|06/12/2018 - 11:45pm||I had surgery just prior to…||
I had surgery just prior to the change and was off the net for about 3 weeks. I had no idea what was going on. Duh! Damn glad you're back! I'm sure things will get sorted out.
|05/15/2018 - 9:37pm||Given the difficult road to get back to just running||
I find it amazing that he is so committed to getting back on the field. I wish him the very best and hope he achieves all of his goals.
|05/05/2018 - 12:04am||Regardless of any single player’s talent||
Football is a team sport. No single player wins a national championship. I’m glad he can play but a championship will require excellence or at least consistently superior play by the rest of the offense and the defense.
He’s a huge get at a position of need, but he can’t do it alone, and it’s unfair to pin our hopes on one guy no matter ho gifted.
|05/03/2018 - 9:55pm||Thank God thats great!||
Just fantastic! Prayers with you and yours.
|05/02/2018 - 8:10pm||Odd are you are 100% correct but...||
Many years ago when dinosaurs walked the earth and I was barely old enough to ride a bicycle a friend of my parents shattered his upper and lower leg. He owned a ski and summer shop and was on the ski patrol and was in his early 30s. Four kids and his business was just really starting to get off the ground. He took a terrible fall and broke his leg in multiple locations both below and above his knee.
The doctors tell his wife that they're going to have to amputate his leg a few inches below his hip. She says to them "If you think you're going to saddle me with a cripple for the rest of my life you're confused. Set the leg and we'll see what happens". So they set the leg and the bones knitted. A hell of a lot of pain. Several months on crutches and a lot of rehab. Several months with a cane. But two years later he was walking fine and back on skies.
This case is completely different. We know the type of damage that his leg suffered and the impact of the internal trauma to his leg. But despite all the massive advances in medical knowledge and the diagnostic tools available to the docs, unexpected recoveries remain possible. So while I have no expectation that he'll ever see the field in anything other than an arranged appearance, I'll still hold out hope that he makes a truly complete recovery, and if he chooses to, returns to the game as a starter before he leaves the university.
|05/02/2018 - 4:26pm||Just as there were the Tuskegee Airmen||
The 761 Tank Battalion was an African-American unit that served with distinction during WWII. They were known as the "Black Panthers" after their unit's distinctive insignia. The battalion received a Presidential Unit Citation for its actions. In addition, a large number of individual members also received medals, including one Medal of Honor, 11 Silver Stars and about 300 Purple Hearts. They were called "one of the most effective tank battalions in World War II".
The battalion first saw combat on 7 November 1944. It was among the American units that relieved the 101st Airborne at Bastogne.
|05/02/2018 - 4:07pm||Germany's High Seas Fleet in WWI||
Had far fewer ships than the Royal Navy. However, ship for ship the Germans were superior both in armor, and its placement, and caliber to caliber German heavy naval rifles out performed their British counterparts. The power of a navy of that period was based on the number and technical sophistication of its battleship and battlecruisers. The German navy had around 20 dreadnought class battleships and 5 battlecruisers. At the beginning of WWI the British Royal Navy had 25-35 then state of the art battleships and battlecruisers. By the end of the war Britain had 35 battleships and 11 battlecruisers, 20 of these 46 ships were built after the start of the war. Despite Germany's best efforts, the British dramatically out built them throughout the war.
When the US entered the war it sent the five dreadnought class battleships and support ships of the United States Battleship Division nine to Britian which was attached to the Royal Navy as the Sixth Battle Squadron. Through most of the war the Royal Navy enjoyed a 2-1 numerical advantage over the German Navy.
That said at the beginning of WWI the German navy was considered the second most powerful navy in the world.
|04/21/2018 - 10:08pm||Classy warm lovely person||
Yet at the same time, according to her husband and children, tough as nails. One of our best first ladies in my life time and I stretch back to Mamie. Go with God Mrs. Bush, you will be missed.
|04/21/2018 - 9:59pm||Barring injury the defense will be tougher than last year.||
With the defense taken care of, this season, no diferently than most seasons, all comes down to the offensive line. With better quarterback protection Speight would have likely started every game and gelled with his receivers. With solid run blocking our running backs would not have been hit until they'd made four or more years.
Whine all you want about our poor offensive showing last season. Losing two of three QBs to injury usually means a losing season. While none of us, most especially the team was satisfied by last year, they really did one hell of a job to win eight games.
Real simple. Whomever is eligible Harbaugh will put the best QB available on the field, coached up and ready to play. If the Oline is up to the job the offense will produce enough points to beat opponents smothered by the defense. If not probably a ten win season, assuming no devastating injuries.
Coaching and scheme can mitigate a lot of weaknesses, but in the end when playing the tough games, the lines must perform.
|04/19/2018 - 9:46pm||Not only did he not lose the leg||
but he's able to run. We don't know how hard or long he can run, but the ability to run means that if he never plays football again, and I dearly hope he'll be able to play, he can live a fully normal life.
That's not just a story book ending, it's a damn triumphant ending.
|04/03/2018 - 3:26pm||If you use a good set of headphones||
Despite the moderator speaking over him the word he uses is clearly "dare". Not that it matters. It's obvious he's feeling the loss and, from his manner and overall body language would prefer not to be there. Gotta feel for those guys hard to imagine a tougher loss than the National Championship game. Heck of a season and a heck of a team.
|04/02/2018 - 10:14pm||Chill guys||
There's a lot of ball yet to be played. Sure there's reason to be concerned, but it's still either team's game.
|03/31/2018 - 9:57pm||My significant other's daughter||
was solicited by Michigan's Medical school. She graduated in the top third or quarter of her class and missed honors by three one hundreds of a grade point. In the solicitation that was sent her, the medical school indicated that their goal was a 54% 46% female to male incoming class.
The med school is quite open about this and you can go online and find that as a stated goal. You want to generalize about "universities" as if thats a rebuttal to my comment. Without regard to what "universities" may be doing, my alma mater, the University of Michigan is actively filtering their admissions in favor of women vs men.
|03/31/2018 - 9:43pm||As I said in the other thread||
I was unable to watch the game at home so I couldn't comment until after the game was over.
Come on people. Dear sweet Jesus, come on people. As fans we're better than this. Whining when the team isn't shooting hot and asking "how did they make the final four" when we all know it was through gritty play and tough defense.
It was an ugly game, and I'll admit that down seven at the half was pretty daunting, but I certainly didn't give up and once they brought it to a tie I just expected a knife fight until the won at the buzzer. Of course it turned out that Michigan took control.
Championship Game baby!!!! I'd just like to ask all of you, especially the whiners in the last part of the first half, to just realize win or lose on Monday, this is a national caliber team so for God's sake can we leave the disappointed vitriol behind us for a single game.
Our team is playing for a National Championship! Doesn't happen that often. I would love a win, but this is a great and gifted team who work so incredibly hard. As much as we all ache for that last win, this is a team of winners and no matter what happens Monday they deserve our respect and support.
Go Blue!I hope you win it all, but no matter Thank you for an incredible Big Ten championship and a March Madness season that will be with me for so very a long time.
|03/31/2018 - 9:27pm||If true she's an ingrate||
Because the team has generated interest that has sold thousands if not tens of thousands of her bobble head dolls. Imagine that, just a humble Catholic nun with her own mass merchandised bobblehead doll. Right. we're all just supposed to believe it.
|03/31/2018 - 9:22pm||LSA||
You are certainly among the part of the fan base that knows, no matter how ugly the seaon or a game, you can never give up on a Michigan team.
Playing for the National Championship! Gotta have faith man. Just gotta have faith.
|03/31/2018 - 9:16pm||Jesus Really?||
I was forced to watch this in a bar because my TV packed it in so I couldn't participate in the thread in real time and at this point we know that Michigan won. "The winner of this game will get curb stomped "? Why because neither teams plays your preferred style of basket ball? You're pretty sad.
|03/13/2018 - 7:04pm||I don't know what Speight might or might not have been told.||
But I do know that all three of Michigan's quarterbacks last season gave everything they had in an attempt to bring the team success. I know that Speight was gravely injured before his team had a chance to gel around him. I know that Peters stepped in as a red shirt freshman and gave his all until he too was taken out. I know that John O'Korn stepped into the breach when Speight went down had success then stumbled lost his starting job and stepped back in when Peters went down and gave everything he had in failed attempts to bring his team success.
I also know this. None of these men deserve anything less than respect from the contributors to this blog. Nothing less. Nothing. The team had a bad season and certainly some of that falls on the QBs. But God love them they gave everything they had in quest for success and they didn't shirk blame in most cases they assumed more blame than was rightfully theirs. Just as is expected from Michigan men.
Last season is gone. Quit whining and look forward. You whiny bitches aren't fit to carry the helmets of the guys on that team. It's sad what this fan base has become. Just tragically sad.
|03/06/2018 - 9:40pm||Sorry for your loss||
I've lost a sister, my mother, and without repeated break throughs in genetically targeted treatment would have lost a brother. So yeah fuck cancer.
|02/26/2018 - 6:58pm||For four decades Michigan has||
For four decades Michigan has adopted an admission policy that favored women over men and minorities over Caucasians and Asians. If you look at the stated goals of Michigan's admission policy for the Medical school or other of its graduate programs, the University seeks a majority of women in its enrollments.
So yes, we alumni should be concerned that merit is ever less important in the enrollment policies of our university.
|02/23/2018 - 8:26pm||I'm concerned||
Continuity in an offensive line is crucial and critical for an offense in general. If you want your team to compete at the upper most levels, you can't reboot its offensive or defensive culture every three or four years. Our defense is great because of the thread of continuity from 2011 with Mattison and Hoke to today with Dr. Blitz Brown and Mattison. The offense, until the last couple years, has been in a churn. I wasn't happy with last season but the rotating door of injured quarterbacks really make an offensive assessment near to meaningless.
Ah Hell. Trust Harbaugh and cross fingers. But cheering Drevno's departure could well prove premature.
And last of all, but not least of all, best of luck coach Drevno!!!
|02/20/2018 - 9:17pm||I've started four businesses||
One blazing failure. One tottered along at break even until it was closed. One moderately successful that was sold. And one, the first that was very successful, was the basis of my career, and out lived all the others, and it was a consulting business.
The comments that you need a year in the bank are spot on. Good advice. But better advice is start your busness before you quit your job. Make the contacts outside your main job and build an oustide business. Develop a few satisfied clients who'll provide referrals and references. Plan on working north of 80 hours a week between your job and your business. Once you have that year in the bank, and you have your side business up and running, all the legal, financial, and basic marketing in place and it's generating no less that 40% of what you earn at your job. Then and only then launch on your own.
Or find a client whose business will pay you 18 months of your regular job. Cash flow is almost as good as money in the bank. Better in a way because you can borrow on your invoices and a big client can often give you leverage pursing new clients.
Bottom line. When you are starting out minimize cash flow risk. Get an income stream started before you jump. Be extremely frugal with your spending. Never stop seeking new business, no matter how busy you are. Good luck.
|02/20/2018 - 8:50pm||I find it interesting that "Michigan time" is||
a tradition stretching back to 1936, because it did not exist when I attended in the 1970s. Class started on the hour. Period. If the professor was fifteen minutes late the class was considered canceled. Mutual respect for time was the rule. Now some professors gave a couple minutes cushion, but generally less than five minutes.
|02/12/2018 - 8:18pm||That is very cool||
Perhaps a bit disturbing, but very cool none the less. Very cool.
|02/09/2018 - 5:12pm||Can you imagine how many||
Can you imagine how many rebounds he have had if we've given him a Lexus?
|02/09/2018 - 5:10pm||A study in courage||
A horrific injury with the potential to cost him his leg or cripple him for life. A long arduous and difficult recovery. Yet he still can't wait to play. Damn! Mr. Newsome you are an inspiration. I hope thing work out just as you wish.
|02/09/2018 - 3:42pm||Man you folks need to get a grip||
So for various reasons I'm absent for a couple of weeks and all hell break loose.
Maybe I'm out of date but I have this recollection of Speight telling us he's moving on. Has he changed his mind?
So because Peters didn't gell with very limited exposure and a nasty injury and then failed as the conquering hero in the bowl game he's crap on a stick? Seriously?
Whether or not Shea can play, Harbaugh will get the best available QB ready for the coming season. If the Oline get their crap together the team will be fine. .
|02/07/2018 - 10:18pm||Probably his last Super Bowl||
Brady will be 41 by the start of the regular season. If you look at the statistics for QBs starting at age forty they've played an average of something like 20 games for the remainder of their careers. Not even Tom can avoid father time. It's hard to see a path for him to get back to the Super Bowl next season, and it's even hard to see how he can play at the required level at the age of 42 or 43.
Hope I'm dead wrong.
|02/07/2018 - 10:07pm||The unsubstantiated story is||
that he broke curfew the night before the game, got stoned, and had "some amount" of marijuana on his person. This is unsubstantiated, but that was the thread on Monday.
|02/07/2018 - 9:58pm||Heh So much holding so few calls...||
As in no calls. It became pretty clear early that offensive holding was not a penalty in the super bowl. To be fair the refs called, or in this case failed to call, it the same for both teams. I thought the refs did a disservice ignoring offensive holding, but that's just an opinion.
|01/15/2018 - 9:49pm||Or maybe just playing for a||
Or maybe just playing for a coach who had eleven players drafted and who had a bunch of undrafted free agants. "Come play for us and I can assure you every NFL scout will be watching you".
When you play for a man who has Harbuagh's NFL record, the team doesn't need to make the playoffs (as much as I want that), Harbaugh knows how to maximize his draft potential. Damn he'd be a sweet get at a real position of need!
|01/15/2018 - 9:33pm||So is this a good hire, a||
So is this a good hire, a great hire, or maybe a puzzling hire?
|01/11/2018 - 8:46pm||A lot of truth here...||
Especially this "And I know someone will likely say "what some random person on a blog doesn't impact what the players do", it does, especially when that action becomes a growing chorus."
I understand the need for the buttercups to vent and rant, but when the overwhelming tone on the most popular Michigan sports blog, perhaps the most popular college sports blog, on the internet gets this insanely negative it does have an effect on the team and the program. The vast majority of folks here credit mgoblog with taking down Dave Brandon and then in the same breath say that what is said here is "just opinion". Can't have it both ways boys and girls.
Occasionally a college program can lose 2 QBs to injury and manage to have the depth across the entire offense to win out, but that's rare, and especially rare in the 2nd full year of a coach's recruiting. The team is fine. Harbaugh will deal with whatever coaching issues may or may not exist on his staff. The ability to absorb massive losses in players,whether to injury or graduation, or the NFL draft and "just reload" is 2 two perhaps three years away. Harbaugh will get the program there, and there is exactly nothing he can do about the RIchRod or Hoke years, so stop whining about them. Suck it up and support the program.
|01/09/2018 - 8:33pm||There were and are a large contingent of folks||
who see the spread as the "modern era" of college football. Rodriguez was proclaimed by them to be the future of Michigan football. The messiah who'd lift Michigan up from it's man ball fallacy and lead it to the promised land. That formed the foundation for the "soft spot" and the basis for all there reasons that he wasn't given a "fair" chance. Well folks, life ain't fair and he was a very bad fit for Michigan.
I do think that he either misunderstood his mission statement, or the people gave it to him poorly understood Michigan football and where it was in its progression.He took over a winning program that wasn't performing to expectations and threw away virtually all the aspects of the program that provided its strength. Maybe his charter was out with the old and in with the new, but that charter still expected him to win during the transition.
Now there are allegations of heinous behavior and harassment of at least one female employee who reported to him. That's he said she said at this point, but if those allegation hold up in court, then he wasn't just a bad fit at Michigan, he is a despicable human being and Michigan is damn lucky that the entrenched folks in the program prevented him from feeling like he could pull such crap here.
|01/09/2018 - 8:19pm||Yeah||
Well every reference I can find whether in the news or on a compensation contract has his last name spelled Rodriguez (with the 'd'). I'm perfectly willing to be corrected, but at this point you need a reference.
|01/08/2018 - 7:48pm||Really||
"...on average college players aren't anywhere near as insane in their love of school as we are..."
While I freely admit to not having surveyed Michigan's college athletes, I'm a bit curious as to the basis of your assertion. Frankly I think that you're full of it and, were I to make a bet, I'd bet that the majority of the scholarship athletes at the University of Michigan love the U at least a much if not more than the average "fan". The vast majority of those athletes never compete again after they leave school. They devoted hundreds of extra hours every year, and somehow you think their pride and devotion to their alma mater is less than ours?
I think the righteous self indigent fan bus picks people up over there. Why don't you hurry to be first in line.
|01/05/2018 - 2:53pm||Yes it's not just Rodriguez||
the university allegedly blocked her internal transfer because it would piss off Rodriguez. If true the univeristy enabled the harassment and are on the hook for damages. $7.5 million may well be very high, but the university has at least as great a motivation to settle this as Rodriguez. If the allegations are true and provable my guess is low seven figures.
|01/04/2018 - 5:27pm||Thanks||
Now I have to wash the coffee spurt off my screen.
|01/04/2018 - 5:19pm||While your point has value||
your numbers are WAY off.
Depending on the service there are beween 30 and 50 five star recruits. Then depending on the service there are between 300-350 four star recuits. About ten years ago the services adjusted the 3 and 2 star dividing line so, where before the top 3rd of who was left got a 3 star ande every one else a two the boundary is now closer to 50/50 and covers about 2500 graduating hgh school seniors.
So in the typical year around 3000 high school seniors get ranked. If indeed thousands of graduating high school players go to the camps, far far more than 250 are ranked.
|01/03/2018 - 1:16pm||No I said that the administration neglected the program||
Not that they didn't still expect to win. If you are an alumnus, then you most likely experienced the disdain that some faculty and administrative personnel felt towards the football program. They were in the minority, but still present. Priorities shift as factions gain or lose control or influence. "Football will be fine it's Michigan", and it was until it wasn't.
I tend to be long winded. Which contributes to length of my comments at least as much as the amount of information I wish to express. So perhaps I'm just a mediocre commenter. However, in the endless angst of disappointment here, people tend to ignore the reality of how the program got here. Some reminders require more than a couple of lines of text.
One common definition of mediocre is "of only ordinary or moderate quality; neither good nor bad; barely adequate." There are around 125 D-1 FBS football programs, so a reasonable boundary for mediocre would be ranked between say 68-61. How many of those won 28 games in the last three seasons? This season's team turned in a less than mediocre performance for a University of Michigan football team. Measured it against the entirety of the FBS and it exceeded mediocrity. The reason we consider 8-4 or 10-3 mediocre is because we are measuring them against an elite standard. The fact that we and most of the football world measures them against that standard, indicates that Michigan's program is expected to be elite. It is, as I said before, an elite program that is digging out of a down cycle.
|01/03/2018 - 12:44pm||Thanks||
I agree with your defnition of doing well.
So did Oklahoma more or less stumble on Lincoln Riley because he was OC? Or do you think that Stoops, intending to retire, found him and brought him there for a smooth transition? I ask because, as you point out, how is Michigan's AD going to identify coaches who are more or less under the radar?
|01/03/2018 - 12:37pm||Yep Been over it since the clock hit 00:00||
Team will be fine. Growth will continue. Barring devistating injuries, 2018, despite the away schedule, will result in a better record. Harbaugh will address coaching issues over the next month or so.
This season will be the floor of Harbaugh's time at Michigan.
|01/02/2018 - 1:40pm||I had no intention of debating you on your list||
I wanted to see who was on it, or if you were making an assertion for which you had not thought out your back up. Rather than suggesting that you have no backup, I'd still be interested in examples of who you think are among the plenty of guys who could do well as Michiga's head football coach.
I'm even more interested in your definition of doing well at Michigan, because as I said I think that Harbaugh's performance to date would be considered to be doing well at most good programs that create red as badly as Michigan did prior to his arrival.
I repeat. I'm not looking for an internet fight here. I'm interested in your thinking in support of your stated position. As in having a conversation. As in seeking enlightenment.
|01/02/2018 - 1:25pm||Reality timelines...||
Back at the end of 2014 when we knew that Hoke was gong to be gone, any reasonable fan expected it would take at least 4-5 years to right the program. So many things to fix. The culture of the team, restoring a national reputation to compete for top recruits, rebuilding depth, getting a consistent offensive and defensive scheme so that experience was valuable. Then Michigan hired Harbaugh. Who in a matter of weeks drove the program back to national visibility, and immediately started competing for top talent. He shook the program out, and changed the culture in the first few days of spring camp. He found a QB, two actually, seemingly out of nowhere. Then he went and won ten games, and most of us simply forgot our 4-5 year expectations.
This season was the result of bad luck and the restoration of reality to the timeline. It doesn't always take 4-5 years. Sometimes the team get lucky, with injuries, with recruiting, and missing depth is never needed and a team can bounce back so quickly it's like it never stumbled. Other times the team is unlucky, the breaks go wrong, recruiting sours at the last minute, and the new coach never starts to turn the corner and the team spends another 3-5 years with the next new coach looking for the answer.
If you want to be disappointed be disappointed in the team's luck. Before the season we all talked here about how we had to be lucky with Oline injuries because there was no depth. Three Olinemen out yesterday. We were unlucky with QB injuries, and Peters in his FIFTH start, didn't have a great game. Had this season come two years from now, the odds are that the depth to mitigate the injuries would have been there.
There is no reason not to believe that Peters can get a lot better by next season or that Patterson will be eligible, pick up the offense and be a better QB, or that someone else will win the QB competition. There is no reason not to believe that the Oline will get healthy and continue to improve and that this year's young guys will mature enough to provide needed depth.
Michigan is NOT a mediocre program. It is a program crawling out from under a down cycle caused by neglect and poor hiring at the head coaching and AD positions. Neglect has ended, and the hiring mistakes corrected. Now we need to wait for the timelines to mature. Harbaugh, may not get the corner turned, I think he will but no one knows, but it's two or maybe three years to early to make that call.
|01/02/2018 - 12:37pm||"He is not elite"||
It's a little early to make this statement based on three seasons, the last one marred by multiple injuries to a key, in some people's minds the key, offensive position. Check back with me in say 2020 and we can have the elite conversation.
|01/02/2018 - 12:12pm||"Do you think that the Spring||
"Do you think that the Spring and Summer is going to change this team into something significantly different? "
I think that the coaching is of high enough quality and the talent on that team is great enough that between now and September 1st, this team can become significantly better. So the short answer is yes. Were you saying this at the end of 2014? I admit that I'd rather be playing ND in the second game and at home, but even so the answer remains yes.
|01/02/2018 - 12:03pm||"...there are plenty of other||
"...there are plenty of other guys that could do very well at Michigan..."
Plenty is generally considered to mean a large number. So okay name me seven coaches who today fit this criteria. Available today, who Michigan could reasonably expect to sign.
One of the things that got us the seasons from 2008-2014, perhaps the primary thing, was assumptions like this one. I suppose you need to define "do very well" since at many quality programs 28 wins in a coach's first three seasons would be considered to be doing very well.
|01/02/2018 - 11:53am||Harbaugh must change.||
I strongly suggest you don't hold your breath until this occurs. Harbaugh has a vision for this program and it's pretty clear that it's not what you're asking for. In 2015, we watched Jake progress through the season and evolve into a pretty damn good QB. Speight made good progress last season before he was hurt. He didn't look good in his first four games, but he was surrounded by youth and his Oline left a bit to be desired. Who knows how far he might have come as the line and his receivers improved, but you're not going see progress when forced to play three QBs in a season.
I'm at least as tired as anyone here of waiting for the program to get its shit back together, but Rome wasn't built in a day. Before the start of the season, I figured the regular season would most likely produce ten wins with a bowl win dependent on to many variables to predict. When Speight went down for the season I reset to maybe eight wins, nine if luck was good. When Peters went down I quit hoping for good luck.
If Peters had been ready to go in when Speight went down and was sitting number 2, maybe he'd have made enough progress during the season to garner a couple more wins. For whatever reasons, and we've all read the speculations, he wasn't ready. It takes more than 2 & 1/2 seasons of recruiting to build enough depth and experience at QB to lose two QBs and maintain the quality of the offense. Sometimes shit happens and all you can do is wait for the next season.
Harbaugh isn't going anywhere. He's certainly not gong to change his vision for Michigan football as long as he believes it's achievable. Name me a coach today who's a better for for the Michigan football program.
|01/01/2018 - 9:14pm||Under Harbaugh the program hasn't underachieved.||
Period. It hasn't met the expectations of many fans, but that doesn't mean those expectations were or are remotely realistic. Twenty eight wins in his first three years, especially coming off a 5-7 season and losing two of his three QBs in season three is pretty impressive.So let us toss out the notion of underachievement.
AS for Bo and bowl games. To state this yet again, Bo wasn't measured by his boss, the alumni, nor the student body based on winning bowl games. Bo was measured on beating Ohio and winning the Big Ten Championship. The bowl games were window dressing and a reward for a good season. The vision may be different today, but I lived through those years and I can assure you that it's true.
The troubles of the program from 2008-2014 are due to the same factors that caused the dark years of the 50s and 60s. Neglect of the program by the University administration sometimes including critical missteps by the AD. Regardless of the general quality of Rodriguez as a head coach, he was a terrible fit for Michigan and only hired because the administration and the AD utterly wasted the year they begged Carr to stay for to allow a "smooth transition". Then the administration compounded the problem by hiring the wrong guy as AD to get rid of the disastrous coach. Michigan's administration has a bad habit of getting so used to having a successful football program, and yes Bo-Carr was a successful football program, that it forgets just how fragile a consistent winning football culture really is, and assuming that the winning will continue regardless of its decisions on hiring and support. This is the "arrogance" of which we're all accused. The administration makes a couple bad decisions and the program takes a down turn that requires years to correct. So put away your tar and pitchforks. I watched this cycle in the 60s and can tell you that 1969 is just around the corner.
|01/01/2018 - 8:29pm||I knew the buttercups would be crushed,||
bitching, whining, and calling for firings. So I thought I'd drop by to remind all of you of a couple simple facts. Even with Peters back the team is still reliant on a red-shirt freshman backup QB who played less than half a season and was injured in November. While he played pretty damn well for a red-shirt freshman, he made red-shirt freshman mistakes. Did you all really expect that fifteen practices would flush that out of his system between the end of November and today? 99.99% of the time if a team turns the ball over five times in the second half they're going to lose, and generally lose by far more than 7 points.
A youngish team, with a young backup QB and an Oline that was missing some hard earned key experience. They had a shot, but couldn't close the deal. Nothing I saw in this game makes me less nor more concerned about next season. The defense will be better, especially the secondary. I expect that special teams will be better, although I have no ideas about how to address punting. Which leaves us with the offense. There will be a QB competition in 2018. Assuming Patterson is eligible, I have no doubt that the quality of our QB will improve. There were a lot of snaps in this game where Peters had all day to throw, had he been a touch more accurate or if his receivers had been able to get a bit more separation, the game may well have ended differently. I expect both of those qualities to improve next season.
As for coaching changes. I have no doubt that Harbaugh will make the changes he believes are needed, if any, to get a staff that will optimize his ability to get the team where he wants it to be. Period. I would have far preferred for the team to have won today. I'd be lying if I didn't admit that I knew a loss was at least as likely as a win.
A final note to all you buttercups. Very very few college teams have the depth to go through three QBs in a season and win. Michigan is two or three years from having that kind of depth. Who are you going to get who is better to coach football at Michigan than Jim Harbaugh? Nobody.