I'd say 5-7 and that is being optimistic. I am sick to my stomach after watching that.
Mike Lantry, 1972
(For us, obviously.)
So allow me to do the honors.
M will be fine. The full offense isn't installed yet, and at least the defense looked to be a bit more confident. No real prediction can be made from a spring game. Spring game? We're talking about spring game? Jump to conclusions much?
I know it's important, I honestly do but we're talking about the spring game. We're talking about the spring game man. We're talking about the spring game. We're talking about the spring game. We're not talking about a real game. We're talking about the spring game. When you come in the fall, and you see 'em play, and you see 'm play right, you've seen 'em give everything they've got, but we're talking about the spring game right now.
Considering they will more than double their practices under the new regime before they play a game, I'd say nobody has any clue.
And I'd leave it at that.
The spring game is a glorified scrimmage. Barely half of what the coaching staff wants to do has been installed. First game is 4.5 months away with a hell of a lot more practices between then and now.
To base any predictions on one scrimmage is ridiculous.
I will make the prediction that the BTN won't fuck up the actual game coverage like they did today. 4.5 months of practice better be enough for them, or I will return home and pillage their studio in Oakbrook.
I predict that BTN will still miss more Michigan snaps than Denard and Devin combined.
Oh and apparently we've added a few players and GERG is still on the payroll. I have a good feeling about Greg Robinson, Ray Roundtree, and Steve Hopkins this year.
I can't believe we paid money for GERG's services. If it were up to me, we would have paid him in complementary hair care products.
4.5 months away.... (insert big, heaving SIGH here)
True, but I do feel like in the past, the spring game gave us a pretty decent idea of where we're at as a team. Last year, we saw that Denard looked much better, as did the entire offense. Obviously, it's one scrimmage. But from what we've read about practice- from Due 51 and GBMW- it didn't sound too good, compared to what expectations were (competency, not a ton of unforced errors, some explosion). What we saw today seemed to jive with what practice observers were reporting, and, frankly, it was pretty disappointing. We looked like we did in the spring game 2 years ago; definitely not what I, personally, expected. I'd be lying if I said I was 't concerned. And everyone jumping down people's throats: of course- new regime, etc. But still, for the returning talent we have, at least on offense, I think that was pretty disheartening. I DID like what Borges was running on offense; I just didn't like our execution.
against lightweights, except (probably) ND.
We've got a looooong time and lots of reps ahead of us to get better before we get into the tough part of the schedule.
This is probably going to be key. Assuming that in the summer the team develops beyond today's poor showing, they will still need to develop during the season to be competitive in the Big Ten schedule. So that opening stretch of home games against (mostly) light competition may serve as a sort of preseason when the team develops to real competency. I wouldn't be betting major dollars on the Notre Dame game, however.
That's more like it.
it's one practice...Indy or bust
They weren't showing a lot of their collective hand, I don't think. I'm not too concerned about the spotty QB play either. It will be there in September.
It's April IPFW. 5 more months of workouts and improvement.
i predict we still wont know anything for sure till september
my prediction is zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz
wow people need to chill and take the positives from this. The defense looks alot better than last year. the new system is going to take some time. Im actually pumped to see the defense. I think the new offense will get it figured out by this fall. anybody else think gardner will start a couple games this year?
I can't help but think that it will be more because Borges has failed to play to our offense's biggest strength (Denard) than Gardner overtaking Denard.
Denard couldn't hit the broad side of a barn today. If Denard is going to start, he has A LOT of work to do in the offseason. I don't care which system you are in; if you throw like that, you will not win many games.
What if it was one of those two story barns, with the big domed roof? I think he could have hit the very top of one of those....
Tacopants had an extended cameo today.
The weaknesses in DR today were the same weaknesses we saw from DR last year. I love the kid, but if he doesn't learn how to throw a touch pass we're in trouble. Taco Pants is out of eligibility.
On a positive note...Carvin Johnson is gonna be awesome!
Tacopants is absolutely not out of eligibility.
I only watch it because it's football. I don't try to take much from it.
what spring game have you ever seen where you thought they were going to be NC the next year? new coach new system and what 3 or 4 weeks of practice give me a break and wake me up in august before the first game and we will talk
FOR THE LOVE OF GOD. They have only had 15 practices with this new coaching staff. Wait until summer workouts and fall camp, before we pass judgement.
That's funny, I've watched several spring games this spring and they all looked just as bad as this game. Calm down!
This honestly makes me feel better. Perhaps I was expecting too much, especially after last year's game where, in retrospect, a.) it turns out our D was awful, and b.) Denard didn't throw as well as he did in the spring game for the second half of the ensuing season.
Oh my God. People are freaking out after a spring game now? A post like this usually comes after getting beat by Toledo or App State. Not a freaking Spring Game.
Last year's offensive portended a good offensive unit, but the flip side, an underachieving defense,was e ident as well.
Don't forget the last few years the spring game was 1's versus 2's. I'm starting to think that was preferable to the panic and gnashing of teeth going on right now over a damn scrimmage five months before real practice starts. Screw actual learning and prepping for game situations, let's just let starters shred the backups so we can make Tate and Denard highlight videos set to music like before.
Isn't doing us much good now. The music videos and t-shirt are nostalgic though.
Jesus, it's spring. I'll make a comparison to the one other spring game I paid attention to last year. It was Stanford's. In that game not a single offensive touchdown was scored. The defense kicked butt, and that worked out pretty good for them. True, we don't have Luck and we have new schemes this year, but just chill. Be happy the D looked like it knew what it was doing. We have enough playmakers on offense that I think we'll be fine.
So we finally got that at least.
The real wailing an gnashing of teeth should have come last year and the year before when our Defense in the Spring Game looked like traffic cones.
I predict more playing time for Jake Ryan
Damn my slow internet connection. I ALSO predict many a runningback wetting their pants at the sight of Mike Martin blitzing off the edge.
Damn stupid internet again.
check out the front page post over on the wolverine blog, that was posted like 2 days ago and ought to calm you down a bit.
or it doesn't exist.
Google "The Wolverine Blog."
If that's too hard for you: www.thewolverineblog.com
Incidentally, Brian has a link to it on the side.
I think you need to man up and make a prediction.
I predict football will be played...and in every contest, one team will win, one team will lose. So it shall be.
I will give you a prediction which will make you happy. Starting QB will be #4 from White Lake, MI, Steve Wilson. Book it.