i like 'em both
This is painfully obvious, but it is cathartic for me to spell this out. It appears the rough start for RR at both WVU and UM has little to do with player fit and everything to do with culture shock. Sure, many players didn't fit, but I am guessing that if RR wanted to be a players' coach and keep English and work with what he inherited, he would have made a bowl game last year.
Instead, our coach obliterates all traces of anything not done his way. I am cool with this, because his way is the Way of the Bull. The collateral damage of his uncompromised vision is three win seasons. The central success is that he can take zealots like Owen Schmitt and make fearsome football warriors out of them and go Oklahoma on people.
Thoughts? Doesn't 3-9 have everything to do with a house not yet cleaned, and little to do with maximizing wins with talent that doesn't fit? Is that even coherent?
Last year in August, there was a Countdown to Kickoff set of videos on MGoBlue.com. There would be a new video released every day in August before the first game. Every video was with Doug Karsch interviewing coaches and giving a look into the facilities at Michigan. Anybody know if they are going to do this again for this season? I loved these videos and I really hope they do it again.
I caught the audio from WTKA’s interview with Kevin Grady Sr. this morning - even though it’s not comparing apples to apples and we can poke plenty of holes in each other’s responses - I wanted to toss the idea out there asking who you feel, by the end of their Michigan ”football” career, will have a bigger positive impact. Include a point or two backing up your selection. Please base your response on the assumption that Kevin will be allowed to continue on with the football team.
The following statements are dangerously biased, and they come from a result of a lifetime of trips to AA, games with my closest 110,000 friends, and too many brats soaked in beer.
You should all stop worrying so much. I know that last year had moments that made us furious, throw objects, and swear up and down for hours. This was all a necessary evil to start this new era of Michigan football. Metamorphosis is a painful process that yields amazing results. Now all the new schemes are in place. The offensive linemen know what to do and how to do it. The backs and recievers have bought in. Those who didn't buy in are gone. We have a dual threat QB to run a system that looks really awkward with a pro-style guy back there. I know Tate is a true freshman, but he fits this system like a glove. When RR unleashes this team this fall, they will start to dominate like many of his teams have in his second year. Year two is when the players stop thinking too much, and start making plays.
The wins will come in bunches this year. Michigan will have two 1,000 yard rushers (Tate, Minor). The defense will not be put in so many bad situations throughout games. They will start off beating WMU, then ND. Notre Dame beats Hawaii last year after going .500 and the whole fan base thinks they will contend for a title. Until they fire Charlie, this team isn't going much of anywhere. We gave them the ball on turnovers 9 times last year and still could have won in the 4th quarter. I almost want to type that sentence twice, but please just read it again. The "immaculate front butt" will be run out of town by January. After embarassing the golden domers, Michigan beats EMU & IU and they are sitting at 4-0.
From there, who knows. What I do know is that UM will go to a bowl game, set records on offense this year, and show everyone that the giant just took a little cat nap, and now he's ready to break some skulls. When the nation knows Michigan is back, and on it's way to global domination - the recruits will pour in faster than we can sign 'em. So my message is simple. Unwrinkle your panties, get ready for a great season, buy tickets, and join me this year in the best stadium in the world. Go Blue!!!
I remember many season previews mentioning that the team has "gotten faster" or "this is the most athletic" group to attend the university. Usually we were embarrassed by some speed team the previous year which would prompt the mention, for all I know it could have been real occasionally (I am not collecting individual 40 times).
However, with the teeth gnashing over recruiting rankings and we are now getting RR's guy that fits or GRob's guy that fits, I assume that we should about have the fastest team in the Big Ten even after two years. We are not the biggest, maybe not the strongest, but can assume we will field the fastest in this league, right (yes that may not be saying much)? A bunch of smallish dudes that get caught from behind don't amount to alot so someone is going to tell me we will actually see what appears to be chaos as blurs move about the field, because that is the plan. We have collected underpants, the second step of has been completed and profit or touchdowns will result. Right?