September 14th, 2013 at 4:13 PM ^

This gets an MF. The scale goes D-, F+, F, F-, MF, MF-. Losing would have been an MF- and we didn't technically lose, so MF.

The running game is below average.

The passing game could be average or better if Gardner would quit murdering the team with interceptions. He's an above average scrambler.

The run defense is below average.

The pass rush is nonexistent.

The coverage is below average, but looks worse than it is because there is no pass rush, ever.

The special teams are below average.

This is a below average team across the board.




September 14th, 2013 at 3:27 PM ^

This doesn't bode well for the rest of the season. Our line play was really, really poor.

This game exposed our weakness... and it's up front. Unthinkable. 

Hoke has to be pretty upset and frustrated.


September 14th, 2013 at 4:49 PM ^

Funk defenders will point to Schofield and Lewan of course.  Funk probably needs 1-2 more years to assess.  He has a lot of raw clay to work with in the 2012-2013 classes.  If this does not develop into a dominant OL in 2 years he becomes a liability.  But those players are now freshmen and RS freshmen so difficult to judge him.


September 14th, 2013 at 10:18 PM ^

Lewan shut down senior first round pick Adrian Clayborn as a freshman under Rodriguez.

The interior line has been massively disappointing this year and last . If we don't see significant improvement with the interior line I think we should bring in someone else next year. If we keep Funk, though, let's be mindful that we lose one of the best tackle tandems in the country next year. Treading water would be a win.


September 14th, 2013 at 5:53 PM ^

Considering we trust Lewan and Schofield as good players and the list of walk-ons, Freshmen (RS or otherwise) that are good OLinemen is very very very short, I think it's unfair to put this on Funk.  But like everyone else, the OL was the most disturbing part of this game.  We thought that the interior would be better after last year, but to me, so far, it's worse.  Devin and Fitz have had guys all over them almost instantly way too often this season.  And I think this comes down to consistency, not ability....which is what Hoke has been saying in the pressers.  We've seen dynamite plays from Kalis and to a lesser extent, Glasgow and Miller, but being consistent has not been there.  Consistency is almost always the biggest issue for young guys.  So at least it can get leaps and bounds hopefully.


September 14th, 2013 at 3:34 PM ^

That call doesn't get made a lot because the ref isn't typically so on top of the play. Most of the time they won't see that hand on the back turning the receiver a bit, it's why DBs do it so often (especially on slants), but when it's directly in front of them you can expect it to get called.


Definitely a break though, that type of thing isn't called all the time, regardless of whether it should or shouldn't be.