|4 years 32 weeks ago||Watched an Early Screening Yesterday||
While maybe not quite as good as "The Dark Knight", it is very close. I was really excited for this movie and was not let down at all.
|5 years 13 weeks ago||Assuming Kovacs is metric||
That would be 68 centiKovacs.
|6 years 4 weeks ago||OMG!||
Hey, everyone! I just came home from work and Michigan was beating Michigan State ... in BASKETBALL! In the second half! My family is out of town and I need to exclaim this to someone!
|6 years 5 weeks ago||Some of us do rely on mgoblog for info||
I, personally, do rely on the board to get my Michigan info from the various reporting sources. While I could check everywhere on my own, I prefer just coming here for news. If nothing else, I like reading comments on Michigan-related news without having to sift through all of the "scUM" commentaries.
Everyone is entitled to their own opinion, I just don't understand what the big deal is with these types of posts. It was clearly labeled; if you know about it, ignore it. I'm not a frequent commenter, but it is annoying that every third thread seems to require a debate regarding its thread-worthiness. This is over and above the fact that responding to a conversation starter with "this topic is not sufficiently new to me" is rude, and ultimately is just bullying the op. I know its the internet, but stop being a dick.
|6 years 7 weeks ago||I feel like I'm living in crazy-ville||
How can we not pursue Charlie Strong? Maybe he has an attachment to Louisville, but getting your salary doubled is getting your salary doubled. Surely one of these talented young coaches must see that and think "I'll listen."
|6 years 7 weeks ago||Viable Coachign Candidate||
Defensive-minded coach? He's a defensive coordinator with several successful stops and a history of success.
Michigan ties? He's a former DC at Michigan.
Name: Scott Shafer.
|6 years 7 weeks ago||Poor Clock Management||
Is the perfect way to describe this. I thought we had all agreed that firing Rodriguez only made sense IF Harbaugh was in hand? Where was that "process"? You can't "evaluate" your sitting coach in a vacuum ... external factors, such as the quality and costs associated with available replacements, have to factor into your decision.
Our choices should have been: Rodriguez or Harbaugh? How did DB pick "c"?
|6 years 7 weeks ago||i have a process for pooping ...||
It doesn't translate to running an athletic department. To me, a "process" implies a "plan" ... so far the process/plan seems to be "figure that part out later". If the process is to start looking for a coach today, I hope the Freep runs an expose about DB's flatulence. I'm reduced to poop and fart jokes.
On a more productive note ... Jeff Tedford, bud foster, Bo's corpse.
|6 years 12 weeks ago||consider the forum ...||
Also, I feel like any commentary on Denard from ND fans, especially commentary not including glowing praise, should be prefaced by "I know he put up over 500 yards of offense against us, but ..."
|6 years 12 weeks ago||awesome||
|6 years 13 weeks ago||Belichek!||
I mean, he's done well at a non-Michigan and therefore inferior program, and has Michigan ties through tom Brady.
Also, Obama for D-Coordinator. It's time for a change and his job sucks (being president sucks, not a political comment).
|6 years 16 weeks ago||Uhh ...||
The defense gave up 65 points and someone took the time to post the D-coordinator picking his nose on the sideline. Don't over-think this ...
|6 years 17 weeks ago||wrt Moeller||
wrt Moeller, isn't it suspicious that he's already been mentioned on mgoblog twice recently? Perhaps a "hearts and minds" pr tour by the AD? Infiltration?
|6 years 18 weeks ago||If this thread is useless ...||
what is complaining about this thread?
|6 years 19 weeks ago||Unsung hero||
I think Marvell Webb and Kevin Koger get my vote. They've been really good blockers in the running game, and haven't really caught too many passes. Big contributors + few opportunities to make "skill player" contributions (catching the ball, etc.) = unsung heros in my book.
|6 years 21 weeks ago||interesting||
I wonder how those numbers change for BCS conference teams, whose schedules get more difficult as they enter conference play. It seems like the prime candidates for such improvement would be non-AQ conference teams that play a difficult out of conference schedule.
|6 years 21 weeks ago||i agree||
I think Indiana may have done that against a pre-2007 Michigan team. Precision + above average offensive skill talent has always equaled DOOM to Michigan. Often, for far more than 35 points.
|6 years 21 weeks ago||just||
F-em, man. F. Them.
|6 years 21 weeks ago||In your scenarios ...||
I think I'd like to beat MSU and OSU while losing to everyone else. They appear to be two of the best teams left on our schedule, and I think that would provide some hope that we'll eventually be able to compete with the Big10's upper-echelon. Besides, f OSU man.
As an aside to everyone that jumped in to criticize the OP: your "self-moderation" is really just bullying directed toward newer members. If we can't pointlessly speculate on an internet message board, then where can we? Others can keep their "useless" posts about a game played among 18 - 22 year olds to mlive when you keep your "important" ones to a private conversation ... which, by the tenor of the "self-moderation" crowd, is the desire anyways.
|6 years 21 weeks ago||The hope train I'm riding||
Relies on the assumption that our defense is as good (or bad) as last year and that our offense is much improved. I respect your opinion that our efficiency per possession may not make things look any better. I just choose to ignore it.
|6 years 21 weeks ago||one thing not accounted for||
I think an "efficiency" metric (points or yards per possession) is likely a better measure of comparison. I think our defense looks worse, statistically, because of all the quick scoring by our offense. I'd bet our defense's performance isn't so terrible (relative to last season) when the number of possessions are accounted for.
|6 years 21 weeks ago||Because||
While the thought of watching my parents have sex is terrible, actually witnessing it would be so much worse. I would say our defense is the equivalent of my parents having sex. I knew it was horrible. This afternoon I walked in on it having a "tender moment".
Great win, but yeesh!
|6 years 22 weeks ago||Pornography||
Is was the internet does best. This rocks.
|6 years 23 weeks ago||this is not factual ...||
While also not being inaccurate. Plus 1.
|6 years 23 weeks ago||at least no one got hurt||
Right? Seems like a lot of Big10 teams are getting banged up.
|6 years 25 weeks ago||Anyone remember how Boise State was rumored to be our opener?||
GLAD that didn't happen.
|6 years 25 weeks ago||Let's go||
|6 years 25 weeks ago||website suggestion ...||
There are some nice, available, and CLEAN girls I'm sure would love to accompany you to the game on Craigslist.
Just a thought ...
|6 years 25 weeks ago||Yes!||
I double vote for anything that can brighten this place up a bit. Brian's previewing our season with "self-refleclection" as a motif, almost suggesting that our defense haunts him with a weight too heavy to bare. The Mgopredictions are too defensively self-aware.
7-6? Those are party hours, not a fan's prediction for a Michigan football record. You wanna pour a ton of energy into accurately predicting things, try the stock market. I think RichRod finally has "the situation" he was hired to have - "Michigan" players in his system ... on offense - to make something happen with a "scrappy" defensive effort.
13 - 0, MNC win over an uninspiring Texas squad.
|6 years 26 weeks ago||My family wants to spend New Years in Europe ...||
and I'm hesitating. What if Michigan ends up going to the Rose Bowl? Crazy, I know. But ...
|6 years 26 weeks ago||is saturday a maize out?||
Cuz I wanna wear my bitchin new jersey ... which is blue.
|6 years 26 weeks ago||Thanks for posting||
I'm jonesing for football and love any inside info. +1 to you!
|6 years 26 weeks ago||rodgers||
How's he looking?
|6 years 26 weeks ago||I am||
So excited for this season to start! That is all. It's off my chest.
|6 years 27 weeks ago||It happened ...||
During a Rose Bowl loss against, I believe, USC. My guess is it happened in the 80s (probably late 80s because I remember it), though I guess it may have been early 90s. We had won the Rose Bowl against USC the year before, I think.
|6 years 27 weeks ago||not to presume, but||
wtf lady? It's not gonna be me, but I really hope someone investigates her posting of that. If it's as baseless as Tate's dad suggests, perhaps it was irresponsible of her to post? She is, at least nominally, a member of the media after all.
|6 years 28 weeks ago||This post||
is the most remarkable absence of CAPS lock I've ever seen.
|6 years 28 weeks ago||Wow ...||
Do I agree with this
|6 years 28 weeks ago||I tentatively disagree||
One thing that I think a lot of us are missing when trying to decide whether or not we should worry about freshmen contributors at any given position is the depth at that position. A terrifying situation is having a freshman that needs to play somewhere because we have no depth whatsoever. However, if we have reasonable depth at a position and a freshman ends up gaining significant minutes, that may be a function of an over-performing freshman.
I would say that our QB depth is average (is this optimistic???). Even if Tate has been slacking off, I do think last year can serve as something of a baseline expectation for him. Even if he doesn't improve at all, I think performances like we saw from him last year can still be expected. Accepting this premise, if Robinson and Gardner are ahead of him, then they should be producing better results than Tate last year (someone please agree with this).
Gardner has the arm to be a deep threat, the size to take a beating, the speed to be a running threat, and has been in the program since January. It is possible that he has advanced enough to be able to put his physical gifts to use on the field. Not something we should bank on, but if he sees the field, it is likely due to his development rather than Bo crying. FWIW, I think RichRod has one of the better track records when it comes to getting usage out of a physically gifted freshmen QB (Pat White). There are a lot of things that look DOOM-licious to me about this team. QB is not one of them. I just touched wood to ward off any jinxes.
|6 years 28 weeks ago||The bipolar nature of this board over the last two days ...||
May not be ideal, but I love riding the wave while we're high!
|6 years 29 weeks ago||Maybe||
Maybe she knows something. Correct me if I'm wrong, but she is fairly connected and doesn't have a reputation for "freeping". Maybe some benefit of the doubt thrown her way?
|6 years 29 weeks ago||Question for those more in the know||
One thing I can't help but notice is how absolutely stacked our team is in 2006. I mean, on defense alone, we have 9(!) starters that eventually made an NFL roster! How long until we're in a position where our team is that talented again? Has RichRod's recruiting put us in a position to get back there anytime soon? I can understand that this or that player is good/pretty good/very good, but overall, can we expect the talent level to return to 2006 days anytime soon?
|6 years 33 weeks ago||See ...||
I just don't understand why everyone wants almost every aspect of their sports to be "professional". The letter was unprofessional. It was also emotional and passionate, the response of a fan. I don't tune in to sports for business news. I don't really care how one corporation is faring with respect to another. I care about my team and I like knowing the folks that represent and run my team also care about it, rather than having them view it as an "asset".
|6 years 33 weeks ago||Personally,||
if smack-talk is involved, I fully applaude. Is it childish? Poor sportsmanship? Absolutely on both counts. Is it delcious? Very.
|6 years 33 weeks ago||Holy Hell||
Dan Gilbert just BLASTED Lebron in his press release/letter to Cleveland.
|6 years 39 weeks ago||Not trying to frustrate everyone||
and I recognize that this is pointless speculation. But, I thought it was something of an interesting topic. Next time I'll be sure to do some math and include a graph or two. That seems to be hot around here.
Also, I do think it is somewhat telling of what we can expect next year. Our team isn't great, but our QB talent and experience is as good as we've had since sophomore Chad Henne. That, alone, could make a nice difference.
|7 years 11 weeks ago||Sorry ...||
I missed that ...
|7 years 14 weeks ago||Safety Play||
Does your (or your neighbor's) first born play safety? If so, please don't eat. kthx.
|7 years 14 weeks ago||You're crazy||
But I still love you.
|7 years 14 weeks ago||Wrong Buffalo||
Shanahan is the new coach of the Buffalo Bills[edit: I guess this is still a rumor ... sorry]. In the NFL. DC for the Buffalo Bills would be considered by most an upgrade from DC for any college team.
And, Tommy Tuberville would be sweet. Likely a pipe dream, but still.
|7 years 14 weeks ago||The weather is supposed to be nice this weekend||
Maybe we should tell him that this is what every Michigan winter is like? Seriously, it's not that different from southern California.
|7 years 15 weeks ago||Do you really think ...||
... 6 years is long enough?
|7 years 15 weeks ago||If it wasn't for internet speculation ...||
I'd have no speculation at all.
|7 years 16 weeks ago||In our favor ...||
is that Clay has a concussion. There is no way that Wisconsin can replace Clay with another giant, bowling ball type back. It's not like they have a roster full of them. (/sarcasm ... they totally do).
Who knows ... maybe if Wiscy doesn't throw the ball, we can focus on and actually stop their conventional running game.
|7 years 16 weeks ago||Compared to ...||
... OSU, PSU, and Alabama, yes, we lack talent. However, compared to MSU, Wisconsin, Minnesota, and a host of other teams that are short of Great but better than God-Awful, I'd say we have roughly equivalent talent.
I'm not saying we should have a top 10 defense this year. Just that we should be on par with teams that we have routinely out-recruited for decades.
|7 years 16 weeks ago||Not to be too negative||
... but, I have a hard time believing that our defense is that severely understaffed compared to some other teams that are playing comparable schedules and still making bowl games. Also, I don't think that anyone can say that our team is over-achieving relative to it's talent level. The big perk to Rodriguez was supposed to be that he could get the most out of our talent. Talent depleted or not, I challenge anyone to say that he has done that.
Being Michigan, we should be able to reel in the big-fish recruits. What we wanted, post-Lloyd, was someone that could get those big-fish recruits playing to, or past, their potential. While we're not a national-title caliber team, I do think that 5-5 with losses to Purdue and Illinois, is at best, achieving at the talent level of our team.
Maybe it is time to start looking past RRod. I'm not saying it's the greatest idea ... but there seem to be a couple of viable coaches out there that might be able to better-recruit and coach our team. Even if it's too early to say that the verdict is in on RRod, when do we say that perhaps we should cut our losses? Maybe he isn't the savior a lot of folks believe him to be, I think that Brian Kelly could step in and almost ensure that Michigan makes a bowl next year. Also, he may be a bit inflamatory, but Harbaugh has shown similar promise at STANFORD!?!?!
|7 years 16 weeks ago||When it comes to Michigan Football ...||
If I'm not overreacting, I'm not feeling.
|7 years 16 weeks ago||Yes||
Or, I hope(?). Cuz if not, that would really suck.
|7 years 16 weeks ago||No one||
will ever commit to Michigan again. Like rats fleeing a sinking ship, all of our current commits will decommit and all of our players will transfer.
|7 years 16 weeks ago||Yes.||
There's really no two-ways about it. This is the one and only logical explanation.
Memo to rich Micihgan alum: Buy SI and put Tressel on every cover forever.
|7 years 16 weeks ago||Actually||
I know it sounds a bit ridiculous, but I think they work. I have one and I've found it to be a help. I recognize that it may be a placebo effect, but I've noticed pretty marked gains in strength and stamina.
Take that for what it's worth, though.
|7 years 17 weeks ago||A Bit Harsh ...||
But ... I think what we were all hoping for from our post-Lloyd coach was someone that could get whatever talent was on the team to over-achieve. Perhaps this happened against ND (and maybe even MSU and Iowa). However, the one knock on Lloyd was that he could take a team with several NFL caliber players and still manage to lose 3 games a year.
I think, at this point, the biggest concern wrt RRod is that he hasn't really shown an ability to field a team that is "greater than the sum of its parts". While there have been flashes of potential, it seems like the team is constantly shooting itself in the foot. Moreover, after our first four games, the team has appeared flat from an emotional standpoint. I'm not seeing any kind of fire from any of the units.
In the Illinois game alone, we were in the red zone FOUR(!) times in the second half. The net result of those four trips were ZERO points. While the interceptions are, by and large, something we can expect to live with because of our freshmen QBs struggling to read coverages, I think the fumbling issues are hard to excuse from a coaching standpoint.
The big concern, ime, is that RRod is a guy that can assemble an above-average team that can dominate the Big East, but is a perennial middle-of-the-pack Big Ten team. The bigger concern is, right now, I'd take that.
|7 years 17 weeks ago||Self-loathing||
This game just stinks of the Illini catching lightning in a bottle, Juice going supernova, and everyone wondering where-oh-where has that been all season. I've been a Michigan fan for too long, and, regardless of our coach, we have a nauseating habit of being a launch pad for Heisman trophy hype. Juice isn't going to win a Heisman, but I'm worried about a "Justin Siller"-performance.
I love Michigan football, but for some reason, win or lose, my fan-hood is defined by painful moments and worry.
|7 years 17 weeks ago||Safety vs. CB||
I don't believe the move from CB to Safety is as easy as going in the other direction. There are a lot more reads for a safety to make. If Booboo is struggling with the mental and technical part of the game at CB, I think his issues would only be worse at Safety.
That being said, I'm not a coach or anything. Anyone with better knowledge on the subject's input would be appreciated.
|7 years 18 weeks ago||Unusually warm arms||
"He is OLD, and wears some kind of sweater without arms. Does he have unusually warm arms?"
That kills me. Nice.
|7 years 18 weeks ago||Insert||
Generic "now he he'll have time to go sailing" jokes here.
|7 years 19 weeks ago||Yellow vs. Maize||
I, for one, will not tolerate a Michigan Man/Woman that would dare wear yellow in place of our beloved Maize. While the two colors may seem close to the untrained, non-Michigan man eye, they do, in fact, clash. If people wear yellow, we'll be the laughing stock of both the college football and fashion worlds.
|7 years 19 weeks ago||If Purdue can||
ruffle TP's feathers that bad, I think we should really hope for Iowa to do much worse. If so, TP could be coming into Ann Arbor really down on himself. Any sign of adversity could cause him to struggle.
That being said, I'm really not a big fan of having to play Wiscy the week before OSU. Wiscy is just one of those teams that beat the hell out of you, even if you win the game. While OSU gets PSU and Iowa immediately before us, they are a little deeper than we are.
|7 years 19 weeks ago||Shirdan||
Might not be the most talented guy, but he did all that he could last year. The Minnesota game will always be his moment. I'm glad he'll always have that.
|7 years 19 weeks ago||True||
But I think the reason OSU went to a BCS bowl last year and they've only lost 3 games with him has a lot to do with their defense. I don't think anyone has questioned the fact that OSU's offense has struggled and that Pryor has not developed very well.
Also, this is more an academic question. As in, where would he best serve Ohio State? Has OSU been successful with him at QB? Yes. Could they be a more explosive/better offense with a better passer under center and TP as a wideout? I think so. I was curious as to what other people's thoughts are.
|7 years 19 weeks ago||$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$4||
|7 years 19 weeks ago||ND and FLORIDA!||
ND because a win might be enough to push Clausen out of school, and it would make Michigan's win look a bit better. Plus, ND would be more likely to be overrated when we play them next year. Assuming we beat them (gulp!), it could make for a nice start to the season.
As for Florida, while the rest of the world is getting tired of Tebow, there is a fun side-note for those of us Wolverine folk living in Ohio. Buckeye fans are really, really nervous that Archie Griffin's status as only two-time Heisman trophy winner will end this year. So, for me, it's a case of "the enemy of my enemy is my friend". Also, Michigan beat the Tebow-led Gators a couple of years ago, which somehow makes them more endearing.
|7 years 19 weeks ago||"useless piece of information"||
Uh ... you're on the internet?!?! At a blog about college football. What kind of useful information are you looking for? It is a weekday ... if you want useful, maybe you should go study/work or whatever.
Me, I'm gonna go ahead put on my "lucky" t-shirt and pretend like the manner in which I watch the game influences the result. Also, I'm going to agree with OP in that, throughout my life, anytime I've been too cocky about Michigan football, they've let me down. Is there a causal relationship? Probably not. But, why risk it.
Rock on, OP. I'm with you. Let's focus on the task at hand.
|7 years 19 weeks ago||Nice reading||
I said Vince Young-type of QB ... and I also said "trying". VY was something of a once a generation type of player. Everyone trying to chase that with guys that aren't performing nearly to VY's level might be wasting the talent of a guy that shouldn't be lined up at QB and the talent of the other guys on offense that aren't seeing the ball distribution a traditional QB generates.
Again, using TP at OSU, if he were an outside receiver, he could be a nightmare ala Braylon Edwards/David Terrell. Instead, his indecision at QB is causing their offense to stagnate, wasting both his talent and the talent of the player's around him.
So, if you happent to get Vince Young on your team ... awesome. However, more than likely, by trying to get him on your team, you're going to end up wasting a really good wide receiver and a lot of other offensive talent.
|7 years 19 weeks ago||hmm ...||
That would allow us to keep Wolfolk and Warren at CB, let Floyd play FS with Willaims as the run-stuffing safety. Kovacs would then be a player that we rotate in and out of the game. That sounds almost good ... goodish?
|7 years 19 weeks ago||Wait@!||
So the Big Ten isn't already DOOMED!!!! But we're so slow! And Ohio State loses big games rabble rabble.
|7 years 19 weeks ago||Also||
OSU fans don't believe in evolution or division. So I wouldn't look to them as a rational barometer on science or math,either.
|7 years 19 weeks ago||Didn't mean||
to strike a nerve, jg. I didn't know you were so sensitive.
The thread is moreso a general conversation about the best uses ... not whether we should move Denard. For all of the pub running spread offenses get, I still think there is some merit to having your most athletic players play a position other than QB. I think this is especially true with a guy like Terelle Pryor, who should/could/would dominate at his size, speed, and strength.
Also, regardless of what we recruited Robinson to do, if he doesn't improve at QB, we're kind of wasting him by not letting him see the field more. Not since Charles Woodson lined up on offense in 97 have I seen a player freak a defense out as much. Maybe it would be good if 11 defensive eyes had to be on a slot receiver while Tate played QB, Minor, Brown, Shaw, et al. were running backs, and Stonum, Koger, Hemmingway and Odoms were other receivers.
|7 years 19 weeks ago||surprise feelings||
It is funny to see this as a board post. For a second I thought I was on an MSU blog. But, son-of-a-gun, we have a basketball team worth getting excited about again!
|7 years 19 weeks ago||Not so fast ...||
OSU, despite their offensive issues, looks pretty darn good. Also, Iowa appears to be better than everyone but OSU.
I think and 11-1 OSU (assuming a win over everyone left, I just threw up) and an 11-1 Iowa both go to BCS bowl games. This becomes less likely if both ND and Boise State get BCS bids, though.
|7 years 19 weeks ago||ND||
You're forgetting about ND. They are a one-loss team that may be getting Floyd back this year. Other than the USC game, nothing on their schedule is too daunting. A one or two loss ND gets a BCS bid.
|7 years 19 weeks ago||OK ...||
So, Alex Mitchell wasn't the greatest OL to wear the maize and blue ... but, did you happen to catch our OL play last year? He certainly couldn't have hurt. Moreover, Boren, while a traitorous ass, would have been a great addition to the team. Keeping those two guys would have been big for last year. Also, I swear there another OL that took off. As for Mallet, he may have transferred anyways, but he was enrolled at Michigan and the incoming coach had a shot at keeping him.
All I'm saying is that for all the talk of the cupboard being bare, Lloyd didn't leave it THAT bare. If he wanted to, he could speak up and rebut all of the talk of how poor Michigan was when he left.
|7 years 19 weeks ago||Agreed!||
For all of the talk, coming from RRod, of what a sorry state the program was in when he came here, LLoyd has done an admirable job in just keeping his mouth shut. For what it's worth, RRod took over a team that was returning most of it's offensive line, a 5-star QB, and a relatively stacked and deep defense. It was when RRod came aboard that a lot of the OL left, Boren transferred, Mallet transferred, and then our defense played terribly last year. For what it's worth, Lloyd has gotten really slammed for the shape the team was in last year, when, it wasn't really his fault.
I think the LLoyd bashing is a bit unwarranted.
|7 years 19 weeks ago||Unconventional 7-5||
I think we go 7-5 with a nice upset win and a nice upset loss. I think we end up picking off one of PSU, Wiscy, or OSU, and I think we end up gacking one away against either Purdue or Illinois.
Also, RRod then shows that he is a true Michigan Man by losing our bowl game.
|7 years 20 weeks ago||Perhaps limit Tate||
It seems like the thing that Tate needs to work on most is his pocket passing. Against a team like D-state, we should be able to pass protect, and our receivers should be able to get open (PLEASE!!!). Hopefully, if he does play, he won't be running at all. Just sitting back and throwing. Learning to read the field and getting on the same page as his receivers.
While Tate needs a confidence boost, I think it's really important to let his shoulder (and head) heal before another set of Big Ten D-linemen start hitting him again. If you notice, he hasn't quite had the same swagger since the ND game. He seems to slump his shoulders and has less of a bounce in his step. Yes, I sound like his mom.
|7 years 20 weeks ago||Angry Michigan||
Angry Michigan tiny-nimble-white-boy Hating God?!?!?! First McGuffie and now Tate? Couldn't the angry Michigan hating god at least see fit to give us our death-bot receiver?
|7 years 20 weeks ago||"Past performance is not predictive of future results"||
Really? Not at all? Because it seems like it MAY provide some guidance. We can look to Nick Sheridan's past performances as predictive of future failures with him under center.
Also, while there's no certainty that Tate would have succeeded given the chance, I think that we have learned that Tate has an ability to keep his cool and make plays when there is a lot on the line. On the other hand, D-Rob has shown that he is uncomfortable when asked to do anything other than run the ball. In this particular situation, I think we can actually look to past performance as being predictive of future results.
|7 years 20 weeks ago||It's not exactly||
rocket science here. I'm sure RichRod was aware of the clock situation, Tate's reputation for late game heroics, and D-rob's affection for TacoPants. I doubt that he was trying to teach a lesson, I think winning is too important to him. More than likely, he just noticed something was off with Tate today. I think it was clear to see that a road night game at Kinnick may have rattled the kid. I think a huge part of having "Moxie" is being confident, which Forcier did not appear to be today.
|7 years 20 weeks ago||And probably||
made a two point coversion.
|7 years 20 weeks ago||That and the tears||
admittedly, most were mine. However, it's nice that I'm not emasculating myself in front of the girlfriend.
|7 years 20 weeks ago||Copy of text messages sent to Holly Rowe||
"travis minor is man lol"
|7 years 20 weeks ago||Agreed||
It seems like we have an easier time stopping 3rd and shorts because teams are more likely to run against us. 3rd and longs inevitably end with us having to cover someone, which is a bit of an issue at the moment.
|7 years 20 weeks ago||Questions for the Future||
All in all, I don't think we have too much to complain about. Hopefully what we are seeing is our team maturing and growing. That being said, I have two concerns for the future:
(1) I think this offense needs a Brandon Minor/Carlos Brown-type, traditional Big Ten running back. The small fast guys are great to have, but when the team is struggling, I think our ability to lean on Minor is huge. Other than Mike Cox, do we have a "bruiser" on the team? Is there some recruit lined up?
(2) As the young QBs mature, can we expect to see a bit more downfield passing? The absence of downfield passing seems to really hamper the running game and short passing game? Is this something that will improve as we get some more deep threats? As the QBs mature?
|7 years 24 weeks ago||Locking in||
I think the biggest issue with Denard is his ability to read a defense and make the right throws without locking onto his first read. If you watched him in the game, he would look directly at the receiver he was going to throw to.
More experienced DBs will make him pay for that. IMHE, his bigger issue is with understanding the offense, not with throwing the ball.
|7 years 25 weeks ago||All in||
|7 years 25 weeks ago||Yes ... that story still||
Yes ... that story still makes me laugh.