I just had the chance to digest Brian's description in today's UV of Sam Webb's post saying he thinks Brandon will survive long enough to possibly keep Coach Hoke. It reminds me that I would like next season to not feel like someone is pulling out my teeth with a pair of pliers.
What can those of us who want Brandon fired do that we haven't done already? People have mentioned creating "Support the Team/Fire Brandon" tee shirts. That sounds okay, though I'm personally not in a good position to make that happen for people who live in AA. It wouldn't be the most powerful thing, I assume, but I like the idea of those shirts showing up on TV in shots of the crowd during games.
Does anyone have any other ideas? Or has the message been sent, and are we now at the mercy of President Schlissel?
Not that this is new information at the 40,000 foot level but Mlive took a look at some stats of the offense and Devin year over year at the granular level and it's very telling. Somewhere Borges is lighting a fat cigar and saying "ahem...".
If you haven't been keeping track at home, UM has scored 6 offensive TDs in the past 5 games. What has struck me is the almost complete lack of big plays. Both years the offense was mostly a tire fire against Big 5 conference opponents in moving up and down the field methodically - but last year we had games (OSU, ND, Indiana) where Devin went Vince Young Jr. There has been none of that this year. Last week's bomb to Funchess was one but against a well coached DB that's an INT.
Gardner is actually completing a higher % of throws but each completion is for about 4 yards less. Still you'd think 12 yards a completion would be ok.
Some data thru 7 games (recall last year the wheels fell off in the last half of the year):
- 2014: 21.7
- 2013: 42.4
- 2014: 340.0
- 2013: 446.4
- 2014: 126
- 2013: 158
Third down conversion
- 2014: 41%
- 2013: 49%
Touchdowns (both offense and defense)
- 2014: 18
- 2013: 39
Third quarter scoring
- 2014: 38-24 in favor of opponents
- 2013: 94-50 in favor of UM
TFL allowed (woo hoo improvement)
- 2014: 41
- 2013: 55
Gardner attempts / completion % (3/4 less game in 2014 v 2013 - due to Minnesota)
- 2014: 91-144 (63.1%)
- 2013: 107-175 (61.1%)
Gardner average yardage thrown (16 less completion = 676 less yards):
- 2014: 1103 yards (12.1 ypc)
- 2013: 1779 yards (16.6 ypc)
Gardner TD v INT:
- 2014: 6 TD / 8 INT
- 2013: 13 TD / 10 INT
- 2014: 57 carries, 259 yards, 3 TD
- 2013: 95 carries, 520 yards, 9 TD
JT Barrett as a first time starter at OSU behind a completely retooled OL for a comparable: 107-164 (65.2%), 1615 yards (15.1 ypc), 20 TD 5 INT, 78 carries 383 yards 4 TDs.
Pretty straightforward question (and pretty hypothetical because this doesn't seem like a legit question to have to answer this time around).
If a rival coach of the caliber of a Kelly, Dantonio, Meyer or one of their capable coordinators (like a Naduzzi) showed interest, would you be in favor of this for the HEAD COACHING job at Michigan?
Also, does anyone know of some examples of this happening before? Recent example would be USC hiring Sarkisian from Washington, although not the same level as aformentioned rivals.
Personally, I wouldn't have a problem with it - even Tressel or someone - as long as we win. If we didn't win, the world may end. Our (arguably) beloved GMatt has had stops at both UM and ND, and was embraced again by the UM community a few years ago, as a DC though, obviously.
EDIT: In case anyone was confused about which position I am referring to, it would be our J. Ira and Nicki Harris Family Head Football Coach.
So, I need to come clean.
Before the season began, I was extremely optimistic - and in hindsight, delusionally so - about Michigan football this year. In particular, there was a thread in which Michigan's record going into the Michigan State game was discussed. Looking at the schedule, as well as Michigan's talent, I was adamant that Michigan would be 6-1, at worst, going into this week.
I was so adamant, in fact, that I ripped on a few pessimistic posters who had the audacity to suggest that Michigan could be 3-4. In my mind, their negativity regarding the state of the program was appalling. I mean, seriously, 3-4 ... with that schedule!?
Well ... obviously, I was wrong - so very, very wrong. My optimism was misguided. And for that, I would like to come clean to the other MGoPosters here, particularly those who suffered my delusional denigrations. You were right, and your skepticism was justified.
How many brave souls are venturing into East Lansing this weekend to tailgate and/or attend the showdown against MSU?
In the past, I would have been there in a heartbeat. However, given the state of the program, I'm not sure if I'll attend. I have the following choices:
1. Accept a free ticket to the game in EL. Have fun tailgating and attending the game with my father, uncle, cousin and friends.
2. Enjoy the Fall weather at my wife's cottage. Have fun with extended family and watch the game on TV at a local bar.
Either of these choices require a five hour drive. Six years ago, this decision would have been a no brainer for me. Now I'm struggling to make a choice. Regardless, BEAT STATE!
Being a Michigan fan means understanding that the underdog does win occasionally - especially in UofM MSU game
1978 Mich #5, MSU Unranked
1984 Mich #13 MSU Unranked
1990 Mich #1 MSU Unranked
1993 Mich #9 MSU unranked
1995 Mich #7 MSU Unranked
1999 Mich #3 MSU #11
2001 Mich #6 MSU Unranked
2009, 2011, 2013 (sorry, I am ignoring anything after 2007)
What do these years have in common - all MSU upsets.
Desmond Howard being tripped in 1991, Sparty Bob, Plaxico going crazy, etc. Anyone who has been a fan of UofM longer than a decade can tell you of the horrors of losing games we should not have lost.
I have been feeling as depressed as everyone else watching this team, but every dog has its day, and I think we are due for some payback.
What is the worse season killing upset loss you remember and do you think we have it in us to turn in that spoiler game? I do...Mich 27, MSU 24