Sunday Lynn Henning, of the Detroit News, like much of the MSM, published a column critical of RR where among other charges, he asserted that the POV saying the cupboard was bare was "baloney." His column is here:
I then fired off an email to him, which was complimentary in general but also pointed out that his assertion was flatly wrong, particularly regarding the defense. I sent him a couple of charts in the email from the misopogon series on the "decimated defense" and linked to the rest. He responded to me this afternoon with the following:
Thanks for your note and words. Am sorry for this season. I do believe RR has been paying an unfair price for some departed personnel (I've seen the blog analysis), and I believe I acknowledged that somewhat Sunday -- and, frankly, wish I had gone deeper into that sub-topic -- but it's what has gone on with the existing personnel that has been so troubling. That wasn't a 3-9 team a year ago. And it's difficult to justify what happened the last two Saturdays, to cite two examples from 2009. But I agree that this is more complex than I got into Sunday. I'll make amends there. Thanks again for your note. Much appreciated. Lynn Henning
So, while I continue to disagree, even with his point in his reply, I think Lynn was very fair in his response, and it's good to see that he dug into the information from this blog. I hope he follows through on his word to make amends.