this guy evidently hired to work for AD
Basically a hook and latter, or more simply a bubble screen with the receiver coming back down the line and the QB running a half reverse. Too slow developing? Snuffed out by a decent DB or two on that side of the field? Looks like this kid, in addition to this play, had a MONSTER game.
Another question, not worthy of a thread: do you think RR and Calvin Magee are still learning how to call plays to develop a rhythm with the type of skill they have? What I mean is, I know RR has had a solid reciever or two in his day, but did P White ever have a stable of receivers like Michigan currently has? Are RR and Magee adjusting to the breadth of skill they have across the field?
An unknown young man walks into a nondescript one story building. He introduces himself to the secretary.
Young Man: I'm here for my appointment.
Secretary: Yes. Wait right over there please.
The young man strides over to a line of plastic chairs against the wall. The beige cinderblocks are cold against his back as he sits. Searching for something to keep his fidgeting hands busy he picks up a magazine and begins to page through. Realizing it is a Sports Illustrated he pauses and places it back on the end table.
Secretary: You can head on in, sir. He is waiting for you in his office.
Without saying a word, the young man heads through the waiting room door and into what is becoming a familiar place. "There is no reason I need to be here; this is ridiculous," he thinks as he greets a older gentleman.
Young Man: This is supposed to be my last appointment. You had better not go back on that promise. What's that?
The young man points at a manila envelope in the elder's hand.
Older Man: Oh, this? It's your file. Any interest in reading it?
Young Man: Nah. You got any experience with that kind of thing?
Older Man: Twenty years of counseling... yeah, I've seen some pretty awful shit.
Young Man: No, I mean do you have any experience with that?
Older Man: Personally... yeah, I have.
Young Man: Sure ain't good.
Older Man: I grew up in the late fifties, early sixties. I saw beatings like you wouldn't believe. Entire years of my life thrown down the drain. Those teams would almost make me choose how I wanted to lose. I could pick between turnovers or injuries, botched special teams or bad angles in the secondary. I'd usually prefer injuries. Easier to justify.
Young Man: I usually go with the bad secondary.
Older Man: Why's that.
Young Man: Because f*#k them, that's why.
Older Man: Your team?
Young Man: Yeah. So what is it, I've got an attachment disorder? Fear of 5-7 again? Something like that? Is that why I disowned my team?
Older Man: I didn't know you had.
Young Man: Yeah, I have.
Older Man: You wanna talk about it?
Young Man: No.
Older Man: Hey kid, I don't know a lot... but you see this? All this shit. It's not your fault.
The older man steps toward the young man and opens the manila envelope. It's full of freep articles and newspaper clippings. The one on top declares the 3-9 season to be the worst of all time. Another can be seen proclaiming the exact number of hours since Michigan beat Ohio State.
Young Man: Yeah, I know that. It's all those stupid injuries.
Older Man: Look at me son. It's not your fault.
Young Man: I know, the recruiting has been bad.
Older Man: It's not your fault.
Young Man: I know that. Seniors aren't playing up to their potential, and the young kids aren't learning as fast as we need them to.
Older Man: It's not your fault.
Young Man: I know.
Older Man: No, no. You don't. It's NOT your fault.
The young man is getting uncomfortable now. His strong demeanor is fading and he begins to show fear in his eyes.
Young Man: Don't mess with me.
Older Man: It's NOT YOUR FAULT.
The young man starts to turn red and tears appear and cling to his eyelashes as he fights them back.
Young Man: B-b-b-ut, it's just so bad, and I should have been more supportive!
Older Man: IT'S NOT YOUR FAULT.
The young man is now sobbing uncontrollably and grasps for the older man and embraces him. The older man continues to offer consolation as the young man begins to believe him.
*** Two weeks later ***
As the older man gets ready for work he hears his mailbox clang shut. Confused, he hurries to the window to try to catch a glimpse of what might be happening. He sees no one and only finds a small trail of dust leading down the road when he opens the door to go outside. He opens his mailbox to find a hand-written note:
"Gone to Ann Arbor, I need to go see about a team."
In the wake of Rodriguez saying that the coaches are looking everywhere for a kicker after yet another game in which the kicker contributed to a loss, I thought I'd do a little looking myself.
I went to ESPN's recruiting site and sorted by kickers. I was looking for people who were somewhat local, had decent ratings, and were undeclared. Here's what I found:
- Kyle Brindza (Plymoth, MI) - Unfortunately he's not a good candidate since he's been committed to Notre Dame for months, but I thought it was worth a mention. He's a highly rated kicker (#6 to ESPN) who was a stone's throw from UM and went elsewhere.
- Taylor Zalewski (Orland Park, IL) - He is ranked #13 and gets pretty good comments from the ESPN site. Right now there are no listed schools on his recruiting profile. Seems like a logical candidate.
- Michael Rasmussen (Orlando, FL) - Also not committed to anyone, maybe Rodriguez could work some of that Florida pipeline magic and get this guy, who is rated #15 by ESPN.
- Tyler Wedel (McFarland, WI) - Gets yet another good set of comments from ESPN and at the #21 ranking is the last of the available 3-star recruits. No schools listed under consideration.
I realize the kicker recruiting is a total crap shoot (i.e. Brendon Gibbons and Bryan Wright were both scholarship kickers who couldn't see the field), but we have to do something. It has always been frustrating to me that schools like EMU or even MSU have consistently had better kickers than Michigan.
The secondary is horrible but will gain a year of experience, bring in a couple of recruits, and get Woolfolk back next year. The LB have been bad and losing Mouton will hurt, but Mike Jones and Kenny Demens look like promising starters for next year. Black should be able to slide into Banks' spot next season reasonably well. The only weakness without an obvious development plan is at kicker.
It dawned on me in the last day or two (after the Iowa game) that I would not be happy with anything less than an 8-4 this year for the regular season. At the beginning of the year, I was willing to accept 7-5 and then expect better things next year. Now, because it is becoming clearer how the teams in the Big Ten are shaking out, I want to see at least 8-4. If we ended up 8-4 we more than likely would beat Illinois, Purdue, and Penn State and then lose to OSU and Wisconsin. This, to me, would show progress in the Conference (4-4) and also an ability to beat the teams that are in the Conference that we "should" beat. I would not be happy with anything less. Just wondering what others out there would consider satifactory at this point.