I am not advocating firing RR (yet), and I am not yelling that the sky is falling in. However, everyone that puts their fingers in their ears and yells, "the team is young, we are improving, I WILL ACCEPT NO CTITICISM OF RR!" is not paying attention. I am really getting frustrated by some of the decisions RR and his staff have been making. We are starting young players, so I can accept that they will have growing pain mistakes, but this is not RR or GERG's second year. Denard Robinson is an elite talent running and throwing on fake run-then-pass plays, but is a mediocre (AT BEST) pocket passer. the last two weeks he has asked Robinson to prove to everyone he can drop back and pass. I also like Vincent Smith, but not running up the middle on a fourth and 1 like last week. This week, he watches Hopkins have success up the middle, puts in Smith and runs the same play. Smith gets crushed, fumbles, and the rest is history. I am not blaming Robisnon or Smith, they are both talented guys doing their best. I do blame RR for stubbornly putting them in positions to fail instead of playing guys to their strengths. Add in the decision to punt last week, the fact that our guys apparently don't know that a blocked FG is live, his blowing of Gardner's redshirt to prove a point for two plays, his handling of press conferences and media in general, and the fact that other teams seem to regularly make better second half adjustments than us, and I am starting to feel like we have been outcoached more times than not, If I turn on RR, it is going to be for his coaching mistakes, not for how many times he loses to MSU or OSU or anyone else for that matter. If he is making poor coaching decisions now, how likely is that to change when the players are seniors, or will they just cover them up better?
"The University of Illinois is also in turmoil. The university sports an Interim Chancellor, an Interim Athletic Director, and an Interim Football Coach; the game will be played at Soldier Field, making this an Illini Interim Home Game."