[ED - PGB: As I mention in the comments below, I decided to leave this thread on the Board (at least until someone else decides to unpublish it) so that people can both read it and see the result for posting personal attacks (e.g. calling someone "blindly delusional") and starting new threads for things that are properly addressed in comments to existing threads. In other words, I'm hoping keeping this thread on the Board will serve as a public deterrent to others thinking posting this kind of thread would be a good idea. FYI - If you disagree with something someone has written in a thread, please do respond. But do it in that existing thread and be civil about it. And if you have a personal problem with Brian, his writing style, his topics, or his blog generally, you can always email him. UPDATE: BILG, your points will be reinstated and tagline restored - I got a little carried away and apologize for that.]
We come here as friends not enemies, to discuss a troubling trend. I wish not to judge or ridicule you, but instead to reach out as a fellow fan of our beloved Wolverines. We all love your blog and the community you have created. Thank you for creating a forum where we can express our love and opinions on Michigan sports, most notably football, in a somewhat free and open manner. (Unfortunately there is a sect of the MGoBlog community that feels the need to validate their existence by following the prevailing opinions on the board like sheep, and dissent makes them strangely insecure and incomplete).
Anyways, I feel that your latest post is a sign that your love for Michigan football, and specifically for one very loveable player, has left you blindly delusional. To blame play calling for all that ails the a Michigan offense that hasn't succeeded once in the past two years against a defense with a pulse is a huge stretch. Mistakes were definitely made by our coordinator, but truly Brian, do you really believe that you can run the ball against a 9 man front forever. Remember how we used to laugh at Lloyd's predictable run left strategy together. Remember how bitter we were when on 3rd and 3 we all knew what was coming, USC said as much in the Rose Bowl. Now you are suggesting that because we have one Denard Robinson (Blessed be his name), that we should run against a stacked box even though a top 10 national defense knows it is coming?
4th and 1 was a horrible call, agreed, but this did not lose us the game. The thugs having 9 men in the box the entire game was a function of the weather and Denard's inability to throw a 10 yard out. That is what ultimately led Borges down his own spiral of despair. If you recall, the same thing happened last year with your beloved RR making the play calls in nice weather. Every good defense shuts the gimmick offense down.
I know you would never dare entertain the idea that Denard isn't a Big Ten QB, but perhaps its time you analyze all of the past two years instead of finding the 10 plays from this past game that support your bad play calling claims.
You asked why we did not run Fitz more... Well, they stacked the box. Might as well run Denard and use the rb as a blocker, but that wasn't very effective if you recall. An effective run game from a RB with 9 in the box is impossible, unless running behind Wisconsin's O-line against Huron High School.
Again, I am simply reaching out to you as a concerned follower of your blog. Your entire post is TWIS material. I know the RR era took a lot out of you, and while your defense of him to this day is admirably loyal, it is often founded upon false claims and blind worship. Pray not to false gods my friend, for your idols will lead you down a dangerous path. We all love Denard, but perhaps it is time we recognize that he is more Pegasus and less Poseidon.