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08/13/2018 - 5:24pm As we’ve seen, having…

As we’ve seen, having erratic QB play, even with a really good defense, will put your defense on the field with their backs against the wall a few times. 

How many times has our “defense” given up 20+ points simply based on the opponents having great field position? With a QB who struggles through the air and a Michigan defense that excels in generating pressure and tackles for loss, ND will be moving backwards quite a bit. Setting Michigan up with excellent field position. 

Even if the offense isn’t very good, field position alone and a kicker with a booming leg is probably good enough for 20+ on its own.

08/12/2018 - 11:08am Almost across the board this…

Almost across the board this team is more talented.

Dont get me wrong, the 2016 team had its fair share of talent. But the majority of it was in the form of high floor, low ceiling type players. While Darboh was good for a circus catch every now and then, he was generally a good possession receiver. As far as raw talent and upside I’d give the nod to DPJ and Black.

The difference is going to be whether they can put it together on a consistent enough basis where that talent shows

08/10/2018 - 8:35pm A big knock on Milton as a…

A big knock on Milton as a recruit was his consistency. It was noted in camps that he would go to one camp and make every throw, and come to the next and you wouldn’t even know he was there. 

An issue he’s probably dealing with now is adjusting his throwing mechanics and it’s thrown him off his game a bit. Not to mention taking classes on top of learning the offense and going to practices takes some getting used to.

08/10/2018 - 2:02pm Yeah... I’ll stay away from…

Yeah... I’ll stay away from the long term contracts thanks. *cough cough* Franzen 

08/10/2018 - 8:53am Uhh Khaleke Hudson? Say what…

Uhh Khaleke Hudson? Say what you want about “Viper,” but he’s essentially a linebacker. He’s considered a linebacker by the rest of the country as well

08/08/2018 - 1:39pm So since when in your mind…

So since when in your mind were season ticket prices based on how much information the staff releases in the offseason? 

08/08/2018 - 11:11am What it really boils down to…

What it really boils down to is how lazy these sites have gotten. They hardly do any in-game scouting anymore, so if you’re a guy who doesn’t go to camps you’re going to fly under the radar. Which is why so many people take recruiting rankings with a grain of salt anyway. A guy like Bell who is probably a low 4*/high 3* type gets ranked outside the top 1000 and is ignored completely by the sites until after he commits.

08/05/2018 - 6:49pm 24,000 signatures seems…

24,000 signatures seems excessive for our fan base though 

08/04/2018 - 9:14pm The side that wants to keep…

The side that wants to keep Meyer is probably just the more vocal side.

A lot of people are just ashamed and want this to be over. I’ve seen many people say exactly this. They just want him gone. Gene Smith gone. And start over. Get it over with.

Now for obvious reasons they aren’t going to stand on top of a mountain and scream at the top of their lungs. It’s the idiot fans who think Meyer can do no wrong that are the most vocal in that fan base currently

08/04/2018 - 9:29am If my wife watches the game…

If my wife watches the game with me, and she leaves the room and something good happens, I make her stay out of the room. She’s rarely amused by that. 

08/03/2018 - 8:07am No, they don’t have to…

No, they don’t have to switch. The rule is they can’t be on the field at the same time. 

At best they’re each looking at spot snaps anyway, so it’s not unrealistic to expect those snaps to be spread out in a way where neither is on the field when the other one is.

08/03/2018 - 7:36am -1 for posting blatantly…

-1 for posting blatantly false information. It IS any four games. 

08/02/2018 - 9:07am Yeah. Some things in life…

Yeah. Some things in life are bigger than football. Meyer has spent his career harboring criminals and abusers, now apparently covering for them too.

He’s taught them that there are virtually no consequences for their actions as long as they remain productive on the field and win football games.

It is much more important that a person like that is no longer in a position to be a mentor and role model for teenagers as they transition into adulthood and join the real world than it is to say “how does this help us get their recruits” or anything related to what is in reality a meaningless game. 

There are things in life that are more important than football. This is one of them. 

08/02/2018 - 7:48am Yeah I really don’t see it…

Yeah I really don’t see it either. For starters, Warinner isn’t implicated in any of the texts that I saw. And as long as Urban knew, there’s really not much Warinner could do even if HE knew. 

If the head coach was aware, I’m not sure what else you expect from Warinner, or any other assistant for that matter. None of those guys have personnel control. And the assumption from the rest of the staff would be that Meyer or Meyer’s superiors would handle it. 

A milder comparison would be a coworker shows up late to work, your assistant manager is aware of it, so you as a coworker would expect the assistant manager to handle it or they would report it to the manager.

In all likelihood, if Warinner did know, he also knew Meyer knew and left it to his superior to handle. 

Unless the allegations of intimidation from staff members or true, I don’t see this implicating anyone other than Meyer.

08/01/2018 - 7:04pm Well there’s actual proof…

Well there’s actual proof tying Meyer to these allegations. There’s substance. Before reports of the text messages came out, there was absolutely no heat on Meyer at all. Then evidence was found and it’s blown up. 

Have you actually found anywhere where there’s more than circumstantial evidence against Izzo or Dantonio? I mean if you have then we’re all ears and I’m sure the media would love to see it too. 

08/01/2018 - 7:02pm List of coaches they’d make…

List of coaches they’d make a run at would have to include Tom Herman and Bob Stoops. 

Outside of those two there really isn’t a home run hire taking a season off for “heart” issues or anything. 

I suppose they could try and go after a coach like Chip Kelly. They’d probably at least call Lincoln Riley. 

Other than that you really start throwing names out there like... Jeff Brohm? Internal hire? 

08/01/2018 - 5:49pm Yeah, it happens all the…

Yeah, it happens all the time. For fucks sake, Harbaugh pulled a scholarship from a committed recruit (Swenson) for this exact reason. 

08/01/2018 - 4:25pm Gee idk, maybe because they…

Gee idk, maybe because they were probably really good earlier in their high school careers and just didn’t continue to develop...

07/31/2018 - 1:30pm Georgia had a 0% chance at…

Georgia had a 0% chance at landing Emery but we all know how THAT turned out 

07/31/2018 - 1:29pm I mean Michigan was…

I mean Michigan was recruiting the kid hard and we were in his top 3... so it seems prettyyyyy relevant.

07/30/2018 - 6:06pm I mean... it’s July. Aside…

I mean... it’s July. Aside from recruiting and the random coach interview, there isn’t much football news. Unless someone is getting arrested or suspended, July is dead. Once camp starts up here soon and little bits of information start getting leaked back out, the chatter will start back up 

07/30/2018 - 3:27pm How did the OP have it wrong…

How did the OP have it wrong exactly?

I mean he may be wrong. Stuebner going from 6-6 285 to 340 seems like either a really bad thing or a mistake. 

But he didn’t mention Spanellis, Filiaga, or Onwenu in his post so I’m not sure how your comment is relevant?

07/29/2018 - 12:35pm Most people don’t realize…

Most people don’t realize the holes Harbaugh inherited on that roster. There was talent there for sure.

But look at the roster. He inherited a QB room that was Wilton Speight, Shane Morris, and incoming Alex Malzone. That’s something we’re still trying to overcome

Couple key misses with imbalanced numbers in recruiting classes and there are a number of positions where there was a serious void in depth and veteran presence. Which showed this past season when we trotted out the youngest team in the nation with very little in terms of veteran impact players.

07/29/2018 - 12:24pm Do you think it’s at all…

Do you think it’s at all possible you could wait until the oldest QB of that description isn’t a redshirt freshman?

Seems really premature to judge how good those QBs perform when we’ve only seen one of them play and he was a redshirt freshman, so EXTREMELY early in his career to just write him off as no good.

07/27/2018 - 11:32pm Well Rutgers is actually…

Well Rutgers is actually called “Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey.” 

07/26/2018 - 9:28pm What’s difficult is even if…

What’s difficult is even if you do figure out a way to beat it, you have to have the right pieces to do so, and you have to be able to do it FAST.

The pressure Michigan brings and the way they disguise it makes it incredibly difficult for opposing QBs to read and react without being pressured. 

Figuring out a gameplan to attack the Michigan defense is one thing. Executing it while Gary, Hurst, Bush, Hudson, and Winovich are barreling towards you (obviously based on last years D) is a completely different animal.

07/25/2018 - 9:07pm 5* talents fly under the…

5* talents fly under the radar all the time. If you don’t go to camps, if you don’t play in a high talent area/conference, you can and often WILL go unnoticed. 

Baker Mayfield is a 5* talent. You really can’t deny that. Basically from the start of his career that was the case.

Yet he was ranked outside the top 1,000. He had only three VERY low level offers, and walked on TWICE in his career.

Just one example of many. 

07/25/2018 - 8:57pm Not to mention the fact that…

Not to mention the fact that if you take his sophomore stats only (because players tend to improve year to year so his sophomore stats are more telling than his freshman stats, especially considering there are 7 games to go on) and expanded them to a 13 game schedule, he would have put up 4,195 yards, 32 TDs and 17 picks. While completing 63.8% of his passes in the process at 8.7 yards per attempt.

 

Now again, expecting that stat-line at Michigan is pretty absurd. But Shea Patterson HAS proven himself a fair amount. Completing 64 or 65% of his passes and totaling around 3,000 passing yards and getting 25-30 TDs through the air seems like a fairly achievable stat-line. Maintaining efficiency and cutting down on turnovers will be a huge key, but that type of season coupled with Patterson’s intangible athletic abilities should have him as one of the first QBs off the board. 

07/25/2018 - 7:25pm I mean, Mo Hurst was a…

I mean, Mo Hurst was a backup his Junior year and was by all accounts a first round talent in this draft. You’re going to knock Bosa for being a “backup” as a sophomore on a very deep and talented OSU DL? 

Seems like a bit of a double standard there. So let’s be honest with ourselves. Bosa is very good and is definitely in the running for #1 overall in the draft. 

07/25/2018 - 7:22pm I mean... he does have over…

I mean... he does have over 3,100 passing yards and 23 TDs in just 10 starts on over 60% completions....

If you spread his stat line over the course of a 13 game season (which assumes no conference title game or CFP). He would have amassed 4,080 yards, 30 TDs and 15 picks at 8 yards per attempt. Not bad for a Freshman/Sophomore season split. 

Obviously you don’t expect that type of statline at Michigan due to the difference in offenses and whatnot, but I’d say that’s “doing something.” 

At any rate, stats aren’t what gets you drafted. It’s about your potential and your intangibles. Both of which Patterson has in spades. 

07/25/2018 - 4:26pm We didn’t have a receiving…

We didn’t have a receiving coach last year... it all makes sense now

07/24/2018 - 9:31pm Vancouver is full at defense…

Vancouver is full at defense right now, so they’ll have to move someone for Quinn to make their NHL team. The AHL is technically a possibility too though. 

As for Jack, he’d have to graduate high school this summer and enroll in the fall. Or graduate in the fall and enroll over winter break and he’d essentially be a second half rental player. He has plenty of options outside of college so there are a lot of possibilities. 

Personally, I wouldn’t hold my breath on Jack. I’m much more optimistic on Quinn but even then, there are a lot of unknowns at this point.

07/23/2018 - 4:42pm Now if you hold off on…

Now if you hold off on committing, you risk losing your spot. Michigan has 3 other DEs committed already, Michigan is already recruiting multiple other DEs. There is no guarantee that had he waited, his spot would still be there.

Youre also comparing a kid who just finished his junior year of high school (so he’s 16 or maybe 17) to adults who graduated high school. He’s called a kid because he IS a kid. 

07/23/2018 - 11:13am Last year’s line featured 3…

Last year’s line featured 3 top 100 recruits and Mason Cole who was #125 in his class.

Not to mention Ruiz who was also a top 100 recruit

07/23/2018 - 11:12am I mean the guy almost had to…

I mean the guy almost had to have his leg amputated and he’s still not cleared to play.

While he may be cleared by the time the season starts, expecting him to be able to perform at a starting tackle level is pretty much out of the question

07/23/2018 - 10:03am Obviously they’re more…

Obviously they’re more similar than different. We aren’t comparing QB to kicker. 

But they are different enough to where you can’t say “if he’s clearly our best right tackle, why isn’t he at left tackle.” Being good at one doesn’t mean you’ll be good at the other. Is it possible? Of course. 

But there’s a reason when Taylor Decker got hurt that the Lions signed a “who’s who of suck” instead of just moving Wagner to the left side. They’re different enough to where it’s more complicated than just having your best tackle on the left side.

07/23/2018 - 9:35am Sure, if you leave out the…

Sure, if you leave out the mental aspect of it.

07/23/2018 - 9:33am I agree on some accounts,…

I agree on some accounts, but you’re still not looking at the whole picture. A lot of playing LT over RT is mental as well. 

I cant speak directly on this, but it could simply be that JBB being a 5th year senior just knows the spot better, he knows what’s coming at him, he’s quicker to react, and he can read a defense better. It’s not just speed and blocking ability. It’s a huge mental position as well.

You can’t necessarily just look at individual skills. You have to look at how it’s all put together. 

Now I can’t sit here and tell you JBB is better than Runyan. I’m just like most of you. All I know is what I hear from people like UMBig11. 

What I can tell you, is that LT and RT are fairly significantly  different positions. Being good at one doesn’t mean you’ll be good at the other. And the coaches seem to favor JBB over Runyan for that LT job. I have enough faith in this staff and specifically Warinner to make the correct decision in that regard.

07/23/2018 - 9:17am A lot of you are really…

A lot of you are really misconstruing my point here. This isn’t an attack on O’Neill at all. He’s a very good punter and was near All-American caliber for us.

My point is to highlight the importance of the punter position. Where yes, we lost a game specifically due to the punter dropping the snap. 

He catches it, we win. He drops it, it’s returned for a TD, and we lose. There’s really no debate about that. In that sense, everything that led up to that point is just noise. It ultimately came down to one play, that rested on the shoulders of a punter. 

Just to highlight how critical the punter is to determining the outcome of games.

07/22/2018 - 5:44pm https://bleacherreport.com…

https://bleacherreport.com/articles/157757-so-whats-the-difference-in-a-right-and-left-tackle

This article highlights some of the key differences.

07/22/2018 - 5:39pm You can have doubts. You can…

You can have doubts. You can say it’s a question-mark.

But until you actually see then on-field product, saying it isn’t a good thing is nothing more than a shot in the dark. 

All we’ve heard all offseason is how improved that unit is. JBB is part of that vastly improved unit.

07/22/2018 - 5:37pm Punter catches the snap, it…

Punter catches the snap, it’s game over. Michigan wins.

Michigan did enough to win that game until the snap was dropped 

07/22/2018 - 5:36pm Which is why punter is such…

Which is why punter is such a crucial position. 

07/22/2018 - 5:29pm See above.

See above.

07/22/2018 - 5:18pm No, they’re really not.

 

No, they’re really not.

 

Blocking a SDE and blocking a WDE requires a different skill set. Blocking the QB’s blind side and blocking his strong side requires a different skill set. 

07/22/2018 - 5:02pm Because in all reality, LT…

Because in all reality, LT and RT are very different positions. Being good at one doesn’t mean you’d be good at the other.

07/22/2018 - 5:00pm It’s only “not a good sign,”…

It’s only “not a good sign,” if you’re basing your opinion on what you saw last season. 

It is entirely possible that JBB reacted extremely well to the OL coaching change and is a much improved player. 

07/22/2018 - 4:51pm I mean... we lost a game to…

I mean... we lost a game to MSU based almost solely on the punter... you may not care, but it’s actually a critical position, especially in terms of determining field position. 

07/20/2018 - 3:13pm But again, you’re making…

But again, you’re making that assumption about what you saw from a redshirt freshman. As if he is as good now as he will ever be.

Youre also making the assessment that McCaffrey and Milton are better than Peters, without having ever seen either of those two play. 

Whether Peters ever amounts to anything as a QB remains to be seen, but calling a kid who just finished his redshirt freshman season a bust (when he was at least comparable to two upperclassmen) seems extremely premature. 

07/20/2018 - 2:19pm I did. I also witnessed…

I did. I also witnessed Speight complete a higher percentage of passes and have a higher QBR...