Questioned this week as to how he is handling the media frenzy circling him, Denard Robinson said he pays it no attention, revealing he is not even a cable TV subscriber. Soon, though, he may be looking into pricing various packages. That's because if Robinson continues his exhaustive workload he'll find himself confined to a sofa, covered in ice, a leg elevated, and a remote control in his hand. Surely it won't be long before Robinson grows tired of the brutal day time programming shown on network TV.
Naturally because of unreal speed and the same head coach, Robinson is being compared to Pat White, the former West Virginia quarterback. The parallels are obvious, but so too are the differences. White had an elite tailback in Steve Slaton to share the burden. Robinson so far hasn't been afforded that luxury, as backs Mike Shaw and Vincent Smith are averaging a meager 3.3 yards per attempt. In turn, Robinson is asked to meddle in their job and has carried the ball 57 times in two games.
It's not encouraging that Robinson has missed time in both games due to injuries, and you have to imagine his limbs are going to be targeted by frustrated defensive players. It's simple: He'll either get help, or he'll get hurt.
You know how Robinson doesn't tie his shoes? At this rate, come October, he won't be able to bend over to tie them anyway.
I love football fans. Without you all, I might be attending school board meetings instead of covering games from Michigan's new plush press box. You're passionate, loyal, and even occasionally informed.
But generally you're emotional and impatient, and Saturday's Michigan-Notre Dame game should serve as a cautionary tale of the dangers associated with reacting irrationally.
Let's take a look at Charlie Weis. Remember the "genius" ND coach? In five years, he won an insignificant bowl game against Hawaii, and now Big Chuck is in Kansas City crushing Gates Barbecue and coordinating the Chiefs' offense.
Recall the 2009 Wolverines? Began the year with wins over four marshmallows and everyone was wondering which Jan. 1 bowl game they'd go to. We know how that ended. Irish fans were equally as amped with that season opening shutout of Nevada. I recall hearing "we're back!" once or twice. Couldn't get to a bowl, either.
How about Tate Forcier? A year ago he was Michigan's savior. Three touchdowns recorded in his debut, followed a week later by an epic comeback against ND, left fans feeling confident. Now he's third string, grumpy, and wants everyone to know that he's grumpy.
So let's be careful with Denard Robinson. Sure, his speed and athleticism are rare, but is he a rare quarterback? I don't know, and I doubt you do either.
Wherever I went this summer, it seemed folks wanted to talk Michigan football. The chats were mostly predictable — you made a point, I disagreed with it. Rinse and repeat.
You said you’re sorry I have to cover such a mess. I responded that drama makes for an exciting work day.
You said Rich Rodriguez must win a set number of games to keep his job. Seven, eight, heck, I even heard 10 — though to be fair, that was at 1 a.m. at a bar.
To you, I argued that any company head with even a smidgen of rationality — and from what I gather, athletic director Dave Brandon is no clown — would never place some arbitrary performance figure on an employee he pays millions of dollars each year. Folks, not all 6-6 or 7-5 seasons are equal.
Lately, Saturday’s game with Connecticut has been the hot topic. Many of you view it as close to a must win for Michigan as you’re ever going to get in a season opener.
I’m not buying it. Look, this might sting, but the Wolverines won’t be great this year. Some serious warts exist defensively.
What’s important isn’t what happens this Saturday against Connecticut, but to what level Michigan improves over the next 11 weeks.
If by November, this is a good team, Top 25 caliber, then all might be well with the program.