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09/18/2018 - 6:07pm Stacking the box…

Stacking the box neccessarily means man coverage on the outside.

09/18/2018 - 6:02pm I agree. He's a natural…

I agree. He's a natural athlete and can throw accurately on the run.  Strong arm and he plays with an awareness that there won't always (or even often) be a clean pocket so he's quite good at escaping, buying time and making good decisions on the run.  6-5 statues are going the way of the fullback. Mayfield going first overall is pretty telling.

09/18/2018 - 2:12pm It's not for theatrics.  It…

It's not for theatrics.  It's so the coach's intention is unambiguous to all in the stadium and is visually documented. The coaches don't have to yell or wave if a ref isn't in earshot or looking, and it's clear he requested a challenge if the refs don't see him and let the next play go.  By your logic the refs don't need yellow flags either, they can just point and say that's a foul we're gonna look at ajudicate after the play!  Everybody knows what foul they talking about anyway right?

09/18/2018 - 2:05pm This is correct. Just watch…

This is correct. Just watch him.  He affects every play usually by occupying two blockers.   His deployment is more strategic.  The opposing offense has to call plays differently because of him.  And in the rare snaps he is singled up (and isn't being blatantly held) on a pass play he is at the QB resulting in a pressure or a sack.  He did miss a sure sack not wrapping up against SMU one time.  There is no way he isn't a top 10 pick even if he gets no sacks for the rest of the year.

09/15/2018 - 11:28pm You can also think of it as…

You can also think of it as they are run blitzing because that's the only way they can stop the runs up the middle that both sides know are coming.  We're doing it no matter what and they have to spend extra defenders to stop it.  I feel like Evans missed a few open cuts today and maybe Tru as well. 

09/11/2018 - 10:41pm Yep, it's a valid analogy. …

Yep, it's a valid analogy.  It makes more sense if you think of communist revolutionaries and Marxist rebels of the past century.  The Viet Cong, Zapatistas, FARC, Sandinistas, Che Guevara's Cuban revolutionaries and hundreds more all over the world.  

They typically fought guerrilla warfare against stronger conventional government armies by spreading out across jungles, urban centers and other difficult terrain, negating the advantage of heavier, armored and air power based modern militaries.  Never fighting out in the open and using unconventional tactics, along with surprise and deception is how they evened the playing field. And it worked a lot.

Think Vietnam: US Marines, supported by massive airpower and armored ground forces vs the Viet Cong blending in with civilians, fighting in jungles and popping out of a vast supply supply network of tunnels. The Marines didn't know how to defeat them even with dropping more bombs than in WWII.   

Like a running QB/spread option system that's cheatin!

 

09/07/2018 - 11:06am Shouldn't the hot read be a…

Shouldn't the hot read be a jumpball to Gentry or Collins?  Either way I'd like to see some some bombs to DPJ, Collins and Eubanks and some screens, options, misdirection and wheel routes to Evans.  The latter especially needs wayyyy more touches.

09/02/2018 - 2:33pm I don't it's that misleading…

I don't it's that misleading.  Michigan played about as bad a game as they could have on the road, caught no breaks on 50/50 situations, and got no relief from the refs and still just lost by a touchdown. Meanwhile ND played great, looked like a top 10 team and their QB question marks looked answered...and the game was still decided by just a touchdown, with Michigan having a chance to tie.  Play that game 10 more times and Michigan wins at least 5 of them. 

09/02/2018 - 10:36am I dont think he is dealing…

I dont think he is dealing well with not having instant success and not being viewed as a coaching savant anymore. He's on tilt a little bit trying to figure it out.  

08/31/2018 - 10:18am Thanks, really good…

Thanks, really good enlightening comment.  What you just read was a transcript of a presser. i.e. live speech.  It's spelled "kinda" because that's what was enunciated.  That's what most people say.  not "kind of".   Furthermore, "kind of" isn't an expression used in formal written communication.

08/21/2018 - 10:49am Wut.  He plays QB. He mildly…

Wut.  He plays QB. He mildly athletic for QB but by no means a running QB.  He's not athletic enough to play any other position.

08/21/2018 - 10:30am The numbers are posted right…

The numbers are posted right below the photos.  It's not meant to be scientific. Of course the guys are gonna flex in the after picture.  No is trying to fool anyone.

08/19/2018 - 4:44pm Yeah. umm.. good stuff.  …

Yeah. umm.. good stuff.  [slowly backs away]

08/12/2018 - 2:34am Yep. He should be effective…

Yep. He should be effective with the spacing that the offense can create. 

08/08/2018 - 10:08am "If you ever drop your keys…

"If you ever drop your keys into a river of molten lava, let 'em go, because man, they're gone." -Jack Handy

08/08/2018 - 10:06am Can you elaborate on how…

Can you elaborate on how that is done?  This could be life changing for me.

08/08/2018 - 10:05am The name itself is fairly…

The name itself is fairly self-explanatory.  But reading the responses should have given enough context to understand the term.

08/07/2018 - 9:21am Patterson was the #1 QB in…

Patterson was the #1 QB in his class no?  It follows that him throwing to the all time highest rated WR class will be something special, obviously.

08/07/2018 - 9:17am Wondering how likely it is…

Wondering how likely it is that Woods or Hawkins takes over for Metellus. He doesn't seem to read and react quickly enough.

08/03/2018 - 7:33pm Agreed.  That's bigger than…

Agreed.  That's bigger than Gronk.  In the interview video from spring practice it looks believable. He looks like he's from Vahalla.  I just can't see how you defend it when you also have to defend Black, DPJ and Collins. I think we'll be throwing the ball a lot this year. 

08/02/2018 - 11:52pm Ah I misread then. My…

Ah I misread then. My apologies, I stand corrected on that.

08/02/2018 - 11:47pm I'm sorry about the kaiju…

I'm sorry about the kaiju Brian.  I wanted it badly as well. Alas it was never meant to be.  I imagine you find some solace in the potential for Gentry, McKeon and Eubanks to actually be the best TE trio in the country though.

Gentry is nearly kaiju sized now and primed to breakout. He's one of the less strong but more agile kaiju, like Mothra. Plus McKeon and Eubanks are NFL pedigree TE's entering their third years after having pretty good RS FR years on the field and flashing big ability; and in McKeon's case, production.  They can all block better than upperclassman Jake Butt.  They will get to face good matchups often because we have a depth of elite talents at receiver. They will rest assured have a much improved QB, and at minimum an incrementally less horrible OL and a good running game.   Lastly, they are playing under a coach who has consistently coached and developed elite NFL TE's.  

So yeah there is a good case to still be very excited about the TE position and the offense overall, even with losing the kaiju.  Hail Harbaugh.

 

08/02/2018 - 10:07pm It’s just the first 4 games…

It’s just the first 4 games not any 4 games. 

I agree a freshman may now get a couple snaps particularly if one of the 3 upperclassmen TE misses time.  

I’m sure others noticed that Gentry is now listed as a monstrous 6’8, 267 lbs.  He’s basically a light, agile tackle now (who can split out and burn a linebacker). He wasn’t a terrible blocker last year so I wonder if picks up more inline blocking TE snaps that would’ve gone to TWJ.  Eubanks may get more Y TE snaps?  

 

08/02/2018 - 12:49pm As big as Michigan Football…

As big as Michigan Football is, I think Michigan ultimately views itself, and operates, as an institution of higher learning whose priorities subsume football and it would never institutionally try to cover up crimes to save a prominent coach or program.  I think those lessons were learned after Fab Five and Stretchgate, and the right and sufficient controls, risk culture and transparency have been put into place. 

This isn't not to say there can't be bad actors within the program or university, but I don't think Michigan as an institution operates now in the way Brian described PSU, OSU and MSU do. Malfeasance, when discovered, would prompt an immune response that saves the host. 

(Knock on wood - next thing I know, a whistleblower will reveal that Beilein runs a underage goat fighting ring out of the basement in Crisler and pays players with the proceeds; obviously the goats have daggers attached to their heads and average 32% from long distance)

 

07/30/2018 - 12:43pm From his recruiting post:

From his recruiting post:

"excellent frame. Even though he’s over 300 pounds he doesn’t have much bad weight on him. There’s still a lot of room left to fill out his frame … moves really well. He’s a great bender and is a very athletic guy … very good run blocker because he also does a good job level keeping his balance when moving forward. … great wingspan and that’s helped him a lot in pass protection. …could easily play at 320 or 330 and still be an athletic guy."

This was describing him as a highschooler.  It's fair to assert he's added significant muscle to that excellent frame in the UM weight room the past two years.  So he cuts 10 - 20 lbs by fall and he's at playing weight. He's 6'7. 

This sounds positive. No need to freak out here.

https://michigan.rivals.com/news/analyst-andrew-stueber-should-be-a-major-contributor

07/26/2018 - 3:21pm What convoluted illogical…

What convoluted illogical and spurious reasoning.  Including the PSU blowout the average points against was 19 pts.  That's a top 10 defense per that metric. How are you excluding the offense and it's problems from fault in the losses?   No one said the defense was "totally sucking" far from it.  yes the defense "was scored on" so was Alabama's.  Honest I give up... It's hard to follow what you're saying.

07/26/2018 - 3:13pm Seriously what?  I didn't…

Seriously what?  I didn't say it wasn't an ass kicking. I said it was an outlier.  42 points given up.  The average points against for all other games was 17 points.  Not even sure of your point here, but look up what "outlier" means, re-read the post and try again.

If Moorehead figured it out then why weren't other teams emulated the same success?  Not even OSU did.

 

07/24/2018 - 2:53pm Really good. Michigan was in…

Really good. Michigan was in a deeper hole than almost anyone acknowledges. Two major unlucky heartbreakers have made the difference in perception more than anything else. Some would argue more than two, but I'm referring to MSU punt debacle and OSU OT first down debacle. In a universe where we catch the break on those, it's a completely different perception by fanbase critics and nationally.  Maybe Frey/Drevno was a mistake which he tacitly acknowledged.

By any other real metric everything has gone as well as hoped and the arrow is up!

07/24/2018 - 2:36pm Fair enough.  That is what…

Fair enough.  That is what is listed on the official roster.  I don't believe it, but I'll go with the official word til better information surfaces.

07/24/2018 - 2:32pm If you think calling it …

If you think calling it "triggered" somehow diminishes people's reasonable responses to your post, then fine keep up the delusion. Simply pointing out that a take is objectively wrong and dumb and expressing disagreement is not being "triggered" in the modern usage of the term.

07/24/2018 - 2:26pm That's awesome to hear. …

That's awesome to hear.  Wonder if that means Gentry will split out more often as a "giant slot" receiver and either catch unguardable fades/slants over safeties and LB's, or level dudes on crack blocks.  Does it feel like it's getting late for Wheatley? Never hear much about him other than people asking if he's healthy. 

07/24/2018 - 10:00am Worst post of the thread…

Worst post of the thread hands down.  What on earth are you talking about?  He hasn't worked like a dog for over two years to recover from nearly amputated leg?  Who exactly has he been "talking" at?

07/23/2018 - 1:45pm Is it not ironic that…

Is it not ironic that Harbaugh resurrected Stanford into the power program it is today and it is now the chief poacher of good Michigan commits?  A lot of these players probably don't know that Stanford used to suck and Harbaugh rebuilt it from the ground up.  It would've been nice if the Cardinal had imploded after he left like the Niners did.  [Shakes fist at David Shaw] Shawww!

07/23/2018 - 12:26pm Yep - "undersized" and fast…

Yep - "undersized" and fast is now en vogue. He's not that much smaller than Roquan Smith a 1st round pick.  Two inches shorter but about 10 lb heavier with similar speed and range.  Khaleke fits that mold as well and there is now a robust market for hybrid players like him.

07/23/2018 - 10:05am Try to adapt.  Be resilient…

Try to adapt.  Be resilient to change. It's an important life skill.  I have faith you can survive and adapt.   If not, then I guess just appeal to the universe and hope the world changes for you. 

07/17/2018 - 10:49am mgovideo posts full first…

mgovideo posts full first and second half videos of most of the games. Maybe even all of them.  I haven't looked closely.

 

 

07/12/2018 - 3:33pm You're so brave and…

You're so brave and principled.  Bon voyage. 

07/10/2018 - 2:05pm Pretty sure Don Brown and…

Pretty sure Don Brown and GMatt will mold this stud into a productive, even all conference end.  If he has the discipline to learn mogul skiing I think he can master DE technique under elite coaching, and combine his athleticism with football instincts developed over a 2 year incubation period.

07/04/2018 - 12:35pm I'm gonna BBQ leftover…

I'm gonna BBQ leftover hotdogs in the microwave tomorrow.

06/25/2018 - 9:35pm yeah, he'll do.  

yeah, he'll do.  

06/22/2018 - 10:25am Trenchant.  If he were…

Trenchant.  If he were likely to be a star 7-footer or even a surefire solid starter he'd be a top 10-15 pick.

06/22/2018 - 10:21am If?  They saw the same…

If?  They saw the same things we all did.  An ultra skilled, 7 footer with crafty offensive moves, great 3pt shooting, solid handle for a big, high bball IQ and a love for the game.  They saw him improve every year, pack on muscle, work hard on his deficiencies and play the game with an edge, high energy and an enthusiasm unknown to mankind.  They saw him being developed by an elite coach who taught him modern perimeter oriented basketball.

06/07/2018 - 10:09am I think with the revamped o…

I think with the revamped o-line, the scheme changes and overall reorientation of the offense from the offensive staff shakeup (Drevno, Frey leaving), the improved QB situation, the multitude of receiving options and some steady/playmaking backs, we into ND with a very unpredictable offense even if it hasn't gelled yet.  That gives us an advantage. 

06/06/2018 - 10:47pm Higdon, Evans and Samuels…

Higdon, Evans and Samuels will rush around 2000 yds this season.

05/31/2018 - 11:21am haha i know.  I was justing

haha i know.  I was justing joking.  We have an embarrassment of riches at corner at the moment. 

05/31/2018 - 10:23am We gotta get one more good

We gotta get one more good recruiting class out of Yaklich and a download of his defensive scheme after this year.  If we post another top 5 D, and have another good post season run...He Gone.. and would be well deserved. 

Either that or Beilein should encourage him to wait it out another 3-5 years and groom him until he retires (though I don't see Beilein operating that way).

05/30/2018 - 12:22am What’s David Long, chopped

What’s David Long, chopped liver?

05/18/2018 - 12:39am And the fact that Rudock

And the fact that Rudock ended up having one of the better statistical seasons in Michigan history is a minor miracle for which Harbaugh (along with Fisch) should get more credit.  He had Wilton Speight looking good enough at times that people thought he was a poor man's Roethlisberger. Last year should just be forgotten. But with legit talent at QB that actually has had time to learn the offense and even marginally improved line and WR play, we should expect a Rudock year to be the floor.  

05/14/2018 - 3:57pm Street bookies will be

Street bookies will be collecting live bets in the stands like a scorpion fight in Marrakesh.

05/08/2018 - 9:42pm Exactly. And I always assumed

Exactly. And I always assumed there was a scout team defense, just like there is a scout offense, which simulates what you’ll see for the upcoming game at least. Wouldn’t that be like the defense practicing against a scout team running a GA tech style offense most of the time?