Michigan vs. Illinois
What are your thoughts following this game?
- Denard is struggling running this offense...HOWEVA, I think we can get him on track if we went no huddle a little more
- Fitz is the #1 back --- We knew this already, now the nation knows
- Our offensive line is the key to our offense. (Yes, any offense can say that, however when Devin and Denard have time, when Fitz has a crease, when we control the line...we're good. When we don't, we're not good. It's that simple. We don't have a QB who can win with average/bad line play by hitting the slants and quick passes.
- Mattison is king.
- Our defensive line is damn good. You say, "no shit." Not so fast my friend...think back to the beginning of the year. They struggled. Roh was a non-factor. Brink and Heininger were not good. RVB couldn't get a pass rush. These guys are GOOD now.
- Floyd is the most improved player on the team. Take away his best play (the INT) and his worst play (the holding or PI call)...he had a GREAT game. I don't care if it shows in the UFR or not. Floyd played well. Got away with a few things, but still, he was right there.
All in all, you can't complain too much about a win. But that 2nd and 3rd quarter was just BAD offensively. We should've won that game 47-14...EASILY. Maybe even 51 or 55-14. Our redzone playcalling has to get better. I think Borges got too conservative after the Iowa game. Those calls weren't bad 3 of the 4 could've/should've been TDs.
Teams are starting to do the same thing vs. us...Jam the WRs at the line and blitz the house. Jamming the WRs causes timing issues and allows the blitz to get through. We have to be able to hit the slant route like we did to Roundtree vs. MSU. Or throw a fade like we did so many times vs. ND.
One thing that pissed me off was Craig James whining about our redzone offense. We started the year like 18 of 18!!
- Why don't we use that play where Denard runs to the line and throws to the slot
- Why don't we use the original Fritz package anymore?
- Great job by Mattison with the zone blitzes and showing 7-8 at the line and rush 4.
- I don't know if Frank Clark will ever start...but he's a passing rushing MACHINE!
- The last two plays of Illinois opening drive of the 2nd half were 2 of the most beautiful plays I've ever seen in football.
- That game was loooooooooooooooong.
- Craig James, please...just stop talking.
....your immediate thoughts ABOUT THE GAME?