Originally posted on 60 Max Power O  |  Last updated 10/2/12
Brady Hoke believes in Denard Robinson even when the quarterback or NCAA football fans may not believe in him. That is his job. Hoke is paid to commandeer Michigan’s offense and defense while making sure his quarterback knows that there is no carousel. Robinson is and always has been Hoke’s guy.

Denard’s confidence in his starting position in Michigan’s offense is firm. He’s not going anywhere and no Wolverine fan expects him to, no matter how many turnovers he commits against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish. The problem with Denard and Hoke is deciding whether or not their relationship is contingent on how confident Hoke is in Robinson or how strong Robinson’s confidence is Brady’s ability to use him the right way.

Analysts are beginning to question if Hoke is the head coach necessary to use Robinson in the best way possible. Those concerns are not to be ignored either. There is some substance to those claims. It probably isn’t in the manner that most people expect though.

Robinson’s role throughout games needs to be changed. Hoke is exasperating Robinson for everything that he has proven himself to be in the past, but an erratic deep-arm and a turnover-prone performance against ranked opponents are not going to lead the Wolverines to the Big Ten championship game.

Their 2-2 season start is not as troublesome as it seems. There are some key matchups that Michigan has left that will determine how loud their name will be called in the postseason. Riding on the legs of Robinson is not the way to use him. Hoke unleashes Robinson by any means necessary, but it has not paid dividends.

It is time to think about making Robinson play his role more efficiently instead of being called upon to win the game via Hail Mary. The problem with the Wolverines is that when Robinson is stopped or even held to reasonably traditional statistics, Michigan is up the creek without a paddle.

Hoke has been relying so heavily on Robinson that both the ground-and-pound game and the passing game result almost solely by his hand. That is the quickest way to get the most notarized athlete in the Big Ten conference injured and ousted.

Brady Hoke needs to realize that the season cannot be won by Denard, although he needs to play a pretty big role in managing the Wolverines’ direction. A dual-threat quarterback is always a plus at the collegiate level, but the other teams in the league are far more dangerous because of complementing backs they have that can be equally competent in the running game.

Nebraska has Rex Burkhead.

Kansas State has John Hubert.

Florida State has Chris Thompson.

Last season, Robinson had Fitz Toussaint, an asset that has been declining in value ever since his reinstatement. The point of the matter is that the game cannot be won or lost solely on Robinson’s accord but Hoke has been allowing him to be the program’s bread, butter and water.

It may work for Robinson’s individual statistics but getting the team to the postseason, it will not. Hoke has all of the faith in Denard Robinson and it is time for him to take some of the weight off of his quarterback and put some faith in the rest of his team. 

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