You lost it completely comparing Borges to Shafer.
Shafer was indeed scapegoated and his performance wasn't as bad as it seemed considering he was working with a barely functional offense to complement his defense.
Borges has an offense with plenty of talent and has dragged them to depths unseen. Again, because you seem to be in the small pack of delusional Borges diehards, let me lay this on you:
Borges' offense in November
216 YPG (122nd nationally)
3.26 YPP (123 nationally)
16.8 PPG (108 nationally)
If you take out the overtime with Northwestern and Beyer's TD against Iowa, it gets even worse.
Borges is not Scott Shafer, he is Greg Robinson with Rich Rodriguez pushing him to run the 3-3-5 only he's probably not being pushed by anyone to do what he's doing. Again, its the worst month long stretch of football Michigan has ever seen on that side of the ball. How anyone can pretend that Borges is not a huge part of the problem is...I don't even know. I'm at a loss.
People also aren't saying pro-style can't work, they are saying unless you have Alabama caliber players and coaches (which again, our offensive staff is clearly not) or Wisconsin-like continuity, it is much more difficult to succeed.
Your conspiracy theory is more craziness: No one is calling for Hoke's head! Everyone is saying he should get 5 years! What they are calling for is the man leading our offense off a cliff to be fired because he clearly isn't cut out for the job. He's the third highest paid OC in college football whose produced the disaster I wrote about above!
Finally, the only places I see Hoke on the hot seat are places like Yahoo and ESPN. MGoBlog is probably one of the places he's safest. Again, despite the team's second half failures, Hoke has emerged largely unscathed. The biggest complaints against him seem to be his press conferences (which is something that is always going to happen because fans want answers that coaches won't give them) and the fact that he didn't make a big time mid-season decision to fire Al Borges (which is again, understandable because of the above). I think what people on this board are upset about is twofold: First, the people who wanted RR gone in 2010 are feeling vulnerable because they were so sure he was the only problem. They were so sure Michigan wouldn't be in this spot again as long as RR was gone. So they're lashing out against even the most logical criticisms of this team. Second, in part because of number one, because no one is calling for Hoke's resignation (I'm behind him fully), many of these same people (and some people just like to take contrarian stances, I'm not sure where you fall), needing to take a stand on something, are backing Borges as if he's Hoke himself for...again, God only knows what reason.
Afterthought: As others have said, Brian's rant was more about Brandon than Hoke. "Fickle" was merely the jumping off point into a bigger problem.