Michigan Monday: Picking Up The Pieces

Big House BobSenior Analyst IIOctober 26, 2009

ANN ARBOR, MI - OCTOBER 24:  Tate Forcier #5 of the Michigan Wolverines gets taken down for a sack by Josh Hull #43 of the Penn State Nittany Lions on October 24, 2009 at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan.  (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

That is what the Michigan coaches are faced with this week. In a game many were predicting a Michigan upset, Michigan instead broke down in every phase of the game.

Where do you start?

I thought the biggest problem was on defense. The game plan and execution were just terrible. Even Daryl Clark, Penn State's QB thought the Michigan defense looked confused and had trouble lining up. This is on Greg Robinson. I know Michigan has young players and depth issues on defense, but they looked like Spring Ball instead of mid season. I still don't understand why the Michigan CB's play so far off the line of scrimmage.

The offense line continues to struggle. They need to protect the Freshmen QB's better and open holes for the running backs. They were not able to do either against Penn State. Depending on the status to David's Molk knee injury, I'm not sure this situation is going to get better this year.

Turnovers: Michigan is not protecting the ball. Some of it falls on Denard and Tate—which will happen as they learn—but losing the turnover battle most of the time means you lose the game.


Catch the ball! How many drive killers were there because of drops? Too many!

What's the moral of this story? They are who we thought they were. Most had Michigan 7-5 this year and they seem to be right on track to hit that mark if they can beat Illinois and Purdue. The rest of the year will be trying to get 2 more wins, go to a Bowl Game and recruit hard for the last 4-6 spots in the class and take one more step to respectability in 2010.