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January 1,2013; Tampa, FL, USA; Michigan Wolverines offensive linesman Taylor Lewan (not pictured) holds his helmet against the South Carolina Gamecocks during the first quarter of the 2013 Outback Bowl at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Michigan Football: Tidbits from MaizeMan -- Thoughts and Reasons For Not Posting In Awhile

Posted at 12:00pm — 10/2/2013

Michigan Football: Tidbits from MaizeMan — Thoughts and Reasons For Not Posting In Awhile

I have not posted on purpose for a number of reasons. One, any criticism of coaching staff is warranted they are the ones who are placing these kids in their respective positions and running the schemes. I have been impressed with the fact that the coaches have blamed themselves for the most part and not put blame on players except to say they need to execute better or be “coached up” more.

The big reason is because I just do not want to get involved in conversations that run any particular player down. Maybe its because I have met these kids, understand what they go through, etc.

A player like Miller for example, you could not ask for a better kid who does everything right. I understand he needs to play better, but some posters want to attack the kid personally and I always shy away when those conversations happen.

January 1,2013; Tampa, FL, USA; Michigan Wolverines head coach Brady Hoke talks with defensive coordinator Greg Mattison against the South Carolina Gamecocks during the first half of the 2013 Outback Bowl at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

As far as the team

1) Yes, I expect some changes in the offensive line. They have practiced now for two weeks with different combinations. They know something has to be done.

3) I expect Mattison to start allowing players to get in more of a rhythm defensively. To me the only way to do this is to allow kids to play multiple downs where we are not substituting on every occasion. (This by the way is only a guess, but something I know has been discussed). Players like Pipkins for example to me would be much more effective if you just let him play.

5) One comment that I think needs to be discussed. I have been getting e-mails and have been notified of some comments from some poster who claims their is some attitude issues on the team especially with a couple of freshman. The Senior leadership has been questioned, even players like Schofield and Lewan are being criticized.

First, I have never seen a football team at Michigan or any other college where there are not a few freshman who have their nose bent out of joint. People forget these were stars in high school, some of whom played both ways, never came off the field, and the really had never had to really compete for any playing time. All of a sudden they are at a Div. 1 school and they are not the star, they are having to adjust to college life (some of which is not all that good), etc.

Kids mature at different levels, talent and maturity are two completely different animals, so YES there are a few kids who are not happy with their playing time, so what? This is new? It has never happened? The coaches don’t know how to handle this? A year ago, Kalis was a pain in the a** almost the whole fall, he adjusted.

So, this is not a big deal and it certainly is not the reason Michigan has played poorly.

In terms of Senior leadership anyone who claims this team lacks proper leadership just does not know. Now, are the Seniors playing up to expectations? That is a different issue, but the attitude of the kids, the work ethic, all the stuff that breaks teams apart is just not an issue with this group.

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