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7 hours ago, Motor City Sonics said:

Here's the thing for Michigan fans and they'll hate hearing this - especially the older ones, but Rich Rodriguez was right.  He was doing exactly what needed to be done but the blue hairs and the Michigan mafia didn't like him shaking things up.    yeah, he could have been better with the defense (he had the athletes, but not the right scheme), but if the idiots who freaked out over opening up the offense had just let him do his thing,  Michigan would be better off at this point.   3 yards and a cloud of dust doesn't work anymore.  It's like a video game now.  Stop fighting it and go with it.      It's not 1984.     

Rodriguez was undone by all the conservatives in Ann Arbor who didn't like dreadlocks.  Ok

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The offense does not need a complete overhaul -- it was effective during the season, and it did score 39 against OSU.  There was too much focus on manball - which never works against highly talented teams - and more creativity is needed in future seasons.  Harbaugh essentially reverted to Carr's offense of the early 2000s, which had the same problems.

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First of all, Rich Rodriguez just knew that some different kids went out there for the part of the game that his offense didn't have the ball. I'm not sure he even really knew who they were, but that was literally the extent of his knowledge of the "defense". As for the other commentary on him, he turned out to be the douchebag that people suspected.  He ended up embarrassing the university, and then a university after that too. College football is better off without him, as it would be without urban meyer.

As for the part about opening up the offense more, I don't necessarily disagree. But the big 10 has historically been a power conference, which right wrong or indifferent, has dictated that Michigan play that style (historically). That's started to change, and Michigan hasn't changed with it. But more importantly, we haven't historically been able to recruit the athletes who could play the more wide open sort of game. osu has just had far better recruiting classes, and wide open offense is much easier when you have those types of horses. Harbaugh does need to change his thought process on the offense and recruit higher levels of athletes, or else we will continue to see efforts like this. But don brown also needs to wake the **** up and stop being so obstinate as well. There's no excuse for what happened to his defense. if osu hadn't inexplicably taken haskins out for that series in the red zone, then not sat on the ball on the goal line to end the game, it could have been 76 points. Think about that for just a moment if you think 62 points was wildly unacceptable...And it might have been over 80 if a couple of their wide open receivers hadn't just plain dropped passes.

The other point I'll make is this- harbaugh likes tight ends in his offense. lots of them. But the ones he had this year weren't particularly good. Gentry's play was just unacceptable- you simply can't be in a big game like that and perform like that (and expect to start again next year). If Harbaugh's offense isn't seeing tight ends make plays, it's really got problems. Which is what we saw.

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