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Comment 16 Dec 2014
While we may come up with a likely list of candidates, I'll bet Urban has a bigger and better list from his coaching connections and I'm sure not even he will have a notion of who to hire until he personally talks to a good number of them. I'm also sure it's very important to find the person that clicks with the current staff and brings more to the table than just great football knowledge.
Comment 16 Dec 2014
The worst part of that is among professionals in just about any field, it isn't going to be uncommon. An IQ in the top 2% sounds impressive, but among professionals it probably only amounts to top 20%.
Comment 15 Dec 2014
The comments on Collier are just plain crazy. None of you have the slightest idea where he is in his development at this point. He could be ahead of where Barrett was last year. The coaches would not have offered him if they didn't see the potential. There's always plenty of talented walk on QBs willing to fill that 3rd/4th string scout team/bench warmer role. You don't waste a scholarship on the warm-body position.
Comment 15 Dec 2014
I would argue that Houston is actually a better position for him than Michigan. At UM, he'd be expected to win right away with a bunch of 4 star Michigan Men with entitlement issues, and God knows what else cultural impediments - the ones we saw ample evidence of during Rodriguez' 3 years - still floating around. At Houston, he's sitting in a hot-bed of local talent, with a high proportion of it flying under the radar (just like the 3 stars in Florida) just waiting for a coach with keen talent evaluating skills like Herman, to come pluck them away from the likes of Louisana Tech and McNeese St. And he'll have at least a couple of years without pressure to put his culture in place, with a bunch of kids with chips on their shoulders out to prove to the world that they belong. Houston fans should be really excited. They're going to be back to putting up ridiculous offensive numbers by year two. And I don't think, after his OSU experience, that he'll neglect the defense either.
Comment 15 Dec 2014
Took me a second to parse it, but that last sentence gave me a good chuckle.
Comment 11 Dec 2014
Hopefully the arrogance of Wisconsin and Michigan will keep them away from even looking in the direction of Wariner or Herman. Wariner at Wisconsin would be perfect for them, assuming he's at least competent in leadership and recruiting, which he seems to be. Actually, given what Wariner has done for us with his miracle turn around offenaive lines in 2012 and 2014, I wouldn't begrudge him moving up to a job like Wisconsin. Or Herman for that matter. Just stay the hell away from TTUN. LOL.
Comment 11 Dec 2014
I don't know. Very few people I know who actually pay attention to evaluating talent felt that Derrick Green was even in the top 10 college prospects at RB. He may well have been if you're just talking about on the High School level, but that doesn't always translate to college success. I think too many recruiting services saw a future Ron Dayne, forgetting that Dayne, as talented as he was for a man that size, needs a running scheme like Wisconsin's to take maximum advantage of his talents. I think the coaching staff was willing to take him early on due to his athletic potential (future TE?), but had no qualms about moving on once scholarships got tight and Zeke committed.
Comment 11 Dec 2014
Yeah, and that's why he had something like an ultra-ridiculous 17 ypc while most other really elite backs just get the standard ridiculous 12-14 ypc. Point is, any way you look at it, he's a ridiculous talent.
Comment 11 Dec 2014
Good observations, especially the point about Weber accelerating quickly. Agreed he doesn't have elite top end speed, but for a running back I think elite acceleration is more important. Emmitt Smith comes to mind. Almost all of his long runs were a result of being able to keep his balance and not go down in the pile and then dart away from faster defenders who were slowed by thinking he was going down. Just that few hundred milliseconds was enough to give him the cushion he needed to take it the distance. I doubt Smith even in his prime ever ran under a 4.6 40. Barry Sanders also. He had decent top end speed but not elite. But I'll bet he got to his top speed quicker than anyone in the history of football. What great acceleration also gives you is the ability to gain advantage by faking out the defender, by either faking a cut back or doing a stutter step. Braxton is pretty good at that. I seem to remember OJ Simpson being a master of that also. The point is the defender is always going to lose ground because he is in react mode, and that gets magnified if the offensive player is also quicker than him.
Comment 11 Dec 2014
You know, I went back and watched Weber's highlights, and I don't think there's as big a gap between him and Harris as I originally thought. And that's not knocking Harris as I still think he's phenomenal, one of the best backs in the last 5 years or so. But what I noticed in Weber are traits that translate very well to the next level. In some ways he reminds me of a stockier version of Boom Herron. Keeps a low center of gravity and is rarely knocked off balance. He's got good shiftiness, but gets going North/South as soon as possible. And he's got good power, driving defenders for extra yards. His speed was better than I thought also. He looks almost as fast as Elliott, whose probably about a 4.45 guy. It seems to me like the top level backs are always guys that have great lower body strength, and Weber has that for sure.
Comment 10 Dec 2014
Harris is the best and it's not really all that close. Just hope stays home at UK and helps bring the Bamas and LSUs down a notch. Weber, though, is an excellent fit for our system. Reminds me a lot of Carlos Hyde and seems like a player that will have his legs under him from the get-go (where as Hyde took a couple of years to mature).
Comment 09 Dec 2014
They may look cute, but badgers are generally tough, vicious little bastards. He could've dropped 20 feet and hit a boulder and I seriously doubt he'd have been fazed by it. There's also the the fact that generally speaking, an animal acting on adrenaline and instinct in its home environment isn't going to miscalculate and injure itself.
Comment 09 Dec 2014
I think everyone is missing the fact that Oregon State and Michigan are two entirely different cultures/environments with drastically different expectations. I have a feeling Hoke would do quite well in a situation where no one expects much out of the team. It doesn't make Brady a bad coach because he couldn't succeed in the high pressure environment of Ann Arbor. It just means that's not the type of environment that brings out his best qualities.
Comment 08 Dec 2014
Eze isn't really anything like Byars. Byars was like a DT with 4.5 speed and the nimble feet of a ballerina. Of recent backs, Beanie Wells was probably closest in running style/size.
Comment 08 Dec 2014
Not trying to be an ass, but I find using "dominate" for "dominant" too grating not to respond. Sorry.
Comment 04 Dec 2014
Yeah, any coach worth his salt is going to have a competitive streak that clouds his judgment as to good situation versus bad situation
Comment 04 Dec 2014
Didn't he already do a coaching stint there? If so he already knows the situation. Also, I doubt Kansas would offer if Wariner hadn't expressed interest in the job. I hate that last sentence.
Comment 04 Dec 2014
I'd be happy with that hire. I think he'd be what I was hoping Brady Hoke was: a competent but not great coach that would keep them consistently just outside of the top 10-15 range with 8-4/9-3 type seasons, but rarely have a great team capable of competing for a national championship. Now that I think about it, that's probably the best they can hope for without hiring Nick Saban or Urban Meyer.
Comment 04 Dec 2014
I think the only way Stoops happens is if he's the one that really wants a change. Oklahoma went through a 10-15 year drought period of not being able to hire the right coach. Stoops is the right coach, one of the few that can keep them consistently in the top 10. They also can see what's happening at Michigan and Nebraska, programs with similar recruiting bases easily eroded by a few mediocre seasons or a mediocre coach who doesn't understand the program/region. If they have a lick of sense about them, they'll do everything they can to keep Stoops.
Comment 03 Dec 2014
Dang that feels painfully like the truth. I think Lee does a little better, but not much. I actually think all the LBs need to play slower until they get better at reading and anticipating. Too often they are trying shoot a gap that was fool's gold and find themselves entangled too deep while the RB hits the real gap and has only Tyvis' poor angles to deal with. It does a defense no good to get TFLs on two out of three plays if that third play is consistently going for greater than ten yards. I've said it before and I'll say it again. I don't think this defense will be championship caliber until the LBs and Safeties learn patience and tactical speed. They want to blow every play up at 100mph. Championship caliber defenses just consistently tackle the ball carrier between 2 and 4 yards from the LOS and very rarely give up anything longer than that, with the blowups happening as a result of missed assignments or bad play calls against a defensive alignment.
Comment 03 Dec 2014
The only thing I don't want to see happen Saturday night is playing not to lose. If we had a Tressel defense, we could win this game playing Tressel ball. But the only way to make the playoffs is to unleash Cardale and hope he can make more big plays than big mistakes. I think the committee is going to have to be shown that the offense is still potent with Jones at QB. Playing ultra-conservative with him probably isn't going to work even if we win that way. Like others have said, this is house money. Fear nothing. Play through mistakes and never let up. If they do that, and put their full confidence in Cardale even through bad decisions, I think they'll come out on top in convincing fashion.
Comment 01 Dec 2014
To address the point that Kalis was just responding to being attacked by OSU "fans", does anyone really think he's so dumb that he couldn't differentiate the lunatic fringe fan base that every big-time college program has from the sane Buckeye fans? Of course he could. But he had turned traitor and sought to justify his traitorous douche-baggerry by bringing down those he turned against. Karma indeed. All he had to say was thank you for your attention buckeye fans and coaches but I've decided my best option is to play for UM. No one outside of the lunatic fringe would disrespect him for that.
Comment 01 Dec 2014
Dude, I was all ready to defend Kalis as just a stupid kid that made a stupid mistake but your alliterative barrage of verbiage won me over. That was awesome, and exactly what most of us were feeling when Kalis drank the Michigan Man koolaid and abandoned his state in a time of need.