Hoke was top notch at this aspect of his job.
We lost to the #1 team in the Nation – on the road at Notre Dame 13-6.
We lost to the National Champs on the road.
We lost to the Big Ten Champs on the road.
We went up against and undefeated Ohio team on the road without our starting QB and RB. Lost by 5.
I am proud of our season.
Not starting another "Fire Borges" thread. I'm personally over the emotions of today's winnable game, instead bearing down for 45 insufferable days of dealing with our two main rivals being collectively 24-0, both vying for one national championship or another. 8-4 is about what we all expected of this year's campaign given the brutal schedule, and few of us expected a W out of today's game. Our program is moving in a positive direction obviously, Devin's accuracy and decision making for the most part, have been a pleasant surprise giving us some comfort toward next year, and we have great recruits coming in, but it's tough keeping up with the Joneses when they're 24-0, both under relatively new, or new coaches.
Oh and mind you, Teo will be about as insufferably close to Tim Tebow with the media as anything we've seen in years. It is going to be painful until mid January.
Now about the offense this year. Reflecting beyond today's game, I wanted to see if some of you could help me wrap my brain around the full list of patent errors Borges made over the course of the year. Here's what I can come up with, please add or subtract, defend or disagree, I'd like your input to make a complete list of other errors/deficiencies beyond the obvious ones today:
1. Presiding over an offensive line and offensive line coach that produced the worst UM offensive line product in memory. The 4th down fail by Denard, where both Lewan and Omameh (talented non-freshmen) whif their assignments, summed this point, and this season from the offensive line, concisely.
2. Mistakenly buying Denard had improved as a passer in the offseason.
3. Evidencing 2 above by scheming mid and deep routes for Denard in the ND game, rather than the short dump offs and screens. (See 4 Denard interceptions and loss by only 7).
4. Mistakenly believing Bellomy, rather than Gardner, would be ready as the #2 QB, resulting in the worst half of offensive football during the most crucial 30 minutes of the entire season - second half Nebraska. Today's second half was a close second, but at least with Gardner we always felt there was a chance today.
5. Today and getting Boom Ferentz'd by Al in the second half. (Won't rehash).
Am I missing any other major mistakes Al and offensive staff made this year beyond this list and today's game?
Today has been depressing with the loss to Ohio. I don't have the heart to jump into or even read all the second-guessing threads.
However, here's a brighter note: LaQuon Treadwell is a State Champion. More specifically, the Crete-Monee Warriors won the 6A football championship game earlier this evening in Champaign.
Here are a few quotes:
The highly coveted, 6-foot-4, 200-pound wide receiver/linebacker broke loose for two long scoring plays, and he intercepted a Cary-Grove pass deep in his own territory to spark the Warriors to a 33-26 victory.
“He is tremendous, as good as advertised, maybe even better,” Cary-Grove linebacker Zach Marszal said of Treadwell. “He’s got the speed, the size. He’s just a phenomenal football player. There are reasons he’s so highly talked about.”
Treadwell fumbled the ball in the 3rd quarter, but then recovered on the next play with an interception. Here are a few details:
“I kind of figured they were going to try to hit us with something we weren’t expecting,” Treadwell said. “Once I saw (Marszal) release, I knew it wasn’t a normal release. I kind of paused for a second to adjust to the run, but once I saw him run out, I knew the ball was coming that way and I just attacked the ball.”
“He made some plays that we’ve never seen people make,” Cary-Grove coach Brad Seaburg said of Treadwell. “The interception he made in the third quarter was pretty unbelievable. He was up at the line of scrimmage, then dropped underneath our out route and made a play.”
I'm looking forward to seeing Michigan compete against Ohio once our OL is seasoned, and we've added a few talented skill players (like Green and Treadwell.)
I know Denard is injured, but I'm shocked(correction after the last 10 years I am more frustrated on the lack of imagination for this game each year I can no longer be shocked) that he did not attempt a pass in this game. After that 1st half the 4th down play was perfectly set up for a qb "oh noes". My understanding is that Denard has thrown in practice for 2 weeks and has warmed up before the last 2 games.
My question is for anyone who has been at the games the last 2 weeks. Has anyone seen him warm up? How bad did it look? Unless he was throwing the ball backward I think this was a horrid mistake. If he really can't throw worth a shit they should have let him throw a screen or heave it for a jump ball early to back them off. If he's just a little rusty then they should have sprung it in the 2nd half a few times.