This is year two in the Rich Rodriguez system at Michigan!?!
Year 1: 1990 Glenville State 1–7–1
Year 2: 1991 Glenville State 4–5–1
Year 3: 1992 Glenville State 6–4
Year 2: 2002 West Virginia 9–4
Here’s my question, does the first year at Michigan count for Rich Rodriguez (I know it counts in the record books, but is it fair)? I find it highly unfair to hold a guy accountable for coaching a team completely inadequate for his system (see the quarterback situation). OUR AD hired a coach to bring in a new system, new attitude, and new way of doing business (if Bill didn’t understand the massive change he was brining in, then that’s a Michigan problem, not RR). With such a massive transition, I find it unrealistic to hold the first year against RR. The guy had to come in and change more than an offense, he had to change an entire culture. With that as a foundation, I view this as the second year in the RR system, because the 2009 campaign was his first with quarterbacks designed for his system, a new conditioning philosophy, and a new culture around the program.
Is this a fair p.o.v., or am I being soft on RR?
Your comments, critiques and even smart-ass remarks are expected…