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RMichaelS


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Comment 04 Jul 2014

To be Fair, MSU has played great against the Buckeyes for quite some time.  They get up for the game & Dantonio works harder.  I'm glad they beat Stanford!  & frankly, I'm glad they continued the expose of our secondary.  Imagine the ESPN ranting if we had gone against Florida St. in the NC game & had our heads handed to us.  This year we'll get there if we're good enough & only if we get solid (positive) answers to the Oh so many questions on both offense and defense. 

Comment 01 Jun 2014

couple of observations: it takes time to build a complete team.  UM's in his 3rd year here & is still building.  It is seldom true that a great new coach meshes with existing superbly talented players & voila! - a NC!  Most of the time, it really takes time.  We saw the 2012 team, & even then, knew we had problems on defense.  The better the opposition, the more glaring the defects, although I do remember a certain 11W analyst spotting the defensive identity issue halfway thru the 2012 season. His observations now have the flavor of the prophetic. I also remember such analysis ran counter to all the hype. One of my greatest fears is that we would, prematurely, find a way into a NC game unprepared to battle a great team.  Thankfully Michigan State kept that from happening. We got a great bowl game against a really good bowl opponent & we almost beat em!  Sparty won their bowl game! 

So now its year 3:  the hype machine is cranking! (although much less as June starts out)  Lots of really good players are being highlighted (deservedly so).  But there are, frankly obvious, questions that must be truly resolved:  Will the offensive line come together well enough to score in tough games?  Will Braxton's passing Accuracy and target choice improve to the point that he can strike in tight coverage?   Will we find a genuine plow horse for running back?  & that's just on offense!  Aside from a dependable D-line, the team has fundamental issues on defense, requiring conceptual re-tooling.  So we really are a long way from an NC caliber team at the present.  The team may build into one, but it's not there yet.  It takes time, and convincing wins against good teams, to get there.

Comment 01 Jun 2014

couple of observations: it takes time to build a complete team.  UM's in his 3rd year here & is still building.  It is seldom true that a great new coach meshes with existing superbly talented players & voila! - a NC!  Most of the time, it really takes time.  We saw the 2012 team, & even then, knew we had problems on defense.  The better the opposition, the more glaring the defects, although I do remember a certain 11W analyst spotting the defensive identity issue halfway thru the 2012 season. His observations now have the flavor of the prophetic. I also remember such analysis ran counter to all the hype. One of my greatest fears is that we would, prematurely, find a way into a NC game unprepared to battle a great team.  Thankfully Michigan State kept that from happening. We got a great bowl game against a really good bowl opponent & we almost beat em!  Sparty won their bowl game! 

So now its year 3:  the hype machine is cranking! (although much less as June starts out)  Lots of really good players are being highlighted (deservedly so).  But there are, frankly obvious, questions that must be truly resolved:  Will the offensive line come together well enough to score in tough games?  Will Braxton's passing Accuracy and target choice improve to the point that he can strike in tight coverage?   Will we find a genuine plow horse for running back?  & that's just on offense!  Aside from a dependable D-line, the team has fundamental issues on defense, requiring conceptual re-tooling.  So we really are a long way from an NC caliber team at the present.  The team may build into one, but it's not there yet.  It takes time, and convincing wins against good teams, to get there.

Comment 01 Jun 2014

couple of observations: it takes time to build a complete team.  UM's in his 3rd year here & is still building.  It is seldom true that a great new coach meshes with existing superbly talented players & voila! - a NC!  Most of the time, it really takes time.  We saw the 2012 team, & even then, knew we had problems on defense.  The better the opposition, the more glaring the defects, although I do remember a certain 11W analyst spotting the defensive identity issue halfway thru the 2012 season. His observations now have the flavor of the prophetic. I also remember such analysis ran counter to all the hype. One of my greatest fears is that we would, prematurely, find a way into a NC game unprepared to battle a great team.  Thankfully Michigan State kept that from happening. We got a great bowl game against a really good bowl opponent & we almost beat em!  Sparty won their bowl game! 

So now its year 3:  the hype machine is cranking! (although much less as June starts out)  Lots of really good players are being highlighted (deservedly so).  But there are, frankly obvious, questions that must be truly resolved:  Will the offensive line come together well enough to score in tough games?  Will Braxton's passing Accuracy and target choice improve to the point that he can strike in tight coverage?   Will we find a genuine plow horse for running back?  & that's just on offense!  Aside from a dependable D-line, the team has fundamental issues on defense, requiring conceptual re-tooling.  So we really are a long way from an NC caliber team at the present.  The team may build into one, but it's not there yet.  It takes time, and convincing wins against good teams, to get there.

Comment 04 May 2014

I had the pleasure recently of watching a speeded up version of our offense against Northwestern and Michigan state;  I focused on the passing.  Clumped altogether, the pattern was disturbing.  Accuracy was really inconsistent in games against decent defensive backfields. The key to anyone having a good receiving year will be Braxton's improvement.  He does not pass well against tight coverage-to anybody.  Michigan state was able to cover tightly & Braxton mostly could not thread the needle.  The down-field passes to Devon were rainbows & frankly, the defender has as much a chance to catch the ball as the receiver.   Thus, Wilson, if covered up by anyone over his height will not catch much; Thomas has a real chance because he is taller & can go up for the ball .  Ditto our tight-ends & the same for Spencer.   I hope for the best, but with a developing line and the analysis being widespread (no pun), it will be tough.  Fast release & intermediate routes will be crucial.

Comment 10 Sep 2013

I agree with quite a bit about what you have pointed out.  However, there are other factors:

consider California is the Death Valley of available energy; rolling brown outs, traffic jams that look like the Rose bowl parade only year round.  & lets not forget taxes: incredibly high & I just heard last year they passed a retro active income tax!!!  People & businesses are leaving CA in droves these days; I think they know what they're doing.

Comment 08 Sep 2013

To Hall's defense:  Kenny G's hand clap signals were different than Miller's. 

Also, did you see the close up of that hit on Miller!!?  two helmet to helmets at the same time, one on each side of his head!  all down low where the officials couldn't possibly see it.  No wonder his helmet popped off.  At the time, the knee was the least of his concerns.

 

And the Michigan Notre Dame Game!  man, the Michigan quarterback is everything we hoped Braxton would morph into.  His passes are crisp & right on; his receivers snatch the ball out of the air & explode up the field; and he has good, ground eating speed.  We will have our hands full in the Big House.  O, and I am always delighted to see Brian Kelly enraged on the sideline. 

Comment 05 Sep 2013

Anybody, including Roby, will have trouble with a 6'3", long armed, experienced & accomplished  receiver;  it takes a lot of technique to stop a high reception & even more to break it up once it's in the receiver's hands.   Time will teach.

Comment 02 Sep 2013

The situation with Reeves is not uncommon:  a very tall, long-armed wide receiver vs. a less than 6ft defender.  All they ever need do is get the receiver behind the defender, toss the ball high & bank the reception.  It's no wonder they picked on Armani all day.  Ditto the soft coverage early on for the same tall, good-hands, wide receiver:  easy 7-8 yards every time.  This is a strategic mismatch every team will look for.  The question is how to defend against it?  I know our defense is complicated, but I wonder if we might have a taller defender to simply play man on man for just this sort of receiver?  The problem will recur.