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01/15/2019 - 5:24pm Patterson or McCaffery? Yes,…

Patterson or McCaffery? Yes, it definitely should (and will be) one of those two guys. 

01/13/2019 - 6:07pm Well that certainly seems…

Well that certainly seems promising. I like him already!

01/11/2019 - 1:44pm Metellus has been a damn…

Metellus has been a damn fine safety here, not sure how much improvement you're expecting from a guy heading into his 4th year.

Biggest knock I see for Metellus is he isn't an elite athlete (but not many are, guys like Dax Hill don't grow on trees) other than that he's done a great job during his time here. 

01/10/2019 - 9:43pm Several have said on here…

Several have said on here and at 247, that since McDaniels has a ton of QB coaching experience it's possible he moves there and Gattis is OC/WR coach. 

01/09/2019 - 6:47pm I was rather confused by the…

I was rather confused by the 'bat boy sign' part in the title when the gif is Ralph from The Simpsons. I thought maybe Bruce Wayne was coming to be our new DL coach. 

01/09/2019 - 12:18pm I don't think talent level…

I don't think talent level is the issue. Though Trevor Lawrence is light years ahead of anyone we have on the roster. Our talent is comparable to OSU and Clemson. At least according to 247's team talent metric.

https://247sports.com/Season/2018-Football/CollegeTeamTalentComposite/

https://247sports.com/Season/2017-Football/CollegeTeamTalentComposite/

https://247sports.com/Season/2016-Football/CollegeTeamTalentComposite/

So if we've got the Jimmy's and Joe's, it's gotta be the X's and O's that is missing. Maybe that means our coaches can't teach at the same level as OSU/Bama/Clemson can, maybe it means our scheme doesn't fit our personnel, maybe it means something else, I don't know. But there is a clear disconnect and it doesn't appear to be a major gap in talent, so for me it's some part of the coaching that's going on here. 

01/09/2019 - 10:11am Sam said Stoops offered him…

Sam said Stoops offered him a big raise and Michigan was unwilling to match it. He also said if the monetary situation for assistant coaches was then what it is now (much bigger salaries) he thinks Montgomery would have stayed. 

He'd be a great hire, but he probably won't want a lateral position coach move to college unless he's a co-DC or something. 

01/09/2019 - 10:07am Yeah, cuz that's not…

Yeah, cuz that's not something Harbaugh has done here. Don Brown is the first name that comes to mind. And hell, Al Washington (yes he just left in a disappointing fashion to us, but he's a bright young coach and damn good recruiter) and Chris Partridge - a guy who was a high school coach and has turned out to be a pretty damn good coach and recruiter. Alabama wasn't trying to grab him last cuz he sucked.

But yeah, Harbaugh won't do anything big or impactful with these open spots.

 

01/08/2019 - 8:39pm Yeah cuz Webber wasn't.

Yeah cuz Webber wasn't.

01/08/2019 - 8:29pm Maybe I missed it but Louis…

Maybe I missed it but Louis Bullock would be a great addition. Dude was a baller. Michigan's all-time leader in 3-pointers made, at a 42% clip, and all-time free throws made leader as well. That said, of course the correct answer(s) is Glenn Rice/Chris Webber.

01/08/2019 - 6:52pm (No subject)

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01/08/2019 - 6:47pm As a coach, yes. But if he's…

As a coach, yes. But if he's not gonna hit the recruiting trail with any impact then it's not as great in my mind. 

We absolutely need guys who can coach the hell out of our players, but we also need guys who can consistently bring in great talent. Dude has been out of college coaching for over 20 years, not saying he wouldn't be a decent recruiter but it doesn't seem likely. 

01/08/2019 - 6:43pm Is it too much to ask for a…

Is it too much to ask for a guy who can coach AND recruit well?

01/08/2019 - 6:27pm Probably not. Which is the…

Probably not. Which is the main reason I don't want a guy like this. I don't give a shit where he went to college either. Just want someone young and hungry and a damn good recruiter. 

01/08/2019 - 6:25pm Enough of the old NFL guys…

Enough of the old NFL guys already! We need young guys who can, and want to, recruit. Ugh. 

01/08/2019 - 6:19pm Brent Venebles is coming to…

Brent Venebles is coming to be our DC and Sean McVay as OC.

01/08/2019 - 3:55pm Glad that Hinton and Smith…

Glad that Hinton and Smith are clearly very talented and can compete right away. But the fact that two true freshman are gonna be in the two-deep worries me a lot. The idea of needing to count on freshman for major contributions is a bad thing, at least on the OL and DL. Not worried about Hill though. 

01/08/2019 - 3:53pm He'd be able to cover slots…

He'd be able to cover slots as the Viper. But I do think he'd be best suited to play centerfield and just go out and make plays on the back end. Lord knows we need someone like that anchoring the back of our defense.

01/08/2019 - 3:39pm Pretty sure Tressel hates…

Pretty sure Tressel hates our guts and would likely sabotage us. So pass. I'd look to the Clemson staff, personally. 

I get us wanting Elston, but I don't see how he would even consider that move. It'd be a demotion. He's the DL and AHC there. 

01/08/2019 - 3:36pm I'd prefer young up and…

I'd prefer young up and coming coaches from the college ranks. Nothing against the NFL guys, but recruiting is a HUGE part of the college game and they either don't seem to like it or aren't good at it. Exceptions to the rule for sure.

And honestly, I want guys with no prior ties to Michigan. We need to break free of this Michigan Man bullshit and just go out and get the best guys possible. Maybe no OSU connections too, don't want more potential poaching candidates. 

01/08/2019 - 11:30am For me, it only sucks cuz it…

For me, it only sucks cuz it was OSU and this was the 2nd defensive coach they 'stole' from us. They beat us on the field and then they stick it to us with our coaching staff. 

If they left for any other program there wouldn't be this kind of meltdown. Well, there would knowing this fanbase haha.

01/08/2019 - 11:26am Well, we all wanted some…

Well, we all wanted some staff shake ups this offseason, we got them.

01/08/2019 - 10:38am Agree, except it seems like…

Agree, except it seems like Washington isn't gonna stick around, so we still need a DL coach replacement. 

01/07/2019 - 3:35pm In case you've missed the…

In case you've missed the last few years, OSU doesn't need help figuring out Harbaugh's offense. Also, Mattison wasn't even our DC. 

Sucks to lose him to a rival, but it's not like this will give OSU any new insights. 

01/07/2019 - 2:25pm We won that trade, big time.

We won that trade, big time.

01/07/2019 - 2:09pm I doubt it happens, but Hoke…

I doubt it happens, but Hoke as our DL coach isn't something I'd be mad about. That said, I'm sure we can get someone better and younger. 

01/07/2019 - 2:05pm I mean, one can hope he…

I mean, one can hope he makes some changes to the offense. But I'm with you, I don't exactly fear Mattison as the DC, plus he's getting pretty long in the tooth. Seems like a stop gap move for OSU. I do love that the OSU fans don't seem to like the hire though. 

01/07/2019 - 10:48am Clearly I'm in the minority,…

Clearly I'm in the minority, but I love this match-up. I want to see the two best teams battle it out for the national championship. Hate Saban all you want, but he leads an elite program and so does Dabo. This is way better than watching games where one team clearly doesn't belong, see ND vs. Bama in 2012 or even Oregon vs. OSU in 2014. That said, I did love watching MSU and OSU get shut out in the playoffs a few years back, but aside from that I want to see two great, evenly matched teams playing for all the marbles.

01/07/2019 - 9:35am Did I miss something? Move…

Did I miss something? Move on for a promotion? I just thought he was considering retiring from coaching, period. Not leaving and going elsewhere.

01/07/2019 - 9:34am No, I just don't see him…

No, I just don't see him making the leap from defensive analyst straight to DC. He needs to be a position coach first. Bush already got passed up by Partridge for the safety position job last year. I'd bet Partridge would be the internal choice (if that was the route taken) as far as a potential DC opening is concerned. 

But none of us truly know what will happen. I do know this, Harbaugh seems to have a knack for finding great assistant coaches. Yes, I know the hate for Pep (but again, this is Harbaugh's offense and Pep does NOT call the plays) but he's done pretty well with his assistants here; Partridge, Brown, Zordich, Warriner, Sherrone Moore and Al Washington recently. It's his lack of willingness to let guys go soon enough that is the issue most seem to take with Harbaugh. 

01/07/2019 - 8:41am I'm no fan of Pep, but it's…

I'm no fan of Pep, but it's been harped on a million times - this is JIM HARBAUGH's offense, no one else's. Harbs gets input, like all programs do, then Harbaugh calls the plays and it is his scheme.. Pep, while not a great recruiter and that bugs me, gets far too much of the blame for the shortcomings of the offense. Honestly, the bigger problem with this offense (IMO) is not that we don't have a mauling OL full of future NFL linemen. Harbaugh's offense is heavily predicated on a great OL to work at full capacity, we haven't had that here yet. That said, I see nothing wrong with adding in more of the RPO wrinkles or 4/5 WR sets but if your OL cannot block and block for long enough then a lot of what could be done, can't.

I think we're more likely to see Harbaugh open up the playbook a little more than we are to see him hand off the reins to any OC. 

01/07/2019 - 8:36am Well, you knew the…

Well, you knew the Washington rumors were just that as soon as that hack James Yoder posted to Twitter that it was going down. 

01/07/2019 - 8:24am I'd imagine Partridge,…

I'd imagine Partridge, Washington and Bush Sr. are all in line for promotions if we do have the departures of Brown and/or Mattison. Personally, I think Mattison would be a bigger loss than Brown. Plenty of guys who can run a good defense (I think Partridge is on that track but no idea if he's ready to make that jump), but I don't see many DL coaches on Mattison's level - Larry Johnson is the only name that comes to my mind and sadly I don't think we can poach him.

Big fan of Don Brown but losing a great DL coach when that is arguably our weakest link (proven talent and depth-wise as we sit in January 2019 anyway) would be a huge blow. I hope we can get at least one more year of Mattison. 

01/07/2019 - 8:18am Because he's 63 (or around…

Because he's 63 (or around there) and probably realizes the window to run his own program again is closing. If he truly wants that shot then that's why.

Plus, he's an east coast guy so it could be a lot of other non-football reasons too. I'm a east coast guy living in Florida and while I love it down here there is that 'pull' of going back home that is appealing. Until I see snow then it goes away. 

From what I have read this defense isn't controlled by anyone but Brown, the offense is what is hamstrung (by Harbaugh). 

01/06/2019 - 10:00am How long is it gonna take to…

How long is it gonna take to get the basics down? It's been 4 years. Not like none of these kids had never seen a football before stepping on campus. The basics should be down pat after year 1. No excuse for a team full of 3rd and 4th year players to look like they did at the end of the season.

Yes, I get the limited practice time but then that just leads me to believe Harbaugh's scheme is way too complicated for college (not necessarily they can't handle it, but to get everyone on the same page clearly takes too long to make it worthwhile). 

I'm not a Harbaugh needs to go guy, but something has to change and it needs to be more than just tweaking the offense. I have no issues with his style, but maybe simplify it a bit going forward so they can add more wrinkles over the course of a season.

01/04/2019 - 6:30pm We use them, just unwisely…

We use them, just unwisely on guys like Pep. 

01/04/2019 - 4:44pm Excellent, one more year for…

Excellent, one more year for him to make Frames Janklin regret turning him down (multiple times).

01/04/2019 - 1:31pm The rich get richer.

The rich get richer.

01/04/2019 - 12:39am Money, win another national…

Money, win another national title, or two, would be my guesses. 

01/03/2019 - 6:44pm Peppers' athleticism is on…

Peppers' athleticism is on another level compared to Khaleke, and that's no disrespect to Khaleke.

01/03/2019 - 9:50am Fair, but I would still say…

Fair, but I would still say we need to do more than tinker. I see tinker and small adjustments to what already works but teams will be trying to stop it. Playing head games if you will. And I don't mean stuff that works against the lesser teams on the schedule - we need stuff that works on OSU and other well-coached teams with elite athletes like UF. 

The Harbaugh Stanford style offense is fine, I actually like it a lot, however it is predicated on a mauling OL, and we don't have one of those yet. And I'm not so sure next year we will either. Interior OL is solid and should be better but Runyan should not be a tackle and who will play opposite him? Steuber - who didn't look great in limited action or one of the guys who haven't seen anything other than garbage time? More often than not you want an OL to sit his first two years before getting any significant action - time to grow/get stronger and learn. We haven't had that luxury and i get it, which is why I think a major shift in philosophy is warranted.

So until we get that mauling OL, and I'm sure it will come eventually, we need to do more than just tinker here and there.

That said, other than seeing the 2019 class coming in with more offensive explosiveness than in years past, what have we seen that leads you to believe they'll better utilize guys like Evans? He's been here 3 years and used the exact same way and that's clearly not putting him in the best position to succeed.

Harbaugh may be stubborn but he's not dumb, he knows (well, I hope he does anyway) we need to use these guys to the best of their abilities but we still don't see it. 

All the talk of RPO over last summer and then we hardly see it. It had success when we did, but then it went back into a cave rarely to be seen again. I get not wanting to put it all on tape, but you can tweak your later play-calling to mess with what is on tape. Counters, counters to counters. That's part of what makes the RPO so effective, you could run (QB or RB) or pass.. 

The system we have now works against shitty teams, and that's fine, but when push comes to shove we need a system that works against the elite teams and without an elite OL the current philosophy won't get it done. I'd rather not wait 2-3 more years on OL development, changes need to be made now.

01/03/2019 - 9:35am Clemson. They have a high…

Clemson. They have a high scoring offense AND an elite defense.

They have a fairly balanced attack too.. (YPG pass/run, pass:run ratio).

2016: 334/170  65:35

2017: 235/195  55:45

2018: 274/257  52:48

And on top of all that they had the #1 scoring D this year, #2 last year and #10 in 2016. They avg. about 3 less points per game, since 2016, than we do, but they average almost a full TD MORE per game on offense..

Meanwhile, they average about the same yards surrendered per game over that time period too (269 for M, 287 for Clemson, but last two years have been just about equal).. save for 2016 when they gave up 311, but they won the national title that year so I doubt any Clemson fan gives a shit.

So yeah, I think Clemson would be a good team to emulate, that and the similarities in how long it's taking Harbaugh to build Michigan play well with how long it took Dabo to go from good to great to elite (spoiler alert: took about 6 years to get really going and another 2 before they took home the national title and were perennial contenders). 

 

01/03/2019 - 9:10am Still plenty of time for…

Still plenty of time for changes.. I'm not optimistic they'll be the kind the fanbase wants, but plenty of time.

01/02/2019 - 5:45pm Nice to see a positive take…

WindyCity.. The only thing I take issue with is that even IF (and I'm not sure it is) recruiting is with the times why isn't it being used that way, on offense, defense has been damn good both in recruiting and on the field (save for a few games we'd all like to forget.

Where exactly is this modern recruiting you talk about, at least on offense? And what has it yielded? Not trying to be a dick here, but I just don't see any results in recruiting and on the field with an offense that is remotely modern. 

2016: Chris Evans very modern RB mold but is not a power-I back, yet that's how they keep trying to use him. The other guys, Crawford, McDoom and Walker all gone and didn't exactly light the world on fire while here. 

2017: Black, DPJ and Collins who are great deep threats yet we don't get the ball to them like we should. 2018 class didn't yield any elite, modern offensive guys either .. if you disagree who was it?

2019: offensive class looks promising but given how few freshman make a meaningful impact we won't see any results until 2020/2021.

I'm all for Harbaugh and was in the camp that he'd make the changes necessary, but then what we saw was the same old same old, dominate shitty teams and then run, run, pass, punt, lose against the above average teams (ND, OSU and UF).

Shea showed he was very good with the RPO's and we hardly used that. This offense is so predictable and ineffective against good teams with competent coaching. 

Tinkering is not what we need, what we need is a complete 180 in offensive philosophy. We can be a team with a great defense AND a great offense. We don't have to be Oklahoma and have zero defense in order to have a high powered offense. 

I admire your optimism on Harbaugh making changes but we haven't seen any evidence that he's willing to make large enough ones to make a difference. I mean, hell, it took him far longer than it should have to ditch Drevno. Yeah he did it but it was like pulling teeth.

Until he does make some wholesale changes in offensive philosophy and staff, I'll agree with the 9/10 win seasons, but that's the ceiling not the floor. This offense doesn't need any tinkering, it needs to be gutted and replaced with a whole new system. He can tinker when he's got a good offense that works against the shit teams as well as OSU.

01/02/2019 - 5:05pm We can hope for changes all…

We can hope for changes all we want, but honestly until I see it on the field in several games I won't believe any changes have actually occurred. The most I see is canning Pep, and implementing a bit more RPO stuff.

Harbaugh wants to run the old school power O, and I'm cool with that.. problem is we don't have the OL to pull it off the way he wants it run.. which OK, I get it to a certain extent. But other programs have shown you can be spread and still be a power run team.

I honestly thought we'd have seen the shift in offensive philosophy this year (and we absolutely have the talent to have an elite offense) but we didn't and while I love Harbaugh and don't wish anyone else to be our coach, I just don't think he's gonna make enough changes to make a real difference.

I hope I'm wrong, but right now it seems like the ceiling is 9/10 win seasons and rarely, if ever, beating OSU is where we're staying. 

01/02/2019 - 4:36pm I'm no Mel Kiper Jr., but I…

I'm no Mel Kiper Jr., but I'd guess he's a late 2nd or 3rd round guy. 

01/02/2019 - 4:30pm I agree DL will be a bigger…

I agree DL will be a bigger factor for the defensive performance.. and that's kinda depressing.

01/02/2019 - 4:30pm Yes, there will be a big…

Yes, there will be a big drop off from Gary/Wino but Paye, Hutchinson and Uche have all shown enough to make me feel comfortable. 

Honestly I'm far more concerned about DT where we have..... Kemp, Dwumfour, Jeter and then two true freshman (Hinton and Smith). I know some people don't care, and maybe hope for, freshman being significant contributors but I'm in the camp where that's not something you should be rooting for. IF they're good enough to beat out upper classmen, yeah I'm all for it, but NEEDING at least one true frosh to hit and be a rotational player usually means we don't have anyone else coming back that can do much. 

01/02/2019 - 4:19pm GREAT book!

GREAT book!

01/02/2019 - 4:17pm How do you know he didn't…

How do you know he didn't get his draft grades? Did I miss something?