Did Hoke just call our marching band tough? He established the toughness of our marching band? God, that is tremendous.
Dave Brandon wants me to terminate in-game tweeting for my own safety.
Opening remarks: "Hi everybody. If this has ever happened before, I don’t know when, and it’s been in the way, way distant past. We did have a pretty good look at the forecast coming into today, and we spent a lot of time yesterday with contigency plans, and I thought my operations staff did a terrific job of keeping their eye on the weather. We had every weatherman in southeastern Michigan helping us out. It was an unpredictable day because these cells kept popping up and dying down really fast. We were hoping we could get it in. We got through the first delay, and we actually thought we had another hour-and-a-half window before the next big front was moving through, but this time of year, with the humidity and heat that we had, we just had buildups come out of nowhere.
"In a conference situation, as I understand it, the Big Ten has some very specific rules and protocols to follow. In a non-conference game, it's a little more open-ended in terms of how this is managed. But in the conference rules, the officials and the head coaches and the home athletic director meet with the director of operations, and in our case that would be Rob Rademacher, and we would make a call.
"The choices that we had were to wait it out -- and we looked at that -- the choices that we had were to suspend the game and leave the score where it was, and there were some other options, but none of those were acceptable. We decided after a bit of discussion, and I want to compliment coach Cubit and Kathy Beauregard at Western -- they were really terrific about this. We really thought about the safety of the fans, and we thought about the safety of the players, because to make them sit what could have been an hour and 45 minutes based on some of the projections we had with the weather, and then try to go out and get warmed up again and play more football would have not been in the interest of either team. If this was a close game that was into the fourth quarter and the game was in doubt, I think we would have waited it out because -- well, we would have either waited it out because that was what the coaches wanted to do, or we would have decided that this would have gone in the books as a non-game.
"But the agreement that was reached between Western and Michigan was that the game was in hand, and that the game would stand as the final score would be indicated, so that’s kind of where we are."
Are there any stipulations about this win (in terms of stats and records)? "It’s a win for Michigan. It’s a loss for Western. And all the records and stats will go in the books as if it were a completed game. We just terminated the game for the safety of the players and the safety of the fans and the reality of the situation with the weather."
What would have happened if this had been a Big Ten game? "If this was a Big Ten game we would have been on the phone with the commissioner’s office and would have had Big Ten officials in the booth, and we probably would have been more involved with the Big Ten office in terms of managing that entire situation. We contacted the Big Ten only because we were looking for some directions in terms of -- we anticipated the possibility of a delay today, and you saw what we did. We had the messages all up on the board, we had the script written for the announcer, we were ready to put the weather map from the Weather Channel up there. We anticipated the possibility of a delay, and we got one. What we didn’t aniticpate was what happened, and that was the weather just kept rolling in and it was a danger situation."
Was it a quick decision to cancel? "Once we went in for the second time, we thought that maybe it was going to be a short delay, and then it became very apparent that we would never get the teams out before this next round. We knew it was going to be a long time, and at that point, I got a call from the head of officials, and I was over in the operations booth by where you all sit, and I ran across the field and got over here to have the conversation with the officials and the coaches, and we reached the decision that we reached."
Would it have been possible to postpone the game? I don’t even know that that’s an option. Certainly somebody said, “Is there a way we could … ” but that was cast aside right away. Certainly somebody, and I think they were wearing a different color than maize and blue said, "Well, maybe we should just terminate the game and it really never happened." And we’d be here till 3 o’clock in the morning before we were going to settle that outcome, because I’m proud of our team, and I think we had the game under control, and our team deserved the victory, and it all worked out.
What do you think of first game of Brady Hoke era? "It’s a win. It’s a win, and I am proud of the team. I think if I remember correctly we scored defensive tocuhdowns. I think if I remember correctly we won the turnover battle by a significant margin, because I don’t think we turned it over. How many penalties did we have?" One. "One. I like that. And I thought we were pretty diversified on offense. We weren’t letting any one player get beat up, we had a lot of things happening out there, and we were getting the ball out there to a lot of people. So coach Hoke will get up here and tell you all the things we have to work on -- and boy there are a lot of them -- but I loved winning the opening game, and Brady Hoke is 1-0."
What were some of the issues concerning the heat? "We were worried about the heat a lot. The players have misters over there, and I know the coaches were working hard on rotating people in and out. But we were worrying about the heat for everybody. When members of the Western Michigan band went down before they even got out of the tunnel, that’s how they ended up stripping down to t-shirts and shorts, and I thought that was a good decision. Our band did a magnificent job, because they were in those uniforms and they were out doing their thing … we have a tough band. Tough band. But at the end of the day, it was a tough day out there, it was hot, it was humid, and that just added to the complexity of it all."
Brady Hoke thinks that my tweets lack top-end information. Accuracy, too.
Opening remarks: "For all of you that stayed dry, good for you.
"Obviously it’s an unusual circumstance to have the weather kind of stop the game when it did. I think [Western H.C.] Bill [Cubit] and myself both had concerns [about] how long we’d be stopped, how many times we would be stopped. I’ve got so much respect for Bill as a football coach and as a person -- I think both of us we worried about the kids. You go out there and you play your heart out, then you’re back in for another half hour. And you [get] a five-minute warmup, and then all of a sudden a lightning strike comes again, and then you come back in … and it didn’t look like this was going to get any better, so it ended probably not the way all of us would like it to, but as long as those kids can be healthy, and no one got needlessly hurt, then we’re all for it.
"As far as what did go on on the field, turnover margin is a statistic that’s very important in the game of football. Our offense did a tremendous job taking care of the football, and our defense created three turnovers, obviously two of them were for defensive scores, which is always fun, but I think our guys really understand that message that we sent about taking care of the football. Defensively I think some guys did a nice job up front of applying some pressure, or if you were a guy who was coming on a blitz. Kovacs did a nice job, and [so did] Jake Ryan. And they all got good push.
"The game itself, we got a lot to work on. You look at our kickoff coverage, I thought was not near what it needed to be. You look at some of the third down conversions -- and I haven’t really looked at that total number yet. I was pleased with the 190 yards rushing the football. You gotta control the line of scrimmage to do that. And I would say the other thing that I was pleased at was that we didn’t have any penatlies, and that’s an important part early in the season – all season long – but I thought our guys did a nice job for that part of it."
Did you imagine your first game happening like this? "No I don’t think so. It was kind of wild. Wet and wild."
How big was Herron's interception? "Huge. We talked all week -- offensively, they’re a very good football team. I think [Cubit] is one of the great offensive minds in college coaching, and the way he uses tempo, the way he uses personnel, and the quarterback Alex Carder, who’s as good as any guy that we may play all year. He’s got some great weapons out there. At the same time, we need to push the pocket a little more. I think also in some of the zone coverage aspect, we need to challenge a little more, be a little tighter."
What's Troy Woolfolk's status? "He sprained his ankle -- his other ankle -- if we would have needed him he was going to go back in [Ed-M: we thank you Angry Michigan Defensive Back Hating God in your mercy!] but the other guys held pretty well."
Did blitzing a lot help your defensive plan later in the game? You have a plan, and you have certain things, and you want to make sure you have enough bullets for your guys, and that was all part of it. Obviously at times when they’re in what we call 10 personnel/four wides [i.e. one back] you can outnumber them [when you come with seven]. The key to it is the guy who’s unblocked having a great path to the quarterback, and that helped us some."
Does Denard being the third-leading rusher allow him to do other things more effectively? We just had a plan, and Al had a plan that he thought would be successful against what they did defensively. Denard’s always going to have a hand in what we do. Number one he’s the quarterback, but secondly because of his ability to run with the football."
Why did you decide to make Fitz your starting RB? "I thought he finished off fall camp real well. Thought he had a nice finish."
Can you talk about Herron’s playmaking ability? "That was good. Obviously they were timely and meant a lot to where we were in the fooball game. I think Brandon’s a guy who will continue -- as a senior for us, as he learns a little more concept-wise -- will continue to grow."
Can you address the issue of the suspended players? "I think it was addressed. We didn’t dress them."
Denard’s first series looked a lot like last year's spread. Did you plan it that way? "Al and I had talked, and he was going to start the game with the 38-39 sweep: the quarterback sweep. That was a comfort level probably -- [that] you want [Denard] to feel good about, and I think we blocked it well. I think he got a first down on it, so I think we were in and out of [the shotgun] enough. I think with Shaw’s run and on Fitz’s couple times he pounded it up with the power play, those were good also."
Are there times where you look at the defense and say that’s how I want it to look? “Well it’s never 'I', it’s 'We'. We’re a long way from any kind of defense that we want to represent Michigan with.” But just to build confidence? “Yeah I mean that’s great. And it’s really good, you know. It’s always fun to score on defense. But there’s a hundred different things in that tape that tomorrow we’ll address and correct and get better with.”
Early on, Carder was 14 for 15. But then the defense got better. How do you feel about your defense right now? "I would say not very good."
Was the physical camp rewarding? "I think there was a midnset that they understand how we’re going to play. And I think you could see it a little bit -- third quarter up front on both sides, it was going to be more physical, it was going to be more attacking, it was going to be that kind of deal. I think you can feel that. I thought there were some hard runs. I thought Fitz ran the ball up in there pretty hard, took some guys on, which you want to see out of your backs."
Did you rotate on defense as much as you had planned? "Yeah, pretty much. I think if we would have been in our base front more, we probably would have rotated just a little more. But I thought we stayed pretty fresh. It was pretty humid down there, pretty hot down there. We did have a pretty good wind there for a while, but you wanted to keep those guys fresh during the course of the game."
How long will you let yourself enjoy the win? "Well, I understand they’re on TV, right? And they’re delayed? So we’ll look at Notre Dame."
Can you comment on Fitz vs Shaw at RB? "I think number one, they both found -- had good vision, let me put it that way. Michael’s got a little more top-end speed, so he was able to get away from the safety, but if you noticed on the one long run by Fitz, he lowered himself to go through a guy, and if you watch, you’ll see Junior Hemingway launching himself to try and get a block over the top. That was exciting to me. That was good football to me."
Talk about the level of senior leadership. "The one thing I’d say -- Troy -- he got banged up there and all that, and he worked himself in the trainer’s – Paul Schmidt and his crew did a great job with that -- but he worked himself, and you could keep hearing him on the sideline encouraging on both sides."
(I think this was the question, but Dave Ablauf was talking over Angelique) Will Cam Gordon be held out for Notre Dame? Yes.
Can you talk about how special teams played? "Kickoff returns were awful. On the one [long WMU kickoff return], the defense had been on a long drive, Herron gets the pick, and he runs it back 90-whatever yards it was, and there was a celebration, which you want to see. It’s beautiful, because it’s fanaticism for the game, and all the guys -- a lot of them are on your kickoff team. I thought about taking a time-out and it would be a time we didn’t have a TV time-out, so we put some other guys in, and the other guys, to their credit -- Frank Clark was in there, and he made one hit for sure, and probably should have had another one."
What happened on the missed PAT? "We got knocked back a little bit, and we’ll correct that, and in fact the young man did correct it."
Did you treat the delay as a hafltime to do some extra coaching? "Here’s the first thing that went through my mind: We played Northern Illinois in Nuncie when I was at Ball State. We had a 45-minute delay, we were winning the game 14-7, maybe 14-0. We come back, Garrett Wolfe ran for 355 yards.
"So I wasn’t feeling really good about a delay."
Did Hoke just call our marching band tough? He established the toughness of our marching band? God, that is tremendous.
DB said it. Hoke probably caused it though.
All their talent is in the Gold Company
And gold company sucks ass too!
This was, by far, the funniest part of the whole thing.
He had me expecting comments on "smashmouth musicality." And "three measures and a cloud of resin."
MANBAND! MANBAND! MANBAND! MANBAND! MANBAND!
"The players have misters over there" sounds kind of dirty.
Brandon't the one that took it there though. The question itself I thought was reasonable enough to ask the athletic director: it wasn't asking about any specifics of the game, but rather what he thought about the start of the era of the HC he hired.
Did I read that correctly?
I took it as if he was banged up for this game so they held him out for the Notre Dame game to not risk further injury so he would be 100 percent for ND.
that pop evil song needs to go...cheesy and stupid.
It makes me want to hit somebody on the face...God damn is ND here yet??? Looking at Brian Kelly yesterday, I wanted to hit him in the face...War Michigan stomping the shit out pf ND.......GO BLUE...
Sure, it's cheesy, but it kinda made sense to me. It's done by a Michigan-based band, written 100% about the Big House, that had a splashy debut in the weeks leading up to the season....I mean, if you're going to have use some kind of rock song for a few seconds, that's the one to go with in my book.
It gets my blood pumping when they blast AC/DC (yes, I am old) but it always nags at me to think any other team could be bouncing around the the same licks. In The Big House is distinctly ours, and its nowhere near Freakbass-style lameness IMO.
Overall seemed like most music was coming from the band (during the game, the delays don't count), which made me happy.
I was at the game.
My recollection was that the music stopped and immediately afterward the band kicked in, and I could barely hear the transition over the roar. It felt to me like the music needed to be cut out sooner, but I didn't mind the song. I enjoy all that hype (the video, the music) as the team gathers.
I was inside during most of the delays, so if they played the rawk music a ton during then, it didn't register with me. During the game it felt to me like the band dominated
Brady Hoke doesn't sugarcoat anything. He's a real straight shooter, and that's what I like about him.
my favorite line:
Can you address the issue of the suspended players? "I think it was addressed. We didn’t dress them."
Should have just said "Next question please".
The response, "I think it was addressed" is a classy way of saying, "what a stupid question".
It's like he's coaching the press as well as his team!
it was the best response to such a question. If the reporter had actually had the confidence to ask, "why did you not dress player X" then the answer, "next question" would be appropriate and still polite.
When someone refers to 10 personnel, that means 1 rb and 0 te's. So 12 personnel means 1 rb and 2 te's. So that's what Hoke's comment on "4 WR and 10 personnel" was referring to.
I was wondering what this meant.
We did have a pretty good look at the forecast coming into today, and we spent a lot of time yesterday with contigency plans, and I thought MY operations staff did a terrific job of keeping their eye on the weather.
Well it’s never I, it’s we. We’re a long way from any kind of defense that we want to represent Michigan with.
My dislike for Brandon is intensifying every week. I hope him being interviewed like that does not continue on a weekly basis. And could he hide his contempt for the previous regime a little bit, please? That is very unbecoming of a "Michigan Man".
At the same time, my appreciation of Hoke is intensifying every week. I really hope we keep going with some of the spread formations that made Denard sooooo dangerous last year. Looks promising.
Without Brandon, there'd probably be no Hoke here. Keep that in mind. I agree that some of Brandon's mannerisms can be annoying but really . . . are we going to get worked up over his choice of pronouns?
My favorite part:
How long will you let yourself enjoy win? "Well, I understand they’re on TV, right? And they’re delayed? So we’ll look at Notre Dame."
Treating it just as business and already looking forward to the next one.
1. No love for weather underground. If I'm not mistaken that's a spin off from UM that has done quite well.
2. I'm glad Brandon spoke about the weather, but as another poster mentioned he should defer to Hoke on coaching questions. Additionally, I really hope he's not planning on speaking at every post-game. Sometimes I think he just likes to hear himself talk. This is supposed to be about the Team, not Dave Brandon. Do other ADs do this regularly? Certainly not "I'm on a boat" Martin.
A 38/39 sweep is just a sweep out of Michigan's "3" formation, whichever one that ends up being (need to look at film)
Brian had a post on it in the past few weeks, it was a mailbag question. The 8/9 hole is an outside run. 0/1 is right up the center, 2/3 is between center/guard, 4/5 is between guard/tackle, and 6/7 is just outside of the tackle or between the tackle/TE.
So in this case, a 38 sweep would be out of Michigan's "3" package*, run to the left side. A 39 would be to the right side. A run up the middle would probably be called 30/31 gut. There's usually a bunch of words added on beforehand, those are meant for the backs and recievers to know where to line up and what route to run/to stalk block, etc. That is wholly unnecessary in MANBALL.
*coming from a triple option background, 3 to me always meant that it was a triple option play. It doesn't sound like it means the same thing to Michigan.
When will we realized that Hoke is not F-ing around!? Be accountable! Stand up for the TEAM!
Is he suspended? Based on the comment about the question being as important as the answer, and Hoke already knowing hes out against ND, it sounds likely.
Out with a back injury.
With this coaching staff when they say they will look at film and correct things before the next game I actually believe they will. Looking forward to next week. I was just hoping they would have come back out last night so they could get some night game practice at the Big House.
Thanks Heiko. Your style of reporting these press conferences makes a great read.
really reassuring to hear that the coaching staff wants to address the same issues I saw.
1) Kickoff coverage was weak but was identified as a weak point. Hoke said theyre going to address it.
2) Did anyone else get the impression that the snap and hold for the XP just felt so slow? That's what I was thinking as I was watching it, mostly 'why isn't the ball in the air yet'
3) It was pretty clear the dfense was struggling with communication at first ... they were struggling to get lined it. But the adjustments were made, they got lined up and started getting guys in the right position.
4) Dline struggled to get push and hold the line at first. Since we know this is Hoke's specialty, I know its something he won't let slide.
5) Still concerned a bit about the secondary coverage, but the positive is the tackling seemed MUCH improved. I remember one missed tackle, but don't think there were many more. Its extremely reassuring to know that even if our DBs are playing off the recievers a bit, they're at least in position and know the technique to take guys down right away.
Seems like we have a lot of room to grow, but the initial signs are positive. A lot of new bodies in there (I saw several freshman) but hopefully this will help us develop some depth. Just have to keep these guys improving each week, I'm sure an extra quarter really would have helped to get guys feeling more comfortable in the system.
Even on the made attempts.
"And I thought we were pretty diversified on offense. We weren’t letting any one player get beat up,"
Really? What was the point of taking a shot at RR? Just enjoy the win and shut your damn mouth.
Calm down. Every preseason evaluation of our offense focused on the need to keep Denard from being overused in the run game. Not everything in the world revolves around RR.
and more like a guy who always wants the stage and wants to show that he is the smartest guy in the room.
I'm glad Brandon was the guy in the room yesterday advocating for Michigan when they were deciding whether to end the game early and declare it a Michigan victory or end it and declare it a "non-game."
I don't think it was very likely that WMU was going to do anything aside from what Michigan wanted to do. If you seriously think that there was ever a chance that they were going to force it to be continued at another date or wiped from the record books, I have some amazing swamp land in Arizona for sale. You have to buy it sight-unseen though.
They could have just said let's finish the game, and everyone could have waited around till midnight. We at least have lights now.
That sounded exactly like Brandon being a smug jackass. If it were a one time thing, I wouldn't say a word about it. However, this is just another example in a long line of digs and shots at RR. The guy needs to let it go.
... is childish. People on this board sound like a bunch of sissy's. We won the game, he was interviewed, he sounded arrogant, but articulate. We get it. Enough whining.
I trust DB will not make it a weekly habit to appear in pressers after the game. Quite appropriate after the WMU game because of the storm circumstances. I shudder to think of him liking the idea and turning into Jerry Jones, who always strays down to the Cowboys sidelines (at least in home games -- with Dallas winning), then appears in postgame pressers. Oh well, at least Brandon doesn't look like a friggin' cadaver like Jones!