He has been playing with a few bruised ribs and a injured leg since post PSU, hence him not being able to run at all like he could pre-PSU. It is not a matter of confidence, if that was the case they would have pulled him a long time ago. He is our best option at Qb and possibly will not be playing due to accumulated injury. Don't read more into it than is actually there.
Rumor is Morris is starting due to coaches finally admitting Gardner has been injured since the PSU game. He has been taking 1st team snaps in practice all week.
I think rational Michigan fans all point to 2015 as the year we should see the kind of play we expect at UM to return. Next year the OL is going to be worse (yes it's hard to believe) than it is this year. Gotta get all those 4 and 5 star linemen to be upperclassmen. The greatest determinate of great OL play is years in the same system, and total starts. We have neither this year, and it will be worse next year. Can't expect too much out of the offense til that is resolved.
He cannot be on the hot seat yet. I know people don't like the excuse of his players are not on the field...but its true. Look at UM OL recruiting under RR...out of all the classes he recruited, we have had one great lineman, and two serviceable ones. in 2010...he did not recruit a SINGLE offensive line prospect. That is awful, and unacceptable. Football games are won on the offensive line.
Hoke and Borges did a great job scouting and recruiting good talent to SDSU during their time there. There has been and will continue to be a noticable drop in talent now that they are gone. Rocky Long is a decent coach though.