there would have to be some to wash away
I know there was a thread yesterday when David Molk entered the Eagles-Redskins game. That said, it appears with this news, Molk will be seeing extensive playing time going forward.
Although none of us enjoys celebrating the injury of another football player, Eagles starting center Jason Kelce, who arguably has been playing at an All-Pro level since missing 2012 with an ACL injury, is out for reportedly the next 2+ months with a sports hernia. Enter one of our past heroes -- David Molk.
In this most desperate of Michigan-fandom-times, it is nice to be able to cling to any silver-lined grey cloud in sight. Molk endured an incredibly tumultuous time period while wearing the winged helmet. He was completely out of football last year, with his dream of playing professional football in doubt. Now, he's the starting center for a Top 5 NFL offense that schematically fits his playing style quite well. With solid play over the next 8-10 weeks, it's possible Molk can carve out a stable NFL future.
Maybe there is hope left in the world.
I was already on the fence about doing my semi-regular "drive killers" diary after losses this week, but Sam Webb has it covered so that makes it easy
The rest of the article is well worth a read so click through
Utah Drive Killers
On Michigan’s second drive after a big 24 yard pass play to Devin Funchess got the ball out to the Michigan 43, an Erik Magnuson holding call made it 1st & 20. The Wolverines were forced to punt a few plays later.
Michigan’s third drive began with a three yard loss when the Utes blew through the line to snuff out an end-around, and a sack that occurred when Gardner was flushed and his receivers didn’t work to get open. Michigan punted two plays later.
Michigan’s fifth drive began with a big 12 yard run by Derrick Green to get the Wolverines into Utah territory. A linebacker beat Graham Glasgow on a blitz the very next play to put Michigan behind the sticks again. The Wolverines punted a few plays later.
On Michigan’s sixth drive the Wolverines did something they rarely do. After losing two yards on a first down run by Derrick Green and losing five more yards on an A.J. Williams false start the Maize & Blue dug out of a 2nd & 17 hole. The big play was a 25 yard skinny post to Devin Funchess on 3rd & 8. The very next play was a slant to Funchess that Gardner threw too far in front. The ball bounced off of Funchess’ hand and was intercepted.
On Michigan’s seventh drive after a few third down conversions moved the ball to midfield, an overloaded blitz on a play-action pass (that included a fake to a back that wasn’t there) resulted in a 12 yard sack. Michigan punted a few plays later.
- Michigan ninth drive ended on an interception on a pass for which it was hard to determine who Gardner was even throwing to.
For those of you who hate Mondays as it is. don't click here.
I did, and now I feel worse than I did before.
Except that Hoke is No. 9 on the list, somehow below Dana Holgorson and Norm Chow. So that's a good thing, right? Errr....maybe not.....Goddammit!
Very bad news for Rutgers football as their best offensive player by a country mile was injured in their win versus Navy. James is not quite at the level of the Abdullahs, Gordons, Tevin Colemans, but would be in the next tier and relative to Rutgers offense it is a quite massive blow. This leaves the offense in the hands of.... Gary Nova.
The backup RBs did seem to do a solid job against Navy but obviously there will be a step down in talent.
James will miss the remainder of the season after rushing for 363 yards on 5.76 yards per carry through the Scarlet Knights' first four games. The fourth-year junior had rushed for 96 yards with a touchdown on seven carries against the Midshipmen before taking a helmet to the knee.
James' injury will put more pressure on senior quarterback Gary Nova, who through Rutgers' 3-1 start has averaged more than 10 yards per attempt and thrown for six touchdowns, but also threw five interceptions in the team's loss to Penn State.
Consistency. It may the most talked about word in Michigan football right now. It's what Coach Hoke says is holding us back. It's what Coach Nussmeier says is holding us back. It's what the players say is holding us back.
They're not wrong. While many here on the board (myself included) may have underrated both Notre Dame and Utah, it's clear that we also overrated Michigan. Once again, we find our offense is unable to do anything against a good-but-not-great opponent.
In 2014, Michigan is currently ranked #94 in scoring offense. This figure is glaring not only in its ineptitude, but also because we have already faced the two worst defenses we'll see all season in App. State and Miami (NTM). We are 97th in TFLs allowed. We are #128--dead last--in turnover margin. Yes, Notre Dame and Utah are pretty good, but App. State and Miami (NTM) are terrible.
There is a glaringly bright side: Michigan's defense is #8 in the country. It appears that while our CBs aren't the lockdown, interception-machines we hoped for, they are at least adequate and are paired with a run defense that is absurdly good. Lewis and Peppers look to be capabe and constantly improving. That said, in the red zone against Notre Dame, Utah, and even ASU and NTM, TDs came far too easily. It's a very, very good defense. Good enough to win a B1G championship. It's not yet an elite defense that can cover for its offense's sins.
What's so awful about this state of affairs is that we were just here.
In 2010, Michigan finished the season ranked 107th in the country in scoring defense. We were 93rd in sacks and #109 in turnover margin. The level of incompetence of that defense is an almost perfect match for the 2014 offense. While we could argue all day about whether or not the 2010 offense was as good as our 2014 defense is, the point is that both units were very good, but not elite enough to paper over the struggles of their counterparts.
The opposite comparisons don't stop there. Rich Rod was famous for his stubborn adherence to a set of defensive principles that didn't seem to fit his players or his matchups. Brady Hoke continues to run under-center play action passes despite his O-line's inability to block the plays, even against high-pressure, blitzing opponents like Utah. Rich Rod was a revolutionary, schematic genius on offense, Hoke is a players' coach that understands old-school, championship defense. Rich Rod was almost buttery soft--crying in press conferences and summoning Josh Groban as a motivational tool; Hoke is all about MANBALL and "physicalness" or "physicality" or whatever. Rich Rod seemed oblivious to Michigan's past, Hoke seems firmly cemented to the 1990s in virtually every way. Rich Rod's teams improved a bit each year, Hoke's seem to take a step back each season.
I could go on, but the point is clear: Hoke, in coaching terms, is almost the perfect opposite of Rich Rodriguez.
I have not given up hope that this offense can turn it around and be good enough to allow this defense the chance to win a B1G Championship. I will root as hard as I can for Michigan on every down of every game we have left on the schedule. But I feel like I've seen this movie before--or rather, I've seen the opposite of this movie before--and it's hard not to feel like I already know the ending.
The only question that remains is one of consistency: will Dave Brandon judge Brady Hoke's incomptence the same way he judged Rich Rod's? Because if this season finishes it appears it is destined to do, the only logical conclusion is another "process" from the AD...or perhaps another "process" for an AD.