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01/17/2019 - 7:01pm This interview makes it…

This interview makes it crystal clear that Gattis is going to radically change the offense (not tweak) and that it will be match-up driven going forward.

This ^^^^ is absolutely 100% what I took from the interview as well. 

I think Harbaugh's philosophy was more along the lines of fitting the players into the identity, while Gattis is talking about shaping the identity around what the most dynamic players do the best, and then implementing that based upon the situation.  Further, I think Gattis is going to use some sort of "touch chart" like people talked about, to make sure that he's working the ball around between the talent.  Again, it's not so much what we want to do, but more with whom do we want to do it.

Personally, I think Gattis's words should give the Michigan fanbase a great deal of comfort in that they indicate the level of Harbaugh's self awareness and willingness to make necessary changes.  Now, I know many are going to stand on, "I'll believe it when I see it ..." and that is fair.  But equally as fair is that this is Michigan's first OC under Harbaugh, and the first time we really seen and heard a move in this direction.  There were some whispers and rumors last season, but nothing this concrete.

We should all be very excited, I think. 

01/16/2019 - 5:57pm Interesting.  Obviously,…

Interesting.  Obviously, Harbaugh & Co. see something in him that they wanted in Ann Arbor.  Maybe it was his ability to teach his DLinemen to do two things:

1) draw holding flag when being BLATANTLY HELD; and,

2) get their hands up and knock down passes when they cannot get home.

 

01/16/2019 - 2:30pm Thanks for doing this SC,…

Thanks for doing this SC, and moreover, thanks for you opening comments about people complaining about Michigan's scheme, etc. 

One of the things that I noticed last year with Michigan's offense versus the elite offenses of other programs was the ability/skill the QB showed in changing the play at the LOS.  Do you think that, at least to some degree, Shea's minimal ability/license to alter the play at the LOS really hurt Michigan especially in the running game?

RPO is great, and I look forward to seeing more of it next season, but just a good old fashioned, "Check Check ... " and shift from the called run to a pass if the defense loads up to stop the run, seemed to my eye to be lacking.

Any thoughts?

01/13/2019 - 10:21am A coach that can’t teach the…

A coach that can teach the DL how to do two things:

1) draw holding flags when being blatantly held, and;

2) get hands up to bat passes down

that DL for KC was really taking to Luck with those loooooonnnnggggg arms in his passing lanes over and over.  I cannot remember the last time I saw a Michigan DL do that.  

01/10/2019 - 5:25pm A Michigan fan is concerned!…

A Michigan fan is concerned!  Will wonders never cease!

01/09/2019 - 5:30pm I saw Shea running around a…

I saw Shea running around a lot, M-Dog.  Sometimes it was by design, and sometimes he was improvising.  I think part of what he lacked was the skill/authority to set the protection.  Did you watch the Colt vs Texans game?  Luck delivered a masterful game by letting the fierce Texans pass rush go around him, then stepping up in the pocket, and escaping into the flat that he worked open pre-snap. 

I think we'll see a lot more from Shea next year.

01/09/2019 - 5:16pm Comparing to 2017 is not…

Comparing to 2017 is not going to give an accurate depiction as we were down to our 3rd string QB half the year.

You're moving the goal posts.  Michigan's offense improve YoY in S&P+ for the first time since the improvement seen between '14-'15.

2014: 89
2015: 38
2016: 41
2017: 85
2018: 24

If we were charting a commodity this would be a very encouraging chart : hit an historic low (even 2008 was 77), rebounded off that low to a near-term high, leveled off, fell back to retest the low, and has now rocketed past the near-term high and could possibly be closing in on the long-term high (11 in 2011).

Returning QB, WR's plus new talent, nearly fully intact OL ... I am glad I doubled down when it retested the low in 2017.

01/09/2019 - 3:44pm But damn, it sure as hell …

But damn, it sure as hell "made strides" in 2018 as JH wrote.  Arguing otherwise is not just a bad take, it's objectively false.

 

But but but BPONE! 

/s

Replying more to the idiot above, but you put all the data I wanted to respond with in your response.  Objective measures don’t count for the numbskulls who’ve taken over the fan base.  It’s all subjective looks and buzz words, no substance.  They’ll even go so far at to tell you that the new, modern offense doesn’t require players to actually execute plays, because it’s just easier.

I think Harbaugh would agree that it’s not enough, but I think he’d add that it’s an evolution, not an on off switch.  

01/09/2019 - 2:27pm If this is real, it's pretty…

If this is real, it's pretty cool.

I think the situation is pretty simple.  Shea was new and wasn't really comfortable in the pocket.  The OL isn't the greatest in Pass Pro, and needed to really rep the new run blocking schemes.  Further, I think the WR's weren't fully in synch with Shea yet, and basically Harbaugh trusted the running game more than he trusted the passing game.  Add to that the fact that he trusted the defense fully, and it makes sense that Harbaugh went with a more conservative approach.

I don't think Harbaugh will ever go away from wanting to "establish the run," but I that the offense is going to look more "modern" next season.

01/08/2019 - 8:50pm I'm done.

 


Praise the…

I'm done.

 

Praise the mother fuckin' Lord!

Either, it's not the coaches; it's us.

Us?  Don't put me in with you.  It's definitely YOU, Matt!  My question is, did completely negged out, pessimistic fools like you exist before the internet, but you lacked a medium with which to express yourself, or did the internet create you sorry sacks?  Maybe you'd have been the guy writing a letter to the Editor in the AA News or the Free Press or something.  But, that would actually take some real effort as you'd have to buy stamps and envelops, mail it in, etc.  Now, it's a few key strokes and your worthless take is out there for everyone to see. 

For the love of Yost you're pathetic.

01/08/2019 - 8:09pm Whomever they decide to hire…

Whomever they decide to hire, please teach the DLinemen to do two things:

1) Draw holding flags when they're being blatantly held;

and, 2) Get their hands up and bat down passes when they cannot get to the QB

 

01/08/2019 - 8:01pm God Bless America you're…

God Bless America you're insufferable, Tom.  Whether or not this rumor has any traction has yet to be determined.  Further, you have NO EARTHLY IDEA whether this guy can recruit or not.  From the resume posted below, he most likely has quite a bit of recruiting experience, but keep on spinning everything to suit your anti-Harbaugh narrative.

Dip Shit!

01/08/2019 - 7:57pm Ethnicity?  Really?  C'mon…

Ethnicity?  Really?  C'mon man.  At least if you're going to pop off something stupid like this, get your reasoning correct.

01/08/2019 - 7:54pm Pot, I'd like you to me…

Pot, I'd like you to me Kettle.

01/08/2019 - 3:59pm It’s the height of comedy…

It’s the height of comedy when a MGoBlog posters make statements like, “we all know, but Harbaugh doesn’t ...” and are serious.  

Yeah, ok ... if you say so.  

Lets be frank.  The is nothing that a fan “knows” that a coach doesn’t.  Simply because you’re not seeing what you THINK should be done doesn’t mean that it a) can be done, nor; b) that the reason it’s not being done is because of ignorance.  

Yet this never stops people from making this claim.  Worse still, you know because he didn’t do what you think should be done this season that he’ll NEVER do what you think should be done, and as a result, Michigan will NEVER beat OSU.  Literally, 100% of this line of thinking is based upon assumption formed from a position of near complete lack of knowledge and experience.  

No, you don’t know, and yes, Harbaugh does know.  Even if you happen to actually know what needs to be done (which you don’t, but I’ll humor you) the fact that you didn’t see it this season has NO BEARING on whether it will be implemented next year or not.  The offense is ever evolving.  If it wasn’t where WE want it, I can promise you it wasn’t where Harbaugh and the players want it.   

That, and only that, is the engine of change.  Coming in here 1000x a day and making snarky, hand wringing, and inflammatory remarks about it isn’t doing a damn thing except making our fan base look ridiculous.  

01/08/2019 - 10:00am This ^^^^ !!!!

I love our…

This ^^^^ !!!!

I love our players, and respect the hell out of them.  But, if you’re an honest fan and you look at that game last night you have to come away with the notion that those two teams are HEADS AND SHOULDERS above everyone else, including OSU.  

Lawrence, as compared to Shea is totally lopsided.  Personally, I believe Shea has that kind of performance in him, but he’s nowhere near the polished QB that Lawrence is.  That’s not a slight on Shea, that’s just how good Lawrence is.  Even the mighty Alabama coached by the greatest of all time was totally out coached and out played by Dabo and Clemson.  

We’re building, but that summit is pretty high.  

01/08/2019 - 9:55am The irony of all this is…

The irony of all this is that Harbaugh ALREADY KNOWS THIS and tried, several times during the season, to “throw the ball more.”  The problem is, it didn’t work because Shea’s reads weren’t crisp due to relative inexperience, the WR’s weren’t getting separated from their defenders well enough, and the OL wasn’t strong enough in pass protection. But to many fans, those are all excuses, just keep throwing and good things will magically happen!

Such complete idiocy.  

Lawrence was throwing absolute DIME back shoulder passes to WR who weren’t even out of their break yet over and over.  I saw a few of those throws late in the season from Shea.  Which means, the offense is evolving but it wasn’t there in 2018. 

Why is this so hard to accept?

01/08/2019 - 9:23am “I just make plays ... “

—…

“I just make plays ... “

— C. Woodson, 1997

Players make plays, or don’t.  Nobody would be complaining — well, I take that back, it’s Michigan so someone will ALWAYS be complaining — if Shea hit 10% more his deep passes, of if Higdon actually saw and exploited 10% more of the holes the OL opened for him, or if Gentry caught those passes, etc.  

Those plays weren’t missed because of Pep, or because of body blows, or because of Bo, they were missed because the PLAYERS missed them.  They seem to understand this, but fans seem obsessed with putting every miss on the coaches.  Bama missed A TON of plays yesterday, does that mean Saban sucks?

Make plays!

01/08/2019 - 9:18am This ^^^ !!!

Everything…

This ^^^ !!!

Everything sucks so I’m going to go out a scream how everything sucks as loud and frequently as I can, that way everyone will KNOW that everything sucks.  

— Brilliant Snowflake Strategist 

01/08/2019 - 9:10am I’ve got significantly more…

I’ve got significantly more understanding and perspective about the Michigan football program than you ever will.  Thanks for your well thought out input, it will be taken under advisement.  

01/07/2019 - 8:04pm It's this comment, Don. 

It's this comment, Don. 

Mattison and maybe a LB coach leave and it's, "shut the lights off ... "

Fuckin' A man ... Oh wait, you were a Michigan fan in the 70's so that gives you license to shut it all down because YOU are disappointed.  Well, I was a student in the 90's, grew up in Ann Arbor, was family friends with Bob Ufer and his family, and sat next to Mrs. Carr for 5 seasons, and I say "Leave the Lights on ... " because I am happy with the trajectory of the program. 

Who wins?

01/07/2019 - 7:59pm You're just too negative,…

You're just too negative, Don.  I never said anything about who is a real Michigan fan.  Let me repeat it for you so you understand: You're too fucking negative and all your whining and BPONE sky is falling schtick is MAKING THINGS WORSE.  If you're this negative and whiny about something you profess to love, maybe you should think about finding something else to "love."

If I am quick to jump on people it is because the negativity within the fanbase is becoming OPPRESSIVE and making us out to be little whiny cunts ... sorta like you. 

01/07/2019 - 7:54pm Do you think it's hard to…

Do you think it's hard to learn these things?  I don't.  I spent 30 mins. watching RPO videos on YouTube and reading a few X's & O's Blogs and I have a pretty good handle on it.  Now, I wouldn't say I have anywhere near the ability to coach it, but I understand it.  Harbaugh, by contrast, grew up surrounded by coaching terminology, and has FORGOTTEN more about football the collective intellect of MGoBlog will EVER KNOW.  He can learn it easily.  The "right man for the job" would have learned it at some point himself.

You guys make this shit out to be some sort of mystery.  Michigan Arrogance nearly ruined the program in 2007, and if there is anything negatively effecting the program today, its negative Nancy's like yourself.

01/07/2019 - 5:44pm Lol ... how do you know he's…

Lol ... how do you know he's not?  Or, maybe he's learning the innovations so many crave himself.

01/07/2019 - 5:38pm I am serious, Don.  Your…

I am serious, Don.  Your comments here, below, and elsewhere make you look negged out maybe it's time YOU turn the lights out on your Michigan fandom as it CLEARLY makes you miserable.

So Michigan lost a couple of assistant coaches, so the fuck what.  There are more where that came from.  Get a grip.

01/07/2019 - 5:36pm What does that even mean?  I…

What does that even mean?  I am sure Harbaugh is just "sitting on his ass" while all this is going on.  If Harbaugh wants to keep Washington he'll match or beat the offer.  If not, he won't.  If Washington wants to go to OSU regardless of the offer from Michigan, so be it.  There is nothing Harbaugh can do to "protect" his house.  Good lord.

01/07/2019 - 5:30pm I will never again breathe…

I will never again breathe even the tiniest bit of criticism of players who decommit before signing day, or transfer from the team.

Why?

01/07/2019 - 5:20pm ... but this is the AD…

... but this is the AD office failing.

How so?  It's always amazing how many Michigan fans in here IMMEDIATELY call, "FAIL!" before they know the facts of the situation. 

01/07/2019 - 4:44pm This ^^^!

I am envisioning…

This ^^^!

I am envisioning a very serious conversation between Harbaugh, Brown and GMatt in which GMatt was told his unit wasn't cutting it this year and he needed to step it up.  As it's unclear whether or not GMatt's contract renewal was denied or whether he refused.  Either way, I wouldn't be the least bit surprised to find out that Brown was really disappointed in the DL's production.

Also, I've said it a bunch of times in these Mattison threads, and maybe someone with more coaching/technique knowledge can chime in, but it always seemed like his DL never bat down passes nor draw holding flags.  Anyone else notice that?

01/07/2019 - 4:38pm I had the utmost respect for…

I had the utmost respect for GMatt when he willingly took a demotion from DC to DL coach when Harbaugh arrived.  Professionally, I don't blame him for taking the position at OSU.  Personally, I am disappointed in him because it's OSU and he, as well as anyone, knows that kind of scum bags they employ.  But we each got to make hay while the sun is shining, and it won't be shining for that much longer for GMatt.

Obviously, GMatt was a very good DL coach, but a couple of things always puzzled me about his DL's.  First, as compared to the DL's of other programs, it seemed that his DL's very rarely batted balls down.  I don't know enough about DL technique and coaching, but it sure seemed to that it happened to Michigan a lot more than Michigan did it to other programs.  Secondly, and this was addressed by the press at times, his DL's seemed to draw a lot less holding penalties than you'd expect, even when they were CLEARLY being held.

Although this tarnishes my opinion of someone I respected a great deal, I think Michigan is going to be better off for it, if only because it appears that Harbaugh and Brown weren't interested in renewing his contract, i.e., there was something lacking in their opinion. 

01/07/2019 - 2:55pm The fact that Mattison didn…

The fact that Mattison didn't do a great job with the line is missing the point.

He probably got tired of hearing from Coach Brown about his DL unit getting barely a pressure on Haskins, not knowing how to draw holding flags, and lacking all ability to bat down passes.

01/07/2019 - 2:44pm I'll bet there was a serious…

I'll bet there was a serious talk between Harbaugh, Brown and GMatt regarding his unit's inability to get any semblance of pressure against OSU, and as a result, GMatt's was going to get cut loose.

01/07/2019 - 2:36pm Makes sense, Mongo!

Makes sense, Mongo!

01/07/2019 - 2:17pm Some of you just can't see…

Some of you just can't see things when it is right in front of your face.

What should we be seeing, in your opinion?  That somehow OSU hiring a guy on the brink of retirement, who was never really an elite DC, and whose DL seemed incapable of either drawing holding flag or batting down passes, is a coup against Michigan of the highest order?

01/07/2019 - 2:06pm Thanks for the memories,…

Thanks for the memories, GMatt! 

I love Coach Mattison, but he wasn't long for this position as it was.  Since we're all about wishing for someone to coach "Modern Football" how about coaching the DL to draw holding flags and bat down passes when they cannot get home -- for a great as the DL's have been, there have been a dearth of BOTH lately.

I think this is a good sign, albeit an unexpected one, that things are starting to move on the staff.  Self-scouting said DL was weak in the OSU game, and that opened the defense up to being torched. 

01/07/2019 - 1:45pm If we’re all just jumping to…

If we’re all just jumping to conclusions, I think this is the one that makes the most sense.  Brown told Harbaugh the DL was the weak link this season and wanted to start the young guys with some new ideas — like getting your hands up to bat passes down.  Contract up, thanks but we’re going to pass.  

OSU fans aren’t happy about it.  I don’t see this as a “BIG MOVE” by Day at all — taking an old, Michigan cast off.  

01/07/2019 - 1:42pm Calm down dude.  

Calm down dude.  

01/07/2019 - 1:40pm Maybe because of whining…

Maybe because of whining bitches like you that infest the Michigan fan base.  Make sure you salve those hands before wringing them so hard.  

01/07/2019 - 1:34pm Maybe the younger DL coach…

Maybe the younger DL coach will teach the innovative, modern concept of getting their hands up when they cannot get home and bat passes down.  

01/07/2019 - 1:30pm Not concerned in the least. …

Not concerned in the least.  

Yes, GM was a great DL coach and recruiter, but in the only game that matters, his squad got ZERO pressure, so I think we need someone else.  Besides, did he ever coach his DLinemen to get their hands up and bat passes down?

Maybe, rather than the sky falling, this is a sign that Harbaugh is making moves.  Brown out, Mattison told he’s not a candidate for DC, so he goes elsewhere. Or, maybe Harbaugh asked him where the weak link was in the defense and Brown said DL.  

01/07/2019 - 1:00pm My question is do you, and…

My question is do you, and you crew of whiners, ever get tired of complaining?  You have no idea what Harbaugh wants to do, nor why he made the choices he made in 2018.  In looking back, 2018 looked very much like a "feeling out year" in which Harbaugh & Co., Shea, the OL, and the WR's all needed to grow and develop together.

If you were expecting Shea to step in and light the world on fire, you were setting yourself up to be disappointed.  Michigan's offense showed flashes of what is coming down the pike.  Just stop whining so much, it's pathetic.

01/06/2019 - 1:30pm Yes, I have.

Yes, I have.

01/06/2019 - 12:46pm Two years ago, who was the…

Two years ago, who was the QB?  What year were those WR's?

You realize that Shea coming back will be the first returning starter QB that Harbaugh has had save for the few games that Shea played in 2017, right?

 

01/06/2019 - 12:44pm Oh WD ...you're just the…

Oh WD ...you're just the BPONEiest!

01/06/2019 - 10:04am He said that in the post…

He said that in the post-bowl game press conference.  If you think he’s going to announce staff and philosophy changes there and then, you’re an even bigger idiot than I thought.  

“Major changes” aren’t needed, he’s right.  Just a slight shift in run vs pass frequency, finding more ways to get speedy talent in space, and most importantly, hitting those passes.  If Shea were more accurate nobody would be bitching.  

01/05/2019 - 1:44pm This ^^^^ !!!  

I said this…

This ^^^^ !!!  

I said this elsewhere too : there felt like a method to this years scheme ... it felt like Harbaugh knew he had a young OL that needed to gel and develop its run blocking chops so he tested them time and again — the way you get better run blocking is by run blocking.  

Add to that Shea relative inexperience in the system and he tested a lot of things out, and I think Shea’s comment could point to that fact.  

“but I think we’re realizing how talented we really are -- and explosive we can be.” They’ve got a plan for 2019 and this year will have helped that plan a great deal in the long run. 

01/04/2019 - 9:58pm Good for Frank!

I’ll always…

Good for Frank!

I’ll always remember his freakish interception in the Sugar Bowl vs VT.

Simply amazing!

01/04/2019 - 12:05pm it's things like this that…

it's things like this that trigger that feeling...

Yes, yes they are.  Unless, during the course of your maturation from child to adult, you actually learned some coping mechanisms and how to compartmentalize and prioritize information and situations that are, a) actually meaningless entertainment; and, b) completely beyond your control.  

C’mon man!

01/04/2019 - 11:53am Just make sure you keep sand…

Just make sure you keep sand out of it and wash it from time to time ... don’t want it getting chaffed and stinky!

 

01/03/2019 - 11:23pm General Studies is not a…

General Studies is not a bullshit, made up major for athletes.