Well we won. On the negative most of the posters here have been replaced with 4 year old children.
Michigan vs. Akron SNOWFLAKES Thread
Just got back to Cleveland. Based upon the threads I've seen I'm guessing Akron scored that last td and we lost.
And here I though I saw them win.....guess not.
It's amazing how quickly our fan base goes from loving everyone on this team last week to calling for coaches to be fired (Borges and Heck) and scolding team leaders for being soft and weak. Big picture- we played like absolute ball sack and got the W. Definitely not the way you'd like to win, but you fight to live another day. The B1G championship is still in sight and so is the Rose Bowl. Learn from this game and move on.
Welcome to the sane Michigan fan club. You'll love your team while hating 80% of the people who root for them.
game was concerning, but diaappeared when the final pass hit the ground.
the lingering concern is the Oline - we had very little push against this low level opponent. We have a 1st round tackle but very poor play from the other 4. Even Scholfield was below standard today.
It plagued us last year and continues this year. I would guess the coaches alter the lineup next week to see if Bryant and/or Braden can get some push.
Funk needs to go. I'm sorry but there are multiple teams every year with much worse talent than we have, or less experience than we have and they absolutely make it work. Something has to change. Has to.
Funk's first recruiting class are all RS freshmen and RR left a huge crater behind him as far as OL depth is concerned. Don't let your stupidity stop you from whining and calling for people's jobs after a win though. This coaching staff has remained undefeated at home for three seasons and has given us more success than we've had in over a decade. I wish this section of our fanbase simply didn't exist. You all should have gone to State.
I took the same stance you are a while back during the spring game, and Magnus responded saying he had some doubts about Funk's ability to coach OL. Now I'm not too sure about Funk too. Borges and Hoke have proven their worth and I don't doubt them in the slightest. I just have a hard time dealing with the lack of a run game. Pass blocking is going to be hard for young OL to pick up. With seeing blitz packages and having to know where you're supposed to be depending on what pass protection is called, it's difficult. Our run game should be more effective than it is, especially when Gardner has been able to throw a little bit.
for a snowflakes thread at 300 plus. Just wanted to be a part of it.
EDIT: By the way - long time fan of this site. After reading for years and looking forward to updates every day at work, I decided to participate. Please forgive me if my first post isn't even-keeled.
I was as angry, disgusted, and raging as any miserable bastard... I mean fan would be.
Never mind, I still am. I tried to post a "hang in there, blah, etc.."
I think we'll still win 8 games, but we have 2 critical problems we must fix (YES, I know this is redundant, but it somehow makes me feel better to just say it).
1. Except for the vetrans, the offensive line is failing EVERY play to get to the secnd level. You CANNOT have a successful run game with free linebackers.
2. We must find a way to generate a pash rush with 4 guys. If that means we put Black and Pipkens at DE every 4 plays and they just bullrush, so be it. Find a way.
Devin will be okay. He was due a terrible game. Thank God in heaven we got a win when he decided to have his melt-down. I can almost guarantee that he gets right back on the horse next week. But, either way, enough with the Shane Morris starting comments. That's ridiculous.
Our defense isn't going to be great. That's just the way it is. The kids are trying their hearts out, they are just either too young, or not talented enough and we need time for the youngsters to grow up. But, we better get a couple elite D-linemen for a few years in a row.
Our O-Line can be fixed. They have talent, especially Kalis is just stronger that almost everyone he's going up against. But, they are going to need time to learn to get to the next level so Fitz can run wild except to the outside on occasion. Everyone saying Fitz isn't the same, wake up. He's doing everything by himself.
Good first post. Glad to have you here. I don't think we should hold out much hope for the OL this year. I think Kalis has been outplayed by Glasgow by a wide margin so far this year despite having far better physical attributes. Both lines have been subpar, but unlike Hoke and Mattison I don't think Funk has demonstrated enough in years past that he should be given the benefit of the doubt.
Remind me of the ridiculous "we're turrrible" threads after the basketball team lost to Wisconsin in the B1G tourney. This coach should fired, that player has no discipline, the sky is falling, we'll be lucky to win one game in the NCAA tournament...
falling and we will be just fine.......Go Blue
Since arrival, Hoke has made all the right moves. I am curious to see what changes or improvements, if any, the staff can get accomplished this week. UConn might be on par with Akron so if we don't see any improvements this week, there will be plenty of anxiety on this board.
we are who we thought we were. we knew the o-line was going to take sometime to develop, entering 3 new starters can be difficult, especially early in the season. we do not know the status of Bryant, maybe he's hurt, maybe he'll get a shot. hoke talks a lot about competing, maybe there will be some shake up on the oline this week. seems as if schofield's best was when he played guard...if braden is more suitable as a tackle, maybe he could move in as a starter...it seems as if all of our runs that are successful are to the edge, i still think fitz is too jumpy. lets see how they look next week before we settle on the whole season being bad.
I'll reserve the right to make more long term judgements after the UConn game. That being said, here are some things I'll be looking for: 1) Can our DLine learn some new techniques. I watche Beyer rush down after down with the same exact rush move every time. He was stone-walled. I then watched Purdue blow up ND line on several pass rush situations while only bringing four. 2) Will GMat stubbornly try to earn the right to rush four in the first half and then resort to blitzing in the second? How about mixing it up from the get-go? The defense should be more unpredictable IMHO. 3) Will Jame Ross III just intercept the damn ball already? Enough with those oh-so-close-could-of-made-a-game-changing-play. That is three or four in two weeks now. 4) Devin: work out your internal clock damnit. Sometimes it is okay to check down or throw it away. Play every play with a killer mentality...efficient yet aggressive. Sometimes he has a "what, me worry" persona back there. 5)OLine: If we don't get an interior push next week it is time to look at another player or two (Bryant...or Glasgow to C and Bryant in at LG). Hell, try it for a series or two to evaluate. 6) DB: on the two big plays...we were right there. THis unit is still trending up and is still very young. Wilson bailed us out once; however, there are still plays he needs to make (dropped interceptions). Rotate #2 RB (Green or whoever) in a bit more. I watched Fitz rip a long run and then he was gassed as on the very next play he half-heartedly attempted to bounce outside and lost a yard. We can't just give away plays. Kid was gassed...take it out for a play.