I know that there will be a ton of post-loss "should we keep or fire RR" posts. This is not one of those, although the discussion will involve many of the same point.
The following are my observations of our team, including our coaching staff.
1. Our defense is pathetic. It's a fact. At the same time, our defense is incredible young and as thin in the 2 deap as any I have ever seen. When Mouton went down, I actually had to think for a minute or so to figure out who would replace him. Same goes for Floyd. I would like to see us play better, but I just don't think that it is reasonable to expect the coaches to take what we have and craft much of a defense.
So what portion of the D is on the coaches? Tacking. It is horrible, and this IS on the coaching. Someone teach these kids the concept of tackling. Also, Demens was a marked improvement over Obi. Why the hell has he not been playing?? These are on GERG. Also, our defensive recruiting over the past three years has not been adequate. Some bad breaks, sure, but RR has not done well in recruiting on this side of the ball.
2. Denard is a great potential talent, but remains VERY raw in the passing game. Not a knock on our favorite be-dreaded QB. He is fast as hell, but teams are going to follow the MSU / Iowa blueprint and force him to beat them with his arm. He did great early in the year, but all of those games were against crappy defenses. He has struggled mightily against the past 2 defenses. THis is a concern.
Tate, by comparison, looked like much more of a QB out there, and played with great poise and effectiveness. This is not to advocate benching Denard for Tate - but, why hasn't RR figured out yet that he has 2 good players, and can use both as Urban Meyer did with LEak and Tebow. Hell, play both at the same time on sets. THe bottom line is that having these 2 guys is a HUGE advantage, and neither should be relegated to backup.
3. The penalties. If they were on the defensive side of the ball, I would say that this is largely youth. And some were. But many were on the offense. THis is on RR. Bad coaching leads to excessive penalties, and we have had a ton of penalties.
These are just my thoughts. Feel free to agree / disagree. I am not advocating for firing RR, but at the same time, if he cannot beat a single quality team this season, then are we really making much progress? I am frustrated by how bad we looked these past two weeks, and I am not convinced that we will be any better after the bye. I welcome all thoughts. . .