I'VE HAD JUST ABOUT ENOUGH OF YOU SONNY
Well seeing that losing two games in a row is reason enough to fire coaches, I wanted to be the first to start a "Fire Urban Meyer" thread. I mean seriously, he's lost two in a row...he obviously cannot coach or recruit.
I was at a wedding today.
My plan was to avoid the internet / civilizattion and dowload a torrent of today's game.
That didn't happen. I asked someone at the weding to look up the score on their phone, due to curiosity / lack of patience.
So, can someone sum up what happened and wht went wrong? Obvious "this sucks" aside, why did we lose the game? I'm looking for a narrative and a "what this means for the future." I'm an RR supporter, but, if we can't get it done in the B10....well....
Can someone sum it up for me?
I love you guys.
Also I'm drunk lol. :D :P
I know that there will be a ton of post-loss "should we keep or fire RR" posts. This is not one of those, although the discussion will involve many of the same point.
The following are my observations of our team, including our coaching staff.
1. Our defense is pathetic. It's a fact. At the same time, our defense is incredible young and as thin in the 2 deap as any I have ever seen. When Mouton went down, I actually had to think for a minute or so to figure out who would replace him. Same goes for Floyd. I would like to see us play better, but I just don't think that it is reasonable to expect the coaches to take what we have and craft much of a defense.
So what portion of the D is on the coaches? Tacking. It is horrible, and this IS on the coaching. Someone teach these kids the concept of tackling. Also, Demens was a marked improvement over Obi. Why the hell has he not been playing?? These are on GERG. Also, our defensive recruiting over the past three years has not been adequate. Some bad breaks, sure, but RR has not done well in recruiting on this side of the ball.
2. Denard is a great potential talent, but remains VERY raw in the passing game. Not a knock on our favorite be-dreaded QB. He is fast as hell, but teams are going to follow the MSU / Iowa blueprint and force him to beat them with his arm. He did great early in the year, but all of those games were against crappy defenses. He has struggled mightily against the past 2 defenses. THis is a concern.
Tate, by comparison, looked like much more of a QB out there, and played with great poise and effectiveness. This is not to advocate benching Denard for Tate - but, why hasn't RR figured out yet that he has 2 good players, and can use both as Urban Meyer did with LEak and Tebow. Hell, play both at the same time on sets. THe bottom line is that having these 2 guys is a HUGE advantage, and neither should be relegated to backup.
3. The penalties. If they were on the defensive side of the ball, I would say that this is largely youth. And some were. But many were on the offense. THis is on RR. Bad coaching leads to excessive penalties, and we have had a ton of penalties.
These are just my thoughts. Feel free to agree / disagree. I am not advocating for firing RR, but at the same time, if he cannot beat a single quality team this season, then are we really making much progress? I am frustrated by how bad we looked these past two weeks, and I am not convinced that we will be any better after the bye. I welcome all thoughts. . .
First, I am a Rich Rodriguez fan and I really want him to succeed here, at Michigan. But when is it time to pull the plug? Mark Dantonio has as many conference wins in Ann Arbor as RichRod has....and Ron Zook could match that soon.
I think Rich Rod is a great coach and he seems like a good guy. I know he never has gotten a fair shake here from a lot of people. But it is starting to look like he isn't a good fit for Michigan. I don't buy the idea that his offense won't work in the Big Ten, so I am not saying that. I'm sure that I will get neg'd for asking the question, but that is all I am doing.
For the record, I would love to see him succeed here and make a lot of people eat crow. But I am starting to have doubts about the possibility of that happening.
I know that Tim Jernigan was there, but who was Sam Webb's mystery recruit?
The next best thing to a Michigan win is a O$U loss. Hopefully this trend of #1s losing continues to next week when inactive Oregon moves up.