and... i like them? I think I like them.
George Morales sightings: 1
It's crazy watching Mike Martin rush from the edge. I feel bad for whatever RB has to try to block him.
It's weird to see Denard drop back. He's looked good so far from what I've seen though.
our passing game needs some work........obviously our kicking game is vastly improved
lets keep tally of how many times we hear the words "tough" and "physical" the rest of the game
Will Campbell was not moved to OL because of injuries. And Michigan did not run a 3-4 last year.
But other than that, Mrs. Lincoln.
Jake "Sunshine" Ryan staying at home on that....
great quality here - starting from the beginning:
What is the access code? Thanks!
...who is jordan barpal??
Where did they find the announcers for this game they are terrible!
Good insider's perspective on Michigan FB, just what you want for a Spring Game.
two nice defensive play in a row. We'll see a lot more of this eventually.
Any chance frosh Matt Wile starts out the season as at kicker? Dude's got a leg, and clearly Gibbons and Broekhuizen are back to their 2010 form. Just a thought.
I think most people right now are assuming and praying that Wile will start.
But right now, I'm pretty disappointed. The offense looks pretty bad, and the defense has given up some big plays. Then, of course, the field goal situation. This spring game is making me very worried.
On the plus side, I was amused by the zone blitz where big Will dropped back into coverage.
You can be opptimistic and pessimistic at the same time, and be right each time.
Except I'm not feeling optimistic at all. This spring game is just making it look like Michigan is taking a huge step backwards. It's making me worry if we can even get to the same win record as last year.
No, obviously it's more important to look good in the actual game. But if you look terrible in the spring game like the offense, then that likely means that there is a gigantic improvement needed to have any chance to look good in the actual game. Especially when you're going against what was the worst defense in the Big Ten. This offense would have been shut out by pretty much any defense in the Big Ten. It's pathetic.
This isn't full speed and there is a lot of subbing to give all the guys some reps close to a game speed. Buck up man! MANBALL will prevail!
And Wile will solve all K woes - and sell hot dogs at halftime even
Has a big time arm - but both he and Drb need to learn to set their feet and to get rid of the ball quicker.
Michigan football is back. :)
I'll only know Carrball is back if we start throwing 5-yard outs. On 3rd and 8.
I kid because I love.
The old guard must feel so content and at home. Everything is right in the world again. We will have a competent defense (or better), and our offense can pretend that like the last couple decades never happened. (Of course, the old guard doesn't remember what the Mad Magicians did on the field. Hint: it wasn't run power up the middle all day.) Somebody, hand me a chardonnay and some brie!
more toughness references ahead
its both great and depressing to hear red's voice again
Is Jack Kennedy no longer our third string?
Did Jack Kennedy change his name to Steve Wilson?
Honestly, I felt a lot better about the upcoming season before watching this game. You can see how much better we look out of the gun.
appears slow to me - seem to be lacking playmakers. On a positive note the defense looks aggressive and vastly improved. I am fine with winning games 10 - 6 in the fall, as long as we win. Of course that would mean that we were able to kick a field goal.............
This guy is incredulous at your assessment:
We have playmakers, if they are utilized properly. In a paleolithic offense that is not playing against MWC defenses? Maybe not so much.
Beat Wisconsin in the Rose Bowl, who handled us, if I remember correctly.
So it's not really a useful comparison.
Seeing as they lost to them by 5, the second closest margin of victory for TCU last year outside of Wisconsin, I'd say it is. It means that Hoke and his staff know how to game plan. TCU was just a monster last year, plain and simple.
TD, 2pt, Safety.
Does this look like a football team with almost everyone back? This looks like 2008 all over again.
That may be a little harsh. They weren't this good halfway through 2008.
Best thing about the game was the punting. Reminds me of 2008.
Of course, we had just about everyone returning this year, including the Big Ten offensive player of the year, but at least we now have a coach that knows his way around Ann Arbor, and more of the old players feel comfortabe!
This is getting unwatchable. This team needs a lot of voluntary practice time this offseason.
I'm not usually a negative person, but not really impressed with anything yet. At least the defense looks like they know what they're doing. And at least the kickers can hit the post from 47 now instead of missing ten yards wide!
And this game reinforces all my fears and preconceptions. Mattison is a very good coach, and he'll make a competent or better defense with the talent he has (which is limited).
Hoke and Borges likely will not be able to maximize Denard and our offensive players; there will be a huge, painful period as the blocking scheme we've had since the last couple years of Carr gets thrown out the window; etc. Folks, there is a reason RR was offered the Alabama job before coming to Ann Arbor, and Hoke was considered for the Indiana and Minnesota openings. (And after Auburn let Borges go, which major program has clamored for him?)
Bash me all you want -- that's fine. I feel bad for the players, who will have to suffer through another transition, and the resulting losses.
RR is gone. Done. Fired. And it was his fault it happened. Please get over it.
still a problem for Denard.
Denard doesnt look too great throwing the ball. This worries me. But on the bright side Gardner looks pretty good.