Back-up QB in the NFL is a great way to keep your knees in good shape and make $420K a year (Rookie minimum) and if you stick for 4 years you will make $730K a year.
Michigan does not have that kind of money. They are a wealthy school but NFL owners make $200M before they take their head off the pillow. The top 10 NFL franchises make more in a year than UM football makes in 4 years.
I know a billion is hyperbole but Harbaugh will probably see a 5 year $40M deal from an NFL franchise. No way UM can justify to their board of trustees that their football coach is worth $8M a year when Nick Saban is only getting paid $5M.
UM has the 2nd highest paid staff in the B1G, very close to OSU. Hoke is making $4.11M (#8 highest paid coach) and Mattinson is the 4th highest paid coordinator (#2 DC) in the country. Borges was the 3rd highest paid OC and Nussmeir was likely paid as much as Borges. If anything they are overpaying based on results.
Now, they aren't going to pay Harbaugh NFL HC money. John Harbaugh is making $7M a year and Jim is intent on becoming the highest paid NFL coach. NFL coaching salaries for the elite guys are going to top $8M a year in the near future. UM would be insane to spend that much.
No college team can compete with NFL money. 32 NFL teams get $200M a year before a single ticket is sold from their TV deal. UM grosses just over $100M a year from every facet of football.
Absolutely zero chance.....until Harbaugh is in his late 60's like Bill Walsh when he went back to Stanford.
He wants to be the highest paid NFL coach, win Superbowl rings. Rings, plural. Jim's college stint was all about getting to the NFL and he will stay in the NFL until he retires.
Michigan fans are delusional, many think if not Jim Harbaugh then pizza boy will haul in his higher paid, more successful brother John (zero ties to UM outside of his dad working there in the 70's)
^^^^ That is what happens when your program falls into the crapper for the better part of the last 15 years and your primary rival wins with a great coach then goes out and gets an arguably better coach.
Life is toxic and terminal.
Moderation is the key to balance....
Medical cannabis can be vaporized to minimize the less healthy burning of plant matter, concentrated to reduce the amount needed to achieve the effects and remove many of the non-active ingredients, extracted into fatty oils and eaten.
Smoking blunts and hog-leg joints is not healthy, there are countless alternatives for ingestion that eliminate the by-products of burning plant matter.
Alcoholism and alcohol-related deaths increased dramatically when prohibition started. When it ended, the numbers dropped significantly.
You have to be kidding me. Yeah, heroin is really addictive but the gateway to H starts with kids popping prescription pills and drinking not smoking ganja.
I've been in and around cannabis culture for the past 25+ years starting as an occasional teenage smoker with a 4.0 GPA, became a college student who woke up to bong hits and graduated with honors in 3 years. As a young man I moved to Northern California, worked in the biz, saw more ganja than most people can imagine and now at 42 I enjoy a puff in much the same way I enjoy a glass of red wine. A few times a month I blaze a joint while I watch the sunset into the pacific. When I hit about 26 the idea of being stoned all day became a pain in the butt so I decided to back off. It didn't hurt me to slow down, I wasn't chasing a dragon looking for a buzz.
At no point was I physically addicted to cannabis. At no point did I think, wow if I get this high from pot I would love heroin. Truth is, I have passed up cocaine and heroin as a rule my entire life despite countless chances to imbibe both. The time I was most tempted to do coke I was drunk.
The fear mongering is laughable. I've met countless functioning alcoholics and some really hard core drunks (interestingly, heavy drinkers rarely smoke pot.) They are far worse off in life than some of the people I know who smoke 98% THC hash oil 24/7.
Alcohol is a much greater menace than cannabis. What is funny is the cases of alcoholism, spousal abuse, drunk driving and alcohol related deaths hit an all-time high during prohibition.
Interesting thing about track times, we all know Terry McLaurin is a speedster but his 100 times are behind James Clark, Johnnie Dixon, Dontre Wilson, Zeke Elliott, Parris Campbell and Gareon Conley.
Track speed and football speed aren't the same but it sure as hell helps to run a sub-11.00/100M.
UO has a world-class track and training facility. The basketball arena got a huge face-lift. All of the programs have top-flight facilities. The football building is over the top nice but none of the other programs are hurting.
Zeke Elliott has some speed to burn. Might not be the fastest on the team but he posted the 8th best U-18 110 hurdles time his senior year. Won the 110 and 300 M hurdles state titles twice. Started running the 100M as an afterthought during his senior year and won a state title.
He is really fast.
Would not be surprised to see him in the top 5.
What gave Mitchell a shot at wil his FR year was his speed. His size was going to keep him out of mike and sam last year. He was light but he is also really tall so he came off as even more lanky.
I agree, he is physically gifted but there is something slightly less appealing about his game than Johnson's. Trey Johnson played tentative as a FR, something to be expected, but he wasn't taking bad angles and his tackles were fundamentally sound. He looked the part even if he was still feeling his way at times.
Mitchell wasn't going to survive as mike or sam LB as a true FR. He came in around 215 and there is no way he would have made an impact. Our MLB/SLB crew goes 235-245. Not saying he wouldn't have grown into the role but he wasn't there last fall.
Mike Mitchell has WLB written all over him. The problem was we had an NFL draft-caliber WLB who rarely left the field. Johnson won the back up job and that was all she wrote.
Saine would have done well in our current offense. In space he did well and there is not a LB in the B1G who could cover him on a wheel route. Zeke Elliott has a lot of the same positives in terms of speed but as a FR demonstrated he can break tackles too.
If you want to see a really mixed bag class, do the same thing for 2009:
Two 5* catastrophes (Dorain Bell, Pitt Brown)
Four 3* folk heros (Boren, Fragel, Guiton, Simon)
Only 13/25 players from that class used up their eligibility.
Outside of Simon and Barnett the defensive players in that class were pretty bad.
Really good OL class, RB Hyde
Medical hardship for Fellows, Wood
Other colossal busts in addition to the 5 stars: Duron Carter, Jamal Berry
Underachievers club: Storm Klien, Jordan Hall
Processed: James Jackson
Whoops! suspended/trouble/transfer: Jordan Whiting, Jon Newsome, Dom Clarke, Dorian Bell, Jamal Berry
What a crappy competition.
Gardner is as erratic as they come, can be decent but goes to horrible in a heartbeat.
Lazer Rocket is a career back up at most schools
Bellomy still wets the bed when he has nightmares about cornhuskers from his only college experience. Has a negative passer rating (didn't know you could)
UM football next year will be a train wreck. Can't wait to watch.
Arkansas was a mess last year. Dantonio and Narduzzi would have struggled with their personnel. Now, give those guys 5 years to build a system and it might be different but Arky was like MSU when those two took over, not what they have now.
They are chock full of 2 and 3* players trying to compete in a league full of 4 and 5* offensive players.
Ash might as well have been coaching a C-USA D to play against the SEC all year long. Petrino never had much use for defense and the roster shows how bad he was at recruiting D.
Judging Ash on Arky last year is not a reasonable thing to do.
Vrabel didn't jive with him.
Pitt Brown is gone. We never have to mention his name again. 5th year senior bust, career over. Please stop discussing him as if he might be a future problem for us. Thank God it is over...
It is funny, I was listening to Kurt Warner today talk about cover 3 being a very difficult scheme for most defenses to run. He said teams who use it in the NFL have a hard time making it work and they get picked apart in the short passing game because the LB's fail to force receivers to come back towards the ball or cut inside. They generally use it because it works well against the run. QB's who don't check out of run plays fall into the trap. If they diagnose the coverage and check to a short pass to the outside it beats the zone quickly. It requires a D group that is so in sync and collectively aware that one guy being off will make the whole unit look bad. Sounds like our problem.
To hear college fans talk about cover 3 they make it sound like soft coverage for teams who cannot do anything else. The reality is that while it allows teams to mask problems with their LB's ability to cover in a Tampa 2, it opens up all kinds of problems if receivers can find the soft spot in the zone. The WLB has to force a lot of stuff inside and if he fails then the zone is broken and the CBs are so deep the receiver will get YAC every time. The FS is the lynchpin of cover 3 on the deeper side and when he blows it the corners get exposed. We saw both things happen over and over.
Warner said when executed properly it is very hard for QB's to pick it apart but over his career he only saw a few teams run it at a level that made it difficult for him to beat it. He said he made a living on short outs and picked on WLB's.
Pitt is gone. He was a RSSR this year.
So stupid. UM arrogance never ceases to amaze me. If one of our guys went for 27 yards in his last outing and started spouting off about his next opponent I would hope our coaches would bench him for being such an idiot.
MSU and UM share a contempt for each other that makes the game fun to watch. UM fans call MSU dirty but they seem to forget Lewan's eye gouge and some of the dirty things they've pulled out for this game as well. It is a two way street fight.
That said, MSU does tend to play like they are in the prison yard. If Devin Gardner finishes this game I will be shocked. Guy runs way too upright and takes way too much contact to survive the head hunting MSU will be doing.
I'll be entertained and fully expect Sparty to whip UM like a rented mule.
Best strategy for a young QB is to bring disguised/delayed blitzes. Send Roby off the edge, Grant has been effective on stunts and Shazier on delays is a thing of beauty. Hackenberg is not a great short ball passer, he needs the 5 step drop to be effective. He won't hurt us with the screen game so our LB's can pin their ears back and rush.
I'm not breaking new ground by saying OSU will come out early with a little more innovation in the pass rush.
Our secondary is susceptible to big plays when we play soft coverage and rush three. Might as well see what happens if we dial up the pressure.
At least with PSU we won't be surprised when they line up 3 TE's and run what is a staple of their offense out of that look. It is on film and we got a good look at it last week. I don't see the need to sell out to stop the run. Ideally the secondary gives some looks that help disguise our coverages. Hackenberg is really good for a true FR but he hasn't played against athletes like the guys roaming our secondary. (Sounds funny to say, but our pass defense is still statistically better than 6 out of 7 teams PSU has played, including UM and IU)
Hackenberg will put some balls up for grabs. His TD:INT ratio is what you'd expect from a FR and one way to insure he makes mistakes is pressure. We don't really even have to sack him, just get in and make him release it higher than he would normally like. When he has all day he can make any throw, when he gets hands up around him, he tends to sail the ball.
PSU's rushing defense is a paper tiger. The 61 yards from EMU, 71 from Syracuse and 56 yards from Kent State go a long way to offset the big days from Storm Johnson and Devin Gardner. Considering OSU is lining up the best running back and best rushing QB they've seen all year, it should be a fairly efficient rushing day for Hyde and Miller. Throw in a half dozen touches from Dontre if the defensive alignment loads the box and the road to 250+ is pretty wide open.
I'd like to see his grades for the NW team.
I don't disagree with the OL and QB assessment, however if you give Miller and "A" it is hard not to give the RB's an "A" as well.
B- receivers is kind of funny. I would expect he has to give NW a D if the scale has us at B-. It isn't an "A" unit but I'd safely go B+ without much argument from any of the defenses who have had to face it this year.
Bennett and Washington are interior linemen quite a bit of the time. I think they are pretty special to this unit. The variations and depth of this DL are impressive. I only hope NW's OL thinks they will have it easy in the trenches... Overall his defensive assessment isn't far off. I especially agree with the notion that like last season, this year's unit will get stronger as the season goes forward.
Special teams, I think he needs to bone up on Meyer's stated kicking strategy. Urbs instructs his kickers to do certain things. We haven't kicked off to anyone who is a return threat this year so he tends to ask that the ball be sent to the corner inside the 5 yard line. He likes our odds of keeping a returner from hitting the 25. When he wants it non-returnable he asks for it to go deep and it does. Leg strength isn't the reason we've allowed returns.
Punting is looking very good right now. Cameron has the ability to place the ball where we want it to go. Against a great returner like Mark we can expect those kicks to be put where he will not get much chance to return them. 3 return yards for the season, pretty solid kicking.
Game plan assessment.... If NW loads the box to stop the run we go to the edge and torch them there until they trickle back out then we send Hyde into a softer middle. If he can consistently get to the second level and maintain a 6+ ypc day I fully support giving him the ball 25 times and letting him chew up yards. If Herman calls this game with a wide open playbook I think we can make the NW defense look really silly a la Nebraska last year.
Hall matches up well against the NW defense, he should get 10-12 carries to go along with another 15 from Hyde. Re-watching the Wisconsin game again it is pretty clear why they wanted the ball in Hyde's hands. The LB's from Wisconsin were very active and made contact within 2 yards of the line almost every carry. Only a RB who gets consistent yards after contact makes sense. I love J. Hall but he is not overpowering anyone nor would he have been able to elude the Wisconsin rush defense. Sometimes it is match ups more than anything else.
I prefer Hall in the option game. Hyde never seems to get his spacing right. Going to the edge against NW will tire them out and while their starters are pretty decent, their depth is very inexperienced.
NW's run defense is not as good as Wisconsin's. OSU will have all three backs involved in this game and the ground attack should be good for 250+.
If he runs into them on the sidelines or in the stands, sure. He isn't a former player or hired gun, just a fan of the team. OSU can't ask him to text players, contact them on behalf of the coaches or publicly encourage them to go to OSU (twitter, FB, press conferences etc.) but mingling with them at a game is not a problem.
He isn't like anything we've had at Ohio State. Zeke Elliot is a lot more like Brandon Saine if we are drawing comparisons. The Ginn comparison is a little off as well. Teddy had straightline speed that is off the charts, his change of direction and how he hit second gear while cutting aren't quite like what Dontre does.
Wilson is very similar to DAT at Oregon. He was recruited by the ducks to take his place. The second gear speed Wilson has is phenomenal but what makes him special is his two step, change of direction speed. He motors along at once pace then accelerates into his cuts where most runners have to slow just a hair. He is a glider and a wiggler all in one.
He isn't going to crack 195 so he isn't going to be a 30 touch per game guy. He will end up being a 10-15 offensive touch guy and a return specialist. It wouldn't surprise me if he ends up a 500/700 rush/receiving guy by his SO year.
Like Urban said, he needs a year in the strength program and he will start breaking some tackles.