Tuesday Presser Transcript 11-26-13: Al Borges

Submitted by Heiko on November 27th, 2013 at 1:09 PM

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Opening remarks:

“Another week. How are we doing?”

“Yeah?”

What was the biggest takeaway after reviewing the film?

“Well, individual breakdowns. We had a lot of individual breakdowns that caused a lot of three-and-outs, you know? Too much 10-man football. It’s the same story. When we don’t play well, we don’t get in sync, and a lot of individual breakdowns that caused that to happen. At this point in the season, there’s just way too much of it. We’ve got to go back to work and see if we can get something fixed because we’ve got the biggest game of the season coming up.”

Brady implied that it’s a different guy every time?

“Yeah. It is. It’s a lot of – it’s different guys. When you go through the play kill list, a lot of guys are popping up. We’re just not playing in sync, and that’s my responsibility. We’ve got to find a way in this football game and whatever games are left to get back in sync. There’s a good offense in there. There’s a darned good offense that hasn’t shown up in a while.”

Is confidence gone in a lot of guys?

“I don’t know that the confidence is gone. If you’ve gone the whole season and you’ve never done anything to believe that you can do something, then that type of stuff can happen. But this team believes they can move the ball. As long as that’s intact, you’ve always got a chance.”

Devin was extremely emotional after the game. Do you have to rework his thinking?

“Oh yeah. We talked a lot today. So much of what you do goes on the quarterback, goes on the play calling, and goes on everything. That goes for the job. You sign up for that, you know what I mean? So you have to be strong and be able to deal with that, but it’s certainly not all Devin Gardner’s issue. We’ve got a lot of individual breakdowns that are keeping up from being the type of team we can be offensively.”

Have you seen a common reason for why the offense is out of sync? Any underlying issues?

“No. I wish. If there was, you could address it right away, but it’s a lot of individual breakdowns, and it’s coming from different areas. A guy goes left when he should go right, dropped passes, I mean everything you could imagine. We found a way to mess up a lot of things. That’s usually it. No, there is no common deal. And believe me, as coaches, we tear it up one side down the other to find out what it is because you can directly address that by pulling out a player or completely changing a scheme. Bottom line with us right now is we’re just not in sync. We’re not converting third downs. We played half the season, we were 49%, one of the top in the country a year ago. We could score in the red zone. We were one of the top 10, top six or seven a year ago, and we were doing that type of – and somewhere we lost it. It’s my job to figure out where and get it fixed. We have the biggest game of the season coming up.”

Do the individual breakdowns that happen in games happen in practice?

“Some do, some don’t. Some are game-specific. In general, it’s just a lot of inexperienced players. They’ll do it right in practice, but they get in a game and panic or do something that you never would have thought would have happened. As guys become more experienced, those things tend to go away. But some of them are happening in practice, yeah. But some of them aren’t. As a football coach, that’s very difficult to deal with because you want to believe you can correct the errors before they can happen, but then sometime in a game you have to – you see something that you never guessed would have happened. That happened several times last game. You go, ‘Oh my god, where did that come from?’ I hope I answered that question.”

With Devin, you said earlier this season that he rarely makes the same mistake twice. At this point in the season, is he starting to repeat his mistakes?

“Some of it has been trying to make a play. As a play-making quarterback, which he is, and I’ve said this before, you just need to be able to use good judgment. Give the play a chance, know when to check the ball down, know when to not take a hit that you may not have to take. And he’s still kind of learning that. Every quarterback is always a work in progress. But he’s not making a lot of the same mistakes. It’s just every week it’s a different scenario, it’s a different game, and different people are attacking you differently. There’s a lot of on-the-job learning, and he’s had to deal with that quite a bit. At times, when the protection hasn’t been as good, that has an effect on him, too. I think it would on any quarterback.”

Is he a better quarterback now than he was at the beginning of the year?

“In some ways, but in other ways, no. His understanding of the game has improved, but we’re not getting the performance that he would want or anybody or want. He’s understanding the offense better than he ever has, but you know, we just need from his position and every position a more consistent performance. That’s keeping us from being what we can be. It’s really an interesting thing. So many of the things that we had done well we’re just not doing well. You know, you have to give the other team a little credit, too, but some of this stuff is not being defended as much as it’s us being inefficient at times. We just have to keep plugging away and do what we know is the best thing to do. We work our butt off and correct each mistake and keep our head up and know that there’s more games to be played.”

Have there been other seasons when your offense has regressed like this?

“Never four games in a row. I don’t remember exactly. I’d have to look back. But no. I don’t ever remember us going like this. You have better offensive years than other years, because never do you have exactly the same amount of talent every single year. But we’ve sputtered so badly in the last four games that I don’t ever remember it being like this.”

Greg was saying that he tunes out what fans say about the coaching staff. How do you approach that?

“Some of the same way. If I internalized everything fans said, I’d slit my wrists. You can’t do that. This job is about being thick-skinned. We win games and people still complain. That’s the nature of the job. That’s why they pay us, and that’s why we do what we do. We have to be beyond all that. We have to be stronger than all that, you know? I just know – and with experience, and Greg’s done this a long time and I’ve done this a long time, I promise you that other places I have been that my first name’s been a cuss word, this isn’t the first place where that’s been like that. That’s just what goes along with the job. You’re never going to make everybody happy, but you do your best to help your team win. That’s all.”

During the Northwestern game, it seemed like the offense was taking a step forward. What happened this week?

“Well we did not do as good a job in this game. It’s just that simple.”

You changed the lineup a bit …

“I don’t think that was it. I just don’t think we were very efficient. I don’t think we were always technique-sound. I just think we had some problems up front and in a lot of different places. It wasn’t just them. It was a lot of different things. That’s pretty much it.”

Is the negativity too much to avoid?

“I just don’t read the paper. I’m sorry. I don’t. I haven’t since 1993 when I was at Boise State. I used to read the paper all the time, and then in 1992 we weren’t very good. I had been a coordinator for about seven years, and it had gone pretty well. I didn’t mind reading the paper. But when we were there and weren’t very good, I remember my papers piling up in my pantry, and I wouldn’t even look at them after a while. I haven’t had one since 1993. I don’t listen to talk shows. Off-season I will, because I like baseball, but during football season I don’t listen to that stuff. If you want to be miserable … People are passionate. That’s what makes it great, though. I did an interview for a book about coaching and the guy asked me, ‘Why do you think people are the way they are?’ Because it’s important to them! They care! That’s why Michigan’s great. People care, and they’re always going to care. That’s what you want. You want them to care. But with the caring, comes the passion, and with the passion comes the criticism, and that’s just part of the job. That’s the way it goes. You sign up for that.”

Devin has taken a lot of physical hits throughout the last month. Has his confidence taken a hit?

“You know? I don’t think so. I don’t really think so. I watched him last week. He’s battling until the end, now. If his confidence is gone or lost or anything, it sure isn’t showing up when he plays. He’s still aggressive and competing and doing all those things. I mean, ask him, but I don’t – if I thought his confidence was gone, I’d put another quarterback in.

Disconnect between practice and game performance?

“Things are moving so fast. Things move so much faster in a game than in practice, and all of a sudden that scout team wasn’t moving quite as quick as the guys you’re playing against, and something you’re supposed to do, you don’t respond. And again, it happens more to players who haven’t played as much. Players who have played a lot, they just respond better. It’s natural with experience. But with players who haven’t played much, it tends to be, ‘Oh god, you did something and I didn’t expect you to do it that fast.’ Something happens, and that’s usually it.”

This late in the season when you don’t have a championship to play for, are you focusing more on player development?

“Not this game. We’re going hell bent for leather to win.”

Has there been in the past few weeks?

“No. Not really. We don’t play for the future. We’ve always got our eye on the ball. Whoever the opponent is, we’re going to put in the best players to help us win. That’s it. If it develops guys, great. If it doesn’t, we’ll develop them later. That’s our number one goal, and everything we do is toward that end.”

Is the offensive line developing?

“Yeah. Again, it’s a work in progress. Just like so much of it. There’s been so many guys in there. It’s an unusual season. And that’s reflective of our performance. It’s an unusual season. I just don’t remember being this late in the season and still playing different guys on the offensive line. Why don’t we just put five guys in? Because five haven’t established themselves yet, or goodness gracious we would. We have every other year we’ve been in here. And everywhere else I’ve been. We certainly don’t like playing this shuffling game at any position really, but least of all the offensive line. But that’s been part of our problem. It’s been a big part of our inability to run the ball.”

You obviously don’t know how a season will play out, but what did you envision for this season?

“Well you’re always cautiously optimistic. We’ve had reason to be, because we had games where we had one hell of an offensive team in there. But our inconsistency just killed us. As we’ve gotten into November, it showed up more, and during the games you really need to play well, we just have not played well. We put too much pressure on our defense. At the beginning of the season, we were very optimistic, for very good reasons. Still optimistic, believe it or not. You can call me the eternal optimist. I believe we can come out the last couple games and play great offensively because I believe that’s what we’re capable of. It’s not like we’ve been terrible in every football game. In fact, at times, we’ve been prolific. It’s there, we just have to get it back. It’s that simple.”

Does the situation on Saturday lend itself to more risk taking?

“Whatever it takes to win. We take risks, we don’t take risks. Whatever it takes to win. At this time you’re just trying to find a way to put a plan together that we can execute and beat the opponent.”

Has Brady become more involved in the offense as the year has gone on?

“Brady is always involved in the offense.”

Has he been more involved? Has it changed?

“Not really. No. He monitors. We sit down every week and we go through the plan, we go through personnel. Brady’s involved more on the defensive side of the ball because that’s his background, but Brady touches every player on this team in some way, shape or form with regard to motivation and understanding what it takes to get the job done. He’s very very on top of what we do offensively, personnel-wise, scheme-wise, because we’re constantly communicating. To say if he’s doing more now than before? I don’t know. It’s pretty much the same.”

You simplified your schemes for Northwestern. Have you scaled down the number of calls?

“Oh yeah. When you’re not executing, to get more flamboyant is probably not a very good idea. You don’t want to be so doggone simple that it’s simple for the other team, and that’s where the delicate balance comes. But you have to be able to play fast. And if we’re not playing fast, we’ve got to find a way to play fast. The only way I really know to play fast is try to keep it as simple as you can make it so the kids will come off the ball and do the things you want them to do.”

Why does Michigan have a chance to win this game?

“Because anybody can win this game. That’s been proven. And we’re not a bad team. We’ve played poorly at times. I’ll be the first one to tell you that. But if this team wants to show up and go, I think we can play with anybody. We’re playing at home in front of our crowd, our kids are fired up to play this game, and if we do what we’re capable of doing, we can win this game. I don’t think we have to talk ourselves into it. I don’t think we need any of that. We just need to go out and do what we’re capable of doing.”

Comments

westwardwolverine

November 27th, 2013 at 1:37 PM ^

During the Northwestern game, it seemed like the offense was taking a step forward. What happened this week?

“Well we did not do as good a job in this game. It’s just that simple.”

 

It's simple but not in the way you want it to be. Northwestern is just worse than Iowa, which is why you were able to put up a grand total of 300 yards and 9 points in regulation. 

 

This is where we are at: 9 points is considered a step forward. 

Chunks the Hobo

November 27th, 2013 at 1:41 PM ^

I'm sick, SICK, I tell you, that he didn't light himself on fire in this press conference, after arranging with FTD to deliver me a maize and blue bouquet with an apologetic note attached.

Bastard.

TreyBurkeHeroMode

November 27th, 2013 at 1:56 PM ^

He's not incorrect, but his playcalling was far too often an individual breakdown in and of itself.

If your players aren't getting it done, scheme in such a way as to hide your weaknesses and play to your strengths. When you have a 6'5" mismatch receiver, throw him some arm punts if you're not able to convert on third downs. When your interior offensive line is the greatest weakness on the team, minimize how much you run up the middle or call plays that take time to develop in the pocket. When you clearly can't run the ball against a defense, don't trust play action to work. When your RB can't block, don't keep him in the back field as a blocker and give the defense another (probably unblocked) rusher.

Etcetera, etcetera, etcetera.

I believe that Borges is an excellent offensive coach when he has the right players to execute his schemes. (Honestly, he's probably better suited for the NFL where there's a consistent level of talent.) What he hasn't shown me and where his resume seems to be weak is in his ability to work around deficiencies and make something out of nothing.

I've really never been somebody to jump on the RAWR FIRE SO AND SO train because I try to keep in mind that these guys have forgotten far more about the game than I'll ever know and no, they're not idiots. Borges is quickly on his way to becoming an exception to that rule for me.

bronxblue

November 27th, 2013 at 2:19 PM ^

To be fair, the general mob mentality is that Borges isn't a great OC.  I agree people are probably reading a bit too deeply into some of his comments (just like I think Brian may have overreacted a bit to the Fickle comment), but the general sentiment that this guy isn't working out has been proven rather consistently for most of the past 2 years.

readyourguard

November 27th, 2013 at 2:51 PM ^

I'm not a fan of his either, but to pick apart every word uttered in a press conference is silly. The fact is, kids ARE making ridiculous mistakes (stuff that no D1 starter should EVER make). I'm quite certain the coaches are addressing it. But as he said, you get in a game and a kid does something that makes a coach go "WTF was THAT?". What is borges supposed to say?

BradP

November 27th, 2013 at 2:00 PM ^

To me, Borges seems to be taking responsibility for not being about to figure how to keep his players from sucking.

That seems to be a pretty shallow acceptance of responsibility.

He even undermines that by implying that the player's suckiness is a matter of desire in that last answer.

I mean, how much responsibility is a coach taking when he bookends the presser with "Too much 10 man football" and "But if this team wants to show up and go, I think we can play with anybody"?

Do the people sticking up for his response actually think he is responsible for the team playing "10 man football" and not wanting to show up?  How do you suppose he thinks he can fix those problems?

WolverineJet

November 27th, 2013 at 2:02 PM ^

"“No. Not really. We don’t play for the future. We’ve always got our eye on the ball. Whoever the opponent is, we’re going to put in the best players to help us win."

 

This is the only thing that bothered me since he is clearly sticking to his system and not willing to spread it out to win now.  He made it known that they have to get his system installed which in turn means they are playing for the future since the system clearly does not work with this set of players.

Ziff72

November 27th, 2013 at 2:07 PM ^

This is a serious question for Heiko.  Probbaly too late to ask, but maybe during bowl week.

 

Is there a reason for running play fakes on downs and distances that make it useless? 

 

While Al has perfected it this year it has been a pet peeve of mine for a long time.  I've seen teams where I actually like the coach or offensive coordinator run it.  I really can't think of a reason for it and it slows down your qb.  The only thing I can think of is they want to call a play that has a specific route pattern and the qb just does it from routine.

CoachParker6

November 27th, 2013 at 2:52 PM ^

Hoke was asked that question a week or so back and his response was "to test the discipline of the secondary". That is so dumb because hellllloooooo we haven't had a running game most of the year so what in gods name makes you think a division 1 starter in the secondary is going to bite hard enough that we'd have any level of success on that play? Especially against MSU on 2nd and 15 with no established running game... Did Al and Brady really think that well coached LB's were just going to bite on the fake and that it would keep the defense honest?

You can't fix stupid.

SDCran

November 27th, 2013 at 4:09 PM ^

Sometimes (usually?) those plays are called due to the route combinations, not because you think the LBs/DBs will get pulled out of position. If you want the TE down the seem, and that play has a play fake, so be it. In this offense, most longer routes include a play fake. So you run it like you practice it, with the play fake.

bronxblue

November 27th, 2013 at 2:09 PM ^

We were one of the top 10, top six or seven a year ago, and we were doing that type of – and somewhere we lost it.

That "somewhere" is currently playing on the Jags.

The issue I have with this offense remains its disjointedness; I rather the team live or die with a couple of plays versus the flavor of the week tackle-over, pop-passes, speed options from the pistol, etc. that we've seen brought out with minimal practice or setup. I think Denard helped to cover up many of these deficiencies the past couple of years because he could flat-out beat guys to the corner or run past tackles in a way that Devin can somewhat do but not necessarily to the same degree. The line has struggled and some of that is player development and some is the constant shifting inside, but the fact that this team can't run a single play to get them 4 yards consistently is what is killing them, and much of that seems to come from the fact they are unable/unwilling to identify the plays that give them the best chance at that consistency.

treetown

November 27th, 2013 at 2:41 PM ^

Denard Robinsin is the most exciting player I have ever seen in person at Michigan Stadium - previously Desmond Howard or Anthony Carter held that title.

As you point out his ability to take a broken play or a broken field situation and take it for huge chunks of yardage covered up a lot of missed assingments and forced opposing defenses to spend a good deal of their time and energy checking that they were in the proper lanes and position. One breakdown and number 16 could take it to the endzone.

BUT what is often overlooked is the effect he must have had on the morale and psyche of the Michigan offense and team as a whole. He was Achilles, Samson, and the Mighty Casey. So long as he could play and was healthy, a TD was always possible almost any time and any where. He seemed like an upbeat guy as well so he probably made the team feel confident that they were still in many games which they were losing statistically. They may miss that as a factor - the belief that the team can win against almost any situation.

I know that it is a different game but the Monday night NFL game was interesting. The Pats fell behind 24-0 and at halftime their HC (as revealed by him and the team members in post game interviews) didn't scream at them but told them to focus on better execution. It is probably no accident that they had Tom Brady back there - as long as he is healthy and their QB the whole team believes that they can win and comeback even when down 3.5 scores. They just had to cut down on mistakes.

I won't pretend to grasp the nuances of the X's and O's part of being an OC. But I worry that as a coach, the offensive assistants are on the verge of losing the confidence and faith of the team. Mattison and defensive assistanst seem to have the full faith and confidence and the team continues to fight despite often being in tough situations (taking the field after only a short break due to a 3 and out by the offense). Another change in concept and scheme will be chaotic, but if the team loses faith in what they are being told by the staff, then we might have to risk it.

Sorry about the long post

Happy Thanksgiving.

 

Reader71

November 27th, 2013 at 2:50 PM ^

You're wrong. He was referencing red zone conversions. Gardner was the red zone specialist who was like 100% until UConn. This blog made a big deal about it.

Denard did cover up a lot of our issues. But this particular one, red zone efficiency, has a lot more to do with Gardner.

Bilg2.0

November 27th, 2013 at 2:13 PM ^

You picked the most trolling pic of all time.  Borges is literally saying fuck you to all of us in that one, whiteboard behind him and all.  Well done.

MaizeAndBlueJay

November 27th, 2013 at 2:25 PM ^

One of my biggest problems has been the multiple times a slide protection has been called and we leave our All-Conference tackles on air while our poor blocking backs are stuck with a screaming linebacker or as in the Iowa game that linebacker is completely unaccounted for. Multiple sacks have come this way and it's inexcusable to me. If it's a call made at the line then as the OC Borges should completely eliminate that from possibly being called. If your gonna slide protect, roll Devin away from the backside. Otherwise zone the frontside and man the backside with a back to check blitz, very simple. Account for each gap, if they send 7, well then Devin has to read it and throw off it. This isn't rocket science, the protection need to change.

DelhiGoBlue

November 27th, 2013 at 3:07 PM ^

slide technique, what's up with the OT blocking air?  We've seen this by both Lewan and Schofield, and more than once a DE went by them untouched.  Now Space Coyote has addressed this and said that's how the scheme works, the RB or FB is supposed to make the block.  Okay, no expert I, but it seem non-sensical that the two seniors aren't expected to do more in that situation.

Reader71

November 28th, 2013 at 11:52 AM ^

Yeah this protection is basically robbing Peter to pay Paul. They are weaker on the outside in an effort to shore up the inside that has killed us. The old coaching maxim is that pressure from the edge screws plays up, pressure up the middle kills plays.

Not defending the move to slide protections or advocating for them. Bit we should all know the reason. The interior line is bad in protection and particularly bad at blitz pick-up. The full slides are an effort to simplify their protection reads and give them physical help. In the form of a good senior tackle sliding down to help them. Its a decent idea. It has failed. :'(

MaizeAndBlueJay

November 27th, 2013 at 3:12 PM ^

Shouldn't be an issue. Frontside A covered by center and back should have backside A. If they wanna run multiple guys through one gap be my guest cause then huge running lanes should open up. I've seen a fair deal of man and the younger guys on the inside haven't been able to switch when blitzes or stunts come. Adding the zone aspect will just simplify it, at least that's what I know from my experience. Either way, the slide protections need to be changed or erased from the playrook.

Reader71

November 28th, 2013 at 11:56 AM ^

It shouldn't. How we all wish it wasn't an issue.

But the slides are killing us because the backs can't block ends. Well, they were no better at picking up blitzers. And, that block isolates them in the A gap. If they stink at blocking, you want them on the edge at least, farther from the QB.

I'd love to see man-zone half slides. I think they are easy. But this team doesn't block them effectively. Sad.

MaizeAndBlueJay

November 27th, 2013 at 2:26 PM ^

One of my biggest problems has been the multiple times a slide protection has been called and we leave our All-Conference tackles on air while our poor blocking backs are stuck with a screaming linebacker or as in the Iowa game that linebacker is completely unaccounted for. Multiple sacks have come this way and it's inexcusable to me. If it's a call made at the line then as the OC Borges should completely eliminate that from possibly being called. If your gonna slide protect, roll Devin away from the backside. Otherwise zone the frontside and man the backside with a back to check blitz, very simple. Account for each gap, if they send 7, well then Devin has to read it and throw off it. This isn't rocket science, the protection need to change.

Bodogblog

November 27th, 2013 at 2:27 PM ^

1. OL targeting
2. OL being young / not good
3. Playcalling

The first and third are on the coaches, and it's to the point that they need to replace the OC.  They're not lying when they say that plays can work - Devin has some open guys or plays to make if he's not getting sacked by a free LB.  So do Fitz/Green.  That means that players can handle some level of execution.  It's just that the OL calls are too complex, or the QB reads are too complex, or the play call is off the sheet and not at all reacting to the Defense (while simultaneously having an inadequate audible game).  For a myriad of reasons the level of failure is on too many levels to trust in another year.  Hoke needs to see that.

champswest

November 27th, 2013 at 2:31 PM ^

it is the entire offensive scheme.  We have the easiest offense in the Big Ten to defend.  Everybody except Indiana (and they can't defend anyone) has played great defense against us.  How can we possibly give us so many negative plays against teams with equal or inferior talent?

Reader71

November 27th, 2013 at 2:54 PM ^

You probably won't like this, but the number of negative plays is due to execution. Running into a stacked box is not good, but if you execute as you should (moving first level to second), you can and should not get stopped for a loss. Losses are caused by missed assignment, missed men, or just shitty blocks.

Blue in Yarmouth

November 28th, 2013 at 8:18 AM ^

It isn't execution. From what little I know about football a stacked box is considered 8-10 defenders in the box. On most run plays you have a maximum of 7 guys blocking (your 5 oline plus a combo of RB's and TE's).

You say tackles for a loss are a combination of missed assignments, missed men or crappy blocks and your oline should be moving to the second level, but they can't when they are all accounted for on the first level.

I have been watching the oline pretty closely the last few weeks and tons of the TFL's are happening because there are free guys running to the ball carrier because they outnumber the blockers, no other reason. That isn't execution, that's play calling and lack of audibles. 

Reader71

November 28th, 2013 at 12:04 PM ^

Well, yeah. If your first level is blocked, with any sort of movement, you generally don't get TFLed to death.

I'm not saying running into a stacked box is good, fellas. Its just that that doesn't explain why we lead the universe in TFLs. Execution, even in a stacked box, generally gets you back to the line. Generally.

McSomething

November 28th, 2013 at 1:36 PM ^

Running into a stacked box, even with execution, doesn't "generally" result in positive yardage. And when it does, it's usually because you have a balanced attack. Teams that conitnue to run in the middle despite sucking at it (as well as tipping their plays) get a metric shit-ton of TFLs.

McSomething

November 29th, 2013 at 2:24 AM ^

You're right, not every single TFL has been a result of bad playcalling. However, the number of poor playcalls resulting in TFLs is high enough to make it problematic. All of the outnumbered runs into the middle of the defense; as well as the number of 2nd or 3rd and long play action passes (based off run plays we don't actually run) are playcall issues way more than they're "execution" issues.

EnoughAlready

November 27th, 2013 at 2:42 PM ^

I've been a Borges defender for the past 2.6 years.  But to me, it comes down to this: It's the OCs job to make the offense work -- to compensate for weaknesses, exploit strengths, and make improvements where necessary.  Really, at this point I think all the Xs and Os and talk of strategy is beside the point.  Let's grant Hoke's and Borges's point: "there's always at least one guy who doesn't execute..."  Simple response: as the coach, you're responsible for that.  This offense is dysfunctional.  Whatever the (Platonically ideal) reasons why, the responsibility falls on the OC (or on the HC, for keeping the OC on).

aiglick

November 27th, 2013 at 2:55 PM ^

The thing that I find interesting is he said we don't play for the future. A few years ago he said we were in Year 1 of his system as if nothing they did the last two years has been prepatory at all. It seemed in the past few weeks that's how they did view this season: preparation for the future instead of emphasizing the pieces that we have now: great receivers. Throw quick passes to them so the O Line doesn't have to block for very long. Then when defenses are over playing to protect that have Green ram the ball down their throat. He just frustrates me but I do see why people said he comes across like a good person in this presser.

M-Dog

November 27th, 2013 at 3:05 PM ^

Al Borges is a good Offensive coordinator.  But he is not a good Offensive teacher.

That's not going to work in College Football.  He'd be better off in the Pros.