Lighting a fire

Submitted by Blazefire on August 4th, 2010 at 9:27 PM

Edit: This post is not a commentary on Tate vs Denard, who should start, whether Tate has been working hard, or anything else. I realize that this is a polarized subject and it is hard to read it objectively, but please try. I'm not making excuses for Tate if he's not working, nor am I condemning him either way. I am simply, only, talking about the reasons for the coach and several players being very public about it, and if there's anything more to it than what it appears at the surface level. Please try not to argue and contain your conversation towards that end.

Alright, I'm going to throw something at you here, and lets see if you catch it or not.

Rich Rodriguez - 'We need to see some maturity and development out of Tate.'

Steve Schilling - 'The Seniors have been meeting to come up with ways to keep the under classmen motivated.' ' Denard has worked very hard.'

Troy Wolfolk - "Denard has come out all the time. Tate's going to have a long way to catch up. He really hasn't come out and that's hurt him in our perception.'

Tate - No quotes this summer to speak of.

Denard - No quotes this summer to speak of.

Now, I want you to ask yourself, honestly, which of our two Quarterbacks is more competetive. When Tate signed, and then Denard, there was a quote where his mother worried about a second QB signing, and Tate said, "No problem. I'll just beat him." Denard, meanwhile, said, "I'll play wherever they need me." Tate is widely known as a little cocky and maybe even a bit of a jerk, while Denard is known as the really nice kid.

Now ask yourself something else. Has there actually been any account of who attended what practices this summer, or how those performed, etc?

Then ask yourself one more thing. Do you want to press a "nice kid" like Denard very hard? No, not really. They may break. On the other hand, what's the best way to press a cocky, self assured kid like Tate? Make them feel slighted, or inferior, and you will light one hell of a fire under that kid. If you're nice, he won't do jack squat.

Call me crazy if you want, but I don't think that what we're hearing out of the team is really a disowning of Tate, who we, they, and everybody else knows can play some serious ball. I think Rich Rod really knows these kids. I think they're just getting his ass burning so that he will come into camp angry, and ready to destroy all comers to prove everybody wrong.

Seriously, it's either that, or they're trying to color us against him so we won't be shocked when he doesn't start, but I just don't buy that. Rich Rod has never disparraged one player, not even those who left and threw HIM under the bus. He's not going to do it to last year's starting QB no matter what.

And to that, gentlemen, I say excellent. Light that fire! Get it roaring!



August 5th, 2010 at 12:11 AM ^

Maybe I was harsh, but going from Denard is a nice guy to Denard probably can't handle criticism as well as Tate is a giant, giant leap. And this when he's asking us to withhold judgment on Tate's attendance/effort this summer.

turbo cool

August 4th, 2010 at 10:57 PM ^

We're not reading too much into these quotes. Denard is well liked by everybody in the locker room while Tate still has to win guys over. As some of the posters stated above, there is no grand plan behind the player and coaches quotes.

Mr. Robot

August 5th, 2010 at 12:02 AM ^

Looks like we've found something else to beat to death before the UConn game. Its officially 12:02AM on my computer, which means LESS than a month to go!

Bitchin' Death

August 5th, 2010 at 2:31 AM ^

Are really fucked.

This is not going to end well. I wish I could say it's been nice--but really, we all know it hasn't.

One scandle after another. One hiccup after another. One horrible loss after another.

No defense this year, and an offense with last year's leader now the scorn of the Michigan fan with his usual pulse to the rumor button.

The only question is: does anyone really believe Rodriguez will still be the coach when the team plays OSU, and if so, are you the same guy who believed OJ didn't do it?


Pea-Tear Gryphon

August 5th, 2010 at 9:35 AM ^

Unfortunately, you seem to speak like a lot of UM "fans" I hear outside of this blog and that is scary. I appreciate you joining just to make that comment, but you should have lurked for a while (if you didn't, that is).

Good thing our bandwagon is huge! There may still be room for you to jump back on later this year...maybe.

Blue boy johnson

August 5th, 2010 at 7:23 PM ^

Let me preface this by saying, I don't know shit.

Tate probably isn't doing things a whole lot different than he did last summer, but now, thankfully, the competition has greatly improved.  God Bless Sheridan, but he wasn't ever gonna beat out Tate.

Tate is a sophomore and probably not a workout warrior. Denards work this summer gives him an advantage going into the fall, but if Tate is still clearly the better QB, all Denard's hard work ain't gonna matter, Tate's gonna start. Tate may feel he really didn't need to attend the voluntary workouts, and he may be right. We will find out soon enough.

If Boren had stuck around at M and not attended the voluntary workouts, he still would have started the last 2 seasons, because he is clearly better than what we had. because someone does not do 100% of what the coach ask, does not mean they aren't committed to the team.