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11/27/2018 - 10:33am Thanks Magnus, I will have…

Thanks Magnus, I will have to defer to your judgment. It just seems like a systemic flaw, to my non football analyst mind, to put so much stock in the S/W system for DE's when the offense can flip them at will.

Wolverine73 - you bring up a point I had not considered. Perhaps pondering that will prove more fruitful than all the time I spend watching football.

11/27/2018 - 12:56am I'm still watching the game…

I'm still watching the game in slo-mo Gulogulo, and I just saw a play that would back up your pov. The play that Klatt (or Johnson?) initially called a sack. It was a zone read in the 2nd Qtr. and Rashan was on the weakside (Offenses Left) and he went halfway toward the RB, then saw that Haskins pulled and switched onto Haskins, who was dead meat because he had a LB right on him also. Rashan played that one well, it happens. But I saw him blow the first play of the game and I've seen it before. Rashan is often in a hurry to get upfield and when you start off that way against the zone read, you've got one foot in the grave.

11/27/2018 - 12:23am Thanx Dix, good feedback!

Thanx Dix, good feedback!

Let me just stick with my devil's advocate position for a smidge, if I may:

Yes the SDE/WDE defintions are deeply ingrained in the sport. But the fact remains that defenses really have very little control over which DE plays on the strong side after the snap. And if your particular DE's have wide enough trait or talent differences between them any offense can flip them any time they want to. Therefore, moving toward more symmetrical DE's would give the offenses less advantage in flipping them.

Also, I would suggest that DB's unique use of the viper is probably going to make his defenses even more strong/weak biased than most 4-3 D's which use a SAM and WLB, because it seems to me that there is more of a difference between a SAM, a WLB or WILL, and a viper. That is the viper is more the oputlier in traits than the other two.

11/27/2018 - 12:10am Yes, the problem seems…

Yes, the problem seems really exaggerated against tempo. The D-line often gasping for breath and not quite making it back to the line in time.

I don't watch other teams enough to really analyze them, not even other teams on D against our O. I just notice that we have a bit of a problem with it.

Again, I am not trying to lay all the problems of this game two days ago at the feet of this problem. I'm just playing that guessing game we like to do here on occasion. What if ... what if this becomes a bigger problem for DB in the future than it has in the past? How will he handle it? Is it a problem that every team that plays with a defensive formation predicated on strong side alignment has? Has the revolution already occurred on television and I wasn't watching?

11/26/2018 - 11:51pm Yes, for sure. All points…

Yes, for sure. All points totally valid.

But I'm not looking at what hurt us in this game, except in how it was so easy for them to flip us into the match

ups they wanted.

I'm more concerned with how EVERYONE can flip us back n forth at will - I'm not looking at root causes of 62 points here and I'm not looking at wins and losses.

I'm looking at wasted energy that builds up and causes other problems - such as, maybe ... cramping at the end of games.

04/21/2016 - 10:20am I don't think I'd feel bad

If a meteor fell on Columbus.

Unless of course it was big enough to affect Ann Arbor.

Go ahead, neg me all you hearts that bleed for the Scarlet n Grey.

04/20/2016 - 12:36am To paraphrase

Long John Silver:

Them which don't understand are the lucky ones.

04/19/2016 - 1:40am IKR?

My first thought was - give Rowdy Roddy sun glasses and a machine gun and he wouldn't need any bubble gum. ;)


04/16/2016 - 8:48am I think tOSU is running scared right now

Their AD couldn't stick with the shot he tried to take at M. He blamed someone sticking a mic in his face, being taken out of context, etc. and then actually apologized.

Oscar Meyer had a similar occurrence just previous to that (don't recall the exact details right now) but he also blamed someone sticking a mic in his face.

So now it falls to Zeke to defend the school's honor and slow down the Harbaugh Express.


Zeke is a very complete back, I really like his game. But he is in way over his head here and he ain't gonna slow down shit.


Him and Finebaum are lonesome, kindred spirits in this fight. Desperately trying to defend those who are unable to withstand the beatdown that is coming their way.

04/15/2016 - 12:04pm I'm not a huge Springsteen fan WD, but ...

Damn, lyrics like these don't come along every day:

The highway's jammed with broken heroes on a last chance power drive
Everybody's out on the run tonight
but there's no place left to hide
Together Wendy we can live with the sadness
I'll love you with all the madness in my soul
Oh-oh, someday girl I don't know when
we're gonna get to that place
Where we really wanna go
and we'll walk in the sun
But till then tramps like us
baby we were born to run

04/15/2016 - 2:38am Haha

Paying them disqualifies them as plantation owners.

Yeah, good line.

I don't think Curt Flood would agree with the premise tho, nor MLB or modern sports as we know them.

The SEC sees the kids who grew up in their neck of the woods as captives, local natural resources. And I'm quite sure that is the "trade imbalance" that JH was attacking in this scenario.


04/15/2016 - 2:24am Yeah ...

It took a little off the edge of that OSU game plan for me.

04/14/2016 - 9:37pm From the git-go

There has been this huge subtext for me in that this 'invasion of the South' was JH seeing a problem, to wit: The SEC is running a regional plantation system and for the B1G to level the playing field this had to be challenged. Now, naturally the Ess Eee See very much resented this "Nawthen cahpet baggah" breaking their unwritten rules.

There are many good reasons for these camps that I had not thought of much til lately, but this was the issue that struck me immediately - the SEC is running a plantation system and they don't want it messed with.

Of course JH quickly saw this achilles heel and went after it. He has forced the NCAA to deal with this 500 lb. gorilla and that counts as a win - naked emperors only flourish when the Mike Dantoninis of the world are too timid to challenge their abuse.

Eh, either that or I watched too much of Dr. Harry Edwards on ESPN roundtable shows years ago.

04/08/2016 - 8:57pm Jon Jansen

Was the color analyst for the Spring game - seems to be a BTN employee

04/06/2016 - 4:43am This one was played a lot by the M band

at football games back in the day and it always seemd pretty appropriate:

Feels so good - made popular by Chuck Mangione on his fluglehorn (sp?)

Sorry, don't know how to imbed.

03/29/2016 - 7:18am As that famous philosopher

Rocky Balboa often said, "Absolutely"!


03/29/2016 - 5:58am Uh no ...

That would be Marcellis Wallace whose namesake was the first one to beak the news story of JH to Meecheegan - prompting me to ask my son, who referred me to that article ...

What does Marcellis Wallace look like?


03/27/2016 - 10:23am Great article Magnus!

Thank you!

I'm disappointed to hear that Newsome needs work on pass pro - tough position to be lagging on there. I loved seeing him on the field last year, he just looks like a natural LT to me.

I'm not sure if you get this often - but my browser (Firefox) consistently misses large groups of words on your blog because the picture and column boundaries overlap. :(

But man, that is great detail you provide us - like I really can't get anywhere else.

03/27/2016 - 10:07am I wish ...

I had more than one upvote to give.

I don't know a whole lot about football coaches - I mean not like an insider.

But I have felt the hand of destiny on JH for a very long time.

And I have wished that the stars would align and bring him here for a very long time.

Now that it's happened I am just amazed every single day the level of greatness and destiny in that role as the Meecheegan football coach that he brings and shares with us and teaches us what greatness is about.

My no.3 son broke the news to me that JH was coming last year and I refused to believe it - I was stuck in a corner refusing to get involved with any sports whatsoever for fear that it would disrupt my life as it has in the past.

But I listened to him with even more interest than when he told me about this great new guy - Jabrill Peppers - hey I foresaw the greatness of Harbaugh - Pep was just a pleasant surprise.

I have taken to documenting the reign of Harbaugh with all the meticulousness I possess - for my younger male relatives and those females which have sense to pay attention to such things (none of them seem too interested so far) but one day when their kids can only hear about the dark days before JH and can't imagine Meecheegan not dominating all foes including their so-called rivals - my documentation will be there - to (hopefully) show them how these things are done.

The last time I got involved in such a historic project was when I told everyone who would listen what that crazy rookie, Isiah Thomas, would do for the Pistons.

03/27/2016 - 12:59am Well, you got me here

When the site told me weeks ago that my password wasn't correct I quit logging in cuz - it's a huge PIA to hear that over n over.

I figured it was some sort of covert Bolivian operation - but hell, it could just be old age creeping in again in the damnedest of places.

The name: I chose to finally become official here in the aftermath of the DB hiring - if ever there was a badass bad enouh to be JH's DC he's gotta be it, said I. I say M much more than I say Blue and I live in the Portland suburbs and work right down by homelessness central by the waterfront.

My Av: One of the local blogs had this pic of Pep looking at his hand and they were super-imposing things on his hand and my favorite was a Charles Woodson bobblehead doll - it may be hard to see in that small pic, but that's what it is.

I have loved this team for a very long time - never could get them outta my blood, no matter how bad things got. I wanted JH when he was practically unknown as a HC when Lloyd retired and when our good fortune got him this time around I knew this would be even more epic than I knew it was gonna be for the Pistons when I was there in the Silverdome for the draft party when they picked Isiah second in the draft in 1981.

My tagline: A quote from the David Bowie character in "The Man Who fell to Earth".


01/31/2016 - 8:34pm So ...

Let me get this straight

5*'s go at least 7 deep on LS's but maybe only one deep on RB's?

I never realized just how valuable those guys are.

01/31/2016 - 5:35am Yes

I look forward to that. Maybe next year in the PO's or the year after, possibly, in the Rose bowl.

Between Stanford being the program that JH got started and everything else about the program (aside from the way they stole Poggi from us and Devery) and the fact that Dylan's big brother is a possible Heisman favorite - well they are becoming my second favorite football program - shhh, just don't tell my relatives, the Ducks are still my official second favorite team.

01/31/2016 - 5:26am Yes ...

We can haz Nate - you won't be sorry.

01/30/2016 - 2:09pm I love Nate

ever since i saw his film and heard camp reports.

TBH, he reminds me of Desmond - don't neg me for a crazy hype machine - or do - but I'm tellin ya, he's gonna be a star and I hope he does it here.

01/29/2016 - 1:17pm Magic


01/28/2016 - 10:42pm A bunch of arm tackling

nobody hittin anyone!

01/28/2016 - 9:16pm According to my memory ...

"this ain't Rock n Roll, it's genocide" comes at the beginning of "Diamond Dogs", not "Panic in Detroit" which begins: "Looked a lot like Che Guevara, drove a diesel van". ;)

01/28/2016 - 8:25pm I believe he is travelling incognito

something about freedom fighters back in the homeland. ;)

01/27/2016 - 11:25am Yeah ...

And then there are the freaks like the Rothschilds who never lose the hunger.

01/27/2016 - 11:04am Good article by Wojo

One of the few Detroit area mainstream newspaper sportswriters I still have respect for.

We are moving into an era in which we will recruit top 5 classes every year and competition will be more important than a misguided sense of an antiquated notion of loyalty AND the players will be forced to compete - not merely accepted as superior human beings because they accepted a Michigan scholarship - seems pretty accurate to me.

01/27/2016 - 1:54am Oh good

Everything is going well and the last thing I wanna see is some other he said/he said BS PR nightmare.

01/26/2016 - 8:31pm Exactly! ^

Asst. HC job??? Isn't that kind of a big deal? I wonder how Drevno, Doc Brown and Fisch feel about that?

01/25/2016 - 10:03am But, but, but ...

Iggy is an icon and sometimes an artist's (or any public figure's) historical significance is more important than their talent.

Even Sid Vicious (sp? - really shud have a phonetic spelling IMO) has a place in history, ffs. :)

Edit: Sorry I thought you were talking about two different people and were referring to Iggy Pop . :/

01/24/2016 - 10:55pm Who was that guy?

The one who treated you like royalty?

Just some guy I met in the rest room.

01/23/2016 - 2:21pm Am I the only one

Who saw something of the Oracle from the Matrix series in the Maz Kanata character?

I liked the character development in this one - OK maybe it's cuz I've been stranded in a Lucas-created desert for 40 years (at least) but my Pollyanna side really comes out when a new Star wars movie comes out.

01/23/2016 - 2:14pm Yup!

The whole article but especially that part.

Well, since I just got a DVD recorder I'm too busy recording every movie I may ever want to see - after recording all the Meecheegan football I had on the DVR and then all the college football I recorded this year - but eventually I will watch all that Meecheegan football over and over and over.

Um serious question - did anyone else notice the bad habit Graham Glasgow had of tipping the snap count by looking back between his legs exactly one second before snapping the ball in the shotgun?

I swear he did it EVERY time in the Utah game then the coaching staff seemed to clear it up but after about 4 games it would seep back into his play now n then.

01/22/2016 - 4:07pm Exactly!

I fell in love with this kid's story a few months ago - dreaming of playing in the Big House his whole life - a True Blue kid!

But - just this one tidbit - refusing to come to camp - he kinda sounds like a bit of a Primma Donna banking on his offer from Hoke and using the media to leverage the coaching staff.

I don't think JH would allow that sorta power play from an Asst. coach when he was a greenhorn HC at San Diego, let alone the credibility he has built up for himself now and dealing with a player.

Swenson, Derrick Green, many others are just players who thought they were bigger than JH IMO - that ain't gonna fly here.

There are coaches and others who excel at instilling fascist programs - Woody Hayes, PJ Carlessimo, many others, in sports and out. But the REALLY special thing about Jim Harbaugh is the way he establishes his brand with fun and EUTM unlike any fascist dictator in the history of sportsdom to me.

01/22/2016 - 3:12pm But, from what I understand ...

Dwumfour is a natural NT - a position we will likely need help with after next year.

Also, whatever you have to do to lock up Gary is probly a good move.

01/22/2016 - 3:08pm I could be totally wrong

But I find it very difficult to get upset about any decommitments right now.

Elliott is good, but I expect that we get Dwumfour's commitment very soon, folowed by Gary on NSD.

For every Antwaine Richardson we lose we seem to gain a David Long - really, I think everything is gonna be just fine.

01/21/2016 - 8:15pm I think

these borderline recruits are starting to get the message after what happened to Swenson.

We're heading for possibly the no.1 recruiting class and they're headed elsewhere.

01/20/2016 - 9:32pm Mike

"If you ain't cheatin, you ain't tryin" Valenti - is that you?

01/20/2016 - 8:51pm The thing that bugged me the most

was how I felt when I heard that he had a poster of the Big House in his room and has wanted nothing else for years but to play at the Big House.

But we are in a big-time transition period. The coaches are putting together the best team they can get. I will certainly give them an awful lot of benefit of the doubt.

But there are those (especially at the Freep and in Columbus and South Bend - not to mention EL) who will take incidents like this and blow it up into something that it isn't.

I do hope the coaching staff understands that "appearance of evil" thing.

01/19/2016 - 10:08pm Yep, this right here ^

Aside from thinking of that school down south as a model, I totally agree with everything else.

It will be interesting to see what they do with the LB crew - new position coach, new DC, new direction and a new crew.

I'm maybe a little worried about CB's but mainly I think it's just hard for us to see what it will look like right now. I'm sure the coaches will surprise us with the product they put together.

This class is huge - in talent and depth and they are the guys that JH will want in there. I expect they will be the backbone of the future dynasty in the making.

I expect a strong run at a PO spot next year, and possibly a NC. I do expect a dropoff in '17, but I have faith that JH and his merry band see it much better than me and will handle it as well as it can be handled.

Go Blue!

01/18/2016 - 12:51pm After seeing

Nate Johnson's highlights I really don't want to see him get away.

01/18/2016 - 12:39pm She also said

That they would need a DL coach hired before they could seriously consider them, or words to that effect.

And since Nat'l signing day is like ... 3 weeks away ...

01/16/2016 - 6:30pm Good points

And I hope you're right - I'd like to see him do well there and the Ducks are kinda my default second favorite team being surrounded by so many of their fans in my family.

I didn't watch the Hoke teams much but I get the sense that he is very good with the D-line and recruiting but not very good with putting together a game plan or developing talent.

Scary, but I hope for the best there - kinda like the way i felt about Rich-Rod coming here.

01/16/2016 - 6:21pm OMG

That is hilarious - I'm surronded by Duck fans - not sure what to tell em - hope they have someone who can teach him to use a headset.

01/16/2016 - 3:40pm Eh

I'm a stranger in a strange land and trying to acclimate to the culture.

I read Baumgardner (MLive) and Maize n Brew pretty regularly, but I'm almost at the point where if it's a news story it's gonna be here - plus there is nobody close to the posters here.

Especially Magnus and Alum96 - but the writers Brian, Seth, Ace, etc. are all really good and so many others here - real quality group and I'm just trying to fit in without getting negged too much or causing too many bad vibes.

I haven't really been much involved in sports message boards since Isiah was a thing - but historic moments like this (JH to Meecheegan) must be covered with depth and enthusiasm previously unknown to this guy.

Also - the post I got negged for about "feeling unfaithful" to Peters - really do I have to put a /S - I thought you guys had a sense of humor.

In all seriousness, I just love the possibility of getting this kid and let em sort it out in practice - I'm not sure how likely it is to get 5* QB's every recruiting cycle who turn out well - but if anyone deserves that it'd be JH.

01/16/2016 - 3:28pm Good find!

Nice article

01/16/2016 - 2:12pm I love that WR from TN

Not to start the hype too early but the player he reminds me the most of is Desmond.

I like that kid A LOT and hope we hang on to him.