Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Ultimately, The Defense Rests At Rodriguez's Feet

There was one game, above others, that defined Scott Shafer as Michigan’s defensive coordinator. It was the Purdue game. The Boilermakers had scored just six points in the week before in a home loss to Minnesota. The following week, they didn’t score until the final minute against Michigan State. In-between against Michigan, though, they scored 48 points. They did so with backup QB Justin Siller, who began the season at running back.
The Red Sea parted for Juice Williams in the second half against Illinois. It was a bad first half vs. Utah.
Michigan had the lead against MSU - and lost it. How did Toledo’s Nick Moore catch 20 passes against the Wolverines? Good question.
It didn’t work out with Shafer, but it should by no stretch of the imagination take head coach Rich Rodriguez off the hook. Shafer was his choice. Rodriguez really seem to have a grip on what went on defensively. It is, ultimately, his responsibility. He did little to stem the tide last season. The same cannot happen next. This will be Rodriguez’s most important hire. And he must do a better job of overseeing it.

Random Thoughts

- Not that Javon Ringer didn’t deserve his spot as a first-team All-American, but it is noticeable how the terrain has changed for running backs. In the days of the power-I formation, Ringer’s statistics likely wouldn’t have been good enough. The spread offense has made college football so very different.

- Weirdest baseball off season development: The Orioles pursuing Mark Teixeira. It makes no sense from their standpoint nor from his standpoint.

- In the you heard it here first department: I would be surprised if the Red Wings don’t beat San Jose Thursday night.


Blogger Barry said...

I agree Pat, to sign the Big Tex when you have Wieters waiting in the wings does not make sense. I know Wieters is a catcher but if he can hit like advertised, you do not waste a hitter behind the plate in case he gets hurt. You put those guys at 1B.

5:40 PM 
Blogger maddog52 said...

I'd actually do you one better book I'd be surprised if the wings one thursday night. San Jose has been playing unbelivable thus far and the wings defense has been disheartning to watch. I always felt with a goalie like Osgood and now even Conklin they are as good as the guys in front. That blueline has to get better and start clearing the puck out much better and not turning it over so much in their zone. Know what I mean.

Onto the Michigan portion.. I think it was just the right move for the DC to step down. With that said the area of concern has to be with the way the wolverines came out after half time. They were in a ton of ball games. Then came out and got steam rolled for a multitude of reasons. Most importanlty playing extremely flat. All of his shotgun formations which led do 4 and longs and then the fumbles. UM defense wasn't put in many good spots. So I agree it rests at Rodriguez's feet ultimately.

Texeria to the orioles. I am actually surprised he don't want to resign with the Angels.

Oh and the tigers getting matt treanor, boy look out now we are headed to the World Series LOL

6:39 PM 
Blogger Pat Caputo said...

I don't think he'd fit in with
Baltimore because the Orioles have no chance of contending next season - regardless.

7:21 PM 
Blogger Pat Caputo said...

There is little question based on experience and talent that Michigan's defense should have been a lot better last season. It was profoundly disappointed it wasn't. It should have carried the Wolverines.

7:22 PM 
Blogger maddog52 said...

Boy the tigers got matt treanor I am ready to get my world series tickets now .. weee... lol.. is dombrowski trying to fill this team with the craig pauqette types or what thus far?

7:40 PM 
Blogger Pat Caputo said...

Such sarcasm. LOL

1:56 PM 

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