Note: This isn't directed so much at the MGoBoard, as most of you are more rational than the subscribers to certain subscription sites. Those boards have been a TWIS-worthy disgrace the last 24 hours.
Where were we in August, at the start of spring practices? I felt that like most fans, I was thinking 7-5 was reasonable, and 8-4 if we stole a game or two. Keep in mind, that was when we thought that the run defense was a strength of this team behind an all B10 caliber nose guard in Mike Martin, and while our secondary was a little thin, we had some experience in Woolfolk and Floyd at the corners and reportedly, a phenom in the making in Cam Gordon at deep safety.
Since then, our top 3 corners (Turner, Woolfolk, Floyd) have either left or had season ending injuries, our difference maker (Martin) has been ineffective playing with injuries to both ankles, our deep safety (Cam Gordon) has moved to the spur position, and we are left with a thin, beat up, MASH unit that cant get off the field.
So with one game left, where are we? 7-4 and barring a miraculous upset 7-5 heading to a bowl game. Where did things go wrong? Did we really expect to beat Wisconsin? From what I've seen, the entitled Michigan fan screams, "I cant believe what RR has done to ruin my program! We were always competitive with all the teams we played. This is unacceptable! RAWR" Need we remember back to 2007, Lloyd's final season? With a senior-laden team with at least a full year of experience at every position over this year's team, we got embarrassed in our own house by a D1AA team, dominated by Oregon, and couldn't move the ball 100 yds on senior day vs OSU. The Michigan you knew and loved was a myth. The 70s and 80s aren't coming back. We are getting better and will be competitive next season, but never, regardless of who is coach, will we walk all over our entire schedule. And so, regardless of who is coach, some will never be pleased.
Stay the course. I trust our AD to make the right decision for the program. We are young and getting better. Lets let this play out and see how we fair with expectations in 2011, coming off an 8-5 season. As always, Go Blue.