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02/15/2019 - 8:56am Stop. Just... stop.

Stop. Just... stop.

Michigan gets in early on guys who are a bit under the radar but make big rides up the rankings. JD Johnson and Kalil Branham (who has already started rising) fit that mold already. 

Being “in” on a guy near a year before they can sign, does nothing. This time last year we were at the top of Noah Cain’s board and nobody knew who Charbonnet was. Nobody had a remote inkling that Dax Hill was even interested in Michigan. Guys like Mike Morris we’re committed elsewhere. Hell, a couple of our commits didn’t even have a recruiting profile yet. 

Being a guy’s top CB pick a year in advance doesn’t tell you how we are recruiting. Michigan is going after plenty of highly ranked guys (if that sort of thing matters to you) and are high on their list. 

Just based on a recruit’s warm/cool internet list, we’re in the warm interest for 14 top 200 players. And another dozen 4*s outside of the top 200 and some high 3* guys as well.

Are we going to get all of those guys? Of course not. Are we going to get a handful of those guys? Almost certainly. Are we going to get some guys who aren’t currently on that list? Definitely. 

We have 4 new coaches. It’s going to take some time for those coaches to establish new relationships with recruits. Offers are still going out. And we’ve had to deal with some dead periods where coaches can’t recruit. 

Relax. Take a step back. And let the coaches do their jobs. Everyone was panicking this time last year too. Saying we couldn’t recruit. Yet we finished with the #8 class and had the top class in the conference. Just let it play out. Rankings will change, interests will change, new prospects will emerge, players will drop off, and when it ends, we’ll pull in another solid class. 

02/12/2019 - 1:28pm You mean like playing an OSU…

You mean like playing an OSU team that is tailor-made to attack the well-known weaknesses of our defense and then playing against Florida without our two first round picks and Chase playing injured, in a game that really didn’t mean a whole lot...

that kind of change?

02/12/2019 - 11:29am Best back after Higdon left?…

Best back after Higdon left? You basing that on his 7 carries? 

02/09/2019 - 4:00pm Iggy a combined 1/14 from…

Iggy a combined 1/14 from the field with 2 points and 6 rebounds against Wisconsin this year...

02/09/2019 - 11:30am If you ain’t cheating, you…

If you ain’t cheating, you ain’t tryin 

02/05/2019 - 5:18am Obviously you’re wrong. The…

Obviously you’re wrong. The staff is pursuing him. They feel we need him. 

Fact is, we just lost two NFL players at DE. Their replacements may have impressed you, but behind them is a huge unknown. Even Josh Uche who showed promise, hasn’t shown the ability to be any more than a pass rush specialist to this point. 

So adding an all-MAC player to the rotation helps the depth tremendously and does a lot to answer some of those question marks.

02/01/2019 - 7:03pm So look at other top…

So look at other top programs and look at their transfer rates. Look. The fact is, Michigan is over-signing. Recruit a ton of kids, push out the kids who don’t cut it. That’s how the top tier of college football works. 

Many of the kids leaving are guys who never play. The rest seem to be guys stuck in rotational roles at best. Those are going to be the guys that get processed or at least see the writing on the wall in addition to normal transfers.

01/30/2019 - 9:47pm Dude... we’re 20-1... I…

Dude... we’re 20-1... I think we have more to be jacked up about than just beating Indiana.

Not to mention winning AT Indiana in the manner that we won, is something to get jacked up about. 

01/29/2019 - 3:26pm “All the one and dones the…

“All the one and dones the hockey team signs.”

You could count on one hand the number of one and dones that the hockey team has signed this decade. Trouba, Larkin, Pacioretty, and Kyle Connor....

Michigan hockey largely makes its killing getting exactly what was mentioned. Getting those guys who take a few years before being ready for the pros but are still highly talented for the college level. 

01/28/2019 - 11:14am Um... how? Jay is a better…

Um... how? Jay is a better recruiter and has gotten a lot of production out of our backs. 

In what way is Hart an upgrade?

01/27/2019 - 10:11am We have the same athletes…

We have the same athletes that Bama has? 

01/27/2019 - 10:09am I mean half of our passing…

I mean half of our passing plays this year were essentially bubble screens...

01/27/2019 - 10:08am And that’s fine. The point…

And that’s fine. The point is that it’s Jake Butt’s decision to make in that instance. Just as it is Karan Higdon’s decision to make here.

I’m not going to criticize someone else’s choices on what they feel benefits them and their families the most when there is that much money on the line. 

Jake Butt felt his best option was to play in the bowl. Fine. Higdon felt his best option was to prepare for the Senior Bowl. Fine. It’s really that simple. 

01/27/2019 - 10:04am No, but by skipping the bowl…

No, but by skipping the bowl game he gives himself an extra month to work on individual skills like catching the ball, conditioning, footwork, speed, and agility. Things that he can then showcase in this setting. 

01/27/2019 - 10:01am Again, actually LOOK at…

Again, actually LOOK at Higdon. Compare him to some other backs. He just LOOKS absolutely jacked. Which would be why he received some gasps. 

01/26/2019 - 7:01pm Yep. You don’t get it. “The…

Yep. You don’t get it. “The game,” isn’t where the benefit is. It’s the extra month of preparation solely on individual skills and development and the week of practices in front of NFL scouts. 

01/26/2019 - 7:00pm Sure, if you look at height…

Sure, if you look at height and what the weight scale says, he’s pretty normal. However if you actually LOOK at him, he’s pretty jacked.

01/26/2019 - 3:41pm And he gave himself an extra…

And he gave himself an extra month to work on developing these skills to showcase.

01/26/2019 - 3:40pm Chris Evans had the 5th most…

Chris Evans had the 5th most pass catches last year (more than McKeon for reference). Including fullbacks Michigan backs caught 37 passes out of a total of 223 total completions. 

So about 16.5% of our passes went to running backs/fullbacks 

01/26/2019 - 8:49am Yeah... I think I’ll let the…

Yeah... I think I’ll let the guy making $7 million per year that runs each and every practice decide who is and isn’t worthy of a scholarship (and when) over random internet poster...

01/24/2019 - 3:55pm They have jobs and pay for…

They have jobs and pay for it...

01/23/2019 - 8:15pm The issue with Pep isn’t so…

The issue with Pep isn’t so much in the calling of plays as it is in play design. 

As passing game coordinator, his job would have been to design the passing plays and route trees. So whether he physically called the plays or not, he is responsible for the long developing passing plays and the absence of routes that create separation. 

Pep is responsible for the passing game. Play calling be damned. And how he performed in his duties handicapped this team. 

01/23/2019 - 8:02pm It’s generally believed that…

It’s generally believed that Harbaugh’s fire and sideline antics were rubbing officials the wrong way and it reflected in the way they were calling games. So Harbaugh toned it down quite a bit. 

01/23/2019 - 8:00pm Definitely NOT a good…

Definitely NOT a good recruiter. Easily one of the worst, if not THE worst recruiter on the staff.

01/23/2019 - 7:57pm Because the football program…

Because the football program basically prints it’s own money... 

01/23/2019 - 7:56pm Nobody will offer him a…

Nobody will offer him a contract worth walking away from a $1.5 million dollar salary* 

There. Fixed it for you.

01/23/2019 - 7:55pm It seems like a stretch to…

It seems like a stretch to say “nobody wants him.” 

Michigan is paying him almost $1.5 million per year. How much of a pay cut do you think he’s willing to voluntarily take? If Michigan wanted to fire him, that forces his hand. But I’d think he’s perfectly content taking a smaller role and cashing in another $1.5 million instead of taking a $500k+ paycut to go be an OC elsewhere. 

Just because he didn’t take a job elsewhere doesn’t mean nobody wanted him. It merely means the offer to leave didn’t outweigh his current situation. 

01/23/2019 - 6:04pm I’d agree except for the…

I’d agree except for the fact that Michigan running backs have largely done... nothing for the last decade.

Simply being at Michigan doesn’t mean we’re better than Indiana at every position. They’ve had some pretty good backs go through there. 

01/23/2019 - 6:01pm Uh. Tom Allen does not make…

Uh. Tom Allen does not make less than his (now former) OC...

01/23/2019 - 5:17am It’s simple. A month of…

It’s simple. A month of workouts that focus on individual improvements in strength, technique and stamina are more beneficial than a month of bowl prep. 

A week of practices in front of NFL Scouts that focuses on showcasing each individual player is more beneficial than going through a week preparing to play Florida with no scouts in attendance. 

Playing in the Senior Bowl itself isn’t the part that is beneficial. It’s the additional time with scouts and the extra month to work solely on the skills that scouts covet that is so important. 

01/18/2019 - 4:13pm The thing about the NFL is…

The thing about the NFL is that it’s not about production in college. You don’t have to be the best player at your position on the team in college to be a better pro prospect. 

The NFL drafts on potential mostly. I don’t know a lot about Iowa’s TEs. I don’t follow them closely enough. But maybe Hockson has a better combination of size, speed and hands. Whatever it may be, it wouldn’t be the first time a guy who isn’t super productive in college is a high draft choice and has a solid career. 

01/18/2019 - 4:09pm Last time they took a TE top…

Last time they took a TE top 10? You mean he’ll go to another team and have a pro bowl season and finish with the 2nd most receiving TDs in the league?

01/18/2019 - 12:20pm There’s a lot of rational…

There’s a lot of rational reasoning behind it actually. It makes a lot of sense if you actually take the time to think about it, as these players have done. It’s their decision to make. 

01/18/2019 - 12:19pm How does it baffle you? 

How does it baffle you? 

The Senior Bowl is an entire week of practices with NFL Scouts in attendance and a practice setting that is specifically tailored to showcase the things scouts covet. 

The Bowl game is an entire month of practices behind closed doors full of game prep to play in a game that doesn’t mean much, if anything at all. Not to mention the fact that skipping the bowl game allowed Higdon an extra month to focus solely on improving individual skills, strength, and conditioning that he can now showcase in front of the scouts instead of using that month to practice HB Dives into the backs of guards... 

01/18/2019 - 12:16pm I mean... “couldn’t of” is…

I mean... “couldn’t of” is horrendous grammar. But let’s also not pretend like Brandon Watson wasn’t the one being torched all game. 

01/18/2019 - 10:37am McDaniels was able to be out…

McDaniels was able to be out on the recruiting trail because Michigan hadn’t officially hired Shaun Nua yet. Meaning we werent fully staffed so McDaniels still held that unofficial interim role. 

If McDaniels continues to recruit now that  Nua’s hire is official, then THAT would point to another departure on the offensive staff. 

01/18/2019 - 10:33am Don’t think it’s necessarily…

Don’t think it’s necessarily related. Don’t forget the fact that analyst Ron Prince also left to be the head coach at Howard. So there’s already a spot open with or without McDaniels becoming the WRs coach. 

01/18/2019 - 10:04am Now when they say “Division…

Now when they say “Division 1 football program,” I have two questions...

1) Does Division 1 PeeWee football count? 

2) Does my extensive experience playing the NCAA Football video game count? 

01/17/2019 - 4:45pm Since when was this supposed…

Since when was this supposed to be “good hockey”? This was always expected to be a rebuilding year. We lost a lot of scoring from last year and there wasn’t much coming back that was expected to be able to replicate it. 

01/17/2019 - 4:43pm If by “stretch of the season…

If by “stretch of the season,” you mean the GLI (and a random outdoor game this year) then yeah. The WJC is intentionally scheduled during winter break when schools are out. 

If Michigan didn’t participate in a holiday tournament and ND didn’t schedule an outdoor game, they would miss zero games and your entire disapproval would go out the window. 

01/17/2019 - 4:26pm The hockey team is in good…

The hockey team is in good shape moving forward. This is a rebuilding year. 

Really good hockey programs are built a couple of ways:

1. You get four year players that are finishing up their junior careers (nothing like a 21 year old freshman going up against 18 year old counterparts)

2. You get some late round NHL talent and some guys who just miss the cut. These guys typically stick around all four years and their real upside is evident once they reach their junior and senior seasons. (see: Hyman, Copp, Dancs, Hensick) 

3. You get one-and-done types who are high draft picks, come into college and kick ass for a year or two before bolting to the NHL (see: Werenski, Larkin, Hughes, Conner) 

Now your “bluebloods” like Michigan are built by #2 and #3 for the most part. The issue we are seeing with the team right NOW, is the lack of #2. It became increasingly difficult for Berenson to get these types of players to come into the program in his last few seasons with the uncertainty surrounding his retirement.

Right now we’re lacking some of that needed secondary scoring from veterans that hold those second and third line roles. Mel’s guys, who will be filling some of those roles, are in their freshman seasons. It’s pretty unrealistic to expect them to fill those roles at this stage. 

So there’s ultimately a gap in the lineup right now and the team is in a rebuilding stage. This season especially and potentially next season as well, have been looked at as a rebuild. But the future is extremely bright as Mel gets his guys in and they get acclimated.  

 

01/17/2019 - 10:26am If by “Ottawa” you mean “San…

If by “Ottawa” you mean “San Jose” then yup. Ottawa currently owns his rights.

01/16/2019 - 5:07pm The general thought is that…

The general thought is that Peters is going to graduate and then transfer so he is eligible immediately. Don’t quote me on this but I believe I heard he’s on track to graduate after the spring or summer. 

01/15/2019 - 7:19pm I think Michigan has always…

I think Michigan has always trusted its own evaluation more than rankings. And rightfully so. 

01/15/2019 - 6:03pm From what I remember, Dillon…

From what I remember, Dillon wanted to play running back, Michigan wanted him to play linebacker. 

01/12/2019 - 1:59pm He went down with the…

He went down with the private plane to pick him up and bring him home. They always send a team representative. 

01/12/2019 - 7:50am I mean those two instances…

I mean those two instances are fairly easy to predict.... Walker missed his entire first year due to academic and disciplinary issues. It wasn’t a stretch to predict he was gone.

Washington was an up and coming young coach, strong recruiter, from Columbus with ties to OSU. Again, not a stretch to predict his departure. 

01/12/2019 - 6:52am Just off the top of my head…

Just off the top of my head and from this season, he lied about Branham decommitting, he got into an argument with Wangler and basically said he sucks and doesn’t belong on the team, then claimed to have had an interview with Gary’s mom and slandered her and Gary (she came out and said she’s never spoken to him). 

In between all of this he’s stolen unmeasurable amounts of paywalled information and shared it with the public and passed it along as his own information and claims to be “the most well-connected insider.” 

01/11/2019 - 3:37pm I call bullshit

I call bullshit

01/11/2019 - 3:36pm Jesus fucking Christ. We are…

Jesus fucking Christ. We are a year until signing day. How many freaking guys did we have in this class that started out as mid 3* types, our fans bitched and moaned, and they absolutely EXPLODED once the camp circuit completed? 

Harbaugh is known for this. Jumping on under the radar guys that have great camp seasons and senior years and make huge jumps up the rankings.

Can we just NOT freak the fuck out over recruiting rankings of 5 prospects a full 5 months before summer camps even START? 

Take a look at our class. JD Johnson is holding back our average a bit. If you exclude him, our average jumps up to .8885. Now go take a look at the Future Blue feature on JD. He’s an under-exposed QB who is expected to make major gains in the rankings. 

Take a step back from the ledge. Drink a beer. And go to bed. Let the staff do their job. We’ll be fine.