LBS- “When you play armchair quarterback, the only thing I would say is you’ve got to play to the strength of your football team, and the strength of Michigan’s football team all year long has been their defense,” Hoke said on his SiriusXM College Sports radio show.
“There’s too many mechanical parts to (a punt). I think the one gunner to the field should have been in. If you are going to punt it, there is a way to protect a little better. But I as a coach, you gotta play to your strengths. And your strength is your defense. And if it’s a Hail Mary — because that’s all it would have been — so you open your playbook.”
And there's rock bottom. Salt meet wound. Hope your enjoying your new Head Coach Michigan. Sure, he turned the program from a dumpster fire to a championship contender in a matter of months, but he also called for the punt that ended up spiking a dagger directly through your dreams of a college football playoff appearance. Know who that wouldn't have happened under? That's right, the jolly old fat man that was roaming your sidelines last year. Yeah, Brady Hoke was responsible for making the football team a laughing stock for the first time since the Appalachian State game, but at least he had a better gauge on when to punt. Either that, or he never had to worry about it because he was always playing from behind by 30 in the 4th quarter. Whatever, at least you wouldn't have to be concerned about having your hopes dashed by the most improbable of game winning plays. Brady Hoke is all about playing to his strengths, it's just that Michigan didn't have any when he was in charge. I think, if given the choice for one game, I might just choose to lose in blowout fashion to a rival then have my premature celebration cut extremely short by a botched punt. There's something to be said for being able to accept defeat before it happens, and if I was a Michigan fan I probably still wouldn't have accepted the reality of last Saturday. Probably still wake up every morning in a cold sweat thinking it was all a nightmare. He may be a bum whose playing arm chair quarterback, mostly because everything he does is from an armchair now, but you can't say that any single Brady Hoke loss hurt as badly as that one.
P.S. No way you choose a Hail Mary over an attempted punt. I don't care if you have the best defense to ever grace a football field. There's a reason why we have never seen a play like the one from last week unfold the way it did, and it's because college football is insanely unpredictable. So unpredictable in fact, that a successful Hail Mary is almost predictable.
P.P.S. Does it count as "playing to YOUR strengths" when you attempt a 54 yard field goal against a team that is notorious for blocking kicks? Never forget...