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02/14/2019 - 11:20am Bohr-ing.


02/14/2019 - 11:18am 4- and 5-stars matter.  They…

4- and 5-stars matter.  They're extensively scouted, so while the process isn't perfect, it's better to have more of them than not.

What this shows is kind of a nothingburger, but it's nice to have proof:  3-star ratings are basically blank slates.  The sites toss those around like confetti to make it look like they're doing work.  Having a 3-star rating is nothing more than proof you exist.

. . . actually, strike that last part.

02/14/2019 - 7:02am 1989?  Hope they've been…

1989?  Hope they've been washed.

02/11/2019 - 2:31pm This is why it's a good idea…

This is why it's a good idea to wear flip-flops in the shower.

02/08/2019 - 11:57am No, then we hand off to the…

No, then we hand off to the tight end

02/08/2019 - 8:15am Incomplete pass and you…

Incomplete pass and you haven't moved the ball at all.  Do that four times and the other team wins if it gains one yard on a QB sneak.

It's a very interesting implementation of game theory.  Conventional play-calling is not set up to handle these sorts of situations, which is why everyone's heads are assploding.

I'd say the best strategy is to go with your most successful plays.  Move the ball forward, reliably.  Every yard you put behind you is a yard the other team has to win back, but not enough and they'll easily flip the field on you.  If you're Ohio State, go with your bread-and-butter OPI crossing route and rip off 25 yards of YAC, game.  Iowa doesn't need to go for first downs so their best odds are with the 4-yard slant.  Michigan will probably call iso into a stacked box or a long-developing pass play that ends in a sack, so they'd be at a disadvantage.

02/06/2019 - 8:11am He made $2 million, give or…

He made $2 million, give or take, in two years at that job.

I would love to have Pep's problems.

02/06/2019 - 7:09am Kind of repeating what I…

Kind of repeating what I just said above, but to be brief, I honestly don't know if Fisch is better than Pep at drawing up plays.

The difference was, I think Fisch is clearly better than Pep at fighting the boss when the boss is wrong.

02/06/2019 - 6:49am Pep was a scapegoat in the…

Pep was a scapegoat in the sense that I seriously doubt all the ill-advised plays were his ideas.  But let's be clear on one thing here.  However good or bad one might think Pep is, he isn't what Harbaugh needed.  It felt like a genuinely bad fit.

I'm not sure how much of the slow-developing pass plays and run-run-ass* sequences are on Pep, but I think after so many years of scouting and watching Harbaugh, I can say he has two bad tendencies.  First, he prefers a run-heavy offense, fine, even when he has better options, not so fine.  Second, when the players don't execute well he tends to crawl into a shell instead of getting them to play through a rut.  As such the team will score 56 points on one day because things were going smoothly, then score 10 because Harbaugh started calling plays not to lose way too early.  However, Harbaugh has also shown an inclination to respect others' opinions, especially when backed with conviction and results.

You know who I'm hinting at.  For the record, I don't feel that Fisch is the greatestest OC to walk the Earth any more than I think Pep is everything that's wrong with the '18 offense, but he was a good fit for Harbaugh -- the kind of guy who'll fight Harbaugh when he's sure of what he's looking at.  It worked well, and to his credit, Harbaugh doesn't hate a guy who'll prove him wrong.  Pep's problem is either his tendencies are too much like Harbaugh's, or he's too much of a system guy to overrule the boss.

A fresh face might help, but I don't think Gattis' capabilities will matter as much as his guts.  Harbaugh's stubbornness is a problem, but it's not an insurmountable problem.  He needs an OC who'll go nose-to-nose with him, so here's hoping Gattis is able & willing to do that.

*saw the typo, left it in there

02/06/2019 - 6:28am For perspective, it's an…

For perspective, it's an academic violation, not some violent offense.

Imma come clean here; I've cheated on tests at UM.  Not in the sense of stealing exams or such, but I've smuggled in notes.  I feel rote memorization in the Internet era is stupid, but rules are rules, and if I got caught I would've been in serious trouble.  I was under a lot of pressure at the time, and did things I ain't proud of.  I ain't a better man than Evans.

What I'm getting at is that people often cross lines when they're cornered, but they're usually different lines than the kinds I worry about.  Or at the very worst, it results in uncharacteristic behavior that ceases as soon as the pressure is lifted.  If the only offense Evans has ever committed at UM is academic in nature, as serious as that is, we're not talking about a guy who does shit just for petty amusement (we all know the type).  It's not like I'd feel unsafe around him after hearing about this.

So, the type of offense matters.  Also, track record.  Usually when people talk about second chances, they're really talking about 600th chances.  This is the first we've heard of Evans getting in trouble.  The risk of recidivism here is very low.

02/05/2019 - 4:21pm I don't think this holds up…

I don't think this holds up.  The offense at various times has looked different.

The 2015 offense had all kinds of problems but I think it best represents what I want to see, because it featured two key principles: utilize what you have, and take what the defense gives you.  The 2015 offense's limitations were largely personnel-based.

I don't necessarily think Fisch was the best OC evar, but he had Harbaugh's ear.  The offense has recently been rather stubborn in the face of adversity the past couple seasons, and I think the staff has something to do with it.

01/31/2019 - 11:31am Welcome, Coral

Welcome, Coral

01/31/2019 - 7:29am He's not really a throwback…

He's not really a throwback PG either though because the convention was always to be a good shooter.  Logic went, the PG initiated the attack from the top of the key so he needed a good jumper, whereas quickness -- while always a plus -- wasn't required.  From my generation, Derek Harper, Mark Jackson, Tim Hardaway, Terry Porter, John Stockton, Gary Payton. . . they all had 3-ball range, even though not all of them were prolific scorers.  There isn't any era in which I've been alive when a PG wasn't expected to be good at shooting.  Z is all quickness, no jumper.  And, Z's hook shot -- nice that it's tougher to defend, but does it really make a difference when the release point is still in danger of being crushed by a dwarf?  How does he make it all work?

I really don't know what Zavier Simpson is.  He's such a weird player, yet he's a gorram wizard.  All hail the WeirdZard.

01/25/2019 - 6:35am Hello, my name is Mr. . …

Hello, my name is Mr. . . Ekoh, and I come, er. . . from someplace far away!  Anyway I say we hire this Brady Hoke fellow to be our head coach again!


01/25/2019 - 6:31am No, but might as well be. …

No, but might as well be.  The notion that this is a family of talented coaches is one big Hokes.

01/08/2019 - 12:26pm Assistant turnover is…

Assistant turnover is generally a GOOD sign.  A lot of programs "poached" coaches out of Alabama tryin' to get some of that mojo, and it turns out not all that glitters is gold.  Remember Nussmeier?

The weird thing is the context.  Not Al's, he's from there, but OSU's.  Given what happened after their last real look at Michigan's D, I'm surprised they looked in our direction in the first place.

01/08/2019 - 12:11pm Never schedule Air Force!

Never schedule Air Force!

01/08/2019 - 11:53am In a vacuum sure, but Brown…

In a vacuum sure, but Brown given OSU more problems than most DCs they've faced over the last three years.  He wasn't why we lost in '16 or '17.

Now, it may be that they figured him out (oh, hey, all we need is an NFL QB), but the weird thing is how Brown broke his own tendency, and the reams of scouting on Haskins -- get that guy's back on the grass, which is something Brown loves to do.  So I dunno, man.  Everything about that game was bizarre except the revelation that Poor Damn Brandon Watson can't cover a 5-star receiver.

01/08/2019 - 11:44am I'm less upset than confused…

I'm less upset than confused.  Rumor has it Harbaugh hired Frey in part because Indiana's O-line roasted his defense crispy, so he's like, "That guy knows what he's doing!"  It didn't work out, but I get it.  I mean, he basically discovered Brown via Google.

I guess Washington and Day have a history, but it's kind of weird to hire multiple coaches from a program you'd just beaten up, thrown into a bag, set on fire, and then thrown off a cliff.

01/08/2019 - 11:38am Because the same OSU that…

Because the same OSU that torched the D for 60+ points hired him?

Whether your concern is strategy or loyalty, whatever they saw, apparently they don't think it was on the guys they hired.

I ain't saying that's what I think, but Day apparently disagrees with your take.

01/08/2019 - 11:36am Probably not.  From what I…

Probably not.  From what I've heard of him during his time here, he's a role model and despite. . . that, remains one of the best DCs in the business.  I'd wish him well wherever he goes.

But point taken, so I'll +1 that.

01/08/2019 - 11:33am Logjam up top?  No one's…

Logjam up top?  No one's taking over Harbaugh's job anytime soon, and Brown was brought in to solidify the DC job.

Mattison, who's been a DC himself, wasn't going to get his old job back as long as Brown's here.  Washington's only getting so many promotions as well.

Over in Columbus, they've got a new HC with a bunch of coaching jobs to fill and a roster full of 5-star athletes.  Even a one-year rental looks good on a resume.

01/08/2019 - 11:28am FFS.  I'm starting to think…

FFS.  I'm starting to think The Debacle IIXICDVXC was a DJ Derpin' situation, except instead of the DC calling it quits, it's everyone else under him.

Unless Brown leaves as well, in which case I gotta find some trash cans to kick.

01/08/2019 - 11:20am Huh?  No, I'm playin' it…

Huh?  No, I'm playin' it straight.  TFA says Washington's dad went to OSU and played for Hayes.  Did I just step on an Internet mine or something?

01/08/2019 - 11:19am Hell, let's bring back the …

Hell, let's bring back the "Oakland is in play" crap.  I'll believe anything at this point.

01/08/2019 - 11:16am OK, NOW I'm confused.


OK, NOW I'm confused.

/ turns out he has family ties to OSU, though, so there's that

01/08/2019 - 10:38am Right, because if we scored…

Right, because if we scored one more point last time around we would've gotten within. . . 22 points.

It's folly to size up the entire state of the program based on one game per year, and it's not because there aren't insights to be gleaned from The Game.  It's more that Michigan has found just about every way to lose The Game in the last 15 years.  The year before it was offense.  This time it was defense.  We've had crappy HCs, ref screwjobs, coordinators with a foot out the door, QB injuries.  We've lost blowouts and lost by a hair.  The team has usually been worse but even the times Michigan clearly outplayed OSU, something has to go wrong.  Next year the team could play absolutely perfectly but with OSU down five points and the 4th quarter clock expiring, our QB on the last kneel-down will slip on a piece of pigeon poop and fumble instead, at which point OSU will pick it up and run 97 yards for the game-winning touchdown because shit, why the hell not at this point.  And people will demand Harbaugh be fired for not spending practice time having the QB avoid pigeon poop.  Because MODERN offenses know how to handle pigeon poop.  No, we're just friggin' cursed when it comes to The Game.

It's maddening to watch, and I'll be the first to say the program has issues to work through, but it needs to be said -- winning the previous game you played is not a successful doctrine.

01/08/2019 - 10:22am New QB.

We've been through…

New QB.

We've been through this before.

Harbaugh is not opposed to tempo.  He's used it before.  But his offenses are complex, and this year's QB was his first in this system.  In addition to uploading the offense into Shea's brainspace, Harbaugh did a fair bit of re-education in turning a gunslinger into a risk-avers game manager.  On top of that, the offense was adding new pieces throughout the season.  MGoBlog covered in detail that our TE (forget which) was struggling to pick up the tweaks to the run game.

Forced to choose, Harbaugh opts to 1) make 100% sure the offense gets the play and lines up properly, 2) adds depth to the playbook, and 3) tempo.  #1, check.  We didn't have a TE fumble a handoff this season, FWIW.  They got to #2 for stretches of the season, extensively detailed in UFR.  #3 was going to have to wait.

I'm not saying it's the best way to do things, per se.  But he's had success with it, and it's not like he has no clue what tempo is or does.

01/08/2019 - 9:03am Yeah this isn't a bet on…

Yeah this isn't a bet on Michigan; it's a bet on that sweet, sweet alumni money.

01/08/2019 - 8:04am How??  I mean I ain't all…

How??  I mean I ain't all Chicken Little like some folks here but problems are problems, and our lines are depleted.  OT is still years away from being elite, our starting DEs are gone, and our DTs are average.  You can't win championships on interior O-line play alone.

01/08/2019 - 7:57am Good points, but I'm still…

Good points, but I'm still going to stick to my stubborn expectation that you can't fit 10 years in year 1.

01/08/2019 - 7:51am This might mean Greg vs…

This might mean the Greg vs. GERG reference is too old for some of your audience.

It's OK.  You're getting old, but I'll always be older.

01/08/2019 - 7:50am I don't know about…

I don't know about desperation.  My mind draws more parallels to Michigan's hiring of McElwain or Frey -- one-year "rentals" as a stopgap, download some inside info and then see-ya.

I seriously doubt OSU plans to hang onto a 70-year-old position coach for very long.  But during his stints as a DC, he was usually good.  Not great, but far from terrible.  He can keep that defense together for a year, gives them time to make a more thorough search.  Few of Harbaugh's first-year coaches are still around.

The weird thing is how they found him so quickly.  From Mattison's side, it seems more like he was in a hurry to leave than OSU was desperate to get him.  Not that Mattison has strong allegiances to any particular school -- last time he left UM was for Notre Dame -- but in hindsight, the performance of the D-line is reminiscent of D.J. Derpin's collapse prior to him taking the Maryland job.

01/08/2019 - 7:43am Be patient.  When your brain…

Be patient.  When your brain starts going like mine, it'll be hilarious all over again.

01/08/2019 - 6:42am This.  If you want to sleep…

This.  If you want to sleep at night with a Bible in one hand and a crucifix in the other, that's your deal, but walk your damn walk or you're desecrating your God swag and actively harming society besides.  Yet the Bible Belt is a huge cesspool of sports corruption, and Meyer wore God on his sleeve -- at least when he was recruiting Tebow.

01/03/2019 - 9:58am Honestly?  Harbaughll.  The…

Honestly?  Harbaughll.  The 2015-6 edition, featuring Jake Rudock (final form) or weaponized Speight (non-broken form).  I'm fine with that.  The 2016 offense looked bored en route to 59, 63, 78 points against overmatched defenses, and had more than enough firepower to hang with CFP-caliber opponents until guard play, QB injuries, crooked refs and D.J. Derpin' derailed the ride.  When the going was good, though, it didn't even know how to stop itself against inferior opponents and had the firepower to burn even good defenses crispy.  From the last half of 2015 through the first half of 2106, offense was usually not what fell short.  We've been there, man.

I don't know how much of the past was on Fisch or how much our current problems are on Pep, but the current offense isn't that despite better talent.  It's meandering, plodding, predictable, and gets its "blowouts" against overmatched opponents by playing all-out, leaving nothing to spare against elite teams.  It's functional enough but often seems to take the path of most resistance.  Part of this is serious deficiencies in O-line recruiting & development that I've long maintained will take years to fix, but I'm happy they're being addressed.  However, the offense as a whole moves like a sports car with a seriously misfiring engine -- it's a rhythm, but it's a bad rhythm.  The coaches seem to tighten up and manball when they should spread things out, and call passes when they can and should punch defenses in the mouth.  They need to go back to taking what the defense gives them and hitting the soft gooey spot with a flame-throwing bulldozer.  The SunTzuball element is missing, is what I'm saying.

12/19/2018 - 11:10am Do you chill Charbonets?

Do you chill Charbonets?

12/19/2018 - 10:11am This season we clearly…

This season we clearly missed Mo Hurst because you can't just replace an all-timer like that.

We are going to really miss Bush next season.

12/19/2018 - 8:37am Is this just fantasy?

Is this just fantasy?
Caught in a 'croot fight
No escape from BPONEity
Open this site
Look at MGoBoard and see
I'm just a troll fan
I need no sympathy because it's
Commitment come, commitment go
Ranking high, ranking low
Anyway the wind blows
Every rumor matters to me, to me

12/18/2018 - 10:51am Black Transfer was a good…

Black Transfer was a good movie.  I'd never heard of Chadwick Boseman before but I'm interested in seeing him in other roles going forward.

12/17/2018 - 2:02pm WINGSPAeh.


12/17/2018 - 2:00pm Solid bender

Nice to have…

Solid bender

Nice to have an OL recruit whose passion is to kill all humans.

12/17/2018 - 2:00pm I read that to mean the…

I read that to mean the parents wanted him to pick Michigan, but had no intention to directly intervene on their son's decision, so when he actually picked Michigan they were thrilled.

12/14/2018 - 1:49pm I admittedly offer…

I admittedly offer speculation when others might have facts, but I don't think we have unique problems recruiting safety as much as elite safeties are damn hard to find.  They need to be fast, shifty and leapy to cover all types of receivers, yet also read the run game, unerringly tackle in space, and stop everyone from moosebacks to tight ends short of the sticks whenever possible.  They need to be genetically gifted, rigorously conditioned, and mentally disciplined.  Modern offenses are structured to stress the safeties on the premise that it's very difficult to find ones that can handle everything.  Because offenses amplify the limitations of "3-star" safeties by design, there's now immense demand to recruit 5-tool safeties.  That is in fact arguably why modern spreads persist -- it's not so easy to go out and find a 2-deep of 5-star safeties to shut them down.

So, since they're so essential to take a modern defense from decent to elite the five-tool guys can go anywhere, but there are only a few of them born per year, so it's not that we can't get them as much as we're not getting them any more than any other school that isn't Alabama.

12/14/2018 - 11:01am The ironic thing is that…

The ironic thing is that playing fullback is the closest thing to legalized domestic violence.  During practice you get to hit people you know as hard as you can.

/ try the veal

12/14/2018 - 6:25am NEVER SCHEDULE AIR FORCE. …

NEVER SCHEDULE AIR FORCE.  Don't need to see their undersized center and guards diving at the knees of our starters.

12/12/2018 - 5:19pm We need Hill to have a “fuck…

We need Hill to have a “fuck Michigan” moment. It could work twice!

11/29/2018 - 10:23am EH??!?


11/27/2018 - 11:29am Yeah you can still get to…

Yeah you can still get to MGoBoard by scrolling to the bottom, but the ads are literally covering up site functionality.

I'd mind the ads less if they weren't designed to get me to click on them by accident.

11/26/2018 - 8:29pm Precisely. OSU played one…

Precisely. OSU played one game at 100% this year. NFL is gonna love those guys but I understand why their fans were so infuriated by the Purdue game. Their players lack maturity. Unfortunately that wasn’t going to be a problem against us, but god what a bunch of crapheads that don’t deserve their blessed talent.