Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Who's To Blame For This? Mid-Week Round-up

I Didn’t Even Have Him On The Hot Seat

In what’s really unsurprising news, Oregon State Head Coach Gary Anderson is out of a job. 

I should have had him on the Hot Seat, but figured if OSU didn’t can him last season, they were going to ride out the contract or at least stick with him for another year. 
And I also missed Texas El-Paso Coach Kugler who quit last week

They’ve been officially added to the “Gone List!”

Is Michigan’s Offense Too Complicated?  (yes)

Baumgardener does a great job breaking down Michigan’s overly complicated offense.  40 formations in the 1st half alone produced 3 points… If you want to read the entire article, here’s the link:

Key points:

Then, as has been the case all season, U-M asked its quarterback to make an NFL throw to an inexperienced passing target who isn't ready to make an NFL catch. The second down call is a slow-developing out-and-up to a redshirt freshman tight end in the corner of the end zone. The second is a fade to the opposite corner of the end zone to a 6-foot sophomore receiver. 
Nothing about either of these calls are high percentage. Not the throw. Not the route. Not the concept. They're low percentage plays and, typically, they only work if you have an all-league quarterback and a stud receiver. John O'Korn is doing all he can, but this was his second start. The Wolverines have freshmen and sophomores at receiver who are trying, but they're just being asked to do too much. 
See the problem?  KISS!!   Harbaugh and staff need to figure this out. 

Who’s To Blame For This Mess?  Harbaugh or Hoke?

I got a text on Monday asking that question?  Actually, the question was “Who do we blame for this?”  Meaning, which coach on the current coaching staff (Harbaugh, Drevno, Frey, or Hamilton) is most responsible.  I’m taking a little deeper look at it:
Michigan is still suffering from one of the worst recruiting classes ever under the departing Hoke.  Everyone knew after going 8-5 in 2013 and then a miserable 5-7 in 2014, that Brady Hoke was a dead man walking.  And that really, REALLY hurts recruiting.  There aren’t many starters from Brady’s last class he recruited in 2014.  That’s a major gap.  While Harbaugh knew that going in, filling the offensive line gaps with B1G level size and talent is a very tall order.  I know Michigan lost a couple of big O-Line recruits in late 2016/early 2017 as well. Not to mention last season’s injury to Newsome.
So, I guess you could say that it’s 40% Hoke – 60% Harbaugh.  Yes, Brady was F’d due to the fact everyone knew he was getting canned, but Harbaugh/Drevno have had 3 classes to try to get someone in there.  With little success.

So, yeah, I’m holding Harbaugh slightly more responsible than Hoke.  And while Harbaugh has done a great job (Peters/McCaffery) in recruiting QB’s, Speight is your Hoke holdover and nobody else. 

Is 1-4 Against Rivals THAT Big of a Deal?

Can we all take one step back from the ledge for 1 second?
Look, Harbaugh should be 2-1 against Sparty and 1-1 against the Suckeyes.  Two fluky games where Michigan had a 1-1000 shot happen and another game where Michigan repeatedly shot themselves in the foot, got no help from the officials and out statted the sukeyes in every category. But only the final score counts.

In short, the program is in way better shape than when Harbaugh arrived 2.5 years ago.  So the answer to that question is no, it’s not that big of a deal. 

To anyone except the fans.

Ask me again after year 6 and if its still 1 win and whatever…Well, you will have probably already heard from me by that point.

When Do You Play Peters?

Why do people ask me this?  Have you been paying attention?  First, I wasn’t a fan of going to O’Korn when Speight was healthy.  2nd, the O-Line has turned O’Korn into a gun-shy passer that, right now, can only find open guys on the other team.

Do you want to throw a promising prospect into that hot mess and see how HIS Psyche does after he gets plastered by some 300 Pound linemen?  I don’t. 

However, if the Hot Mess continues (and O’Korn keeps throwing to the other team), I guess there’s more upside to giving Peters some experience and seeing if he’s more mobile and determining what he can do. 

Craziest Game Ever?

I wanted to mention Monday as I have someone now that Western Michigan Football sort of, kind of means something to, but I didn’t get it in.  So it goes in today.
Western beat Buffalo in a 7 Over Time Game – Yes, you  read that right.  7 OT’s.  With the highest combined score in FBS history:  71-68 (hope you had the OVER).  But it nearly ended for Western when the sister of the game tying TD rushed onto the field to hug her brother!  Ref throws the flag and Western had a little further to kick, but made the point.  And the sister got tossed out of the game so she didn’t get to see the last 4 OT’s!   Never the less, a quirky college football game…

Two Weeks Ago, It Was Oklahoma 

Which seems like forever ago.  And now the state of Washington takes center stage with two undefeated teams sitting at 6-0.  Pretty impressive starts for both the Huskies and the Cooooogs.  And it’s fun having Coach Leach back in the mix.  The Pac 12 North will more than likely come down to the Apple Cup and what a game it should be with each team doing well defensively. 

Expand the Play-Off?

Coach Leach is calling for a play-off expansion, which is inevitable, it’s just a matter of who doesn’t get in at some point that will get the ball rolling.  As soon as the B1G or the SEC is left out of the party, you’ll see some change.  Money talks.

The Pac 12 however?  Not so much, even though Leach has a pretty valid if not standard argument. 

Leach has a different solution. Asked if he’s worried that the College Football Playoff committee might be missing late Pac-12 games, too, Leach said the following:

“I have a lot of respect for some of the people that are on (the College Football Playoff committee) but you know, you could solve this whole thing if you had an extended playoff. All of the sudden if we had 16 teams or more, you wouldn’t have to worry about it very much. A little bit, but not nearly to the state you do now.”

Saturday morning on ESPN’s 
College Gameday, Kirk Herbstreit chastised Petersen for his comments.

“As an advocate on this show for the Pac-12 for the last 20 years, wanting to try to bring as much exposure to that conference as we can, you should be thanking ESPN for actually having a relationship thanks to Larry Scott with the Pac-12 because now your games are seen,” he said

Petersen was pissed about the 7-7:30 kick-offs as its hard on fans and players alike. 

Ain’t TV Great?

Was I Serious About and Not Going To Another Night Game?

Well…Yeah.  Especially if there’s a threat of weather.  Tailgating was great and I got to see and talk to a lot of people.  But the ride home at 1:00 AM isn’t something I’ll look forward to again any time soon.  Ann Arbor needs to do a better job about getting people out of town after a night game.  Shut down M-14 at I-94 (East Bound) and force that traffic to go to US-23 north.  Give everyone leaving town on Miller and Main Street an easier entrance to the freeway. 

But night games are only good when I’m sitting home watching at night.  The fact that Michigan has committed to 2 more over the next two seasons sucks…

Polls Don’t Matter

Forde kind of hits the nail on the head here with respect to polls. 

Michigan definitely felt out of place in the top 10 (Let’s face it – we all know that offense is dreadful) and now Oklahoma has dropped precipitously with their annual double digit favorite defeat.  (7 seasons in a row Oklahoma has lost as a double-digit favorite!)
So, is the poll now reflective of where teams should be ranked?  I dunno’.  Probably not.  But the great thing is, now that we have a committee, they shouldn’t matter as much as they used to.  I prefer Bill Connelly’s Power Rankings or even (GAG) ESPN’s Power Ranking.  Much more reliable than human emotion.

Rat Poison?  In Satan’s World…

Satan chided reporters during his post-game presser (What else is new) declaring that everything good thing they write about his team is “Rat Poison” and he has to deprogram his team from the stuff they read and keep them focused…
Saban thinks the glowing media coverage of his team led to some complacency. He hates complacency.
“I’m trying to get our players to listen to me instead of listening to you guys,” Saban said.“All that stuff you write about how good we are. All that stuff they hear on ESPN. It’s like poison.
“It’s like taking poison. Like rat poison.”

No – I Mean – Please Stop

Oregon is to blame for this and it just needs to stop.

When I first saw this I thought there’d be a #FAKENEWS somewhere after it.  Nope.  Florida is actually going to wear these thing….

Calipari Chimes In

I’m sure he’s slimy and the FBI will also be knocking on his door, but Kentucky Coach Calipari chimes in on the solution for college athletics:  Let the kids use their likeness to get endorsements and even let them have agents while in school. 

I’ve talked to a lot of people and frankly, I’m surprised by the split.  A lot of you think the players get enough in scholarship and a chance to travel and play for a great university while others of you agree that something has to change and if they’re getting money anyway, make it legal.  Even have being a player’s “Agent” be a Business School Grad Course or something.  Either way – something’s got to give.

“Arkansas is too clean a program to win in the SEC” -
“Who’s paying for the airplane and banner next home game?” - (Florida State)
“Did we just enter the Gary Gibbs era?” - (Oklahoma)
“King of 3* recruiting” - (Colorado)
“Glad we spent half the game experimenting as an Air Raid team.” -
Will the hapless Giants have the potential and the will to go 0-16 to be added to the list with the Lions and Tampa Bay (0-14)?   Everyone is injured and they don’t look very good…
It’s not enough.  Why isn’t she getting canned?  Because of black female privilege, perhaps?


Maroon and Gold said...

MMQ, Gopher Fan here....not piling on, but about the time the MMQ blog hit, Jim Rome hit with this blast. He too compared Harbaugh to "Hoke in khakis"

We have plenty of issues here in Gopherland with what appears to be a leaky boat. Our first team oarsmen are either not that good or injured. Just hope we can Row the Boat past sparty in our home lake Saturday.

Go Gophers! RTB!

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