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06/02/2018 - 7:28pm When Dusty says

The only one who could ever teach me was the son of a preacher man

It makes me want to be that son of a preacher man

05/31/2018 - 10:26pm Watching the chase reminds you..

That running fast is running fast but as soon as that run turns into flight shit gets real! Watching a goose or especially a duck step on the gas always gets me staring. How cool would that feel to just be in a full sprint and bam!! Air born.

05/25/2018 - 12:22pm Bullshit.

It’s all how you qualify “Rich” and what you consider “inherited”.

Look around even your own world. Even your extended family and look at the astounding results of even one generation of “pass thru” vs. a dead start at home plate.

I know and admit that I was born with probably a good lead off from 1st base but those who start out rounding 2nd or better make up the VAST majority of those with fuck you money if you really dig in to the financial support system in place when the key moments of their lives come. That’s what real inheritance is. Not some simple he got X dollars when his X died.

05/25/2018 - 12:10pm Ramsey is a blow hard

I’d love to ask him what happens if tomorrow morning even 30% of the people followed his methods to the letter? The fact that our economy would freeze in place, the Dow would begin a free fall that might land at ??? 8k? 6?

05/20/2018 - 12:19am Think Bo had better players?

Jumping Johnny Kolesar vs. Chris Carter?

I think the talent gap is roughly what it has always been. Bo out coached the dinosaur that was Woody, did the same to Earl Bruce, Lloyd had the closest talent but still out coached Cooper.

We have to out prepare, out work and use every mental advantage we can leverage to beat Ohio. I’ve never seen the talent equal and I doubt we will.

05/16/2018 - 8:33pm Amen

Exactly. Although I have perhaps more understanding for Carr’s reaction to the perceived slight against his legacy. Understanding is not condoning but merely recognizing the emotions that were driving his actions.

I tried hard to like RR but always smelled a rat. The way he left WVU. His general aw shucks way along with a severely over inflated ego. His success was always more about time & place than man & machine and history has verified this.

05/16/2018 - 8:00pm Agree...sort of.

Carr thought protocol was to pass the HC torch to either DeBord or English and maintain the Michigan status quo. It’s this system that got him his opportunity along with Moeller.

When it became evident that this was not going to be an acceptable path I think he took that personally as a indication that he had no developed a qualified successor. He took that personally and his behavior was a reaction to that.

Food for thought, if we had done the same thing to Bo when he retired, passing right over his guys and looking to hire the hottest name we could, does anyone here think that would have been perfectly fine with Bo? I think he would have pissed a hissy fit and made Carr look measured.

Keep in mind Carr had big bowl wins & a NC on his resume and got less perceived respect than Bo got upon hanging up the whistle.

05/14/2018 - 10:05pm I thought the same thing

If they are similar enough then the answer is time & rehab. If he sat another season to fully rehab what would his eligibility be?

05/11/2018 - 12:02pm "You can have those perks too

"You can have those perks too by being in the top tenth of a percent of whatever it is you do"


Really?? Waitress?, Welder?, Machinist?, Seamstress? How many others should I list where there is ZERO chance of getting those kind of "perks" or even being recognized as being among the best at what you do?

Nope, we love to reward CEO's because they create the perception that they are just that special. Is there an objective way to actually measure their value? No. They create the measureables that best suit them and wave them around as "evidence" of their incredible value. Reality is there are literally thousands of professions where you could be THE best in the world at what you do and nobody will ever know it or recognize it. Much less reward you for it.

05/03/2018 - 11:13pm Cardale and his ability

Won them their NC. His downfield cannon was a far more deadly weapon than the power zone read of JT.

Ask yourself which Saban would rather face.

That’s my hesitation with spread is that once a D has dominant athletes with speed it’s advantages become liabilities. The LSU’s and Bama’s of the world seem most beatable vs. quality passers. I’d add with good mobility as well. Tough for a statue to survive that D line but I have to believe that JT’s lack of downfield threat would spell disaster real quick. The ideal college QB is probably of the DeShaun Watson, Andrew Luck, Jamius Winston, variety. Used in an offense that takes advantage of the whole field their arms allow paired with good to excellent mobility. I hope that’s where M lands in the near future. I have zero desire to see Denard style O trying to survive against the D’s of the best out there. That wasn’t fun.

05/02/2018 - 8:31pm If your argument is that

If your argument is that regardless of scheme, you believe we did not have the talent to beat Toledo, the players from that roster that got NFL time, some great(Graham) some good(Schilling) many just had a look. Says different. The worst Michigan teams of the past 30yrs would beat Toledo with Defense & FGs alone. Of course RR had very little time for such trivial pursuits. Gotta spread & shred!!

I wonder if he used “hold the rope” on any of those secretary’s he tried to bang.

05/02/2018 - 5:55pm Talent that was still WAY better

Than anything Toledo was putting out there against us. A rocket football level double wing executed even 75% beats Toledo. But it’s neither here nor there. The real reason RR went full hog without any consideration for modifying to suit is well known. He has no idea how. He’s a one trick pony who’s trick is all used up. In the end we were right to exit that when we did and history has demonstrated that. If Brian wants to claim the decision to implement fully in 2008 as a victory. He might be right. I don’t think so myself. Of course I could coach up to a JV level team to execute any of 3-4 different offensive schemes with reasonable success, adjusting as required to match my personnel and win the games that my teams talent will allow. RR had no such ability. Everyone knows that now.

05/02/2018 - 2:21pm 3-9 and losing to Toledo says

3-9 and losing to Toledo says he might have been advised to "taylor" his Offense to his personel. I could have installed a double wing in a week and beat Toledo with our talent. But, alas that ship has sailed away to sexual harrassment island and we are better for it. But thanks for tossing that in there just to remind us again how he did everything right here and we were the dysfuntional ones.

04/30/2018 - 9:10pm Things have changed.

A lot. I coached my sons team from 3rd grade thru 6th. Being aware of the stupidity that guys like us endured 30+ years ago along with having to go thru all the concussion protocol we just don’t have unnecessary hitting at all.

We start them easy focusing on form over force. Get them feeling comfortable in their pads. Butt low, head up, wrap and roll. We also keep size & aggressiveness matched up in all drills. Removing the kid getting wrecked just for coaches entertainment from the equation(something that still pisses me off from 30 yrs ago).

Are there still A-holes coaching like morons? I’m sure. To that I say be the change you want to see. Coach. Protect them by being aware & teach it safely.

At every level I’d venture that hitting has been reduced by 80% from even 15yrs ago. That’s the problem with the study’s. They’re looking at people who played in a different time. In HS we HIT!! Every day, all day. Run it again, go harder. Run it again. You have to smash thru him!! It was WAY overboard. Watch a HS practice today and it looks nothing like what it did.

04/29/2018 - 12:44pm And vice versa. Plays break

And vice versa. Plays break down, defenses guess right sometimes, the blame does not only lie with one or the other. A great QB would have vastly improved our production last season as much or more than a great O-line. That’s why they(eventually) get the biggest checks. They have the most impact on outcomes.

04/29/2018 - 12:37pm Look at the film again

And tell us how many times you can count to 3, 4 or even 5 before our QB gets flushed or sacked. Our O-line play was less than stellar but, if any QB needs a perfect pocket to make plays? He’s not a QB.

I counted dozens of times that the break off dump was there(FB, HB, TE) and our QB’s simply panicked and fell apart.

Last yrs passing game woes were IMHO at least 50/50 between O-line & QB blunders.

04/28/2018 - 9:44am OK I’ll bite

Wanna bet on who finishes with better career #s in college? Nobody Lewerke or Peters? It pains me to say it but we have a problem, some parts Hoke, some parts not, that is just unexplainable. Wyoming puts a guy in the 1st round, NDSU a couple yrs ago etc. while we flounder to find a leader that’s more than a 1yr hired gun. Somebody needs a better eye for finding winners. They aren’t always accurately rated by the services.

04/27/2018 - 8:35pm Happy but still sorta sad.

Sad because there is no way we should be sitting in yr 4 of Harbaugh in need of a transfer miracle to get us a serviceable QB.

We watch MSU turn Lewerke into a winner, Whisky same thing, PSU, hell even IU and that’s just the B1G. Don’t even start on the freshman & Sophomores across CFB that we’ve had to watch succeed while we just lean on excuses about youth. If Mccaffrey is/was a 5* then you come able to play. Same with Peters and his 4* rating. How can you deserve those ratings and be 2-3 yrs from ready? And what voodoo is it that makes nobody’s like Lewerke so much more capable with far lower ratings?

04/27/2018 - 1:49pm X 1000 on Shadows

Great show. Seeing those remaining old timers reunited at the Fox and laying down some serious chops.

When tape was $$$ and you didn’t have time to screw around you brought in guys like the Funk bro’s. Serious tradesmen.

04/15/2018 - 4:56pm Yup

In the 5* contest Clemson had more so they won. Had nothing to do with what system Clemson was running. They had better athletes. Especially at QB.

Think we should do that? Build our team and run a system that if/when we finally get on level recruiting with the OSU’s we can beat them? I’m not willing to wait until NEVER which is when our top to bottom roster will match Clemson, Bama, OSU etc.

I thought we learned this from 08-11. Or did we just need Casteel?

04/15/2018 - 3:45pm Ok then

Let’s run a high IQ offense like a triple option(navy style) with 5x better, bigger, faster athletes.

If the academy’s can get the wins they do with the extreme disadvantages they have I’d say that is the best “system” offense that exists.

It makes more sense than being another also ran running a spread and still falling short because we can’t match 5*s in the arms race vs. OSU & the southern schools.

If you really think that a spread would even slightly improve our chances vs. the powerhouses like OSU I’ll ask one question. What offense would they know best how to defend? Maybe the one they run?

04/08/2018 - 10:49am Anyone who thinks

That big pharma is not absolutely complicit in the opioid crisis is naive. They make more $$$ by producing and selling more opioids. Their stock holders want returns.

Anyone who does not see this or agree needs to show me one concrete example of a company doing something that they know will result in lower stock value via decreased sales of its product.

03/19/2018 - 9:20pm Nope

Check the numbers. Let me know how many times AF has been shut out. Keep in mind they do this with athletes that are at best 70% of those they face.

If Bama or FSU decided at spring camp that this year they will be triple option, they would dominate. Problem is if they tried to stick with it they would lose their recruiting advantage. Players that want to move on and get paid won’t set themselves aside for the team. If teams got paid instead of players there would be variants of option football played in the NFL.

03/19/2018 - 8:50pm Coach K

Has been running a lot of 2-3 this season.

03/19/2018 - 3:26pm Cotton?

I tought Spanky turned Cotton into a monkey??

03/18/2018 - 1:00am Simpson was the man

His D on man bun was the difference IMHO. That dude is a handful and he stymied him. Matthews was my #2..

With the make up of this team being inconsistent on O. The ability to muck it up and hang around is critical. Those guys allow us to always be in it. Can’t love those 2 dudes enough right now. Hail!!

03/17/2018 - 1:43pm Our own “sir Charles”

Is a critical piece of this team IMO. He is our enforcer. He gives off a toughness vibe and has a fearlessness that I love. His rebounding, defense and overall athleticism is a thing of beauty. Thank you Mr. Matthews for choosing M.

02/28/2018 - 11:57am It’s worth like 1.3 billion

But imagine that. She still managed to marry up!? Ain’t that something? There might only be a thousand people on this globe richer than her & she managed to marry one.

02/26/2018 - 11:04pm Yup.

The part about fathers is spot on. I think those that ARE present are, on the whole more engaged & accessible than in prior generations.

Sadly I think that like so many other things. We’re headed for extremes. The boys that stay engaged will be superstars and the bottom of the curve will be applying its weight. Where as in recent generations there was more at the middle and smaller edges now we stratify.

What I want to know is who and when will someone fully utilize the interactive virtual to engage & educate? Make fucking video games that instruct. Teacher sits at the master control & guides the action thru a call of duty level adventure thru this game that requires a knowledge set that they must master to advance.

Seems like starting around 8-9 thru HS you could get them engaged & competing by using the crap you’re fighting against to you’re advantage.

02/21/2018 - 11:06am Les Miles was destined to be the coach at M in 2008

and it would have been good & bad. With that Brandon Graham defense he would have had a 8 win season in 2008, potentially the same record in 09. The interesting thing to comtemplate is how would his 3rd year have gone? Certainly his recruiting would have been very good and some of his players would be in yr 3 in 2010.

02/20/2018 - 8:56pm Yes yes and yes

Even though not great the OL this season was not the problem. Our QBs all the way back to Gardner have been HS level at best.

Look at the film. How many sacks came more than 3 seconds after the drop back? Most. There were breakdowns & blown assignments that happened but those always will. When you have 3 seconds you have to make it happen. The difference between a HS qb & next level is that HS QBs look for the open man, CFB QBs see from defensive position who has leverage and throw the man open. Henne was the last one to do that at M(Ruddock for 1/2 season as well).

02/17/2018 - 12:33pm It’s all about personality & fit

Not some magical schematic advantage that so many of the data driven youth here like things to be.

Harbaugh must like something about him. Something must have clicked between them and from that things can be built.

Short of hiring a gimmick master like Stitt or those HS dudes in California that brought in the now illegal A-11 offense, nothing will satisfy some.

Have we learned NOTHING from the RR debacle? Flashes that manage a temporary advantage thru some wrinkles that allow them to overachieve are just that. Flashes in the pan.

02/14/2018 - 10:06pm Actually Wagner

Was the only one not wearing the pinks wasn’t he? I can’t recall for sure but one of our white dudes was in standard shoes and I thought it was Moe.

02/12/2018 - 12:38pm 99%? Really? That’s your

99%? Really? That’s your experience?

Alright then, I’ll play. 75% of the time it’s generational wealth and that number is growing not shrinking. Very few self made people of wealth.

01/26/2018 - 10:37am OK then by that definition

A whole bunch of teams in CFB are preparing players for the NFL. By that definition alot of NFL teams are playing spread football and have been since LONG before any RR or Urban Meyer even dreamed up what they are running.

My definition is more related to the ill prepared QB's(there's no denying the lack of NFL QB's comng from those look & clap systems). In fact maybe thats my new terminology for the CFB & HS offenses of that style.

Do they run a look & clap offense or more of a Tom Brady spread, cuz there is a shit ton of difference between those 2 "spread" systems.

01/25/2018 - 10:38pm Just to be clear

What constitutes a spread system?

Here’s my take. A true spread system is one where the offense goes into alignment and the QB stands and looks to the sideline for the play. He relies on the brains of his O coaches to analyze how the D sets up vs. the formation they’ve shown them and executes. He reads nothing(except post snap reading a DE or OLB) and never audibles himself. He’s a running back(mentally) and has very little use for film study since they are doing that for him.

Basically that’s a spread system IMO. When I see QB looking at sideline then clapping. I see spread. I only say this because people assign the word spread to teams like the patriots and others in the NFL and I think there is a major difference.

01/25/2018 - 3:29pm Take it down 1 more step

Is it the purpose of HS football to prepare players for CFB?

Obviously it IS the job of HS to prepare kids for college in general, but what about football?

Should a HS coach run the system that wins at the HS level OR should he run that system that best prepares players for what they will see in college? I'm a believer in the former. Coach to win the best way you know how(at every level) and let the next level deal with developing what THEY need.

Example, in Michigan HS football, many of the most succesfull programs run a version of the veer, wing T, double wing etc. which would help you prepare for playing at Goergia Tech & the academy's but other than that its pretty much obsolete in CFB. I've known parents that school of choice their kid out of districts BECAUSE they run these type of systems. They want junior to have his best chance at a scholarship so they look for a spread system coach and enroll him there. Even turning away from MORE successfull veer or wing T programs that have won multiple state championships to go to a less winning program that runs "the spread".

Its their choice and you do you but as a HS kid I'd rather win.

01/21/2018 - 8:06pm What year exactly do we freeze time at?

Before TV? Pre Radio?

As a person of some age, my visceral response is similar to yours. These damn kids and their phones etc. I force myself to think of how many times in history have we done this? I can hear a 50yr old in 1925 railing on about these whippersnappers running all over in their automobiles, they’re all gonna die I tell ya. Then a 65yr old in the 50s saying that the boob tube is gonna ruin your eyes & make you stupid. The shit doesn’t change. Old don’t get young, that’s their job. Young don’t fucking care what old thinks. That’s their job.

01/18/2018 - 9:44pm I see tired legs

It’s understandable with their recent battles. Hopefully they get a kick of energy here before it gets too far out of whack

01/14/2018 - 2:21pm Actually

I think it started way back in the 70s as a practice technique to teach guys to stay low & balanced on D. I had a 7th grade summer league/camp coach who was a D3 college player that taught us that. No idea who would have started it tho.

01/14/2018 - 12:31am His D was great today

I’ll take that. His speed & range on D are exceptional and I really thought he was putting in today and vs. Purdue. If he keeps that up our O can do enough.

He seems to be playing “tougher” too. I hate to use that unquantifiable term but he just has a grit to him that is showing up more and more.

01/10/2018 - 10:35pm You coach to win the game. This game

Clearly, regardless of reasons why, what Pep was running was producing dogshit. What would you do? Keep slamming against the same wall and to hell with the ticket buyers? That’s very RR like and IMHO that don’t fly. Ever.

When Peps scheme was adjusted(Harbaugh or Harbaugh/Drevno?) things improved. What was Pep planning on doing? Same crap? Is it his only tune?

The idea that any coach/coordinator is a one trick pony and results be damned is beyond my comprehension. If that is the case(coach = system) then to hell with all of them. Many HS coaches are better than all of them. I played on a team that went 0-3 starting the season running the pro set power I that the coach always ran. Between week 3-4 we scrapped it. Learned a single wing/motion O improved by game and finished 5-4. This coach is not in the Michigan HS HOF by any shot. I’d consider him decent to good.

The idea that we have to ever just endure futility & confusion with the too easily accepted “learning the system” is screwed up.

Like it or note, I salute Hoke/Borges for coaching to win the game. They had manball as first choice but quickly adapted to Denard & Co. Surely Hoke later ran up against shortcomings in player development & in game adjustments that showed the ceiling for his crew. But at least he wasn’t either 1. Arrogant and stubborn enough or 2. Incapable of adjustment to give us Threet running a read option.

Malzhan read one book(Gregory double wing) and fielded a competitive offense. This shit ain’t rocket science.

01/04/2018 - 3:45pm better yet

A coach that can get 5yds on EVERY play. You'll never have a 3rd down to worry about.

01/03/2018 - 10:21pm As much as we want to blame the OL

I really see it as 80% a QB issue. Put even a guy like Lewerke on our O this season and how many more games do we win?

I see 4 for sure. MSU, OSU, Wisconsin and SC. Only Penn st seemed to be a game where we were overwhelmed and never in it.

Keep in mind, I use Lewerke because he is just capable not exceptional. Trade up for McSorley Mayfield or Darnold? We may be in the CFP right now.

Our pass pro was made at least 50% shittier by terrible QB play. I'm not sure what we look at when offering QB's but I think it's the wrong stuff. Screw mechanics, measurable's, combine drills etc. Show me the guy winning HS games with guts, instincts and intangibles and that's the guy I want. That's where the Hornibrooks & Lewerkes are found. To me Malzone looked that part in his HS career. It wasn't always pretty but he found ways to get it done. The instinct to feel where a rush is coming from, make that one step and snap a ball 10yds to that RB or TE to save a play. Where has that been for M? Find that guy and we win. That's my take.

01/01/2018 - 11:52pm If it's "system" based

How does Stanford do it and look anywhere from competent to unstoppable?

I can surely agree that a spread based O is easier to implement & master with the added benefit of being able to use younger players with less if any drop off from vets.

A pro style O takes more time & experience to master and relies on players in 3rd 4th 5th year.

Has CFB passed critical mass where the advantages of the pro style are outweighed by the difficulty in attaining and maintaining the pieces?

I'm seriously coming close to saying yes. The USC teams under Carrol were probably the best teams since 2000 but has that been repeated? That was the last true pro style team that I can recall as dominant. Stanford is a pillar of consistency but falls short of excellence but I assign that to lack of ability to enroll D players.

I hesitate to jump on a wagon because it's what everyone else is doing but if CFB has changed so much that there are now real barriers to building a certain style team(think how 1&done has changed basketball) then we have no choice. Bo's fullback & TE be damned. It's basketball on grass & a race to 60.

01/01/2018 - 1:21pm WTF??

Peters has to be better than this. He looks right past open guys looking for wide open guys. This ain't HS son!! Nobody is going to be that wide open anymore. You have to trust your WRs, know their patterns and throw them open.

01/01/2018 - 12:09pm And that, mr. Peters, is why Shea will be #1.

That 3rd down call was a 3 step drop and throw. Hill was wide open and you hesitated. And got sacked.

12/29/2017 - 9:39pm USC is shooting themselves.

Jeebus. Stack 8 and make the spread QB throw. He will gift you a pic if he throws 10 times. It's science.

12/28/2017 - 11:17pm Bingo

He's entertaining and all but no thanks. Sparty will beat his ass today, next week , next year and any other time they care to line up. The difference in physicality and strength in this game is stunning. Hate them all you want(lord knows I do) but Dantonios teams show up ready for a street fight. If a football game is what's on the menu they're fine with that but they show up like they'd prefer the former and accept the latter as consolation. WSU, like many teams including us at times, is intimidated by the level of contact MSU brings.

12/22/2017 - 5:05pm QB in HS?

I know I saw him play and can't recall if he was QB or HB? Seemed like he had the ball on every play for the Dutch. Probably a little small for the likes of B1G. Hope he gets a look at the next level. Could be an Antonio Brown type.