when UConn was good.
when UConn was good.
I'm just pointing out the fight this team has, especially the D. Under RRod we had no heart and no fight (and no D.)
Blow it out your ass. RR had teams with half as much talent that had more heart than this one. 2008 vs. Wisconsin, 2009 vs. Indiana and Notre Dame plus a valiant 4th Q comeback at Sparty to push into OT in a tropical storm, 2010 vs. Notre Dame on the road, those players played with a lot of guts and scrap.
This team has way more talent and looks like they can barely be bothered to show up for the non-marquee games.
That 2008 team showed SO MUCH HEART against Toledo, didn't they? And SO MUCH HEARt against Illinois in 2009, when they went into a shell after Roundtree was tackled at the one followed by 4 runs for 0 yards. SO MUCH HEART against Mississippi State too. I could go on.
How about you blow it our your ass. I won't say those teams lacked heart or anything...but to say this Hoke team has less heart somehow? They're 4-0 dude. I don't care who they struggled against, they WON against adversity.
Who they mightily struggled to beat when Akron at home is an escape and the other worst team in football barely loses.
I'm pretty sure we beat the same crappy Uconn team more convincingly under RR.
Well my car's timing belt asploded this morning in the middle of B.F. Nowhere, Nevada. Had to spend three hours getting a hitch to a place where I could get cell service. Once I got a 30-mile tow into town, the mechanic didn't have the part to fix my car. Had to take a shitty bus 120 miles to the nearest auto parts store to get it.
Upon getting home, I turned on the game early in the second half. And then my day started to suck.
And by the way, I have to take another shitty bus ride 120 more miles tomorrow morning to get the part to the mechanic. Great weekend.
Wow, that sucks worst than the time my timing belt broke and I coasted into Green River Utah (as close to the middle of nowhere I've ever been). The engine was toast, but the car wasn't worth a lot anyway. Traded it for another clunker and limped back to Michigan.
Good luck with the repairs!
Yeah about 45 minutes before the shit hit the fan, I passed a sign that said "next gas: 130 miles".
Green River, Utah is close to some of the best desolation this planet has to offer; Moab, Sleeping Ute, Canyonlands, etc. Even though you could die there, it was probably worth it.
...is absolutely gorgeous at sunset. It looks like the gods were playing dice and forgot to put their toys away. Stunning--a much more subtle beauty than Yosemite or Zion or any of the usual showpieces. That first trip through there might have been my favorite drive ever.
Of course I'd probably remember it differently if my timing belt had busted....
was far less misleading than our current 4-0.
We all knew Notre Dame sucked back then. And we had wins over UMass well they are probably better than us right now.
That really depends on how the rest of the year turns out, doesn't it?
You keep carrying that torch, though. Hold it high.
One thing I would like to see is more out of the gun. If Miller and the guards can't block inside, at least don't have Devin turning his back to the line in the process. You can still run from that formation with relative ease.
And we won despite gifting them 14 points. Devin is who he is--a good quarterback with a huge mobility plus that he offsets with terrible turnovers. But we won again.
When was the last time a team dropped multiple spots in the polls two weeks in a row after wins?
Well this was terrible.
Gardner looks shattered out there. He knows how to run but he no longer has the confidence to throw, even against overmatched opponents. This is a problem.
Part of the reason for this is that our receivers have been exposed. We wondered why Chesson never got targeted, and then we found out when Gardner threw a decent ball his way and Chesson was neither able to gain separation nor beat a shorter guy for the ball.
Gallon is really the only guy Gardner likes to throw to, and that causes a lot of problems.
So does the OL, which is rough. There was one sack where Miller basically stood still and slightly brushed his man as the defender ran by to chase Gardner around. Not good.
See, I thought Chesson played decently. That throw was short, and as a freshman who didn't have a great QB in HS it may take some time to adjust to those types of throws. He'll be fine. I think Gardner's locking on too much to Gallon, but at the same time the line isn't keeping him clean, and that is disrupting throwing lanes and his rhythm. I don't think he is shattered; he's just not comfortable out there.
The line will be shaken up this bye week. It might not be better, but I expect some changes.
the bomb to him in the endzone should have been caught. he misjudged the ball. he did have 2 great hits on special teams though.
to hang onto the damn ball.
I agree Chesson showed why he isn't quite ready. Looks like a good athlete, but he seems to have the Breaston syndrome of not being good at playing the ball in the air. Hope I am wrong about that one.
I don't get the lack of Tight end targets, though. I feel we need to develop more plays with tight ends as the #1 read because Butt and Funchess can physically outmatch a lot more guys than our receivers can.
If Devin doesn't underthrow the ball, Chesson has a nice catch. Quit acting like Chesson has no idea what he's doing. It was by far Devin's fault. Just because the announcer, who had no clue what was going on, says it was Chesson fault, doesn't make it true. Chesson couldn't outjump a ball that was behind AND below him. It was a bad throw, that simple.
On the INT, yes. But Chesson should have had a TD later on, on the throw in the endzone. If he'd kept running, instead of leaping and flailing at it, it'd have fallen right in his hands.
He didn't judge the wind correctly. It made the ball float an extra 5 yards. That was a much more difficult catch than it looked like.
Ok, uneccesarily angry guy, I was referring to the missed TD catch not the int, though I thought he had a play on the int as well. It was a bad throw but that doesn't mean he couldn't have played the ball better.
often, but he pretty much came up with the most important catch of the entire game. Also I disagree about him not getting seperation on that play, he had a step or two on the db on the INT. I do agree he should have come back to ball to help Gardner out, but he had his guy beat on that play.
I thought Chesson looked okay. Made a great play on the third and long. Wasn't aggresive enough on the interception, but it was underthrown and not really on him. He pulled up on the potential TD pass at the end of the game, which seemed like a beginner mistake--could've had six there if he'd run through it.
There was a pretty stiff wind, too, and that might have been an issue.
Oh, and I forgot to mention that I intensely dislike the punt coverage and punt returns. Muh stone age special teams. And Al Borges.
Borges rued having Denard as a QB, now he's treating Devin exactly Ike him.
Been saying the same thing all year, unlike last year. This year, when we need a play of a yard or 8+, we go full blown Denard and Devin is not Denard. In fact, due to his height those hits add up to more. Just sad we can't run all over or get pressure on Akron and uconn. We can't forget how bad they are but, as I said in the day old prediction thread, I didn't see this team paying much better. You can't talk your way into being better unless you truly didn't show up. I think this game proved that it's not s showing up issue. Teams know Gardner is defacto Denard, or middle OL is bad so teams play us as they did Denard. So many plays where we had wide open WRs and Gardner would turn his back and run around like he was on the playground or wait for Gallon to the point of sack our worse. I said before the game that all that Tebow talk shit means nothing. You are who you are and we have issues. Not as dire as some think but this is not an 8 win team right now. Bye week needed.
Bye week is coming at a good time. Time to practice and get ready for Big Ten season. This team is young and has a very long way to go. The two things they need right now are practice and confidence.
I will not give up on this team.
For coaches, players, and FANS!!!!!
The future's so bright I can no longer see the present! Wheeee!
Chris Spielman is rendered speechless. He was all happy.....until he wasn't. LOL.
Michigan may not be a top 15 team, but honestly what does rankings matter if your not going to go undefeated. I don't think they will win all of their games, but I still think they will win enough to go to Indy and play for a chance to go to Rose Bowl.
I'm here for the rain thread.
Al has to think of something....
Their confidence is shattered too because they played awful back to back weeks!
They need to get healthy (if that's what is wrong) or they need to shuffle it up. Bye week and then Minny at home to get ready for White Out at Happy Valley. Their effort the last 2 weeks will not get it done.
Minny is not a pushover this year.
We should be favored but obviously we were against these last two teams. Thank goodness for the bye week. Have got to get better and figure out some solutions.
We won. Woo.
He looks pretty banged up too.
Snowflake? Gardener seems likely to return for his last year of eligibility at this point.
good snowflake or bad snowflake?
You saw him against ND. Very, very good.
I know Fitz got the yards tonight but the amount of negative plays to date is staggering. They need to try someone or something else along the interior. Glad the guys fought through the adversity to win.
since RRods first, we actually won that game. All I ask is if devin throws to someone not on offense it can be me in the stands.
We lost to what turned out to be an undefeated Utah team by 2. In retrospect, it might have been the most impressive performance that year considering the opponent.