I spent a lot of time this year debating with non-Michigan fans, various yahoos and some interested neutral parties over the debacle that became our season. Their reaction was some measure of surprise, dismay, glee and consternation, depending on their orientation, and I often came here to read (usually) intelligent, though partisan, perspectives.
Dismissing the patently absurd "fire him now", "should have run a conventional offense this year" and "he drove off Mallett and Boren so its his fault" schools, I nonetheless had to at some point conclude in my analysis that given our record and performance, that mistakes were made, which ultimately accrue to the head coach. And while I thought pre-season that our record would be 7-5ish, maybe even as Herbstreit predicted, 6-6, we were all blindsided by the final result.
IMO, at least one loss (going to 3-3-5 at Purdue) was directly related to coaching decisions, so its fair to say that if one were grading RR, he would not receive an "A" for the year. Or would he, and if so please explain. I would like to hear what our fellow readers say on this subject. I'll start, and give him a grade of C.