Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Should Rich Rod be given more time?


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By Mr. Sig



Good article above by Matt Deyoung from the Grand Haven Tribune.  Although his analysis is much more detailed, I will echo his sentiments and add one more.

I’m with Matt 100% on his statement that Rich’s past success indicates that he will eventually get the program around.  In addition, Rich Rod had some structural recruiting disadvantages upon arrival.  He failed on turning that around, but that would be a tall task for any coach.  If you think about it… what other coach in football could salvage that situation.  Or… if you were put in Rich Rod’s situation, what would you do differently that you actually believe would have kept the program on the top of its game?  As I’ve followed this, I hardly come across any pundit with a top 10 list of specific things Rodriguez should have done differently.

Let me add a few of my own points to Matt’s article.

  1. If you replace Rodriguez with another coach, how will that coach be able to take over a team in transition and start churning out wins?  I expect that whatever new coach comes in will lose at first.
  2. Give D Robinson another couple years.  Denard Robinson has 2 more years of eligibility left.  Do you really want to bring in another pro-form coach back to Michigan?  This guy is a SOPHOMORE.  Think about what is possible in the next 2 years.  He’s certainly not going to get worse.
  3. Not much really needs to be done to make this a winning team again.  What if Michigan had just an AVERAGE defense this year?  They’d be 10-2 or 11-1 right now.  Heck, they might even be undefeated.  Unfortunately, Michigan’s defense is one of the worst in the country which shows in the 7-5 record.  I’d say 7-5 is pretty impressive given how awful the defense has been.  The defense just needs to be OK.  How hard can it really be for Michigan to put together an AVERAGE defense?  And imagine if we had a GOOD defense.  I know I’m really stretching here, but we’d be unstoppable!  Field goal kicking gives us the same scenario.  It’s not that hard to go get a good one.  Just plug that hole and let’s be on with it.

All this being said, I’m not a big fan of Michigan’s coach, but I definitely think he’s capable of getting us some wins and even some shots at the national championship.  I think Michigan fans as a whole are going through some withdraw right now.  The fans simply cannot accept losing under any circumstances whatsoever.  It’s simply not acceptable and unfortunately, they’ve reacted accordingly. 

Given Matt’s points and my points, my vote goes to keeping him.

1 comment:

  1. RR’s biggest fault is obviously the defense. He is probably a bit stubborn when it comes to using the 3-3-5, but assuming that the stubbornness can be broken and he hires good defensive coaches, I think we’ll be fine. Attacks on his character are all baseless in my opinion. People say he whines and makes excuses, but that can also be interpreted as giving an honest answer as opposed to avoiding the question all together which many other coaches do. The scandal was meaningless. I know they were “major” infractions, but 30 min of practice extra is nothing major. We aren’t paying players, and our players stay out of prison.