the QB long enough to run those plays
further adventures in Jed York being unsuited for his position
the QB long enough to run those plays
Can't protect the QB long enough to throw a fade route in the redzone? That's just not true. It's a 3 step drop and toss it up.
once all game he tried a fade in the redzone. ONCE. i was screaming through the rain for it. gallon, funchess and even chaisson have all proved they can go up and get the ball. but big AL failed to call the play.
the lions call the play to megatron in double/triple coverage and the play still succeeds. not Al though.
Give Borges a raise! We scored 27 points, hail!
He has to go. But a win is a win. Defense and special teams won this game.
Didn't mind the fourth down call by Brady
But the FG at end of regulation was GREAT planning by him. 90% coach, 10% players. Brady deserves huge credit for that
"Great planning" ? Are you kidding? It was a coaching travesty that he used his third and final timeout with more than 3 minutes to go and down a field goal.
It was a series of incredibly lucky breaks that field goal at the end even happened. The ref RUSHED to place it down.The NW players rushed to get back and if not for Dileo's slide and hold we would all be screaming coaching incompetence.
But we ARE NOT because they were successful. As Mason said, that takes organization and preparation. If my aunt had a dick she'd be my uncle. Greatest play I've seen since UTL 1 ... Totally amazing!
Seriously, was the ST coach responsible for having those guys ready to get out there for the FG? Do we have an ST coach? He deserves a raise.
Down by 3 points we should have saved a TO to stop the clock to set up for the field goal. Just ask Wisconsin how important stopping the clock is to kick at the end. If the ref had walked to put the ball down game would be over.
using the last TO was a mistake. It saved 40 seconds clock time. When you have the ball, you can get out of bounds, get first downs, run up and spike the ball, use no huddle, etc. to conserve time, and you won't ever use 40 seconds to run a play. It's quite possible that if we hadn't used that last TO when NW had the ball, there would have not have been enough time left for our offense to get into FG range.
you always use your TOs when on D to preserve time. that's a given. if we would have saved a TO, the clock would have ran out long before that FG attempt.
Exactly what I was thinking
because of the Wisconsin game earlier this year. I'm sure a memo went out to all refs after that game and these refs took care of business professionally. They put the game on the players hands, like they should.
Surprised no one mentioned this yet.
Yes. Thanks to the ref. However, we should have had a TO saved just in case. If you can't ask Wisconsin then ask Chris Webber. A TO at the end of a close game can be the difference between winning and losing. 90% players, 5 % coaches (getting players out onto the field), 5% refs.
It was a coaching travesty that he used his third and final timeout with more than 3 minutes to go and down a field goal.
Hoke was using his timeouts when NW was running the ball to save 35 seconds of clock per use, rather than saving them when his own offense had the ball to save 10 seconds per use. We would likely not have won the game if he hadn't used his last timeout when NW had the ball. Fans were blaming Hoke in previous weeks for employing the same strategy that you are advising.
EDIT: And the players said after the game that they practice that quick field goal situational play every Friday in practice. So... not simply luck.
Far more games are lost not being able to get the field goal off due to no timeouts than are won on scrambles like ours.
You're an idiot dude. That timeout saved 35-40 seconds of time.. There were 18 seconds left when we ran that last play. 18 seconds that wouldn't have been there f we saved that timeout.
A timeout employed when the opponent has the ball with the clock running saves 40 seconds. A timeout there would have saved 10 seconds at most.
We never get to that play without Hoke saving 80 seconds on two timeouts taken while NW had the ball with the clock running.
Cheer for someone else you ass
Every offensive player got off the field in the few seconds we had, and every ST player got on the field, and everyone was lined up and ready. I was certain the game was over when Gallon was tackled in bounds, as I did not think it was humanly possible to kick a FG in the time we had. The ball was already in the air by the time I realized what was happening.
Meh. No progress in the offense. Dumbshit play calling. Probably should've lost after not kicking a FG on 4th and 2 at the 6. Yeah we won but do I feel better about my team? Not at all. That Russian Roulette went our way. Big deal. We're not any better than we have been the past 4 weeks.
The defense was solid. There was improvement, just not enough to excite me.
Also I find it odd that Dave Brandon stands on the sidelines.
trying to assess what kind of coaching is going on during the game. Maybe to help him with his "offseason" decision making.
Hopefully he's evaluating the offensive coaching.
Time to go and rejoin life in progress. You guys go ahead and obsess.
You know what's predictable...this board.
Save yourself the trouble...I already know what you're going to say...
Dave Brandon should got USC style on this post-game and tell Al and Funk not to get on the bus.
This was not the worst of Al Borges... am I the only one who thinks Gardner looked a lot more poised both throwing and running the ball in OT? The only incompletions were drops by the recievers...
Also, that fake hitch where Gardner would pretend to throw to the sideline then late handoff to Green was money and that's all Borges scheming to get the run going. Very nice adjustment and it may have won the game for us based on the number of 5-6 yard first downs we gained.
You mean other than the incompletions that were thrown to Northwestern DBs and LBs that they dropped?
I'm usually pretty defensive of Gardner, but I was pretty disappointed in his throwing today.
I thought today's play-calling actually wasn't that bad. Last week was the worst I've seen since OSU last year, but today really was about a lack of execution, in my opinion.
Not kicking the FG was awful, and the fade to Gallon was pretty bad too, but I thought the drives were killed by bad execution: Gallon with the drops, O-line having some lapses (Schofield comes to mind), Gardner looking awful for the first 59:00, etc.
I think Borges still needs to go, but the 9 points in regulation had more to do with the kids than the coaches (for once), I thought.
We scored 9 points in regulation against a middling Big Ten defense. That's all I have to say.
So you're actually saying nothing at all? Gotcha.
I agreed with the call up to the moment it failed. Still like the call going for the td not the tie.
Bad call knowing Al is going to call the play
But still like the call to go for it
My problem with the call is that you know your line isn't opening up any holes, you haven't been able to pick up a third and short in weeks, you just lost a yard on third and one... there is no reason to make that call there. Now, if the offense is rolling a bit, maybe. But with this offense, take the points when they are there.
But agreed, the call puts ALL the pressure on the OLine.
If you're going to run Devin. Put him in the gun, have Green be a lead blocker and run a straight QB Blast.
The team (including the coaches) never quit. They deserve to enjoy this.
Whatever, I'm just happy we got the win
Amen. The team showed resilience, ran the ball better, a stout defense, and some amazing organization to get that last FG off. This team needed this road win.
I'm happy, but sadly seems like many in here can never be happy.
"This game was circled as the game to decide the Legends winner"
NW lost many close games and had a number on injuries to get to 0-5. Hats off to they way they (NW) continue to fight.
Would you prefer that we lost?
meaningless win in a season where we'll end up 7-6 vs. the ability to get the correct coaching staff for the future of michigan footbll, ill take the loss
So sad dude, so sad. After reading a comment like this it's obvious that the extent of your sports ended at "everyone plays" city rec leagues. As Coach Hoke said, these kids are playing for each other, and for Michigan. YOU might not be happy with the win, and YOU might think that the season is meaningless, but there are 100+ guys, plus all the coaches and staff, that have put more effort into this season than you've likely put into anything.
Oh, and you can see the future huh? So, where is the top for the S&P? Let me know so I can get my shorts in.