And we couldn't have had any more losses in 2010? I remember a 3-OT win over Illinois, a last-second win over IU and an escape over UMass.
RichRod inherited a program that had gone to 33 straight bowl games and hadn't had a losing B1G season in 40 years. He promptly posted three straight losing B1G seasons and only went to one bowl (which we lost by 38 points). After three years of him we were worse than we'd been under Carr. That's not improving the program. We were improved only relative to his total failure in year 1.
Using your logic, Hoke should have done zero coaching in 2011 so we'd have started out 3-9, thus making the next two years look good in comparison.