MCalibur's post really got me thinking (which hurts a little on a Friday evening) about the Tate/Denard choice in a different light. Specifically it got me thinking about the obvious advantages Michigan might exploit if/when Denard shows that he is game ready. A few thoughts:
- I still am somewhat convinced that Tate has earned the starting role for game 1. Beyond that I think the best looking QB for the week leading up to the next game, including the game played last, should and will start the next contest. Tate was just a warrior for us last season and took a heavy beating. So even if it is only for a series or two, I would most like to see him get the starting nod.
- Having such divergent talents of roughly equal effectiveness (hopefully very effective, i.e. Tate-September-2009) will really allow Michigan a sweet opportunity to exploit the practice time of each upcoming opponent. They can start out trying one player out to see how well prepared the defense is for him, and if they seem particularly well prepared have some level of confidence that the other player will find success. Of course if the starter dominates from the beginning, we might be able to run away with any given game.
- Of course the QB is not the only skill positions that teams will prepare for, and that might yield another advantage. Each QB is likely to practice in large part with the same set of skill players (1st team vs 2nd team) and thus could produce entire platoons of playmakers in tune with their respective QB. Michigan's roster seems well equipped for this scenario, with many slots and backs of varying talents and even enough outside receivers to make it work well. There are even two very talented TEs to choose from.
So in summary, not only would the opposing defense have to choose their poison at QB, they would have to take a guess as to which platoon of skill position players would be with them and that could also be varied each week. All together, this should give Michigan the ability to find a very strong combination by around the 5th possession, or possibly just steamroll from the beginning. Even the worst case scenario there ends up keeping everyone of import both fresh physically and into the game mentally.
I am stoked thinking about this. Bring on the season.