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08/17/2018 - 10:23pm Who is Labron James?  Is he…

Who is Labron James?  Is he related to LeBron James?

08/17/2018 - 10:21pm It was more the original…

It was more the original statement of “I hope he didn’t sell his shoes, that’s a 5k tattoo” and implying that he must’ve broken some rule to get them.  Unsubstantiated rumor opinion BS.

08/17/2018 - 9:22pm I spoke too soon, this post…

I spoke too soon, this post is worse than your original one.

Edit: Seriously, this is ban-level garbage.

08/17/2018 - 9:20pm Holy shit this is a terrible…

Holy shit this is a terrible post.

08/17/2018 - 11:10am In radio for a two man show,…

In radio for a two man show, one guy is usually the "Producer" and one is the "talent."  I'll let you figure out who is who.

08/17/2018 - 10:21am Man, that is a thing of…

Man, that is a thing of beauty.

08/17/2018 - 9:45am Meyer doesn't need to be …

Meyer doesn't need to be "replaceable" per se, because if OSU sits this season out with an interim coach they will likely be able to sign a very good coach at the end of the year.  What is the "Dollars brought in over replacement" (DBIOR?) for the hottest coach in CFB likely coming to Columbus compared to Urban Meyer?  Might be some drop off but you also have to factor in potential problems if you believe Meyer to be a serial liar with a lot more skeletons in the closet.

08/17/2018 - 7:11am I don't really know why…

I don't really know why people around here (including Brian) are so down on Bredeson.  He is without a doubt the best returning player on the O Line, and pretty sure I saw a tweet from PFF that backs this up.  Brian's negative opinion of him seems to be UFR based - I seem to recall a lot of +0.5's for him that maybe don't cancel out his negative plays as much as some of the guys that get awarded +1's and +2's for effective blocks.  I didn't chart every game and I'm not an expert.  To my eyes most of our big runs came off power and went to the left side of the line with a pulling Onwenu usually arriving in the hole with nobody to block (or the only guy he can reasonably get to basically already out of the play).  That tells me that the left side was doing something good but the playcall is probably also a big RPS+.

I don't think Runyan at LT portends doom.  He's a super athletic guy (won last year's spring "combine" for OL).  Most of last year's struggles were picking up blitzes and stunts after the zone running was reduced after the bye week - mainly communication and/or pass pro design issues.  I think it is reasonable to think that a good chunk of this will get cleaned up with the OLine consolidation to one coach and an upgrade at center.  Having a QB that can throw on time and make reasonable decisions as to when to bug out of the pocket will also help.

08/16/2018 - 3:58pm Touche.

Touche.

08/16/2018 - 1:29pm I don't get it.  ND has…

I don't get it.  ND has great, iconic uniforms (the home ones anyways).  The Shamrock Series stuff has all been terrible - too many colors and colors that don't match, fonts you can't read, etc.  It's just...WHY?

08/16/2018 - 9:39am We averaged somewhere…

We averaged somewhere between 7-8 forced 3 and outs per game last year (rewatched Bowl game and they put the stat up on the screen at one point - think it was closer to 8).  If those were as good as turnovers, even our putrid offense should have put enough points up to win more games.  But a 3 and out isn't equal to a turnover, especially when your PR game is bad.  I agree that a deep pass INT with no return is effectively a punt, but that isn't a 3 and out.  Unless you want to argue our offense generated enough 3 and outs to cancel out the ones forced by the defense - that I can't argue against.

08/16/2018 - 8:12am How is a 3 and out basically…

How is a 3 and out basically a turnover?  We were pretty close to best in the nation last year forcing 3 and outs and were 8-5 with no wins over a single decent team.  You also get to punt after a 3 and out and we know how our punt return game was last year.

08/15/2018 - 11:50am I'd be careful to try to…

I'd be careful to try to extract any useful data from such a low sample size - 11 carries/19 yards for Higdon compared to Evans' 88 carries/614 yards as a freshman.  Higdon also was coming off of some knee issues I believe.  Samuels had similar YPC last year and it's pretty useless data considering they were all snaps with the game in hand with backup O-line.

08/14/2018 - 4:45am Dude, as explained earlier,…

Dude, as explained earlier, Peters wasn't negbanged by the fan base.  He was only like the 3rd most maligned QB on the team last year.  He also happened to have his worst game of the year in the last game we had, so of course that is going to be the fan base's lasting image for 8 months.  It was also pretty reminiscent of Shane Morris' somewhat recent bowl game which did not project to good future things.

Also your comment is going to take heat because Peters is not in the same athletic level as Andrew Luck.  Google Image "Andrew Luck NFL Combine" and tell me if you think the two guys are comparable. 

08/11/2018 - 4:54pm Any buzz on shoe…

Any buzz on shoe investigation?

08/11/2018 - 4:18pm I went back and listened to…

I went back and listened to Sam Webb’s segment when the UNC thing broke- he clearly noted that the players (at least at Michigan) don’t get the box.  If you watched the Amazon series, when the players are given some kind of special release shoes, they were not given the box.  

08/09/2018 - 2:55pm So he can have a hero's…

So he can have a hero's welcome coming out of the tunnel after halftime...

08/09/2018 - 2:10pm I really do wonder what…

I really do wonder what happens to the WR's last year if we had a dedicated WR/TE coach instead of a second OL/TE coach who's philosophies were considered dead weight by the bye week.  Maybe it wouldn't have made a difference, but man if there was any year in recent history where not having a WR coach could be disastrous due to the inexperience of the position group, last year was it.

08/09/2018 - 12:45pm Generally fair take but I…

Generally fair take but I don’t remember hearing it much last fall camp.  Heard it a lot before 15/16 and I would agree that while they might not have been as good as we liked, they were significant improvements over the late Hoke OL.  

08/09/2018 - 12:31pm McDoom was part of the ‘16…

McDoom was part of the ‘16 class.

08/07/2018 - 8:51pm I don’t follow the NBA much…

I don’t follow the NBA much but I feel like Linsanity should be here.  Guy was unstoppable for what, 3 weeks?

08/07/2018 - 4:33pm I think it's less a double…

I think it's less a double standard and more that it's a lot easier to tell everyone what to do as a speaker but a lot harder to take the proper action when you're involved with them.  Common issue with politicians and lots of other public figures.  Talk is cheap.

08/07/2018 - 4:24pm Got mine also, although just…

Got mine also, although just like last year I've already read the whole digital edition twice before the hardcopy showed up.  I barely touched the hardcopy last year and probably won't this year.

08/07/2018 - 11:05am I don't understand why some…

I don't understand why some of these guys with insane HS production end up ranked so low.  I get that they might not be 4/5* guys due to measurables, but do the ranking services really think a guy with Bell/Perry level of HS production just won't find a way to get open at the next level?  You'd think guys like this would end up in the 400-600 composite range, yet every year there are DE's that have played one season of football in the top 100 because they can run fast and have long arms, ignoring the fact that they have terrible pad level and uh, don't really know how to play football.

Here is another example of a player on Michigan - List of HS accomplishments:

Honors and Rankings
• USA-Today All-Ohio Defensive Player of the Year
• Named Ohio’s Division I Defensive Player of the Year by the Associated Press
• Member of Maxpreps 2016 Football All American team
• OHSAA Defensive Player of the Year honors

That is preferred walk-on Matt Brown.  I can see how HS stars become average P5 players but it is amazing to me that they can basically become unranked nobodies to the ranking services.

08/06/2018 - 9:20pm No, your bullshit is getting…

No, your bullshit is getting old.  Alabama has played in every CFP Final, and we had one of the worst passing attacks in all of FBS last year and are what, about a .500 team over the last 16-17 games? How you take that info and think we should be killing it recruiting WR’s... come on.  

08/06/2018 - 4:27pm What am I backtracking on? …

What am I backtracking on?  I do think UM has had a substandard S&C program in the past - or at least around average and certainly not elite.  If Dantonio is "sprinkling roids" into conditioning, it isn't a moral issue - it's a criminal one that would involve the  DEA.  I also wish MSU nothing but the worst but don't think they have an S&C program built around steroids - these things are not mutually exclusive.

Also holy shit, "my" coach?  You think I'm an MSU fan?  Check my posting history.

08/06/2018 - 4:08pm Mandarich played what in the…

Mandarich played what in the 80's?  That was ~30 years ago when drugs were more easy to acquire.  Steroids were not class III controlled substances until the MLB PED fiasco galvanized Congress to "protect the children."

08/06/2018 - 4:05pm I should clarify - I think…

I should clarify - I think there are a lot of PED users in CFB since it seems nobody gets caught until they go to the NFL where the drug testing is better.  However, I don't think there is any evidence that MSU does more than an average P5 team.  Most steroids are class III controlled drugs - in the same category as opiates.  The minimum sentences for possession and possession with intent to distribute are very high, which would make systemic/institutional use very difficult just based on sheer quantity of drugs to acquire.  Unless you believe that there are a bunch of doctors at MSU just writing scripts willy nilly for MSU football players with zero thought for repercussion, I highly doubt this could go on for decades without coming out in a big way at some point.

08/06/2018 - 3:36pm Q: How can you tell if…

Q: How can you tell if someone does Crossfit?

A: Don't worry, they'll tell you.

08/06/2018 - 3:34pm Come on man, the "roided up"…

Come on man, the "roided up" line is tired.  Michigan just posted a new roster with how many players gaining 15+ pounds during the offseason?  No "roided up" comments in that roster thread from what I saw.  Maybe UM has just had a substandard S&C program for decades.

08/04/2018 - 7:46pm 1. Who says they’re “killing…

1. Who says they’re “killing it” in treatment?  Seriously?

2. Zone6 doesn’t know the difference between your and you’re

08/02/2018 - 1:45pm Mainly reasonable points,…

Mainly reasonable points, but when people will lie about things like this, they rarely get caught the first time.  While Urban Meyer shouldn't be fired because he's "probably lied about a ton of other stuff", should we trust anything he says about any valuable member of his team/program?  Is he capable of making the "right decision" if it will hurt his program? There is a pattern of behavior here that puts winning above everything.

08/01/2018 - 3:43pm Cardale has been vocal in…

Cardale has been vocal in the past about how he felt Urban ran his QB's into the ground.

08/01/2018 - 3:42pm Could be waiting on sources…

Could be waiting on sources to corroborate, something like that.  JUB has noted he's kept things out of his books that they (he and his editor & lawyer) just feel they can't quite stand behind.

08/01/2018 - 3:19pm "The last time they fired a…

"The last time they fired a coach, they lost to Michigan"

Oh man, sad but true.  Also the last time they lost to Michigan.

08/01/2018 - 1:21pm As of 1:19 PM EST still…

As of 1:19 PM EST still nothing on ESPN. 

Top of the news pile on the side is "Report Faults Idaho over sex assault complaint."

Top of feed is "Alabama Stays on top in CFB Power Rankings"

 

Good job ESPN.

08/01/2018 - 11:24am <Checks ESPN CFB Feed>

<Checks ESPN CFB Feed>

Nothing on this.

Still an SVP video about Harbaugh and Chicken.  Sounds about par for course.

07/31/2018 - 4:49pm But isn't hard work…

But isn't hard work undefeated? 

07/31/2018 - 11:07am This site does a Ticketwatch…

This site does a Ticketwatch periodically throughout the year.  While one hasn't been done yet this year, tickets at this time of year for non-premier opponents tend to be close to the peak.  Prices usually take a hit if supply is high as the game approaches - usually due to lower demand related to someone losing.  I'm pretty sure the Ticketwatch articles note the biggest drop in price is usually after one of the teams involved loses their first game.  Right now there is a lot of time before the game so prices will be on the higher side as sellers aren't very motivated yet due to the long time before the game.

As others have noted, the NW game is semi-unique in that there is a lot of demand from the visiting team.  The stadium also isn't very big so there aren't that many tickets around relative to say a UM home game.  I'm guessing you should either buy now or wait for one of the teams to lose.  Unless NW or UM go in the tank though I doubt you'll get a whole lot lower.

07/30/2018 - 11:10am As the old joke goes - What…

As the old joke goes - What to UM, MSU and OSU fans have in common?  When they wake up in the morning, they're all thinking about Michigan.

07/27/2018 - 11:21am Completely clean except…

Completely clean except cheap shotting teammates in practice? 

 

http://www.espn.com/nfl/story/_/id/20238883/frank-clark-seattle-seahawks-punches-germain-ifedi-sparking-practice-melee

07/27/2018 - 10:25am I think you mean the Giants…

I think you mean the Giants... he left the Patriots.

07/27/2018 - 10:23am I wouldn't call it "rape…

I wouldn't call it "rape culture" but there have been several recent incidents/accusations of issues with women involving OSU players and staff - Zeke, Gareon Conley, recently Zack Smith.  Of course, Bucknuts or 11W will tell you this is a woman "out to get" the OSU player.  You'd think by the 3rd time in a year they've recycled that defense they might want to have a moment of self reflection.

07/27/2018 - 10:18am It is becoming increasingly…

It is becoming increasingly obvious that the most important things to MSU's leadership is to win games in the revenue sports, particularly over Michigan.  It might as well be their mission statement at this point.

07/27/2018 - 10:16am Yeah, going to veto the …

Yeah, going to veto the "fantastic Michigan Man" part.  Threatening victims of sexual assault is not ok.

I will say I watched a few Titans games last year and he is one of the few LT's in the NFL that really stand out - I found myself watching him instead of the ball on a lot of plays.  Incredible lateral movement and quickness for a 6' 8" 300lb+ guy, but then again that's probably why he's the highest paid player at the position.

07/26/2018 - 8:46am It is amazing to me how long…

It is amazing to me how long some posters have been here yet display next to zero level knowledge of basic football X's and O's.

But to try and stay on topic to the OP:

Every type of defense has potential weaknesses.

Getting blown out of one game does not mean a defense has been "figured out."

Please define a "Don Brown Defense" - note we started 2017 in a 3-3-5 instead of the 4-2-5 we spent almost all of 2016 in.  Point being, DB's and everyone else's defense is not stagnant and will continue to evolve.

I'm sorry, I can't wrap my head around the fact that a ton of people in this thread are stating "Losing a game = defense figured out."  I bet you scream at the TV for Jim to stop "running the ball up the middle" and to "run the touchdown play more often."

 

07/25/2018 - 12:08pm When two P5 teams are on the…

When two P5 teams are on the field there is very often a fine line between a blowout and a reasonably close game as long as a team isn't completely overmatched and/or in DGAF mode.  Things like a punt not rolling into the endzone and instead stopping inside of the 5 and a resulting safety a few plays later (Iowa 2016) can turn a game around in a hurry.  The last few Maryland games are also a good examples - in 2016 they had a ton of yards in the first half but had a missed FG and a drive end inside the 1 as the half expired - could have easily had 10-14 points instead of zero.  In 2017 Marlyand had a ton of yards again but had a bad redzone turnover right before the half, missed a few FG's and gave UM two super short fields by having a fake punt stuffed and having a different punt blocked.  28-0 was the score at the half but that easily could have been 21-10 or thereabouts. 

Jumping on a team early (something the 2016 team did again and again for the first 3/4 of the season) takes a team completely out of their game plan and makes them one dimensional.  With M's pass rush and secondary that is a recipe for disaster and will likely lead to a blowout.  If you let teams hang around like in 2017 when our offense couldn't put teams away, they can continue to run their normal offense and stay balanced, giving them a much better chance of staying in the game.  Again, unless a team is completely overmatched, most P5 teams will "get theirs" in terms of points if they stay on schedule for down and distance and can run their normal offense.

07/25/2018 - 9:35am McKeon played like a 3 star?…

McKeon played like a 3 star?  What does that even mean?  He led the team in receiving as a RS Freshman.  He wasn't All Big Ten or anything, but if Wheatley and Eubanks were healthy last year he probably would have had half the snaps he did.

McKeon had (at one time anyways) the best SPARQ score for a TE in his recruiting class.  That alone is probably where a lot of the "The staff thought of him as a 5 star" is coming from, and that statement probably just means "He was at the top of their recruiting board." 

07/24/2018 - 11:19am On an absolute scale I'd say…

On an absolute scale I'd say 9/10.

10-3 in year one was impressive and they definitely over performed coming off 5-7 with essentially no serviceable QB's on the team before the Rudock transfer in the fall.

10-3 in year two was a bit disappointing down the stretch - mainly Iowa since OSU and FSU were actually good teams.  Holding on for that Orange bowl win would have been nice.

Last year was a bit of a disappointment - The whole "everyone knew it would be a down year" is at least 50% revisionist history.  By the time the season actually started, I think a down year was somewhat inevitable.  However, many of the issues in 2017 could have been mitigated through recruiting and player management in 2015/6 - playing backups more when we were trouncing teams in 2016 (defense kept starters on the field way late into blowouts) and actually getting Swensen (or a replacement), Devery Hamilton, Isaiah Wilson (or a replacement) or ANY SERVICEABLE TACKLE.  The Frey/Drevno friction/duty overlap and no dedicated WR coach the year we probably needed it the most does not reflect well on Harbaugh, but it is easier to see in hindsight and he did address it this offseason.  I still don't know WTF that bowl game was though, that was probably the worst performance of the team in his tenure - yes, worse than OSU 2015 (amazingly talented team) and PSU 2017 (once behind and relying on JOK to come back with that OL was not happening, also some generational talent on PSU).  After thoroughly outcoaching OSU/Urban a month prior that is just a truly baffling game.

What really matters is his wins above replacement, and I don't see anyone available at the time that we could realistically get that would be doing a better job, so in that regard it is still a 10/10 home run hire.

07/24/2018 - 9:01am Holy shit this is a terrible…

Holy shit this is a terrible post, and that's saying something around here.