well that's just, like, your opinion, man
This guy is doing a fantastic job. After three years of cringing while receivers ran freely through our secondary I have to keep blinking to believe what we are seeing now. On almost every passing play there is a Michigan defender right on top of the receiver with nasty intentions and most completions (except for the short outs) require either a perfect throw or a tough catch.... and the tackle is usually made immediately. This is more than just the obligatory slap at Tony Gibson; coach Mallory has done an incredible job of teaching and motivating these kids. JT has gone from liability to reliability; Avery gets better each week; T. Gordon is solid; Taylor must be doing great things in practice; and Countess may be the heir apparent to the Law-Woodson-Jackson-Hall line of great UM corners.
So kudos to coach Mallory who may be a good choice to become the DC at his alma mater when Mattison (praise be his name) retires....... which is hopefully long in the future.
Brady Hoke officially has a record of 51 and 50 during his coaching career. Here are to those that criticized the hire and pointed out his losing record. Brady Hoke is at the right place.
Minnesota's derp'ed hail mary pass at the end of the first half returned for a TD
The second half against ND was not an aberration. He threw only 17 passes today-if he hit 12 or 13 of those including the Roundtree deep ball-wow. The most he's thrown is 24 attempts vs. ND. Why so few attempts for Denard this year? We're playcalling to his strengths while developing balance while winning ball games. It's just a matter of hitting 3-5 more throws a game including a few deep balls. Do you really think he can't improve in his passing?
Please, please hear this quote from last Tuesdays presser w/ Al Borges:
How key is it to have Denard establish a passing game? “It’s critical. We’re about balance. We’re going to find a way to be a balanced football team. We’re going to keep working to that end. We do it everyday in practice. For every run we throw a pass. A lot of people say, ‘What do you do that for? You’re a better running team.’ Well we’ll still be a good running team because we still work on running. But I know that at one point in time it’s going to be a difficult thing to do against certain teams. And if you don’t have the ability to throw it over the top of a defense or under a defense without a relative amount of consistency, it’s going to show up. You have to be able to do it, and we’re never going to give up on it.”
Now that the non-conference schedule is over...what are some positives and negatives that you've seen with this team?
Obviously the biggest positives are we're 4-0 and don't have too many significant injuries...but other than that, what do you think?
Here are mine:
+ The return of SOME form of defense
+ Jordan Kovacs
+ Brandin Hawthorne
+ Will Campbell finally coming along
+ Togetherness of team
+ Taylor Lewan emerging as the best LT in the B1G
+ Vince Smith's blocking
+ Fitz Toussaint's running ability
+ Denard's running ability
+ Borges' playcalling vs. SDSU
+ Roh in 2nd two games
+ Martin and RVB's consistency
+ Jake Ryan
+ Forcing turnovers
+ Blake Countess
+ Extra Points
- Borges' playcalling vs. EMU
- Stephan Hopkins
- Denard's passing ability
- Mike Shaw's running ability
- Brandon Moore's blocking
- Heininger playing inside
- Roh in 1st two games
- Kick coverages in 1st 3 games
- Cam Gordon's health
- Jordan Van Slyke
- Getting into position on defense