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Did Hoke consider pulling Denard after pick-apalooza? ‘No’

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In all of the highs and lows Denard Robinson has been through in his three-plus seasons as Michigan’s starting quarterback, arguably the lowest point came in the second quarter of the Wolverines’ loss to Notre Dame.

With just over 11 minutes left in the first half, Robinson threw his first pick of the game.  As it turned out, Shoelaces was just getting started as the his next three pass attempts were picked by the Irish as well, meaning the senior last four passes of the half went to the team wearing colors that didn’t match Michigan’s.

With Robinson struggling, and with unproven redshirt freshman Russell Bellomy standing on the sidelines, was head coach Brady Hoke tempted to pull the long-time starter?  “No,” succinctly said Hoke, who went on to explain the thought process behind the decision to stick with Robinson.

“We always try and go to the next play. You have to,” Hoke said according to AnnArbor.com. “The guy has done a pretty good job being a quarterback at Michigan … Just better decision-making, and move forward.

“What are you going to do, sit there and talk about each one of them? You’ve got to move forward.”

To his credit, Robinson took the blame for what he termed “the worst game of my career.”

“Bad passes,” Robinson said. “Just bad passes.”

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9 Responses to “Did Hoke consider pulling Denard after pick-apalooza? ‘No’”
  1. tmb333 says: Sep 23, 2012 5:18 PM

    Hoke cost them the game with his play calling in the first half. Why do these coaches think they have to get cute to win. Half back pass for interception in the red zone when your moving the ball. Stupid.

    They all try to hard to look like genuises.

  2. ernie ernie says: Sep 23, 2012 6:09 PM

    Hoke is old school. Big linemen, big running backs and pass only unless you have to football.
    When he came back to Michigan his thinking was, hey I got running and some passing in one kid who the pundits say is a phenom. I have a new variety of old time football wrapped in one person.
    NOT!
    Last year was a fluke and keep in mind he caught ND, OSU and others in rebuilding mold so he was able to take advantage of it. He is not sneaking up on anyone this year.
    Its obvious that he is totally committed to Robinson and hell or high water Robinson is the guy.
    I had M at 6-6 this season and am sticking to it. Teams know how to Defend Robinson and he is the Michigan offense.

  3. ernie ernie says: Sep 23, 2012 6:15 PM

    Robinson is not a QB that’s his problem. With that said I think he is phenominal considering he should be playing tailback so he’s doing a job he isn’t qualified for.

    Michigan is a so so team and thats it. They are dominating no one. No pass rush, no pass defense, no pass offense and running by Robinson. How does this get you victories?

  4. barnesaintnoble says: Sep 23, 2012 7:35 PM

    If they would have just kicked field goals every time they got in range they would have won the damn game. You got a kicker, might as well use him to get a win.

  5. polegojim says: Sep 23, 2012 8:36 PM

    I understand not throwing the kid under the bus… but you need to just say it Coach Hoke…

    “Denard was HORRIBLE. He abandoned most or all of the mechanics we were working on and just starting launching balls and HOPING for the best.”

    You just don’t expect that kind of total mental meltdown from a Senior. Complete implosion.
    He’s a wonderful athlete who doesn’t have the skills or head to run and offense, period.

    That said, he’s the best Michigan has at this time and you’ve got to go with him. Gardner is so slow to react in the pocket, it’s painful.

    You’ll see some significant changes over the next two years.

  6. 11thstreetmafia says: Sep 23, 2012 9:58 PM

    I thought the HB pass was a great play call, but I’m an ND fan.

  7. dmvtransplant says: Sep 24, 2012 10:34 AM

    So Michigan got rid of Rich Rod for Hoke, despite the great numbers from Denard & a 2 yr win streak over the Irish. Last years U of M team was all RR’s guys with a different defensive scheme. If Hoke realy is a Michigan Man, now is the time to prove last year wasn’t a one hit wonder.

  8. butlers91 says: Sep 24, 2012 10:39 AM

    Please shift Denard to RB or WR and find someone else to distribute the ball. Give him lots of touches, but no more throwing for Denard! All I heard about all spring was “Denard’s passing has improved SOO much”, but it hasn’t improved a lick.

  9. allen227 says: Sep 24, 2012 10:36 PM

    Michigan will not win until that clown is gone.

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