As per Hoke's press conference this morning, Shane Morris will "start the football game" on Saturday night. God speed...
...says Denzel Valentine of Big Ten Tourney favorite MSU, which is 5-7 in its last 12 games. Cumong, man.
Over/under 2.5 series before the people that wanted him to start over Gardner realize he isn't an upgrade?
He may be an upgrade over an injured immobile Devin Gardner, though.
That's not my point.
The point the people that wanted to play Morris over Gardner this year are gonna see that he isn't an upgrade rather quickly I imagine.
let's root for him to suck so you can be right. Does it matter that people wanted him to sub in for Gardner? Only thing that matters now is hoping he does well enough to give us a chance in this game while gaining experiece that will be useful for his continued development next season, when he is Devin's backup.
Wait, wait, wait.
Where's the deer? I took me a second to realize who this was. Rid yourself of this imposter avatar - we need Bambi's dad back!
mGrowOld here. Your new avatar sucks Benoit's balls.
Leave the avatar. And it is not Benoit's Bballs, it's Benoit Balls (Ben Wa). I enjoy your use of Archer character. It makes me laugh.
Note: I'm merely commenting on your miss of my word play. You are very much entitled to like Archer more than the deer head.
"Yeah let's root for him to suck so you can be right"
Straw man much?
I'd love to be wrong. Nothing would please me more than Morris showing up, earning the job over Gardner and then leading Michigan to 3 National Titles his sophomore, junior and senior years.
Back to what I'm trying to say here: If Morris was an upgrade over Gardner, they would have played him this year. Even though Borges was awful and the O-Line was not good, somehow the logical solution to everything was "put in Morris". Gardner was not the problem, and I believe the people that thought he was will learn that rather quickly against Kansas State Saturday.
If I'm wrong, I'm wrong. It wouldn't be the first time on here and I'd rather win than "be right". Always.
but a lot of people calling to "put in Shane" were just emotionally reacting to some frustrating games. I think most people are aware that a RS junior who is BFF's with Gallon is probably the best option in our Bowl game.
That being said, show us your stuff, Shane!!!
in light of Gardner's unreal performance against OSU is the fact that he was not good during the middle of the season. People were not clamoring for Shane while DG was balling out against OSU, Notre Dame, Minnesota, etc. They were calling for Shane when DG was crumbling mentally, physically, emotionally, etc. And it obviously wasn't even close to entirely Gardner's fault that he had his rough moments.
My point is this: if you're going to judge Shane's performance against what you think Gardner would have done in his place (even assuming at least same level of health as he was against OSU), then you have to take into account that Gardner's level of play was about as variable as Borges' quality of playcalling.
You're being intentionally obtuse; who on earth is advocating for Morris to perform poorly so they can say "I told ya so!"? Certainly not the poster you're accusing of that activity. Nice strawman.
There are plenty of people that seem both happy and excited to see Hoke lose so they can claim "We were right about RR".
If things don't go well, I'll come back and laud your efforts to let us know how prescient you were.
the majority wanted him to red shirt. Very few people put the blame soley on DG or the OL for that matter. People who called for Shane to start are prospective amnesiacs.
If Shane plays well ... well that is a different question and a different context. I hope it gets to that because I want to win regardless of who takes the snaps.
I don't think Shane gives us the best chance to win Saturday, nor in 2014, but I do think he will leave Ann Arbor as a more decorated quarterback than Devin Gardner. I'm very excited about this kid's potential and future so I'm looking forward to seeing what he'll do Saturday.
The "Morris Truthers" were and are ridiculous. And no, I won't be "rooting for Morris to fail so I can prove I was right" like some commenters have suggested; that's not what I (or, I believe, any of the other posters who think it's asinine that people were agitating for Morris over Gardner) ever said, nor will ever do. It's just the people that were calling for DG's head are, in my mind, just delusional, and likely have some irrational attachment to an unknown quantity-- Shane Morris-- due to a heightened love of following recruiting, perhaps; I can't diagnose the cause, only the symptoms.
Let's do it Shane. Show why you were a 5* and send us into the offseason with a W...
According to Hoke, Gardner will not play in the game at all. There is concern about broken bones in Devin's foot.
I'd rather have him healthy for next season than risk further injury for a meaningless bowl game.
This is exactly it. While I hope the boys are focusing on this game and want to win, let's look forward to next season, which is more important. Devin does not need to play at all in this game.
I mean, how can I really argue with Spock, fergodsakes?
If he has broken bones in his foot, he would know.
I broke mine sophmore year in HS and couldn't walk on it
and walked on it for almost a year. You must be a giant pussy.
My 12 year old ran and played football with a fractured ankle for two days before we took him back to get a second opinion, upon which the doctor found the fracture... tough kid.
for playing till the end of the Ohio State game. I'm sure he was in a lot of pain.
it shows that overtime was not a viable option and there was no way you could expect any type of run or rollout from Gardner at that point.
This is going to be ugly. There will be a few nice throws mixed in with mostly terrible decisions and an inability to run the ball. People will be left saying things like "well he showed some promise".
...that people will be left saying things like "Fire Borges."
Because I've been asking for one and old Santa never brings it. Glad to hear you got one.
Our game plan just became run, run, ugly medium passes, and fuck it go deep and hope. So not that different.
It's the whole "run, run" part that isn't going to be pretty.
the 55 yard pass from his knees.
What if Shane ends up having a monster game: 400+ yrds, 3-4 TD, 0 INT. Will there be a QB controversy for next year?
Should there be? no. Will there be? Yes. That is just how fans are.
Put in Henson!!
Yes, because this is Michigan.
However, he will not have a monster game. I think we're sitting at 95% chance of a loss now.
Gardner put up 400 and 4 TDs against Ohio State. The problem all season has been the pitiful playcalling of Borges and the poor O-Line play, not Gardner.
If Morris has a monster day, great. Always nice to know you have a solid backup. But that's what he should remain until Gardner is gone. The backup.
Oh lord, if Morris has that stat line I will retract everything I've ever said negatively about Al Borges, Brady Hoke, football, physics, etc. I will also need to catch the monkeys flying out of my ass, but I'll do it.
What the heck is your problem with physics, man?
He's been angry since the day he learned that it's physically impossible for monkeys to fly out of asses.
apparently you've never seen Bruce Almighty.
I've always had an issue with anything that decides it doesn't apply at the sub-atomic level. Call me a traditionalist, but what is good for the macro is good enough for the micro, fergodsakes!
"My string theory works when the quarks execute..."
...on so many levels, is why I love to lurk on this blog. Oops...guess I'm not a lurker any longer. But it does my M Engineering heart good to see a mash-up of quantum theory and our beloved coaching staff's verbal tics...well done sir.
Only among the fans.
For sure there will be.