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10/25/2009 - 5:32pm No

Not in football, but the social sciences which includes human behavior and motivation, and it also includes lots of statistics - each of these are very relevant. The purpose of the OP was to convey the point that the talent is there and that the application of fundamental defensive principles is not. Different defensive coordinator or not, learning should be taking place by now.

I could easily roll up a bunch of statistics that would be way over your head and much more detailed than the amateur statistics on this board, but I'd rather spend my time doing other things.

10/25/2009 - 3:57pm Well if

using Tecmo Bowl and throwing insults qualifies as a good argument, then it's all you. My Ph.D. suggests otherwise, and it's more than you can every dream of having.

10/25/2009 - 11:30am True, but

1) were not calling for perfect defense 2) the fact that they were not disguising coverages at all makes it incredibly easy to catch the defense in an "unideal play call" 3) the defense has been exposed down the middle repeatedly.

I know they're young and they're going to make mistakes, but one would think that after months of practice and multiple games they would learn from them we wouldn't see this over and over. It's happening a lot more than "now and then".

10/25/2009 - 10:24am Well at the very least

talent is necessary, but not sufficient for good defense

10/24/2009 - 8:12pm We're missing some of this

10/24/2009 - 7:57pm You make your own breaks

This isn't like playing the slot machines.

10/24/2009 - 7:07pm WOW

That game was a catastrofuck. The defense is like swiss cheese and the offense couldn't execute today. Offense beats the Western Michigans and Delaware States of the world, but defense wins Big Ten championships, and it will be a while before we have one.

10/24/2009 - 12:05pm The jury is still out

for me. Our defense is having a few issues right now, but I'll wait to pass judgment until I see some of the young guys play after a year in the program. We have guys like William Campbell, Vlad Emilien, Brandon Hawthorne, Isiah Bell, Fitzgerald Toussaint, and Anthony LaLota who are Freshman that we know very little about and who could make an impact.

10/23/2009 - 7:03pm I think that book is a sequel to

Barwis' first book…

10/23/2009 - 6:59pm I don't care

what her sports preferences are as long as she's on my side whenever I'm watching my teams.

10/17/2009 - 10:15pm The wheels of the offense

are about to fall off in Ohio. The reason they run so much is because Pryor can't pass. They could get away with it last year because they had Wells, but that blanket is gone. This is also the second week in a row they've been outgained in yards - one more week to make it a trend.

10/17/2009 - 10:08pm There was a pOSU fan

in the bar I was at and he looked like he was about to cry. Made my frickin day!!!

10/14/2009 - 9:21pm Must be a slow news day

If the Freep is reporting on this crap. Breaking News: Best UM Football Team GPA now Approximately Best Team GPA.

10/14/2009 - 4:59pm DC Sports Bars

Buffalo Billards in Dupont Circle is a good place. I go to Caddie's in Bethesda because I live out that way. I'll be there to watch the game Saturday.

10/08/2009 - 5:27pm Also consider

the fact that RRod has had to build up programs - he notoriously has had a bad season or two when installing his offense at his various stops, which undoubtedly contributes to his mediocre record against the top 25. Carr didn't have to do that.

10/04/2009 - 11:01am Definitely better than

at least half of the kickers we have had in the last twenty years or so. He seems pretty accurate and has the ability to kick FGs from 40-45 yards. No doubt he's under the tutelage of Emperor Zoltan.

10/03/2009 - 6:45pm Stick

Zoltan the Invincible out there - he'd probably do a better job defending passes with his foot than both of those guys can do with their hands.

10/03/2009 - 5:40pm Don't hate me because I tell the truth

The D gave up 417 yards of offense, had poor tackling, and left WRs open all day. Take off the maize and blue goggles if you think this is improvement.

10/03/2009 - 5:30pm Not to mention

the D is no longer big and slow, but now they're small and slow.

10/03/2009 - 5:29pm Partial blame definitely goes to GRob

for all the yardage in the first half. Holy crap - the DBs were playing 10 yards off as usual and bubble screens went for 10 yards a crack. Not to mention UM wouldn't even allow MSU to stop itself on the first TD drive.

10/03/2009 - 5:00pm Neg me all you want but I speak the truth

417 yards, poor tackling, and wide open receivers are NOT improvements on defense. I call a spade a spade folks.

10/03/2009 - 4:05pm Not sure what game you were watching

It didn't matter if it was 3rd and 10, 3rd and 20, or 3rd and 30, WRs were open down the field to get the first down every time. The only time they stopped them was when MSU was trying to kill the clock. MSU could have put up many more points than they did in this game.

09/26/2009 - 3:03pm Well, looks like you really under estimated Indiana

with your paranoia/fear factor

09/22/2009 - 10:05pm Agree and Disagree

I disagree with your comments about D-Rob - the guy needs to get in there and play meaningful minutes, not just mop up duty when the game is out of hand. Simply put, that's the only way he's going to progress.

I have some defensive concerns with this team. My primary concern is with how our D-Line is going to handle the running game of the pound-it-out running teams like Iowa and Wisky. Bear in mind though that we lost a few guys on defense and they're young. If R-Rod keeps getting recruits like Roh I think the defensive concerns will be be shored up in a couple years.

09/07/2009 - 4:43pm The only way it works in college

is if you have some sort of tradition associated with a particular song. For example, the Wisconsin tradition of playing "jump around" at the beginning of the 4th quarter is pretty sweet.

09/07/2009 - 4:38pm Maybe he should keep the T

and add a "he" to make it The Forcier

08/31/2009 - 8:21pm Nice

Next on Inside Edition..."Scandal at the Big House"

08/31/2009 - 7:47pm No Dissent

I think the Freep twisted a couple current player confirmations that players practice a lot into players don't want to practice a lot. My view is that former players have beef, current players don't.

08/31/2009 - 6:13pm Yeah - I'm not sure what

Yeah - I'm not sure what happened with the formatting. In all likelihood it will be deleted. People just need to put their thoughts out there on about the issue and the shoddy journalism by the Freep.

08/30/2009 - 2:13pm This is a non issue

The report is such a non issue. The is obviously a case where the Freep is desperately searching for another big issue now that the Kwame Kilpatrick story has ended. Shock journalism at best. I wouldn't be surprised if the next headline reads "Scandal at the Big House" to try to drive more readers to the Freep website.

A couple additional points that are worth merit. First, Rosenberg fails to tell us what the other 5 players said about practice and workouts. Instead, he decided to selectively report quotations from players who had negative things to say and took advantage of a naive freshman (Stokes) who appeared to be indifferent about the matter, but whose quote was spun out of context Second, what specific questions did the Freep reporters ask these players? Were they leading questions trying to bait players into producing a certain answer? Did they ask for a breakdown of how the hours were spent? Let's hope proponents (players and parents) also come forward to provide a well-rounded perspective.

This is part of the culture change at Michigan. During the latter years of the Carr era, practices had a country club type atmosphere. RRod is bringing hard work and dedication to football back to UM. The primary reason it has been brought up is due to the stark contrast in practice and preparation styles.

The climate of college football practice regulations is touchy, given the recent spike in player deaths in practice. Let's hope that the NCAA sees this for what it really is (a non issue) and decides not make an example out of UM for the rest of college football.