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If I'm Michigan, I'm keeping Rich Rod

Posted on: January 4, 2011 12:33 pm
Edited on: January 4, 2011 2:13 pm
 
I'm keeping Rich Rodriguez for several reasons, but only one that matters:

Because Jim Harbaugh, apparently, has said no.

If Harbaugh would say yes, Michigan hires Harbaugh. No-brainer. I mean, duh. Harbaugh would be the home run hire for any football program now, college or pro or in the English Premier League. He's that good.

But if the whispers are correct and Michigan can't get Harbaugh -- and in that story we linked to, it looks to me like the source was Harbaugh's father or wife -- Rich Rodriguez should stay.

Seriously, sans Harbaugh, that would be the best option for Michigan for the 2011 season, and possibly for the next 2-3 years. Half of the Michigan roster -- the half that plays offense -- was picked, and prepared, to run the RichRod spread offense. That includes dynamic quarterback Denard Robinson, a legit Heisman candidate in 2011 and 2012. Unless Michigan can hire a gifted spread-offense guy in the next few weeks like Urban Meyer the entire program would be set back several years.

Rodriguez returns, his awful defensive coordinator goes, and Michigan has a chance in 2011 and 2012. But if Rodriguez goes, Michigan is a loser in 2011 for sure and possibly in 2012 unless the new coach, whoever he is, signs a hotshot quarterback next spring and can win seven or eight games with him as a true freshman in 2012. Unlikely.

Rodriguez stays in 2011, if I'm calling the shots, because Harbaugh was Plan A and there is no better Plan B. Brady Hoke? Please.

However, this wouldn't be a lifetime appointment, or even a guarantee of a job in 2012, for Rodriguez. He gives Michigan its best shot, sans Harbaugh, in 2011 ... but if Michigan is again mediocre in 2011 and someone better is out there (Urban Meyer), make the change after next season.

That's my advice. Feel free to ignore it, Michigan. I know, I know -- maybe you should hire another coach from West Virginia. Does Bob Huggins run the spread offense?









Category: NCAAF
Tags: Michigan
 
Comments

Since: Jan 16, 2007
Posted on: January 6, 2011 4:51 pm
 

If I'm Michigan, I'm keeping Rich Rod

I don't know what was wrong with Rich Rod's defensive recruiting process but it has taken it's toll. Michigan was a dominant force in the '90's with their defense. We had gotten used to having a top 10 defense nationally every single year. Rich Rod definitely can recruit the offensive players he wants but defenses in the Big Ten are a lot better than the defenses he was used to in the Big East. He was far more successful in his 3rd year at West Virginia than he was at Michigan. Scoring 32 points a game is great...unless you're giving up 35 points a game. It goes way beyond his lack of understanding when it came to U of M traditions and standards, he just simply wasn't a good fit at Michigan and under no circumstances do I think it could have worked out. The spread offense can be exciting, but in the smash mouth Big Ten, it doesn't really translate into wins and titles, and thats all that really matters. I would be satisfied if they bring in Patterson. He's done wonders at TCU and I would welcome his defensive knowledge anyday. You don't stick with something bad just because you can't get the sexy choice to replace him...in the end if he isn't cutting it, he had to go. Rich Rod wasn't cutting it, and now he's gone. Instead of thinking about the why or what could have been...we should be focusing on which head coach gets Michigan back to it's glory days. Rodriguez will probably land in the Big East again, and succeed...good for him, and good for Michigan, I doubt they make that mistake again...hiring someone who's the "next big thing" instead of who'll make U of M great again.



Since: Sep 11, 2006
Posted on: January 5, 2011 12:36 am
 

If I'm Michigan, I'm keeping Rich Rod

Out of all FBS schools, his Michigan defense was almost the worst in the nation this year and easily the worst in Michigan history.  That's quite an accomplishment considering his recruiting base and the Michigan brand name.  With any defense at all, they probably would have beaten Penn St, Iowa, and Wisc this year.  The offense had no trouble moving the ball on those teams, but Greg's D couldn't stop a water balloon!



That's almost the exact same thing people said about Ron English when they were blaming him for all of UM's woes. What good did firing Ron English do? They can fire Greg Robinson, but if they keep Rich Rod the defense is never going to be good. That's a fact.



Since: Apr 17, 2008
Posted on: January 4, 2011 9:29 pm
 

If I'm Michigan, I'm keeping Rich Rod

If I'm Michigan I'm farting when I read this article!



Since: Nov 14, 2006
Posted on: January 4, 2011 9:10 pm
 

If I'm Michigan, I'm keeping Rich Rod

How do you hire a new defensive coordinator if he knows that Richrod is on a short leash. he has no players to play so how can it succeed. I agree to keep him with Harbaugh not coming--Brady Hoke--who?? 2 games over .500 in 2 years--come on but their defense will still be a sive.



Since: Jan 3, 2011
Posted on: January 4, 2011 8:10 pm
 

If I'm Michigan, I'm keeping Rich Rod

If Greg Robinson was so good in the NFL, then he should go back where he belongs.  He's been terrible in college.  He was terrible at Syracuse and he's been terrible here.

Out of all FBS schools, his Michigan defense was almost the worst in the nation this year and easily the worst in Michigan history.  That's quite an accomplishment considering his recruiting base and the Michigan brand name.  With any defense at all, they probably would have beaten Penn St, Iowa, and Wisc this year.  The offense had no trouble moving the ball on those teams, but Greg's D couldn't stop a water balloon!

He is a primary reason for UofM's recent futility.  That defense almost cost them wins v. Illinois, Indiana, and even UMass for Pete's sake.  Unacceptable!



Since: Sep 11, 2006
Posted on: January 4, 2011 7:46 pm
 

If I'm Michigan, I'm keeping Rich Rod

I'm amazed at how many people are using Greg Robinson as the scapegoat here, including YOU DOYLE.

Greg Robinson is far from being an "awful" DC. He has run the defense for 3 different NFL teams, including the Denver Broncos when they won 2 Super Bowls.

Robinson is not the reason for UM's recent futility.



Since: Dec 3, 2006
Posted on: January 4, 2011 3:22 pm
 

If I'm Michigan, I'm keeping Rich Rod

Just announced, see you rich rod thanks for 3 wasted years. Time for you to go pimp someone else



Since: Oct 27, 2010
Posted on: January 4, 2011 3:05 pm
 

If I'm Michigan, I'm keeping Rich Rod

PANIC!!! LOUD NOISES!!!




Since: Sep 5, 2006
Posted on: January 4, 2011 2:55 pm
 

If I'm Michigan, I'm keeping Rich Rod

And by Robinson, I mean Greg. Not Denard.



Since: Sep 5, 2006
Posted on: January 4, 2011 2:54 pm
 

If I'm Michigan, I'm keeping Rich Rod

I have to agree with Doyel. As much as I want to see Michigan get back to where they should be, you only fire Rodriguez if Harbaugh is coming. But Robinson HAS to go. There's no two ways about it. And find a kicker. And a running back. And a secondary. OK, maybe just fire Rodriguez.


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