This is a bad idea. I didn't like the hire. I thought he did a poor job. I wanted him replaced. Despite these statements I can't let it go. I know I won't have any support, but as the saying goes "if I can reach 1 person it was worth it".
On the Mattison presser thread I tried to make a point about GERG and when I saw the responses I was again saddened. Maybe I'm missing the joke and that will be fine, because as fans we are known to exaggerate and be extreme. If I'm not and you truly believe what you are saying then I need to get this off my chest for the last time.
GERG knows about fundamentals on defense. He knows about how defenses work. Despite all the evidence backing this up people seem to think he was on a solo mission to destroy Michigan.
First the evidence. Gerg won 2 Super Bowls. Make any excuse you want on how he got them, but he got them. Does this prove he runs a great defense? No it doesn't. The fact that he got to that position does. You can get a job in high school, because you know a buddy. That can even get you a foot in the door at a college, but you can't work your way up to the Super Bowl and not know how to tackle, shed a block, contain etc.. These are the coaches that have employed Greg Robinson.....Dick Vermiel, Mike Shanahan, Mack Brown, Pete Carrol and Rich Rodriguez. Not a complete list but it gets the point across. Vermiel and Shanahan are known as complete overbearing, controlling lunatics in a win at all costs business. Do you think they would trust their defenses to a guy that doesn't know how to assemble a defense or know how to tackle?
I really want you to think about that a second. Imagine Mike Shanahan is sitting at a table looking at film with Greg Robinson and he asks him about how bad a tackle that was and Greg saying no I thought that was good form. Or they are going over the tape getting ready for a playoff game and Shanahan asks him his plan and he says well on 3rd and 1 I want to have 5 guys in the box or on 3rd and 18 I want my db to turn his head and jump the 5 yd route. Do you really believe that? Really?
It's easier to believe these guys go to clinics, teach at clinics have other coaches on the staff and no one can figure out how to tackle, than it is to believe the kids are young and they need coaching? Courtney Avery missing tackles was not because he was a high school qb and stepped on campus 3 months ago it was because Robinson doesn't teach fundamentals. That's what your bet is?
I'm dying to see John Bacon's book because I'm curious if we will get any answers. As I said at the beginning I don't like the way Robinson called defense for Michigan and I wanted him gone, but I have enough sense to know that there must have been some logic to what they were trying. I have no idea if Robinson was doing a good job at Michigan, but I'm certain that they worked on fundamentals and he knew what he was talking about.
He may have been a bad communicator, he may have been terrible at timing blitz calls, he may have picked the wrong defenses to match the personnel, he may have put the players at wrong positions. maybe it was too complicated, maybe it was too simple. I won't debate you on that because I have no idea what went on behind closed doors, but to say he didn't teach correct fundamentals or set up unsound schemes doomed to fail is just silly.
There are plenty of coaching examples of people being horrible in one spot and a genius at the next, but one man presonifies my point more than any other...Rod Marinelli. Has there ever been a defense that looked as overmatched and out of position as Michigan looked the last 2 years? Yeah the Detroit Lions over Rod's last 2 years. I would look at my tv and say we have no outside contain they are going to run left for 10 yds and they would. Despite the fact Marinelli was widely recognized around the league as a great defensive coach we looked like a joke and I started to think maybe he doesn't know how to coach defense. Week after week he would sit up in those press conferences and say it's getting there, pad level, my pick is sharp until he was a national joke and canned. So what did a coach that had his job on the line do.....he hired Rod Marinelli to run his defense. Rod has Julius Peppers back on his side and all of a sudden he's back to being respected. Funny how he remembered how to coach fundamentals and set up solid schemes once he had Julius Peppers coming off the edge.
I'm not saying the coaches are always right(they are not) I'm not saying there are not great coaches, good coaches and bad coaches(there are), but they all know the correct way to tackle and they all have similar drills on how to get the kids to have better fundamentals by the time they reach the NFL or major D1 football. You need to really know that.