...says Denzel Valentine of Big Ten Tourney favorite MSU, which is 5-7 in its last 12 games. Cumong, man.
It's one thing for UM fans to mock our defense, because we do it with pain and love and desperate hope for improvement, but Ivan Maisel is now calling out our defense and making a joke of it. This has gone on long enough.
UM Defense -- please make Maisel eat his words this weekend. Don't do it for the fans. Don't do it for the program. Do it for yourselves. You are way better than this.
... if insanity is defined as doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result, then the Michigan defense may need a competency hearing.
The three winningest programs in the history of college football -- Michigan, Texas and Notre Dame -- are a combined 13-12. The Wolverines are 5-3, thanks to their Brett Favre defense -- neither one knows how to get off the field
Special teams coverage is laughable. Rutgers returned a punt with 5 unblocked guys in his face at the catch. All 5 assumed fair catch. Guy runs right past them. 10 blockers were then on 6 defenders. Touchdown Rutgers.
The ensuing kick off, returns it 63 yards, but there's a hold on the opposite side of the field unrelated to the return, therefore pushing USF back to the 12 yard line or so.
1st Q just ended, tied 7-7.
Uh oh...T-Woolf (@TWoolf29) is on the prowl. Two tweets from the last hour:
Yall journalist disgust me, y'all read someones tweets and shape a story based off of what you think is being said. Find out the facts!
and, minutes later,
I'm going to find out the lazy reporter who wrote that article and do something cause they got me in trouble over something I didn't say.
I am reminded of a similar situation . . .
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A nice pick me up video by the YouTube user InRichRodWeTrust called We'll Make It I Swear. On a week that has offered little hope, here is some, be it false hope or not.
Yes we’re 5-3, which is better than when we were 3-9 or 5-7, but this is the very bottom relative to expectations. Yr 1? Wrong players. Legit. Low expectations. Yr 2? Freshman QBs and new D Coordinator. Legit. Low expectations. Yr 3? Higher expectations, but still, we hoped for 8-4 and mostly expected 7-5 because of the lack of personnel on D.
So we’ll end up 6-6 this year, and go on to win a bowl game and end up 7-6. Not great. Let’s look on the bright side?
OFFENSE: RR’s offense, still youngl, is going to be a MONSTER in years to come. Add Dee Hart? Add more upper class O line? Add another year of experience for Denard? Look at the scary numbers the O is posting now, and please do not undervalue that they are doing this with a defense so porous, that the D is depriving the O about 7-8 minutes of ball time per game by it’s inability to make stops. Imagine the damage this O will do with an extra 2 possessions per game? RichRod has now installed his O system, his players, and will continue to open the playbook. I.e., the future is SCARY NICE for this offense.
DEFENSE: Honestly ask yourselves. Can this D possibly get any worse? No. This is the worst UM D we will ever witness as UM fans in our lifetimes, just as the O 2 yrs ago was the worst UM O we will see in our lifetimes.
Here is what is going to happen, so chin up. UM toughs out the rest of the year. Makes a bowl game, prepares well for it, and gets healthy, then beats their opponent, ending up 7-6. After the game, Brandon calmly takes a couple of weeks to talk with RR, and they announce a restructuring of the D staff, most likely including the departure of Gerg. They work together to make the third time the charm. RR learns from his two prior mistakes at D coordinator and hires a stud D coordinator with the record and attitude to recruit well, run a solid show. RR devotes considerably more time focusing on the D during the off season.
Next year, the UM O is explosive beyond comprehension with the addition of Dee Hart and a veteran Hopkins and Shaw. The D, still understaffed, improves and reaches a middling 70ish national rank. UM goes 8-4 or 9-3, finally beating MSU, PSU, and OSU and senior Terrell Pryor, but loses to Nebraska.
2012 brings a senior Denard, an explosive offense firing on all cylinders, and the D continues to improve, reaching a 50ish national rank. UM will have a top 3 offense, and a middling 50ish rank defense, and will go 12-1, winning the Big 10 and their bowl game, but only losing to Alabama that year.
The only X factor? The D coordinator hire, and better luck with defensive injuries. This third charm can and MUST be the charm. I still prognosticate this and remain very hopeful.
Come on "Boys in da Pahokee"! Did you lose yor nerve son? You get on that wall soldier. You can't bail out because we lost a few games I need that posted every Tuesday as I have grown to need it. I need to see every snap of that defense again. I blitzed my DVR in anger on Sat. It is either that or I am going to go David Carridine in my closet. I need my punishment. Thanks you sir may I have another.