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06/22/2018 - 12:37pm YEEESSSSS!  Here is a player…

YEEESSSSS!  Here is a player who can help U-M win championships.  6-0, 200lbs, sub 4.6 40...did I mention he can tackle, catch, and even block?

Huge get.  Welcome to the Family, Joey V!  GO BLUE!

06/20/2018 - 6:37pm Very good speed and…

Very good speed and quickness.  Nice hands.  Strong, willing blocker.  I guess he's not higher rated because he's not 6-4?  Can even throw a nice pass.  Love this commitment.

Welcome to the family, Kalil.  GO BLUE!

06/20/2018 - 4:34pm Quick scouting report from…

Quick scouting report from various sources: Crazy fast and quick and doesn't lose 1-on-1 reps at camps.  Obviously small and may struggle to cover bigger receivers.  Despite size, tackles well and does not shy away from contact.

06/20/2018 - 4:29pm Congratulations, Andre, and…

Congratulations, Andre, and welcome to the family!  GO BLUE!

Always excited about great players with great speed.

06/19/2018 - 5:53pm You might want to spell his…

You might want to spell his name right in the thread title.

Kalil--Welcome to the family!  Go BLUE!

06/19/2018 - 12:05pm Love the comparison at the…

Love the comparison at the end of the post.  Some things are not surprising: your OL and FB success seems to have much less to do with stars than development.  Some things jumped out: LBs and DLs looked very comparable.  While Gary and Graham trump Winovich and Steele, the gap is not as wide as I'd expect.  On the flip side, I'd take Henry and Renes over Carr and Horn.

But damn, that three-star squad is gooooooood.  It will be very interesting to see if some of the 2018 3-stars earn their way onto the team.  Christian Turner, Ben VanSumeren, Julius Welschof, Michael Barrett, Luke Schoonmaker, and Hassan Haskins are all guys that I believe are likely to comfortably out-perform their rankings.  Taylor Upshaw is another good bet since Michigan has been turning all DL into stars lately.  

06/18/2018 - 1:59pm Really prefer the…

Really prefer the WolverinesWire layout.  Smaller banner, no drop downs, easier to read and find what you want.  Great content too.

I love MGoBlog.  Internet users are fickle, and if things don't improve here soon, I'm afraid the site will suffer badly.

06/16/2018 - 11:15pm There is absolutely no…

There is absolutely no reason to keep Bluey on this board. 

06/14/2018 - 1:58pm 10 wins for U-M is my…

10 wins for U-M is my current prediction. Not ready to believe in the offense. 

06/14/2018 - 1:57pm Tough to see this. Wisconsin…

Tough to see this. Wisconsin returns nearly everyone and, while I think a tougher West will prevent them from a perfect regular season again, 9-10 wins seems about right to me, and winning the West. 

06/12/2018 - 7:07pm The MgoBoard dropdown is…

The MgoBoard dropdown is superfluous. The only items are the board itself amd the stickies that are already at the top of the board. Please save us all a click and have a board link on the homepage. 

06/11/2018 - 2:29pm The analytics are clearly…

The analytics are clearly telling us that this defense will be elite.  Hill, Long, Winovich, Gary, Bush, and Hudson are all PFF favorites.  That's six of our eleven starters.  Kemp and Kwity are likely upgrades as back-up DEs.  Hurst is gone, but Dwumfour will now be paired with 5-star Solomon, with highly experienced back-ups at both DT spots.

I do not see a hole in this defense.  If they can eliminate or reduce the inside fade success teams had against them last year, this could be the #1 defense in the country--even facing one of the toughest schedules in the country.

If we can get the offense into the top 30, this will be a great season.  If the offense gets into the top 20, this will be a special season.

06/06/2018 - 10:09am Rogers is a 4* and the only…

Rogers is a 4* and the only thing that bothers me about his recruitment is your trolling.

Really hope the new look also leads to better moderation. Obvious troll is obvious. 

06/01/2018 - 3:03pm QB - Denard Robinson / Brian

QB - Denard Robinson / Brian Griese

RB - Tyrone Wheatley / Mike Hart

WR - Desmond Howard

TE - Jerame Tuman

OL - Jake Long

DL - LaMarr Woodley / Maurice Hurst

LB - Larry Foote

CB - Charles Woodson

S - Ernest Shazor / Jordan Kovacs / Jabrill Peppers

ST - Steve Breaston / Desmond Howard

06/01/2018 - 2:55pm Double

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06/01/2018 - 2:54pm Probably because Greise was a

Probably because Greise was a game manager who did just enough to help our team get the NC, and Denard was a game-breaker saddled with some bad defenses and coaching that still managed to tear-up records.  Oh, and he's probably the most likeable human being of all time.

05/29/2018 - 6:24pm Obvious is obvious

Harbaugh will get this team to 10 wins (including the bowl).  The question is if the pieces are in place for a special season--winning the B1G and/or making the CFP.

If he doesn't do that, Michigan's recruiting might drop off a bit, but I think this article overstates the issue.  There is still a combination of athletics and academics that many schools will have a hard time matching, and the facilities are top notch.  Add in the number of surefire draft picks and Harbaugh and Co. will have plenty of recruiting firepower.

That said, obvious is obvious, and another bad year (8 wins or less) would hurt recruiting.

05/29/2018 - 12:03pm Agree with the article

Wisconsin might be the best team in the B1G.  Ohio State is loaded with talent (as always) but the Badgers have depth and experience pretty much everywhere.  I believe that Wisconsin at home is as much of a challenge as Ohio State on the road this year.

MSU is overrated despite bringing back a strong team, and it's not just because of schedule.  They overachieved last year and won't repeat that feat in an even stronger conference.  Luck won't continue to roll their way, and they play better as underdogs, which they won't be this year.

Michigan might be slightly underrated, but I don't see how you can look at our schedule and rank us higher than #10.  If we make the CFP this year, it would be one of the best seasons in CFB history.

ND and PSU are overrated for the reasons described in the article.  PSU will miss Moorhead and Barkley and get bludgeonded by the brutal East, while ND lost a great coach as well (Ecko) and have their typically tough schedule.

If you're an oddsmaker, it's hard to see the B1G as anything other than an Ohio State vs. Wisconsin rematch.  Sure, Michigan could put the pieces together and disrupt that scenario, but the rest of the conference will suffer from better competition coming from Nebraska and Purdue.  The B1G continues its ascendancy this season and will, once again, be the best conference in CFB.

05/28/2018 - 12:40pm Talent is better in 2018.

Talent is better in 2018. We’ll see if they play better. They are still younger. The only guys that were clearly more talented than their 2018 counterparts were Peppers, Charlton, Braden, Magnuson, and Butt.

05/25/2018 - 9:36pm TEs?

TEs?

05/25/2018 - 3:26pm Answers
  1. Definitely the latter.  Harbuagh himself has agreed with many of the criticisms--too much volume, too complex, not enough focus.  The OSU gameplan is proof of a couple of things: 1) We have plenty of smart coaches on our staff and can create great gameplans 2) Even great coaches make mistakes, and our early season complexity and system dalliances set the team back and probably cost us a win or two.
  2. PA blocking needs to look almost identical to your run blocking, espcially in college.  Having pulling guards in PA can actually be a great asset and has been a staple of Harbaugh offenses.  While it's possible that the OL was simply overwhelmed and the coaches didn't want to put anymore on their plates, it's more likely that they realized that the blocking was so bad that slow-developing PA passes wouldn't work since the QB was getting hit by the time he turned around.  But again, there is no doubt that the playbook lacked coherence for most of the season, and too much volume contributed to that.
  3. Agreed.  It's worth noting that Warriner believes in running power and gap schemes along with both inside and outside zone.  It's really going to be up to Harbaugh to combine all the best ideas from his well-qualified staff into a cogent scheme that maximizes our strengths and keeps opponents off balance.

Too many folks forget that last year was always going to be brutal.  Not only were we exceptionally young, we lost our starting QB (and back-up for OSU) and best WR in the thinnest position group on the team.  We still underachieved, and that's a problem, but it's because of lack of knowledge or coaching ability--in fact we probably had too much of that.  Here's hoping that Harbaugh puts it together this year.  I am cautiously optimistic given our talent, experience, and the new coaching crew.

05/25/2018 - 3:07pm kurpit is a troll without a

kurpit is a troll without a clue.  Deal has offers from almost every national powerhouse that uses TEs, including Alabama, Ohio State, Auburn, Clemson, Notre Dame, Georgia, and USC.  He's a 4* and #246 in the nation on 247.  He's a willing, capable blocker, has soft, strong hands, runs good routes and has plus athleticism for his size.

Yes, if he commits, it's a huge pick-up.  kurpit gonna kurpit.

05/25/2018 - 2:50pm Congratulations! I’m almost

Congratulations! I’m almost 39 with a 2.5yo and an 8mo. Advice is overrated, but here are a few things we wish we’d known sooner:

- Yes, your child is breathing. This sounds silly, but on our first kid especially we were constantly worried he was dead when he was sleeping. It kept us awake and sleep is precious. Learning to let go of fear has helped us become better parents and been good for our kids too.

- Every child is different and that’s why no advice should be taken as gospel. Books, parents, friends, the internet, and even doctors can give advice that is not good for your child. Trust your kid’s cues and really try to learn/listen to what they are telling you, though the first six weeks are pretty much just eat, sleep, diaper, repeat.

- Savor the period where your kid will sleep on your chest. It does not last long and is one of the best things the universe has to offer.

- Stay happy and healthy as a parent. Don’t let your kid become such a focus that you and yours don’t find ways to rest and recharge. Your patience and love are far more important for your kid than anything else and those are hard to offer when you’re cranky.

- As your kid grows, for us, neglect has been key to parenting. Giving alone time and allowing the occasional cry (especially when you know nothing is really wrong or there is nothing you can do) are certainly out of fashion right now, but man have they helped our kids develop.

- Electric swing, Dr Browns bottles, sleep sacks, good swaddles, rocker/recliner, good video monitor, water proof pads...these have been essential for us.

- There are some days your kid will just be fussy. It’s part of development and growth spurts and is okay. It’s definitely not your fault and it will pass.

- Move up diaper sizes as soon as your kid fits the bigger size. This minimizes blowouts.

- It doesn’t feel like it’s going fast for the first few weeks. By the time the kid is about 8mos there is a developmental milestone almost every day and you realize how precious that newborn/infant stage was.

- Consider keeping a daily journal with funny/memorable moments. It is awesome to reflect on.

- Save the internet from more politics and BS and post cute pictures and moments. That’s what social media is really for.

05/25/2018 - 1:37pm Great stuff. Would love to

Great stuff. Would love to see more plays with Higdon and Evans. Not just for the reasons you noted, but also because I think they are two of our best 11. Both can catch and Evans, as noted, is really a hybrid player.

Could be a fun season.

05/22/2018 - 6:39pm Agree

Would be ecstatic to have this guy at Michigan.  I guess some folks don't understand that you can make a style comparison without saying you think he'll be as good as the comparable, because Charbonnet's running style definitely reminds me of Perry.

Also love Kyren Williams, who looks A LOT like Mike Hart (Sam Webb nailed that one).  He's not as fast as Charbonnet, but he is so shifty and has great balance.  He will be a great college player somewhere.  

https://www.hudl.com/profile/5382129/Kyren-Williams

 

05/21/2018 - 2:34pm Todd might have been born in

Todd might have been born in 92.

05/21/2018 - 9:22am OP - you can make this more

OP - you can make this more fun by defining what you mean by sleeper and picking one yourself.

For me, it should be a guy who is not on Brian’s “tickets” list. I’ll pick one on offense and one on defense: Nico Collins and Kwity Paye. Nico to have a few TDs and make impact plays almost every game, and Paye to have five+ sacks off the bench.

05/20/2018 - 6:25pm Heat is one of the most

Heat is one of the most underrated movies of all time and should have dominated the Oscars.

05/20/2018 - 4:19pm My list:
1) The Godfather
2)

My list:

1) The Godfather

2) Shawshank Redemption

3) The Godfather II

4) Pulp Fiction

I recognize the bias towards movies in my lifetime, but these are all amazing films. Another old favorite that I don’t enjoy as much anymore is The Usual Suspects.

05/12/2018 - 10:01am Looks like a special player.

Looks like a special player. Go Blue, Daniyel!

05/09/2018 - 12:26pm Or his wanderlust, or the

Or his wanderlust, or the NFL.  Meyer has never stayed in one place for very long, and I'd be surprised if he reached 10 years in Columbus.  He wants an NFL shot.

05/08/2018 - 1:04pm While I appreciate your

While I appreciate your desire to be technically correct, you’re just a jerk here. Burrows was a highly regarded prospect before he chose OSU and that’s what is being referenced.

05/08/2018 - 12:48pm OL / Drevno

What's so interesting here is that the fan criticism was more or less confirmed by the program:

  • Harbuagh himself admitted to an offense that was to voluminous, lacked identity, and failed to properly train its QBs.
  • Drevno was let go and it's been reported by multiple sources that the line calls were too complicated and that the team lacked a basic understanding of how to execute because they were too busy trying to figure out/remember what the calls meant
  • An accomplished WR coach was added
  • Drevno's replacement does not appear to be another OC-type, and Frey is gone, so even adding McElwain there seems to be one less cook in the kitchen

My sincere hope is that Michigan's offense evolves much the way Georgia's did last year, streamlining a bit to focus on what we do well while adding simple, complimentary wrinkles like RPOs.

Harbaugh's offenses will always be multiple, but that doesn't mean there can't be a clear identity.  We have the big uglies to run very effectively, and if Warriner can simply get the talent on the same page, this could be a special season.

05/07/2018 - 9:12pm This needs all the upvotes.

This needs all the upvotes.

05/07/2018 - 9:10pm Reading is too hard for

Reading is too hard for Spartans.

05/07/2018 - 2:50pm That is certainly an upgrade

That is certainly an upgrade over what we had this season, but it's not all roses.

Pros:

  • Accurate, strong arm
  • Quick release
  • Throws well on the move
  • Nice touch
  • Extends plays
  • Plays with great effort

Cons:

  • Can be slow to make reads and often throws a beat late
  • Can be too negative with his feet (starts to bail/back out of pocket too soon)

That level of QB play likely results in 3-4 more wins last season.  Can't wait for September 1st!

05/06/2018 - 2:39pm If his arm strength and

If his arm strength and athleticism continue to develop, this kid could be great. Already has great touch and good vision.

05/06/2018 - 2:38pm In State does not look so

In State does not look so good, but the class of 2019 is looking good. There are some obvious in State misses, but to say we are struggling on the recruiting trail is nonsense.

We currently have the #7 composite class with a 5*, five 4*, and four 3* recruits.

It’s fine to say we need to be better in state and also say that Michigan is till recruiting well overall. Can’t stand everyone looking for a reason to say the sky is falling.

05/04/2018 - 1:10pm Best wishes, Ace!

Best wishes, Ace!

05/03/2018 - 1:02pm Kickers get hit too.  It's

Kickers get hit too.  It's just not legal when it happens.

But they are also asked to make tackles, which could produce the same result.

04/15/2018 - 1:28pm You don’t have to pay when

You don’t have to pay when you file. Payment is due 4/17 no matter when you file.

04/02/2018 - 1:02pm This is one of the best

This is one of the best things that has ever happened on the internet.

03/07/2018 - 10:20pm Whoosh!

Whoosh!

02/24/2018 - 9:19pm Incorrect. Not mostly zone.

Incorrect. Not mostly zone. OSU’s base scheme is power and was even more so when Warriner was at OSU. He is a power specialist.

02/16/2018 - 5:53pm Those are loss likelihoods.

Those are loss likelihoods.

02/11/2018 - 2:01am Thank you for fixing.

Thank you for fixing.

02/10/2018 - 11:44pm No where in that report does

No where in that report does it say McElwain is coming to Michigan. OP thread title is bad. Chatsports bad.

02/05/2018 - 1:31pm Thoughts and prayers to Frank

Thoughts and prayers to Frank and his family.

01/31/2018 - 5:27pm Can't be this incompetent

I don't understand how anyone--even a Spartan--could be this incompetent.  All of these crony hires suggest there is much more covering up to do.  At this point, there is so much smoke that there is likely a raging inferno to be found.

01/27/2018 - 3:16pm They ended up returning their

They ended up returning their entire offensive staff.