Like I have said several times, we have more talent than every other team we will face but at this time is just not working. The OL has 2 tackles ideal for the west coast offense and 3 interior guys who are pure maulers who are not great pass protectors.
Fitz is more of zone runner than a true I-formation TB. Problem is our OL is not a zone OL.
Our QB is obviously more comfortable in the gun. Problem is we are recruiting for and trying to develop a power running game and are short on linemen and RBs to run the zone.
Our top 2 TEs are poor blockers. Our best pass catcher is at his best when he is moved around and pigeon-holed at a single role. Our top wide out is more of a classic spread slot.
You get the point...our offense is combination of 3 or 4 different schemes trying to mold into one and its not working. That is why Gardner looks slow. That is why Fitz looks lost. He is not at his best in the I. He does not have that quick explosive burst or vision to see and hit the creases or cutbacks needed when you get the deep hand off. He is basically is slow motion waiting until he see it which is too late.
This staff had a plan that really depended on Gardner being very good and we all said it during the summer and preseason. When he has been good, so has Michigan. When Gardner is bad so is Michigan and that's a major flaw in the philosophy and strategy.
Trying to adjust from QB focused offense to something else can be a nightmare and our staff has not done very well doing so. They are not sure who or what to hang their hat on. Most teams have a go to play or scheme. About the only thing we have consistently done well is Gardner scrambling. Tough to build an offense on a broken play!
That's all on the coaches and why so many of us are frustrated and upset.