"Rodrick Williams Jr.'s 10-month old, 2-foot-long savannah monitor named "Kill" gets the RB some strange looks when they go for walks together."
According to his Scout profile, LA DB Floyd Raven will be visiting Michigan on January 28th.
Raven has already visited Texas A&M, Ole Miss, and Utah. Raven will visit Pittsburgh this weekend.
Thankfully, Denard had the season that he did. His athleticism forced the media, other coaches, and Michigan fans to acknowledge that he is a unique talent that needs to be utilized AT QUARTERBACK. Hopefully the inherent, often unfair, pressure that is placed on incoming Michigan coaches (see RR) will be positively applied to Al Borges and Brady Hoke in order to inspire a prolific offense at Michigan that is a hybrid of both Borges' and Robinson's areas of expertise.
It is discouraging that Al Borges has a history of being an offensive coordinator that seems set in his ways, considering the personnel he will have to work with for the next few years. I’m hoping that the success of Denard and this year’s offense will have an impact on Al Borges’ philosophy from day one. Brian mentioned that his traditional West Coast style utilizes the threat of the pass to set up the run. What are the chances that he abandons this even a little bit by using the threat of Denard’s legs to set up the pass? I’d like to be optimistic but given Borges’ track record, I’m not.
Brady Hoke acknowledged that he has a special talent in Denard, and hopefully he believes it as much as we do. If it isn’t already apparent, I was irate about the firing of RR, but I completely buy in to Hoke as a Michigan Man who will do everything he can do to win. Hopefully he will insist that his passion for putting Michigan first rubs off on Borges. It really is not that difficult to adapt if one can swallow their pride and admit that there are other ways of doing things. West Coast offenses use similar blocking schemes as we have these last few years. We have a diverse stable of running backs that can run isos and also get to the outside. Implementing the zone read and its associated pass-looks into what Borges knows and loves would be a smart basis on which to build what he envisions as our offensive future.
I think the majority of us are hoping for an offense similar to last year’s, but also realistic that this will probably not happen. Are there any instances in which a West Coast style OCs has implemented the spread option INTO his traditional offense to adapt to personnel/changing times? Does anyone agree that implementing a few zone read packages into the Borges playbook would be beneficial not only to this team, but for the long run in Ann Arbor? I understand that we want coaches to teach what they know, but I think we’ve all seen the effectiveness of dual threat quarterbacks and the offenses that can be built around them (See this year’s national championship teams).
Nevertheless, I wish I was more optimistic about seeing a hybrid of Borges and Rodriguez on the field this fall, but I’m not. Any words of encouragement would be appreciated.
Mandel has ranked this year's coaching hires and out of the 21 coaching changes that occurred, has Michigan ranked 3rd only behind Indiana's Kevin Wilson and Stanford's David Shaw:
Hoke = A-
While Jim Harbaugh would have been an A+, Hoke is very much what Michigan needs in the wake of the polarizing Rich Rodriguez era: An old-school Midwesterner with ties to the program (he served on Lloyd Carr's staff for eight years) who happens to have impressive credentials. Anyone that can win 12 games at Ball State and make San Diego State relevant again knows how to build a program.
I acknowledge I was a bit underwhelmed with the hiring of Brady Hoke, but I really like what he is doing to build his staff. Mattison was a major coup. While I was at first skeptical of going back to Lloydball, I really think that Al Borgess has it right on how to win in the Big 10 (we have clearly seen for 3 years what does not work).
There is a new video interview with our new OC posted today.
In case you missed it, here are the key points:
- You win with toughness, this game is "not for the faint of heart"
- likes the offense - strong line, backs are "solid" and receivers "galore".
- Plans to use Spring practice to assess what formations work best with the talent
- Will demand great effort and run every play like it is your last
- Premium on execution ..."everything is done wiht maticulous execution"
After seeing these interview the last couple days, I am getting genuinely optimistic. First, these guys are all geniunely happy to be here and clearly see this as a destination job. They all think the world of Brady Hoke. (Mattison is only coming here because of Brady). Lastly, they seem to really know how to win in the Big 10.
After being a skeptic, I am looking forward to the meticulous execution (maybe no more stupid penalties on first and goal from the 5) and toughness. If we have to sacrifice a few 500yd offense days against NC, for a few more W's against the Big 10, I am all for the new regime.
While the ideal would be to have both (duh), the past few years we have had a great OC, but very bad DCs. Going into the new regime, we seem to have a great DC, but a mediocre OC. So, mgocommunity, what would you rather have?
Several shots of Mattison on the sideline as Michigan held OSU to a single digit, without a touchdown and scoreless in the second half.