Oct 27, 2012; Lincoln, NE, USA; Michigan Wolverines quarterback Russell Bellomy (8) is sacked by Nebraska Cornhuskers defenders Eric Martin (46) and Will Compton (51) at Memorial Stadium in the first half. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Thorson-US PRESSWIRE

Michigan Football: Tidbits from MaizeMan -- Quarterback Comment

Posted at 7:00am — 10/29/2012

Michigan Football: Tidbits from MaizeMan — Quarterback Comment

I want to be very clear on my past comments about Bellomy. I see where my information along with this staffs have been questioned after his performance last night (and I can completely understand). However just some reminders.

1. I never said at any time that I believed Bellomy should be starting or playing ahead of Denard like some fans or sites.

2. What I have said and everytime I have discussed Bellomy it has been in one of two situations.

A. Bellomy vs. Gardner.
I will take responsibility for stating I thought Bellomy should be our #2 quarterback, but if people remember, most of this was not because of Bellomy’s winning a job it was Gardner’s lack of work ethic when it came to the quarterback position. I have reported that Gardner early last year quit doing extra work at quarterback, his fundamentals had left him, that he rarely if ever did any work in the film room, and that he had told the coaches he wanted to play other positions.

Bellomy on the other hand, had done everything asked of him and my assessment of his ability was the following:
1. That he lacked arm strength, but had a quick release.

A. That at times, he ran the (read option) quicker than Denard. I DID NOT say he was more effective. I just pointed out that his decision making when it came to the read option was faster (something Borges has mentioned).

B. What I also said, that Bellomy would compete for starting job next year, but if anyone would go back and read my most recent posts I have maintained that Gardner will have the inside track for starting position next year, if he decides to work. That his discussions with the coaches have centered on his competing at quarterback next spring.

C. I also stated that Bellomy would be tough for any incoming freshman to beat out.

Oct 27, 2012; Lincoln, NE, USA; Michigan Wolverines head coach Brady Hoke watches his team during the warm-ups before the game against the Nebraska Cornhuskers at Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Thorson-US PRESSWIRE

Those were my comments.

I also alerted people in spring that Bellomy missed some important practices due to some potential concussion issues due to an off-field accident. We was at those practices when he was only in shorts and practice jersey. In fact, several members of this staff was standing right beside him when David Brandon came up to him and asked him how he was doing.

But, I have warned people about this (transition) period in Michigan football. That the transition on defense has been completed, but we have yet to begin with the transition on offense. And I have tried to warn people, that next year could be tough, due to a new quarterback (whoever it is) and potentially four new offensive linemen with a new set of wide receiver’s.

So, for those who questioned GBMWolverine, our “inside” knowledge, at least read all of our posts and go back to our spring reports as well.

Now, did I think Bellomy would perform that badly? No. I thought he would be much more accurate and had shown ability in practice to read blitzes and get rid of the ball. But this is not a good offensive team, even when Denard was in the game, our offense did very little.

I do not like the fact Michigan has no “identity” on offense except for Denard being our main player. This does not win championships and I still maintain that Michigan has never played a good game offensively during Denard’s tenure against a good team.

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