Even though I was at most of the game Saturday, I like to record them so I can re-watch when I get home. For some reason, my DVR didn't record. Perhaps I should say that it mercifully didn't record. Was it my subconscious doing this because it was protecting me? Anyway, this week I'm going to go based off of my memory of what happened. My memory is notoriously bad.
It's not an excuse, it's a fact...actually, I have nothing but excuses this week
For the second time in three weeks, the offense out-gained their opponent, but just couldn't get anywhere near the red zone. Three total points scored offensively between Notre Dame and Utah. -10 in turnover ratio for the season; that's the worst in the FBS. At this point in the season--and we're only four games into it, mind you--I'm not sure if I can come up with anything other than excuses. The fact may simply be that Michigan is not very good.
That being said, Funchess was a huge part of a vertical offense that was doing something, but only for a time. He had four receptions for 82 yards on the day, but he was targeted only one time in the second half. All other passes during the game seemed to be out in the flats for very little gain. I can recall one pass that didn't go anywhere near the open receiver--Chesson, I believe. It was a Matt Cassel-esque type play. I'd like to know why it is that the ball can be thrown down field to Funchess only. Are Darboh and Chesson unable to run more than five yards beyond the line of scrimmage?
Derrick Green had a solid enough day, but this offense stalled in a terrible way. The defense played strong for as long as they possibly could, but an offense that can't sustain a drive works against a good defense.
In our Roundtable last week, I said that we didn't know enough about Michigan or Utah to really make a call as to what each team really was going into the game. Well, we learned too much about Michigan on Saturday. Actually, maybe we didn't really learn anything; perhaps we've just finally accepted where the program is headed under Brady Hoke and Dave Brandon. The product on the field is terrible, the attendance is terrible, and the words coming out of Hoke's mouth after each loss are terrible.
Can we blame Saturday's loss on the weather? The offensive line still being young (yawn!)? Devin Gardner not being a quarterback? Maybe, but maybe the fact is more than those things or more than Michigan not being good. Maybe the fact is that Hoke's time has come and gone in Ann Arbor. It's hard to succeed when you've lost the fanbase. Just ask Rich Rodriguez...and he actually won games.