things go poorly
Actually being a Chiefs fan, this is a bit difficult to make fun of, but my disdain of Charlie trumps most anything else. I am sure you could understand my joy when he announced that his first goal was to "fix the quarterback" when he arrived into Kansas City.
Granted KC is now 2-0, but with little help from their QB Matt Cassel under Charlie's tutelage.
"According to passer ratings, Matt Cassel is having as bad a year as football has seen since the early '90s.... His passer rating is now 55.8. No quarterback has started at least 12 games with a passer rating that low since Browning Nagle for the Jets in 1992."
That man can mess anything up. Brady must be superman for actually doing well under the guy.
Check out the below link to ESPN.com's Heisman watch:
FYI - a quick review of the current stats show Denard atop the leaderboard in rushing yards and also in the Top 10-15 for passer rating. And if they combined his rushing and passing TDs, he would be in the Top 5 for total scoring as well.
[EDIT: Its pretty amazing how a seemingly minor reply about not liking the nickname "Shoelaces" can quickly get out of hand. You'd think I had just insulted Denard's mother or something. Yes, its an original nickname. No, I don't like it. But who cares?! Its just my stupid opinion about a nickname! FWIW - I think Denard's a beast and I can't wait to watch him play on Saturdays. He's quickly becoming one of my all-time favorite Wolverines and, coming from a guy that's lived and breathed Michigan football since birth, that's a pretty big thing.]
[EDIT 2: It's pretty sad that I'm sitting here at my desk worrying that people now think I do not like Denard and am not "all in for Michigan" just because I don't like his nickname. I better call a therapist!]
So I know that we are all somewhat down about the team's performance against a clearly inferior team. Me too - very frustrating to watch our defense get shredded by a cupcake team. Also disappointing that until the 4th quarter, our RBs couldn't really take over the game.
That said, I think that over the course of the season, a game like this will help, and not hurt us. Why? Because our team (in particular our defense) is simply not good enough to win without coming out and playing every game as if it is a crucial, season-on-the-line match up. The defense against ND, while nothing to get excited about, was mediocre. This is their ceiling, but withour offense, a mediocre defense should be enough for us to beat all of the "easy" teams and at least hang with the harder teams such as OSU, Wisco, Iowa and PSU.
Michigan was picked by just about everyone to be a bad team this year. After the 2-0 start against decent teams, and the Denard for Heisman hype, it is always possible for a team - especially a young team - to start buying into its own press. A game like this, where we won by less than a TD, our defense sucked and our special teams were crappy, should help keep the team grounded and hungry. Look at Craig Roh's statement - he acknowledged that they played like crap and vowed never to let it happen again. An admission that Michigan came out soft and an indication that the team gets it.
I would expect to see the team come out fired up next week, (even though it is only Bowling Green), and to carry that intensity into Big Ten play.
In an intentionally vague post, I would like to call out something that is great news for all of us passionate, die-hard Michigan football fans:
Unless I'm mistaken....
TODAY (I meant Wednesday) IS THE 20th BIRTHDAY OF DENARD ROBINSON.
I'd bring the big guy a huge cake if I could catch him. A Heisman-shaped cake.
EDIT: Ugggh, crap, I screwed this up. Wednesday is the day.
Thus begins my 3-day celebration of the 20th birthday of Mr. Shoelace, Denard Robinson.
2nd EDIT: Some of you got all bent about my particular term of endearment, so I changed it for your velvet ears.
My bad - premature celebration - fifteen yards on the play for me.
My quick and rather crude rendition of what an expansion could look like in the north end zone.
Early in the second quarter with the UMass offense rolling, the Minutemen called timeout and the Wolverine defense huddled on the sideline. Director of strength and conditioning Mike Barwis motored down the sideline and joined the clustered group of football hulks.
You had to have signed up for the Mike Barwis Motivational Seminar to hear the secrets he imparted during that one-minute pause, but it seemed to work, judging from the hard look in the Wolverines' eyes and a general increase in growling.
The defense rumbled back to the field and head beast Mike Martin drove UMass quarterback Kyle Havens into the turf for his first sack of the season, an 11-yard loss. Martin also made a big play on third down, tracking down the Minutemen's ball carrier for another tackle. With the crowd screaming its approval, Martin and the defense ran to the sideline to be greeted by their mentor, Mike Barwis.
Barwis pounded Martin on the shoulder pads and yelled a few more words of advice. The Mike Barwis Motivational Seminar. Sign up today!