That's great to point out. Carr was a great coach, and I'm not sure why so many who want to make the case for RR feel like they have to denigrate Carr to do it. But lets go ahead and compare them.
Here are the bad, putrid, awful losses that RR has compiled in just three years:
- 45-20 to Illinois
- 13-10 at home to a godawful Toledo squad
- 46-17 to Penn State
- 42-7 to OSU
- 35-10 to PSU
- 38-13 to Illinois
- 45-24 to Wisconsin
- 48-28 to Wisconsin
- 37-7 to OSU
- double digit losses to MSU, PSU and IA
That's nine terrible, mostly uncompetitive losses in three years.
Half of the games you mentioned as "bad" losses under Carr were within a touchdown. How many times were Lloyd Carr teams blown out like Michigan has been blown out the last three years? Did Lloyd ever lose to OSU by five touchdowns?
Even just looking at the last three years of Carr, in which everyone seemed so set on getting rid of him, he had more wins against good opponents and rivals than RR has managed.
- 2005: MSU, PSU, Iowa
- 2006: beat PSU and had 9 double digit wins, including over MSU, Iowa, ND, Wisconsin, and was one win away from playing for a national championship
- 2007: beat Florida, MSU, and PSU, destroyed ND and Purdue
Under Carr UM routinely beat bad teams handily, and lost to good teams, periodically losing to someone they shouldn't have
Under RR, Michigan wins games against bad or mediocre teams (often closer than they ought to be), loses to some bad or mediocre teams, and is not really competitive in games against quality opponents. What quality wins does Rodriguez have at Michigan? UW 2008? ND or UConn 2010? Do those count?
I'm not saying this b/c I think RR should go. I don't think he should. I've always thought that a coach should get five years unless there is little evidence that things are getting better. I hope that he is able to make Michigan great, or even as good as they were under Carr, but I'm not entirely sure I really expect it.