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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. 

09/29/2018 - 7:36pm I wonder who he pissed off…

I wonder who he pissed off in year one with his "Bo/Woody" style sidelines. It seems like after year 1.5, the Refs have looked to put "Harbaugh in his place"

 

09/29/2018 - 7:34pm AND they missed that NW had…

AND they missed that NW had Abry Thomas' Jersey and was pulling it away from Thomas' body while Thomas tried to get away... No holding. 

09/29/2018 - 6:42pm Also... can we stop a…

Also... can we stop a stinking slant pass?!?!?!?!?!?!

09/29/2018 - 6:41pm Why does it feel like we…

Why does it feel like we struggle to get any calls against us? Getting no holding calls against our D Line, no PI when they are draped over our WR... but we get dinged for what feels like every little thing. If the Runyun hold was a true "hold" then NW should have 5 + holding penalties. 

Here is to hoping that the return of Hudson will do something for us.

09/24/2018 - 8:43pm The Mooseback formation will…

The Mooseback formation will be great to play action off of in short yardage. He runs so hard, you have to respect his brute force, yet he can also pass protect or go for short passes: Double or Triple TE - Mason Dive Right - Play Action, with both TEs running seem routes or posts. Love the potential possibilities. 

09/23/2018 - 12:32am Whatever. Beat the Spartans…

Whatever. Beat the Spartans and Buckeyes.

09/15/2018 - 9:31pm Felt like after seeing the…

Felt like after seeing the WMU game, SMU decided they were not going to let the same thing happen and stacked the box... The game finally opened up with Patterson took "the top off" the defense with the deeper, accurate throws - the type that have been missing for the past 2 years - and then the points and yards started to pour in. When SMU didn't stack the box and blitz, we would gash them for running yards. When they did blitz, they stopped the run, but couldn't answer DPJ and Gentry. 

I am sad we could not "muscle" our way to victory, but I am hoping that we see a few non-vanilla flavors start to come out @ the MSU game.

09/15/2018 - 7:43pm Vanilla felt really…

Vanilla felt really intentional today. It felt like Coach grimmaced when we had to put something creative on film. 

09/15/2018 - 7:41pm It felt like we wanted to…

It felt like we wanted to muscle our way to victory, not wanting to put too much on film.  Once we “opened up” we moved the ball. It felt like a “do enough to win” day from everyone’s body language. 

09/15/2018 - 7:37pm O’Samuel looked legit. Hope…

Samuel O’ looked legit. Hope to see more of him. 

09/15/2018 - 7:19pm This felt like we were…

This felt like we were trying to win with our Vanilla, while SMU threw the kitchen sink at us. We acted like it was a scrimmage, they acted like it was the Super Bowl. 

On a day when Wisconsin, Maryland, Nebraska, Illinois & FSU all lost... I will take the 25 point win. 

09/15/2018 - 7:16pm If we can score close to…

If we can score close to this many points, we will win 10+ games this season with this defense. Last year, we would have lost this game with our QB mess. This defense is good enough with our ability to throw the ball deep.

09/15/2018 - 7:13pm We bring the best out in…

We bring the best out in other peoples QBs... Made some truly great throws in small windows with pressure... only so much you can do when they are on fire.

Also, Wimbush was made to look good because some "prayers" went ND's way. Three different plays hit UM players in the hands but did not end up as picks. If we picked those, we would have won the game. Once we got into the second half, Wimbush did nothing.

09/15/2018 - 7:08pm Gotta solve the pass…

Gotta solve the pass interference. We gave up a TON of yards and kept drives alive because of it... Also have to realize that people are going to try to use slants and rubs when converting.... How many weeks will it take to figure this out?

Also, felt like we were trying to win Vanilla without putting stuff on film, while SMU was throwing the kitchen sink at us (Onside kicks, squibs, going for it on 4th, deep ball prayers, trick plays....) 

09/15/2018 - 7:05pm If we can figure out how to…

If we can figure out how to pass protect and keep Patterson a moment to throw, we can be pretty good. Felt like we were trying to win Vanilla while SMU was throwing the kitchen sink at us. When we opened up our playbook a bit, we scored. 

09/12/2018 - 8:31pm Simple: playbook knowledge…

Simple: playbook knowledge. It is impossible for us to know how well the players show their knowledge of the playbook @ practice. If player A is less talented then player B, but knows the plays and the assignments better.... player A plays. Talent just means potential. The guys have to be able to put all the pieces together, not just have raw athleticism 

09/08/2018 - 8:06pm Imagine for a moment is 1/2…

Imagine for a moment is 1/2 of the balls that hit our players squarely in two hands were actually caught instead of bouncing off... we would be 2-0.

09/08/2018 - 6:06pm This could have become a…

This could have become a Utah State/App State/Eastern Michigan moment. It is nice that it looked like an organized beat down... comfortably boring. I was comforted by my boredom and general lack of worry about the outcome of the game. 

09/08/2018 - 6:03pm I'm encouraged by how we did…

I'm encouraged by how we did it: Sound running game with the center making generally good calls at the line, pin point passes, and accurate deep balls. The last two we have been missing for YEARS, at least on a consistent basis. Last year, our QB's could not hit a person deep no matter how wide open they were or how good the protection was. Two weeks in a row, multiple accurate deep balls... Nice. Also, with the running game, the runs between the tackles looked well organized, well blocked, with good muscles. I wish we would have done more of this vs. Notre Dame, as I am afraid going Shot Gun Slinging played into the strength of ND's defense.

On the down side: The ability for WMU to get pressure on the QB so easily and so quickly == concerning. I cannot begin to fathom how they will game plan around having Nick Bosa lining up across from whomever we sacrifice at the alter in the Shoe. 

09/03/2018 - 10:54pm Three blown ref calls:

1)…

Three blown ref calls:

1) Targeting
2) No PI called in the Endzone.
3) No PI called on the 4th down.

NONE of those plays were shown as a replay by NBC, while every potential Michigan bad play was repeated ad nauseam. 

Not great, but not as bad as I thought. I think many of the issues came with pre-snap calls. When the pre-snap call was made correctly, the protection was ok (not great, but ok). When made incorrectly, it was a disaster. Take into account (a) A team with new parts first time playing together, including Ruiz first start as a center (b) Away night game in a loud stadium (c) Top 5 defense last year returning 10 of 11 players... Not like this was Toledo playing us at the Big House or Utah State.

The coaches learned a lot about the team and have a lot of quality film to use as teachable moments that will serve us well later in the season. Here's to hoping, and to some creampuffs to iron things out before our next major test.

08/06/2018 - 6:34am To the last point, there is…

To the last point, there is nothing logical about being an abused spouse. I do not know enough about her character before he abuse happens, but years of abuse SERIOUYSLY mess with your mind and compass. With that said, her inconvenience of not picking up the kids does not give him the green light to break a restraining/distance legal order. As a teacher, if a parent hasn’t come to pick up their kid, I have to stay and surpervise the child until the parent does, no matter what inconvenience it causes me. 

06/11/2018 - 11:06am Connectography. An excellent…

Connectography. An excellent Book about the modern era of Globalization

04/16/2018 - 8:21pm I always have a special place

I always have a special place in my heart for OL who drive guys 30 feet out of bounds.... from the opposite side of the field.

04/14/2018 - 8:26am I think there will be an

I think there will be an increase in squib kicks that still get the ball back beyond the 25 but to a less dangerous return man w/ a greater chance of the person mishandling the squib. Once the ball touches the ground I don’t believe it can be fair caught, forcing the team to return the kick or take the bad field position

02/08/2018 - 1:01pm Here’s to hoping the bunch of

Here’s to hoping the bunch of redshirted freshmen show off this year

01/11/2018 - 8:48pm After going back and watching

After going back and watching games from Stanford in 2010... What is missing is the o-line and experience at receiver. Harbaugh got dealt a crap hand @ the Oline, dropping the ball in not taking the right number/amount of OL's right away, and then got hit with key injuries. I see in Ruiz, Bradenson, and O the foundations of the type of Oline Harbaugh developed at Stanford by his fourth year. Hopefully someone else emerges from the crew he redshirted this year. His scheme struggles when you can't run the ball, and have to keep people back in to help max protect. Any advanced scheme is tough with holes and ?? on the oline.

If he switched to a quick passing scheme... there were the sea of freshmen WRs and the erratic core of QBs - one from a previous regime, one frosh, and one who had been demoted at Houston for erratic QB behavior... not the recipe for success. 

The flaws at Michigan have been there for over a decade... We started to see a consistent running game by mid-way through this year... Once the oline clicks, the rest of the system will thrive.

01/01/2018 - 3:54pm Third string frosh qb, 2 fr

Third string frosh qb, 2 fr wr, 1 walk on wr, fr RG, sophomore LG, injured starting left guard....

Sounds like a champ squd to me.

 

12/12/2017 - 2:56pm I think it will be Dylan

I think it will be Dylan Mc.

Patterson... reminds me O'Korn. Very mobile, a 'gamer'... who has accuracy problems, especially deep. 

That is not to say Patterson couldn't come in an light the world on fire - O'Korn had every opportunity to and overthrew everyone of those open deep receivers (other then vs. Purdue). However, the similarities are too great to make me 100% confident in him.

11/19/2017 - 10:34pm Technically, Harbaugh's first

Technically, Harbaugh's first recruiting class he had 4 weeks to pull together. The first group of Oline that are really "His" are now Redshirt Freshman/Sophomoros (Spanellis, Bredeson, Onwenu all contributing). 

23 of Harbaughs 29 recruits from his first true recruiting class are now contributors on this team... Many with 3 years of eligibilty left. The jury is still out, but I think this group will do something special heading into next year.

11/19/2017 - 10:25pm I understand people's

I understand people's disappointment. 

However, this team replaced 10 defensive starters, 3 Oline, 2 Leading receivers, Starting TE, had an injured to its starting quarterback, left tackle, break out WR, two of its starting RBs, and top corner back (concussion).... And Harbaugh had the team in the lead on an away game against a top 10 team. 

I am tired of the moral victories, too. However, those are a large/tough set of odds to face (many of them lingering gifts from the Hoke era). I personally see a team with a lot of youth and promise. We have a couple young oline that are getting critical game experience, and are improving as run-blockers. DPJ is improving by the week. Gentry has gone from question mark former QB to a serious threat/mismatch. Higdon/Evans/Walker/Samuals have the potential to be special. Peters was making strong improvements before being knocked out. Bush, Winovich, Gary, Hill...

I don't like the taste of defeat or disappointment. However, I can see this young collection of talent, who is getting serious in game experience and a bad taste in their mouth, coming back as a veteran group ready to kick butt. Everyone saw that this down year was coming. Many criticisms of Harbaugh are because he is the victim of his own success - taking a group who couldn't tie their own shoe laces under Hoke, winning 20 games and sending 11 to the NFL. When you are going through hell, keep going.  

(And if Harbaugh can't get the ship straight here in Ann Arbor, who can?)

11/18/2017 - 3:48pm Came down to catches.

Came down to catches. Wisconsin made the tough ones and we did not. I lost count of the second half drops.

Wisconsin on the other had made leaping & one handed grabs in critical moments.

10/21/2017 - 11:07pm Apples and oranges. They had

Apples and oranges. They had the more experienced team. That means something in college.

10/21/2017 - 11:05pm Last year we had the super

Last year we had the super experienced team, they were young, we beat them down. This year, it was the reverse.

Look @ WR: their SR wide out made killer plays in great coverage. Out young guns dropped passes hearing foot steps.

10/17/2017 - 6:10pm I coached against Love in

I coached against Love in track when he was in Middle School. I had never seen someone jog a 53 sec 400... as an 8th grader. I was more tired after his race then he was.

Watching him and our Nyheim Hines (NC State rb) race in the 100 was incredible.

10/14/2017 - 6:25pm I wonder if Speight and OKorn

I wonder if Speight and OKorn suffer from PTSD?

A weak right side + young receivers == tough to call a complicated offense. It seems like we got close a couple times to busting open big plays... only to trip on our own feet

10/14/2017 - 4:51pm This week shows no team or

This week shows no team or win should be taken for granted. Ask Oklahoma, Clemson & Washington St.

Given the weaknesses shown last week, this was a step in the right direction. Our RB & TE & Lt/G are our strengths. Today we played to them. When we tried anything else, we shot ourselves in the foot (tripping, over throw, no throw, delay of game, penalty)