Chris Burke at Mlive takes a shot at Lloyd for some reason:
Of course he prefaces his criticism with this:
Look, I don't want to rehash all the criticism of the previous coaching
staff. I certainly don't want to take a bunch of cheap shots at a coach
after he retired - especially a coach that did wonderful things at
Michigan while running a clean program.
And then he goes right ahead with the pot shots:
Imagine Carr had stuck around for this season. I can't envision that
things would have been that much better. All those question marks I
pointed out before would still have been around and, if you believe the
Barwis hype, Michigan would have still been underconditioned and slow.
He does point out that Mallett and Boren would still be around. But he mentions that Arrington would have been gone. I disagree with that. I think Arrington would have stuck around for another year. Also, he fails to mention that we lost 2 other O-Linemen because of the coaching change. Not that the guys we lost were great (Mitchell and whoever the other guy was) but they would have been great to keep around due to their experience. In this scenario Michigan has 4 O-Linemen with experience, instead of just one. Plus you have a QB with experience (Mallett - or, you have a QB - Threet - who was highly recruited and tailor made for Carr's offense) and two experienced RB's with plenty of time in Lloyd's running scheme.
OK - in conclusion - if Lloyd had stuck around, I absolutely think this year would be better record wise. I think this dude is just trying to kick Lloyd in the ass on the way out the door. Lloyd would have retired sooner, rather than later, and growing pains were bound to take place, no matter who the successor was. Nor does he mention that Lloyd had great recruiting classes all the way up until this end, the cupboard was hardly bear.