RR doesn't know his future....so why not play like it

RR doesn't know his future....so why not play like it

Submitted by preed1 on December 31st, 2010 at 3:23 PM

I want to start this with saying I am a firm believer in RR and really want to see him stay. 

With RR in charge of the team and always giving Michigan the best chance to win, why not play Devin Gardner if needed? If he knew the future of himself at Michigan, I am sure he would have Gardner assume the Coner position fotr the entire game, but he doesn't know so why not put him in if it call for hime...EVEN if it is for one play.

Having a tempo driven offense

Having a tempo driven offense

Submitted by iawolve on December 31st, 2010 at 3:23 PM

 

Looking back on a few things from the season and this one was always interesting to me. RR has consistently mentioned the need to establish or that we did not establish offensive tempo in his post-game pressers, yet it is not really explained regarding the type of tempo our offense needs. You could simply say we run an “up tempo” offense, but what is that really? An offense that simply uses less of the play clock, snaps the ball quicker? What is our specific tempo since it implies a particular target or time period between plays. Additionally, since our offense controls the snap, why would we have trouble establishing the tempo (outside of placing the ball or a TV timeout)?

 The next question that pops into my mind is if our offense is more suspect to tempo if we are not running at a particular speed in between plays. This would seem to be hard to quantify and prove, but may actually be accurate. Going back a number of games, we are absolute machines when we are on a “roll” and seem sometimes really disjointed when we are not (as opposed to a more gradual drop off on certain drives). I am not sure if much of the feast or famine it is result of the play calling, just making wrong reads with a younger QB or needing to operate at a certain speed. Again, since we control the speed at which the play is relayed to the field, we should be able to dictate that speed.

It could simply be a case where our offense “cooled” off while on the sideline, waiting to get the ball back during long drives by the other team when our defense could not get the ball back. Not sure if that was what RR was really referring to in regards to tempo. Would be interested if anyone has any deeper understanding regarding our need for specific offensive tempo and why we would be more reliant upon tempo than other offenses?

RR: Tate's future with team "undetermined"

RR: Tate's future with team "undetermined"

Submitted by Communist Football on December 31st, 2010 at 12:59 PM

http://www.annarbor.com/sports/um-football/rich-rodriguez-tate-forciers…

Tate Forcier’s future with the Michigan football team is unknown.

One day after Michigan officials announced their backup quarterback was ineligible for the Gator Bowl, coach Rich Rodriguez said Friday he didn’t know whether Forcier would return.

“His status with the school is as a student, first and foremost,” Rodriguez said. “That’s undetermined at this point.”

Jack Kennedy and the DG Redshirt

Jack Kennedy and the DG Redshirt

Submitted by Blue Blue Blue on December 31st, 2010 at 12:16 PM

so Tate is ineligible, and we are hoping not to burn Gardner's (maybe) redshirt over the bowl game.

If Denard getes dinged (the kind where he had to come out, but we expect him to go back in), could this be the time for Wolverine nation to turn to Jack Kennedy........who will ask not what the team has done for him, but will ask what he can do for the team........for a couple of plays?

with Tate's future looking cloudy (or should that be puffy?), DG looks to step in for 2 years of apprenticeship to Denard, then two years of his own.........if we can avoid using him on Jan 1.

anybody else expecting a Kennedy sighting?