I couldn't disagree more with the OP's argument(s). The coaches put players in the right position to succeed. We have young players who make mental mistakes. Do you not recognize that the team is young and thats why they continue to make mistakes? How is this putting our fingers in our ears and ignoring things? We are just realistic as to why this team is not all that great yet. Crazy fans like you who blame everything on the coaches are just expecting too much.
Why do you place the blame on the coaches? Your examples of coaching failures are really not coaching errors at all. Running Vincent Smith on a short yardage situation is an example of a coaching error in your mind? Hopkins had run several plays before that, perhaps he was tired on the third down. Vincent Smith has picked up a few first downs on short yardage plays. If you don't agree with it that's one thing but it's not an error.
Robinson had nearly 100 yards rushing in the first half, how is it that you are claiming Rich Rod tried to prove he could use him as a drop back passer? Iowa barely ever gives up 100 yards rushing in one game let alone one half. Maybe you weren't paying attention at all to what really was going on or maybe you are looking for reasons to complain about the coaches rather than look at the facts.
The man can coach, he has turned this into an offensive machine. We had 500 yards against one of the better defenses every year in the Big Ten. The reason we do well on offense is because we have more depth and experience. This is simply a fact. Why must it be on the coaches when young players commit turnovers or penalties. Young players do this consistently on any team with any coach. It just so happens we have more young players playing than most teams and errors are common when there is so few players with game experience.
I do not see teams making better second half adjustments than Rich Rod. Name some examples. Iowa did not outplay Michigan in the second half. Michigan easily won the second half of that football game and it wasn't even close really. A few missed tackles and turnovers caused the loss. I do not blame that on the coaches and no one who knows anything about football would. Coaches can teach them to make smart decisions but players have to step up and make smart decisions in the games. I see a very disciplined team on the field so I see blaming the coaches as lunacy.
If we had an undisciplined team then I could see why some people would start pointing to coaching but Rich Rod has consistently shown that the players respect his teaching and they play about as poised as you can expect for kids who have such little game experience. Did you expect Denard to just go through the entire year without turnovers? Most of the interceptions thrown were not being put in bad positions by the coaches. Robinson had two sure touchdowns against MSU that were set up by proper playcalling, he simply missed the throws. It's on the players, don't kid yourself!