F for Gerg...

Submitted by WolverineEagle on September 18th, 2010 at 2:44 PM
This defense is atrocious.It is one thing if you are facing something you have never seen, but Umass is running basic stuff. You should be able to stop simple running plays even if you are young.That isn't a unrealistic expectation.



September 18th, 2010 at 2:50 PM ^

If there is a grade lower then an F then that's what I give him.  He couldn't make adjustments against the same plays all game.  GERG didn't make any obvious second half adjustments, the defense continued to get burned up the middle, on the mis direction, on the playactions, the bootlegs, you name it and Gerg fell for it.  You'd think a coach of his caliber would be able to make simple adjustments.  We are so lucky to have an offense like we do because we would have lost this game otherwise.


September 18th, 2010 at 2:53 PM ^

You think that at some point we could cover the guys on the same side of the rollout and send someone at the quarterback?  Were at the 10 minute mark of the 4th and I am getting so I can call the play at snap.

Not good considering the most play calling I have ever done is in backyard flag football..


September 18th, 2010 at 2:58 PM ^

Let's relax.  The defense is young and learning.  UMass is better than anyone was giving them credit for - that offensive line is huge and moves well.  Take the win and move on.

Maize n Blue Balls

September 18th, 2010 at 4:11 PM ^

I'm not too worried about how the rest of the country or the MSM perceives us.  I'm more concerned with getting wins and getting to a decent bowl game; or a bowl game period.

The rest of the world can think our defense sucks donkey D, as long as we keep getting Ws.

UM Indy

September 18th, 2010 at 4:06 PM ^

Does this comment get negged?  It's the complete and utter truth!  Unacceptable is the one word that absolutely summarizes that defensive effort.  Period.  Sugar coat it all you want with "it's a win, take it and move on," but the writing is on the wall, folks.

Trader Jack

September 18th, 2010 at 5:13 PM ^

It's "unacceptable?" Really? You have to accept it, because it happened. You could say it was dissappointing or it was frustrating but saying it was "unacceptable" just makes you look like a flaming douchebag.


September 18th, 2010 at 3:05 PM ^

Expectations: lowered.  415 yards to an FCS team (so far) is ominous.  Indiana on the road will clearly be a challenge.  This D hangs back too much and waits for turnovers.  It's UMass - play up.  


September 18th, 2010 at 3:14 PM ^

FIRED..... 37 points by UMASS; if our offense wasn't this good we would be getting killed by a FCS team. Completely unacceptable. This happens week in and week out.

Magnum P.I.

September 18th, 2010 at 3:35 PM ^

If Denard weren't the best player in college football right now, we not only would have lost to an FCS school; we would have gotten killed by an FCS school. This is most embarrassing defensive performance I've ever seen from U-M in 30 years of being a fan.


September 18th, 2010 at 3:37 PM ^

I was wondering when someone was going to drop the U word. While I agree the defense is young, there is still no excuse for leaving the tight end uncovered in the end zone. One thing I absolutely cannot stand is our DBs playing 10 yards off the receivers, play press coverage all day! They were pretty much playing pitch and catch all day. Young or not Gerg needs to get his shit together.


September 18th, 2010 at 3:18 PM ^

At what point do we stop making the excuse that these teams are better than everyone thinks. These teams are mediocre and if this had been ND last week we would be getting our asses handed to us. The defense has tackled terrible, not read the run very well, and has not put much pressure on the quarterback. The special teams has been horrific. Poor return coverage and too many mental errors all around. I guess this is the one win that Rich Rod has been looking for when he says that they are not good enough to play bad and still win. They definitely have not played great and at time seem really out of sync and not full of energy. Oh well, a win is a win and no major injuries so let's get back to work tomorrow.

UM Indy

September 18th, 2010 at 4:10 PM ^

What good comes from it?  You win, you're supposed to.  You lose and you're the laughing stock of FBS college football.  You win close and you're still pretty much the laughing stock of FBS college football, as the MSM current commentary demonstrates.  If we're going to shit the bed, it might as well be against a FBS team.  Stop giving these FCS teams the Rocky Balboa shot at the title!


September 18th, 2010 at 3:25 PM ^

Yes, seeing the defense struggle is irritating. But, hearing people on this board overreact and call for firings is even more irritating. STFU, and let the kids grow up and learn how to execute before we decide to go with ANOTHER defensive coordinator... again.


September 18th, 2010 at 3:32 PM ^

Umass is not running anything complicated. You don't need to be even a good defense to stop rollouts by a pedestrian QB.
<br>Michigan is not a good football team.Horrid defense and special teams equals another 5-7 season.
<br>I think Michigan has to make gigantic strides over the next week if they have any hope of making a bowl.


September 18th, 2010 at 4:48 PM ^

Is this sarcasm? We're not very good, but we only need 3 more wins with teams like BG, IU, Illinois, and Purdue on the schedule. We could beat MSU and could give PSU a run for their money. We will make a bowl. But beating UConn doesn't mean much after their performance today and who knows how the ND game would have ended if Crist played the whole game healthy.

Trader Jack

September 18th, 2010 at 5:27 PM ^

the fact that this got any positive points makes no sense. If you really think we're only gonna win 2 games the rest of the year, barring injury, you are an idiot. Our offense alone, regardless of our defense, is good enough to get us to a bowl game. When we finish this year better than you expect us too, please don't jump back on the bandwagon. Moron.

Huntington Wolverine

September 18th, 2010 at 3:26 PM ^

Yeah, let's fire our D-coordinator again for not having seniors on defense and having to plug holes with walk-ons and position switches.  UMass executed well and we knew going into this season that our D would be a black hole.  We survived and this is a year where we just want wins, we're not ready to get graded on style points.  This is about continuity and building the program back up to where it belongs.

Huntington Wolverine

September 18th, 2010 at 3:45 PM ^

And how many of those talented scholarship athletes play in our secondary and have more experience than a sophomore, former walk-on? 

The statmasters on this site have shown that the key to a good defense is talented players that have experience in the system.  We're getting the talent but they're real young right now all throughout our secondary which is where our defensive holes are right now.


September 18th, 2010 at 3:27 PM ^

Our defense needs to attack. If your hesitant you get your ass handed to you which is what happened. We need to bring more pressure. This was pathetic.


September 18th, 2010 at 3:29 PM ^

You know what really works in college football?  Fire a DC every couple of years because he doesn't "produce", ignore the lack of depth and players on that side of the ball, and say everything is "unacceptable" because you want UM to be perfect.

This is a crappy defense.  It was crappy two years ago, horrendous last year, and about the same this year.  It will improve with better players, but that takes time.  Remember that all of these freshmen getting PT will only help at the end of the year/next year.  


September 18th, 2010 at 3:34 PM ^

what was truly a pathetic performance by our defense. Sure we need more talent but anyone trying to justify a 430 yard performance against UMass is fooling themselves. Just like anyone calling for a firing mid-season is fooling themselves. It's not unreasonable to hope for better results from our defense than this.