There's been much talk about the game plan yesterday, how poor the offensive line is, lack of development of young players, and general wailing and gnashing of teeth. But as I think about things this morning, those concerns, while legitimate, don't strike me as being as concerning as this: Brady Hoke came here and laid out his mission for the team many times, which was to be as "physical" as possible, and to restore that tough Michigan standard of play. This is what the entire "manball" theme is about.
When he arrived three years ago, no one expected Hoke to out-scheme people offensively. I don't think anyone expected we would out-scheme anyone at all. We all knew that the offensive system would be a hybrid, and everyone that read Borges' resume three years ago wouldn't have been iunder any impression that we would have a dynamic offense. So my expectations for Hoke are tempered by IMO his lack of knowledge of offensive football, which is why he delegates so much to his OC.
But one thing that Hoke has entirely under his control is the physical nature of the team. That is a culture that is set by the head coach, and can often be affected before talent even develops or arrives--it is not dependent on talent. And his self described mission is to have Michigan be the most physical team out there. Yet we got beat up yesterday, just as we did two years ago, and that was not the first or second time that has happened. Three years in now, and do we see progress in getting to the core of what Brady Hoke wants this team to be? Perhaps I'm wrong, but that to me seems the largest concern about the head coach this morning.