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01/14/2019 - 12:08pm That’s a brilliant point… That’s a brilliant point Comrade. A new OC means Mattison’s knowledge of the playbook is obsolete. Love it!
01/13/2019 - 8:57am Rivals saying that a bunch… Rivals saying that a bunch of former players are pitching Mike Trgovac.
01/07/2019 - 3:18pm I wonder if Mattison is the…

I wonder if Mattison is the reason that Aubrey Solomon transferred, and/or why Gary sat out the Florida game. Mattison seemed to push Gary to play before he was ready/healthy.

01/07/2019 - 3:16pm How would you compare your…

How would you compare your gut, Comrade Mongo, to Sam Webb's?

01/04/2019 - 8:23am Agree with all of this. One…

Agree with all of this. One thing to keep in mind though is that the 2016 defense was much better than this one. Go re-watch the 2016 OSU game -- we were getting into the backfield on every play. In 2018, not at all. Obviously some of that is the injuries to Gary and Winovich, but most of it is Maurice Hurst up the middle. Also Haskins >> Barrett.

01/02/2019 - 11:37am Feelingsball is great and…

Feelingsball is great and all -- but let's lead the fight for a new offensive coordinator and for JH to look in the mirror and understand what he's doing wrong.

01/02/2019 - 10:43am This would be a big blow. Al…

This would be a big blow. Al Washington has helped us get back into Ohio (though Warinner is also in that mix). Zach Harrison, for example, we wouldn't have been competitive in if not for Washington. If they get Al, we will be back to square one in terms of getting Ohio out from under OSU's headlock.

01/01/2019 - 4:18pm To me, the Spath explanation…

To me, the Spath explanation makes far more sense than any other. The lack of an OC with play-calling duties, the call a play by committee and take a lot of time to do it -- all this means that the HC can't track things like "how many touches did Evans get" because he's too busy thinking up the play. 

Get Jedd Fisch in there or at least self-scout enough to move away from the offense-by-committee concept. "It's the way Bo did it" is not an acceptable answer given Bo had exactly the same problems in terms of losing bowl games and losing to well-coached opponents.

12/31/2018 - 10:45am Comrade Clarence, I've been…

Comrade Clarence, I've been wondering the same thing. I moved to Austin a few years ago, and the negativity combined with the offensive mediocrity has led me to wonder whether or not I should, at the very least, raise my children to be Texas fans rather than Michigan fans. At least Texas has beaten Oklahoma on a reasonably frequent basis, and has played in the national championship game more than once in my lifetime. Since 1994, Texas has even won two Rose Bowls, while we've only won one.

12/31/2018 - 10:30am I understand that Harbaugh…

I understand that Harbaugh will never throw any of his players or coaches under the bus. But it would be great to have him some way, some how, address:

- The lack of a real passing game despite 5-stars at QB and WR (or, why Jake Rudock had a better passing season in 2015 than Shea Patterson in 2018)

- The predictability of the offense (you didn't get the 4th and 1 because you ran it up the middle into a 9-man box)

12/29/2018 - 9:43pm Thank you OP. I appreciate…

Thank you OP. I appreciate how hard Brian works for this blog, and he has every right to do whatever he wants. But the lack of serious analysis when we lose is frustrating -- because that's what we need to understand if we want to understand what steps are needed for this team to improve.  Is it coaching? Is it specific positions? What is it?

12/22/2018 - 10:49pm We can have nice things?? We can have nice things??
12/22/2018 - 10:45pm I had the same thoughts, but… I had the same thoughts, but did share them. It was clear that our weaknesses against Indiana were perfect for OSU this year. Oh well.
12/21/2018 - 11:04am Hopefully he has the feet to…

Hopefully he has the feet to run the zone read. MOAR COMMUNIST FOOTBALL

12/21/2018 - 7:45am Comrade, I was very careful…

Comrade, I was very careful to leave a lot of the details off of my OP, as a courtesy to 247. If you were a 247 subscriber, you'd know that!

12/19/2018 - 10:51am Nice job here coaches. DTs…

Nice job here coaches. DTs would be nice too!

12/19/2018 - 9:23am Nice job Comrade! Nobody…

Nice job Comrade! Nobody took me up on my offer to sacrifice Comrade Maizen, so I appreciate you stepping up.

12/18/2018 - 12:11pm I sacrifice Comrade Maizen

I sacrifice Comrade Maizen

12/18/2018 - 8:27am This is my concern. There…

This is my concern. There was scuttlebutt that the defensive coaches were pushing Rashan Gary to play through his injury when sitting out for the early part of the season would have fully healed him for the latter part. Possibly the culture on the D side is to play through injuries in a way that is leaving the players feeling like the coaches aren't on their side.

12/12/2018 - 11:04am I introduced this idea in…

I introduced this idea in the original Oklahoma-Texas thread -- a premier division and a second division, with relegation of 2-3 teams each way every year. I like it, though it would make scheduling more complicated than the current system.

12/08/2018 - 1:28pm I think if you do the…

I think if you do the Premier League / second division idea, with promotion & relegation, you can have a decent chance of getting the top two teams from the Premier League into the CFP (a la SEC).

12/08/2018 - 1:25pm You know what would be…

You know what would be interesting in a 16-team league? Two divisions but European soccer-style, with a Premier League, a second division, and 3 team promotion/relegation each year. That way the elite teams could have a round-robin against each other, and the crap teams could compete for promotion to the Premier League.

12/04/2018 - 10:31am Seems like the players think…

Seems like the players think Shea is staying. Which is the right decision for all sides.

12/04/2018 - 8:50am Same HS as Baker Mayfield …

Same HS as Baker Mayfield (Lake Travis HS).

11/28/2018 - 3:19pm Totally agree with this take…

Totally agree with this take Comrade. We have the QBs and WRs for a real passing attack -- but we need a real coordinator to implement it. 

11/28/2018 - 3:10pm I still hope you do a UFR,…

I still hope you do a UFR, Brian. So much of the loss in this game was due to the kinds of things that only Brian UFRs can properly dissect. It would great to get that kind of hard-headed analysis as a respite from the sea of hot takes out there.

Either way, thanks for all you do for the MGoCommune. We fans can check out if we want to, but you keep this blog going through wins and losses. That is a tremendous service.

11/25/2018 - 4:42pm Great stuff JM, and exactly…

Great stuff JM, and exactly right. The frustration we're feeling now isn't that dissimilar from the frustration we felt in the 80s and 90s when we constantly lost to the USCs and the Florida States. The only issue now is that there is a USC-FSU level program in our division.

11/25/2018 - 1:49pm I'm the same age as Deace…

I'm the same age as Deace and I almost entirely agree with his assessment -- though his romanticism of Bo I disagree with. Bo was even more predictable offensively as Harbaugh. Remember how Florida State torched Desmond Howard-led Michigan?

One thing to keep in mind: Haskins set B1G records yesterday for single-season passing yardage and TDs. This is no ordinary QB we were playing. If we'd had 2016's DL, the game could have looked quite different. But the 2018 DL was weak/banged up in the interior.

So to me, instead of drawing historic narratives out of one game, we should realize that their biggest strength -- Haskins plus their WRs -- was going against our biggest weakness -- our injured DTs and our weakness against crossing routes.  That to me is what explains this game more than anything.

11/25/2018 - 8:02am Me three. Word on the street… Me three. Word on the street was that Harbaugh would hire an OC, Don Brown style, who has massive stats if M went 8-5 this year or so. OSU has exposed the need to do it at 10-2.
11/24/2018 - 10:45pm Harbaugh's philosophy of…

Harbaugh's philosophy of going for 2 every time we're down 8 or 15 is idiotic. Kick the extra point if it's early and see how things go. That put us even further behind, though it ended up not mattering in the end.

11/24/2018 - 8:23pm OSU is likely to make the…

OSU is likely to make the playoff now. Which means that we still have the opportunity to win the Rose Bowl. Not the outcome we wanted, but there's still a very meaningful game to play for. It has been a long time since Michigan could call itself Rose Bowl champions.

11/24/2018 - 12:20am Thanks Comrade. A good idea.

Thanks Comrade. A good idea. See you tomorrow!

11/23/2018 - 5:26pm Brian, you should care about…

Brian, you should care about Harvard-Yale! At Michigan, we care about college football tradition, and Harvard (and especially Yale) has tons of it. Yale, in fact, was the all-time winningest program until Michigan surpassed them a few years back.

The reason we're Michigan fans isn't merely because we're good this year. It's because of Michigan's role in the history of the game.

11/23/2018 - 4:29pm I remember the 80s-90s era…

I remember the 80s-90s era of Michigan dominance well. Many Michigan fans came to believe that ND was a bigger rival to us than OSU, myself included, simply because the series with ND was more back and forth, and because ND was more frequently in contention for the MNC. That hasn't been true ever since Tressel and Meyer came to Columbus.

11/23/2018 - 4:22pm Does a wet turf affect…

Does a wet turf affect rushing or passing more?

11/23/2018 - 3:40pm If the Mesh is the most…

If the Mesh is the most efficient play in football, I wonder why we don't run it? We have the receivers and the QB for it.

11/23/2018 - 3:39pm We've gotta be RPOing all…

We've gotta be RPOing all day against that LB corps...and also passes to Evans in the flat.

11/22/2018 - 8:12pm I am terrified of their…

I am terrified of their short passing game. Hopefully:

1. Winovich is healthy and we can get pressure on Haskins

2. Brown has a great game plan for the mesh package.

11/22/2018 - 1:58pm So many indelible memories… So many indelible memories for me from that season. The Woodson punt return vs. OSU. The slant for a touchdown against PSU. Him holding the rose stem in his mouth after the game. Let’s hope we make similar memories this weekend Comrades!
11/21/2018 - 4:58pm Perhaps Ross to full-time…

Perhaps Ross to full-time snaps (along with Solomon/Dwumfour) is a Patterson like situation, where it's "keep them healthy until OSU."

11/21/2018 - 3:51pm This is the key for us…

This is the key for us defensively. Can we stop the YAC? Better yet, can we pressure Haskins on short throws and drive incompletions with good coverage in the shallow middle of the field?

11/21/2018 - 11:11am What's interesting about…

What's interesting about this is that Bosa's replacement is Chase Young, a 5-star DE coming out of high school, #7 overall, nearly a Rashan Gary-level recruit.

11/21/2018 - 11:07am What I notice about the…

What I notice about the Maryland-OSU game is that OSU benefited a lot from pass interference calls against Maryland's DBs, and also Haskins keeping on the read-option: something that Maryland hadn't been respecting. I can easily see us getting a lot of DPI calls against our DBs if the refs are in a bad mood.

11/21/2018 - 8:33am By far the best offense we…

By far the best offense we'll have faced this year. We'll find out what Michigan's defense is made of. I'm sure they relish that.

11/20/2018 - 2:31pm One thing to keep in mind is…

One thing to keep in mind is that M has had an advantage over OSU with these opponents in terms of QB play. We got Lewerke not Lombardi; McSorely injured his knee against Iowa and had less mobility against us; same with Martinez of Nebraska.

Also, M played PSU at home, not on the road.

But still, the stats and the eye test say that we're the better team. But we haven't played an offense nearly as good as OSU's before. I think this could be a high-scoring game.

11/20/2018 - 2:25pm Yeah I listened to this last…

Yeah I listened to this last night as well. A lot of hilarious and witty comments from pessimistic OSU fans. ("What should I drink while watching the game: beer, hard liquor, or bleach?") But also some good points about how OSU matches up well against Michigan's downhill running offense and Michigan's weakness with the short passing game.

11/20/2018 - 1:36pm OSU fans are hoping that…

OSU fans are hoping that they match up well with us on two fronts: (1) their short passing game works against our defense (not just because of safeties but because of lack of effective pass rush); and (2) the offenses that have gashed them have been slot bugs and speedy outside runners, as opposed to downhill running. I have to say I am worried about this.

11/19/2018 - 5:32pm The OP's memory is correct…

The OP's memory is correct. I don't recall anybody referring to Mich-OSU as "The Game" until relatively recently, perhaps the 2006 edition. The original "The Game" is the game between Harvard and Yale, which has been called "The Game" forever.

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11/19/2018 - 4:09pm I think Bill Connelly is…

I think Bill Connelly is exactly right. The two big weaknesses of Michigan are (1) its inability to win on obvious rushing plays against good defenses; and (2) its vulnerability to the quick, short passing game. Ohio State's defense is bad against explosive offenses and its offense is great at the quick short passing game.

11/19/2018 - 3:30pm Cowherd thinks Brian Kelly…

Cowherd thinks Brian Kelly may go to the NFL. So Urban can go there -- that's one of his favorite schools.