|The End of Michigan Wolverines Football, Indefinitely.
||[Sep. 24th, 2005|09:38 pm]
9:38 PM EST
Unranked Wisconsin 23, Formerly #14 Michigan 20.
The final play, with one second to go and a TD needed with many yards to go, Chad Henne, the Michigan quarterback, took the snap in shotgun. He bobbled the ball, and he fell, ending the game without a chance to pass.
This loss should put Michigan out of the Top 25. I want them to be unranked. Here's why:
1) The Michigan offensive line fields itself with injuries, but the talent was weak to begin. I look at Michigan's blockers, and I see the results of their blockers in the NFL. They're fatbodies more than hardbodies. A blocker just can't eat and call that training. They have to lift weights. I look at flabby arms on guys like Stenavich, and I see a guy who likes to get into the cafeteria or the local diner and put on a seven plate meal. That's not an ideal blocker. That's a liability. Modern football is speed. They need to be fast.
2) Henne's not seasoned. His 'tools' are top-notch, but the brain isn't. He's also becoming a goat because of the moments like the last-second fall. It didn't help that Henne chose to throw to a stone-handed senior in Tyler Ecker on the previous play. Not having Massaquoi at 100 percent is bad, and it makes it tougher for Henne, but he should not throw to guys who cannot catch, especially if it's a crucial drive. He needs to take a page out of Doug Flutie's book. Put the ball where it can be played, and put it where it will count. Be a leader, if not a success. Don't sit there and botch the clutch. Give it a good focus when the chips are down. People will respect losers less, but losers with the more dubious finishes will receive even less respect.
3) The receivers are terrible. Avant's the only option, and every team will triple-team his ass here to the finish. The entire team's suffered a power outage from injuries, but the healthy guys and anyone on the field besides Avant just aren't ready for 1A football.
Steve Breaston will never make it to the NFL. The kid is weak in muscle tone, and he's brittle. Having a wafer frame and getting hurt with ease are out of his control, but catching the ball is in his control, but his brain and his hands leave something to be desired. He's indicative of the rest of the bunch. All receivers besides Avant show major flaws in one or more areas, and the rest of the Wolverine receiving crew don't show elite athletic prowess. They are a second-class group.
4) The Wolverine defense does not have one standout player. I don't buy what Gabe Watson or Pierre Woods sell. The Wolverine defensive unit is a similar copy of a standard Michigan collective defense. They're all 1-gear players, and they show no real physical quickness or speed. They're also very late to react to the ball. On top of that, they reach on tackles, and that's a horrible no-no. They have no standout defender to even up the rest of the bunch. It's open season on Michigan's D, and speed kills them, and it will kill them at every turn.
ESPN2's Gameday defends Michigan, but the fact remains that the free-spirit, Herbie, is right . . . the rankings are flawed. Opinion of consensus of old college football coaches reamins a horrible way to do the rankings. If anyone should be doing rankings, then it shouldn't be the old guys. It does, however, give way for the upsets, and it does give ESPN and the networks something to talk about when top teams get trumped.