does one normally change in response to success?
Nobody can argue with Brian's take that Borges is asking Denard to do things he is not ever going to be good at and de-emphasizing things that he is the best in business.
Other than Borges being an egomaniac and having a lizard brain could it be that the coaches are taking a longer view of things and looking at the years going forward (post Denard)? We need some elite WR's in here like Charlie Weiss need a diet, there is no arguing that. Maybe part of the "Tom Brady package" that Borges is intent upon displaying to the world (foolishly or otherwise) is intended to attract some elite-level WR talent here ASAP. We've got a QB coming next that looks like he is going to have to take over on Day 1 (more because of our WR depth situation than a reflection on Devin).....but we seriously are going to be hurting if we do not a few Braylon prototypes in here ASAP.
According to Larry Lage on twitter, ND has canceled the 2015-17 games with Michigan.
A letter from ND AD Swarbrick to UM AD Brandon cancelling games in 2015-17 was obtained by AP through a Freedom of Information Act request
Michigan Monday is up at the Ozone. LINK: http://theozone.net/football/2012/MSU/michiganmonday.html
It is very painful to read. Gerdeman's take? This game was lost by Borges, who put Denard in an untenable situation. There are a ton of great quotes, but this section sums it up well:
Michigan lost a game on Saturday night that they pretty much had no business losing. Notre Dame couldn't move the ball, and could only score when the field position was handed over like a Gideons bible.
The Wolverines had the three longest drives of the game, including two drives of over 70 yards that ended in turnovers. Those two drives alone consisted of twelve entire minutes of possession.
And yet Borges kept dialing up interceptions in the first half like frat bros ordering Jägerbombs.
Michigan's offense shot itself in the foot at every available opportunity on Saturday, and Borges just kept loading the gun.
"Don't forget to shoot the left one again, it looks like the blood is starting to clot."
A few bullets:
- Take away any of the turnovers, except the hail Mary, and the game could have turned differently.
- Robinson's mistakes came on short and intermediate passes, which he supposedly should make.
- Apart from sacks and a botched snap, Michigan only had 2 carries that lost yards, and moved the ball well enough to win.
- Barnum and Schofield still have issues on the OL, although the line did well enough.
- Michigan can stop the run as long as they don't have to worry about a passing game.
- The secondary didn't do that good. Taylor is still inexperienced, but Floyd just has limitations, shown by getting beat by Eifert at the end.
- Most amazing and damning stat: Michigan only punted once.
Denard Robinson's regression is almost complete. He is the Benjamin Button of quarterbacks. That being said, he is always capable of a great game, but he might be even more capable of a bad one.
With the Big Ten as bad as it is, Robinson doesn't have to be great because his good is plenty good enough. Borges just needs to have somebody tell him what it is that Robinson is good at.
There is no team left on Michigan's schedule that they can't beat. But I'm not sure that anybody actually expects them to do that.
This is equal-ish parts good defense and Notre Dame is overrated IME. Still the most surprisingly good performance of the non-conference schedule. Mattison is a wizard.
Ok i have had enough of teh replacement refs to last a lifetime. If anyone else watched the end of the Packers-Seahawk game you know what i am talking about.
For one, there was a obvious offensive PI that was called defensive PI against the Packers. This keeps the Seahawk drive alive. Then the last play of the game was hailmary for Seattle, first it was the most obvious offensive PI i have seen, Tate obviously pushed Shields down. No call on this. Then Jennings intercepts the ball and Tate wrestles the ball away from Jennings on the ground. Replay clearly shows that Jennings had possession and Tate pulled it away on the ground. To top it all off, one ref signaled touchdown while the other signaled touchback as though Shields intercepted the ball in the end zone.
Fucking bullshit calls just cost the Packers a game. NFL pay the refs to avoid this embarrassment that we are currently calling the NFL.