - 2:21pm I'll leave this here for…

I'll leave this here for those that neg.

01/03/2019 - 12:36am 3 Floyds Zombie Dust…

3 Floyds Zombie Dust thinking about how Jan. and Feb. are always the longest two months.  All the activity from Thanksgiving to Christmas to New Years and then trapped indoors while waiting out winter.  Also, watching the reality crap TV my daughter and wife like.  MGoBlog is a welcome distraction from such drivel.

01/02/2019 - 1:20pm Shea Patterson was as good…

Shea Patterson was as good as the offensive line in front of him allowed.  His ability to throw on the run, which he had to quite often, was pretty important given the pair of tackles we had on the field.  I think we were still game planning around the O-line which was a problem whenever we faced a D-line with talent.

The biggest determinant for offensive success in 2019 will be getting better performance from the offensive line.  Warriner made a big difference in his first season.  I look forward to continued improvement in 2019, but the it's probably going to take the development of this year's recruiting class to get this line over the top.  Frustrating, but there doesn't appear to be a quick fix for building an offensive line.  

01/02/2019 - 12:06am Got to wish him best of luck…

Got to wish him best of luck with his pro career.  Will be interesting to see which teams drafts him and how he develops.

01/01/2019 - 10:56pm Xtra....I’ve had chartreuse…

Xtra....I’ve had chartreuse before and was not a fan.  Sounds like this mixture is strong enough to tame the chartreuse.  I’ll think about it.

01/01/2019 - 10:52pm I’m pretty sure my friend…

I’m pretty sure my friend found a 6 pack of that we consumed during a summer vacation euchre session.  As I recall, it was pretty good, but alas, not readily available in the Chicago area.

12/31/2018 - 4:27pm Well, we did beat them in EL…

Well, we did beat them in EL and they hadn’t sunk into complete suck mode as they are displaying today.  We gave them the 7 points they scored.  This is one ugly game trending to nil-nil at the half.

12/31/2018 - 2:15pm I do think they kept TEs in…

I do think they kept TEs in the game to help with pass blocking.  As we saw in the Peach Bowl, once Michigan was one dimensional, Florida's DEs kept getting into the pocket when OTs weren't getting much help.  Our line was improved this year, but a long way to go.

Hopefully, with another year of Warriner and the development of Mayfield, we won't need to provide so much OT help in pass pro.  Then, you can do more 3 and 4 wide stuff.

While watching the Clemson-ND game, I couldn't help but notice Clemson using 5 guys to block NDs 4 and they created nice clean pockets for Lawrence.  Shea would have loved that.

12/30/2018 - 9:32pm This is going to be another…

This is going to be another long offseason.....

12/29/2018 - 10:10pm While our O-line improved…

While our O-line improved considerably this season, we are a long way from elite there.  Hopefully, this 6 player recruiting class pans out better than our last 6 person class.  We won’t get over the top until the O-line can get us there.

Of course, developing a passing game that can take up the slack for tough going on the ground would help, too.  Our passing game is way to dependent upon a functional running game to set it up.  We can’t run the ball, we are toast.

12/29/2018 - 10:03pm Did you see the nice clean…

Did you see the nice clean pocket has was throwing from?  Passing works much better when you have time to pick out the open receiver.

12/29/2018 - 6:10pm Safety play was not good. …

Safety play was not good.  Tackling was not good. D-line got some pressure, but not enough.  If you apply pressure and take risks, you have to tackle.  Devin Bush was great at cleaning up plays.  Ross got blocked out of several big plays...like the third and 20 TD run.  They didn’t really play any of the young LBs from what I saw.  They went with Glasgow when Gil went down.  Need to trust the young guys our find a way to bring them along faster.  Dax Hill can’t get here soon enough, but they’ve got to get the LBs sorted out, because things did not go well with Bush and Gil out of the game.  Florida won this game running the ball and that falls mainly on the front 7.

No Ambry Thomas sightings?  Was he hurt?

12/29/2018 - 5:36pm If we can’t run to setup the…

If we can’t run to setup the passing game, we don’t win.  We need some form of organic passing game that can setup the running game when the going gets tough on the ground.  We also need an O-Line that can pass block even when we are one dimensional with the passing game.  We’ve got the skill players and get Charbonnet as a RB next season.

I hope the coaches can figure this out unless they can come up with a master plan that results in an unstoppable running game....which is unlikely.

 

12/29/2018 - 9:49am Just win baby!  Go Blue!

Just win baby!  Go Blue!

12/28/2018 - 5:15pm I don't think the coaches…

I don't think the coaches have BPONE and I suspect the players won't either because the coaches are on them.  Guys will be excited to get playing time.  We'll win.  Remember, we have a quarterback these days and he's better than their quarterback.

12/28/2018 - 10:19am Let's smash some peaches and…

Let's smash some peaches and gators!  Go Blue!

12/27/2018 - 12:25pm Back in the day of "Rose…

Back in the day of "Rose Bowl or no bowl", yes, every bowl visit was precious because it meant you were Big Ten champ, playing for conference pride and maybe a poll vote as #1.  I guess you can blame the Big Ten for watering the bowl system down when the vote came to allow teams to go to bowls other than the Rose Bowl.

While today's bowls are tourism revenue generators for the host city, if you don't go to one, you still miss it.  The bowl season after Hoke's last team missed a bowl felt really weird.  Nothing to look forward to.  I went to the 2016 Outback Bowl and loved it.  First bowl I ever went to which is hard to believe given how long I've been a fan.

However, at the end of the day, I am more excited about attending a Big Ten championship game in Indy.  It feels more like the old days.  The stakes are high and you walk away a champion.

12/26/2018 - 10:26am My friends and co-workers…

My friends and co-workers knew I was a die hard Michigan fan, so I was referred to as "blue" at times.  Most of these people graduated from our fierce rival, Illinois.  1980 is the year I graduated with a degree in Engineering.

As for the avatar, self explanatory.  Previously, it was a picture of me and my daughter (during her sophomore year at Michigan) on the field during a Big House tour.  

12/25/2018 - 1:06am Merry Christmas to all and…

Merry Christmas to all and may you find a Red Rider range rifle or other dream toy under the tree in the morning.

12/23/2018 - 10:24pm The insanity continues.

The insanity continues.

12/23/2018 - 5:16pm Doing spaghetti dinner…

Doing spaghetti dinner tonight, so I bought a nice Italian red from the Veneto region to go with it.  Will be enjoying a Pipeworks Brewing Velocity of Light oat IPA later in the evening.  Pipeworks makes good beer here in the Chicago market.  Supremium Hypster Beast Mode pale ale was really good.  Couldn’t find any this week, so I guess that’s gone for the season.