Oct 12, 2013; University Park, PA, USA; Michigan Wolverines quarterback Devin Gardner (98) looks to hand off during the first quarter against the Penn State Nittany Lions at Beaver Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew O

Michigan Football: Tidbits from MaizeMan -- After Watching The Tape

Posted at 4:00pm — 10/14/2013

Michigan Football: Tidbits from MaizeMan — After Watching The Tape

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1) Let me start by talking about Gardner and maybe CoachBT can comment, but from my perspective.

The TO’s are a problem we can all agree with that. But some other things bother me.

A) Has anyone else noticed how slow our running plays develop. Not only does it seem our OL gets off the ball slowly, but Gardner seems to take forever in getting the snap and handing the ball off. There is not quickness to our running scheme and while at times it looks like our OL does a decent job it seems like they have to hold their blocks way too long.

B) Fitz now just anticipates getting hit and rarely breaks a tackle or is not tackled by one defender and even worse he rarely even fall forward when being tackled. He sure looks shell-shocked to me.

C) Gardner also when we do play action despite his obvious athletic talent is actually extremely “slow-footed” inside the pocket. I am not talking about his ability to escape I am talking about when he does decide to move up in the pocket it seems he takes an extra second which causes our WR’s to get covered and he always seems to be under pressure even when the OL gives him more than enough time.

2) How about a positive comment Black is having a great Senior year which is going unnoticed because of our poor play by our DL, but Black is making a lot of plays and hats off to Wormley who played with more passion against Penn state than I have seen. And I thought Raymon Taylor had his best game.

10) And while I typed this Fitz was caught behind the LOS 4 more times.

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