September 4, 2010 by staff
In his first season in 2008, it was because the coaches and arrangements were new.
Last season, it was because the rooms were extremely young and inexperienced offensive and there was a new defensive coordinator.
And this year, is because the anticipated success of the last two years have not panned out, leading to more uncertainty.
Yet that could benefit from UM because the Wolverines could surprise.
The quarterback is unknown (although Denard Robinson is expected to take the first move), the experience most have little or no secondary and defensive line is without All-America guard. Since players are so few opportunities for commodities are known, Connecticut will be the disadvantage of not playing much the movie.
That might be one reason Rodriguez has been particularly tight-lipped during the preseason. However, even with extreme optimism, recent years have been a reality check.
“I’d rather have the element of experience that the element of surprise,” said Rodriguez. “I prefer not to be less unknowns than there are now. But it is likely to be very exciting for the players. It is exciting for the coaches. … I know that in the end what we have.”
That is most important about today’s game, getting just what UM has some evidence.
That’s the excitement of having a talented opponent as the Huskies. Picked by some to win the Big East – maybe more after the night’s favorite general loss Pittsburgh on Thursday – is a strong barometer for the progress of the UM.
One thing Rodriguez knows this and has repeated often is that this team is more committed to the coaches and the system than either of its two teams. The Wolverines are more comfortable and willing to interact and provide feedback, which said this week.
And although it may be thin in spots, many have experience Wolverines game despite only 12 seniors.
“Two years ago, had no quarterbacks and all the people in the offensive that had experience at all,” Rodriguez said. “I feel more confident on offense that we have a lot of guys who have played some, though our boys are younger quarterbacks, some have played. Defensively, we have less players who have played in the back end , but our front seven that we have more players who have played.
“We have more experience of players who have played for two years and probably have played last year. Every year is a new year.’s Okay to look back and try to learn. It reflects, I do not do that too much. ”
For Michigan, the last two off-season has been as bitter as any in the history of the program.
The consequences of mass two disappointing seasons, an investigation that leads to NCAA allegations of five major violations and player defections has created a culture where the opening game – kickoff 3:30 pm today – finally is an opportunity for cleaning with a victory.
“It means a lot, especially for our players and our staff,” Rodriguez said this week. “The kids have been through a lot, worked very hard, and there is nothing like the feeling of a victory in the dress and the momentum it takes for the next week. I just hope they play well. We have not talked about a number of victories, but just want to play well. ”
Only one could take 3 hours to get a hold much better in this season of Michigan.
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