Posted at 4:00pm -- 12/1/2009
Mailbag question: Coach Weis and Coach Rod
Could Michigan turn into Notre Dame?
What I mean by this is their offense has been quite decent for several years, but the Irish defense has suffered. Could Coach Rod become Coach Weis?
Is this a deal where if things do not change in recruiting, or the talent level on both sides of the ball, or how practices are run, or how the offense seems to be the most important thing right now, that sooner or later this could be Coach Rod's downfall at Michigan like Coach Weis’ at Notre Dame?
Thanks for the question.
This is very possible in our opinion.
GBMW (CoachBt and ErocWolverine) were just talking about this very subject and were reminded of time this spring when Coach Robinson was trying to use teachable moments for the benefit of the defense and all Coach Rod was worried about was running the next play.
If Coach Robinson comes back, here will be some telling spring session signs that progress has been made on his behalf: Coach Robinson can secure more control, not only regarding the defensive staff, but also with everyday things such as practices, schedules, practice routines, defensive recruiting, and making the defense a high priority, just like the offense has been under Coach Rod.
We believe for this team to become elite again the defense needs to be taken more seriously, and quite frankly if the defense would have had better talent UM would not have finished in a tie for last in the Big Ten Conference with Indiana with a 1-7 record in 2009.
We do think that the Notre Dame situation is different because under Coach Weis, in our opinion, Notre Dame recruited too many pure All-American's and not even tough hardnosed working class kids.
Coach Rod is just the opposite, too many projects sleepers and not enough elite/All-American type kids that many other schools have in abundance; such as Florida, Ohio State, USC, Texas, Penn State, Alabama, and Notre Dame, to name the most obvious.
Written by GBMW Staff
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