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12/12/2018 - 9:41pm that’s recruiting. The…

that’s recruiting. The running back position is fine troll 

12/10/2018 - 8:17pm Not to hijack your point,…

Not to hijack your point, but all the more reason to move to an 8 team playoff. Disrupt the stale establishment.

12/10/2018 - 8:10pm You’re clearly a troll, but…

You’re clearly a troll, but if somehow it’s possible you are not, then you most certainly are a fucking moron. 

12/10/2018 - 7:34pm Good get the hell out!

Good get the hell out!

12/10/2018 - 7:32pm Have mercy dear lord…

Have mercy dear lord Football god and deliver us some good news on this one 

12/09/2018 - 3:59am also, don’t believe Hill…

also, don’t believe Hill came from an impoverished home or difficult situation. Think this had more to do with perceiving Bama as the better option after time to observe 

12/06/2018 - 1:51pm might have missed it, but…

might have missed it, but are we out now on Crouch?

12/04/2018 - 9:23pm Webb’s Schweaty Ballz

Webb’s Schweaty Ballz

12/04/2018 - 1:28pm this is comparable to a Tom…

this is comparable to a Tom Herman hire it appears. Should be a very good hire, not historically great hire. Would have liked to notch a victory against Urban, but we’ll have to take what we can get at this point.

12/03/2018 - 8:58pm i don’t think anyone is…

i don’t think anyone is laughing at Harbaughs offense. Statistically it is very good if you look across the college football landscape. I think what we are talking about is what takes this offense from good to playoff contender. I do think it’s possible that given the success Harbaugh has had throughout his entire coaching career it is possible he has some blindspots. Not uncommon for anyone with a level of expertise in their profession to stick with what got you your success. One of them I think is passing scheme within the structures of the offense he likes to run. From a philosophy perspective, I think his offense is totally fine. He just needs some new passing game perspective from a forward thinking coach in that discipline of the game. Just a refresh of scheme and approach to the passing attack, I think, would make our offense much more potent.

11/28/2018 - 9:45pm AMEN! Well said Ron Utah…

AMEN! Well said Ron Utah. You articulated my thoughts on this topic better than I did on my attempts. A refresh and modernizing of passing concepts and route combinations I think would significantly raise the level of potency of this offense.

Perhaps as equally important is changing up the play calling cadence of the offense. I thought I read somewhere 8 of Michigan's 10 drives on Saturday started with a run on first down. You can do that against Rutgers and Maryland, but going up against equal or greater talent; run-run-pass ain't gonna cut it.

I agree an innovative passing mind of today's game would be an excellent add to the staff. Also understanding it's not always what you call, but when you call it.

I am not part of the FiRe PeP crowd, but I do think since his arrival, our passing offense has been built off of outdated NFL passing concepts. If he can bring some new and innovative passing concepts to the offense, great. If not, I would be in favor of moving on.

11/27/2018 - 2:33pm We probably would need to…

We probably would need to convenience a high-profile receiver our passing schemes are going to change to have a legit shot at flipping one. The production from our current high-profile receivers is not great, and has not much to do with their talent either. 

11/25/2018 - 9:46pm At this point I will take…

At this point I will take any win against those OSU fucks, but my hawt take is I would actually like Meyer to stay so we can beat him. I'm tired of looking at that fuckers smug face as he takes another from us.

The refs handed to him in '16 and O'Korn handed to him in '17. Unfortunately I think our coaches handed to him on Saturday, but he gets credit there, they outplayed us.

I want to beat a Meyer coached OSU team to feel the full satisfaction of the win once that sweet, sweet day finally comes.

11/25/2018 - 8:38pm I do think there is…

I do think there is something to the - at least perceived - mental edge that OSU seems to have over Michigan in the last decade plus of the rivalry. Our players and coaches say "it's the biggest game of the year" and "it's circled in red on the calendar", but what does that mean to them when they say that? 

To OSU it means, putting practice players in winged helmets, it means not using the letter M in the state of Ohio for a week, or other stupid stuff. But I think really for them, beating Michigan is the reason the football program exists. It's why they play football - to beat us. Michigan seems to think this game is a great tradition and legacy. Ohio State thinks it is a war. They are desperate to beat us, year-in, year-out regardless of records and it shows up on the field.

While Michigan talks the talk, they do not walk the walk in this series. A hatred seems to be more deeply ingrained at Ohio State than at Michigan. So while our players say "we hate Ohio State", we know Ohio State players HATE Michigan and use that hatred to fuel their very best physical and mental performance into this game.  Beating Michigan gives their program a purpose to exist. At least from what I observed on Saturday, we are not there yet and we need to be.

11/25/2018 - 8:08pm I can't imagine it's…

I can't imagine it's possible, but it seemed like Harbaugh and the staff did not watch anything OSU put on tape this season (of course they did).

But if you watched any of OSU's games this season, you would have seen an undisciplined core of linebackers that are agressive, but not great at gap integrity, and a secondary with some personnel deficiencies, and very good pass rushers.

You can exploit that with a lot of pre-snap motion and misdirection. Some read-option to make them think on their feet, and some innovative screen passes that get guys like DPJ and Chris Evans in space and take advantage of guys over playing the rushing lanes. I mean, did we see... any of that?

If an amateur college football fan can watch and see that, I cannot fathom how one of the best coaches in the profession would not be able to identify that as well.

The game plan on offense was completely bland and tone deaf. The game plan on defense was too stubborn. That for sure, will get your ass kicked in Columbus.

11/25/2018 - 7:41pm I am surprised by the…

I am surprised by the performance more than a loss in Columbus. It's really tough to win there, we know that. I certainly though it was possible we would lose a close one in Columbus on Saturday.

What actually happened I had a hard time believing with my own eyes, if only because we had not seen a performance like that from this team.

A bit alarming frankly was the lack of innovative game planning and player execution on the field. Maybe the moment was just too big for this team yet. They need more experience managing the emotions of being favored in a match-up of this magnitude - hard to say for us fans obviously. But 10-2 is a good season, they made progress for sure.

The reality we all know is despite an otherwise very good record, the ultimate performance metric for the head football coach at Michigan is their success against OSU and vice versa. Urban Meyer's coaching performance Saturday I thought showed he was aware of that, and Jim Harbaugh's coaching performance appeared that he did not understand the gravity of the situation - tone deaf, and stubborn.

I know that in reality Harbaugh certainly understands the significance of this game, but that what makes Saturday's performance even more perplexing for me.

11/25/2018 - 6:30pm McElwain would be a disaster…

McElwain would be a disaster at OC

11/25/2018 - 5:51pm I agree, but just to expand…

I agree, but just to expand on that point - there are things you can do to stymie an aggressive pass rush with the screen and RPO game that Michigan egregiously under-explored. OSU was creative enough on offense to identify and exploit an area of Michigan's defense. Michigan came in and banged  their face into a wall until the wall ultimately won. 

11/25/2018 - 5:04pm Still frustrated, but not as…

Still frustrated, but not as angry as I was yesterday. It sucks losing to these guys, they relish the opportunity to rub our face in it, and it sucks. Have to acknowledge - they played their best ball yesterday, and we simply did not.

Proud of the team for winning some big games and getting the program back on track. We're building, and think Harbaugh can get us to the summit of beating OSU.

Some changes need to be made, but we're getting there. This does not look like the same program under Hoke and Rich Rod.The tide is going to turn soon, and we'll get back to this being an actual rivalry. I believe these guys can do it.

Go Blue!

11/25/2018 - 4:43pm We need to become much more…

We need to become much more dynamic with our passing game. We definitely have talent at the receiver position and solid at QB with Patterson/McCaffery.

What our offense is lacking IMO is schemes and route combinations that put players like DPJ and Chris Evans (maybe Tarik, hard to say at this point in his career) in high leverage situations in space. That puts a ton of pressure on opposing secondaries and lessens their ability to support the run game, which is what Michigan wants to emphasize offensively, and I am fine with that.

Currently it looks like a lot of what we're asking Shea to do in the passing game is fit the ball into tight windows using outdated route concepts from the NFL. We use a lot of flat routes and a lot of deep vertical routes. Effective occasionally, but also predictable. We need more mesh and rub routes, pick plays, more "P" in our RPO's, unique screen designs, etc. I am not suggesting we go "Air Raid" and throw it around the yard 60 times a game, but effective offenses in 2018 throw the ball 35-50 times per game and Michigan should be somewhere on the lower end that spectrum.

Passing attempts in the 20's is outdated and makes your play calling more predictable and easier to diagnose. And that is an issue we must correct if we have a realistic chance of beating teams like OSU. Saban is clearly moving his offense in this direction as well and Harbaugh has to adapt and modernize this offense. Again, I am not suggesting a change in identity. I'm talking about updating and refreshing the passing concepts of the offense. When you get OSU 's best shot, they will put up points on anyone. Period. Michigan needs to be able to do it too if they're going to beat them.

 My understanding is that  particular responsibility (i.e. main contributor to Harbaugh on play design and route scheming) would belong to Pep Hamilton as the "Passing Game Coordinator".

To me that says Pep either needs to adjust his philosophy or he needs to go - and my guess would be probably the latter because he doesn't have a track record of running that type of offense, he has a track record of running pro-style offenses from earlier in the decade that even NFL franchises are moving away from . But it is not acceptable to get your doors blown off by OSU all while completely mismanaging the dynamic offensive players you have.

11/23/2018 - 12:02am More likely trying to get in…

More likely trying to get in the graces of the coaching staff at a state powerhouse. I think the staff knows Dobbs ain’t coming. 

 

11/22/2018 - 11:46pm Correct, he was “processed”…

Correct, he was “processed”. This is how recruiting works at major college football programs. What you hope is the coaches remain upfront and transparent with recruits about the circumstances of their commitment. Obviously the staff was not with oline kid from ‘16. That’s unfortunate, but “processing” recruits leads to the results we as fans want on the field.

11/21/2018 - 2:56pm Outrush the opponent and win…

Outrush the opponent and win the turnover battle. Do that and I predict we will be very happy Sunday morning. Both seem attainable, now have to go out and do it!

11/21/2018 - 12:44pm Obviously he hasn't sent his…

Obviously he hasn't sent his LOI to Michigan, so there is always "reason for concern" with recruits of his caliber. He will be pursued by the Who's Who of college football until the day he arrives on campus for his chosen school. That said, Michigan appears to be in excellent shape - I'd imagine he's just observing prep week for a big time college football match-up. There's rarely a sure thing with highly sought after players like Harrison.

11/15/2018 - 10:35pm Best Football Coach: Jim…

Best Football Coach: Jim Harbaugh 

Best Motivator: Don Brown

Best Instructor: Ed Warriner

1a. Greg Mattison 

Best Recruiter (in order)

Chris Partridge

Al Washington 

Sherrone Moore

Jay Harbaugh

Expendible: Pep Hamilton (not that he has to go, just not sure what makes him dynamic compared to the rest of the staff) 

10/14/2018 - 7:20pm Hats off to the o line. They…

Hats off to the o line. They really did play a great game. But honestly, Wisconsin is straight up bad up front correct? I mean their advanced stats were on par with Nebraska. They deserve credit for doing what a good unit does to an over matched opponent, but I’m not sure we should be throwing out adjectives like “dominant” to describe this unit yet. More like functional/solid. MSU will be a great measuring stick.

10/14/2018 - 4:15pm They are in for a rude…

They are in for a rude awakening 

09/24/2018 - 11:46pm We need Penn State to win…

We need Penn State to win this one. OSU isn’t looking at many potential losses on their schedule. 

09/24/2018 - 11:28pm Big loss for The Suckeyes…

Big loss for The Suckeyes. Hope he makes a full recovery and goes to make his money on sundays 

09/24/2018 - 12:15am Gary or Winovich can get it

Gary or Winovich can get it

09/24/2018 - 12:06am This is a good point. A team…

This is a good point. A team giving up is the result of their opponent taking their will to win. That’s exactly what Michigan did and that’s what good teams do lesser competition

09/22/2018 - 12:44am Don’t like Penn State and…

Don’t like Penn State and they are fun to play, although I don’t feel the same level of anguish losing to them as I do our true nemesis’s. So therefore, feel like they are not a rival.

09/19/2018 - 8:25am I think it’s more that they…

I think it’s more that they don’t care lol

09/18/2018 - 8:32pm I like Shea a lot, but I’m…

I like Shea a lot, but I’m not ready to say he is hands down better than Haskins 

09/10/2018 - 8:26pm This is demonstrably not…

This is demonstrably not true. Michigan has played OSU competitively the past 2 seasons. Rutgers lost 52-3 to OSU this week.

09/10/2018 - 7:41am Getting passed on the depth…

Getting passed on the depth chart by a true freshman immediately does not bode well for playing time prospects. I don’t feel like that’s a stretch here.

09/09/2018 - 10:26pm I don't think Harbaugh and…

I don't think Harbaugh and staff pull those kind of stunts. I think Shea came to Michigan because he wanted to play for Jim Harbaugh and he liked the school, not because Jim said I'll offer your Freshman-in-high-school brother a commitable scholarship

09/09/2018 - 10:22pm Is he a legit high P5…

Is he a legit high P5 recruit or is this more of a "legacy" (for lack of better term) situation?

09/09/2018 - 8:00pm crazy how quickly that…

crazy how quickly that program imploded

09/09/2018 - 7:14pm Nice! FSU definitely knows…

Nice! FSU definitely knows there way around defensive ends. I lazily trust without bothering to check his film that he is a quality player.

09/09/2018 - 7:07pm The way I read that is the…

The way I read that is the coaches still feel that Runyan/JBB are their best options at tackle, but also acknowledge they need every rep they can get. I think specifically if Hudson can keep improving he is most likely to push through and surpasss JBB. Mayfield may get there before the end of the year. They need to be strategic with how the utilize him and the new RS rules.

09/09/2018 - 7:01pm this makes it appear it is…

this makes it appear it is getting late early for Stueber. I really liked his HS film and thought he was going to see the field early for us. I don't think we could have worse luck at the tackle position.

09/09/2018 - 6:56pm this is not even close to…

this is not even close to accurate

09/09/2018 - 6:16pm Looking to purchase six…

Looking to purchase six tickets. If anyone has a source, please message me. Thx

09/09/2018 - 4:09pm Was thinking the same re:…

Was thinking the same re: coaches liking Harbaugh. Even Carroll has gone on record saying he likes Harbaugh. He’s drafted a few of his players too.

09/08/2018 - 7:57pm Shea is far and away the…

Shea is far and away the clear cut starter. DCaff shows promise but he is not threatening for the starting job while Patterson is here 

03/23/2018 - 11:35am More like

More like moron medcalf amirite?

01/07/2018 - 1:18pm 2018 class

There's definitely been a lot of concern - some of the troll variety, and some legit - about the overall quality of the 2018 class. To me, I don't think there is much validity to those concerns and for a number of reasons. Most importantly, I think guys on this staff like Brown, Mattison, Partridge and Jim Harbaugh himself have proven they are excellent evaluators of talent. Jim Harbaugh sent dozens of non-blue chip caliber high school players to the NFL including Zack Ertz and Richard Sherman to name a few. He recruited Karan Higdon, Chris Evans, Zach Gentry, Sean McKeon, Khaleke Hudson, Josh Matellus etc. onto this roster. Middling 3 to low 4 star guys, most of whom are starters and highly regarded players. These coaches know how to break down recruiting film and know what they are looking for. Sometimes they agree with the services, sometimes they don't, but they've proven they know what they are doing

Secondly, looking at Michigan's depth chart, it's littered all over the two-deep of players with 2 and 3 years left of eligiblity. Now that's one thing for an Alabama or an Ohio State - programs that are perenially in the college football playoffs. Blue chips realize they go there wait for the guy in front of them to go pro then get their shot at a title run. Realistically Michigan is not there yet, but they do have everything else high profile players are looking for. So when you can offer everything but proven championship contention + early playing time, you can get some of the guys Ohio State and Alabama were also chasing. Michigan couldn't offer much early playing time in this cycle, so they had to turn their focus to guys that have high ceilings in the staff's opinion, but need a little more development than a high-4/5 star guy does. And I think that is what you are seeing reflected in the star rankings for 2018.

I am still willing to bet we get some damn good players out of this class. Miles Sims, both Doyle and Milton and Hassan Haskins look like they have legitimate, high impact play maker potential at the high D 1 level in my opinion. When we really have a chance to evaluate this class three years from now, my guess is we will be plesantly surprised

01/02/2018 - 5:00pm Few observations from this season

- JH did not seem to carry the same "swagger" that he did in his first two seasons. His sideline demanor seemed more aloof this year and it felt like his players -  offense especially - feed off of that energy as well.

- It seemed pretty obvious the offensive line struggled with cohesion, and that would seem to make sense given the fact they were getting their instruction from two different coaches steeped in two different run blocking principles.

- The passing game was bland compared to what we saw from Jed in 2015 and 2016

- Offensive game planning appeared fragmented in a number of big games. OSU I thought was good. MSU and the Bowl Game were completely nonsensical. A logical explanation is having too many people meddling with the play calling. 

If you add all this up, I think what you get is Harbaugh needs to get back to being Harbaugh, an intense in your face coach so his players know what the attitude expectation is and follows suit. Need to pick your offensive line coach and stick with it - sounds like that is Drevno, which.. okay fine. Eleminate his play calling duties and have him focus on DEVELOPING the players on the offensive line. If he doesn't want to do that, he is free to leave. Find a place to ship Pep Hamilton. I thought the passing concepts in this offense were - quite frankly - below average. If Dan Enos is your guy, that's fine too. But Pep needs to go, enough with this co-offensive coordinator stuff. Too much potential for confusion and disorganization. Move Jay back to TE, hire a RB coach, hire a WR coach.

01/02/2018 - 4:15pm This can work

I think if you take play calling responsibility away from Drevno so he can focus on DEVLOPING the players along the offensive line this can work, but JH needs to have what probably would be a sobering discussion with Drevno around what his role will be and what is needed from him to help the offense succeed.

It appears that playcalling is not one of Drevno's strong suits (quite frankly I like Pep Hamilton's even less from I've seen between '16 and '17). His offensive lines were fine-to-good when his job title was "Offensive Line Coach". If that's not what Drevno wants, then he should be instructed to find employment elsewhere. Not everone is destined to call plays and run programs (see: Hoke, Brady). Jim Harbaugh's meritocracy must also apply to the coaching staff.