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11/13/2018 - 11:40pm Cool sentiment. But no one…

Cool sentiment. But no one on here is playing or has any influence on the outcome. There is no need for fans to stay focused.  If there were, then this blog shouldn't even exist as it's a massive distraction.

11/06/2018 - 5:20pm Nunez is 220?  That's just…

Nunez is 220?  That's just 5lbs below Johns (who's 2 inches taller) and 15 lbs heavier than Mathews who's the same height but 3 years older.   Thiccer than I expected for a 3 star sg/wing.

11/02/2018 - 3:33pm It's just there is a lot on…

It's just there is a lot on the line given the 7-1 record and ranking.   Anxiety is created when you think ahead on how painful it would be to lose a game we need to win and thereby lose the happiness you anticipate you'd feel after winning. 

10/31/2018 - 2:07pm Or maybe you're just wrong…

Or maybe you're just wrong and suffering from confirmation bias.  Check the stats.  UMFootball tweeted it out as well.  How else would Patterson be #2 in conference QB rating?

10/31/2018 - 2:02pm Please explain your…

Please explain your understanding of UVA's offensive philosophy.  It seems be based on uninformed national media hot takes.  On a per possession basis they were #30 offense nationally. Their low points per game is obviously a result of pace, because the efficiency is high. What else could it be? They regularly force opponents deep into their shot clock, then run the floor only selectively, and in the half court they run a patient motion offense that works to get the ideal shot.  That plus playing elite defense is a horrid brand of basketball?  okay.

10/31/2018 - 1:39pm New GIF idea:  Harbaugh, as…

New GIF idea:  Harbaugh, as the Night King, throwing the ice spear and killing Viserion the dragon and looking on as he goes down in flames.  Superimpose a Brutus buckeye head/Urban Meyer face/Nitty Lion/James Franklin face over the dragon's head.  Don Brown can be the lieutenant white walker who hands the Night King the ice spear.

Someone with the skills make this happen please!

10/30/2018 - 2:05pm This is ridiculously…

This is ridiculously uninformed.  Virginia led the ACC in 3pt shooting % last year at 38.3%. (#36 nationally). Their overall offensive efficiency per Kenpom was #30 (#6 in ACC).  They had 4 guys who shot 38% or better on high volume. Nationally, Michigan was #35 in offensive efficiency and #156 in 3pt%.   

10/27/2018 - 12:25pm Your handle should be…

Your handle should be BadTake McWrongington.

10/23/2018 - 10:36am He publicly lied about…

He publicly lied about covering for a serial abuser.  No network is going to touch him with a ten foot pole.  Maybe Art Briles is available though.

10/21/2018 - 10:26pm If you're saying Harbaugh…

If you're saying Harbaugh hasn't yet won a NC like Saban or Meyer, then I can't disagree with that.  If you're saying that Harbaugh's success to date is merely a product of his assistants' talents (and Saban's and Meyer's is less so) then I invite you to look at each of their coaching trees:

Saban:  Dantonio, Muschamp, Jimbo Fischer, Kirby Smart, Jeremy Pruitt, Derek Dooley, McElwain, Lane Kiffin, Jason Garrett, Dan Enos.

Meyer: Tom Herman, Dan Mullen, Charlie Strong, DJ Durkin, Steve Addazio, Kyle Whittingham, Doc Holliday, Gary Anderson (and Warinner).

Yeah, I'm sure none of these guys had anything to do with Saban and Meyer's success over the years.

10/20/2018 - 9:16pm Passing down's should be…

Passing down's should be Uche, Gary, Dwumfour, Winovitch with Gary shifting inside.  

10/20/2018 - 9:01pm I agree he missed some…

I agree he missed some opportunities today but let's remember that Shae Patterson leads the conference in plays of 25 or more yds.  He's #1 in that stat.

10/17/2018 - 10:27am Dantini and his gottdang…

Dantini and his gottdang weather machine.

10/13/2018 - 1:09pm "Paul Cryst poops at party's…

"Paul Cryst poops at party's" would not be thought of by a 12 year old.  

10/08/2018 - 9:46pm Even if true, they can win…

Even if true, they can win out the rest of their schedule with Wimbush.

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.