“Stop Sticking Up For Speight!
He blows chunks! He’s costing the team with missed throws and worse, he’s missing open receivers! How come he never hit Perry until the 4th quarter? There’s no way he wasn’t open on some of those pass attempts earlier in the game”.
So that was a text I got on Monday.
Sheesh. Okay – everyone relax. I know I have a “He’s the starter, stand by him” attitude when it comes to the QB. But now that I’ve had a chance to see the game a 2nd time…
You’re PARTIALLY right. Speight really blew it on a couple of throws, ESPECIALLY IN THE RED ZONE. And I don’t know why he’s making the decisions he’s making while Michigan is in the Red Zone. I believe that Harbaugh is a great “Quarterback Whisperer” and will eventually get Speight back around to the guy he was last season when he peaked against PSU. But my patience is wearing thin, also, even though it could be argued that Speight was on the money 80-90% of the time. And occasionally, his good passes are getting dropped…Trust me. Young receivers can be a challenge, too.
A great read is “This Week’s Obsession” via mgoblog.com and they point out several issues (including the play calling and lack of any passing to backs) that’s worth the read and may calm your fears.
I hope again, that most of this is correctable and Speight especially fixes a couple of issues.…otherwise it’s going to be a very long season indeed if Michigan tries throwing a backup into this mess.
Black Possibly Gone For Season
Tarik Black needs to undergo foot surgery after being tackled awkwardly late in the AF game. What appeared to be one of Michigan’s best go-to options will be replaced with more DPJ, which isn’t a bad thing, but you hate to lose anyone.
Think You’re Having a Bad Day?
Not as bad as this guy! From the BYU – Wiscy Game….I can only imagine what the folks sitting in the front row were thinking when this guy “missed” his landing spot! I know they’re supposed to be pros, but things like this might end parachuting into stadiums in the near future.
HOT MESSES - Things Are FAR Worse Than They First Appeared
While the MMQ dumped on Riley and Eichorst on Monday, well…Let’s just say things in Lincoln, Nebraska are approaching a boiling point. Unbeknownst to anyone, Eichorst quietly gave good friend Riley a contract extension into the 2020 season. Upping his buy-out and more or less pissing off all of the fans. In another REALLY BAD “Thumbing My Nose At Tradition” Move, Nebraska will NOT be playing on Black Friday (the day AFTER Thanksgiving) for the first time in over 30 years beginning in 2020. Husker faithful will wax poetically about this day if you ever have any dialogue with them, and it’s a family tradition to go to the game on Friday. Yep…Eichorst sounds a little like DB2 at this point and the loyal fans and supporters are gathering the torches and pitchforks…
I personally cannot think of a better time or weekend for Rutgers to come to town…Assuming, of course, you can beat them (Nebraska -10 for you early bettors out there..). I didn’t know this: Les Miles kid is on Nebraska’s team. And I think Les is still available. Can you imagine Les coming in to Lincoln as an advisor, kind of like Brady Hoke at Oregon last season?
Butch Jones was on the Hot Seat AFTER A WIN against a tricky GTU offense. The heat has been turned way up now and Volunteers have started, among other things, a “Hire Dan Mullen” push to get the once again hot MSU coach up to Knoxville. Ain’t gonna’ happen, but this is a desperate fan base. Les Miles, anyone? With a new AD at Tennessee, Jones days, right or wrong, may be numbered.
Stay Classy Tennessee and Florida…Stay Classy!
And Sumlin is still dealing with issues as is the entire Aggie team by not beating their FCS foes by higher margins (and almost losing to one) and the fans have grown more impatient than usual at Kyle Field, booing the team loudly off the field at halftime, leading to this “ No-No” response from wide receiver Gunnell…
And because I have to point out when-ever Brandictator fails…There’s this. Yep, Toys R Us filed for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy to reorg the debt and supposedly had nothing to do with Brandictator’s leadership or decision making…But I think any one who lived through what Michgian Fans lived through know better.
I Forgot To Mention Stanford…
Someone the MMQ had as a potential dark-horse in the Pac 12. Stanford has only lost two games in a row under Shaw in two other seasons, albeit to better teams. Not that San Diego State isn’t legit, it’s just, well, SDSU. The Cardinal can still ruin some seasons, but it’s now a spoilermaker for the rest of the Pac 12.
Can MSU Beat Bama?
Arguably the 2nd best coach in the SEC, Mullen has another Prescott like QB in Fitzgerald. He’s come into his own and manages the MSU offense extremely well. Not only that, but Mullen is a good field general as we witness on Saturday against LSU. There was never a point in that game where MSU was not in control. Mullen could be the guy that unseats Satan, but we will need to wait until November 11th when Bama visits Starkville…
FIVE TOTALLY REAL AND IRRATIONAL MESSAGE BOARD THREADS
“Will Coach O accept a demotion back to defensive line coach?” - tigerdroppings.com
“Would you take Lane Kiffin?” - volnation.com
“Time to resign, Coach” - panther-lair.com (Pitt)
“Is it possible this team can boycott the rest of the year?” - tigerboard.com (Missouri)
“Man wouldn't it be cool to be a fan of a good team?” - cougarboard.com (BYU)
Does This Really “Surprise” People?
In the land of fruits and nuts where pro-sports seem to be dying out either through non-interest or the fan bases getting pissed off, I was surprised that his was even a story. In case you missed it: USC Texas had more people in the coliseum than the Rams vs. Washington and Chargers vs Dolphins attendance COMBINED:
Texas vs. USC: 84,714
Again…With waning interest, players not standing for anthem and other NFL issues, well, this is not a surprise to the MMQ.
Some Of You Missed the Point…
I guess I didn’t go into enough detail on Friday’s “No Need for Divisions”. Some of you asked why it would be better besides the 1 and 2 playing each other at the end of the season. How would the schedule work? It seems too confusing, Etc.
Look, the B1G managed for decades without divisions. What I’m proposing isn’t sacrilegious or anything. It’s just a different approach.
Scheduling, could be really beautiful. Similar to the NFL, when you finish on top, you’d be handed the most difficult schedule, by record. For example, last season in the B1G:
PSU 11-3 Wiscy 11-3
OSU 11-2 Iowa 8-5
Michigan 10-3 Nebraska 9-4
Indiana 6-7 Northwestern 7-6
Maryland 6-7 Minnesota 9-4
Sparty 3-9 Illinois 3-9
Rutgers 2-10 Purdue 3-9
If they were ranked top to bottom:
So, starting with Rutgers, you’d take the bottom 9 teams above Rutgers and schedule games. The hardest game Rutgers would need to play would be Nebraska, who finished 5th overall, and would avoid PSU, osu, Michigan, and Wiscy (Rutgers lost 222-0 to Michigan, osu and PSU combined. Do we really need to see more of that?). Champion PSU, on the other hand, would miss out on the lambs of the conference, Sparty, Illinois, Purdue and Rutgers. As you move down, the schedule shifts to 2nd place and 2nd from the bottom and so on. Sure there will be conflicts and unresolvable overlaps, but when that occurs, you do the best you can. I understand that you lose the “Home – Away” of a traditional 4-6 year scheduling plan, but the conference is more balanced and you don’t have Wiscy in 2017 not playing OSU and PSU, arguably two of the better teams in the conference.
This gives the teams with a better chance at the CFP better games on their resume (even if they lose) and teams that are “rebuilding” have a better chance to win a couple more games and become bowl eligible, assuming bowls are still around in 10 years. Standard rivalries would have to be “guaranteed” where you would simply keep the rivalry game and skip to the next logical team. IT CAN WORK!
And the fans benefit, also from not having to watch Michigan, osu, and PSU pummel Rutgers every season.
And for all of you thinking “But I LIKE Pummeling Rutgers”, well, I kind of get that too, but at the same time, doesn’t it get a little old? And I certainly don’t like paying for that game…