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05/02/2018 - 12:14pm Fabulous

Very nice and very generous.

A gift the team will always remember and cherish.

04/23/2018 - 2:13pm Oy Vey

I find hockey recruiting difficult to follow and understand. Thanks for trying to decipher things.

Ultimately, I have faith in Coach Pearson and Co. to put together a good team and to reload and rebuild the program. He helped Red while he was here as an assistant and did a great job while HC at Tech.

04/19/2018 - 10:18am Agreed

Trying to run a pro-style offense without even average production from the QB position is ... challenging at best.

Had Speight been able to stay healthy, it might have been a different season.

In addition, we did not have a dominant OL that could take the pressure off an inexperienced  or an inconsistently effective QB when up against a good defense.

04/19/2018 - 9:56am This is Different

There is a difference between criticizing the performance of a group of athletes, in that case the secondary, and criticizing an individual's willingness to practice or play with, perhaps, minor injuries.

Frankly, I was surprised to read Zordich's comments. He could have shared that view internally within Schembechler Hall. 

 

04/10/2018 - 10:11pm Re: Scramble Drill

Seth, you mention how, last year, the receivers' response to a QB scramble was inadequate, largely standing around. You note that they are getting coached up on that now and infer that that means that the staff is prepping for Patterson to be the starting QB.

Well ... you may be right. Or, it could mean that they are teaching skills to the receiver group, and that they may anticipate problems again with OL pass protection leading to any QB running for his life on occasion and maybe more often than we would like.

04/02/2018 - 6:24pm Kudos

Seth, I generally don't like your writing style and have posted as much on occasion. Yet, this piece is truly beautiful and magnificent, so I feel it's only fair to comment tonight.

Thank you for the perspective.

Nova has been a consistently great team all year but we've got a shot if we play our A game. We only need to win 1 and not 6 out of 10.

Either way, it's been a helluva season and it just shows that you can have a great team and a great season by running a clean program.

Mazel Tov!

 

 

 

03/18/2018 - 12:22pm I Dunno

If MAAR is a devout Muslim ... and I have no idea ... he would avoid pork products. So, perhaps this is a little inside joke.

03/16/2018 - 1:10pm Huh?

"Much more importantly, please don't threaten or make light of violence againt women."

Eh ... Why is violence againt women any more, or less, important or abhorrent than violence against men? 

Political correctness run amok.

03/15/2018 - 10:50am Especially

It is particularly stunning considering that the WR group, as a whole, was so young and inexperienced.

02/27/2018 - 2:14pm You Don't Get It

Eh, Brian ... you keep carping about this but don't seem to get it.

I have no problem with players getting paid. To do so, they should go to the NBA, a developmental league, a minor league, Europe ... whatever avenue is available to them.

This is college sports. Granted, it's big business, but it's academics and athletics. Many, not all, institutions make money and players get a free education. If that's not enough, or if you have no interest in attending school, go play elsewhere.

It's not the responsibility of colleges and universities to provide a farm system/minor league for professional sports.

The rules for players and coaches exist. If you don't like them, work/play elsewhere or try to change them through legitimate means. There is no justification for players, their families, and coaches who cheat.

02/19/2018 - 8:03pm Oy Vey

Given the changes being made, I assume Harbaugh perceives that there were problems last year.

Yet, I cannot help but feel that the problems were less philosophy and play calling mechanics, and more to do with fundamental blocking pass offense execution.

Too often, our QB play was substandard. We had young receivers who need to run better routes and get greater separation. The OL was inconsistent at best. Given these deficiencies, I question who could have functioned as an offensive coordinator and been consistently successful.

I expect our wideouts to be better this year. Also, we now have a dedicated WR coach. Harbaugh recruited Patterson. Enough said. Even if he's not eligible this year, Peters should be better given his experience. I hope our OL shows incremental improvement too, but the former changes should help even if this is not as much as hoped for.

We were close against some good teams playing with a less than stellar offense. While not satisfied, I just don't feel the sense of dread and doom that many on this board seem to experience.

 

02/16/2018 - 6:04pm OK...

Well, Brian, I see your points.

Yet, ultimately, one has to admit that Harbaugh is the head coach, has more at stake than any of us in bringing in the right assistants to coach to get the desired results, and knows more about football than probably every blogger on your staff and every reader commenting combined.

That's not to say he's infallible, but I'm more inclined to trust his judgment, re:this hire, Drevno, & Hamilton that those who are carping from the sideline.

Time will tell.

01/28/2018 - 10:14pm Agreed

Thank you.

We, and Georgia, will be fine either way.

01/28/2018 - 10:07pm Not So Fast

Yes, you can get tickets on the secondary market. Yes, the home schedule this year is not great, and lackluster games often go for less than face value on the secondary market.

But ...having season tickets means that you don't have to constantly look, gauge prices, etc. For "big" games, you don't have to pay inflated prices. If you like your seats, you can renew endlessly and know you'll like where you sit. Additionally, you might enjoy sitting around the same folks game after game and enjoy the cameraderie.

Like most things, arguments to be made on both sides.

01/28/2018 - 7:07pm Really?

I agree that Harbaugh knows that his offense this year wasn't consistently good enough to win games against good teams.

If nothing else, he learned about it from all of the insightful geniuses who bitch and moan on this board constantly, as we all know that our (myself included) fund of football knowledge far exceeds that of Harbaugh, Drevno, Hamilton, et. al.

What did he do after the season? He went out and recruited Patterson at QB, hired Enos (who, apparently is leaving, but still ...), and brought in Warinner. He was unable to bring in the WR transfer candidate, Jefferson, from Ole Miss, but tried, and is attempting to bring in the grad transfer OT from Rice.

It's not as if he's sitting back, doing nothing, and accepting the status quo.

As for the freshmen he's bring in, I suspect he knows that we'll need to field an offense and a defense comprised of more than DB's. Look at Gentry and Poggi just to name two guys who've switched positions. We don't necessarily know now where the staff plans to play a kid in college regardless of his HS position.

I appreciate your attempt to lend a little sanity and perspective to the board, but there are some who'll complain if we don't go undefeated every year by lopsided scores. I'm afraid you're preaching to deaf ears.

01/10/2018 - 11:00pm A Nice Young Man

I had high hopes for him when he was recruited and was disappointed when injuries derailed his collegiate football career. Hope he becomes a successful analyst and coach.

01/10/2018 - 10:57pm Well yes

I really think that Harbaugh knows more about college football than anyone on this blog or message board.

He said we need to be stronger. He went out and got a new S&C coach.

I think it was obvious to him - not just to us - that we had deficient QB play this year. So, he goes out and gets a committment from Shea Patterson.

He has addressed perceived problems/weaknesses in a pretty short period of time post season's end. I think he'll continue to do so and hope it works out for the best. So many seem to be so impatient for changes/moves to be made but, in real life, there are often so many moving parts and things take time.

Even if some of the disparaged assistants stay in place, I'd be shocked if there aren't significant changes on offense next season. Harbaugh is not blind or dumb.

01/05/2018 - 1:17pm Well Hold On

Can you source this???

01/05/2018 - 1:15pm Uh...

Does John own the Ravens now and is paying coaches' salaries?

01/04/2018 - 4:56pm Seriously?

I just cannot believe that anyone really believes that someone would voluntarily leave a head coaching position at a school such as Memphis, Houston, etc. to become an offensive coordinator at Michigan or a program like Michigan's.

Maybe I'm older, with a lot more experience in the workforce, than a lot of people on here. Sort of like another poster decrying the DC from Notre Dame headed to Texas A&M for a big payday. Makes me wonder how much real-world experience some here have.

01/04/2018 - 12:03pm Hmm...

The reference to baggage makes me wonder if Art Briles might be under consideration. He had a great reputation in high school and college football until the recent mess at Baylor. I'm not knowledgeable enough about that situation to know the extent of his involvement.

Good people occasionally make mistakes - some more egregious than others - yet most people who acknowledge those deserve a second chance. I still regret how Michigan handled the Gary Moeller situation. Briles might possibly be deserving of another shot. I don't know. But, he's a great offensive coach with strong recruiting ties in Texas.

... "how he found Don Brown"  - Well, I guess it might be instructive to look at schools that have had leading offenses the past couple of years.

umbig11: Thank you for your posts.

01/03/2018 - 1:45pm Yes

My thoughts exactly

01/02/2018 - 1:12pm You, You, You

This blog post typifies why, over the years, my impression of you is that you likely are a total ass. 

In fairness, we've never met ... and I doubt seriously that I'll go out of my way to alter that status.

You operate a blog and rely on income generated by readership, and you come up with crap like this that offers nothing to your readerhip and, in fact, insults your readership in a rather petulent and immature manner.

If this is the best effort with which you can deliver, perhaps you should consider selling the blog to someone else and finding something else to do with your life.

12/19/2017 - 2:58pm We'll See

WELCOME Mr. Bell!

I know that there are some who question this offer, to a guy who is not highly ranked with multiple stars, etc.

Yet, I seem to recall a lot of questioning of the offer to Tarik Black last recruiting cycle, and earlier this year people were subsequently bemoaning his season-ending injury.

So, we'll see how he develops and how things pan out.

Frankly, I trust coaches' evaluations a lot more than recruitniks, but that's me.

12/18/2017 - 5:20pm Seriously??

Are you kidding? Coaches more adept at talent evaluation than someone at one of the rating services or even a message board poster?

What are you thinking??????

12/15/2017 - 11:18am THANK YOU

nm

11/27/2017 - 1:56pm BRAVO!

Brian, I don't know you and I often disagree with your views on Michigan athletics, but thank you for your comments about some of the people who post on here.

While everyone is entitled to an opinion, an educated opinion makes for better reading. Having a baseline of human decency should be a prerequisite.

10/25/2017 - 8:43pm Your Premise

Your premise is that the staff purposely does not prioritize recruiting kids from Ohio and, to a lesser extent Michigan.

Yet, how do you know if this is true?

You assume as much based upon the geographic distribution of signed and verbal commits, but you don't know who is on the staff's recruiting board and how those players are ranked in terms of recruiting priority.

I assume that the staff goes after those athletes that they want and who they feel will be a good fit for the program and the University regardless of his geographic point of origin.

10/22/2017 - 12:52pm Yes

Well, a lot of fans exhibit no patience and that is particularly so, I suspect, with fans active on a site such as this.

The anger exhibited after every loss ... Are we expected to be perenially undefeated? Some people on here need to get a grip.

This is a young, inexperienced team - playing its backup QB - with some holes, that has struggled in every game this season. They will likely continue to do so as they grow and mature and as they continue to win a few more games.

Anyone who has really watched our games this year was delusional if they thought that this is a championship/playoff caliber team. The defense, up until this game, has played really well against somewhat typical average college offenses. Yet, this was the first time this season that they played against a really talented diversified offense that was not so predictable.

Hopefully, the team will improve as the season progresses. I plan to watch and enjoy it, unburdened with anger resulting from lack of fulfillment of (my) unrealistic expectations.

They played a great team in Penn State. Give them some credit. They have talent and experience and were well prepared and well coached. Congratulations to them.

Now, time to regroup, get better, and to continue to recruit well.

10/18/2017 - 8:00pm Maybe Against Rutgers

I'm not expecting to see Peters against Penn State uless JOK gets injured. I think Harbaugh has been pretty clear in his belief that O'Korn gives Michigan the best chance to win a game right now.

Penn State is good and Happy Valley, especially at night, is a tough place to play. I just don't see him throwing in Peters to bail out a struggling QB.

I fully expect to see JOK at QB against Rutgers, regardless of the outcome of this week's game. If we can finally build a solid second half lead against someone, maybe Rutgers, then I can see Peters getting some extensive playing time.

Unless Peters wows 'em in practice during the week, I don't expect any radical change.

10/18/2017 - 11:58am Now I Understand the OT

Upon looking at the title, I was saddened to hear about the passing of a former classmate, but this is not, thankfully, referring to the former University of Michigan and Olympic swimmer.

10/17/2017 - 10:16pm Reversion to the Mean

In the Cooper era at OSU, we had a clear edge in the series. They have obviously dominated lately. This, too, will change eventually and the series will revert to normal.

10/16/2017 - 10:35pm Already Answered

Well, Harbaugh had previously addressed the lack of passing yards by stating that the game plan was to grind it out on the ground and that there was never a plan to air it out. 

So, why ask the same question when the same answer can be predicted?

These reporters may not be Edward R. Murrow, but they've been around the block a few times. They know that Harbaugh isn't going to throw a kid under the bus, so why ask him a question designed to get him to say that the QB play sucked?

Does anyone here want our coach to say that O'Korn or any individual on the team sucked and we're going to try Player B next time? What do people want or expect?

As far as Peters is concerned, I don't care how many stars he had coming out of high school. Right now, that is totally irrelevant. He's been in the program for over 1 year now. Maybe he has a good future; maybe not.

Yet, if one doesn't yet know that our Coach is a competitive animal, then good luck. He wants to win the next game and every game. Right now, he obviously feels that having JOK at QB gives Michigan the best chance to win. Period.

10/16/2017 - 2:56pm Well...

Coaches are not perfect either. Yet, they've been around Speight, O'Korn, and Peters long enough in practice to have a pretty good handle on what they've got.

Speight played well last year - imperfect, but well. This year, he had his struggles prior to getting injured, but was still the starter. He was ok, but no longer surrounded by a bunch of seniors, some of whom are now playing professionally.

Then came the cries for O'Korn and the subsequent irrational exuberance and extrapolations based upon one good half against Purdue. Uh ... not quite panning out the way some had hoped and predicted.

So, now, we have the masses calling for the insertion of Peters into the starting QB role.

OK. Right now, it seems pretty clear to me why Speight beat out O'korn for the starting spot. I would imagine that the coaching staff believes that, at this point in their development and collegiate careers, that O'Korn is better than Peters and gives the team a better chance to win right now (not next year or 2 years from now).

Again, coaches are not immune to errors in judgment, but I'd like to think that the depth chart is based upon merit and not seniority or other issues.

Until and unless Peters beats out O'Korn, then O'Korn should be the starter. Period. The decision should not be based upon recruiting stars, hopes, and dreams.

 

10/09/2017 - 6:53pm What Do You Expect?

OMG, what do people expect?

Do you really think Harbaugh is going to criticize one of his players or assistant coaches during a press conference after a tough loss or any other game, even a victory? Just publicly throw them under the bus, Brian Kelly style? Is THAT what people want?

Maybe everyone would feel better if he publicly apologized to each and every fan for his team not living up to our personal expectations and then offered to give a hug to anyone who needs one. 

This program is no better and no worse than it was last Friday. People need to get a grip.

We lost a tough game to a rival that played a good, tough game. Time for the team to man up, do better, get better, and move on to the next one. Some in the fan base could do the same.

10/09/2017 - 2:14pm Cohesion

While I understand the sentiment, making wholesale substitutions and reshuffling at this point may hurt more than it helps with lack of line cohesion.

It wouldn't surprise me, though, to see more spot duty for some of the reserves to see what they can do and get game experience. Yet, you have to think that the guys who are playing are the best we have at each position at this point, and those that give us the best chance to win today.

10/09/2017 - 2:01pm Keepin' It Real

This is, and has always been, a transition year. While the offense has been frustrating to watch, I think those who have had unrealistic expectations are more frustrated and angry at present.

Fandom is funny. Obviously, the word fan derives from fanatic. Yet, that doesn't mean you need to totally divorce yourself from reality. O'Korn was 2nd string for a reason - unless you think you know more than highly paid and experienced football coaches - and to extrapolate one good 2nd half against Purdue - Purdue, mind you - to a dynamic offense to go along with a tough defense boggles the mind. Totally discount the Indiana game last year?

Anyone who actually watched the first 4 games had to know that we were not the 7th or 8th best team in the country. Yet, we're still 4-1 with the opportunity to have a successful season in a transition year.

Harbaugh on some kind of hot seat? Seriously??

 

10/06/2017 - 2:22pm Hopefully the rain won't

Hopefully the rain won't start until after the game and after we get to the car.

It is disappointing that it seems like the wind will be a big factor in the game. I think we'll need to have an effective passing game to win and that will be affected. Besides, I'd rather see the 2 teams play without weather conditions influencing the outcome.

 

Thank you for your informative and entertaining post.

09/27/2017 - 12:41pm My Thought Exactly

I doubt very seriously that Michigan will try to recruit kids who very well may have taken money under the table to commit to another school.

While I understand that some of these kids come from rougher backgrounds and the temptation to get paid is enormous, they know what's right and wrong. While the adults surrounding them who were involved have greater culpability, that does not exonerate them from all guilt if, indeed, wrongdoing has taken place during their committments.

They are old enough to accept personal responsibility for their involvement, if any. (A concept, I know, often lacking these days)

They are kids and any involvement in this should be punished, but judiciously. Perhaps allowing them to stay in school but lose a year of athletic eligibility might be something to consider. The adults involved should get the lifetime bans.

 

09/26/2017 - 3:27pm Agreed

Yeah, nothing is foolproof, but I've never had a problem buying or tried to scam someone when selling.

09/24/2017 - 11:01am Not Just The Passing Game

I think the OL issues this week, in terms of pass protection, was more diffuse than just the preponderance of right sided line issues we've seen to date.

Yes, the RB's have not consistently picked up blitzes. The WR's too often don't seem to get great separation, and that likely causes the QB to hold on to the ball longer.

In addition, in the 1st 3 games, Harbaugh's love of the vertical passing game was apparent, modified, finally, against Purdue. We need to run routes that are quicker, so as to get rid of the ball quicker and place less of a demand on our pass protection.

Having said all that ... the run blocking has been inconsistent and sub-par all along the line all season to date. Left, right, or up the middle ... there is no spot that is money on 3rd and short.

At this point, this is not a classic Michigan OL or even a dominant line. Hopefully, it will grow into one.

09/24/2017 - 10:38am How about

How about Fickle?

Oh wait ... that's the name of the Speight fan base. Never mind.

09/23/2017 - 8:32pm Well...

It could be ANYTHING. Not a bone injury. Pointless to speculate.

Get well soon Mr. Speight.

09/18/2017 - 1:13pm Jedd Fisch?

It's obvious that the offense is struggling at times. Some of that certainly can be attributed to young and inexperienced guys in the receiver positions and in the O line. Yet some of the play calling is baffling and frustrating.

I wonder how much we might be missing the influence of Jedd Fisch on play calling and on Speight's performance.

09/17/2017 - 1:55pm Actually...

This used to occur in Michigan Stadium in the 1970's, when I was a student, and before that.

 

http://mvictors.com/tag/whiskey-and-brandy-michigan/

09/09/2017 - 8:13pm Well...

At least it was better than the depressing pre-game music. Maybe it's me showing my age, but that was just awful.

09/04/2017 - 12:11pm Advice

Angry and ignorant is no way to go through life.

09/02/2017 - 9:11pm Yup

Had to laugh, as I have been similarly characterized.

I agree. I did not expect to like these, but they looked good.

08/03/2017 - 2:59pm Recruiting Experts

Well, recruiting experts have created a nice business for themselves. Yet, what exactly is their expertise when it comes to player evaluations?

Frankly, I'll rely more on a coaching staff's evaluation before any of these guys. Still, coaches aren't perfect. Bo once said something to the effect that 1/3 of the guys will be stars or major contributors, 1/3 contributors, and 1/3 won't pan out.

The recruiting services give a bump up in stars often to kids who get recruited by top schools, so that's hardly an independent and knowledgeable source/evaluation.

08/02/2017 - 5:37pm A Voice of Reason

Thank you!