I started writing this post at Heiko's apartment before my laptop battery mercifully bailed out, giving me a few minutes to think on the drive home. Time heals all wounds, they say; this wasn't nearly enough time.
Michigan got an early gift when Jake Ryan's crushing hit on Iowa QB Jake Rudock on a play-action rollout—sound familiar?—led to a fluttering pass that Brennen Beyer intercepted and took back seven yards for a touchdown. The defense came away with two other interceptions in the game; Blake Countess baiting Rudock for his second pick led directly to the second Wolverine touchdown, a two-yard pass to A.J. Williams that Iowa had completely dead to rights until Devin Gardner comically stiff-armed Tanner Miller to the ground in the backfield.
Left to its own devices, the Michigan offense could muster just one more score in the game, a nine-yard pass to Jeremy Gallon to give them a 21-7 halftime lead.
The Wolverines finished with 158 yards on 57 plays (2.8 ypp); the Greg Davis-coached Iowa offense managed to tally 407 yards (5.5 ypp) despite freezing temperatures and a howling wind. At one point in the second half, Al Borges called for back-to-back reverses—the first one worked; the second predictably failed miserably. Iowa adjusted to Michigan's fake-bubble-based run game and that was all she wrote; the defense, down both starting linebackers by the end of the game, couldn't stop the inevitable comeback.
Eight three-and-outs. Eight.
Gardner fumbled on a draw play on Michigan's final offensive possession, their first turnover of the game; it was unfortunate, to be sure, but at this point it's pretty tough to blame the guy:
Gardner walked in holding his right arm in his pant loop. Like a self made sling. He's absolutely injured, just a question of how severely
— Everett Cook (@everettcook) November 23, 2013
I watch him play and feel no anger, just sadness. Michigan is left with no reasonable option but to put him out there despite the fact that he's obviously not close to the same player he was last year or at the start of this season, clearly hurt, and being put in a position in which few—if any—quarterbacks could succeed. Gardner gives this team the best chance to win; he's also battered, skittish, and quite possibly flat-out injured.
Crazy things happen in football, which is why we keep watching. It'll take something beyond any reasonable expectation of crazy for Michigan to even stay competitive in The Game on Saturday.
That's a great start to a search process.
is a young coach? Dude is a card carrying member of AARP.
Quoting Adam Rittenberg does not enhance the credibility or persuasiveness of your argument.
Is it time for someone else to lead the 12 colonies?
They all need to go Brady. Bring in Cam from LSU, Jansen from the booth and Wheatley from the Bills.
So tired of the excuses. Hoke's stream of excuses is every bit as annoying as RR's. And if I hear we just didn't execute one more time. Well. But ultimately this is on Brandon. And he better start delivering a product or that stadium's going to get awfully tough to fill. If that means firing the HC or insisting that someone else go, then that's what needs to be done. And this Michigan man BS had better be canned. Pride goeth before the fall. How's that Chicken Dance sounding now?
How do you make the 3rd highest in the country and suck at what you do. He calls the plays like a cheater in a quiz test who has the answers before the test. He goes with the same answers even though the questions were changed.
Hate to pile on the guy, but he has frustrated the offense and us who watch it like it is the Superbowl.
I have to keep reminding myself that this is still better than RR era and our coaches are at least decent people.
Now I wish I haven't complained so much about the lackluster performance during Carr era. We were way too spoiled. Those days are long gone...
put Morris in or just hand the ball to a back every time. WHAT'S THE WORSE THING THAT CAN HAPPEN - WE LOSE????? Gardner's a great athlete, but not a leader or a QB. Nuff fucking said.
Sure, get Morris some experience. The losing would actually achieve something at least.
you have no fucking idea if gardner is a leader or not, and peyton manning would look like shit with this offense.
You're really thick if you think that's the case.
If you use a variation of "nuff said" then chances are you are a complete moron.
...who has been put in harm's way too much over the season is now injured?
We've been relying on QB legs to bail us out for 6 years now. I shudder to think what would happen if a pocket passer was left to take snaps for us.
Arizona 28, Oregon 9
THANK HEAVEN WE PLAY MANBALL!!
Well, Oregon is a paragon of basketball-on-grass.
Boy, I'd could sure go for some of Rita's dip right about now. Arizona would SMOKE Michigan right now.
Arizona would skewer us. And RR wouldn't let up on the pain for all four quarters.
RR came back, ran the offense and left Matteson alone to run the defense........
wake up, its only a bad dream!!!!! UM is really 11-0 !
Those kids are not making money. The coaches do. The way this is going, it will be surprising if anyone gets drafted except Lewan.
OHIO is going to embarrass us in our own house.
play both Morris and DG, like NW. What do we have to lose. At least Morris gets some experience. Take pressure off of Gardner.
Sit Fitz. His days are over.
What we have to lose is Morris at best being humiliated and demoralized, and at worst injured.
Good perspective on Devin Gardner. I still feel that there's a great quarterback inside of the bruised shell we've seen out there recently.
I don't care if AZ is leading 50-0 at half time. He does not know DEF. We were in every game this year, because we at least have a decent defense.
That is why Oregon gets smoked by Manball teams such as Bama and Stanford.
Now if you have an offense like ducks and DEF like Bama, now you are talking.
RR may be a good coach. It did not work here and will not work here.
If you want to argue that with Casteel, our defensive players hypothetically would have developed, I can buy that, but you can't flat-out state that they did as it was, with GERG, or else we wouldn't have fielded the 109th-ranked D in the country three years ago.
Oh Jesus. You and the rest of your ilk called Casteel average or worse. Just go away. You are everything that is wrong with Michigan fans
We've played one currently ranked team this year and we weren't in it at all. We won't be in the next one either.
Minny is ranked, we won that game didn't we?
I stand corrected. One of three in games vs. ranked opponents.
Clearly power football is the only way to be successful at Michigan. I mean it made us a dominate college football power in the ......well it's been a awhile......the 90's (other than 97 we typically lost 3 or 4 games per year) the 80's (average of three loses per year is not dominate) the 70's (there it is an average of 1 loss per year). Why are so many Michigan fans commuted to an approach that has not been consistently effective since 1980? RR did not work out but the current approach, the same approach used by Bo in the 80's, and Moeller and Carr in the 90's and 00's has also not been effective.
Oregon wasn't smoked by Stanford. And Mariota was hurt. They also haven't played Alabama. You have your preconceived notions and you're woefully wrong.
Yep. They didn't play them this year. But the last time they played Bama, Oregon was no match for them. Oregon burns everyone else. Stanford game this year was not that close. Score looks close, but Stanford outplayed them for most of the game, injury or not.
I watched the while Oregon/Stanford and Oregon could have been up early without a costly dropped pass and red zone mistakes.
At that point it's a very different game...
Beyond that they still could have won if the game was 5 minutes longer.
Last year they lost in overtime because of a short missed FG.
The couple years before that they annihilated Stanford.
Again, you have a narrative and it's irrelevant to michigan and not based in reality.
Oregon and Stanford are both light years ahead of Michigan right now. Bottom line.
Also, Stanford may be "manball" team but they employ read concepts. Hogan and Luck are both athletic and capable scramblers.
RR didn'7 know defense,,,,,,,kinda like Brady doesn't know offense?
At least we're not Florida
How 'bout some b-ball boys! Shall we switch to Hockey! Much more rosy and fun topic.
No points, eight three-and-outs, and only 45 total yards all in the second half. BORGESBALL!
This is perhaps the lowest I have ever felt about Michigan Football. I have tried, but I don't recognize this as a Michigan product, save the uniforms. The fire, passion, swagger, aggressiveness and confidence that have been the cornerstone of the program for decades, appear nonexistent. I loved Hoke when he was hired, but have lost all confidence in his coaching staff. Sadly, would rather see Lloyd Carr coaching this team- that says something because I bitched about Lloyd’s conservative approach for years. Compared to today's product, Lloyd's offenses were down-right scintillating. Al is in over his head and his offense is a shit-show. And the season is now a raging dumpster fire. Meanwhile, MSU is going to the Big 10 title game with mostly three star scrubs. And Iowa, who just handed us our asses, is a two and three star squad. At the end of the day, it's about talent AND player development. We are sorely lacking in the later. Years of mediocrity, here we come. ll.
Yes, RR's teams were like the grand experiment that didn't work. Hoke was supposed to be the great remedy to that, promising to build a "Michigan team" the way we all know and remember that to be. So if it's not different and if it's not the same, what is it, aside from not being a winner?
At least you aren't Florida.
Good day to you too my friend!
I think she said feck...
That's he standard, huh? What a sad state of affairs. I wish they just concede next week. UM will need Christ under center to win. Anyone want to bet me the offensive game plan stays exactly the same?
I'd give anything to see Hoke rip Borges' heart out of his chest and kick him down the steps of the Big House next Saturday. Sadly, that won't happen. The team will be the sacrifice, while the fans clad in scarlet and gray chant and waive their arms wildly in the air to the beating drums, and we look on, like Short Round, in utter horror.
post, friend. Dr. Jones would be proud.
Damn, can't edit.
You said weave...
Its is almost as hard to watch our current offensive futility as it was to Bielema run the ball 19 consecutive times against our RR defense. Almost. BTW RR fanboi's celebrating his lead over oregon like it proves something. Shut up now before you look like fools becaus oregon could still come back and win(playing vs. a "spread" defense) and Stanford beat the pride and stuffing out of them ducks and they will never be the same this year. BTW, Fire Borges asap and lets move forward.
...how much of this vitriol and Fire Coach X speak goes away if Michigan wins next week?