you use there will always be those who want to fire the coaches no matter what the facts say. In my line of work, I use the phrase "Manage by the facts" which means to take the facts and make your decision based upon what you know and what your experience has taught you. Shafer's schemes were not flawed, but the execution was lacking. The Purdue game, as I have said on here a 1000 times, was a RR call all the way. It is not insane to run a 3 man line on 3rd and long and drop 8 into coverage, but when you can't take the proper drops and squeez down your zone after 8 games, you've got problems.
I think getting rid of Shafer would be a huge mistake as I actually liked his defensive Philosophy a lot. If we were to apply the logic people spout off about when talking about the defense, take a look at the 109th ranked offense. Do you think the talent issues at QB are any less critical at a position like LB and Safety?
GSimmons, I know you try to argue with the masses, but you've got to understand that 90% of these people have no idea what they are looking at on an analytical level when they watch the games. I read a post on Rivals today where a guy said he swore he saw Helmuth line up at DE in the Purdue game and then he said that Helmuth played the 5 technique which he explained was playing directly over the tackle...I always was in the 4 technique when I went right over the tackle, but maybe they call their shades diffferently. You see, I agree with you, but you fighting a heroic but losing battle with most of these folks.
If you look at the best statistical defenses in the country this year there is one thing in common with them all irregardless of 3-4, 4-3, 3-3-5, or okies or 4-2-5; the men in charge have been at that school for several years. The defensive coaches have had the time to install their defenses, recruit players for their defense, and time to teach the kids the fundamentals. Any kind of evaluation on Shafer at this point is premature and based on a small sample when the guy has an entire career of success.
If we treated RR like we do Shafer, then why not fire RR? Come on, people, Shafer needs more time and can build something great, he just needs the time.
I've played and coached football for almost 25 years now and while I love the wolverines, I get frustrated by some of the fans who just can't enjoy the experience of being a fan of the greatest college football program in the history of college football. I never try to judge players or coaches because you have to be on that stage to appreciate what they have to do to perform at the highest levels. If RR makes a move at DC, I will really question the move, but I doubt he makes the change. I wouldn't be surprised if Shafer quits if he can't operate his defense with his own position coaches without someone wanting to try some 3-3-5.