This offense won't work in the big ten!
This offense won't work in the big ten!
I'm surprised he can talk about anything besides tailgating with his parents.
Too cold! We need SMASHMOUTH!
Seriously, we do need some defense.
Check the "loss will cause me to..." section of Brian's preview again. Ginger Nick Sheridan just shredded us.
It will be very enlightening to see if he actually does start talking in that direction. Obviously the folks on here really respect his thoughts.
I am SUPER curious on what Brian's reaction is going to be.
Apparently loss of Martin > loss of most of Penn State D-linemen.
I'd think he's going to start contemplating Harbaugh at the very least.
I feel like we're precariously close to the ND coaching carousel/perpetual rebuilding mode right now. I really really wanted RR to succeed here but I think this may have been my breaking point. Guess I'll see what happens next week to be sure.
ND has had Davey, O'Leary (short lived), Willingham, Weis and Kelly as coaches since 2001 (last ten seasons). Five coaches in ten years. You have to go back to the the 1960's to find Michigan's fifth coach (RR, Carr, Mo, Bo, Bump). It's not really a carousel yet.
Brandon just need to think long and hard about what direction he wants the program to take. The decision is really up to him....and he'll ulitimately have to live with it (one way or the other).
Guess what I'm saying is that it doesn't take much to get that carousel spinning. If they were to fire RR and bring in someone else it's not beyond the realm of possibility that there could be a bunch of transfers and recruiting decommits which would deplete the roster even more than it is currently. If the new guy needs to install a new system and the losses start piling up again... you know the drill.
Hopefully Brandon makes the right decision. Whatever that may be.
Edit: That was a spectacular run-on sentence by me. I'm not even going to edit it because I'm so proud of it.
I'm not done with RR and it seems unreasonable to not let his kids become upper classmen.
If this becomes serious, there better be only 2 candidates on the list: Chris Petersen and Urban Meyer.
I might be alone in this boat but I have zero faith in Petersen's abilities. Effectively, BSU only plays three games a year. There's a huge difference between getting your team up for three games and grinding through a difficult Big 10 schedule. Besides, Hawkins and Koetter has lots of success at Boise State and fell flat on their face when they hit the big time.
but neither of them did what he's done. Not to mention everyone has the same prep time for bowl games and he's delivered in BCS games. As much as it pains me to admit, I'd bet that if they managed to get into the big one this year (dear God, please no), they'd give whoever they're playing a game.
Also, through the first 4 games of the year, they had as tough a schedule of anyone and made a statement in DC (despite the face plant VT did the following week).
What nazooq said. Get back to me when they play a full schedule of high D-1 teams.
if urban meyer becomes michigan's coach...i will burn ALL of my michigan belongings.....he's NOT A MICHIGAN MAN!!!
I doubt Peterson would leave Boise. I mean they have a fairly decent shot to play in the national title where he's at and he's turned down previous overtures from other schools. Same goes for Meyer. Along with the fact that he wants a reduced workload as it is, I doubt he would take on a project like this.
Fitzgerald probably doesn't leave Northwestern and Wittingham will stick around Utah, especially with the PAC-10 move. And I think we're all agreed that Les Miles is not an option.
Obviously Harbaugh is the clear cut number one guy and I'm pretty sure he would come, but if he were to turn us down, things get dicey. We might have to go for a guy like Mahlzan. And we probably take a long look at someone like Brady Hoke. Other names probably include Patterson at TCU (no idea how tied he is to there and the story of him berating the guy with a concussion for not going back in gives me a bad vibe), Dan Mullen, Al Golden, Gary Pinkel, Calhoun at Air Force, and probably others I'm not thinking of.
You all are off in the wrong area. IF RR goes, DAN MULLEN. Book it. Seriously.
Mullens a good guy, he'd be an excellent option on the shortlist...but i dont think hes quite done enough as a head coach yet to make the step up to a Michigan caliber program
harbaugh comes in and uses tate as his qb and puts denard in the backfield with hopkins or cox for the next year while he begins to recruit his players. tate can be a drop back qb and denard is a greater runner- we can actually survive a coaching change with the talent rr has recruited. the o-line is playing great and we have talented receivers. he'd recruit bigger o lind and backs but that can happen over time. the defense will still need to be fixed by whoever comes so frankly when that's considered nothing changes. you either believe rr can fix the defens and you might as well keep him or you think he can't and he shold be gan.
"And we probably take a long look at someone like Brady Hoke."
You lost me right there. Why not also interview Ron English and Stan Parrish?
Brady's entire reputation, so far, is based on a lightning-in-a-bottle season (the 12-win one) and a win over Air Force this year. Hire him and our ceiling is Purdue under Joe Tiller. Still better than what RichRod has done, but probably not as good as other candidates.
I'm not saying that we should hire the guy but if Harbaugh were to say no, the administration would definitely take a look at him. Especially with his U of M ties. There is really no comparison here though between him and Ron English or Stan Parrish. Neither have those guys had any kind of success as a head coach while Hoke has done pretty well at Ball State and looks like he is turning around a San Diego State program that has sucked for a long time. I would personally prefer to see a few more years at SDSU before we talk about the guy coming to U of M, but you can't deny that so far, it seems like he is a pretty decent coach. I will be watching closely though when they take on Utah and TCU to end the season.
I agree that hiring Hoke at this point in his career would be premature, but don't put him in the same category as Parrish and English. Hoke had a couple of decent seasons at BSU and is currently doing reasonably well at SDSU.
By contrast, the combined coaching record for Stan Parrish (Kansas State and Ball State) and Ron English (EMU) at FBS schools is a sparkling 7-65-1.
God I hope not. If we get Urban then MSU would laugh at all of our criminals getting arrested.
Disagree. I have been firmly in the camp that has not been happy but is deathly afraid of another coaching change. I was embarrased again this week, though, and am starting to realize that staying with RR out of fear of change is like staying with a crappy girlfriend becuase you have alreadey been with her for three years and you would hate to have wasted that time. That is what RR has become. That crappy girlfriend that is dumb, bitchy, and none of your friends like her but she has a nice body (see offense) and so you keep her around.
Excellent, excellent analogy. I've been an ardent defender, but I'm now out of the Rodriguez camp. This far into year three, and we still can't make a crappy B10 team look like a crappy B10 team? It's just not going to get better. I expect we'll get shredded again next week, win or lose a tossup against another terrible team in Purdue, depending on who has the ball last, then lose out. Brandon's going way out on a limb if he keeps Rodriguez after that.
Everything is in place for us to follow the $@#%show that's going on at Notre Dame. Way too many people are still screaming "THIS IS MICHIGAN!!!" The parallels are disturbing. I still have faith that Brandon will handle this gracefully (regardless of whether that involves keeping RichRod).
I don't think "precariosly close" means our history is almost comparable in having a coaching carousellike ND's if we change coaches now. Instead I think that replacing a coach after just 3 years could put us in a position of standing next to a carosel. Firing an imaginary future coach after RR in fewer than 5 years then be stepping on the carosel. ND has been living on the carosel through all the coaches you mentioned.
When do you go from a carousel move, to a Nebraska move? They could have said "we can't hire our 4th coach in X years"...but it's looking pretty good for them right now.
I really don't know the answer to that question.
Guess we just gotta hope that Brandon knows the answer to that question.
an objective look at the future looks pretty good right now.
We have one of the best offenses in the country run mainly by freshmen and sophomores, and a line that is blocking like madmen. It's on track to be napalm in cleats (to quote Brian) for the next few years.
To go with a megariffic offense, you don't need a top-ten defense to dominate the conference, merely an above average one. Looking at the players we have and the recruits we're bringing in, the odds are that the defenses in the next couple years can approach average to above average without much of a stretch - maybe with someone other than Greg Robinson in charge, though.
So the present looks pretty mediocre, but the future is looking all golden and sparkly with rainbows and unicorns from my perspective. We throw away that future for a lot more of the present situation for years if we change coaches. It doesn't seem to be a particularly wise direction to proceed down that road.
Agreed. I hope Dave Brandon sees it our way...
The last two NC teams from the Big Ten (Michigan in '97 and OSU in '02) were lead by excellent defenses. Most of the other NC teams in recent memory (LSU, Bama, Florida, USC...) also had great defenses.
I think that a great offense is more fun to watch but a great defense is more critical to overall success.
Man that "loss will cause me to" section has really made things into open season on RichRod. It's like people now have permission to abandon the guy
Probably had more to do with it...
in Penn State's game last night, they played well. McGloin was lights out, Royster was lights out. Their entire team played inspired ball. They rarely made mistakes last night. Granted, some of that was due to our defense, but I did not see 'crappy' from them.
EVERY single team's offense plays "lights out" and "executes" when they play against our defense. Remember when we thought Indiana had the best passing attack in the B10? LOL.
Team's offenses aren't making mistakes because we NEVER force the issue with them. If the QB can always sit in the pocket for 10 seconds and then find open receivers who the hell is going to make a mistake?
For DC's starting on campus tomorrow. They did it for the kicking position. I think it's time for tryouts.
Post an ad on all the student center areas: WANTED - Defensive Coordinator. Super Bowl rings or National Championship rings not necessary.
Even Rich's staunchest supporters can't help but have questions right now.
If a change is made, Fitzgerald would be an excellent candidate, but I don't know if he would leave Northwestern, especially to another conference school that would recruit and play against Northwestern.
The offense definitely needs to be preserved - including all or most of the offensive staff. We absolutely cannot start over on that side of the ball. The easiest way for that to happen is for RR to be retained, and have him follow Zook's example and find a stud DC. But he's going to have to eek out a couple more wins first. If that doesn't happen, Plan B is to find a successful spread HC.
i'd be willing to bet that RIch takes his staff with him if he goes...
The unemployment line?
Most likely back to WVU. That is a possibility.
After he left, and they trashed him?
It's like a second marriage after a really nasty divorce.
have difficulty finding a new job? Folks outside the program would see the potential he brings to a team, the offense is amazing and exciting. I think others looking for a head coach would see the depth, youth, and inexperience as genuine problems the team faced-which they are- and the biggest reason the team struggled. Not to mention that the Big Ten is one of the premier conferences in the nation. If we let coach go and start from scratch again, I wouldn't be surprised if he got back to the BCS before Michigan did.
"i'd be willing to bet that Rich takes his staff with him if he goes..."
Probably right, but if you were an AD, would you hire this entire staff? DC = NFW. Special Teams = Epic fail. Linebackers = FUBAR. DB's = Horror flick.
I'd vote for a DC change, and give Rich another year. Offense is his thing, and the offense is clicking along okay and still can/will improve. The D is the trouble. You don't expect to score on every drive, and 31 points is enough to win most games if you play some D.
For me, GERG has turned to GGGgggggrrrrrrrrrr. My biggets complaint is there's no blitz package to speak of. Last night you had a walk-on in his first start. We should have had guys in his face...that's when young guys make mistakes. It's not like dropping one more crappy pass defender into coverage has been helping. Pressure the QB so they don't have to cover as long.
with the sole caveat that they did blitz successfully, at least once. It was one of the Gordons.
but it sucks. Yes, the play with the Thomas Gordon sack did work... Those plays are few and far between. I'm sick and tired of seeing GERG bring the entire house... then to see the quarterback still have plenty of time.
If Auburn win the NC, it would make for an interesting hire. The offense wouldn't have to change.
that is a very interesting point, actually, if Rich can't get us to a bowl game and buy more time. I have to imagine that if Harbaugh comes to town, he'll choose to build around Tate. What happens to Denard in that hypothetical situation? Position change? transfer? Plenty of offensive weapons would remain. Would it make more sense to go after a spread coach or hand the keys to Capt Comeback and let him toy around with things?
I mean, i'm sure Jim would allow Denard to compete, but I imagine Forcier's skillset would be much more up his alley...
takes the $$$$ and goes to the NFL.
I can't imagine Denard would switch positions at this point. I could see him transfer in that scenario. And that would absolutely suck.
If a were Denard and I was asked to change positions under a new coach, I would probably take a real long look at Oregon before I agreed to do so. Especially with the redshirt season still available
Or Auburn for that matter... Cam Newton is a JR this year so he'd be gone by the end of a Denard redshirt season. God that's a depressing thought.
I think Oregon's QB is a RS freshman or Soph and he's playing really well, if I was Denard Oregon would be the last place I'd look if I wanted to transfer<please, please, please, don't do it>.
It would be Florida.
and was 8-4 in the regular season in 2009 (year 3) w/ a 31-27 loss to Oklahoma in the Sun Bowl.
Either way, the decision to stay the course or the decision to switch the captain of the ship is far bigger than Denard.
Since everything else 100% analogous.
also tookover a program that had better defensive personnel.
Our defense had some good (not all great) players in 2008. That was a scheme/coaching implosion on that side of the ball that year (hand in hand with offense that couldn't stay on the field, score, or stop from turning the ball over in their own territory. Other than that, they were great though).
So it's taken him 4 years to get to an "acceptable" record. The question becomes, can RR bring the program to an "acceptable" record in fewer than 4 years. I think the answer is yes.
But I think Devin has the best skillset for a true pro-style offense of all of our quarterbacks. Maybe too soon to throw him out there though? He's got a stronger arm, and perhaps more importantly, he's bigger than Tate. Tate/Denard can execute at 6'/6'1 in our offense, but I'm not so sure that's true of a pro-style approach..
Whoever comes in next needs to create some buzz for the sake of recruiting, and I think Harbaugh could do that. With the state our program is in, we need to drive home a positive narrative with recruits. One potential narrative about U-M football is that we're on the steep downward slope of historically successful run, haven't beaten OSU in a decade, and are the waning power within the state of Michigan. Another potential narrative is we had poor direction for a few years, but now we're bringing in the golden boy of U-M with a shiny HC resume to boot that includes strong player development to lift U-M from the ashes and place it atop the college football world again. This kind of stuff is really important to high school kids as they imagine where they want to throw in their hat.
brian kelly - i hear he may be available.
that this team would be any better (and probably much worse) under a different coach. If Rich Rodriguez was available on the open market right now, I'd want to hire him as the coach. The offense shows he hasn't forgotten how to coach. The problem of a lack of talented upperclassmen on the defense won't be fixed by changing coaches.
I understand people being frustrated, but freshmen don't turn into All-Americans by waving a magic wand.
There is reason to believe that Greg Robinson, at this point in his career, simply isn't a good defensive coordinator. Yes, we're young and everything. I don't expect a great D. But this man hasn't fielded a good defense in a long, long time. This is the fifth consecutive year a D he's coached is near the bottom of the national rankings. At some point you have to accept that he's not likely to be the long-term answer.
I want him to succeed just for the sake of continuity - 3 DCs in 4 years is enough turnover for a while. I had hoped we'd get another year out of him, but I'm just not seeing any progress over the course of the season.
Robinson probably does need to go. Finding a good DC to replace him will be yet another headache for Rodriguez to deal with.
I don't think there's much benefit to continuity under a poor coach. Illinois bit the bullet and hired a new DC, and they're doing great. Heck - maybe we could hire him away from them.
Don't you have to dump Gibby though? He coaches special teams and secondary. Think about it...
A sophomore walk-on got turned into an All-American today. Plenty of underclassmen have looked like All-Americans when they played us. Apparently our defense is it's own magic wand.
We all understand the depth and youth, but you have to make a few stops on one of the worst offenses in the big ten when they are missing their starting quarterback. I don't think that argument holds up for this game.
Come on man, that play has worked wonderfully the other 5 or 6 times we've run it this year. Oh wait, nevermind.
Complaining about the offense is seriously nitpicking. Not every playcall is going to work. Enough of them have worked for us to average 35.4 ppg despite a criminal lack of help from the defense and special teams. Just think how many points we'd score if our defense and/or STs could actually give us a short field once in a while?
And then coach them and make them better faster.
I mean, they are young. But with the lack of progress (regression, in fact) either they're not bring coached very well...or they're just not that good. It's not like we're lighting it up on the recruiting trails...and even our class rankings, as low as they have been, are probably adjusted downward for all the guys who we've lost or never got in.
Dude, that point is delusional. No one wants or expects the freshmen to play like All-Americans. They just want the defense to play well enough to freaking win. They want to see players develop and play with confidence. Unfortunately the defense plays like they know they are bad. As a coach, even when you know your defense sucks, you lie to them. You build them up and do your best to help them attack and call plays accordingly. If you thing Gerg, or RR, or anyone else on the staff IS doing that, we can respectfully disagree. Also, if you think other coaches wouldn't do better even given the supposedly God awful situation, I disagree. The problem is that you have to win to get talent, so it comes across as hollow to complain about talent when you're not winning.
I know it sounds hollow to once again reiterate how young the team is, how inexperienced, yada yada, but it's the truth, it can't be escaped! The one thing I don't see is a Notre Dame-esque losing situation where we have upper classmen and 4 and 5 star talent and still can't get the job done.
We hired RR for good reasons, and we should keep him for those same reasons.
And don't say that it can't get any worse, because it clearly can.
go to a school where he will be given 3 years?
one that has confidence that he can succeed, or at least be better than 4-16 in conference play.
Come on, you can do better than that. Having a big ego is almost a prerequisite to being a big time college football coach. There are a million guys who would LOVE the challenge of being the savior of the winningest program in college football history.
He'd have problems in Year 3. Or Year 1 for that matter.
Whether you support Rich Rodriguez or not (I'm in the former camp, by the way), the program is in the most dire crisis it has ever faced.
The thing to do is pray that Brandon handles this all with wisdom and foresight.
The silver lining here is David Brandon. I have supported RR from the beginning and still do. But I trust Brandon completely to make the right call here and show leadership in a time of crisis. Every call he has made since he took the job has been right on, I have no reason to suspect that this one will be any different.
Ira is one of the radio guys for WTKA in Ann Arbor. He's been a fairly staunch RR supporter in the past.
and the worst D. What else do you do but throw up your hands and trust it to DB? RR is responsible for both. Everyone was open everywhere tonight. Everyone got blocked. Abject confusion on D, and mistakes on the whole team have been hallmarks. Maybe tonight wasn't the best time to make these position changes.
But Harbaugh's not coming. And no one could coach this D personnel even to mediocrity. RR can coach. He deserves the season to let it play out.
Bullshit. You cannot say that no one could coach this defense to mediocrity. Throughout the history of college football coaches have started there successes by getting good results from subpar talent. You can't complain about not having good talent when you can't deliver results with what you have.
and that's a simplistic view. Position-by-position, w/out Martin in the game there are few starters on D capable of winning their match-up, few that would start for above avg B10 teams. They're too young or simply lack talent.
Personnel is ultimately on the HC, however.
To your point, he's done a terrific job coaching the O. Decisions will come at the end of the season, let it play out. I'd swap a win against Wiscy with this loss, assuming we beat Illinois and Purdue. If we lose 3 of 4 you'll have an opportunity to get your full Rabble on.
At least then I bet we would see more than a 20% voter turnout for a mid term election, we haven't seen that in my lifetime.
3 straight losing seasons at Michigan is unacceptable. Therefor, all we need is one more win and all is ...ok... for now.
It's in the hands of the team and coaches. if they can't beat purdue at the very least, any change is a good thing at this point.
That Ira is one of Rich's biggest slappy's...and for such a change, it might reflect a turning point in the fanbase.
But thanks for the nuanced analysis.
I love me some church st. dumpsters... the ones behind ricks and charlies were invaluable pissing spots.
if Rich Rod is relieved of his duties...Harbaugh. Fitzgerald should have beaten Sparty last week and showed some definite weaknesses in his coaching execution. Furthermore, why would he leave his alma mater to come here? Harbaugh was an all-american type player here under Bo, his dad was a coach here, he played 15 years in the NFL, worked his way up the coaching ladder and is running shit at Stanford, fucking STANFORD. No one outside of the M family understands the nuances of being the coach here. Harbaugh could come in and change the offense (why that is such a concern I don't know) and still win ten games next year. Gardner and Luck have very similar skills and are almost identically sized. Transfers are a reality with any coaching turnover but I bet Harbaugh, who has Stanford ranked #9 in rivals recruiting rankings, could get the majority of our players to stay on board. While Malzahn has done some nice things he does not get Michigan. He is from the south and has no clue how to handle the pressure that comes with leading this team. While I worry about us ending up like Notre Dame and being stuck in neutral, Harbaugh will come here and crush the opposition. He may be arrogant and stubborn but he wins, recruits well and punishes those who oppose him. We all want a coach who will come here and coach for 15-20 years and win multiple NC. That is Harbaugh. Do not even think about replacing with Rich Rod with anything else than a 100% born and bred Michigan Man.
There can't be only one option. That one option is not guaranteed to come here.
I'm just going to start 2nding all the comments not to fire RR in an attempt to swing the momentum (or at least balance out the opinions)
I've nothing to add to that. Only a hillbilly school (not Michigan, I'd hope) would put all its eggs in one basket.
While Malzahn has done some nice things he does not get Michigan. He is from the south and has no clue how to handle the pressure that comes with leading this team.
Seriously man? Step outside of your Michigan bubble. Have you been to the south?! There is just as much pressure to succeed at a school like Auburn as there is at Michigan.
+1 to you sir
To Big Redacted
As long as we beat Purdue, RR should be back. I have no real attachment to Gerg, and wouldn't mind bringing in a real stud DC. If somebody can patch together even a mediocre defense next year, we can do some real damage. I just want to watch games where the game is not lost as soon as we punt for the first time. In all seriousness, we may have been better served today if we went for the onsides kick every time. We would get an extra offensive possession or three, our offense would have a greater chance of maintaining its rhythm, and our defense couldn't do any worse.
I have rooted for coach rod from day one. But he simply hasn't gotten it done. He is no doubt a master of offense, but he is not only an OC. He's a HC and in this role, he's not gettin' it done. I hate like hell to admit it, but his lack of attention to defense is his achilles heel and we all know you don't win championships without defense. I have been in bay area for 20+ yrs since leaving my hometown of ann arbor and its clear to me that what harbaugh has done here is nothing short of miraculous. Take a quick peek at his current commits. 8 four star recruits at stanford. A school with zero tolerance for substandard grades and test scores to be admitted. Meanwhile, M struggles to find players to join the winningest program of all time.
Its done, harbaugh needs to be brandon's #1 focus. He will have them competing for B10 championships in 2-3 yrs. The only obstacle with Harbs is some fabily dynamics that have to be addressed with his previous wife and kids that he doesn't want to adandon by moving back to A2. If he can't resolve this, he will stay at S for a long time or move to the Niners HC position that will oepn up at the end of the year.(Though I doubt he takes it...)
I am hoping he is able to work out the family dilemma and resurrect Bo's legacy. I know the guy and he has the right intentions and simply loves college football and what it stands for in developing young men into valuable contributors to society.
I have zero ill will towards coach rod and think he is a terrific person as well, but this has simply not worked out.
It wasn't Michigan. It was Stanford, but he wasn't offered a scholarship. It's very clear that Stanford was his dream job, in part because he mostly grew up in Palo Alto and played HS football there.
He says Stanford is the only place in the country where you can play football at a top level and still get a great education.
He says he would love to coach Stanford to a bowl game victory over Michigan, loves the fact that Stanford beat UM in the 1972 Rose Bowl.
Yep, sounds like he would bolt Stanford for UM without any hesitation. Or not.
That's ... not .... good?
Outside of Michigan going 5-7 this season, my biggest fear for this program is we run RR out of town, hire someone else who will come in and inevitably struggle at least the first year, while RR goes somewhere else and kicks ass right away.
This game has pushed me over to the point of not having much faith in the coaching staff ( two weeks to prepare and we give up 40+ to a walk on qb?) but I don't see how firing RR will help things. Biggest problem is lack of talent on D, and that can only be fixed by recruiting.
Actually now that I think about Harbaugh's statement "only place" you can be an athlete and get an education is nonsense. Northwestern and many other schools would happily debate him on that issue.
Harbaugh grew up in Ann Arbor and went to Pioneer too.
His dad's last year at UM was 1979; during that football season, Jim would have been 15, as he was born in late December of 1963. His dad went directly to Stanford and Palo Alto starting with the 1980 season, with Jim being 16 that football season. I think it's safe to say that by far the most meaningful years of Jim Harbaugh's high school years, especially in terms of playing HS football, were in Palo Alto. That would seem to be confirmed by the short clip of his Palo Alto HS coach talking about him after his hire by Stanford. There was no mention anywhere of Jim's time at Pioneer, which makes sense since he would have been just JV in 1979.
None of this means that it's impossible that Harbaugh would come to UM, but if he left Stanford for UM he would be completely undercutting all the things he's been saying about Stanford from the moment he was hired there. There's no doubt that Harbaugh is an excellent coach, maybe even a great coach, but I think people are making a giant assumption that he would dump Stanford for UM simply because he played football here. There isn't a single thing he has said or done since he took the Stanford job to indicate that he would seriously entertain coming to Michigan, and there are a variety of things he's said that would argue that he wouldn't. If Harbaugh leaves Stanford, it'll be for the NFL.
I understand and for the most part agree with what you're saying. Everything Jim has said expresses his commitment to Stanford. However, to play devil's advocate - what's Harbaugh supposed to say? It would be terrible press if he said Michigan was his dream job or even anything along those lines. Saying Stanford is the place he wants to be is a smart move by Harbaugh and wins him the adoration of fans in Palo Alto.
This is from last year but I think this is the money quote:
I think he’s very, very happy at Stanford and Stanford is where he wants it to be,” Jack Harbaugh said. “But I would say this that still Michigan is the place that he loves, the place that for him was his foundation. It’s where, the five years he spent there, his education there at Michigan and his associations with Bo and the other coaches on the staff, that’s the place that he will always call home."
This is what makes me think he'd be interested.
I see firing RR as the answer is if we can get Chip Kelly. Seeing as that's PROBABLY not gonna happen, I'd stem the enthusiasm. Give him more time, it sounds weak (because it is) but it's simply our best option right now
then you can't change the offense. This offense with Denard is too dynamic to change. They're obviously not the problem and even with a little help from defense would carry the team to at least 8 wins. You have to bring in a defensive minded coach who will delegate the offense. Think of a Pelini like candidate who embraces the spread but still focuses on defense. We are hopeless on defense now. A DC change definitely needs to be made, but the question is can we attract someone with a proven track record on defense? If that's not possible, then we might have to go with a coaching change, but not by scrapping the offense (so no Harbaugh).
I know in some games Tate has moved the ball well. I know we put up over 500 yards against Iowa, but in the 1st half of the last three games, this offense has done almost nothing. It's when they become desperate and are way behind when the defense seems to play a little more off and we move the ball. Whenever someon HAS to make a stop, they do.
I'm not so sure this offense is perfect and it must be kept in tact. We haven't built up a lead(more than one score) against anyone since BG. This team has played from behind against every decent team they have played.
If they lose to Illinois which seems likely considering the quality of play lately, Very few will still be wanting to hold on to this staff. Michigan was completely outcoached in the first half last night and played desperate in the second half. The defense obviously put them in a huge hole. Every team cannot be "getting healthy or good" just when they play Michigan. Indiana has sucked balls since playing Michigan. Last night we made a freaking walk-on look all world.
There has to be some change, I'm not sure what it should be, but no team short of a bad MAC school fears playing Michigan right now.
i know we say 'we can't blame RR or gerg because of the youth on the D' but i'm not convinced that this isn't mostly their own fault.
obviously troy went down to injury and donovan left early, but the number of transfers and the number of failed gambles on flyer-recruits has just killed us