|01/20/2019 - 10:16pm||The last drive was beautiful.||
The last drive was beautiful.
|01/11/2019 - 9:57pm||ha,we need his talent to …||
ha,we need his talent to "attack" OSU.
|01/11/2019 - 1:18pm||You should put fire Pep/ Let…||
You should put fire Pep/ Let him go on the top of list.
I don't see the logic to boost DB's salary, he has not helped us to defeat OSU yet.
Ed deserves a raise and probably more running game design duties if he has not done so.
Given Bush Sr. has not been hired in the past two years and he had a shot last year in bowl preparation, I think he will be sooner or later gone. We need an outstanding DL coach who can recruits. DL, especially DT, is the key. Look at how Clemson dominates. We need a very good DL coach who can recruit very well. That's hard to come by after we lost Mattison. The one of the biggest mistakes in DL rotation in the past year, may be not letting Gary go inside. We need more disrrupted DT with speed and strength.
|01/10/2019 - 12:43pm||I don't think this is a bad…||
I don't think this is a bad thing at all. This is not mgoblue.com. To maintain a community outlet that act like outsider/monitor is good. This also provide a forum/portal for fans to provide their "inside" information. It's our fan base to justify whether this is reliable or not.
Imagine that, if Brian announce he is leaving, we will have 10x worse melt down that Mattison/Washington leaving for OSU, or even 2x worse than Harbaugh going back to NFL. simple as that.
|01/08/2019 - 1:28pm||don't forget that Meyer is…||
don't forget that Meyer is still in AD. Mattison have helped him to work with Charlie Strong. It make a lot of sense for Mattison to join OSU, especially, JH did not renew his contract or counter-offer him.
|01/08/2019 - 1:24pm||WoW. this is a lot for…||
WoW. this is a lot for details that is not easy to make up. We may never find out. But that's a good logical reason. IF this is true, looks like Al belongs to OSU,
|01/08/2019 - 1:13pm||This is a good sign that OSU…||
This is a good sign that OSU is going down turn!!! I have not seen OSU have hired many of our assistant in the past. Let's celebrate for our future!
|01/08/2019 - 1:10pm||I am not concerned about…||
I am not concerned about these two leaving. I am more concerned about Pep staying than anything else. I am more concerned about Don Brown's man-to-man scheme for our defense. Our D will be fine without those two. We do need one or two good hire to get back on track with recruiting.
If Money was the issue, I am sure Harbaugh and AD can make the deal just like they did for Chris Patridge.
I am all for young rising star from a smaller program to be all our next assistants. No more former NFL DC and OC. I am sure Harbaugh can identify them. Ask John Beillein if he doesn't know what to do to turn it around. We need someone new from our defensive staff and offensive staff to spark our team again.
|01/08/2019 - 1:03pm||I thought it started from…||
I thought it started from DMac's injury.
To a degree, I do agree that the Michigan D played better when he's not on the field.
|01/01/2019 - 5:13pm||this is very true. The coach…||
this is very true. The coach just have not more plays from their hat. They only have many formations but not the plays that can attack each individual team's weakness. Weak teams have more weakness, so they can get away with that.
|01/01/2019 - 4:59pm||Warinner was not a proven…||
Warinner was not a proven good OC. That was his reason to get left out of OSU.
|01/01/2019 - 4:58pm||Harbaugh's offensive game…||
Harbaugh's offensive game plan is very vanilla now. Not much play-by-play or audible adjustment. Their player motion (which is one of JH's signature in his offense when joining UM) is useless. It becomes more like a decoy more than for our QB to read the defense pre-snap and adjust.
This game plan is so uninspiring that I end up turning off my TV after two quarters into the bowl game. Adding the lack of effort of our OL pushing the pile and RB going no where. I am tired of this game plan stuff and knew they had no chance to come back. Every signle play they shuffle personnel, and the players sometimes lose rythme by those substituting. I was joking to my wife during the game that. The players probably were running more yardage when they are substituting than in game play. What Spath is pointing out is just obvious stuff for most fans, most of us foresee this coming, but was hoping the opposite and avoid talking about it. As much as players sitting out was the talking point before the bowl game, I was more worried about the coaching and game plan. We still have enough talent from the bench to fill a very good team without those three starters. However a coaching shuffle is obvious after the game, and how those coaches can focus on the game plan when they are looking for jobs.
to be honest, As much as I still support JH being the head coach. This is getting to a point that from a fan perspective very very worrisome. I did the same in RR and Hoke's last season, turning off the TV after one quarter. RR's defense is so obvious that they can stop nobody, and after seeing one quarter, you know they don't have a chance for many games. Same for Hoke's OLs and offense, you don't need to see beyond one quarter. JH's end of season and bowl game performance is approaching that level now. Similar to RR and Hoke's last year, the saddest part about JH's problem is the issue has been redefined before the season even started. And the coach show no ability to do adjustment during season in the past few years. This is all about coaching from HC to some assistants. I am very nervous about the direction of the program now. One issue can create a domino effect and affect our recruiting.
This is likely the last chance JH can make adjustment in assistants, it can go south quickly (or it can go north quickly as well similar to our basketball program). I also hope he can talk to John Beillein and get some ideas how to approach those new hires. His offense production is completely limited by himself and his out-of-date philosophy. whoever he hires, I hope he let the OC to have full control and hope he can hire from outside of his ring, most his buddy (and probably his son, don't tell me our RB coaching is fine, it's not. Get me a NCAA top-10 level RB coach, those players deserve better) doesn't do well any more. And look for young and rising star, even from a MAC, or DII program.
|01/01/2019 - 4:37pm||IOWA, Wisky, PSU, OSU…||
IOWA, Wisky, PSU, OSU usually have good showing in bowl games. Michigan, not too much in the past decade. I don't know what's going on, maybe the expectation is too high, and the team is deflated after the defeat in the GAME each year. The only exception is Hoke's sugar bowl appearance and JH's first year. The FSU orange bowl game was not that bad either.
|12/30/2018 - 3:51pm||what you pointed out, we…||
what you pointed out, we called it coaching. You are saying Harbaugh sucks at coaching.
I think the whole turning point of the season, if you pick a moment, is DMac's injury. The coaches went to conservative in game plan after that, and it affected the team's mentality, lead to more injuries in the Rudgers and Indiana game. Instead, we could have demolished these two teams in the first quarter, and send our 2nd team to the field.
sample size for two years is way more than enough. The offense stats (Red zone offense) speaks for itself. We can see the impact from a good coach such as Warner, almost instantly.
|12/30/2018 - 3:43pm||early spring is too late…||
early spring is too late. should finish it by the end of this year. :P
No more failed NFL OC please.
|12/29/2018 - 10:09pm||I don't think our defensive…||
I don't think our defensive personnel will drop too much. The problem is the man-to-man-ONLY-defense. Seeing many teams used the same strategy (for example, use 4-5 WR set and run in the middle) to "caught" our defense off the guard is deeply concerning. This is not personnel issue. It's the coaching inability to adjust (not just in game, but between seasons). It's sad that our fate has been defined by the inept of our OC and DC as well as HC (who should recoginize the issue) before the season started, and no cure can be found in the past few years. Sample size is enough, don't blame the players. The coaches failed them.
|12/29/2018 - 2:27pm||I skip the second half…||
I skip the second half. Seeing the first half effort from the game plan makes me sick. I don’t think losing this game is that bad if the end result is pep Hamilton is let go. If he is not. Harbaugh can go with his buddy by the end of next season.
|12/29/2018 - 1:47am||wait, I thought Harbbaugh…||
wait, I thought Harbbaugh has been our OC. Next question.
|12/24/2018 - 10:27pm||red zone offense.||
red zone offense.
|12/24/2018 - 10:17pm||Look, I post a request a few…||
Look, I post a request a few days ago (after Dax Hill decommited) about the PED. This is exactly what I mean. some of the south teams just looks much faster. I don't think it's just due to weather or/and talent level only. Michigan has fast players too. but how fast and how long you can maintain that speed through out the game is on different level for those teams. NCAA's drug test is still a joke now.
Just check the PED suspension list from NFL on wiki. LSU, BAMA, USC are likely the top three schools have the most players get suspended, following by TA&M, Florida. surprisingly, OSU is not one of them as they have sent a lot of players to NFL in recent years. I am not concluding anything as there are a lot of assumption there between the suspension list and the potential PED violation in those schools. But I do smell something interesting.
I wish someone can put that NFL PED suspension list related to schools into a chart. it will be interesting.
|12/23/2018 - 11:58am||Look. People don't think…||
Look. People don't think there will be instant fix is out of their mind. And many fan base here use double standard. Just look at our OL development. It's clear how effective a good OL coach can improve the team vs bad OL coach (or you can say a great OL coach vs. a good but not fitting OL coach). Why we hold different standard for OC or HC (if he's the one who call the play). It's about coaching. we have two year sampling size to make a fair good conclusion on this offense, the red zone offense efficiency is enough to make the conclusion.
The fact that media keep claiming the coach staff keep the plays for the future more important game is getting ridiculous. Year in or year out, we never seen those hiden plays from their pockets, other than the first year when we play Florida. The offensive play calling in the bowl game has not been significant improvement from the OSU game. Fan would expect that the coach would pull out all their playbook since it's the last game of the season. It never happened. At this point, I have concluded that this is just suger coating. The team only have limited plays in the books, result on the field shows it. Either it's on the coach or the players, doesn't matter. (keep in mind that this happened before in Bo's era too in terms of passing play, according to some old players in the talk show. I heard in from WTKA. 6 out of 10 passing play was play actions, so when they left behind in the game, and need to pass, still can only call a sorry-ass play action play in obvious passing situation.) I would guess it's both. I strongly believe football IQ and general IQ level is more important for college football than NFL. Being in Stanford with higher average IQ/football IQ but less athletism may be a good thing for JH's system. Given limited practice time requirement for college football. Players master the concept in 2-3 practices (vs. 4-5 practices) and apply on the field could be massive effect in JH;'s complex play book. Also smarter players can adjust the skill and play on the field. After 4-5 years, we are still talking about simplifying the playbook!!! Either our player are not smart enough as a team to grasp the concept while maintain their techniques on the field (within limited practice time). Or the offensive coaching (especially JH who is steering the wheel is incompetence to adapt and make change fast enough, or didn't recognize this issue in year 1 and year 2).
Most fan see the issues. either JH need to change his philosiphy (to recreate a new playbook to help better exceution and game plan) or find a better OC who can design better plays for JH for him to call. None of us knows the root cause, but one of this has to happen to solve that miserable root cause. Otherwise, JH will sink with his incompetent staff or his not-so-fit philosophy. I think JH has a much tough path in BIG than Pac12, where the politics and referees are worse. Still cursing Jim Denaly nowaday, until he is gone, our golory day won't come. If he stays long, the only other path for us is 8 team playoff, so we can mitigate the influence by BIG officials (both adminstration and referees)
|12/23/2018 - 11:22am||Wilton gave high praise to…||
Wilton gave high praise to Fisch for his development too before things go south for him. the QB loving his coach doesn't justify how good the coach is. I probably don't have to remind you many examples in our program for the past 10 years.
|12/21/2018 - 10:32pm||Is DMac recovered to be able…||
Is DMac recovered to be able to play?
I predict DMac beat out Shea to start next year.
|12/15/2018 - 3:21pm||thanks for sharing this.||
thanks for sharing this.
|12/10/2018 - 12:09am||I am looking for a chart to…||
I am looking for a chart to show the PED suspension list (number of player) and the school/conference distribution in a given period (10 year, 20 year?). I can find the player suspension list from wiki, but it doesn't list the school on the table. Based on a quick glance at the most 2-3 years, LSU and USC as well as Bama and Georgia are the most frequent schools list on those players. There is likely Bama and LSU, USC sending the most players to NFL, and lead to larger number of players on that list, but surprisingly, you don't see too many OSU players on that list.
I am not familiar with NFL drug test, but I assume it's a random test, so giving long enough period for example 2000-2018, we can assume the average number of test per school (test number/players in NFL) to be about the same for school or conference? Of course, the players got caught was likely tested more often.
|12/08/2018 - 9:03pm||John Belein did it a the…||
John Belein did it a the right way, but it does take him longer to get to what we have now. I am going to enjoy every minute of our basketball season. Football, has a long way to go, from recruit to coaching personnel, from game plan, in game adjustments to strength and conditioning. We want to do it in the right way, that’s what Michigan sign up for.
|12/08/2018 - 8:56pm||My point was we would need…||
My point was we would need more time to catch up. With PED, a three star may become a four star. It may equivalently boost your class ranking
|12/08/2018 - 8:14pm||the reality is the 4-5 star…||
the reality is the 4-5 star players also has an "easier" path to get to NFL top 3 round draft too. the total number of games and minutes they play in bama to get to that goal is likely smaller. That means you are less likely to get injury and get max. exposure, especially in defense. They are the top defense year in and year out, not just in stastistics, but the defense actually show up in big game.
|12/08/2018 - 8:34am||2018 recruit, must be a typo.||
2018 recruit, must be a typo.
|12/03/2018 - 11:22pm||this game is overall…||
this game is overall meaningless. However, it's a trap game. I am nervous about this game partially because Dan Mullen is a good offensive mind, and he worked with Meyer before and know Meyer's offensive concept. Their QB is not as good as OSU QB, but with Don Brown's easy-for-opponent-to-prepare scheme, I am still very worried.
This is a game we have nothing to win, but a lot to lose. especially, we got exposed to the same problem again and again.
To be honest, I am not too worry about Gary not playing. If Chase is not playing, we may have more problem. When Gary was not playing, our DLs were light out. Gary still play important role when he's playing, but I think the DL chemistry is better when he is not here. It seems everyone is playing harder. We also have a few players need to boost their NFL draft stock, such as Hidgon, I hope he has a very good game like Deveon Smith a few years ago. He works so hard in his four years here and he deserves a good close out game. I also hope Shea's playing a good game and declare NFL. I want McCaffrey to be able to lead the team next year. If Shea has bad game, he will come back next year.
|12/02/2018 - 1:19pm||i think the question is: is…||
i think the question is: is he able to, not does he want.
|12/02/2018 - 8:50am||You need to wake up. Many of…||
You need to wake up. Many of us made these mistakes in RR, Hoke era. Not again. We were hoping the coaching staff provide solution for some obvious issue on the team, GERG's defense, Hoke's OL issue. The reality was our hope never became reality. In my standard, two year is enough sample size to evaluate how an assistant's performance based on their group. Look at our OL, hiring the right OL coach, and you can see the significant improvement during the season and immediate impact.
Many of Shea's issue is on his own, but we have way more issue in offensive scheme and play design as well as in field play call and adjustment. The offensive staff, either QB coach, OC to design the game plan and playbook didn't do enough to take advantage of our talent. Now that may be JH's own issue. We don't know, eventually, we will find out. If it's indeed JH's own issue led to offensive struggle, the result in the next two years will speak for itself, and he will keep losing and be gone. That being said, if you still have faith on our OC, the only hope is to have another andrew Luck to mask his inability. Unfortunately, Shea is not the andrew luck. Dylan McCaffery could be. Even Shea decide to stay, I think Dylan can beat Shea to be our next starting QB.
|12/02/2018 - 1:05am||what about Georgia?||
what about Georgia?
|12/01/2018 - 4:52pm||I don't disagree with that…||
I don't disagree with that. I want JH to stay. He can bring us back given enough patience. That doesn't mean he's perfect in his hires of assistant. Some of his buddies have to go. We have enough sample size for 2-3 years. He should consult with John Beilein how to achieve that.
I have enough patience to wait after going through RR and Hoke's era. I just feel bad for the players. They worked so hard and the coaching didn't max out their talent on the field.
|12/01/2018 - 4:36pm||I don't like Shea's game at…||
you should check out Joe Simmon's analysis with Sam Web throughout the season. If our TE blocks their LB any better, our RB could have break through a few more.
I don't like Shea's game at all and told my colleagues that he will cost us another game after ND. He is just another worse version of Johny Football. l hope he turn pro so McCaffery can have two-three years in his helm. Shea's awareness is not very good, always under throw. His strength is arm strength and those back shoulder throw are beautiful. Dylan has way better touch in mid and long ball. And his arm strength will improve. More importantly, he just makes better decisions in a shorter time especially when the pocket breaks down. I don't like to call for the backup QB in the past, but I can't resist to do that for him. I think he is ready as long as his bones are.
I don't have to argue the play you mentioned, you can say the same for Gentry's drop ball. That was a well design play and good call, but he dropped it. You can blame players for that, but we have way more plays that is wasted due to incompetence play calling. Overall, the problem is still on coaching, both game plan and in game adjustment. the problem for the offensive scheme may come from JH, I don't know. But most fans here complain about the offensive play choice and scheme by the coaching staff. Many passing plays are low percentage throw. and take a long time to develop. We have enough talent in our WR coprs to tear down other team's defense too. We only shows some flashes in early season, then fade away. The bottom line is when our offense stop working, we don't have good game plan to response to OSU's defense. And OSU offense responses everything Don Brown's defense throws at them. This is epic coaching failure.
My boss said it the simple way, if it's someone else, not JH, who lose 0-4 to OSU, he's fired, right after the game.
|12/01/2018 - 4:18pm||I don't think Harbaugh's…||
I don't think Harbaugh's philosophy is bad. We still need good assistant to design good game plan and playbook for him. And more importantly, provide the best options for JH to choose (if JH is indeed the one call the play) on a play-by-play basis. there was a reason JH praise fisch for his creativity after a few games. You never see he does that to ANY other his offensive assistant.
|12/01/2018 - 3:45pm||no. We should never root for…||
no. We should never root for OSU to get to playoff. It's helping their recruit over us.
|12/01/2018 - 3:39pm||Doesn't matter. I have…||
Doesn't matter. I have enough for this. The players are working hard and they deserve the best coaching. JH is not providing that now. Some of his assistants are not up to the standard. It's easier to blame the players not to execute. The fundamental problem is the coaching philosophy and offensive/defensive scheme. It's very frustrating to see that in the late season, that all our problems we see in last season and earlier this season have not been solved. it all comes back to the coaching and it has been defined before the season. Their weakness is out there. Many fans see the problem, and hoping the coaching staff can provide a solution, but they cannot.
You cannot blame the players for two season of red zone offense struggles. The coaches are the ones who know our personnel, our strength and weakness. No scheme has been modified to address this issue in the 2nd year of Pep's offense. We left too many points in the red zone. No excuse fro Don Brown not to provide a solution for the crossing route meshing attacked, that we have suffered in the past two three years. We again see our odd scheme and our LB has to run all the way to the sideline to cover the motion RB. This shows the coaching ability on the field and off the field.
Pep should go. and Don B need a co-Dc to teach him zone. His man to man is easier for opponent to game plan, and it can wear down our three-four starting DBs fast if the opposing offense can drive the chain for whatever reason, then they get broken down and start to grab and lead to PI call. The large percentage of zone defense can hide the weakness to some degree and add one more layer of the defensive scheme and also save the players' energy. More importantly harder for the opposing team to game plan for it.
|11/25/2018 - 1:25am||McCaffrey has a way better…||
McCaffrey has a way better touch than Shea. Arm strength is overrated. Ask Tom Brady.
|11/25/2018 - 12:48am||Let me tell you why. Because…||
Let me tell you why. Because our defensive scheme has flaws that allow an accurate QB to complete his pass in three seconds. Our DEs are dinged up. Best DT is not on the field. We need depth. In DL. That is how Clemson win games. We need four elite DL. Not just one or two so they can get double team all the time.
|11/25/2018 - 12:29am||This is very true. I have…||
This is very true. I have had the same question every season.
|11/25/2018 - 12:22am||Our top three DL are all…||
Our top three DL are all injured. Our offense didn’t keep up when we need them. Ultimately it is all on coaching. They knew what to come but they failed to provide a solution.
|11/25/2018 - 12:18am||I disagree. I have thought…||
I disagree. I have thought that Shea will cost us one more game after ND. His strength is his weakness that is his scrambling and throw. His ceiling is not higher than McCaffrey. Even he stay, he may lose the battle to McCaffrey next year. I want McCaffrey to start 2-3 year in Michigan. He will be the real deal. Shea’s long ball has no touch , always underthrow.
|11/25/2018 - 12:05am||No me. I am very unhappy he…||
No me. I am very unhappy he is gone. He is creative. Have you heard Harbaugh praise Hamilton once for his creativity. None.
|11/17/2018 - 8:46pm||Denali need to go first…||
Denali need to go first. Then John O’Neil. He was in two of our games this season. Very strange set up. Usually he will only ref one of our game each year. It was MSU, or Iowa in the past few season.
|10/27/2018 - 10:36pm||i don't know why that hurts…||
i don't know why that hurts us either way. We want our opponents to win as much game as possible outside of the game facing us.
ND should have no problem to run the table once they pass NW. NW has no business to fight them since it won't affect their BIG west standing.
|10/21/2018 - 11:10am||Stueber was doing pretty…||
Stueber was doing pretty good job other than the false start. Of course, the spartans gave up already by the time he is one the field.
|10/21/2018 - 10:03am||Mork Dantonio: That's BS! I…||
Mork Dantonio: That's BS! I never smile in my whole LIFE!
(someone help to embed a picture here)
|10/21/2018 - 9:57am||you forget the wisky in the…||
you forget the wisky in the death row. It would be nice if we can get to the BIG champ game face iowA. then revenge tour would be completed!
|10/21/2018 - 9:52am||Let's not get ahead of…||
Let's not get ahead of ourselves too much. We have not beaten PSU and OSU yet. The ranking will take care of itself. I never pay attention to ranking until the last two weeks. There are still too many games ahead, anything can happen. It's just not healthy to put too high expectation to this team yet. The players are laser focus now. Just win the BIG championship, it's been how many years we have won it? I can't even remember it. How many year we have been to BIG championship game? ZERO!
Forget about playoff! Win the next damn football game even Refs are against us. We will talk about playoff when the regular season is over.
the most impressive thing i'v seen about this team is that, since the NW game, the players can get over the humble from the gabage flags, and are laser focus on the next play. I'v not see this mentality since I watched Michigan football in early 2000s. Hope they will keep that all the way to the GAME. Because they will need it.
I hope our fan base could have the same mentality as our players too.