or suffering from grievous head injury.
Tennessee is not recruiting well just because they got 18 dudes
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...
|South Dakota State||33||271||2||8.2|
...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.
or suffering from grievous head injury.
I dont think you can blame the play calling on DG. I dont even really blame the fact that he is so afraid of both getting drilled and throwing an interception that he reads the play after the snap so slow he is missing windows and can't seem to hit a receiver unless he is standing alone with a 5 yard radius around him. The OC could put him in better situations, call better plays or appeal to whatever fighting spirit DG has left by sitting him for a series or a qtr by putting Morris in the game. Something has to get DGs fight back. Its the OCs job is to make his players look good. Malzahn did it at Arkansas and Auburn during both tenures.
I was kinda hoping they would kick a FG on first down, vs getting knocked out of field goal range...is that bad?
IT'S TIME FOR HOKE TO OPEN HIS EYES AND STOP LISTENING TO FOOTBALL
Like you said before, Ace...THAT was the stupidest fucking game I've ever seen.
But today's game had the feel of MSU going 2-0 against us in 2013. You could see it in Nebraska's defensive approach, and perhaps as importantly, you could see it in Devin Gardner's eyes. At the slightest appearance of pressure, his vision focused immediately and myopically on his immediate vicinity (as in, no longer down field). That was a gun-shy quarterback out there today, and frankly, I'm not altogether sure I blame him.
In the old days, they called it "shell-shocked." Now it's known as "Post Traumatic Stress Disorder."
And that kid has it. He looks like a shattered player.
I'm pretty shocked. 13 points and under 200 yards against this Nebraska defense, playing at home, is unbelievable. This has that 2010 PSU feel again. I won't call for Hoke's head because of his excellent recruiting - but he needs to take a page from Beilein's playbook and shake up his staff. I can't say I feel confident that the staff, in its current incarnation, can win Big Ten championships and finish in the top 10. If a Michigan staff doesn't seem capable of that, there's a problem.
Hoke's recruiting is going to get better at 6-6 than it was at 11-1?
Is recruiting important if EVERYONE knows Hoke should fire Borges but wont?
Fire Borges, funk, jackson, etc. and earn yourself a 4th year.
Recruiting isn't that closely correlated with wins and losses. We are recruiting like gangbusters right now and I don't think that will change because of a couple of losses. We may get a huge commitment in a few days.
A head coach who is a great recruiter is a huge asset. We just have to make sure he's surrounded by good X and O guys, too.
Agreed in every unfortunate sense
Apart from some miracle finishes, this is just what Hoke, et, AL are. We're an 8-4 program without hail mary's against ND, NW, and VaTech.
Hoke's a good recruiter, but until we get a real offensive coordinator that's not stuck in the stone age with his head up his ass, you should all just settle in for 8-4 every year.
6-6 looks realistic
Michigan was fortunate to beat Akron and UConn, also. I think Hoke is a much classier dude than RichRod ever was, but I haven't heard Hoke sing Josh Groban. Yet.
You're an optimist. I don't see us winning two more games.
And just think, we needed a last minute touchdown against Akron (3-7) and a fourth quarter field goal against UConn (0-8) to not be 4-5 and looking at a 4-8 season which is only one better than RR's first season. Pathetic. Borges needs to go and if Hoke won't do it then they should replace Hoke as well.
Of course, we could have won today and against PSU, too. We're 2-2 in close games, which is about how most teams do in them.
The quarterback is not allowed to audible or is not capable of reading a defense. The line could not move a sofa, our rb can't stop a charging kitten, spread the field out and make the audibles from the sideline. I don't understand this staff, look around football today, the spread is an equallizer for average athletes, especially with a Qb like Gardner. When Shane is ready, the line and Rb's may also be ready. I am losing faith in Home quickly. This isn't Ball State, he can't afford this type of season. This is going to start affecting recruiting, if I'm DHand, I'm going to Alabama and playing for titles. At this point, I ask S.Ross for enough cash to hire Saban.
you waited two and a half years to make that post, and it was totally elite and worth it. well done
No way we win another game.
At least we pissed off MSU fans by losing....
I say offer Kirby Smart a boat load of $ and get him here now. An in road to the south for recruiting and also he is a legit D guy.
This all started with Brandon. He was the one who wanted to do the year-end review of RR at the end of year 3 despite the common perception that any new coach would have a 4 year honeymoon. It was Brandon who hired Hoke, who in turn, hired Borges, Funk, et al. It was Brandon who instituted GA for the student section so when you look at the stadium and see great areas of empty seats, it is Brandon you can thank.
Despite this, Brandon will ask me for my PSD again to secure my seats for next year. Michigan Football is the crown jewel of Michigan athletics. it generates milions of dollars a year and provides funding for non-revenue sports at the University.
Our team is playing scared. They are the butt of jokes and just look pathetic on national TV for the last two weeks. There are probably 50 running backs in the nation who gain more yards per game than our entire rushing offense! OSU will happily shred us in the Big House and pile on style points to boot. This is nothing but an ugly season.
If I didn't love the program so much I wouldn't renew my tickets. The problem is that I love the program and my seats, I just hate the product that I am buying. As I said, it's all Brandon's fault. Do you think Les Miles would think about an offer to come home to momma?
how old is mattison?
oh yeah, 63. seems like he can coach.
because he seems to be the one that's getting a free pass, yet giving up 26 points/game isn't exactly 1997.
Because not only are you laughably oversimplifying the performance of the defense given the ineptitude of the offense, turnovers, and defensive touchdowns both ways, but you seem to think that you actually have some support in your inane "FIRE ACE" bullshit.
I recommend fucking off.
is almost 55, what is 5 years!
What if I told you that this guy sucks?
faceplant is not a good look
Who is the QB Coach again?
Oh yes it's Borges......When I watch practices the QB's aren't getting coached at all. Don't think that's true on other teams.
You're better than me?
As a girl who likes to be clean....Obviously!.....I think that the QB Coach, OL line coach, and what about the strengh and conditioning coach given how bad the lines are. Aren't they all guys from the WAC that don't even belong in a major program? WAC them OFF!
The hardest thing to watch between the RR/Hoke years is that these teams play with zero confidence on the field. Even in the Lloyd years these teams played with an edge. We haven't had an identity in a long time. That's what's most frustrating to me above all.
This team has an identity crisis. They play scared. Their confidence hangs by a thread. And our coaches do their best impression of playing not to lose. The guys are fragile and that's why I think the wheels have fallen off.
I'm just confused as hell to know how we are going to get it back. That's going to be up to Hoke to do but to this point I don't know if he can.
We didn't play confident till the bowl game... 05 I think it was two was a meltdown season. Even "the great Lloyd Carr" had issues. I was sick of him going 8-4 every year with a couple extra wins every now and then.
This is the WORST display of UM football I have ever seen. Dave, sadly, OSU got the great coaching, we DID NOT! What the heck is this "execute" word he throws around after getting killed two weeks in a row. Hoke is a joke. PUT A HEADSET ON. TALK TO YOUR TEAM. Borgess is a joke. Worst play calling in history. Even Spielman was laughing at you for not picking up those blitz packages. 7 TIMES! It's not even MAC football. Dave, Save us, PLEASE. You must hate the circus your seeing. The BIG HOUSE is booing! Its coming apart at the seams. This season is an embarrassment, let the kids play, and get a new coach and OC. I'm sick of watching Devin "try not to get intercepted, so he gets sacked, and I'm sick of watching Fitz get 0 yards. Thats the best we can put on the field, really?
Replaced Wilson to shake things up? And what the hell were they supposed to be executing? I'm speechless.
I just want to be happy with the program...
I don't buy this "Hoke is over his head" meme. I think he's a completely capable coach, a great recruiter, and a great motivator.
However, if he ties himself to Al Borges, Big Al is going to sink Hoke. I am beginning to sense that Hoke might be losing Team 134. If he is, I don't think he's losing them because of anything that Hoke is doing, or not doing -- but because of the offensive play calling and its mind bogglingly stubborn futility. The players aren't dumb. They know that the plays Borges is calling aren't going to work. You would think that in the huddle after getting the play call after the muffed punt recovery by Norfleet, Gardner would be like, "fuck that, I am going to call something else..." consequences be damned.
I just hope that Hoke takes a cue from what the basketball team in changing up the assistant coaches.
hoke is a great motivator.
that's rich. especially in the face of the last 7 weeks
well.... it seemed like everyone in the stadium also knew....
You know what I am really angry about?
I am angry that I was not that surprised, and that my anger never reached the "danger" level. I am at a point where all this crapnesss just washes over me like a bad fart.
The total ineptness of this coaching staff has reduced me to an emotionless blob, just sitting here, incapable of anger.
I hate you Borges for turning me into this.
You took the words right out of my mouth. But I could not utter them. Thank you for uttering them for me.
might want to go back to your gameboy
But if he was screaming and yelling and throwing things and cussing out little kids then you'd be all like, "Yeah, keep up the good work!!"?
Please advise on an appropriate level of emotion and course of action.
As opposed to being washed over like a "good fart?"
Togetherness. That's how you lead Devin
But he's running an offense that obviously everyone has figured out. A lot of the failure isn't their fault.
I like the fire from Devin. He's still fighting; that's good.