Here we stand, the Monday morning after a truly deflating loss, and I must say, whether it be the quality of our regular posters, the quick moves of the moderators, or some combination of the two, I feel applause is called for. Why?
Because the MGoBoard has not degenerated into MLive. We have few or no people calling for a coaching change. Nobody is bemoaning, lamenting or "renouncing" their fanhood. Nobody is driving nails in the season's coffin. We appear to recognize where we are, and greet it stoically and properly, even with hope and joy.
Nobody has lost control of their grammatic, spelling, or other functions. Nobody has lost control of their bowels and smeared the results across multiple threads. Nobody has offered to fight Denard. I am thrilled. Congrats to all, and I look forward to finishing the remainder of the season just as strongly, both on the field and on the forum.
(All that said, I did avoid the forum Saturday and until very late last night, because as much as we should all congratulate each other now, when it comes to not going all manic depressive, I don't trust a single one of you.)
On the following:
1. The cupboard was bare. OK, our roster wasn't loaded, but come on already, this statement is so far past irrelevant that it really makes my blood boil.
2. How many wins will it take for Rich Rod to stay? He is staying. This thing is not over. This is not how this story ends.
3. Those who stay will be champions. This era of Michigan football has nothing to do with the 1960s or what Bo's teams did or did not do. To keep with this theme is to attach a context to this team and this time that just does not belong.
Any other suggestions. These are just tired. And they come out in full force after the first loss of the year and only intensify as the year goes along.
As per Sam Webb, Denard addressed the entire team in the locker room after the game, and apparently took sole responsibility for the loss, and apologized for his performance and vowed to work as hard as possible to never allow that to happen again.
I'm sorry, but this kid is something else. Not only is he extraordinary on the field, but for this kid - and he is a kid as a sophomore - to take on this kind of leadership role after such an emotional and gut-wrenching loss, I can't begin to tell you how special I think he's going to be for us in the future. As Sam Webb said, he's got "it".
Chins up. Beat Iowa. Let's go Blue.
Alright. We lost. We came out, played poorly, and lost. Happens all the time. At least once a season to almost every team. Alabama lost too, and look at all the talent they have. Oh boo hoo. The season is NOT over. We knew we weren't going to go undefeated. Deal, alright. Deal. We have the most sad sack, sorry excuse fans in the nation right now, and there's no call for it. WE ARE STILL SMACK DAB IN THE MIDDLE OF A HUGE REBUILDING EFFORT! Losses will happen. So will great victories. What is important is the next game.
So, Iowa, and Mr. Pick Six Stanzi. How do we win this one? They seem to have an excellent RB, but he's a freshman, and I don't think he's as good as State's RB's, who were unquestionably excellent.
Defensively, can we play a little stronger up front and just get our best athletes into space into the backfield for coverage? Do we have any hope to get penetration and hurry Stanzi into some bad decisions?
Offensively, can the line handle Iowa's D-line? Do we have anyone that can beat Adrian Claiborne?
The Syracuse University defense ruined Homecoming Day for the Bulls and Daniels by sacking him four times and intercepting two of his passes while sending waves of blitzers at him from every angle conceivable. The result was a season-low 219 yards of offense for South Florida (3-2, 0-1 Big East) and a stunning 13-9 loss to a team they had defeated five consecutive times by an average of 24 points over the last five years.
“They pressure the ball,” Daniels said quietly. “They did a lot of different stuff.”
And that was the second half of the equation for the Orange defense. It was able to shut down the run game without allowing a touchdown pass for the third time in five games this season. A year ago Daniels completed 12 of 20 passes for 208 yards and two touchdowns in a 34-20 victory at Syracuse, with the TD passes traveling 85 and 33 yards. Saturday, he was 9-for-23 (.391) for 124 yards, zero TDs and two picks.
To summarize the weekend of controversial diaries-Denard didn’t play so hot, why not play Tate (or Devin) like #16 did last year? Well you don’t bench the Heisman man (though we don’t endorse or even acknowledge his candidacy anymore-it makes us feel better), because our 2nd or 3rd stringers are there for a reason. Cullen Christian proved this Saturday, and he was behind James Rogers. Then we brought in another backup named T. Talbott (btw he is a frosh) who couldn’t tackle a player running a circle around him resulting in a key conversion and ultimately another touchdown.
Speaking of our D, OMG we hate them let’s switch schemes and coaches at the same time-it makes us feel better. Or alternatively everything is peachy in time, we just need to score more points on O this year. Let’s give RichRod a few more years to build a D (it takes offensive geniuses min. 5 years to build a D). His offense is sweet except against rivals lately due to our frosh/soph qbs though we don’t primarily blame them or the coaches though some of us still do blame-it makes us feel better.
God bless and (everyone please agree at least to say) Go Blue!