Michigan Football: Wolverine Fans Need Not Get Too Excited About Quick Start

Joseph HealyCorrespondent ISeptember 16, 2011

ANN ARBOR, MI - SEPTEMBER 10:  Jeremy Gallon #10 of the University of Michigan catches a 64 yards pass from Denard Robinson #16 late in the fourth quarter during the game against the Notre Dame Irish at Michigan Stadium on September 10, 2011 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The Wolverines defeated the Irish 35-31.  (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)
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There is much jubilation in Wolverine nation after their heart-stopping win over Notre Dame last weekend.

Michigan really stepped it up in the second half and showed what kind of team they can be when they are on their game.

They outscored the Irish 28-14 in the second half, and Denard Robinson ultimately won the game of "anything you can do, I can do better" against Tommy Rees of Notre Dame.

Let's just pump the brakes on getting overly excited about this team.

There's no doubt that this team is headed in the right direction, but they still have a long way to go to get back to where they were before the Rich Rodriguez era in Ann Arbor.

There will be growing pains on both sides of the ball.

The defense was nothing short of atrocious last season. They seem to be playing better so far this season, but it's early enough that it's hard to tell.

Notre Dame, a team that couldn't get anything going against South Florida in Week 1, did manage to move the ball well against them before they clamped down in the second half.

The offense, which has been so effective with Denard Robinson at quarterback, might also have some improvements to make. To say the least, Robinson in an offense run by Brady Hoke and Al Borges is a little bit of a square peg in a round hole.

In the first half of the game last week, it looked like they were keeping Robinson under wraps. He was standing in the pocket throwing passes. I don't have to tell anyone that that's not his game.

In the second half, they let him free and he responded by leading them to a win. Clearly, the coaching staff has to decide which way they are going to go with the offense.

Either they commit to making Denard Robinson more of a pocket passer at the risk of losing a few games, or they let him do what he did last year at the risk of stunting his growth as a quarterback and the growth of the offense.

A Big Ten schedule isn't filled with the landmines of, say, an SEC schedule, but it's tough nonetheless.

A 2-0 start does not mean that his team is bound for a 10-win season. Far from it, in fact. The Wolverines are better under Brady Hoke, but anything more than a repeat of last season's seven-win regular season should be celebrated.