Good Mlive Piece: Regardless of the head coach, Michigan's quarterback issues will be biggest area of concern in 2015
Mlive has a good read about several areas of concern for the 2015 football team, including QB, WR's, OL, DE's and culture.
If we're being honest, the quarterback position was the ultimate undoing of Brady Hoke's tenure at Michigan. This is still a quarterback's game, and Michigan suffered from the inability to develop anything at the position, and also the head-scratching confusion over the failure to really make the most of Denard Robinson's talents.
And now the biggie, something some might not want to hear, but also a pretty big reality.
This program needs a culture change. If it didn't, Hoke probably still would be the head coach and we wouldn't be talking about this.
Michigan hasn't been a "tough" football team since a scrappy group of fifth-year seniors demanded as such in 2011. The team looked entitled through portions of 2012 and 2013, and just confused in 2014. But never along the way was anything confused with "toughness."
According to an article on MLive Red Berenson wants answers.
He freely admits in the article that it's mostly just sour grapes, but he says because he never received a good explanation, he thinks the rule does need to be qualified going forward. He is, evidently, going to work with the athletic department to get an explanation out of the NCAA.
My explanation? The ref was/is either a moron or a jackhole. He either made an insanely stupid mistake, or intentionally made the wrong call. We'll have to see how the NCAA goes with that one, because there can be no doubt that ONE of those is true.
This story bothered me. I thought that I would share it with this community in light of all of the coaching/player bashing that goes on in today's sports world. Although it is not directly related to athletics, I think it is relevant in that it illustrates the need for structure, direction and hope that are necessary and many times desperately lacking in adolescent development. Often, sports serves this purpose.
In this win-at-all-costs world that we live in, it is often easy to forget the impact teachers and coaches have on kids. And, on the flip side, as teachers and coaches we can sometimes forget the tremendous amount of baggage and angst that kids carry with them as they enter our classrooms or drills. Circumstances have forced many of them to become great actors. Unfortunately, this young man could not be saved. The reality of it is that we probably lose more kids than we like to admit.
I have two requests for MGoBlog contributors at the MLive (http://www.mlive.com/forums/umfb/index.ssf) level. These are the people with posts like "THIS UNACCEPTABLE RICHROD BAD COACH HIM MAKE ME UNHAPPY!!!"
* Please vent over at MLive. You're lowering the level of discourse here. It hurts my head.
* Take a look here: http://www.cbssports.com/collegefootball/alumni-tracker/school/1839 Impressively high number, correct? I strongly believe that success on the field is positively correlated with the number of future NFLers on the roster. My request: Tell me how many guys from classes of '05, '06, and '07 (i.e., guys in their third year at UM or beyond) will play more than two years in the NFL.
Hey, I'm not sold on Rodriguez, either. But I'd like to at least be fair to him.
Chris Burke at Mlive takes a shot at Lloyd for some reason:
Of course he prefaces his criticism with this:
Look, I don't want to rehash all the criticism of the previous coaching
staff. I certainly don't want to take a bunch of cheap shots at a coach
after he retired - especially a coach that did wonderful things at
Michigan while running a clean program.
And then he goes right ahead with the pot shots:
Imagine Carr had stuck around for this season. I can't envision that
things would have been that much better. All those question marks I
pointed out before would still have been around and, if you believe the
Barwis hype, Michigan would have still been underconditioned and slow.
He does point out that Mallett and Boren would still be around. But he mentions that Arrington would have been gone. I disagree with that. I think Arrington would have stuck around for another year. Also, he fails to mention that we lost 2 other O-Linemen because of the coaching change. Not that the guys we lost were great (Mitchell and whoever the other guy was) but they would have been great to keep around due to their experience. In this scenario Michigan has 4 O-Linemen with experience, instead of just one. Plus you have a QB with experience (Mallett - or, you have a QB - Threet - who was highly recruited and tailor made for Carr's offense) and two experienced RB's with plenty of time in Lloyd's running scheme.
OK - in conclusion - if Lloyd had stuck around, I absolutely think this year would be better record wise. I think this dude is just trying to kick Lloyd in the ass on the way out the door. Lloyd would have retired sooner, rather than later, and growing pains were bound to take place, no matter who the successor was. Nor does he mention that Lloyd had great recruiting classes all the way up until this end, the cupboard was hardly bear.