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06/06/2018 - 1:18pm (No subject)

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06/06/2018 - 1:15pm John BEEFLein will not be…

John BEEFLein will not be denied. BEEFlein.jpg

06/06/2018 - 12:57pm Oh man, since I posted the…

Oh man, since I posted the first photo he got even bigger!!!!

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Seriously though, the first photo is real.

06/06/2018 - 12:39pm Just an angle thing. His…

Just an angle thing. His right knee is facing the camera. 

06/06/2018 - 11:23am The new site gave an error…

The new site gave an error message when I tried to externally link an image. Is there a way to edit a post currently? MAX BEEF HIGDON is posted below. 

06/06/2018 - 11:22am Welp, looks like only…

Welp, looks like only locally-hosted images can be posted. Here's the picture. Higdon.jpg_large.jpgs the 

06/04/2018 - 11:39am We actually had a decent

We actually had a decent running game despite having a passing game that threw fewer TD passes than Air Force. With even an average passing game the running game could have even been elite. 

06/03/2018 - 11:07pm What if I told you OSU was a

What if I told you OSU was a much more talented team than Michigan last year. Would you believe it? Is it possible that or coach and players were highly motivated and still lost to a superior team?  

06/03/2018 - 8:40pm Lewerke wasn't a freshman, so

Lewerke wasn't a freshman, so I'm not sure of the point of that comparison. It was also his second year with some starting experience. 

Tua was really solid with the best team in the nation supporting him after the other team had prepped for someone else. Jake Fromm was really solid with the second best team in the nation supporting him, but I'll somewhat give you that one. 

Haskins balled out on the national stage in our game. We didn't prep for a passer like him, but I'll give you that one.

What exactly is the point here though? A handful of exemplary recruits on elite teams were good so that must always be true or the coaching is bad? 99% of freshman QBs stink. Peters was a freshman who played like a freshman and nobody else who played QB the last three years would have been offered a scholarship by Bama, Georgia, or OSU.  

06/03/2018 - 7:34pm Which two years? 
In year one

Which two years? 

In year one Harbaugh brought in a transfer student because there were no viable B1G starting quarterbacks on the roster. 

In year two we started Wilton Speight by necessity because it was either him or...Malzone? Last year was on Harbaugh somewhat, but Brady Hoke's QB recruiting was beyond hideous and the injury situation made things worse.  

06/03/2018 - 6:33pm I think people are gaga about

I think people are gaga about it because it should have netted much more than 20 points. There were huge chunk plays that were wide open all game that were blatantly missed. O'Korn was given golden opportunities consistently and he consistently whiffed. 

06/03/2018 - 6:10pm Did you see the gameplan for

Did you see the gameplan for the OSU game? 

06/03/2018 - 6:08pm Anyone who saw the gameplan

Anyone who saw the gameplan this year knows that it was heavily emphasized. The scheme was a thing of beauty that required a sub-Sheridan performance from our third-best quarterback in order for us to lose to a much better OSU team. 

05/30/2018 - 1:26am Jeremy Gallon had more

Jeremy Gallon had more receiving yards in a single game in 2013 than our leading receiving had all year in 2017. 

05/20/2018 - 12:10am It seemed like we took it pretty seriously last

It seemed like we took it pretty seriously last year when our mediocre team outplayed them for the most part. The only thing that kept our inferior team from winning last year was dreadful play from our third best QB.

05/17/2018 - 12:27pm Urban Meyer is the best coach

Urban Meyer is the best coach in the B1G and the second best coach in the NCAA. 

Because of their superior local talent and their head coach, Michigan fans shouldn't expect to win half of the games against OSU.

If I was a recruit I would pick a school that didn't have Michigan winters. 

05/17/2018 - 12:11pm Ooh, I really like this one.

Ooh, I really like this one. Whenever someone insinuates some kind of conspiracy against Michigan regarding officials, I immediately think that person is a moron. 

05/13/2018 - 1:45pm I'm still skeptical of

I'm still skeptical of complaints about the consistent quarterback problem considering:

  • Rudock was lighting the world on fire at the end of 2015
  • Wilton Speight was a middling recruit who didn't have any meaningful offers other than Michigan as a recruit. He basically started by default in 2016 because the previous staff didn't recruit good QBs, yet he was a VERY efficient starting B1G quarterback until he was injured, even though the line was kind of bad. 

We had one bad year with our backup quarterbacks playing behind a dreadful line. We still haven't seen a Harbaugh team with an ideal quarterback situation. We've had a season with Iowa's backup, a season with a middling 3*, and a season with three different starting QBs. 

05/10/2018 - 12:25pm I think adult men complaining

I think adult men complaining about not having time to take pictures with college kids is really weird. 

04/24/2018 - 10:18am Huh, for some reason I had it

Huh, for some reason I had it in my head that they made a dumpy rugby game. Maybe that was another Kickstarter that tried to do a CFB game. 

04/23/2018 - 2:37pm Hasn't this studio only made

Hasn't this studio only made crappy games in the past?

04/16/2018 - 2:07pm Why do people like you watch

Why do people like you watch sports? Serious question. It seems to make you absolutely miserable. 

People are acting like we went 3-9 last year or something. It was an ugly 8-4, but the level of outrage suggests how quickly Harbaugh has raised the standards of the program. 

04/03/2018 - 9:49am When Wagner was on he was on,

When Wagner was on he was on, but I was really digging the team when Teske was on the court for much of the end of the season. He was great on defense and will only get better. He also improved on offense. 

Regarding Zavier, I don't think it's crazy to think that Beilein can get him to improve on offense. If he does, we can't forget the graveyard of outstanding point guards he buried throughout the second half of the year. 

03/09/2018 - 8:39am ...and the other

...and the other three?

02/24/2018 - 1:18pm This game: 

This game: 

02/20/2018 - 1:03am Ah, I guess I never knew

Ah, I guess I never knew about the "stay there" aspect of the Peter Principle. Nevertheless, the argument I was trying to make is still valid. McElwain and Drevno were both good at lesser jobs and won't be doing the jobs at which they failed. Instead, they'll be doing things they did well in the past. 

02/19/2018 - 11:42pm Fisch did a pretty good job

Fisch did a pretty good job when he was here, but that offense wasn't elite by any means. He also had the benefit of having a healthy quarterback throwing to three NFL pass-catchers with an offensive line that included three redshirt seniors. 

02/19/2018 - 11:38pm Let's hope McElwain and

Let's hope McElwain and Drevno are just perfect examples of the Peter Principle. McElwain was an excellent coordinator and coach at a small school before he failed as a head coach at a major program. Drevno was an excellent offensive line coach before he was a failure as an OC. Hopefully going back to their roots will help them. 

02/17/2018 - 8:57pm McElwain coordinated great

McElwain coordinated great offenses at Bama before Bama was Bama. When he took over as OC, their talent level was very good, but not like it is today. He also did really well as a head coach at Colorado State, where his team ran a spread. Maybe the guy just isn't cut out to be a head coach at an elite program. The Peter principle is a very reall thing. Here were the recruiting classes he was dealing with at Bama:

2004: #15

2005: #18

2006: #11

2007: #10  - Saban hired

2008: #1 - McElwain hired 

 

Regarding his OC ability, here's what we have:

Bama Pre-McElwain:

#56 total OFEI not available

#67 OFEI --> Saban year 1

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Bama McElwain

#14 OFEI

#6 OFEI

#6 OFEI

#7 OFEI

 

As a head coach at CSU with a spread offense:

CSU Pre-McElwain:

#103 OFEI

#112 OFEI

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CSU McElwain:

#120 OFEI

#68 OFEI

#11 OFEI

 

As a head coach at Florida:

Ass. Just lots of ass.

02/16/2018 - 2:58pm Coaching ranks are filled with guys who were

Coaching ranks are filled with guys who were excellent coordinators and failed head coaches.

02/16/2018 - 12:25pm Pretty solid considering the nonexistent passing

Pretty solid considering the nonexistent passing threat.

02/16/2018 - 12:24am Also worth noting that it was

Also worth noting that it was a spread offense unless my eyes were mistaking me when I was looking at highlights. Over 300 passing yards/game. 

02/15/2018 - 5:51pm Small caveat: His offenses at

Small caveat: His offenses at Alabama were outstanding before they were a team full of five stars. Bama had solid recruiting classes before Saban, but nothing like today. 

Bama recruiting classes:

2004: #15

2005: #18

2006: #11

2007: #10  - Saban hired

2008: #1 - McElwain hired 

02/15/2018 - 5:17pm Just looking at the total

Just looking at the total offense numbers don't take pacing and opposition into account. McElwain looks even more impressive when you use the fancystats:

Bama Pre-McElwain:

#56 total OFEI not available

#67 OFEI --> Saban year 1

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Bama McElwain

#14 OFEI

#6 OFEI

#6 OFEI

#7 OFEI

 

CSU Pre-McElwain:

#103 OFEI

#112 OFEI

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CSU McElwain:

#120 OFEI

#68 OFEI

#11 OFEI

 

 

 

 

02/15/2018 - 1:45pm Exactly. Awful past

Exactly. Awful past quarterback recruiting is what kept us from 10 wins this season, even with the extremely young team. That was the difference between us and MSU. They had a QB and we didn't. 

02/14/2018 - 7:32pm I could be wrong, but I

I could be wrong, but I thought McElwain was actually a pretty crappy recruiter. Good coach, but here's his lifetime recruiting profile: https://247sports.com/Coach/Jim-McElwain-270/AllTimeRecruits

 

02/14/2018 - 5:45pm On the coaching side of

On the coaching side of things, I think it's an excellent hire for an offensive position coach or coordinator. On the recruiting end, it's not so great. He doesn't really seem like much of a recruiter historically. 

02/14/2018 - 5:44pm Define "we were all." I am on

Define "we were all." I am on this blog entirely too much and I don't recall bagmen accusations. Overrated as a head coach? Sure. We're not hiring him as a head coach. 

02/14/2018 - 5:42pm I would also say he had a lot

I would also say he had a lot of success with Bama talent before Bama was what it is today. He took over in Saban's second year and the offense immediately took off. 

02/11/2018 - 6:37pm I'm looking forward to that,

I'm looking forward to that, but I think it could be rough for Coon. I was a coach when he was wrecking everyone in HS, so I'm well aware of his ability, but I think Snyder is on another planet. Dude is an Olympic gold medalist for a reason. Based on your username, I'm guessing you would dig that result. 

02/11/2018 - 11:32am Okay, so that's one play.

Okay, so that's one play. What's your point? Baxter was the ST coach for the most improbable ST debacle of my lifetime, but I still think he's probably the best ST coach out there. 

02/11/2018 - 11:27am Based on his 247 page, he

Based on his 247 page, he doesn't really seem like he recruits too much. Here are his top lifetime commitments:

https://247sports.com/Coach/Jim-McElwain-270/AllTimeRecruits

02/11/2018 - 11:21am McElwain was the OC at Bama

McElwain was the OC at Bama before Bama was what they are today. He was there for Saban's 2nd-5th years. Offensive rankings:

Pre-McElwain:

#56 total OFEI not available

#67 total #67 OFEI

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McElwain

#41 total #14 OFEI

#15 total #6 OFEI

#22 total #6 OFEI

#30 total #7 OFEI

 

 

02/11/2018 - 11:19am Looking at his Wikipedia

Looking at his Wikipedia page, it appears that he was a WR coach from 1995-2005 with QB coach sprinkled in there for a bit as well. He did a one year stop as strictly a QB coach in the NFL, then became a coordinator at Fresno and Alabama. Seems like he's highly qualified. 

02/11/2018 - 1:23am Alex Smith
Colin

Alex Smith

Colin Kaepernick

Jake Rudock

Wilton Speight

 

Yeah, one bad year negates all of that. 

02/07/2018 - 8:03pm Eh, the 2015 team was loaded

Eh, the 2015 team was loaded with upperclassmen from highly rated recruiting classes. Nebraska's best recruiting class of the last five years is still rated worse than our "OMG RUN FOR THE HILLS HARBAUGH SUCKS" class. 

02/07/2018 - 1:59pm I stand corrected. I had forgotten how dire things

I stand corrected. I had forgotten how dire things were in the secondary. Nevertheless, every position group on defense was dreadful and Rich continued to field trainwreck defenses at Arizona even when he had his preferred DC. He wasn't gonna turn that defense around.

02/07/2018 - 1:45pm Mark Dantonio was 6-7 in year 3. Roster strength

Mark Dantonio was 6-7 in year 3. Roster strength matters and not all year 3s are created equal. RR and Hoke both had experienced teams when they sucked in year 3.

02/03/2018 - 5:00pm (No subject)

01/15/2018 - 9:43pm I posted this in the posbang

I posted this in the posbang thread, but it seems appropriate here too: