|01/10/2019 - 4:49pm||Emotionally, it's Mattison…||
Emotionally, it's Mattison. I'm still scratching my head. He cares so much about Michigan that he's happy to bolt to their most hated rival this late in his career? Does not compute. Sorry guy, thanks for turning the D around, but don't let the door hit you on the ass on your way out.
But my football-related answers are GERG for defense and Nuss for offense. GERG because his defense was historically awful here (even if RR basically forced him to run a 3-3-5...sigh). And Nuss because I thought it would take so much to make me long for the days of Borges...and, well, it took him like 4 games. All I remember from that year of him is the faux ra-ra bullshit when we FINALLY scored a TD against MSU...in the 4th quarter, to cut the score to 28-11. Not to mention he's the OC overseeing the whole let's-bench-our-5th-year-senior-QB-and-leave-the-concussed-and-hobbling-backup-Morris-in-the-game-who-has-been-terrible-anyway debacle. Hoke got the fire from that situation, but Nuss deserves heat too for not having his offense ready for such a situation (remember the 3rd string QB - whoever it was I forget - who couldn't find his damn helmet, so Morris had to go back in again)
|01/07/2019 - 3:45pm||Mattison was under no…||
Mattison was under no obligation to stay on at Michigan, and Harbaugh was under no obligation to retain him as DC (or at all, for that matter). If he really wanted to be DC, he would have left then and there. Instead he coached for 4 more years at DL coach. He was perfectly fine with it, to the point of rumors saying he would happily retire in AA in that capacity.
This sounds more like recent developments that have soured their relationship...and it could be as simple as Harbaugh not wanting to re-sign Mattison to a new contract while Mattison wasn't ready to retire. I mean, not many people (much less ego-maniacal football coaches) like to be forced into retirement, they'd much rather leave on their own terms.
|01/07/2019 - 3:37pm||How can you possibly say he…||
How can you possibly say he's a very good recruiter when his entire coaching career is in the NFL? I mean, he might be, and it's clear he was hired to help the recruiting pipeline in New Jersey. But...he has literally no experience coaching at the collegiate level (which is different than NFL in many ways), and OSU just hired him as a co-DC? Doesn't that strike you as odd?
|01/07/2019 - 3:35pm||My only legit guess is they…||
My only legit guess is they are bringing him in to help groom Hafley into taking full responsibilities as DC in 1-2 years. So he'll be more of a mentor than anything. Then he will retire.
But that doesn't fully explain things...because what's so special about Hafley?
|01/07/2019 - 3:19pm||Considering the last OSU…||
Considering the last OSU game could not have gone any worse than it did, I'm not sure what big secrets he has to share anyway.
|01/07/2019 - 2:18pm||So many weird emotions…||
So many weird emotions regarding this.
I'm wildly going back and forth from "Well it makes sense...it's a promotion and it sounds like Harbaugh wasn't going to re-sign him next year anyway" to "WHAT THE FUCK, GREG? You call yourself a Michigan Man? You could have coached literally anywhere else but that cess pool down south and I would have been ok with it. Traitor." Also thoughts of "...wait, is this the best OSU can do? A 70-year-old DL coach who couldn't get his highly-touted DL to generate a lick of pressure on you in the biggest game of the year?"
This is the most bizarre thing.
|01/02/2019 - 3:34pm||For me it was earlier...the…||
For me it was earlier...the jet sweep TD that was just an 8 yard gain, followed by two absolutely futile attempts to convert with Mason, which did nothing but amp up Florida. Told me what mattered: Florida cared far more than Michigan did. It was a 3-point game by half but honestly it felt lucky to even be there, even after the end of half time debacle.
|12/30/2018 - 9:48pm||Yup. Call me an apologist,…||
Yup. Call me an apologist, but Harbaugh remains our best chance to win championships in the foreseeable future. He’s been underwhelming in some aspects, but his tenure is night and day with what came directly before him. He’s still recruiting at a high level.
Its beyond frustrating to be an M fan right now...but that doesn’t mean Fire everyone. That is completely irrational.
|12/30/2018 - 11:43am||B’s all around. Maybe a C…||
B’s all around. Maybe a C for coaching (inability to adapt at the end of the year)
Because you don’t get an A for 10 wins when you give up 100+ points to end the year.
|12/30/2018 - 11:40am||I have no doubt the D will…||
I have no doubt the D will take a step back next year because the line is losing a lot. I also have no doubt that they will still be pretty good.
Im more worried about the O. Yesterday was a chance to preview the sort of pass-heavy offense we might expect to see next year. Instead it felt like more of the same. Like they didn’t even know guys like Collins, DPJ, Gentry, and Black existed. And they continually refused to use Shea as a running threat even though that was a primary reason they beat Wisconsin, MSU, and PSU.
I want Pep gone. I have a feeling Harbaugh is less involved with the offense than we think...at the very least he needs a college spread-type OC in his ear. Because this NFL style isn’t working...reminded me of the Hoke days under Gardener.
|12/21/2018 - 1:00pm||MSU stymied the Nassar…||
MSU stymied the Nassar investigation? No way. <Pickachu_shocked_face.jpg>
|12/19/2018 - 6:04pm||I don't like the trend to…||
I don't like the trend to calling it "meaningless". I mean, I get it that most bowl games don't really matter, but also the nice thing about college football is you don't have to win a championship every year to taste success at the end of a season. Sure, it certainly isn't more important than a Rose Bowl game, and that's less important than a CFP berth...however, it means quite a bit more than a meaningless game as an 8-4 team last year against South Carolina. Losing that game was dumb, but that game didn't matter much because Michigan had an underwhelming season anyway.
This year Michigan, regardless of which bowl it plays in, has a chance to get to 11 wins, something the program has only done 5 times in the last 100+ years and just twice in this millenium (2006 and 2011). That's still pretty significant, rarified air. I'm sure Harbaugh is hammering this point home in bowl practices.
|11/26/2018 - 1:30pm||Yeah I was mildly annoyed at…||
Yeah I was mildly annoyed at Joel Klatt harping on how it was underhrown. I mean, it was, but it was also put in a place where Gentry could slide and have the ball cradled into his chest. That catch is fairly routine across college football. To drop that ball, again, is way worse than the underthrow.
|11/26/2018 - 12:41pm||I mean, damn, we must have…||
I mean, damn, we must have gotten OBLITERATED by Maryland judging by the fact that they beat Texas and were one bad throw from beating OSU.
God some people are dumb. LIke I get that the OSU game sucked, but now some dumb fans are letting OSU beat us twice because suddenly all of those 10 wins were against garbage teams and it all means nothing.
Did you all forget the BS "we didn't beat anybody above .500" line from last year? Well, we certainly did this year.
|11/26/2018 - 12:25pm||I do, yes. Harbaugh wants to…||
I do, yes. Harbaugh wants to win. He's clearly added spread concepts to his playbook, and they were not afraid to tailor the offense to Shea's zone read and shotgun formation strengths. I think he called conservative offensive gameplans this year in part because Shea was new and because Higdon and the OL were, all things considered, pretty good in the run game. And most importantly, because the defense was absolutely dominating opponents. It worked spectacularly this year in most games except for...well, the obvious one.
I think the offense will open up considerably next year, if Shea returns.
And Harbaugh has shown a willingness to make changes ...I mean, we have Warriner now. That was a significant upgrade, and results from Saturday aside, that move has helped propel this team from borderline 8 to 9 win team to a solid 10-win team. And the OL went from a liability to an asset. I have no idea why they were so bad Saturday, obviously. But it doesn't erase all the clear progress made on OL this year.
Having said all that, I'd like Jim to make a change at his "OC" position. Pep just isn't very exciting or creative. We need somebody else there, a non-NFL coach.
|11/26/2018 - 11:53am||The reason nothing worked is…||
The reason nothing worked is because Brown's defense relies on QB pressure to succeed. ANd Michigan got literally no pressure. Zero. It's inexplicable. Not from the various blitzes or from natural defensive line rushes. Nothing. I mean, injuries probably played a role there...but that doesn't explain even a tenth of what happened. Sure, OSU was probably a team more capable of preparing for the myriad blitzes...but Brown is smart enough to disguise things and get a few blitzes home in key moments. It is so mindbogglingly bizarre that like Brian I refuse to accept this game happened in a normal world. Because in a normal world, teams are who we thought they were, and OSU and Michigan could not have played more opposite of who they are this year than they did Saturday. Clearly somebody upstairs hates us for some reason.
|11/24/2018 - 6:33pm||I did about the same thing…||
I did about the same thing when it was 14-6 and Michigan responded with a quick 3 and out. You could see where the game was going a mile away. I shut the game off and just laid down for awhile. Got up to eat right before the 2nd half started. Turned on the game knowing it was close, but I still was mentally checked out because we've all seen this script before. The game felt like every other OSU win in the past. The only reason it was "close" at the time was because of OSU penalties and a terrible muffed kickoff return.
But once mentally checked out, it was much easier to watch the 2nd half implosion.
This is life now. I don't care if Michigan goes into The Game next year 11-0...I'm done thinking things are different from now on, until they actually win the fucking game.
|11/24/2018 - 5:31pm||Complete and utter failure…||
Complete and utter failure by the DL and linebackers to generate any pressure on Haskins. Honestly wondering what the fuck happened...I know injuries were a nagging problem, but I expected at least some havoc in the backfield today on most downs and what we saw was just NOTHING. I expected some OSU success today, I didn't expect them to make us look like Oklahoma on defense. It was breathtakingly bad...and it's insane that it was even worse than a Durkin-with-one-foot-out-the-door defense.
|11/24/2018 - 5:06pm||I'm just not really sure…||
I'm just not really sure what Pep brings to the table. It certainly isn't creativity. Unless you think zone read is creative. They dabbled with RPO concepts but never really did anything with it.
We need a brilliant offensive mind to hold Harbaugh's ear. Obviously Harbaugh has the last word with everything, but he needs someone around to show him what things can be done with all of these weapons if he opens things up a little bit passing-wise. The days of playing conservative and relying on your D to win games are over - and today proved it. We had the #1 defense in the fucking country and it meant nothing. I hope Harbaugh learns this lesson. If he doesn't, this will forever be the result of games against high-powered offenses.
|11/24/2018 - 4:51pm||You give up 62 points you…||
You give up 62 points you will lose. I agree that the offensive strategy needs to shift and modernize more than it has already (and it has, don't forget). But nobody gives up 62 points and wins. Except maybe Oklahoma. But probably not even them.
|11/24/2018 - 4:46pm||This is precisely the take I…||
This is precisely the take I have.
The Michigan we saw today was the antithesis to the Michigan team we saw all damn year long. ON D, absolutely ZERO QB pressure, receivers open all day long (scary to think of how many wide open receivers Haskins actually missed today), and a running game that gashed us everytime they did run. On offense, our OL suddenly forgot how to block anything (run or pass, didn't matter), our best TE forgot how to catch, and playcalling showed absolutely no creativity at all.
This was a teamwide failure from players to coaches. Every last one of them, except for maybe DPJ and Nico Collins. I think they started believing they were hot shit and couldn't lose...OSU came out and punched them in the mouth over and over again, and rather than fight back they wilted for the first time all season.
We might have lost anyway had Michigan put its best effort forward, OSU has the talent and coaching to do so regardless of how inept they've looked at times this year.
But to lose this way is an unmitigated disaster, and the coaches have a lot to answer to.
|11/20/2018 - 12:16am||Enough time to wonder WTF…||
Enough time to wonder WTF was going on because Michigan should have easily been able to spike the ball with time left on the clock.
|11/18/2018 - 2:09pm||Personally I think the…||
Personally I think the complaints are WAY overblown. They marched down field in the blink of an eye, and I think part of the run calls was to burn the clock so that IU had no chance of getting the ball back. The plan to get the first down and have a play ready right away was a smart coaching move. The actual play call, not having routes go to the end zone...fine, criticize that. But they were in position to at least get 3 there regardless of that tackle, and the refs fucked it up.
|11/18/2018 - 12:44pm||Oklahoma technically has s…||
Oklahoma technically has s lot of talent on D too.
But they’re a tire fire who just gave up 40 to KANSAS.
|11/18/2018 - 10:04am||Good lord, so many chicken…||
Good lord, so many chicken littles in this fan base.
We won yesterday, closer than expected but still without too much drama at the end. Weird games happen...ask West Virginia who just lost to a .500 Okie State. It’s survive and advance this time of year. At least we didn’t give up 50 and require a bad QB throw on a 2-point conversion to win the game.
and for those worried about OSU’s offense next week? Look at what MSU did to them. Michigan is a wee bit better than Maryland on D.
Stop fanning scared and embrace it. Michigan ain’t losing Saturday.
|11/17/2018 - 8:18pm||Better than feeling like all…||
Better than feeling like all we got is a yippy Nordin. They replayed a pregame kick and all you can say is just...yeesh. I don't know if we win today with Nordin kicking.
|11/17/2018 - 8:15pm||Good but just could not…||
Good but just could not finish drives. No idea why...I think partly was playcalling, and partly just one of those things.
But I also wanted to take the time to say THANK GOD FOR JAKE MOODY. Player of the game. We absolutely needed a kicker today, and even missing one of those kicks would have made it more nerve wracking at the end than it already was.
|11/16/2018 - 5:19pm||"Fail miserably" is the…||
"Fail miserably" is the status quo at Kansas, so really they have nothing to lose. Les is getting up there in age though.
I don't think it will work...but it might. Les has that right amount of crazy in him to get his teams inspired to win some games. He had some success at Okie State too, so it's not crazy to think he might get Kansas to a respectable record at some point (respectable meaning 6-6).
IMO, his success at KU will hinge on who he hires for assistants, and how the offense is managed. He cannot run anything resembling the dinosaur offense he ran at LSU which, despite its talent, was never particularly great...
|11/14/2018 - 3:11pm||It's not a poor complaint.
It's not a poor complaint.
November is the time of year that teams are being judged and ranked based on their resumes. If you schedule an inferior opponent on purpose (and FCS teams to boot!), then you cannot be fairly judged against all the other teams who are playing conference opponents.
You are saying "but Rutgers!" as if it's a legit counterpoint, but every conference has a doormat. Purdue was our doormat for awhile, yet look at this year what they did to OSU and actually having a chance to get to the conference championship. Kansas has been far worse for longer than Rutgers. Oregon State has been trash in the Pac 12 for awhile too. The SEC usually has Kentucky and Vanderbilt at the bottom, though this year it's Vanderbilt and Arkansas. You forget that Rutgers actually beat Michigan in 2014...they've been a doormat ever since, but they're not completely incapable of being at least a decent opponent. The point is they are in the conference though. And I bet a penny that Rutgers could beat teams like The Citadel, Liberty, and Rice.
|11/14/2018 - 3:00pm||They have the "sometimes we…||
They have the "sometimes we also play ND" excuse right now. It's better than the SEC, but not my much...because gee what a coincidence that ND and Clemson are solidly in the top 4 and they haven't played each other this year.
|11/14/2018 - 2:50pm||WTF are you talking about…||
WTF are you talking about. It is not unique thoughts from our fanbase...it's pretty universally the opinion outside the SEC that it's absurd they get away with scheduling cupcakes in week 12. The SEC prides itself on being the best in the nation...yet not only are they one of two P5 conferences yet to move to 9 games (that gives them an advantage), they also schedule late-season cupcakes as virtual byes (another advantageG. Additionally, having only 8 games with a 7-team division means they play two cross-division opponents, and one of them is a protected opponent, so they other 6 teams they play twice over TWELVE YEARS! This means Alabama and georgia almost never play each other in conference play, unless they meet in the championship and you get the "what if?" scenario of Georgia beating Alabama.
Their degree of difficulty is so far lower as a result of these things. People complain about it because it is not fair. I mean, we do partly have to give props to the SEC for gaming the system, because it very clearly is working. But at the same time...what the actual fuck, man. This shit needs to change. It's not just because it's unfair to the system, it makes a mockery of the damn sport and its entertainment value.
What happens when Bama loses the SEC championship, still gets in the playoffs, and wins the National Championship (against Georgia)? That taints the national championship AND the conference championships. Either the games matter at the end or they don't....right now it's both, and that works solely to the SEC's advantage.
|11/10/2018 - 5:07pm||Sloppy poor play, mental…||
Sloppy poor play, mental errors, bad execution...feels like the proverbial letdown after all the big games Michigan has had the last month.
But it's 21-7.
Against anyone but Rutgers I'd be more worried.
|11/08/2018 - 2:23pm||With Wimbush in, this is…||
With Wimbush in, this is closer to the ND that had one-score wins over BALL STATE and VANDERBILT (...sigh and Michigan sigh...). FSU is hot garbage, so it probably won't matter. But if FSU can keep it close with their defense containing Wimbush...stranger things have happened, man.
|11/06/2018 - 6:32pm||I don't know if you knew…||
I don't know if you knew this, but good news! Jordan Howard is no longer on IU's roster!
(/s in case that wasn't obvious)
|11/05/2018 - 3:35pm||Regardless of not hitting…||
Regardless of not hitting the head, that DPJ hit is the exact kind of dangerous hit that football should be trying to eliminate. In fact I'm pretty sure it would garner a flag in the NFL for unnecessary roughness - excessive contact to a defenseless receiver.
So while it technically may not have been targeting, it very much was a reckless play by it's very nature - the defender launched up into the air towards the receiver so that he could initiate contact near the upper torso/head area of a receiver also in the air (defenseless at the time) trying to catch the ball. If it were hockey you'd call it a charging penalty.
|11/05/2018 - 3:10pm||"He's so predictable" - that…||
"He's so predictable" - that made me LOL the most. He's brought out new wrinkles each of the last three games, and still - STILL - it feels like there's a lot more to the offense that is being held back for OSU because they just don't need it yet (like more of the RPO stuff)
Yet dumb people look at the fact that he runs a "pro style offense" and think Harbaugh is a dinosaur who is so predictable.
The best part of Harbaugh is he's both - he has strong desires to out-tough AND out-wit his opponents, because doing both helps you win consistently.
And anyway, I hope opponents keep thinking Harbaugh is so predictable. Because that only helps Michigan. I mean...how many zone read keepers does Shea have to run before opposing D's catch on and actually try to account for it?
|11/04/2018 - 7:53pm||I just could not fathom the…||
I just could not fathom the gd negativity. Doubters had some extreme selective amnesia. Harbaugh proved it everywhere he went...it was only a matter of time before he did the same thing here. People too quickly forgot how terrible the program was when he inherited it (at least on offense). He came in with basically no QB and managed to salvage two seasons with an Iowa castoff and a 3 Star Borges recruit. Last year’s sucky sucky season was 8-5, and was still demonstrably better than either of the previous two coaches’ worst seasons.
this year feels like the first time we have a true Harbaugh team. 2016 was close, but not quite there. This program is now fully his, and the results on the field speak for themselves.
One last stop on the revenge tour. OSU, we comin.
|11/03/2018 - 8:35pm||There is no chance in hell…||
There is no chance in hell Rutgers is a trap game. Rutgers is terrible at football.
Indiana though has trap written on it. I’m glad that’s a home game.
|11/03/2018 - 8:31pm||The sad TD drive was them…||
The sad TD drive was them saying “King me” after we had already checkmated them.
|11/03/2018 - 8:03pm||Another sad touchdown drive…||
Another sad touchdown drive given up. Really wish they got the shutout...but hey GOOD FOR YOU Penn state *pats head*
|11/03/2018 - 7:55pm||Great throw and catch,…||
Great throw and catch, regardless of penalty it was great to see Black catch it.
penalty was legit though, so no complaints about the flag (without the hold Shea gets sacked).
|11/02/2018 - 5:12pm||This feels like a…||
This feels like a comfortable win. Am I crazy? I feel like I need to knock on wood from now until tomorrow.
Michigan has the clearly better team and coaches who will probably have some stuff up their sleeve after the bye. Penn State might be able to keep it close because they're not a bad team...but M will pull away in the 2nd half because our offense will hold onto the ball for stretches of time and our defense will be able to keep most of PSU's drives short....which has happened in pretty much every single game this year, M is just grinding opponents down. I have a very hard time believing that changes with Frames Janklin and the Amazing 4th Quarter Disappearing Act coming into town.
|11/01/2018 - 4:30pm||Fuck off for thinking like…||
Fuck off for thinking like this. People who are in charge of things need to be held responsible when bad things happen, especially when they are tragic (death of a player) and VERY EASILY PREVENTABLE. This constant need to "blame everyone else but me" is what is destroying this country. Durkin not physically being at that practice means fuck all about whether he is innocent or not. If you don't think a leader's tone matters, then you are part of the fucking problem.
|10/31/2018 - 7:31pm||Thank you for a rational…||
Thank you for a rational take. I feel like I'm taking crazy pills reading people talking about how it's somehow better if ND wins out, or how a 1-loss Bama team gets in regardless of anything else.
I mean just look at the damn standings. Undefeated ND #4, 1-loss Michigan #5. You generally never keep an opponent the same rank after a loss. If ND loses they will drop down in the rankings. They just will. That's how rankings are supposed to work.
|10/31/2018 - 7:25pm||This must be the…||
This must be the HAWWWWTTTTTESSSSTT of HAWT TAKES out there.
You can't use head-to-head as a auto-tiebreaker in a format that is the furthest thing imaginable from a round-robin season of everybody-plays-everybody. That only incentivizes teams to schedule crap opponents.
But forget that argument, I'll just point at the standings. Look at them! ND #4, Michigan #5. In what universe does a loss not drop your ranking?
|10/31/2018 - 6:53pm||Head to head is not nearly…||
Head to head is not nearly as strong as you make it out to be. This isn't like a Big Ten Championship division rule where ties go to head-to-head winners. That's a round robin tournament, so it makes sense to break the tie that way. But playoff selection is based on a wide variety of factors. I'm sure in some way they will take head-to-head into account, but there are so many other factors (timing/situation of the loss being week 1 on the road at night by just 7 points, strength of schedule, the "eye test", playing and winning an extra game against a decent opponent) that very clearly would favor Michigan.
|10/31/2018 - 6:45pm||That's not how it works…||
That's not how it works though, in a system like this H2H cannot be an automatic tie breaker because it punishes Michigan unfairly for playing a better opponent in week 1. Look at the rankings anyway - the CFP put LSU over ND already. Remember, ND hasn't lost a damn game yet, and LSU has. So if ND loses a game they will drop down precipitously, because their strength of schedule is simply not good and they haven't looked all that great on the "eye test" either (too many way too close games against inferior opponents like Ball State).
|10/30/2018 - 3:09pm||Well, their "improved"…||
Well, their "improved" defense was against TCU and Kansas State, not exactly top-caliber Big 12 offenses they are used to seeing (I mean TCU lost to KANSAS people...KANSAS. Also TCU hasn't put up more than 28 points since their first two weeks of the season against tomato cans.)
I'm more interested to see if their defense can hold up against Texas Tech or West Virginia. I think they will come crashing back to earth in one of those games, if not both.
|10/30/2018 - 2:54pm||Very easy to convince…||
Very easy to convince yourself: Conference championship games should be de-facto "play in" games for a playoff birth. Has there ever been a team to make the playoffs after losing the conference championship? Who wants to see a rematch of a championship game anyway? If Bama loses to UGA for the SEC title but then beats UGA in the playoff championship that completely invalides the whole concept of a "national champion". I personally believe the committee will practically go out of their way to put another team in before they ever put in a conference championship loser. It's in my mind way different from choosing a 1-loss non-championship-game Bama over a 2-loss Big Ten champion (in that there at least is a plausible argument to make for Bama in that case)
|10/30/2018 - 2:49pm||No, they aren't. A 1-loss…||
No, they aren't. A 1-loss non-conference champ is not getting in over a 1-loss conference champ who has played one more game (against a decent opponent), full stop.
If that happens the whole system needs to be blown up and conference championship games stopped immediately.