Positivity will not be rewarded
POSITIVE Quick Hits - Wiscy
I got the grout in my tile floor in the bathroom looking good, cleaned and sealed!!
I turned off the game and went on a furious cleaning bender when we turned the ball over right before the half. Turned it back on and we'd scored 21 points! Then, we turned it over again while driving and I turned the game back off, figuring I was jinxing...
Did you go with sanded or unsanded grout?
I actually answered the phone when I saw the caller ID.
We stopped the Wisconsin passing attack in the 2nd half.
I see what you did there
There is no quit in this team, and you don't see players with their heads down or showing frustration.
Smith looked pretty solid again. Our receivers are definitely getting open. The team didn't quit after halftime!
The #1 positive thing is the team fought hard until the end of the game.
My son's rocket football team does the same thing. Its not that hard.
Your son's rocket football team has a good coach.
Rocket football.. kind of sounds futuristic
But in all honesty, teams quit (see Indiana last week)
We got punched in the mouth in the first half, and we came out and gave wisconsin our best shot in front of a fanbase that boo'd them mercilessly at the half.. that my friend takes fucking heart and guts.
people were booing the decision to run out the 30 seconds with three timeouts down 24-0. It may have been the right decision, but I was irritated too. At that point you need a touchdown to keep the game within reach. Unfortunately with our defense, a comeback was all but impossible. This team needs to play lights out the whole game to beat the fuckeyes.
While we're talking coaching decisions, why was V Smith still in the game when Tate came in for that last drive? Hopefully the injuries weren't as bad as it seemed and we can go down to [rapist-murderer] and pull off the upset of the decade. Go Blue.
but how do you determine whether the team fought hard until the end of the game? The defense allowed Wisconsin to run the ball every play in the second half except for one (the UW fumble) and run it effectively. UW ran 32 times in the second half for 173 yards (5.4 ypc). We forced zero punts despite near certitude that they were running. I would argue that the defense did not play particularly aggressively in the second half.
I agree, he's been a real workhorse the past few games.
But for his safety, he may need to be held out of the OSU game.
A team getting blown out at halftime running out of the tunnel with fire in its belly is a well-coached team. These losses take a lot out of us, but it's nice to know that it's not just the uniforms and the banner-- these guys are true Michigan Wolverines, through and through.
If a team comes out late in the season at half of a blowout and quits...then you fire the coach.....this team did not and that is a sign of good chemistry with the staff and team. Good things to come!!!!!!!!!
(From the first scoring drive) Denard's throw under pressure and Stonum's over the shoulder catch was sick.
I'm positive that this is a team in need of some defensive recruits.
I'm positive there will be a number of highly freaked out threads today.
I'm positive I'll be drinking more Lowenbrau.
Agree with all three above; replacing Lowenbrau above with whatever will make Stanzi TD-happy. I also learned that Spielman has an opinion on everything.
Lowenbrau is just short of disgusting, one notch above Beilema.
Not the old school AB Lowenbrau in the States but rather the imported German original. I dig it.
Lowenbrau A. kicks ass, and B. has the coolest can/bottle in the beer universe.
I'm positive that you are awesome!
Lewan didn't have any penalties today
Ummm...Stonum was returning kicks because Gallon fumbled and got hurt. And other than Stonum's final play of the day, he actually did a good job of returning.
Were you watching the whole game or just bits and pieces?
What I meant was that he's such a crucial part of our offense, his net benefit to the return game isn't worth the risk he takes in those dangerous special team situations, esp. as evidenced by his being shaken up on his last return. That was case in point for why Gallon is still returning kicks.
By all means he's a great returner, easily the best on the team. He's just more important to the offense.
It was nice to Dileo get a chance to return kicks though. Looked pretty good doing it as well.
I found Ole Speckled Hen in the draught cans last night. Really helped me carry through the first half.
That whisky is the best one loss team in the country.
We finally did some practicing on onside kicks during the game!!
Positive: Tolzien's last 2 passes resulted in turnovers
A brief shining moment was when we had the interception and the fumble recovery on 2 consective possessions.
and the defense relaxed and Michigan moved the ball. In all three games against quality teams and PSU the offense struggled until they were three score or more behind. The only dogfights this team has had is against the weaker competition in the conference. Yes the defense is a big part of that, but the offense has not played well in the first half of any game against a quality opponent all season. Illinois had a good defense, but they are still in the bottom third of the B10.
We cannot kid ourselves, this team had made very little REAL progress since last year. Yes the offense can move the ball at times, but when have been competitive against a quality team this season?
We are most done with the third season and the only thing we have to show for it is a 7-5 season and a weak bowl game. The game today was embarrassing.
You're right. We haven't made "REAL progress." Wasn't Rich Rodriguez supposed to have won a national championship with all these freshman defensive players yet?!?!?!
I guess you're waiting for "REAL" progress - however you are choosing to define that.
but I missed the parts where you were being positive. Or did you mistakenly post in the wrong thread?
WE HAVE NOT LOST TO OHIO STATE. OUR RECORD IS 7-4.
PLEASE DO NOT STATE YOUR PREDICTION AS FACTUAL EVIDENCE TO SUPPORT YOUR ARGUMENT.
Because 2 extra wins is FAKE. 7 wins is FAKE. Being 3-1 on the road is FAKE.
The only point your post makes is that our offense still has a long way to go. And it does. But you cannot seriously believe that there has been no progress on offense since last year...because, lol if you do.
Never forget Denard is a sophomore in his first year as starter. I think a lot of the reason why they come out flat against quality opponents has something to do with that.
2012 - ?: 10-2 or better for years to come!
We also got a lot of great recruiting advice from Spielman. Apparently, he doesn't like 3 stars and they might work at WVU, but not in the BIG TEN.
he gets into peoples houses, but just cant close
Obviously, the coaching staff has never considered recruiting good players...
Can he limit himself to analysing play on the field? He sounds like an idiot once he starts to add "commentary"
Well Vincent Smith and Denard!
Agree on all counts. Stonum was carrying the team on his back for a lot of the second half with his returns as well as his catches. Overall, I was really happy to see the team fight back in the 2nd half.
One more positive, RR decided to onside kick early in the 3rd quarter. Though we didn't get possession and looked totally uncoordinated, I liked the call.
... this game simply confirmed what people who follow the team closely already know, our offense is good (but can improve with the consistency) and our defense is bad (consistently).
looked dazed I hope he is ok that was one heck of knee to the head he took!
The second half 28-24.
Way to be positive... on a thread just asking for positivity...
Yes our O-line didn't get better. Neither did our WRs. In fact we just waste time practicing. Don't expect me to save you a seat on the band wagon when the defense comes around. Oh and your avatar blows.
- Regardless of the 1st, we scored 28 in the 2nd, which is amazing, we adjusted, and this Wisky defense is no joke
- We have an extremely young defense with a bunch of injuries, so 40 points is no surprise
- Denard IS on our team, and he IS NOT our entire offense, Vincent Smith had a big game, Stonum had some awesome catches as did Roundtree, we have an amazing OL
- "Without Denard... blah blah blah" is a absolutely stupid arguement
- Fire RR? You want another 3 years of adjustment? Give me a break and get over it.
The #1 offense in the Big 10 isn't a power football team except for the offensive line of course.
Since were on the subject of power football when was the last NC ou of the big ten? Yeah power football is the only way to win.
FYI I do believe in power football as thats what I grew up on and played but it's not the end all be all.
Look, we played well in the second half...but it was the first half that bothered me.
And no, it wasn't the defense.
The defense is a lost cause, at least this year. We all know that. They played hard, but are simply outmatched. We knew we would have to score a lot of points.
So, what did we do in the first half? We ran into the brick wall, over and over agaiin. Second half? We threw to move, and then established the run.
First big drive in the first half...we kicked a failed field goal. Second half...we tried onside kicks.
We all know that our D sucks. Fine. That is a longterm fix. But I think coaching errors didn't really give us a chance. We have to play all game like we did in the second half...like we have nothing to lose. Next week, that is our only hope.
I know, kind of negative...but the positive is that with the right coaching decisions, and playing like we have nothing to lose...we can win a game like this. RRod needs to coach like that in order to win next week.
How was our offensive game plan any different in the second half? Were you watching the same game I was?
Denard missed Stonum for a TD and threw over Smith's head on the drive that ended in a missed field goal in the first half. Then, on the following drive, Stonum and Hemmingway dropped back to back passes around midfield which would have moved the chains. The difference between the first and second half was execution, not play calling. Dropped passes and bad throws are the reason why our offense stalled in the first half.
The problem was not that we didn't try to throw, it was that everything was overthrown or dropped. What he really meant was that we should execute better in the passing game. Yeah, no shit.
I am still waiting for someone to explain how our coaches can draw up some plays to make our guys thirty pounds heavier, .2 tenths faster in the 40, and three years worth of starts more experienced. If you can find a coach that can do that, I say hire him. Rebuilding is a painful process, espcially when you are facing some of the most senior-laden teams in the entire country.
This reminds me of the DeBord years, when people would bring up his run/pass ratio to argue that he, in fact, was a balanced playcaller. The issue wasn't the number of passes, but the lack of passes downfield that we attempted.
If you watch the game again, look at how long our passes were in the first half compared to the second. Most of the throws we attempted in the first half were short and did not punish the UW safeties for cheating close to the line of scrimmage. We did not throw many passes beyond the chains. In the second half, we made much more of an effort to establish the downfield passing game, and were very successful.
Michigan should've ran the ball more in the 1st half IMO. They were moving the ball on them from the running game. It's the passing game that slowed down Michigan and it didn't help that Denard was a bit inaccurate at times in the 1st half. Denard was much better in the 2nd half.
This is what frustrated me in the game as well. Denard had a very poor first half in my opinion and I thought the playcalling was a bit funny. Our blocking from our WR has gotten significantly work in recent weeks according to my eyes. I'll have to go back to previous WRs and look at this UFR to see if that's true.
I am actually quite encouraged by Avery's play at times right now, as well as Vinopal. Demens is good at times.
That Wisconsin offense has been built to peak this year. It is what it is. If they didn't destroy our defense it would have been a very poor reflection on that program.
The first-half playcalling was reminiscent of the PSU and Purdue games. Again, Magee seemed to not have great confidence in Denard in the downfield passing game and gameplanned away from it. Aside from the one deep ball to Stonum that was overthrown, I don't remember many attempts to stretch the UW defense in the first half. In the second half we went downfield far more often and we saw the results.
IMO Vinopal is going to be a solid player. C. Johnson made a few missed tackles but I have a great feeling about him also. We need some linebackers though(obviously).
Stanford is on after the game on Fox Sports net.
Did anyone seriously think we were going to beat this team? The haters should go STFU.
Wisky kicked the shit out of OSU as well. They have 15 5th yr seniors. Their entire offensive line is 5th yr along with their QB. We scored 28 in the 2nd half. As Spielman said, just get our D to 50th or so next year and we are going 10-2 or greater.
We could have laid down and died in the 2nd half but we fought. That's more than I can say for all you fucking Haters. Give me back your UM gear. Fucking Henne and co. went 7-5 as sophmores.
That is a very good point. Look at what a young team did back in 2005: 7-5.
Everyone calm down. Do not forget that we are bowl eligible and have a chance to win one more next week.
Yes that 2005 team is very interesting. That season could have been very very ugly too...
A pair of OT wins (@Iowa, @msu)
that close from 4-7!
On the other hand, a terrible loss to ND, a QB draw against Wisconsin, a 60 yard run given up against MN to set up a game winning FG, a blown 9 point lead in the fourth quarter against ohio, and a pitch back to breaston from being 12-0 ;)
Our run defense missed him horribly in the 2nd half.
It is now time to move on to OSU. I am guilty of looking forward to this meeting with OSU before the Wiscy game even started. I just think wisconsin is a better team than OSU and I believe we will play a great game next week.
Actually, Denard is now the first to have 1500 rushing, 2000 passing.
he doesn't quite have 2,000 passing yet
Not according to this...
Maybe you should let the athletic department know they're wrong... :)
According to mgoblue official stats through 11 games, Denard has 2,229 yards passing. He had 1,990 going into today. Not really sure where you're getting your info.
one big positive was better kick returns! finally!
Dave Brandon and his staff see the value of innovation and entertaining the crowd. The Slippery Rock video and appearance on the field was outstanding. Well played DB, great positive from the day.
If we erased the first half and then played another half of football we probably(/could) would have won.In other words we outplayed them in the second half. Thats a positive....