Tuesday, January 25, 2022

Michigan Tuesday: Options Dwindling?

The potential retirements of Brady and Rodgers has pushed Harbaugh out of the news cycle.  The trend also seems to be that Jimmy's NFL options are dwindling.  John U Bacon said to keep an eye on the Vikings in yesterday's tweet, but with the money being equal, some might consider Michigan a better job.   

  • Hunter was named BIG Ten Player of the Week 
  • Caleb Houstan was named the Big Ten Freshman of the Week 
  • The GOAT has a podcast and said he will take into account of his family on his decision to come back or not.  My guess another decision metric will be the Bucs Roster, if he loses weapons or the defense loses key players, he will retire.  Neither Tom nor Aaron wants to struggle to make the playoffs. 

Monday, January 24, 2022

Michigan Monday: NFL Was Great This Weekend

I'm not sure what to title this post because I'm still in shock from this weekend's NFL Divisional Round Playoff games.   Last week was full of bad games and this week was just unbelievable.  Here are a few thoughts off the top of my head:

  • So happy that Joe Burrow transferred from Ohio State.  He is really good.  
  • Love seeing Chris Evans be a part of that win with kickoff returns and few runs from the backfield.  You can tell, they also trust him in protection.  
  • All of these teams had good/great QB's and skill positions, but each game really came down to the offensive and defensive lines.  
  • The 49'ers seem to have the Rodgers kryptonite. 
  • What can you say about the GOAT?  That was an unbelievable comeback against the Rams.  The Bucs offensive line couldn't stop anyone.  
  • I hate when officials think they are bigger than the game and Shawn Hochuli should be fined and suspended for his Personal Foul/Taunting calls on Sunday.   Be better Shawn.   Call that shit in October, not late January.  
  • I hope that wasn't the last time we see Tom but it could be.  The lack of debt and the loss of his WR's made it too difficult to make a Super Bowl run.  
  • Rashan Gary had the best game of his life in the playoff loss.  Very happy to see him reach his potential. 
  • I think the Super Bowl was played in KC last night.   Those are the 2 best teams in football right now.  
  • Playoffs need special OT rules.  Like play an extra 10 minute or 12 minute quarter and at the end the team with the most points win.   
  • If Shawn Hochuli was on KC-Buffalo, I bet he calls back the Hill "Peace" TD, which is just wrong.  Glad some officials have common sense.
  • The Rams are really good when they execute and really bad when they don't.   That lack of consistency might cost them a Super Bowl.  
  • The Rams will host the Super Bowl if they win next Sunday.   
  • Jerry Jones should fire McCarthy for what Mahomes did with 13 seconds last night.  

Not much to report in the yearly Harbaugh to the NFL saga.  I think  know we're all getting tired of it.  There are some insider reports that The Raiders are not that interested, but they have yet to hire a GM.  So those reports could be premature.   Again, the only person who knows anything is Jimmy and he is not talking or signing any extensions.  

  • Michigan Basketball had the best win of the year on the road against IU.  
  • Ravens fired their DC, nobody is talking about this, but brother could come for coach Macdonald. 
  • Tim Drevno is the new UCLA OL Coach. 

Friday, January 21, 2022

Michigan Friday: No New News

My take on the Harbaugh situation continues to be the same, is that Jimmy doesn't know what he wants to do.  Most believe he has a good offer on the table from Warde but the Raiders are still going through its process.   If he gets an offer from the Raiders, he will then make a decision between the two.   If he was 100% sold on staying, he would have signed the Michigan deal by now.   Like a recruit that tells us "Michigan is my dream school" the longer it takes for them to commit, the worse it is for him making an Ann Arbor decision.  

Michigan has cleaned up its dirty laundry the last few weeks and there should be nothing standing between Jimmy signing, except an NFL Owner with the worst haircut ever. 

  • RIP Meatloaf 
  • Reports are that Mike Elston is already "doing work" in recruiting by offering new guys and getting visits.  
  • Enjoy one of the best NFL football weekends of the year
  • Reports are June Jones might be named Hawaii head coach again.  Michigan plays Hawaii next season. 

Thursday, January 20, 2022

Michigan Thursday: Speculation

The latest news is that Bruce Feldman has sources inside Schembechler Hall that believe Jimmy will take the Raiders job if offered.   Another report is that the Chicago Bears called him as well.   Not an interview just a conversation.   My guess Jimmy was hoping the call was about the Bears retiring his number.  😀 Others including recruits, are being told, nothing to worry about regarding Jimmy leaving.   Who the hell knows?  The answer is Nobody (outside of Jimmy)!

Here is what I think I know about Jimmy:
  • He still has an NFL itch
  • He doesn't like to break contracts 
  • His job isn't over in Ann Arbor 
  • He has spent 7 years in A2 already and other stops averaged 4 years 
  • There is a competitive thing with his brother on winning the Super Bowl 
  • Deep down, he knows his style of coaching is better in college then the NFL
We know Jimmy hasn't stopped working and hit the road recruiting and hiring new coaches and staff.  He is coin operated, and this is the only thing he knows.   Working on Football 24/7. 

I think the Raiders job is a bit of slippery slope, they have an aging QB who wins through pass interference penalties, a good RB that is often injured, and a questionable OL.  There have been some good draft picks like Maxx Crosby, but others have flamed out with incidents off the field.  Having an average NFL team is very dangerous, because they either need to go all in, or rebuild.   Every team wanted Gruden and he is gone with his own off field issues.   There are also questions to how financially stable the organization is? Other owners have billion dollars business, Mark Davis business is only the Raiders.  

To me, that is not an organization that is close to the Super Bowl.  

  • Tate Martell is now retired from football
  • JT Daniels is now in the portal