October 20, 2012; Ann Arbor, MI, USA; Michigan Wolverines head coach Brady Hoke and Michigan State Spartans head coach Mark Dantonio shake hands after game at Michigan Stadium. Michigan won 12-10. Mandatory Credit: Mike Carter-US PRESSWIRE

Michigan State football: Dantonio must second-guess his approach

Matt Charboneau of the Detroit News featured an interesting post-game comment from Mark Dantonio that I wanted to bring to light here on Spartan Avenue following the Spartans 12-10 loss to Michigan Saturday.

The following quote was captured from Charboneau’s game-recap article:

Added Dantonio, “I thought it was a great football game, by both sides, and I’m proud of that. Beyond that, I can live with what happened. You have to be able to live with what happened. You can’t start second-guessing yourself and saying this or that. You have to be proud of your team and accept it. That’s part of athletics, that’s part of sports. You don’t like it, but I’ll handle it.”

Dantonio is wrong. You have to start second-guessing everything that you are doing. You are 4-4, not 7-1. Le’Veon Bell needs to get the ball more, regardless of how tough it is to run inside the tackles. You have to take pressure off Andrew Maxwell’s passing attempts and you have to put that kid in a better passing situation. Dan Roushar needs to start rethinking how he game-plans against opponents and he must put Maxwell in more manageable situations on third and long. The time to start second-guessing what you are doing is right now because obviously what you are doing, as a head coach, is wrong. Otherwise, Dantonio and the Spartans would be at least 6-2 or 7-1. The defense is playing stellar. The offense needs to play off the field position the defense is getting for Maxwell and Bell. This is not rocket science. Get the ball to your big playmakers, Bell and Aaron Burbridge, and get Maxwell in situations that are more manageable.

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