I'VE HAD JUST ABOUT ENOUGH OF YOU SONNY
Here is an article Ivan posted today.
Pretty interesting about what that could mean for the Lions of Parcells leaves.
In the spirit of the holiday season, I thought I'd spread a little cheer in the form of an update on a familiar story. Hope you all enjoy whatever holiday(s) you celebrate, and have a safe and happy new year.
'Twas the night before Awesome, when all through Ann Arbor
Not a QB was stirring, not even The Coner.
Shafer was hung from the chimney with care,
In hopes that the 3-3-5 soon would be there.
The 2010 recruits were nestled all snug in their beds,
While visions of snake oil danced in their heads.
And Magee in his 'kerchief, and Rich Rod in his cap,
Again began searching for a second QB to trap.
When out on the Diag there arose such a clatter,
I sprang from The Jug to see what was the matter.
Away to the Big House I flew like a flash,
Jumped the gate, and continued the dash.
The moon on the roof of Crisler's tin dome
Gave the luster of midday to Beilein below,
When, what to my smothering ennui should appear,
But Tate Forcier and hope for next year!
With a new spread offense, so lively and quick,
I knew in a moment it will eventually stick.
More rapid than eagles, the ninjas they came,
And Barwis whistled and shouted and called them by name:
"Now Koger! Now Cox!
Now, Brown and Odoms!
On, Minor! On, Shaw!
On, Mathews and Stonum!
To the top of the polls!
To the Granddaddy of 'em All!
Now dash away! Dash away!
Don’t fumble the damn ball!"
As "three yards and a cloud of dust" that no longer applies,
When they meet with an obstacle, they'll simply fly by,
And zip to the end zone as the crowd goes 'woo hoo'
With "The Victors" cued up as the extra point goes through.
And then, in a twinkling, I swig from my booze,
Thinking of 2008 and all we endured.
As I draw up the flask and start pouring it down,
All is forgiven and perspective is found.
The Death Butterfly was real, from its head to its foot,
And the commitments poured in, 5-stars to boot.
A bundle of trophies and Big Ten titles won,
The future's not here--it's only begun.
Rich Rod spoke not a word, but continued his work,
And filled the new Big House, then welcomed the perks.
He'll soon walk on water, as Don Nehlen told,
And hacks like Drew Sharp will be fired, when the Freep finally folds.
So to people out there, give our coaches some time,
And embrace the basketball team too, because they have arrived.
And last but not least, as I wind this down right:
GO BLUE to all, and to all a good night.
So I was sitting in a restaurant tonight and this group of 40-50 year olds(can't tell age) were standing there talking about Michigan.
Now normally they discuss how Rodriguez needs time and how he "Didn't have his QB's" as their excuse to this past season. But tonight, I heard them remark (one of the women, mind you) -
"Oh they fired their defensive coordinator"
"Well they're going to run this 3-3-5, it's terrible"
"Yes they're going to get shredded this year".
Seriously? When did any form of defense become more useful or efficient than another. And when did people become so uninformed? Especially Michigan fans. With all this garbage people have been regularly complaining to me how the 3-3-5 "sucks" and how we're doomed.
What evidence is there for it? We played a team in high school that ran it and we lit them up. Only a handful of college teams run it because it's more complex/less effective? I need some reasoning here, aside from the fact that a few shitty schools (Tulsa, Ball State) run it. Why is there this conception that it's so bad?
I read the post "Sunk Costs" and disagreed with the following point on who is to blame for this past season:
"Lloyd Carr put all his eggs in Mallett's basket, leaving Michigan with David Cone as upperclass QBs this year. His recruiting was obviously rotting slowly, too."
Unlike the Drew Henson situation, Lloyd Carr did not put all of his eggs in the Ryan Mallett basket. When Mallett signed in 2006, Jason Forcier was only a redshirt-sophomore and would've had 2 more years of eligibility left if he had stayed. Once Mallett arrived on campus, Forcier decided to bolt for Stanford, something Lloyd could not have planned for. This turned out to be unfortunate for both sides, as Forcier had to sit out last year (there would've been chances for him to play here) and then played hardly at all this season. He could've been a decent QB here and would surely have been a big step up from Threet or Sheridan this season.
Despite this, Lloyd still had a solid backup plan in place. He signed Steven Threet at the start of the 2007 season. Threet was meant to be a solid back-up to Mallett for 2-3 years that could develop into a potential starter by the time he reached his junior year. This can still happen obviously, he was just pushed into the starting role too early. Also important to keep in mind was that before Lloyd announced his retirement he had signed 4 star QB John Wienke from Illinois, a traditional drop-back player who ended up at Iowa after Carr announced his departure (I don't quite recall if it was before or after the Rodriguez hiring). If Wienke had stayed on he probably would've been better than Sheridan at least this year. Mallett bolted after the bowl game.
The QBs this year were clearly not ready, but Lloyd is not at fault. There was attrition out of his control. A running quarterback would have been great this season but that's not the system he ran and he probably never thought Michigan would hire a coach like Rich Rodriguez. This was just an unfortunate result of a drastic regime change.
Even though we lost, I was excited about our offense which played really well. Odoms punt return? Stonums touchdown? Threet throwing 51 yards? Cissokos 53 yard return? We got some talent and I am excited.
Justin Feagin played in the game on Special Teams, so I guess his redshirt is out the window. (http://mgoblue.com/football/article.aspx?id=153770)
This is ALL speculation on my part - but why the fuck would be burn the redshirt this late in the season? I know Rich Rodriguez said that Feagin would "probably" make a permanent shift to slot reciever, but I don't know how much I believe that. Maybe he's saving Feagin for Ohio State so we can catch them off guard and beat them? I just find it very strange that he played in the game.
That's all speculation on my part. I am just trying to find anywhere I can to create some excitement for what is left of this season.