Pretty disappointed in last night's gameplan.
If you can't trust Gardner to throw the ball downfield, which is the only explanation I can think of for how conservative the early plan was, he probably shouldn't be starting. Problem is in Morris' limited reps, he appears no better at protecting the football and the other back-ups are even more green, so I guess it's Gardner or bust, but he really doesn't appear any more poised than he was last season.
Either Derrick Green is a beast in practice or there were promises made to him during recruiting, which were not made to De'Veon, that he would be given every opportunity possible to start. Smith is not miles better than Green, but he does find holes and fight through contact better. He was dropped for a loss for the first time this season last night, and Green did play better than in week one (from negative yardage/no gain perspective), but based on game performance I don't see why Smith isn't the feature back. There was a play last night where Green had a clear path to the left, but he decided to follow his blockers directly into a wall of bodies. It was a very Toussaint-type run where the rusher was either confused or had blinders on.
I have no idea why they were trying to find the diminutive Norfleet downfield when there are much bigger targets at WR all over the field. Maybe he runs better routes and has a better grasp of the offense than Darboh and Chesson, but how the heck can Gardner even see Norfleet downfield with monsters in his face?
I will say there were at least 2 instances(mostly face-guarding) where Michigan could've been helped by PI calls, as ND was earlier in the game, but the refs kept their hands off the flags.
There was nothing about last night's gameplan where you could say a guy with any more of a clue than Borges put it together.