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10/30/2018 - 2:57pm Coach Harbaugh - You've…

Coach Harbaugh - You've called the bye week  "improvement week". What is the area on the team that you see as needing the least improvement? Could be rephrased as "What is your team best at?"

I dunno..Is that stupid? Would he answer it?

     Rob

09/25/2018 - 2:07pm Or, as Brian once said:

"It…

Or, as Brian once said:

"It's his block that makes the room for the Smith cutback, and then it's Godzilla versus the fishing village time. "

If Deveon Smith is Godzilla, what crazy monster is Ben Mason? :)

       Rob

09/24/2018 - 6:13pm To me, this was the most…

To me, this was the most obvious targeting I've seen this year. 28:38 on this video:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6JboPgRozok

About 2 minutes to go in the 3rd quarter. Just a vicious helmet to helmet hit by this guy on McCaffrey.

       Rob

 

 

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09/19/2018 - 4:24pm In the Aubrey/Maturin books,…

In the Aubrey/Maturin books, Jack explains that Nelson said that to him in the context of fighting the Spanish, who, while they are not shy, are never, ever ready.

         Rob

08/20/2018 - 11:42am So, I generally agree with…

So, I generally agree with your take here, but:

Is it ok if I "act" like it's disappointing? Not suggesting anybody should be fired, or the world is ending, or Michigan will never get another recruit. All that said: I'm disappointed in missing out on some of these outstanding local kids, especially in an area of need.

But clearly, as more than one person said: Winning cures all these ills. Let's go out and get 10-11 in the W column this year and suddenly these things are healed.

           Rob

08/03/2018 - 10:31am It must be nice to have…

It must be nice to have Washington on your side.

Hamilton quotes aside, this was a wonderful post - Mr. Washington was a great, great man. Not without fault, being human, but worthy of the praise he's been given over the last 2 centuries, IMO. An amazing general, a superb manager of some super talented guys who did not like each other or agree with each other. A gentleman of Virginia who believed in states rights, but started the car down the "it's a real country, and the federal government is more than just a club for state leaders" road, including on the economics front. 

         Rob

07/10/2018 - 1:06pm You may be right that AVs…

You may be right that AVs will be more available (I'm guessing minimum 10 years out). Why 10? The technology is simply not there to operate safely in all the variety of environments that cars need to operate in. So, 10 years until AVs push in. That said, I think you are dead wrong about it changing the ownership model even in that time period.

If you don't live in an "everything in walking distance" city/suburb, virtually no one is going to give up their car. Lots and lots of people fit that description. Will there be more people using on demand cars? Sure, but I think that eats into Uber/taxis as much or more as it eats into private vehicle ownership.

The time scale on a major decline in private vehicle ownership is 30-40 years (which is basically the same as saying "I don't think this will happen"). The US is designed around the car, and that ain't changing in the foreseeable future.

        Rob

06/28/2018 - 1:55pm Don't forget Ian Gold!

Don't forget Ian Gold!

06/27/2018 - 5:08pm Is Clemson also pretty sad?…

Is Clemson also pretty sad? They have more 3*s.

06/07/2018 - 3:03pm This is just fact. The…

This is just fact. The unfortunate other truth is that as totally expected as 2017 was for any fan paying attention, many recruits don't fit that description. I think it is hurting us, despite being reasonable and expected.

FWIW, I'll go further - I don't see what the coaching staff could have done to fix the problems they had, once Speight was down. I was hating his approach as much as the next guy, but IMO, if he plays the whole season, they lose only 2 games.. Penn State and..another one where Speight doesn't help enough. FWIW, I'm not calling him a savior or even a good QB. But uninjured Speight would have been better than the guys who couldn't provide them with big 10 level qb play.

        Rob

04/10/2018 - 9:15am Yeah

This is just what I was thinking below (missed your post). I don't think there is any chance these players don't play next year. This is a big organization trying desperately to not look like idiots before they give permission.

        Rob

04/10/2018 - 9:09am Folks

Take a breath.

As far as I can tell, this is a no-op. All that's going on here is Ole Miss is not going to agree in writing, or do anything that can be interpreted as agreeing in writing with Patterson (or the other players) version of events. I don't believe anyone ever thought they would. Their agreement is not an important part of this from what virtually anybody is saying.

My prediction: We will hear that Patterson is eligible by the end of April at the latest. I actually think more like end of next week.

            Rob

04/06/2018 - 12:09pm It just isn't.

It just doesn't. Seriously.

Let's be serious for a second. To me, taking this attitude toward sports or anything makes little or no sense. What attitude? That if the last part of some enterprise goes badly, that the entire effort was never worth doing, or indeed, you'd rather have failed up front rather than have the end be less than perfect.

I can't agree with this attitude in sports, in love, in books, in anything. Many things are worth doing because all the parts are fantastic! Each step, each experience, each victory (and even sometimes each defeat) is amazing to experience, both the joy and the pain.

I'm geeking out on this question because it seems to me these days that a LOT of people take this attitude toward a lot of things. It's infected sports to an alarming degree- I used to call it the Drew Sharp effect, after the moron whose attitude toward sports was that if you don't win the championship, you're a failed bunch of losers that shouldn't have bothered. Now this attitude is everywhere.

I say "NOPE". Stop it. Don't be Drew Sharp. Sports is worth it because of the games, the players, the plays, the wins, the losses. Same with life.

        Rob

04/06/2018 - 12:07pm After my rant

above, I'm going to come a lot closer to agreeing with you.

My point is not that I'm not experiencing the emotion of disappointment or getting pissed about some element of the final game. Like that frickin ginger Italian hitting every shot in the world.

My point is that my overall opinion of the season, of the effort, of the tournament is overwhelmingly positive. I refuse to take "Failure" as the word describing Michgan's MBB season.

Especially when I'm more than 24 hours after the end.

      Rob

04/03/2018 - 12:14pm Our three

best FT shooters are gone (Robinson), gone (Rahkman), and probably gone (Wagner).

Let's hope that Simpson and Matthews are visited by THREE spirits this summer - Rick Barry, the ghost of FT shooters past, Steph Curry, the ghost of FT shooters present, and Isaiah Morgan (WV HS kid that shoots 94%), the ghost of FT shooters yet to come!

The spirits can do it all in 1 summer!

Boy! Boy! Are you Mark Price? Do you know the goose in the window of the shop down the street?

The one as big as me?

You're a fine boy! Yes! Now go to the shop, make 19 out of 20 FT, and you get it for nothing! Bring that goose to Charles Matthews, and tell him to stop banging his FT up there at 100 mph off the heel.

Yes sir!

 [Apologies to Charles Dickens]

    Rob

04/03/2018 - 12:04pm In a

discussion about shooting better from three, Simpson isn't the answer, but he's also not the question. This years Michigan had three shooters that were, to some degree, limited. Robinson probably the best of the group, but obviously couldn't get to the basket among good competition, so they could always close out at full speed.  Rakhman improved his shot, and that was huge for us, but was never going to be a Walton style consistent high percentage guy, and was surprisingly unhelped by being open sometimes.  Wagner was probably the most consistent, and the most able to get his own shot from deep. I'm hoping that between Poole and some of the incoming guys that Michigan can get a bit more reliable from deep.

It would also really help if Charles Matthews could be kidnapped by a gang of Larry Birds and forced to watch Reggie Miller tapes with his eyes taped open. Dude has got to dedicate himself to shooting the ball better. From the line, from three, from intermediate. He's got all the other skills to be an NBA player.

Can Simpson help by improving? Sure. But he's not the main problem in games when we shoot terribly.

         Rob

04/03/2018 - 11:55am Wow

I just can't disagree more.

It's quite possible that John Beilein will pull another miracle, and by the end of next season, Michigan will have an excellent team, ready to make a deep run in the Big10 or NCAA tourney. I wouldn't bet against it.

That said, I don't "expect" it. As in, if somehow he doesn't pull a miracle, I'm not going to be shocked, disappointed, and angered.

Let's look at your analysis:

You say we're bringing back a lot of talent. Players coming back:

Simpson - An outstanding defender, good playmaker, and uneven offensive player. Clearly our most talented returning player.  Top 50 recruit, fwiw.

Matthews - At times, you think he can take over the team. At times, he almost appears worthless. My belief? He'll take over the team next year. The question is, is a team taken over by Charles Matthews going to be a deep tourney run team? This feels like Zak Irvin taking over the team, except not good senior Zak, but sometimes lost, confused sophomore Zak. (not comparing their games, totally different players)

Livers - A guy that played a really important role this year, but was that: A role player. Can he grow into more? Maybe. Top 150 recruit.

Poole - Another guy that at times (WOOOOO) played a very important role. If I had to bet, I'd bet on this kid being a much better player next year, and succeeding at stepping into an expanded role. But he's got growing to do defensively and "taking care of the ball" wise.

Teske - At times, looked like a future star. At times, seemed lost doing anything but interior D. I love this kid, but I am concerned about him playing 30+ minutes a game.

Simmons - Personally, no belief he will be a substantial contributor. Limited on offense, defense, and special teams.

Watson, Davis, Brooks - It would be surprising to see any of these guys get more than 3-5 minutes a game next year.

Point 2: Awesome recruiting class -

No. We have a good, or even a really good recruiting class. Its ranked 17th by 247. Duke has the top 3 players in the nation. That's an AWESOME recruiting class. We have the 74th and 75th best recruits. Both are guys I think Beilein will turn into excellent ballplayers in his system. Its also going to take a while, as it always does. Is a while 3-4 months or 2 years? I don't know.

Please understand, this is not a criticism of John Beilein. I love/adore/admire John Beilein. He's my coach for as long as he wants to coach.  Recruiting honestly, playing honestly, etc has it's drawbacks, and one of them is that there is less margin for error. That's just the truth.

When you lose a group of guys like Rahkman, Robinson,  and (almost certainly) Wagner, even a certified genius like Beilein is going to take some time to figure it out.

"Expect"ing Michigan to just instantly bounce back like some cheating bunch of asses like Kentucky is not fair to Beilein or to his players.

So, at the end of that diatribe, there is this: I pretty much thought the same thing at the end of last year.

      Go Blue!

        Rob

03/27/2018 - 10:43pm Some

things in here do not react well to bullets.

Among them:

  • Me
  • Nuclear missiles
  • Side of submarine

    Rob

03/27/2018 - 10:43pm Some

things in here do not react well to bullets.

Among them:

  • Me
  • Nuclear missiles
  • Side of submarine

    Rob

03/16/2018 - 1:25pm Let me see if I've got the

Let me see if I've got the sense of mgoblog from yesterday:

Michigan beats Montana by 14, and it was a horrible game that they were lucky to win.

Houston barely escapes against the national powerhouse "SDSU", and could have lost the game on a final shot, and they are unbeatable.

I'm not seeing the logic, somehow.

       Rob

03/16/2018 - 1:25pm Let me see if I've got the

Let me see if I've got the sense of mgoblog from yesterday:

Michigan beats Montana by 14, and it was a horrible game that they were lucky to win.

Houston barely escapes against the national powerhouse "SDSU", and could have lost the game on a final shot, and they are unbeatable.

I'm not seeing the logic, somehow.

       Rob

03/16/2018 - 1:00pm Montana players, all of them

before you shoot, ask yourself: Is there a basketball game going on? If yes, DO NOT SHOOT, if no, it doesn't matter.

     Rob

03/04/2018 - 7:25pm I said it two years ago, I

I said it two years ago, I said it 4 years ago, I'll say it again today:

If it's up to me, John Beilein is Michigan's coach until he doesn't want to be Michigan's coach anymore.

Class.

Honesty.

Winning.

Even if they have some rough years, I want this guy as my coach. Will we have rough years? I don't know, but we're competing against a ton of programs that cheat and that's not easy. Thanks for everything, Coach.

       Rob

02/17/2018 - 7:25pm >I wanted to throw this up to

>I wanted to throw this up to the mgoboard and see what you all think, if this is just an outlier >position or if it sounds realistic or plausible.

I don't believe this is realistic or plausible, where those words do not encompass Marshall style team plane crashes, or the sudden re-hiring of Brady Hoke as head coach.

Why do I say this?

First, let's look at this by comparison with this year.

General points for this year:

1. Fairly poor quarterback play. When you start three different guys for multiple games, including losing your starter to a season ending injury, and then losing the guy who replaced him and was doing decently to yet another injury, things are not going well for you.

2. Losses to MSU/S. Carolina that were close to being wins.

3. 10 replacements on defense from 2016.

4. Huge numbers of snaps by freshmen WR, and then we lose the best one for the year early on.

5. Youth on the O-line, plus a move to a blocking scheme that didn't work. With experience and a change up, Michigan blocked the run better as the season progressed, even in the face of QB play that was awful at times. When Peters was decent, that got better.

6. We beat Maryland at Maryland. We beat Purdue at Purdue, and Indiana at Indiana.

 

These things led to 8-5.

Why is this highly unlikely to get worse?

1. I believe, based on time in the program and talent of potential QB starters, things will not get worse, and the chance that Michigan could have, say, as good a QB play as Indiana did last year with Lagos and Peyton Ramsey is really good, IMO. That's without Patterson. With Patterson, I think Michigan's chances of being a top 5 QB unit are 50/50, or better.

2. Very little loss of talent/experience on defense. The very good to outstanding defense will very possibly get better.

3. All WR have more experience. Step up from freshman years are virtually certain.

4. Losing Cole hurts on the O-line, but the set of potential replacements is more talented and more experienced than Ulizio was for this year. . The Onwenu/Bredesen/Ruiz interior is a really, really good group, IMO. They will continue to improve from last year.

5. Look at the guys going into their third season in the program. It's the excellent recruiting class from 2016. Last year it was Hoke + month of Harbaugh. That third year in the program is a big step up. The experience X talent factor has improved IMMENSELY from last year.

With those factors, plus our record against the middle of the road big 10 teams on the road last year, I see zero chance we win less than 7 games. SMU, WMU, Nebraska, @Northwestern, Maryland, @Rutgers, Indiana are wins.

None of the others are easy at all. But I truly think 3-2 is totally achievable in @ND, Wisc, PSU, @MSU, @OSU.

I'm not scared of MSU. That is a toss up game on the road. I think PSU is worse in 2018, and they are here. IMO, those are the two most likely wins.  Wisconsin is going to be tough, but I still think we have a 40-50% chance in any home game. If Patterson (or whoever) is good to excellent, that chance gets much better.   On the road at OSU and ND are tough games.  If we get good QB play, we could split those games. If we get 2017 QB play, we don't win these. I believe 2-3 is the floor here, with 4-1 being the reasonable ceiling.

So I think 9-3 is the floor, 11-1 the ceiling, which probably hits the Big 10 championship game, depending on how things shake out. I can imagine 8-4, but the QB play would have to be similar to this year, which I don't expect.

5-7 is just not reasonable. Too many things improve, and you'd need us to lose all 5 of the hard games, plus TWO of Maryland/Nebraska/@NW. That's not happening, period.

      Rob

 

01/26/2018 - 5:06pm Sorry, double post.

Eliminating double post as best as possible.

01/26/2018 - 5:00pm Exactly, precisely

right. There were a lot of things hard to understand in the Penn State thing, but this was the part that just completely makes me insane:

From https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Penn_State_child_sex_abuse_scandal:

<McQueary witnesses Sandusky assaulting a boy in the shower> McQueary was distraught, left the building, and subsequently called his father John McQueary, who told Mike to come over to his house right away and talk to him.[37]

While Mike McQueary was on the way to his father's, John McQueary called Dr. Jonathan Dranov, his boss and family friend, seeking his advice.[38] As President of Centre Medical and Surgical Associates, Dr. Dranov was a mandated reporter in the state of Pennsylvania.[39] Dr. Dranov testified that he questioned Mike three times about what McQueary saw, and each time McQueary kept going back to what he heard.[40] Because there was no clear crime witnessed by McQueary, Dr. Dranov and John McQueary recommended McQueary talk to head football coach Joe Paterno.[41]

=====

Somehow McQueary feels the need to get 4 other people involved instead of picking up a phone and calling 911. Even grabbing a bat and hitting Sandusky over the head makes more sense than this.

Btw: I'm not saying McQueary is the main person or the most person at fault. Lots of blame to go around. I'm only saying that in my mind, this is the point I just can't get past.

When you see this, when it's reported to you, when you know about it: Call the cops. Right now. As you say- Common sense. Not a fun thing to do. Not going out for glory or anything. It's just the right thing.

And yet, so many have not learned a thing from it, both in terms of dealing with current situations or formulating policy that makes clear what common sense should already teach.

       Rob

 

 

01/26/2018 - 4:01pm The implications

for Michigan State here are obvious, and I won't repeat what many others have said. I agree with them.

Maybe less obvious is that right now, every school, every church, every company, every organization needs to be taking a VERY hard look at these items:

1. What kind of policy do you have about sexual abuse, both of minors and adults?

2. How do you communicate it? Is it clear and obvious what the responsibility of every person, including managers, directors and above are whenever they get any report of abuse/harassment, etc? Who do they report it to? Is it clear that when someone is reporting a CRIME that you call the police NOW? Is it written in HR legalese, or words that every person can understand?  1. Call the cops. NOW! 2. Inform your manager. NOW! 3. Hide NOTHING, and speak the truth. it's not your job to determine guilt or innocence, that's for the police.

3. How often do you communicate it? Sticking it on a website doesn't get it done. Putting in a once a year CYA training deck doesn't get it done. 

Clear policies, clearly communicated, and oft-repeated. That's what is going to stop guys like Nassar as early as you possibly can (most important) and make your organization one that you can be proud to be a part of, because everybody has the interest of potential victims at heart.

No matter where you are in an organization, top, middle or bottom, I say: Push it now.

     Rob

01/24/2018 - 12:59pm It would

be fantastic if we could pull this longshot in. I say longshot because of the local boy thing.

I'm stating the obvious, but in a tougher recruiting environment after a transition year, I think Harbaugh and staff have shown a good capacity for filling holes. This would be a GREAT get.

       Rob

01/11/2018 - 3:01pm YOU ARE RIGHT

I mean, the very IDEA that people improve at tasks or sports or skills as they do them for a longer period of time is ABSURD!!!!!  It's just an excuse to say that you had 10 starters on a unit, and a bunch of them graduated and many of them were good enough to make the NFL, and that putting in people who have played way less football might make the team perform worse. What on earth are people thinking when they assert that, in general, experience is an important (though not the only) factor in success???????? Crazy people! All they want to do is make EXCUSE!!

Further, the notion that it might be more complicated than simple OLD GOOD YOUNG BAD or YOUNG GOOD OLD BAD is just THROWING UP A SMOKE SCREEN because you are TOTALLY unwilling to have a STRONG TAKE!  Those that suggest that some people are talented enough to suceed at an earlier point in their careers, while others need more development, and that a team's success depends on the aggregate of those players abilities and experience levels, plus a reasonable dose of the quality of opponents and even a little luck are just making EXCUSE. Bad people. Stop that!

        Rob

12/06/2017 - 12:33am Fundamentally this is it

I mean seriously.

Peters and Patterson are the same class. 

Peters and Patterson similiarly considered out of high school.

Patterson has the advantage in numbers of starts.

Patterson has the advantage in production thus far.

Peters has the advantage in taking care of the ball, thus far.

Peters has the advantage in experience in Michigan's system.

It's a real competition, and I suspect it's quite possible that Peters wins it. Going out and kicking butt in the bowl game would be a big first step.

         Rob

12/01/2017 - 4:13pm Yeah, true

But of course, our 2010 search came out much worse. I mean, there's no way that they would end up with someone like Brady Hoke as their coach.

That would just be silly.

      Rob

11/15/2017 - 12:57pm Brian

you're somewhat missing a piece of the point re: parking.

I agree with you re: finding parking in the evening/weekend. It never seems to be a problem for me.

You're right that for businesses that are currently downtown, their employees are trapped into finding a solution.  I think I might have a touch more sympathy for those folks, but from a public policy POV, I think you're probably accurate.

OTOH, businesses that are considering moving downtown definitely consider insufficient parking a major impediment to doing so. It could be that this is not something you care about, but I am comfortable asserting that Ann Arbor does care, from the perspective of expanding their business tax base. I think that this kind of concern is what drives the "parking crisis" talk.

      Rob

11/14/2017 - 12:00pm Mr. Gentry!

Could I have blueberries in my pancake????

11/05/2017 - 6:58pm Seriously

Did you expect Michigan to have a better objective performance this year, after sending 11 guys to the NFL? While playing the guys who was third string at the beginning of the year at QB?

Maybe I'm just lame, but I have this crazy habit of setting my expectations based on the real conditions the team plays under, not what Mike Valente says a good/elite/whatever program should do.

Let's imagine for a second that OSU was playing their third string QB. Seems like they might have problems as well? They might even lose a game 55-24. Or MSU - If they were playing their third string QB? They might lose to Northwestern.

Isn't there any way we can just have rational conversations about expectations and outcomes instead of doing the half-baked radio sports talk host style analysis, where a coach is characterized as a TOTAL FAILURE that takes a program in complete disarray (does anyone disagree with t hat assessment of post 2015 Michigan?) and in one year has them at 10-3 with a solid bowl win, then the second year has them a crazy Iowa game (not like good teams ever lose there) and a literal referee marked inch from playing for the Big 10 championship...

Seriously, if that's the kind of discussion you enjoy, and the "legitimate questions" you like to ask, then as far as I'm concerned, you're really not watching for the sports, its for some other weird reason that frankly, I don't understand.

To be honest, I don't expect Michigan to beat Wisconsin or Ohio State. If that makes me a fan that doesn't ask enough, or a Harbaugh slappy, fine. To me, given the overall circumstances, I did not expect this team to beat the best teams in the country. Of course, and it must be said, after the alternate dimension rift that happened at Kinnick yesterday, I question my ability and most anyone's ability to know what the hell is going to happen.

           Rob

10/30/2017 - 5:13pm They spotted a superb team 2 TD

then just whooped the hell out of them for most of the game. The O-line that we couldn't penetrate, OSU's d-line got consistent pressure. OSU got over 500 yards of offense on them. They are just a frickin juggernaut.

I'm hoping we can get some breaks, take advantage of them, and stay in the vicinity, a la the Devin Gardner game. Maybe unlike last year, the final break goes our way. In my heart, I'm hoping for it, in my head, I can't see it.

      Rob

10/23/2017 - 9:05am IMO, anyone

that believed that hiring literally any coach would result in never having another tough, painful  loss was just not thinking straight.

IMO, Harbaugh has done so far what I expected - He's got Michigan back beating the overwhelming majority of the teams they should beat. As of last year, I was pretty confident this year would be tough in terms of beating other top big 10 teams. Beating Florida misled me for a while into thinking our defense was top-notch. It's obviously good, but not good enough to win games against top opponents in the absence of a good offense.

My original expectations were that by year 4, we'd have a Harbaugh QB in place, with a rebuilt offensive line, and a good to excellent defense. I do think the defense will be excellent next year, even against top opponents (like last year). It's less clear the QB problems will be solved, but as discussions had it early in Harbaughs time here, they will have several bullets in the chamber for QB next year.

Maybe I'm just a slappie, but I thought this year was going to be tough on both sides of the ball, and while I'm very disappointed about the MSU game, the Penn State game was roughly what I expected at the beginning of the year. I think the score looked a bit worse than it was because of the necessity to go for it on 4th down in the 4th quarter, but I didn't see how we would be close to Penn State at their place with (as I saw it) Speight at QB and a young o-line/WR and a very young defense.

         Rob

10/16/2017 - 6:13pm Not sure I agree

Comparing it to the PI call on Hill when he intercepted that crossing pattern.

On Hills, he jammed the guy, and then moved his body in front to get his hands on the ball and intercept. The interception happened maybe 9 yards from the LOS.

On the PI call on the sideline, the guy had his hand on the receiver's shoulder when they were 15 yards downfield, and had hold of his jersey at 25+. Yes, he got his head around and obviously played the ball well. Normally, I'm pretty good with that kind of play being uncalled, but I didn't think it was a HORRIBLE call.

The call against Hill was, IMO, worse, since they were still so close to the LOS, and he didn't grab the guys jersey at all.

        Rob

Video of Hill interception: 4:50

Video of  Fants interception against McDoom: 14:25

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wB-yFlrRo_E

 

10/13/2017 - 12:56pm You're right

and personally, I think this problem will be either solved or on it's way to being solved before Dobbs is on campus anywhere. That said, keeping the pipeline full is the way to never be here again (no secret there), and this gentleman is a high quality shot at keeping the pipeline full. 

I was mostly looking for an excuse to get in the Treasure of the Sierra Madre reference. Bogie was AWESOMEly insane in that one. :)

       Rob

10/13/2017 - 12:38pm Dobbs

Don't misunderstand me. I'm not suggesting Michigan should ever cheat and pay players under the table. Let me say this: It's times like this, with guys like this, that help me comprehend WHY people cheat. I want Dobbs here at Michigan REAL bad. Local. OT. 5*. Position of need. All that, plus:

He's the Treasure of the Belleville Madre.

      Rob

09/25/2017 - 6:02pm I guess

my answer ends up feeling "me too", but I'll try it anyway-

I've been upset with Speight's play, but also was convinced that the right side of the o-line and the young receivers were also to blame. I absolutely did not want O'Korn in. I'd never seen him anything but uncomfortable and chaotic in his time at Michigan. So for all my concern, this was not what I wanted to happen (obviously never wished an injury on anyone, much less Michigan's starting QB).

After watching saturday's game a couple + 1/2 times, I'm struck again and again by how different the team looked after O'Korn came in:

- Throws consistently on target.

- Throws consistently on time.

- Throws catching receivers in stride. (That throw to Poggi on the left side was PERFECT, and those throws have been off all year, making guys break stride, bend, jump, swerve, and then get tackled for no gain).

- Throws not surprising receivers.

- Better presence and comfort in the pocket as the game progressed

Again, I assumed that was partial blame both ways when Speight was playing, but to have O'Korn come in against the same defense and look so radically different.. It's hard to think anything but:

O'Korn is the guy until he proves a change is necessary.

Do I think he's going to be AWESOME against Wisconsin/OSU? Probably not, but I think he's going to be good enough to give that defense a chance to win those games. At the end of the 1st quarter against Purdue, I was despairing of a chance to win those games at all, even with the astounding defense.

       Rob

 

 

 

09/24/2017 - 5:19pm You are clearly biased, if

You are clearly biased, if you see nothing disputable here.

It's not even clear he was "tackled", much less obvious that he was down before the
ball broke the plane. This call is as bad as referees get, and the automatic game over
thing is even worse...

Rob

09/15/2017 - 12:34pm That's

a darn strange way to evaluate. How about this:

Right now, I think:

Cole LT > All the guys at LT last year

Bredesen LG < Braden LG after the switch, but Bredesen probably as good by the end of the year

Kugler C < Cole C, but not a lot worse

Onwenu RG =  Kalis RG Both did good things, but both had busts - End of the year, Onwenu probably better.

Magnuson RT >> Ulizio RT - He's way better, and it's not close. The florida game may be the worst game by an OL in the Harbaugh era. Yes, he was better against Cinci, but that doesn't mean he's good enough to go up against good DL. I don't think Ulizio will be as good as Magnuson by the end of the year, which is not a knock on him. Mags was a senior last year. 

Overall, I think the OL is still not as good as last year right now. By the end of the year, it will probably be better.    LT+ LG= C- RG+ RT-  which works out to equal or slightly better, since the C- is very small. 

 

 

09/12/2017 - 12:00pm I wish

I could upvote this like 30 times. Big fan of multi-layered awesomeness.

09/05/2017 - 6:00pm I disagree completely.

On the Black catch, he was almost stationery, and the ball was perhaps a foot above his head. Also, he was within 10 feet of the sideline.  IMO, that ball was on time and on target, and should be caught every time.

On the Crawford play, he was running close to full speed across the middle, and had to jump near two feet in the air with his hands stretched out full...

To say those catches were of the same level of difficulty, or that those balls were equally well thrown is.. IMO, just not even close to accurate.

          Rob

09/05/2017 - 5:55pm Based on his comments

Apparently Jim Harbaugh doesn't agree that there was no Speight blame associated with the pass. Indeed, he didn't mention Crawford, and did talk about how you can't throw the ball high over the middle.

Hopefully Harbaugh's comments now mean that it's ok to have a less than 100% happy opinion of Speights play Saturday. He struggled, and I think he needs to improve. It's my perception that Harbaugh agrees with that idea.

      Rob

09/03/2017 - 3:15pm I saw

Onwenu do several brief doubles and then slip out to the second level.. I thought out of the 3 I saw, he did a decent job on two, and on the third kinda stumbled into the second level block. Of course, at 350, the linebacker still didn't get to Isaac (he got to the 1).  I was impressed by his mobility, but IMO, would be better at 320.

     Rob

09/03/2017 - 12:01am That security guard

was WIDE open!

Exactly right - The audible was fantastic, the execution on the throw was just crap.

I think Devin Bush just had the most impressive game for UM linebacker I've seen in a decade.

      Rob

09/02/2017 - 11:54pm Wow.  Speight was 11-25 in

Wow.  Speight was 11-25 in the game. He threw two AWFUL interceptions. He made several other just abysmal throws, including giving away a touchdown on the 3rd and 4 play where he checked into the fade (good) and threw it to the security guard (bad). Missed another touchdown with a guy open in the back of the endzone. Finally, he took a couple of really bad sacks where he just completely failed to check down.

Let's call a spade a spade - Michigan ran the ball REALLY well, played fabulous, amazing defense, and their quarterback had another terrible game (3 in a row now). In the end, it's a damn fine team win. That doesn't make Speight's play good, at all.

IMO, to win against good teams consistently, he must stop spotting teams multiple touchdowns.

         Rob

08/29/2017 - 3:47pm I can't decide

which catch video is more amazing-

The one where Peoples-Jones jumps from the 2 yard line, goes 3-4 feet in the air, high points a completely uncatchable ball, goes through the DB that was in front of him, and lands 5 yards deep in the endzone (basically, his feet went roughly 20 feet from take off to landing, which seems impossible, but there it is on the video).

OR

The utterly insane hands/body control/concentration/athleticism that it takes to catch a ball that is about to hit the defender right in front of you in the mid back, pull it back over him, come down in perfect position feetwise (backwards) and never lose your balance. Oliver Martin, ladies and gentlemen, Oliver Martin.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Y5LiT2D2nE

Can't we have both?

Yes we can, we can have both. :)

      Rob

07/11/2017 - 12:41pm This was precisely

my thought on reading this. The discussion about the PFF ratings was actually more interesting than the draft stuff.  That said, I appreciate the work and enjoy the content anyway. :)

     Rob