Saturday, November 22, 2014

Thoughts halftime Maryland, Michigan

- This game is indicative of everything that is wrong with Big Ten football. These aren't great defenses. These are bad offenses. Is there ever a game Devin Gardner doesn't turn the ball over the worst possible ways imagined?

Jim Hackett
- The notion Brady Hoke is actually coaching for his job at the end of this season is ridiculous for most Michigan fans, who have already moved on from Hoke emotionally. But it does seem possible in lieu of what interim athletic director Jim Hackett said in a news conference before this game. It was interesting how Hoke pulled out the fake punt on the Wolverines' first possession (fullback Joe Kerridge rambled 50-plus yards after taking the snap as the upback). It does lead to wondering, however, where such creativity has been all season. Oh, and it was telling how the Wolverines settled for a field goal anyway, one that went through the uprights despite being partially blocked.
- I'd be shocked if Maryland's William Likely doesn't have an impact in the NFL someday. He is as productive and gifted as any cornerback in the country.
- Without standout  wide receiver Stefon Diggs, Maryland's offense is a classic Big Ten variety. Quarterback C.J. Brown is a good runner, but not great. And he isn't much of a pocket passer, and the Terrapins offense looks like something from the mid-1970s. In that regard, Maryland fits the Big Ten perfectly.

My column. If the Lions are really different, then beat Tom Brady and the Patriots:

My column. Why Jonas Gray is anything but an overnight sensation:


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