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Comment 30 Sep 2014

Wait, you mean I don't need to burn this handmade effigy of Chris Ash?

But seriously, Ross, this is damn fine work.  I noticed that we were motioning the H-back more than ever before; I must say that it's a development I wholeheartedly approve of.  It must speak to Meyer's growing confidence in Marshall and Wilson, since he hardly did this at all last year.  Granted, Philly Brown wasn't half the athlete of these guys, either; he'd have probably been moved outside had Wilson been further along.

Comment 29 Sep 2014

Understood.  Misunderstanding on my part.

I agree though; karma's a coma. Look at JT—keep your mouth shut and let your play do the talking. Definitely glad our last two quarterbacks have been of that mold.

Comment 29 Sep 2014

Wonder if it has to do with his blocking -- that's about the only conclusion I can come to.  I mean, if you can't block for our run game, you're not going to be playing a lot -- Smith's said as much.  Granted, I don't study game film, but I certainly don't see him out on the perimeter throwing blocks like Spencer.  Can anyone lend any insight to this?

Comment 29 Sep 2014

He might have talked shit about our team, but no one deserves to have their well-being ignored by a person that they've chosen to place their complete trust in.  Regardless of who he is or what team he plays for, that's pretty messed up.

For what it's worth, I recall very few Michigan fans talking shit about Tyler Moeller.  

Comment 28 Sep 2014

Yeah, word in mgoblog (which was originally sourced from another forum) is that the official line is that he was "injured". 

In reality, he made a big play in practice and turned to an assistant coach and said, "That's why you fucking play me." Word is the staff suspended him because he was getting the idea that he wa bigger than the program.

Granted, these are merely rumors; but if true, it further showcases the dysfunction of the staff up north.

Comment 27 Sep 2014

I'd be as well.  But if Urban Meyer knowingly kept one of his QBs on the field while they were looking like that, and then dodged the subject with an ambivalent "tough guy" response, I'd be pretty disgusted with him too.

I had a lot of respect for Hoke as a person up until this (even though I find his lack of accountability genuinely sad); not so much now.

Comment 27 Sep 2014

Posted this in the other thread, but Hoke's response was pretty damning (courtesy of M Live, emphasis mine):

Wolverines coach Brady Hoke was asked after the game why Morris was left in the game when he appeared to be hurt.

"I don't know if he had a concussion or not, I don't know that," Hoke said. "Shane's a pretty competitive, tough kid. And Shane wanted to be the quarterback, and so, believe me, if he didn't want to be he would've come to the sideline or stayed down."

That's a pretty ambivalent, fucked up response to potentially putting a young man's future in danger.

Comment 27 Sep 2014

That's a narrow view of what I said.  We have a very young core that made some mistakes tonight -- and happened to be up against a QB talented enough to make them pay.  Take those three plays away and they have half their passing yards and 21 less points.  Our secondary appears to be chock full of talent (and have shown it on multiple occasions this season); they're just young.  They'll get better.

Comment 27 Sep 2014

Yup, I couldn't agree with you any more, Brew.  

I can't say I have a lot of sympathy for UM's administration, but I do empathize with the fans.  It's worth remembering that, while the schadenfreude may be glorious, we're only a bad hire or two away from this exact same situation.  We should never lose sight of how good we've had it of late; we've managed to stay in college football's highest echelon for twenty straight years (and Meyer promises to keep us in the title conversation as long as he's here).

It's a good time to be a Buckeye fan; UM's struggles only further reinforce that point.

Comment 27 Sep 2014

Hoke's response, courtesy of M Live (emphasis mine):

Wolverines coach Brady Hoke was asked after the game why Morris was left in the game when he appeared to be hurt.

"I don't know if he had a concussion or not, I don't know that," Hoke said. "Shane's a pretty competitive, tough kid. And Shane wanted to be the quarterback, and so, believe me, if he didn't want to be he would've come to the sideline or stayed down."

That's a pretty ambivalent, fucked up response to potentially putting a young man's future in danger.

Comment 27 Sep 2014

Powder meet keg.

And if we want to take this analogy to its logical conclusion ("The Balkan Powder Keg" that started WWI), does this make Minnesota's Theiren Cockran the metaphorical counterpart to Gavrillo Princip?  Is Morris the Archduke Franz Fernidand?

Comment 27 Sep 2014

I mentioned this earlier, but we're breaking in a very young secondary as well as a new scheme -- hiccups are bound to occur (unfortunately, UC managed to rack up about half their total passing yardage on three busted plays).  For what it's worth (and I'm certainly no expert), it seems to me that were better off than we were a year ago -- there's a ton of talent in our secondary (we've definitely seen flashes) and they're gonna be scary when they start playing with consistency.

Comment 27 Sep 2014

I've been saying this since the loss, but it was the VT game that really convinced me that JT was the real deal.  Even though his numbers were horrendous, he was constantly putting the ball in the right place for his wideouts to succeed.  Whether it was drops or just a lack of effort (I recall Barrett throwing a perfect long ball to a tightly-covered Spencer on the VT 10, who proceeded to throw a single goddamn arm out at a very-catachable ball), our wideouts were doing JT no favors.

Comment 27 Sep 2014

It's not a diss on Brax. JT hasn't just looked more accurate than Brax, he also has been much, much better in terms of going through his progressions. 

JT will never be the playmaker Brax is, but he seems to be a much better pure quarterback—even if he lacks Brax's cannon arm and quick release. 

Comment 24 Sep 2014

Ella's version of "Hey Jude" may be good, but Wilson Pickett's had the defining version of this song (Beatles included) since he cut this scorching version with Duane Allman in 1968:

Comment 23 Sep 2014

Yup, an undefeated Nebraska would be about our only shot.  If we make it through a one-loss MSU team (that can't lose another game, either) and an undefeated Nebraska squad, we'll definitely be in the conversation if we win out.

Luckily, our loss was early on.  Even with the "Big Ten is shitty" meme, if we can get on a roll with some momentum, we could see the narrative shift around us.  Our one loss was in our Freshman QB's second game; I look for that fact to become our justification, however tenuous it may be, if we get on a roll from here.

Comment 23 Sep 2014

That or Miles would adjust his philosophy on discipline, just like Meyer did when he arrived in Columbus.  

Comment 23 Sep 2014

WVU would be fun (they're pretty much my #2 team in college football right now), but they're not at a good fit academically (not AAU) and don't offer a lucrative television market either.

We'd be much better off going after Virginia, VT, Kansas, and UNC.