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06/14/2018 - 12:22am There are lies, damn lies…

There are lies, damn lies and statistics.

Stacked data due to common application form usage boosting sum total of applications and thereby reducing the acceptance rate.

That said, I'd guess UM remains among the most selective public universities in the USA.

03/28/2018 - 4:44pm S&C

Insightful commentary as always.

If I remember right, the first guy Coach Harbaugh tried to bring with him to Ann Arbor was the Stanford S&C Coach....and couldn't persuade him.  I think that set us back.

Herbert appears to be the right guy.  Big beautiful things appear to be on the horizon for our Wolverine football team.

Go Blue!

02/24/2018 - 2:53am Good Egg

Drevno is a good egg and probably a fine OL coach.  Me thinks he got overstretched as OC/OL coach and things went sideways from there.

Crushing expectations likely drove Drevno out. Harbaugh is under immense pressure to win and rightfully so at $7MM per annum. Offensive Coaching needed shaking up and...it's officially shaken.

I wish him the best.  My guess is he will move closer to his son, Zach, who is enrolled at Vanderbilt.

 

02/15/2018 - 10:44pm Excellent Even-Keeled Post

Jim Harbaugh appears to place a premium on loyalty.  Drevno has been with him a long time going back to University of San Diego teams.  I think Drevno is a good OL coach and may have been overstretched to be OC/OL coach. With Frey off to FSU, I expect Drevno to resume command and control of the OL with improved results.

A word or 2 about the remainder of the offensive coaching staff.  10,000 foot assessment.  Jim would be wise to define roles on the O staff commensuratte with definition of the D staff.

FWIW this is how I see it shaking out on O-side:

McElwein will be O-Coordinator responsible for overall offensive game-planning.

Pep--QB coach/passing game coordinator.

Drevno--OL/running game coordinator.

Jay Harbaugh--RBs

Sherone--TEs

2 areas of concern remain:  

1) who will coach up WR play?

2) who will coach up RB pass-pro?

02/15/2018 - 10:44pm Excellent Even-Keeled Post

Jim Harbaugh appears to place a premium on loyalty.  Drevno has been with him a long time going back to University of San Diego teams.  I think Drevno is a good OL coach and may have been overstretched to be OC/OL coach. With Frey off to FSU, I expect Drevno to resume command and control of the OL with improved results.

A word or 2 about the remainder of the offensive coaching staff.  10,000 foot assessment.  Jim would be wise to define roles on the O staff commensuratte with definition of the D staff.

FWIW this is how I see it shaking out on O-side:

McElwein will be O-Coordinator responsible for overall offensive game-planning.

Pep--QB coach/passing game coordinator.

Drevno--OL/running game coordinator.

Jay Harbaugh--RBs

Sherone--TEs

2 areas of concern remain:  

1) who will coach up WR play?

2) who will coach up RB pass-pro?

01/02/2018 - 5:50pm Well written.

I concur.

01/02/2018 - 2:14am Good write Up

Thanks for all your sane, reasoned commentary and analysis on the TEAM all year.  Can always count on you to bring clarity.

Harbaugh will figure this out.  Gotta build that OL and secure that starting QB and brighter days lie ahead.

Thanks again and Go Blue!

12/08/2017 - 5:34pm Get Used to It

When you have a dominant Defense year-after-year there will be natural coaching migrations cashing in on their good work.  Key is for Harbaugh and Brown to remain in place because they are the source code.  I suspect Zordich will be gone before long.  Too good to remain just a CB coach.

12/07/2017 - 3:11pm Reese is the prize

I like the comparison to Alec Ogletree.

Not sure which game it was...maybe the SEC championship a few years back.  Alec Olgetree hit an Alabama running back....could have been Lacy or Fowler at the goal line...stuffed him.  It sounded like two Rams colliding on a Rocky Mountain snow line.

I predicted great things from Ogletree and it has largely come to pass. He is a monster in the NFL for the.....Rams.

11/27/2017 - 1:08am I'm with you

Jim Harbaugh has built a foundation.  The coming years are going to be wildly fun once we beef up our OL and get a steady, capable QB.  Peters will do just fine with McCaffery and Milton waiting in the wings. I expect Alex Malzone to join Wilton Speight and transfer to another team. We are damn lucky to have Harbaugh: head philosopher, teacher and coach.

Not for nothing, I would not be averse to the team skipping the overseas trip next year.  Maybe every other year would be good or use it as a reward for winning the B1G or making CFB play-off.  I loved the Rome trip and I'm sure many of the kids and coaches loved it too.

Maybe a skosh less theatre and little more focus on strength and conditioning and team building right in Ann Arbor.

Keep up the terrific work:  You are, aside from Brian and Ace, likely the most insightful writer on this blog.

G'day, God Bless and Go Blue!

11/26/2017 - 6:04pm Age of the Grad Transfer

Age of the grad transfer is in full go mode.  More and more solid players with a 5th year of eligibility are transferring.  I half-heartedly predicted a week ago that Wilton would do this noting the emergence of Peters and the Don Brown effervescent comments on Dylan McCaffery's scout team play.

Wilton wants to play and compete.

I will follow his career with great interest....just as I followed Shane Morris' move to CMU.

He will graduate with his Michigan degree which is no small feat.

All the best to a truly class act, Wilton Speight.

11/25/2017 - 4:56pm Novocaine

Losses can be numbing.

No doubt, with even average QB play we would have won this game.

Future is bright.  Don't be fooled by the middling record.

Peters and McCaffery will lead future Wolverine teams to glory.

As far as the OSU streak -- big believer in regression to the mean.  Tide will turn.  When it does Urban Meyer will go back to "spending more time with his family".

Forever Go Blue 

11/24/2017 - 5:36pm Largely Agree with Nick

Nick has been critical of Wolverine coaching...especially offensive coaching.  He has made good, fair criticisms over the course of the season.

The fatal defect in this Wolverine team is the less-than-stellar OL...particularly pass protection. RBs bear some responsibility but it largely falls on the sub-par OL play.  Cole is a bandaid at LT...should be playing C. Michigan's dearth of good-to-great OTs is hurting.  

Buckeyes strength is its front 7.  Bosa and Hubbard and the gang are going to feast on this Michigan exterior OL. Only way to beat this Buckeye d is with a passing game that can hit deep seam routes exploiting the holes in the Buckeye secondary. We have neither the QB or OL or WR corps to make this happen.

My heart says Michigan will keep it close because of its D.  But I think the D eventually gives way in 2nd half.  OSU will win going away.

 

11/20/2017 - 2:32pm Skene in the Game

Doug Skene provides some of the best analysis on UM OL play publically available.  Our OL lacks the athleticism, toughness and precision to be great. 

Doug mentioned after Wisconsin game that he was looking for some sign that OL would retaliate after Peters (between whistles) was injured and it never materialized--speaks to a lack of edge and toughness and, even pride. Notwithstanding:  Cole is out of position.  Should be at Center.  We lack a LT.  Newsome injury coupled with bad recruiting classes really have hurt us there.  Harbaugh may have whiffed on Swenson too. So we need better players, playing in the right positions.

I believe we will get there eventually.  However it may also require some coaching changes. I think we may have one to many cooks in the kitchen on OL:  Drevno, Frey maybe 1 too many.  Also RB pass pro leaves a lot to be desired:  Jay Harbaugh deserves some criticism for that.

It all starts upfront with OL play.  If we want to compete and beat our rivals, it begins and ends with the OL.

Go Blue  

11/11/2017 - 10:21pm agreed

We are a far cry from a balanced offense.  We do not have one serious deep threat.  Best hope for this offense is to leverage the several good TEs we have and figure smart ways to get Evans involved in passing game.  We likely won't have a serious downfield passing attack until late 2018 or early 2019 once Niko, Donovan, Tariq and Oliver mature.

 

11/11/2017 - 8:16pm Nice game summary

Well done, Ace.

I thought the Durkin FG attempt and make were chickenshit too.

 

11/11/2017 - 7:49pm I'm inclined to agree with Coach

I think the Maryland game had significant contributions from offense, defense and special teams.  Peters had 2 TD passes, took some tough licks and didn't turn the ball over.  Backs ran hard.  OL seemed to block reasonably well (3Q exception).

Punting was solid.  Blocked a punt.  Only knock was missed FG.

Defense had 2 interceptions and multiple TFLs.  Only gave up 10 points.

Only negative were the injuries:  Higdon, L. Hill, Long, McCray and Gary.

 

11/07/2017 - 11:57pm mike hammerstein 1985

best I've seen. Hurst could surpass lets see how he finishes.

11/06/2017 - 10:24pm Mood Improvement

Coach Harbaugh's mood has dramatically improved after these last 2 wins.  Early part of the season he seemed perpetually pissed off....and probably had good reasons for the sour mood. Me thinks he sees real improvement in the team overall and is getting more excited about the teams prospects on the homestretch.

Very wise and gracious of him to never call out players publically for a bad play.  And, he is right about the need to have players with self-motivation.  If you need to be motivated by a coach to get enthused about playing the game...then you are in the wrong sport to begin with.

Very fortunate to have Jim Harbaugh coach the Wolverines.  It suits him straight down to the ground: khakis and cleats and all.

Excited to see how the remainder of the season unfolds.

10/30/2017 - 7:19pm Brandyman Can't do Play-by-Play

Love the Michigan Man, Brandyman.

However, he has no business doing radio broadcast play-by-play.  He and Dierdorf could form a decent duo as color analysts.  Surely there's gotta be a radio guy out there somewhere available to do the play-by-play.

10/29/2017 - 12:55am A++

Goodonya for sharply working Occam's razor into a post.

Well done and accurate.

10/26/2017 - 8:02pm McKeon

I am more and more impressed with McKeon.  He is, by far, our best all-around TE blocking and catching.  

In Harbaugh parlance he is an ascending player.

Bunting, on the other hand, what has happened there.  Too much rapping and not enough reppin' iron.  He has regressed and I figured he would be the guy to fill Butt's shoes.

Wheatley has his moments, so does Gentry.

 

10/24/2017 - 4:18pm What happened to the quality of reporters

Is it just me or does the reporting gaggle charged with covering Michigan football suck?  These lousy, passive aggressive, questions are the stuff of middle school journalism.

Just for kicks tune into other schools press conferences:  I checked out the Rutgers presser with Jerry Kill and the quality of questions and interaction was demonstrably better than what passes for sports journalism here.

Sad.

10/23/2017 - 10:50pm Looking at OL

I don't see the agility, strength and toughness from any of the o- lineman other than Cole.  I was concerned when I learned that a true freshman, Ben Mason, is the 2nd strongest man on the team after Mo Hurst Jr.  Against good Front 7s (Penn State and MSU) they seem to get their asses beat more often than not. Bo would have never put up with Owenu and JBB's lack of agility and toughness and stamina.

Hopefully the underclassman:  Runyan, Ruiz, Filaga coupled with Newsome coming back will help straighten things around.  I think Frey and Drevno know what they are doing...just need better athletes to work with.

I've said from the jump that this team will only go as far as the OL takes them.  OL has miles to go.

8-9 win team Max.

10/14/2017 - 11:09pm Patience Grasshopper

Young players and new coaches.  Fisch Gone.  Wheatley Gone.  I think you are underestimating the deleterious effect of the coaching discontinuity on offense as opposed to the defensive side of the ball.

It's gunna take some time.  

Comparing Harbaugh and Co. to Hoke and Co. is a joke.  Borges had Devin Gardner trying to be a pro-style QB when he was a RO QB.  DG's regression was squarely on the coaching staff.

Only receiver with experience is Perry.

Green Tight Ends.

Green RS OL.

Now, back up QB...to add injury to insult.

All that said, I'd like to see better play out of the O and I think there are one 2 many cooks in the kitchen with regard to offensive play calling:  Drevno, Hamilton and Harbaugh seem to be an unwieldly combination.

 

Go Blue

 

10/09/2017 - 5:38pm Breath of fresh Bronx Air

Reading your analysis of the awful MSU loss is therapeutic. Keep doing what you are doing..even keeled empirical analysis. Engineering and Law put together tells me you have a formidable intellect and your writing bears it out.

the sky is not falling.

Harbaugh and staff are good at what they do.

We will bounce back against Indiana.

I suspect either Hamilton or Drevno will be gone next year for one reason or another...maybe one too many cooks in the offensive kitchen IMHO.

Go Blue!

 

10/07/2017 - 7:01pm Another UM Fan from Sydney

Excellent GIF.

EZ like Sunday morning here in ole Sydneytown.

Good to know there are other Michigan fans here in Sydney.

Go Blue!

10/07/2017 - 4:07pm Michigan 17 MSU 11

MSU will play out of their minds and weather will make passing and FG kicking difficult.

Wolverine D will eek out an ugly, hard fought victory.

10/01/2017 - 5:02pm 1997 Reprise

I like our chances against Penn State at Happy Valley.

I predict our D will knock McSorley out of the game and neutralize Barkely.

Offense will score just enough to win.

09/29/2017 - 6:38pm Peters Body Language

Just an observation.  Lockeroom video footage post Purdue game.  When Coach Harbaugh was congratulating each player, Peters body language was limp and he stared at his feet.

Signal that there is trouble in river city.

If I was a betting man, I would say the probability of Peters transfering next year is >0.5.

 

09/22/2017 - 5:33pm Tight Ends and Full Backs

Missing Jed Fisch in first 3 games. Passing attack seems unimaginative.

Must figure a way to get tight ends more into passing game.  Also, get the Hammering Panda involved in pass game near goal line.

Do this and you defeat Purdue by a comfortable margin.

Do it not and you are on upset alert.

 

09/20/2017 - 7:09pm Electric Don Brown

Don Brown=Football

Coach Harbaugh has a mile-wide grin knowing Coach Brown is helming the D.

Best interview on the staff: bar none.  Although Zordich gives him a run now and again.

09/20/2017 - 1:35am Harbaugh is the real deal

Coach Harbaugh is the epitome of a head football coach and we are damn lucky to have him in Ann Arbor.

He coaches his men up and rarely disparages them publicly.

He has a deep reservoir of football knowledge and psychology to draw upon.  Can relate to young men and is a great teacher and motivator. Great ambassador of the game and lover of life.  Coach can get salty from time to time...that's OK....he's just thinking about the next opponent and how the TEAM can get better.

It is great to be a Michigan Wolverine.

09/17/2017 - 5:17pm Ian Gold 2.0

Devin Bush Jr. is the fastest backer we've had since Ian Gold.

He is better than Gold.  Smarter.  

09/17/2017 - 5:14pm Polls are virtually meaningless until Mid October

Michigan's ranking will mean something after Penn State game on Oct 21st.

Polls are generally just fancy conversation pieces until then.

....not that there's anything wrong with that.

09/16/2017 - 8:16pm U R

Correct, Sir!

On to Purdue! Go Blue!

09/16/2017 - 8:07pm Amen

Michigan Football does a good job acknowledging the US Military and honoring Vets.

We should never stop showing our gratitude and admiration for the people who don the uniform of our military service branches.

Go Blue and God Bless America!

09/13/2017 - 7:25pm Zordich brings the unvarnished Truth

I like the resoluteness with which Zordich speaks.

He is a no BS guy and damn fine CB coach.

Our corners are coming along nicely.  I like his positive commentary on Ambry Thomas.

Maybe Ambry becomes Jourdan Lewis 2.0 down the road.

First big test for secondary will be Penn State. Although the real test in that game will be the backers covering the beast, Mike Gisecki.

09/13/2017 - 5:11pm OL incremental Improvement(s) and other sundry observations

Pleasant surprise to see Ulizio grade out so well.  Overall, I think this OL has the makings of an improvement over last years OL.  Now that they've graduated, I think we can all agree that Kalis was slow footed and never lived up to his 5* hype.  Magnuson and Braden were middling muckers. Cole, Bredeson, Kugler, Owenu and Ulizio across the board seem more athletic.

Gentry moves very well at 6'7".  Could be Jay Riemersma 2.0 with better wheels.  Bummed to see Bunting kind of fade to the background.  I really thought he would be stepping up and filling Butt's shoes.  Wheatley doesn't stand out.  McKeon is solid and can contribute.

Early observation on DPJ:  he does not have the explosivity of even a Peppers on punt returns.  We are missing that explosive punt returner that Bo always seemed to have around.  In fact, I would say DPJ seems a tad less explosive than a Mario Manningham.  He can still be an outstanding player at Michigan, but I don't see a gamebreaker when I see him play.  Hope my first impressions are wrong.

 

09/13/2017 - 2:46am Second coming of Jay Riemersma

Gentry reminds me of Reimersma.

Recruited as QB...converted eventually to TE.

Genry could end up having a solid NFL career just like Jay.

GoBlue

09/12/2017 - 1:10am Top Notch Analysis

This Engineer downunder appreciates your sharp analysis.

I find myself agreeing with darn near everything you write.

Speight performing at his best is enough to win a title so long as we have a stellar D.

Coach Harbaugh values QB play as much as any coach and has said the following:  You can win it all with a good QB and a Great D or you can win it all with a GReat QB and a good D.  I'll take a good Wilton Speight coupled with a great Don Brown D and day of the week and twice on Saturday.

G'day, God Bless and Go Blue!

09/11/2017 - 10:07pm Glasgows Represent the very best of Michigan

Graham is articulate.

Ryan is a wrecking ball.

Jordan is a modern day Wolfman.

Glasgows make great football players. A truism that fits along side death and taxes.

09/08/2017 - 2:48am Phuck

the BuckNuts!

 

Hell NO.

I hope the Sooners kick their arses.

09/06/2017 - 7:07pm Yes and NO

Coach Brown is a stellar DC.

He has been a HC with mixed results.

Lot more to being HC than Xs and Os.

09/05/2017 - 4:04am Nate Schoenle Caused the Fumble

ON the Ambry Thomas recovery...I believe Nate Schoenle caused the fumble.

Take a look.

09/04/2017 - 3:46am On the $

Welcome Back.

Excellent analysis.  As a relatively new Dad with a 21 month old....I can relate to your post.

Keep em coming!

G'day, God Bless and Go Blue!

09/03/2017 - 5:12pm Fastest LB Corps Since 1997

Linebackers, led by Devin Bush Jr. are running sideline to sideline reminiscent of Gold and jones in 1997.

Speed Kills. Period.

Speed with strength and exemplary coaching can yield a championship TEAM.

Winning in late November and beyond will ultimately rest on Speight and the OL.

And, to a lesser extent, the degree to which the freshman wide outs have developed over the course of the season.

Awesome start to the season.  Love the SEC tears.

G'day, God Bless and Go Blue!

08/31/2017 - 4:14am Don Brown is a GEM

Coach Brown exudes enthusiasm and excitement.

Most entertaining interview on the Coaching Staff IMHO.

Zordich is rock solid too.  He is sharp and interesting.

Can't wait until toe meets leather down in Jerry's World.

Go Blue!

08/29/2017 - 2:12am yes

That's the first thing that came to my mind.

Plus I just thing Coach is generally pissed off losing 3 of his last 4 games to close out season.

All business.

This is fine with me.

Go Blue!

08/11/2017 - 5:25pm Ditto!! (Say it Slim Pickens style)

That is the player that immediatley sprung to my mind as well.

If that becomes reality, we may have our first star back since Mike Hart.

 

Go Blue!