Right because no short player has ever been successful in football.
First Look: Offense 2014
DEPARTURES IN ORDER OF SIGNIFICANCE.
- LT Taylor Lewan. Four year starter took all kinds of heat for performance of Michigan OL as if he was able to play four positions at once or he had some sort of deficiency in his Leadership Aura and was not communicating enough Leadership to the rag-tag interior line. Was in fact the same player he was as a junior—a great one—and NFL draft slot in the first round will reflect this.
- WR Jeremy Gallon. Michigan's all-time single season receiving yards record is now his, so at least I was right about one thing in the preseason. Short, but good at fades; eviscerated Notre Dame; eviscerated Indiana; eviscerated Ohio State; best pound for pound WR in country not named Lockett.
- RT Michael Schofield. Overshadowed by Lewan his entire career but emerged into a complete run/pass tackle as a senior. I know there was so much pressure up the middle that there were fewer opportunities than normal for tackles to biff, but when's the last time you remember Schofield getting beat by a pass rusher? That one time he miscommunicated with Toussaint doesn't count. I mean straight-up beat. It's hard to remember. Will be missed; will be drafted.
- WR Drew Dileo. Sticky-fingered Louisiana gnome sort of epitomized 2013 with ill-time drops, but was a reliable chain-mover and special teams tool. Will miss calling him "sticky-fingered Louisiana gnome" because obviously.
- RB Fitzgerald Toussaint. Final game saw him receive two carries; entire career one long comedown from explosive junior season; horrible, horrible pass blocker. Had mostly been replaced by end of year.
- WRs Jeremy Jackson and Joe Reynolds. Little-used backups were good program guys but should be replaceable.
I may have reused these pictures. The numbers may be a give away.
- QB Devin Gardner. Chaos machine seemed to reduce interceptions as season went along, but how much that perception changes if some guys catch some passes in their guts is up for debate. Excellent YPA despite having most of his body ground into paste by year's end. Should take step forward as senior; still major X-factor.
- WR Devin Funchess. For the love of God, world, stop pretending this man is a tight end. Looking at you, Big Ten awards committee. Michigan's second-leading receiver with 49 catches for 748 yards and six TDs; works just fine as a jumbo WR, thanks. Hands issues late after fine start to career. Go-to WR next year.
- OL Graham Glasgow. Only returning OL to have and hold a job all year; had some struggles after move to center; has the size and athleticism for the major college level of competition, as ESPN is wont to say; will play somewhere but Michigan probably hoping Patrick Kugler bounces him out to guard.
- TE Jake Butt. Site tagline does not refer to him. Productive freshman season saw him add 45 pounds and catch 20 balls for 235 yards; was probably M's best blocker at the spot; 15 more pounds and he is the dual threat Borges has wanted from day one.
- OL Erik Magnuson. Entered on second line shuffle of year and stuck; now obviously moving out to tackle and must be quality, because options other than him are scanty indeed.
- OL Kyle Kalis. Recruiting sheen severely reduced after painful redshirt freshman season saw him benched, supposedly for an undisclosed ankle injury. Performance even before that was middling at best. But was FR OL.
- OL Kyle Bosch. True freshman showed some promise; showed a lot of true freshman business. Momentarily replaced Kalis but then lost his job to Kalis once again. Tentatively penciled in as a starter
- WR Jehu Chesson. Nominal starter hardly targeted in first few games and then saw Funchess eat his job; did grab 15 balls for 221 yards and crushed a few dudes, whether it was on special teams or after the catch. Probably still the #3 WR with Amara Darboh's return but a promising freshman year should see him eat up some of Gallon's targets.
- TE AJ Williams. Blocking TE seemed to regress after freshman year; could not block. Major issue needs repairing STAT.
- FB Joe Kerridge. Your primary blocking back. May be drafted as pass protector again, but hopefully not.
WHAT'S NEW, OR CLOSE ENOUGH, ANYWAY
Kugler and Braden may step in
One or two or three guys on the offensive line. At this instant your leaders on the offensive line are probably Magnuson-Bosch-Glasgow-Kalis mentioned above and Ben Braden at RT, but that is the shakiest depth chart in the history of the concept. Magnuson is the only certainty, as Michigan isn't going to trust anyone else to be their left tackle a year after Braden went from sure starter to ghost because he didn't have the foot quickness to hack it at guard. Glasgow is also pretty safe, as he didn't get pulled from the lineup last year and can play any of the three interior spots.
Everyone else is 50/50 at best with Michigan getting five guys off redshirts and having a few veterans also competing. Will Patrick Kugler be the man from day one at center? Will Chris Bryant get it together? Will David Dawson beat someone out whether it's at guard or right tackle, where I've heard they expect him to compete? The answers to these questions will start trickling in during spring and not have a full resolution until Michigan's first offensive snap… if then.
A dang running back who can run the dang ball, again. I'm lumping Michigan's four returning tailbacks into the "new" category for reasons both obvious and hopeful:
- Drake Johnson tore his ACL covering a kick after two carries.
- Justice Hayes had two carries last year; De'Veon Smith had 26.
- Derrick Green did get 83 carries, normally enough to put him into the returning category, but with so many of those doomed by the OL in front of him and the hope that he goes from kind of plodding to the lean brute that impressed recruiting analysts, those 83 carries don't mean much.
For the third straight year Michigan will be looking for anything that works on the ground other than Denard Robinson, and what Michigan can expect from its tailbacks is still in doubt.
"The single greatest catch I've ever seen in person" –Devin Gardner
African refugee wide receivers, again. Amara Darboh's debut was delayed by a foot injury suffered late in fall camp; this year he should debut as something between an uninspiring chain mover and Jason Avant (but fast)! Darboh had buckets of practice hype after a series of spectacular catches put him on everyone's lips in press conferences. He was clearly ahead of Chesson at the time and probably still is after Chesson had a decent but not paradigm-shifting debut.
And we can throw in Chesson here, too: he figures to absorb a lot of snaps not just from Gallon but Dileo, Jackson, and Reynolds. With Gallon's targets spreading across the offense he'll get a shot to be an impact player he didn't this year.
Dennis Norfleet, for pants' sake. I swear on this bible factory that if Michigan can't find a productive role for Dennis Norfleet in this offense I am going to break every rule in the factory of bibles I have just sworn upon. This does not mean bringing him in motion every time he's on the field. It means looking at him as a slot receiver instead of a tiny bouncy freak show, which okay yeah he is but seriously people just imagine what West Virginia would do with the guy and do it.
More TE-ish guys. Khalid Hill and Wyatt Shallman come off redshirts and should bring blocky/catchy/runny aspects to the guys on the field who aren't WRs or RBs, whatever you'd like to call them. With Butt and Williams aging and hopefully improving, Michigan might have some options here to do tricky things, particularly in the redzone. If any of them can block.
WHAT'S ROD STEWART 1972
Gardner to Funchess. This was Gardner to Gallon last year. This year it is pretty obvious what replaces that: Devin Funchess blew up after his move to WR, taking end-arounds and leaping over people both before and after he acquired the ball. They even threw him a couple fades late in the year when it occurred to them that maybe that was a good idea.
Unfortunately, after a very strong start to his career in the catching department drops became an issue around the Michigan State game. The overall picture is still a guy with very good hands and a huge catching radius, though.
He's already the Big Ten's second-leading returning receiver, behind only Hoosier Cody Latimer, and Latimer plays in a light-speed offense that inflates basic counting stats. With a full season at WR and Gallon off to the NFL, a thousand-yard season is a certainty. The only question is at what point television accepts the fact that he's a wideout.
What happens if Gardner gets injured, at least relative to usual. Michigan seems to have itself a legit backup QB in Shane Morris for the first time in forever.
Passing weapons writ large. There is some projection in saying this, but it doesn't seem like Gallon's departure is going to leave Gardner bereft of options. He's got a #1 guy ready to step into that role and then you've got Darboh, Chesson, Butt, Norfleet, and possibly contributors from either the three-man 2013 class or Drake Harris/Moe Ways/Freddy Canteen in 2014. Five veterans plus six young options looks like a lot of options to me.
WHAT'S ROD STEWART 2013
Pass protection. This was horrendous and doesn't figure to get a lot better with both tackles out the door. Magnuson still needs to add 15-20 pounds to hold up against bull rushes and the question mark at right tackle is highly ominous. Maybe I'm making too much of Braden's swift disappearance from the two deep in fall, but… man, to swiftly disappear from that two-deep would seem to bode unwell. If it's not Braden then it seems like Michigan is trying to shoehorn a guy who would be better at guard into the RT spot, whether it's Dan Samuelson or David Dawson or even Bosch. Add to that continuing uncertainty on the interior and it's easy to see Michigan QBs get harassed as much as they were this year.
The seeming certainty that there will be three (or more!) brutal clunkers from this unit. Three years in and Borges's crew has thrown up at least three horrendous games a year, every year, as whatever mad scientist stuff Borges throws at the wall backfires spectacularly when his team can't execute the new stuff and can't execute anything else because the offense is a chameleon from game to game with the exception of throwback screens.
How far they have to go and how much time they have to do it in. Discussed more in the next section, but it seems like the best case scenario next year is improvement by default that gives us little insight into what Michigan should do going forward. Regression to the mean should see Michigan uptick in many categories in which they set dubious records. Hooray, but if Michigan is 70th in TFLs allowed in year four that just puts us in an uncertain netherworld. Your options here:
- Michigan has a near repeat of last year. PRO: No uncertainty here as everyone is put on a donkey and ridden out of town. CON: Michigan has a near repeat of last year.
- Michigan is below mediocre on the line, but not a completely unwatchable tire fire. PRO: Manage to avoid stabbing other eye out. CON: No idea whether to stay the course and hope for further improvement in year five or move on after third consecutive mediocre at best season.
- Michigan is good! PRO: Michigan is good. CON: Drugs are expensive.
It's hard to see anything definitively good happening next year.
WHAT'S HEISENBERG ROD STEWART UNCERTAINTY
The offensive line can't be worse, right? This is a repeat from last year, because the offensive line was worse and now the offensive line is losing two NFL tackles. This year… they literally cannot be worse. Michigan finished 123rd of 123 in tackles for loss allowed and turned Devin Gardner into hamburger. So we've got that going for us. The offensive line can't be worse, because they're already at the bottom.
Okay but can they be massively better? That is the real question here. Michigan has to be vastly better on the offensive line next year or it's firing time: for Funk definitely, for Borges definitely, and after (hypothetically) three straight years of non-Denard utter incompetence on the ground probably Hoke.
And… yikes. Frankly, writing this bit makes me think they should just throw everyone over right now because how can you go from that to average in one year while losing your two best guys? These kind of reclamation projects are two-year deals, usually, and that's if they get reclaimed at all.
FOR THE LOVE OF GOD CAN ANYONE OTHER THAN DENARD ROBINSON PICK UP THREE FEET ON THE GROUND? This is also a repeat from last year, because the answer was NO FOR THE LOVE OF GOD NO. For perspective, Michigan rushed for 3.9 yards a carry in 2008, with Brandon Minor leading the way at 5.2 yards a pop. Last year, Michigan had 3.3. This rushing offense was tons worse than the 2008 outfit despite having some very threatening weapons on the outside. No offense to Nick Sheridan, Steven Threet, Greg Mathews or Martavious Odoms, but in terms of loosening up a defense… uh… does this sentence need to continue? Nope. It ended right there.
Michigan must have a function running back for the first time in three years or it's head-lopping time.
Can Gardner get his interceptions down to a reasonable rate? You'd think this would improve what with experience and not getting annihilated all the time, but 1) he might get annihilated all the time, and 2) we saw with Denard that sometimes guys just don't get better at taking care of the ball as they acquire experience. This is pretty much another do or die here for Borges: have one of your quarterback show major improvement or GTFO.
MANDATORY WILD ASS GUESS
Oh hell, I don't know. Things should get better on the ground and the pass protection won't be great… could be just as bad. Gardner's experience and a lot of options in the passing game should result in something more tolerable than 2013. How much and how much impact that has on the wins and losses I just don't know anymore man.
Easy on the namecalling, champ.
He's shown he can get around tacklers. There are 0 other running backs on the team that have shown that ability.
I agree that Brian may be a little overenthused about Shortfleet (good one!), but he's shown he can bring something to the offense that nobody else has. It'd be beneficial to get him more involved.
I don't know why I'm trying to argue this with you, you're clearly a troll, but I'm a sucker, clearly.
Knock off the juvenile MLive nicknames, or be gone.
Please go back to MLive.
Now that's a logical fallacy if I've ever seen one.
He's done nothing because they only throw him out there when they are going to either run a jet sweep or fake it, and on kick returns it is obvious he can juke and change directions almost as fast as Denard.
Are you the ghost of Al Davis? I didn't realize good football players can be boiled down to measurables.
Wow, that is just a terrible joke. Kudos to you for having the nuts to lay that one out there.
that you have nuts?
It was my imagination, but it did seem like the interior improved slightly at picking up blitzes. One things for sure, every team we play early in the year will blitz A-gap profusely. Maybe by the time state rolls around we'll have a counter to the same blitzes they have used for 5 years against us.
with 2 new tackles next year I'm guessing teams will test them too to see how they hold up.
I'm so excited! Next year is gonna be great!
(Also: Cocaine's a hell of a drug)
And I am taking the high road and saying that the 2014 season could (should, please?) be better than the endless abyss of inefficiency Michigan fans were forced to witness in 2013.
I will keep faith that somehow, someway Funk will get the job done and somehow, someway the OL will improve.
My faith in Big Al, eh...not so much. It could be that his offensive scheming appeared to be a cluster-fook, almost like a teenager who pops open his copy of NCAA Football 14 and immediately peices together a strange assortment of plays that dabble in this, and dabble in that, and places it under the "custom playbook" feature. When your best plays are trick plays, you...are...DOOMED.
Then, there is that whole "developing the QB" business that must be attended to immediately. Michigan will go nowhere if the BEST we can expect is the QBs to sputter in neutral in terms of developing their talents, or as we have witnessed with Denard and Devin, REGRESSED.
So here is to a better next season, new year, and end to the Twilight Zone feeling that has crept into Michigan fans minds as we wish the Wolverines could be as successful on the gridiron as the Spartans.
This year… they literally cannot be worse. Michigan finished 123rd of 123 in tackles for loss allowed and turned Devin Gardner into hamburger
Michigan can't finish in a worse position relative to everyone else, but the line could certainly give up a larger number of tackles for loss.
This is right on. It can always get worse. And so long as the same decision-makers are in charge, I am having a very hard time imagining significant improvement next season. I genuinely hope to be wrong, and it is all too easy to hop on the Doom And Gloom Express at this particular juncture, but I can't help but feel that 2014 will be the Brady Hoke Farewell Tour.
Or Worse....everything is the same and it isn't his farewell tour.
I know hoke will have some pressure next year, but I don't see him getting fired unless he finishes under .500. Most people expect 2015 to be a great year.
I think Brian's reasoning is flawed on a different front as well. Isn't Appalachian State jumping to the FBS in 2014? That means Michigan could finish 124 out of 124 in TFLs.
Yes they are moving to the Sub Belt Conference.
I think Brian's reasoning is flawed on a different front as well. Isn't Appalachian State jumping to the FBS in 2014? That means Michigan could finish 124 out of 124 in TFLs.
We had a pretty darn good back up QB in 2012.
I also have a question about the OL next year. Can Glasgow play tackle? In trying to figure out why he wasn't more highly regarded as a prospect, my only guess is that he lacked the footspeed to play tackle. If Kugler is our best option at center, then I wonder if the best lineup might still include Kalis, Bosch and Glasgow.
I'd love to believe that the offense can't get worse, but it can. Without Lewan, Schofield, and Gallon, minor improvement would be at the high range of my expectations, and it would still suck. The running game has miles to go to even be considered average and this staff has shown no evidence that they can even get them to poor. And we haven't even started talking about the shitty defense that had nine upperclassman starters this year (if you count Countess). If Hoke doesn't clean some house during this off season, then I can't see him keeping his job after 2014.
But the O-Line being young and inexperienced was the problem this year.
I just hope by the time fall camp rolls around barring injury, the starters on the line are soldified. every rep they can get as a unit is gonna be needed. let competition be for depth not starters once the starters have separated themselves.
It seems at this point like there's this mass exodus of good players and nobody to fill their shoes. However we must consider there's going to be offseason development. Someone's going to step forward. Not saying every single OL will but someone is going to impress us with their development. We have an incoming class and ideally every single one would redshirt. Peppers maybe not. I think he can help us...of course on defense, but also on both sides of the ball if we are looking for some trickery against OSU where we want a play that's not on film yet. I'd like to see Morris redshirt and rely on Gardner and Bellomy. Defaulting to to a Speight redshirt as well. I believe Green needs arm strength more than anything. Seems like I'm crazy but he approached the pile so many times, slowed down, and put both hands on the ball...as if he had fumbled a few times in practice. Get the ball grip strength up and I think he will be a lot more natural and devastating runner. I'm excited for Darboh to see the field, hopefully he will be at full health by fall. I think Chesson did a great job, obviously he wasnt targeted as much but I like the way he downfield blocks. Recall another guy named Gallon who developed from a fierce blocker.
Definitely no redshirt for Peppers!
I am a little worried about Gardner. I really like him and think he is a super guy. He has been beaten up and injured and usually when this happens players don't come back 100% even a year later. Plus he could become gun shy of getting hit and start to just unload the ball indiscriminately- he does have his future to think of. If the pass protect is bad (a very real possibility) this could get ugly very quickly. His main focus may become survival for his last 3 months on the field.
In addition, he has never really improved in decision making and is wildly inconsistent- great games followed by 2-3 clunkers. I love the kid but I would be moving over to Shane- who fits Borges offense better I think. Shanes quick release would neutralize a bad pass protect to some extent and the threat of downfield passes could open up the run game. As it is, defenders do not respect Gardner and play the run. I do not think they will respect him next year either. Unfortunately, Hoke seems to lock onto favorite players and not give others a shot at proving themselves so it will be another year of Gardner and, most likely, another 7-5 season.
I like Morris better than Gardner. I've said a few times that Gardner's arm is not as good as Shane's and overall and in the future I think the team is better off with a more Pro style QB vs. the hybrid like Devin.
Right now however, Gardner is the more experience/mature of the two and probably more capable to lead the team.....maybe.
I think Gardner playing lights out against OSU with a broken foot is more of a significant indicator than Morris' above average game against KSU as to who should be our QB next year. Also, if our offensive line is still bad next year, Gardner will be our ground game.
Come on guys. Gardner is coming off one of the greatest performances of all time in the UM-OSU rivarly. Morris is coming off a so-so performance against KSU (which was a pleasant surprise). Yeah, Gardner is inconsistent, but pretty much everything positive the offense did in 2013 was him singe-handedly playing his ass off. He's our best chance for 2014, not even close.
To save his ass from the same fate.
I can only hope Brandon goes into the season-ending evaluation meetings with this coaching staff out for murder. Honeymoon era is over. For all the flak Brandon takes, he cares deeply about the success of the team.
Obviously, you've made up your mind about Borges, but not everyone else has. We were wildly inconsistent this year, no doubt, with some very low lows, but also some high peak performances (ND, Minnesota, Indiana, Ohio). It's not impossible to believe that with improved personnel, our offense can be better. In his three years as OC, we've averaged 33, 30 and 32 points per game, which is respectable, and that's come with paper-thin OL depth, not a whole lot at RB and QBs that aren't a perfect fit for his philosophy.
I was really disappointed by this season, but I think Hoke is still the right coach for the program at least through the end of the 2015 season. Unlike RichRod's tenure, the wheels have not fallen off on the recruiting front. I think Borges/Funk should probably be replaced now if we can get someone good to replace them, and if not, I am OK with giving them another season. Replacing Hoke would be a rough transition, and I don't know who would want come here (at least of the coaches who would do a significantly better job than Hoke).
I think that, as long as recruiting stays strong and we win 8+ games, we should keep Hoke. The 2012 class will only be juniors/redshirt sophomores next year. If we suck in 2015, then by all means, fire everyone.
I had something longer typed out, but it got lost in the nether regions of the internet. Here is the abridged version:
I am quite optimistic about the offense next season, largely because of the WR depth. Michigan will have more talent at WR next year than they have had since 2007. I look for Funchess/Darboh/Chesson/Harris to be the top 4 WR's and to perform admirably, with a potential quality player coming from York/Dukes/Jones/Canteen/Ways.
Borges will be under heavy pressure to perform so he either A) can run the ball next season making the offense much more effective or B) knows he can't run early in the year and goes to a heavy passing attack to save his job. This has been successful when they have turned to it in the last 1 1/2 years and should be even more so with the WR corp Michigan will have next year.
Any QB behind our effectively all sophomore line is going to have about 2 seconds to read and throw or be killed. During those 2 seconds our WR are going to be jammed.
Will actually result in the line becoming more cohesive, built from 2 subsequent classes. Kugler is the key, if he can step in then both Bosch and Kalis at guard, Glasgow backs up all 3 and Magnuson moves out to tackle with experience at guard.
loosing two NFL tackles with a combined 7 years starting experience is going to make things better.
I just don't see it until 2015.
It's a good thing you aren't a coach
a small /s on it. Only q small one though.
I think there is too much optimism about WR as there is little experience and so much of the optimism is based on hype about guys who havent seen a football field since 2012. Outside of Funchess and the small production from Chesson, all this optimism is about Darboh who sat out the season with a foot injury , a high school player (Harris) who sat out his entire season, and guys who redshirted so thus couldnt beat out Joe Reynolds or Jeremy Jackson.
I can admit to maybe being overly optimistic, but I think the potential is there. Next year's WR group is the most talented group since 2007 and while you can't be sure there is a Mario Manningham in the bunch, it's not unrealistic for there to be a Jason Avant (earlier time, I know) or Adrian Arrington. What I like is the fact that there should be greater competition next year for the receiver spots, especially with Harris and Canteen enrolling in the spring.
While we have to rely on hype and recruiting rankings for most of the WR's, it's not like we are replacing several hugely impactful players. Gallon will be tough to replace, but an improved Funchess, Chesson and the return of Darboh should help as passes are spread out more among the receivers. And I don't think it is crazy to think that Dukes/York/Jones/Harris/Canteen/Ways can provide at least two contributors equal to what Dileo and Jackson/Reynolds provided this past year (26 receptions 314 yds 2 tds).
I think the RB and WR/TE positions are solid. If you mix in Norfleet, Peppers, Darboh, Bunting, there should be options and weapons everywhere. Between those two groups, Michigan should be one of the deepest teams maybe in the country.
At QB, Devin will look alot better with a more solid line. The good news is Morris looks good so I'm pretty happy with the QB situation.
Everything rests on the O line once again. A run game is of utmost importance. No run game = dissapointing 2014 season, maybe Hoke firing.
We will all probably be on here discussing the same shortcomings next season and wondering what the hell the offensive game plan is. For whatever reason Hoke seems content to ride or die with Borges.
I hear what Brian is saying, but here's my faint hope for optimism. WIth the highly-ranked, albeit young, O line players we have I still think that there's a chance for improvement even with the obviously huge losses of Lewan and Schofield.
Assuming the line provides something approximately protection I think we can expect an excellent passing game. While Devin was inconsistent, he was also banged up most of the year. It seems clear from this past summer that Devin is dedicated to get better. If we can get anything close to ND, Indiana or Ohio State Devin, with the additional targets of Darboh and Harris along with a hopefully improving Chesson and the return of Funchess and Butt, there will a lot ways to move the ball through the air. Likewise, there's enough depth at running back that if the offensive line improves to semi-competent in the interiorI would imagine we'd see at least the ability to gain a few yards inside.
Laughed at the post about Scholfield.. When was the last time he got straight up beat by a pass rusher?
How about NW game where he stood completely up and the rush end just blew right past him and Scholfield did literally nothing against him.. Gardner was then sacked again because scholfield blew it.. I remember other instances this year, but that one really blew my top
Florida state: year 1 with all freshmen lineman - pretty bad. Year 2: ???? Year 3: profit.
So UM was 123 in tfl during the season. Insert a freshmen for the KSU game and the team cuts the tfl loss average in half. So is the offensive line to blame or.......wait for it......DEVIN. I believe Devin is responsible for Devin becoming hamburger meat. I believe Shane was responsible for eliminating at least 4 tfl's.
I went through the same thing with my pro team in Phili. Early in the season a running QB with a great arm is getting hammered and the team must have a bad o line. The Eagles put in a quarterback who doesn't really have the option to run and he begins to go through his progressions, the team stops throwing interceptions, the team develops the top running attack in the NFL, the tfl's disappear, and the o line suddenly becomes great.
Is it the system? No, it's the same system when Vick was QB. Is the line different in Philly? No. So the primary change that led to improvement was the quarterback. The same thing was true for at least one game against KSU.
Maybe the answer is a quarterback that can go through a read progression, read a defense, and make adjustments on the fly. Put in Shane coach.
This is a good point.. Garnder had prob 30-40 TFL because he held onto the ball WAY too long during the year trying to make a play, then he just got sacked everytime looking stupid..
He needs to quit doing this next year or he won't be the QB mid season