Looking at the projected in-coming 2010 recruiting class, I am especially glad that MarySue Coleman et al have given RR a long leash and a long tenure. Honestly, I don't care if in this next year, we only have 6 or 7 wins total. 5 would be a downer, but I'd live with it.
The point is, by Fall 2011, I believe that we will have the necessary players, coaching schemes, and player experience, on both offense and defense, for UM to expect more of RR & the team, and to see success. Next year, with the loss of Graham and Warren, and the huge influx of freshman in the secondary, it is hard to know what to project for wins and losses. But it doesn't matter that much to me.
I firmly believe that Martin and MarySue have made right decisions that bode extremely well for the LONG TERM success and continued success of the team. To get there, we must experience a fair amount of SHORT TERM pain. The decision to stick with RR through these growing pains is critical.
In particular, I am licking my chops at the prospect of RR vs. Tressel in the coming decade. Tressel, to me, reflects the safe and conservative bet. Hiring someone in the mold of Carr would have been the analogous decision for Michigan. By bringing in Rodriquez, there was a massive sea change at Michigan, such a massive change that success would take years to accomplish. Instead of merely reloading, there was a much more exhaustive approach needed. Much had to be deconstructed and removed (similar to the removal of the press box.) The dust needed to settle. Then, and only then, could the real rebuilding of a new structure take place. We see that happening today.
Lastly, even if he wasn't the one for the job, I suspect that Carr saw the need for a radical restructuring, and thus has been supportive of RR and what he is doing. I believe that with the players that have been recruited this year (and in the last few years,) with the conditioning, and with a solid OC & DC, we are seeing the unfolding of real success and the dawn of a new Michigan generation. As one in the older generation, I am thrilled with the prospect.