Wednesday, April 7, 2010

It's Wednesday in the spring

So I was going to come on here and write about the local papers/blogs/etc. going all ZOMG over the quarterback competition. But The Wolverine Blog beat me to it.

I can’t help but think back to last year, however, and the biggest on-field story heading into the opener against Western Michigan. The coaching staff maintained, right up until kickoff, that three Michigan quarterbacks — Forcier, Robinson, and Nick Sheridan — would all see snaps and get the opportunity to prove themselves as the rightful starter....

What happened? Well, Tate Forcier, like every fan expected, emerged as the clear starter, with Robinson quickly settling into the role of change-of-pace QB and Sheridan seeing only mop-up duty from that point forward.

This isn’t to say that I don’t think Robinson is a viable candidate to start this season — by all accounts, his understanding of the offense and ability to read defenses has improved mightily, and a quarterback with his athletic ability is very hard to come by. But this is still the guy who was rarely trusted to pass last season, and when he did, the results were rarely pretty: 14-31 with 2 TDs and 4 INTs doesn’t exactly inspire confidence that Robinson is the man to lead the Wolverines on offense.

Yes. This. A hundred times this. A year later and it seems like everyone has completely forgotten one of Rodriguez's key tenants: No one's starting position is safe. There will always be competition. Hell, he's even been saying it this year. But it seems like no ones listening.

In other news, ESPN's Big Ten blogger and aspiring muppet, Adam Rittenberg is in Ann Arbor today and there will likely be a flood of interviews and comments up on his blog. First up, an interview with Roy Roundtree.


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