Tuesdays are the longest day of the week in the MGo community since we're still a day away from the glory of UFR, we've already read every recap piece from the previous game, and it is too soon to start reading game previews for the following week. So I thought I'd offer up two topics for consumption:
(1) The past two seasons most of us around here have defended the Rodriguez offense based on how it performed statistically, rather than in the win/loss column. We pointed to yards, yards per attempt, etc. to show what this offense could be and cited random turnovers or red-zone performance as the only reason they weren't dominant. But now the tables have turned.....
What do we think of our defense that is getting results but still struggling by any statistical measure? Do we cite the results-based stats and cling to the hope that they are real while downplaying yardage stats? Do we dig deeper to find underlying performance indicators that give us hope for the rest of the season? Are take-aways and lousy QB play by our opponents a function of skill or luck? I'd like to hear your thoughts.
(2) And in something purely for entertainment purposes only....We have all grown to love the "Fred Jackson Hype Machine" with how he heaps praise on any running back who puts on a Michigan jersey. But what would he say if he had the opportunity to coach his namesake - the Buffalo Bills' Fred Jackson? Perhaps something like "that guy is Walter Payton with a better name".