August 23rd, 2009 at 2:33 PM ^

Tate will start and give us the lead.

Denard will run three circles around every DB before scoring his first touchdown.

Coner will rap about the humiliation to intimidate future opponents.

Seems like the perfect combination to me.


August 23rd, 2009 at 2:37 PM ^

None of us should care how it happens after 2008. As long as Michigan wins in 13 days, whatever Coach Rod decides to do is good enough.

Mr. McBlue and…

August 23rd, 2009 at 6:26 PM ^

Maybe the focus shouldn't be to throw a heep of poo on Sheridan but rather to be happy that Sheridan can hang with Tate and Denard this season (in practice, at least). Maybe Sheridan has really improved (like RR was saying before practices began) or maybe Sheridan just has a good grasp on the system. In any event, good for us to have 3 viable options at QB this year unlike last year when we had 0.


August 23rd, 2009 at 2:40 PM ^

It will be interesting to listen to what question prompted RR to say that. I wonder if he truly meant he will be playing 3 QBs or if he meant that he could see himself playing any of the 3 QBs.


August 24th, 2009 at 2:17 PM ^

Sorry, but ever since Sheridan kicked my dog and knocked up my sister, I've kinda disliked the guy. Either that or my "hate" consists of remembering last year -- much as I'd like to forget it. In that important sense, not all of our three QBs are equally "unproven." Here's hoping that RR and the coaching staff have a passing familiarity with last year's game film and will "deal with" that.


August 23rd, 2009 at 2:42 PM ^

I hope, IF the game ends up being a blowout, that Denard gets some meaningful reps in the game. He will be one play away from being a key contributor, if not the starter at QB, and I hope RR uses this opportunity to get him some experience points while under pressure.


August 23rd, 2009 at 2:45 PM ^

I know there's been a long standing debate over whether it's wise to play 2 QBs, but 3 QBs? Isn't practice supposed to sort some of this out? I can see bringing in Denard as a change of pace, with his great speed. Maybe Sheridan will be like a change-up for a baseball pitcher...tacklers will run right past him.


August 23rd, 2009 at 2:48 PM ^

So much for a slow day today, huh? Rod's response made the front page of

I have no idea how I feel about this. The real news - if the quote has been understood correctly - is that Nick Sheridan is going to play. I've been with Brian that such a thing was completely un-possible as long as Forcier and Shoelace were upright and mobile, and I have no idea how to react now that it may in fact be possible.


August 23rd, 2009 at 2:55 PM ^

I don't really like it. Does RR really think Sheridan is as close to as good as Tate and Denard? Unless Carlos Brown plays QB in a new wildcat formation. I hope Sheridan only plays for one series. This game will not be a blowout. Please give us Brown in a wildcat formation.


August 23rd, 2009 at 3:02 PM ^

that a QB with 20 months in a system, and a pretty good brain on his shoulders, knows how to run this offense and has played well? If so, good for Sheridan.

Does anyone honestly think Rich Rod would play Sheridan if he didn't think Sheridan could help the team win? He had no choice last year, he has a choice this year. So, again, good for Sheridan.

That said, Denard will be starting by the Delaware St. game at the latest and will win the Heisman over Tebow in December. The Bank. Take it there.


August 23rd, 2009 at 4:55 PM ^

Maybe RR has some sort of evil scheme going where he knows that Sheridan is Death in human form but will play him because secretly he wants Michigan to lose.

Or maybe he's a coach who has had a very successful career thus far who knows exactly what he's doing.

In Rod we trust


August 23rd, 2009 at 3:02 PM ^

This is crap. It's time for the qbs to understand and recognize that a clear starter is in the program and has the proven mettle to spur this offense into the direction it deserves. As soon as Robinson and Sheridan can accept the fact Cone is the proper starting qb, the sooner they will stop supporting the Forcier campaign


August 23rd, 2009 at 3:06 PM ^

fwiw, i would actually expect to see Sheridan start in hopes of keeping Forcier from getting opening jitters and struggling. Robinson may be swapped in and out a la Feagin v 2.0.


August 23rd, 2009 at 3:09 PM ^

that he hopes it means they have three starting qbs and not that the defense is that bad that they are making them all look good. I agree with jg2112, as long as we win, I dont care who ends up playing qb. My guess: Sheridan starts, Tate takes over on series 2 and rotates with Denard for the rest of the half. Sheridan sees another series in the second half, Tate or Denard, whoever has played better, plays the rest of the game. Unless its a blowout in which case they keep rotating.