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I'll repeat last night's post and those of you who are critical of the current coaching staff would be well served to internalize it...
This is the first time in 3 years RRod has had a QB in his system that fits exactly what he wants to do. And what are the results? The kid (in only his second start I might add) runs for 250 yards and passes for another 250 yards. Nevermind the fact that only 8 players in college history have accomplished such a feet and that Rich Rod has been the architect behind two of them. Don't look now but the Buckeyes are getting nervous... Rich Rod started a walkon QB for the better part of his first year. Anybody who's critical having witnessed the last 3 weeks of our offensive packages has been reading the Freep too much. The bottom line is the cupboard was bare when Rod got to A2 and I'm sorry to say this is still a below average (talent wise) Michigan squad in comparison to the Carr and Moeller years. We are a talent depleted team on defense!!! There's not a scheme or a coach in America that can change that! Despite this Rod has beaten ND twice already. Note that last weekend's victory is something we've only managed to do 4 times over the past 30 years (ie. road victories at ND). Cut the guy some slack for Christ sakes!! Once we get the right personel on defense I guarantee you the results will be there. Until then support your coach and your school. Calling for his head only promotes further program instability which is exactly what the MSU's and OSU's of this world would like...
Oner last note...In today's college football landscape Michigan faces more challenges than ever before in it's history. We have higher academic standards than most schools. Most schools also have a natural advanatge over us in terms of weather (selling palm trees etc). Unlike Ohio State, Texas, Florida, and USC we do NOT reside in a hotbed of recruiting talent. We have to go out of state to get most of our players and in doing so we have to go head to head against home state schools who always have a natural recruiting advantage against us. So what does it all add up to? In my mind we need to have a system in place (read: the spread offense) to compensate for some of these disadvantages. Right now we have to win with less talent than ever before until we can prove to the country that we are still a national powerhouse. Our slide began during the last few years of Lloyd Carr's regime (his last few recruiting classes were horrible) and it's up to RRod to change things. I have no doubt that he will get the job done. The offense is already in place. Now it's just a matter of getting enough athletes on defense. The only thing that can stop us now is our own fan base...
Yes, I borrowed someone's Avatar. Chill out Dude...
NCAA FBS statistics through 3 games. With defense so poor and offense so solid, it just may come down to special teams. Oh god!
So, we had a sorta bad, and almost REALLY bad, day. But we ain't got NOTHIN' on Iowa.
And the good folks at BHGP were kind enough to place all of their Scott Tenorman Award nominees in the same thread.
A fun game is to count the number of words they use to complete the phrase "Fuck you, _________." The list includes "offense," "defense," "special teams," Arizona," and "Alphabet," among many, many others.
Let me preface this: I'm glad Rich Rodriguez is our coach and I think he's a brilliant offensive mind. I hope he's around for a long time.
BUT, I have concerns about his in-game coaching. There were several times yesterday when I was frustrated/baffled with our playcalling, most notably on the 3rd and 1 call with about five minutes left when V. Smith got wrapped up in the backfield. Apart from a few big gashers, our RBs had trouble running up the middle all day, Smith hadn't been able to shake loose on a single run, and we desperately needed a few first downs to FINALLY put the game away. A Denard sneak is almost 99 percent guaranteed to get us 1 yard. Instead we hand it off to our smallest back who's still clearly not the player he was a year ago before his knee injury. If we were going to pound it, I would have at least liked to see a fullback and tight ends in there to prevent what happened from happening, i.e. a DE coming completely unblocked and blowing up the play.
Another frustrating moment that comes to mind for me was the decision not to call a timeout at the end of the 2nd quarter against UConn, when they had the ball at our 1 or 2 yard line and our defense was obviously disoriented. We had 3 timeouts, and there were about 15 seconds left in the half. Clearly the clock was not going to run out on UConn, and I was screaming at my TV for Rich to call a timeout and get our guys prepared for a stand. Instead we watched UConn easily punch it in, gaining momentum headed into the half.
I feel like there have been numerous moments like these during the past three years.
So my question to fellow M fans: What do you thing of Rich's in-game coaching, solid or suspect? Like me, have you been frustrated by sporadic what-the-hell-are-we-doing moments? Do you believe that when we're involved in a very tight game, Rich's coaching will be the difference-making factor for or against us?
Hope I don't get crucified for this, just curious if you're seeing the same things I'm seeing.