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11/15/2018 - 1:14pm If this team can find some…

If this team can find some three-point shooting and an eighth player for the rotation, look out.  Even if they can't get those two things, another deep tournament run is definitely possible for this group.  It will be fun to see how Beilein guides the offense to its potential and how the team evolves.

11/14/2018 - 2:23pm Gary, Bredeson, Bush, Long,…

Gary, Bredeson, Bush, Long, and Hill seem like the most likely early entrants.  Hope at least one of the two CBs stay, as I think they could be first-round guys next year.  Don't see many other likely early entrants other than possibly Shea.  Gentry might also be draftable, if he wants to go.

11/14/2018 - 12:53pm Hmmm...don't see Mike Weber…

Hmmm...don't see Mike Weber's name on there.

In all seriousness, Higdon deserves this type of recognition.  He's worked his butt off and has improved massively during his career.

11/13/2018 - 12:43pm Eric Gray is an amazing…

Eric Gray is an amazing football player and I hope he stays in the class.  He'll have the opportunity to run behind an Ed Warinner OL and rack-up yards on his way to an NFL career if he sticks, not to mention playing for one of the top teams in the country and receiving a world-class education and the best alumni network in the universe.  

Zach Charbonnet is the best RB commitment in a long, long time, and is likely in the two-deep in the 2019 season.

This is a big weekend indeed.

11/13/2018 - 12:14pm Uh...Chris Hinton is #24 in…

Uh...Chris Hinton is #24 in the composite and #36 in the 247 rankings on his profile page, and #50 on the 247 Composite player rankings page.  So, yeah, he's still there.

If Harrison and Karlaftis join the class, we could have six top 100 players.  Crouch is a possibility as well.  Getting one of those three would be delightful, two would be exceptional, and all three would make this class one of the better groups Michigan has ever reeled-in.  It would certainly be our best defensive class ever.

11/12/2018 - 2:04pm I would like to give all of…

I would like to give all of my points to Brian for the Army of Darkness reference.  This website is the best.

11/11/2018 - 2:38pm Lions should fire Patricia…

Lions should fire Patricia and hire him. And no, this is not sarcasm. He’d be close to his family and would build a great staff, something Patricia has failed to do thus far. 

11/07/2018 - 2:56pm Disgusting.  Dantoni should…

Disgusting.  Dantoni should absolutely be fired.  But nothing will happen.

11/07/2018 - 12:12pm No.  If we win out, we're in.

No.  If we win out, we're in.  It's more likely that ND gets screwed than us--we are the only good team they've played, and the committee has already explicitly stated that our resumes are close.

11/07/2018 - 12:10pm This is a non-story and I'm…

This is a non-story and I'm quite certain Shea's "tips" won't affect the outcome of Little Brother vs. the Nepotism and Domestic Abuse University.

11/07/2018 - 12:50am If we win out, we are in. If…

If we win out, we are in. If we don’t, we aren’t. Everything else is just palaver. 

11/06/2018 - 4:13pm I keep hoping Meyer is too…

I keep hoping Meyer is too dumb to do this. 

But whether or not we see it before the game, we damn sure better be ready for it.

11/05/2018 - 9:43pm We really don’t need another…

We really don’t need another WR in this class. Kent, GJIII, Giles Jackson, and Sainristil is plenty. Yes, it’s nice to have monsters who are 6’2” or taller on the outside, but I’ll take the talent we have in this class over size any day. Sometimes you just can’t get the perfect recruit. 

It’s worth noting that the offense is evolving.  Guys like Barrett, GJIII, and Giles did not have a place in this offense (and still mostly don’t this year) but the fact that we are recruiting them and running more spread concepts demonstrates M’s desire to make use of their talents.  Expect plenty of slot use in the coming years.

I am very excited about this transition and can’t wait to see our offense add that slot bug element.  I have no doubt that of the four guys listed above, at least one will be great and another will be very good.  

 

11/05/2018 - 1:09am Great stuff. Please post…

Great stuff. Please post more like this. I’m rooting for a rutger!

11/05/2018 - 1:04am Excellent addition to the…

Excellent addition to the class. We should be done at WR unless a top guy wants in. This is another lights out group and will help continue the offense’s evolution. 

11/04/2018 - 12:05am IFF the passing game can…

IFF the passing game can continue to progress and incorporate more creativity, then we have a chance to win it all. 

Otherwise we are stuck with just a very good chance of winning the B1G. 

11/02/2018 - 4:58pm It's not about nostalgia and…

It's not about nostalgia and it's not about tradition.  It's about the part of the uniform that is iconic: the helmet.  The yellow road pants draw your eye to the pants instead of to the helmet.  Aside from just not being that aesthetically pleasing, the yellow road pants detract from the helmet, and that is an unforgivable sin.

That said, I don't care that much either way. 

10/30/2018 - 6:01pm The Rams are definitely in …

The Rams are definitely in "Superbowl or Bust" mode.  They have the best roster in the league and probably the worst long term salary cap outlook.

10/30/2018 - 1:21pm I think what’s important for…

I think what’s important for fans to remember—and what this post points out—is that there is no such thing as a perfect defense. Defense is like a blanket that’s just a bit too short: cover your feet and your shoulder get cold, pull it up to your shoulder and your toes are bare. 

I love the traps and different looks Brown has deployed this year. I’d also like to see more robber coverage where a safety comes underneath. The downside there is it puts a LB in coverage. 

This is another great post. Thanks, Seth. 

10/30/2018 - 12:06am I love the passion and…

I love the passion and upvoted the post for its quality. But I disagree. Stanford used to use the skip pull (not sure if they still do), Bama, some NFL teams...it makes sense for some plays. Not only can you quickly get depth and width while keeping your shoulders square, you can see your target much more clearly. 

Like any technique, it takes repetition to master and I’d bet Warinner has our guys proficient by next year. 

FWIW, I think it’s most effective when your splits are tighter and there is less ground to cover for exactly the reasons you describe. But the flip side of that coin is just as true. Getting a head of steam moving horizontally decreases your vertical force through the hole as a lead blocker. The skip pull helps solve that by getting your hips square to your target.

But I would not die on the hill of the skip pull being universally better. I just think it has its uses. 

10/26/2018 - 3:17pm That was a big deal. …

That was a big deal.  Stories of players not taking games seriously, acting like they owned the program/campus, and not backing up their bravado with their play were coming out of Ann Arbor regularly in 2007.

10/26/2018 - 3:13pm Marcus is bitter than no one…

Marcus is bitter than no one has realized how great of a coach and analyst he is and that he hasn't been hired at Michigan yet to fix their defense.

What's amazing about that sentence is that there is no sarcasm, judgment, or criticism there.  It's just the truth.  Last year on Sam's show Marcus repeatedly bashed Don Brown for not having "sound" defenses, stating that Brown did not properly deploy the correct number of players to play the run or the pass.  He said, "People just can't read defenses like I can" and strongly implied that he knew more about defense and could coach Michigan more effectively than Don Brown.  

His pathetic brand of jealousy has turned to rage as Michigan continues to ignore him, and no one legitimizes his ridiculous takes about Michigan's poor defensive coaching except for the Spartan beat writers--collectively the most biased and deplorable members of the media.  And that's saying something.

Marcus has lost his way due to his stubborn pride, and I'm afraid that he can't see just how awful he's become in his quest to be recognized as a great football mind.  He's also proven that he would be a terrible coach by bashing one of the top minds in defense and demonstrating that when he doesn't get his way he becomes a whiny, divisive bitch instead of providing constructive criticism.

He's burned all his useful bridges at this point and now is talking to the only people who will listen, which feeds his ego.  He has become little brother, and is no more deserving of respect than his Sparty brethren in the media.

10/26/2018 - 1:24pm Whatever is best for…

Whatever is best for Michigan is always my rooting interest (unless that means rooting for MSU, OSU, or PSU, which I try to do but just can't).

For this week, seeing all of the favorites (first team on your game list) lose is best.  Clemson, Texas, ND, UGA, Oklahoma, PSU, and Purdue.  If that were to happen (it won't), Michigan could find itself ranked #2 in the CFP if 'Bama wins out.

The only debatable team in there is ND, which would hurt our SOS, but getting them out of the way is better than improving our SOS.  I want Iowa to win because I hate PSU and would love to play Iowa in the B1G Championship.

10/26/2018 - 1:16pm Soccer is awesome and is…

Soccer is awesome and is growing in popularity, but the game hasn't changed much in the last 15 years.  20-25 years ago was a bigger change when the sport moved away from sweepers to zonal defending concepts.  This is the only sport where defense still reigns supreme and I believe it's gotten even harder to score.

If soccer wanted to really excel, here's a few changes they could consider:

  • Stringent penalties for diving and time-wasting.  Game suspensions, automatic red cards on video review (which could take place during the game), and either full clock stops or actual extra time to reflect the ridiculous time-wasting techniques that start with 20 minutes left by the leading team.
  • Tweak the offsides rule.  Because players are getting more athletic, the field is essentially shrinking.  To open it up a bit more, switch the offsides rule from "any part of attacker past the defender" means you're offside to "any part of the attacker equal with the defender" means you are onside. 
  • Overtime.  Remove a player from each team every 10 minutes until the game is decided by a golden goal.  No more penalty shootouts, which are dumb.
10/26/2018 - 11:37am This. The NBA is a different…

This. The NBA is a different sport from what it was 15 years ago. Those Pistons teams would get buried in today’s NBA, and that is too bad. 

Sports are less fun when the defenses are not allowed to compete. NBA, NHL, and NFL have all changed for the worse, IMO.

Never liked the MLB and I’m not sure baseball is fixable for me. 

10/26/2018 - 9:32am Eric Gray is an excellent…

Eric Gray is an excellent football player and we should do whatever we can to keep him in the class. I believe he is one of the most talented RBs in the country and could be a great one at Michigan. 

That said, if it’s best for him to go somewhere else, I wish him well.

10/25/2018 - 11:27pm Love this, especially after…

Love this, especially after Brian’s podcast. I think it could be improved if the top line said, “I’m about to...” with your words at the bottom. 

10/25/2018 - 1:51pm Yeah, the folks that have…

Yeah, the folks that have been saying that our offense is just "tweaked" this year either don't know football or have lost their minds.  The scheme is substantially different, and it's paying dividends.  Great job by JH and the staff to have the humility to change course.

10/24/2018 - 6:19pm This is so great.  I do love…

This is so great.  I do love the SRK diaries, but your neck sharpies are much more detailed and informative.  

A point worth making is that both Shea and Higdon are doing exceptional jobs at selling the hand-off when Shea keeps.  Higdon's height and propensity to get low and sometimes spin makes it near impossible for defenders to see if he has the ball.

Love this series.

10/22/2018 - 5:41pm There is not one team in the…

There is not one team in the west that remotely scares me.  Wisconsin was the closest thing to competent in that division.

10/22/2018 - 5:36pm I don't accept the question…

I don't accept the question.  The answer is obviously both.

But I will say that OSU is the most important game on the schedule.  Must win.

10/22/2018 - 1:34pm Yes.  We have recruited…

Yes.  We have recruited several players like this (including Moore) and now use an offense that can take advantage of talents like Moore's.  Giles Jackson and George Johnson III are examples in the 2019 class.

10/22/2018 - 1:30pm Truly the best of the bunch…

Truly the best of the bunch.  The stumble followed by full surrender cobra.

Couldn't have happened to a better guy.

10/19/2018 - 2:47pm It wasn't much of a game in…

It wasn't much of a game in 2016.

10/19/2018 - 2:44pm This is objectively false. …

This is objectively false.  Even if each day were a random walk (it's not), the human brain would not allow it to play out that way because of its natural biases. 

I'd recommend Thinking: Fast and Slow as a great place to start if you'd like to understand why you're wrong.

10/17/2018 - 10:19pm Sorry to see that news. Had…

Sorry to see that news. Had high hopes for Singleton at UM, and wish him the best wherever he goes. 

10/15/2018 - 10:13pm You need more receivers…

You need more receivers running routes. The folks talking about the lack of separation either aren’t watching or don’t know what they’re seeing. When seven players drop into zone coverage and you’re running a three man concept on one side of the field, you’re in trouble. 

I’m in favor of using the RBs more in the flat to pull a defender up and open space or just throw it to them and let Higdon and Evans work their magic vs. an unblocked defender. 

10/15/2018 - 5:30pm Great stuff, as always.

If…

Great stuff, as always.

If there are things to be concerned about vs. MSU, it's these items:

  • Shea's ball security.  We can't afford turnovers, even against a team we are significantly better than.
  • Great defense.  If our running game is stopped and our passing game contained, or MSU can produce turnovers, this becomes a coin flip game.  That favors MSU since they are built to win coin flip games with back shoulder fades, trick plays, and players that bend the rule book in every way possible.
  • The crazy stuff that happens in EL...not sure what Ouija board they're using, but it seems to work.

On the other hand, Michigan has shown it can run the ball in lots of ways, and may be able to attack MSU like they did Northwestern.  Shea's passing decisions have mostly been good, and if he learned some lessons in the UW game, his ball security could be better.  Our defense is going to choke MSU.  And even some very bad officiating has not stopped this year's UM team.

Go Blue!  Beat Staee!

10/15/2018 - 5:07pm I was thinking about that…

I was thinking about that this morning.  The only things that make sense are:

  • He was indeed nursing an injury
  • Chryst was concerned about using him in short yardage because of his fumble issues and the multiple hits he was taking every carry
  • Chryst realized they couldn't win and did not want his best player exposed the beating--even though he was getting yards, he was also getting hammered.
10/14/2018 - 11:29am My concern about the 2019 DL…

My concern about the 2019 DL have been assuaged. Paye, Hutchinson, Dwumfour, Kemp, Solomon (great to see him back out there)...it will be a strength again. 

10/14/2018 - 11:27am Replace the Murderwolf with…

Replace the Murderwolf with Ben Mason and you’ve got a T-shirt that gives you super powers. 

10/14/2018 - 8:16am Joe Milton is a giant and…

Joe Milton is a giant and FAST. Our QB situation looks great for years to come. 

10/14/2018 - 7:57am Swimming is the first leg of…

Swimming is the first leg of the triathlon. Now it’s time to ride or die. Go Blue!

EDIT: Sooner beat me to it 

10/14/2018 - 12:31am Stunts and twists were no…

Stunts and twists were no problem at all tonight. The only pressure on Shea resulted from coverage. 

10/13/2018 - 12:08am Obviously, you’re not a…

Obviously, you’re not a golfer. 

10/11/2018 - 8:51pm And almost certainly goes…

And almost certainly goes undrafted if not for his monster year that allowed a team to look past his medical condition. 

10/10/2018 - 6:47pm Not a car guy?  Then why the…

Not a car guy?  Then why the Mercedes?

10/10/2018 - 2:20pm I mean, yes, but only…

I mean, yes, but only because of the context of the big games we've already lost and that we haven't yet played the bigger games this year (MSU, PSU, OSU) against the "MOP" States.

Win or lose, the game the following week is more important.  Penn State is probably less significant than either MSU or OSU.  And OSU is the most important game on the schedule.

So...yeah, but only for a week, and only because we can't play 2016 OSU again.

10/10/2018 - 12:23am Yeah, but you’re good at…

Yeah, but you’re good at life. Thank you for helping get this money train going even faster. This thread reminded me to donate and inspired me to donate more. 

10/09/2018 - 3:49pm Having had a sports-related…

Having had a sports-related concussion and witnessed others, it's not usually that ambiguous.

If you are coherent and can focus on what's going on around you, you're probably not concussed.