It's a bye week, time for us to play future know-it-alls. What % of snaps will Tate see the rest of the year, assuming Denard is healthy? And why? I guess the more popular answer will be 0%. The most shared fact will be Tate's 2 INTs against Iowa, even though 1 of them was when the game was out of reach. However, I disagree with the 0% camp.
I'll predict he sees 30%, but it moves close to 50% for both Wisconsin and O-state. Tate put up 21 pts in less than 2 quarters, while Denard put up 24 pts. in his last 6 quarters. Also, forget the film/prep for Tate argument, we were clearly in a pass heavy situation the entire attempted comeback.
I'd love to see Denard return to September form. But I believe Iowa and State revealed a game plan that others will replicate. He still had good rushing stats against Iowa, but after Tate's bombs to Hemingway and his poise in the red zone, I think they have to platoon him at least a bit.
While we're waiting for the response from the NCAA to the allegations, and UM's offer of self-imposed sanctions..
Michigan has denied one allegation against coach Rodriguez: 'Failing to promote an atmosphere of compliance'. This is the most significant charge, but ambiguous, without tangible effects...perhaps opening up the possibility of more significant penalties.
What if the NCAA rejects the denial, and the proposal of self-imposed sanctions? Can the University then take these 'off the table', and then challenge everything? Bring a legal 'full court press' and challenge the ambiguity of the rules (hasn't this been admitted by the NCAA?)?
So far, Michigan has taken the fully cooperative, diplomatic approach..and offered a reasonable deal - if not accepted, why not launch a 'shock and awe' legal campaign and force the NCAA to show the burden of proof against the documented 'rules'?
Weekend at Bernies in PA says that to decrease major injuries they should eliminate facemasks.
I remember LC not being a big fan of the guy. I guess he was on to something.
I am currently split between the fire Gerg camp and the youth is to blame camp. The thing I've been pondering is if Gerg was to be fired after the season, are their any other DC's out there who have experience running the 3-3-5. It seems to be with the personel we have recruited the past few seasons we are to thin on the DL and have to many hybird safteys to run another system. So my question is if Gerg gets canned, who would be the primary canidates to be the new DC?