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03/15/2018 - 10:55am Not just talk

Whether the changes coming out of the self-scouting works or not remains to be seen, but it is hard to claim that the changes that have already been made, including getting rid of one his long time friends like Drevno that Harbaugh is just engaging in "coach speak.  He made a serious upgrade in terms of track record at the biggest postiion of need - the OL - and obviously replacing a GA with McElwain (like him or not as a head coach) is a huge upgrade.  The addition of 2 other coaches who have good recruiting reps is also an upgrade.  I think it also shows that Pep may not have been as responsible for the downgrade in the passing game as he is being given "credit" for.  

 

01/12/2018 - 12:15pm We have a chance to finally balance the scales

for Rice taking Sam McGuffie.

01/05/2018 - 12:57pm I agree only with Bunting

Would be surporised if any of the others you listed were not asked to return.  JBB, Furbush and Watson were all major contributors.  Marshall maybe, but he was in rotation (seemed to play a lot in Outback bowl) and will be a major contributor on a DL that uses a lot of rotation.  

10/19/2017 - 11:59pm Twins fan view of Gardy

As a Twins fan, I have some reflections on some of the above comments.

1) He is, as some have observed "old school" when it comes to management of the team on a day to day basis. While roster contrsctuction is out of his control, and he worked with the least sabermetrically advanced baseball department in the league under Terry Ryan (and Bill Smith), he was certainly a reflection of that ethos.  He is famous among a pretty sabr saavy Twins fanbase for saying "stats dont mean nothing" and does not use any sort of advanced metrics, much less standard metrics in constructing a lineup or managing in-game.  A few examples are that he does not at all give credence to hitters splits versus different handed pitchers and really likes to have "everyday" guys.  Jaque Jones was the most glaring example.  Terrible versus lefties but always in lineup; platoons were exceedingly rare and disliked by Gardenhire; will put "speedy" guys with hustle who "battle their tails off" at lead off instead of higher OBP guys and always seemed to want to middle infielders in the No 2 slot regardless of OB skills; will always save his closer for the "save";  loves veterans and hates young players with few exceptions;  While I put the horrible JJ Hardy trade ultimately on Terry Ryan (booted him after one season where he went on to have some great seasons with the O's), TR was left with little choice the way Gardy went after Hardy in the media for not being fast and SS are supposed to be fast according to Gardy.  Gardy is very much a slave to conventional wisdom from 1972 and aint no one going to talk him out of it. 

2) Contrary to national conventional wisdom, Gardy's teams were not terribly sound fundamentally and his teams did not play "the Twins way" established under Tom Kelly.  My recollection is that the Twins were often in the lower tier in most fielding metrics under Gardy, and certainly in terms of errors were not regularly near the top of the league.

3) Gardy is all about "toughness" which led to a lot of guys hiding injuries to stay out of the dog house, all the time ending up on the DL eventually anyhow while performance suffered.  Gardy would plant in the local media notions that certain players werent playing through injuries and werent tough.  Toughness is laudable until it starts hurting the team having a pitcher with a shoulder injury trying to tough out innings with significant drops in velocity.  There were other examples of Gardy going after players through the media as well.  He had a reputation of having "his guys" and the others were not treated very well.

4) In short, my opinion is that Gardy is not the ideal manager for a rebuilding team.  After a great run with generally veteran Twins teams (winning six division titles) though during times of weak AL central, when it came to the rebuilding project, Gardy was out of his element when having to bring up younger talent.  While much of the "blame" goes to the Terry Ryan front office, Gardy just does not bring out the best in young players.  Makes me wonder why Gardy took this job.

5) All that said, Gardy did have some success.  He is a colorful character and defintely understands the game itself.  With the right roster he can get some wins with his hunches and gut feelings, but overall I do not think it is a good fit for where the Tigers are at now.

For some pretty sound critisim of Gardy as skipper of the Twins I recommend searching archives at aarongleeman.com -  Aaron Gleeman is the editor-in-chief of Baseball Prospectus and a twins fan who's takes are often humorous and almost always spot on.

04/20/2017 - 5:41pm To avoid confusion. I vote for these nameplates

03/17/2017 - 4:32pm very few easy baskets in that run

The easiest look was the layup that DJ missed - very few easy looks.  OSU was extending the circle but very few backdoor opportunities and many of the shots were deep.  M did a good job at staying patient and making the extra pass to get a slightly better look on several possessions and never looked dead legged on the long shots.  Irvin made some nice moves to create space for himself.  Wislon hit a 3 on a nice pick and pop with Walton that was relatively uncontested, Robinson's shots were all contested.  All in all it was just one of those lights out shooting performances that are rare and amazing to watch.  This is a great shooting team but this was just an entirely other level, that let's pray does not have to be repeated.

03/13/2017 - 8:31pm need 360 spinning wright-jones*

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03/25/2016 - 4:40pm less famous viking

I think that Judge Culpepper is the son of the less famous Viking Culpepper, Brad Culpepper.

02/04/2016 - 10:33am ACE said that he will be rolling the hello posts out over the...

rest of the week.  All will get their posts.

02/04/2016 - 9:51am who is Staee plant that asked that last question?

He is just wrong in his premise.  There is more than one kid from the state of Michigan in the class - Onwenu, Hill and Nordin are all from Michigan.

02/04/2016 - 12:20am musical appearances

Josh Groban - you lift me up - 

Freekbass - Lou Holtz can sing along 

02/04/2016 - 12:17am n serious note they really should replace Todd McShay

with one of the recruiting analysts that actually follow Michigan.  Would have been nice for the kids to actually hear a positive scouting report  from someone familiar with them.  McShay made every kids sound like a seventh rounder on draft day.

 

02/04/2016 - 12:13am Harbaugh's cousin Dustin Diamond

01/28/2016 - 12:30pm Who could resist this sales pitch

http://www.ebaumsworld.com/video/watch/84108618/

Low crime, the best water around, 4 seasons, veternarians in love.

01/21/2016 - 12:22pm wow, there is another side to the story

maybe we can still return our torches and pitchforks minus a 25% restocking fee.

01/20/2016 - 11:10am can it be a coincidence that Riley Martin just died and

that Riley Martin just died and now a new planet has been discovered.  Uhhhhhhhhhhh, could be the home planet of the Biavians.

 

 

 

01/14/2016 - 6:13pm I dont know, but...

it potentially does help with the defensive line though if, Rashan Gary, a player he coached Paramus Catholic follows him again.

01/07/2016 - 2:00pm they probably would not be sent the contract to send in

I expect there would be nothing to send in.  I am pretty sure that the letters of intent are generated by the school and sent to the player - a step beyond the offer letter.  

12/20/2015 - 9:07am PPR amendola. std. Brown*

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12/20/2015 - 9:05am flex which one?

1 pt ppr. Langford, Draughn, Riddick. I start Forte and.Shoelace. Draughn had rough week last week and has tough match up against Cindy and losing work to Cadet in passing downs. Langford in near split with Forte last week and best bet to see end zone on his drives though Carey has been vulturing a bit. Riddick is high floor low ceiling. Really between Langford and draugn to me. Already in a hole.as opponent started Powell last night.

12/07/2015 - 9:43am he just visited

This guy was a sattelite camp commit, and don't think he had been on campus until his recent visit.  When a guy visits and then decommits, does not sound like a flakey thing.  Everyone is speculating that he decommittted because he suddenly realized that he will never be THE QB at Michigan, which, even if he believed that, I doubt that was a recent revelation.  Nothing has really changed in our depth chart so I seriously doubt that is it.

Since he made the effort to actually take an official visit before decommitting, my speculation is that he either wanted to stay closer to home, didnt like the weather or he didnt click with the guys on the team and the other commits or a combination of all of the above.

 

10/14/2015 - 9:59am Herbie just trying to get the woof woof back.

Herbie is just trying to do, what Rich Rod could not  --

to get the 'woof, woof' back at the Dawg Pound, back at the Wolverine house, the Big House.*

*Random ESPN idiot circa 2009.

10/01/2015 - 10:37am or hire his former Paramus Catholic HS coach*

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01/09/2015 - 12:33pm criticism of him during his Jax and U of Minn years

that he ran too complex system that were a hodgepodge of components from other systems (immediately brought Al Borges to mind).  Many in those locales believe that he was a cause for QB regression because he put too much on their menus.

Would be much more concerned if he were OC rather than postiion coach.  Fact that he has done very little college recruiting in career is minus in my objective opinion as a well as the position slots often need to be used for uber recruiters.

This is a trust the coach one in my opinion.  Harbaugh certainly knows what he needs in a staff.  Looks like he wants to go heavy NFL and having an NFL OC as a position coach may be part of that strategy. 

12/31/2014 - 12:47pm I disagree that there is not huge need

While there is not any area of short-term huge need, there are serious concerns about gaps in the current composition, especially at OL if O being built on the Stanford model.

The end of Lloyd years lack of depth begot the lack of OL depth for RR, on which he doubled down.  We will never be "back" until not only the talent is developed, but also until the numbers are more evenly spread out amongst the classes to allow for proper development.

While the early Hoke years appeared to correct for the complete lack of scholarship OL, the two mega-OL classes created a glut.

Until we have an O-line that is populated by 5th years, Srs and and Jrs and the occasional underclass phenom going to continue too cyclical to maintain sustained success on OL from year to year.

12/29/2014 - 6:39pm would be challenging to have him on the team because

if you get him to say his name backwards he must return to his own dimension for 90 days.

12/29/2014 - 1:03pm Shefter this am was on ESPN sportscenter still saying not done

Said it was likely that Harbaugh to M, but that that NFL still possibility.  

09/03/2014 - 11:07pm I like the night before the football game

when I played rugby at UM we always played them on same day as football game.  For the above poster, you will pay nothing.  

FYI - UM Rugby is the reigning Big Ten Rugby Conference champs.  M took second place on the pitch but Indiana forfeited its championship due to use of ineligible players.

04/07/2014 - 6:10pm Cal, Life and Navy

are incidentially a few of the handful of full varsity rugby programs.  Tough to compete against those teams, but the M guys had a great season.  Lost in Big Ten championship in 15's to Indiana last fall (Rugby in the midwest plays a split season - Fall and Spring)

03/06/2014 - 12:23pm Debord offense bailed out from those by Mike Hart

My anecdotal recollection was that when Mike Debord went to a zone stretch scheme, the offense's exposure to negative plays jumped dramatically -- only to bailed out by Mike Hart's shitiness behind the LOS time and again.

I recall that at the time the big threat (and I saw this with the Minnesota Vikings as well when they went to a zone stretch) was that the Debord version of the scheme (and Bevell in Minnesota with Adrian Peterson) was suceptible to and did not exploit the hard play side slanting by the front 7.  

Hart (and Peterson in Minnesota) were able to exploit this at times if they were able to break backside contain, but it was definitely a flaw in the system leading to many (and many more potential) negative plays.

01/08/2014 - 8:40pm My Top ten guesses

1) Bal Borges (Al's identical twin brother) - ok its really just Al in a Ramones wig;

2) Charlie Weis - heavier than Brady; more arrogant than Borges; decided schematic advantage needed; sidekick is Brady Quinn, Grad Assistant

3) Pat Narduzzi - he's been mentioned for every other job, so why not;

4) Nick Sheridan and or Justin Feagin and or Steven Threat - still not as bad as Borges' offense

5) Gerg - very good a making offenses look better thant they are;

6) Dave Brandon's ipad - has watched a lot of film;

7) Mike Hart - was used to making positive gains after being seemingly stopped for a loss with atrocious zone stretch blocking scheme;

8) Heiko - all your bubble screens are belong to us!!!!!!!!

9) Brett Favre - led Hattiesberg, MS to state championship as a high shcool OC;

10) Rocky Long - bringing him in couldn't save the old coach but maybe the second time is the charm;

 

01/08/2014 - 8:20pm Les Miles?

Les Miles?

12/26/2013 - 12:03pm this is silly

He is going no where.

12/26/2013 - 12:02pm Borges

is the bigger problem than Morris.  Borges will run and run and run and run and just when you think he is done running, he will run somemore.

If the play distribution is more than 20% pass I will be shocked.

On a silver lining note, in this lost year, it will be good to get Morris some live game experience for his own development.

 

12/19/2013 - 12:37pm that somewhere is a sailboat

and clearly, all roads lead to Gerg.  Everything is coming up Gerg.

12/10/2013 - 2:24pm how to stop offenses -simple

Each team shall be forced to use Al Borges as its OC.

11/18/2013 - 1:18pm When the ref explained the OT rules

to the captains as like a baseball innning, Al Borges breathed a sigh of relief that his bunting three times in a row strategy could now be executed.

11/18/2013 - 12:26pm The uninformz

were specifically to support and raise awareness for the Wounded Warrior Project and not to recognize veterans day in general.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/sports/colleges/northwestern-the-latest-school-to-don-military-uniforms-which-are-becoming-more-commonplace/2013/11/14/1220920c-4d7f-11e3-97f6-ed8e3053083b_story.html

While I have no idea how they performed on the former, clearly the latter did not work so well as most people probably thought was a veterans day stunt.

 

11/14/2013 - 10:40am The name of the OC next year Rhymes with

HAL HORGES.  

None of the coaches is going anywhere.  Hoke will not fire one of his coaches.  He is a loyal guy - maybe to a fault.  

10/15/2013 - 11:15am you have to know there is a problem before you can fix it though

This offensive staff are so committed philosphically to the power run game, and also they can point to about 3 dozen things that still would have won the game against PSU had they gone right, that they may not be able to recognize the problem is that defenses are not being punished for stacking the box.

If you go based at least on his press conference, Hoke does not believe that there is a problem other than "we need to get the run game going a little better."

You have seen how they aim to get there and it is not by using misdirection, using pass to set up runs with fewer guys committed to the run, running Gardner from shot/pistol.  It is throwing more bodies at the point of attack and they can scheme all day with in that tiny box, swap Burzinski for Bryant all they want and it is still a numbers game they will always lose.

 

09/04/2013 - 6:28pm My favorite myth

Notre Dame knows how to tailgate:

 

http://www.everydayshouldbesaturday.com/2006/05/02/your-tailgate-is-teh-sux0rz-notre-dame/

 

 

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09/04/2013 - 6:16pm how do you know Kovacs has been underdog his whole life?

While is student body walkon story is certainly an underdoggy tale.  After his first (or maybe second year) was he really an underdog anymore?  Was he an underdog in high school?  Can't imagine that he was not an impact player in HS.

His story is not any less compelling if he is not Rudy Rudiger.

04/08/2013 - 4:36pm If OSU offered them and accepted comittment from them

I rather doubt they care at all about whether their rankings "move up through camps and next fall."

01/17/2013 - 10:54am farks re Teo

http://www.tigerdroppings.com/rant/p/39261248/Manti-Teo-Fake-Girlfriend…

01/17/2013 - 10:33am I cant wait for the movie

Weekend at Teo's.  In a modern twist on the classic Weekend at Bernies Part II, a Heisman trophy candidate invites Brent Musberger and Kirk Herbstreit for a weekend at his beach house in Hawaii to meet his girlfriend.  Hilarity ensues when Teo spends the weekend trying to cover up the fact that the girlfriend doesnt exist.  Intrigue abounds while Teo fends off the inquisitive Musberger while also trying to fend off the evil Johnny Football and AJ McCarron, hitmen from the criminal organization known as SEC who are trying to steal the girlfriend and the legendary black pearl that Teo found while pearl diving off the coast of Maui.

 

 

01/10/2013 - 1:04pm you win the internet*

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11/20/2012 - 10:28am we has got she-males now

Rutgers joining the B1G has now turned into our own personal Crying Game in more way than one.

11/18/2012 - 6:40am it is a phony smile

the idea behind it is exactly that - you would not smile doing it, so a shit eating grin is a big phony smile.

09/23/2012 - 12:24am Borges will be fine

He turned Dink and Dunker moxie qb Cade McNown into a first rounder and Jason Campbell into an NFL qb.  Borges cant throw the ball for Denard.  Borges cant run a better route than Devin Gardner who broke off his route on one of Denard's INTS.

This was just one of those games.  We have been on the good end of the them in past and today we weren't.

Defense was encouraging and offense moved the ball.  This team will win a lot of games.

09/23/2012 - 12:19am my biggest frustration with the playcalling

was that ND was dropping 8 into coverage and everytime Denard through underneath the coverage he was successful.  

But at the end of the day, in fairness to Borges, the offense moved the ball pretty well when Denard (and Smith) wasnt throwing it to the other team.