October 9, 2012
Simpkins: Michigan took advantage of Purdue gaffe
Purdue gambled last weekend on stopping tailback Fitzgerald Toussaint at the expense of letting quarterback Denard Robinson run wild, and if that really was the game plan, TheWolverine.com analyst Ron Simpkins thinks the Boilermakers made a grave mistake.
"I can't imagine a team goes into a game saying, 'Let's not worry about Denard but let's try to stop this other guy,'" Simpkins said. "If that is indeed what Purdue did, that was stupid because if you look at how we've run the ball the first four games, our running game with our running backs hasn't been effective so why would you concern yourself with something that happened last year.
"I'm not in their meeting rooms, but if that's the game plan the Purdue coaching staff came up with for this game, and they just ignored what was going on with Michigan this season, then they committed the cardinal sin of coaching - they didn't give their team the best chance to be successful - and I can tell you from working with great coaches during my career, that that's unforgiveable."
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