|10/17/2018 - 9:54pm||Bosa did not have insane…||
Bosa did not have insane production. He had really good production for a guy who was supposed to. Bosa is not the biggest loss OSUncould have—their defensive line has some guys just like Michigan has some next dudes up.
|10/14/2018 - 9:15am||Uche and Paye are fantastic…||
Uche and Paye are fantastic. On that one false start Uche would’ve had a sack as he pancaked the RT before they blew the play dead.
Dwumfour and Mone were great inside; Solomon had a great motor getting downfield after the runs went next level—showed continued pursuit.
Oh, and Winovich was held so badly all night. On one it looked like they were going to pull his pads over his head like I have to do with my toddler who doesn’t want his shirt off. I am not sure how we don’t get one damn holding call against these offensive lines.
Linebackers were the weak part of the defense tonight. The runs that Wisconsin had—I’ll have to look again but the LBs seemed out of position a few times.
Secondary was solid. Best all around backfield since 97. Watson has become a beast as nickel CB.
|10/13/2018 - 11:36pm||Mason played, but the…||
Mason played, but the coaches intentionally played a different offense than Wisconsin planned against.
|10/13/2018 - 11:33pm||The offense continues to…||
The offense continues to progress; fans continue to show their lack of intestinal fortitude by demanding Harbaugh be fired in the first quarter, after one drive.
Oh, and the o-line pushed Wisconsin around as the game wore on.
|10/13/2018 - 1:14pm||The one great thing: we have…||
The one great thing: we have three young studs with NFL futures as possible either a 1 or 2. And Martin is developing, too.
Either God or DPJ himself must have seen that one dumb post where the OP asked if DPJ is a bust, because he busted out since that week. Last week his one TD and his called back one just further showed how good DPJ when the ball gets to him.
Nico needs consistency, but he’s so good at so young an age. This reminds me of the plug and play development of the old days—and how Hill and McClaurin are developing at OSU.
|10/12/2018 - 6:55am||I will never understand the…||
I will never understand the wait and see crowd. The game of football is to watch and see, not to be a pessimist and jump back on the wagon after the team wins, or stand on the side and whine at the team if they lose.
Get on the damn wagon and cheer loudly. Loyalty. Only being loyal to a bunch of young men if they win means you only are loyal to them if they give you some kind of privileged expected outcome.
You either support and love your team, or you don’t. That is the same with a quiet stadium unless the team is doing well—fans only buying into the team when they score a TD and being downtrodden mutes when they punt or give up one fucking touchdown and are down only 7-3.
The whole idea of playing sixty minutes is to measure a team over the entire span—not conclude after one or two drives. They are amateurs who are developing their skills—developing them to be more consistent so they can go pro.
What if we were as critical as of the pre-med student who has a bad test or writes a paper that makes a narrow analysis missing some stuff? Do we award degrees based on perfection or overall academic performance? Do we think the pre-med student cannot learn from his or her mistake—or that they do not try or desire to? I mean, if they want to be a doctor they are going to work out their errors. And professors are going to be their to coach them.
The wishy washy fan base we see supported here—I get where the doubt comes, from a decade plus of subpar results—but what do fans do to help support the team and help them get over the bump? Why is our fan base so much in the “show me” mode? I would rather watch Michigan regardless of an outcome than to go get drunk amongst a bunch of other drunk fools who will forget most of a night. I like me some beer and rum, but watching a game sober is fun. Remembering that the competition aspect of a game is fun—from a player’s atandpoint. Maybe that’s the problem—people who never competed in the game don’t understand it’s fun. And people who cannot enjoy competing regardless of outcome. I always want to win—I want to destroy my opponents at any board game I play, but if I lose, at least I played and had some fun. And when I see my kids play each other—that is fun. One is gonna lose, but that’s part of life.
|10/08/2018 - 6:38pm||Ben Hur, Amadeus, Texas…||
Ben Hur, Amadeus, Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Michael Keaton as Batman. You wanna get nuts? C’mon! Let’s get nuts.
|10/08/2018 - 5:51am||So why are you here…||
So why are you here justifying it to Michigan fans?
|10/07/2018 - 1:16pm||But good YAC requires QB…||
But good YAC requires QB accuracy—not just getting them the ball but putting it in front of the WR for them to keep momentum. Yes, they’ve scored on some long screens, too, but I watch OSU games because of the wife. Haskins with time has a great intermediate to deep game. And, their RBs are still the best in BIG, but they have Haskins.
Heres what I want from fans: respect the opponents’ skills. You want Michigan to regain their glory days, you need to u derstand how good the players are we are up against.
One of biggest things the team needs to do, too, is what Shea said: each game needs to be taken as preparation for OSU.
|10/07/2018 - 1:09pm||Yet, it may affect the…||
Yet, it may affect the outcome....
|10/07/2018 - 9:52am||This. We elected defense to…||
This. We elected defense to start season and...ND hit us early. And the offense needs the most reps, so he wants to get them in the game and pounding the defense early.
For Harbaugh, he has two goals against smaller defenses with speed: score if you can, but also start beating down the d-line by halftime. Notice how tired Maryland’s line was by end of second quarter? By end of third?
With Wisconsin, he will adjust. He will still run to try and establish dominance if we can, but he will also start to break tendencies.
The one call he made that made me question a call was the 4th and 1. We knew he was going fullback dive—Shea would’ve had the first and more if he kept it on the roll out. Perhaps a score with Higdon our front. Yet, I see that Harbaugh is still establishing tendencies for the better teams to overplay in the big games.
If this is what Harbaugh is doing, however, I would rather he do more breaking now. I think the better DCs today will teach for both tendencies and the options out of those formations. My fear: we break from the fullback dive at a crucial moment against a rival who has accounted for the fake dive options.
|10/06/2018 - 7:27pm||They should go to the games…||
They should go to the games if they are privileged enough to buy season tickets. There was a time when the team sold out for how many straight games—but the shots on TV show large areas of empty seats in first quarter for last few home games, at least. Our fans are the weakest link in that stadium, but then we see how fragile they are as they tweet to fire Harbaugh because Maryland scores a lucky kickoff run.
|10/06/2018 - 11:01am||He laid the wood.||
He laid the wood.
|10/06/2018 - 10:59am||Marcus Ray eats his own…||
Marcus Ray eats his own bullshit, which is why he is now the size of an offensive lineman.
|10/05/2018 - 6:00pm||So there is no chance, since…||
So there is no chance, since “science” and all.
|10/03/2018 - 6:03pm||This is not 2017–the WRs…||
This is not 2017–the WRs have been open and found.
|09/30/2018 - 9:01am||Grabbing is allowed. They…||
Grabbing is allowed. They can keep a hand on the WR as long as they don’t impede his arms or pull him down.
|09/30/2018 - 8:59am||Why are you waiting on a…||
Why are you waiting on a player you don’t know will help immediately, and has no chance to be in college this year? I swear, wtf is wrong with people always waiting for the next guy to somehow change a position. Can’t we love in the present? Kinnell is a captain for a reason. But let’s look at one play and then imagine how much better a high school player will be.
Did this team dominate for the last 2.5 quarters? Are we 4-1, only losing to a Notre Dame team that just proved itself as a Playoff contender?
|09/30/2018 - 8:55am||Leon Hall was not perfect…||
Leon Hall was not perfect. He had plenty of PI calls and spoofs. And so did his teammates—particularly Morgan Friggin’ Trent.
Lavert and Long are a better duo than that team, and Metellus and Kinnell are better than Mundy and Adams. To pretend this team has “holes” is simply to look at the bad plays.
This team is filled with great young players. Long is having a down year, comparatively, and we need to eliminate big mistakes against PSU and OSU—the two teams with most explosive WRs and backs—but this team is one of the best in college football.
They have to clean up penalties, but then the refs need to be consistent. If WRs can have hands on DBs, they have to be more discretionary in calling PI or holding. Some of those plays were non-calls. Saw PSU get a PI against OSU in first half that was one of those iffy battles.
|09/30/2018 - 8:42am||I agree on Gil. I’ve said…||
I agree on Gil. I’ve said each game: he is slow to react. He looks like he needs to eat more and move to line, but he really is the worst linebacker getting time. I don’t care how well he may practice—every game he is late to the ball and gets caught in traffic. When they go to Ross and Furbush, the defense tightens.
Plus, Gary must be injures more than he let’s on. He has no bull rush or inside moves. He tries the outside speed rush, and not much else. The shoulder seems to be getting worse. He needs to develop some spin moves—study Dwight Freeney tape.
One reason our defensive line does so well in the fourth is the depth. All that talent behind Winovich is fresh. Uche and Paye and Dwumfour come in and just lay into tired offensive lineman who’ve had to deal with Win, Gary, Big Mone, and Kemp.
If Aubrey returns healthy, this line is even scarier.
|09/29/2018 - 10:22pm||Outside WR must’ve been…||
Outside WR must’ve been considered on the line.
|09/29/2018 - 10:18pm||I think the outside WR must…||
I think the outside WR must have been considered on the line. Looking at the TD highlight, he was a half yard back from the WR on the line, and half yard in front of the inside WR.
|09/29/2018 - 10:00pm||They’re hot takes. He had a…||
They’re hot takes. He had a not so stellar game. He’s still a great talent, but he has to learn to love the middle of the field and not just deep routes. If we win big games, he has to keep growing from these pointed out mistakes.
|09/29/2018 - 8:50pm||There was poor execution…||
There was poor execution. TEs dropped passes; line was bad at pass blocking early, surprisingly; Shea missed some reads early; Bell tripped; Nico flinched going across the middle for a first down that may have been a TD. And flags we’re squeezed from the zebras’ asses.
|09/29/2018 - 5:10pm||Northwestern has had two…||
Northwestern has had two weeks to focus on this game and plan. We are getting a rested and quizzed team. Michigan will adjust.
|09/29/2018 - 5:07pm||Looks like they have some…||
Looks like they have some thick grass.
|09/29/2018 - 5:06pm||Why is they what people go…||
Why is they what people go to? How about—the players aren’t making plays early. This idea that it’s the coaches who run the routes or decide to block or pass or tackle. Jesus. Ambry Thomas and Bell and Patterson have all made mistakes in two times getting ball.
|09/28/2018 - 4:37pm||Seems like a personality and…||
Seems like a personality and education thing.
1. An adult who wastes money to get wasted at a pro game is a moron. Why can’t one enjoy the game without having to make their brain loss a sense of itself?
2. If one gets so mad they want to punch someone, so he uses alcohol as the lubricant to unleash his anger, he has larger problems in life. Who risks a good job and reputation on Zach Smithing it?
|09/26/2018 - 9:36pm||Let’s all cuss to…||
Let’s all cuss to demonstrate our points are best. It isn’t bullshit because the football players get a completely free fucking education and not all non-revenue athletes do. And you myopic folks are talking about one fucking school to make the argument. How the fuck is a school like Troy gonna compete with a Nebraska when they’re forced to come up with money to pay students? And for as much as UM brings in, they also have a bloated budget for expensive coaches and expensive facilities all to keep getting the top athletes. And those top athletes go to the school to have a better chance at the pros. And they get free housing and free food and free clothes. You ruin college football and all of college sports because you pretend that it is all some capitalistic dollar in the short term.
And fuck you to those who think non revenue generating athletes don’t matter in the argument. Michigan has elite runners, so shitting on them because you think it makes your argument is ridiculous. Those Olympic athletes who ran at UM or who run at an Oregon—they make their school’s money, and those alumni add prestige and donors. Oregon can thank its XC and track team for becoming the Nike mecca.
A school as a business needs alumni donors. Very few players in football make up its donor list when seen as part of the entire college athlete donor list, and some of those former non-revenue student athletes are future university representatives with university degrees and large salaries. And the university will ask them for money and get it. Shit, look no further than mother fucking Stephen Ross. The football program would be nothing without donors—especially him. Coaches get paid—so. His job is to get those kids degrees and NFL jobs.
|09/26/2018 - 4:29pm||You mean a college needs…||
You mean a college needs money to be able to build up into being a top 2 public university?
Those who want athletes paid more than the free 100k-plus tuition/degree ignore that a college is more than its sports teams; its sports teams are revenue stream for a college tonsupplrt college growth; they ignore the value of a degreee; they ignore the college has bills and also has employees that don’t make enough (administrative aides; advisors; etc.); they have this faulty premise that athletes don’t learn their degrees because some knuckleheads exist and some program’s rotted curriculum for a few athletes; they have this faulty premise that student athletes are not given connections and opportunities for what they’ve done (example, Furbush’s path to being a Pilot isn’t easier for what he’s done for UM, right?); they ignore that NFL is a football focused league that doesn’t have synchronized swimming to keep flowt, too, or an outdated practice facility; they ignore that some sports have partial athletic scholarships because those sports have no revenue streams or future pro sports paths; they forget that big programs pay for the small ones, even the partial scholarships; they forget that professors are not all paid well and that it is hard to teach extra students in a class—so why give a football player a scholarship and add a seat for him in a class if his scholarship isn’t akin to tuition?; they act like student athletes have no say in whether they actually learn in a classroom; they conveniently forget that smaller schools cannot compete; they don’t think about how in the hell would it be fair for the star players to be paid the same as a walk-on scholarship? They forget that it must mean something to play football at UM if even a Glasgow has to walk-on first before he gets a scholarship because 1) those morherfuckers can play and proved they’ve earned scholarships , but 2) their father can afford the tuition and knows a UM degree matters, so 3) Why should we pay them when the ROI is dependent on the degree earned?
What good is 10k going to do for a kid long term if he does not get a degree or turn pro?
The myopic and simplistic notion that revenue means they should all get paid not taking into account much of the argument made here. We feel for the athletes, but what is wrong with the colleges making money to reinvest in the college? Should we raise tuition for those that have to pay it and get loans to do so?
I’m all for capping and slimming down administrative costs, but how about we worry more about making sure the inventment goes into the college and not just a few administrators’ retirement plans?
|09/24/2018 - 4:41pm||Is this sarcastic parody of…||
Is this sarcastic parody of baby boomers and and acknowledgment about their ease of life? Yeah, back in the 1970s one didn’t have to have a bachelor’s degree in one’s field and could teach a college discipline they were not an expert in. Now PhDs are adjuncting and competing to teach at private high schools and community colleges—or asked to do unpaid internships just to have chances at interviews for low level jobs they are more technically qualified for in today’s world.
Stop with this denigration of the “youth,” unless you want to talk about how baby boomers are greedy, less educated as a generation, bad with money, MORE prejudiced against minorities of all swathes, and had a whole lot to do with the implosion of the economy circa 2008 due to buying more than they could afford and relying on the Millennials to bail them out so they can retire. And if we want to talk about obesity and social interactions (which are correlated by you to TV and internet)—it is the 60-plus crowd that carries the obesity ratios at high rates and likes to use guns to stand one’s ground because a neighbor parked in a handicap spot or put their trash in the wrong place. Talk about great communication skills!
Sure, let’s go back to the excuse-making generation, who is made up of “men” afraid of being called out on their assholery when they “grab women by the pussy” because they think they can get away with it.
All the while, it’s not safe for kids to be out on streets with more twisted old people abducting them from neighborhoods, with inconsiderate old drivers hitting more kids, and with more parents having to work in dual income houses just to make ends meet—but yeah, say something sarcastic about three entire generations of adults and younger because you think “anyone under 40” is, what?, not living the right way—like those over 40 are some kind of magical group of people because they didn’t watch much TV.
Shit, I learned more about how not too generalize an entire set of people from Sesame Street during the mornings than I did from “going outside.”
Lastly, it is ironic-funny how you espouse said opinion about going outside and staying off blogs...on a blog, about sitting on your ass on a couch and watching others exercise on a field while you complain about how they are or are not making you happy through their play.
|09/22/2018 - 10:24pm||The use of a FB in all…||
The use of a FB in all phases of offense makes the FB dive work.
1. If the line crashes down on FB, then PA or outside runs available. So defense cannot fully commit to the dive on goal line, for Shea likely has an audible if sees a stacked line.
2. LBs focus on RB.
3. O-line is best at run blocks when they have advantage of knowing snap count and can get off ball quickly to get leverage..
4. FB dive takes advantage of the first moments of a play when o-line has best leverage.
5. Short yardage brings in power formation lineups, which lessens the stacked line.
6. The dive works for longer runs as an element of surprise when defense shows obvious passing defense (nickel, dime, etc.)
|09/22/2018 - 10:11pm||Clown? The Jersey Shore…||
Clown? The Jersey Shore called circa 2012: it wants its insults back.
There is a difference between praising one guy who did well and tearing down another player because he did not. All players make some mistakes, to which loudmouths make absolute judgements on those who they wa t to tear down.
|09/20/2018 - 7:36am||The administration and those…||
The administration and those in power have an impact in culture. The culture of a university is never completely made. Each smaller part of a college is also created by its leaders and who is hired.
As a college professor, I have experienced this for two decades. Presidential and other large administration changes do influence culture, and then mindset.
At a D1 institution, the richest coach of the most important program is as powerful as the AD and President allow them to be. Look at how Texas was being changed by Strong—but because his AD and the alumni like winning more, they didn’t care what he was doing to make mature men.
Look at the Patriots. You don’t fuck with Belichik—he ain’t afraid to cut a snitch or anyone who messes up or wants too much money. Conversely, look at the Cowboys, whom Jerry Jones the Party God doesn’t know how to manage his team and has a puppet coach.
|09/18/2018 - 4:57pm||That is not the experience I…||
That is not the experience I’ve seen here over the years. I see a bunch of immediate overreactions to every little detail. People want to espouse their opinions on whether or not milk and steak make a football player. I’ve never seen a rose-colored MGoBlog and probably because we’ve not gone for Roses in a long time. SVP said it on Sportsce yet this morning—fans and sports journalist have too much info and expect too much too quickly, demanding coaches like Herman and Taggert be fired after one game. Fans are ducking ridiculously negative, from what I’ve seen.
Optimism is an easy target for a bunch of people who see things through tweets and cannot handle or envision long-term progress, as a result.
|09/17/2018 - 10:27pm||You went there before he did…||
You went there before he did, bragging about season tickets and giving them up. And you insulted “the product.” Why are you here if those are your perspectives on the team?
|09/17/2018 - 5:03pm||Too many fans cannot put…||
Too many fans cannot put their PT(RRH)D aside and realize that JH has to rebuild the roster.
|09/16/2018 - 8:29pm||Except that Clemson would…||
Except that Clemson would disagree, as would Georgia. Ohio State is to be respected but not feared. Tides turn and Buckeyes fall off the tree as infertile nuts.
OSU has one NC in how many years? ‘Tis the m—-f—ing season to believe in Michigan.
|09/16/2018 - 8:18pm||Shouldn’t Tru have to play…||
Shouldn’t Tru have to play against a few teams and, perhaps, catch some passes before people forget how Evans has taken over as our lead back in games no one else seems ready for (FSU two years ago; Minnesota last year).
Evans has shift, hands, vision, and deceptive speed. Tru Wilson need not be anointed after a solidly impressive game. I liked his blocking, but he also got a hold call.
I’d love to see the team thoroughly dominate Nebraska, not only to see some young guys show their skills, but to see Frost deservedly wimper away.
|09/16/2018 - 9:22am||No. Not every WR can score…||
No. Not every WR can score on all of those—because not every WR is getting open on all of those, nor does every WR have his talent. It is nonesense to state that when we haven’t had a WR since Chesson do anything near that. In the offense with a QB, DPJ has shown his talent. Last year he would consistently get open and have Okorn whiff. We had 0 WR tds last year because Speight went down before DPJ moved into the lineup.
And you wrote it yourself—the back shoulder adjustment—that takes body control and reaction time, and hands. Kekoa would’ve botched two of those. Perry would’ve been caught on one and dropped the back shoulder.
I know some people on here see you as some master evaluator, but there is no need to downplay what DPJ and what skills today showed. Even if the opposing secondary is not that good, doesn’t mean scoring three TDs on them is a given. We have all of last year to prove that QB play matters in how good WRs can be shown to be. And let’s not forget DPJs TD last week, which was a talented catch that proves DPJ can live up to the expectations, given a QB.
Or, we can go with your criticism to invalidate what we saw and still believe as the fan yesterday, that DPJ is a dud.
|09/15/2018 - 12:56pm||Just worry about Michigan…||
Just worry about Michigan winning. Whether or not the rest do super well is irrelevant—See Bama in a league that features similarly underperforming former good to great teams like Florida and ATM. Teams like Scar and Ole Miss and Miss State are solid but rarely going to be NC caliber. Vandy can always be mediocre. As long as two or three teams in a conference are really good, then Michigan winning the Big will have hem in contention for NC.
|09/13/2018 - 5:18pm||The best case scenario:…||
The best case scenario: Runyan continues to improve in his third overall start at LT, and JBB does his kid b, and the line continues to develop a chemistry working together.
I get on Devin Gil for being a slow reactor who gets caught up in the wrong hole, at LB, for Kosh Ross has outplayed him and the defense has lots of rotations.
The offensive line needs chemistry and good com skills. And they don’t rotate. If the coaches are not comfortable putting Hudson or Mayfield in until the game is at hand, I’d think the coaches see a bigger gap than fans believe.
|09/12/2018 - 4:03pm||I don’t think people who…||
I don’t think people who call that performance putrid ever played a lick of sports in their life—or were not well liked by teammates if they did have that kind of destructive criticism. They are implying that having a steady mindset and seeing the long term is “weak.” Shea believes his—his—team will get better and win win win. A winner believes in themeselvws even after a tough loss. A winner is not a quitter. That team fought back under tough circumstances. Yet they have 10 more games to win in a row and be back in contention.
|09/11/2018 - 5:26pm||And there is the stupidity,…||
And there is the stupidity, because he still made the right choice to move go left. Plenty of backs (in looking at you, De’veon Smith) lack vision and correct decisions when a hole parts open wide as the Red Sea. Kevin Grady, Derrick Henry—the hole is that way.
Also, one may want to think about how he should be rewarded for having the speed and decision to make that hole seem stay open longer.
|09/11/2018 - 5:21pm||That’s called angles. The…||
That’s called angles. The WMU player has a shorter distance to cover, and he still did not catch Higdon, who maintained his balance despite the clips at his feet. His TD was great. Some people here must’ve never played, to criticize his speed and skill on that run.
And if the hole was so it took no skill to go through it, why shit on the o line? They opened the hole up big.
|09/11/2018 - 5:16pm||So what you are saying is…||
So what you are saying is that PFF is subjective as fuuuuu—?
I’ll take the results from Higdon over a rating.
And rating systems like PFF—donthey take into account the talent level of a matchup? The appearance of an objective measurement system is just that, an appearance. Sports involve more factors that ratings alone can tell one. A dude got cut from my NFL favorite team despite having the highest position rating on the te'/am. He was the first cut.
|09/11/2018 - 5:11pm||What’s made of bricks and is…||
What’s made of bricks and is slanted?
|09/11/2018 - 5:08pm||Your premise is faulty. You…||
Your premise is faulty. You assume we cannot win those games with JBB or Jr Runyan. We can. You are faulty to assume they’re not able to improve with actual playing time. Yeah, they are upperclassmen, but Runyan is finally getting his shot and his first chance was against a stout defensive line.
And furthermore, these projections masked as definites (i.e. “if we play the young guy he will undoubtedly be great by the end”) are fan fodder only. It’d be nice if fans trusted the coaches more—or at least would stop pretending that because they want to challenge the coaches that aloof us feel the same way. No, I don’t think fans have earned the respect to hypothesize as if the coaches don’t want to win and need our help in projecting the players they actually coach.
|09/10/2018 - 4:03pm||Actually, the Colorado DB is…||
Actually, the Colorado DB is starting for the Cowboys over Jourdain Lewis. Let’s not act like Colorado doesn’t have some good athletes. Their defense is solid—and don’t pretend that mobile QBs have not been the bane of our existence for a long time. Lewerke, Barrett, McSoreley—they hurt us with their mobility and running. Wimbush did the same in game one—until we adjusted. But Don Brown ha yet has his team come out against a premier running QB and shut them down for all four quarters. He’s not even had a game where he’s kept them from being non-factors. So...having athletes are small part of equation.
|09/09/2018 - 8:45am||He needs to get used to the…||
He needs to get used to the pocket, though. His awareness is a work in progress. I agree he projects into a stud. He also needs 20 more pounds to not look like a twig, still.