Per NFL.com, Jake Long may have torn his ACL and might be out for the season. That's a rough break for such a great player. I'd give anything for two Jake Longs on this team.
It's been a bad year for Michigan Men's ACLs, both for those wearing the maize and blue and those playing on Sundays. It looks like Jake Long tore his ACL in the Rams' game yesterday, and he likely won't be ready for the start of the 2014 season. This makes it that much more likely the Rams will look for a tackle with one of their first round picks ... maybe Taylor Lewan and Jake will be teammates?
This is on top of other NFL Wolverines suffering ACL tears this season -- Stevie Brown of the Giants and Jonas Mouton of the Chargers.
Get well soon, Jake!
days until kickoff!
If you bother to keep an eye on MGoLicious, you may have seen an article on MLive wherein Taylor Lewan discusses the RS Freshmen that will be playing next year a little bit. (Unfortunately, no indicators about which way he himself is leaning). At any rate, one quote of his stands out, where the article concludes.
"I'm proud of what they've done, but if you play at a school like Michigan, you need to know that nothing is ever good enough. There's always somebody who came before you who was better."
There's no arguing that the best Left Tackle in Michigan history is Jake Long. We've had a number of really great Tackles, but Long is just tops. That's who Taylor must hold himself up against. And dang it if that's not a tough act to follow. The question I would like to pose is this:
What would Taylor Lewan have to do in his senior year, should he return, to become the greatest ever? Is it even possible? Part of Long's incredible success was our rushing game during his tenure. surely, Lewan cannot be held accountable for the interior line's problems causing our rushing game to have some major issues, but does our lack of a rushing game this past year hurt him in "greatest ever" respect? Is it possible for him to become the greatest ever without a Hartesque rushing game coming out of the backfield?
Jake Long, first overall, Miami Dolphins
Still the best argument for drafting a tackle high when rebuilding, Long has been among the league’s best players since coming to Miami.