Mike Lantry, 1972
1. reducing the ridiculously high turnover rate, and
2. added size in the trenches -- on the OL and especially DL to stop the run.
I still think those two areas will be greatly improved from last year. As for turnovers, UM finally has a experienced QB and offensive line. That should help a lot Think of the turnovers that stick out from last year (Purdue, Iowa, MSU in OT, OSU all game, etc...)
As for the size on the DL, we have added A LOT of good weight. Plus, our yound DL has added experience. The 90th run defense should be quite a bit better.
Even if the DB play is as bad as last year (it was looking improved, but see above), which is as bad as possible, I think the team wins at least 2-3 more games based on the factors above.
This is in no way an attempt to minimize our situation, which is serious. It does however help to keep it in perspective. The loss of Troy Woolfolk is is something we will recover from as a team, and he will be back next year even better.
With UConn coming in, interesting how things seem to parallel at times. While the situations are far from comparable, last year mid-season their top defensive back was killed in an on-campus shooting incident which obviously rocked the team and community (I am an M alum and all-blue but live in CT). They had a rough patch and lost some games after that but rallied toward the end of the season. We have a few weeks to do the same and I think we will.
I think if you were to ask Randy Edsall if Michigan could come back from this he would have to say..."yeah, they can", and without bitterness.
Let's be thankful for what we have and get everything back on the positive. Regardless of where I live (I in fact have one child currently in each University - yes we will all be there), I think Michigan comes out strong Sept 4 with a big win.
Just came across an article on the front of The Wall Street Journal (Online). Talks about new polices/rules that will take effect this year.
- "Starting with the Wolverines' season opener against Connecticut on Sept. 4, all designated smoking areas on Michigan Stadium grounds will be gone."
Good move IMO. Go Blue!
I almost didn't have the heart to finish this thing today with the bad news from last night, but all of the comedy and overly optimistic people raised my spirits. We have a great community here at MGoBlog and I'm glad to be just one small part of it. Go Blue!
Alright MGoNation, we've been dealt a big blow. We are all devastated, reeling, and feel doomed. I keep coming onto this site every few hours (minutes) hoping to see that the tide has turned. That we have moved on and are back to feeling that this is the year we can begin to right the ship. I keep looking for hope, from Brian, Tim, or anyone for that matter. Sadly it has not come.
But let us all think for a minute about the team. The team that all of our hopes and fears for the season are centered around. They were dealt a much bigger blow yesterday than any of us were. And unlike us, they don't have the luxury of wallowing in pessimism for the next week or so while they try to move on from the loss of their senior defensive captain. Instead they had to strap on their pads this morning and work harder than ever to ensure that they represent themselves, their families, their teammates, their school, and their fans (us!) in a way that will make everyone proud.
I think it is time for us as a well respected blog community to follow the lead of T-Wolf's teammates and start rallying around this team with confidence and pride. Every post I see is filled with so much negativity about how many games this will cost us or how many yards each QB-WR combo will pass for against us.
What is JT Floyd or Cullen signed on here and read all of that? Do you think its going to help them play better this season, knowing that some of the most diehard Michigan fans have given up on them? Not one down of football has been played yet people! Maybe the loss of Woolfolk will cause us to lose more games and give up more yards than we would have, but maybe it won't! The beautiful thing is that we'll never know! All we have is what's in front of us! If we expect our boys to play with confidence this year, than it is our responsibility to have confidence in them.
We have less than 17 days until the season begins. How those 17 days go on this blog is up to us, just as it is up to the team to spend the next 17 days making themselves into the most hungry, determined, pissed off group of Wolverines in the past decade. The chips are stacked against them, against all of us. We can't control that. What we can control is how we respond.
Go Blue for Life!
Ok this may be positive thinking but I remember a few days ago there was a forum on Joe Haden's brother looking to transfer and some other DB that was thinking about transferring. Because of recent events do we have any chance with them? Do Turner's transfer, and Woolfolk's injury have any effect on our recruiting? TomVH please help. Sorry if these have areadly been gone over.