Watching the delivery of Morris was pretty incredible. The dude has a lightning fast delivery.
"Jim's a tough guy and you can see his personality is all over this football team," Fitzgerald said.
Watching the delivery of Morris was pretty incredible. The dude has a lightning fast delivery.
You thought this performance compared similarly to sparty last night?
"Slightly more competent offense" than Sparty? Just slightly?
I liked the performance, but Devin's throws were off and there were a lot that I think would have been batted down or intercepted by better secondaries. Offensive line got a decent push but it's not like they were dominating.
On the whole I don't see what was so ridiculous about the assertion.
To say that our O still has room for improvement is reasonable enough, but to say that it is comparable to MSU's is trying way too hard to be "objective". MSU punted 11 times last night. They averaged three yards per pass attempt! Half their points were scored on defense. Unless WMU turns out to be some kind of Alabama-like defensive machine, they've got major problems. Our offense looks good with the potential to be great. What else can you say about a unit that scored 52 points while substituting liberally?
Fair enough, I'm more than happy to eat crow after the Notre Dame game if they work past the execution issues.
More than half. Offense was responsible for 9 points against Western. They kicked a FG after their D got a pick and the offense gained nothing.
Sparty scored one offensive TD. We scored... (get's out calculator)... seven.
7 >>>>>> 1
I think you're selling our offense short
Our offense was better than Sparty's when we were in the locker room at halftime....
We aren't similar to State's offense. Not even close. Central is probably better than Western and we doubled State's offensive output. Maxwell is going to get murdered by Notre Dame and a lot of the B1G teams.
I hope Borges isn't one of those coaches who overcoaches and makes the player worse.
Glen Mason got a little creepy near the end. Talking about thighs and bodies.
Norfleet is awesome.
A few years ago our depth was awful, heck we didn't even have good starters. We had to play Avery and Talbott as true freshman. Now we have Countess and Taylor starting, and then Stribling, Lewis and Hollowell coming off the bench. All five played solid today. Best part is none of them are seniors, so they will all be back.
One thing that did bug me, though, was the soft coverage the corners were playing. It was Central FFS. Why weren't they pressing? That was a big reason the D-Line couldn't get to the QB early. Short routes were open and Central had their timing down and M did nothing to throw it off.
Agreed. Countess is a press guy.
I don't think we showed everything today though.
Anybody watch Norte Dame? How did they look?
I didn't see them play, but looking at the box score it looks like both teams moved the ball a lot - ND had 543 yards to Temple's 362. Temple had 25 first downs! Not sure why it was so low-scoring.
Both offenses probably consumed the clock on drives.
We should be able to handle Rees.
Really impressed by Green. I had a nagging thought that he might just be another Kevin Grady but he destroyed that notion immediately - dude can run. It's also pretty cool to have a guy who looks like Ron Dayne.
Also, the announcer mentioned that we have 81!!! first and second year players on the roster. That is terrifying and exciting at the same time.
This is was the perfect Week 1 win in my opinion. We got the satisfying blowout we all wanted but there's still a lot of things we can improve on. Can't wait for UTL. Bring on the Irish!
-Gardner was too excited at the start. He just needs to settle down and he will be fine.
-Interior line was improved, still some busted assignments but I think they will be fine.
-Passing game was a concern. Other than Gallon and Dileo didn't seem like anyone was getting open Gardner took off a lot.
-Morris looked serviceable as a backup.
-Fast Furious and a little reckless. Missed tackles and over pursuit. Hopefully can be fixed with some more seasoning. Has the potential to be absolutely terrifying for the opposition.
-I thought Wilson played really well. Hopefully he continues to play well.
Biggest concern I thought was the lack of discipline. Penalities turnovers and missed tackles. Overall I think this is the most balanced team in the B1G.
While I still think he has a ton of potential, he looked like the #4 option to me today. When he got yards it was because the O-line was opening gaping holes for him, and he got brought down on first contact on every one of his runs, and he usually went down right where he was hit (except for the TD, where he got a little extra push).
I liked what I saw from Smith as a runner better, although he had a bit of "Poor Damn Toussaint" syndrome going on, with guys hitting him in the backfield before he had a chance to get going. But he made some nice cuts and kept his legs driving for a few extra yards on every one of his touches.
The guy who surprised me was Rawls. He didn't touch it much, but he showed a quickness to the hole and a little bit of wiggle that had been completely absent in his game up until now. He also ran through an arm tackle or two, which is something he was always supposed to do but never seemed to get down in the past.
Drake Johnson didn't really get a chance to impress, going down with an injury right before what would have likely been his first featured drive, so maybe he deserves to be in the conversation too. But after this game, based on a very small sample size, the "feature back" depth chart looks to me like:
Agree on Rawls. I loved how he attacked the hole. He looked much quicker than last year. The arrival of the freshmen may have lit a fire under him.
Exactly! (except not quite exactly)
All this love for Green was slightly surprising to me. I thought he did well, but when he was in, the line blocked so well - except for his TD run which was all on him. He did go down immediately on first contact. Maybe he deserved some credit for reading the OL well, but hey, those holes not only looked wide, but they extended more than five yards down the field!
Smith - he impressed me. I thought he looked like the #2 to me. I thought he did more with what he was given than with what Green was given. His balance was incredible. I was watching him closely and he never went backward, never went down on first contact, and remained upright while being hit and not being able to fully brace himself for contact. Completely a D. Smith fan now. Can't wait to see more.
Rawls - agree with your thoughts, but slightly behind Smith, if for no other reason then we have seen Rawls plenty and he has not impressed. Looked good today, but I'm still gun-shy.
RB Depth holy lord.
By damn, Borges used all 6 RB's today.
This is the largest margin of victory in a Michigan season opener since September 30, 1905 against Ohio Wesleyan in a 65-0 victory.
Also, 10 years and one day ago on August 30, 2003, Michigan beat CMU 45-7 in the season opener. Michigan would go 10-3 that season winning the Big Ten Championship outright and going to the Rose Bowl. The 2003 offense was the best Michigan offense of the modern era
Devin didn't really run all that much. There was 1, maybe 2, zone-read plays; the rest of Devin's rushing yards came on scrambles.
O-line still doesn't look good. Too many mistakes. Can't have those ints against ND. They will make you pay.
doesn't look good? Christ on a bike.
Seemed like the pocket collapsed quicker than you'd like, at least in the first half. Also wasn't a lot of room to run up the middle in the first half - the runs that worked were almost exclusively to the outside.
See, I agree with the notion that maybe the middle 3 didn't maul as much as you'd like, but the UFR will hopefully show how many good blocks the guards got on a lot of those outside runs. Getting to the second level and sealing is something that didn't happen very often last season and the fact it's already happened this season is, to me, a sign of things to come.
I thought pass protection was good as well but DG has always had a tendency to bug out when his 1 or 2 inital reads aren't there. Perhaps he didn't help the perception of the line much.
Devin did a lot of scrambling, maybe a little happy feet, but it's not like he was fleeing fully formed pockets - there was usually actual pressure. I guess I would just expect an interior line capable of standing up to ND and State to absolutely donkey-ride the CMU line out of the stadium. It's not that they were bad today, it's that lack of utter dominance bodes poorly for next week.
if nobody had any preconcived notions about this team, and didn't know about any players or what the team was like last year, they would say the following:
That Gardner kid has some serious game, just needs to settle down early. Nervous start.
That Norfleet guy is fast.
Their WR corps really got the job done, and didn't drop any easy catchs. That Dileo kid looks good, along with Jackson, and Reylonds, and Gallon.
These TEs look solid, especially that tall kid Funchess!
The Running Backs look sold- that Toussaint guy seems like he could be a legit 3 down workhorse back if they need it. That Green kid looks mighty good; could lower the pad level, but wow, he is going to be great! Must've been a heck of a high school player. Boy, that Rawls kid, and that Smith kid looked solid. Michigan has 4 different types of good runners they can throw at people.
The D line and linebacks looked good. Cam gordon is a beast!
The CBs looked good, but the safties were ok. not horribly bad, but could use some work.
I feel like some people have a pre-conceived notion that Green is too fat, and Furman is no good, etc etc. I think people aren't looking at this objectivly. My 2 cents.
There's an awful lot of WHARGARBL for a 59-9 pounding of a team with an actual pulse. It could have been even more skewed.
Furman looked out of place a lot. I was in section 1, watching live. Maybe it looked different on TV.
I don't think that avoiding subjectivity produces objectivity, but okay.
The defensive line was getting a great push, albeit against an inferior CMU offensive line. Problems seemed to come about when the ends and outside backers couldn't keep contain.
Overall, a promising start. When both starting safeties are on the field, we'll obviously have a better gauge on the situation.
Double post. I apologize.
Holy Jeebus; pysically, he looks like the redshirt freshman love-child of Mike Martin and Lamarr Woodley. Let's hope he develops the technique to go along with those two names. Is there any more startling new presence on Team 134 than Wormley?
What I noticed and thought was a little strange was that it seemed that Green had a majority wide runs and that Smith had a majority of runs between the tackles. I would have thought it would have been the other way around.
Green looked pretty wide himself. Ron Dayne with more speed as Coach Jackson would say.
Lots of little areas for improvement, and some good experience for the new faces. Looking forward to the UFR to get a full picture.
Gardner was great with his feet, and hopefully a better rhythm will get things more in sync for the passing game. Funchness seemed less dynamic than I was expecting given his matchup, or maybe Borges is just saving it. Norfleet upped my expectations for him. Great to see the freshmen get that much playing time, the future looks bright.
Today's game answers the rhetorical question asked a few days ago: "Why play freshmen backups like Morris in a MAC game and burn their redshirts? Can't they get just as much experience playing scrimmages in Glick fieldhouse?"
The answer clearly is "No, you can't get real-game experience just by internal practices." Today's game illustrated that perfectly. There is no substitue for real-game experience.
Players that looked great in scrimmages looked shaky today when faced with a hostile, unpredictable opponent in front of 100,000 people. You can't emulate this with practice players and loud rock songs in Glick fieldhouse.
All the freshmen that played today will be much better off from playing in today's game in the event they have to come in and replace a starter at a key moment down the road.
So yes, if there is a player that you may need to count on down the road to replace a starter, you need to burn the redshirt.
Devin Gardner post game....
" I can't even describe what it felt like coming out of that tunnel knowing that I was the starting quarterback at Michigan."
Love the passion.
What a guy. Graduated in three years and is a class act in every way. Pretty much the anti-Manziel.
but mistakes was really all they were, not fundamentally poor or untalented play. You didn't really look at any aspect of our play and think "boy, this is a big problem". And we had a really big win without any individual player having a big day.
Norfleet's first TD will be the most long-awaited TD in Michigan football history.