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|8 hours 25 min ago||Again, false||
That team was able to score on ND (28), Iowa (28), Penn State (31), and Wisconsin (28).
Again, the 2010 offense was severely handicapped by defense's near total inability to get off the field.
|8 hours 33 min ago||Exactly right r.e. the defense||
Still have nightmares about Wisconsin running on every play except 2 in the 2nd half.
Disagree r.e. the offense. They played well, but the defense could never get them the ball back. Had RRod returned for a 4th season, that offense would likely have really blown up, as we returned nearly all the starters and RRod would finally have started an upperclassman at QB.
Still no choice at that point, however...the defense had deteriorated so badly that we were probably never going to get another decent defensive recruit under RRod.
|8 hours 45 min ago||Love the optimism||
But there's no sugar coating the 3rd consecutive year sans TD's vs MSU
|8 hours 47 min ago||Just talked to my MSU grad brother||
I was stubbornly defiant.
"Positive rushing yards, HA!!!"
|6 days 11 hours ago||One other thing||
For my part I am very happy Denard came to and stayed at Michigan.
However, just imagine how his college career might have gone in an alternate universe:
* RRod never leaves WVU
* Denard goes to WVU instead of Michigan (RRod was the only coach recruiting Denard who was willing to give him a chance at QB)
* Denard's freshman year, he redshirts as God intended, watching Pat White put the finishing touches on an historic college FB carerr
*Denard starts as a RS frosh and play for RRod all four years - on a fully loaded, firing on all cylinders WVU squad with a decent defense and no questions about their offensive identity. Oh, yeah, and with Steve Slaton in the backfield for Denard's 1st season as a starter.
That kind of frightening talent, thriving in just the right circumstances, would have been a lot of fun to watch...
|6 days 11 hours ago||As a non X's and O's guy||
I feel like I should probably defer to your opinion. All my football knowledge is strictly fan-level.
However, a few points to consider:
* Wouldn't it be more accurate to say that his QB play was imperfect, rather than bad? Yes, he turned it over way too much, with fumbles as well as picks. But at a college level he was really deadly and caused all manner of difficulties for opposing DC's trying to prepare for him.
* Kid really carried our team for a while
* The stars never really lined up for Denard while he played at Michigan. He had a true home run threat at RB for, what, maybe half of one season that he played here? No true burners at WR to throw to? His breakout soph year he had no real threat at RB, no great WR's to throw to, playing on a team with a defense that was on the field 40 min/game, and STILL ran for 1,700 yds, passed for 2,300, and accounted for 30+ TD's.
* Kid barely played his freshman year, played at QB only half of his senior year, went through a coaching transition where the incoming staff didn't know how to use him at first, and STILL threw for more yards than all but 3 QB's in Michigan history and accounted for over 10,000 yards and 90+ TD's
Pretty impressive all things considered, wouldn't you say?
|2 weeks 5 hours ago||Great call||
and absolutely right
|2 weeks 16 hours ago||Actually||
D Brown won 2 bowl games, that Rose Bowl and a very dramatic win over Bama in the HoF Bowl. Not many UM QB's can say they won 2 bowl games.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||Not an empty wallet||
Just a closed one.
(upvoted you anyway)
|2 weeks 2 days ago||Yup||
What bad luck! Out of RRod's 31-season college coaching career, we got his three successful seasons and all those other schools got the 28 successful seasons.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||yum||
Now you've got me wanting to travel with you guys down to Argentina for filet mignon...best meat on the planet.
However if you don't fancy the idea of an expensive, overnight flight in coach, next time you are in Chicago there is an Argentine grill that is walking distance from Wrigley Field: the incomparable Tango Sur. Order the Para Dos and they will bring an assortment of meats to your table, sizzling on a small, square, still-lit grill. Tango Sur has no liquor license, so bring your own wine. And be sure to try the empanadas...
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Yes. Also,||
He's on his 3rd QB in three years and has still taken 2 of 3 from Oregon. For some reason his offense didn't need 3-4 years work, as he brought in "players that fit his system."
|2 weeks 3 days ago||True||
...but both were reclamation projects.
It could also be said that at Stanford Jim Harbaugh was only 29-21, that two of the four seasons he coached there were losing seasons, and that one of them was an 8-5 season. He only had just that one really great season at 12-1.
Obviously the fact that Stanford had been bad for a long time makes a lot more sense out of those numbers, and Harbaugh's .580 win % wouldn't give any of us pause about hiring him if we could get him.
I'm not saying we should ride it out with Hoke, I am only saying that his record at Ball State and SDSU can be seen more positively than negatively, given the turnarounds he engineered at both places.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||But back in 2011||
how would we have known that "Hoke is not that great of a coach"? In contrast to how things have gone for him here, in his other two coaching stops his teams got better every year, until they were very good (at least vs their level of competition).
I don't think we fooled ourselves in 2011 - Hoke had a solid track record for turning around moribund situations, but the jury was still out on whether or not his skills would translate to a higher level of competition.
I do think the general fan discontent is due simply to poor results in year 4 - the honeymoon was great but it's been over for a while and frustration has set in. However, OP's question r.e. the level of vitriol (personal attacks regarding Hoke's appearance, etc) is a good one and for my part it's somewhat sobering. It is possible for fans to be disappointed and upset with the current staff without turning into an unruly mob of 7th-graders...
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Agree||
Looks to me like he is going right at Saban. Intent cannot be determined, and cops responsible for getting Saban off the field safely cannot wait until the fan takes a swing at him before acting.
Don't want to get taken down by a state trooper? Stay off the field. Simple.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Nope. Cannot.||
The Dark Times cannot end soon enough.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||OR's OL is as bad as ours||
yet somehow they sure score a lot more points than we do.
Anyway, for my part I don't see the point in refusing to recognize that a road win vs the #2 team in the country is a very big deal, especially for a team that hadn't been competitive in the Pac12 for years prior to RRod's arrival.
Also, winning 2 of 3 vs a team that for years has consistently embarrassed even very good teams? For you that doesn't merit even a golf clap??
I don't get it.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||Can you imagine that?||
The QB who guaranteed a win over OSU as a player - and delivered - returns to AA to lead UM back to being an equal partner in the greatest rivalry in sports?
|3 weeks 2 days ago||Yup, two words: fierce and fearless||
My first two years at Michigan were his last two, so I had the privilege of watching him play. Talk about having a great feeling as a fan when your QB trots out onto the field.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||If Jim were to return, I would definitely do a cartwheel||
It would be a 47-year-old man cartwheel, but I would do one
|3 weeks 3 days ago||Carr had some great moments vs OSU||
Started 5-1 against them, beating some very loaded OSU squads. Remember the Biakabatuka game??
|3 weeks 4 days ago||Yes||
r.e. "true fan" and "support the team" concepts being silly phrases.
As UM football has been excessively commercialized, it seems absurd to blame customers for losing interest in a shoddy product.
Reminds me of pro sports franchises that lament the lack of "true fans" who are willing to fill the stands even if their team is not competitive. Since the dawn of free agency, MLB, NFL, NBA, etc have been ramming it down our throats that "hey, it's always been a business anyway."
Well, fine then. No problem. Just don't ask us to buy a lousy product so that you'll have the money to make it better eventually. Improve the product first and then the fans will come.
DB perhaps was not aware of the lessons that the pro sports have learned via their labor problems, canceled portions of seasons, etc: don't teach your customers that they can live without you...they just might do it
|4 weeks 2 days ago||So||
that would mean we are going the pipe right now, right?
|4 weeks 2 days ago||If he were interested||
he wouldn't be able to say that out loud. You know, like Nick Saban...
|4 weeks 2 days ago||No||
|4 weeks 2 days ago||But...||
...at the end of this story the pipe dream, which seemed so unattainable, actually comes true.
|4 weeks 4 days ago||Summary:||
"Things aren't going well in either place, maybe this could happen??"
Currently there is nothing apart from circumstances to indicate any interest from either side.
Personally, I would love for JH to come back to AA. Harbaugh said what he said a few years back, so what? To grab a coach of that caliber, and a former star QB to boot, would be recruiting/game prep/execution/rivalry game gold
|5 weeks 3 hours ago||His defenses got worse every year||
until in year 3 we had a defense against which Wisconsin threw the ball, what was it, twice in the 2nd half?
|5 weeks 3 hours ago||Much depends on how recruiting is affected by in-season events||
If recruiting goes off the cliff, so do Hoke's chances of sticking around for another year.
|5 weeks 3 hours ago||Yes, it did||
It also had a monstrous crater where the incoming OL were supposed to be. That was a ticking time bomb that was going to affect whoever took over after RRod.
Not saying Hoke should stay, just saying that he absolutely deserves credit for coming into a very difficult situation and successfully re-stocking the pond