at least it's not just us?
Yes the past 2 weeks have been hard but think about it this way. Our 2 opponents are a combined record 12-1 Both rated in the top 15 in the country. Turnovers and mistakes are game killers and have cost us dearly in the past 2 weeks. The coaches coach and the players play...the coaches are not responsible for fumbles, interceptions, and brain farts. MSU and Iowa both played mistake/turnover free football and that is a huge reason why they won the games. This bye week couldnt come at a better time. Work on our mistakes and to get guys healthy.
Illinois and Purdue are must win games in my mind. Penn St is definetly a winnable game. Win those 3 and we are 8-4...At the begining of the season who wouldnt have taking that? I would in a heart beat. Senior Henne, Hart, and Long went 8-4. We got a bunch of young guys out there playing there asses off. They will learn from there mistakes...We can beat anyone but we just have to play turnover and mistake free.
Please dont start with the QB controversey BS...Denard is our man and will step up.
I definitely think when we are clicking on all cylinders, this Michigan Offense is really good! But, with all that said there is certain things we can do to make this offense even more explosive. We all have wanted this spread for so long, but this is not the same spread that teams like Florida and Oregon run. Am I the only one who notices that Michigan's first drive is always successful?? Then we take a dump in the second drive and become stagnant. D coordinators are making adjustments and I dont think Rich Rod and Mcgee do enough to counter that adjustment. There needs to be more creativity in this offense, that is what it lacks right now. We never motion a slot or run a jet sweep or even fake a jet sweep. From my experience coaching and watching teams like Florida, Oregon and now even Auburn so much more will open up for an offense if you make the Defense think about other things a little more. We lack that right now. The Defense never needs to adjust right before the snap, because we dont move anybody around. It is kind of frusterating, because I believe this can make us even more explosive. I just hope this can be added to the playbook over the bye week. Also, we haven't seen a running back screen pass since Uconn! We scored on that play! Need to stop thinking Denard will break one all the time with a quarterback sweep and do more creative things.
P.S. Not bashing this offense, obviously we are putting up points and yards enough to win, but we can be even better, This isn't even close to the ceiling for this team and eventually coaching needs to take you to that point. Just my thoughts, would love to hear people's opinion about this.
If only he had made that pick in the 1st Q.
David Molk and Mike Martin were "a little bit banged up during the week," and both came out during the game. Denard's shoulder was bothering him during the week, but he felt better in pregame. He took a shot on it and Tate had to come in. "I would hope. I would think... Molk, Martin, Denard with an open week should be good to go for the next one." Mike Shaw has been a little banged up the past couple weeks. The extra rest should help him.
"Turnovers, it's ridiculous. We were so good earlier in the year at taking care of the ball. We're not good enough to make mistakes and beat anybody." The turnovers and field goals were major wasted opportunities. Penalties also really hurt the team, particularly in the first half.
"Denard Robinson's our starting quarterback. Tate Forcier's a pretty good quarterback too, and so is Devin Gardner." All three quarterbacks get plenty of reps every week. Tate made some good throws and good decisions, some he'd like to have back.
What was said when you had kickoffs go OOB? "Do you really want me to say? Twice? I don't think I should repeat what I was saying to myself." That hadn't happened in practice.
The team should be able to get stops even when they start in bad field position. "When you know they're gonna run it and need to run it, you gotta stop 'em."
Defensive staff will be disappointed with the cutbacks that opened up for Adam Robinson. "That seemed to happen 4-5 times - let him out of there." The crowd was providing enthusiasm for the defense, and they couldn't close.
Lewan penalties - He's a little anxious to get on some good d-linemen. He just needed a few minutes to settle down. "We ran the ball OK, we threw the ball at times ok, but we just didn't finish drives. That's the thing that killed us today."
"A loss is a loss, and you know it's going to hurt. Our team fought to the end. I'm proud of our guys, but we've gotta correct the mistakes we had and bounce back the next week."
"It was just a few missed reads. I think that comes with repetition, working with those guys. I think that will come throughout the weeks."
Junior had the DB beat on the bomb to the 2. "After I saw what Junior did for Denard against Indiana, I trusted him. So I just threw it up there and he went up and got it."
"That's what they do, they try to prepare all three of us." Got a few more reps this week with Denard banged up. Never thought during the week Denard wouldn't be able to go. For the next game "I think he'll be alright. He'll be alright." Coach Rod will make QB decisions. "I don't have any say in that. I'm just going to keep working hard and doing what I have to do."
"I think we need it as a team." The extra week will help correct mistakes and prepare for PSU. "When we get that corrected, we should be good."
It felt good to get on the field, but the loss still hurts. "I'm just happy to be a part of this team. I think this is a special team and I'm happy to be a part of it."
Iowa wasn't expecting to play against Tate. Michigan threw the ball a bit more with him in the game. "I think that's when we started moving the ball a lot." Iowa defense is good enough to adjust.
Tate stays warm on the sidelines each week in case his name gets called. This week, it was.
Will there be another second-half collapse? "It's a different team. Our team, we keep fighting. This isn't last year's team, it's just not."
Tate's been in the rotation in practice all week. When he gets into the game, he does his job.
"I just saw the ball in the air and knew that I just had to get position on him and make a play on it." Used basketball skills to box out.
"We lost to two really good teams the past two weeks." Need to use the bye week to clean up the mistakes they made.
The offense doesn't change when the backup QB comes in. All three QBs can throw as well as run.
The bye week falls at a good time to help the team get better, because the last two games were physical, gives some guys who are beat up a chance to rest. Losses will serve as motivation during the week off. "Coming off a loss, obviously we have a bad taste in our mouth so we're gonna get after it this week." They're hungry after two losses, and this will prevent a spiral. The team will be ready for Happy Valley in two weeks.
"I just saw the quarterback throwing the ball and realized that I had to make the play." On the interception he couldn't snag. "I felt like I could have made it."
Never happy after a loss. "Obviously we're disappointed, but we did show some good things out there. We fought, you know we played hard."
Being on a short field gives you a disadvantage, but the defense has to be ready to make stops no matter where they start.
When they're missing stops on run plays. "Guys just coming downhill hard, and maybe somebody wasn't in the right gap."
Excited to make the plays when they were only down 7, but couldn't get it done.
What did he see from Kenny Demens? "Good things. You know, Kenny's a good ballplayer. He stuck his nose in a few times and made some big plays for us. You know, I think he's got a bright future here."
We just played the 15th best team in the nation. Hearing the boos at the big house and witnessing how dark the liveblog got at times makes us look like spoiled brats. Our young team made many mistakes that are easily fixed and mainly due to nerves and inexperience. Denard cheered for his teeam when he was hurt/pulled.
Our team got knocked on its ass and got up and hit back. Got knocked on its ass again and got up and hit back again. Thats boys turning into men. That is the making of a dynasty.
We gained 522 yards! Our defense held Iowa to 383 yards. We are making progress. We are 5-2. We are getting better. Think of how much we will improve when our guys are 21 and 22 years old like everyone else they are playing.
Wisconson just scored 12 seconds into the game on OSU. That makes me smile. Now lets not clog up the board multiple late game threads!
I was in the car for most of the game so I didn't see the injury and am not aware if he came back, but (a) how was Molk injured, and (b) if he did not return, does anyone know if he was seriously hurt? This might be covered in the presser, but I figured I would ask.