His resume is not impressive. It's just long.
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His resume is not impressive. It's just long.
but is it normal for him to constantly be plucking at his manscaping like that? Or is that a tell that he doesn't want to be there, and somewhat guilty that he is to blame for what went on Saturday?
I've never seen him act like that and I watch almost every interview. My opinion is he was pissed and didnt want to be there but was trying to keep it together.
But who wouldnt feel that way!
must be drunk.
Not that anyone cares, but I know that at least for me, I do have my own nervous habits which would communicate clearly that I am agitated and really don't want to be where I am. That's sort of how I read it.
In any case, it is true that - by the numbers - Devin's performance was a significant uptick, so even despite the turnovers, there was that. I have to say that the tone and level of detail in the presser was not exactly shocking.
I used to think that the limitations in passing was Denard's fault, but now I am thinking that it really was Borges failing to develop it. Devin is regressing. And the major part of that is due to the fact that Borges is not making it easier for him. Devin is constantly facing third and long and he knows it. When he does pass, it is so obvious that the defense is blitzing and putting a lot of pressure. This is not an environment where quaterback can relax and succeed. Borges needs to simplify things and let the QB take easy yard when they are there. Without that base, they end up forcing things which lead to turnovers. This is just going to get worse with Shane as he won't have the legs to give him an out when in trouble.
What about all the times we've seen where receivers have been open and Devin either didn't see them or threw it late? That's not on Borges. Devin got over confident and lackadaisical against Akron, and as a result he lost his confidence and is now trying to get it back. He looked very good on a lot of throws on Saturday, so we'll see what happens from here.
Damaged confidence. He can make the throws, there's just a second of doubt now. Devin is a great player, he's just pressing too much and being put in suboptimal positions. It makes me really sad for him that his potential is being squandered. It kills me to think that kids would have been better of going to another school besides Michigan. But I truly think Devin would be a first or second round draft pick in a competent offense.
All these teams are stacking the box because of Devin's tremendous accuracy and decision making skills eh?
If you put any merit into Brian's picture pages, teams are stacking the box because we telegraph our run plays to the point of insanity, with no hope of checking out of them. So it's not that defenses disrespect devins passing abilities, it's that our offense makes it clear that we are running and has no built in check downs.
I trust that Brian will pick the 5 plays(out of 80) that make Borges look the worst because after disparaging Brandon, that is pretty much his goal in life.
Really? Do you genuinely believe Brian has a personal vendetta against those guys? Does he just hate Brandon's hair, and Borges' lack of hair? Why would this be Brian's goal in life?
I think it's pretty clear that Brian dislikes stupid corporate money-making intrusions into our tradition rich program, and he dislikes stubborness and the inability to adapt and play smart football. Much of the fanbase agrees, which is why this blog became so popular. Feel free to disagree with Brian in a rational way, but you have no evidence to suggest Brian wants to disparage these guys because it's simply his goal in life.
he had like 30 runs to choose from. i think only 2 gained over 5 yds. so it's pretty easy picking to find pathetic run plays.
I trust that you will be showing us your own work to back up your gibberish as well.
Here's your "5 plays (out of 80)." Now show your work.
Yes, seriously. Teams are stacking the box because our coaches were too quick to give up on Devin, and unfortunately it's affecting his psychology. My opinion. These guys are affected by failure and lack of successes, believe it or not. The Minnesota gameplan was like a slap in the face to Devin, especially after all the work he put into being a passer in the offseason and the great success he had against ND (we would've been throttled by ND if it weren't for him, by the way). He hasn't responded well to failure, but you let him work through that, especially against Minnesota.
I don't blame Gardner, I blame his O-line. I'd be nervous as hell back there too. Remember Joey Harrington and what happened to him behind the Lion's O-line. He was conditioned to dump the ball within two seconds before he was punished. There is no way Morris could be effective right now.
This is classic fan-thinks-he-knows-coaching speak.
/ Larry David
I'm bummed about your recent travails with points, but am glad you are commenting, as I remember you from the haloscan days. Bend it like Gingell.
I don't want to think about Al Borges.
Dude is going to rub a hole right through his chest.
Mumble mumble mumble "we sprinkled in a little power here and there" mumble mumble mumble "and then we had some big plays" mumble mumble "then we lost" mumble mumble "we made adjustments."
FUCK! That game sucked.
Borges looks like a man being questioned in a murder case. He was definitely feeling the heat there. Im sure he is under a lot of pressure, regardless of Hoke's vote of confidence. That lends credence to the fact that Hoke had a different take behind closed doors. The other thing I noticed is that they praised Gardner. That tells me they are still trying to build him up, as a three turnover contest usually does not solicit praise. His ego must still be reeling from the last month or so... As a side note, Saturday was my first away game I've ever attended. I wish I would have been the one who got maced.
Even though you're totally guessing - I thought the exact same stuff. So we must be right!
Your post lends credence to the fact that you're projecting. Or not. It's kind of fun to play armchair QB (or coach, as the case may be) and this is a sports blog. But I think it best to leave the armchair psychological analysis behind. Nothing Borges said or did lends credence to any of your assertions.
"The power game wasn't that good, but you can't just get away from it"
The fuck you can't. Thats exactly what a coordinator is supposed to do; stop doing the stupid shit that doesn't work especially when something else is.
Exactly. I wanted to break my computer after he said that. Dude is clueless. He just doesnt get it. He's a stubborn, arrogant son of a bitch. Michigan will be a consistent 3-5 loss team as long as he is our OC.
Rember when Coach Beilein said, "I am going to have my center shoot threes and run the 1-3-1 come hell or high water, because that's what I do"? And then remember when Michigan played for a national chamionship with Jordan Morgan nailing shots from deep and with the team running nothing but the 1-3-1, because Beilein willed this into being rather than adapting? That's what happened, right?
1) not sure if it is delusional or just phrasing, but "not that good" rubbed me the wrong way. It was horrible
2) Quick, someone send video of the 2007 Rose Bowl to the fort. USC figured out they couldn't run against M's d and throw every down. I'm not suggesting we adopt that, but the poinnt is you can adjust.
So, I was about the click that link and then I decided to look at this instead
Not getting that 7 minutes of my life back. Still much more entertaining than watching Al Borges nervously massage his chest which cannot be unseen.
If we had a creative young OC we would be undefeated and ranked in the top 10 by now. I mean with convincing wins in all our games so far.
You are delusional dude. Last time I checked big Al wasn't throwing picks to the other team left and right, he wasn't blowing assignments or getting destroyed on the OL. I also didn't hear too many complaints about the play calling against ND.
I know he rubs some people the wrong way and his play calling sucks sometimes, but get serious, we're not a very good team with or without him. I don't care what sort of newfangled scheme you come up with, guys still need to reliable execute in the trenches and not turn the ball over. Maybe we pull out the PSU game without him, but we'd still look ugly doing it.
1. At what point do we run out of combinations to try?
2. And does it even matter if we go into predictable run sets anyway? If I'm Indiana's defensive coaching staff, I still devote half of of my prep time this week against exactly what Michigan showed at Penn State. We were at the game. My wife, a complete football neophyte, kept asking me why Michigan kept playing "all bunched up."
Does your wife have any interest in being an offensive coordinator?
She kept saying "I hate the play where they just run into the line." She knows little about the nuances of football, but even she was able to figure out that you can't run through eight guys.
Yeah, the guy who was, in the coach's opinion, 3rd or 4th best a couple of weeks ago is going to come in and solve problems. How about employing some different tactics? Give the players an opportunity to be successful.
How cowardly. Change the setting of the press conference and only upload 5 mins of something that's usually around 15mins. Wow
It only lasted 6 minutes.
Thats What She Said!
^^^By far, the best post of the day.
It couldn't possibly be because they're busy coming up with a gameplan and fixing the problems with the team.
Because talking with the media is so important.
Even when things are going great they never answer a single question in pressers and are at times stand-offish, so what makes you think they're going to be anything other than curt coming off a loss?
but firing the O-coordinator mid-season is like spilling a 5-gallon drum of blood in the shark tank just before going for a swim.
Mack Brown has dumped a couple of coordinators that the last couple of years and all it has gotten him is a stopwatch ticking down to his removal.
If Hoke is going to change assistants, you do it quietly behind the scenes when no one is looking. Maybe make a back door offer to Cam Cameron when the season ends. If he bites you make a change. Maybe he knows of a great Oline coach as well.
It's a slight upgrade.
Agreed. Feed him discount bananas from Meijers and call it even.
Meijer, not Meijers
I don't understand the love this guy is getting right now. If anyone watched the Ravens before he got fired, Cameron is all about running it directly into stacked boxes on first and second down. I would rather keep Borges.