The old saying..."It's a game of inches..." rang true
all over the Big House last night!
Look...I could give you the "relax it's all good" speech but the
bottom line is...take the bad from this game and learn, take the
good from this game and be happy!
There was plenty of both!..
First and foremost "Congrats to Michigan" they
are a good team...and should easily work their way
with little to no error through their schedule..
If they stub their toe hopefully it's not against a bad team,
so we can maintain our SOS, allowing our loss viewed as
a well fought game.
Let's move on to the bad....
We got all the pressure we needed last night...
We didn't contain the QB when he broke the pocket!
You can't say anything but that..Take away his scrambles
and UM has less than 100 yards rushing for the game!
Once he broke the pocket...it was EMBARRASSING!
Great game-plan to take away our strength of the D line
that penetrated all night...but once Gardner saw them coming...
He broke out like waiter at a Mexican restaurant when INS arrives!
Our Middle Linebackers need work...Grace is gonna be good,
great lateral movement...tackles great...just needs reps!
Our secondary tackled like they were on the sand lot last night at
times!...The first TD I felt like I needed Benny Hill music, it
was such a straight botch up of tackling!
Special Teams showed up well....good overall, some good returns!
Offense....The quick ten point lead for some reason, it seemed
like, rattled the play calling!
We had no issue tightening up and tying the game!
But here comes the..
For me the offense looked good...The running game, I
think could have done so much more damage but
playing from behind doesn't allow that luxury...
And regardless of how good the freshmen looked
in practice, it took away our ability to try and get the ball
in their hands.
Even though I do feel we went to
the air to quickly....
"The Breaking Point" as I see it?
The interception before the half....We had plenty of time,
we were moving the ball well, with no issues... Then, the break down!
Tommy had the pocket break...he rolled to his left, the corner
was in a mid protection playing between the WR and the
sideline...Tommy threw..and BAM!... Picked and instead of
moving down field for a TD or FG...we swing and give the ball
to Michigan in their territory...
What could have been 20-16 or 20-20 at half....
Turned into 27-13..
Meaning the stop of UM after the half and the score in
EITHER scenario would have given ND the lead...
It's a game of inches!....
So...here we are, where do we go from here?
Let's talk about the reality of the situation!
We are 21 and 5 in our last 26 games!
We lost to a good team....and played very
poorly in certain situations...
And regardless of ALL our errors...
The pick before the half...the poor tackling,
In the 4th quarter we were STILL in a position to
tie the game and turn momentum!
So...What happens when we iron out these issues?
What type of team can this be once we get more of the
youth involved, and fix some of the VERY fixable problems?
Where can this team finish by season's end if we do?
Cause I'll tell you right now...ASU...Stanford...Oklahoma?
You better get back to the drawing board and realize that
these teams aren't scared!...
These teams will be ready...and if we aren't?
It's not gonna be good!
So this weekend is gut check time!
This weekend vs Purdue should give us a chance to
throw a bit of caution to the wind and see what
comes from it!
This season is a marathon...not a sprint!
There are going to be plenty of opportunities for this
team to rise up and prove some points!
Other teams around us will beat each other up...and there are
already a handful of really good teams with one loss in week 2!
Let's let the coaches do their jobs...and see what happens
when we visit Purdue!
GOD BLESS & GO IRISH!