We've had a lot of hand wringing as a fan base over the last 2 months as MANBALL has taken over the reigns of the gimmick spread offense. Much of the worry has been over the utilization of Denard and how he will be used. I'm not sure of anything , but let's go off the base assumption that Borges and Hoke are good,smart football coaches. Then let's look at last years offensive results.
|.399||12||San Diego State||8-4||40||.355||17||.669||66||.516||27||.225||7||.092||105||.208||74|
What initially sticks out is Michigan at #2, but look down a little further to #12 and see SDS( maybe they do know how to utilize talent). Even if you were a critic of last years offense take a look at that list and look at the records of those teams( I think we'd take most of those). Of that list of 15 who returns 10 starters(that would be 1...us) Of that list who returns their QB(6-Mic, Ore, Okl, SC, FSU,SDS?) Of that list who had a 1st year starter running the team?(3-Mic,Ore,Aub) Can we better than #1? Can we be #1+? We're already #2 and #1 is taking a hard dive next year and probably 3,4 and 5 as well.
Our record is an extreme outlier on this chart compared to the other teams. Our defense and special teams had to try and conspire to hold our offense back last year.
What's the point of this? Hoke can try to fire the troops up with MANBALL all he wants, but Borges has run all sorts of offenses and had pretty good success. We have a lot of experienced talent and transition or no transition we should be looking at an offense that should be similar to last years in terms of look and production. Borges will run it out of his system and we'll be under center a little bit more, but we're going to be good..real good.
So to those of you who are worried about the offense just relax and imagine what our record will be like with Mattison shoring up this defense to an even mediocre level. The offense is going to be great. Get ready for more fireworks in 2011.
Michigan 2011 BT Champs
Edit-Pretty cool I got this out 15 minutes before Brian stole my thinder on the main board. Hoke is just playing to the crowd, Denard will be in the gun a lot next year...a lot.