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08/16/2018 - 1:17pm Context works both ways, not…

Context works both ways, not just the ways that makes you feel most confident. You can't use only close losses in your argument if you ignore all the close wins that could have easily been losses.

If you want to talk about being a play away from beating OSU or MSU, then you should recognize how it took OT or double OT to beat Indiana 2 of the last 3 years. Or a goal line stand to beat Minnesota in 2015.

2017, do we even beat Florida if not for a Rs Frosh kicker in his first ever game and at Jerry World of all stages to make 4 field goals including 2 from 50+ AND scoring a defensive TD? Do we beat Cincy if we don't have 2 pick 6's and a safety? Air Force was a chip shot FG away from making it a 22-16 game in the 4th quarter against us, and again thank the football gods our frosh kicker was 5-5 on fgs or else AF may have beat us. 

People take for granted these types of wins when extraordinary things go in our favor but when extraordinary things cause our losses then that is the only context people choose to see.

The trust the coaches thing gets brought up every single head coach we have. I remember the "In Rod we trust" shirts. I remember the trusting Hoke after he instantly turned us into an 11 win team. I think we all trust Harbaugh a hell of a lot more than any other recent coach but that does not mean you aren't allowed to have concerns going into the season.

08/16/2018 - 12:47pm The dude presents factual…

The dude presents factual statistics to explain his reasonable point of view and because those stats don't say we are going to win by 3+ scores he is a negative person or a troll? 

Debate back with more numbers or something of significance. Blind homerism is fine but if you are going to refute someone bring something to the table at least.

08/16/2018 - 12:36pm Reading this blog last…

Reading this blog last season you'd think Foug was our team MVP and all-american. The dude did kick offs. He did them well but he is easily replaceable because a guy who only does kick offs is always easily replaceable. Not to mention Nordin has the strongest kicking leg I have ever seen at Michigan. 

08/16/2018 - 12:27pm They have been reloading,…

They have been reloading, not rebuilding, at OL for a few years now.

2018 1st round T, 1st round G

2016 1st round T, 2nd round C

2014 1st round T 3rd round G

They did lose their OL coach who built this trend however to the NFL this season. Their C and G will probably be mid round draft picks in 2019. Most of us on the blog know they lost 2 top picks on the OL this year so an automatic assumption kicks in that their OL will be a major question mark. This is not the case. They will not be as good as last year but they will still have a good OL. Our DL is better though.

08/16/2018 - 12:29am I agree. I am just tired of…

I agree. I am just tired of Michigan fans ripping on a recent Michigan player for something he never even said.

08/15/2018 - 11:36am I absolutely love reading…

I absolutely love reading about Runyan going toe to toe with Hutchinson. I mean besides the fact it makes me feel old as shit.

08/15/2018 - 11:25am Getting late early for him…

Getting late early for him. If he is indeed behind Turner now then he'd likely be no higher than 3rd on the depth his junior year. That is the year Charbonnet and Gray come in who I am very high on. I believe Charbonnet will be 2nd on the depth chart by his first game. 

I always found O'Maury really intriguing as a safety prospect, comparable to Dymonte Thomas, but he is on the short side there. Maybe he can bloom late.

08/15/2018 - 11:09am Out of all the OL listed…

Out of all the OL listed Lewan is the only true tackle. You can make the argument Braden is best at tackle since that is where he is currently backing up but I think he's a better guard and will end up there if he hangs around in the NFL. We have been making our best interior linemen play tackle for years. Cole, Magnuson, Schofield, Braden kicked out for his senior year too after injury due to the usual lack of tackle depth. JBB belongs at guard as well. 2011 might be the last year we started all 5 guys at their most natural positions.

This is bad. Ideally you want lots of tackle prospects and the ones who get beat out still have a good chance to be solid guards. It usually doesn't workout as well vice versa. Recruit more tackles!

I believe Funk was a terrible OL coach and Drevno was a much better coach but overwhelmed his players leaving them often confused.

The link, which has us 1st, even states we are falling off the wagon and only rated that high based on old timers like Long, Hutch, and Backus. And the link is from April, 2016.

08/14/2018 - 10:42pm You the man!

You the man!

08/14/2018 - 10:35pm I remember reading Pep was…

I remember reading Pep was going to install a spread offense last off season. It looked to me like we attempted to start the season with more spread looks. It did not go well. So are we working on the same stuff as last year then?

08/13/2018 - 1:35pm What O'Korn actually said…

What O'Korn actually said was,

“Honestly, I think I’m the most NFL-ready quarterback in this draft just as far as terminology, and knowing what to do on a day-to-day basis, game-planning. I was part of the game-plan meetings with coach Harbaugh, coach (Pep) Hamilton, the whole staff, coach (Tim) Drevno, all last fall, so just on a day-to-day basis what it takes to be an NFL quarterback, I think I would choose myself over any other guy in this draft in that regard.”

08/13/2018 - 11:39am This. When Chesson had…

This. When Chesson had Rudock he was a deep ball threat who was put into position to make some great plays. Speight with the same player, but a year matured, was not able to find Chesson nearly as much or put the ball in a place to let him make as many plays. 

Patterson is going to be a massive difference maker for us in this regard.

08/12/2018 - 9:46am Then why would umbig11 even…

Then why would umbig11 even comment on "Jim has control and is the OC" if it's exactly the same as last year?

08/11/2018 - 6:56pm By your no OC, Jim has…

By your no OC, Jim has control comment do you mean Jim will no longer receive plays from the run and pass coordinators?

Or something else?

08/11/2018 - 12:55am Yeah it is really hard to…

Yeah it is really hard to understand. It makes me wonder how much freedom our pass game coordinator has in choosing personnel, scheme, and routes for pass plays compared to how much Harbaugh runs the show while Pep just tries following what harbaugh wants.

08/10/2018 - 6:39pm Neither LT or RT have clear…

Neither LT or RT have clear number 1's. If JBB and Runyan start that is 2 players who I think are likely better guards than tackles. 

08/10/2018 - 1:34am Is he punting also or is…

Is he punting also or is that a 2 man battle between Robbins and Hart?

08/10/2018 - 12:27am Agreed. I think he was huge…

Agreed. I think he was huge for us in recruiting too.

08/08/2018 - 11:59pm A Don Brown kiss is really…

A Don Brown kiss is really just him getting close enough to your face until his mustache punches you.

08/08/2018 - 11:38pm Go to Bolivia.

Vacation to Bolivia.

08/08/2018 - 9:18pm McDoom should have always…

McDoom should have always ran quick outs/ins, slants, hitches, screens, or motioned. It really makes you wonder what we were doing sending him out on fades so often. You have to know your players strengths and weaknesses so you can put them in the best possible positions to succeed. We did not do that. 

08/08/2018 - 12:58am I believe there are new…

I believe there are new rules starting this season that a player can play up to 4 games total for the whole season and still redshirt. 

08/08/2018 - 12:56am Safe word is Omaha.

Safe word is Omaha.

08/07/2018 - 5:51pm Milton has the strongest arm…

Milton has the strongest arm here since...Shane Morris. Let's hope the hype equates to something substantial. I'm still full go on the Shea Patterson bandwagon.

08/07/2018 - 2:23pm But the OP said most…

But the OP said most important players, not positions. Otherwise it would be a boring post where everyone would say QB and LT because those are always 2 of the most important positions.

08/07/2018 - 3:45am This. It's not the position…

This. It's not the position that you hope improves the most. It's the most important players on our team. If Runyan, JBB, Hudson, and let's say Stueber are all about equal OT's at this point than their is no real drop off from one to the next making them much less important individually.

1. Shea

2. Devin Bush

3. Tarik Black

Close runner ups: Gary and Winovich. The drop offs from our DEs to their back ups will likely be huge.

08/07/2018 - 3:15am Just because someone wins a…

Just because someone wins a tight race at OT doesn't instantly make them overly important. Look at last year for example. Ulizio would have been one of your most important players on the team and he is closer to the opposite.

08/06/2018 - 11:03am He was our weakest link on D…

He was our weakest link on D last year but on an excellent defense. Do you think Woods or JKP will pass him?

08/05/2018 - 8:25pm 1. Michigan lost more…

1. Michigan lost more defensive talent than offensive and its defense was younger than the offense. It was the defense that we expected to take a step back and a returning starting QB on offense was suppose to offset most the offensive departures. Instead the D was phenomenal again and the offense was a jabroni. Msu had more starters leave than us yet still had a better season. It can be done despite mass exodus.

3. Drevno needed to go but thinking Pep is amazing based on a heavily edited Amazon series is ridiculous. He has yet to prove his worth. Re-watch our passing offense all season. It was embarrassing. It is what Pep is in charge of.

4. O'Korn was not good but he was a 3100 yard, 28-10 td/int QB as a freshmen. The fact we could not even coach him up into an almost serviceable back up in 3 years here is a failure.

6. We got out coached against msu. O'Korn threw 35 passes in monsoon weather compared to Higdon only getting 14 touches. Bad game plan. If you want mention we were a play away from beating state then it's only fair to mention we were also a play away from losing to Indiana. We were no where near 12-1.

08/05/2018 - 1:00pm Prediction: Urban pushes the…

Prediction: Urban pushes the AD on the grenade. AD gets fired. Shelly "resigns" from her employment with the school. The all Ohio investigative team will state Urban followed protocol but the protocol needs to be improved. Urban accepts 3 game suspension for lying to media but mostly agrees to save some face for their piece of shit university.

08/02/2018 - 2:29am Wow that was powerful. You…

Wow that was powerful. You really feel for Courtney and I admire her bravery. I hope her and her kids get absolute freedom from that asshat. He belongs in jail. Urban belongs banned from any position where he is in a leadership position to kids. 

08/02/2018 - 2:01am You're an idiot. And keep…

You're an idiot. And keep politics off mgoblog.

08/02/2018 - 1:50am This is the first I've heard…

This is the first I've heard of #3. Do you have any links regarding this? Not because I doubt you but because I'm a terrible person who would like to read more about this rumor.

08/02/2018 - 1:46am Is it just me or is this an…

Is it just me or is this an absolutely huge deal this leaked?

08/01/2018 - 5:31pm Inconceivable

Inconceivable

08/01/2018 - 5:23pm Ah the school of Chris…

Ah the school of Chris Carter, they are getting their story straight about Smith being the fall guy. Deny, deflect, then blame.

08/01/2018 - 2:02pm Colin Cowherd is going to…

Colin Cowherd is going to talk about this story next.

08/01/2018 - 1:51pm Have you followed any of MSU…

Have you followed any of MSU's shenanigans? If Izzo can get out of that with no actual punishment then why expect anything to happen to Urban? Izzo played rapists and had a grad assistant coach on his staff who punched a woman in public and kept his job on Izzo's staff.

The ncaa is a joke man.

08/01/2018 - 11:57am Let's not do the whole …

Let's not do the whole "players' family is reading this blog" schtick. Or are we only supposed to say we think every player on the roster is going to be All-American to not offend someone? 

This is a fans sports blog with worthless fan opinions. If a player gets so butt hurt over that then their skin isn't thick enough to play here anyway. Do not bash players but wanting a back up to start over someone else as a fan is not bashing anyone.

Aspyr if your family is reading this I would like to apologize. I think you will be All-American.

08/01/2018 - 11:48am I just hope we play well…

I just hope we play well enough this year our back up QB can actually play more than the last 90 seconds of a game.

08/01/2018 - 12:09am He did. But who gets the…

He did. But who gets the credit for his regression instead of improvement last year?

08/01/2018 - 12:04am Rudock got passed by a…

Rudock got passed by a younger talent who became a 3rd round draft pick. Rudock did not suck at Iowa. 

07/31/2018 - 10:33pm Most generosity I've seen…

Most generosity I've seen since Scott's Tots.

07/31/2018 - 10:37am We will always have the…

We will always have the Purdue game that O'Korn saved. 

I always found it messed up if you criticised Speight's play on here you would get neg bombed but it was popular to criticise O'Korn. Both tried their best in the winged helmet. Yeah it didn't go as we all wished it but going out of your way to bash any Michigan player makes you a shitty fan.

07/31/2018 - 12:48am Could you imagine Jim and…

Could you imagine Jim and Mike Leach sitting at a bar swapping stories and theories?

07/30/2018 - 9:25pm I think it has nothing to do…

I think it has nothing to do with depth and everything about simplifying things for our O linemen.

07/30/2018 - 1:29pm We don't even have a 3rd…

We don't even have a 3rd string RB right now. We have Higdon, Evans, and then who knows. Tru Wilson getting hype as the 3rd man is a red flag about our depth.

07/30/2018 - 1:06am Dang. I was pretty high on…

Dang. I was pretty high on Walker too. I still think he will be an impact RB before he graduates. Now it hurts quite a bit we didn't keep AJ Dillon in the fold as a RB. He's like a fast DeVeon Smith.

07/29/2018 - 1:27am I'd give a solid 7. 

I'd give a solid 7. 

07/29/2018 - 1:19am Can we finally cool it with…

Can we finally cool it with the context talk? A win is a win and a loss is a loss, end of story. Did you talk about context when Minnesota was inches away from beating us in 2015 or when it took double overtime to beat Indiana? It took another overtime to beat them this year. But we don't talk about the context of those games because we won. So let's quit pretending our losses are anything more than that, losses. There are no moral victories.