Ok, so far I've been willing to go along with RichRod, crazy offense and all. But Threet earned the job. Despite being a classic pocket passer forced to learn a new system, despite having a walk-on elevated in front of him to start the season, and despite being surrounded by a sub-par offensive line and bunch of true freshmen, he managed to lead the team back against Wisco.
Now he wasn't great in the first half, but Sheridan is clearly lacking the basic talent to be a Big Ten QB. He doesn't have an arm, he doesn't make good (or quick) decisions, and he doesn't belong back there right now. RichRod, stop trying to show us all how smart you are. Play the kid that gives Michigan the best chance to win. Play the kid that actually has the physical talents to lead Big Ten offense.
Maybe you'll even have to shift to a little more passing-focused attack, but please please give us a chance. Threet is a freshman, he's going to make mistakes, throw picks, inexplicably drop balls, even make the wrong decision from time to time. But, rarely has the QB yo-yo worked anywhere. Either you make the change and stick with it, or you find a package that works for a unique talent (like Tebow when Leak was still there). But inexperienced QBs living in fear of the bench don't develop, they try to survive. And sometimes, they break. Don't break this guy.
It was freakin' Toledo!
What a win! No question and exciting game and a great victory for our Wolverines. I saw one thing that really bothered me. In fact I've seen this consistently in the college game the past few years but it was the first time I've seen Michigan do it this year.
Just after recovering a Wisconsin fumble with slightly less than 11 minutes to go in the 1st half, Michigan ran an option play to their left. Threet fumbled the ball, Wisco recovered, but it was overturned as the guy was out of bounds. That's not what bothered me. If you look pre-snap, you'll notice that Michigan has twins right, but both WR's are on the LOS. That means that the "slot" guy is basically a tackle as he's not allowed to go out for a pass.
It seems like a simple thing. If you're running left, it doesn't really matter who's eligible right. Except, IT DOES. Some teams consistently align themselves like this to give the receivers a slightly better angle on the block. But, an asute and alert defender will recognize this and disregard the covered slot man as a receiving threat. This is can be especially damaging when a team is consistenly covering "slot" guys with LBs. The extra step or two they can cheat to the inside can make a huge difference in run support. In the past three years, I've seen this type of alignment maybe 20 times from college teams and on 19 or the 20 plays, they've run the ball. Most offenses, especially the spread option, work when the defense isn't sure what's coming. This was one time when a defender paying attention would know what's coming. I really hope we don't see this alignment again. Maybe it was just a careless mistake.