It's a simple statement with which Michigan fans are well familiar: The expectation is for the position. I know the adage best for its use by players, coaches, and football program hangers-on during the Carr era. Somehow it became somewhat of a hot-button issue. So what's your opinion of the best translation? Do note that while I'm typing this for the sake of open conversation, some of my notions here are preconceived. And self-evidently irrepresible.
- Interpretation #1 implies that the coaches who espouse this slogan have at the heart of their coaching philosophy one rigid system and intend to bend the players to fit that mold rather than bend the mold to fit the players.
- Interpretation #2 holds that players are expected to rise to the occasion for their starting position no matter their inexperience because this is Michigan.
I believe interpretation #1 is wrong in ways that are sensational. I believe the more straight-forward and less inflammatory comprehension sits with #2. And what is more "Michigan" or more "Bo" than demanding players succeed--no matter the distractions, drama, circumstances or excuses--in the positions they find themselves?
And if you choose not to give Carr the benefit of the doubt and grip to #1, what is it, specifically, outside of confirmation bias and correlation/causation fallacies about this adage and the unmet goals of the second half of Carr's career, that makes you so confident?