well, rr isnt gone yet..but assuming he is and worst case scenario denard transfers(which i dont think he would but..) i think devin would be fine in a pro style offense.
CC: ESPN post on Stanford's offensive versatility
I remember seeing him earlier in the year and thinking that he looked more like a pro qb who can run than a spread qb
He is a QB that can run, he is not a quasi-running back.
He is, dare I say, more like Pryor then Pat White.
Agreed. Plus, I think Devin is very very bright (not saying Denard isn't). He got near straight A's his first two semesters. He wasn't on the Big 10 academic list because he is a freshman.
I tend to think Denard will stick around regardless of what happens. The more I hear about Harbaugh, and the more I think about the entire situation, the more I lean toward hiring Harbaugh. The one thing I wonder, though, is whether or not Michigan would be the final destination for Harbaugh, or if he would still be ultimately looking at the NFL. That's the biggest thing for me, and it seems like that is something David Brandon might/should be wondering, as well.
I agree with the concern but I think if he wants to go to the NFL, he will have that option tomorrow. SF has already said that he was their #1 target. If he comes to AA he would be turning down his chance and I think that should say where his heart is. Time will tell.
If Luck was here he'd need a lot smaller wristband. Seems like we have three plays, not 350.
Please e-mail this to Denard.
I hear his contact info is in the online directory.
I think we can safely assume that if JH is named coach, he will 1) be motivated to keep Denard as QB, and 2) give a strong sell to Denard to stay. Denard has potential to be more than a running QB -- remember that pass to Tay Odoms yesterday. And Denard has expressed a lot of loyalty to UM. Now he gets a chance to show it. If he does he will win undying loyalty from the alumni and fans. On the whole, I am not too worried about Denard.
the one he air mailed for his first INT? I agree though at times I see Denard make some pretty nice throws, im just not sold on his ability to make the correct reads in the passing game yet.
I thought that was more a mechanical error than a mental one, though. It looked like he just didn't quite have the touch to drop it in to Hemingway.
My memory is fading, but I don't believe that Navarre or Henne were much better as sophomore passers than was Denard. It was Henne, after all, who brought our attention to Taco Pants.
As passers? It's not even close. Denard is still a work in progress, he is not comfortable reading a progression (and stopped getting any chance to), and he doesn't have a great sense of where to place the ball yet. He was about as raw as it gets coming out of high school, and there is still great progress to be made. It's going to be far more exciting with him here over the next two years when his vision and his legs makes holes in the coverage obvious, rather than just his legs. With the progress he showed over his first real off season, the future looks a lot brighter than people think (shocking, I know), regardless of who is coaching.
I'm extremely worried about Denard. He's an immediate starter at just about every team that runs the spread option. The downside is that he has to sit a year (right?) and maybe the new school has lesser academics. Unless a new coach runs the spread option I will continue to be very worried about Denard leaving. I would if I were him and I wanted to go to Michigan ever since I can remember (and would go back in a heartbeat).
The year he'd sit out would be his red shirt year too. So he'd have 2 years of starting... Let's hope it's a moot point.
Can they block? Because I heard Vincent Smith enjoys his brain.
Well now there's 340 reasons to watch the whole game tomorrow.
Thank you. The perception that Harbaugh puts the QB under center and runs dives and counters with some play action passing was getting very old.
We've all obsessed over how the success of the spread comes down to the quarterback. Harbaugh's offense is really no different in that aspect, though it comes down to knowledge of the game as much as physical attributes (if not more so).
As for Denard, if he wants a shot at QB in the NFL he 1) Can't afford to sit out one of his last two years of eligibility 2) Would be hard pressed to find a coach who can prepare him better than Harbaugh. I'd be very surprised if he transferred. If he really wants to play the spread and be a return specialist/slot, then I'd advise him to transfer and would root for him to be the next Percy Harvin, but wasn't one of the main reasons that he came to Michigan was that we were willing to play him at QB? He's proven to every school that he can do just that, and people who think a coach with a pro-style offense would have anyone other than Denard starting come September is crazy.
Anyway, let's say Harbaugh does come (the previous paragraph implies such), I'd expect the first couple of seasons to be a lot of pro-style, shotgun sets that utilize our large receiver corps/lack of tight ends (Kevin Koger will be a happy man if this goes through). Harbaugh's offense is so vast that just about anyone can succeed if they find their niche. Maybe no national titles until the "niche" becomes all 350 plays, but success nonetheless. He isn't going to completely overhaul the offense seeing as it has the makings of being a very good spread offense. Either way, I've mentioned before that it's easier converting from spread to pro than vice versa.
As for defense, a new formation, health, more Mike Martin's and James Ross/Terry Richardson/Matt Godin/Dan O'Brien/Royce Jenkins-Stone would be just fine.
Good luck with that, though.
Can't afford to sit out one of his last two years of eligibility
He's a true sophomore. Meaning that he would have to sit out a year, and then would have two years of eligibility left wherever.
Thanks. I didn't know you could use your redshirt for that purpose.
Denard, being a true sophomore, can redshirt the year he has to sit out and still play two more years if he transfers to an FBS school.
If Denard thinks that he can play in the NFL (which I agree that he can), then he can play in Harbaugh's offense. If he is going to try to be a QB at the next level, then he can be a QB in Harbaughs offense and if he is going to try to switch positions, than he can do that in Harbaugh's offense also. There is absolutely no reason for him to transfer unless he is only concerned with having college success rather than NFL success.
Thanks for posting. This is exactly what the fools that say "THE TRANSITION PERIOD WILL BE SO BAD FOR ANOTHER 3 OR 4 YEARS!" need to read. The guy we had here for 3 years forced a spread-option system on pro-style talent instead of tailoring a system to what he had. Offensive wizard huh? This article actually shows me that JH's staff makes an actual game plan based on the teams they are facing instead of running the same play on first down all season. They almost use the perceived disadvantage that Stanford can't get the top recruits because of their higher academic standards to their advantage. They have these more intelligent players and run a variety of offenses. Maybe that isn't true, but it sounds pretty cool. I guess I'm saying I don't think there will be a painful transition and that I don't think Denard will transfer. How could you say that you would stay sitting right next to the guy who is going to get fired. It was just a classy move by Denard.
Circle of death> this> stuffed beavers in the face.
Ill take it.
Probably my favorite formation of all time besides the sinking titanic.
He's Jesus Harbaugh. He turned Toby Gerhardt and Andrew Luck into Hesiman candidates, and he turned water into wine. He is vast, and omnipotent. We will bring back Rick Leach and run the wishbone. We will bring back Bob Chappuis and run the wing-T. We will utilize everyone and everything. It will all be paradise. Thank you Jesus. Thank you Lord.
So who are you to talk? You are as infatuated with RR as many are with JH.
Your sarcasm would have more resonance if you were not a RR sycophant.
You find someplace where I've made some grand, exaggerated, claims for Rich Rodriguez.
It probably seems like I am a Rodriguez sycophant, simply for demanding that the Head Coach be treated fairly by the press. Such is our environment.
As a matter of fact, get on your search-mobile, and try to find one place where I've tried to tell anybody what is good, bad or indifferent about any coach's technique(s).
Can you source that? Because I'm calling bullshit if you can't.
in this thread.
Where a bunch of internet CFB fans are all wacking off in joy over a coach who isn't our coach yet, coaching a team of unknown players in 2011.
who is crapping on whose post so we can all follow along; it substitutes for entertainment right now, but the indents are somewhat hard to follow without a slide rule.
Are you confusing him with Tim Tebow?
To be fair, Andrew Luck was a 5*
u mad brah?
I would also like to comment on the perception that his pro style is "boring." its a very different scheme than lloyd's zone left, zone left, etc. In any event, a pro style offense is almost always more exiting tht a spread that scores 14
Anyone who mentions Bob Chappuis in a post get's a point from me. I think he is the best player to ever play at Michigan. Also has an interesting story from World War II. Look him up.
I had to look up the fact that he'll turn 89 this February. Last I heard, Bob was in good health, as is Bump, although Bump's wife's health prevented Dave Brandon from holding a Bump Eilliot Day this year for the Iowa game, as he wanted to.
...about to lay hands on 48 and give him a special blessing / healing.
and i think he is also levitating in mid-air there, willing on his team to super-human efforts.
GIMME A HUUUUUUUUUUUUUGGGGH
I don't see another Andrew Luck anywhere around nor on anyone's recruiting boards.
The point is is that you develop one. Luck was highly touted out of high school, but he wasn't a once in a decade talent. He went to Stanford, spent his freshman year learning the offense, and capitalized on his knowledge and a year of practice. He didn't appear overnight. It's not like Harbaugh can't develop another QB to be like him. And if he can recruit a guy that good to go to Stanford then he can bring similar talent to Ann Arbor.
I'm not going to act like Harbaugh would save us all and win right away, but excuses like that have no foundation to me. People on the anti-RR campaign mid-season were saying, "well, we wouldn't even make it to a bowl without Denard." Well, we have Denard and no one else does, so what's the point? There are other guys built and developed for the spread and the same goes for Andrew Luck and the pro-style offense.
The grades are still out on Mr. Luck. (As to your once in a decade response...)
I never said anything more than to suggest that Andrew Luck has a worthy mentioned as to Stanford's success as well as the "~350 plays and versality" they've instrumented.
"I know you think you know but you probably don't know" are lyrics from a song by Manchester Orchestra.
It's in quotes. How could I personally attack you with someone else's quote?
I don't get soccer either....
Simple, I read your statements and read your (or someone else's) quote....
What aren't you getting?
I've had that signature since I joined the board. I'm also perplexed about which section it was that I personally attacked you in the original post.
And you're "signing" your statements with that quote. Hello, Mc.Fly!
a bit too literal of an interpretation, but ok. Sorry if you misunderstood or something.
Will you just acknowledge that you misinterpreted his signature as part of his post when you re-read it in the reply box?
Yeah, and at the University of San Diego - a Division II school that doesn't give out scholarships - Harbaugh just happened to stumble upon Josh Johnson, who is now a QB in the NFL.
Heaven forbid we hire a coach who gets the most out of his talented players.
That Denard & Tate both leave (not certain, but probable). That would make yet another year of having a QB with no starting experience. Is Devin the second coming of Andrew Luck? Even if he turns out nearly as well, there wil be speed bumps.
could you go further on why you think it's probable that they both leave? I feel like even if one did leave, it would be motivation for the other to work even harder.
Given his ineligibility and the statements as to the uncertainty of his future status with the team (per RR), I'd think Tate has one foot out the door already. You could also infer from Denard's non-commital responses to indicate that he will leave if RR does.
You could also infer from his responses that he doesn't want to disrespect the head coach that is still under contract
Exactly. That is a ridiculous question to ask a player at a time like this. it was classless and did not deserve a response.
I agree Tate's future seems 50/50 at this point. I'll wait to hear something from Denard post-coaching change (if there is one), though.
When Harbaugh was the coach at the University of San Diego he ran a spread offense that is much different than the offense he currently runs at Stanford. I think he is a good enough coach and will adapt to the players he has. That being said denard might not be his first option at qb but he will find a way to the one of the most athletic players in football on the field.
This versatility seems to be the future of college football. If you look at some of the most successful programs this year, especially ones that acheived success with less highly touted recruits, such as Stanford, Boise State, and TCU, they all are capable of running and executing a wide variety of plays from multiple formations. In contrast, Michigan struggled to execute consistently on offense against their tougher opponents from a much smaller playbook.
There's no way Harbaugh comes to michigan if an nfl team offers him $40 mil.
I doubt anyone would offer a coach with zero NFL experience $40 million. If Harbaugh is worth $40 million than what is Belichick worth when his contract is renegotiated? A-Rod money?
STOP working up my expectations and my hopes! :P
The more I read, the more I wouldn't mind JH to coming to UM with the exception that Denard doesn't transfer. If he transfers I will crawl under my covers and weep like a little girl whose favorite barbie got its head ripped off by her older brother
Devin Gardner was coveted by most major program. He's a smart kid with great arm and Vince Young's build. Until Denard kinda rocketed to stardom, it was widely assumed that DG would be starting by next season. So I'd feel comfortable with him.
I'm sure this guy was given the green light, later in his NFL career, to change the play call at the line of scrimmage. It's not surprising that he would focus closely on calling plays during games, and having new looks ready every week.
Harbaugh is a tactician, and an inspirational one, it seems.
My guess is he wants to coach an NFL team. But he could do that 10 years from now. And I think he would be frank in discussing the allure of the NFL.
DB should offer something 8-10 years in length, with a total payout on par with NFL head coaching contracts.
And I favor keeping RR, if JH doesn't sign. So you can grain of salt that.
Whenever I hear "pro-style" mentioned, I have traumatic flashbacks to the ultra-conservative, ultra-predictable days of Stan Parrish and Mike DeBord. This article makes me feel a lot better.