Unfortunately I just had to endure something painful, however, this is a new unrecogonizable pain. My pain comes from hearing fellow "followers", fellow "wolverines", fellow, and I use this lightly, "FANS". I was recently at a NYC UM bar and heard nothing but disdain for the UM program. Nothing but hatred for the hiring of RR. I've come to the conclusion that there are two types of people following UM football right now:
1. Those who know UM football. Personal, history, tradition, and statistics. These people can rattle off our bowl appearance streak, our deficiancies, and our past accomplishments. They claim that they could indeed coach UM to a better W-L record at this point. They point out the, "I told you so about Coach RR and his staff".
However, these people seem to know very little about the actual sport itself. They claim that they would adjust to the personal around them. They would run the "I" or a more pro-style offense. They could all of a sudden become Buddy Ryan playing zone instead of "46" constant pressure. They could all of a sudden become Bill Walsh running a "Run and Shoot".
2. TRUE FANS....
Yes TRUE FANS who understand and ACCEPT that there are shortcomings on this team. That is not to say, that this team deserves any less acceptance than any other before them. For this team is TRYING, PERSEVERING, PLODDING, and showing, most importantly, HEART. This folks is called laying the foundation. Unfortunately, so many are blinded by simple numbers such as 2-5. Please realize this is not the fault of the coaches, nor is it the fault of the players! This is the result of timing!!
I would find it very hard to believe that there was a UM fan that didn't say, "OH SH*T", here comes Sheridan. Don't blame the kid, he's a walk-on....at MICHIGAN....PLAYING THE NUMBER 3 TEAM IN THE COUNTRY. We've seen him, he's not the answer. Don't act surprised when something goes wrong.
We've all seen the potential of this offense. We've all asked one another, "where would we be with TP right now?"
F him...We'll get there without him. This is painful but who would not trade a BOWL APPEARANCE streak for a 3 game BCS winning streak. Tradition you say? Give this man a chance to coach a MSU game or a OSU game for that matter.
Think about it. Any job takes time to adjust to. If you work for a company and transfer to a rival within that year, will you fit in immediately. Will you know all of the traditions of that company, the mission statement, or will you have to adjust to them?
GIVE THIS MAN A CHANCE. Ask yourself if you are willing to forgo the stagnation that has slowed the progress of this institution or are you willing to allow transition for prosperity( i.e. USC, Alabama, etc...).
LETS GO BLUE!!!!