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Portland, Maine

MEMBER SINCE   June 25, 2018

Former college baseball player, HS PE teacher, adjunct exercise science professor, and HS & college strength & conditioning coach. Enjoy lifting, watching college football, and spending time with my fiancee & two dogs.


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Recent Activity

Comment 4 hours ago

I'm sure they both have their upsides. But are either of them an improvement across the board over Patterson? 

That's the million dollar question.  I think Patterson has good physical tools.  He's a better thrower than McCaffrey, but not as good of a runner.  Milton as a stronger arm than Patterson, but as of yet is not as accurate.  But, I think Patterson's worst quality was reading coverage, making good decisions, finding the open WR, and handling pressure.  I have a hard time believing McCaffrey & Milton will be as bad in that regard, but we don't really know yet.

That remains to be seen. If Michigan wants to compete next year, they'll need a substantially improved offense. 

Agreed, at least against OSU.  

Comment 5 hours ago

I never said max strength was important for QB’s.

I gotcha, but you replied to my comment which was in reference to a picture about Tom Brady and his implied lack of strength and muscularity in his picture.

My point is that most elite football players are strong and that strength does matter at most positions. 

But again, I guarantee  that they were not lacking in strength or at least relative strength.

I think you are picturing strength in relation to an average male.  So, in that regard yes all NFL players are stronger than the average person.  I mean elite NFL players are not strong compared to other NFL players at their position.  Elite players are not elite because of their strength.  They needed a certain amount of strength to make it to the NFL, but strength is not what separates them from their peers.

find me a top tier RB, LB or lineman who has below average max strength for his weight and you will have proved your point. 

Christian McCaffrey had one of the worst BP numbers of running backs in the Combine.  But, it's harder to find the worst bench pressers, which unfortunately is the only strength test the Combine uses.  And, is it really even a strength test?  And, is upper body strength as good of a test as lower body strength?  All those are other discussion points, but it's all we have for the NFL.  But, if do it the other way around and find the best BP of all time you'll find not many are elite NFL players.

Comment 9 hours ago

I’m just saying he doesn’t adhere to the ideas of max strength from the world of powerlifting or strong man training.

No college or NFL strength coaches that I have met do.  Many have personal interests in them because that's what got many of them into the profession, but they don't train team sport athletes that way.

Comment 9 hours ago

Max strength matters a lot for most positions. If it didn’t then why train as if it does?

How many QBs do you think train max strength?  I am a former college S&C football coach.  We never did any max strength training with them.  The only guys that trained max strength were lineman and depending on the guys, some RBs, LBs, & DBs, but never QBs, CBs, or WRs.  There are positions where it means more, particularly interior lineman on both sides of the ball and positions it means very little, particularly the QB and skill positions.  All things being equal strength is a beneficial adaptation, but strength is one of the more poorly correlated traits to success.  Speed for example is much more so, but motor control is by the far the most, but very difficult to test.

When’s the last time you saw an elite RB, LB, DB or lineman that was not relatively strong?

I'd bet if you picked the top skill position players at each position none of them would also have to best strength numbers for their position.  Do you really think Marshall Faulk, Jerry Rice, Lawrence Taylor, or Richard Sherman, are the strongest players at their positions?  What makes them elite is their motor control, ie their ability to read and react to unpredictable situations in live time.  Strength is beneficial, but rarely are the strongest players the best. 

Comment 11 hours ago

That goes to show how much you understand about S&C and how little max strength and muscularity impact one's ability to be successful at football, much less the role of S&C for a football program.  If shirtless pics were a good indicator of how good you'd be at football David Boston would have been more successful all juiced up, but alas.

Comment 11 hours ago

I also have no doubt Hairball and co will fail to develop him just like they've failed to develop every player. 

Devin Bush, Karan Higdon, Cesar Ruiz, Jabrill Peppers, Jake Rudock, the Glasgow brothers, Taco Charlton, Jordan Lewis, Jake Butt, Mo Hurst, Chase Winovich, Jon Runyan, Ben Bredeson, David Long, Lavert Hill, Nico Collins, & Cam McGrone would disagree.  

Comment 11 hours ago

McCaffrey has good enough arm talent and great running ability if he can learn to protect himself and go down when appropriate.  Milton has good enough running ability and a cannon for an arm if he can learn to when and how to appropriately unleash it.  Are either one capable of being a good P5 starter?...nobody knows yet.

Comment 11 hours ago

Agreed.  It would stand to reason that this is the point where that starts to turn around and these are the first two guys looking at PT that were actually recruited by JH and came up in Gattis' system, but time will tell.  The QB position has certainly been a thorn in UM's side for a while now after a long string of NFL QBs in the 80s, 90s, & first half of the 2000s.

Comment 14 hours ago

McCaffrey has little live experience for the Wolverines as he's thrown just 35 collegiate passes. But the redshirt junior is entering his fourth year in the program, and if he stays healthy, he'll have plenty of reps under his belt when Michigan visits Ohio Stadium on November 28.

The Milton/McCaffrey battle will be an interesting one.  McCaffrey has the extra year of college experience, but doesn't have any experience edge in playing in Gattis' system.  Many think Milton has the higher upside in terms of leadership, that "it" factor, and the bigger arm.  McCaffrey is probably the better runner and at this point the more accurate passer.  Neither are proven in terms of actually playing full games against quality competition.  Can either guy lead an offense and make complex reads and withstand pressure in the pocket?...nobody knows yet.  This is likely the key to UM's season.  Great QB play and an 11-1 season is possible.  Struggling QB play and 8-4 looks more realistic.  My hunch is whomever loses the starting battle enters the transfer portal next year.

Comment 08 Apr 2020

Is he not reputable within the community/fan base or is there a more reputable podcast ?

He has an insane memory, so he can rattle off stats and games from many years back.  I think he's pretty good on his opinions for the most part.  He talks to a lot of other media folks, but doesn't interview coaches or players so he only hears what we hear.  As podcasts go it's pretty good, but no inside information is coming out of it, just his take.  So, he's not plugged into the program in the sense that he talks to people inside the program.  People like Sam Webb of 247 are probably better plugged into the program.  His podcast is the Michigan Insider.  Isiah Hole of Wolverines Wire also covers UM and talks with players and coaches regularly and with recruiting probably Steve Lorenz of 247 and Brandon Brown at Rivals as well as Webb are the most tuned in with recruits.  I think both are often on Steve's podcast if memory serves me right.

Comment 07 Apr 2020

a Wisconsin-Notre Dame game set to be played under the lights at Lambeau Field is pretty cool, too.

I hadn't noticed this is a game happening in 2020.  I think both teams will have holes this year, but both should still be solid and that will be a fun environment.  ND should be a slight favorite, but I'm hoping they fall prey to a tough road game early in a hostile environment.  I wonder if they will still Jump Around at Lambeau?  That should be a fun one to watch.

Comment 06 Apr 2020

I guess it depends.  If it was money coming out of my wallet, no.  But, UM is not hurting for cash, so I could care less how much they pay him.  I think that's probably more of a rival fan thing to say to make your rival look silly.  I don't think fans really care about how much schools pay coaches other than to complain that they aren't getting enough wins.  It's kinda meh to me.  Of course everyone wants more wins, but it's not like you can go back and pay him less.  He already had a contract and got market value at the time.  But, if he were back on the market tomorrow I'm not sure he could get the same contract again at the college level.  

Comment 06 Apr 2020

Yeah, JH is not bad against ranked teams.  He's really only bad against ranked teams on the road.  But, then again just about every minus the very few elite teams like Bama, Clemson, & OSU regularly beat ranked teams on the road.  Most the teams even in that second tier like Florida, Oklahoma, LSU, UGA, ND, etc. lost to ranked teams on the road quite a bit.  So, all that's saying is JH is doing a good job, but not a great job, which is unfortunately what he was hired to do.

Comment 03 Apr 2020

The discrepancy between UM & OSU's 2021 class is getting ugly.  I don't see that happening, but then again many UM fans believed 2018 was going to be a good game, so who knows :/

Comment 03 Apr 2020

I'd be curious to see a list of in vs out, but my hunch is those that transfer out are not playing by and large and those that transfer in are.  So, guys like Fields, Jackson, & Sermon are probably more valuable than the guys leaving.

Comment 02 Apr 2020

I think you hit the nail on the head with the muscle imbalances. In the meantime I'm doing a lot of weighted straight leg raises, side leg raises with bands, clamshells, banded "side shuffles", and basically a lot of glute work, particularly focusing on the glute medius. Hip drops, single leg glute bridges, monster walks, side hip planks with leg lifts, heel drops, etc. I'm sure you're familiar with all of those. Working from home as been nice at the moment because I'm doing PT on myself for about 1.5 hours every other day. 

That's a very common thing when it comes to overuse or not enough variety in your training, particularly for folks who are interested in strength and/or hypertrophy.  You kill the sexy muscle groups like the quads with exercises like squats, but might ignore the less sexy ones like the glute medius and hip abduction.  It's also easy to ignore flexibility, stability, & mobility because if we like lifting we probably find training those boring.  I know I do!  But, it sounds like you're doing a good job at addressing that potential joint/muscular imbalance around the hip.

I've recently added resistance band distraction to my normal stretching routine (about 30 minutes a day), particularly for femoral anterior glide syndrome. I've stretched and foam rolled glutes, hammies, IT bands, quads, and the TFL muscles daily for years. Started using the lacrosse ball to really hammer that TFL muscle area, which is beyond rough. My IT bands feel like hard gravel haha. I've completely stopped hip flexor stretching. Very painful and it's clear they're doing more harm than good in my current state. 

It sounds like you're doing the right things.  A lot of times we simply underestimate how much work is required to make up for all the years we ignored doing it.  I've seen it many times where doing it the tissue work or mobility work once a day just isn't enough volume.  It may be that more time, but doing the same stuff is all that's needed.  A really good tool that I found effective is the a modified Black & Decker Jigsaw with massage heads.  I'll post a link below.  It is really helpful at hitting large muscle groups such as the quads.  There is also some research out there that vibration is successful at minimizing muscle tone, so a vibrating massage tool like a foam roller or ball are also helpful.  There is some research behind electric stim as well.  I use all of them.  Kelly Starrett has a really good book with a list of ailments, assessments, and then rehab exercises you can do to fix them.  Finally, Squat University is a really good youtube channel to watch.  I'll try to post all these links below.


     Massage adapter heads:

Vibrating Foam Roller:

Vibrating Massage Ball:

Supple Leopard:

Comment 02 Apr 2020

2 and 17 for um since the start of this century, that is not coming up short.

Agreed, that's where the whole recruiting, QB play, & preparation would come in.  But, losing half of those games by a TD or less is.

Comment 02 Apr 2020

No worries, it's nice to be able to talk about something we can actually do something about!  I don't want to rehash a bunch of stuff your PT may have already said or suggested, but I'd be happy to help too if I can.  Typically these injuries come down to a combination of motor control/coordination between the muscles surrounding the joint (such as hip flexors vs extensors/glutes in the hip and vastus lateralis vs medialis (VMO) around the knee) being a bit unsynchronized which can improve with some balance and proprioception training, a lack of joint mobility around the hip which may need some mobilization, & tissue quality typically of the quads and hip flexors with may need some massage.  A lof of this can be done from home with a band, a foam roller, and maybe a lacrosse ball.  I'd be happy to share more specifics.  What has your PT recommended so far?

Comment 02 Apr 2020

Maybe someone could begin a topic about how to exercise from home ;)

I can do that

Comment 02 Apr 2020

I've been dealing with patellar tracking disorder / hip impingement / possible hip labrum tear for the past 7 months 

How's the re/prehab going?  Good luck & let me know if I can help.