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07/13/2018 - 8:06pm I am not sure about the…

I am not sure about the Attorney General.  But in my 47 years on this planet, I have submitted 2 complaints to the Postmaster General and 2 to my Congressman.

 

The Postmaster General never even replied.  Both times.

 

My Congressman was sympathetic, but I went 0 for 2 there too.

 

I put little faith in government agencies unless you are friends with someone on this inside or are someone "important."

07/13/2018 - 7:50pm I am getting a kick out of…

I am getting a kick out of some of these comments.

 

Michigan has had a SO SO rushing attack for quite some time.  I am not at all sure why you guys think a Five Star RB Recruit would make a "mistake" in not coming here.  Anyone remember a a 5 star named Derrick Green who came to Michigan and amounted to nothing?  A cautionary tale.

 

If I were a highly touted DEFENSIVE player from California, I would certainly consider Michigan.  As an OFFENSIVE player......I would look elsewhere.  Like Alabama or Ohio State and the elite offensive lines that those places have and we lack.

06/04/2018 - 9:26am Taylor Lewan

Surprised Taylor Lewan is not in there.  I am guessing that he was underrated playing HS football down in AZ.

05/02/2018 - 7:13pm Drevno out after 2016?

Not sure that I agree with you here.  I see little reason for Drevno to have been fired after the 2016 season.

05/02/2018 - 5:08pm My observation....

.....the complexity of Michigan's offense fooled opponents in 2016 with Jed Fisch and a bunch of seniors.

 

I loved that year.  A few times a game we would see a receiver just running totally wide open and free.

 

In 2017 with Pep Hamilton and bunch of freshmen.......this was not the case.

 

I'd still prefer a more predictable/less fancy attack with a smaller playbook that is executed so well (with players who play fast) that you cannot stop it.  As much as I hate to admit it......Urban Meyer has created this at OSU.  

04/26/2018 - 7:08pm Yes!

Cannot wait until September

04/10/2018 - 9:45pm Does the psychology of losing enter into it?

Blue90----I wonder if practicing against one of the best defenses in the country is a good thing for our offense?

 

Getting your ass kicked daily (in the article, Seth mentions the offense winning 1 rep out of 10 against the defense) can do horrible things to your psyche.

 

You come to expect an ass kicking and are not surprised when it happens.

 

Strong competition is a very good thing.  A total ass stomping is demoralizing and counterproductive.

01/03/2018 - 8:19pm You are right WW......

.....a kid a couple years out of high school will struggle to make the right reads.  Even if we had an 19 year old Tom Brady......he would struggle. 

Running a complex offense, you are matching a 50 year old defensive coordinator's wits against a 20 year old kid.  I will bet on the middle aged DC.

This is one reason we have clock issues.  You can see the QB analysing things and the OLine making their calls even as the clock ticks lower. 

 

All the while, the defense is just shifting and getting inside the head of our guys.

 

01/03/2018 - 3:13pm Wow!

This is awesome news!

 

Love this guy.  So intense and such a motor!

01/03/2018 - 2:27pm I would also add......

....that Enos presided over the 94th best offensive team (by total offense) this year while Michigan was 105.  Is this a step up or a lateral move?

01/03/2018 - 2:25pm Please no co-offensive coordinator garbage......

.....we need one guy in charge.  Not a committee.

 

Committees give you compromise, watered-down nonsense and a means to deflect blame.

 

And if things get rough....those big egos will clash.

01/02/2018 - 8:19pm Better not be a "Co-Offensive Coordinator" thing

This had better not be a "Co-Offensive Coordinator" thing!  I am sure a lot of our issues are from too many cooks in the kitchen.

 

With Frey leaving, it is time to let go of PH, TD, and coaches son.  Then bring in a new OC along with an O Line Coach, an RB coach and a Wide Receivers Coach.  An epic opportunity to install an offense that is better suited to 18 to 21 year olds. 

 

And no more "Passing Game Coordinators" please.  The OC calls the plays and runs the offense.

 

The offense has been an absolute disaster.  Just the same mistakes repeatedly. 

 

If Harbaugh continues to bring in multiple guys and does not make the tough decisions.....we are sunk.

01/02/2018 - 2:48pm The answer is all of the above....

.....and that these things are all related to one another.

 

The scheme is too complex and makes guys play slow..  Slow players REACT to the defense insteading of IMPOSING THEIR WILL on the defense.  Slow players cannot be playmakers.

 

I actually think the OLine does well on a play to play basis, but when it breaks down, it breaks down CATASTROPHICALLY.  Again, our offense is too damn complex.  If someone does not hear a call or if two players do not make the same read.....disaster. 

 

Watching OSU's offense, one can literally see the defense buckling.  The defense is being stretched and attacked.  There is misdirection.  Plays are quick hitting and simple.  You get the sense that it is only a matter of time before the defense breaks.  And then it does.  I get the sense of a rickety dam filling with water.

 

Watching our offense, any success is plodding.  It is the opposite.  Success feels improbable.  So many things have to go right.  The offense is not quick hitting.  Plays develop slowly and many things have to go right to move the ball.  You get the sense you are watching a clunky machine with many steps in the process.  At each step is a probability of failure.

01/02/2018 - 11:50am After the MSU loss.....

....Mark Dantonio "complimented" UM saying the team was "well coached" because it fielded 30 different formations in the first half of the game.

 

Obviously, this was not a compliment.  It was a thinly veiled insult.

 

Our complexity is garbage.  We fool no one but ourselves.  If our complexity resulted in receivers running wide open, mismatches in man to man coverage, or linebackers being sucked out of position, I could live with it.  But instead, these things never materialize and our guys just look lost.

 

I feel so bad for our defense.  To play so well all year and lose because the offense is effectively as good as a MAC offense.

01/02/2018 - 11:48am YES!

PH and TD should go.  And to add to that, I have always been uncomfortable with the Jay Harbaugh thing too.  Nepotism is not a good thing.

01/02/2018 - 11:21am Patterson can play......

.....in a logical offensive system.

 

Our offense is too complex.  And it is run by a committee of coaches (PH, JH, and TD).

 

Ruddock, Speight, OKorn, and Peters have all struggled with this offense.  At some point you have to ask, "is it the kids or the scheme?"

 

Shane Morris just had a banner year at Central Michigan, btw.  So the scheme is the issue.

 

Shea Patterson is an attacker.  A gunslinger.  Our offense will force him to slow down and think. 

 

Time to replace the offensive staff and the scheme.  And ONE person needs to run the offense.  This just is not working.

 

 

01/02/2018 - 10:31am Crazy

You are crazy if you think we will get a better coach than JH.

 

I agree that JH runs an outdated scheme that he does not have the personnel for.  The scheme is also just way too complex.  Our guys are just not ATTACKING on offense.  They are struggling with the complexity of the scheme and playing slow.

 

I am trying to figure out if Drevno or Harbaugh is calling the plays.  The play calling this year has been terrible. 

01/01/2018 - 5:06pm I love JH too.....

.....and look forward to next year.  But the offense is just broken.  Very complex, yet does not fool anyone.

 

 

01/01/2018 - 4:56pm Peters is probably OK.....

.....the scheme is overly complex.  I put it on Drevno and Hamilton.

 

We have watched Ruddock, Speight, OKorn and Peters struggle with this offense.

 

It ain't the kids, it is the expectation that they can go from high school schemes to pro schemes with nothing in between.  Instead of confusing opposing defenses, we are confusing our own players.  You can see dozens of examples of this.

 

BTW--did you know that Shane Morris went to CMU and had a banner year?  The same Shane Morris we gave up on.

 

 

01/01/2018 - 4:32pm An offense that is overly complex

In the post game presser after UM lost to MSU, Mark Dantonio paid UM a "compliment" by saying that UM was "well coached" because (I am relying on my shoddy memory) "they fielded 30 different formations in the first half alone."

 

I put much of the blame for this loss on Drevno and Hamilton.  The offense is overly complex, yet never seems to fool the opposing defense.  There are no wide open receivers running in space.  No defenders way out of position.

 

What I do see is:

 

1)  Very hesitant QB play.  Instead of making plays, they are trying to avoid making mistakes.  Then the frustration level builds and they just heave it out there.  The worst of both worlds.

 

2)  Lot of plays that require a long time to develop and require a lot of things to go right.

 

3)  Our wanting to play power football while really lacking the personnel to accomplish this against SERIOUS competition.

 

4)  Receivers who cannot get separation.

 

5)  The play clock getting down to 1 or 2 seconds constantly because our guys are just confused.

 

I cannot imagine what our defense must feel like now.  To play so well and watch the offense continually botch things.

12/22/2017 - 12:32pm A few thoughts on recruiting

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Folks seemed surprised by this class.  I was frankly more surprised by how good the class was last year.  That was magical.  Unless we win 10 or 11 games a year.......I think this class is more the norm.

 

None of these recruits grew up with Michigan as a Football Powerhouse.  We do not have the National pull that we had in the 1970s-80s.

 

The State of Michigan itself is a decent football state.  Not a great one.  And we compete with MSU.  So we have to go further afield with the previously mentioned brand issues.

 

Our facilities used to be a differentiator and still are very good.  But a lot of other programs are now at parity or have exceeded us.

 

I think our defense looks great to a young defensive recruit.  I am not sure how offensive players think of us.  We run an NFL system, so perhaps that helps with those aspiring to the NFL.

 

I also consider Shea Patterson to be a 5 star recruit in this class.  He did not have to come here, so even if he (as a transfer) is not considering in our official 2018 recruiting class, he really is a product of the 2018 recruiting effort.  The coaches only have so much "recruiting effort" to give and I bet alot of time was spent landing this big fish.

 

I still trust in Harbaugh and think 2018 and 2019 will be really good years.  If our offense can finally patch together a decent running game and a decent passing game at the same time, we will be a strong team.

Michigan itself is a decent football state.  Not a great one.  And we compete with MSU.

11/18/2017 - 6:19pm You are right A2toGVU.....

You are absolutely right A2toGVU.....our players do seem focused on doing their jobs and it is rare that someone really MAKES A PLAY.  This is a great observation and it is very concerning.

 

When we do score, it is a pushing, grinding affair.  Almost never a playmaker torching the opposing defense.  Our offense is so incredibly clunky.  I feel like our typical scoring drive looks like this:

 

1)  we find ourselves in 3rd down situations alot

 

2)  we get downfield by barely getting first downs,

 

3)  our scoring drives often have some penalty yardage in them, 

4)  we are currently running a high percentage pass offense that runs short timing routes.  Only we cannot get the high percentages.

 

5)  There is often a pass that looks like it could have been picked.

 

6)  When we finally get to the goal line, we will get stuffed twice before scoring on third down.

 

We lack the playmakers who make it look easy.  Everything for this offense is HARD.

 

Wisconsin had a few guys make big catches in spite of tight coverage today.  Those catches allowed them to convert 3rd downs and ultimately score on drives.  In the same situations, Michigan had guys drop balls.

 

11/18/2017 - 5:56pm Put it in perspective.....

 

1)  Harbaugh is the best coach we are going to get.  I am not sure about some of his supporting cast, however.

 

2)  Our team is very young and our scheme is very complex.  These things do not mix well.

 

3)  Our defense is very, very good, but prone to spectacular breakdowns.  Probably because we have young players.  Nontheless, they only gave up 17 vs Wisconsin.

 

4)  Injuries are badly affecting this team.  In addition to the people we have out, Rashan Gary, Karan Higdon, and a host of others are playing hurt.  Brandon Peters may now join this list.

 

These are statements of the obvious and some of you may write all of this off as excuses, but all of this is true.

 

Next week may be horrific.  Our defense will play well, but will give up at least 21 points to a strong OSU rushing and deep ball attack.  At the same time, our offense will have diffculty denting OSU's defense even if it fires on all cylinders.

 

 

 

11/02/2017 - 7:02pm Just a terrific write up

Love reading "Upon Further Review."  Better than what I see in the sporting media by a longshot.

11/02/2017 - 11:55am I am sure I will be denounced for saying it.....

....but OSU has some built in advantages that are hard to overcome.

 

1)  The state of Ohio is a great high school football state.  But unlike other states with great high school football, OSU does not have to split great in-state recruits like Florida, Florida State, and Miami do down in FL (for example).  At the same time, Michigan is a good (not great) high school football state and we have to compete with Sparty.

 

2)  The hiring of Urban Myer put OSU in a great spot because he has recruited the Southeast (where the best high school football is played) heavily.  OSU is getting a lot of great recruits out of the south.

 

3)  Urban Myer is a great coach.  Statement of the obvous.  His schemes are simple and hard hitting.  He is a great motivator and organizer.  He attracts great assistants and dumps them if they do not perform.  I believe that Harbaugh is great too, but I sometimes wonder if we are unnecessarily complex and if Harbaugh will dump non performing coaches.

 

4)  We play OSU late in the year every year.  With injuries, this favors the deeper team.  It would help us to play them earlier.  OSU is a notoriously weak starter and strong finisher.  We are the reverse.

 

5)  Michigan used to outrecuit other teams with superior facilities and a recruiting process that really impressed.  While we still have this, these advantages have narrowed vs the rest of the nation and particularly vs OSU.  

 

6)  OSU has won more over the last two decades and have a stronger national brand than we do.

 

The good news is that things can turn around really fast.

10/29/2017 - 4:19pm Perfect response Sten.....

....Way too much second guessing of Harbaugh here.  As if the "critics" oversaw 100+ hours of practice.  Or led a team to the Super Bowl.  Or even played organized football.  Frankly, I am not sure if many of these critics could cogently explain the difference between a Cover 1 and Cover 2 much less manage a roster.

 

Anointing BP as our new savior is also premature.  I am very encouraged by what I saw, but this was only Rutgers and BP is a red shirt freshman who probably was far enough down in the rotation for most of the year to not get many snaps with the 1st team offense this year. 

 

Go back and watch what happened to PSU's excellent QB in the 4rth quarter vs OSU.  Just relentless pressure from OSU's front 7.  Are we going to say that BP is ready for that type of test?  Rutgers apples to OSU oranges.   

10/23/2017 - 12:49pm True Blue is right

True Blue is right.  The lack of effective 2014-2015 recruiting is killing us.