I think it's because players are really hyped up and focused at the beginning of the game and their intensity wanes over the course of the game.
I want to know, honestly, how this happens.
It's because of the Offense, period.
Every loss we've had the Offense disappears. WTF?
This was not a defensive problem, it was the offense.
The good news is Auburn and Nevada came back from similar deficits to win
If Mich somehow did the same...
The defense allowed 17 points. Seven came on a kick return.
Coaching, field position (LOL 18 YARD PUNT!), depth...
but I'm really tired of him saying "we just have to execute a little better" every time he is interviewed. Just have the team show it for once. Reminds me of Carr's "both teams played hard" comment.
What would you rather have him say? It's coachspeak.
his team go out and execute well for once. We haven't seen good execution since the Big Ten games started.
There is evidence of poor coaching in every aspect of this team. You Dick Rod apologists fail to admit that a team takes on the personality of it's coach and this undisciplined sporadic team looks just like their coach
You're an asshole. Have your opinion, let people know about it, but calling our coach "DickRod"? Go fuck yourself. I'm sure there's a tailgate in East Lansing that would welcome you with open arms.
If you use "Dick Rod" in any statement, your argument is automatically invalid.
Godwin's Law of Michigan Football.
At least it is not as bad as my dad yelling, "Rich Dick" after every bad play. I have to fight the urge to go on a 5-minute rage fueled rant on everything that is wrong with that.
Rich should stay but bring in a new DC that knows the 3-3-5 or let someone run the system they want.
Well, I'm off to explain to my dad the flaws of "give 3/4 of your 50 scholarships to your defense." Go Blue and stay positive.
and they have the mental capacity of the 13 yr old.
same as always..drops are killing us. Penalties against us, and penalties not called for us, fumbles. When smith fumbled that I wanted RR to tell him to go to the locker room and not come back. That one hurt and was IMO not a big hit..i looks like some of the players just don't have the drive to be the best.
Doesn't help our best receiver has dropped over half the balls thrown to him..
I know most people would call Roundtree the best receiver, and he has made the most plays, but he's also had the most opportunities. Personally, I'm not convinced he's more talented than Stonum or Hemingway.
To be fair, he gets opportunities because he's good--he gets open often and the QBs trust him. This has been a disasterous game for him, though. His worst that I can remember by far.
Reliability no he hasn't been our best receiver, but in terms of big plays etc.. Roundtree has been the guy.
Add in that he has been thrown to a lot and that helps, but still. How do you drop that many passes regardless. They couldn't help denard in any way.
It's possible that he has a hand injury or something. Plus a lot of those balls were slightly overthrown and/or contact with the DB prior to the ball getting there.
Really did a decent job.
One TD drive came on a long drive. The other 10 points came on short fields. Yeah, they could have totally shut down OSU, but realistically?
The offense gave up a bunch of points on the two drives, and has made every big mistake possible.
In regards to our offense I often think we forget Denard is a true soph and so are a lot of our skill position players. Young players make mistakes.
I don't want to trash Denard, but he seems to play favorites at WR. Repeatedly throwing to the same guy. I'm not sure if this is Denard's fault or the game plan is designed to focus on one WR. I'd like to see a halftime adjustment though where Denard gets reminded he can throw to Stonum since Roundtree is having some drops problems.
Also big shout out to the defense. Only gave up 17 in a half. If our offense was scoring my dogs might not be cowering in the basement right now.
Players asked to execute plays they can't execute with regularity make mistakes. Younger players are more mistake prone with a larger portion of the playbook than more experienced players.
Michigan BLANK Football Hating God.
I just don't get it...you know you suck, if I were in his shoes, I would kick for 10 hrs a day to get better. That 18 yard punt was just ridiculous
To be fair the guy likely had no idea he was punting until last night or this morning.
Seth is a horrible place kicker but I'll give him a pass on the punt. Honestly, how much practice do you think he's had? Very little.
But he's still a kicker.
And Forcier - our backup QB - just gave us our best punt of the day.
Just sad and painful that our kicker can't punt better than our backup QB. That should not happen. Yes, punting and placekicking are different, but they're still both kicking.
Dude's a walk-on, and the reason he's playing is because the starter fucked up and got suspended.
He's just about the last person who deserves blame for today's ugly display.
Yep, agreed, though as McDonough said, Broek was shanking them in warm-ups too. Honestly, the coach that was watching those warm-ups and decided he would be the #1 punter today, that's about as dumb as they come.
Options are limited. You've got Broekhuizen, Gibbons, Pauloski, and...uhh...Forcier.
There's a reason you only give one punter a scholarship; they typically don't get hurt, and they're usually not stupid enough to get suspended.
Maybe instead of bashing Broekhuizen, you should bash Will Hagerup for fucking up and getting suspended.
Yep. Hagerup should be listed as one of the goats in this week's UFR. (If it happens.)
Defense does a decent job in the 1st half and the offense brings the suck. But don't worry, UM will get lots of yards and keep their top 5 ranking in yards, points and general awesomeness...and lose by 20.
I'm beating that yards horse good today. I can't let up and I don't know how to stop. YARDZ! YARDZ! OMG LOTS OF THEM!
Easily the most frustrating thing right now. It's not that we don't have the talent, it's our poor execution that is KILLING us. We should have a MINIMUM of 21 points right now if not for turnovers, dropped passes, and timely penalties.
I just have to vent right now, so I can't really tell you where the true problem lies, but I'm about to go on a spree and break everything in my path. We should not be playing this poorly. Especially when our Defense is playing their hearts out.
The defense is holding their own... offense isn't scoring, turnovers, and special teams are the difference right now. Let's see if we can make some adjustments in the second half for a change!
A lot of this, IMO, comes down to lack of experience.
Not finishing drives, fumbles, penalties... This is still a young team. What's killing us is lack of consistently executing, which, in large part comes down to lack of experience.
Just my opinion, please don't crucify.
You definately have a point. The bad part is we have been saying that for three years now and I becoming tired of using that as an excuse.
combined with poor tackling, inability to get off blocks, lack of defensive talent, 18 yard punt. etc. etc.
I'm sad, not mad. But it's the same drops, same bad penalties, same fumbles, Denard somehow not listening to coaches and putting the ball in his outside arm and fumbling. 3 years in a row of horrendous turnover margins. In the biggest game of the year. A game that because of better defense could be competitive, but it's not. I just don't know anymore.
The offense is infallible. Check out the FEI, bro.
I see the promise. I see progress. But it never comes together. It just doesn't. My heart fucking bleeds for these kids, they're busting their asses, but it just doesn't swing our way.
We have athletes, we have playmakers, we have all the freaking tools to make it happen. But it isn't happening.
At this point, it wouldn't bother me to see a change.
we have the athletes on defense to be honest. An abundance of two (Vinopal) and three star defensive players with "upside" aren't going to cut it.
I got negged hardcore a few weeks ago when I said I thought Vinopal wasn't a long term answer. On solid D's he and Kovacs would be great backups.
Like any coach who used to play, he is competitive. How long before he says, "Screw it, we tried, I'm out?"
This can't be fun for him, either. As much as he tries to make himself believe it will be better, he's got to look at some of it and think, "no way"
There are more than two million reasons he won't quit.
You have to REALLY strain to consider this progress. However, I'm sure 90% of the MGoBlog community will, somehow, do so.
it's dick comments like this that got you to -104 points, right?
Waiting for the next famous phrase.....need to evalute the tape.......I guess because watching the team look inept once again on the field isnt painful enough....seeing the same players drop passes, fumble, not learn to switch hands when running.....not execute.....
sorry to say it, but a team does develop the mentality and personality of a strong coach.....unfortunately, they also will develop that personality when it is absent.
I'm surprised he's gotten so little action the last two weeks.
And this is about the sixth straight week that Fitz is listed as "probable," everybody gets excited, and then he's nowhere to be found. That's a big reason why I don't pay attention to the injury reports any more.
I also hate to say that almost everything Millen is saying at this point in the game is dead on correct.....everything that Spielman stated earlier this week is dead on......and everyone who wants to say we are making significant progress needs to really take a second and think through where we are.
As I say that we just turn it over on the first play of the 2nd half.
I want to know how that pick is not reviewed
WE WEre SUPPOSED TO WINNN!
UN ACCEPT ABLE
Can we please retire this idiotic "joke" already? We've clearly passed the point at which being unhappy about the RR regime is irrational.
I think it's funny that OSU is NOT bowl eligible. Oh wait, they only have one loss.
This game is all about experience vs inexperience. That's why we're losing.
I have no more left. I am going for a walk.
to getting shit-faced drunk.
I'm going the alcohol route.
This sad performance should make DB's evaluation painfully easy. Heeelllllooooo Harbaugh.
I'm fairly sure DB wants RR to stay another year...but I'm also sure he expected a slightly better effort than what has been done today. He's got a very difficult decision to make.
I am beginning to wonder if the spread works until the red zone, and then when there isn't as much space against a good defense ....
As for defense - OSU decided to start passing and we reverted to 3-3-5
This is laughable. Every other D1 team in Ohio would put up a better fight than this. Rivalry game? Where's the emotion? They are being out coached in every facet..
No, they're not being outcoached. Denard Robinson is fumbling, Roy Roundtree isn't catching the ball, Vincent Smith is fumbling, etc. That's not coaching. That's players being stupid/bad and not executing
At what point is it on the coaching, if it happens every game? Or offense has been turning it over like hotcakes and/or blowing drives every game since Indiana (including the two wins).
I can't find the wherewithal to blame it on Rich Rodriguez that Roy Roundtree suddenly got butterfingers today.
I'm not blaming Rodriguez either, but I can't find the wherewithal to say that even if Roundtree would have caught every single ball that the final score would have been much different..
Magnus - one game of fumbling and not catching here or there is a bad day / players not focusing. Three seasons of it?
So true. At what point is it just part of a team's DNA?
Couldn't disagree more. Turnovers are perhaps the best indicator in terms of coaching (after wins and losses). Well-coached teams secure the ball. Poorly coached ones give it up. One of the maddening things about playing Sabin or Tressel is how rarely their teams fumble.
Execution is a key part of the game, and under Bo, execution was not optional.
BO SCHEMBECHLER WOULDN'T HAVE ALLOWED TURNOVERS!!! RICH RODRIGUEZ LOVES IT WHEN HIS TEAM TURNS OVER THE BALL!!! ARGH!!!
meltdown. I find it hilarious that all this squabbling isn't going to make a difference. Save it for after the bowl and then we'll hash it out like civilized human beings.
DICK ROD SUCKS!
OSU LOOSE 7 YREAS IN A ROW!
HIRE JIM HABRARUGH!
DICK ROD SUCKS!
OSU LOOSE 7 YREAS IN A ROW!
HIRE JIM HABRARUGH!
Even then it still won't make a difference because I highly doubt DB will be consulting MGoBoard as he makes his decision.
I just can't wait to see what Freep has to say about us.
People still care about what the Free Press has to say?
Good and great coaching staffs make adjustments. tOSU made adjustments and we either did not or could not.
This is bullshit. I hate being a sports fan sometimes.
I could only catch portions of the game on the radio while driving through Ohio for a wedding, but it sounds like a sloppy game by UM combined with the cold efficiency we expect from OSU. I hate to say it, but OSU has been a better program compared to UM since basically the middle of the decade (save for 2006, and even that might have been a bit of a abberation), and it is going to take another year or two for the talent levels to even out again. I hope and expect RR to be there for it, but today's game was incredibly hard to listen to, let alone watch.
Well let's see....
Maybe Ohio State has better players (I know, it's shocking).
We should totally fire our general manager.
Its called shit, and as you may have heard, it happens.