ESPN Game Day did a Sports Science segment on how fast Taylor Martinez is. They basically compared him to Vick, and Cunningham. Not one single mention of Denard. OMG Taylor Martinez is so fast..whatever.
After Lloyd, before RR, for a brief, but not shiny moment, there was Greg Schiano. Then he decided to stay at Rutgers, allegedly to complete the process of building the Scarlet Knights into a major power (although many, if not most, believed he was waiting for Paterno to leave PSU -- isn't that like Waiting for Godot?0. Anyway, today's New York Times has an article noting the dissatisfaction with the Rutgers football program. For those interested, here's the link:
Most of us would agree that today's game is very big (though not the decisive factor) in the success of the season. A loss would mean the predictable scenario outlined by Brian, more negative recruiting, risk of confidence loss, etc. It's also big for Denard as a QB--can he bounce back, or is his early season success, while legit, misleading based on the quality of opposition? Can he improve his reads and progressions and bounce back strong.?
But what I find most interesting is the potential today for Denard as a leader of this team. He did something very commendable last week, stepping out of front of the team in the locker room, accepting blame, exhorting the team, and vowing to not repeat that effort again. A win and great performance from him today will solidify him as the team leader and make our prospects much brighter. That is because it is one thing to command the respect of the team for being it's best player, it is another thing to command the respect as the team leader--those things do not always go together in great players. One more reason why the game today is big.
A lot rides on the production of the offense today. M obviously has no chance to win without a significant offensive production. But, larger than that, by this evening, we'll have a lot more information on whether last week was an anamoly (just a bad day) or if last week was the start of a trend. The trend being this offense will not be productive enough against stronger defenses (some have already reached that conclusion off of last weeks singlular data point).
If after todays game, poorer offensive performance appears to be a trend, there will be a lot of negativity and it wil be a long two weeks. Under that scenario, it is hard to imaginve many more wins against B10 non-bottom feeders. I personally don't think today is a "must win", but I do think it is a "must have significant positive offensive showing."
I have my back up against the wall this morning gentlemen. Left Tennessee yesterday to drive to Ann Arbor for the game this weekend and to visit friends and family this week.
My car broke down in Piqua, Ohio last night at 9:30. I almost got ran over by a truck and coasted with no power into the rest area going northbound. Immediately I started getting torn up by Buckeye fans who saw my Michigan jacket that I was wearing working under my hood. "I hope you have a sleeping bag"..."Wrong place to breakdown"...yada yada.
I changed up my gameplan. Called the tow place, changed my jacket to a brown sweater...made up the story that I had a family emergency and now I am in a hotel waiting for a new alternator belt to be put on by a bunch of Buckeye fans. Saw two Buckeye hats at the service station and a flag.
I'm deep in enemy territory. My back is up against the wall and I am sitting here with my Michigan ticket. I refuse to miss this game fellas. Say a prayer for me...you have one soldier down. Go Blue!
Good morning all -- it's going to be a nice October day in the great state of Michigan. I have the coffee on (pumpkin spice) and it's shaping up to be a good one!
What is everyone's plan today?