Blog Entry

RichRod feels your hate

Posted on: October 12, 2010 1:33 pm
Posted by Tom Fornelli

For the first five weeks of the season, Rich Rodriguez was feeling pretty good.  His team was off to a 5-0 start, ranked on both the AP and Coaches polls, and the voices calling for his head had quieted down a bit.  Though that doesn't mean that those voices were totally silent, something Rodriguez has been aware of all season, and now that Michigan is coming off its third straight loss to "little brother' Michigan State, they're getting loud again.

"We lost to Michigan State, what, you wanna take me and hang me off the building now?" Rodriguez asked during his weekly press conference. "I mean, there might be a few people who want to do that, but it's the same people that probably wanted to do that after the first five games, too, they just weren't saying it publicly."

While it seems ridiculous on the surface that some fans would want Rodriguez gone after he's matched his 2009 win total in only six games, it's not completely unwarranted.  After all, the Wolverines were 4-0 last season before they lost to Michigan State and lost six of the next seven games to finish 5-7 and miss out on a bowl game for the second straight year.

Fans are just a bit nervous it can happen again, and I can't blame them.

While Michigan has improved this season, it's because of one player playing out of his mind, Denard Robinson.   As the Spartans proved last weekend, if you can keep things from getting too Denarded, Michigan is very beatable.  The Michigan defense is allowing 26.8 points per game, and unless that unit improves, odds are that Michigan's record within the Big Ten isn't going to be very good.

There's also that whole NCAA investigation hanging over Rodriguez's head.  The NCAA is expected to make its decision about Rodriguez and his failure to "promote an atmosphere of compliance" before the end of the regular season, and if the NCAA decides to hand down a major punishment while the Wolverines are in the midst of a losing streak, then those dissenting voices will grow louder than ever.

While I don't think they'll hang Rodriguez from any buildings in Ann Arbor, they'd gladly kick him out of town.

Since: Aug 24, 2009
Posted on: October 12, 2010 6:09 pm

RichRod feels your hate

Our defense is lacking and that can not be denied.  However, interceptions, dropped balls, non existant kicking game and penalties sure don't help matters either.  The players have got to stop over playing these games and concentrate on the fundamentals of football.  Catch first then run.  Wrap up when you tackle etc.  To me the offense ventured away from the game plan that got them to 5-0.  Robinson ran the ball a handful of times against State.  Why?  I hope we see more of the QB run game this weekend.  I did like seeing the Dirty Thirty defense used less.  I also think once we get that elusive sixth win the team will start playing a different style of ball and incoporate some good lod fashioned fun on the field.  Taking chances on defensive coverages and blitz packages.  Why not. At the end of the day it's just a game.  These kids have been put through a tremendous amount of pressure the past couple of years.  I can't wait to see it open up and the sooner the better for the fans.  All most of us want is a chance to see our winged helmets in January.  One more year for Greg Robinson to complete his defensive personnel and we are right there in the Big Ten hunt again.   

As always, GO BLUE!!!!! 

Since: May 29, 2008
Posted on: October 12, 2010 1:46 pm
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