October 18th, 2013 at 11:03 PM ^

You have to start getting off this mantra.  Right now the interior O-Line is performing miserably.  Borges may have his faults but he is limited by poor line play.  When the interior is pushed back like that on every play the answer is not just to fling passes to the outside - that can result in disaster in a close game.

snarling wolverine

October 18th, 2013 at 6:26 PM ^

I know people are going to say "rearranging deck chairs on the Titanic" but hey, at least they're trying something.  They're obviously not any happier with the crappy rushing output  than fans are.




October 18th, 2013 at 6:27 PM ^

Fuck. Bright side is I assume this means Lewan will be back at LT?

Actually, Magnuson might be an upgrade and like that move. Kinda surprised at Kalis getting benched. He was awful last game, but has shown some flashes too. I'm kinda wondering if he didn't respond very well after getting benched for the personal foul and got himself in the dog house.



October 18th, 2013 at 6:29 PM ^

No disrespect to the guy, but I for one did not even know Michigan recruited that dude who played Blossom's brother, yet alone that he was in the running for playing time. 


October 19th, 2013 at 2:40 AM ^

When we lose Lewan and Schofield. And our talented young players do not progress. The OL looked much better against ND. Now every DL we play pushes them around. I don't understand this and am quite worried about the future. Next season not only will we not have a running game but Gardner will get sacked more frequently! Worried!!!!


October 19th, 2013 at 3:39 AM ^

Fitz rushed 22 times for 71 yards, or 3.2 ypc.  Take out his 22, 14, 10, and 9 yard rushes and it's 18 carries for 16 yards.       

Gardner was magnificent in the face of the ND D-Line beating the Mich O-Line, with either quick decision, accurate throws or scrambles to buy himself time or gain rushing yards himself.

Most QBs would have looked awful under that pressure.


October 18th, 2013 at 11:27 PM ^

Did you watch the game? If not, did you at least read the write ups by Brian or Space Coyote?

You don't like the scheme. Fine. But, there isn't a scheme in the world hat will work when your guards and center are (1) testing pushed back three yards, and (2) plain missing blocks. The interior line play has been horrible. If you want to make an intelligent criticism of the coaches, you can accuse them off doing a poor job of developing these players (which would be silly since we re slain about inexperienced underclassmen), but les not pretend that changing he scheme midseason will make this line competent. The players are performing poorly in their individual roles. Hat is why we are making a change.


October 19th, 2013 at 12:04 PM ^

The players are not executing, but I have trouble believing that talent is the problem.  We are probably on the bottom half of offensive lines in the B1G, but I kida doubt that anyone other than OSU has recruited higher ranked offensive lineman in the past 4 years.  So, to me that means it's not just talent.  It may be partially talent, but it's also youth, coaching, and scheme does have something to do with.  We can run in the pistol.  But, talent is not the only reason or even the biggest reason from what I see.