Every kid in America who watched that game wants to wear the winged helmet and be the next Denard Robinson. There's nothing wrong with that kind of hype.
"Meet the Most Exciting Player in College Football"
I enjoy hype as much as the next person, but I would have preferred this team stay under the radar for a bit longer. Hype and expectations are a hard thing for a young team to live up to IMO.
Hype and expectations are a hard thing for a young team to live up to IMO.
It might be hard, but not impossible....and as we all know, Impossible is Nothing.
I'll take all of the positive vibes, stories, attention, coverage, fluff....ANYthing, after the past 2 years.
Time for all the hard work, blood, sweat and tears to pay off. These kids and this staff deserve it. Awesome weekend....
is under the radar
it is very tough for kids to handle that sudden onslaught without relaxing and believing it.
While i mostly agree with you, I think you are totally paranoid. But, i suppose that is what the media has done to us over the past 3 years.
The last three years have made me uber paranoid.
seems to be very level headed, at least from what I've seen in his interviews. Hope he keeps that and has a good structure around him that will keep him "grounded" throughout the season. Stay happy, stay healthy and GO BLUE!!
As for Dienhart, he's a hack. In case you're not sure, notice that he couldn't resist including a "RICHROD NEED X WINS OR ELSE HIM FIRED" line. No surprise that he was once employed by The Sporting News, which, with the notable exception of this 'blog's owner, has normally had a roster of second- and third-rate writers.
He also gives absolutely no credit to the scheme, the rest of the offensive players for their superior execution, or to Denard's ability to read and make ridicuously quick decisions. It's all about Denard's physical gifts - he's really damning Michigan's offense as nothing but the result of a physically gifted player, ignoring the fact that Denard did not have these kind of results last year.
I think this highlights something very important: most of the supposed "opinion makers" are very ignorant of this offense and what goes into it. It's literally one of the most intelligent (and out of the box) offensive schemes in all of football, but because it's run from a simple base offense, people who don't have the intelligence to understand it don't understand it. The first Michigan touchdown is a perfect example of this. What went into making that play happen is pure football genius.
He don't get no respect. I agree with your statements and think that RR is obviously still a whipping-boy for the press. Dienhart is saying RR has no impact on DRob's performance. While I appreciate the type of player he is, DRob still owes his success to being well-coached. I wish the media would pull their heads out of their 4th-point of contact.
This is right - it's inherent complexity is what makes it look simple to the ignorant. To use a somewhat overused phrase - this offense, when properly executed, is "profound simplicity".
I don't buy that media hates us nonsense. We are the story of the first two weeks, no other major football program is as intriguing as ours right now and fans want to hear about it so the media is delivering.
to turn on the very people they've pumped up. Our society loves to build up an image of celebrities and athletes and then punish them for not living up to that image. You know the first loss we get you'll see a shot of Denard fumbling the ball or something on every single sports page and/or web site in America.
Like grandpa once said... There's no such thing as an innocent good-looking woman... don't ever trust 'em.
"Robinson already is better than White. And he's just a sophomore."
I'd pump the breaks a little on that one. I love Denard as much as the next guy, but I think we need to see a few more games before we start throwing that out there.
Read: Tate Forcier as the leading Heisman candidate after 4 games last year. We REALLY need to keep the hype down on this team. DRob has been sensational, and very level-headed it seems. But at that age, all this attention is going to eventually cause some overconfidence down the line, either for him or the team by proxy, and it could hurt us. RR seems to be keeping the guys humble, and they should be humble given the last 2 years. If everyone wants to jump on the bandwagon (I almost typed bangwagon, that would've been great), excellent, just hope the team ignores most of it.
is that Denard will somehow come "down to earth" in the next two games. Did you notice that Baby Seal U, and not so much of a Baby Seal U are the two next teams we play? You think they can stop Denard? Their DCs are shitting their pants watching film today.
are a great place for other parts of the team to get plenty of reps. Look for every running back to get touches next week, and less non-zone read designed quarterback runs.
I'd also bet we see all three quarterbacks play the next two weeks, especially if they get ugly early. So no, I don't see another 400-500 yard game by Denard. But that's just my take.
Speaking frankly, if Denard were to sustain this level of play all season and be a Heisman contender, one hopes that not running up massive stats against an FCS team wouldn't be a strike against him.
Throw up a flashy performance against a bad Big 10 team? Fine, that should count. But one hopes that the good people at the Downtown Athletic Club know padding stats when they see it.