he grew a beard
Former UM wideout Jeremy Gallon has signed with the Fall Experimental Football League's Brooklyn Bolts one day removed from his Packers tryout.
Well, what do you know the players would like you to stop the protests and be at the game on time to cheer them on. Hmmm makes sense.
In my most recent diary, I claimed that the offfensive line was not terrible. I'm still seeing people claim that they are, so I thought I'd check some statistics. I prefer quantitative analysis over qualitative conjecture. The first thing I checked was individual rushing yards per carry.
There are 124 teams in I-A. De'Veon Smith is 50th in I-A with 6.0 yards per attempt. Derrick Green checks in at #71 with 5.7 yards per attempt. So that "terrible" offensive line has allowed not one, but two running backs to be in the top 75. That's not great, but it's not terrible either. I'd say it's about average.
The other criticism you see is something like this, "of course we gained yards, we were playing Rutgers." So let's look at our opponents.
Utah is 14th in yards per attempt, and ND is 17th. Those are two pretty good defenses. Minnesota is 45th and Rutgers is 63. Those are two pretty average defenses. And last but least, Miami (OH) is 96 and Appy State is 119. Those are two pretty bad defenses.
So in conclusion, the running game has been average against average defenses.
We are 2-4 because of turnover margin and some head-scratching coaching decisions. I think 5-7 or 6-6 are still real possibilities. Which is not what I expected coming into the season, but the offensive line is not the reason why we are underperforming expectations.
I'll have a post up around 4 -- hard to squeeze into our schedule today -- but wanted to have it out there ASAP. MGoTailgate is officially happening, officially, at The North End Zone (110 S. Main) from 3-6 on Saturday.
Marlin, Cato, Todd, B-Will, Ray, and others will be there, as well as your favorite MGoBloggers and favorite SBNation editor, and your favorite MGoBlogger's baby.
There will be a suggested donation at the door for Marlin's Fight for Life Foundation.
Down vote me however you want. I am angry. You are angry. Nothing we can do today that has not been done or said. Support the players because they need it. When you see them on campus tell them it is going to get better. They need to know that good or bad they are us and we are all one Michigan. They have the talent to be great. They just need the right people in place to bring it out.
If two days after OSU they have not fired the clown show then stop buying tickets. Vote for new regents. March on Schlissel's (sp?) home and demand better coaches and a new AD.
However, just know that Brandon's money grab on football pays for almost the entire athletic budget and any cuts to football tickets and concession prices will come down on (insert marginal athletic program here).
The administration knows. They are not stupid. They will deal with it in 6 games. We have too much invested for them not to deal with it.
Next CC should be Jim Tressel - kidding.