"It's not about last year or who's here or who's isn't here," says your head coach. "It's about getting out here and competing and seeing who is here, and that's where we're gonna go."
Let me start out by stating that I love Michigan. I don't just love being a fan when things are going great, or even good. I love UM through thick and thin.
This, at least for the football team, seems to be one of those thin times. I also love RR as the HC. Not for the winning(hasn't really happened like it some of us wanted it to), but for the fact that he is a very good man put in a tough situation. He has done his best to transform UM football into a better, quality version of his WVU teams and bring an exciting brand of football to UM and the B10. Against not only a hostile press, but also against a portion of the fanbase itself, he has failed in three years to put UM back to national prominence. Should he get a fourth year? That is not for me, nor anyone else, to answer, although after the bowl game results, it seems nearly certain that he won't.
I want to thank RR for his three years he has put in here, from the comedy of errors that was 2008 to the excitement of Denard and 2010. I know it hasn't been easy dealing with idiot commentary from the media and the constant background noise of the anti-RR crowd. Thank you, RR, for your efforts.
For you gluttons for punishment, ESPNU is re-airing yesterday's hot mess at 10:30. My suggestion; make it fun. Take a drink for every game-minute you can stand to watch past the first quarter.
Wow! Yeah guy just sucks.
So yea - another post related to the most talked about subject on the boards.
Over the last five years, we've never had a decent defense (or defensive coordinator) who has lasted more than a couple of seasons (I don't think Greg the White will buck the trend). As discussed in some threads already - one of the secrets to succeed in B1G 10 (with 12 teams) is a potent defense - one which stifles opponents and flattens QBs and RBs, forces turnovers and makes things happen. They can build momentum from the back and change games and demoralize the opposition.
Is it time to bring in a head coach who is more defensively oriented and hire an assistant offensive coordinator? Yes I know that defensive coaches are not as glamourous and don't attract as much limelight - but as the cliche goes that defenses win championships and offenses win television ratings (its probably true too)
Also what are the advantages/ disadvantages of having a defensive HC vis-a-vis and offensive HC? Does it affect recruiting ?
In the same vein - are any prospective defensive coordinators available who can come in as HC at Michigan?
I am not very familiar with the coaches around the nation in general but just thought I'll put my thoughts to paper (or blog).
It appears that, despite all of the coaching controversy, Kris Frost is set to announce his decision on Saturday. IMO, losing him would be bigger than Zettel and Hart combined, but that's just me. All signs point to Michigan. Would be a huge get for RR, or whomever is the coach come Saturday.
EDIT: FL S Wayne Lyons will also be announcing during the bowl. If Harbaugh comes in (Stanford's in his top 5), we could be sitting pretty for him.
I understand concerns that transition would be rough, Denard might transfer (to say nothing of Tate), etc. But to argue that Stanford runs a straight "pro set" that is incompatible with the talent RR has coached up is not based in fact. The question though would be which coaches JH could bring with him if he winds up at Michigan, which will influence how much versatility will be walking through the door.
"Stanford’s offense has duped plenty of defenses this year with its ever-evolving creativity. The Cardinal might line up with one, two or three tight ends, seven or eight offensive linemen. Two backs or no back. They’ll use the Wildcat formation. They’ll run the option, the single wing. They’re a spread offense. A pistol offense. And they’re constantly trying to come up with the next scheme.
“We try to hit every decade since about the 1940s,” said associate head coach Greg Roman.
It’s an encyclopedia of schemes, shifts and formations, and it’s all on quarterback Andrew Luck's wristband -- all 350 plays. "