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11/21/2018 - 5:13am Hopefully, when all is said…

Hopefully, when all is said and done Harbaugh will have a higher win percentage than all his previous Michigan predecessors.

Flip 2-3 games (say 2015 MSU and 2016 Ohio State) and Harbaugh has an 80+ win (40-10) percentage.

But what's in the past can't be changed. However, it can be improved upon. And beating Ohio State this Saturday would be a giant, affirming step.

11/19/2018 - 5:31pm The number of Michigan fans…

The number of Michigan fans who still misspell Warinner's name pisses me off.

Once again, his last name is a composite of 2 words: war + inner = Warinner.

++++++++++++++++

That said, I think highly of Warinner and think he has a beat on Ohio State's tendencies. I'm glad he's on our coaching staff now.

11/14/2018 - 11:35pm I prefer Bart Torvik.
http:/…

I prefer Bart Torvik.

http://barttorvik.com/#

We're up to 9th in his rankings.

11/09/2018 - 1:51am Joel Klatt will be a hoot…

Joel Klatt will be a hoot next week. He'll use this defeat to point out NC State was grossly overranked.

10/22/2018 - 11:47pm Kid is a BEAST. I highly…

Kid is a BEAST.

@MGoBloggers, I highly recommend watching his tape.

(https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=doeuUtzvp-E)

I had the same reaction after watching Sainristil's tape as I did when I saw Khaleke Hudson's tape: "LOLOLOL, that's not a 3 star. WANT!"

10/22/2018 - 5:36pm WTF OP?
It's not an either…

WTF OP?

It's not an either/or situation. (I think you didn't ask your question clearly.)

Running the table (which includes beating OSU) en route to winning the Big Ten Championship with a 12-1 record qualifies us for the playoff.
 

10/19/2018 - 6:42pm 75%?
F that.
I want it to be…

75%?

F that.

I want it to be 85% like it was under Schembechler. He went 17-3 against Sparty. And of this 3 losses happened in year 1 (1969). About that game, Schembechler said he didn't understand how important that game was until after the loss so he emphasized it going forward which is clear in his record.

10/19/2018 - 11:11am I will never understand why…

I will never understand why it's so difficult for Michigan fans to spell his name correctly. It's a combination of "war" and "inner" to form Warinner. He's the new Jake Rudddddock.

And while Michigan fans didn't like Harbaugh not naming an OC, this is an instance where it helps to have "collaborative playcalling" because everyone has input and shares the praise when the offense does well. It also protects any individual from being scapegoated by fans when things don't work out.

10/15/2018 - 8:01pm Have you watched LSU games?…

Have you watched LSU games this season? If so, how many and which ones?

All 3 LSU players listed are deserving - especially Greedy Williams and Grant Delpit. They don't call LSU DB U for nothing given all the success LSU has had in producing NFL defensive backs.

10/13/2018 - 1:52am FYI: The tweet was from…

FYI: The tweet was from Tarik Black's personal account.

Yes, LetmeRockk_ is Tarik.

10/10/2018 - 9:24am I'm surprised Goodyear's…

I'm surprised Goodyear's colors look suspiciously like Maize and Blue given that it was founded and is still headquartered in Ohio.

10/07/2018 - 11:04am 2 of those 3 ranked…

2 of those 3 ranked opponents are now 3-2. Hence, they're not ranked anymore.

At the end of the regular season, we'll have the benefit of hindsight and see how many quality wins each ranked team has.

10/04/2018 - 11:29pm Will he be a Trevon Grimes…

Will he be a Trevon Grimes type nightmare, a Dontre Wilson/Jalin Marshall type nightmare, or a Percy Harvin type nightmare?

10/04/2018 - 7:10pm While I agree with your post…

While I agree with your post, I think Keith Washington shouldn't mentioned in the same sentence as Kingston Davis and Alex Malzone. Washington is now the starting QB for a ranked team.

If anything, I count Washington as another recruiting positive for Harbaugh's staff. I think of it as "Harbaugh and his defensive staff assembled such a loaded group of DBs that the younger guys passed up an older guy who is now doing well at another place."

10/04/2018 - 7:05pm Uh, we already have 23…

Uh, we already have 23 commits and the coaching staff is recruiting like it expects to take 30.


Here are all the other players we're still interested in:
- DE Zach Harrison

- RB/LB/ATH Qauvaris Crouh

- DE George Karlaftis

- WR Kyle Ford

- OL Bryce Benhart

- OL Trevor Keegan

- WR Jayden Ellis

- CB/ATH Mike Sainristil

Obviously, we won't get everyone but the coaching staff expects to close on more blue chip players.

10/03/2018 - 5:24am There were a lot of current…

There are a lot of current Michigan fans who were not Harbaugh fans because of his comments about M's academics.

How times have changed...

10/03/2018 - 5:24am I will never forget Marcus…

I will never forget Marcus Ray saying Butch Jones is a better coach than Jim Harbaugh.

While Marcus may have an understanding of some things, he has a propensity to make very stupid comments that age even more poorly.

He can kick rocks.

10/03/2018 - 3:51am Because I'm responding to…

Because I'm responding to your decidedly biased post. I wasn't taking a stand for Pep. I didn't like the hire and I'm not a fan of Pep. I thought Harbaugh could have taken a risk by hiring someone from lower levels (FCS) rather than take someone familiar.

But I won't let anyone prop up Fisch as if he's some offensive genius like Lincoln Riley who has the resume of a real offensive guru.

10/03/2018 - 3:47am Sure. Let's focus on the…

Sure. Let's focus on the play you gave as an example:

"asks a superior athlete playing WR to beat his man off the line, and a QB to get the ball to him in rhythm on a 3 step drop"

This is true but...

...every system has a version of the play. It's why there is no longer a clear distinction between "pro-style" and "spread" in the NFL anymore. It used to be that fans could tell what system a QB was running in the late 2000s/early 2010s by looking at whether a QB was under center or in shotgun. That's no longer the case. The system have been combined and there is now a hybrid system in the NFL. That's because NFL coaches, for all their faults, are great at quickly adding and subtracting plays in a "copy cat" league. Look at the proliferation of "college plays" that is suddenly the rage in the NFL. Example: The Chiefs used a play against the Patriots to great effect in week 1 (of the 2017 season) to shred New England's usually stout defense. In week 2, the Patriots used that same play (after film review) against the Saints in week 2. Brady confirmed it when asked about it.

Also, it's true the spread is simpler because the QB acts more on pre-snap reads and makes fewer post-snap reads. There is inherently a trade-off as with all things. Against elite, more experienced or talented elite defenses, an offense will need wrinkles. Otherwise, a defense will show something pre-snap, quickly shift to something else post-snap, and then the QB is left with bad-to-poor options.

I absolutely agree with your post especially the last paragraph. The spread allows a QB to be more plug-n-play in college but the simplicity of running it can be limiting against quality defenses who are dialed in and well-coached on what to expect on every play. It's why the NFL adjusted to Chip Kelly's offenses after a few years of seeing it.

10/02/2018 - 10:05pm "Nick is by far, the best…

"Nick is by far, the best MSM football guy. Maybe that's not saying tons, but it is something."

WTF?

Hell naw.

Have you never read articles by SB Nation's Ian Boyd or Chris Brown (the football writer)?

10/02/2018 - 10:00pm This is a very disingenuous…

This is a very disingenuous post.

"Jedd Fisch is in the pros now. Pep Hamilton did not do well in the pros."

Jedd Fisch was fired as Jacksonville Jaguars OC. You either don't know this or conveniently left this out.

And Fisch is now an offensive analyst for the LA Rams. He's not a full-time assistant coach on Sean McVay's staff.

10/02/2018 - 9:58pm You do remember that Fisch…

You do remember that Fisch was our PGC when the offensive shitshows happened at Iowa or against FSU in the 2016-17 season, right?

Edit: No, you don't. I read your other posts in this thread. You clearly have a hard-on for Jedd Fisch and think he's the answer to all our problems.

10/02/2018 - 9:43pm Ah, yes...

The typical anti…

Ah, yes...

...The typical anti-academic/anti-analytics take that has become so popular within a particular demographic in recent years.

So let's review.

Math helped (among many, many achievements):
- build ICBMs which can go from one continent to another in 20 minutes and wipe out entire cities and large pools of human population within seconds

- build advanced systems which can simultaneously keep real-time, tracking profiles of billions of humans

- create a network that can send a digital object (i.e. email with attachments) from one side of the world to another in the blink of an eye

- build algorithms that can successfully identify and control outbreaks/diseases

- perform impossibly long computations of many variables

 

But according to you, math is incapable of more accurately explaining or predicting why a set of 11 humans in colored uniforms excels or struggles to move an object from point A to point Z in a rectangle-shaped space against another set of 11 humans in different colored uniforms.

You have to be some kind of idiot.

I've often wondered: we know a smart person is aware of his or her intelligence. But does a dumbass comprehend the depths of his or her stupidity?

10/02/2018 - 9:37pm Didn't Bill C say that he…

Didn't Bill C say that he wouldn't totally phase out the pre-season data starting this season because he retroactively found that using pre-season expectations actually improved accuracy?

I recall him writing a post along those lines.

Edit: Zenogias made the same observation a few posts above.

10/02/2018 - 9:32pm No.

Others may get caught…

No.

Others may get caught up in semantics but I can articulate a clear distinction.

"One game at a time" is sequential. It means not looking back and not looking ahead. Just focus on the present.

"Preparing for opponent a, b, or, c like we're playing Ohio State" means doing your best to prepare comprehensively and effectively for the current opponent.

10/02/2018 - 8:31pm Haskins put up 31 points on…

Haskins put up 31 points on us? You sure? I recall Barrett scrambling for a TD on a play where Hurst was clearly held.

10/02/2018 - 8:23pm Help me understand: what…

Help me understand: what system doesn't require every single player to do its job correctly?

If you say spread, explain to me how.

Triple option? lol

As I understand it, a dual threat QB (regardless of system) is frequently the difference maker because he can salvage a bad play with his feet by scrambling to extend plays or taking off. Some systems (like a pistol) can combine different things and enhance them (i.e. zone read with 4 wide) but ultimately everything comes down to players doing their damn jobs.

09/27/2018 - 6:40pm It's as if he, his staff, …

It's as if he, his staff,  and - specifically - Don Brown know exactly what they're looking for at different positions.

 

Shocking stuff, I know...

 

 

09/23/2018 - 8:21pm Many Americans also love…

Many Americans also love bandwagoning on to winners. Ex: Patriots, Yankees, etc.

09/23/2018 - 8:17pm You're either trying to…

You're either trying to crack a joke or incorrect.

Bama has played Louisville (2-2), Arkansas State (3-1), Ole Miss (3-1), and Texas A&M (2-2). 3 of those 4 are Power 5.

09/22/2018 - 5:24am "Elsewhere"
Like where?

"Elsewhere"

Like where?

09/22/2018 - 1:28am I remember when know-it-all…

I remember when know-it-all MGoBloggers here thought McSorley was only good for arm punting (as they liked to say)

My how times have changed...

 

That said, I want to see us smash Penn State this year.
 

We'll be coming off a Bye week.
It'll be a primetime night game at home.

We need to absolutely win that game.

09/21/2018 - 4:27pm Yes, I consider PSU a rival…

Yes, I consider PSU a rival.

Random Fact: it's interesting to me that our top competition in the East division all have "state" in their last name.

Ohio State
Penn State
Michigan State

09/19/2018 - 6:05pm Word to the wise: just…

Word to the wise: just ignore DeepBlueC.

He thinks he knows. He knows very little. But he has no problem pretending to know.

09/12/2018 - 2:29am You're using height to…

You're using height to assume he'll be a slot. He may or may not be. Lots of outside WRs are 6'-ish.

In any case, we need playmakers regardless of height. A team can never have enough playmakers.

Odell Bekcham Jr. is 5'11. No one categorically calls him a "slot WR" because he's not. He plays inside and outside because he's a playmaker that is very difficult to cover regardless of where he lines up.

Now, I'm not saying Ellis is the next OBJ. But I doubt we'll care if Ellis is 6' if he consistently makes plays in a Michigan Winged Helmet.

09/12/2018 - 1:48am It if my firm opinion that…

It if my firm opinion that Gary Moeller getting fired is one of the worst things to happen to Michigan Football.

Moeller was doing a number of things:

- most notably, he was trying to recruit lots of speed from Texas and California because he wanted a more dynamic passing attack alongside the powerful rushing attack

- he was more aggressive as a playcaller; Moeller also has the ultra-rare distinction of being a great OC and DC. (Young fans probably don't know this. He coached both sides of the ball at Michigan and was damn good at both.)

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I think Moeller would've adopted something closer to the Purdue passing attack of the very late 90s and early 2000s because he would've encountered the spread while vigorously recruiting Texas. (That's basically how Purdue found the spread. When recruiting Drew Brees from Texas, Purdue OC Jim Chaney learned about the spread and was the earliest major adopter of the spread.)

I sometimes wistfully wonder how different Michigan Football would've been if we had a spread passing attack like the one Oklahoma has had for year and years...

It sure would've been nice to be ahead of the curve (re: innovative) on offensive football for once.

FYI: Carr won the 97 National Championship with many players that Moeller recruited. Of course, Carr had a role in building that team since he was the DC before being promoted to HC.

09/06/2018 - 3:33am Uh, I think that might've…

Uh, I think that might've been more about Nussmeier being dogshit.

09/05/2018 - 7:45pm Exactly. 

 

What does that…

Exactly. 

 

What does that tell you about our passing game considering our program's history?

09/05/2018 - 2:33am Uh, wut?
Ohio State's 2013…

Uh, wut?

Ohio State's 2013 and 14 offense rewrote Big Ten record books and lit up Alabama and Oregon.

2014 OSU:
- overcame a 21-6 deficit to Alabama and beat Saban's semi-pro team with a 3rd string QB (partially because OSU was also a similarly loaded semi-pro team).
- crushed Oregon by 3+ TDs despite a -3 turnover differential. When was the last time a team lost the turnover margin by 3 and still embarrassed an opponent?

2016 OSU (which had an anemic offense compared to the 2013 and 2014 OSU offenses) embarrassed Oklahoma in Norman.

Rich Rod was a scrub. He didn't emphasize defense and he didn't add power to his spread. The spread offense is now far more varied and complex than the stuff he ran at Michigan. The game evolves. Don't think so? Look at how many spread teams are now in the SEC.

Again, if you read my post you would see that I'm clearly advocating for a hybridized power spread (which is what Oklahoma, Clemson, and Ohio State all run).

Remember when Saban wanted to slow down the game in the name of player safety which was really a ruse to slow down the spread teams that were exposing his defenses? Yeah, about that...even Alabama now runs up-tempo power spread plays.

We hired the wrong spread coach and he turned out to be the human death penalty.

Hire the right one and things go much better.

09/05/2018 - 2:20am He's a douchebag and a troll…

He's a douchebag and a troll.

The join date alone is a dead giveaway. (Cue GIF of guy saying "Deaaaaaad Giveaway.")
 

But then the bullshit content and sardonic tone of his posts is proof that he's not a Michigan fan.

09/05/2018 - 1:40am Brady Hoke is an example of…

Brady Hoke is an example of nepotism.

No blueblood would've hired him with his resume. He was only hired because he was a former Michigan assistant.

09/05/2018 - 12:56am 3rd generation Wolverine…

3rd generation Wolverine with a MGoBlog join date of 09/04/2018, eh?

Were you born yesterday or is this your new sock puppet account?

You're not fooling anyone.

09/05/2018 - 12:17am Fisch was a good coach …

Fisch was a good coach (certainly better than what we've had the last 2 years). But let's not forget that he was also the OC when we laid stinkers at Iowa and struggled mightily against FSU in 2016.

At this point, I would gladly take Fisch again. But I'm also hoping for someone markedly better and more dynamic.

09/05/2018 - 12:15am You have to be a fucking …

You have to be a fucking (concern) troll if you post garbage like this. Thanks for exposing yourself.

Michigan fans want to win. We're tired of fucking losing. We want to win championships. Plural.

When Alabama (arguably the most staunchly tradition heavy of all schools) adapts to the spread (and recruits dual-threat QBs) because Saban sees its overwhelming advantages (after getting repeatedly beat by power spread passing teams), then you know times are changing.

I mean...just a few years ago...outsiders were wondering it the Alabama fanbase (which has many closet racists) would accept a black kid (Blake Sims) as its starting QB. Fast-forward a few years and they didn't have a problem with a true freshman Jalen Hurts nearly leading them to a National Championship or a Polynesian QB guiding the team to victory.

09/05/2018 - 12:07am You don't think the UM…

You don't think the UM fanbase wants an offense like Oklahoma's that combines spread with power?

FYI: In his most pass-happy year (sophmore year), Baker Mayfield averaged 30 passing attempts per game.

Do the math.

https://www.sports-reference.com/cfb/players/baker-mayfield-1.html

The "60 pass attempts per game" is a myth with regards to OU's offense. Yes, some pass-happy spread offenses throw 40 or even 50 times a game.

I'm talking about running a hybridized power spread with an emphasis on aggressive, balanced, creative playcalling.

Btw, you didn't answer my question so I'll ask it again: tell me the number (and names) of Michigan QBs that have thrown for 3,000+ passing yards and 30+ passing TDs in the same season.

FYI #2: Mayfield threw for 4,600+ yards and 43 passing TDs in addition to rushing for 300+ yard and 5 rushing TDs.

09/05/2018 - 12:00am What was the last Michigan…

Who was the last Michigan QB to throw for 3,000+ passing yards and 30+ TDs in the same season?

Hint: You'll be surprised and quite disappointed. The list is...well...I'll let you find out for yourself.

FYI: 3,000+ passing yards / 30+ TDs in the same season are pedestrian numbers by today's standards considering USC, OU, and Big 12 QBs do that plus waaaaay more on the regular now.

But is that surprising given that Michigan stalwarts regarded the spread offense as "communist football" in the 2000s? They were like the dinosaurs of the 80s who regarded Bill Walsh's new WCO as "finesse" and weak. In other words, they were wrong.

09/04/2018 - 11:54pm I hire an innovative coach…

I hire an innovative coach who runs an aggressive, creative college offense that squeezes every ounce of talent out of our players - heralded or not.

A truly great coach/coordinator adapts to his players and gets the most out of them.

Compare Baker Mayfield's Texas Tech stats to his Oklahoma stats.

Compare Kyler Murray's Texas A&M stats to his Oklahoma stats.

What does Occam's Razor say?

It tells me Oklahoma's offensive system has a way of transforming and elevating misutilized players into stars who would have otherwise been relegated to JAG (just another guy) status and, therefore, been forgotten.

I can't for the life of me remember when Michigan was last innovative in offense? The 1920s? Because we had Benny Friedman and he could <gasp> throw the pigskin forward?

Harbaugh must make a change on offense if Michigan finishes this season 9-4, 8-5, or worse. As far as I can tell, there's no "collaborative playcalling" on defense. Don Brown is undoubtedly in charge despite having a former NFL and college DC (re: Greg Mattison) as one of his assistants.

I recall TCU's Gary Patterson hiring away Sonny Cumbie from Texas Tech after the 2013 season which marked a clear philosophical shift from the pro-style offense to the air raid offense.

No coach or player is bigger than the team/program, right?

I'm willing to give Harbaugh this entire season to prove he can win his way on offense. If he does not demonstrate tangible improvement in the win column against a fierce schedule, then he must relinquish control of the offense and recruit the best available coach - young or old - to run the unit. I realize that Lincoln Riley-esque geniuses don't grow on trees but I'm sure there are young, talented, innovative coaches who would crawl over miles of broken glass to coach at Michigan. They merely need the opportunity to prove themselves.

 

09/04/2018 - 1:42am Uh, he did.

Did you miss…

Uh, he did.

Did you miss the following line?

"The offensive line wasn’t great, obviously. They gave up three sacks and paved the way for a running game that found less and less room the longer this one went on."

08/28/2018 - 9:52pm Hopefully Dienhart is taking…

Hopefully Dienhart is taking a well-earned vacation in Bolivia.

08/28/2018 - 7:33pm Nope, not interested in that…

Nope, not interested in that scenario.

I'm quite fine with Michigan going 13-0 and Wisconsin finishing 11-2 after the Big Ten Championship.

I've grown to hate Wisconsin after the injury to Grant Newsome and then the injury to Peters. I hope Harbaugh dominates Paul Chryst going forward.