Monday, September 17, 2012

Monday -- September 17th, 2012

Matty V. says Michigan ended the first chapter of the Minutemen's first season in FBS.

The Boston Herald says Coach Molnar accentuates the positives.

The UMass Daily Collegian states the Minutemen are making baby steps.


Central Michigan life has the week #3 roundup from the MAC


BTW, Boston College had just 25 total yards rushing against Northwestern. Plus the Eagles gave up 560 yards of offense.

Don Brown's defense held Maryland to 205 total yards in the Huskies win over the Terps.


ESPN has a nice story on Victor Cruz' tribute to his grandmother.

The NY Post said Victor did a touchdown salsa.


Jeromy Miles brings the pressure against Browns' QB Brandon Weedon. Miles had 16 TT in 2011. He has 10 in two games in 2012.

Andrew Weber/US Presswire image


vetteson said...

What has happened so far should be no surprise. Eventually we've got to get more speed, size, and experience. No kidding? What to look for now? More consistency and fewer mistakes. We know what we currrently have for talent, let's see if the coaching staff can eliminate the mistakes, silly penalties, muffs, and blown assignments. This season will tell us a lot more about the coaches than the players.

Gregg said...

I believe we are improving. I thought the running game was much improved and the kicking game was a pleasant surprise with 2 made field goals and a successful PAT. There are just some things we are not going to improve on becaue we are outmatched physically. I don't think we'll see a big pass rush this year because our D-line & linebackers are just not fast enough. No one's fault. It just is what it is.

The team we brought to the Big House in 2010 was better than this year's team and Michigan is better this year than they were in 2010. No one expected us to win but the penalties and fumbles were frustrating to watch no matter who we were playing.

Even though we are getting our tail kicked, we have not quit. That is not something we can say about last year. I think playing the whole game as best you can is half the battle. The talent will come. It came to UConn-vict. It will come to us.

Anonymous said...

Response to Ending the first chapter article. Molnar stated the coaches next steps are to keep the players believing in themselves.

Well coach, not sure how statements that demoralize your players talent level in every interview as well as statements of our players being inferior to the competition.

We are Div 1A now, reminding everyone in every interview that our players are Div 1AA caliber does not motivate.

I support you and know that we have a long way to go, but we will get there

Remember, you are a New Head Coach at the Div 1A level.......learning curve???????

Anonymous said...

I couldn't agree more with the poster who mentioned Molnar's constant statements about our current players complete lack of everything including the kitchen sink. That doesn't breed respect or loyalty and it could come back to bite him. But looking at the number of players he has cut from the program since he took over in January, he wouldn't hesitate to push another one out the door if the player was perceived to not be "falling in line."

Anonymous said...

Molnar was hired to cook the dinner, and just like Bill Parcells, he wants to buy the groceries himself. However, the shelves were already stocked and not really much he could do about it. He really needs to start cooking and get over it. When the "old" groceries transfer or graduate he can show us how well he shops.

Gregg said...

Hold up. Molnar does not "remind everyone in every interview" that the players are not 1A caliber. He has said it a couple of times. You know what? He's right. What do you want him to say when the team is getting pounded every game? I think he has done a good job of motivating his guys to play right to the final whistle. Calipari used to say the exact same thing when he first got here. Calipari lost to ULowell his first year. A Division 2 team!! Do you think that was coaching or because he did not have the talent level? Molnar is not insulting these kids when he says they are 1AA talent and I don't think the players feel disrespected. Let's save the Molnar bashing until he has a few of his own recruiting classes in here and is still losing by 5 touchdowns every game.

TopUMassFan said...

I agree with Gregg, Molnar's comments have been truthful and dead-on; most of his talent is 1-aa, bordering on 1-a. I think his post-game comments have been very up-beat and favorable towards his players, considering the poundings they have taken. He seems to find something positive each week.

Let's see how we do with the MAC competition and try, as fans, to do a better job of filling the stadium in two weeks. Even at half-full, Gillette is going to look empty but can't we do better than 16,500?