When I read Brian's at Mgoblog write up on the OSU game, a memory of ghosts of Michigan teams of the past hit me right in the face. Let me explain what I was feeling watching the second half of the Michigan game. I wonder if you might have felt the same way?
It's hard for family and friends to watch Michigan games with me, I'm a bit intense. I yell, scream, get mad, celebrate good plays and overall pretty loud. It's a wild ride. During the Carr years, I was the same way but I would sit back and predict the plays Michigan would run. I would say it out load and would be right about 80% of the time. So now I'm the loud guy who was predicting plays accurately. As you might imagine, I wasn't the most popular guy in the room.
I would always say, if I can predict the plays - so can the other defense! That was the second half of the OSU game. “They were a little bit predictable in the first half,” said Ohio State co-defensive coordinator Everett Withers. “You know, they put 16 (Robinson) back there, he was gonna run it. And they put 12 (Gardner) back there, they were gonna throw it. And after a while that became something that we keyed on.”
How the hell did we get back here? I will tell you how. The failure of Rich Rod was so bad that we pulled a George Costanza and did the complete opposite. We hired Brady Hoke. Rich Rod was a good offense mind but did not have the experience or leadership skills to be the head coach at Michigan. He also had one of the worst defenses in college football. Now we have Brady Hoke who has leadership skills and a defensive background. He hired the best DC in the country in Greg Mattison and those two together have built back the Michigan defense. The problem comes on the other side of the ball, where Brady has an "outdated philosophy" on offense and trusts Big Al to make the right decisions. Want an example of outdated? This quote after the game tells the story: "You know me, we want to run the football and we want to do a good job stopping the run," Brady Hoke said. "We didn't do either."
Coach you haven't been able to run the ball all year! Why do you decide to start failing again and again in the second half of the OSU game? We have seen Big AL do this in his two years at Michigan. He thinks he knows how to use Denard, fails by losing a high profile game and then changes the next week. The problem is he wasn't making the offense better he was changing it week to week. During the Iowa game he used Denard as a decoy, in the OSU game he didn't. Why the hell not? Let's put our 5 star QB at WR - Let's win the Nebraska game with a red shirt freshman - Let's use Denard under center - Let's run the ball right at the defenses top players and so on.....................
Big Al is not the head coach of the offense and he needs to go. If he doesn't we are getting closer and closer to Debord and Carr's offense and we will watch OSU and other teams beat us year after year. Hoke doesn't have the offense background to win at this level, he needs a strong OC to run that unit. Go out and find a new guy. Scot Loeffler is now available.
Does anyone wish Rich Rod would have offered Jonathan Hankins a scholarship when he was at Michigan's summer camp and really wanted one? OSU and Oklahoma thought that he was offer worthy, Michigan didn't until after his senior year. That mistake turned into a Devin Gardner fumble on Saturday and now Hankins is a strong NFL prospect.
- Hoke says that Michigan will file the paperwork this week to request a medical redshirt for Devin Gardner from his freshman year. He expects it to be approved. I hope he is right, two more years with DG would be great news! Expect Devin to get most of the QB reps during bowl prep.
- There were reports that Gareon Conley visited Ohio State last week. It seems he was at the game but it wasn't an official or un-official visit. He still says he is committed to Michigan which is good news and let's hope he sticks with Michigan.
- There seems to be some activity around Derrick Green and Michigan. Two Michigan coaches will be in home with him tonight and he tweeted last night that he is going to make a decision soon. The Ty Isaac in home, Auburn being coach-less and Tennessee being coach-less probably is helping DG with his timeline.
- Michigan vs. NC State Tonight ESPN 7:30 Big Ten - ACC Challenge