that's unfortunate, but at least the interest is there on both sides
The postgame presser for the Michigan/Ohio game is now up on MGoBlue.com
I feel like a fiend for the presser notes on MGoBlog, the video gave me my fix.
This thread started with a thought...and maybe it should've stayed there. But I figured, what the hell...more Urban Meyer? Naaah, let's move to something else.
So, it started with a thought. "Is Michigan the most improved team in the Big Ten?" Now, this wasn't from last year to this year...this is from the beginning of this year until now.
I'd have to say, without question...YES.
- Remember when - our Defensive Line was like 3 (well, 4) card monte before every snap?
- Remember when we couldn't score in the 1st quarter?
- Remember when Al Borges was asked every week about the starting RB?
- Remember when we tried to ground and pound teams with the I-Form?
- Remember when JT Floyd's nickname was "please God, don't throw his way"?
- Remember when Craig Roh couldn't get off a block?
- Remember when our back 7 was considered a liability?
- Remember when we escaped Under The Lights?
- Remember when 7-5 was realistic?
- Remember when 9-3 was a dream?
I'm so over comparing this staff/this era to the last 3 years...but besides the obvious improvements/upgrades/etc., the biggest thing that I like about this team - they've improved every single game. All of these "flaws/errors/worries," they're ALL gone.
Go Blue. Beat Ohio.
What are your thoughts following this game?
- Denard is struggling running this offense...HOWEVA, I think we can get him on track if we went no huddle a little more
- Fitz is the #1 back --- We knew this already, now the nation knows
- Our offensive line is the key to our offense. (Yes, any offense can say that, however when Devin and Denard have time, when Fitz has a crease, when we control the line...we're good. When we don't, we're not good. It's that simple. We don't have a QB who can win with average/bad line play by hitting the slants and quick passes.
- Mattison is king.
- Our defensive line is damn good. You say, "no shit." Not so fast my friend...think back to the beginning of the year. They struggled. Roh was a non-factor. Brink and Heininger were not good. RVB couldn't get a pass rush. These guys are GOOD now.
- Floyd is the most improved player on the team. Take away his best play (the INT) and his worst play (the holding or PI call)...he had a GREAT game. I don't care if it shows in the UFR or not. Floyd played well. Got away with a few things, but still, he was right there.
All in all, you can't complain too much about a win. But that 2nd and 3rd quarter was just BAD offensively. We should've won that game 47-14...EASILY. Maybe even 51 or 55-14. Our redzone playcalling has to get better. I think Borges got too conservative after the Iowa game. Those calls weren't bad 3 of the 4 could've/should've been TDs.
Teams are starting to do the same thing vs. us...Jam the WRs at the line and blitz the house. Jamming the WRs causes timing issues and allows the blitz to get through. We have to be able to hit the slant route like we did to Roundtree vs. MSU. Or throw a fade like we did so many times vs. ND.
One thing that pissed me off was Craig James whining about our redzone offense. We started the year like 18 of 18!!
- Why don't we use that play where Denard runs to the line and throws to the slot
- Why don't we use the original Fritz package anymore?
- Great job by Mattison with the zone blitzes and showing 7-8 at the line and rush 4.
- I don't know if Frank Clark will ever start...but he's a passing rushing MACHINE!
- The last two plays of Illinois opening drive of the 2nd half were 2 of the most beautiful plays I've ever seen in football.
- That game was loooooooooooooooong.
- Craig James, please...just stop talking.
....your immediate thoughts ABOUT THE GAME?
Which school filled with scandal do you think Urban Meyer is most likely to coach?
Warning: This thread was not made for "inside information." It wasn't made for "new news." Don't expect to learn anything in particular or get anything in particular out of this thread.
This thread was made for one thing. Discussion. I mean, this IS a discussion board on a blog, correct? If you're like me and you like simply talking about Michigan athletics...this is one of the best places to do it...right?
So with that said...I just read a ESPN.com article on Stu Douglass and I couldn't help but think "Damn, what a great kid...what sacrifice. Here is a kid I will ALWAYS root for, and I thank so much for bringing Michigan out of the "dark times." He and his senior class will be missed." And instantly I thought of Mike Martin and Ryan Van Bergan and David Molk and Kevin Koger. Same thing.
So what similarities do you guys see in these senior classes? What are you going to take from each senior class and what will they be remembered for in YOUR mind?
Moving forward...Shane Morris and Mitch McGary. Which top blue-chip prospect do you see making the biggest impact? Shane likely has more years to do it...Mitch has less players to rely on and 1 player naturally means more in basketball than football. But do you think Morris' 3-4 years could surpass McGary's 1-2 years?
Obviously all of this is speculation and opinion...but what are your thoughts on this present senior class for each team? Are the comparable? What are your thoughts on the future stars of each program?