This list is completely arbitrary and not a genuine analysis of the relative merits of state fossils.
Right on target Wex. I ask those reactionaries scorning RR... How short-sited and in need of instant gratification are you, that you won't sacrifice one or two down seasons to progress Michigan football into the modern elite? And to those saying...progress is not guaranteed...You are right, but nothing's guaranteed...Except 9-3 mediocrity under Lloyd, that would have continued to regress to 8-4, 7-5, etc as the years went on and other teams evolved.
Yes, RR is not a guarantee, but if we use logic and history as our guide, not the current panic to which you partake, we can infer and extrapolate that things will get better...and rather quickly. Seriously, snap out of it. The guy hasn't even gone through one entire recruiting cycle, nor was he left with the best of Lloyd's talent---they all went off to the NFL.
Now if you want to complain that he is not flexible, and could have tried new things given the talent on this team, and he can only win with his players and system, etc.....That is acceptable criticism, and fair to what we saw this season. But IMO, and my hope is, the coach is working to build a program, not just find short term solutions to bigger holes in the system. To squeeze out another win here and there with strategic tweaks is relevant at 10-2, but at 3-9 it would be a mismanagement of resources, like finding band-aids for a hemorrhage. Let's not sacrifice the base of the structure for a prettier facade (6-6 record). Build the program, implement the system as painful as it may be, then make the small adjustments.
And to ASSUME he won't win with his system, and his players once they are in and develop, is idiocy, given his track record. I will say it over and over again...This season was a necessary evil. Nothing is built over night...not a website, not a building, not a program. And this is not our grandfather's Michigan...so get used to it. And it's a good thing, because Lloyd's Michigan...with all his talent and recruits and a #5 ranking was built to win last year, but was exposed by modern era college football in Appy State and Oregon.
When RR has his team going in a year when they are built to contend (2010 and 2011) and he loses to a subdivision team, or to a Pac 10 team at home by 30 points, then I will jump on the fire Rod bandwagon. Until then, we all need to shut up and stop being so spoiled.
To all the inpatient douchebags and doubters....
Rich Rod has won everywhere he has gone. He inherited walk on qb's, let alone ones that don't fit his system. The defense only appeared to suck as bad as they did because they spent 3/4 of the game on the field, often a short field after a turnover. We had numerous freshmen starters getting experience all year. We didn't catch a break all year...turnovers, kicking game, etc. Yes, some of this is coaching, some is inexperience, but also....some is just plain bad luck. As bad as it was, we easily could have been 6-6 by winning any 3 of these 4 winnable games (Utah, Toledo, NW, Purdue) All were close. With the experience from this year, and marginal improvements, (and we still play in the shitty Big Ten), we easily win 8 games next year. 3rd year = BCS year.
Yes, this year sucked, and yes it was historically bad. But the circumstances relevant to this year (new coach, new system, bunch of talent gone to the NFL) are also historically unprecedented to this program. If you are one longing for more of the same...we probably could have gone 7-5 or 8-4 with Mallet at qb and Carr still coaching....as this team was not built for this year even in the old system. However, because the program was ready to progress into modern college football, we sacrificed a year of mediocrity for a year of crap. But I would argue that this was an extremely important year of crap....a big pile upon which the beautiful future of this program will be built. From motivation for the future to experience to expectation, this year was a necessary evil. Of course a 6-6 disappointment would have been much easier to swallow than 3-9, but to my point we really were close in a bunch of those games against the lesser teams on the schedule.
Support the team and the coach as they deserve to be judged on more than one bad season. Next year will be much more enjoyable.