January 22nd, 2018 at 6:30 AM ^

TB12 is probably going to retire after this season,  New England can draft him and he can compete with Mr. Hoyer for the starting QB position right away? 


January 22nd, 2018 at 7:31 AM ^

It ought to be a mocking reference to something. I'm not aware of anything Speight had ever said along lines of a professional career or his obvious greatness that he should be mocked for. I didn't see it as obvious, or any sort, of sarcasm.


January 22nd, 2018 at 7:43 AM ^

I thought it was funny, and rather than being some kind of sarcastic slight against Wilton, it is more a sarcastic slight against all the stress mongering rumors surrounding New England on a day when the "old" GOAT may not have played due to a hand injury, but he did, and he won.


January 22nd, 2018 at 6:30 AM ^

Maybe Wilton saw the bowl game and realized that he could probably beat out a RsSo. Brandon Peters. Wishful thinking on my part maybe...

Mr Miggle

January 22nd, 2018 at 8:09 AM ^

He'll have to enroll somewhere in the fall if he's going to play. For me, the larger point is that he is missing spring practice. That's got to hurt his chances wherever he goes. It doesn't seem the best way to go into his final season.


January 22nd, 2018 at 1:18 PM ^

Point is, Rudock would have performed better against Utah had he been there in the spring.  His timing with recievers and within the playbook made a huge jump midseason.  Assumption is he would have hit this eariler if he had the spring and summer to practice with the other players. 


January 23rd, 2018 at 9:41 AM ^

Of course it would.


But missing those spring and summer reps didn't prevent him from winning the starting job.


And statistically Rudock had the 2nd best season for a QB in Michigan history and he still got drafted late.  With the NFL so driven by "measureables" I doubt he could have improved his stock much.


January 23rd, 2018 at 9:47 AM ^

How did it hurt Rudock?


If I recall the UFR two of his three picks were due to a bad route run by a true freshman slot receiver.  And then he ended up having the 2nd best statistical season by a QB in Michigan history.  He went from probably going to med school, to being a backup QB in the NFL and probably will be given a chance to start as the Lions will probably trade him for a 3rd or 4th round pick.  Not bad for a guy cut by Ferentz.


It is clear that Speight doesn't want to "compete" for a job. He wants to walk in and be the guy day 1.  Waiting for the summer probably gives more clarity as new coaching staffs go through spring and evaluate the talent they have and decide if they need an upgrade.


January 22nd, 2018 at 11:40 AM ^

Speight regressed this year while Peters improved. Would a tipping point have occurred in 2017 where Peters moved ahead of Speight? We'll never know but I'm pretty sure that Peters would win a head to head competition this spring. And that's without taking into account the preference for a young player with upside who will be back next year over a player in his final year.


January 23rd, 2018 at 1:33 AM ^

like early in the season because he wrestled the job away from O'Korn?  Because he didn't improve while he actually played.  He had three meh games against bad teams, had a meh half against Wisconsin and then had a terrible bowl game.

These are his passer ratings:

Rutgers: 169 

Minnesota: 123 (just 56 yards on 13 attempts!!!)

Maryland: 154

Wisconsin: 123

SC: 72

I don't see much improvement there, even when adjusting for opponents.  Tough to spin it that way.