One of the best quotes ever on this board.
Nebraska 17, Michigan 13
Drive Recap: Michigan 13 - Nebraska 10 // 4Q: 8:08 pic.twitter.com/o4rwtV0sjL
— Michigan Football (@umichfootball) November 9, 2013
This was the high point, both from a football and comedic standpoint.
If this isn't rock bottom, it's damn close. Michigan faced a Nebraska rush defense that's done this...
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...and, with sacks removed, rushed for 22 yards on 29 attempts. Oh, and a combination of poor play-calling, poor line play, poor blitz pickup, and one understandably skittish quarterback allowed seven sacks that knocked the offense back 49 yards.
Brady Hoke's home winning streak is dead; that's not really the story. It wasn't hard to see this coming, not after the narrow escape against Akron, and certainly not after last week's debacle. When Drew Dileo dropped a fourth-down pass on Michigan's last-gasp drive, it felt depressingly fitting—of course the sure-handed receiver would let one slip through his grasp at precisely the wrong time, because that's just how this season has gone.
When Michigan attained a first down for the first time in the game, only three plays before the end of the first quarter, the Big House crowd erupted with the loudest Bronx cheer I've ever heard in this building. The sarcastic cheers turned to boos by the end of the first half, at which time the Wolverines, down 10-3, had 60 yards of offense on 29 plays.
Those boos only grew louder by the end of the game. Al Borges orchestrated a great drive to open the second half, featuring a big play for Fitz Toussaint on a slip screen, a slick pop-pass to Jake Butt against a heavy blitz, and a touchdown to a wide-open Devin Funchess on a post-curl-corner route combination.
Thus ended the offensive renaissance. That ten-play, 75-yard drive represented 43% of Michigan's total output on the afternoon, and Michigan resumed slamming their heads against stacked fronts and allowing wave after wave of pressure to hit home.
The defense did what they could, holding the Huskers to 273 yards—75 of which came on their game-winning drive—on just 4.1 yards per play despite two new starters at safety: Courtney Avery and Josh Furman, who replaced Jarrod Wilson and Thomas Gordon.* When Frank Clark lost contain and James Ross was late getting out on an option pitch (of sorts, since it went forwards) to Ameer Abdullah, who waltzed five yards into the end zone, there wasn't anger in Michigan Stadium—instead, apathy reigned, and a healthy number of fans streamed for the exits despite the Wolverines being down four with two minutes left and all their timeouts. Five plays later, those fans were proven—at least for today—to be justified in their actions.
"Well, we just didn't execute," said Brady Hoke after the game. That is 2013 Michigan Football's epitaph, and at some point it isn't going to be enough to save everyone's job.
*According to Hoke in the post-game presser, Gordon had an unspecified ankle injury, while Wilson's absense from the lineup was an attempt to shake things up.
Ha, so true. Why did we bench a safety that was playing well this year for a safety that couldn't crack the lineup in his 4 years on campus??? I realize Wilson did end up playing, but what could possibly make you think Furman was a better idea?
RR was just given 3 years and he was improving his recored. Hoke is going to finish 6-6! Pathetic. He needs to go just like RR went after year 3!
Fuck that, Hoke. We didn't execute? I hope "we" means the coaching staff. What happened to all of that accountability talk? Just fucking talk. All talk. That's what UM Football has been for too many years. That's what this fan base deserves for their bullshit Michigan Man obsession. We don't need an orator. We need some coaches.
Brady hoke=charlie weis
I think it's more Al Borges = Charlie Weis
"My gameplan is impeccable, it's not my fault people can't execute it right"
...Which is exactly what Hoke said in the postgame presser.
If you believe that Michigan has recruited good players, then the problem must be that they are incongruent with the game plans this year. And that falls squarely on the coaches. Borges is either dumb as a box of rocks, or too arrogant to call a game that is compatible with the collective skill set of his players. There is no other explanation. I don't see Michigan winning another game this year, as much as it hurts to say that.
My closing argument is this:
We never got a suitable explanation for what happened in Columbus last year.
Running Fitz into a brick wall 27 times in the loss to Penn State was the definition of insanity.
Devin was thrown to the wolves against Sparty, forced into a drop-back long passing game when the coaches had to know the offensive line had no chance of protecting him.
Today was just more of the same. Nothing inspired. Looking scared and unprepared. Borges running amuck with unimaginative plays and Hoke doing nothing about it.
The answer is clear. Fire Al Borges. Fire Al Borges now.
a more simple explaination that beter fits the facts of this football is that the players as a whole are just a mediocre team which likly means that they will end the year 6-6 or 7-5
I get that the players are young but you have young players all over the country outperforming our young players.
Now if you're just saying they're mediocre football players with a low (well, mediocre) ceiling, then yeah, that's another problem with the coaches. Hoke is hanging his hat on recruiting, and the Sugar Bowl win. If the players are truly mediocre, then it's time for big, ugly changes.
If the schedule wasn't insanely easy, I might agree with you. The schedule has one great team. The next best team only plays on one side of the ball, the only other "good" team is Notre Dame, everyone else is mediocre to bad. The talent is better than 7-5 against our schedule. We've already dropped two games to poor teams. That's two too many.
Too soon to tell really. There are definately players who are just not ready yet, most especially in the interior of the offensive line. Simply put. no offensive is going to be successful if there's no push on running plays and no protection on passing plays.
I am sorry, but that excuse just does not fly. If your line us young, you employ schemes to minimize that weakness, three step passes, screens, simple blocking schemes that does not require your line to hold up for more than five seconds. When we did that today, we scored. Then we never saw it again.
This is all on coaching.
This. A thousand times this.
A billion times this. How many people thought that after we recovered the muffed punt, Borges then decided to play for a field goal?
Couldn't agree more. I spent last night counting "1 - 1thousand" when Alabama snapped the ball. They generally got the ball out of McCarrons hands before three. DG is still dropping back by that point. The patterns seem to take 6-7 seconds to develop.
I am not sure how you can have confidence in anyone at this point. It is one thing to get beat it is another to look absolutely clueless and lost at home for a critical conference game. I have not been on the fire Borges train but that game was attrocious. Key turnover and two runs for lost yards? That is just like giving up. And they just kept doing it over and over. Madness.
Yes, the oline is a dumpster fire but a creative coach has to find a way to use the talent he has effectively. It is not like Nebraska is Alabama. As Ace notes, one drive of creativity and then hang on and hope not to lose?
How can you possibly pick this team to win any of the game left? And then what? I am wondering just where the bottoum is at this point.
when all the recruits bail out. may happen yet. if it does then we can only brag about academics. maybe we can join the ivy league and leave the big 1g to teams that are only incompetent.we are a tiny fisn in a puddle. at least on 2008 i knew we were not likely to get worse.
Wilson removed to shake things up?? The offense can't move the ball across the street even if they had help from a fucking crossing guard, and we're benching serviceable safeties to shake things up.....
Furman should be an interior lineman
Going 0 for November is an extremely real possibility: Two road games, one of which Northwestern will play out of their minds for because why the fuck not and the other takes place at Kinnick (sigh). One home game against OSU.
I can't see this staff staying intact if this happens. If the team quits down the stretch ala 2010 Rich Rod, I think Hoke is gone too.
I don't think Hoke is gone, but next fall his seat is going to be about as hot as a tiki torch.
Make that a hideous, raging inferno.
The team fought hard today. They can't block to save their lives, but they didn't quit.
The offense, not so much.
the team quit today. They may have been thinking about quitting last week, but they definitely quit today. Which shouldn't surprise anybody, the coaching staff quit on them long ago.
there's no reason to say the team quit, or that the coaches quit on the team. none. they looked like ass from the opening gun and played without confidence. that's a totally different conversation.
Looks like 6-6 and a pizza bowl is a real possibility! Hoke better wind 9 or more games next season. I don't know why he gets an extra year over RR. His team is as dismal as the '10 RR team. I wish DB would just cut our losses and fire his ass!
Our schedule next year scares me. Red letter games are all on the road. This was HOke's year to prove 2011 wasn't a fluke given the schedule. He's in deep shit.
After last week's Slaughter of the Innocents, I had a feeling I knew what was coming this week. I watched the 1st Quarter and left for church about midway through the 2nd. Normally, I can't watch at all because I get so wound up watching M play that it poses a health problem.
Not so tonight. I saw the final score after returning from dinner and realized that I just don't care anymore. There's no tension, no regret, no anger. I can't even muster up a shrugged shoulder.
This team is deserving of pity ... And better coaches. Fire them all.
Funny you say that because i have never felt any better after such a horrbile performance.. I think we are becoming accustomed to this horrible teams/coaches/performances...its just sad in my opinion
I would expect nothing less for this staff. This football is terrible to watch. Michigan man my ass! Manball my ass! Blue hairs my ass!
I lost faith in Borges after OSU last year. Now I've lost faith in Hoke. He might turn it around, but what assistants are gonna want to come coach here after this debacle? It's the same situation we were in with the DC hire under Rodriguez. Hoke imposes a ridiculous manball edict on his OC. Hoke's own clock is ticking. We're going to end up having to pick from the GERGs of offensive coaches.
Tony Franklin is our next HC. That is the right time frame. Just saying this so I can say I told you so.
It's the same situation we were in with the DC hire under Rodriguez. Hoke imposes a ridiculous manball edict on his OC.
You're making a lot of assumptions there. I saw Hoke's teams at BSU - they ran a passing spread in 2008, when they won 12 games. At SDSU they ran a lot of formations and were closer to the WCO than we've been. He has not insisted on power football everywhere.
I guarantee you Hoke didn't have the personnel to run power football at Ball State or SDSU, especially in the MAC where everyone has to run the spread to maximize the low level of available talent. So he must have adjusted his desired scheme (MANBALL) to something that fit the players at his disposal in a best effort to win football games.
SO WHY THE HELL CAN'T HE DO THAT AT MICHIGAN.
I guess he sort of did that with Denard in 2011. 2012 started a slow change to pro-style-ish, and 2013 has been a fucking mishmash of gobbledgook.
It is now 4:50 and I have been awake for 20 hours. I have no idea why I am not asleep and at this point I have no clue if anything I just wrote makes any goddamn sense in the world. It probably doesn't. I'm still typing for some reason unknown to even me. OK, bye.
Do people really believe that firing Borges and keeping Hoke will lead to a massive improvement? (which is what is needed at this point just to be competitive let alone elite)?
He's a player's coach, he recruits well, we haven't had much in the way of off-the-field problems, he brought in Mattison, record-wise he's not doing that badly and he fixed the kicker. He doesn't understand offense well enough to meddle so, for better or worse, he doesn't. He's happy to delegate the job to the OC, which in this case may seem a bit of a curse but it's not like micromanagement is the cure here. I know the dinosaur punts annoy everyone but if we operate on the premise that no coach is perfect, as a weakness I'll take it.
Borges is his Achilles' Heel. An amateur can scheme against him. It's not to say that he doesn't understand football as a concept, but he's still coaching like it's 1990 or something. He doesn't seem to realize that you can't run a play with an obvious tip and then run it again four weeks later and still have everyone fooled. He openly said he doesn't understand high-tech stuff, but technology is precisely what's killing him. This is a day and age where you HAVE to use constraints and counters because a ten-buck intern will have your playbook edited and compiled for the DC's review in a day's work. It's not a matter of stylistic preference; it's something any OC needs to do to stay employed. It's not like a 21st century offense will turn this team around, but we could at least have a rush offense on par with Minnesota's.
Having said that, Borges' job is safe through the end of the season and to avoid distractions they're not going to give so much as a whiff of internal staffing shake-ups until after that, if not the bowl game. One would hope they're putting Borges in the hot seat, but firing him NOW would basically take the pile of tires that is the offense and ignite it.
so much admiration for your post, Dragonchild.
If he knows tech is his weakness it should not be difficult for him to get an assistant to help.
I don't have the football brain like you but my son does, and today, sitting next to him in Section 43, he said, "Oh no, not the inverted veer!" I waited to ask him about it until we were walking home and he explained that was Denard Robinson's play. And that it should not still be in the playbook.
there is a bowl for 6 & 6 teams in a weak ass conference ? maybe not go so we do not have a losing season. right now we shouid at least break even.
there is a bowl for 6 & 6 teams in a weak ass conference ? maybe not go so we do not have a losing season. right now we shouid at least break even.
No real difference between 6-6 and 6-7 and we need the 15 practices.
Yes. Although I do also have your fear about Hoke's mindset on offense. Obviously it doesn't help to replace Borges with a Borges clone.
I do. Hoke obviously has a particular philosophy he wants to stick to, but there are good ways and bad ways of running that philosophy. Lots of teams are running it well (see Stanford, much of the SEC right now, Wisconsin for the last handful of years). There's no reason we can't. But our playcaller isn't doing a good job with it.
We saw nothing new today. The offensive performance was terrible, but it was in line with what we've already seen. I caution anyone not to be too worked up about the fact that we saw what we already knew was there, a very bad OL. There is no reason to view the future any differently than we did four hours ago. The problems we've seen all year were never going to be fixed in a week.