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02/01/2019 - 5:04pm Nice title. Even better post…

Nice title. Even better post. 

01/08/2019 - 4:19pm Larry Foote, current…

Larry Foote, current Cardinals LB Coach, to Michigan????? Maybe? Hopefully?

01/08/2019 - 3:00pm Good points, although Day…

Good points, although Day was an OC at Temple and BC and got his "break" when he jumped to the NFL as a QB coach for Chip Kelly, who was his head coach when he played at New Hampshire .... Because of his success in that role he was being considered for NFL OC jobs when he took the OSU OC job. 

 

Are you saying you'd prefer to poach a successful small school position coach or DC (and hope a raise and move to a major program entices them) over holding out hope we can find someone with blue blood or NFL experience and "ties" to the program or coaches?  Leap of faith vs. cronyism.... 

01/08/2019 - 2:12pm Tom Snow I totally agree…

Tom Snow I totally agree with you about great players not always translating to great coaches.  I truly think Woodson would though because he's a very bright guy and played numerous positions in numerous schemes, all at a very high level.  Even when his athleticism waned or he had a cast on his arm he was always in the right position making plays.  I also tend to agree with pretty much everything he says publicly about UM, the praise and the criticisms, and he keeps an even keel.  Sadly, as someone else pointed out above, he has said he's not interesting in coaching because of recruiting.  

01/08/2019 - 1:54pm Yeah our preferences don't…

Yeah our preferences don't matter, but it drives a decent discussion about the types of things JH has to consider in a candidate and makes us hear other somewhat informed takes.  

Does anyone else have serious concerns about hiring a bunch of old BC position coaches that have not made a name for themselves elsewhere?  I'm assuming Brown stays (or at least does not go to Temple) based on the comments he made about "you always listen to the offers" because he didn't sound remotely interested in that job.  That said, this is UM, can we not attract some top names instead of guys with "ties" from middling program in an area not known as a talent hotbed?

01/08/2019 - 1:45pm That's just like, your…

That's just like, your opinion, man.  

01/08/2019 - 1:40pm I had not heard him say that…

I had not heard him say that, thanks for sharing.  It's a shame because he was a very smart player and with all his success in the NFL would make a hell of an ambassador for UM.  Can't blame him for not wanting to continue the grind as a coach and recruiter after all his years of playing.  

01/08/2019 - 1:38pm Thanks for adding value to…

Thanks for adding value to the board.

01/08/2019 - 1:35pm Neg away if you must…

Neg away if you must....sorry if it's too early for a bit of sunshine. 

01/07/2019 - 9:42pm Correct. After 4 years, no…

Correct. After 4 years, no wins vs OSU, and no division titles there is no benefit of the doubt for JH.  Everything he does will be scrutinized until that changes.  

01/07/2019 - 5:12pm If we are speculating re:…

If we are speculating re: Durant I'd say you are WAYYYY overthinking it and it's about the rich getting richer.  

Black also tweeted "Imagine if a player did this" or something along those lines, which, they can't because coaches would never allow them to transfer within the conference.  The hypocrisy is real - and I'm not blaming Mattison at all - just pointing out that systemically the NCAA (and schools) continue to limit what the players (unpaid) can do but not the adults making millions.

Have to say Mattison has always been my favorite assistant and the one guy I "knew" had high character and was an ultimate Michigan guy based on the way he swallowed his pride, took a demotion to DL Coach, and kept busting his ass to contribute towards top defenses under Durkin and Brown.  I'm now questioning everything I ever thought to be certain. 

12/19/2018 - 3:17pm This is why we need the…

This is why we need the ability to upvote OP's.  

12/13/2018 - 9:32am Buys him more time to make…

Buys him more time to make the decision.  Sucks for us fans, but smart move by the kid.  We're not turning him down just because he waits until February, and this keeps the door open for him at Bama.  

12/13/2018 - 9:30am 5* Players have ZERO to gain…

5* Players have ZERO to gain by signing in the early period or signing an LOI at all.  It binds them to the school, but does not bind the school to them.  Nobody (except maybe Bama under the right circumstances) is squeezing him out of their class because he waits to sign until February, so why WOULDN'T he wait and see how coaching changes, early draft entries, bowl games, etc. play out before making a decision?

12/11/2018 - 3:46pm K given the Dax Hill news, I…

K given the Dax Hill news, I'll eat crow now.  Please come back Josh!

12/11/2018 - 3:35pm So did Sam specifically say…

So did Sam specifically say it might not be over, or are you inferring that from "because of self-interest"?  Because...... There are lots of other ways that can be taken besides there's still a chance.  If he thought there was still a chance he'd come right out and say it.  Sounds like that's not what happened. 

12/06/2018 - 1:06pm Yes, MOAR Swim Lanes please!

Yes, MOAR Swim Lanes please!

12/03/2018 - 2:49pm Byeeeeeee!!!!  Listen he…

Byeeeeeee!!!!  Listen he made some huge plays, had multiple pick 6's, and overall was a solid tackler and contributor on the nations #1 defense.  Also, I can't name who his replacement would be since Kinnel is moving on too.  Plenty of reasons for us to want him back.  But MAN was he bad in pass coverage and also took some HORRIBLE angles this year because of his lack of speed.  I truly think we'll be better off if he leaves so it forces us to get more speed on the field.  

11/30/2018 - 11:39am Bingo. I'm here for the…

Bingo. I'm here for the witty humor.  

11/30/2018 - 9:27am Sounds good. Computer models…

Sounds good. Computer models that factor in strength of schedule, W/L margins, etc. cannot possibly be accurate with a tiny sample size.  They're not supposed to. As long as they get it right when it matters (selection time) who cares what they say in November.  

Same applies for CFB polls 5 weeks into the season.  Besides the media, who cares? Play the games and it will all sort itself out.  

11/30/2018 - 9:16am I don't think he "decided to…

I don't think he "decided to become a defensive basketball team" as you describe.  It's not like he said "hey guys, start sucking at shooting free throws and take a step back on offensive efficiency so we can be a defensive team." He just decided to actually have his team play defense instead of the old Ole' defensive scheme they used to run whereby the main priority on defense was not to foul.  I'm sure there's a correlation between the amount of energy and effort they put forth on defense impacting shooting percentages, but the goal was never to put offense on the back burner. 

Certainly Beilein deserves some of the credit for the defense his team plays, but the assistants (especially Yaklich) and the players are what have made them an elite defensive team.  Can't overstate the importance of the ball pressure Z creates.

11/30/2018 - 9:11am Duke is probably the correct…

Duke is probably the correct answer but it's trending towards we want Michigan.... 'Nova and UNC will have to do for now.  

11/30/2018 - 9:08am Rankings this early in the…

Rankings this early in the season are absolutely silly.  Talk to me once there's a real sample size.

11/28/2018 - 1:34pm It will always be too soon…

It will always be too soon for crossing route jokes.

11/09/2018 - 12:19pm How about all those…

How about all those scenarios play out, except we beat OSU convincingly.  Then we are in for sure.  Seems much less stressful to me.  

11/07/2018 - 11:19am True.... I was speaking of…

True.... I was speaking of guys not on the 2 deep as many of the recent transfers have not been.  To parallel that to a corporate world, these are not decision makers or people in key roles.  Might have potential, but if they see they are not and will not be utilized and can't stay motivated as a result - then leave.  

If they want to get a jump on another gig, there's no time like the present and players can't talk to outside coaches and find a fit while they're on a roster.  

11/07/2018 - 8:53am Agree with the corporate…

Agree with the corporate analogy.  And quite frankly - and I don't mean this as a negative at all - the team/company is better of without people who are admittedly struggling to stay motivated over the long term.  Good luck to the player/employee that moves on, but unless there's massive attrition (or more to an individual's story) it shouldn't be a concern for the teams/employers.  

11/05/2018 - 8:45am Best part of this clip are…

Best part of this clip are the words coming out of Herbies mouth! It kills him to say it, but he's right. 

10/24/2018 - 10:04am Lions are 4th in the league…

Lions are 4th in the league in sacks..... I don't think they'll end the season there, but their pass rush has actually been a very pleasant surprise given the personnel.  

10/24/2018 - 5:19am Probably past time to drop…

Probably past time to drop the "Coach" from that Twitter handle now Zach.....

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10/11/2018 - 11:33pm Especially in EL considering…

Especially in EL considering the long time Ingham County Prosecutor Stuart Dunnings went to prison for his involvement with prostitutes, using his authority to coerce women for sex, and was involved with but never convicted in other corruption and drug related cases.  He was disbarred, but his successors(!) reviewed his case and determined his "wrongdoings did not affect the office."  Except he got prostitutes out of jail early and used his connections to have other public employees "take care" of other women.  

Once again an internal review in EL found nothing.  And one of his former assistant prosecutors is now on the MSU compliance staff..... It doesn't take a tinfoil hat to think there's a strong possibility of large scale institutional coverup, or at least a handful of bad actors in positions of power showing bias towards MSU athletes. 

The reason Izzo keeps "getting killed every time he talks" is because his non-answers and deflection just make him look worse.  He has failed repeatedly to be a leader and to do the right thing, and now he's clearly lying about it. I ALMOST feel bad for the poor guy, must suck being the victim.  

10/11/2018 - 4:59pm I may be alone on this, I…

I may be alone on this, I get that, but I don't have a problem with him calling them out if he truly believes they are tampering.  Especially since another school recently called them out for tampering.  He admitted he was being somewhat hypocritical and he also knows Bell can still transfer to Oregon St. when the new rule goes into effect next week.  So, no harm to the kid, and he knows that or he wouldn't have temporarily "blocked" the transfer.  

For all his bravado and douchebaggery, I don't think he's wrong here to call out Oregon St.  

10/11/2018 - 3:11pm Zordich is always a great…

Zordich is always a great interview because he doesn't seem to hold back as much as some of the others.  But my favorite part was the very last comment - "I think Shea (Patterson) has done a hell of a job of bringing everybody together on that side of the ball.”  

Seems pretty obvious to the fans as well.  The offense (thru the easy part of the schedule, at least) seems to have much better leadership, confidence, and is finding an identity.  That was sorely lacking last year on the offensive side of the ball.  

 

10/10/2018 - 11:30am No.

No.

10/10/2018 - 10:26am Can't tell if this is…

Can't tell if this is genuine curiosity or concern trolling, but I'll bite.  As many others have said he did get checked by doctors and was cleared.  The tough thing with concussions is it's quite common that symptoms don't show up until well after the injury takes place and swelling sets in.  So aside from cases where there's a loss of consciousness, if the player passes the tests what are they supposed to do - hold him out for a week because he took a big hit even though there are no concussion symptoms?

I'll admit I was surprised he went back in - but only because of dumbass Todd McShay saying on the broadcast that DPJ looked completely out of it and obviously concussed.  Which clearly was not accurate, and they kept showing DPJ close up and he did NOT look out of it at all.  Thanks Todd.  Take away that bit of shoddy reporting, and there's nothing to see here.  There's nothing to gain when the sideline reporters speculate about concussions.  

10/10/2018 - 9:57am Yep. But only a complete…

Yep. But only a complete douchebag would actually do it.  Don't be that douchebag.  If this rule is actually enforced, it needs to be changed. 

10/09/2018 - 2:20pm Stephenrjking gets it…

Stephenrjking gets it.... The media doesn't really want this to be a story because it damages their revenue.  

It was news to me that a former player or season ticket holder is a booster forever.  I get why - but seems like there must be some steps that can be taken to say "we don't want him anymore" and that process, along with filing a self-report of a minor violation, should be followed immediately.  If UM acts swiftly and dissociates from Streets, and truly knew nothing and did not benefit from this, there is really no story.  

That rule just has me thinking.... a guy with even just a little bit of $ could very easily buy season tickets to a rivals games to become a booster, give a rival player or recruit any type of improper benefits, and ruin the kid's amateur status without committing a crime or falling into harm's way themselves.  The NCAA knows they can't enforce anything so they have to put the onus of the schools.  Just another example of why the NCAA truly is a complete joke.  

10/02/2018 - 10:42am Because the playcalling is…

Because the playcalling is even more conservative and predictable than it is at home.  

10/02/2018 - 10:38am It's really way more simple…

It's really way more simple than all of this.  

 

1) Coaches should have the option to challenge a set number of penalties per game, and during a spot/catch/ etc. review penalties should automatically be reviewed and changed as needed.

2) Refs should receive a base salary and a separate weekly bonus based on the job they did that week, and the bonus should be larger than the base pay.  Every game would be reviewed after the fact by some neutral party and the officials given a detailed scorecard of their performance so they know exactly which calls they blew and what they did well.  Blow a bunch of calls, make minimum wage.  Call a great game, make a nice living.  Get a bad scorecard for several weeks in a row, or regularly against the same team/conference, lose your job.  Any incentive for bagmen to influence the officiating needs to be quickly removed.  Highest scores at the end of the season get to ref the big $ games at the end of the year.  

10/02/2018 - 10:28am Because we tend to emphasize…

Because we tend to emphasize perfect execution over breaking tendencies or element of surprise.  At least early in the season.

Probably a great approach in the long run, but man is it painful to watch sometimes.  

10/02/2018 - 10:26am Shit I've been doing it…

Shit I've been doing it wrong... explains a lot.  

In the vane of gathering intel from how the defense (lady) reacts to your opening plays and using that to generate success using the IF/THEN paths, I have gained some valuable info that I'll share.

IF you open your conversation with said lady with a "winging it" remark and the first thing you do is warn her about the ABC gum stuck under the bar, THEN she will not talk to you again.  Go ahead and pull that play right off your play card.  

All that said, the first 15-20 plays being scripted is NOT written in stone, they will still adjust to the context of the game.  Not many teams are running a 4-wide pass play on 3rd and 1 just because that was play #14 on their script.  They may work back to it if the game flow allows to see how the defense reacts, but teams often deviate from the script to adjust to the game situation. 

Ideally your scripted plays will be successful AND give you intel about the keys the Defense is using so you can break a tendency later on in the game.  It seems like UM has a bit of arrogance about this and just believes in executing their core plays at a level that can't be stopped instead of any trickery or tendency breaking.  Aside from the OSU game last year.  That was 100% breaking tendencies and was a genius game plan, if only we could complete a pass.

10/01/2018 - 12:48pm I was listening on the radio…

I was listening on the radio and that's exactly what they said - the call was made based on the video replay and the resulting crowd groan.  Who knows if that's true, but good on the replay board operator for showing it either way.  

09/27/2018 - 12:30am Jmer I played in a full…

Jmer I played in a full house, power I offense and for the runs your description is EXACTLY how we called them. 36 power and blast 22G (left guard pulls thru 2 hole) were bread and butter plays.  Our pass calls and protections were very dumbed down though. Every pass play had a unique name (like full house, power pass right or blast pass left) and had set assignments for everyone - routes, protections, and play action or rb blocking assignments were just built into that play/series.  Occasionally assignments could be overridden like "no playaction" or "Y stay" to cancel the TE route and keep him in pass pro.  

09/25/2018 - 12:10pm Not to be bitter, but call…

Not to be bitter, but call me at season's end once we've played more games against solid competition.

09/24/2018 - 3:11pm Anybody else surprised that…

Anybody else surprised that his max bench came when he was in high school?  Most guys see huge strength gains during their first couple years of college (and maybe he has) but clearly he is not most guys.  

09/18/2018 - 5:09pm No more scholarships, no…

No more scholarships, no more competitions?  No more playing for the fun of it at a high level, and getting a rather amazing scholarship with a life changing experience?

That's what D2 and D3 are for.... Any University accepting large sums of TV $ cannot bitch about athletes wanting a piece of the pie without being extremely hypocritical.   Revenues among D1 schools don't need to increase to pay the players or allow them to accept endorsement deals.

09/18/2018 - 4:58pm No, the profits fund other…

No, the profits fund other things at the university outside the athletic department.  Maybe I used poor word choice, but my point was that they shouldn't accept the revenue in the first place.  Turn down the TV $ and offer near-free admission if you aren't in favor of "professional" sports.  That sounds equally as silly as her saying paying athletes might consider them to drop sports.

09/18/2018 - 4:55pm Yes.

Yes.