Sometimes it takes a little while to really digest what you've seen on a Saturday afternoon in the fall, to remove the bitter taste left after a loss. Feel free to fill in any other not-so-relevant shit-sandwich-eating metaphors here.
Bottom line, that sucked. It was historic sucking. You will discuss this game in the future and refer to it as "that game that sucked." The Borges hybrid gameplan was pages and pages of plays that when held at arms length, had the receiver's routes looking like shafts, the blocking schemes looking like balls and the defensive counterparts were mouths and teeth. On paper, a diagram of suck. That's suck to its very core.
And yes Denard sucked. The happyfeet, backfooted version of Denard is unable to throw with any type of accuracy. Any. At all. If we had a serviceable backup and didn't have this Jiminy Cricket sitting on our shoulder telling us that we can't bench this poor fella because "he's got a great smile" and "he stuck with us after RichRod" and "he's a great leader" and "did you see what he did to Notre Dame last year?"...we would have had someone else start the second half. But we don't have that option.
Denard deserves better, or at least something different. And we deserve better, or at least something different. We are handcuffed, and because we are, and because we are not adjusting smoothly from small and fast and read-option to big and strong and pocket-passing...it's time to blame a coordinator. So great. Now I hate Al Borges. Fire Al Borges. It's just like old times. Hey, I think Michigan really is back!!
Anyway, I am sure it looked just as horrid on television, but that was near the top of a increasingly long list of shitty games I have attended, most of which have been over the last five years. If Notre Dame is hanging its hat on that victory as a return to glory, or any of its three victories over Big Ten foes for that matter, they will soon find, as we have, that they are not ready for prime time.
But I think (and have thought for some time) that these two teams are somewhat headed in the right direction. Perhaps in a few years this game will really mean something...