Monday, November 19, 2012
Devin and Denard - what could have been
Last Saturday saw another sizeable win for the
Michigan football team,
but it came in a little different style.
After missing the last two games with an injury to his elbow, Denard Robinson returned to the field against
Iowa and was creatively used alongside
backup quarterback Devin Gardner.
Robinson didn’t throw a pass in the game. He was instead used as a running back and a receiver.
Defenses still had to respect Robinson for his speed and his quickness while
remained the quarterback. Gardner
finished with 314 yards passing and three touchdowns while running for two more
offense totaled over 500 yards and looked as good as it has all season, but the
real question is, why now?
Obviously the answer for Saturday was to get Robinson on the field for his final home game with
But, when you see what this offense is capable of with
Gardner at quarterback
and Robinson used as a running back/receiver, you have to scratch your head at
why this wasn’t implemented earlier. Last season saw Gardner take some occasional snaps at
quarterback with Robinson, but it wasn’t anything like what we saw on Saturday.
Could this combination have helped in games against
Alabama, Notre Dame and Nebraska?
Digging up this kind of success this late in the season doesn’t do much good for
Michigan outside of
possibly beating Ohio State, but even a win over the Buckeyes won’t get
them a Big Ten title unless Nebraska
Is it fair to say that Brady Hoke and the
Michigan coaching staff missed the boat
Coaches always say they have to put their best 11 on the field each week.
It is starting to appear that the Wolverines haven’t had their best lineup on the field most of the season.What are your thoughts on how Michigan used Robinson/Gardner against Iowa