Tate: Confidence is a good thing

Submitted by Gerald R. Ford on September 14th, 2009 at 10:15 AM

This is just a comment - not a criticism

Tate Forcier is the most exciting Michigan player I have seen in years. But when he interviews, I am waiting for him to go Ricky Bobby and just say straight up that he wakes up every day and pisses excellence and that no one can hang with his stuff.

Don't get me wrong, I admire the "moxie", but somewhere between the humble ken-doll Barkley and Ricky Bobby might be a safer place.



September 14th, 2009 at 10:18 AM ^

Tate has the swagger. He's a freshman. Would you prefer a return of the Robot?

I would personally prefer him to say this after the next game:

"Guys I put my pants on just like you, one leg at a time. Except, once my pants are on, I win football games."


September 14th, 2009 at 10:34 AM ^

Would you rather your quarterback say something ridiculous like "everybody murders people" or something ridiculous (and potentially true) like "I don't get nervous." Forcier at least sounds intelligent when he's talking, Barkley, in his post game interview (as with all Pryor interviews), sounded like he had marbles in his mouth.
The "swagger," or "moxie," or, heck, let's just call it "douchebaggery," while it may be ill-suited for a friend, may be desirable in a young quarterback for him to take control of this team.


September 14th, 2009 at 10:42 AM ^

Even desirable, especially in a QB.

Also, he's saying he's confident, not that he's going to crush the opposition like a grape. The latter would get pretty annoying...


September 14th, 2009 at 10:46 AM ^

There are certain people you want to be very confident, even arrogant. Your pilots, your brain surgeon, your trial lawyer - you want them waking up every morning thinking they are the best at what they do.

This goes double for your quarterback.


September 14th, 2009 at 11:28 AM ^

So the kid wasn't nervous. It was pretty obvious he wasn't nervous. So what do you want him to do? Lie to the reporter who asked him if he was? If there is anything I hate more than self-absorbed arrogance (which Tate didn't have), it's fake humility, which I'm happy he doesn't have either.

I thought Forcier showed respect and intelligence in his post-game interview. Gave credit to his team members, expressed confidence in the team's defense and in his receivers. Even though, as we found out later, his interception was due to a misrun route.


September 14th, 2009 at 11:24 AM ^

I like the fact that he is confident, but he definitely is not arrogant. Did you notice that in the interview he did not brag, in fact he said he just gets the ball to his teammates and lets them do thier thing. Also, I was impressed last week when Denard scored his touchdown, the first person to congratulate and chest butt him back at the sidelines was Tate!


September 14th, 2009 at 11:37 AM ^

I'm actually really torn on this. Bottom line is I could care less how he acts or responds to interview questions if he keeps on winning and plays like he has (he still has to be classy, and he has been).

Could he be a bit more humble, sure, but I like the confidence and swagger he has. I think it makes our offense more dangerous. I know, if I was a wide receiver or running back, a freshman or senior, I would feed off of Tate's confidence.