At press time, Harbaugh had sent Michigan’s athletic department an envelope containing a heavily annotated seating chart, a list of the 63,000 seat views he had found unsatisfactory, and a glowing 70-page report on section 25, row 12, seat 9, which he claimed is “exactly what the great sport of football is all about.”
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|5 years 35 weeks ago||Chad, I agree with you. I||
I agree with you. I also prefer a pro style offense with NFL QB's and WR's. In addition, I don't necessarily believe in schematic advantages. Any system can work. Florida runs the spread and may be winning their third NC in four years. Alabama and Ga Tech are both highly ranked with a pro style offense and a triple option offense, respectively.
|5 years 35 weeks ago||The Spread can work...||
IMO spread offenses can be successful in the Big 10. Any offense (pro style, triple option, etc.) can be successful. It comes down to talent and execution. UM is catching up on the talent side of things. The next step disciplined execution of the system. They showed flashes this year and I expect them to continue to improve and become more consistent.
Let's just hope the defense improves drastically next year. Michigan won't be competitive until it fields a serviceable defense.
|5 years 40 weeks ago||Outlook...||
I'm having a hard time remaining positive about the future of Michigan football. The Rich-Rod experiment has not gone well to say the least. I'd say 7-5 or 6-6 is likely this year with potential wins over Illinois and Purdue. I don't see UM beating Wisconsin or Ohio State. The team just isn't ready to beat the big boys (how sad is it that we are no longer one of the big boys?). The offense has regressed since the beginning of the year and has become undisciplined and sluggish. In addition, I haven't particularly liked the offensive game-plans in some of the bigger games (iowa, msu, penn st). There isn't much to say about the defense aside from it is just plain bad. Brandon Graham is a beast and I am going to miss him next year. While UM has certainly improved since last year, by how much? This year we have beaten teams with a combined record of 15-21.
What's more concerning is the lack of talent on both offense and defense for next year and beyond. Realistically, what offensive weapons do we have going forward? No big-time receivers, running backs who are good but not great, a mediocre offensive line, and inconsistent and young qbs. And on defense, we have a few players who are developing nicely (Martin, Roh, Van Bergen); however, there is a serious deficiency of talent after those players. Turner is an unknown, but it is concerning that he can't see the field in this secondary. Gardner should be a beast in a few years...
Given the disaster that was last year and the mediocrity this year, recruiting is likely to be down this year and only slightly better next year. Honestly, what if UM goes 7-5 next year? That will make his 3 year record roughly 17-19. Not exactly lighting it up. If that happens, is Rich-Rod gone?
I've gone from hoping this team goes 7-5 at the beginning of the year to thinking 8-4 or 9-3 back to 7-5 or 6-6. While the results may be similar to what I hoped for at the beginning of the year, it's disappointing considering the pathetic state of the big ten and our 4-0 start. I'm concerned that we no longer own michigan state or penn state. We are still losing to osu and we are struggling with the likes of indiana.
I hope I'm wrong about the direction of this program, but Michigan hasn't had 2, 3, or 4 straight years of bad teams in a long time, if ever, and that's looking likely at this point. I just don't want to become Nebraska. I'm desperately hoping for serious improvement in the coming weeks and years. Rich-Rod has had success in the past and I hope he can replicate that success at UM. I'll continue to cheer UM on each week and hope for the best! Go Blue!