|01/11/2019 - 8:36pm||It’s “champing” at the froth…||
It’s “champing” at the froth.
|01/08/2019 - 1:28am||Yeah, Clemson sure did tear …||
Yeah, Clemson sure did tear ‘em up with their low tempo, run heavy, ball control offense, carefully protections their freshman QB and receivers from ever having to make a tough play... wait what?
Bama’s defense would have owned Michigan. Yeah, we have a Harbaugh offense, and we shouldn’t expect a slot-bug spread-to-pass, but Harbaugh either needs to improve himself or hand over the reins of play calling to someone else. What he’s doing now isn’t working very well and the constant clock management snafus are embarrassing to watch.
It’s dumb to call for his head, or to imply that Warde ought to force his hand. But it’s perfectly reasonable to point out the the Harbaugh led Michigan offense is underperforming in ways that look structural, and ultimately on the head coach.
|01/03/2019 - 8:55pm||Honestly I did think there…||
Honestly I did think there was too much rotation this year... it’s not like Higdon ever looked winded, and Evans was, I’m sorry to say, a pure downgrade for between the tackles running. I do think RBs take some time to get into rhythm, get a feel for how the OL is doing that game. Probably should have been something like 80% Higdon in competitive parts of the game. Tru is a decent backup, and Evans should honestly be exclusively a space player or run/pass kind of option (I’d say 3rd down back, but he was probably the weakest blocker).
|12/31/2018 - 11:12am||0-4 against your main rival …||
0-4 against your main rival (and most important game every year), with only 1, maybe 2 of those games being competitive, is not a trivial “red mark”. Looking completely uncompetitive in a couple of bowl games doesn’t help.
I’m not at all on the “fire Harbaugh” train, but definitely on the “Harbaugh needs to adapt on offense” train. Part of the anti-Harbaugh sentiment stems from his seeming stubbornness on that front. He was willing to adapt on defense, but seems unwilling to even acknowledge structural issues on offense. The “manball by committee” approach is not working. Burning a timeout every game because they can’t get the play call straight, the complete inability to run tempo or hurry up when down and needing to score, speak to serious issues of either organization or focus or both, and that’s the side of the ball Harbaugh takes direct responsibility for.
Great coaches recognize their weaknesses and correct them. Saban did it. Beilein did it. If Harbaugh is a great coach, he needs to do it too. If he doesn’t, he’s too stubborn to be a great coach.
|12/29/2018 - 4:38pm||They aren’t as good because…||
They aren’t as good because Brian/Ace aren’t writing them, Ace because of his health and Brian because he’s in his usual post-OSU pout. It’s his site, and we read it for free, but damn, it would be really nice to have the same level of insightful coverage of big games we lose as we do for cupcakes we beat. At the very least, it might nip some of the hotter takes in the bud.
EDIT: I’m really not trying to be too harsh on Brian, but I have to be honest that his aggressively disinterested demeanor (maybe it’s a schtick?) particularly on the WTKA round tables, has gotten really offputting this year. Which is a huge bummer for me because when he’s on his game he’s a great writer and commentator.
|12/28/2018 - 8:20am||What does the CFP have to do…||
What does the CFP have to do with it? Do you really think we’d be more fired up for the Peach Bowl against Florida if the CFP games were just their old bowls?
|12/18/2018 - 3:27pm||It's a "New Year's" bowl…||
It's a "New Year's" bowl being played on 12/29 for TV reasons.
|12/18/2018 - 3:25pm||This is ultimately a pretty…||
This is ultimately a pretty meaningless bowl game, so I have a pretty hard time getting worked up about draft-eligible players sitting out. Given what happened to Jake Butt, how can you blame them?
The one thing the bowl is good for is getting extra practice for next year's team. Why waste first team snaps on players who can't help you with next year's goals?
What I would think might be a better compromise: draft eligible player says, hey coach, I'd prefer not to play but I'll happily work out with the team, travel, and be a senior leader. Make me the 3rd string "break glass in case of emergency" option in case everyone else at my spot gets hurt.
|12/12/2018 - 4:24am||Bullshit. Zero reason or…||
Bullshit. Zero reason or excuse to choke a student under your care and mentorship. There’s a difference between being tough and being an out of control bully. Raging out isn’t tough, it’s easy.
This isn’t war, it isn’t prison, it’s shooty hoops for young men who were in high school last year. If you think there’s something wrong with “kids these days” because they won’t put up with literally criminal abuse, you’re sick.
|12/12/2018 - 4:17am||You know what’s really “soft…||
You know what’s really “soft”? Lacking any self-control and throwing violent tantrums like a two year old because you’re an entitled prick and a bully. Bobby Knight is soft.
|11/30/2018 - 8:58am||Yeah BPONE looms. I like…||
Yeah BPONE looms. I like watching Beilein overachieve in the tournament. Still a bit worried about what happens when this team runs into someone competent that can run zone.
Then again last year’s team made it to the championship with basically one good offensive game all tournament so I’ll shut up and enjoy the ride.
|11/26/2018 - 4:10pm||OSU didn't break out…||
OSU didn't break out anything new or surprising for this game. They just finally played up to the capability of their talent level. Their offense has been killer all year, but prone to bogging down from poor execution. Their defense has tons of talent but was undisciplined.
I think it's a mistake to see a team playing way better against their rivals as a good thing. That's a mark of crappy discipline, a team that doesn't put in effort week in and week out. MSU doesn't play "up" for Michigan - they play down to the rest of their competition. Which is why they tend to fall apart if they lose to Michigan.
OSU didn't play "up" to Michigan. They sleep-walked through their season and took a crappy loss, then finally played the way they should have played all year because their coach can't motivate them anymore, only The Game can.
Hell, look at the old Hoke teams that always seemed to play out of their minds against OSU. Was it a good thing that his teams played better against OSU than they did against Akron? Of course not. Teams that play close to their potential don't "get up" for rivalry games because they are "up" every week.
Unfortunately the reality is that Michigan's A game is not at the level of OSU's A game. That would have been obvious if we'd seen OSU's A game all year. To the extent that this wasn't Michigan's A game, it seemed more like it was nerves from the pressure and hostile environment - TOO MUCH amped up, if anything. Treating a game as special can get in your head in a bad way too.
|11/26/2018 - 3:54pm||The fact that Don Brown is…||
The fact that Don Brown is used to playing against superior talent is what really confounded me about this game. Was the talent gap between OSU and M's defense really as big as some of the teams Don Brown's BC had to deal with? I don't think so - but I don't think Don Brown called this game the way he called a BC game. If we'd used a BC scheme with Michigan's talent, I think we'd have had a much better chance in this game. Instead Brown seemed to stubbornly stick with the assumption we could beat OSU straight up with 4 man rush and all man coverage.
I wonder if the relative closeness of the game at the half lulled them a bit - that really should have been desperation time from the get go. Pulling Gil and subbing Ambry in for Watson seem like they should have been no brainers. Desperate? Maybe, but by that point it should have been clear that the starters were getting straight beat without really busting, and we needed some more speed out there.
|11/26/2018 - 2:49pm||We need Karan Higdon, except…||
We need Karan Higdon, except actually given the ball every down instead of getting pulled for Chris Evans, who is just not that good between the tackles.
|11/26/2018 - 2:47pm||He forgot to commit to…||
He forgot to commit to Rutgers first to get the Rutgers decommit boost. He'll go with the Scarlet Knights for a few months then recommit to M on signing day, and be our best back of the decade.
|11/26/2018 - 2:36pm||That's fair. I guess I wasn…||
That's fair. I guess I wasn't even considering him a flight risk - I was thinking more of Devin Bush and the corners.
|11/26/2018 - 2:34pm||Pretty easy to say from your…||
Pretty easy to say from your couch when it isn't your (and your family's) financial future on the line.
|11/26/2018 - 12:21pm||I kind of feel like Shea is…||
I kind of feel like Shea is going to submit his name, get back a mid-round grade, and return. But of the others... who else could legitimately expect to improve their draft stock with another year?
|11/26/2018 - 12:19pm||Let's not recruit anybody…||
Let's not recruit anybody else with "gary" in their last name to Michigan... between Rashan and Mitch I've had enough heartbreak over guys with brilliant talent who love Michigan but for various dumb reasons never quite get to put it all together in Maize and Blue.
|11/26/2018 - 12:11pm||THANK YOU for calling out…||
THANK YOU for calling out Gus Johnson... I honestly don't usually get the announcer hate, but this was ridiculous. Not just the Urban Redemption arc, but the fact that he pulled up a coverage replay just to gripe about the Michigan secondary being grabby (right after OSU had scored a TD on a blatant pick play with a WR blocking like 6 yards downfield). Or how he was praising Haskins for "brilliance" for basically throwing balls on target to wide open guys (which, he had an excellent game, but nothing shocking for a known accurate QB).
And spot on with the general gripes about "redemption". It's not that anybody who's done their time ought to be a pariah forever - it's that winning at sportsball should never be a "redemption" for being a trash human. Whether or not Urban is "redeemed" (he's not) has nothing to do with the final score of The Game.
|11/25/2018 - 12:01am||At this point it has to be a…||
At this point it has to be a conditioning or package thing, right? Either Ross gets gassed or hasn’t quite grasped The whole playbook. Otherwise it’s baffling - Ross is just flat better whenever he’s out there.
|11/24/2018 - 5:12pm||Don Brown, like John Beilein…||
Don Brown, like John Beilein, has earned a pass on recruiting 3* that fit his unique needs. Offense, not so much.
|11/24/2018 - 11:00am||Aren’t those Mattison’s…||
Aren’t those Mattison’s glasses?
|11/24/2018 - 10:59am||Tryin to kill that last hour…||
Tryin to kill that last hour of anticipation man
|11/24/2018 - 10:04am||Which is a great one, but…||
Which is a great one, but weirdly I can only find photoshops, can’t find the source image.
|11/20/2018 - 6:29pm||Both Higdon and Evans are…||
Both Higdon and Evans are plenty fast to beat the OSU secondary when the last safety misses a tackle at 5 yards from the LOS, which is what happened on the long Blackshear TDs. No defense is fast enough to make up for being that out of position.
|11/20/2018 - 6:25pm||I haven't watched every OSU…||
I haven't watched every OSU game, but hasn't Martell already screwed up 2 short yardage situations with false starts? Seems like that package has not been practiced well. Seems like the sort of thing that might catch Don Brown once and then be utterly smothered.
|11/20/2018 - 6:14pm||Was this photo taken…||
Was this photo taken immediately prior to her yelling I AM THE SENATE and shooting lightning bolts from her fingers?
|11/20/2018 - 3:04pm||I don't recall anything…||
I don't recall anything particularly egregious from this year's version of MSU, other than the phantom unsportsmanlike on Higdon (but I'd prefer that to letting things get out of hand like O'Neil did). For once the conference's best interests align with Michigan, so I don't expect anything worse than standard home cooking advantage. But BPONE, and all that.
|11/20/2018 - 2:49pm||Not going.
"You'll will never find a more wretched hive of scum and villainy... except in Urban's staff meetings"
With the requisite Obi Wan pic
|11/19/2018 - 12:08am||Urban Meyer stressed out and…||
Urban Meyer stressed out and losing looks almost as grouchy as Dantonio looks literally always.
|11/17/2018 - 5:55pm||Indiana ain’t the Citadel||
Indiana ain’t the Citadel
|11/17/2018 - 5:55pm||At the moment the starters…||
At the moment the starters are getting beat.
|11/17/2018 - 5:53pm||Mike fucking deBord is out…||
Mike fucking deBord is out coaching Don Brown right now
also, the correct number of carries for Chris Evans on standard downs is zero. Higdon and Wilson are flat out better, Evans brings nothing in that role that they don’t.
|11/14/2018 - 9:37pm||Vengeance is sweet!||
Vengeance is sweet!
|11/14/2018 - 1:57pm||My problem is less that they…||
My problem is less that they are doing the scheduling, more that the CFP committee and other rankers act like they don't. The fact that the SEC plays a glorified scrimmage instead of an extra conference game really ought to close the door on "SEC team that doesn't win the conference gets into the CFP", yet it hasn't. 11-1 B1G schedule should get a boost over an 11-1 SEC schedule if one of those 11 is to an FCS team.
|11/13/2018 - 1:14pm||I was thinking the same…||
I was thinking the same thing. Michigan doesn't make these errors against teams they respect. The bust here wasn't because they weren't "up" or "focused" for this game, but rather because they felt like they could turn every play into a SportsCenter clip. Rutgers almost hit a couple big screens for basically the same reason, and I felt the same way about the Mason play you noted (also DPJ on the same drive, where he lost like 5 yards looping back to try to turn a medium distance catch into a huge gain - fortunately he caught the ball well past the sticks and it didn't kill the drive).
|11/13/2018 - 1:09pm||I think he's trying to…||
I think he's trying to signal Kinnel that Blackshear is once again Kinnel's responsibility, i.e. that they need to "switch back" or undo the switch caused by the original jet motion (which Kinnel plays successfully).
|11/12/2018 - 7:13am||I think the big inflection…||
I think the big inflection points were adding stadium lights and the BTN. When I was in school, the lack of permanent stadium lights meant no night games and only one or two 330 games. Otherwise it was always noon kicks.
|11/12/2018 - 1:03am||Because trying to run after…||
Because trying to run after pushing and shoving outside a bar, then taking your legal lumps for that bad decision, all out in public, is definitely morally equivalent to covering up child rape for decades. Or even repeatedly covering for a wife beater.
|11/12/2018 - 1:01am||OCR changed the rules for…||
OCR changed the rules for everybody and made schools reopen old cases with lower standards of evidence. Not just Michigan. Arguably double jeopardy. Not a cover up.
|11/11/2018 - 12:19pm||Rutgers tried to catch a…||
Rutgers tried to catch a Wolverine with a mouse trap.
|11/11/2018 - 12:08pm||What UFRs? Brian rarely does…||
What UFRs? Brian rarely does UFRs for the OSU game.
(You're right about the creative gameplans though)
|11/11/2018 - 10:43am||I don’t think they are…||
I don’t think they are keeping him off tape. Probably more like “don’t overuse him because we don’t want him hurt like McCaffery”. Give him a drive he earned, otherwise let Milton run around some.
|11/11/2018 - 10:41am||Think it was mostly wind and…||
Think it was mostly wind and the fact that their secondary was actually pretty good in man coverage most of the day.
|11/11/2018 - 10:39am||Why is ragging on Peters…||
Why is ragging on Peters this blog’s official pastime?
|11/11/2018 - 10:36am||Seems like the wind was…||
Seems like the wind was tough on kickoffs. Rutgers’ return guy is legit and I doubt giving him the ball at the 15 with a running start was ever the game plan.
|11/11/2018 - 10:32am||Just kind of weird to play…||
Just kind of weird to play him, but only for two drives and never attempting a pass. Seems like a bit of a waste.
|11/11/2018 - 10:29am||I think they started the…||
I think they started the game too aggressive, in big play highlight reel mode, and that contributed to the busts. Not just the TD - a couple of dropped screens would have gained big chunks. Not enough respect for the opponent. They settled in after the TD though and were their usual dominant selves.
|11/11/2018 - 10:25am||Didn’t you hear? The fact…||
Didn’t you hear? The fact that Milton came in 3rd and didn’t attempt to pass is clearly because he’s the “real” backup and Peters is a soft checked out scrub.
It’s really funny to me how the whole board loves to rag on the announcers, but then eagerly flogs to death whatever dumb talking point the announcers pick to harp on for the day (in this case the “backup QB controversy”)