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Posted on Mon, Nov 1, 2010 : 12:17 p.m.

Live updates from Michigan football coach Rich Rodriguez's Monday press conference

By Jeff Arnold


Michigan football coach Rich Rodriguez again has much to contemplate after the Wolverines' third straight Big Ten loss Saturday night at Penn State.

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Another week. Another disappointing defensive showing and, more importantly for the Michigan football team, another step in the wrong direction.

The Wolverines' 5-0 start is a distant memory as they are left to regroup heading into Saturday's home date with Illinois (noon, ESPN). Despite another impressive individual performance from quarterback Denard Robinson, Michigan's defensive issues proved too taxing in the latest setback at Penn State, a 41-31 loss.

On Monday, coach Rich Rodriguez sat down with the media and as one could imagine, his team's defense was a popular topic of discussion.

Rodriguez said he felt the personnel changes he made last week defensively worked - both in the short-term and for the long-term. By moving Cam Gordon to the hybrid position and moving Ray Vinopal to the free safety spot, Rodriguez feels like he's got better people in place in those positions.

But as a whole, there is obviously plenty of work to do. He said while his defensive staff continues to work with young players, he said much of the improvement will happen in the off-season. He said there has been "spots" of improvement, but nothing that has helped the Wolverines as a unit on Saturdays.

"Everyone's frustrated on the defensive staff, but we'll work on our issues and keep working to get better," Rodriguez said.

"But it's it's always a collective effort when you win and it's always a collective effort when you lose. I've spent some more time (personally) with the defense, but I'm not going to be able to wave a magic wand and fix things."

Rodriguez dismissed rumors that changes are imminent with his defensive staff, but said he has a "critical view" of every aspect of his program every day. He said he met with the defensive staff Monday morning about some of the unit's issues and they have shifted their focus to prepare for Illinois.

Rodriguez said while injuries have dictated much of what he is able to to do, he is not considering making any more personnel moves defensively. He said as a whole, the Wolverines aren't fast enough or athletic enough.

He such much of that improvement comes in the off-season and through recruiting, but if he felt like he had players that would be better suited in different positions, he would have made those changes weeks ago.

Rodriguez said "it's hard to pin (the defensive struggles) on one particular thing" and that there is not one glaring issue or one player that hasn't performed well. He said at times, players have been "over-conscientious" and need to focus more on just getting into position and making plays.

The past is the past Rodriguez was asked if he worried about this season turning into a repeat of last year when the Wolverines finished 1-7 after winning four straight. Rodriguez, who has consistently said he isn't a revisionist, took a cut at the media, saying it was only intent on focusing on the negative. He compared the attention to reality TV, saying the ratings only go up when bad things happen. He said he doesn't expect his players to show up at Schembechler Hall stewing over ythe disappointments of the previous Saturday, but intent on preparing for what's upcoming. As for Rodriguez? He doesn't believe in dwelling on the past. "Last year is last year, last week was last week," he said. "Do y'all think about things you did a year ago? I don't have to think about it - everyone writes about it."

Denard healthy, other injury notes

Rodriguez said one of the positives from Saturday's loss was how well quarterback Denard Robinson played pretty well. He said Robinson was close to breaking a couple of long runs and that he left the game momentarily after landing on his hip on the sidelines. He said Robinson's knee bruise had bothered him in recent weeks adding to an injury with his throwing shoulder. Rodriguez said he believes Robinson is close to being back to 100 percent. Nose guard Mike Martin is expected to return practice this week and may be ready to go Saturday against Illinois. Rodriguez said running backs Michael Shaw and Fitz Toussaint may see more time in practice as they prepare for a hopeful return.

Back to defense

Asked if this year has been "eye-opening" as far as what he needs defensively, Rodriguez laughed, saying he knew what type of players he needs to be successful. He equated improving the defense to getting his offense where he needs it to be, repeating that some of the improvements are more long-term and won't be corrected this season. He said he didn't have a specific message to his defense when he pulled the entire unit over to the sidelines in the fourth quarter. He said he needed to "fire them up a little bit" and that he "was just being a coach."

Being a dad

Rodriguez said he doesn't try and shield his two kids from the fire he's been under, knowing that with all of the information that is available, his son and daughter understand that public criticism of their father goes along with the territory of being a coach at a nationally-recognized program. "They're more worldly than you would expect a 14 and 12 year old to be," Rodriguez said. "I've been a head coach pretty much their whole lives and so they've kind of grown up with this. They know what the deal is."

Sticking with the D

Defensive lineman Greg Banks said the time for talking has ended - we need to "be about it".

He said the defensive starters talked extensively about the improvements that need to be made. Banks said specifically, the Wolverines need to improve on tackling and third down efficiency and that the defense is working hard to solve some of their issues.

While the defense has been without nose guard Mike Martin each of the past two weeks, Banks said the unit as a whole is ready to finally make the changes. He said that defensive coordinator Greg Robinson's schemes work but that the defense needs to take more pride in their performance.

"He's putting us in position, but we're not executing," Banks said. "He's been around the game for years and he knows what he's doing. He's got the players to do it, but we need to do it."

Safety Jordan Kovacs said while the Wolverines practice daily on third-and-long situations, it's hard to simulate game-like situations in practice. The former walk-on said improvement in that regard will only come with game experience and that it remains a priority for Michigan's defense. As for the constant criticism of the defense, Kovacs said he doesn't pay any attention to any media - steering clear of newspapers and television coverage of Michigan's team. He said he and his teammates have enough incentive to get better without paying attention to what's being said or written about the Wolverines.



Wed, Nov 3, 2010 : 8:23 a.m.

It sickens me that this team can go 5-0 and not win anymore games. I blame the defense coordinator more than the coach himself. I was very happy to see the coach yell at the defense. Its about time he showed who the real coach is. There is no reason why this team can't win at least two more games if not three. I don't understand how the players can't see the mistakes, why are they afraid to tackle the quarterback?Anyway, it's time to grow up, play like adults and get this time into a bowl game. dick patten


Tue, Nov 2, 2010 : 5:22 p.m.

I thought the cry was "All in for Michigan" You fans are a pos! Atleast other fans dont cry and piss an moan like a bunch of girls.I guess you got what you had comimg you cheating slapies. ha ha ha ha.Cant wait for B ball, ha ha ha.


Tue, Nov 2, 2010 : 12:35 p.m.

Lorain, Lorain, Lorain...does your post mean that you have to live in AA to be a Michigan fan? Get real! Not to question your intelligence or anything but if you have to force RR to hire a real DC, doesn't that say all you need to hear about this guy? Oh by the way, I would take any of the Carr years over the past 3, even that 6-6 disaster!

southern ohio wolverine

Tue, Nov 2, 2010 : 8:04 a.m.

What else can I say that hasnt already been said, this is completely agonizing. I have tried to stay even keeled and not attack RR personally, but the more I see him utterly destroying our proud program and the total disregard he has shown for our traditions, the more he needs to go, NOW!!!!!!

birch creek john

Tue, Nov 2, 2010 : 5:59 a.m.

Hey, guys, it's a game, for goodness sake! Bring in Harbaugh and you're looking at another three years of losses until he gets his program in place. I say give RR five years.


Mon, Nov 1, 2010 : 11:04 p.m.

Hey RR, Why dont you listen to your team, watch your team, and get the thumb out of ur ass... Stop making excuses and man up you have had 3 years to prove yourself and now not making it anywhere with UM at all... I personally think I can speak for all of us fans of UM WE ARE FEED UP WITH THIS STUNT GET OUT ALREADY!!! I am all for a new head coach and d coach im sorry but you have had your time to shine and you have FAILED!!! We want a POWER HOUSE not no dang SISSY HOUSE and that 5 and 0 was really nice but the last 3 games good luck finding a job in Michigan next year... I am all in for MICHIGAN!!! but RR you must be gone now... Here is a lil saying for you to think about RR... ***GO BIG or GO HOME***


Mon, Nov 1, 2010 : 10:07 p.m.

"All in for Michigan" You bet. "All in for RichFraud" No freakin' way. AND do not EVEN claim it's the same thing.


Mon, Nov 1, 2010 : 9:56 p.m.

@Dustin: You forgot a big stat: RR is 1 for October in 3 years. That's unbelievable. And that 1 is this year, on Oct 2 (may as well be September). Heart of the season, and no wins. And here comes Illinois who whupped on us twice already, with even worse talent than they have now.


Mon, Nov 1, 2010 : 9:42 p.m.

RichFraud is a no mind with no plan, no strategy, no idea, no clue. He is simply riding the coat tails of sensation Denard Robinsion hoping he can score 6 tds in a game. RichFraud will never get the Big10 football. A complete and total embarrasment to Michigan Footbsall. What is it 3-19 vs Big 10 if ever any coach deserved to be fired it is him.


Mon, Nov 1, 2010 : 9:39 p.m.

You know, I'll take LC's "running the program down" with his championships, contention, all B10 players, defenses that could tackle, and his loyalty. I thought it was time for him to leave, and I still do (his timing stunk though with no succession plan), but if you're going to compare LC to RR, then you should be praising LC from here to the heavens. As "bad" as a coach you claim LC to be, he must have been quite dynamic to get all those victories out of his lack of talent. Sheesh. And @fan: I agree. Bellotti sounds great! I'm surprised nobody else talks about him.


Mon, Nov 1, 2010 : 9:34 p.m.

Time to pull the plug on this Bill Martin experiment.Bill you did good raising money but your football and basketball coach hirings didnt work to well.Dont worry people Rich Rod will get himself fired because he cant help it.Every week he says stupider things and blames everything but himself.Brandon is watching and he knows whats up.He's ran big corporations and you wont fool him


Mon, Nov 1, 2010 : 9:07 p.m.

The longer we keep this guy the more MSU will get the better recruits in the state and then it will be like basketball.Much to late


Mon, Nov 1, 2010 : 8:57 p.m.

Loraine - you are completely dillusional if you are going to keep blaming Lloyd Carr for the past 3 years. If Rich Rod had done his job we would be in the 3rd year with the same D coord and have sophmores & juniors playing instead of a bunch of freshmen. Edward R. Murrow got a lot of the points I wanted to make. Rich Rod came in and "blew up" the offense so he could run his system. He hasn't recruited D talent (or much highly rated talent), he got NCAA sactions (which I wish the NCAA would finish with). And he doesn't ever say "I didn't have the team prepared". He jokes about the kicking situation and says the defense will improve in the off season. I had my doubts about Rich Rod when he was hired as I personally didn't like the way he left WVU but chalked it up to business at the time. But my real concerns where his specific offense with specific personnel needed and he was never know to have a good defense. But despite that I supported the man even though I hated what he did in 2008. Players left because they wouldn't fit in his system (Mallet, Manningham, Arrington) and the QB he had who could be a pocket passer (Threet) was forced into a system he couldn't run (he doesn't look to bad at ASU though). I'm done with Rich Rod end the experiment and bring in a coach who has a history of bringing discipline, fundamentals and defense. The 3 thing Rich has never shown at Michigan.

The Fan

Mon, Nov 1, 2010 : 7:28 p.m.

I'd like to see Mike bellotti leave his ESPN job and come coach for Michigan. He has the experience in the spread type of offenses and he did a hell of a job at Oregon.


Mon, Nov 1, 2010 : 7:12 p.m.

If a student at U-M did this poorly his/her 1st 3 years, they would not be retained. Just saying. RR owes U-M a refund. He got far more than out-of-state tuition reimbursement.


Mon, Nov 1, 2010 : 6:24 p.m.

Did Bill Martin also hire tater on his way out?????? Internet executive chief officer of coaching staff defense league. Classic zinger! GoBucks: I noticed many Buckeye fans being dismayed and discouraged at the whittling down of the once great UM-OSU rivalry and so am I...Neither do I like the OSU-UM being separated for the sake of a (cookie cutter) crappy conference title game. Brandon, go and get a great coach who can challenge the Buckeyes and more. But I am doubly encouraged that RR will be shown the door soon.


Mon, Nov 1, 2010 : 5:17 p.m.

Macabre - We can ensure a decent recruiting class by PUTTING a new coaching staff in place for next season!! Folks, please don't pick on Tater...he is just joking...he really doesn't believe what he writes....he thrives on all of us getting all wound up from his comments...OR, he is sitting in his green and white, or scarlet and grey outfit as he is typing!!

Macabre Sunset

Mon, Nov 1, 2010 : 5:02 p.m.

The only question at this point is how we can ensure a decent recruiting class given there will be a new coaching staff in place next season.


Mon, Nov 1, 2010 : 4:56 p.m.

Uhhh Brutus?....You sure you know how to use a computer??


Mon, Nov 1, 2010 : 4:39 p.m.

Sorry for the double post and the "MU" reference.


Mon, Nov 1, 2010 : 4:38 p.m.

Sorry for the double post and the "MU" reference.


Mon, Nov 1, 2010 : 4:33 p.m.

Please get rid of RR and resurrect the good ole OSU vs MU rivarly. Otherwise, my lengthy drives to the "Shoe" and the "Big House" won't be worth the effort. I almost felt the pain that RR showed on his face during the Penn State game - a pain I never saw on the faces of Bo Schembechler or Lloyd Carr. These UM coaches showed outbursts of anger, but never, ever the pain that was written all over RR's face. I almost felt sorry for that pathetic little man. Go Blue and win your next games except the one on November 27.


Mon, Nov 1, 2010 : 4:31 p.m.

Please get rid of RR and resurrect the good ole OSU vs MU rivarly. Otherwise, my lengthy drives to the "Shoe" and the "Big House" won't be worth the effort. I almost felt the pain that RR showed on his face during the Penn State game - a pain I never saw on the faces of Bo Schembechler or Lloyd Carr. These UM coaches showed outbursts of anger, but never, ever the pain that was written all over RR's face. I almost felt sorry for that pathetic little man. Go Blue and win your next games except the one on November 27.


Mon, Nov 1, 2010 : 4:23 p.m.

The one thing that really is starting to bother me about Greg Robinson (besides the complete lack of progress by the defense) is his lack of leadership he shows in not facing the media and answering questions. After games he runs out and lets his players face the music. What a guy. I think there's more happening here than just "He's putting us in position, but we're not executing." That was an unmotivated, unprepared defense out there against Penn State - after an extra week off. That's on the coaches.


Mon, Nov 1, 2010 : 3:46 p.m.

Tater, please be reasonable. We are not haters, we just aren't the follower you are. Your thinking is totally absurd in suggesting we become fans of MSU or OSU. How Dare you make that suggestion! We are a group of fans that love this program so much that we continue to fill up the Stadium, buy special shirts, seats and boxes to view the game to support The Team. We are not the ones who sell out to the visiting team. Why, we even buy the right to purchase our season tickets. If there is great M Team effort but a loss, we look the other way. However, if a coach refuses to be accountable and places the blame on everything and everyone other than himself, he is NOT a Michigan Man. Coach RR needs to apologize to his staff, his Team and the fans. Coach RR must accept he is the CEO of a football team. With such a prestigious position comes the paycheck, high-fives and credits due for a superb performance. With a lackluster performance, the CEO still gets the paycheck, but attempts to make positive changes before those under him feel public dissent. A Michigan Man is a CEO as well as a team player; he accepts responsibility for the actions of his team both on and off the field--and deals with them. So Tater, how would you define RR?


Mon, Nov 1, 2010 : 3:41 p.m.

javajolt: Don't even bother replying to tater. Tater is not interested in discussion, only in calling everyone out who dares be critical of our coaching results over the last 3 years. One big thing that keeps being a recurring nightmare is RR and this coaching staff's failure to adjust during the game, but especially at halftime. It's like Groundhog Day. And for those who keep calling JH home, he went to high school in Palo Alto and did a lot of growing up there. He is at a great situation for himself there. If it turns out that Michigan AD is interested, gosh I hope he would come 'home' and do what he's doing at Stanford (and at San Diego), but don't just assume that because he played here, he'd come. Bret Beilema played at Iowa and look at him now--a pretty solid Wisconsin coach. What we need is our own Pat Fitzgerald, though. (Gosh, I love the way he coaches).


Mon, Nov 1, 2010 : 3:30 p.m.

Look, RR isn't a bad guy. He was just a bad fit for Michigan. He came in and right away started messing with long-standing traditions. That rubbed people the wrong way and started everything off on the wrong foot. It was also indicative of his style - which may have been fine at West Virginia or elsewhere, but football was basically born here and you dont mess with things UNLESS you have a good reason. You certainly don't mess with anything before a thorough evaluation of the lay of the land. RR was his own worst enemy. He came in line a bull in a china shop under the guise that he could take what Carr was doing wrong and get Michigan to that next level. Well...that has been completely debunked. It was a failure. Could he succeed with another three year contract? Maybe. But he will never again get a second chance to make a good first impression. That's gone forever. Any reasonable person would conclude now is a good time to reevaluate that fast coaching hire from a few years back and perhaps go out there and get a Michigan man. It's ironic. Everyone says Bo wasn't a Michigan man when he came here. Thats true. But he became one the second he arrived. RR simply hasn't. Some of that is his doing, some not. He doesn't need to be destroyed as a person because it didn't work out. It just hasn't worked out. Time to look at this like a reasonable business person (David Brandon) and preserve the brand before it's too late. Be happy we have Brandon, because that's exactly what he's going to do. I have no inside "scoop", but he is not a dumb person AND he's a Michigan man. Sit back and watch. The Earth is going to move within the next few months.


Mon, Nov 1, 2010 : 3:23 p.m.

Sevensteve, Tater is not a UM grad. He's been asked that over and over. He never comes forward. He has re-aimed his wrath from MSU fans and alum(me) to UM faithful. He seems to be one of the remaining hold outs for RR. He used to live on the MSU boards, but has grown eerily quite over there. As the saying goes... Ignorance is Bliss. Tater has a blissful life.


Mon, Nov 1, 2010 : 3:17 p.m.

Tater, The only plausible explanation for your continued support of this guy is that either YOU are a troll yourself or are on the take. Wouldn't be at all surprised if you actually are going both ways. In any case, if you are in fact an M grad, please don't insult your institution's indisputable high standards for academic excellence any's embarrasing to the rest of us. You must have left your thinking cap at the RR pep rally.

Ron Granger

Mon, Nov 1, 2010 : 3:09 p.m.

I am so over the Rodriguez era. Just make him go away. I don't care how much he's spent building a house with a big pool here. He doesn't lead well. He doesn't respond to pressure well. He is not making much, if any, progress. We need to stop the damage.


Mon, Nov 1, 2010 : 3:05 p.m.

@JGS Yup.... I'd rather go with Harbaugh and give him three...than go another three with RR. How about you? Besides, Harbaugh took a REALLY BAD Stanford team....and look! Stanford ain't no Michigan.


Mon, Nov 1, 2010 : 3:04 p.m.

Did Bill Martin also hire tater on his way out?????? Internet executive chief officer of coaching staff defense league.


Mon, Nov 1, 2010 : 2:56 p.m.

@JavaJolt1 - I sure hope you're right, but I don't think Harbaugh can fix the problem overnight either. So we're left with another 3 - 4 years of "rebuilding" We've seen that up front and personal with the "professional" team to the east of us. After 10 years they are starting to show a glimmer of hope.


Mon, Nov 1, 2010 : 2:55 p.m.

Okay, quick question for the All In crew: why do we have to support a coach who brought shame and degradation to the program? Lloyd Carr is not the one who caused an NCAA investigation. Michigan is facing major sanctions for the first time in its storied history. Oh and by the way, come to find out, Rodriguez and his staff (the vast majority of which came with him) were doing the exact same thing at West Virginia, three seasons before they came to Michigan. So now were supposed to turn a blind eye to the cheating, and defend our poor embattled coach?


Mon, Nov 1, 2010 : 2:51 p.m.

Those of you that think Harbaugh will stay at Stanford because he's making a lot of money and enjoying success....are wrong. This is his home. Anyone want to make a wager that if Brandon offers him this job he will turn it down? Absolutely no way. You can take that to the bank. Harbaugh grew up here, most of his friends are here. He played here. It's in his blood....just like all of you. If the job is offered, Harbaugh is coming. You can take that to the bank.


Mon, Nov 1, 2010 : 2:48 p.m.

"much of the improvement will happen in the off season",,,,,,,,,,,, Does RR realize this is when people jump ship, get arrested, or get out of super Barwis shape????????? Concerned fans hang on we are now entering S@#t creek,,,,,,, Dave Brandon, will you please give us a PADDLE? Please?


Mon, Nov 1, 2010 : 2:45 p.m.

Can you say 4-3-4 RichRod? Michigan's defense is only good for 1 to 3 stops a game, so the offense has to score almost every time they have the ball or there is no chance to win. If Michigan runs the 3-3-5 bend and break defense another week the whole coaching staff should be fired and temporarily replaced by the Pioneer High School Football staff until a permanent staff can be found.

Lorain Steelmen

Mon, Nov 1, 2010 : 2:45 p.m.

Chelsea Bob, we have not a had decent DB back there for 10 years...not since Woodson, and Marcus Ray. Don't blame RR, he's just continuing a UM tradition. CraiginDexter, I think you hit the problem on the head. Everybody around here hates RR because, he's a 'hillbilly'. It's the typical UM arrogant as%^&*# mentality. You look down your noses at anybody that has a bluecollar background. As far a Harbaugh goes, he's NOT a 'Michigan Man'. 1) He ran the place down a year ago. and 2) He's making the big bucks now at Stanford! Got it? Harbaugh = Stanford. As far as Miles is concerned, he also thumbed his nose at Michigan, nearly three years ago. He is making the big bucks at LSU. Got it? Miles = LSU. Carr ran this program into the ground, then snuck out the back door, and left RR holding the bag. Way to go, Lloyd! If UM really is serious and wants to move into the 21st century, they'll STAY with RR, but force him to hire a real DC! Greg Robinson and the defensvie coaches must go, and the entire staff needs to prioritize DL's,LB's, and DB's in recruiting. My bet is, that is exactly what Brandon told RR this morning behind closed doors. Meanwhile, all you so called UM fans, should support the coach or move to Lansing or Columbus!


Mon, Nov 1, 2010 : 2:45 p.m.

@ tater.... Just who is creating negativity around the program? It's abysmal! You can't blame the fans for shelling out $$$ thousands and receiving a sub-par product. It's their (our) perogative to object to the complete lack of success....and worse...COMPLETE LACK OF PROGRESS. You cannot fault people for drawing their conclusion after three years. The evidence is in....what's the problem?


Mon, Nov 1, 2010 : 2:40 p.m.

** Three years. ** Do you like the trend/direction? ** This is Michigan. Any issues around recruiting the right players belongs soley with RR now. ** It's just not working. It has never worked for him since he got here. Right or wrong. Anyone that thinks this is going to turn around, let's hear the facts. ** This is Jim Harbaugh's home. Offer him the job...and I think we will come. ** It's just not working. That's all.


Mon, Nov 1, 2010 : 2:40 p.m.

ChelseaBob, they can't adjust plays. Reading between the lines the past two days of stories has shown a pretty sad state of affairs. Yesterday, Fred Jackson was saying that he won't know what's wrong until he watches the film. Today, Rodriguez is saying improvements come in the off-season. So basically, we cannot make gametime adjustments. We have to watch film and wait for the off-season apparently.


Mon, Nov 1, 2010 : 2:36 p.m.

"He said as a whole, the Wolverines aren't fast enough or athletic enough." Must feel good to be a DB at UM. They line you up 15 yards off the receivers, don't adjust plays, and then when you get its because you're too slow. Jim Harbaugh come home!


Mon, Nov 1, 2010 : 2:34 p.m.

I thought Greg Robinson had never played a 3 - 4 or a 4 - 3. Why are we?


Mon, Nov 1, 2010 : 2:33 p.m.

Forgot one... 4) Blame your complete failure at a head coach and your complete inabilty to win games in the Big Ten on the fact that the press is so negative.


Mon, Nov 1, 2010 : 2:32 p.m.

It is not fair to simply criticize Greg Robinson, or the defense in general, for Michigans woes. First of all, the defense is basically as porous as it was in 2008, when Robinson was coaching Syracuse to a win in South Bend. Basically what that means is that it is not just the fault of the defensive coordinator. But just like they shoved out the first guy, it seems as though the All In spin doctors are putting up another fall guy for Rodriguez. Why get rid of the head coach, when you can fire his subordinates. Worked the first time, did it not. Oh wait. Hey maybe third time is a charm. Second, for the past three seasons, much of the defensive struggles have not only been about their pathetic attempts at tackling, but also being constantly put into ridiculous situations by the special teams and the offense. Either their backs are already up against the wall when theyre needed once again, or they are tired from constantly being on the field, or a combination of both. And as far as being tired goes, why the defense continually looked gassed in the second half? Wasnt our newfangled strength and conditioning program ballyhooed as the greatest on earth back in 2008? We have the same guy in charge, what is the problem? Lastly, Rodriguez keeps talking about having a young team, and not the right players. How many recruiting classes does he need before he gets the right players?


Mon, Nov 1, 2010 : 2:30 p.m.

I thought Greg Robinson had never played a 3 - 4. Why are we?


Mon, Nov 1, 2010 : 2:30 p.m.

The typical RR presser: 1) Throw your players under the bus. 2) Blame everything on not having different players. 3) Snidely infer that its all the fault of the prior coach because you don't have your players. Rinse/Repeat.


Mon, Nov 1, 2010 : 2:27 p.m.

This defense is without a doubt the worst defense in the 50 years I've been following Michigan football. Wait, it's one of the worst defenses in D1 college football. This is the THIRD YEAR IN A ROW the defense has gotten WORSE as the season has progressed? How on Earth can this be possible? Sorry....but let me repeat that: The THIRD YEAR IN A ROW! I wanted Rodriguez to succeed. I think every Michigan fan did. But the "brand" is starting to seriously erode, there is no improvement in sight. Without the wonderful Denard Robinson Easter Egg we got this year...what would we be looking at? 2-8? We should have lost to Indiana. I'm not sure this team will win another game... which makes the second year in a row we've beat the "patsies" and run the table (the wrong way) in the Big Ten. Consider this: Dantonio has a better record against the Big Ten in MICHIGAN STADIUM than Rodriguez. Calling Jim Harbaugh.....Come home.


Mon, Nov 1, 2010 : 2:20 p.m.

I cannot even listen to the manure coming out of this guys mouth. Why can so many other teams run a base 4-3 defense and be respectable? Should Wisky or Iowa be able to recruit better defensive players than U of M? It is clearly a coaching thing and it's obvious that Greg or Rich can't get through to these kids. Time for Regime change.


Mon, Nov 1, 2010 : 2:14 p.m.

See John Cooper - Same deal, different team. Officially off the "broken wagon" led by coach Rodriguez. The offense has overachieved while the defense has completely underachieved. IMHO you need to build your team on defense. A wise coach of mine once told our team, "If they can't score, they can't win." I don't proclaim to be better at coaching than the current staff, but I am tired of losing and setting records that tarnish the program built by Don Canham and Bo Schembechler.


Mon, Nov 1, 2010 : 1:57 p.m.

Yelmonian, If this quote is recent (as in anytime this season, but especially in the last day to four weeks), any clear thinking person who understands leadership in any organization would need no more evidence to kick RR's rear-end right out of AA. If you still support this man with this attitude as M head football coach, you either have your head in the sand, or would love to see M continue to flounder, or are a complete idiot.


Mon, Nov 1, 2010 : 1:44 p.m.

Bo had a saying that said all that stay will be champions, well thats not true for those who know nothing of the proud tradition that built Michigan Football and made it the top programs in wins..Bluntly put Michigan need a Michigan man to give the program life again, this man RR has no idea the magnitude of what he has gotten hisself in and now after these past miserable years he expects the fans to lay down while he finish tearing down a once proud program and tradition....I don't think so! PLEASE! Bring Jim Harbaugh back where he belongs Home at Michigan Stadium calling plays and having a defense that not only stops people but people are afraid of..... Are you listening D. Brandon?


Mon, Nov 1, 2010 : 1:41 p.m.

Looks like RR got Rich and we got the rod.........


Mon, Nov 1, 2010 : 1:31 p.m.

Good set of questions daddio. I would have added, how did Penn State, with a 99th ranked offense in the FBS, manage to score 41 points? The last time Penn State got over 40 was on the season opener, with our first string QB and against Youngstown State.....


Mon, Nov 1, 2010 : 1:26 p.m.

I love this quote that I found in the Freep from RR. He's not going to go over there and fix some of the issues himself? Yeah... because they will just go away on their own. And some of the problems are not going to get fixed overnight? Three years to fix the defense is not overnight. "It's always a collective effort when you win and a collective effort when you lose," he said. "I'll probably spend a little bit more time with the defense than I'm accustomed to this week and the next couple weeks because I probably should do that because we've got more inexperienced players playing over there. But I'm not going to go over there myself and fix some of the issues. As I said before, some of the problems are not going to get fixed overnight."


Mon, Nov 1, 2010 : 1:19 p.m.

Just a reminder to the media that it is their job to ask tough questions, otherwise just have the UofM Athletic Department just release a report. For next time here are some tough questions. 1. Did the 2 week preparation for Penn State help your defensive performance? 2. Was Penn State's walk-on quarterback that good? 3. Why can't your defense recognize a screen? 4. Why do your defensive backs give so much of a cushion to the receivers? 5. Do you feel that you blitzed enough?


Mon, Nov 1, 2010 : 12:50 p.m.

If I make a mistake, Im going to make a mistake aggressively and Im going to make it quickly. I dont believe in sleeping on a decision.


Mon, Nov 1, 2010 : 12:43 p.m.

I can understand why he said what he said. Admitting that you are a horrible defensive mind and just as poor with special teams would get you fired. There are a couple of things that need to play out for RR to be retained as head coach. 1) He gets to a bowl and is not smashed by OSU 2) He beats OSU 3) The D in the last 4 games changes 180 degrees and looks like a good D and Mich wins a couple of the games. The chances of any of these happening are slim to none and your looking at a team that wont play in a bowl game for a 3rd year in a row! I think this because I do not believe anything will change on Defense. I would guess that if mich. gets smacked by illinois that we may see a change at the helm after the game because it is coming anyways. And RR's contract, if I am not mistaken, has a stipulation that if there are any ncaa violations the school can release him with out pay. I think also that Mich is more likely to pick up Peterson than Harbough, especially if Boise doesnt get into the title game and they are undefeated again!


Mon, Nov 1, 2010 : 12:26 p.m.

The only standard quote missing is "our defense is young, at times we had 12 freshman in the game at the same time." I am sure that when these players were being recruited, past Michigan teams greatness was added to the conversation. Then did RR add "I want to get away from what worked in the past for UM and take the team in another direction (home for the holiday season with your families)" I see some tough challenges ahead the rest of this season and I hope RR doesn't blow a head gasket. Because the Big Ten needs him at UM. At least the other teams need him at UM.


Mon, Nov 1, 2010 : 12:17 p.m.

Just listen to the Press Conference, thought it was Larry King Show, with all the softball questions.


Mon, Nov 1, 2010 : 12:17 p.m.

Rich Rod needs to criticize Greg robinson for his incompetency in handling the defense. He needs to man-up and fire this idiot. Greg Robinson is the reason UM is losing these games. Just fire him and replace Jim with Trgovac! C'mon d. Brandon make it happen so we don't miss a bowl game this year!


Mon, Nov 1, 2010 : 12:13 p.m.

I will save the program I will take on the Sweater vest I will stomp little brother I will bring back Michigan Replay FOR I AM HARBAUGH!!!


Mon, Nov 1, 2010 : 12:05 p.m.

"Rodriguez said while injuries have dictated much of what he is able to to do"- is this the first time he knew there were injuries in football? "Rodriguez said he felt the personnel changes he made last week defensively worked - both in the short-term and for the long-term"- Did he see the game? What planet does he live on where that was good in the short term? If his response was, it was not good for the PSU game, but I think it will be long term is one thing, but his answer is just plain wrong. "Rodriguez said "it's hard to pin (the defensive struggles) on one particular thing" "-- on this he is correct, it is the fact he is a failure a defensive coach from top to bottom. If it were one aspect of the game, you can say we don;t have the talent at that position, but there is not one part of the defense that performs well "He compared the attention to reality TV, saying the ratings only go up when bad things happen."- no, ratings and job approval go up when good things happen. The fact that he does not understand that premise shows how out of touch with reality he is ""Last year is last year, last week was last week," he said. "Do y'all think about things you did a year ago?" Two things about this silly quote. One, then don't ever bring up success you had at WVU or anywhere else. It was three years ago. Two, yes, I do think about things I did last year. It is how I improve. The things that did not work (Greg Robinson, 3-3-5 defense) in my job, I do not repeat them. I learn from what was bad in the past to improve upon it. To paraphrase: Those who refuse to study the past are doomed to repeat it. "He said there has been "spots" of improvement" If you are going to make that statement please back it up with a "spot" of evidence. Last year PSU scored 35, this year 41. In my world that is hardly improvement. Rich, it is time to man up and say, the defense is an utter failure. It is my fault for not having the right people to be able to do the job. As head coach I take full responsibility for not having the depth, coaches, and players to do what it takes to play defense in the Big Ten. I would respect that. What RR does and says shows why many including myself have no respect for him as a coach. He seemed to be awfully fully of himself at 5-0. How is that going for ya?


Mon, Nov 1, 2010 : 11:55 a.m.

Dead man walking


Mon, Nov 1, 2010 : 11:45 a.m.

I'm a Buckeye but this guy doesn't have a clue about Michigan football complete a head.


Mon, Nov 1, 2010 : 11:41 a.m.

@RAM Indeed, we could probably take up an ALL Big Ten collection to fund his next contract extension.


Mon, Nov 1, 2010 : 11:40 a.m.

"Rodriguez said he felt the personnel changes he made last week defensively worked - both in the short-term and for the long-term." Really??? Because I hate to break it to RR, but the current Nittany Lion offense is almost as incompetent as the disastrous 2000/4 versions. PLEASE retain this guy --- it makes the Lions' down years that much easier to endure.....


Mon, Nov 1, 2010 : 11:35 a.m.

The longer U of M keeps Coach Rodriguez, the longer that MSU will continue to win in the big house. Sounds like a good deal to me!