The 3-9 season of last year had to happen. The loss to App.State had to happen. The starting of Nick Sheridan had to happen. We needed these things to happen to our storied program. As these sad, embarrasing, humbling and frustrating things happened our program got stronger. What ever does'nt kill you (like this last season almost did to me) will make you stronger. Now we can be excited to win, not scared to lose. Last year we got tore down to almost nothing. But in return our program got better. Our Big House got bigger. Our recruits got better. My love for Michigan Football got stronger. Im ready for the future. Im ready for next season. Im ready to kill everyteam we play. Im ready to knock the heads off of Jimmy Classen and Terrelle Pryor. Im ready to retire Joe Paterno with a loss to Michigan. Im ready to pound on Little Brother. Im ready for it all. AND IT WILL HAPPEN. GO BLUE
Tear down Michigan to Build up Michigan
i agree with you on the 'now we'll be excited to win rather than being scared to lose' part.
I agree 150%
Now the Team must DESERVE to win.
I agree losses to teams like Ap. State were proof positive that the world of NCAA Football had changed but we had not changed with it. We were a big enough and strong enough team that we were able to get away with not keeping up with the changes but eventually it caught up to us in a bad way. Now we are on a path that will get us caught up with the rest of the world but what will help us is that we are Michigan and we still have that huge name and the ability to recruit anywhere we want as would be evidenced by our class this year.
if we go 5-7 this year.
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The only way UM goes 5-7 this year is if Forcier is injured, Threet doesn't improve, and Robinson can't run the team yet.
The only reason UM didn't go to a bowl last year was the QB situation.
Out of UM's 12 opponents, how many could Threet or Sheridan have started for?
Zero. Zip. Zilch. Nada.
The most important position on the team, and UM didn't have one who could have started for any of their opponents.
Sometimes having a lot of talented personnel can overcome a lot of "handicaps," but not having a QB as good as that of any team you face the entire season is not a good predictor for success.
In other words, the cupboard can be bare in spots, but you are in deep trouble then the QB drawer is empty.
The QB situation, hopefully, has been taken care of to a point where UM will have no problems now.
I am fully expecting them to win at least eight and probably nine. I may say it a hundred times between now and the season, but Rick Leach and Chad Henne proved that it is possible to come in and perform on an elite level as a true freshman. UM has two four-star QB's who will be given that chance.
They are still UM, and they have had two really nice recruiting classes. The six redshirted OL who have had time to grow and get stronger will be a nice addition this year, too.
I think the Outback Bowl, about 15 miles from where I live, would be a nice place for UM next January. They won't get there with 5-7.
I feel the same way, but we have to be honest with ourselves. Our return to glory may still be a couple of years away. Praying for at least a bowl bid in 2009.
Our "Big House" was being remodeled BEFORE the 3-9 season and was in the planning stages of getting a facelift YEARS ago. We have no idea if these recruits are better than the ones that Lloyd and CO. brought in. For the record, Lloyd Carr was an excellent recruiter and brought in alot of talent. Oh, and I'm sure that Nebraska fans would probably like to argue with you about the merits of tearing down a program in the hopes of building it back up stronger. There is no guarantee whatsoever that we will be better than we were under the Bo/Moeller/Carr regimes.
Yeah what you say is true, but what's so wrong with being optomistic for the future?
No one could argue the regime hadn't become stale. Everyone simply expected the wins would come, and was mortified when they didn't. RichRod is the shot of life the program has needed. He and Bill Martin have made the hard decisions that needed to be made for the health of the program. It has made him unpopular in the short-term, but in a few short yeas, Michigan will be back with a vengeance.
I'm going to sit back and enjoy the ride while you and the rest of the doubters wait and hope for the chance to say "I told you so."
True, Lloyd was a great recruiter. However, I'm going to go ahead and assume that RR's recruits will have their talent maximized more and be better conditioned.
Also, I don't know Callahan's resume but was he a proven winner (not to mention an offensive innovator) at every stop?
One thing's for sure, this transition will definitely serve to purge the fanbase.
What I worry about a little is how well Rodriguez's system will fare in the Big Ten. While it worked in the Big East (which is generally weaker than the Big Ten to begin with), it will not necessarily work against bigger, more physical defenses. Watching our line get torn apart again and again this season so that half of our running plays got torn up in the backfield wasn't exactly inspiring.
That said, other teams have managed to have success with spread offenses in the Big Ten. Although none of them ran a run-based spread so...
Right, because WVU's lines got torn to hell against Oklahoma and Georgia...
We had one returning starter on the OL and had inexperienced and/or not good talent to build the remaining line. Our OL had the fewest collective starts of any OL in the nation last year. Our depth was so bad that our backup LT was a walk-on. Your football analysis = FAIL
Instead of going 7-5 in 08 and 09...
We went 3-9 in 08 to save some wins for 2009.
So.......... 14 wins in 08-09, 3 wins in 08.
We'll be a 11 win team this season.
" While it worked in the Big East (which is generally weaker than the Big Ten to begin with), it will not necessarily work against bigger, more physical defenses."
Florida has won two NC's in three years with the spread offense. The first year, they won it with a pro-set QB running a spread without a lot of running plays and still did fine.
And anyone who truly thinks the spread won't work in the Big Ten needs to look at PSU's season last year and remember how pathetic Carr's defense looked agianst Oregon and Appy State in 2007.
UM had a "bigger, more physical defense" that epitomized the Big Ten stereotype and it got utterly destroyed by Oregon.
THE WHOLE POINT OF THE SPREAD IS THAT IT NEGATES BULK AND REWARDS SPEED.
Texas Tech, Florida, Mississippi, Utah, and Penn State won some pretty big games with the spread last year.
Also, look at the Super Bowl and even the Pro Bowl. It is no accident that most of the scoring happened in the last few minutes when teams were running their pro offenses out of spread formations. The NFL has been running the spread for years; they call it the two-minute offense. It is no accident that it works so well.
Go back to the Lions and the run and shoot. Barry Sanders made tons of yards because all he had to do was get through one hole and found himself isolated one on one with a linebacker. When Booby (I spelled it that way on purpose) Ross came in and crammed the field together, Sanders had a bad year, got the crap beaten out of him on a regular basis, and quit because he knew his health would be in jeopardy.
Whether it is the pro set or the option, HS, college, or NFL, teams that spread the field score more points.
Wasn't Bobby Ross the Lions' coach when Barry rushed for 2,000 yards?
Yes. He had his best season ever in Ross's first year. The Run N' Shoot is NOT the Rich Rod "spread", either.
Let's not little details like "facts", such as "Bobby Ross certainly was the coach of the 1997 Detroit Lions team that featured 2,000 yard rusher Barry Sanders", or "Barry Sanders praised Bobby Ross in his autobiography and said he was not the reason for his retirement", get in the way of such a well-thought out argument.
I feel guilty that I'm about to point out that Texas Tech & Penn State aren't good comparisons to Rich Rod's "spread" offense, either.
You mean football offenses are more nuanced and complicated than "pro style", "option", and "spread"?
Next thing you'll tell me that there's more to defense than the alignment. Hogwash.