I have been very upset with people calling this a rebuilding project and the memo that Brady has to turn around the losing culture(we had a winning season) and the lack of talent blah blah blah. Michigan football has been amazingly consistent the last few years in matching expectations other than 08 when everyone just assumed somehow we would have 6-7 wins despite the logic because ya know most of us have known nothing else in our lifetimes. Forget coaches and consider the following.
07 Offense Ranked 68- This team obviously under achieved considering the returning talent, but injuries were devastating to this team so here is our baseline talented team with qb with injured arm finishes in mediocrity.
08 Offense ranked 109- So we had 1 returning starter, no qb, no depth and our only true weapons C. Brown and B. Minor were hurt most of the year. So we were awful just like you would imagine. This isn't transition this is logic.
09 Offense Ranked 58- So we have 7 returning starters this time, true frosh at qb and more injured rb's. You expect improvement with that many returning starters but with a true frosh you can't expect too much and we return to mediocrity.
10 Offense ranked 8- So we returned 8 starters this year. With 8 starters and a year of experience at qb you expect steady improvement, but we get a rocket boost due to Denard's emergence.
11 Offense ranked ?- So we return 10 starters as well our qb with more experience. We should have one of the top offense in the country.
I have faith in Hoke to get this done. Most of the posters I have read think Hoke will be great for Michigan, but think it will take time and are a bunch of downers afraid of expectations. Well you can't have it both ways. If Hoke is a good coach like I think he is he won't fuck up this offense and it will improve. Any regression of this offense will be a failure of this staff. Everyone blames 08's disaster of an offense on scheme transition I say garbage. We were terrible with nothing to work with.
So let's look at the logic fail of MGBLOG majority.
Offense was very good should get better, defense and special teams blew ass and can't get worse, they get rid of coach everyone feels was worst defensive coach ever and replace him with giant defensive teddy bear that hands out maize butter everyone has slurped up. We have great senior leadership in Molk, Martin, RVB and it's a pretty large senior class with Huyge, Hemmimgway, Odoms, Stonum, Koger, Twolf just to name some of the more prominent ones.
We won 7 games have an easier schedule and despite all the facts I listed if anyone dares mention Big Ten Championship everyone runs for cover under Brady's Suit Coat.
If you think Brady is as good as you say then you have to accept the expectations that come with it. Everyone is bashing Brian and saying it's a great hire and then saying give him time, no.
I've moved on from RR and support Hoke with all I got, but I expect greatness now. I'm not going to call for a firing like some lunatic if it doesn't happen, but I have the "hope" that Brian said was gone in his post. I still have it and I think it's logical if you look past the noise and just look at the numbers. Plenty of teams have gone from 4-5 losses to great seasons...Mich 85, Mich 97, Mich 06 to name a few no to mention MSU and Auburn and Arkansas and on and on from just this past year. As Brady said in the presser..."For God's sake this is Michigan" If when Nebraska comes into Ann Arbor in late November we are not playing for the division title I'll be sorely disapppointed just look at the numbers.
Have Some Faith and Go Blue!!