Rodriguez Presser Bits

Submitted by Brian on September 8th, 2008 at 2:42 PM

The Monday press conference distilled into relevant items.


  • Ortmann has a dislocated elbow and will be out a few weeks. Maybe he returns for Wisconsin. Bryant Nowicki and Perry Dorrestein are competing to replace him. Omameh also got a mention.
  • Shaw, Mathews, and Brown will play.
  • Brown was in a white shirt—instead of a light-contact green one—for the first time yesterday.
  • Terrance Robinson has his knee brace off and is a couple of weeks from seeing the field.


"That's an 'or' because it is 'or.' Both of those guys are still in the mix. If one guy would emerge and play to the point where it's just him, that would be good. But our concern is whoever is taking the snaps, can we execute the system."

Feagin is working at quarterback and slot receiver, “helping Michigan out at the receiver position.” This should sound the death knell for his prospects at the position: David Cone is the third QB, not Feagin. I expect a move by the end of the year.

Offensive line:

“I saw them making steps, and I told them. Sometimes whereas it was two, maybe three guys not quite right, a lot of times it was just one guy. We're really not effective, especially in our system, unless all five are getting it done. There is a lot of precision to it.”


  • Koger still hasn’t played but they do plan to get him in at some point. No mention of Roundtree, who IIRC did not play Saturday.
  • There were a couple of questions about  Brown, one neutral, the other “dude… like doesn’t this guy need to get better?” Rodriguez responded “Why do we want to make this negative? Stevie has played some but for a veteran guy, he doesn't have a whole lot of experience.”
  • Warren is still the top guy returning punts but they’re “almost ready to have a rotation” between Warren, Odoms, and Cissoko.
  • Panter and Evans are still “in the mix” at linebacker but Rodriguez “kind of liked the way they lined up this weekend.”



September 8th, 2008 at 10:57 PM ^

I overheard a girl who I guess works in the hospital in AA as I was coming back from class on north campus tonight (a BME course, I assume she's doing biomed as a premed) talking about Carlos Brown.  She said she was talking to him and he was saying he wanted to get a Cortisone shot so he definitely play by this weekend, but she was encouraging him to wait and not play this weekend, especially since we have the BYE week after this weekend, which would allow him to heal a lot better.

Or at least, I think that's what she was saying.  I only caught every few words from her because I was also maintaining a conversation with another person.  I'm not even positive it was Brown she was talking about at that point.


September 9th, 2008 at 1:27 PM ^

When one of the reporters asked RR about him singing The Victors with the team in the NW corner in front of the Student Section, he responded: "Is that okay? Anyone upset by that?" or something along those lines.  It was a subtle, yet clear bristling to the Michigan "traditionalists" who've given RR a rash of shit on all kinds of stupid stuff.  It was a brief but clear moment of RR's true emotions.  He finds the sanctimonious attitude of all these self-annointed "Michigan Men" to be aggravating and pretentious.  And I can't disagree with him!