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02/16/2012 - 2:14pm Craft >Burke is not a given and I'm sure Belien would not trade

I think this comparison is pretty even (and thats Frosh Burke vs Soph Craft). While Craft does bring A LOT with his on-the-ball defense, Burke's ability on the offensive end and his ability to get others involved whether is be by asts or sucking in defenders is superior to Craft. Burke is also not a bad defender either, its certainly not a weakness in his game

I'd consider it a wash right now even with Craft having the benefit of an extra year. Burke is also not a bad defender either, its certainly not a weakness in his game

12/28/2011 - 1:49pm i saw this too

I think its interesting that they basically never tackle in spring ball. I think it helps that they play in the Big12 which is basically flag football / 7 on 7 league. I mean Neb was known as one of the toughest teams with great D and they bolted for the Big Ten. After them nobody really hangs their hat on D in that conference. I'm sure someone will through some Big12 D stats at me which is fine, but that conferences Defenses don't pass the eyeball test thats for sure.

From what the coaches have done this year and the tackling job that our D has done (which leads to forced fumbles) I say i like Hoke and Mattison's preference for hard hitting practices. It can lead to injuries but thats why we need to recruit at a UM level (top 5 top 10 nationally).

 

 

 

12/28/2011 - 12:12pm Mizzou will be OK IMO

Looking at their conf schedule I think they go 4-4. I'm assuming they play nobody OOC and will go 3-1 which would get them at 7-5. I think a lot of the middle pack of the SEC will have similar records. ~500 in SEC followed by 3-1 or 4-0 OOC(depending on the Cupcakes).

 

MISSOURI
Sept. 8: GEORGIA
Sept. 22: at South Carolina
Oct. 6: VANDERBILT
Oct. 13: ALABAMA
Oct. 27: KENTUCKY
Nov. 3: at Florida
Nov. 10: at Tennessee
Nov. 24: at Texas A&M

04/05/2011 - 8:11pm yup

pretty much how I read it. all sounds good. Video clips of Denard rolling out look great too. Talk about options.

04/05/2011 - 8:08pm 3 straight posts

trying really hard to find stuff to complain about huh? Dig a little deeper I suppose. Or take a step back and realize that a lot of this is coachspeak. That and the few tactical things mentioned all appear to be good for the returning O players: ie lots of shotgun

04/04/2011 - 5:58pm Great post Brian

I think you got it right this time. RR meddling with the D as his ultimatel downdall. PSU this year, Purdue the year before are great examples. If he let his DC actually do their job he would still be the coach. Hell, even if he did the same thing all over again but just didn't muck it up by throwing a monkey wrench into things for the PSU game this year and Purdue game the year before UM wins an extra game each season and he;s still here.

RR had plenty of chances. He blew them. Not its time to move on. As you mentioned it appears Hoke won't make the same mistakes. Who cares if he's not a genius as long as he knows how to run a TEAM. Offense and Defense.

03/24/2011 - 9:04pm double post.

double post.

03/24/2011 - 9:03pm  

Its obvious that RR had

 

Its obvious that RR had to leave.  Brian understood that.  no one is arguing that he be brought back.  No one is "still mad" that he was fired.  It is accepted.

^^^This is completely false. I see numerous post stating: 

"why couldn't we just keep RR and bring in a top notch DC like Mattison". 

"we are returning X amount of players on O. Just make some field goals and we win 11 games next year"

"our YPC was better in 2010 then any group Carr ever had. Our offensive was explosive and if we can just hold the other team to 50ppg we'll win"

blah blah

These people did NOT want RR gone. These people were the majority on this blog...but thats slowly crumbling away. After watching the bowl game in person this year I had had enough too.

 

You are obviously not too bright because you can't see the difference between wanting RR back and wanting to keep a good portion of his plays (which were non-read option).  THAT is what the press conferences sound like.  That is what is being railed against

What part of of Borges comments talking about Drob rushing for 1000yds do you or other stat junkies not understand? He wants DRob to run. He just wants our RUNNING BACKS to run too. You know so DRob can do that passing thing and keep D's honest and keep DRob HEALTHY.

Borges goes on about of his athletic ability, comparing him to Vick. He has openly said they ran quite a bit of shotgun last season at SDSU. How do you not like any of this? Have you seen SDSU's RB from lasy year? Have you seen their games? I'm guessing all the sky is falling stat junkies have NOT.

 

And yes I spit on stat junkies arguments that take moral victories in "racking up 100 more yds on OSU last year then they allowed on average". Who gives a fuck!?! What was the score.

Our how about another moral victory about how many more yards we got on Iowa then their season average...again. Who gives a fuck?

 

Call me an idiot thats fine. I'll call stat junkies what the are...probably people who never played a legit sport (let alone football) in their entire life. Frankly I don't know why we spend so much time takling about offense at all on this site. With the dynamic players we have (DRob is the best athlete at UM in generations) the O will be fine. We should be spending every post talking about the terrible defense. We don;t do that though do we...Why? B/c that makes RR look bad. 

 

 

 

03/24/2011 - 7:20pm great post

great post. I hope Brian is just getting this whining out of his system now because if every other sentence is going to be talking about - what ifs - regarding RR then this blog is going to be terrible next season (regardless of the teams peformance on the field).

Everyone just needs to move on. RR stats are in place in UM football history...the good and the bad. We don't need to rehash them in every single article.

 

 

03/24/2011 - 5:47pm are you fucking 12yrs old?

Everyone, if I'm ever on the same side of an argument as this idiot please shoot me. haha. I'm not gonna reply anymore to you b/c I don't want this turning into some stupid internet argument. PLus you literally sound like your 12.

 

Anyways, I just felt the need to call out Brian and others who continue to cling to meaningless stats. We all want to win, lets give the new coaching staff a chance. Even if you don't want to b/c your still mad about RR....I know some hear me other think I'm crazy for accepting the fact that RR was gone.

I challenge anyone that was at that bowl game last season vs. Miss state (in person) that left and didn't see the need for change. UM and RR had nothing left. Time to move on.

 

03/24/2011 - 5:35pm cling to meaningless stats if you want

its just annoying. I'm glad plenty of people in this thread are tired of hearing Brian's complaining like a jilted lover. RR is GONE. Time to move on.

Make as many charts as you want about how great his scheme was but it didn't get the W's. PERIOD.

UM had great YPC thats nice. I bet there were plenty of years on that chart that had more than 7 W's and 7 points vs OSU. I'll take that over great YPC any day of the week.

You stat junkies can't see the forest from the trees. I bet if you look at the combined stats for the UCONN game and the OSU game you get some pretty nice numbers...well news flash. The yards and pts vs. UCONN don't count for shit against OSU...so lets stop beating our chest about OOC steam rolling of inferior squads. Lets stop acting like bad luck was all that was in the way of endless 64-42 victories for UM from here to 2015.

 

 

03/24/2011 - 5:11pm great post

I agree. Time for everyone to move on for RR. This coming for a diehard supporter. I went to the miss st bowl game hoping for a convincing win tha twould give RR another year. I sat through the whole game and took it ALL in.

By the time I got back to my hotel I had excepted the fact that changes was needed. RR was dealt a crappy hand but it was time to mix it up. The defense had no clue and the offense often stalled when it was needed the most (to extend a 7pt lead or come back from7-10pts down).

 

enough RR whining. lets move on.

03/24/2011 - 5:05pm Brian can you quit your whining and wait at least until sept?

Brian, 

We had RR for 3 years and he put together one of the worst coaching records in UM history. I don't give a crap what our RB YPC were last season at the end of the day all that matters is W and L's....and we had WAY too many L's. I don't care if RR wasn't given a fair shake. RR is gone, so lets stop beating the dead horse and move on. PLEASE.

Lets give the coaching staff a chance before you climb to the roof of the building and start yelling about RB YPC in a 7-6 win season that saw UM get DESTROYED vs. OSU and in the bowl game. Borges has REPEATEDLY said he is going to work with the talent we have and has lauded Denards running ability. He's said he wants him to have 1000yds rushing. Whats wrong with that? Why do you care if Denard gets 2000yds rushing or he gets 1000 and another back gets 1000???? again lets give the coaches a chance to work with the players. Sure RR wasn't given this chance BUT YOU CAN'T GO BACK AND CHANGE THAT. JUDGING THIS COACHING STAFF BEFORE THEY DO ANYTHING ON THE FIELD ISN'T GOING TO MAKE IT ANY BETTER EITHER OR SUDDENLY MAKE EVERYONE FEEL DIFFERENTLY ABOUT RR.

Finally, games ARE NOT WON AND LOST BASED ON YARDS. Stop clinging to the stats that make you feel good. The only stats that matter are Wins and losses. I'm sick and tired about hearing about these gaudy stats that UM had last year. 

 

 

 

 

 

12/14/2010 - 2:34pm good info

We should compare your estimated sizes to that of some other screen in college football. Auburn comes to mind for having a state of the art big screen. OU has some big screens as well.

If UM gets these screens in I will definitely go to a game next year. Right now I'm thinking maybe the NE game.

12/14/2010 - 2:31pm jax local info

I've heard from UF/UGA people that Jax wasn;t too great. They had a good time b/c of the game ..etc but didn;t say much about the surrounding area. The Landing for example was dismissed as pretty crappy. Similar to Underground Atlanta which we have here and that place sucks (tourist trap, shady, and crappy nightlife).

I'm probably going to spend the 30-31st down in St. Augstine (I'm headed on this trip with the GF so gotta through some romantic stuff in haha).

That being said we will spend pretty much all day/night in Jax on the 1st. What do you recommend for after the game in Jax? You said st john towncenter was good? Would that be a good place to bar hop on the 1st? any info would be appreciated. thanks

FWIW, we'll probably be staying near Southpoint (half way btwn Jax and St. Augustine). Thanks again. Go Blue!

12/08/2010 - 7:03pm Soony Saaad led the country in scoring as a frosh this year

He is getting called to u20s national team after the cup. He makes a name for himself their he could play in the u20 world cup then maybe the olympics..

Would be pretty cool to see a wolverine on the national team.

12/03/2010 - 5:37pm the gator bowl article implies that we will NOT play UF

reading the article it seems to me that UF might not get chosen.

Jacksonville is primarily a Gator town, but some worry Florida fans won't travel, won't spend the night and won't help the economy. The Gator Bowl Association will weigh that in its selection process.

Jacksonville is primarily a Gator town, but some worry Florida fans won't travel, won't spend the night and won't help the economy. The Gator Bowl Association will weigh that in its selection process.

 "Still trying to get that balance," Catlett said. "We're not about college football. We're about economic impact."

"People would love the Gators because this is a Gator town," Clarissa Laster said. "However, the economy, such as it is, would benefit greatly to have other teams -- teams from out of state -- come in to help with the local economy."

 

 sounds like UM fits the bill. UF not so much. perhaps, UM vs. UF would be the right combo of locals and outsiders though

11/19/2010 - 2:03pm bring on tough teams. no schedule padding for a shot at MNC.

UM has one 1 title in the last 50 years. Lets not act like NOT winning the title or being in the hunt makes your program a failure. If we have a couple  seasons with multiple losses then so be it.

I'd rather see UM play a great OOC every year then play all cupcakes and roll the dice in Big Ten play and a shot at a MNC. Then you are no better than Wisc. How many of us ridicule their joke OOC year in year out. And b/c of this WISC MUST go undefeated to play in the title. A one loss Wisc will never play in the title. And don't think that can't happen to UM (see 2006).

UM should set the standard for others. Kids want to play in BIG GAMES. not just national title games. You tell a kid we have Bama ,USC, UF, OU lined up over the next 10 years they will want some of that. You win some you lose some. If you win you spring board a big year. You lose you know what to work on and move on.

Losing 1 OOC to a legit power will not be looked down upon in the polls. If anything it will help when you are later piling up wins and that team you loss to is cruising along too.

I say 1 super power. ND. 1 mid tier BCS squad(historical 7win team). 1 cupcake every season. If we can't beat ND or a mid tier BCS team(maryland,texas tech, ASU, Pitt, s carolina) then we don't deserve a shot at the title anyways. UM could still lose to teh superpower and still play in the MNC anyways.

and since most superpowers won't sign up for home and homes I say we do neutral site games. The pay day can be generous at the right venue and the right team. most importantly like DB said its like an early season bowl game.

11/19/2010 - 9:22am awesome

I love how the majority of the bowl is still dark since the bright lights are focused on the field. Reminds me of the Lakers gym where you can barely see the crowd past the first 5-7rows and the court just exploding with light.

 

I love it.

11/04/2010 - 5:41pm yds are nice. points are better.

lets not get carried away with yards.

10/14/2010 - 2:02pm Solution for those that like to stand

I think a simple strategy for us that want to change the atmosphere at UM (ie actually be loud like other hostile stadiums) is for us to actually try and buy seats lower in the bowl.

If we get get people in the lower bowl to stand (and they usually do) then it will trickle up to the masses. Hopefully the DOWN IN FRONT types will get the message and stop coming to games. There are plenty of people willing to come to UM games and actually cheer. Other UM fans will take their place and the gameday atmosphere will be better for it.

 

10/14/2010 - 2:00pm Sign me up for STAND UP AND YELL crowd

I was that guy(along with a friend of mind and a complete stranger two seats down) that stood up the virtually the entire UCONN game. Our section was a bunch of DOWN IN FRONT types like the OP. Sure we took a lot of sh!t but we stood up and I hope all diehards would do the same.

I say if you want to sit down and knit then you should stay home.  Timeouts, TV timeouts, quarters, halftime are plenty of time for rest. If you need more then STAY HOME.

I repeat.

I say if you want to sit down and knit then you should stay home.  Timeouts, TV timeouts, quarters, halftime are plenty of time for rest. If you need more then STAY HOME.

09/23/2010 - 11:32pm I'll give you 2 mins

I didn't say ezeh should blow this play up for a TFL. Just that from pics 4-8 he can't get closer to 3yds from the LOS. In that same time Mouton covers a lot more real estate. In fact he overcommits twice in the same play...lots of movement.

I just think that Ezeh should have tried to hit that gap created by Martins double team. He wouldn't have made the tackle due to the OL pealing off Martin but IMO, just the threat of him approaching the line would have cause the RB to bounce this play outside...and into Flloyd and Mouton for maybe 1yd.

09/23/2010 - 6:19pm ezeh still -1

I think Ezeh should get a -1. At pic 4 its clear the play is a counter but by pic 8 he is STILL 3yds from the LOS and getting engaged by the OL. I think by pic 8 he should have been at the LOS trying to make a play. If he where there that would have made flloyd and moutons decision that much easier.

 

I also think Martin hasn't done anything here to warrant a +1. looks like a stalemate for the NT to me.

09/23/2010 - 12:03pm scoring system for DL

I think it might be flawed under this 335 defense.

I just can't see why the DL should continue to get good grades if we are getting ZERO pressure on the QB and mauled on the run. Granted lots of times they are "tying up blockers" but they need to make plays too.

maybe I just don't understand the DL's role in the 335 like I should though. Just seems like they should be somwhat responsible for sacks and stopping the run, both of which are things the D has been terrible at.

09/23/2010 - 12:03pm scoring system for DL

I think it might be flawed under this 335 defense.

I just can't see why the DL should continue to get good grades if we are getting ZERO pressure on the QB and mauled on the run. Granted lots of times they are "tying up blockers" but they need to make plays too.

maybe I just don't understand the DL's role in the 335 like I should though. Just seems like they should be somwhat responsible for sacks and stopping the run, both of which are things the D has been terrible at.

09/23/2010 - 11:57am Frazier, Crouch, Tebow

Like someone else mentioned we should make a chart with Crouch, Frazier and Tebow. Maybe through in Pat White and Danztler for the RR legacy thing.

This way we can see how Denard compares to other RR names as well as other running QB greats. Crouch and Tebow also have heisman years that we can compare too. I believe Tebow won the heisman on a 4 loss team that lost its bowl to MICHIGAN.

What if UM can get to 8-4 this year....

09/18/2010 - 7:18pm whats with all the slanting?

the DL is slanting too much IMO. Too many time the D is slanting away from the play and the RB is getting all kinds of space.

also Kovacs on a TE is a disaster. He is slower than most TEs and definitely smaller. whenever UMass wanted 5 yds they went to the TE. Same thing with ND.

09/16/2010 - 11:47pm also you could call it "The Event"

I don't know about you guys but I've been getting bombarded by these TV previews for that show the event. It'd be funny if this video was called "The EVENT" as in Denard is...The Event.

09/16/2010 - 11:44pm awesome. simply awesome. watched it 4 times in a row now

wow