Denard (free Rivals link):
"Coach Mattison told me what the Ravens were about, what he thought," Beyer said. "He definitely encouraged me. I hold his opinion in high regard."
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Was that Sharp asking the last question to Denard? Whoever it was, what a douche! One of the best talents we have ever seen, of course much if not all of the offense is going to rely on him....he does touch the ball every play. That is as short as I've ever seen Denard and I thought he handled that stupid ass question with grace.
Who is the douchenozzle who asked the last question? Seriously he asked two questions trying to get Denard to say that he's the only person on offense.
Edit: Looks like I'm beaten to the punch. If it is Sharp, why are they still granting him access?
Double Edit: After reading Sharp's game column, it must've been him (not linking it to limit page views). What a tool.
This sounds a little counter-intuiative, but when it comes to Denard I really think we have to stop coaching him. I mean, he's been coached up and coached up on execution, technique, setting his feet, pointing his front shoulder, etc. and he's aware of the issues and has been working on it for years. The problem is, his natural instinct is and always will be to use his feet to create space and throw on the fly/run. No amount of coaching in the world will make him stop, that much is clear. So, instead of calling plays that make him sit in the pocket, and make too many reads and try to teach him about being a pocket passer, lets just stop coaching him. His natural instincts are his best attribute and we need to capitalize on those. Just let him bounce around, give him 2 reads at max and if a guy's open, throw it, if not run it...ever time. Get him out of the pocket and just let him make plays. Don't try to fix something that will never get fixed and put him in a position to be successful, making plays on the fly and being more athletic than the defense. At the end of the day any defense that can limit him from runnign will beat us, so lets give up trying to make him throw from the pocket, because even his good throws from the pocket are still with his front shoulder/foot opened up...just let him go.
I think that is the first time I have ever seen Denard not smile during an interview. I hope it is the last.
Pocket passer Denard >>>>>>>>>>>>>> Out of pocket passing Denard
the Denard interview. The way he apologized to the fans and those who watched and rooted for Michigan yesterday was really touching. I am once again extremely proud to call him a Wolverine, and I hope everyone who has been bashing the guy in the last 24 hours watches it and backs off the guy. He wants to do well, let's not forget that. He HAS done well in the past, against pretty good teams too. We as a fanbase need to rally around him right here, right now. One loss, one bad game doesn't have to define a season.
I really really really hope Michigan gets a B1G title this year. It would be a fitting end to Denard's roller-coaster career here.
We're 0-0 in the Big Ten right now. Lots of season left to play, and I look forward to every game from here on out. Go blue.
Hence the problem.
Is it me or did you want to just shake the jack-a$$ reporter that kept asking Denard about him having the responsibility of being the entire offense? What part of Denard's response to the first question didn't you get. Gee I wonder what his storyline for his article was going to be about? Regardless of the loss, I am confident we will get better - I don't have to point out or talk about my anger and frustrations about plays or play calling. Both interviews talk about accountability to each other and the team. That is what is most important and they all are doing their best to get better.
At least he knows what he did wrong and how to fix it. Give credit to ND's defense, they contained him in the pocket as planned. They then pressured him within the pocket more than anyone else has done so far.
Denard responded to that pressue by trying to rifle off his intended pass quickly to beat the pressure. He could have sidesteped it in some cases and took off, or just have thrown it away.
He tried to do too much himslef. He's right, sometimes he does need to just be a role player and live for another play.
Both Hoke and Denard give me a lot of confidence in team 133 moving forward and improving as the season goes on. Especially Denard. He's never been in an ideal situation at Michigan, either without a defense to lean on, or without consistant coaching through the years, or without consistant targets, and generally not being a great pinpoint-accurate passer, but he's absolutely made the absolute most of his opportunities. He has such a great attitude, and has been a standout leader. I'm always impressed with him, especially watching this interview after the worst game of his career. Respect.
Also: seriously, who pays Drew Sharp? Who actually spends money to support his career? He has absolutely no credibility, and very little, if not zero, integrity. Whenever I see him on ESPN I wanna punch something. It's like he hates the sports teams he covers.