Like all of you, I stayed up late and relentlessly made the rounds of the various college football recap shows and CF blogs as I soaked in the victory. Some observations:
- Kelly and Holtz and most of the talking heads mis-characterize the concern with Denard's long-term vulnerability. Running 25 or 30 times is not the issue. Would Kelly or others worry about Ingram's carries? Michigan faithful were pining (some of us) for a primary Mike Hart or Chris Perry type of back to emerge who'd carry the ball that much. Robinson, like Barry Sanders, actually takes less damage (although the risk of a crushing hit is always there) because of his elusiveness; players are growing increasingly concerned with "corralling" DRob rather than obliterating him because he's too scary.
- The issue is the total exposures, which yesterday was 68. He is combining the exposures of the RB and the QB, so the combined threat to both Crist, for example (that mattered), and Mike Hart (over a normal game). That is the danger. However, because of RR's quick-developing play tactics, DRob rarely is exposed to the in-the-pocket Dexter Manley type of hit.
- All in all, I think DRob's actual punishment is on par with a feature RB when you combine the two threats.