there would have to be some to wash away
I got to thinking yesterday; I have seen this season before. The opponents seemed familiar, the offensive ineptitude - it is quite haunting. Below I am giving result through 4 games for 2 Michigan seasons, guess which is which.
|Season 'A'||Season 'B|
|Lose to Notre Dame by 18||Lose to Notre Dame by 31|
|Lose to Utah by 2||Lose to Utah by 16|
|Beat Miami (NTM)||Beat Miami (NTM)|
|Beat #9 team||Beat #140 team|
By now, I'm pretty sure you have figured out that Saeason 'A' is 2008 and Season 'B' is 2014. I have to say that through 4 games in 2008, I was more optomistic about the remainder of the season than I am today. The only benefit of the 2014 season is the rest of the B1G (excluding MSU, OSU, PSU?, Neb?) appears to be terrible.
Hoke Uber Alles?
If you were the coach of this team and are now heading into conference play what changes do you make to try and get things back on track?
1) Who is your starter at QB moving forward?
2) What is your defensive philosophy? (more press man/ more zone/ good mix of both)
3) How do you cure the offense?
4) Are you changing any of the starters?
This isn’t a bitch about Hoke and company thread, strictly if this is your team what do you do?
Let's all sear this into our craniums/a, and have it tatooed on our chests, what do you say? 43-37 since Lloyd. When was the last time you saw this team play with swagger?
We need a new coach with fire. We need to shut up about the tradition for half a decade. And then--if we've got anywhere--let's quietly reference it as something we're trying to live up to. The 1940s are well and truly over.
Everyone talks about Gardner's poor performance last year and about him being a turnover machine. Does it surprise anyone that he had three (3) interceptions in B1G play? How about 1 INT in the last 6 games? While he struggled in out of conference play, he cleaned up considerably once the conference started.
Is it unreasonable to expect this kind of improvement or is it wishful thinking?
If the play calling could help Gardner out (less under center play action where he doesn't see the defense for 3 seconds at a time, more screens and quick slants to defeat blitzes, etc.). We saw how Utah played against our blitzes - most of the time the ball was out before we could get close to the QB.
Looking at Devin's numbers from last year, consider that we didn't have anything close to the running attack we have this year.
From Mlive's Nick Baumgartner...
ANN ARBOR -- It's Little Brown Jug week in Ann Arbor. And Michigan, despite an ugly home loss Saturday against Utah, will enter Big Ten play as a favorite. The Wolverines (2-2) opened as a seven-point favorite over visiting Minnesota (3-1) for next Saturday's game at Michigan Stadium (3:30 p.m., ABC/ESPN2), per VegasInsider.com. After dropping a 30-7 decision at TCU two weeks ago, Minnesota got back in the win column last week with a 24-7 win over lowly San Jose State in Minneapolis. Michigan is 39-3 against Minnesota since 1968. Minnesota currently ranks No. 107 nationally in total offense (336 yards per game) and No. 67 nationally in total defense (383.3 yards allowed per game). Minnesota's passing offense ranks No. 124 nationally (99.8 yards per game), but its rush offense current sits at No. 30 with 236.25 yards per game.
Nick Baumgardner has several interesting observations on the team. Here are a few that just blew my mind;
Nussmeier says an "explosive play" is either a 12-yard run or a 16-yard pass, by the way.
By Nussmeier's definition, Michigan had as many explosive plays (8) as it did tackles for loss allowed (8) on Saturday.
Michigan faced 19 third downs on Saturday ... average chain reading was 3rd and 9.2 ... 0.0% chance this offense ever wins with #s like that
At this point, I'm wondering if there's something wrong with Devin Gardner's arm. Zero zip on any of these throws, underthrew people all day
I said it after App game that DG is just floating his passes. Is he hurt?
Michigan ranks No. 8 nationally in total defense, No. 81 nationally in total offense.
And most of that offense came against worst defenses.
10 men on a punt return TD, four turnovers, 0 offensive TDs, 0 trips to the red zone. ... This is a poorly-coached football team. Period.