Friday, September 07, 2007

Shawn Crable learns to lead, needs to stop making mistakes

Team tri-captain Shawn Crable is learning to lead. What he needs to do, however, is stop making costly mistakes at the end of games. Last November, against Ohio State, Crable was flagged in the Fourth Quarter for a costly personal foul penalty for a late hit on the Buckeyes' QB Troy Smith. Then, this past Saturday versus Appalachian State, Crable missed his blocking assignment and let the Mountaineers' Corey Lynch have a clear path to the kicker on the game ending field goal attempt that was blocked. As a team leader, Crable needs to be a player that the team can count on in the clutch. Crable has not demonstrated that kind of leadership. He could learn a lesson from the team's other two captains (Mike Hart and Jake Long) and lead the team by example in crunch time by rising to the occassion. Crable needs to start making good decisions when the game is on the line before it costs the Wolverines more opportunities to win games. Go Blue!

*Note: Photo of Shawn Crable (2) by JOHN T. GREILICK/The Detroit News


At 12:23 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You can't be serious!Where would the 'D' be without Crable.Maybe the Leaders you are talking about need to get a first down late in a game to finish a team off or better yet play a whole game with some pain.Crable making mistakes?how about going first and ten sometimes on offense instead of first and 15 or (more) due to off sides or procedure mistakes? Oh lets go back was Crable in the middle of the line when the first field goal was blocked? I don't think so or was that his fault also sinse he was on the field?

At 7:04 PM, Blogger Brandon said...

As I recall, the hit on Smith was a fairly dubious one, it could have gone either way. As for the Appy State game, if Gingell was halfway competent, we would never have been in that position. I agree with you that Crable can still play undisciplined football at times, but Chris Graham is a much more flagrant offender than Crable.


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