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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.

01/02/2018 - 1:49pm Too be fair

Ulizio was a flyer recreuit that Drevno and Harbaugh took when they had to piecemeal together the 2015 recruting class. They did not put a greater emphasis on him over more talented players, the identifed him as a player that would commit with the limited amount of time they had to recreuit.

01/02/2018 - 1:27pm I would not take Felton Davis

over Soph. DPJ and soph. Tarick Black. And I don't think you would either.

01/02/2018 - 1:18pm hawt take

It will not be Joe Milton in 2018

01/02/2018 - 12:44pm Welp

Good thing (or possibly not a good thing) we have an opportunity to do something about that on September 1st, 2018

01/02/2018 - 12:43pm yeah

I definitely plan to watch it. Yes, this season was mindnumbingly frustrating and elevated my blood pressure more times than I care to count. At the end of the day though, I love Michigan football and just can't fathom a time where I would not tune in and watch the program. It's just what I've done my whole life.

01/02/2018 - 11:57am Yep

Totally agreed. To my - admittedly untrained - eye it appears there are too many cooks in the kitchen when it comes to offensive play calling, or as you put it a necessary reordering of duties. I only know football topically, but I do have a little more insight when it comes to how organizations are structured. I can see how delgating play calling responsibilty to three different people could create confusion and disorganization amongst the people trying to execute the game plan - players and coaches alike. So my guess is Harbaugh will need to consolidate those responsibilities to one person who perhaps consults him before sending the play-in. Obviously the collateral damage is demoting someone currently holding play calling duties which would probably mean they walk. Hard conversation to have with a professional/personal friend, but it appears to me it's what's needed to correct the offense and Jim gets paid the big bucks to have these conversations. My guess is one of Pep or Drevno needs to go, and although I think Frey is a great coach, I don't know that it makes sense to have Drevno and Frey on the same staff coaching two different techniques of run blocking. If on the otherhand, Harbaugh doubles down on the staff, and it doesn't work.. he will start feeling some heat.

01/02/2018 - 11:25am Apathy

This is the greatest danger to the Harbaugh regime after the 2017 season. If things get stale, players become complacent, he has a real shot at failure here - which I think is what is so surprising and disheartening because apathy is something that we thought we would never see from a Harbaugh coached team. Ups and downs, sure - but a plain indifference from the players and coaches seems to be looming if Jim doesn't wake these guys up from their sleep walk. The true test of leadership is how you motivate people to respond to adversity. We're going to see just what Jim Harbaugh can do here, because quite frankly that was a pathetic display of offensive effort and strategy we oberved yesterday.

12/27/2017 - 10:28am Agree with this

I don't think there is any Harbaugh must win "X" games in 2018 to stay off the hot seat. There is no arbitrary record hot seat for Jim Harbaugh - yes maybe if they go 4-8 you start to have "the discussion" but if ever that were to happen, you wouldn't need the record to tell you something is wrong inside the program. There are no better coaching options available to Michigan. Nick Saban or Urban Meyer or Bill Bellichek are not going to come walking through the door (thank God).

The best way to observe as a fan is watch for improved play and competitivenes on the field. From where we were at in 2014 I would say we have gotten that exponentially, and if that continues you will find Michigan competing for conf championships and playoff births by vertue of continuing to elevate their level of play. Michigan probably has the toughest schedule in the country next year. If they are competitive on the field and go 8-4, it does not mean Jim Harbaugh should be fired or put on a "hot seat". There are no better options available people. There are not many optoins better period.

12/27/2017 - 10:12am Agreed. Losing Sa'Quan and

Agreed. Losing Sa'Quan and Moorehead is really going to hurt PSU. They've recruited well so they will hang around, but they will take a step back in 2018. Hot take: they will be an 8-4 team in 2018

12/27/2017 - 10:08am Well..

Beacuse that is really an irrelevant data point. What Brady Hoke's team, for example, did 5 or 6 years ago has zero impact on how the 2018 team performs on the road next season. If they get to 9 wins with 18 returning starters, some of whom are All-American, All-Confernce impact  perfomers, you can see why people think they have potential.

12/27/2017 - 9:49am If they can field a competent

If they can field a competent offensive line for the first time in the Harbaugh era, then I like their chances. All comes down to controlling the line of scrimmage and protecting the QB for this team.

12/26/2017 - 3:04pm I'm not saying you're wrong

But his mesurables would suggest he has a higher ceiling than Shea. I think most would agree - per Sam Webb - Peters has greater arm strengh than Patterson as well. Again, I am not saying that Shea won't end up the better player, just that it is distinctly possible Brandon could end up being better as well.

12/26/2017 - 2:59pm Where did he suggest that? It

Where did he suggest that? It would be concerning to me at this point that Harbaugh has "a guy" and favors one over the other. That suggests its personal and not "fair, honest, healthy competition".

12/26/2017 - 2:52pm No

Ole Miss has (had) two/three NFL calibur WR's in A.J. Brown and DaMarkus Lodge, and maaaybe Van Jefferson. They had a 1,000 yd rusher in Jordan Wilkins and arguably the best left tackle in the country in Greg Little. You are making this arguement to fit your narrative, but it is incorrect.

12/24/2017 - 7:57pm I’m sorry, but I have to

I’m sorry, but I have to say.. I am glad you are not leading the coaching search

12/21/2017 - 5:18pm Agreed - B1G East WILL become

Agreed - B1G East WILL become a 3-headed monster. Once we straighten out our snake bitten offensive line and PSU rebounds fully from Scan-dusky this division will become a murderers row 

12/21/2017 - 5:02pm In other words

aside from '15 OSU and '17 PSU - the offensive line is directly or indirectly responsible for all of Harbaugh's losses at Michigan

12/20/2017 - 10:34am 2019

If the '18 offense struggles, would not mind seeing Pep and Drevno "sent to be successful elsewhere" Jed brought on as OC, Frey retained as O-Line coach, great recruiting WR coach added to staff... adding that to my Jump to Conclusions Mat

12/20/2017 - 10:07am And not just

And not just Winovich:

Taco

Chris Wormley

Willy Henry

Mo Hurst

Frank Clark....

All guys in the mid-low 4/high 3 star range to the recruiting sites. All NFL players now... If Mattison likes him, I trust he is a good player

11/20/2017 - 4:20pm Big recruiting weekend

Go to the game. Even if you have given up on this season and this particular team, this is the biggest recruiting weekend of the year for Michigan. Not a good look in the eyes of our potential future players for our stadium to be half full of fans from our biggest rival. 

11/05/2017 - 12:38am Drevno I believe has

Drevno I believe has historically run more gap and power concepts which Michigan is having success with now, Frey is more known for zone blocking which appears to be more constraint in this years offense. So... Drevno, to answer your question

11/04/2017 - 8:15pm Well if UGA and Bama are both

Well if UGA and Bama are both undefeated going into the SEC championship game they probably both get in regardless of the outcome as the last two unbeatens. If that happens I don't see a scenario where the 3rd and 4th teams both have two losses. Both teams still have to play Auburn, so TBD. Stakes are always high in November

11/04/2017 - 8:08pm He punches above his weight

He punches above his weight class perhaps better than any other coach, but he's not on the same level as Satan (autocorrect but I'll leave it), and Meyer. And I think over time Harbaugh will prove to be a better football coach too. Mark has a 10 year head start after all.....

11/04/2017 - 8:02pm Weather is the ultimate

Weather is the ultimate equalizer and both played a factor in MSU's big wins this year. He's a great coach that has received great luck this year. I still think they will get trounced by OSU

11/04/2017 - 7:33pm B1G in the playoff

Looking more likely that the B1G won't be represented in the CFP, unless Wisconsin wins out. 2 loss teams are probably not getting in

10/12/2017 - 10:35pm Great point. I remember when

Great point. I remember when Beilein couldn't coach his way out of a paper bag. That has apparently worked itself out until the next bump in the road

10/12/2017 - 9:38pm Armchair QB'ing

Shuffling the deck on the OL probably wouldn't yield much incremental improvement. It's a deeper personnel issue than RT - It is the weakest along the line for sure, but I don't think plug and play or musical chairs at RT solves much. I'd rather see the coaches manufacturer some offense knowing their deficiencies especially along the right side of the line. More motion with Evans, more tunnel screens with DPJ, more double or overload TE sets, get the fullbacks more involved in the passing game, etc. shelf the IS Zone (!!) and run more trap and power. Coaches are going to have to do a better job of scheming up some offense, and dial back the "go make an NFL play" we've seen so far this year. I don't see any combination of "doesn't suck" with the current state of the roster along the Oline

02/19/2015 - 8:06pm Been a minute

Bell's Hopslam.. only good thing about February in Chicagoland

09/13/2010 - 11:08pm 2 QB's

Denard has looked fantastic, but he has carried the ball 57 times in 2 games. He is well on his way to 300 carries (although I highly doubt he will get that many), I see now why Coach Rod wants 2 starting QB's.  We have to at least consider there are going to be games where Denard may miss some extended time, it is possible that the #2 QB is the most crucial position in this offense. Getting Gardner ready to play now seems like the right move.