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05/01/2018 - 12:47pm If only both tackles weren't

If only both tackles weren't the two most uncertain spots...

04/25/2018 - 1:41pm Fortunately, I think that ND

Double post, don't know how to delete

04/25/2018 - 1:40pm Fortunately, I think that ND

Fortunately, I think that ND (like Florida last year) is significantly overrated.  Their D will be good, as they return a lot of starters to a good but not great defense that had poor safety play.  But their offense will struggle to start the season, and our defense is beastly.  They're starting a mediocre QB, lost their only proven WRs, and lost two first-round draft picks from their OL.  Don Brown is going to dial up the pressure and Wimbush is going to be under fire from minute 1.  Queue up the Yakety Sax.

03/24/2018 - 12:19pm Thinking maybe there was a

Thinking maybe there was a miscommunication, that JH didn't plan to reveal that bit of information so early, and Sam thought it was ok to print.

03/19/2018 - 6:03pm I am just hoping we don't get

I am just hoping we don't get two quick classic Mo fouls, where they're not really fouls (bumps or reaches) but still not intelligent to risk those fouls, and Mo does it anyway.  Might as well start every game by walking up to the ref and saying "Hey, would you like me to sit for most of the first half?  I'm cool either way, just let me know"

03/18/2018 - 4:02am Agree, but to be fair, he got

Agree, but to be fair, he got fouled a LOT of times going to the basket and didn't get foul calls.  The game was way over-reffed, but for some reason they weren't calling anything on Gray's drives to the basket.  The contrast was stark with the rest of the players on both teams, who got a foul call the second they stepped toward the basket.

11/30/2017 - 6:23pm I agree.  Every time I see

I agree.  Every time I see Metellus on the screen, he is making a big mistake.  I'm sure it's just perception, but I feel like you can trace half of the big plays on us this season to a mistake by Metellus.  He'd better be the best off-screen player on the team to somehow make up for all the mistakes I've seen him make on my TV.

11/30/2017 - 6:20pm Agreed, but if Winovich comes

Agreed, but if Winovich comes back, we get better at both DEs.  So equally nasty, just in a different way...less push up front, more pressure on the edge.  Besides, Don Brown will always send blitzes up the middle anyway.

11/30/2017 - 6:19pm I kind of agree, but from

I kind of agree, but from another perspective.  Peters was adequate, and compared to Speight and O'Korn even looked good.  But objectively, he primarily managed the offense and didn't make that many plays with his arm.  I think it's likely that McCaffrey could have done damn near what Peters did this season, and expect a full-fledged QB battle.  I hope whoever emerges is capable of winning games with his arm, as opposed to simply "managing" the offense.

11/30/2017 - 6:15pm Agreed.  If healthy, Black is

Agreed.  If healthy, Black is a top-10 lock on this list, definitely higher than DPJ.

10/26/2017 - 2:13pm Our offense has 1 dangerman

Our offense has 1 dangerman and 3 cyan circles.  Including a beautiful cyan halo at QB.  Goddamn that's depressing.

But seriously, is Crawford really a cyan circle given that he's a pretty good blocker?  I'm not sure I understand how this works.

10/24/2017 - 3:48pm Agree.  This has been a

Agree.  This has been a disappointing season for all, but most of this cannot be put on JH.  When you lost your LT last season so you gotta shift your C over to LT... then you lose your QB and most promising WR (I'd argue Perry is the best, but Tarik was certainly quickly overtaking him)... things are generally not going to turn out great.

Look, JH isn't perfect.  For varied reasons, we don't have enough tackles on the roster, and we don't have the caliber QB we want on the roster.  And the offensive playcalling has been shitty (and in the case of the pass game, continues to be shitty).  But JH is a damn good coach and no doubt working 110% to fix these problems.  Based on JH's impeccable resume, there is nobody more capable of doing so.  Anybody suggesting that we'd be better off going in another direction, or that JH's seat should be even remotely hot, is taking crazy pills.

10/05/2017 - 5:04pm Agree.  Looking at the

Agree.  Looking at the chart:

Winovich will feast on Chewins.  They'll need to double with Higby to neutralize.

Hurst will crush whoever starts at RG, whether an injured player or a backup, so Allen will need to double here.

Finally, Gary will beat any freshman tackle, even if they're not marked a trouble spot.  They'll need to double with the TE or RB.

So basically, they don't have a single one-on-one matchup on the OL they can win.  Any time they try to block with 5, Gary or Winovich is going to be one-on-one against an underclassman tackle, which is a BIG WIN.  On the other hand, when they are blocking 6 on 3, our blitzers will be free and clear.

It is going to take a miracle for Sparty to move the ball with any consistency.  They'll get some chunk plays, but sustained drives seem incredibly unlikely.

 

09/29/2017 - 7:09pm The kid was offered as a 2019

The kid was offered as a 2019 recruit, and, after committing, decided to reclassify to 2018.  In that circumstance, I don't think the coaching staff can be faulted for backing out of a scholarship offer.  We promised you a 2019 offer, you weren't in our plans for 2018.

He changed the equation, not Michigan.

09/29/2017 - 3:59pm Don't we usually get a "dude

Don't we usually get a "dude of the week" type thing in UFR?  Wanted to see if Winovich supplanted Bush this week.

09/29/2017 - 3:40pm Does anyone know why Crawford

Does anyone know why Crawford is still back there returning KOs?  I mean, even if you ignore DPJ, we have a roster full of fast athletes, and KR is much easier than PR as you're not fielding in traffic.  There has to be SOMEBODY better than Crawford, who isn't one of the top 10 athletes on the team and hasn't once looked dangerous.

09/28/2017 - 7:24pm Agree.  Efficiency is

Agree.  Efficiency is everything.  Anybody who would rather stand in line for a urinal doesn't really understand that one of the primary purposes of a stadium bathroom is to let you get back to the game.

09/25/2017 - 5:21pm Just downvoted every single

Just downvoted every single person who tried to change this into a climate change thread.

And yes, you each deserved it.

09/25/2017 - 3:29pm My feeling about this game:

My feeling about this game:  80.  FINALLY WE HAVE A QB THAT CAN RUN THIS OFFENSE OMGGGGG

My feeling about the season YTD:  45.  4-0 is totally expected.  Our inability to block anyone on run or pass is a bit unexpected.  J'OK's emergence bumps this number up, but I still can't see us beating PSU, Wisky or OSU unless we make serious progress on the OL.  And losing to those 3 would make this a bit of a bummer of a season.

09/22/2017 - 2:57pm Not if Speight throws a pick

Not if Speight throws a pick 6 or turns it over inside our own 30.  Could easily see them getting to 23 if we help them with points or short fields.

09/22/2017 - 2:55pm Certainly possible, but would

Certainly possible, but would be disappointing.  At this point, it's become clear that we need Speight to get on track to obtain our season goals, and this is one of the only remaining opportunities to work out the kinks.  So I think we could certainly stick to the run game and have a high win percentage on this game, but I think it would do us a disservice down the line.

Certainly possible this happens on Saturday, but it will make me a very sad panda.

09/22/2017 - 2:53pm True.  Worth noting that the

True.  Worth noting that the mortal enemies of long-developing trick plays are "Aggressive pass rush" and "Disadvantage against opponent's DL" and Michigan has both.  Our defense is basically Brohm's worst nightmare.  They will get some chunks, and Brohm will attempt to scheme around our overwhelming advantage at DL v. OL, but ultimately the inevitable happens, and both QBs eventually get erratic and/or ground into the dirt.

And that's a damn good thing too because otherwise, a day full of trick plays just might do our young DBs in.

09/21/2017 - 12:12pm I gotta say, I love the

I gotta say, I love the kickoff 1 yard deep in the end zone the best.  Most returners will bring it out, but they often hesitate before doing so.  It's gotta fuck with a returner's mind to get every ball just slightly inside the end zone.

09/19/2017 - 5:41pm This is my impression as well

This is my impression as well and I don't understand it.  If you're experiencing lots of pressure... and ESPECIALLY if you're struggling with your accuracy in addition... STOP TRYING TO FORCE THE TOUGH THROW WHEN THERE ARE GIMMIES OUT THERE.

He has overlooked Perry on an open short route so many times on 1st and 2nd downs.  Speight is not absolved of all blame for ending up in tough 3rd and long situations all the time.  He needs to remember that he has ONE receiver with stickum hands, and that receiver is his safety blanket.

09/18/2017 - 8:11pm Personally, it is not the

Personally, it is not the young guys I'm disappointed with.  Black and DPJ have had growing pains but have been better than expected.  Same with Hill.

It is the guys I thought would have grown over the last season that are disappointing.  Guys like Speight and Crawford are killing drives with boneheaded mistakes we cannot afford.  Some of them could learn from the work ethic and drive we're seeing from the youth!

09/18/2017 - 7:09pm Moderately happy with the

Moderately happy with the season overall.  I mean, we're 3-0.

Quite unhappy with the AF game.  This was our last real chance to work out the kinks, and we didn't even get close to accomplishing that.  Right side of the line still a mess, Speight's accuracy is still pretty awful.  And while I'm grateful we didn't lose anybody to cut blocks, our starting RB and 2nd best WR got dinged.  I can't recall feeling worse after a win since JH was hired.

09/07/2017 - 3:36pm Agree.  Speight was abysmal

Agree.  Speight was abysmal with fades...I think each and every one ended up uncatchable out-of-bounds.  I understand the idea that you would rather put it too far out than too far in, put it in a place where only your receiver can get it... but some of them weren't even tight coverage.  He has to get better if he is going to keep throwing fades.

09/07/2017 - 3:34pm This is helpful thanks.

This is helpful thanks.  Obviously no criticism on my part, Brian does an awesome job and can take his time.  Just would like to know to avoid replacing the F5 sticker on my laptop keyboard.  :)

09/07/2017 - 3:12pm Also, why are TAs charted as

Also, why are TAs charted as bad?  Personally, I am always pleased when a QB surveys his options, sees nothing available, and makes the smart decision to throw it away and live to fight another day.  Speight did that several times in the right moment Saturday, and it made me happy.  Dude may have accuracy issues (and not just the throws to TacoPants - did he throw a single fade inbounds?), but his mental game is very encouraging.

09/07/2017 - 3:10pm You're the best, Brian.  Been

You're the best, Brian.  Been refreshing for this since Tuesday.  Ahhh....football is officially back.

 

PS - is there an official schedule on UFR?  It is my favorite feature of MGB and I would like to know what days it regularly goes up.  

09/05/2017 - 5:49pm Winovich set that up all game

If you read Winovich's comments, he noticed that the OT was sliding further and further to the outside every time he'd pass rush, so he was saving the inside move for a big moment.  Really clever play by Winovich.

08/04/2017 - 5:44pm +1 for 1108 Thugz

+1 for 1108 Thugz

06/29/2017 - 10:11pm IMO, the "sexual assault"

IMO, the "sexual assault" charge was bogus, and had nothing to do with any physical contact between Perry and the girl, and everything to do with the fact that this girl was a MSU fan and knew Perry was a Michigan football player and wanted to get him in trouble.  I find it extremely hard to believe it coincidence that this happened in East Lansing in a club line full of Sparties.   What ulterior motives could possibly be in play, right?  Jim Harbaugh is a just man and I trust him to make the right decision, which is not to let this false charge steal more of Perry's career.  Perry obviously did the wrong thing running from the cops, and he's paid the price for that.  Really unfair to the kid to penalize him any more.

06/29/2017 - 10:09pm I agree.  There should be

I agree.  There should be repercussions for making charges that are later found to be clearly false.

06/28/2017 - 7:10pm Both are supposed to be good

Both are supposed to be good defenders.

According to JB, "Simmons will bring a veteran defensive presence."  And Derrick Walton described Matthews as a "high-level athlete" who is a defensive strength.  Practice reports agree on Matthews.

 

08/31/2015 - 6:42pm No real surprises on O; lots

No real surprises on O; lots on D.

Surprise #1:  Henry to DE?  The more I think about it, though, the more I like it.  Even after Mone's injury, I like our DTs better than our DEs.  Glasgow and Wormley are both very solid, and Henry and Hurst have better moves than our DEs.  I wouldn't mind seeing a steady diet of those 4.

Surprise #2:  Lyons to backup safety?  I had dismissed the practice reports because I mean...Lyons was the heir apparent at CB2, right?  People were saying he was clearly an upgrade on Countess; he was an NFL guy who would compete with Lewis for the top CB spot... unless this is a JH bluff, these predictions were clearly way off the mark.  This reading is further bolstered by the move of Jeremy Clark to CB, a position that would have had plenty of depth if Lyons were as advertised.  I will be very disappointed of Lyons is not logging starting time somewhere on this defense.

Surprise #3 (related):  Stribling at CB2?  With no OR?  Look, I loved Stribling as a freshman, thought he was this close to becoming a real difference maker.  For his height and length, he was shockingly good at getting in a receiver's pocket, and showed a great ability to get his head around and make plays on the ball.  But we haven't heard from him much since then, and he was conspicuously absent from any practice reports.  Hopefully this means he's great, and not that Countess/Lyons has left us thin at CB.

08/25/2015 - 3:19pm This may have been the most

This may have been the most worthless interview I've ever read.  Kudos, Drevno.

01/09/2015 - 3:02pm Agree. Except that I really

Agree. Just so long as manning is at LBs and NOT at CBs.

01/09/2015 - 2:56pm the discussion on Scout is

the discussion on Scout is that the final defensive coach will be a Cbs coach, not an OLB/de coach. So that should alleviate some of your worries about the jackson hire. I share your concern about manning at CB but he is far from a lock at this point.

11/14/2014 - 2:37pm Agreed.  We can debate

Agreed.  We can debate whether his natural regression is the most likely scenario, but there's very little evidence to support that coasting is the "max upside."  Seth certainly didn't make such a case.  It is not mind-blowingly fantastic to imagine that an older coach who finally gains his dream job could be rejuvenated and put in extra effort.

11/13/2014 - 10:38pm Nailed it.

Nailed it.

11/10/2014 - 6:51pm THANK YOU!!!

THANK YOU!!!

11/10/2014 - 6:49pm YES!

We HAVE to check in with guys like Stoops, Malzahn, Briles... even if they're just going to say no.  And ESPECIALLY if we strike out with Jimmy.  We did a lot of things wrong in the first coaching search, but one of the things (perhaps the only thing) we did right was to drop a feeler to a top coach who didn't appear to have interest and a few dominos fell and next thing you know we have RRod.  Obviously it didn't work out here, but he was significantly better than the dregs we appeared to be down to post-Schiano.

11/10/2014 - 6:22pm Agree with all this.  Don't

Tier 1 - Jim Harbaugh

Tier 2 - Les Miles, Gary Patterson

Tier 3 - Dan Mullen, John Harbaugh, Todd Graham

Tier 4 - Mike Gundy

Not interested in deviating from this list unless an unexpected name becomes available.  So we need to call Bob Stoops.  Call Malzahn.  Call Art Briles.  What's the worst that can happen?  They say no.  Big whoop.

10/29/2014 - 4:10pm Would Schissel do this?  (I

Would Schissel do this?  (I have the suspicion an academic guy would be loath to do so).  And if he would, how would he enforce?  DB hires a career coordinator Michigan man, and then gets fired?  Or would Schissel step in beforehand and say "no, you can't go after him?"

This just seems really messy and like something a President would not want to have to do.  I'd love to live in a world where this is the only way DB stays, but I fear I live in a world where if DB stays, he gets to make whatever decision he likes.

10/29/2014 - 3:07pm I agree.  My board looks like

I agree - he should be on the short list.  My board looks like this:

Jim Harbaugh

Mullen/Patterson

Miles

Graham/Gundy

...if we can't get anybody on this list, I'll be worried.

10/29/2014 - 2:04pm I'm not surprised that Gary

I'm not surprised that Gary Patterson came up so high.  I love the dude.  In fact, I think you've underrated him on offense.  You're right he hasn't traditionally been an offensive dude... but this year is proof positive that he's a very bright mind, knows what will work at a high level, and will go out and get guys who can teach him.

http://espn.go.com/blog/big12/post/_/id/82719/tcu-hopes-new-offense-lev…

Clif notes:  He wasn't happy with the O, so this offseason he spoke to some spread gurus and completely retooled the O.  Now it's one of the best in the nation.  Sounds pretty awesome from a defensive coach.

10/29/2014 - 1:48am Do we have any information

Do we have any information indicating this was a big baller donor and not just another medium donor?

10/29/2014 - 1:39am Shoulda been:
1 Miss St
2

Shoulda been:

1 Miss St

2 FSU

3 Auburn

4 Oregon

5 Ole Miss

6 TCU

7 Kansas State

8 Notre Dame

9 Alabama

10 Michigan State

10/27/2014 - 9:09pm The point is that there are a

The point is that there are a lot more elite football schools in the SEC West.  The Podcast said it well - Mullen loses a bunch of players this year and it is unlikely he can keep Mississippi State at the top.  Any conference with 5 elite programs, you're going to struggle to stay at the top every season.  Even Alabama struggles to stay atop the division, and Saban may be the greatest college coach of our generation.  If he comes to Michigan, it would be much easier to maintain dominance.  Hell, we saw Lloyd Carr (who was NOT a fantastic coach) turn this conference into the big 2 little 10.  Michigan State does not have the tradition and cannot maintain its spot if Michigan improves.  Even now, we out-recruit them.  That's pretty much proof positive any top coach will have the necessary talent to beat MSU more often than not.

Your point is solid that we don't want a guy who runs away from a challenge.  However, like I said, a $2M pay increase is quite a reason in and of itself.  You suggest these schools will all match, but without any proof.  Mississippi State, TCU, Oklahoma State... these schools have likely never considered paying $5-6M for a football coach because they're not really football factories like Florida or Alabama or Notre Dame.  I don't adopt the defeatist attitude that "aw well they'll probably match so why bother trying."  Make these schools make the difficult decision; make that AD go to the Regents and say "hey guys, I wanna double my head coach's pay" and get ridiculed by the academics.  In the end, the AD may up his coach's pay by $2M, but there's always a chance he won't.

In the end, I agree with you that these candidates (Mullen, Patterson, Gundy) are long shots, but I think you are dismissing their candidacy just a bit too glibly.  At the very least, they're definitely worth taking seriously.