I came across two separate articles today regarding RR's statement in his Monday presser regarding his role in the defense. For those unfamiliar with the comment, here it is:
"If I still aspire to call plays and be involved in the offensive planning or special-teams planning, there is only so many hours in the day. I want to know what we're doing defensively and have some input. I can give them two cents' worth. I hope it's worth more than that."
The two articles that I came across were (1) an article on MLive by Rob Otto, and (2) a Freep article by Drew Sharp. (I have not linked either article, since I do not know the board's current mood on linking articles from the Freep or MLive, but if any commenter asks, I will do so.
Both articles criticized RR for basically passing the buck and making an attempt at humor (including his Vince Lombardi comment) on the state of our defense. Sharp even compared his mentality to that of MSU, where losses to good teams were excused as somewhat expected.
Putting aside the fact that the articles were by Drew Sharp, who is an asshat, and a guy named Otto who calls his column The Ottoman Empire, I think that these two articles raise a fair criticism (as opposed to so many of the unfair criticisms that the MSM has raised about RR). Our defense sucks. This is not only the worst Michigan defense in decades (if not ever), but it is one of the worst in college football. While RR does not coach the D - and that is fine, since he is an offensive expert - the buck stops with him. He is the head coach.
I found it awkward, if not uncomfortable, that our HC was basically saying, "I understand that this is a problem, but it's not really my fault or my area."
All the usual caveats of I support RR and want him to win, etc. Just curious as to what other people thing.