Over the last few weeks, I have become increasingly frustrated with this team, and by extension, RR. I have been amongst the most vocul posters calling for his head and saying that a change was needed for us to regain our place amongst the college football elite. Those who have defended RR over this season pointed to our improved offense as a reason to stay the course. I have argued repeatedly that the offense was a mirage that faded against better defenses.
Yesterday's game - and not just the fact that we won (although it sure was nice) showed me that I may have been wrong. Not only was our offense dynamic, effective and exciting, but it was diverse. We mixed zone option runs, designed QB runs, short passes, slants and a hell of a downfield game with regularity. Our offensive playcalling was nothing short of amazing. I imagnie that when Brian UFR's the offense, we will see our greatest +# for RPS to date. Simply put, we looked as good on offense as Oregon.
I see the potential. DEnard will get better. He just earned another 16 winter practices - something that Michigan QBs have not had in 2 years. The already dominant line will get better. The receivers will stay great. And, next year, we should see one of our RBs step up and become a feature back. Hopkins looks like the man, but there are many options. By next season, we should be able to hang 30 on jst about anyone.
Even more importantly, watching the triple over time, I saw a team that didn't give up and player their asses off for each other and for their coach. RR has done a great job of building a "team" in the Bo sense of the word.
No, RR is still far from perfect. And ultimately, we do not know whether he will be the right guy to lead Michigan all the weay back. Sometimes it is just not possible to overcome a bad start. And then there is the defense. But, even I - one of RR's vocal critics of late - must concede (happily) that there is a strong case for keeping him. If Brandon is looking for improvement, this game should give him something to think about, because last year we would have folded midway through the fourth.
Great game, coach.