Also, I know RichRod had a lot to deal with here, but this constantly repeated idea that he was put upon and faced tremendous adversity is wearing me out. I think every chapter of Three and Out contained a quote to the effect of "if they would just leave me alone, I could really make this work." Maybe it's true that RichRod faced more adversity than your average coach at a big time football program (maybe!), but at a certain point, I think that attitude becomes counter productive. Not just in football, but in all jobs. I think that "woe is me" attitude and blame-deflection may have contributed to RichRod's failure here as much as anything else. (Oh, and a defense that was not fundamentally or schematically sound).
And I'm tired of him expressing his frustration that he can't be the one coaching us to 10 wins this year. You know what, if RichRod is still here, we don't have 10 wins. He had 3 years to pick a decent DC and defensive coaching staff. He had 2 years to teach Will Campbell to keep his butt down and not stand up on the DL. He had 3 years to teach J.T. Floyd how to cover. He failed to do that nad failed to hire someone who could. What makes him think he could find the right person for the job in year 4?
I wish the guy all the best. I like his offensive scheme, and I think he's a guy that tries in general to do the right thing. But his constant refrain of not getting a fair shake and wishing he was the one enjoying success in 2011 is really wearing on me.