I believe Trey Johnson has an injury and was out for most of fall camp.
Great writeup as usual. Ross, what was the delay in making these sorts of adjustments? I'm wondering why these adjustments were not in our offense at the start of the year and why it took the VT game to implement them. Did we not face a bear defense last year? Is Braxton not able to make his reads, etc.? Or is he just such a good athlete that the defense was already constrained, so we never had to think about this?
And more to the OP's point, he'd probably have a job on a practice squad somewhere right now as a WR as a pet project from some coach looking to hit it big.
I know the NFL has instituted a policy where a trainer is in a booth watching every player and every play for signs of injuries, and the UM policy sounds pretty similar. Does anyone know if we have a similar policy?
Not concerned. Urban had this issue with Tebow and Leak in FL. He also had this issue last year with Braxton and Guiton. He'll find a starter, that starter will win, and winning usually solves any and all locker room issues.
Dude, look at the scoreboard again. We gave up 28. ;-)
How can he say "I can only answer for me"? He's the head coach! He is, in some way, responsible for everything that goes on in that program, on and off the field. At this point, it's almost like he's just hanging on until he gets fired so he can get his severance pay.
I say this with the most serious face imaginable, but his ball placement on swing passes is amazing. And that is not an easy pass to throw.
To piggyback, the Seahawks also made the Super Bowl with minimal contributions from Harvin. Their best WR was a toss up between Golden Tate and Baldwin. Harvin is also lucky to play 50% of their offensive snaps, so it's not like he's always on the field drawing coverage.
Wayy too early to be thinking of medical redshirts, and it's probably going to be moot. This is his redshirt year. If he stays here for 4 years and wants to play a 5th, I think he can apply for his medical, but I'm guessing he'll be off to bigger and better things by then.
Well, according to the plaintiff attorney, Cornwell asked them for a settlement number, and they gave it to them. Then Cornwell apparently made that public via twitter. Not exactly kosher.
To be fair, I also think a 6'6 safety was previously unheard of.
Someone find Dave!
But isn't that a built-in weakness of the cover-4? If the WR goes deep, the CB converts to man and follows, and the LB is left covering the middle & flat. That's why the FB and TE had huge games. The LB is wrong no matter who he chooses to cover if you send the TE on a out and a FB in the flat.
Also, "I live in enemy territory" and "What is Michigan known for? Our engineering? (said with disdain) No, let's go win some football"
I think Bosa won't get so many chip and combo blocks. He beat 2 guys in his strip sack and was chipped on almost every play. I bet Spence changes that.
Yes, but one can also be rational about things. The posts that I've seen calling to fire Zach Smith, Fickell, Coombs, and Herman after one bad loss is a bit ridiculous. I think lots of people need to take a deep breath, take a nap, and then resume posting after some rationality returns.
That VT game was awful. I'm no Ross Fulton, but it looked like we gave up on everything except for max protect & 3/4 verticals hoping to attack their single-high safety/press coverage. Not a terrible strategy since Urban has recruited athletes to out-athlete other teams, but our WRs just didn't get the job done. I think Herman could have thrown a few WR screens, etc. to get them away from blitzing. It's also like we are afraid to take losses from our run game and instead opted to take losses in the pass game; keep running and if one of our speed guys gets past the blitz, breaks a tackle, etc. i'm sure it's going a looong way. Our defense also didn't execute when it needed to. It sucks to lose, but it's delusional to think that we would steamroll the schedule; this isn't Madden.
At the end of the day, Herman got out-coached. But, that doesn't mean we get to crucify him. People have bad days in the office; I'm sure all of you have had that day at work where you just sucked in everything you do, or have failed that test but otherwise did well in a class. Shit happens, move on.
I live in northern VA. I think it's a 7 hour-ish drive. For cheaper hotels, you can probably pick a place in the suburbs (maybe Bethesda, MD area?) and take the metro in. The trains are pretty reliable, clean, and definitely safe. I don't know how well the metro stops are spaced in the national mall area, but if the weather is nice, it's such a nice area to walk around anyway that it shouldn't be a big deal. Traffic is normally bad in DC, but it's better/do-able on the weekends. I think parking is more expensive than taking the metro though. Message me if you have any questions and happy anniversary.
DC is within reach if you're thinking about going as far as Chicago. Good food, good metro system, and lots of free things to do.
Isn't it going to rain? 24-17 OSU.
I recently interviewed with a UC graduate. He started to talk smack that OSU avoids playing UC. All I really wanted to say was UC is like the zit on OSU's ass, we just don't see it or care. Obviously I didn't, since it was an interview. But man it was difficult; I am also not considering the job anymore.
I miss the days in college where I would be out all night and have to set an alarm at noon to catch the game. Nothing like waking up to Buckeye football. My Saturday mornings now are a complete disaster.
I don't watch sports media anymore, and an undefeated OSU goes to the playoffs every time (there will never be more than 4 undefeated teams). OSU schedules 1 good OOC game, and with MSU and Wisconsin and others getting respect, a good TTUN is not necessary for us to get into the playoffs. Thus, it's App State all day, every day.
The ESPN article reads like the bastardized step-child of the SI article that came out (notice the same quotes): http://www.si.com/longform/appstate/
The only new things appear to be the Michigan quotes.
I love that that blog has a "Well,.." counter. Saves me the trouble.