|02/11/2019 - 6:47pm||The RB's performance has to…||
I hope Zach is great, but the RB's performance is still, overwhelmingly dependent on the Offensive-Line Blocking and the Coach's Scheming/Play-Calling against the opponent's defense.
Leonard Fournette got stuffed by Alabama because LSU has stone-age offensive scheme and Bama mauled LSU's O-lineman.
Thomas Rawls could barely see a snap here at Michigan, under Brady Hoke, transferred to CMU, ran for over 1,000 yards, and the next year as an NFL rookie ran for 804 yards @ 5.6 ypc.
Skill positions can be difference makers, but it's still a team sport and playcalling/scheme exploits mismatches.
If the offensive line can creat parking-space sized holes to run through, it doesn't matter who's carrying the ball. If the coach calls predictable running plays into a stacked box, and the o-lineman consistently get beat, and you get behind the sticks early, it doesn't if you have Leonard Fournette carrying the ball.
|01/09/2019 - 12:10am||Just look at the University…||
Just look at the University of Michigan recently merging with Accenture and now completely, and baldly going full-on shameless corporation mode. Admin pay has skyrocketed, meanwhile any sort of solidarity among faculty/research staff is at an all-time low (if you haven't been around for the past 40+ years, you wouldn't have noticed).
UM academics are now themselves little individual business automatons, and the cuts/hiring of "younger" individuals (read: so they can pay MUCH less to desperate graduates who have HUGE student loans to pay back)
Former President Duderstadt would absolutley not stand for this absurdity.
Yeah, it's everywhere in contemporary culture. Historians will be absolutely bewildered at just how disconnected, passive, lethargic, tranquilized and seeminly inebriated, the american people were at this time in the face of massive corruption and exploitation.
|01/08/2019 - 12:07pm||It might say more about…||
It might say more about Urban Meyer and minimum ethical standards that coaches simply won’t go below and be a part of.
|01/07/2019 - 11:42pm||Why it's downright American!!||
Why it's downright American!!
|01/04/2019 - 5:28pm||Have there been any hype…||
Have there been any hype about Jordan Anthony at all?
I remember him being a 4-Star our of IMG and being really pumped about that get.
Figured that his name wouldn’t be mentioned until Devin Bush was gone, but am surprised to not have heard much.
|01/03/2019 - 2:29pm||I wonder if Harbaugh…||
I wonder if Harbaugh controlling the offensive system is overly complex, a la Borges's outfake-the-outfake-the-outfake-theoutfake.
Whereas Jedd Fisch, in 2015-2016, was just outfake.
I mean the WR under utilization with 3 NFL-level wide-receivers was INSANITY.
|01/03/2019 - 2:09pm||Evans actually looked slower…||
Evans actually looked slower this season than last.
Evans running style is like a "south-paw" boxer (or "tricky" style for my Mario Tennis 64 inclined). He does the Le"veon Bell thing, were he is actually running sub-100%, just waiting for the blocks and lanes to develop, and his dead leg is usually good enough to shake at least one tackler.
Honestly, even with Higdon, our last between the tackles runner was De'Veon Smith (who was crucial for Harbaugh's offense). Also, going back through the game-film, Higdon was hit multiple times behind the LOS, in what should have been a TFL, and he trucked the tackle, and got the needed yardage for the 1st-downs which kept drives alive (to me, Higdon is still the MVP of the offense, which would have been even more lethargic due to the Offensive-Line lapsing at key moments).
Evans high-school tape had him hitting homerun after homerun. And he even had a fair amount of homeruns as a freshman/sophomore.
If anything, Evans should be playing at a much lighter weight to keep his speed.
|01/02/2019 - 1:16pm||Andrew Luck was also the son…||
Andrew Luck was also the son of a former NFL QB, was groomed and coached by his father to play QB, and literally had identical NFL Combine numbers & measurements as Cam Newton.
Luck is the "ideal QB" for every single coach in College Football.
|12/30/2018 - 8:48pm||"Clemoson-ing"
As irrational and shot-in-the-dark as it may be, I hope that's what we're doing right now.
Clemson had boat-loads of talent, and never "won the big one", they always seemed to get beat right when they were on the precipice of it all. They could never win it, and then, all of a sudden, they did.
And now look at where they are.
My last stitch of hope is that that is what Michigan is doing right now.
That this is the last hump that we have to get over.
|12/29/2018 - 6:42pm||That's why the younger…||
That's why the younger generation is absolutely dropping out...
Shits gonna get weird up in the USA for the next few decades!
|12/19/2018 - 2:12pm||I refuse.
You just made me…
You just made me divorce my wife.
|12/19/2018 - 12:57pm||From a statistical…||
From a statistical standpoint, even better than the “highest ranked” recruits, is to have MORE “highly ranked” recruits.
There’s a happy medium between more at-bats mitigating a “slightly lower” batting average. (i.e. there will ALWAYS be “misses” on every team—even the Alabama’s/OSU’s)
And if you look at this year, we also have taken the most players in the Top-10, thus far.
|12/18/2018 - 4:17pm||That's not how the body…||
That's not how the body heals/recovers. The recovery period is vitally important. Just look at the statistics of sports teams that play back-to-back nights, etc.
You wouldn't do the 20+ hours of conditioning in one day, would you? Or two days? Why not?
If you have a banged up knee, ankle, or hip, it's totally detrimental to rest and recovery. Quad muscle, hamstring, achilles, calf, plantar, etc.
They run the mile competitively to see who is the fastest.
A mile run is an absolutely ancient training metric (hence, why it's "tradition" since the Bo era). It pertains to absolutely nothing that you will ever do on the football field.
In the game of football, no one is ever playing injury-free, it exists on a constant continuum, why you would add to the workload a task that pertains in no way to the necessary skillset of football is idiotic, and out-dated.
Comadery is one thing, but 300 to 330-lb O-Lineman & D-Lineman have everything lose/exacerbate and NOTHING to gain from running a mile, AND THEN, to try and make it competitive, by timing it and rewarding it, is quite possibly the only worse thing you can do.
|12/18/2018 - 4:11pm||If you have a banged up knee…||
They time it and rank it by who can run it the fastest.
That is by definition max exertion.
And what's worse, it has no direct-application to anything you will do on the football field.
|12/17/2018 - 11:25pm||I definitely don't like the …||
I definitely don't like the "Michigan Mile" run they do on Sundays.
It was one of the only thing that irked me when Harbaugh first came back in 2015.
It's archaic, it's old-thinking. It screams of Brady Hoke's vastly out-dated "traditions" which are supposed to bring back some sort of Michigan Way (e.g "Hearing football").
They also time it and measure performance. But if players are hurt/sore (and they all are <24 hours after playing a full game), then they need properly diagnosed and administered rehabilitation, not more max exertion work.
I really hope they phase it out, or it's totally voluntary (even then, it's absolutely net-negative, regardless)
|12/17/2018 - 3:28pm||Sorry, only one Solomon…||
Sorry, only one Solomon allowed on the team at any given time.
|12/16/2018 - 11:20pm||Verified 4.48 speed and 34.5…||
Verified 4.48 speed and 34.5 inch vertical, he can definitely scoot and get up in the air.
|12/11/2018 - 8:48pm||Honestly, food service is a…||
Honestly, food service is a nightmare.
Management have internalized corporate sociopathy and are basically glorified slave drivers.
The industry draws in people-pleaser personality types who are basically taken advantage of by everyone.
Not sure how many people here have experience in the restaurant industry, it has it's perks, but it's emotional and economic exploitation. And they prey on the precarity of their workers.
Yes, there are some "acceptable" restuarants to work at, but those are incredibly rare.
|12/10/2018 - 8:08pm||Actually he's pulling down a…||
Actually he's pulling down a defensive rebound.
Air Murderwolf is a killer on the boards.
|12/04/2018 - 7:45pm||When Gary was out, our D…||
When Gary was out, our D-Line adapted best utilizing more of a speed and stunt rush.
It actually seemed to work just as well, if not better, because it was less of a "although you know what we're going to do, we'll still beat you", and more of a "you don't know what's going to happen".
The D-Line is absolutely losing a 3 big talented players, but honestly, many teams graduate 1st/day-two players and don't skip a beat.
|12/04/2018 - 7:37pm||You can't see both the…||
You can't see both the upvote AND the downvote totals
You can only see the aggregate.
500 people could have upvoted it and you wouldn't know.
I want to strangle brian for making the site do this, and/or still not correcting it.
|12/04/2018 - 12:14am||And avoiding another loso.||
And avoiding another loso.
|12/03/2018 - 12:17pm||The “bowl committees” are…||
The “bowl committees” are not “football fans”, they are “business people”.
Just like “University Administrators” are not “teachers or educators”, they are “business people”.
|12/02/2018 - 7:00pm||don’t ask just give out the…||
don’t ask just give out the numbers
|12/02/2018 - 1:51pm||Literally why the hell are…||
Literally why the hell are we playing service academies. Our defense gets so gassed, and injured every time we play the service academies.
|11/27/2018 - 11:05pm||Around the time of the…||
Around the time of the mainstreaming of "the internet" people's access to information has exposed just how extractive, exploitative, and sociopathic america's economic landscape and culture has become as each decade passes.
Everyone is allowed their own freedom. However, from an economic standpoint, for someone like Devin Bush, there is ONLY downside to playing in the bowl game. Again "from an economic standpoint". He has noting to gain, and anything to lose.
And seeing as how american culture (left, right, whoever) also ONLY make decisions from an economic standpoint (from corporations to hospitals to even schools/universities--hello adjuncts! goodbye living wages!), has lost pretty much any and all ideals.
It only makes sense that that will trickle down into daily life.
Hell, "dating/flirting" is now swiping left or right on an app...
|11/26/2018 - 7:06pm||Total Upvotes AND Total…||
Total Upvotes AND Total Downvotes displayed.
100 downvotes plus 102 upvotes = 2
and 2 downvotes plus 4 upvotes = 2
Two totally different categories represeted identically.
Seriously, who tf programmed this website??? (This kind of mistake would neither happen in the engineering school NOR EVEN "LS&Play"--totally unacceptable!)
|11/25/2018 - 9:48am||College statistical…||
College statistical performances are not nearly as heavily considered in the NFL draft.
Even Heisman finalist QBs sometimes have zero consideration at their position in the NFL.
NFL teams will drool over Gary’s physical prowess.
The combine also serves to see if any players “jump out” in spite of punching below their weight-class statistically.
-Bush and Gary should go no question.
-Gentry should do the eval. because at 6’8” he is still a potentially a matchup nightmare. The thing is, his jump-out characteristic, his height/weight/speed, isn’t going to “improve” after another year. Yes his blocking/catching/route/etc can/needs to, but the question is will NFL OCs take a chance on it now versus later/needing to see better catching first.
-Hudson should absolutely take a serious look and possibly go if it looks good, he’s absolutely physically ready, Hudson’s statistics/non-statistics were based on simply on scheme. If he returns it will be because the “no true position” knock by NFL evaluators will force him back. But physically, he’s ready.
-Long and Hill are more of an enigma, physically and experience wise, i think they are ready, but I am always wary of their PFF grade-outs 1st because it’s just marketing and 2nd because it is absolutely inseperable from UM’s DL (save for the OSU-game) high-quality pass-rush hurrying/worrying/forcing the QB to make low-percentage, desperate passes. I’d have to re-watch more of the last game (which i don’t want to do) to see how they looked in coverage against a comfortable, accurate QB. They both could go, they both could stay. Their sizes alone won’t put them in the first round, but staying another year could absolutely improve their technique and make them more likely to stick around an NFL roster for longer
-Bredeson can absolutely go right now, no question about it. But OL can also vastly improve their draft stock and get the much needed reps with lower risk than most other positions. He should do an eval. see where he stands and/or if he’s a combine freak, consider going because he could more convincingly solidify a bump into the early rounds with a good physical combine showing.
|11/24/2018 - 5:50pm||Nico Collins balled out.
Nico Collins balled out.
We should have gone full-on Air Raid offense.
|11/24/2018 - 5:46pm||Shored up before Indiana?
Shored up before Indiana?
We’ve been getting burned by the slants all year.
It’s just we’ve played sub-OSU level D-Lines, and were able to get pressure.
|11/24/2018 - 5:33pm||When you have the talent and…||
When you have the talent and riches that OSU has, they can easily rest on their laurels, play sub-100% all year, and then really turn it on when you finally have to.
Alabama does this all year. That’s why they stay so fresh and uninjured.
Injuries only happen on maximal effort plays.
Devin Bush hurts himself at 100% effort pursuit.
It’s why LeBron has stayed healthy his entire career. He’s rarely above 80% of maximum exertion his entire career.
|11/20/2018 - 11:39pm||there's something to be said…||
there's something to be said for internal corruption manifesting itself in physical appearace.
i mean just look at jack harbaugh, hearing the stories/lessons/discipline he instilled in his sons is so inspiring, he's pretty much got a heart of gold in my book, and is it a coincidence he looks like he has the energy and smile of someone half his age?
|11/18/2018 - 5:11pm||The factors that affect the…||
The factors that affect the injury rate are: -11 players running at full speed crashing into another 11 (the closing speeds are the biggest danger)
-22 player free-for-all (as opposed to offense-vs-defense plays which has assignments players can expect where the opposition is going to be)
-cocentration of all players to one point at speed (not true of typical off-va-def plays)
-dynamic changing of directions causing head-on collisions at speed
To keep the kickoffs safe but also keep it competitive, they would have to address slowing down the collision speeds (easily the most injurious/concussive part. They could experiment with more or less players on the field (maybe), change engagement rules—who can engage who (similar to typical off/def plays) change HOW engagement occurs (kickoffs can be from one point BUT the kicking team non-kickers pursue from a different point, etc
There’s a million ways/methods that can still keep the spirit of the kickoff alive yet make it more safe.
|11/18/2018 - 10:36am||Yea we discussed this at the…||Yea we discussed this at the team-meeting in my den/garage area last thursday, it was right after debating red-zone strategy but before voting on asking the wife to make the guacamole with more garlic and less cilantro|
|11/18/2018 - 10:30am||The offense drove the ball,…||The offense drove the ball, Karan ran, Shea completed passes. The Redzone offense just couldn’t pound the ball in. Six field goals that could have bedn taken to the endzone is 42pts, momentum, confidence, etc.|
|11/17/2018 - 11:56pm||Hmm not so sure. Our DBs…||
Hmm not so sure. Our DBs have been vulnerable to the early slant routes all year.
DL need to get their arms up of course. But lets not discount IU had a pretty solid RB which really baited our LBs.
IU put up 3 points in the 2nd half. Not sure of the yardage, but adjustments were solid.
Winovich will be sorely missed if he can't make it, but we have been doing well on the D-Line rotating in and showing new looks while dealing with injuries all season.
The real key is how our Linebackers will fare. Bush is obviously an All-American, but beyond that the other Linebackers really need to step up. They seem to have not been heavily tested in coverage.
|11/17/2018 - 11:45pm||Fair enough but 1) this is…||
Fair enough but 1) this is OSU we're talking about and 2) did you not read #1???
Seriously though, my only caveat with the "x-rays are negative" crowd, is that then what did he have to leave for??? It MUST have been serious.
Also, when he first got hit, the way he crumpled and stayed down (note he didn't even try and get back up before the 2nd hit (which was the cheapshot), I immediately thougth it was a spine or maybe rib injury.
Collarbones (and all bone-breaks really) are highly variable, but they definitely don't "immobilize" you. Think of MacCaffrey who stayed in a few plays, as a QB.
I hope I'm wrong, but the way he went down and stayed down, was really odd, and Winovich is obviously a warrior-type with a high pain-threshold, but to me it looked waaay worse than a collarbone initially (I immediately thought rib/kidney-shot/vertebrae fwiw).
|11/17/2018 - 11:40pm||And it did seem to make a…||
And it did seem to make a differnce, I felt like Shea was under a little bit more pressure than normal.
Here's to hoping he's healed up and running at full-go and healthy for this week.
|11/03/2018 - 10:21pm||If it was on that sideline…||
If it was on that sideline dive, he was definitely hit on the left shoulder.
Doesn't mean thats where the fracture occured, but it is most likely.
For what it's worth.
|11/02/2018 - 6:55pm||huh?||
|10/17/2018 - 9:16pm||I thought he was going to be…||
I thought he was going to be a stud as well.
That being said, it isn't the worst thing in the world to have best-in-class players transfering out due to not being able to see the field.
It's a a good "problem" to have.
Wish him the best of luck and will be rooting for him!
|10/17/2018 - 9:14pm||Not to mention, he's clearly…||
Not to mention, he's clearly been dealing with the shoulder injury for a while, possibly even into last season.
As a disclaimer, we are CLEARLY better off with him in the lineup than not, having said that, the D-Line looked pretty great against a talented, all-american offensive line in Wisconsin (even considering Don Brown clearly deployed some interesting blitzes and switched into zone coverage a few times).
|10/14/2018 - 2:20am||Yup, Da'Shawn Hand says him…||
Yup, Da'Shawn Hand says him and Brown are silently commited.
|10/14/2018 - 12:13am||I don't think he was needed…||
I don't think he was needed as much.
Wisconsin runs more of a speed front-7, and since Higdon and Patterson were bouncing outside all game, there never really was a point where if felt like either of them couldn't get at least 5+ yards.
The O-Line push, and zone reads, were so good tonight. If we were getting ground up a little bit, then I can imagine a few calls for Mason.
Also they rolled out some more of the offense on film for teams to prepare for.
|10/11/2018 - 4:34pm||This has never made sense to…||
This has never made sense to me, his height isn't the prototype, but his wingspan is defintely above 6'1" and his weight is 232lbs--and that's at a very low body fat. And he moves like a heat-seeking missle.
Also his torso is unusually wide, go look at any photos, he's built like a stout recking-ball.
Since LB is basically a game of beating someone to the point of attack and "low-man wins", his height is actually an advantage (much like how NFL RBs have actually been gettign SHORTER through the decades).
The only knock against the short height would be subsequent shorter arm length, however, he definitely has longer than average wingspan (although, legitimately all athletes do, hence the term "athletic gene"), and really when it comes down to measurement, he might even have the arm length of a 6'2"-6'3" player.
I don't see his height as a knock on him at all.
Also, this stuff is all pageantry, counting chickens before they hatch. Hell even just following the NFL for a few years, you can see it's all a crapshoot. The amount of washouts in the 1st round, and hidden gems in the 4th. The front offices and coaches can't predict this shit (Pats trade down every time and go for FA signings = sure thing), the "pundits and scribes" sure as hell can't predict this stuff either. It's all gambling, bread and circus show.
My original point, Devin Bush is a freak athlete, has a killer instinct, gets into the backfield, disrupts the pocket with ease, and tracks down and murders RBs game in game out, I believe that's what coaches refer to as a "ball-player".
|10/11/2018 - 12:56pm||Joey George and Carl Meyers…||
Joey George and Carl Meyers come on down!
Besides the freshman from Germany, Julius Welschof, we don't have any other DLs listed above 250lbs.
Truthfully, among Kemp, Gary, Rueben Jones, Solomon, Winovich, Paye, Mone, Ron Johnson, Lawrence Marshall, Jeter and Hutchinson, I think Brown can get a decent rotation going (although less "big" and more "fast" for what it's worth).
Vilain and Dwumfour are our only "out indefinitley DL, right?
|10/09/2018 - 4:38pm||The "ref that throws the…||
The "ref that throws the flag because the hit looks scary" is a great analogy.
For instance, impact to the chin often causes a strong twisting force which triggers a protective reflex for the body to go limp (muscles, from top to bottom relax), colloquially called a "knockout".
However, it is not a 1-to-1 measurement of brain impact. Force to the head or neck area causes this reflex quite easily. This is akin to a boxer who gets stung on the chin, and their legs fold, dropping to their knees, even though they can get back up immediately--in less than 1 count.
However, one can receive a rather large blowto the head, either lateral, or frontal, never lose consciousness, and sustain a concussion.
Loss of consciouness is certainly an indicator (and DPJ definitely lost, as you can see on the replay as he falls), but, again, it isn't a direct predictor.
The total force of a collision is the overall strongest predictor, as in when each player lowers their helmet for a head on collision.
I'm not saying one way or the other whether he should have been out there--not my call/didn't admin the tests. But I'm going to guess that UM, per Harbaugh, adhere to the current guidelines.
|10/07/2018 - 12:53pm||If we’re the same team we…||
If we’re the same team we are when we set those statistics, then yes.
But Dwumfour, Gary, and Kemp were all part of those defenses that accomplished those statistics.
We’re certainly not the same defense without them.
|10/06/2018 - 7:24pm||That's what I initially…||
That's what I initially thought as well. High-ankle sprains are incredibly painful. But when they said achilles I realized it also could have been that as well.
In physical therapy, athletes suffering from high ankle injuries report some of the highest pain scores of all injuries.
For his career, let's hope it's the ankle sprain. Even though the high-ankle could just as easily be season-ending, it typically is a much easier/higher percentage recovery.
|10/04/2018 - 7:48pm||More important is HOW MUCH…||
More important is how much they get in financial aid.
Even more important would be what percentage of total tuition/costs are covered by financial aid.
Depending on when you attended UM, even zero financial aid, you may have paid relatively less than students with financial aid today.
In 1995, the tuition for an in-state freshman was ~$2,600 per semester, for example.
Tuition costs have absolutley skyrocketed. Particularly when a bachelor's degree is gaining less and less currency save for a few fields (which goes into the true cost of what you "paid" for your degree).