I'm all for head coaches thinking outside of the box and trying to spice things up a bit in the locker room. Trick plays, all-out blitzes and fake punts are all good with me.
But what Michigan head coach Brady Hoke is thinking about should not be considered a good coaching strategy.
Brady Hoke, on 97.1 The Ticket's 'Stoney and Bill', says 'it's a possibility' that Denard Robinson plays more on kick return.— Kyle Meinke (@kmeinke) October 25, 2012
Robinson was included on special teams in the second half of the Michigan State game last week, but thankfully, the ball went into the back of the end zone.
Yes, the explosive quarterback that has thrown for over 6,000 yards, rushed for over 4,000 yards and produced 90 total touchdowns throughout his career. The guy who has left numerous games due to injury because of his running style and small 6'0", 197-pound frame may continue to play the most dangerous part of a football game.
According to Meinke, Hoke isn't exactly worried about the injury risk that comes with the returning kicks.
Hoke says he's not concerned about injury risk of having Denard on kick return.— Kyle Meinke (@kmeinke) October 25, 2012
I'm sure Wolverine fans are. I'm sure this football team is.
Michigan is currently on a three-game winning streak and still has an outside chance of appearing in a BCS bowl game if it can continue its recent success and run the table. The depth behind Robinson isn't exactly the deepest, so it would cripple the remainder of the year if something happens to the starting senior.
There hasn't been any word on what Robinson's job would be on special teams, as he could be used as a decoy or a blocker, but having him on the field means he is fair game and exposed to the possibility of being hit like this.
I understand that Robinson likely doesn't have a bright future at the next level as a quarterback and may make his living returning kicks in the NFL at some point. But he won't be that team's starting quarterback and primary playmaker on the offensive side of the ball like he is now for Michigan.
This isn't Tim Tebow we are talking about, who has the frame to withstand consistent body blows and block guys much bigger than he is. This is a small quarterback that takes enough hits with his aggressive running style as it is.
This is the starting quarterback for the Wolverines, not a kick returner, and it should stay that way.