Mike Lantry, 1972
Lombardi was before my time, but I'm guessing that his teams knew how to tackle.
Dumb comment by Rich Rod. It accentuates a glaring weakness on the team, and it is also factually incorrect. The comment effectively blames the players, while at the same time admits that the current staff doesn't know what to do to fix it.
It's completely true. There is no magic to fix the problems on defense. The only solution is "next year."
I expect next year to be better. I don't expect this year to change much. Reality is a cruel mistress.
Its not about whether the statement is true or not. Its about whether Rodriguez should make that kind of statement while in the public eye. Even if everyone knows the defense is weak, sometimes the obvious does not need to be stated, especially in a way that is demeaning to the players and coaches.
Rich Rodriguez does a lot of self-deprecating humor. He is not above poking fun at himself or his team. Lighten up.
All I'm saying is that I would not feel all that great if I were a defensive player and heard/read that. It was unnecessary, even if a joke.
But it's not self-deprecating. It is defensive personnel-deprecating.
... I have no problem with the quote. These pressers serve only to catch people off guard and create drama where no drama exists.
It never ceases to amaze me how a group of highly educated fans can freak out over such an innocuous throw away quote that was more joke than anaything else. People need to lighten up and do not judge others (in sports, business, or politics), by what they say to the Press in these settings.
I cannot imagine he went into the press conference planning to say this, and it just came out, and he probably immediately regretted saying it.
At least that's my interpretation based on Chengelis's article on this, which is titled Rich Rodriguez trusts defensive coaches to fix U-M’s problems. Later in the press conference, he tried to clarify his comments to make it clear he was referring to the defense's youth, not the quality of the players:
Rodriguez laughed a bit when he was asked if even Lombardi couldn't help Michigan because of the overall youth of the defense.
"Maybe he could (help)," Rodriguez said. "I say on some of the issues, I should clear this up, some of the issues we have defensively, the only way to get experience is to get experience. You'd like to accelerate the time clock and say, 'OK, this first-year or second-year player is going to play like a veteran right now.' Some have the ability to do that, no question. (But) there are going to be freshmen who have freshmen moments; you just have to try to limit that. That's what we have to do."
You should repost that block quote at the top of the page to inform and educate any RABBLE passing through. I wish Rodriguez would just give the media nothing instead of trying to be humorous and "folksy" like he was in this instance. Most of us 'get it' but it's pure bluehair fuel. Can't wait to ignore all the articles that bite the hand that feeds on this one. At least Chengelis has continued to somehow maintain rationality.
Maybe there won't be many articles for you to ignore. Pete Bigelow at annarbor.com placed Rodriguez's quote into a similar context:
In his line of the day, Rodriguez said, “Vince Lombardi could come in and not fix some of the problems on defense,” in the short-term.
That wasn't a knock on his defense or his coaches. The comment came in the context of discussing the seven of true freshmen who have seen extensive playing time on defense this season.
“The only way to get experience is to get experience,” he said. “How can we limit those dangerous freshmen moments?”
ever field a defense full of rookies and position switches?
But lordy. There is nothing here
Personally, I prefer the Lombardi quote from Minnesota's AD:
Minnesota Athletic Director Joel Maturi delivered this parting shot Sunday when delivering a message to Brewster's hypothetical successor. "You're not following Vince Lombardi here," said Maturi.
And some of these 5* defensemen are going to commit based on the assumption that he WONT be back...
You know, pretty much the only people who pay attention to this stuff are diehard fans.
I'm going to go to my backups, Iowa and Oklahoma. You guys have fun with RR and the decaying Wolverines. Tell me when Jim Harbaugh shows up.
Jim Harbaugh. Now that there is a real fan! You would NEVER hear him making disparaging comments about Michigan football to the press. If he had a problem with the program, he would raise his issues behind closed doors and work through them privately.
(Some slow clapping Gif I can't access from the App inserted here)
Did I like him as a QB? Yes.
Do I like the way his Stanford team plays? Yes.
Do I think he would do a pretty good job at Michigan ? Yeah, I do.
Is the job available? Not at the moment, and probably not next year either. We'll see after that. So put that on ice until the job is actually available.
Do I think he would take the job? Hell no. Why would he leave a top 15 team that he built in the part of the country he loves to come rebuild another team? Also, why would he come to a place where a good portion of the fans hate him for speaking his mind? Finally, there is a good chance we would be competing with some Pro offers, and I don't see us putting up the money to compete.
Reagan had the ability to say the right things at the right time and in a way that made people comfortable with whatever the situation was. He could make something very fearful seem like it was not so bad or so daunting. Head a calmness that put people at ease.
RichRod is not an eloquent speaker. Most, if not all football coaches are not eloquent speakers. He speaks from the heart and sometimes shoots from the hip and misses badly. He seemed to be doing less of the latter this season, but as things have started to turn south, he is getting defensive again.
If the defense doesn't start at least performing the fundamentals (block, tackling) correctly, this season will get away from him again.
The stats don't lie, 4-15 in the Big 10, the worst defense in the conference in the last two years and averaging more than 10 ppg less in the Big 10 than in non-conference. We don't need to review the defensive numbers they're atrocious. In the last nine Big 10 games, this team has given up 30+ ppg. All this is a receipe for disaster.
I think Michigan should beat PSU and probably Purdue, but I'm not overly confident at this time.
If Ronnie has an analog in the recent past of college football, it's post-2004 Bobby Bowden. Not Rodriguez.
/didn't start the politics fire.
Rich Rodriguez just signed legislation outlawing Ohio State forever. The bombing begins in five minutes.
Delaware State = Grenada
meh, i think everything RR says after a loss is going to be scrutinized. Personally I don't see a problem with what was said. Although i would like to hear Gerg speak. Been a little bit since he has spoke for a presser. I could be wrong. I think 75% of the bloggers here understand whats going on with the defense, youth, inexperience, etc. The other 25% is oblivious to that, and expect shut outs from this group. Thats why threads are still made of this scheme, and Gerg this and that. And well Haters of the he's not a michigan man, blah blah blah...i don't know, i just don't know.
It is easy to state that this is unacceptable because this is these stats not a desirable result. However, instead of spouting off these conclusory statements, what are your solutions?
You cannot just fire RR and go through another coaching hire debacle. Who is going to guarantee that Harbaugh will be coming to UM and if he does who is to say that he would not field a professional offer after 3 to 5 years.