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09/24/2018 - 7:15pm I think it’s reflective of…

I think it’s reflective of an understanding that NW is not as bad as they have looked and Fitzgerald almost always seems to hit his stride in B1G play. 

09/24/2018 - 3:44pm My guess is that they do not…

My guess is that they do not max out at Michigan.  Maxing your bench (or any free weight exercise) can be dangerous and is not very helpful in building strength.

09/24/2018 - 3:35pm True!  My mistake.

True!  My mistake.

09/22/2018 - 9:21pm Which is inexcusable. You…

Which is inexcusable. You ref the game no matter the score. Refs are supposed to taught that and have it reinforced often. The rules are there to keep the players safe and maintain the integrity of the game. The B1G should take such a careless approach by these refs seriously. 

09/22/2018 - 5:33pm Takeaways:

OL is improving…

Takeaways:

  • OL is improving each week and looked very good today. TEs and WRs were excellent in run blocking as well
  • Really likes the use of jet motion and arc blocking today. FB arcing to backside was particularly effective. 
  • Ronnie Bell looks like a player
  • Christian Turner has amazing patience, vision, and balance. Quick through the hole as well. With Wilson and Samuels, and with Charbonnet and Gray coming in, it feels like we are back to having an embarrassment of riches at RB for the first time in nearly 20 years. Turner could be a great one. 
  • Easy to forget about the defense, but damn, Don Brown had them ready. 14 TFLs and no room to breathe for Nebraska at all. Great performances by several players. Hope Paye is okay. He and Hutchinson look like three have bright futures. 
09/21/2018 - 3:03pm My exact prediction.

Frost…

My exact prediction.

Frost's offense will probably score two TDs to keep things interesting, but Michigan will pull away and then Nebraska will get a garbage-time TD late.

09/21/2018 - 2:22pm Are they disgusting?  Yes. …

Are they disgusting?  Yes.  Do I hate them and want to beat them every time we play?  Yes.  Are they usually a pretty good team?  Yes.

But definitely not a rival.  That's reserved for OSU...and, to a lesser degree, for ND and MSU.

09/18/2018 - 4:04pm Great post.  I agree with…

Great post.  I agree with all of it.  Harbaugh is clearly trying to train the lads.  The only question is whether or not he an accomplish it before we face a team that can punish our failure more thoroughly than SMU.

Two missed assignments here.  Tough to overcome that.

09/17/2018 - 9:14pm That number seems low for…

That number seems low for Winovich. 

09/17/2018 - 3:07pm I get Harbaugh's stubborn…

I get Harbaugh's stubborn commitment to the run and his WC passing concepts.  But I'm losing patience.  It's obvious that a true spread passing attack could have hung 70 points on SMU.  We now have the talent and personnel to do it.

"Teaching" players by running plays into a stacked defense is not without its merits.  But damn, wouldn't it be more fun to teach through success?  Due to SMU's ridiculous sell-out against the run,the middle of the field was wide open all game, and yet we ran more in this game than we did against WMU.  I'm all for protecting Shea, but it sure would be fun to open up this offense.

Watching OSU incorporate the pro-style spread this season is maddening.  Patterson is at least as athletic as Haskins and has similar quality receiving targets--maybe better.  I get that the OL isn't where we want it yet and I'm sure that reducing the risk to Shea is the smart thing to do, but I sure do covet that offense.

09/17/2018 - 3:01pm Really looked like Hudson…

Really looked like Hudson led with his shoulder to me, and even tried to keep his head out of the way.

While I still covet the modern spread offense, this was an encouraging game in that it showed off the complete arsenal.  Through three games, Patterson is completing 71% of his passes at 9.1 yds/att with six TDs and two INTs.  His current passer rating is 50 points higher than our best QB's last year (Speight, by rating) and over 31 points higher than Speight's 2016 season.  It's 30 points higher than Rudock in 2015, and would have been good for the 3rd-best rating in CFB last year.

With this group of receiving threats, it feels like this team might never be out of a game.

09/17/2018 - 1:37pm Always a +1 for Farley.

Always a +1 for Farley.

09/16/2018 - 12:11am Truth. Harbaugh was…

Truth. Harbaugh was committed to running our base plays early regardless of how the defense was lined up and how they were playing us. A few pass plays that weren’t obvious down/distance decisions and this offense started to hum. Also loved the increased use of jet motion. The offense is ascending. 

09/16/2018 - 12:08am You were doing fine until…

You were doing fine until the last sentence. 

The defense was attacked by a great gameplan and some very good athletes. Porche would start for just about any team in the country. The officiating was lousy. 

Did our defense show some cracks? Absolutely. But that was not the same version of SMU that played the first two games and I’d expect their offense to come alive from here on out. 

09/15/2018 - 11:05pm And that INT is on McKeon…

And that INT is on McKeon. Stayed in the end zone instead of going to the ball. 

09/15/2018 - 11:59am I think the word you were…

I think the word you were looking for is “Tremendous.”

09/14/2018 - 11:03pm Love it. Thank you. 

Great…

Love it. Thank you. 

Great vision by Shea to see the WMU LB (34) drop to take away the slant and to adjust and find DPJ. Love that play. 

09/14/2018 - 2:13pm I’ll have what he’s having. 

I’ll have what he’s having. 

09/13/2018 - 7:02pm I think that's likely at…

I think that's likely at this point.  Watson is eating a ton of playing time and is likely to get drafted if he continues to perform at this level.  Hill or Long's stats/targets will suffer and so will their draft grade.  Sticking around another year will make one of them a lot of money.

09/13/2018 - 11:31am I’d prefer they were banned,…

I’d prefer they were banned, but at the minimum, we can’t let them post. It ruins the board. 

IMO, setting a better standard for board posts and taking away the privilege more quickly for posting snowflake threads would be a big help. 

Board posts should be insightful (use of data to paint a picture), informative (provide information relevant to Michigan football from a reputable source), or OT. This random question crap belongs in a snowflake thread, or even nowhere at all.

And obvious troll threads like the DPJ question should immediately cause a user to lose the right to post. It’s not informative, insightful, or even OT. If the poster wants to make that point, out it in the offensive snowflake thread or go to 11W where they will collectively cream over the idea of Michigan underutilizing a talented player. 

If you have an idea from which you want feedback, flesh it out with data and concepts to improve or change the situation and post a diary. The board is not a place to float random thoughts, even if those thoughts include a Michigan football player. 

09/11/2018 - 12:46pm An old friend was on the…

An old friend was on the 92nd floor of Tower 2.  He did not make it out.

I had lots of family and friends in the area that were all okay; my heart and prayers go out to everyone that lost someone that day.

I was working in Somerset Mall that morning, at Restoration Hardware.  I worked in the stock room and we were listening to FM radio when the broadcast came on and, while we were horrified at the "accident" of the first plane hitting the WTC, I will never forget the feeling when the second plane hit.  It was an emotional sucker punch.  The immediate realization that we were being attacked combined with a stunned feeling...who could be so evil?  Always felt a strong connection between that moment and (nerd alert) Theoden's line in (ironically) The Two Towers, "So much death...What can men do against such reckless hate?"

It wasn't just the scope of the tragedy, but the randomness.  Somehow it feels like if the only target had been the Pentagon (also know someone who was there that day), the day would have felt drastically different.  As a government and military target, it would make sense for it to be attacked.  And I think that's why most remembrances are about the towers: there was no objective other than maximum death and destruction of a random group of people.  The individuals themselves weren't targets and the WTC was really only iconic as a skyline feature.  Just an act of pure malice that didn't feel possible.

The mall closed not long after and I went to my other job for a few hours, but the the next 48 hours or so did not feel real.  Definitely the most crying I've ever done in a two day stretch.

09/10/2018 - 11:03pm Under 

Under 

09/10/2018 - 5:56pm Not really.  Evans is…

Not really.  Evans is twitchy, but Jackson is smaller, faster, and quicker.  He's much more of a slot than Evans.

Chris Evans is closer to Eric Gray--he's really a RB that can be a dangerous slot receiver.  Giles Jackson is more like Curtis Samuel--a slot that can also do damage from a hand-off.

NFL comps:

Chris Evans --Theo Riddick

Giles Jackson -- Tyreek Hill

09/10/2018 - 3:35pm Yep.  Slot/APB.

Yep.  Slot/APB.

09/10/2018 - 3:34pm We don't have any of these…

We don't have any of these types of guys.  We are now recruiting them so that we can throw the ball to them.

We ran several plays on Saturday (including two Stitt-style jet sweeps) that can capitalize on slot players/APBs like Jackson.  Giles is on another level though--he can juke you in a phone booth or run right past you, and he's plenty strong enough to break arm tackles.  I do not believe Michigan has ever had a player like this.  The closest analogue played QB: Denard Robinson.

09/10/2018 - 3:24pm Not sure Christian Turner…

Not sure Christian Turner redshirts if he can get healthy.  Tru looked good though, so maybe CT will elect to only play in four games.

09/10/2018 - 3:16pm frist

frist

09/10/2018 - 3:16pm That's why you need to be…

That's why you need to be extra careful with your OP.  I'm grateful for your content, but Giles and his friends/family deserves to see his name (properly spelled) in the OP.  This is a great moment for him.

09/10/2018 - 3:14pm Calmer than you are.

Calmer than you are.

09/10/2018 - 3:14pm Welcome to the family!

I…

Welcome to the family!

I predict Giles Jackson is going to be remembered as one of the most fun offensive players in UM history.  This is the kind of player that makes the spread concepts we're starting to see truly deadly.

09/10/2018 - 3:12pm Get the name right in the OP…

Get the name right in the OP or don't post.

Mods, please fix or delete.

09/10/2018 - 3:11pm Giles Jackson is more of a…

Giles Jackson is more of a slot.  Gray and Charbonnet are RBs.

09/10/2018 - 3:08pm What makes you think Kent is…

What makes you think Kent is a slot?

09/10/2018 - 3:04pm The remainder of the focus…

The remainder of the focus needs to be on exceptional players (ie Hill, Harrison) and the OT/DT spots.  Seems like we might get up to 23/24 with this class.

09/10/2018 - 3:03pm Jackson is a slot.  RB is…

Jackson is a slot.  RB is fully-loaded with Charbonnet and Gray.

09/10/2018 - 3:02pm Eh, I think Gray is pretty…

Eh, I think Gray is pretty much a Chris Evans type RB.  Folks are calling him "lightning" to Charbonnet's "thunder," but Gray is a workhorse RB for his HS team and has plenty of strength to play RB.  Doubt he ends-up a full-time slot.

09/10/2018 - 3:00pm Yes.  No doubt about it-…

Yes.  No doubt about it--Michael Barrett was the beginning, and George Johnson III and Giles Jackson are true slots.  This year's offense is the beginning of the evolution; we tried and failed last year. 

09/10/2018 - 1:31pm For all the rumbling about…

For all the rumbling about WR recruiting, the 2019 class looks to be restocking the cupboard in a big way.  Kent is blowing up and has the potential to be a #1 outside WR, and Jackson and GJIII add a skillset we don't currently have on the roster.  Even if we don't get another WR, this would be a great class.

In 2019 we'll still have DPJ, Black, Collins, Martin, and Bell to go with these three.  This doesn't include Schoenle or McCurry, who might be able to help.  In 2020, we'll almost certainly have at least two of the 2017 class, Bell, Kent, Jackson, and Johnson plus that classes recruits.

For a team that is also loaded at TE, we have plenty of receiving options for the foreseeable future.

09/09/2018 - 2:18pm That’s because arm “strength…

That’s because arm “strength” is really a misnomer. It’s all about arm velocity, which is much harder to improve than strength. 

09/09/2018 - 10:39am Bottle of wine? Only the…

Bottle of wine? Only the finest boxed wine for Sparty

09/08/2018 - 11:35am Cohesive offensive gameplan…

Cohesive offensive gameplan with some polished execution. And a big win. 

Better play from the DTs. 

A couple of long runs. 

09/03/2018 - 11:43pm Hard to argue with any of…

Hard to argue with any of that. It’s overdue for JH to find an offensive identity and stick with it. We have the talent—time to cash in. 

09/03/2018 - 6:37pm That throw to Gentry was not…

That throw to Gentry was not an arm punt. It was a 15 yard dig route. Arm punts are for fades and skinny posts that are 30 yards downfield. 

Michigan has not arm punted since Elvis Grbac, unless you count guys like Denard that really couldn’t throw deep any other way. 

09/03/2018 - 2:40pm Great write up. I was…

Great write up. I was tempted to do a diary that statistically points out:

  1. A close loss in a night road game to a quality non-conference team is not that big of a deal. 
  2. Notre Dame is basically 2017 PSU with a much better defense but no Saquon Barkley. They are likely a 10 win team and this loss will not ruin UM’s playoff hopes. 
  3. Despite the BPONE, the QB, WR, and even the RB and play has improved. 
  4. Lots of coaching transitions and adjustments on offense means we will need a bit of time to calibrate the offense. 

OTOH:

  • Wimbush faces similar pressure all night and still got deep throws off by arm punting. We have Nico and DPJ and Gentry. Not arm punting feels like we are avoiding it because JH feels like it’s not honorable. 
  • Did we practice jump balls at all? On offense (Gentry) and defense (Hill, Hawkins) we simply got outworked.  That is an easy drill to practice (and fun). Do it. 
  • The offense still feels stiff and predictable. 
  • I would like to see Collins/Perry, DPJ, Gentry/McKeon, Evans (H slot) and Higdon OR DPJ/Collins/Perry, Gentry, McKeon, Evans (H slot) and Higdon more. Evans and Higdon are two of our best 11. While it’s fun to see Oliver Martin catch some passes and Nico and DPJ do some damage on bubble screens, I have to wonder what Evans could have done with some of those passes. 
09/02/2018 - 2:14pm Our best play of the night…

Our best play of the night came on Sunday play action. Do not want to abandon it. 

08/31/2018 - 1:25pm How does this help Meyer's…

How does this help Meyer's case?  He specifically ignored the direction of his PR team and AD.  Meyer did not ever mention the 2009 incident (as prompted to do so) or the 2015 incident (as prompted to do so) and certainly never conceded that there had been any issues with Zach and his ex-wife (as prompted to do so).

He lied.  Terribly.  But that's not even the worst part.  The worst part remains that in a DV issue (whether the DV is provable in court or not) Meyer's reaction was to protect the reputation of Zach Smith instead of to address the issue.  "Respect for Women" is just marketing for Urbz.

08/31/2018 - 1:17pm Think about that:…

My favorite quote from the article (I did not realize NO ONE cooperated with the investigation):

Think about that: Investigators could not access relevant records from Ohio State’s athletic director, head coach, chief of football operations or the assistant coach at the center of the scandal. To a man, they are paid by state money. And subject to public records laws.

08/29/2018 - 9:50pm We are in agreement there,…

We are in agreement there, and that is because you are arguing about a separate (but related) issue. You’re saying there is not definitive proof that ZS is a wife beater. Most here are saying even if that’s true it’s obvious (and today adds to that) that he was an abuser. And a physical abuser. 

I don’t care if Zach Smith goes to jail. I care that for men in power the first reaction is to protect their bros instead thinking about the damage they may have caused. And it’s a tragedy that Urbz is getting away with that. 

08/29/2018 - 4:45pm What the B1G did here for…

What the B1G did here for 2022-2027 is rather unexpected.  IMO.

If by "unexpected" you mean "laughably stupid," we are in complete agreement.  About this anyway.  

08/29/2018 - 4:27pm You're not completely wrong,…

You're not completely wrong, and I appreciate you trying to bring some rationalism to this shit show.  But you're arguing something other than what everyone else is talking about, and that's what's making you look like an asshole (even though you're trying to be rational).  Here's what we're saying:

  • Zach Smith is clearly an ass and has demonstrated that numerous times and in numerous ways.
  • Zach Smith perpetuated and contributed to an abusive relationship.  Did he ever "hit" his wife?  We don't know.  We do know that he got physical with her on more than one occasion.  I will concede that she may have initiated the confrontations.  I will also say that does not make what he did okay.
  • Zach Smith's legal status is relatively unimportant here.  He perpetuated an abusive relationship, had sex with a staffer (who got reassigned), and behaved in other ways that are clearly not in line with the code of ethics created by Urban Meyer for his players.
  • Urban Meyer, when confronted with a conversation about Zach's transgressions, immediately started protecting Zach instead being truthful or considering that there may have been another victim (or victims) in this case.  Urban's first reaction was nepotism, not honesty or even dealing with potential domestic abuse.
  • As you've pointed out, Urban deleted texts from his phone AND had specialists come to his house to alter the data on his phone.  Maybe that had nothing to do with Zach Smith, but whoo boy, that's what guilty people do.
  • It's completely implausible that Urban didn't know about Zach's behavior, and the reports today further confirm that.  He had a deep personal relationship with Zach Smith and knew what was happening.

Again, whether or not Zach Smith is criminally liable for his treatment of his ex-wife is for the justice system to decide.  But he perpetuated and contributed to an abusive relationship in direct contradistinction to his bosses own moral code.  Should Zach Smith go to jail?  I don't know.  Should he have been fired years ago?  Without a doubt.  And did Urban Meyer reach for semantics and nepotism and spoliation before considering abuse?  Absolutely.

The Gibbons case, as you rightly pointed on 11W, is COMPLETELY different.  No cover up.  No lying (unless you count Hoke's "family reasons" blunder).  No missteps by the university.

You are hurting yourself by making an argument that is a separate issue.  You seem like an intelligent, rational person, but your communication comes across as being a callous asshole when you take a strictly legal approach to a moral issue.