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01/17/2019 - 9:07pm Mattison was a good coach,…

Mattison was a good coach, but I think he was past his prime. His recruiting was good, but not great. With him getting older, I think that was only gonna get worse. Nua should be an upgrade there.

He definitely deserves a lot of credit for his work here, but his player development also felt inconsistent at times. Some guys just never seemed to add the missing pieces to their game. 

I agree with Brian and wouldn't be surprised if Nua is a better DL coach in the next five years. Football never stops evolving. Nua still has a lot of coaching potential to tap into. Mattison was on the downswing.

01/14/2019 - 2:57pm Mr Miggle dropping numbers…

Mr Miggle dropping numbers over here. 

01/14/2019 - 2:39pm New Jersey kids grow up…

New Jersey kids grow up watching Michigan players. Got to keep that talent flowing. 

01/14/2019 - 2:31pm A great point. Michigan can…

A great point. Michigan can now allow CP to spend more time as the primary recruiter on national players, while being a secondary recruiter for N.J. with Campanile.

01/11/2019 - 12:53am 2016 defensive backs coach…

2016 defensive backs coach of the year, his secondaries over perform in pass efficiency D, and the get a lot of picks. Sounds like a zone guy to me.

Might be planning on moving CP back down to the LBs so he can take the safeties.

01/07/2019 - 4:36pm If we can get Al Washington…

If we can get Al Washington to stay, that's the obvious play. If he goes to OSU to coach the linebackers, though, I don't think anyone would be surprised.

I'd actually be pumped if Hoke came back to coach the DL. The players loved him, he was a decent recruiter, and he's got a great track record coaching at that level. He's also unlikely to get another DC gig after his stint at UO. This staff could use some more stability.

Outside of those guys, I'm sure Harbaugh can go get another up and coming coach. Only problem is those guys don't typically sick around very long if they're any good.

12/31/2018 - 1:17pm In the Iverson documentary…

In the Iverson documentary he talks about how his practice rant is completely taken out of context. As you mentioned, his friend was murdered the day before and all the press wanted to talk about was practice. He was grieving and pissed. Dude gave his all for Philly. Absolutely one of my all time favorite players. 

12/21/2018 - 3:53pm Yeah, we should totally…

Yeah, we should totally shelve a motto that encourages players to battle through adversity and believe in working hard to achieve greatness. Bo was clearly overconfident and shortsighted when he took over.

12/21/2018 - 3:32pm It's just business as usual…

It's just business as usual at this point. The NCAA can't stop it and it's against their financial interest to try.

I doubt Michigan is 100% clean, but they're certainly not paying out like Georgia, Bama, Tennessee, and OSU. Just look at what most of our players are driving compared to the link Brian posted the other day of all the Bama players and their brand new cars. Not a lot of Michigan players showing up to team meetings in brand new 350Zs (cough Terrell Pryor). Instead they're cruising around A2 on Vespas and driving for Uber. Go listen to that Ron English interview with Sam Webb if you wanna hear it from a coaches mouth. 

If the FBI got involved, SEC football wouldn't be able to function--because basically every team would be exposed--and to follow precedent, they would be have to ban them from post season play. That's a lot of lost revenue and bad for business. 

We should all be in favor of paying players because it's not only fair, but allows schools like Michigan (and much of the B1G) to recruit on a more level playing field.

12/18/2018 - 7:39pm I don't think I'll ever…

I don't think I'll ever respect what Saban built at Bama because he did it by over-signing and very likely paying guys.  I'll bet on an equal playing field, he's just an average coach. Yes, he's had them rolling for a while now, but just about any coach can win with a roster that talented. Georgia seems to be heading down a similar path. Not surprising considering who Kirby learned from.

12/03/2018 - 8:11pm That would be an awesome…

That would be an awesome line up of games. I'm honestly surprised it hasn't happened yet. There's a ton of money incentive for all parties involved.

As a fan, it would also make the season more exciting for most teams. No more "the season's over" feelings after a loss. Plus, teams could have something to celebrate even if they don't win a championship that year, similar to raising a final 4 banner.

I'll bet it would help even up the recruiting playing field, too, because more schools can sell recruits on making playoff runs. This, plus legally paying players, would hopefully limit the absurd advantage schools like Alabama and Ohio State have in recruiting, generally making college football more competitive both within and across conferences.

12/02/2018 - 12:27pm Your post is well…

Your post is well constructed, but I fundamentally disagree that we needed to throw the ball more, and would also contest that we didn't have a creative passing game.

This team had glaring issues at both tackle positions to start the season. The coaches adapted to the roster and played to our strengths. Our offense was a fantastic compliment to our defense. It paired a ball-control, run first mentality, with a defense that regularly kicked teams off the field quickly. By the fourth quarter, teams wore down. If we could cover a damn crossing route against OSU, we'd all be here celebrating the offense's genius approach.

It's easy to forget that this offensive attack is a huge reason we tore through much of the B1G and were favorites against OSU at the shoe for the first time in a long time.

We lost in Columbus because of the defense, not the offense. Everyone around here that complains that we aren't offensively innovative, or should change our approach, should take a minute and remember the Ben Mason package that broke Maryland's mind, the Penn State game, or all the wide open play action bombs we got over the top all year.

We're not a passing spread. Don't like it? Fine. I'm sure Jim Harbaugh and his staff know more about football than any of us and will keep looking for ways to innovate that the average fan may not even notice. 

11/21/2018 - 5:50pm Which it not a dig at your…

Which it not a dig at your work, just that Rutgers is trash. Thanks for putting this together.

11/21/2018 - 5:44pm Rutgers is a bad data point…

Rutgers is a bad data point. Them carrying a third of the pre-Bosa weight distorts the averages.

11/21/2018 - 5:34pm Damn, thought Chase was…

Damn, thought Chase was above that shit. Video doesn't lie. His foot came down with force the first time, then there's no reason to re-step in the same spot twice. Not a good look, I don't care what program you play for.

11/04/2018 - 4:36pm Fuck Clemson. We. Want. Bama…

Fuck Clemson. We. Want. Bama.

It's time to expose their ass on the biggest stage. Hell yeah I'll take Don Brown's trap coverage against a QB who's still making most of his decisions pre-snap. We'd be in his head by halftime.

10/22/2018 - 12:27pm Same. They are still one of…

Same. They are still one of the most loaded teams in the country and I expect them to be the favorite against every team they play outside of Bama. Make no mistake, every team has bad games. Purdue has a completely different approach to offense than Michigan. 

10/18/2018 - 7:59pm Michigan's ground game is…

Michigan's ground game is fascinating. Every week it seems like they're adding tweaks and layers to established concepts that defenses just can't keep up with. They must be hell to try and prepare for. 

09/23/2018 - 10:02pm Honestly, that Ben Mason…

Honestly, that Ben Mason battleship package they were running looked pretty fucking difficult to stop. It completely broke NU's defense, without even getting fancy. Can't wait to see the counters Harbaugh has off it. 3 TDs in a half ain't bad... we'll see if NW has an answer next week. I don't think they will. Harbaugh knows what he's doing. 

09/16/2018 - 3:15pm Agreed. This team is better…

Agreed. This team is better than this board thinks, and getting better every week. 

09/16/2018 - 3:11pm I don't think we watched the…

I don't think we watched the same game. The gameplan was to run it down SMU's goddamn throat (41 attempts) and occasionally mix in pass to keep them off balance. If running it 11 out of 13 plays over the last two two drives (7 straight at the end) isn't imposing your will, I don't know what is.


09/16/2018 - 2:52pm On the rewatch, this was a…

On the rewatch, this was a massacre. Michigan's working out the kinks for sure, but they're gonna wreck some people with the ground game this year. The jury's still out on if they can do it against better teams, but this was very reminiscent of when Stanford was at their peak and just running it down lesser opponents throats. Go back and watch the second half if you wanna see a running game clinic. The last drive finished with seven straight runs. The RBs seemed to hit the linebacker level just about every attempt. SMU was toast by the end of the game. O-line was creating some lanes, yo.

On top of that, Patterson is for real. He #MadePlays when he needed to, was accurate under pressure, and hit open receivers. The back shoulder fade to DPJ was unstoppable. If he can get a little more pass protection out of the tackles, Patterson plus this WR/TE group is as good as advertised.  

By drive:

  • 3 plays, 7 yards, punt
  • 5 plays, 23 yards, punt
  • 12 plays, 73 yards, INT (at the goaline). 
  • 11 plays, 57 yards, TD
  • 5 plays, 60 yards, TD
  • 8 plays, 62 yards, TD
  • 2 plays, 41 yards, TD
  • 6 plays, 48 yards, FG
  • 8 plays, 68 yards, TD

All together Michigan had 18 passing attempts, to 41(!) rushing attempts (4.8 ypc) according to ESPN's team stats. JH wants to run the football and counter with the passing game. Against SMU that was overwhelming.

This team's weakness is still pass protection, and good coaches coach around their weakness. A ball control, running based attack--paired with a Don Brown defense-- will wear down defenses, limit the hits on Shea, churn out yards, and likely create big pass plays over the top, as defenses bring down extra run support. 

My hot take? JH knows what he's doing. Some of y'all need to embrace the #Manball.



09/15/2018 - 10:30pm So you're shocked that JH…

So you're shocked that JH likes to run the offense downhill between his best o-linemen, while limiting the impact of the tackles, on a day when the offense averages 4.1 ypc over 41 attempts. Okay. 

08/26/2018 - 4:46pm Curious, could the new…

Curious, could he potentially use last year's injury as a medshirt and take this year as his regular redshirt, effectively giving him a 6th year? I doubt he'd stay that long, but who knows what the future holds-- Kekoa and McDoom sure looked good as freshmen. 

06/24/2018 - 5:32pm Get rid of the troll. They…

Get rid of the troll. They're a cancer to the board. 

06/08/2018 - 1:30pm A young man got a degree…

A young man got a degree from a big ten university. Good for him!

05/11/2018 - 7:12pm I wouldn't be surprised

if he started a game this year. I think he's got all the tools to be one of the all time greats at Michigan.

04/14/2018 - 9:20pm They also went through

five head coaches between 1967 and 1984 and since 2000 they've gone through seven more. That's not stability, that's a new coach (and system) roughly every 2.5 years. I think my point still stands.

Also, I'm not sure why you think keeping the GM around for a long time would make things more stable, since, you know, GMs are the ones who keep replacing the coaching staff every few years.

I want to see the same players play in the same system for as long as possible. I think that's how people develop mastery at their jobs. But what do I know, I'm just a guy on the internet.

04/12/2018 - 8:59pm I would wager that the Lions, Browns, and many other

organizations regularly underperform because they frequently cave to outside pressure instead of trusting in their people (who often have long track records of success!).
Good luck having consistently positive results in ANY industry if you overhaul your system whenever it "fails to meet expectations." This seems like it should be especialy obvious in a system that is absolutely dependent on developing talent through countless reps and group cohesion. These organizations lack the leadership necessary to weather the storm long enough to reap the rewards of stability.

04/08/2018 - 1:41am It's got to help with recruiting.

Really does a great job of showing off the Michigan difference. It reflects really well on our football program.

04/05/2018 - 10:51pm Crack.

This is bliss.

03/27/2018 - 12:48pm Joe's gonna be a legend by the time he leaves.

I think he's got more pure talent than any QB we've had in a while. He's raw as hell, but he came up in the muck. Him "not acting like a freshman" is no surprise. To grow up in Pahokee and now have his level of maturity tells me he's an outstanding and resilient young man. He's got crazy physical tools AND a mindset to succeed-- even in the harshest conditions. Now give him world class coaching and football resources and you got a recipe for greatness. Devin Gardner 2.0 with a bigger arm and Harbaugh coaching him for 3-5 years? Kid's gonna be a monster. Yes please!

02/19/2018 - 7:41pm Primary for Nico Collins

Joe Milton, and Ronnie Bell. Secondary for Oliver Martin.

02/19/2018 - 7:29pm Drevno hasn't been that bad of a recruiter.

247 has him listed as the primary recruter of Nolan Rumler so far for 2019, and was previously the primary recruter for Onwenu, Filiaga, Mayfield, Honigford, and Spanellis. He was also the secondary recruiter for Bredeson, Ruiz, Gentry, and Stueber.

I get that we have missed on some big OL targets in the past couple classes, but the guy hasn't exactly been dead weight like a lot of people on here like to think.

01/27/2018 - 1:14pm Don't forget

those QBs also had a different position coach than the year previously and were likely working with new concepts. Additionally, they had very little pass protection and were throwing to an extremely young WR group that were still learning to run routes.

People want to blame coaches--and I get that, but it's still surprising that they completely gloss over other factors that contributed to the passing game struggles last year.

01/12/2018 - 7:04pm I'm in the minority on this board,

But I'd be thrilled if both Pep and Drev stick around. Give the young players another year in the same system with a dedicated WRs coach and I think the offense will take a huge step forward next year. It's crazy to me how many people disregard the impact of coaching stability and simultaneously complain about how stunted our team's development has been since coach Carr retired.

10/20/2017 - 9:58pm Love this guy's footwork.

I'm obviously no expert, but the thing that really stood out to me is his foot-speed when blocking-- watch some of those inside zone clips from his junior year. He's got that quick chopping and driving thing down. I'm excited to see how Frey develops his blocking. He seems like a natural.

10/20/2017 - 9:58pm Love this guy's footwork.

I'm obviously no expert, but the thing that really stood out to me is his foot-speed when blocking-- watch some of those inside zone clips from his junior year. He's got that quick chopping and driving thing down. I'm excited to see how Frey develops his blocking. He seems like a natural.

10/17/2017 - 12:07pm Has Michigan finally put it all together?

Up until this point, games have seemed to feature specific, glaring problems. O-line issues, QB turnovers, penalties, etc. If Michigan's offense can sustain their new found running game, lean on a dominant defense, and not turn it over-- they'll be in this game. If the passing game can connect on a few key plays, that may be all it takes. We have yet to see what this offense looks like when its not regularly derailing itself. Look out when it comes together. I trust the coaches to get us there at some point this season. Go blue. Beat Penn State.

05/20/2017 - 8:36pm The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined

by Steven Pinker. It's a thick book, but well worth it. Pinker is brilliant.

02/25/2017 - 10:54am Two people were involved.

Perhaps instead of slut-shaming the woman, you could find equal shame in the man who thought it was okay to sleep with another man's partner.

01/29/2017 - 11:23pm This would be so rad.

All these guys on the same team would be fun to watch. I love how they all bring something different to the table!

12/07/2016 - 11:14pm I have a similar feeling--St. Juste is legit!

With that said, even if Thomas doesn't beat out some very solid competion at corner, he looks just as good on offense. I could also see St. Juste move to safety at some point with how big he is. This class has great talent and versatility!

12/07/2016 - 8:48pm Thanks for the embed!

Good stuff!

12/07/2016 - 8:30pm It'd be fantastic to see DPJ

It'd be fantastic to see DPJ make a name for himself at Michigan -- he's got all the tools. With the elite coaching, QB play, and support he'd get at UM, he could have a monster college career. Gotta think playing in our offense under Harbaugh would prep him well for a long NFL career, too. Hope he goes blue!

11/20/2016 - 6:08pm After re-watching

the game this morning, I came away feeling a lot better about this. During the game I was screaming for him to step up into the pocket, but the pocket didn't exist. If he doesn't bail out he's eating a sack instead. O-line was having some trouble in pass protection. Overall O'Korn looked okay and didn't do anything to lose us the game. We'll see if the coaches open things up more for him next week if Speight can't go.

10/22/2016 - 11:58pm James Franklin

just beat Urban Meyer.

10/03/2016 - 10:37pm At this point,

I think their offense should be considered elite until proven otherwise. Wisconsin has a better defense than anyone they've played so far, but I'd be surprised if they held them under 30. With that said, I hope Wisconsin beats the hell out of 'em.

09/30/2016 - 5:34pm I want to +100 this.

These kinds of comments are what make mgoblog special.

09/26/2016 - 12:55am Thanks for doing this!

What is the one thing offensive recruits consistently bring up about our program? What do defensive recruits regularly mention?