The punt is not what he needs to defend. The two delay of game penalties, and ultra conservative play calls in OT that needs defending.
As TK noted in the Lloyd Carr Day thread (all too true btw TK), this was classic Lloyd Carr, play not to lose instead of playing to win, football?! I am getting so sick and tired of the play calling we are seeing on offense when something CLEARLY isn't working?! It's as if these coaches just take the approach that if we do it enough, it will eventually start working?! We had a total of 26 yards rushing on 26 carries late in the game. It doesn't take a rocket scientist to do the freaking math on that average ypc?! Yet, what do we do at the end of the game? We try to run the damn football even though we hadn't been able to the entire freaking game up to that point? Really???
Here's a thought. How about continue to do what had been successful for you on offense for the entire game instead of abandoning it to try and run out the clock because you think that is what Michigan football is supposed to do?!
I don't know why, but I just had some hope that we would see Hoke take a different approach to end of tight game situations. I thought he might just surprise us and take the approach to step on the opponent's throat and go for the kill when you have the opportunity instead of taking the conservative approach which almost always ends badly?! I guess my hopes were misguided as Hoke painfully demonstrated with his end of game choke job Saturday night?!
I can accept losing football games when we are outplayed and you just have to tip your cap to the opponent for being better that day. What I have a real hard time accepting is losing games because our coaching staff sh!t the bed and gave the game away?! I realize that there were a lot of plays that the players failed to execute or make and had those plays been made, we're probably up by more than 10 late in the 4th quarter, but I still put this one squarely on the coaches. Had Hoke allowed his staff to call the game to win the game as opposed to having them go ultra conservative in playing not to lose, we would not have lost?!
My one final thought from this game is, we always talk about how we hope the players can learn from tough losses or narrow wins. Well, I am now very interested in seeing how this coaching staff learns from this game. How many times do we have to see this team fail because they felt they could just try to run out the clock instead of finishing off their opponent? How many times do we have to see us allow the other team to hang around because we choose to go ultra conservative and have it end up biting us in the a$$ with yet another late game collapse?
I have been one of Hoke's biggest defenders in here and have been slow to give him criticism for many reasons, but my support after Saturday's debacle is no longer nearly as favorably in his corner. I mean, how do you defend what happened at the end of that game? The things I have been defending him on such as the youth and inexperience of this football team were not the reasons we lost Saturday night. We lost because our coaching staff sh!t the bed at the end of the game and in OT and if I continue to see this coaching staff repeat what went on at the end of that game in Happy Valley Saturday night, my support for Hoke and his staff will continue to wane!
I have chosen to stay away from the boards for a day or so to collect my thoughts following that debacle of a game. It's no secret in here that I have been in Hoke's corner from the beginning but seeing that complete and utter choke job to end that game may have just put the first bits of doubt into my mind regarding just how good of a coach Hoke can be for Michigan. I have said time and again that he has proven to be one hell of a recruiter and no one can deny that, but now it is getting time for him to prove his worth as an x's and o's coach and last Saturday did him NO favors when it comes to judging his on the field coaching ability! He basically put handcuffs on the offense late in the 4th quarter and on into ot and the resulting loss was so predictable, it hurts?!