MGoQuestions for Heiko

Submitted by cigol on November 24th, 2012 at 9:50 PM

Let's get a consensus on one to two thoughtful, yet respectful questions for Heiko to ask Borges this week.  I think we all have the same concept of a question, just some with less F bombs.  I'm assuming these will be asked already, but given a little extra push, we can be sure that we won't have to read another standard press conference.  I have stuck up for Borges this whole time, but I don't see how anyone can trust him anymore after that level of negligence.  While I thought being an Iowa fan would be the worst case scenario, this might be more frustrating since we have significantly more weapons that have proven to be successful.

1) After it was completely established that Denard could not throw, what did you see that made you believe that our 6 blockers, the interior of which has struggled all season, could create any sort of push on 8 guys in the box without any element of play action hesitation?

2) Why did you decide to move away from the Denard and Devin packages?  Denard seemed like a hell of a decoy even when not touching the ball.




November 24th, 2012 at 11:06 PM ^

Mr. Borges, what have you seen over this year that made you think running from the I-Formation would work?

Why was Denard not used as a running back against Ohio?

Why did you run so many trick plays against a terrible team when you could have saved them for Ohio?

The damage is already done.  Even if somebody had the balls to ask these questions, I would only be furious with the answer.


November 24th, 2012 at 11:34 PM ^

  1. Why did you, all season, tell us that you moved Devin to get your best 11 on the field, and then not put those best 11 on the field in the biggest game of the season?  Especially with Fitz out?
  2. Are your pants on fire?


November 24th, 2012 at 11:51 PM ^

Remember when there was that mini offseason drama about Borges taking a HC job somewhere? Just think of how that could have turned out for us. Yes, we were probably a bit more positive about him at the time, but that would have given us a chance to break the bank on a great OC without much drama.


November 25th, 2012 at 1:56 AM ^

I'd like to ask him how much money he won betting on Ohio State?  Because that is the only explanation for his play calling in the 2nd half.


November 25th, 2012 at 2:20 AM ^

You saw what you saw! Clearly saw what you saw!! I just watched it again for the 10th time! Clearly saw what you saw! Hats of to the D they kept us on the game in the 3rd and 4th quarter when you saw what you saw with the play calling in those quarters!! I'm still pissed! I hate Ohio!! Go blue!!


November 25th, 2012 at 8:45 AM ^

Denards final run in the first half was pretty successful...given that Ohio was without their best lineman, who plays on the edge, why did we not continually run that play towards the edge in the 2nd half!

Question 2: we saw a lot of devin and denard together vs. fricken Iowa...why did we not see more of it, particularly in the 2nd half against Ohio?


November 26th, 2012 at 12:36 PM ^

Not every time. His long TD run was exactly something Ace was calling for after watching a Nebraska game where the Huskers ran an option out of the veer look. I have only seen it live from the top of the stadium so far but I think Borges RPS'd that one.

This wasn't a Robinson play but the other long TD in the first half was a big RPS as well--there were three WRs bunched to that side against two defenders.

Maize and Blue…

November 25th, 2012 at 12:21 PM ^

according to both Denard and Hoke after the game per ESPN.  It just wasn't called.  The real question should be why Devin and Denard weren't on the field at all after halftime.  Why were all those plays wasted against Iowa? Why continue running play action when you have no run game?  Could the O coordinator breath because his head was clearly up his ass?


November 25th, 2012 at 12:44 PM ^

We'll never get the answers we really want to hear.

The main question that needs to be asked is why there were NO plays in the second half (specifically 4th Qtr) with both Devin & Denard in?

All I know is if this incompetency continues next year, he should be bumped down to  QB coach and relieved of his OC duties.


November 25th, 2012 at 4:13 PM ^

We really want to know the issues the solutions for 2013 (assume min changes for the bowl), not to cast backwards blame.

Could some probes on scheme and goals for next year induce him to indicate this year's core problems:

What formation and blocking style will you focus most time during the spring?

Which college or pro team currently executes an offense that is closest to UM in 2013?

Without Denard and given the low yardage from RBs this year, what position will pick-up the carries and yards? When will a "feature back" become a staple of UM's O?

You installed your version of the West Coast O in less than 2 yrs at SDSU. How will the offense in yr 3 at UM closely resemble your SDSU O or stay simlar to UM 2012?