One thing that has really bugged me (even before this Morris mess) is that we have heard from many people in the Michigan Family who support and some who endorsed Brady for the HC job, but publicly seem to have done nothing to help him succeed. Granted, I don’t have access to Brady’s phone to check if he is getting some informal counseling, but I would assume we would hear about any trips with the staff outside of the visit to the Lions (you can debate the merits of watching Schwartz run a team) to provide insight and help a person like Brady who is in a “stretch role” as our HC. I would find it unusual if nobody in the Michigan Family had any prior reservations about Brady’s ability to run a program of our size and honestly didn’t think that maybe the guy could use some help.
· Where was Lloyd in getting him, Mo and Brady together for a weekly roundtable to talk about running a program? Mo also knows a thing or two about designing offenses, might pick up some good ideas. I bet Bo counseled Lloyd when Lloyd became the HC.
· Where was Mattison, who served under Urban and John H, in thinking that the program at UM might not be functioning at the same level as other successful programs he has been associated with. Maybe, some sharing with John’s staff might be a good thing to coordinate, I doubt John would have turned him down. Hell, maybe stop by to see Pagano for some tips, not like our guys are never in Indy.
· It is great that Brady and Hutchinson stopped by for autographs, but what about arranging a visit to Belichick to see how he runs his team? Did Hutchinson not notice anything that could be improved during the practice he went to last year? Nothing that he might want to share with his friend regarding the offensive line?
· Where is his brother John, who works for the “Quarterback Whisperer” in Chicago and also has Aaron Kromer on the staff who is an OL savant, in arranging some exchange sessions to gain insights in areas Brady is admittedly not strong in. Again, not like Chicago is an unusual travel destination. I don’t know Trestman personally, but he seems like a really nice guy in every presser, I am fairly certain he would do a favor for someone on his staff.
I will give Jim and Les a pass for not doing any favors for the alma mater if they truly don’t like Brandon, but the above is a small subset of all the people that could have been providing some guidance or advice to help Brady succeed. I would have been thrilled to see any of it happen and not see any attempt at learning as a negative toward the program. Again, maybe all of the above did occur, all of it behind closed doors and none of it sunk in or mattered. The only thing I do know, which is public, is that the active guidance Brady was getting was from the Pizza Man who sat in meetings and I am sure offered his two cents. If that is the case, the Michigan Family has failed just as badly as Brady. It is all water under the bridge at this point, I’m just dumbfounded how one of our best assets never became one
For me it's "New Dawn Fades" by Joy Division.
A change of speed, a change of style.
A change of scene, with no regrets,
A chance to watch, admire the distance,
Still occupied, though you forget.
Different colours, different shades,
Over each mistakes were made.
I took the blame.
Directionless so plain to see,
A loaded gun won't set you free.
So you say.
We'll share a drink and step outside,
An angry voice and one who cried,
'We'll give you everything and more,
The strain's too much, can't take much more.'
I've walked on water, run through fire,
Can't seem to feel it anymore.
It was me, waiting for me,
Hoping for something more,
Me, seeing me this time,
Hoping for something else.
Sorry if this was already posted in the flood of Brandon/Hoke stuff, but...FCC ruled today that the blackout "rule" is no more.
You guys should all should tune into what Ray had to say on WTKA this morning... Great insight.
Bullet points for quick summary:
Thought Morris was physically and strategically not prepared.
Morris should not be hailed as the next QB of Michigan when Speight and Malzone can easily take away the job next spring/fall.
Devin Gardner not being utilized properly and should have started against Minnesota due to his succesful history against the Gophers.
Doesn't like the flack Gardner gets because of his lack of proper utilization and thinks he should have transferred if he knew the crap he was about to be in for
Rutgers front 4 on defense should be problematic. Outside of that not much else.
Leonte Carroo should be problematic on Rutgers offense, don't underestimate Friedgen and Nova.
Michigan against the world, hopefully they come out as worldbeaters.
Questions DB coaching due to blown coverages on Minnesota touchdowns. I guess this comes back to Roy Manning not having experience.
Thinks defense lost faith after offensive struggles. Thinks overall atmosphere of U of M lacks trust and it clearly shows on the football field.
Thought contain on Cobb was done poorly especially by Ryan.
Wants to see Gardner not lose trust in teammates and not try to carry team on his back.
Mentions that Michigan is at the tip of the iceberg and there is much more research that needs to be done before things can change. Says Hoke was done dirty referring to over the top criticisms, but did relent that as the person in charge Hoke gets the most criticism.
I hope all of you appreciate now how DIFFICULT it is to win 8 to 10 games, win/compete for B1G championships, and go to a bowl game EVERY YEAR!
Coach Carr was pushed out by people (this site included) who thought any idiot off the street can do what Carr did year after year. After two coaches and too many embarrassing loses later, we all know the truth now.
Coaching football in NCAA is hard. Not very many people are good at it. It is difficult even when you have the enormous resources that this great university can provide.
I hope you remember that for the next coach and beyond.