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12/04/2018 - 12:08pm I'd say it's too early to…

I'd say it's too early to tell on Riley.  He was the OC of a very good offense and that has stayed good.  But the defense has gotten worse after he kept the same staff on.  It has yet to be seen how he does at the actual running of the program and hiring replacements.

12/03/2018 - 11:26am Unfortunately, free internet…

Unfortunately, free internet message boards have shown that low barriers to entry tend to drive off good posters as the board grows.  With more posters there are more assholes who make the valuable contributors question why they even bother.  We've seen this as mgoblog has grown and it also happened at the michigan 247 site when it merged with scout.  Even news sites are getting rid of the comment section because they tend to be worthless.

12/03/2018 - 9:45am The one issue I see with a…

The one issue I see with a paid subscriber offering would be content after losses.  When the site is free and supported by ad revenue, there's not much ground to stand on if you complain that Brian didn't UFR the OSU game.  But once people are paying $5 a month, it becomes harder to just not make expected content because you don't want to.

11/30/2018 - 9:50pm The Chiefs and NFL are even…

The Chiefs and NFL are even better than OSU at not finding what they don't want to find during an investigation.

11/29/2018 - 10:08pm I love the whole "he's not…

I love the whole "he's not an asshole, it's just his schtick to get a rise out of people and it's funny".  No, he's an asshole who can't face the ensuing consequences so he covers by calling it a joke.

As the rule of goats says:  Even if you're only fucking goats ironically, you're still a goat fucker.

11/28/2018 - 12:35am Wouldn't mind going after…

Wouldn't mind going after their Co-OC and WRs coach.  He recruited Rondale Moore and another 4 star WR this year, worked with Brohm at WKU, and spent a year as WR coach out at WSU with Leach.

11/22/2018 - 2:47pm I'd say Moorhead or Rhule…

I'd say Moorhead or Rhule would be upgrades and at least 1 would likely take the job if offered.  The crazy thing with the Franklin to USC rumors is he is such a bad fit for the job.  USC recruits itself based on location and the pipelines to schools like Mater Dei.  They need a coach who can instill order and discipline on a team filled with stars and make smart game day decisions.

11/21/2018 - 3:50pm He did that with Moorehead…

He did that with Moorehead and Shoop but they were hired away.  Their current DC has been good, keeping them as a top 15 unit but the OC after Moorehead has not.  Will be interesting to see what he does with the offense after this season.  But he also needs to give up game management, the weird time out usage and punts from inside the 45 will continue to cost them close games like the OSU/MSU games this year. 

11/20/2018 - 10:57am No rumors on this but Rhule…

No rumors on this but Rhule would probably be a good hire for them.  Got Temple good and is in the process of repairing Baylor.

11/17/2018 - 8:33pm I used to agree, but this…

I used to agree, but this has been a trend under Harbaugh.  Play calling seems to get conservative and the intermediate passing game has been lacking this season.  So much of the passing game is deep shots off play action, and that's not an option in the RZ which may actually hamper the offense.

11/17/2018 - 8:31pm Clearly playing it safe to…

Clearly playing it safe to stay healthy for OSU is like playing prevent defense.  You're better off just playing your regular game so you can get out to a big lead and get your starters off the field.  Play 30 downs of real football instead of 60 downs of half-assed garbage.

11/16/2018 - 8:49pm Might be a bit of a tell,…

Might be a bit of a tell, but I don't think it's as easy to see on the field as it is from the sideline.  Remember, the players have OL/WR keys to focus on as well as having to see through those OL/WRs to see the QB.  It's a little like RB alignment relative to the QB being a tell, obvious from the sideline but much harder to judge on the field if he's a bit behind or a bit in front of the QB prior to the snap.

11/12/2018 - 9:36pm Well he wasn't too upset to…

Well he wasn't too upset to write this travesty of an article today:

 

https://spartanswire.com/2018/11/12/reality-tv-show-performance-vs-spartan-reality-performance/

11/08/2018 - 2:41pm Interesting idea to smoke it…

Interesting idea to smoke it over the pan.  I prefer chunks of meat so I'll try it with a big piece of beef Chuck.

 

However, this recipe would really benefit from using whole dried chiles and grinding them yourself.  So much more flavor than store bought which loses most flavor sitting on a shelf months after grinding.  Can even grind it at home the night before or do a wet version where you toast the chiles, put them in a bit of hot beef/chicken stock and then puree once soft.

11/07/2018 - 10:26pm A cherry on top would be…

A cherry on top would be that the NC game is in Levi's stadium.  So the 49ers organization will get to see Harbaugh win a championship game there before the 49ers even make the post season or have a winning record since he was fired.

11/06/2018 - 4:56pm Thanks for posting this.  I…

Thanks for posting this.  I've long felt the same way that fans forget these players are human and relatively young ones as well.  I blew up at someone on 247 because Peters didn't play great in the bowl and so was a quitter and the poster couldn't wait for him to transfer.

11/06/2018 - 3:03pm Fishaw is a fraud if he…

Fishaw is a fraud if he really thinks this is because spots will be so tight in 2020.

11/06/2018 - 1:18pm But you also have people…

But you also have people making strategy decisions without worrying about how fans/media will react if they go poorly.  While the mechanics don't completely mirror the real game, some mechanics don't really matter in overall strategy.  Video game players have a history of being great at min/maxing and finding every advantage they can in a game.  It's also a much bigger population than active coaches so you get a lot more data and testing.  It won't all carry over, but it's silly to dismiss, especially when college and pro players enjoy these games and can be influenced by them.

11/05/2018 - 4:11pm The current game plan seems…

The current game plan seems to rely on outside WRs getting over the top of the defense on PA, so speed is most important but size helps.  Coaches clearly still want some outside WRs too, they are recruiting Kyle Ford and Cornelius Johnson, and were after Trevon Raphael in OH who now looks like he won't qualify. 

News has been quiet on the WR front lately, but I'd imagine with recent success they will get active more and may try to flip a guy from a struggling program or could look for a guy who broke out his senior year.

11/05/2018 - 4:04pm They've been very close for…

They've been very close for a while now.  It may be something minor that tipped the scales but once those guys weighed in everyone followed.

11/05/2018 - 10:55am He actually did for Najee. …

He actually did for Najee.  He was one of the first to pick Alabama, and even with almost overwhelming evidence that Najee was picking Michigan he never flipped it and ended up being right.  However, he does still occasionally get backlash for picking Drake Harris to Michigan early and then Harris picking MSU, even though Harris later did pick Michigan.

Unfortunately, fans put way too much stock in CBs, while they are supposed to be writers' opinions on where they think a player will go, readers get really upset when they disagree or the writer ends up being wrong.

11/04/2018 - 8:41pm I wonder how often the…

I wonder how often the highest graded B1G QB is playing against Ohio State. 

11/03/2018 - 11:43pm He actually did it twice.

He actually did it twice.

11/03/2018 - 11:43pm He had 2 that I saw in…

He had 2 that I saw in Parkinggod's highlights.  Both times he took on 2-3 blockers himself and still made the tackle.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UIxkaGOyVHQ

At 3:33 and 8:28 in the video.

10/31/2018 - 4:16pm Kill positions?  That's…

Kill positions?  That's Rutgers not PSU.

10/31/2018 - 4:12pm I think MSU may have used up…

I think MSU may have used up some of their Michigan stuff against PSU too.  With the loss to NW and the previous wins not looking convincing, there was a lot of grumbling among fans/media and the real potential for a couple more losses to bring them to 3-4.  So they had to break out new stuff early to halt the slide.

10/30/2018 - 12:58pm And each of his wins came…

And each of his wins came against the worst team those schools have had during his tenure.  3-9 MSU, 8-5 Michigan, and the OSU team(on a blocked FG for a TD) that got annihilated by Clemson in the playoff after a season of so many close wins they should have been 9-3(doubt OT over MI, OT over WI, 1 pt against MSU, and 4 pts against NW).

10/29/2018 - 11:51pm But that's exactly what ND…

But that's exactly what ND did.  It won't work every time, but even if it's just 1/3 of the time and gets you in scoring range that can easily be worth it.  If you get 12 drives and score on 4 of them, say 2 TDs and 2 FGs, that could be enough to beat a Michigan offense that struggles.  Especially if you can also get a big punt/kickoff return or int return as well.

10/29/2018 - 9:16pm It's a good point that a big…

It's a good point that a big play focused offense is the way to beat Michigan's defense instead of one that tries to methodically drive the field.  That was the way ND scored on Michigan, and could be an issue against PSU..  But I don't think they're looking at how Michigan has changed/improved as the season has gone on.  They are mixing in more zone and trap coverage on defense while allowing the front 4 to bring pressure, and the running game has taken a big step forward due to OL improvements and QB keepers.  PSU has improved as well, their DEs really seem to be coming on, but their DTs are still undersized and depth is thin.  The Michigan interior OL could have a very good day and put up a very Wisconin-like game against them and just wear them out.

10/29/2018 - 3:29pm One player who seems to have…

One player who seems to have mental health issues?

10/29/2018 - 3:01pm You say it happens…

You say it happens everywhere, but does it happen at Michigan?  I've seen many former players employed or working in fields that likely came from Michigan connections.  Places like Alro Steel, Fingerle Lumber, or Related Companies.  I'm sure some don't get the help they expect, but outside of some bellyaching during the Brandon years I've felt that Michigan does a good job taking care of former players.

10/29/2018 - 2:40pm Am I the only one getting…

Am I the only one getting messages on about half the videos saying they require payment to watch?

10/29/2018 - 1:20pm Great to see Ace still …

Great to see Ace still  contributing when he is able.  It really hit home to me how serious his condition was when he wasn't well enough to work as a freaking sports blogger(also his dream job).  Lacking the energy to do a job that can be done in your pajamas on the couch, with no office to go in to or specific hours to work, and relatively loose deadlines shows how debilitating the condition really is.  And I can't imagine the struggle for those who don't have Ace's talent or career options, needing to hold a 9-5 office job sounds utterly impossible.

10/26/2018 - 11:10pm The UCLA team has a lot of…

The UCLA team has a lot of Michigan connections.  Speight and Asiasi on the roster, plus Roy Manning and Jimmie Dougherty on the coaching staff. 

10/26/2018 - 12:18pm One condition.  It needs to…

Good idea.  It needs to be durable, soft, and bottom heavy.  So when a play goes wrong you can throw it across the room, it will land on it's base with the head bobbling around and you will be reassured that Don Brown has everything covered.

10/25/2018 - 10:20pm I'd love to see them lose at…

I'd love to see them lose at least 2 of those games.  And then for Michigan to try and get back in contact with Dixon and Smith.

10/24/2018 - 3:04pm Let's see if he takes the…

Let's see if he takes the post bye week bump that Rudock and 2016 Speight did.  Could see him come out against PSU and pick them apart when they play zone.

10/22/2018 - 6:18pm <blockquote class="twitter…

https://twitter.com/bhstark/status/1054485422967934976

Here's the tweet in question, bottom right corner shows the team walk time.

10/22/2018 - 1:25am I'm looking forward to the…

I'm looking forward to the Purdue game and what Brohm can do against those DBs.  Just hope they don't have a hangover game after OSU.

10/21/2018 - 12:56pm One other factor that I…

One other factor that I haven't seen mentioned yet.  Hudson's barrier to being a starter was consistency, he could be great most of the time but then make a big mistake.  In a tight game like that, the coaches don't want the risk of a totally blown assignment that gets a free rusher at the QB or stuffs a run behind the line. 

10/17/2018 - 5:58pm Ever think that maybe one…

Ever think that maybe one was his Scout account before the 2 sites merged?

10/17/2018 - 5:27pm Likely because pass coverage…

Likely because pass coverage or run defense are weaknesses.

10/16/2018 - 2:16pm My feeling about that is…

My feeling about that is similar to how I feel about  memes referencing the ideology of a brutal authoritarian regime whenever Uche makes a play.

10/16/2018 - 11:20am That was my thought as well…

That was my thought as well when seeing the replays of that.  And if Shea rolls left and the line stays within 3 yards it could suck a lot of the defense down in front of the TE.

10/13/2018 - 11:26pm You're forgiven if someone…

You're forgiven if someone can find a clip of the post game interview everyone is raving about.

10/13/2018 - 5:11pm You can't fault him for…

You can't fault him for taking the pay raise and thinking he could right the ship at Rutgers, though he clearly didn't consider the other teams in the division.

But trying to start a rivalry with Michigan and his whole competing satellite camps war?  Pressuring HS coaches to bring their coaches to his camp and forcing kids to choose between the 2?  Yeah, he deserves to be fired for that and should never be a head coach again.

10/12/2018 - 1:25pm From coverage of his…

From coverage of his recruitment it may already be too late.

10/11/2018 - 10:04pm If you don't mind a little…

If you don't mind a little walking and the weather is decent, we always park at Briarwood.  It's about a 30 minute walk (1.5 miles) that takes you right by the golf course and Pioneer.  There's no worries about getting a spot, no charge to park, there's no traffic after you get the car, and it's good exercise when you will be eating bad food and sitting for 4 hours.

10/11/2018 - 1:26pm Is everyone forgetting Paea…

Is everyone forgetting Paea who started out at DT before moving over to OG this year?  Or do you think others you mentioned would be better?

10/11/2018 - 12:46pm Based on current depth I'm…

Based on current depth I'm not sure it's a terrible idea.  May not help vs Wisconsin but could be necessary for later games in the season.  Not unheard of for linemen to switch sides due to injuries.  They usually aren't great, but sometimes you need bodies.  Question you have to ask is how it hurts his development and how much he'd help this season.

One of the actual football coaches who post here would be better able to weigh in on making a change like this.  Paea would also be an option if they need bodies at DT.