Mason NEEDS this, Pistons, after all you've put him through
Schemes, talent, "young talent", experience. I don't know enough to sort it all out. Even despite the injuries and defections, Rodriguez has three classes of recruits out there and they seem to be totally clueless at times about where they are supposed to be. Fundamentals like tackling, etc have been discussed ad nauseum.
As to how much GERG is responsible, I had the thought today that perhaps GERG is not a good "college" coach, despite his success in the NFL. The difference is that an NFL DC has nothing but extremely disciplined and accomplished professionals at his disposal. He does not have to coach fundamentals. If they don't have that already, they have no shot at the League. Scheme on the other hand is where NFL DC's separate themselves. Maybe GERG is good at scheme, but not able to communicate and teach the basic fundamentals of sound football to young players.
I just wanted to share the video of Floyd Simmons' epic block on Stonum's kick return (the one with the lateral). It's in annoyingly slow motion and has some obnoxious ringing in the background, but it still looks really cool. Watching it in the stadium today, I totally forgot the play and just kept watching Simmons celebrate the huge hit.
So the numbers put up today by Illinois and Michigan were unbelievable, but I thought it would be interesting to consider them with a bit of context. So consider this:
Today's combined score of 132 is
- More than the total number of points given up by the 1997 team (114).
- Only 33 points less than the total given up by last year's NC winner Alabama, and that was over 14 games (165).
The 67 points given up the Illini is:
- More than the combined points they have given up in Big 10 play (62) if you exclude OSU.
- Represents the most points scored by UM this season, and makes UM the only team in the country to score 61+ against two FBS teams this season.
The 257 net rushing yards by UM is
- 5 yards less than Illinois gave up the past two weeks combined (to Purdue and Indiana).
- More than doubled the average rushing yards given up by the Illini this season (117.5 yds/gm).
- A little less than half the total rushing yards given up by the Boise St. this year, the #2 rush defense in the country.
The 419 passing yards by UM is
- 2.2 times the number of average passing yards given up the Illini this season (184 yds/gm).
- 259 yds less than the total number of passing yds by Georgia Tech this season.
- This might be a little convoluted, but if 419 yds is considered in terms of miles, the distance between Ann Arbor to Urbana (~347 miles) is less.
The combined 49 2nd-quarter points is
- Equal to or greater than the final scores for 7 games this week featuring at least 1 ranked team.
- More than the combined scores for every Big 10 game this weekend, save for the 56 put up by PSU-NW.
The 561 total yards given up by UM is:
- About 2.5 times more than the average total yardage given up the 1997 team (223 yds/gm).
- But, only .5 yds/play more than the defense usually gives up per game (6.07), and factoring out the OT scoring was just about equal per play for the season.
- UM's 3rd-quarter shutout of Illinois was only the 2nd time during league play the defense had accomplished the feat (the other time was the 1st quarter against MSU).
- Illinois was credited with only one sack on the day, which is below the average for Illinois (1.88/gm) and only raised UM's total for the year to 4. Think about that for a second and then think about 2008.
So yeah, not all great news, but I am still constantly amazed by what this offense is able to do against legitimately good defenses.
Over the past few days, I have heard Michigan fans rooting against the team. Today I heard some on the radio, sorry that Michigan won to become bowl eligible. All this because these so called fans don't want Rich Rodriguez as coach.
It's one thing to be critical of the way things have gone. Many fans aren't happy, and understandably so. Coach Rodriguez is not without blame. He deserves heat for the mistakes he has made. The missteps with defensive recruiting. The defensive staff he has put together. These are just a couple of legitimate criticisms, there are others. However, whatever reasons may exist... it doesn't justify rooting against the team you supposedly love.
Those kids played their hearts out today. They could have folded any number of times, but they didn't. That speaks to not only their character, but how much they believe in the man that is leading them. To have people who call themselves Michigan fans root against them and spit on their effort, to take joy out of their misfortune, to wish ill on the program... you people are vultures who are front runners, masquerading as Michigan fans.
You don't like Rich Rodriguez, fair enough. However, if you are rooting against those kids wearing the winged helmet, just to see him fail... you should be ashamed of yourselves.
Question for the board here:
Who is the bigger Preseason top 5 bust, 2010 Texas or 2007 UM?
UM lost to AppSt., blown out by Oregon, then realed off 8 straight wins enroute to to a bowl win vs. Heisman Tebow's Florida Gators.
Texas has lost to a poor UCLA team, and is standing at 4-5 with only one more sure win at FAU. OkSt. just destroyed a Baylor team that beat Texas, and Texas A&M just handily beat Oklahoma. I sense them finishing at 5-7.
Rich has been plugging away at the fact that we are not a good enough team to win while having an off day. Today, we beat a decent football team while having an off day. (5 turnovers, a missed field goal, a turnover on downs, horrible starting field position on defense, a banged up QB...) I still believe that if we played to our potential the last three weeks, we'd have had at least 2-3 more wins. It's good to see an off day go our way, and its even better when you figure out what that implies.
Outside of Purdue, I don't think we win any of the next three games while having another off day, here's to hoping we can string 60 minutes (or more) together, something we have not done since the OOC schedule...
On a side note, if you were calling for RR's head last week, and saying the buck stops at him, please keep to your story. And if you feel like throwing him an extension for his Best Show on Turf, please remember that during our next loss...