October 27th, 2014 at 11:57 PM ^

It's a real struggle just sitting around waiting for something to happen here. I guess it will make it that much more exciting when something actually happens (I'm looking at you first DB). I can't even imagine the jubilation that will occur on this blog when/if DB gets canned.

The feeling for Hoke getting fired isn't the same since I actually still think he's a good guy and like him, he's just not a competent football coach.


October 28th, 2014 at 12:04 AM ^

I just can't feel bad for a guy who gets fired because he can't do his job. People get fired for waaaaaaay shittier reasons than that every day, and they don't get millions in a buy out. Hoke will be fine, a little worse on the ego front, but I'm not going to let that ruin the few weeks of hope I have that Michigan might become a national power again before we hire Scot Loeffler


October 28th, 2014 at 12:16 AM ^

a good man who loves Michigan and is very good to the kids he is charged with. He has lost his dream job and is responsible for his fate. That's enough to make me feel bad for him and what he and the young men are going through. I am also looking forward to the change


October 28th, 2014 at 2:01 PM ^

He's not taking care of his guys. Stop this caring meme. These guys aren't getting better or learning anything about football, except maybe how many different ways you can lose. If they had any NFL aspirations, he's pretty much destroyed their chances. I think a lot of coaches help their young charges to be better men. They just don't do the clappy aw-shucks schtick.

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October 28th, 2014 at 11:47 AM ^

I wish people would pay me $4 million a year to do my dream job this poorly. The man is being handsomely compensated, he's a nice guy, but he's being paid for results on the field that exist only in Brandon's 2011 fantasy.


October 28th, 2014 at 4:56 AM ^

I noticed something while watching Saturday's game. Both announcers described Hoke and Gardner in much the same way: "He's a good man/He's a nice guy/He's a great kid, but ..."

And I thought: An examination of your job performance that starts out with a description of your personality? That's the very definition of the term "damning with faint praise." It's a bit like having your blind date described as "a really nice girl." Well, that's a good characteristic, but it shouldn't be your top selling point.

Yes, Brady Hoke is a good man who truly loves Michigan. So is my mailman. But he's not qualified to coach a major college program, either.



October 28th, 2014 at 10:28 AM ^

Maybe a better OL would make DG and Shane look a lot better. Shane is only in his 2nd year with the program but he's shown very little so far of being a decent starter. His career stats to this point are:

43/87 (49.4%) 0 TD 5 INT 4.5 YPA

And the 'eye test' isn't much better. I hope someone can coach him up but I'd say the title of 'bust' is starting to loom over his head


October 28th, 2014 at 10:32 AM ^

Depending on the hire,  I wouldn't be surprised to see Morris jump ship if he sees the writing on the wall that the new coach wants to bring in a different style of QB or Speight starts to bite at his ankles.  There will likely be a relatively large exodus of players after this season.  While the "weapons" to win are there, I can't see this team REALLY turning it around for at least a year.  I think Peppers is at risk of leaving as well.  Seemingly absent from all team matters in the past month, at least publicly.  


October 28th, 2014 at 11:06 AM ^

didn't make Gardner fumble a handoff, throw his two interceptions, stare down receivers, and only have eyes for the primary.  Nor did the OL prevent receivers (Funchess) from bringing down very catchable passes.  And the OL certainly didn't make Funchess tackle our own running back.

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October 28th, 2014 at 11:29 AM ^

On the second one it looked like the lineman blocked justice hayes from getting to his spot on the screen.  Sure, the lineman didn't "cause" Gardner to flip the ball foward instead of firing it into the ground, but they at least were part of the problem.


October 28th, 2014 at 10:54 AM ^

Don't understand why so many are completely discounting Morris already. Yes, he has shown us nothing so far that envokes confidence, but a lot of people forget that he lost his senior season to mono, had Borges as a coach for one year, and is in his first year with a new coordinator and a new scheme.

If he can't win the competition next year, then we can proclaim bust. But so far, he still has plenty of promise.