The plot thickens...
Gerg's Stuffed Animal
GERG was just giving it back. No big deal.
Is why I don't read anything else but MGoBlog.
As dumb as some people are here. Wow that comment.
Gerg will bust out his blankie on the sidelines in C-bus?
Dude is a sandwich short of a picnic.
That article sheds all the light you will need on the subject.
Maybe this will motivate the defense for next week:
More so than a stuffed animal
Can he play defensive end?
as much as the rest of us.
First the Syaracue Little Engine that could and now this!
Does he think he's coaching a Pee-Wee team with these antics?
It's so weird actually hearing him speak.
I agree. He was on the coach's radio show last week and was cracking jokes with Brandstatter and seemed strangely affable. This clip, however, is just strange.
Wow, I thought everyone was passed the "Denard needs to be a WR" stage but reading those comments, apparently not.
I have to sit next to a guy who spends the entire week after every loss telling me how we'd have won starting Tate.
I once told him "I don't think Tate really has the build to play safety" and got a blank look in return.
If (when) GERG gets fired the official notice should simply be this photo on University of Michigan Athletic Department letterhead.
The Internet today.
Everyone's caught beaver fever. What about Lloyd Brady?
Where was he during the game?
Could - gasp - the beaver be made of Lloyd Brady's hair?
At least three times. He was there.
Actually saw young Lloyd in person at the soccer game yesterday. If was after the game, and he had that blissful smile on his face that I remember from earlier in the season. It was good to see it again.
No more tricks in the bag Gerg??? How about breaking out Lots-o' when the players miss a tackle. He smells like strawberries and he loves to give hugs.
The damned stuffed animals that are at fault for this defense. In Columbus, I expect to see GERG on the sidelines rubbing the OSU players with some sort of stuffed animal.
Then maybe their defense will be as good as ours.
Man, I think I'd want a stuffed animal too if I were GR after how the year has gone for the defense.
GERG rubbing Demens with that stuffed animal is probably the weirdest thing I've ever seen in the context of a football game.
And that's really all there is to say about it.
At this point Gerg is probably trying any method possible to get the defense to not suck. Even if he has to use stuffed animals..............
I've seen plenty of bizarre things in college football in my lifetime, but this ranks right up there with the all-time leaders in pure, unadulterated "WTF?"
I hope for Robinson's sake that there's a reasonable, understandable explanation for what he did. If there isn't, jeebus.
who's beginning to think it might be something a bit 'deeper' and less superficial than a stupid stuffed animal. i don't want to be the guy who jumps to conclusions but it might be a bit more personal of a motivator that the team wants to keep to itself. i have no "inside info" but the school's track record with charities and the like, as well as the players' non-responses, seems more than GERG being a damned fool. it's 37x more easy for a player to note GERG as being "interesting with his motivators" or something of the like but that it's being kept in-house... i dunno.
may be me grasping for straws. oh well.
That's an interesting take on it and you raise some quite valid points to consider.
It's just something you see though, and at first go, "WTF?" (as a poster above said) and wonder how the hell it could possibly make sense or have any sort of intelligibility or coherence to it, because it's such a bizarre thing to see a coach do.
I hear ya, and maybe there's some legit motivational element to it. But the bottom line is that while our defensive coordinator is playing with stuffed animals on the sideline, our defense is getting ritually disembowelled. That makes Michigan Football look ridiculous. What would Bo say?
I really, really, really hope that your sort of explanation is close to the truth. By all accounts he's a great guy, and I'm sure he's doing the best that he can in a job that I think he's not well suited for at this stage in his career. If it turned out that it had to do with charities or something similar, I would honestly be relieved.
I kind of feel bad for GERG. He was obviously trying to do . . . well . . . do whatever it is he was doing with that thing as quickly as possible so that nobody outside of the team noticed. He looked deeply sad and ashamed as he turned away from the stuffed-bear rub. It's fine to wish GERG along his way after next week's game, but let's not humiliate him too much as a person.
My daddy always told me if it makes you sad and ashamed, you probably shouldn't do it. I would think that lesson could apply here.
Your mom also told you that you'd go blind and that never stopped you
Well we wouldn't want to hurt his feelings. There's no hurt feelings in football.
If only because if this gets much media play, it will make it that much harder for him to find a new landing spot after his M days are over.
it's sounding like it's something that GERG and the defense are in on together. Whatever it is, it needs to work better.
Could it be a motivator in the lines of GERG rubbing it in their faces, deliberately to be annoying, and thus pissing off the defensive players more, in hopes that they turn on some RAGE on the field?
Apparently, it's a "reward" for players who get a takeaway.
If I were a player, I'd rather get another extra-effort helmet sticker for a takeaway than a rub in the face with a plush toy. But that's just me. Maybe they like the soft feel of synthetic fur on their cheeks.
a parting gift from the underclassmen?
If Gerg had the defense come out wearing skirts it might be part of some inside-the-room motivation, but it would still look ridiculous and embarrassing to anybody not in the room. When we are holding our opponents to about 13 points per game I wil not care about appearances, but under the current circumstances, I agree with everybody else's assessment of WTF.
Absolutely. If the D was inspired to greatness by GERG promising to play my little ponies with them in the locker room after wins, then yes, by all means, play my little ponies. But not on the sideline please.
it was something silly to relieve the tension and have some fun. If the guys are pressing and trying too hard to do everything themselves on every play, a little levity may help loosen them up and get them playing better.
Whatever. Coaches and their teams are allowed to be weird together as far as I'm concerned.
He spent four seasons at Syracuse preaching to his teams to have fun. It yielded ten wins in four seasons.
You know what's the best fun in football? Winning.
GERG's tactics - I am not sure whether to laugh or cry.
Perhaps this sheds light:
I'm no GERG fan, but why can't we just assume that he had it in his hand and happened to be pointing at him to say good work? A stuffed animal as a motivational tool? Eh, I don't know. As a former coach and teacher I do know that when things aren't going well, sometimes you try unconventional things.
Someone in another thread explained that a team manager gives the animal to GERG whenever the defense gets a takeaway. It's a "reward" for the player that forced it.
The funny thing is how all the players are mum about it
OH IT'S GOT TO STAY IN THE LOCKER ROOM
THAT'S PRIVATE BUSINESS
GERG was just trying to rectify Demen's slovenly facial upkeep and grabbed the first item he saw to buff Kenny's face.
On the inside Demens was probably like "what is wrong with this crazy mofo".
Maybe someone in the PR department reads MGOBlog and thought the way to reach the fan base is with Muppets and small, furry animals?
Stuffed animals = hard edge
Whatever fires the team up to play with a vengence. Beat the buckeyes!
GERG was promoting this new movie by Jodie Foster and Mel Gibson: