Posted by Chip Patterson
With new head coach Brady Hoke's arrival in Ann Arbor, Michigan quarterback Denard Robinson saw the end of the scheme that helped him become on of college football's most dangerous offensive threats. But just because Rich Rodriguez (who recruited Robinson to the Wolverines) has been replaced does not mean that Robinson will be seeking other playing opportunities.
Robinson recently reaffirmed his commitment to the program publicly, speaking to a local television station about his decision to stay in Ann Arbor and play for Brady Hoke. He specifically mentioned his teammates, and advice from family and friends to welcome the new challenge. If Robinson is able to come close to replicating his success with Hoke, he will quickly become one of the most sought after talents at the next level. The ability to adjust and thrive in multiple systems will begin to erase Robinson's stigma as a poor dropback passer.
Of course, limiting the interceptions will help erase that stigma as well, but you have to start somewhere. The Michigan offense was built for the Robinson-led spread attack, so the adjustments could be a little rough for the Wolverines at first. Hoke has shown his ability to create quick turnarounds at Ball State and San Diego State, but the bar is much higher with Michigan fans. Losing a talent like Robinson would be a huge blow, regardless of what system is in place. Now the new staff can begin working with their best offensive threat, developing the look for Michigan in 2011.