I'm waiting for the story that uses The Music Man to analyze RR's tenure in Ann Arbor. Until then, I don't care how often he's brought in to threads.
Will Campbell credits Hoke & Mattison
Who plays Mayor Shinn?
Rodriguez's coaching and recruiting are relevant to Michigan, whether you like it or not. This year's seniors played at least two years under Rodriguez. He recruited a chunk of the class of 2011, too, so that means the effects are probably going to be felt through 2015. You might as well get used to it.
Besides its all how you frame it you can look at rich rod's positives or negatives its all in how you choose to think.
This could be one of the most constructive and useful comments about discussing Rodriguez that I've read to date. +100
And it's also one of the most grammatically incorrect.
Sure maturation helps, but when BWC cites new, specific examples of coaching technique learned from the current coaches, I'm fine with people wondering why this is new information.
...his comment focused on what he learned from Hoke and Mattison and that he didn't say anything one way or another about the previous coaching regime. Perhaps we should follow his lead.
I love you, and I totally thought this was written by Section 1 at first. =)
Glad to see that BWC is remaining focused and hope he impresses at Pro day. Would be good for the program moving forward to see more guys making NFL rosters.
was an absolutely horrible decision by RR, but it's not like he was the only coach in Michigan history to make a questionable redshirt decision. It goes on all the time throughout college ball. I hope BWC has the opportunity in the NFL to measure up to the potential that so many UM fans thought he had.
that instantly come to mind just from Michigan:
Justin Feagin (bringing a whole other meaning to "burning")
and honestly, Denard.
I don't really see Denard as a wasted redshirt. He was an effective part of the offense in 2009, at least when he was running the ball. There are freshmen who dominate, freshmen who are effective, and freshmen who shouldn't be anywhere near the field. He falls into that middle category.
Obviously, it would be great if EVERY freshman could redshirt and then play for Michigan for five years...but that's just not realistic.
Just because Michigan would have won the games anyway doesn't mean Denard was ineffective. And when you consider that the team went 5-7 and didn't have any great wins that year, it's kind of a moot point. It would have been hard for a lot of quarterbacks - even good ones - to win games with the kind of defense that Michigan had in those years.
And besides that, he was being groomed to be the starter in 2010, which he did fairly effectively. Without game experience in 2009, maybe he doesn't have those record days against UConn and Notre Dame.
Forcier looked like a Heisman contender in the pre-season? Denard played in the first game. Nobody had any clue what Forcier would do, but there were only two viable options - Forcier and Robinson. And it's extremely rare that a team makes it through a season with just one quarterback.
Meanwhile, Michigan had Mike Martin, Ryan Van Bergen, Renaldo Sagesse, Greg Banks, Adam Patterson, and Will Heininger when Campbell was a freshman. Rodriguez couldn't find a way to keep Campbell on the sideline with four viable players (five if you count Heininger) and Patterson potentially playing ahead of him?
what youre saying is that you shouldn't burn any redshirts but you can't redshirt everybody, and the coaches need to know as freshman who is going to peak as a 5th year senior?
He was obviously effective on one play against Western.
He was devastating against Eastern.
He had one great drive against Iowa.
I don't think that was good enough.
I'd much rather have 2013 Denard than the 69 rushes and 14-31 passing Denard we had in 2009. He was not ready to play.
That would've been one less year for Devin Gardner. DRob got 3 years. That's plenty. In this offense, under Borges, I'd want Gardner taking the snaps.
Tate Forcier wasn't ready to play, either. I guess he should have redshirted, too. Hell, I wish the whole team would have redshirted in 2008.
Devin Gardner doesn't get added to that list.
and burning his Redshirt. I should point out that I'm not a #$@%$^%$ head coach either. If we were to follow the trail of crumbs back to the beginning, that might very well have been one of the first warning signs. I have no intention of revisiting it though. Good luck, Will Campbell, and thank you for the knowledge you have passed along to our young stalwarts.
Montgomery's name necessarily means much. It is easy to parse newspaper articles with too fine a filter. I really don't see a need to bring that up.
"Interesting to note that former DL coach Montgomery is not even mentioned."
Seriously? The man leaves UM for a job with 1) higher pay and 2) more responsibility and now we're all going to act like girls with too much makeup and too little clothing, dancing drunkenly at Ricks RIGHT IN JERRY'S FACE so he KNOWS that we're totally OVER him.
The fact that you, OP, mentioned Jerry Montgomery is a lot more revealing than the fact that the article you linked to didn't mention him. Get over it. Don't be that drunk girl at Rick's.
Crazy metaphor, but i agree with the point
Actually, because he used the word "like" or "as", I believe it is a simile.
Jerry Montgomery deserves nothing but our thanks and best of luck moving forward. Remember years ago UM had a defensive line coach leave to take over at Ball State, that has turned out pretty well for us so far.
...may truly be Rich Rodriguez' 2nd biggest screw up. GERG will always be #1.
He truly changed this kid's life with his incompetence off defense and defensive personnel development. Kind of sad when you think about it. He made millions and got away to another university where he makes millions. He very easily could've cost BWC millions by his hire, the redshirt fiasco, and his lack of development when it comes to defensive players.
I'm not a RR hater like many, I don't let this overshadow that he found Kovacs, he made a way for Brock Mealer, he gave us Denard, etc.
But with the good, there's certainly a ton of bad.
admission, some of this is on BWC and his lack of effort.
One of my personal phrases to live by is: it's not what you are, It's what you can become that is most importatnt. Never stop endeavoring to improve yourself.
Best of luck, Will. May you be one of the few who thrives in the NFL, and becomes a champion in everything in life.
You should write for Hallmark.
I do. Nice guess!
I love how Rich Rod's recruits (last year and this year) praise Hoke and his staff when they graduate.
But then again, so should Devin and so should many others. Rich made tons of player personel mistakes in his tenure but I think the biggest part of that was his coaching staff.
Bruce Tall was a DB coach his entire career and was the DLine coach at Michigan....I had read he attended coaching clinics for coaching dline that spring/summer.. 2008... Shafer and Gibby were the 2 db coaches for that 2008 team and Hop the lber coach...a safeties coach his entire career........
Bruce Tall being the dline coach tells you everything you ever needed to know about RR's tenure. He never adapted or changed and defense starts up front just like offense. If the oline performed just like the dline did, that oline coach would have been fired....Rich protected Tall at dline rather then move him to db coach like he should have the moment Shafer was fired...and took the fall.....
For the 49ers. Of Charlotte.
...we had Campbell for one more year.
Yes, we're going to really miss his mediocrity.