You gave us all negative points, and then stated overall the team looked good.
Watched the Game Again
Like a true MICHIGAN MAN, DirkMcGurk only looks for the negative in a 50 point blowout game.
and you think this is being a dick?
Seriously, do you EVER read the comments?
Dirk is actually being more polite than most.
actually, a true michigan man (im one, in more ways than ill ever let on here), when the team hasnt won a big ten championship in nine years, welcomes as much constructive criticism as possible, instead of worrying about 'feelings'.... go root for msu then.
the program has been down for nine years, right? dirk is doing a service... well done dirk...
And saying "yeah, we should work on that...wouldn't have thought of it if I hadn't been surfing MGoBlog though!"
Negative: way too many dumb penalties. I know it's the first game and we have so many young guys playing, but damn that was frustrating.
It is so great when a dozen or so in the MGoCommunity feel the need to post the post DVR observations. Perhaps we can shoot for 100 after the ND game?
Come on, it's a message board. Are we really frowning upon people sharing their opinions?
yep, seemed like Ross didn't leverage the football/fill the hole properly a couple times, and we wasn't in a several plays in the 2nd-3rd Qtrs, i think.
I noticed this too.. he whiffed on a few plays he could have made. Even though he underperformed expectations, Morgan seemed to equally outperform at the Mike. He had a big day
These are all things that are probably going to be addressed at practice this week. I'm not overly concerned as I thought we played very well.
I'm gonna go ahead and take it as a positive sign that we are able to focus on these small-ish "details" as the negatives, rather than "getting 20 points scored on us" or "surviving by 3 points".
"surviving by 3 points" - LoL Nebraska. If only Wyoming had a decent defense.
If only Wyoming had the depth that Nebraska had. The starters are good enough, they just got worn out (in my opinion).
Wyoming exposed a lot of Nebraska's faults... I think Nebraska winning is a good thing for two reasons:
1.) makes the Big Ten slightly less embarrassing.
2.) didn't piss them off and light a fire under the players asses knowing they lost to who? What's a Wyoming?
I can't get over how bad Nebraska is defensively. Isn't Pelini supposed to be a defensive guy? Usually a team will be pretty good in whichever side of the ball the HC specialized in when he was an assistant.
...and for a "fat & out of shape" guy, Green had some decent speed when he got into the open field; not sure if it was LB or DB pursuing him, but Green was pulling away from him a little. Kid has a ton of potential, as do pretty much all of our other young guys.
and edit are your friends.
and found two more mistakes than the first time through. Of course, I dwelt only on the mistakes as the positive points of the post were self-evident.
You have done all of us a service.
On a second viewing I thought Norfleet did better than my first impression, I also thought Rawls and Hayes had a couple really great runs. Showed elusiveness and burst I don't remember seeing last year.
The final stat line on kick returns for Dennis Norfleet was 4 returns for 106 yards, or 26.5 yards per return. That's a limited sample, but it is about a 3 yard improvement on last year's average return for Norfleet. It's significant enough to note despite the season being young at this point - he really did look quicker and more elusive on returns.
Punt returns, not so much.
This is crap,
Soo overall we just need to be better. Good to know.
I'm with you on Fitz. He'd be a good 2nd or 3rd option on a good running team, but his instincts and top end speed are not that great for a guy his size. I don't think you can be a run-first team with him as your primary running back -- at least the 2013 version of Fitz. With that said, I'm not willing to annoit any of the other guys as our savior after only a handful of carries.
Ya he's terrible. You do realize it was his first game back since coming off that horrific injury? Geez. Sure he missed some cuts but lets not ride him off until we some more of him.
With Drake out, Green will get more carries, so that should appease most of you people.
Overreact much? I didn't say he was terrible. Just not a guy who's going to carry us.
You are correct, you didn't say he was terrible. However, you also implied that he was terrible when you said he couldn't be the primary running back.
Nonsense. I said he's not going to carry a run-dominated team. That basically means I do not think he's an All-Big Ten running back. Fitz is NOT terrible, and the only way you could think I implied as much is if you live in a binary world where everything is either awesome or sucks.
You seem to pop up unecessarily as an asshole on every thread, making petty snipes at people...
I on the other hand, only pop up as an asshole on occassion
I'm glad we understand each other then?
A bit of sarcasm went undetected by you. But I believe the only overreaction was by you saying that Fitz is not a primary/every down back. He was a 1000+ yard rusher in 2011. I bet those comments werent made back then.
If he continues to struggle in the next few games, then I will agree with you, but lets reserve our judgement until then.
He was a good every down back in 2011, but in 2012 and against CMU he's been average.
Fitz is plenty fast enough. His vision or instinct is probably not elite but once the OL gets more experience as a unit there should be larger holes created and I think you will see him start hitting it with the speed we saw two years ago.
Pardon the snark, but how is it even possible to have this many typos? Did you take the letter stickers off your keyboard?
made a comment that might be taken as someone playing internet tough guy.
I thought iPhones were supposed to be smart. All the cool kids seem to have them.
I'm guessing a lot of us have iphones, but we decide to read what we've typed before we post.
Toussaint has already been the primary running back on a team that was run-first and ranked 13th best in rushing in the nation. Either instincts and top end speed are not as important as you think they are, or you can't recognize them when they are present.
We'll do fine with Fitz. It'll take the Oine a while to sort itself out, but even before it does, opponants will have to respect the run with Fitz back there.
Our "D" got pressure on the quarteback without blitzing!
"Seems like we will go left or right most times."
Hmmm...tell me more about this.
This is the most prepared team I have seen in an opener in a long time. They didn't take a full quarter or more to settle down. The youngsters seemed to know where to go for the most part, and when they didn't, the penalties were minor and fixable. Bodes well for this Saturday.
Was it a beef when he was running for over 1000 yds in 2011?
I agree with regards to Fitz in that he can jump around to much rather than just hitting a hole. Sometimes this works out and he finds a cut back lane to make a good gain but other times he can get caught and the play looks bad.
If I had to nit pick, there were a few missed tackles in the game and it seemed the D didn't swarm on a few plays with only one or two guys getting to the receiver or runner.
Overall, I think there was roughness even though we won by 50. I didn't like what seemed to be an above average amount of penalties.
The run game, I think, didn't really look good until the second half. But the coaches I'm sure had a distinct game plan for the 1st and 2nd halves. And they probably didn't show much with ND this coming weekend.
The entire offensive line was outstanding. So much better than anyone could have expected them to be. Cannot speak highly enough of their play. They got push, they combo'd extremely well, they put a hat on a hat and opened holes. Our biggest problem yesterday was an unblocked safety filling the alley, but that's a real good problem to have (and Fitz missing an enormo hole on a draw play). CMU has a bad DL, based on one game sample, yada yada, but we should be very good in B1G play. So encouraging if they can keep this up and even improve.
Expectations went up significantly based on yesterday, again provided it wasn't a fluke. And it didn't look like it. Glasgow was damn good.
After re-watching im nervous about our WR and RB's thru the rest of the year.. Don't think our offense will move the ball much against ND, but we'll see.
Can you elaborate on why you feel this way? I saw young WRs making catches and older WRs finding space to help DG out - Dileo on the roll-out and Gallon coming back in the endzone. I also saw Fitz look tentative in finding the hole but exploding through well. Green and Smith showcased some good cuts and carrying tacklers for extra yardage. Remember - we have a lot of freshman playing their first game. They aren't exactly going to look like seasoned vets. They held their own very well.
I haven't rewatched the game, but isn't that what we ran with Morris and Funchess?
Especially Houma...he had a number of crunching clear out lead blocks throughout the game.
we can't have nice things.
I saw the same thing with Fitz. OP's trying to have discussion on the CMU game. Debate his viewpoints and stop crying about what he has to say.
There were comments about Ross' lack of production--I think he overran plays which can be easily fixed. If he can attack the ball, then gather his momentum, he'll be more effective.
Some of are here for dick pictures and comments.
Blockhams, where have you gone?
My only issue with Fitz was that I felt like he went down too easily. A lot of times he had a lane if he just could get past one guy trying to arm-tackle him. Maybe that's not surprising, though, given that it was his first game back from a nasty injury. Part of the challenge of coming back is losing the fear of re-injury.
doesn't think your phone is very smart either.
I'm just focusing on the negatives.
1) I think if the oline opens more holes, more holes will be open.
2) I guarantee that starting next week Green will get 50% of the carries - unless he gets more, or less.
3) Scoring more points in the 1st qaurter will only add to our point total.
i saw a lot of times that DG had to pull down the ball to run it after failing to find an open receiver. Now that could have been for a variety of reasons, as I wasn't at the game; it could have been a reluctance to throw against a cover 2...but it could also be our WRs not getting any separation.
Throws within the offense were really limited to Gallon's TD and Reynolds bomb...Looking at the boxscore, the ypc weren't big numbers and Dileo's yards were from a broken play...
Now this may be growing pains...but it could also be that our WRs are average and that there is no deep threat.
I think it bears watching during ND, cause they are going to focus on stopping the run...so we'll see where our WR corp stands after that test.
It's a little different look coming out of a 4-2-5, and I think DG saw some coverages out of pre-snap positions that he wasn't expecting. This confused some of his reads a bit. I don't know for sure, haven't rewatched the game and you can't see a lot of the coverage on TV, but that is my assumption based on how he looked trying to make reads.
its probably part of it i would imagine...DG was probably playing it safe...
At the same time, it's CMU...if it was a problem of getting separation, that's going to be the case all year...
On the plus side, we have Devin...and he reminded me a lot of Vince Young - a glider who can still make throws on broken plays...a very, very dangerous combination
Can anyone help me with some of the songs that were played in warm ups, recognized the newer Jayz song but would love some help
I worked during the game and don't have any way of recording games either. I was wondering what else everyone else saw that I missed from listening to the radio call. My biggest question I wanted to ask was why I didn't hear Ross's named called more often.
I will be working most of the other games too so keep these threads coming please.