|12/02/2018 - 9:17pm||Michigan received over 51.1…||
Michigan received over 51.1 Million in revenues for Football in 2017. There are 85 players on the roster. That means each player (on raw average) helped generate 600,000 worth of revenue in ONE YEAR (2,400,000 over four years). In exchange that got... a college degree ($160,000 in total, if considering out of state tuitions, etc)? Gary is taking his opportunity to go make millions after having made Michigan millions. He owes Michigan nothing and has paid his commitment in full.
|11/24/2018 - 6:19pm||Who? Seriously... Who else…||
Who? Seriously... Who else could Michigan have hired to fix the mess that was life post-Hoke to pull off 3x 10 win seasons in 4 years? Ask Florida. Ask Texas. Ask Florida State. Ask Notre Dame. Ask Nebraska. All teams that had coaches who averaged 8-10 win seasons, had coaching changes and then STRUGGLED. We had a National Champ, 7-9 win a season coach... and then went RR and Hoke before landing on Harbaugh.
So seriously: Who? Who could come in without a strong base of home-state talent and pull 3x 10 win seasons in 4 years?
And while those loses sucked, the two loses this season were to 2 teams that could be in the Playoffs, depending on how the cards play out. It stings emotionally because of what might have been. But, when looking at it logically... It is a positive season where we kept our goals possible until the very bitter, bitter, bitter end.
|11/24/2018 - 4:32pm||This sucked. However, at the…||
This sucked. However, at the beginning of the season people were talking about 8-4, possibly 9-3 being “an alright result.” 10-2, with losses on the road to two top 10 teams is not “fire the head coach” material. It just hurts more that we got so close to having nice things to be reminded .... not so much just yet.
But, DAMN this burns.
|11/24/2018 - 4:18pm||What was the deal with our…||
What was the deal with our dline??? ZERO pressure all day. Like.... none. Our coverage was good enough if we could have gotten to Haskins.... but they were stonewalled. All. Day.
|11/17/2018 - 8:17pm||Most concerning was our DLs…||
Most concerning was our DLs lack of being able to get past the OLine to pressure the QB. Don’t know if it was out of respect for his running ability or....? Something felt off about our blitzes and timing that was not “getting home”
with that said, today felt more vanilla on defense. Not a lot of trickery. Indiana always plays us tough, like Purdue plays OSU - that team who gets hyper amped and plays beyond their ability vs Michigan. The past three years have been either OT or by less then 2 TDS - decided in the 4th. So, in a way this was our most sound beating of Indiana - as there was never a point in the game that felt like they were truly better then us.
I have no doubt our emotions will be jacked for OSU.... although their offense does hit us where we are most vulnerable. Hope this is a week of learning and renewed focus and a reminder of being vulnerable if not 100% on the ball. It was like the D was sleep walking until the 2nd cheap shot. Then they decided to flex their muscle... and then went back to coasting. I know Dr. Brown would love nothing more then walking out of C-Bus with a dominant W
|11/17/2018 - 8:07pm||Regarding RZ: I think it was…||
Regarding RZ: I think it was take The points and trust the defense. I remember a couple years ago where we had our frequently used creative Red Zone scores... and then with the game on the line OSU has them downloaded and was running the routes with the WRs and got the game finishing INT.
Today felt like there was a reluctance to go beyond the basics. When any creativity was used, there were huge holes or wide open guys. This felt like win with showing as little as possible.
|11/10/2018 - 7:04pm||Q: How many plays does…||
Q: How many plays does Winnovich play in a game? It feels like our starters play (and play well) late into games. With our massive time of possession advantage, how many plays does he play and how does that compare to other Dlinemen from other schools? Our defense looks fresh, rested and firing late into games... playing with a fire late into the 4th that few seem to be able to match.
|11/10/2018 - 7:02pm||Rutgers went max protect,…||
Rutgers went max protect, with a bunch of quick passes. We just rushed four. I don't remember a single creative blitz. Its hard to get nice stats when you are playing vanilla and they are doing everything they can. No one on the Michigan side seemed concerned. As long as everyone is back healthy and ready to work Monday, we are good.
|11/10/2018 - 7:00pm||It is hard to play mainly…||
It is hard to play mainly vanilla and for safety/injury free, when the other team is throwing ALL The wrinkles at you. We absorbed the blows, shut them down. Next opponent up.
|11/10/2018 - 6:58pm||REDICULOUS! That would be a …||
REDICULOUS! That would be a "good" to "ok" day for most defenses for ONE game. Just... Wow.
|11/10/2018 - 6:55pm||Hot, Hot Takes
1) We won…
Hot, Hot Takes
1) We won. By a large number. Looks good on paper.
2) We reduced the number of overall plays of the game with our TOP. We rotated a LOT of people in ALL game. Less plays per person in the cold, less chance of injuries, ESPECIALLY no/few hits on Patterson.
3) We won vanilla. We did not put anything special on film.
4) We practiced throwing the ball in yuck conditions on the road. It felt like a scrimmage/practice. Take more risks on throws. Air it out, see what happens. Practice throwing in a far away, cold place that has crappy wind, against a team in Red.
I will take it. It was what it needed.
|11/09/2018 - 8:43pm||I would be happy if we just…||
I would be happy if we just run the ball the whole game and play “wind Down the clock” from the beginning. Short game, 55 minutes of The offense having the ball. Back ups galore. No Patterson rushes.
|11/09/2018 - 8:39pm||You have won the internet. I…||
You have won the internet. I’m sure there is some photoshop junkie with nothing to do until kickoff??? Right? Make it happen
|11/05/2018 - 11:28am||Agreed. No astricks are in…||
Agreed. No astricks are in the history books.
Win big in the first half of Indiana & Rutgers, get the starters off the field and rested for the big show down. Let’s hope little bro comes through on Sat
|11/05/2018 - 11:25am||Honestly, I would like to…||
Honestly, I would like to secure a big ten championship birth no matter what. I would rather the buckeyes come in with nothing to play for other then pride. They are a talented enough team that accidents can happen with 1-2 motivated players. Coming in helpless know that there is nothing they can do and nothing they can get from a W......... I will take it. And, if it gets us into a nice bowl game vs. NOT Bama instead of a playoff game vs Bama.... I will take 12-1, B1G champs, in a nice bowl, feeling snubbed by the committee to motivated for next year ANY day of the week. (Not saying I wouldn’t celebrate being in the playoffs, but I would be content with the above outcome. Especially if it means the Rose Bowl)
|11/03/2018 - 10:18pm||An L is an L is an L.
An L is an L is an L.
ALL Loses are bad no matter when in the season they happen... just less bad when they are earlier.
|11/03/2018 - 10:16pm||I have a feeling there are…||
I have a feeling there are plays in the playbook we haven't seen yet... which is the first time I feel I can say that heading into November in a LOOOOONG time. The pass to Gentry was a thing of beauty. I love watching defenders look lost when we break something big... the "AH @#*@#*, where did they go? How did they do that?"
|11/03/2018 - 10:03pm||Wondering outloud: I wonder…||
Wondering outloud: I wonder if a big part of our secondaries success is that it throws off the intended spacing of the routes? Even with the smothering man coverage, there are guys that get open, but the QBs throws are WAY off... which has had me worried for lightening McHaskins. But I wonder if the change in timing and spacing by our smothering DBs is what has caused PSU, Wisc, and MSU to be SOOOOO off with their throws?
|11/03/2018 - 9:03pm||I am in Raleigh as well…||
I am in Raleigh as well. That franchise is ALWAYS packed with huge lines... but they have mastered being able to feed large quantities of people ASAP. It is really amazing.
|11/03/2018 - 8:49pm||Also, loving that Oklahoma…||
Also, loving that Oklahoma is down 14. I know that is nothing in the Big 12, but would really like them to lose.
|11/03/2018 - 8:48pm||So.... is it better for ND…||
So.... is it better for ND to win and allow us to say we lost to an undefeated team? Or to lose. Will they drop below us, even though they beat us?
|11/03/2018 - 8:44pm||Agreed. Indiana is to…||
Agreed. Indiana is to Michigan what Purdue is to OSU. A game that should be won easily... but is frequently a nail bitter.
|11/03/2018 - 8:28pm||I am torn on where the line…||
I am torn on where the line between luck and skill falls. We have gotten lucky that some balls have bounced off the hands of open receivers and that some wide open guys have been overthrown. Watching some of the plays today that were not completed, I could not help but think that Haskins could make us pay if we don't clean some of it up. I know it is nit-picking after obliterating the previous 3 QBs... but those plays are Haskin's specialty and Michigan has the tendency to bring out the "Heisman Trophy" performance out of OSU Qbs.
With that said, watching OSU's OLine struggle brings me hope that we will be able to get pressure quickly with just 4.
|11/03/2018 - 8:25pm||No. I don't want him to…||
No. I don't want him to sleep soundly until after the OSU game. Give the man some no-doze. What is Dr. Brown's number so I can text him pictures each morning of the Buckeyes game last year?
Who has the photoshop skills to put Brown's face on the Hulk? "You won't like me when I'm angry"
|11/03/2018 - 8:22pm||Did not make contact with…||
Did not make contact with his helmet. It was shoulder to shoulder, not helmet to helmet.
|11/03/2018 - 8:13pm||3 Cheers for the Offensive…||
3 Cheers for the Offensive Line! They were AWESOME today. If this was last year, our QB would be dead. This year... everyone did their part. Sure, there were some miscues. But, some of those were as much PSU making a great play, as it was a problem with out linemen. PSU does have talent on the line. But, the way we played... wow. We said on the first drive: We are Michigan - we are running it down your throats... and did for a TD. PSU knew we were going to run it, and were powerless to stop it. If you would have told me Runyan would not give up a sack vs the Gaz, MSU OR PSU... I would have cringed, laughed, and called someone on you for having lost your mind. Now - We are running behind Runyan when we need key yards. Wow.
Sign our OL Coach to a 10 year contract... or life... or whatever makes him happy.
|10/24/2018 - 11:20pm||One thing I have noticed and…||
One thing I have noticed and appreciated about Harbaugh's Zone Read program vs RR or Urban's.... Protection of the QB. I have not seen Patterson take an unnecessary nasty hit as a regard to a QB run play. I always cringed when Denard would be purposefully run into stacked lines with 300 pound linemen... or bashed repeatedly into LB running full speed down hill. I think that is why Urban's QBs struggle so much to stay healthy and relevant throughout their 4 years, was because he ran them every possible occasion. It was an effective strategy from a results perspective, but seemed like a liability from a career-extending perspective of the QB.
|10/24/2018 - 6:08pm||Here is to hoping this is a…||
Here is to hoping this is a next level plan of counters/passes built off this.... that we can keep contained until OSU and we can press firmly on the “Unleash Hell” button on their defense.
|10/24/2018 - 12:26pm||It creates less…||
It creates less predictability in the offense. By having either DPJ/Collins/Black in at all times means you have to defend the WHOLE field on every down. If Martin and Perry are in, they are less likely to go deep or blow by you. If a package rolls out of DPJ/Collins/Black/Gentry............. That could be interesting.
|10/22/2018 - 5:31am||Great work. Idk about anyone…||
Great work. Idk about anyone else.... but I think Patterson should stay one more year. I don’t think he is quite NFL ready and will be drafted even higher if he stays. With that said, I am not holding my breath and just trying to enjoy the ride with a great talent learning to fly.
|10/21/2018 - 11:50pm||Honestly, at this point I…||
Honestly, at this point I would rather Michigan spank a helpless OSU @ the Horseshoe leaving no doubt on the score board, in the final record, or in the rankings that we are #1.... and that the Tide has shifted. I want recruits to be overwhelmed by what Urban could not get out of his 5* studded team, and to choose Michigan instead. If that means winning B1G Championship but missing out of the playoffs because of some stupid rule... this year I am fine with that. (not happy about the idea, but fine with watching OSU slither into the dark hole from which they came).
|10/21/2018 - 9:29am||And what quality team is…||
And what quality team is going to want to schedule the toughest Lower 5 school? That is a lose-lose situation (see: App State)
|10/20/2018 - 11:03pm||Karan Higdon must be LOVING…||
Karan Higdon must be LOVING watching this game.
|10/20/2018 - 11:01pm||Something about this feels…||
Something about this feels WAAAAAAAY different. There was never a point last year that I felt OSU was truly vulnerable, that I felt we could sincerely have the upper hand (not that we COULDN'T win, but just highly improbable). Watch this.... Their offensive system plays RIGHT into our hands. . especially with our defense.
|10/20/2018 - 10:42pm||I just started belting out…||
I just started belting out the Victors in my kitchen watching the game... then realized it wasn't Michigan that scored. I want to see OSU lose this SOOOOOOOO badly.
|10/20/2018 - 10:35pm||OSU looks very beatable…||
OSU looks very beatable. Talented athletically... but schematically very beatable. ESPECIALLY on offense. Our defense seems to be perfect for OSU's new Offensive system. Purdue's Dline is slicing through that Oline of OSU. Our press coverage will give fits to their screen system. I'm struggling to contain my excitement. Lot of football to be played.
|10/13/2018 - 11:30pm||AND we were able to do this…||
AND we were able to do this without #3. Hope he gets healthy quickly. This is a glimpse of what life could look like with him and Winno in the NFL.
|10/13/2018 - 11:28pm||I like what Coach W said at…||
I like what Coach W said at the beginning of the year. Everything was TOO complicated. No one on the line knew the basics. They started with the basics. They solidified the basics. Once you have the basics THEN you can progress to advanced concepts. That is what I think was missing the previous years. Started off fancy, and had to strip everything down because we found out toooo late that by being fancy at everything, we were solid at nothing. This year is the opposite: solid in the basics, getting more nuanced and layered as the season is going on. This is going to be an exciting finish.
|10/13/2018 - 7:02pm||Agreed to a point.... but it…||
Agreed to a point.... but it does feel like all the bounces and all the “inches” have gone OSU’s way the past few years. In a tight game THAT psych edge can be enough of a let down to give up one inch too much and self fulfill the prophecy.
|10/11/2018 - 5:49am||Unfortunately, no. We could…||
Unfortunately, no. We could lose against Wisc, but beat MSU-PSU-OSU and it would be an excellent season. We could beat Wisconsin, but lose to any of the *Su schools and we will go into the off season bitter. I would rank it the following...
1) MSU - Rival, In-State, and very beatable. A loss this year would be VERY demoralizing
2) OSU - It’s the game. I almost put this one first... but no one in the nation would blame us for losing to an undefeated OSU on the road. With that said, it is THE GAME and we need to end the bleeding.
3) PSU - Our side of the conference. Need it to keep the dreams alive.
4) Wisc - In the spot light and would setup a nice October narrative that we haven’t had in a while. A loss would still sting and make everyone fretful of the rest of the season... but would not derail EVERYTHING.
The good news is that it feels for the first time like our offense is truly getting more complicated and nuanced as we head into October, with new wrinkles appearing each week.... instead of the previous 2 years where it felt like we had to pull in the reins and simplify because we had too much duct tape trying to hold broken pieces together. I would attribute this to Better OLine coaching and to getting Patterson. A reasonably functional OLine who understands the basics of blocking schemes has been missing since.......... 3 years before Carr retired. Almost as long since we had reliable, functional QB play (may be tied together). If we pull out Wins the rest of the season, we need to sign Coach W and Coach Brown to a life time contract
|10/09/2018 - 12:32pm||It's Michigan. When Bye…||
It's Michigan. When Bye plays us, their QB looks like a @#)*@#)* Heisman-All American-First Rounder.
|10/09/2018 - 12:16pm||Without getting too personal…||
Without getting too personal, is it a rent or ownership situation? If there was a big enough money cannon, could it paydown your mortage to the point you would need less overall income each month for basic survival/needs once the gofundme runs its course?
|10/07/2018 - 9:22am||Overall better, but still a…||
Overall better, but still a lot of missed calls that effected the game:
- the INT, the DB has his arm around Gentry’s waist and was hitting his elbow before the ball came causing the tip.... no PI
- On one of Maryland’s TDs, guard has his arm hooked under Winovich, grabbing desperately at his shoulder pad /helmet like a wrestling head and arm. (One of many times this happened, but the result was a TD not a sack, like it would have been). IDK how to fix refs missing these types of blatant grab and hold... other then to instruct the DEs to just fall down and act it out to make it more obvious?
|10/06/2018 - 12:51pm||I will be driving during the…||
I will be driving during the game in NC. Favorite online radio broadcast?
|10/04/2018 - 8:22pm||It still feels like training…||
It still feels like training wheels are on with this offense. I understand as a coach of a YOUNG team... there are things you want to do but just can't without everything falling to bits immediately. Thinking back to the interviews this week, Coach W said the word "simplified" again. You can't still be "simplifying" things AND making complex audibles. You are either laying basic foundation building blocks to get good at SOMETHING (which we have not been for the past... forever*) or work on everything and be good at nothing. Think back to ND - we only had one functional way to snap the ball that the coaches trusted. We are much further along then that. This year has already seen the most growth and progression then any OLine we have had in recent memory (not to say they are doing great, but they are certainly improving week-to-week). By bowl time, I think we will see more complexity and audibles, especially if we don't have to always throw from max-protect all the time.
|09/30/2018 - 5:44pm||A special kudos to NW for…||
A special kudos to NW for their tackling. If Fitzgerald ever wants to stop being a head coach, he could be my LB coach in a heart beat. Their tackling was brilliant. When an LB or S hit our boys, we didn't move an inch further.
|09/30/2018 - 5:41pm||Agreed. I am glad they…||
Agreed. I am glad they finally caught the DEFENSE holding our linemen from going to the 2nd level.... but they need to step it up especially with calling holding on our Defensive ends. I also saw BLATANT holds where Thomas was getting de-shirted because the NW guy had a hold of Thomas' shirt. I get that there are holding on every play... but getting tackled and stripped of your clothes with no call while your team gets called for phantom calls that blow the mind of the announcers == a new level of awful that needs addressed. ASAP.
|09/29/2018 - 9:39pm||To me penalties should be…||
To me penalties should be fairly enforced on both sides, to both teams. If you are going to call shirt-grabbing as PI for one team, call it for both. I am tired of our WRs getting MUGGED, OL getting held from moving to the second level, DEs getting tackled, CB's getting illegally rubbed.... all game long with little to no flags, but then nit-picking EVERY little thing our guys do to the point of the Mars call absurdity. I think it is telling how on many of the penalty calls, the announcers were at a lost for words try to explain or justify what had just happened.
Do I like these penalties, no. I think many of them can be cleaned up. But, I think many of them (A) should be called more fairly/evenly for BOTH teams (B) Are purposefully aimed at Harbaugh
|09/29/2018 - 9:33pm||A thought... Last year we…||
A thought... Last year we had to win every game using every trick in Harbaugh's book. By the time we got to November, all the tricks were on display and everyone had studied endless film on them. Hence, we got our butts handed to us, as the LB's could key EVERYTHING... (not to mention last years QB/OL troubles....)
This year, there feels like a purposeful effort to win showing a LITTLE as possible. No one was allowed to film anything during practices. There were fewer scrimmages, and the ones Harbaugh did have had very vanilla plays/drills. All of the games so far (Except maybe a big of the ND comeback) looked like the variations of plain vanilla even when vanilla was clearly not working so well... This may be further supported by the comments by the OLine about how little of the playbook was being used in the game. When Harbaugh has "cracked open" the creative book, it has worked VERY well the first two or three drives, the online went with a new look, racked up big yards, and shut the playbook down. NW, was very vanilla... then when needing 7 went to the 4 WR diamond look... motioned the Fullback and BLASTED Higdon into the endzone in a way that was almost TOO easy. Three of the linebackers looked EXTREMELY lost and frozen stiff, as 'Baugh had messed with their keys.
I think we will see this strategy through October, trying to win with showing as little as possible... and then an unleashing of new-crazy crap in November. Until then, buckle your helmets and prepare for "between the tackles" head bashing.
|09/29/2018 - 7:44pm||Kudos to NW, their tackling…||
Kudos to NW, their tackling has been spectacular. When they hit our guys, we don't fall forward.