|04/04/2018 - 2:49pm||oh I agree||
oh I agree and am glad that Belein showed a willingess to roll with players despite the fact that they cannot shoot bc of their strong defense being such a plus. Before this season I would have said NO way coach played a Matthews and Simpson so much(not sure he had a choice this year). Glad he did though and glad that we succeeded doing it so that he would value D in the future as well and not go 100% O.
I'm just saying that Simpsons lack of offense also hurts teammates on that side of the ball. Just like his defense helps others teamamtes on that side. If we have 4 shooters on O we can overcome that. This year we did not and had to grind A LOT of games. Not sure we will next year since we lose our two best shooters.
I'm of the mind that D is less a skill than desire. So I think it is easier to find someone who can shoot even a little bit and also has that tenacity on D then it is to get Simpson to be a 40%/70% guy. IMO that will never happen.
If I was a betting man I would bet Simpson does not start everygame from here on out. I don't think Belien can break his tendancies 2 more years in a row. We'll see
|04/04/2018 - 1:54pm||Simmons was better passer for sure||
but he played a matador D style without brining much on O either.
|04/04/2018 - 1:53pm||Postitive i will get neggged. oh well. We all got opinions||
But I highly doubt Simpson will become an effective shooter and look for someone to take the starting role away. Simpson could lead the second unit along with some instant offense type players off the bench to balance him out.
I think people are downplaying how BAD the offense was during the tourney.Overall offense is hampered too much with him on the floor as everyone sags off him. Given his lack of off the dribble shooting, end of shot clock time with him on the ball usually spells trouble and even if he were to get by his man its easy to foul him and give up 1 or 0 points on the posession. There were some crushing TOs late in the title game. Simpson shooting a 3 is basically a TO as well esp when you consider that almost anyone else on the team shooting it is a better look. IMO, he didn't do great to find a shooter. I just don't remember a lot of drive a kicks from him, its either pick and pass to pick man or drive all the way.
The comparison to MAAR is off IMO. Just need to look at Simpsons FT woes. Unless you completely break and re-create his entire shot (and he buys in) he will be limited. MAAR has never been worse than 70% from the FT line. He actually has/had a shooting stoke, when Simpson shoots it looks weak from the get-go.
again, hope I am wrong and he can turn the corner. Would prefer to see a quick guard with same tenacity for D (which is as much desire as skill) step in that can also hit a 3. Need at least a 3 and D type at PG if we can't get the total package.
If Simpson starts the next few years we have to have 4 other 40% 3pt shooters on the floor with him.
|03/18/2018 - 3:44pm||is it me or did I hear a "america!" chant went Wagner||
is it me or did I hear an "america!" chant went Wagner got his early fouls and had to go to the bench? was in the first half. I need to go to the replay to check.
|11/21/2017 - 11:56am||Ok some put up JOK highlight tape||
Ok someone put up a JOK HS highlight tape Before I actually start to think a Malzone deep ball could be our best offense. Haha.
I'm sure JOKs tape looks just as good...but damn would be nice for a WB he could through a catchable deep ball.
|11/06/2017 - 5:34pm||Exactly this||
This only worked bc Minny had no TE or RB passing the threat.
I checked the UFR for PSU and best I can tell we couldn't do this bc PSU had 3 WRs and often RB or TEs going out.
Somehow, OSU was able to send in extra guys at the mesh point vs PSU and destroyed there zone read for the most part. Not sure why we could not.
|11/06/2017 - 12:50pm||Fitz||
Even in limited duty
|11/04/2017 - 7:39pm||Best Big Game coach for sure||
They lay the occasional egg but big games he has his team ready to play every time
|10/21/2017 - 11:14pm||Don't have to go spread. Just need simpler passing game||
Everything is slow developing. Never check down to a RB for free yards. Some of this in QB but coaches are paid to adjust. After 3 games og OKorn you know what you have and need to adjust or pull him
|10/21/2017 - 10:23pm||On coaches. McCray out in that spot for 2yrs now||
|10/20/2017 - 10:53pm||We need to pull a Dantonio||
Drag a superior team into the muck and beat them at your own game.
|10/07/2017 - 10:59pm||Fitting ending to last real drive||
Horrible draw to Evans no less.
Facially need fumble by d now
|10/07/2017 - 10:56pm||Basically only time for this last drive.||
Can't throw so this it it.
|10/07/2017 - 10:40pm||Screw it. Let's go wildcat lol||
|10/07/2017 - 10:40pm||Screw it. Let's go wildcat lol||
|10/07/2017 - 10:30pm||.||
|10/07/2017 - 10:29pm||What was that about Poise?||
|10/07/2017 - 10:27pm||D is going to need to come up with a TO||
Not sure UM will be able to have much of a drive. Need a short field
|10/07/2017 - 10:23pm||Need more Higdon. Hits hole fastest||
Finally dump off past
|09/20/2017 - 1:11pm||Just logged in to say this is awesome||
Great work OP.
|06/21/2017 - 10:18pm||This post should be end of thread. Talent wins. Age does not||
Returning starters probably only matters at QB. Even that can be overcome with a good D.
|06/21/2017 - 10:14pm||...||
|06/21/2017 - 10:05pm||Logged in just to say I'm with you Leo!||
Thinking that you need to build up a roster with upperclassmen before expecting a run is old school 80s CFB. Not in this era where everyone good goes pro early and elite recruits impact from day 1. Frankly, if your best recruits don't make plays frosh year then you are not recruiting well enough.
CFP teams have freshman OL all the time. Sometimes more than one starting. First year starters (FR, RS FR, or SO) make huge impacts and become all conf all the time. Heck OSU sends first year starters straight to the draft. Why can't UM?
UM with Harbaugh should be reloading each year. Expectation should be undefeated OOC (unless you have true road game vs top team...that is tough) and BIG 10 East title. UM literally has better players then the entire schedule expect OSU every season.
So why not this year? Screw next year. We lose 2 games before NOV than yeah start taking about next year then. Haha
|04/21/2017 - 10:13pm||Netflix / HBO||
Just had a baby so been up late binge watching. Watched GOT all seasons in 3 weeks! Other good shows:
Stranger Things - great Netflix show for this that few up in 80s.
Cable On demand
60 days in - documentary style prison show. Regular people go into jail undercover. All filmed.
|04/15/2017 - 10:28am||Bring the Ergo||
Strap the baby to you in a carrier. When he/she starts crying have the wife walk around the concourse with him/her
|03/11/2017 - 6:15pm||Let's not forget the B1G is terrible this year||
Burke played in a loaded B1G and dominated. Was great as a frost and elite as soph. Walton has been elite for 6 weeks...
Now there is something to be said for being hot at the right time and being clutch. Walton could still have a couple chapters left in his story. If he gets 2 banners this season then he will be in elite company.
|03/09/2017 - 2:52pm||Walton and Irvin were high ranked recruits||
Walton if anything has under performed outside of the last 2mths (Better late than never though). Irvin was Mr Indiana I believe.
Guess I just don't think there is any reason this team should have been bad early in the season
|02/02/2017 - 4:43am||This tells me with harbaugh we are moving to tier 1a||
This tells me that with Harbaugh we are back in the game at high end recruiting. We are not blowing out other elite programs but batting even with them which is the first step to actually being able to beat them instead of getting beat in nov / bowl game.
Hoping Harbaughs scheme and QB whispering have UM playing better than its recruiting rankings over the last 3 years. Which would mean playoff. Wouldn't hurt to have elite 1sr Rd WRemerge from all these recruits and for somehow the OL to take the next step. I'm confident that the RBs in the team can get it done with a good OL. I'm a believer in Broen being ably to field good/great defenses. I think his scheme alone keeps the floor high on D performance.
|01/19/2017 - 12:45am||I'm half Bolivian||
I have been dozens of times to Santa Cruz where my family is from. I have probably 30+ cousins down there.
Santa Cruz is a fun city. Been for carnival which was crazy. My experience may be different to most since I could pass as a local and had plenty of people showing me around.
Food and drink is dirt cheap and the women are beautiful. Also like the combination of a major city, grittiness of a 2-3rd world country, and vibrant culture. Would recommend it to anyone. Just don't go expecting to lounge in an all inclusive resort and infinite pool. Sure they have those but that's not really the point.
An American should avoid drinking tap water as well. Stick to Beer. Pacena is the brew of choice. Sometimes I can even order it here in NYC.
Lots of eco-tourism sprouting up now as it has rain forest and mountain terrain.
|11/25/2016 - 12:49pm||Will we see a new ply for Peppers on O?||
Do you all think we see something new on O with Peppers?
I feel like to a must since WS very likely gets knocked out of this game at some point. Pepper plays have been very predictable as of late. Thoughts on what we might see?
I liked the Peppers hand off then reverse to McDoom or Chesson. Think we will need 3-4 BIG RPS wins on O to flip the field and give us scoring chances.
|11/25/2016 - 12:44pm||I think UM QB will decide it||
Speight plays entire game: 24-17 UM
O'korn playing longer than 3qtrs: 10-27 OSU
I really think the QB for UM determines this game. UMs D will old its own but can only do so much if the O is not up to task.
|11/16/2016 - 1:13pm||Don't like our chances running the ball||
Don't like our chances running the ball if high winds nullify passing games. We have not run well when it's obvious. See MSU and Iowa games up with 2mins left.
I'm hoping weather clears up so O'korn can air it out some and keep the D honest.
|11/14/2016 - 7:33pm||O'korn scramble more on 3rd and short now||
To me this just opens up the possibility for 3-4wide sets that start in shotgun only to scramble for 5yds on 3 and 4. Just having this to keep drives alive will be huge. We know his tendency is to run. Maybe this will help some. Can't be on every 3rd down but a few timely scrambles could go a long way.
|11/12/2016 - 11:50pm||Just like MSU. Can't get the 1st to ice the game||
Can't get a 1st when we have to run the ball
Speight missed long ball the entire difference in the game. 0-3. Chesson with a couple drops too
|11/07/2016 - 7:37pm||Is OL good enough vs OSU potentially Bama and Clem?||
Is the OL going to be good enough against OSU and potentially Bama or CLEM in the playoffs though?
My worry is that new and improved Speight will not have time to make any of these intermediate / deep throws before getting sacked...
We have yet to show much of a screen game (what few we have done have worked well) or quick 3-step-drop game so far (haven't needed to) so not sure what we will do to "slow down the rush" when we play the ELITE teams mentioned above.
Note, despite the stats I am not lumping in Wisc with OSU and certaintly not Bama and CLEM. Those 3 have another level of pass rush IMO.I'm not sure we can line-up and run straight at them either.
Can Speight open up a D with his arm at that level? Guess we will find out. I think the O is good enough right now to beat OSU (to get 30pts) not sure about Bama and CLEM.
|09/20/2016 - 6:29pm||Needs 5-7 total TDs (multiple against OSU) and lead nation TFL||
It's all about highlight plays
Peppers needs 5-7 TDs IMO. If he got a return, catch, and rushing TD vs OSU for example that would get him in. He'll need a signature moment.
Leading the country in TFL is also a must. I think he will get that though. So really comes down to the TDs.
|09/18/2016 - 11:33pm||FB probably is a decent redshirt position||
FB probably is a good RS position since there is little risk they will ever go pro early.
|09/18/2016 - 2:47pm||Yup. UM most be able to beat OSU in the trenches||
UM most be able to beat or draw OSU in the trenches to have any chance. They have way to much skill for or LBs to handle in space.
Going to take big time Improvement to make that game any different from last year. Best chance is if we can somehow run the ball to keep them off the field and have the DL do enough damage to get them in 3rd and longs to break up some drives. They will get big plays though.
Considering UCF and Colorsdo held their own in the interior I'm worried. Again, worried for OSU that is.
I see no chance UM loses to anyone other than MSU and OSU on the schedule. Rest of the B1G OLs and offense are not good enough.
|09/18/2016 - 2:38pm||If you are a 5th year senior skill player||
Than you are probably not NFL material and we'd probably rather an early entry bound junior be playing. Sounds harsh but those are just facts. We probably want as many NFL bound juniors in the starting lineup as possible.
If we want to beat Bama, OSU and be playoff or B1G title program than we can't build a team like Wisconsin...or even MSU. Yes I know MSU best OSU in a fluke last year. We see what happens when they play Bama.
The best players must play. Best athletes must play early to get reps and groomed to be potential stars. If they don't get there then the next crop of recruits will be nipping at their heels to try all over again.
I mean if you look at OSU skill players we can't expect gritty, well coached, but inferior athletes to beat them. They will get beat to the edge or over the top. Out "athleted" if you will.
Only OL Really consistently could use RS. Even now Frosh QBs are stepping in day 1 and doing well. Given Harbaughs pro style scheme probably best that we don't have Frosh starters so they can understand the playbook though.
Im personally hoping there are 2-3 more Evans types emerging before Nov. Frosh that you just have to play or start bc they are too good. Need that kind of talent to make playoff. Beat OSU.
|09/04/2016 - 7:11pm||I do worry about blitzing LBs with short passing game||
We know teams are going to be scared of our DL and get the ball out quick. Guess it will be on CBs to stay tight in coverage and force PDs. Safeties will need to clean up well to avoid big plays.
Definitely think we are getting lots of TFLs. If the running game on O can get going TOP can be our best friend. I just don't see a lot of sustained drives for opposing teams, probably give up some chunk plays though. lots of punt returns for peppers that's for sure.
|06/22/2016 - 10:18pm||Dempsey||
I think at minimum Demps will be a late sub FWD that we bring on when we need a goal in Russia. His playmaking ability is still second to none on the team. I don't think his scrappiness in and around the box will go away.
I don't think he will have the legs to go a full 90 though. Not sure he will have that for WCQ even.
If Demps can start and go 60 in Russia then I'm all for it. He's earned the benefit of the doubt imo until 2 Fwds are clearly better. Right now only Woods is on that path to eclipse him. Woods I agree was the Big Big winner.
I think Bradley needs to embrace the beckerman role and go full on D Mid with limited possession duities. Problem is Bradley is not that great defensively. He just runs around a lot often times with limited purpose. Beckerman for all his physical short comings puts him self in good positions. Unfortuantely, even that is not good enough now bc he is so slow and lacks any possession skills.
Beckerman should not suit up ever again unless its a concacaf bottom dweller.
|06/22/2016 - 5:11pm||agree 100%. No way WC squad be that young||
Klinsi won't even play Nagbe and Pulisic in Copa at home. No way he starts or gives serious minutes CCV, Miazga, Zelalem, Green. All would be fortunate to start in Gold Cup next year.
None of the latter names could really do much at the US youth levels let alone senior in 2 years.
I think Ecuador starting line up will largely be the WC starters. I hope replacements for Jones and Bradley are available or at least to push them bc I consider our central midfield weak.
Back line is set until WC. Only changes if a LB emerges which would be great so Johnson can move to midfield.
FWDs will be strong, I hope Altidore is limited to a Dempsey backup from now on. Wood better stay ahead of him with Morris actually coming on in a like for like with Wood starting next year.
I worry Klinsi loves altidore though...
I too suspect Guzan will not be the goalie. After LB that is priroity #1 IMO.
|04/18/2016 - 3:37pm||go to mapmyrun.com||
|04/03/2016 - 7:09pm||i agree||
From O'Korn I saw happy feet way too quickly. Granted its very early but O'Korn isn't the Frosh or even RS Frosh. He has multiple years in college.
He did not seem as poised. It worked out most of the time bc he got yards with his legs but QB play like that makes the OL look worse and doesn't give playmakers a chance downfield.
I'm sure he'll get bettet as time goes on but Speight looked like he won Rd 1 to me.
|12/04/2015 - 7:13pm||or at RB, or at WR, or at TE...||
spread even the playing field. 1 on 1 anything can happen and thats all those O based themselves around. Creating 1 on 1 matchups. actually 2 on 1 if you count the QB.
|12/04/2015 - 7:12pm||good||
Will put more pressue on UM coaches to be able to gear OUR D to stop spread offenses. MD will be a nice tune up for OSU most years. That makes OSU, IU, and MD all running spread in our own divison. We'll be forced to react if we want to go to Indy.
More Athletes on D please. Sorry, I just disagree with Brian on this topic wrt LBs. Instincts are obviously critical but just being a stud athlete can clean up some mistakes (as well as magnifiy errors yes I know).
I'm fine with pro-style O with Harbaugh and turning away from spreads. But we can't ignore the spread when it comes to playing Defense. OSU is/will be the best or close to the best at it as long as Meyer is there.
|12/04/2015 - 7:05pm||Cook > any UM Pro Style QB since?||
MSU has had NFL caliber O talent as of late.
|12/04/2015 - 7:04pm||+10000||
I agree 100% and was going to post basically the same thing.
Not sure anyone can convince me that you need A++ talent to be ELITE on O and run a pro-style. Same is not true for Spread game. Examples of the latter are plenty.
Luckily at UM we have the potential for A++ talent on O (still ligh years away from that - see OL, RBs).
|11/25/2015 - 10:30pm||Goes back to recruiting||
Ppl get mad but we recruit just shooters. More to the game then that. Great when 3s fall you don't need to rebound or play d then. When they don't you need a plan b.
We don't even recruit good ball handlers. Literally just shooters and incredibly weak under skilled 4s and 5s. Wagner is a 3 at a real ball program.
UM Built like a mid major thru and thru.
|11/25/2015 - 10:18pm||Way too soft||
Beilein's best team had Burke, Mcgary, and JMO. Three tough hustle players. Now we just have a bunch of guys who are good at horse. Yes I know those 3 were talent but there toughness was what made the difference.
Zero rebounding and zero D. It's ok to recruit well rounded players and not just shooters who are young for their grade. Constantly look like boys among men. Team is set up like its a mid major...not a legit power program.