Yes we’re 5-3, which is better than when we were 3-9 or 5-7, but this is the very bottom relative to expectations. Yr 1? Wrong players. Legit. Low expectations. Yr 2? Freshman QBs and new D Coordinator. Legit. Low expectations. Yr 3? Higher expectations, but still, we hoped for 8-4 and mostly expected 7-5 because of the lack of personnel on D.
So we’ll end up 6-6 this year, and go on to win a bowl game and end up 7-6. Not great. Let’s look on the bright side?
OFFENSE: RR’s offense, still youngl, is going to be a MONSTER in years to come. Add Dee Hart? Add more upper class O line? Add another year of experience for Denard? Look at the scary numbers the O is posting now, and please do not undervalue that they are doing this with a defense so porous, that the D is depriving the O about 7-8 minutes of ball time per game by it’s inability to make stops. Imagine the damage this O will do with an extra 2 possessions per game? RichRod has now installed his O system, his players, and will continue to open the playbook. I.e., the future is SCARY NICE for this offense.
DEFENSE: Honestly ask yourselves. Can this D possibly get any worse? No. This is the worst UM D we will ever witness as UM fans in our lifetimes, just as the O 2 yrs ago was the worst UM O we will see in our lifetimes.
Here is what is going to happen, so chin up. UM toughs out the rest of the year. Makes a bowl game, prepares well for it, and gets healthy, then beats their opponent, ending up 7-6. After the game, Brandon calmly takes a couple of weeks to talk with RR, and they announce a restructuring of the D staff, most likely including the departure of Gerg. They work together to make the third time the charm. RR learns from his two prior mistakes at D coordinator and hires a stud D coordinator with the record and attitude to recruit well, run a solid show. RR devotes considerably more time focusing on the D during the off season.
Next year, the UM O is explosive beyond comprehension with the addition of Dee Hart and a veteran Hopkins and Shaw. The D, still understaffed, improves and reaches a middling 70ish national rank. UM goes 8-4 or 9-3, finally beating MSU, PSU, and OSU and senior Terrell Pryor, but loses to Nebraska.
2012 brings a senior Denard, an explosive offense firing on all cylinders, and the D continues to improve, reaching a 50ish national rank. UM will have a top 3 offense, and a middling 50ish rank defense, and will go 12-1, winning the Big 10 and their bowl game, but only losing to Alabama that year.
The only X factor? The D coordinator hire, and better luck with defensive injuries. This third charm can and MUST be the charm. I still prognosticate this and remain very hopeful.