This is what I watched today. For 1 1/2 hours after halftime.
I don't even know how to begin to describe this game or the overall state of Michigan football right now. We're going backwards. We're getting worse. Each loss...is uglier than the loss that preceded it.
Why is this happening? Youth? Inexperience? Coaching? Play calling? Yeah...those are all aspects of it. But basically, we're doing all the basic stuff wrong. We're not blocking well, we're not tackling well, we're not protecting the football. You can't expect to beat someone else, when you're too busy beating yourself. I don't know what Rodriguez and his coaches do in practice all day...but apparently, they don't spend much time working on protecting the football or trying to create turnovers.
Turnover margin since 2004:
Not much else can be said. In close games, or at least when the momentum is on the line, turnovers are a huge boost, or huge a bust. Today, we made a 1-6 Illinois team look like the next Big Ten champion.
From the moment the touchdown was over-turned by the replay official (which was the right call by the way), Michigan looked lost. Juice Williams, not exactly as Juicy as he used to be, took this game over and secured his starting role at Illinois for the rest of his senior season. And down the stretch, we were out-coached and out-played...in all phases of the game.
We gave up.
People keep saying that Rodriguez's system is so great and he's going to do great things here. But I'm just tired of waiting for it. I'm a patient guy...but I'm just tired of losing. I'm tired of seeing players dejected on the sideline and coaches yelling at each other. It's embarrassing.
At this point, where we are now and all that's happened over the last 2 years...I've never been so depressed as a Michigan fan.
I don't even know where we go from here.