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12/16/2018 - 9:02pm We Michigan fans need to…

We Michigan fans need to realize it isn't "just one game".  It is the continuation of a narrative that Michigan is an inferior institution to play football at.  It is the continuation of a narrative that has us losing 14 of the last 15.  Every time we lose to OSU it isn't just "one game".  It is the "confirmation" that if you want to win you go to OSU and not Michigan...and for the last 15 years that has been unfortunately absolutely true.

12/16/2018 - 8:53pm "One game shouldn't change…

"One game shouldn't change your college decision"...I disagree with this statement. You are talking about a team (Michigan) that has now lost 14 of the last 15 to Ohio State and Michigan was favored / expected to beat OSU this year.  Then OSU puts a truly historic arse beating on Michigan.  

Unfortunately, this last loss again't OSU spoke volumes to many recruits and was not viewed as "just one game".  It is was viewed as Michigan was supposed to finally win, and not only did they lose, but they lost in a historically embarrassing fashion.  It isn't just "one game"...it is the continuation of a narrative that won't change until Michigan actually beats OSU.

12/16/2018 - 8:48pm You mean other "signs" than…

You mean other "signs" than every top level insider saying Harrison was coming to Michigan before the most epic and colossal ass whooping OSU has ever put on Michigan in the History of college football, and now these same insiders saying Zach is "cloudy"?  

12/16/2018 - 8:44pm So you're saying Harrison…

So you're saying Harrison isn't coming to Michigan unless Hill comes, but if Hill doesn't come, Harrison will commit to either OSU or PSU which neither of those schools will Hill be at either!?  Yup, sounds like Columbus / 18 year old logic.

12/16/2018 - 8:39pm Considering prior to OSU…

Considering prior to OSU game Harrison was "crystal balled" by 4-6 insiders to Michigan, and now he is "cloudy" simply is not a good sign for Michigan.  We can all hope for a Christmas Miracle, but all signs point to him most likely not at all coming to Michigan. But hey, tis the season for wishful thinking.

12/15/2018 - 4:31pm This could end up being a…

This could end up being a very good thing offensively.  With Higdon gone there is no way Evans can make Harbaugh's offense work like he as wanted all year.  Evans does't have the same power or YAC that Higdon brought to the table.  Harbaugh will now be forced to bring a different offense to the Bowl Game than what he used all year...or I should say we should all be praying he will.

12/14/2018 - 12:18am Not to be a Debbie Downer,…

Not to be a Debbie Downer, but after the OSU historic arse whooping, Zach is gone.  

12/13/2018 - 1:04pm Saban either is an evil…

Saban either is an evil genius that looks for any advantage no matter where it comes from, or he down deep has some softness toward men that have screwed up and wants to help them get their life back on track.  I believe he tried to hire / wanted to hire Freeze as an assistant but the SEC said "NO".  

Who am I kidding.  Dude is as Machiavellian as it gets.

12/13/2018 - 1:01pm Consequences follow such…

Consequences follow such actions.  My prayer for this young gentleman is that he has so much life left.  He has more than enough time to write a completely different narrative to his life. 

12/13/2018 - 12:57pm I am one to believe that one…

I am one to believe that one game shouldn't sway a players decision as to where he is gonna spend 4 years, but that loss was about the worst thing to happen to Michigan's recruiting in the 11th hour.

12/12/2018 - 11:35pm It will be nice when…

It will be nice when Michigan once again has a "game changing / game breaking" RB.  Our backs for the last 10-15 years have been "capable" to perhaps "good".  I just cannot wait to see a combination of a QB that can win games (I believe we actually have one and probably another in McCaffrey) and a RB that the defense actually has to game plan for.

 

12/12/2018 - 11:23pm Thanks!  

Thanks!  

12/12/2018 - 10:47pm So I am ignorant. …

So I am ignorant.  Everything I have read said that Dax's pledge to Bama took them by surprise, that they weren't even expecting it.  If that is the case, how does a recruit get the pics that Dax used on his twitter feed to share his flip to Bama?  Do all colleges make those images and send them to the kids they offer?

12/12/2018 - 10:41pm I don't know where this is…

I don't know where this is gonna end up, but it sure is entertaining.  

12/12/2018 - 10:40pm Correct!  The Coaching Staff…

Correct!  The Coaching Staff did game plan and prepare for OSU.  The problem was it was a HORRIFIC game plan.  That is just a objective fact that goes along with a historic loss.

Ohio State clearly had a game plan to attack our weaknesses and exploit them.  Our game plan seemed to be "We are gonna run the exact same plays, in the exact same percentages (run vs. pass), and we don't think you can stop us even though you have superior athletic talent and recruits compared to us".  

OSU= Great game plan

Michigan= Great game plan if it was 1978.  Bad game plan for 2018

12/12/2018 - 10:32pm I am not Maizen, but I don't…

I am not Maizen, but I don't want "capable" backs.  That's what we have had for over a decade now.  I want "game breaker" backs.  I want a back that can change a game and that the other defense has to game plan for.  When was the last time we had that?  Anthony Thomas?

12/12/2018 - 6:41pm I'm not speaking of "Rutger…

LOL.  Barkley was the #112 ranked player in the country when he committed.  You're comparing Barkley to Adams!?  That is just ridiculous.

I'm not speaking of "Rutger Admits", I'm speaking of a kid who is committed to Rutgers.  Furthermore, other than an Iowa offer, has a very mediocre offer list.

12/12/2018 - 6:35pm They must have literally…

They must have literally just found this.  No way they would keep this information secret.  Simple coincidence that's all.

12/12/2018 - 6:25pm Some of Hoke's classes where…

Some of Hoke's classes where quite solid.  Problem was that under Hoke and RR the talent just never delivered.  

12/12/2018 - 6:19pm Just read the "Recruiting…

Just read the "Recruiting Wrap".  Seems like whomever is / has been responsible for RB recruiting isn't getting the job done.  Other than Zach, our RB recruits have looked like what a mid level college program would have.  

Furthermore, the staff had to know for months that Eric Gray was going to decommit.  How in the world is the back up plan for Eric Gray a Rutger's commit?  Man, looks like poor execution in a contingency plan.

12/12/2018 - 6:14pm Trying to unclench, but…

Trying to unclench, but relying on a Rutgers commit as a backup for Eric Gray seems like bad planning.  The staff had to now Eric was going to decommit for a while, and the best they could possibly land is a Rutger's Commit.  Yeesh.  

12/08/2018 - 3:05pm Your Dad sir is a hero. God…

Your Dad sir is a hero. God Bless him!!!

 

But my Dad is my hero. Two tours in Vietnam as a Marine Corps Infantry Officer. Much Love to my Pops Captain Timothy McCaffrey and Go Navy Beat Army!!!

12/07/2018 - 4:36pm ALL we like sheep have gone…

ALL we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned--every one--to his own way; and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all.

At the absolute center of Christianity is that we all fall short morally.  Even if we only followed the "moral standards" that each of espoused, we still fall short.  God offers redemption through repentance.  

I have no idea if Hugh Freeze is sincere, but I believe we all deserve a second chance.  Heck, I know I have needed second chance after second chance.

12/07/2018 - 12:43pm Other than Ruddock and…

Other than Ruddock and Patterson, there have been exactly ZERO QB's that you could rely on to actually win a game.  Speight, JOK, and Peters' job was to not lose the game for us, but none of them could have been relied upon to win a game when it mattered.

12/07/2018 - 11:45am BakkerUSMC, your analysis is…

BakkerUSMC, your analysis is incorrect, as the first response to your post indicates.  

Furthermore, QB's are almost always one of the smartest players on the field.  I would wager a significant amount of money that year in and year out, the top 10 QB's would all qualify to play at Michigan.

12/07/2018 - 11:43am QB recruiting has not been…

QB recruiting has not been subpar...but QB play has been.  Another revelation I never thought would be the case under Harbaugh. 

Essentially his recruiting has failed (up till now...who knows Dylan looks like he could be amazing) and Harbaugh has had to rely on transfer QB's to get anything that resembles a competent QB.

12/07/2018 - 9:35am Call me nuts, but I'd…

Call me nuts, but I'd generally prefer a class with two 5* QB's than two 3* QB's.  ;)

12/07/2018 - 9:33am So does offering a kid…

So does offering a kid ranked this low, with a fairly unimpressive offer list, mean that Michigan doesn't have any solid chances with Tier 1 QB's in 2020?   

12/07/2018 - 9:09am Shame on me, but I totally…

Shame on me, but I totally assumed that the hiring of Harbaugh would have 5 star QB's beating down our door.  Guess my expectations should have been tempered.

12/05/2018 - 6:36pm I agree with everything in…

I agree with everything in the OP's post except for Geno Smith.  If you as a man, tell another man that you aren't going to pay him back for airline tickets to a charity even Smith was supposed to have and then tell that man "And You won't do anything about it" and then you get punched...that is on you.  LOL

12/03/2018 - 10:37am Yeah man, If "not catching a…

Yeah man, If "not catching a break" means getting paid millions to not work at a place anymore and then get paid probably close to a million a year for 2-3 two year contracts after that that...SIGN ME UP!!!

12/02/2018 - 6:55pm Can't blame Rashan one bit. …

Can't blame Rashan one bit.  All the best to this special young man.  

12/02/2018 - 6:54pm Can't blame Rashan one bit. …

Can't blame Rashan one bit.  All the best to this special young man.  

11/30/2018 - 10:34pm Drinking Stagg Jr. and…

Drinking Stagg Jr. and eating Chic-fil-a.  ;) 

11/30/2018 - 6:43pm Agreed FauxMo!  Shea is the…

Agreed FauxMo!  Shea is the best QB Michigan has had in a LONG time.  His ability to throw and run is a true threat.

11/30/2018 - 6:41pm I think it is reasonable to…

I think it is reasonable to think that there is no way that Joe Milton beats out Dylan McCaffrey.  Joe Milton barely (or didn't even...can't remember) complete 50% of his passes as a Senior QB...and that was with a D1 WR he was throwing to.

Joe could improve a ton, but I think it is out of the bounds of possibility that Joe can improve enough to overtake Dylan.

11/30/2018 - 4:42pm The OP has to be a…

The OP has to be a millennial.  

11/28/2018 - 6:28pm I cant help but read into…

I cant help but read into the arrogance, or perhaps its excuse that has "emotional protection" behind it.  Michigan's standards are high, but it isn't freaking Ivy league high.  Believe it or not, but Florida is a top 10 public institution.  Clemson is a fantastic school and not easy to get in.  

I have lived in the South for the last 25 years and it is amazing the bias people from the "North" have.  They somehow have falsely come to the conclusion that Southern Schools are crap and have very low academic standards.  Y'all need some education on Southern Academics!!

 

ND was also in the Championship Game a couple years back too.

11/28/2018 - 6:24pm "I also happen to believe…

"I also happen to believe that Georgia is a team we'd not have a great baseline chance against"

Now that is such a sweet velvety way to say we would get a mud hole stomped in us if we played Georgia.  I agree...they would be a matchup nightmare for us on both sides of the ball. 

11/28/2018 - 6:22pm Man, I don't like to be…

Man, I don't like to be Nellie Negative, but I think the Dawgs would a horrible match up for us...especially on defense.  Remember, our Defensive philosophy is predicated on playing press / man on our corners and hoping our D Line can get to the QB or pressure him before the wideouts can get open.  Georgia has skill positions out the ying yang.  We all saw what happened to our D with the skill / speed that OSU had.  

I don't want the Dawgs.  I think it would be a horrible match up, unless a game plan is put in place and can actually be executed that could negate some of this match up nightmares.

11/28/2018 - 11:45am I don't think that losing to…

I don't think that losing to OSU has shut Michigan from landing some elite recruits.  That is a bit of a stretch. 

What it did do, was give pause to recruits like Harrison.  Had we won, I think we very well might have 1-2 top recruits already committed by now.  I think, as Sam eluded to and the OP, that now Harbaugh and staff have to answer questions and reassure some elite recruits how what happened Saturday won't happen again.

11/26/2018 - 6:01pm Can't wait to watch the bowl…

Can't wait to watch the bowl game...and just as important, we get extra practice time.  I just so hope we show up with something interesting.

11/26/2018 - 3:55pm I think perhaps you are…

I think perhaps you are asking two different questions.  

Question 1:  "Did I think Michigan would beat OSU before the season or end up with 10 wins?"  

My answer:  No.

Question 2:  Forget what essentially was just a haphazard guess you made before the season, while looking objectively at Michigan this year and OSU this year, would you think based off of everything you have seen the Michigan should win vs. OSU.

My answer:  Yes

One question's answer is based off of nothing but a guess based on what we saw last year and what we think we will see this year.  Question two is based off of objective performances witnessed over a span of 10 weeks during the current season.

11/26/2018 - 3:50pm Maize N' Ute, that just made…

Maize N' Ute, that just made me snort out laughing!  Well played my friend...well played.

11/26/2018 - 11:48am Agree Albatross.  Harbaugh…

Agree Albatross.  Harbaugh had more people drafted that year than any other team.  Should have beaten OSU that year.  Don't care about a stupid spot.  Just win.

11/26/2018 - 11:43am Rabbit21, I have to agree…

Rabbit21, I have to agree with you. If you look at the last two games Michigan has played on the biggest stage (Last years Bowl game against SC and this year agains OSU) Michigan has looked outclassed in every facet. Most importantly, the team looks ill prepared and the Coaching has been more than just suspect.

11/26/2018 - 11:34am Harbaugh has had some good…

Harbaugh has had some good wins.  For sure.  No doubt about it and arguing against that fact is stupid.

But, Harbaugh has yet, after 4 years, to get that stake in the ground win. A win against a team that truly is a pivot point.  

11/25/2018 - 10:47pm Wide Receivers on Michigan's…

Wide Receivers on Michigan's roster.

1. DPJ

2.  Tarik Black

3.  Nico Collins

4.  Oliver Martin

5.  Ronnie Bell

6.  Grant Perry

Then mix in a TE into the set

1.  Gentry

2.  Mckeon

3.  Eubanks

Your post doesn't hold water when you look at the weapons we have.  They could easily roll out 4-5 WR / TE sets.

11/25/2018 - 10:08pm USC was a disaster. …

USC was a disaster.  Horrible job by the coaches.  Cant see how anyone could honestly disagree with that.

FSU was another story.  Peppers getting hurt in warmups and missing that game was just a massive scrotum punch.  That changed so much of what our Defense wanted to do.

11/25/2018 - 10:03pm One obvious change that…

Did you watch the Bowl Game last year agains South Carolina?  My man, they looked like they took about 30 min to prepare for that game.

How about running the majority of your plays out of a spread formation.  Also, one obvious change that could be made is to utilize mismatches with your WR's.  Black, Collins, DPJ, etc.  How about through the ball at least 50% of the time.  Stretch the field.  

Get away from an offensive game plan that everyone knows is coming.  Michigan is gonna try and pound the ball...pound the ball...pound the ball.  Eventually the hope is that the DL gets punished and it opens up the pass game.

How about pass the ball more than 30% and utilize the passing game to eventually open up the run game.