Unlike the fawning farewells from a certain newspaper to Groobers and his wife and his philanthropy and his church and his adoption of Tanzanian refugees saved from homeland persecution (last part lifted from Brangelina’s Tuesday to-do list), we at The Fizz are not gonna sugar coat this for you.
Greg Robinson sucked.
And now he sucks at a new school.
For anyone watching the most recent installment of Wolverine Hysteria, Rich Rodriguez is once again walking the public plank.
Back-to-back losses in the Big 10. A defeat at the hands of in-state rival Michigan State (which is completely unacceptable in Ann Arbor). Needing a last-second comeback to defeat miserable Indiana.
It’s a good thing UM had those directional Michigan schools and Delaware State on the slate. Outside of those stompings, the Maize-and-Blue is just 2-2.
RichRod is garnering most of the heat, but its Groobers defense (and specifically the passing defense) which deserves much of the blame.
Quite simply, Groobers can’t stop anybody. (We’ve written this sentence a few times at The Fizz.)
Out of 120 teams in D-1, Michigan ranks 80th (and that INCLUDES easy wins against Eastern Michigan, Western Michigan and Delaware State).
Against teams with winning records, they’re giving up and astounding 277 yards/game through the air.
The UM pass defense allowed 336 yards and three touchdowns from Jimmy Clausen in their worst game of the season. They’ve given up 34 points to Notre Dame. 33 points to Indiana, 30 to Iowa and couldn’t get a final stop when they needed it against an unranked Michigan State team in a 26-20 loss. Tomorrow, they host #13 Penn State with dangerous passing combo Daryll Clark to Derek Moye.
To be fair, Syracuse’s pass defense is even more atrocious, ranking near the bottom of the BCS division (and well-documented here at The Fizz). But the talent at Michigan dwarfs what Doug Marrone inherited and Lloyd Carr left a long tradition of stout defense.
Good to see some things never change. And he’s someone else’s problem now.