This blog has become the equivalent of the American political arena circa 2001 - 2007, when criticizing the Iraq war was "Anti-American" or "Unpatriotic."
Every time I make a comment here, I must preface it with....I fully support RR, I like where this team is going, etc.....
Just looking through the posts, any comments critical of the team's performance are ripe for negative points, where comments such as "we put up 500+ yards on Iowa" get the big thumbs up.
I get it....we all get it. We want Michigan to be successful. We want RR to remain the head coach. The team is showing some improvements. The team is young, needs time, etc. Yes, the vultures are out there, waiting to feed on the carcass of RR, just hoping to push him out the door, as they did not approve his hire from day 1.... Yes, it's annoying to deal with these "fans" who would seemingly rather Michigan lose to prove the point that RR is not a good coach, than potentially swallow the fact that they were wrong and he can be successful here....even with his innovative schemes and lack of ties to the old Blue chroniyism network.
Got it....But enough is enough. To not accept or acknowledge reoccurring issues on the offensive and defensive side of the ball is ridiculous. Simply saying "they are young" or "we need more RR recruits" does not explain idiotic late hit penalties and losing the turnover battle 4-0.
One can both support the coaching staff and be critical of certain issues that continue to plague the team...especially when these issues are not all due to "youth" or "lack of depth." Give it a break....the paranoia is ridiculous. The hunky-dory, all is great posts will not save RR's job, just like the moronic anti-RR comments won't cost him it.
Only one man has the power to make the decision on RR's future here (Brandon), and I am sure he is much more qualified and level headed than the masses (such as myself) that flock here to post after the 3rd string punter sneezes. If we the pro-RR contingent continue to ignore correctable issues that occur on the field, we will start to sound as idiotic as the Drew Sharp mafia that was calling for his head from day 1.
I know, and its obvious that RR has not been given a fair shake here and the initial reaction of his supporters are to be defensive and blindly loyal. However, criticizing a particular series of play calls, or unsportsmanlike penalties does not make one a program terrorist. We can have expectations for how this team should play in spite of their youth, lack of depth, inexperience, etc. And when I say "expectations", I do not mean placing an arbitrary 7-5 or 8-4 record as the standard to "save RR's job." I mean certain things should be occurring on the field week in, week out that show progress (especially in easily correctable areas such as unforced turnovers and penalties).