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01/12/2019 - 4:30pm And the bugs.  The bugs that…

And the bugs.  The bugs that never go away and only grow larger.

01/12/2019 - 12:29pm And holding.  Might as well…

And holding.  Might as well not play if so many bad things happen.  If I contemplate all the things that can go wrong I should just stay in bed (until I get bed sores and they evict me...)

01/11/2019 - 2:36pm Kinda crazy to think how…

Kinda crazy to think how Martin made a brilliant hire for a basketball coach, and utterly bombed in the football hire.  Interesting to think how people would feel now if it were the exact opposite.

01/10/2019 - 4:03pm I'm sure Ben McDaniels is a…

I'm sure Ben McDaniels is a nice guy and all, but I want Gattis coaching the WRs.  And if he can draw up plays better than Pep, so much the better.

01/06/2019 - 2:05pm Crazy, other teams are…

Crazy, other teams are making offers to many of our assistant coaches, but our OCs Drevno and Pep aren't in that situation and have or will end up as something other than an OC. Meanwhile Jed didn't have a problem finding another OC job after M.  I think this speaks volumes.

01/06/2019 - 1:56pm It's creativity not…

It's creativity not complexity.  It's also recognizing what kind of talent you have and utilizing them properly. The bowl game was absolutely astounding to me how they made zero effort to do anything different or gameplan for Florida.  It's a one-size-fits-all offense and that needs to change.

01/04/2019 - 9:40am So, how are all CFB programs…

So, how are all CFB programs dirty???  We know SEC has its bagmen, what does everyone else have?

Man, this thread has the trolls and contrarians galore.  Congrats Brian on pulling in such a wide audience.

01/03/2019 - 10:47am This is an excellent post. …

This is an excellent post.  Having defenders run a lot can be just as effective in wearing them down as hitting them.  RR did have an interesting idea in that he placed emphasis on conditioning so his guys could keep running in the fourth quarter while the other team was gassed.

Still, you have to make the plays.  It's frustrating watching M this year because they have the players to do the kind of things OU does, they just won't do it.

01/03/2019 - 10:40am Which is why it's…

Which is why it's interesting that recently Saban switched offensive philosophy from a manball/control approach to score as quickly and frequently as possible.  He saw the writing on the wall and got with it.  We need Harbaugh to do the same.  When OSU is rolling your defense, the offense needs to get moving and score nearly every possession.

As far as the OP, not sure I care which offensive style is used, I'd really like to see Harbaugh hire a good OC that's solely responsible for playcalling and maximizes the talent on the team. 

01/02/2019 - 10:26am Except this is CFB where…

Except this is CFB where strange upsets can happen in any game.  Sometimes all it takes is a key injury (especially QB) and suddenly a team looks mortal.  Except Bama, who apparently has 2 QBs that can light anyone up.

01/02/2019 - 10:19am True, but it is also very…

True, but it is also very concerning when team captains opt not to play. 

01/01/2019 - 2:32pm To Spath's point, Harbaugh…

To Spath's point, Harbaugh himself talked a lot about implementing RPO in the offensive playbook before the season.  Yet we hardly saw any, and that would have been an excellent approach to OSU to attack their poor linebacking, instead they went with the standard approach that allowed their linebackers to make plays. 

Why did Harbaugh abandon RPO concepts when he talked about it so much, especially when we have a QB that could run it?  I don't think 'panic' is the right word, maybe Harbaugh has O'Korn-induced PTSD.

01/01/2019 - 2:18pm The misutilization of Evans…

The misutilization of Evans is one of the biggest mysteries and frustrations for me this year.  The bowl game was a microcosm in how it has been, where they ran him up the middle for a small gain.  Shortly later they pass to him out of the backfield and he makes a 9-yard gain.  Why do they persist in running him off-tackle?  Higdon can do that, but it rarely works for Evans. 

I just can't understand how obvious it is that Evans is a space player, yet he's had so few plays in space.  A whole month and they couldn't come up with a few more plays to get him in space.  It just never makes any sense to me. 

And during the bowl game the announcers were saying how Mullen utilizes his players' talents and abilities, and it sure looked like it.  Harbaugh & Co... I'm just scratching my head what the thought process is behind what I'm seeing on the field.

12/29/2018 - 9:06pm Did you already forget the…

Did you already forget the locker room footage after the MSU game?  It didn't seem at all like he was disconnected from the team.

Watching some of his pre-game speeches, the ones Bo could nail and get the team fired up, Harbaugh is pretty lackluster in that area.  He isn't inspirational, he doesn't get his players fired up and ready to play. 

12/22/2018 - 9:06pm No, you got the comment…

No, you got the comment right for this thread.

12/21/2018 - 12:42pm Doesn't matter if you're not…

Doesn't matter if you're not Maizen, you're a Maizen.

12/20/2018 - 10:03am We do seem to have plenty of…

We do seem to have plenty of good receivers at the moment...

12/20/2018 - 9:54am From the outside I was…

From the outside I was wondering if Gary was holding him here.  When Gary left, so did Solomon.

12/20/2018 - 9:53am And a liver transplant.

And a liver transplant.

12/19/2018 - 3:12pm I'm sure he wouldn't mind 20…

I'm sure he wouldn't mind 20+ 4/5 stars, but the underrated guys can make the real difference if your staff is able to make good evaluations and find them, like Bush Jr. and Bell.  Every year small schools put guys into the NFL.  If the coaches can find these guys, they're a lot easier to recruit and the payoff is big. 

12/17/2018 - 3:34pm Not sure why you're down…

Not sure why you're down voted for something college coaches have to do.  We've been seeing a lot of defections lately to the point where it's getting very concerning. 

Saban can manage to keep 4-5 star guys on the roster without transferring, despite waiting behind other guys for a year or two.  This is something Harbaugh will have to figure out.

12/13/2018 - 9:20am FWIW, Harris never was an M…

FWIW, Harris never was an M commit.  However, from what I was given to understand, if Wheatley had stayed on as RB coach, he was set to flip to M.  Maybe Hill was hearing Brown was leaving for a HC job, and him staying may keep him in the fold.

12/09/2018 - 10:11pm PSU has 3 5-stars in their…

PSU has 3 5-stars in their current class and has a higher-ranked class than M, despite being beaten soundly by M and having a worse season overall. 

It's really easy to point to the last game and think that explains everything.  That seems simplistic to me. 

12/09/2018 - 9:57pm That's why it's…

That's why it's disappointing that Bush might not be playing.  A team captain ditching his team.  Yeah, it's a lesser bowl game, but it's still ditching your team when they could really use your help.

12/09/2018 - 4:06pm So serious question: what…

So serious question: what does M do in recruiting in the gray area? 

M has no shortage of alumni with large bank accounts and an interest in CFB.  Brandon was able to raise all sorts of cash for his projects tapping alumni.  If we were to wade into that realm, M would not be outbid for guys like Isaiah Wilson, and Rashan Gary coming here would not have been a nail-biter. 

It sure looks like an uphill battle to me, and M isn't alone.  I'm sure Brian Kelly is frustrated, I'm sure he could build an even better team if the rules he had to operate under were loosened and ND alumni participate in the bidding wars.  People seem willing to believe that all/most P5 teams have some degree of shadiness, but I haven't seen any evidence M is doing anything shady.  If I'm being naive, I'd be happy to be corrected.  We had Ed Martin doing bag man kind of stuff in the 90s; it's my understanding that those kinds of things were firmly shut down when that all came out. 

For SEC, that kind of stuff goes all the way to the top.  School presidents are fully vested in their football programs.  Pres. Mark Schlissel only cares because the alumni cares, and barely at that.  It's hard to imagine him willing to risk the school's reputation on some football studs reluctant to play school during their stay here.

12/09/2018 - 12:48am Yeah, I've been wondering…

Yeah, I've been wondering the same thing this season after Hudson announced his transfer, meanwhile Hurt is celebrated for sticking around when he could have bolted and started somewhere else.

I wonder what these Bama kids are being told that keep them in place.  Ultimately, most P5 teams offer the kind of coaching and exposure that will prepare a player for the NFL if they have the ability to get there. 

12/09/2018 - 12:38am Was it that, or was it the …

Was it that, or was it the 'Harbaugh to the NFL' rumors that always crop up near signing day?  Every damn year it's the same thing. 

The sad irony is the fact that Saban bombed in the NFL insulates him from those kinds of rumors.  Harbaugh coached in the Superbowl and had NFL success, therefore everyone believes it's inevitable he will go back, cuz NFL.

12/09/2018 - 12:33am As far as Meyer, he did well…

As far as Meyer, he did well at Utah, 10-2 first season, 12-0 second.  Utah didn't play the most demanding schedule during that time, but he pretty much won with someone else's players.

I'd give the edge to Meyer; ultimately you have to have the players to win combined with good coaching.  Saban couldn't consistently get enough good players to MSU.  Dantonio couldn't either, even when M was down. 

Harbaugh is going to have to figure out how to get it done with Top 10 classes.  We might have to accept 10-win seasons as good enough.

12/05/2018 - 1:31pm Yeah, I interpreted that to…

Yeah, I interpreted that to mean 'We looked for a sure-thing coach, no one was interested, so we went with what we had.'

OSU lucked out last time.  This time, no sure-fire coaches out there who aren't already tied down.  Maybe if the whole thing implodes, Meyer will be waiting in the wings for a triumphal return.

12/05/2018 - 1:27pm How do you know he won't be…

How do you know he won't be coaching again?  Did he tell you something he didn't tell everyone when asked?

12/04/2018 - 2:38pm He meant to send it via text…

He meant to send it via text before the season but deleted it.

12/04/2018 - 2:35pm Isn't it interesting what…

Isn't it interesting what people can get away with when the media is willing to go along with it.

12/04/2018 - 2:00pm I would upvote you twice if…

I would upvote you twice if I could: once for a good point, another for proper use of a semi-colon.

12/04/2018 - 1:56pm "...big name coach like Ryan…

"...big name coach like Ryan Day"

Did you intend that to be sarcasm?  How many knew who Ryan Day was before this year?  We all knew about Meyer well before he came to OSU and watched his teams, including Utah. 

Truth is, most kids make their choice based on coaches, not the school.  I think the answer is it will probably make at least some difference, but we won't know until we see a couple classes come in.

 

12/03/2018 - 11:38am Only if he can fix the boo…

Only if he can fix the boo-boos on offense...

12/03/2018 - 9:42am Absolutely agree.  I've been…

Absolutely agree.  I've been annoyed with this Frankenstein bowl system since they introduced the CFP.  They want a playoff, but they also want to keep the traditional bowl system, so we end up with this. 

The fix is eliminate OOC games, go straight conference (9 games), conference champs get automatic bid and first round bye while runner-ups get a wild-card-style bid.  The playoff essentially becomes OOC schedule playing at the venues that traditionally host bowl games.  All the smaller bowls that bring in a high-school game-sized audience would go away.

The main disadvantage in my plan would be the non-playoff teams would get less revenue they would have received from OOC games.  It might help to have conference re-organization with more and smaller conferences to fill out a full 16-team bracket.

11/30/2018 - 12:11am So if you take issue with M…

So if you take issue with M not being squeaky clean, what exactly is happening that makes that not so?  I never heard a hint that M has bag men running around (if so they're not doing a good job).  What's going on?  Do tell.

11/29/2018 - 10:52am Generally agree, but the…

Generally agree, but the offense did throw 2 picks, which turned into easy points.  Also the OL was getting beat frequently, which prevented M from keeping up with the scoring.  There's plenty of blame to go around.  Sometimes teams need to win shoot-outs.

11/29/2018 - 10:44am Since this is a fact-based…

Since this is a fact-based thread, let's throw a few facts out there from 2017:

Clemson admission: 50.5%

Freshman SAT range: 1220-1400

Freshman ACT composite range: 26-31

UM admission: 28.6%

Freshman SAT range: 1370-1530

Freshman ACT composite range: 29-33

Many students accepted to Clemson would not be accepted to M.

11/29/2018 - 10:30am The troll probably didn't…

The troll probably didn't even bother to read the diary entry either.  Just goes to show that despite their dominance on the football field, they want something they can never have, which is to be like Michigan.

11/28/2018 - 4:37pm Yet M would be in the…

Yet M would be in the playoffs if they beat OSU. 

OSU would be in the playoffs if they had beaten Purdue, so a different OOC wouldn't have helped them.

11/28/2018 - 4:17pm Not sure what it is about…

Not sure what it is about Indiana but they find the weakness and OSU exploits it to the fullest.  I wish the coaching staff would resolve to fix every issue Indiana finds because OSU sure as hell is going to try them all.  It's like Indiana is OSU's scout team. 

11/28/2018 - 3:57pm However, OSU was also…

However, OSU was also exposed - repeatedly - yet they now have a better record, which also includes a thrashing of M.  The lesson seems to be that you can make mistakes and have some close calls, just know the games that really matter and come prepared for those. 

OSU fans, years from now, will barely remember the close call against Maryland and the slog against MSU.  They will, however, remember handing M their worse loss ever. 

Maybe the close calls and occasional lapses aren't too bad if you learn the right lessons from them.  And just win.

11/28/2018 - 3:45pm Agreed.  The thing is,…

Agreed.  The thing is, people are a lot less interested in games against lesser foes, and it shows in the attendance.  Even Alabama has a 76% attendance rate, and I can't help but think they're cupcake OOC schedule has something to do with this, maybe a lot.  You can certainly see it in Michigan Stadium attendance (82%).  Half the students don't show for these kinds of games.

Part of Michigan football tradition is playing a decent OOC schedule.  Besides, I think the OP's premise is putting the cart before the horse.  M has to get back to form first, and that's beating OSU.  And if we can't beat OSU, how is it any better to play Clemson or Alabama in a playoff game?  Would we want to be embarrassed twice?  No thanks.

Let's beat OSU and win a B1G title, THEN we can have conversations about tricking our schedule like the SEC does for an easier path to the CFP.

11/27/2018 - 11:33am I remember reading 5 or so…

I remember reading 5 or so years ago that Alabama was the team that used the most time between plays.  Now, they're going to tempo, because Saban believes it's harder to defend. 

Well, we saw it ourselves.  Maybe Harbaugh is going to have to get his sideline more organized to get his fullbacks and TEs on and off the field quicker to get some tempo going.

Here's an interesting story about how Saban's offensive strategy has changed.  Interestingly, they don't believe 'body blows' or limited defensive snaps are necessary.  Completely opposite of what M is doing:

https://bamahammer.com/2018/10/09/alabama-football-nick-saban-will-not-slow-offense-help-defense/ 

11/27/2018 - 10:43am I'm hoping some good analyst…

I'm hoping some good analyst here will do a diary comparing M's defensive approach to OSU vs. how other teams approached them defensively (especially MSU). 

/looks around...

11/27/2018 - 10:30am Chiming in on that point, my…

Chiming in on that point, my son is in the MMB and traveled to Columbus last weekend and he never wants to go back again.  He was emotionally overwhelmed by the atmosphere - it wasn't just 'Beat Michigan', they were screaming for blood.  He thought it was the closest thing he experienced to what it must've been like in a Roman coliseum with the gladiator death matches, and he's played in other stadiums.  It was so overwhelming, I never saw him like that after a game.  I can only imagine how it impacts the players.  Notre Dame was not this way.

Harbaugh mentioned feeding off the crowd in the PSU game.  I was there, and you could definitely feel it (was doing my best to contribute).  The crowd getting behind you provides an emotional lift.  I would have to think the opposite is also true.  M's best chance of cracking that nut is likely at home.  This of course assumes we don't let OSU take over our stadium - there was a lot of red there last year.

11/27/2018 - 10:07am To be fair, that play came…

To be fair, that play came after Bush was out of the game.  I'm thinking they called that play specifically because of his absence because he makes that play.

That being said, if Bush goes pro we need someone to replace him.  Going along with the consensus, we need some LBs that can move.

11/26/2018 - 2:51pm I remember RichRod getting…

I remember RichRod getting criticized for not understanding M's traditions and rivalries, he treated MSU and OSU games as any other.  Yet we have Harbaugh, who grew up Michigan, who seems to do the same thing. 

Same is not true down south.  I remember Tressel when he first came on board his first public comments addressed The Game.  Meyer clearly seems to understand his coaching success is judged by his performance in the rivalry.  Imagine if either of those guys started 0-4 against M, the fanbase would be apoplectic. We've come to accept it.

I think I'd like to have the coaches watching OSU game film regularly and evolving a gameplan over the course of the season to attack weaknesses.  OSU was clearly ready in all phases for this game, even having a punt block play ready to spring at the right time.  If M wants to start winning these games, they may need to match yearlong effort and focus.  Maybe that's a missing structural piece.

11/26/2018 - 12:08pm I wouldn't say top to bottom…

I wouldn't say top to bottom.  Winovich and Gary were often double-teamed so that's tough to beat no matter who you are.  Hill and Long were rarely targeted.  Man, I hope at least one of those two come back next year.