this week in unintentionally grim-sounding recruiting headlines
This by no means exonerates Fiu from, well, being Fiu but I've gotta give him some love for actually writing something intelligent about Michigan Football...
Shhhh. If you listen quietly, you can hear the Michigan coaching staff not seeing that Illinois is going to run Mikel Leshoure in the wheel route AGAIN … For those of you who think that football can’t be interesting without a physical style of play and hard-hitting tackling, you didn’t see Michigan’s 67-65 triple overtime thriller over Illinois. This is the game that’ll be used as an example of how much fun it can be when the official switch to Flag Football is made in 2016, once studies are complete on the effects of tackle football on cognitive function.
(I think that part is funny but probably only because we won...) And more importantly here's the intelligent part:
“D! D! D! You dumb mother****er. Learn how to speak English first. D!” … If I’m a Michigan fan, I’m jacked up right now. First of all, the Rich Rodriguez hot seat talk has to stop now, no matter what happens in the final three games against Purdue, Wisconsin, and Ohio State. The goal isn’t just to be decent, it’s to be a national powerhouse, and the rest of this season has nothing to do with that. Michigan will go to a bowl, and that’s the step that had to be taken; everything else is just gravy. If you want to fire him and get a new head coach, then you’re basically putting off being BCS Championship relevant again until 2014 at the earliest.
Taking the approach that the program is half full, the offense works. Kids, this is what you were buying when you brought the man in from West Virginia, and now you know that when you combine his attack with Michigan-level offensive players, very, very good things will happen. If the defense can do something, anything, then the makings are there for something potentially special. And it should be an easy sell.
Any good defensive recruit can look at Michigan and know there’s a chance at instant playing time. Of course, defensive coordinator Greg Robinson might not be there next year, but all that’ll matter to a freshman is a chance to step on the field from Day One and be a factor. If Michigan had a halfway decent D, and not the worst one in the Big Ten, the Rose Bowl would’ve been in the picture going into the last three weeks this year.
So, yeah, doesn't forgive all the rampant stupidity but I'll give him a +1 (yeah, every site now makes me look for an up-vote button) for this work.
Fiutak writes that Nick Sheridan "wasn't awful in the season opener against Utah" which is exactly why he was replaced by Steven Threet in that game. Fiutak makes such genius "observations" as Brandon Moore is "not a great route runner, but he's a devastating blocker" (Moore never saw the field during his first season last year, so how could Fiutak know that?). And don't get me started on his preview of the offensive line:
"The key to the line might be the play of Mark Huyge, a 6-6, 291-pound sophomore who was good enough this spring at right tackle that it allowed Schilling to move inside. A major surprise, considering he didn’t see the field last year, he showed that he could handle the workload with excellent athleticism and good toughness. He’s great at pulling and getting on the move."
First of all, Huyge didn't see the field last year because he was INJURED, so it shouldn't be much of a surprise that he did well in spring ball because he would've surely played last season if he was healthy given the state of the offensive line. But Fiutak makes no note of this as he was merely pulling this preview out of his ass. He even contradicts himself when he says Huyge is "great at pulling and getting on the move", How the hell do you know that if he didn't play?! Were you at spring practice? Did you ever watch Michigan play and actually take notes of how every player on the offensive line was performing? Did you exhaustively go over the game tape and analyze the intricacies of every play as Brian does here at MGoBlog? No. You merely looked at the names on the roster and made up stuff that would make you look like you know what the hell you're talking about.
This matters only because innocent people might go to this website thinking they are getting real analysis. Not knowing that Fiutak and his coworkers are no smarter than the anyone else. Sure, they can probably tell you the names of all the starting quarterbacks for every FBS team, but just because you can memorize all of the defensive lineman on North Texas doesn't make you smart. Just because an 8 year old can know the batting averages of every batter on the Tigers doesn't mean he could manage the team. Fiutak is put on Big Ten Network as an expert, he writes a column for FoxSports.com last I knew. He is polluting the internet with his uneducated viewpoints. A hack like this must be discredited at every possible turn.
Death to CFN!