Many do not know that Scott recruited Tebow and Tebow was this close <--> to becoming a Wolverine. Scott's going to make a great HC/OC one day. I hope he has success at Florida.
Interesting Article on Lefty (you do know who Lefty is, right?)
I'm just glad that the stink of the Detroit Lions didn't taint him.
According to Mlive's Tom Kowalski, the Lions were pissed that they couldn't retain Lefty. They really liked him. Lane Kiffin & Steve Sarkisian were interested in him, too.
I loved the RR hire since day one, through thick and thin I know he is putting good things in place and have given RR the benefit of doubt and ever issue from the exit of WVa to the 3-9 season.......except one. Should have retained Lefty.
Scot's a solid coach who did a hell of a job developing Navarre and Henne from frosh QBs. But I'll tell you what, right now mucho cheers to the big fella who recruited his tail off for this 2009 class. He's proven successful coaching RR's QBs, and he was a big-time part of Pat White's success. During his years at USF, he developed Pat Julmiske and Matt Grothe into pretty good spread QBs as well.
I think we may have done a little better than breaking even. Rod obviously recruits with the best of them in Florida, maybe even better in Florida than Lefty, stemming from strong ties held over from his time at USF. For our system's purposes, I'm saying we've got the top guy.
All the best to Scot while at Florida...until we're playing him in a BCS bowl.
I loved Leach, Harbaugh, Grbac and Brady among others. They all grew and flourished in their QB roles, but Navarre?
4 years he started, and the only thing I saw him develop was the ability to stare down his first option. If Loeffler was an unknown with a resume to promote, Navarre should only be mentioned on it as some slow footed ogre he helped get into pro ball.
Sorry, clearly I'm biased against him and make no claims to the contrary, but to me Navarre was in many ways a less effective QB as a senior than as a frosh and one of the most easily scouted QB's in the history of college ball by opposing d's.
If Loeffler was responsible for Navarre's development, he would be wise to avoid bringing that up.
Why did Navarre make the pros? In a nutshell, he's big and tall with a strong arm. Yet somehow he managed to have more passes stuffed down his throat at the line of scrimmage than any other D-1 QB in history - or so I'd be willing to bet if blocked passes was an actual stat that was tracked.
Loeffler may be a good coach for all I know, but I'm perfectly happy to have someone else develop my QB, thanks.
Good luck to him though, all the best.
4 years he started, and the only thing I saw him develop was the ability to stare down his first option.
Then apparently you didn't see "2003".
Or "2000", when he only started 2 games - he was not a 4 year starter.
and JN's 2 games. wasn't one of them against the illini? and in that game in the 2nd quarter didn't a-train throw a fit after a bad throw and the very next series henson was made his first apperence of the season???
I thought he actually started 4 games for an injured Henson, but I'm probably wrong. I recall having high hopes for him after his first game where I think he threw for 4 TD's in a win. Then the following week, we played at UCLA and his inexperience throttled any chance we had of offensive production.
Statistically, 2003 was the best year to date for a Michigan QB largely due to the fact that we threw the ball more than ever that year. I'm sure Navarre developed in a lot of ways as a QB - subtle ways that I'm too clueless to understand - but there's a reason why the more he played, the more D's seemed to bat his balls at the line of scrimmage despite his 6'6" height. He just flat out stared down his first option more than any long term starting QB I can remember.
Unless a play by design had him look to one side of the field while backpedaling, only to turn and throw to a spot on the other side of the field, he only had eyes for option 1.
They did get Navarre to the point where he was doing pretty well despite some of the things he did. He clearly made a lot of progress, but 2003 may have been his ceiling.
Or not. It's obviously difficult to say what would have happened if Navarre had been coached by, say, the immortal Charlie Weis.
I've brought this up 100 times probably, but Navarre was recruited by two D1 teams for QB. Northwestern and Michigan. He was recruited as a Defensive End at other schools. So yeah, getting Navarre drafted and having him be a serviceable QB in the B10 for 3 years is kind of a rarity.
Actually, he started four games in 2000. He put up great stats against two MAC-level opponents (and was even leading the nation in passing efficiency), then went on the road to UCLA and delivered one of our all-time worst performances. He then started against Illinois and fared equally poorly, but thankfully that time we had Henson available to come in and lead us to a comeback win.
The "Navarre was in many ways a less effective QB as a senior than as a frosh" line above is one of the most head-scratching lines I've ever read here.
Smith only coached Pat White for one year. He was already a star in the making as a Sophomore, so I question the impact Smith had on White.
Let's not overstate the "Tebow was this close to coming to Michigan" thing. He was always going to be a Gator, but he's said that one of the reasons he considered Michigan was Loefler.