Pick one current Michigan Man currently playing in the NFL that you think would have the largest impact on this year's team.
I suspect 99% of us would pick a defensive player.
It'd be nice to see someone in the middle who knew what they were doing.
Jamar Adams would be in my top 5 too, I think... which shows you how bad the safety play is right now.
Amen. I miss the days when Michigan churned out great (college)middle linebackers (Anderson, Morrison, Irons).
My immediate choice as well
I don't think many college offensive lines would be able to handle a combination of Brandon Graham and LaMarr Woodley.
He can still shut down half of the field.
Most definitely Woodson. He could play safety, corner and return punts.
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Chuck, but with a move to S.
Let me get this straight... You wanna take the best College CB ever.. EVVVVuuurrr! and move him to Safety? I am just trying to figure out the logic to the madness.
It'd seem more logical to stick Woodson at corner and let Woolfolk play deep safety again, where he wasn't head-asplode awful.
Jake Long, TD against Illini guaranteed
Woodley from one side and Graham from the other is my dream for Pittsburgh's D(leave James Harrison!).....
I'd like Jake Long, but I think the combo on D work force turnovers like crazy and have the offense constantly pumped up.
Two seasons ago I'd take Tom Brady of course......
Two seasons ago we still had Henne. Do you mean 1 season ago?
He meant two years ago before Brady was hurt.
No, it would of course be Woodson.
Anybody who doesn't pick Charles Woodson is drunk.
You could plug him in at corner opposite Warren and move Woolfolk to safety OR you could plug him in at deep safety and let him roam center field. I'd probably choose the latter.
for finding the loop hole....
I believe the term he was looking for is "Wolverine".
"The wolverine has a reputation for ferocity and strength out of proportion to its size, with the documented ability to kill prey many times its size."
Best Wiki quote ever.
How about a defensive secondary of...
That might be worth a W.
Would have to say Marlin Jackson. I know he is hurt right now and Woodson was better in the secondary but man I loved top watch him hit people. Bring him back and put him at safety.
James Earl Jones would be next just so he could sing The Victors before each game in that deep echoing voice!
Anyone who doesn't say Tom Brady is crazy. Woodson takes away 1 offensive player. Brady eliminates the crazy stupid turnovers from Forcier and would pick apart defenses so easily, it would be criminal. 40+ points a game would be the norm.
would be nice to have.... but woodson on D would be deadly. and to say that woodson only takes away one player is kind of wrong. in 97 he shut down one side of the field, to the point where QB's wouldn't even look his way most of the time. because of that michigans D could swing coverage to the other side of the field. by doing that it would make it even harder for the QB to find someone to throw to, thus allowing our 4 man front to get pressure without having to blitz.
Come on, dude.
Plus, we're not exactly catching the rock well these days.
Jake Long. Oline protection is terrible for Tate. Yeah the D is bad, but no 1 player is going to help solve ALL the problems. Protecting Tate is as important the offense as the run game.
Marlin Jackson would go a LONG way to helping us win.
He was who I thought of at first as well, but the statistics show that Tate sucks in the pocket and is much more accurate on the move; therefore, having Long might have some unintended consequences.
It has to be Woodson. Teams wouldn't be able to pass on Michigan. He could help outon offense. Perhaps most importantly, he knows how to field a punt and do something with it.
How many games have we lost because of a ridiculous amount of turnovers on punts? Just giving us someone who can fair catch wins us the Iowa game and helps out in (sadly) just about every other game over the last two years.
My picks have already been voiced (Woodson/ Brady) but I'd also take Morgan Trent or Leon Hall back.
Co-sign on Leon...I hope you're joking about Trent. We have enough fast guys w/o true DB skills on the team already. Don't give me "any warm body would help"...Morgan Trent was a freakin' nightmare for about 3.5 years of his career. He made (maybe) 5 plays his senior year and only looked competent because he was on a 3-9 team.
He belongs in the UofM defensive backfield hall of shame along with Todd Howard, Dewayne Patmon, and Cato (ball skills of a D-tackle) June.
Sorry...don't mean to be harsh, just a sore spot I guess.
Does that -3 above mean there is a closet Morgan Trent fanbase out there?
That's gotta be a tough group to be a part of.
Woodson and Warren shut down the secondary.
Woodson at slot receiver.
Woodson running the wildcat.
Woodson fielding punts, not fumbling punts, and returning punts.
I voted for Harris initially, but I hadn't thought about Woodson returning punts and at slot. I'm sold.
I'd be more excited about Woodson catching punts.
Unfortunately, though, one player isn't enough to fix the defense, so I would change the "rules" slightly, forget fixing the D, and take a healthy Tate Forcier for the entire year if I really had my choice of one player. I am fully convinced that they would have beaten MSU and Illinois with a healthy Forcier. That would make their record and year look a lot different than it does right now.
The losses to PSU and Iowa aren't really "bad" losses, considering their positions in the poll right now. It's the losses to teams like MSU and Illinois that hurt the most.
Eventually, as this team gets older and deeper, it will be more able to take care of business against weaker teams. That alone guarantees eight wins a year once the pieces are in place. Then, the games against better teams are the difference between a great year and an OK year. That simple change makes a huge difference in how the season goes.
Woodson on D and Jake Long on O.
is saying woodson. i'm going to say either wheatley or biakabutuka. just for the simple fact that they both have speed and power, and don't go down on first contact or hesitate at the line when we need a TD.
Todd Collins...hands down.
I presume we mean the player as they are, right now, not their peak collegiate form, right?
Because as much as the defensive secondary could use Woodson 1997 (and not that Woodson 2009 is a bad edition), I think that under the thought exercise, the linebacking corps could use Woodley 2009. Plays LB (admittedly in a 34 scheme), so he could replace a walkon, work in run stop, and probably help the secondary by getting pressure on the quarterback, either as himself or as the guy you have to account for, allowing Brandon Graham to destroy things.
Also, the killing people, that would help.
Woodson on "D", Brady on "O", and I would have to go Brady if I had to pick just one. I don't imagine Tom running the "option-read"- "And Brady once again calls an audible"- so if we wanted a qb to follow script, perhaps Henson or Leach.
My second D pick, Jarrett Irons.
Woodson or Breaston. I am pretty sure Breaston was a QB in high school and probably could have run the spread option really well.
Jon Jansen for his leadership
Antonio Bass for last year
Well technically he was around last year...
Would you like a new knee as well? That'll cost extra. Sorry Charlie.
dang, then I'll just have to settle for Charles Woodson
Fair enough...however "settle" and "Charles Woodson" should never show up in the same sentence.
Unless that sentence went like..."Peyton Manning had to SETTLE for second place in the Heisman voting behind the winner CHARLES WOODSON".
That would work...
Ryan Mundy? Obviously I'd take any secondary depth.
I was gonna go with Ernest Shazor. Is Marcus Ray still in the NFL?
Good call. Shazor is my pick as well. Dude was a beast
Woodson for two reasons:
1) Shuts down half the field
2) HOLD ON TO THE DAMN BALL/punt returner
HOLD ON TO THE DAMN BALL - why I would take Breaston. He could run the "Wildcat" ... and I just used my least favorite term.
Not sure if he plays still, as he always is hanging on with someone, but Ty Law. And to further the question I would've loved a secondary of Law, Woodson, Jackson, and Warren.
Why not make Leon Hall the nickelback while were at it. It'll be the Fab Five of college football.
Steve Hutchinson would help the O-line a lot right now.
That's was my immediate reaction to the question. One of the most underrated players in the NFL. I doubt Minnesota would have had their running success without him, and Favre would be on IR.
Along the same lines, I bet Steve Everitt could step right in at center, even pushing 40.
bowens then how about trevor pryce???
Trevor Pryce was not an Eaglet. Therefore, he is Not.Good.Enough.
but I still miss Anthony Carter. A.C. had this electric way of finding the end zone (it seemed like) almost every time he touched the football. You had to love his socks.
For current players, I'd be picking between David Harris and Charles Woodson. Pick your poison: shut down 1/3 of the passing game or 1/3 the running game. Sad thing is, I still believe that the defense still wouldn't even be average with one more stud.
definitely David Harris.
or a safety, ANY safety.
The player as they were at Michigan, or as they are now? Probably changes the answer.
Guys I'd love to see back from the last 15 years:
For the fact that if you bring Woodson back your linebackers still are not great and if you bring Harris back the secondary is still not that good. So I would say bring Back Braylon we could use a deep threat to stretch out the D, or just throw it up to him and let him go get it.
Woodson - D, Long - O
or any linebacker
or any safety
On Woodson. Game changer for sure on any defense. Nobody would throw his way and it would take the pressure off the rest of the defense. Plus I just love me some Charles muthaphuckin Woodson.
Ricky "the peach" Leach, we know he is all in with RR, plus it would keep him off the radio with his incendiary outbursts, also he can run the option.
Nah, I'd take Harris or Woodley.
Mike Hart puts it in the end zone last week against Illinois. Probably doesn't need four tries to do it either and he holds on to the ball as well. How many fumbles this year have come on the other team's side of the field?
Anyone who can tackle. So Woodley, Foote, Harris, Woodson, etc. Heck, give me Leon Hall and Ernest Shazor.
and ends with Woodson ("Woodson Woodson"?).
It would fill the most holes (minor upgrade at safety (Woolfolk returning), insane upgrade at CB, insane upgrade at PR).
Not to be a Debbie Downer (and I picked Woodson, too), but Woodson wasn't that great of a punt returner. He just had The Return that makes everyone think he was great.
If anybody wants a current NFLer to upgrade the punt returner position, look no further than Steve Breaston.
Drew Henson in Rich-Rod's offense would be unstoppable. Doesn't anyone remember how he was the greatest quarterback ever while actually at Michigan? He could throw bullets and run. Stupid Yankees ruining everything. Potentially costing us a MNC those asshole World Champions.
just kidding. I would probably take Jake Long
Woodson wins out but I would also be very happy with Dhani Jones, Sam Sword or any of the middle LB's from that team.
Tacopants never fumbled...
If you couldn't pick Charles, I'd probably go with Big Jake or Alan Branch.
WRs: Braylon, Terrell
Slots: Desmond, AC
OL: Long, Hutchinson, Mike Kenn, Dierdorf, Runyan
QB: Steve Smith
End: The Beast
Sam (Spinner): Cato June
Strong Side Safety (Center Fielder): Keith Bostic
Weak Side Safety (Down Safety, weakside): Tripp Welborne
We need DB help the most, and someone who can catch a punt. its gotta be Woodson
There are too many good choices.