ND still doesn't have a QB and just lost their best Offensive weapon. True, South Bend is still South Bend, but I wouldn't put them as a brutal opponent. Tough? Yes. But brutal? No
Gary Danielson says Michigan will be overrated in '12
if I got hurt everytime Danielson, Dodd, Doyel or Rosenberg said something that makes them look like an idiot I'd be stealing Rx pads from my physician. I know this is what gets digested by the unwashed masses but c'est la vie.
Danielson is an unapologetic SECophile. We know this, so lets not let his promulagations of SEC dominance and weak B1G get our panties in a bunch. We do have a tough schedule next year, but we will be a better football team at ~17 of 22 positions (barring injuries). Right now I'd call it a push.
Of course he thinks we'll be overrated, we don't play in the SEC. If he could have it his way, the change in the system would just be that the SEC gets all of the auto-bids to play in BCS games. Also, disqualification for use of that gimmicky "spread."
to repeat what his wife says to him.
Good for Gary Danielson.
And also, I blame Danielson's ignorance on his high school education. And yes, that is a direct jab at any Dearborn Divine Child graduates ;)
Michigan State will be overrated going into next season.
We're showing up in lots of early top tens. Seems pretty high for a team that: (1) played eight games at home, and lost its only two real road challenges; (2) had a schedule that started pretty easy to allow the team to get a rythm; and (3) loses some very key players/team leaders. That said, Nebraska should not be a causse of significant worry -- they lose a lot of guys and Martinez has hit his (relatively low) ceiling. And, I think the pundits are way overrating Sparty in light of the significant losses on offense and the key loss on defense. B10 is not going to be much stronger than this year; even with a loss or two before the conference schedule, this team shoudl compete to make the B10 championship game against Wiscy.
with regard to State. I don't think they will be bad by any means, but they lose their starting QB, their three best receivers, and one of their co-starting running backs on offense. That is A LOt to replace. They unquestionably will have a good defense, but I don't see it being better than last year and I think some offensive struggles are inevtiable.
gary danielson says lots of things, none of them particularly informative or well-reasoned.
By downgrading Michigan, Danielson somewhat undermines the truth value of his statement simply by making it.
You're from fucking Purdue:
if im wrong but wasn't Danielson from Michigan? he was the qb at divine child.
Correct, but he played his college ball at Purdue.
"I think this is a team that is going to travel to Nebraska next year, to Ohio State, which is going to have Urban Meyer as their head coach."
Yes, Gary. That thing you think? It is correct.
It is also something one can google.
Hey, I'll let you guys know when I find out the last time I gave a shit what Gary Danielson thought.
If Robinson can progress with his decisions and execution in the passing game, Michigan will have a shot in all of the games. If the arm punt happens for any significant stretch against a team like Alabama it is going to take a few miracles similar to Sugar Bowl to see success.
I hate ND, but they will be improved as well, so it is vital that Robinson starts the year off similar to OSU and NE, and maybe even a bit sharper in throwing. Another season in the high teens in INTs I think would result in 9-3 or 8-4 easily. If Borges comments on his QBs holds true, it should be exciting to watch.
No doubt. Both of them always downgrade Michigan. Screw 'em. Who cares what they predict? Va. Tech didn't win the Sugar Bowl because Kirk said they would.
Get used to it. We are going to be a popular pick for underachieving due to the schedule. The fact that two of our wins were by a whisker in games where we were outplayed adds to it.
Good news is that many folks last summer thought our Nebraska -Ohio finish was going to be too much for Team 132....they were wrong.
The only questionable games on our schedule I see are: 'Bama, ND, Nebraska, MSU, and OSU. Out of those, I think we will take care of ND (their offense is a disaster and the D loses some key players) and I feel that we will beat MSU (@the Big House, they have to re-stock on defense and, more importantly, on offense). As for 'Bama, it depends on how their new starters play. They have to re-stock a lot of players both on the D and O, and given that the Michigan game will be their first game, even though they are 4/5 star recruits, they may be a bit green. Then again, these are pretty talented athletes who will have had a lot of practice. As for Nebraska, not sure about that one but the consensus from the masses is that we should win that one. As for OSU, I think we will beat them, even if it's at the shoe, and even if they have Meyer. They did not show me enough this year to convince me that they will miraculously go from a so-so team to a NC contender (like a lot of delusional Buckeyes tend to think) even though they have Meyer. Meyer can probably get them there but it ain't happening this coming season. I also do not think that Miller is the next Michael Vick. He had a decent game against Michigan but he still has a long way to go.
I can see us going 10-2, maybe even 11-1. I am expecting Fitz and Denard to have a big season (both have shown they are more than capable of putting up big numbers). I think our O-line will be fine. On the D, we do lose Van Bergen and Martin but I think other players will come in and step up. I don't expect a drop off for this team, not with the talent level and with the fantastic coaching staff that we have in Ann Arbor.
Every season there will be perceived depth issues and nay sayers claiming we're one or two injuries away from disaster. Michigan, just like many other programs, has several talented players on the roster just waiting for their opportunity to show what they can do. Not knowing who will step up and capitalize on their opportunity to play is the primary reason for most of this conjecture. I on the other hand love seeing new players emerge and fill the roles vacated by Seniors that graduated from the Greatest University in the World!
Just look at Team 132; Countess, J. Ryan, Beyer, D. Morgan, Gallon, Fitz, Heininger, T. Gordon, Gibbons (Prefers Brunettes, as do I), Wile, J. Black and F. Clark are great examples of players who were unknown quantities because of their lack of significant playing time but all stepped up at some point this year and help this team get 11 Wins.
Gary Danielson will be eating his words when we roll into Cowboy Stadium and Smash Alabama in the Face! Those who stay will be Champions!
There isn't a game on the 2012 schedule that Michigan cannot win.
I think the defense is going to be better than it was 2011. I think everyone is looking at it in the wrong way, and assuming that since Michigan is losing several guys on the DLine that there is going to be a significant let down. I actually think it's going to be the opposite. I think that although Hoke spoke about competition at every position, the younger guys were pretty certain that unless they started displaying "superhuman" abilities that they weren't going to usurp the senior leaders from their starting positions. I'm not saying they slacked off and didn't try, but I think their focus, and focus of the coaches, was the 2012 season and pefecting their technique and fundamentals. As the 2012 season comes near, these guys that were in "learning mode" are now going to be in competition mode, and that is going to raise the level of eveyone's game. Guys are going to be phyiscally stronger after the off season, and where Team 132's defense had a bit of a slow start due to the transition from GERG to Mattison, Team 133's defense will hit the ground running.
I think the defense is going to continue to surprise people, and if Borges' prediction holds true, and the offense -- especially the QB -- improves significantly from year 1 to year 2 in the system, I think Michigan is going to have a very good season.
Danielson is welcome to his opinion, I really could care less about what he says. He's an SEC analyist and doesn't have any indepth analysis about Michigan, he is just looking at superficial issues.
14-0, first Michigan team in history to win 14 games. Unbeaten regular season, winner of Big 10 championship game and winner of BCS National Championship Game. We will have enough talent to do it, if things go well, if Denard and Fitz continue to improve and if we avoid injuries. But, as long as the team plays as hard as it did this year and does as good of a job of representing our school, I will be proud of it regardless of the record. Hoke has character, Denard has character and every other player I saw on the field this season had character.
Michigan "the perennially over-rated Michigan Wolverines" whenever referencing Michigan in my presence. I think that MOST of the perennial powers get the benefit of the doubt at the beginning of most seasons, and that in the grand scheme this is undoubtedly unfair. But in Michigan's case, arguably, it benefits us more often than not.
We will need to prove we can put together a D line before anyone in the know takes us seriously next year, right? And Alabama will likely be running straight at us to test that hypothesis.
P.S. Ignore asshats like Danielson, if at all possible. What an obscure basis for an article anyway, right? Projecting something you're going to be based on something you're projected to be going to be? As Shakespeare might say: is that even a real question?
I'll never understand people that claim to be fans that disparage their own team and speak in definitives. To add to your annoying pessimistic prognotication, you throw in a nice does of "arm chair" coaching.
You're like the idiot who was sitting behind me at the Sugar Bowl that whined, "Borges doesn't know what he's doing..." after any play that didn't gain more than 5 yards. Fact is, neither you nor that annoying jackwagon that told me to sit down repeatedly know what the fuck you're talking about. Borges didn't "cost us at least 2 games." All any coach can do is come up with a game plan that he and his staff think gives his team the best chance to win against the opposition, and then make adjustments from there. You don't know the circumstances of why he and the staff chose to play the Iowa and MSU games the way that they did. You don't know who was dinged up, nor what they saw when they looked at the match-up while developing their plan. At some point it comes down to execution. I am sure you're one of those people that was furious with the 4th and Goal call vs. MSU. Well, if it were executed properly, as Borges drew it up and no doubt taught the players, Borges looks like a genius as the MSU defenders are in a heap watching Denard either trot into the endzone or throw and easy pass to a wide open receiver.
So many things DID NOT go our way this year -- had they, we could have gone undefeated. Both of the losses that you think Borges cost us could have easily gone the other way with a PI call here or a TD catch there. You're sounding a lot like the trolls that call Team 132's season "lucky". Losers speak of luck as a cause, while winners make their own luck.
Suck up your lame ass pessimism and be a Michigan Man for once!
Looking at our schedule where do you find 4 losses? Seriously! Alabama, and then who? Nebraska maybe? Possibly little bro. But I just dont see 4 losses. I am reluctant to give us 3 loses at this point y.
...any word begining with 'un',he pronounces it "on",as in, "Alabama is in an onbalanced line".....can't CBS afford a speech therapist? A minor point but #1 announcer pet peeve,#2 is use of the non-word 'irregardless"
Irregardless is in the dictionary, but I have no idea why. I think it sounds redundant and will never use it.
Michigan will be rated next year.
Michigan will not be in the SEC next year.
Therefore Michigan will be overrated next year.
Why is Danielson commenting about IBM in an article about Michigan?
This is the single greatest line you have ever typed.
Gary Danielson would be a Subject Matter Expert on being "overrated", so I suppose he would know, right? *gag*
He has been an SEC-obsessed derpmeister for years now, so whatever, Gary. He also seems to have a fascination for Verne Lundquist's ties, which brings his soundness into further question. There is not one quarter on CBS where he does not:
A) Drool over the SEC teams on the field
B) Look with lust at Verne's tie.
Is this really someone anyone should listen to?
Is probably right. Who cares? The guy is an idiot.
Also: Clemson? hahaha, who is going to keep them top 10-ish after that beatdown to WVU?