"We didn't play the way we needed to play to win the football game in a lot of different areas," said Hoke Monday. "From a tackling standpoint to blocking at the line of scrimmage. Those two are two of the biggest factors. We didn't run the ball as well as we had liked to and didn't stop the run. Those are two things that as a defensive and offensive unit you have to do."
Not only did Michigan underperform in key areas Saturday night, the Wolverines ran into one of the more talented and possibly the most talented team on the 2012 schedule which has a lot to do with the lopsided loss.
For Hoke and Michigan its time to get back to practice to improve with a pesky opponent in Air Force coming to Ann Arbor Saturday.
"I think this week we'll learn a little bit more about our leadership," said Hoke. "I've liked it to this point. This week we'll learn a little bit more on how motivated they are. I think when you only have eleven opportunities left and you're Michigan you'll be very motivated."
With broken tackles being of utmost importance defensively, the lack of solid tackling against Alabama will be addressed heavily throughout the week.
"For us a year ago we were a pretty good tackling team," said Hoke. "We're going to tackle more in practice. We tackle a decent amount. The NCAA limits you a little bit more now especially during fall camp but we'll tackle a decent amount this week."
"The only way I know how to get better at anything is to do it," added Hoke.
Not only did the Wolverines return home Sunday morning at 5am as an 0-1 football team, several limped off the plane after being banged up the previous evening.
Senior tight end Brandon Moore is expected to miss Saturday's contest with Air Force after straining his MCL.
Taylor Lewan is dealing with some minor bruising on his knee but is "fine" according to Hoke.
Sophomore cornerback Blake Countess is on track for surgery in a few weeks to repair is torn ACL and senior quarterback Denard Robinson appears to be ok after dinging up his throwing shoulder and back against Alabama.
"I think his shoulder is fine," said Hoke on Robinson. "I think he got more hit in the back the one time. He's sore like most guys are after you play but he was good yesterday…he was in."
Criticism of Michigan's use, or lack there of, of Robinson as a run threat against Alabama has been running rampant since the final seconds ticked off the clock in Arlington. As Brady Hoke points out, just because Denard didn't run very much doesn't mean they didn't want to.
"You could go action the other way and they weren't moving," said Hoke of Alabama's defense. They were waiting and it could have been the backer, depending on if they drop the safety down or the backer out. They weren't moving. And that's where we got to hit a couple of those throws when we do throw the ball to take that out of them."
"I think there were a couple reads maybe he should of (run)," said Hoke. "But this kids a great quarterback and he's a great athlete and he's probably going to run it sometime when he shouldn't and something good is going to happen."
While the quarterback is the one player driving the car on offense, Hoke warns of placing too much blame on Robinson and instead pointed out several issues with an offense that only managed to put up 14 points.
"People want to gang up on Denard and they're making a mistake," said Hoke. "Routes being run right. Had some drops that we can't have when you look at the flow of your offense and where you're at. Protection wise at times was pretty good, pretty solid but then we got beat a couple times and either hurry the throw or he had to move out of the pocket and his feet weren't the way he wanted."
Whether putting the blame on Robinson's shoulders is warranted or not, the Wolverines as a team will need to perform much better in week two as opposed to week one. The preparation for Air Force isn't like a blue print of a building, there's plenty of nooks and crevices that Michigan must be ready to handle defensively. "They've changed a little bit with --- they're going no huddle now and when we were in the mountain west with them they still huddled," said Hoke. "They've changed running the midline and some of the pro series that when he was with the Texans they did running a no huddle offense so it's pretty unique."
"Its always a challenge anytime you get into a midline series offense," said Hoke. "It's a fun challenge because it really speaks of playing assignment football. We had game planned them way back, did very little this fall camp but we'll start tonight."
To watch video of Hoke from earlier today, click play below.