I don't disagree with your point that players have to execute or schemes to work and for us to win games. Also, player mistakes can make play-calling look bad where if one or two guys had executed the play would have worked. However, I am fine being more critical of Borges than the players because Borges-and Hoke-are being paid well to coach and the players are not and are wry young men. Moreso, as some people above have mentioned, I don't think you have really mitigated Borges mistakes and poor play-calling by merely pointing out player mistakes throughout the game. Borges knows his players are going to make mistakes and not execute his play calls right everytime. He has to put his players in the best position to make plays which was hight questionable in the second half of that game. Calling multiple runs with Rawls and even Vincent smith up the middle on 3rd and 2 or 3 is not putting his players in a position to succeed. Everyone knows our interior line is te weakness of our offense and ohios interior DL is their strength. So why run right at it on critical 3rd down conversions? Only your second play call can really be deemed a potentially good play call that seems bad due to failed player execution. All of your other plays were generally or seemingly good play calls but didn't end up working or working completely because of failed player execution. So your basic point then can be characterized as Borges may have screwed up big time in key moments, however, if our players executed flawlessly or at least successfully executed their duties on other plays then those bad calls would have been irrelevant. Yes, having a bunch of all Americans or at least all big ten players would make Borges play calling more successful, but that is a ridiculous point because the very pointed sports is that it is a competition and we cannot always be an team full with elite nfl talent making everything looking easy out there. You characterize gallons post catch as his failing to execute because of a shoestring tackle, but do you realize how difficult it is run full speed, cut to throw off the defender, make the catch, and then try to keep your balance after a defender who you cannot see is tripping up your legs? Maybe it's easier for me to recognize how easy it is for someone to trip another person merely by disrupting their running motion because I played soccer, but frankly I don't think you understand that if gallon were able to keep his balance after having his legs cut out from under him-or a shoestring tackle-that would have been an all America type of play. If you think that play was a failure on gallons part you have a ridiculous conception of the physical limitations of a human being. That play was a success and didn't go for a td because ohios defender made a great play to trip gallon before gallon could pull away. Although I agree that not all of this was Borges fault, you really haven't mitigated his failure to play to his teams strengths or rather even play to ohios weaknesses.
Amateur Overanalysis: 5 critical plays not on Borges
UFR will have Lewan graded out to his worst game of the season. I seem to remember him looking sheepish on several plays. Very out of the ordinary for him, IMHO.
Borges is doing what he has been told to do. So is Brady Hoke. David Brandon wants manball, David Brandon hires and fires, David Brandon gets manball.
This could be a long decade of dominance by Ohio and ND, but I am not jumping on the "it's all Borges' fault" bandwagon until he has had a couple more years to get his own personnel in. When Shane Morris is a junior and Ohio and Nebraska are home games, with no ND on the schedule, then I will bitch about Borges if Michigan doesn't do well.
One of two things will happen by then. Either Michigan will take advantage of great recruiting and great coaching to have a 12-14 win season, or what has passed as "Michigan Football" for the last 20 years will truly be back, and Michigan will continue to average 3-4 losses per season.
For the transition, I will direct any ire I feel about the team toward David Brandon. He has made himself the face of the Michigan Wolverines. He had no problem taking credit for last year, so I have no problem assigning him the blame for this year and every subsequent year until Michigan is competing for championships again.
This was a good post.