landing spot. will be interesting to see how he does.
They're obviously prepping for OSU.
If there is a grade lower then an F then that's what I give him. He couldn't make adjustments against the same plays all game. GERG didn't make any obvious second half adjustments, the defense continued to get burned up the middle, on the mis direction, on the playactions, the bootlegs, you name it and Gerg fell for it. You'd think a coach of his caliber would be able to make simple adjustments. We are so lucky to have an offense like we do because we would have lost this game otherwise.
You think that at some point we could cover the guys on the same side of the rollout and send someone at the quarterback? Were at the 10 minute mark of the 4th and I am getting so I can call the play at snap.
Not good considering the most play calling I have ever done is in backyard flag football..
we could stil give up 400 yards and 30 points. Yeesh.
if we could tackle!!!!
Let's relax. The defense is young and learning. UMass is better than anyone was giving them credit for - that offensive line is huge and moves well. Take the win and move on.
That's what these games are for. A lot of the schemes we are seeing today, we'll see more of down the road in the league. Plus no major injuries that I have seen. So let's do better next time.
I take that back. Our perceptions of the team took a little beating. But that is our issue, not theirs.
I'm not too worried about how the rest of the country or the MSM perceives us. I'm more concerned with getting wins and getting to a decent bowl game; or a bowl game period.
The rest of the world can think our defense sucks donkey D, as long as we keep getting Ws.
Relax, shit. We would have lost to ND if Crist had been in the whole game. And now UMass has shown everyone else the light.
This is 2009 all over again. What's worse is it is a shave close to the Horror all over again.
step back from the ledge
Does this comment get negged? It's the complete and utter truth! Unacceptable is the one word that absolutely summarizes that defensive effort. Period. Sugar coat it all you want with "it's a win, take it and move on," but the writing is on the wall, folks.
It's "unacceptable?" Really? You have to accept it, because it happened. You could say it was dissappointing or it was frustrating but saying it was "unacceptable" just makes you look like a flaming douchebag.
UNACCEPTABLE must always be written in all caps. No sugarcoat.
seriously. Did you not see the OSU score? That is what this game should have been. This was an embarrassing display by the UM D.
We are not OSU and U Mass is not Ohio U. At least today.
Expectations: lowered. 415 yards to an FCS team (so far) is ominous. Indiana on the road will clearly be a challenge. This D hangs back too much and waits for turnovers. It's UMass - play up.
Forget GERG. Who coaches and recruits special teams?
42-37 This is scary. They'll probably try the onside kick.
FIRED..... 37 points by UMASS; if our offense wasn't this good we would be getting killed by a FCS team. Completely unacceptable. This happens week in and week out.
If Denard weren't the best player in college football right now, we not only would have lost to an FCS school; we would have gotten killed by an FCS school. This is most embarrassing defensive performance I've ever seen from U-M in 30 years of being a fan.
So this was worse then the horror?
go away for a little while man. have a drink, take a deep breath, & come back when you start making sense.
I was wondering when someone was going to drop the U word. While I agree the defense is young, there is still no excuse for leaving the tight end uncovered in the end zone. One thing I absolutely cannot stand is our DBs playing 10 yards off the receivers, play press coverage all day! They were pretty much playing pitch and catch all day. Young or not Gerg needs to get his shit together.
UMass has got to be close to 500 yards.
At what point do we stop making the excuse that these teams are better than everyone thinks. These teams are mediocre and if this had been ND last week we would be getting our asses handed to us. The defense has tackled terrible, not read the run very well, and has not put much pressure on the quarterback. The special teams has been horrific. Poor return coverage and too many mental errors all around. I guess this is the one win that Rich Rod has been looking for when he says that they are not good enough to play bad and still win. They definitely have not played great and at time seem really out of sync and not full of energy. Oh well, a win is a win and no major injuries so let's get back to work tomorrow.
well that was fun. can we just stop with the FCS teams please.
What good comes from it? You win, you're supposed to. You lose and you're the laughing stock of FBS college football. You win close and you're still pretty much the laughing stock of FBS college football, as the MSM current commentary demonstrates. If we're going to shit the bed, it might as well be against a FBS team. Stop giving these FCS teams the Rocky Balboa shot at the title!
Yes, seeing the defense struggle is irritating. But, hearing people on this board overreact and call for firings is even more irritating. STFU, and let the kids grow up and learn how to execute before we decide to go with ANOTHER defensive coordinator... again.
Umass is not running anything complicated. You don't need to be even a good defense to stop rollouts by a pedestrian QB.
Michigan is not a good football team.Horrid defense and special teams equals another 5-7 season.
I think Michigan has to make gigantic strides over the next week if they have any hope of making a bowl.
Is this sarcasm? We're not very good, but we only need 3 more wins with teams like BG, IU, Illinois, and Purdue on the schedule. We could beat MSU and could give PSU a run for their money. We will make a bowl. But beating UConn doesn't mean much after their performance today and who knows how the ND game would have ended if Crist played the whole game healthy.
the fact that this got any positive points makes no sense. If you really think we're only gonna win 2 games the rest of the year, barring injury, you are an idiot. Our offense alone, regardless of our defense, is good enough to get us to a bowl game. When we finish this year better than you expect us too, please don't jump back on the bandwagon. Moron.
Why did Jonas Mouton not murder UMass' QB on that TD run he had near the pylon? Dude was in bounds. He scored.
the refs throw that p*ssysh*t personal foul f*king flag on the sideling to f*king often
Quarterback faked running out of bounds. Mouton held up. (although the hit was probably worth the penalty) I had visions of Crable vs. Troy Smith on that one.
Damned if do... Damned if you don't.
Yeah, let's fire our D-coordinator again for not having seniors on defense and having to plug holes with walk-ons and position switches. UMass executed well and we knew going into this season that our D would be a black hole. We survived and this is a year where we just want wins, we're not ready to get graded on style points. This is about continuity and building the program back up to where it belongs.
Complete bullshit. We have plenty of talented scholarship athletes. We should be able to hold an FCS opponent to less than 30 at home. We gave up more points to UMass than William & Mary and Holy Cross. That was the worst coaching and execution performance on defense I have ever seen at U-M. Horrible.
And how many of those talented scholarship athletes play in our secondary and have more experience than a sophomore, former walk-on?
The statmasters on this site have shown that the key to a good defense is talented players that have experience in the system. We're getting the talent but they're real young right now all throughout our secondary which is where our defensive holes are right now.
It must be lonely being logical right now.
where have you been the last 3 years? Hawaii in 1984?
I mean yeah we won but that was soooo hard to watch. It's embarrassing honestly.
how is it embarrassing for you? are you on the team?
Our defense needs to attack. If your hesitant you get your ass handed to you which is what happened. We need to bring more pressure. This was pathetic.
GERG's hair is perfect.
You know what really works in college football? Fire a DC every couple of years because he doesn't "produce", ignore the lack of depth and players on that side of the ball, and say everything is "unacceptable" because you want UM to be perfect.
This is a crappy defense. It was crappy two years ago, horrendous last year, and about the same this year. It will improve with better players, but that takes time. Remember that all of these freshmen getting PT will only help at the end of the year/next year.
what was truly a pathetic performance by our defense. Sure we need more talent but anyone trying to justify a 430 yard performance against UMass is fooling themselves. Just like anyone calling for a firing mid-season is fooling themselves. It's not unreasonable to hope for better results from our defense than this.
No, lets not over-rationalize it. It was a pathetic display by our defense. However, we are 3-0 with two of those wins over BCS teams. Our defense was not supposed to be good this year anyway, this is what an off-day for a bad defense looks like. Get over it. Enjoy 3-0 and lets see what happens next week.
Everyone who panics over this fails to remember that expectations for this defense were not high to begin with. It was a bad day. Even Michigan can have those.
Special teams is the big problem. We gave them so many chances to stay in the game based on just awful special teams play.
The defense is just young, and the players were a little unfocused in the first half. The special teams turnovers, and almost-turnovers, and general mishaps, and another missed field goal, are all what's really inexcusable here.
Agreed that the D needs to attack more. But they're being careful because they young. Oh well. Not looking forward to Big Ten power rushing and PA.
Come on now people, you act as if we had a top notch defense to begin with and he just made it terrible. We knew what it was when the season started and just because you raised your expectations because of the first two games didn't mean the defense was magically gonna be better than we expected. You can only do what your personnel allows you to do, no matter who you are playing.
a full recruiting class of defensive players..maybe some that stay on the team this time around.
On one hand, don't fire GERG. That would make a bad situation worse. On the other hand, and we have to look at the other hand, the arguments of "our youth" and "their good execution" can't explain away what appeared like
1) an underprepared defensive
2) a poorly executing defense
3) an inability to adapt or counter their offense.
Though I look forward to an UFR and comments from people better at the X's and O's and schemes and stuff, should it be called for, I am charging for my torch and pitchfork. GERG doesn't owe me some explaining, but this defensive effort DOES NOT sit well with simple concepts of our youth or their execution alone.
Our defense is porous, sure. It's difficult to watch and we're gonna have a lot of points scored on us this year.
But we have, in my opinion, the most explosive offense in the Big Ten. We'll be able to hang. We'll lose some, but we'll definitely win some. I still believe in 8-4.
I'll admit that GERG has a good reputation as a DC, and that he's doing the best he can with what he's got, but I still would like to see him interviewed and explain what his game plan was today. Like maybe he didn't want to give up the bomb - which the D didn't. But man, those U Mass receivers were wide open in the end zone.