To paraphrase RR, "We're not good enough to make mistakes and win..." We've heard this line from him time and again.
I could be wrong, but I don't think Bo, or even Lloyd, would have ever used that kind of rhetoric.
1. Every team makes game-time mistakes. Even the best of the best. Purdue made mistakes against us and still overcame them.
2. Call me nuts, but repeating the phrase, "we're not good enough" sends a message to the players that lowers esteem, and lowers expectations. "Oh well, we lost again, but like coach says, we're not good enough." Unlike the Lions, Michigan players should never carry with them the expectation of losing, which unfortunately they probably now have going into the final two games.
3. Does this make the players play "tight" rather than play loose? As in, "Crap, if we throw an pick or miss a key tackle, we're not good enough to overcome it. Better not make any mistakes!"
4. Does this have a chilling effect on recruiting? Would I, as a student athlete, want to join a program that for two years has been told it isn't good enough to overcome mistakes and win?
Frankly, I'd like the excuses to stop, and class and character to return to the Michigan program, win or lose.
I'm just sayin'.