Petway nails threes to death metal. Seriously.
I've heard Ron English's name pop up as a possible replacement for GERG or <gasp> RR. Why? What have people seen in English that would suggest he's a qualified replacement or that he'd have a high probablity to succeed?
If we're going to reach back to someone who served us well in the past, why not a Jim Hermann? or a Mike Mallory?
My guess is that RR doesn't want to have bring in someone with direct ties to Bo, if for no other reason than it potentially creates even more tension amongst the staff, adminsitration, and fanbase. But why Ron English?
Things get a little fuzzy right before the night ended since the frequency of trips to the fridge increased dramatically as the game wore on. I was hoping was just not remembering correctly in my hazy state before I came online, but by the looks of the threads, I just had the "oh crap that really happened last night" moment. Son of a bitch.
Dear Rich Rod,
I am writing to you in hopes of acquiring your services. I am in need of an offensive genius to design and call plays for my playstation team. From what I've seen of your previous work experience, I think you'd be the perfect man for the job.
First let me tell you a little bit about the team. We've been playing dynasty mode for about 30 years now and we have yet to lose a single game. The average margin of victory is about 50 points. But that has sometimes ballooned as high 80 or 90 points when I have a nice class of seniors and a mobile QB.
My teams usually put up over 1000 yards per game, and hold the opponents to less than 200. You're probably wondering why I would need you if I can do that on my own. Well, frankly I feel like I'm leaving some points on field.
The reason I'm reaching out to you is that I'm having trouble running the read option. The mesh takes way too long to happen and those computerized DE's are very hard to fake out on heisman mode. Plus I'm not exactly sure about what button gives the ball to the RB. So usually the QB is eaten up for a 4 yard loss or a minor gain.
I also see that you're great at recruiting mobile QB's. I have trouble finding QB's that are faster than a 4.5 40 yard dash. And when I do, they tend to go to schools down south.
If you take the job, you will have to adjust to my head coaching style. For instance, I never punt, and I never kick field goals (except for one game of my kicker's senior season when I let him kick 8 or 9 FG's just to get him an award and a higher draft position). And every kickoff is an onside kick.
Don't worry about the defense, I don't. The computer does a good job. Usually I just control one really fast, if undersized DE and rush him from way outside the tackle. He hardly ever gets any sacks, and sometimes I give up big rushing yards, but that's ok. It just means I'll be on offense that much quicker. Defense is boring to watch, so I try to make sure they get off the field quick. In an ideal world, they'd never even play.
I think you'll fit right in. When it comes time to recruit, all emphasis is on offense. But the key to my success is by spending over half of my annual budget on player development. I don't put much into discipline. Instead, when a guy makes a little mistake, i suspend him for the year, kick him off the team, or just hope he transfers. There's no room on my couch for a guy like Dantonio who picks his players up from prison so that they can change into uniform on the drive to the stadium.
Unfortunately, I won't be able to pay you much. You're welcome to any leftover pizza I get on game days. And you can forget about me putting up money for your buyout. Still, if you don't win a 6th game this year, this might be one of the better offers you get.
Well, I've got nothing left. I watched that game and after three years of hoping that we would take the world by storm, I'm now just hoping that we'll win one more game. I can't even believe it.
I know many of you are in exactly the same boat. I like to tell my friends that at least understand sports that before 2008, the last time Michigan missed a bowl, I wasn't born. I hope they understand that losing just wasn't part of my DNA, particularly when it comes to my college team. Now it's been just about 3 years since we actually had a post season. I don't know how I'd endure another absence. I'm sure you've said something similar to your friends.
Don't you just want to punch the folks who don't think this is a big deal? Or who decide they're going to be a fair weather fan so they can irk you? I've got a bet with someone like that (yeah, I guess I asked for it) and I am not looking forward to paying it off because after 2 years of pain, I was hoping for a little redemption - I guess not.
So, back to present, it's hard for me not to think that the confidence of the team is now gone. I'm glad they battled back, but I don't know how this will go. I fear an implosion will lead to a loss of recruits, which leads to another 3 years of frustration. Can we survive a coaching change without a "lost generation?" Could this really go on 6 years? is it possible that we won't beat OSU for a decade? Is there any other option than to make a change after going 4-16 in conference? I just want to be sick.
And I'm just some fan. I can't imagine what it is like for a player. To be somewhere between 18 and 22 and to have your heart stomped after being so close so many times.
I just want Michigan to win - it's all I want. If I could go out and play to help them win, I would. But I'm too old, slow, fat, weak to do that. All I can do is cheer. I guess that is what I want you to do - just cheer them on. Make sure you do what you can so we have 5 more games instead of 4. After that, the situation will take care of itself.
Thanks for hearing my rant. I hope that, in some small way, it makes you feel better that you're not the only one wrecked over this football team. Keep that hope alive - Go Blue.
This doesn't really mean much, but after this loss I don't think I can be an RR apologist anymore. I realize that if we go another direction at head coach we will be in for another 2 seasons of pain. At this point we are ND under Weis... there is no doubt. I just don't know anymore. If RR is fired at the end of the season I can't complain. It has been 3 years. My hat is in the ring. I will no longer try to convince people that this is right. We suck. Bad. And after three years you really can't explain it away. It's sad.