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Stat of the Evening
Sorry, I just thought people might be interested to know. Have a good night!
No need to appologize. I'm just bitter.
We're all bitter tonight
Yeah, just because you could score a point-a-minute, doesn't mean everyone can.
Because Al Borges decided to force denard to turn the ball over five times in one of those games, and hurt is elbow in another.
It's all his fault. I agree.
How do you know that? What is the offense doing when they line up then glance back over at the sideline?
The QB is supposed to call audibles, not the OC. Hoke and Borges insist that Denard has the freedom to audible, although I don't know how often he does.
We were playing our third string quarterback -- a three star freshman with about one previous non-knee-taking-based snap. Please tell me what he could have done? God couldn't have put that talent level in a position to win. Seriously, I want someone to tell me what a different coach would have done last night to create offense with a third string quarterback.
After 5 drives of futility, it was obvious that Hoke/Borges should have tried Gardner.
There was no excuse for leaving Bellomy in till the end.
How many of Russell's catchable passes were dropped?
Shut up bouje
Are you Matty Maroun?
At some point though, player's execution falls on the coaches. Rich Rod wasn't out there missing tackles, but if I've learned one thiing from Mattison it's that coaching does, in fact, make the team better at tackling. Al Borges is our OC and QB coach. Under him, Denard has seemed less accurate and worse at decision making. So you have two options: Either Borges' coaching style is just making him seem that much worse, or he's actually forcing the player to regress. Neither of those are good options, and both fall soley on Al (unless you somehow think Denard hit his physical and mental peak as a sophomore).
Maybe we can swap with Auburn and bring Loefler back and give them back AL.
with the no huddle spread, where Rich was signaling in the adjustments as the opponent's defense lined up. Al's traditional huddle and called plays relying on Denard to audible seem to narrow the possibilities and thus make us more predictable and easy to defend.
You have to be kidding if you want to pass that off as any consolation for just how inept the O has been in key games this year. Not to mention Borges can take some of the blame for some of those interceptions when so many bubble screens and plays circa MSU (over the top/flanks) went unused/implemented.
Borges = in the hot seat.
You might want to mention that Michigan dismantled Oregon State in the Rose Bowl two years later.
Um, why would I mention that?
You also might want to mention that the Cuban Missile Crisis occurred that very same season.
Al for denard throwing picks at nd. Lord nows he cant scramble or throw it 5 rows deep. Make sure you throw it into 2x2 windows like your tom brady, denard, or else we will hang the offensive coord.
This was dumb
The oline might be experienced but for whatever reason the ground game with the running back hasn't been successful for most of the year. I'd say it's been downright awful.
Yeah, to call the O-line for rush plays for RBs even "mediocre" would be kind. Non DR rushing against non-UMASS teams:
NEB: 27 rush, 49 yards
MSU: 12 rush, 67 yards
ILL: 40 rush, 221 yards
Purdue: 27 rush, 63 yards
ND: 15 rush, 71 yards
Air Force: 8 rush, 7 yards
Bama: 19 rush, 42 yards
Even if you exclude #1-Bama-Awesome-Gangnam-Defense, that's 129 rushes, 478 yards, or 3.7 yards a rush, including against 3of 7 games against terrible rush D teams ILL/Purdue/AirForce. Air Force is one of the worst rushing D's in the nation. That's not just "not successful," that is bad. As a team, that would be in the 90s of 124 teams in FBS.
The plays suck. Did you see how long Denard was able to stand on the pocket?! Our Offensive line was terrific. Denard threw some gret balls today, running lanes were open.... The problem, for the most part, is the awful play calls. Why is it that we run zone read every single time we run? Teams shut it down by bringing more than we can block. When Borges "switches" it up and we go I formation it's a weak side Iso. Belamey (sp?) first play was zone read and he read it right by keeping it (the kid is just slow, they brought 2 line backers who keyed the RB, and he got bck to the LOS).
I thought Borges was 'adapting' to personal. That's why we were running nothing but read zone/3 iso's a game. All of a sudden Denard is hurt and we put in the backup who is the player Borges wants at the position yet we're still running the same offense! Borges must go! Last year against Michigan State, it's 4 & 2 and we line up in 'I', I know it's Iso or play action since that's all we ever do from I. Borges, who has gone shotgun all damn day, decides to play action and nobody bites (why would they) and they drill the fuck out of denard. Game was over then and there with bad cal.
Bad calls/plays on offense alone plagued last years MSU game. They ran a simple 'bullet x blitz' linebackers both in A gaps but one goes first and the other crosses making an x) all day destroying our zone read. Same thing happened through much of last year and ESP this year. If we had a decent/good offense we make Alabama a game, beat ND's ass, and Nebraska. Our defense has been terrific and made outstanding stops when we've fucked our defense. Our defense will keep improving but Mattison can't do it all. Replaces Borges immediately.
Borges is supposed to be some sort of offensive genius / mad scientist who draws up new plays all the time on the back of envelopes and such. Why doesn't this translate to the field where he comes across in tradtional DeBordian play calling?
i agree, i can't wait to beat myself in the head with a hammer the next few years watching this offense.. We are going back to exactly what a i fucking didn't want to watch again. Same old predictable offense we had during the end of Carr's years.
This is what I do not understand. Given his awful record of regression/failure, why do people think Borges is some sort of "offensive genius"? I keep posting his record of failure and regression, going back to Gerry DiNardo's teams, among others. Heck, Greg Robinson has a better resume.
Well, yeah. You think they have a set of plays for Denard in practice and a different set for Bellomy? So you'd want the oline and wr's to learn and practice 2 different play books in practice?
besides Lewan nobody else playing right now is going to sniff the NFL.
I agree that Denard had mega amounts of time in the pocket last night on many passing plays. If you watched carefully, though, Nebraska employed the "umbrella" rushing strategy on a handful of 3rd down and distance plays. They basically didn't rush, but rather formed an umbrella to contain Denard and let him sit back in the pocket. MSU did this on occasion. Others teams, too. This didn't happen on every passing play, but in enough instances that even I - a defensive football strategy novice - noticed.
You realize that if the defense brings one more than we can block on the zone read, they are leaving a WR uncovered?... I highly doubt that is happening.
Last year, Denard Robinson accounted for 1,176 of our 2,884 rushing yards, which is 40.8% of total net yardage, but this year, he is responsible for 946 of the 1,653 net rushing yards, or 57.2%. It seems the running game has become less diverse in its calls, and as your post notes, far more reliant on Denard.
There has been a definite shift in the playcalling concerning RBs this year. Just with Fitz alone, for example, it has gone from a lot of zone stretch, counters, off-tackle and the odd pitch sweep (among other plays, of course, most notably, for a few games, that inverted veer that we averaged almost 13 yards on) to a much less diverse set of calls, or it appears to me.
For me the problem isn't so much the plays, its the inability to swap personnel or change tempo.
Fitz sucks? Why not try Rawls? Hayes? Norfleet?
Bellomy is miserable for 5 drives. Why not give Gardner a shot? How much worse could he be?
Can't score against Notre Dame? Why not go up-tempo? Why not dedicate yourself to watching some 2010 film and switch things every once in a while to throw the defense off? You have all the guys to do it.
Hoke/Borges just seem stubborn.
this exactly.. my dad and i were talking bout this watching the game... When bellomy was in our offense was Anemic.. At least last year when Devin was in he could scramble and complete some passes...
I don't care if he hasn't practiced at QB all year. He has experience and should be able to run several plays. It couldn't have gotten any worse last night. Def the worst i have ever seen a michigan offense in my lifetime.. that includes 2008
...think about it when Denard is in, defenses don't pass rush, they contain -so the OLine looks -on paper-like they are not allowing sacks. When he is out they can't stop the rush and we already know they don't run block well. The OLine IS THE CONCERN right now. They aren't that good ---- I think Borges has been calling plays to cover up that deficiency too. He can only do so much and his gameplan utilizing Denard is actually pretty good given this year's line. He his really limited when Denard is not in. The only thing I don't understand is why Devin isn't in at QB
They haven't had time. Borges isn't the guy to run the offense with Denard, but he was brought in for the long haul, so to judge him after two seasons with players he didn't recruit isn't smart.
We shouldn't, as fans, do this again. It will be another two years before we can fully start judging Hoke/Borges. We don't need to screw over another coach with our unrealistic expectations.
you don't fire Borges because he's had a bad year; you fire Borges if there's someone who can do a considerably better job next year. Just a thought.
to judge him isn't smart?!?
Hhmmm...how do I coach Denard Robinson???
Hey Denard - Here's last year's playbook. Go do what you've been doing the last 2 years. Now listen carefully...some of your lineman have changed and some of your RB's have changed and oh BTW....we're taking your backup and forcing him into a receiver position because of reasons that the public has no right to know.
The man is being paid a full salary to coach at this level and has all this experience and is heralded as a genius...and can't coach Denard?!?!?!????????
Who isn't smart???
Its not that you shouldn't judge him, its that you shouldnt be calling for his head during his second year without a quarterback he had a hand in recruiting.
I fully agree he should have put as much effort as possible into learning RRs offense to maximize our success over these past two years, but thats just not how most coaches operate.
We need to be rational. It was the insanity of a large portion of our fanbase that made 2008-10 such a miserable experience.
if you can't score TDs with the amount of talent that we have, youre not a very good OC. I dont care if we dont have the best WRs, you should be able to score more than FGs and not just run Fitz into a pile of bodies 10 times a gamr
Seriously, and you can't say 'wait until he gets his players,' because compare that to what Mattison has done after RR completely ignored coaching and recruiting defense.
Have the opp to give you points but I would..
But to be fair, Mattison is really, really good - probably one of the five best defensive coordinators in the country. Almost no coordinator will look good in comparison to him. I think the jury's out on Borges as OC. I'm actually a little more concerned about him as our QB coach, to be honest.
roundtree looked elite again today until denard got hurt. I was fucking excited.
Your QB has all kinds of Michigan records... and national ones. And many times, he's been called "the most electrifying player in all of college football." And now you have gone 2 games without a touchdown. It's like Borges has been given the keys to a corvette and he's driving it like a freaking pinto.
Now facing difficult defenses is one thing... but OSU just rolled Nebreaska a few weeks ago. I have a hard time believing their offense is THAT much better than ours, personnel wise. I actually think we match up quite similarly. But they score 60+ and we score 9. To say it's frustrating is an understatement.
I don't have any trouble believing that OSU's talent on offense is, overall, considerably better than ours. But to support your main point, OSU's head coach is a proven offensive mind who knows how to maximize the available talent he has on hand. Our offensive coordinator has yet to prove he is able to do that.
Our OC answers to the HC. If Hoke truly has an issue with what he's seeing like the rest of us do then he has the power to change it.
And I'm not saying he has to fire him. But he does need to excercise some supervisory oversite and demand changes in what's being called. Two games with no TD's is no more acceptable than the defensive debacle under Rich.
putting the headsets on in a game now and then and saying Al this isn't working. what are our options?
At least we finally ran play-action off the veer stuff we actually run. Hit for a big gain to Roundtree, drew a penalty, and almost hit for another (thought the overturn of the catch call was a bit harsh).
Still don't attack the flats in the passing game and telegraph shit regularly (can't believe we ran the throwback screen again with Bellomy in the game after they jumped it so aggressively early).
That being said, the fact that Devin Gardner never entered the game at QB or that anyone thought Bellomy would be a better option under any circumstances is way more troubling than any nitpicking about playcalls.
about Gardner at WR, and how he was goign to get the 1 jersey ... well it didn't make any sense to take your big game experienced back up, and NOT practice and develop him at QB for an entire season. Especially when we now have either Gardner with a year less experience at QB reps, Bellomy, or freshman Shane as options next year.
The idea was fine last year for a couple of trick plays. They took a big gamble this year and the baloon payment just came due on the mortgage.
I think it's time to make a call. Bollman can't be THAT happy at BC.
At least our kickers can kick!
I agree about Borges. He is a journeyman coordinator for a reason, you know. Borges must be one of those guys that looks and sounds like he knows exactly what he's talking about but in reality has no clue. Let's hope once we run a pro-style he's willing to mix it up a little bit, think 2008 Capital One Bowl vs. Florida.
2nd year in the offense, 6 pts against Notre Dame, 12 against Sparty, and 9 against Nebraska.
Last year we threw for 338 yards on ND. They lost their entire secondary this year and we only managed 138.
Sparties defense was better last year, and aided by a competent offense, and we managed 2 touchdowns last year on the road. This year they were a few players short, obvious defense was STILL obvious, and we managed zero touchdowns at home.
Last year we threw for 180 yards on Nebraska and ran for 238. This year: 93 and 95. Their defense took a huge step back, and we made them look damn good. Pelini hadn't even handed out the blackshirts this year at all because they were playing so bad. Maybe he will now, though.
We have a problem.
Myself a bridge to jump off of. Glad to hear its not just me who thinks the offense has taken some rather large steps backward. I understand gotta keep the Lamborgini in the garage if you don't want it scratched up, but you can't win driving it like a golf cart. Not saying plow thru the line like a tank (RR offense) but you gotta take the leash off. Live by Denard's creativity, die by Denard's creativity
All I know is that if I have to watch V. Smith run for another 1 yard gain I'm going to throw my f*cking TV into the pool.
It is going to happen so at least get a shitty TV to throw in the pool.
Another stat of the evening: Bellomy: 3/16 passing, 38 yards, 3 interceptions. He completed as many passes to our team as he did to Nebraska.
looked worse than even those dismal stats.
Instead of going to Jurassic Park and looking for some Paleolithic football DNA to re-animate, can we hire an OC who runs a modern offense and has had recent success? Someone from the Mumme/Leach/Holgerson/Dykes/et al. tree?
I'm concerned about our offensive recruits seeing this season and changing their minds about the quality of the offensive coaching staff.
that is kind of pathetic
I watch a lot of football but I'm not a coach and I'll say this, I have no freakin idea what Al is doing. None at all. I didn't when he was at Auburn and I don't now. It just makes no sense to me. Every other college game I watched today I had an idea of the OC was trying to accomplish.
2nd and 3rd and longs in a power set with a running QB.....WTF???
its not all Al. our receivers cant catch AMD our qb's can't throw. you can't polish a turd.
If you poop gold. Maybe the poop gold era has passed.
Not every offense in CFB is filled with 4 and 5 stars. Take the talent you have, coach them up, and find ways to get them doing things they are comfortable doing. Our defense does it. And the offense should too.
According to this site, Mattison has done exactly that with our defense.
Go look at Denard Robinson's passing numbers as a true sophomore. Go look at Roy Roundtree's numbers from that same season.
Now look at what they have done since. Calling our players turds because this coaching staff has made them less productive is lazy and unfair to them.
That's a great point. I think a lot of it has to do with Denard's skill set not being what Borges wants out of a quarterback.
It's like he eliminated the plays that he thinks Denard can't do from his offense, kept the running plays and passing plays from his system that he thinks Denard can do, and then also kept Rich Rod zone read type plays that fit Denard's playing style.
While that doesn't sound all that bad in theory it makes the offense look like it lacks an identity a lot of the time. Rather than having a big picture offensive strategy through the game it's like Borges goes hey let's see if this play works!
I won't be so down on Al until he fails with a pro style passer but in my mind he's made the leash a bit shorter.
You don't need to wait to see Al fail with pro-style passers. Just look at his track record.
I'm here and had to watch this. For all I'm concerned that was Nick Sheridan not making pays. Holy hell that was bad and there's no stat that will make me happy
Let's not overlook the absolutely horrific job Fitz Touissant did blocking. It was embarrassing. When you review the "Every snap: Offense" you'll see what I mean.
I weep for the future of the offense, especially next year without Denard.
In the darkest defensive days of 2010 we ripped RR constantly for keeping his friend Tony Gibson in place as one of the defensive coaches. RR was absolutely vilified for not putting the best interests of the team above that of his loyalty to a friend.
Will we do the same to Hoke if he stands behind Borges? I think we keep forgetting Borges (who is also the QB coach - how's THAT working out for us) works for Hoke. Brady could make a change today if he wanted to so the ultimate responsibility for this debacle falls on the HC....not the OC.
Say your a race car driver for the last 25 years, then one day you get handed the keys to a jet. Do you think it would be a comfortable transition? Before you burn Borges on a steak maybe you should let him have the chance to run his offense with his people. They just had a coaching change, everyone was spoiled with the senior class that we had last year. A good portion of the plays that he is calling are plays that he's never called in his career.
Borges on a steak.
Thank you sammylittle. I read right through that.
Been reading these serious venting blogs too long now and that added the levity I needed!
Ok good analogy. Lets say I'm a race car driver for 25 years. And one year i do nothing but hit walls, other cars, blow up my engine and generally suck in every race i'm in against other good race car drivers. When I race go carts I'm fine...as a matter of fact i stomp the guts out of the other go cart drivers but when I'm facing competition driving real race cars and not just go carts I really, really suck.
When would the owner of my race car start looking for a change in drivers?
somehow this rationalization was considered unacceptable under the previous regime, and now apparently it's perfectly valid. Huh.
The problem with Rich Rod wasn't the offense. If he had been judged solely on his performance on that side of the ball, he'd still be here.
read "three and out" by John U. Bacon.
If Borges hadn't invoked the name and amazing turnaround of Cade McNown in the off season, I might be willing to buy into this.
If a change is made it should come after the season. If imagine Hoke will have a pretty serious meeting with Borges this week.
As opposed to a serious meeting at halftime of the Nebraska game.
of Borges on the sideline, I can't help but imagine him slinking out of sight like the coach in Waterboy (Fonzi) after his playbook got stolen....
We'll break out our best plays vs Minnesota
I guess breaking them out during the most important game of the season wasn't in the game plan, then?
Why would we do that? That would make too much sense!
Denard makes Al look good and bad. Denard is the only true play-maker on this team. One on 11 will never work. The RBs are not a threat and the receivers are n't either. One because they aren't very good or overally fast and two because Denard isn't a very good throwing QB.
Denard is a runner, He has produced the vast majority of the offense over the last three years. When he is not there, nothing works. That is on the coaches. Relying on Denard to throw his way out of trouble is a bad idea, that is on the coaches. Not having any kind of suitable backup QB or any semblance of a running game is on the coaches.
Without Denard we could lose the rest of our games. Without Denard Minnesota is NO lock. If that happens, Al B will be in big trouble, but as been asked above, who do you replace him with? Loeffler is not the right answer to that question. Hell, Mike DeBord is a better answer than that.
Look what he is doing with La Tech's offense. He would be a great hire.
If you listen to Hoke in the post game last night it was more pointed than the usual coach speak about the offense. He seemed fatigued from the lack of touchdowns. I think what we are seeing this season is a back and forth balancing act. Notre Dame tipped the playcalling more conservative and it worked for a while.
Now they'll probably look to add on some more wide open type stuff hoping it can be done without lots of turnovers. We just don't have great talent at the skill positions right now, especially when Denard is out. Seriously any of Nebraska's front line skill guys we saw last night would start for Michigan. Same thing with State and probably Notre Dame.
As great as he is, the existence of Denard has probably caused receivers and backs to shy away the last couple classes. Especially the receivers. If you are a kid who is wanting to go NFL, you are looking at an offense that is vanilla college spread with tons of quarterback runs and a quarterback who is hit and miss with his accuracy.
You are going to say thanks but no thanks. Really what we are seeing is more a product of the transition back to a pro style offense than anything. All that aside, if Denard stays upright, this team can absolutely win out.
None of that has any impact whatsoever on the plays and general game-plan that Borges puts together for each game. None. Zero. Fuck.
Offenses are easy to defend when there is no credible threat of a passing game. Borges definitely shares much of the blame, but Denard is a mediocre at best passer, and our best receiving threats are two first year starters at that position. We shut down Nebraska's offense, too, until Martinez started hitting some passes.
Denard completed 62.5% of his passes as a true sophomore and threw an interception 3.8% of the time.
Since then he's completed less than 55% of his passes and thrown an interception 5.7% of the time. His QB rating dropped by 10 points last year and dropped by another 12 this year. Roy Roundtree put up 246 yards and 2 TD in one game against an Illinois defense with multiple draft picks that shut down RGIII in a blowout bowl win. That was in one game as a sophomore. He's put up 175 yards and 1 TD this year in 8 games. That was with no Fitz in the lineup and Taylor Lewan playing as a freshman.
The same players are producing drastically inferior results instead of improving throughout their careers. Acting like they are the problem is kind of ridiculous.
Well, now we know what is meant by the phrase "going all Al Borges on the play calling".
Hoke. We don't know if he's demanding conservative from his OC.
I do think that somewhere along the way they lost faith in Denard, though, and that Denard is objectively performing worse this year, which makes me a little sad.
And while putting Gardner at wide receiver looked fascinating at the beginning of the season, it hasn't worked out. With Bellomy so obviously frightened out there and underperforming last night, we could have had other options at QB; I like Hoke AND Borges, and don't think you judge them on a debacle like last night's, but the Gardner decision hasn't worked, and is clearly on them.
but what's just as important to me is the virtual disappearance of our running game aside from Denard. I would agree that Fitz doesn't seem to be the player he was last year, but it's an unavoidable fact that one of the reasons he's been so ineffective is that he simply has no holes on a large number of his carries. With the same QB and the same RB and most of the same receiving corps, I think you have to point to the OL as the main culprit. They're fine in pass blocking, but they're simply not getting any push in the running game. I think the loss of Molk is far more serious than most people thought it would be, and the replacements and shifiting around has not compensated.
but no way in hell he should ever be starting on a UM offensive line, same goes for Omameh and Barnum. Schofield is the kind of player in the past Michigan would plug in to replace injured guys on the line but on this team he's a starter.
Run blocking has just been pathetic this year but Hoke has done a great job addressing this need through recruiting so the future should be bright.
"... no way in hell he should ever be starting on a UM offensive line ..."
I hope you're prepared to go all the way back to about 2001. Is that the case? I say that because, with a few exceptions, it has been a long time since Michigan has been an O-line factory.
And, no, one guy (David Baas / Jake Long) with NFL ability doesn't make a factory.
I also think you're being too harsh on Omameh. He had his moments in the prior regime. He's just not a straight-ahead run blocker. Neither is Barnum. I'm honestly more bummed about Schofield.
"I also think you're being too harsh on Omameh. He had his moments in the prior regime. He's just not a straight-ahead run blocker. Neither is Barnum"
This is part of my point, these are not the kind of players UM has traditionally had starting on the offensive line, they got blown up by a not particularly dominant Nebraksa D-line.
Fine, but you didn't say "traditional" (which I assume is meant to be synonymous with smash-mouth) in your post. You said something like "A Michigan offensive line." It implies that our current guys aren't good at anything.
Agreed, yes, Barnum and Omameh wouldn't have worked for most of Lloyd's early teams. But, I'm guessing the nameless obese corn-fed guys of Lloyd's later years (excepting Long and Baas, of course) wouldn't have "reach blocked" too well, either.
Those guys were recruited for another style, so I'm not going to come down on them too hard. They don't have the talent to succeed in any style (as would be the case with Jake Long).
The style issues you mentioned are one part of the problem and the structure of the offense is the other.
This team regularly lines up in spread type formations with multiple wide receivers and then never does any of the things that make those offenses effective. We don't attack the shallow flats at all and teams don't respect our alignment as a result. Teams keep three linebackers in the game and we are blocking conventional defenses with one fewer blocker when that happens. When we go to two backs in the shotgun we never give the big/other back the ball so again no one is ever fooled. Up until last night we were running play action that looked nothing like our actual running plays so again no one was fooled. We'll do something unconventional once to great success (the speed option and the throwback screen are prime examples and the inverted veer is getting that way) and then run those plays into the ground even as teams recognize immediately what is happening and come screaming after the receiver/ball carrier. There is never a counter in place.
Look at Arizona yesterday or Michigan in 2010. See how many players have to be blocked for a running play to be successful. Notice how simple the blocking scheme is and how quickly running plays and short/screen passes develop. See how many defenders are crowded into the middle of the field. See how many receivers are all alone in the middle of the field (they hit a 3rd and 22 for an uncovered 60 yard gain yesterday against a talented USC secondary).
Instead of doing that, we are running slow developing plays, make our guards pull on every running play while largely eliminating the zone schemes that were so successful recently, telegraphing plays by formation and personnel, and making life easier on opposing linebackers and safety who don't have to run sideline-to-sideline and aggressively defend the perimeter to avoid having Devin Gardner pick up 5-10 free yards and maybe run over a tiny corner for a big gain.
There may be a tradeoff to doing it Borges's way if you have a prototype NFL passer, but as the situation stands his way of doings things is making everybody's job harder and as a result the offense is less successful than it should be.
At the risk of starting something here, there's a possibility that may have been overlooked.
First - a few points.
I know that the players should be held accountable for their actions.
I know that the coach's try to turn them into responsible people.
I know that when a young person screws up, he should be held accountable and if in a position of the spotlight, even more so......but......
what is the possibility that keeping Fitz out of the Bama game not only affected him, but maybe some of the other players as well.
I'm not saying I disagree with the decision, I'm merely stating the fact that these guys still really are kids without the life experience that most of us share and they've accepted this limelight lifestyle where they'be been told since high school that they are exceptional.
Fast forward to a 1000 yd season and hype up the Bama game and then take out one of your most obvious weapons from the previous year and these inexperienced, young men may have just been affected by that.
That game was hyped beyond belief. The pressure put on everyone involved. The kid screws up. You make the decision to hold him out of the game and send the message to everyone else who busted theri ass all off season that punishing him is more important than rewarding you.
Again, I don't disagree with punishing him, but you can't have it both ways. Send your best to play the best and punish later, or risk something else.
Hindsight is 20/20.
I remember watching this game and before every 3rd and long saying out loud "here comes the play action". Guess what gorgeous called?
My thinking is that this problem is on both on playcalling and Denard's inability to improvise in this offense. As long as he stood in the pocket a couple of times last night, he should've immediately tucked the ball and ran. I know Denard is trying to prove to everyone that he can be a QB in the NFL, but ultimately it may not be up to him. Borges and Hoke should both should make it clear to Denard that he should make his reads but take off if the opportunity presents itself. It was infuriating watching the offense last night. Bellomy could be a decent QB, but wide receivers catching balls that hit them in the hands would be a big help too.
I didn't post last night because, duh, but seriously if Denard misses any games at all then Borges will be in the microscope big time.
Fire Borges! Hire Tony Franklin!
Wow. That is all....