1) My previous post was not intended to be a Lloyd bashing (I have done enough of that for 10 lifetimes), but instead a
response to those likening this loss to those of the LC era. My point
is simply this is not of the same mold. There are many ways to lose,
and many ways to get out-coached, but this year's version of UM-MSU was
not a case of the significantly more talented and experienced team
allowing the game to stay close and finding a way to lose (as was often
the case with LC). UM got outplayed at the line of
scrimmage and deserved to lose. My argument has always been that Lloyd
had stacked teams and they played mediocre football. This year's
version of UM is indeed a mediocre team, so to expect greatness is
2) LC was a solid coach for the first part of his tenure. Things really
changed for the worse after the 2000 Orange bowl. The only big win
after that game was 2003 OSU. Yes, Lloyd was consistent and a good man.
But given all the NFL talent he recruited (and look at their impact in
the league...Brady, Woodley, Jackson, Edwards, Breaston, etc), to only
have 1 BCS bowl victory is an underachievement. IMO, in his last few
years he held down the fort, but never reinforced it, and the game was
beginning to pass him by. Point being....please let's not go down the path of every time we lose a game we compare it to the LC era.....We are not a top 10 team yet, let alone a top 10 team losing to unranked opponents.
3) The defensive recruiting comment is the most interesting response I
have seen. I totally agree, that RR needs to do more to bring in big
time recruits on that side of the ball. Is Greg Robinson the right man
for this job?....I have no idea, but it is clear that RR has pretty
much entrusted him with this unit, so he can focus on the offense.
Getting speed and talent at skill positions on offense will not be a
problem given the fun and gun system RR is installing. But to really
compete at the BCS level we need speed on defense. "SEC speed" is a
myth when looking at skill position players (recievers / RBs are fast
at all big-time programs in the country). Where this argument has some
validity is at the D-lines and LBs, where they really are faster in the
south.....(Play football year round.) Skill position players in the
north often run track in HS, so are not as much at a disadvantage when
compared to their peers in the south. Point being....ahs22 raises a
great concern, are we recruiting enough talent on defense? I think if we can pull of some of the fours star talent still on the board we will be ok We have a lot of defensive recruits still around with at least medium interest in UM......Cullen Christian, Dior Mathis, Olaniyan, Bryant, Furman, Ifill, etc....Come on Down!!!!