Denard Robinson Shows What He's Capable Of: Rich Rodriguez Was Right

Matt JCorrespondent IOctober 12, 2009

ANN ARBOR, MI - SEPTEMBER 19:  Quarterback Denard Robinson #16 of the Michigan Wolverines carries the ball on a 36 yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter against the Eastern Michigan Eagles at Michigan Stadium on September 19, 2009 in Ann Arbor, Michigan.  Michigan won 45-17.  (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

I hate to do this and call people out and I'm sure people won't listen to me, but I think it needs to be said. If you think Denard Robinson sucks: leave. If you think Rich Rodriguez is a terrible coach: leave. 

As a true, dedicated Michigan fan, I have to say people that are making comments that Denard Robinson sucks annoy me. Those are the kind of fans I like to call band wagoners. We don't need those here, Michigan has tons of real fans. We have no room for the band wagoners. We don't need people being negative towards a young team and new coach.

Now that I have said that, I would like to say without Denard Robinson Michigan never gets within two. 

I also would like to say Rich Rodriguez made the right call, and if you think he sucks you're wrong. 

Another thing I want to add is, these two quarterbacks are freshman. Not Seniors, not experienced, they are going to make freshman mistakes. 

Now let's take a look at the game and the positives. 

1) The running game looked amazing without Carlos Brown, against a top defensive squad.

It had been 33 quarters since someone had scored a rushing touchdown against Iowa's defense. 

Not only did Michigan score the first one against then in that long, they also then scored another, and then again late in the game. So all together Michigan scored three rushing touchdowns against a top rated defense. 

This was all without Senior running back and team rushing leader, Carlos Brown. We got a good glimpse of Vincent Smith and Michael Shaw, the two who will start next year and share carries. Plus we saw another glimpse of what Denard can do, even against a top rated defense. 

Interception or not Denard Robinson did more good than he did bad in the end.

Denard Robinson had a lot of ground to make up when he came in. Down 10 with less than five left to go Michigan needed a score and fast. 

Robinson lead the Wolverines all the way down the field, using his feet mostly but he did pass. He had 1/3 of the amount of yards that Tate did and he only played for about four minutes. Tate had the whole rest of the game, so those saying Denard can't pass and say Tate can, better re-look the stats. 

Sure neither of them had a great day passing but Denard did what he needed to bring Michigan within two. Without Denard I wouldn't be surprised if Michigan would of not scored. 

Rich Rodriguez made the right choice in putting in Denard and then once he lead that drive, he had to put him back in. He didn't turn the ball over and Tate did, plus Tate was hurt. 

Robinson made a freshman mistake, he knows he did, we know he did, RR knows he did. But that doesn't take away from the fact that he got them within two points. Now something that can be called out is the play calling. 

If you want to pass make sure they're passes Robinson is comfortable with, and why not let Robinson run? He had a clear lane, but something tells me he was told to pass and run as a very last option. 

If he would of run they would of been in field goal range most likely, but we have to get past the loss. 

Now let's look at some ways they can improve and stuff they need to touch on. 

1) They need to rotate in on the defensive line more. 

For 3/4 of that game the Michigan defensive line held their own, I was pleasantly surprised, along with the announcers at the Michigan defensive lines effort. 

The problem though is they didn't rotate any in to give that defense a breather hardly ever, and once they got a little tired they started getting pushed around because they're smaller. 

This is where rotating comes in, they need to get William Campbell in as soon as possible. I still haven't seen him like at all, once those middle guys get tired, they need to bring him in and let those smaller guys a breather. 

Not only can the starters gain some energy, it also gives Michigan more options with William's size.

William needs to get a lot of playing time against Delaware State in this next game. It will be their last opportunity to get his some real game time experience before heading into some huge games, where they will need him.

2) Something needs to be done about the secondary

Every single week on my recaps I'm going to repeat two of the same things. William needs playing time which I already pointed out in this and the secondary needs to get better now. 

I will say for a while in this game the secondary looked good and they even intercepted the first pass and by they I mean Donovan Warren. Then Iowa's QB realized he should probably throw it away from the stud. 

That's the same old, same old took place. The passing game started killing the Wolverines and there were holes everywhere. 

Every pass he threw to his Tight Ends were 100% uncovered. It was like he was playing pitch and catch with them and the Wolverines were playing dummy defense. 

I think they forgot that it wasn't practice anymore and they could actually play defense. They forgot to stop playing dummy defense. 

My only question is where is that five star Justin Turner? I'll leave it at that, I'm sick of the secondary. 

Wrapping it up

All in all what people need to remember is, Michigan is young and they stuck with a top 15 team with a great defense and put up good points against them. 

This still a rebuilding year and they are still going to get some wins and they already beat last years record. 

Give it some time, be patient, and keep cheering on the Wolverines. We'll be back soon and when that time comes it's going to be a fun ride. 


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