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Richrod sticking with defensive assistants

Embattled Michigan coach Rich Rodriguez said in his Monday press conference that he would be sticking with his defensive assistants, despite the Wolverines giving up over 4oo yards for the fifth time this season in a 41-31 loss to Penn State.

The Wolverines’  … um … “defense” has been downright awful since Rodriguez took over in Arbor in 2007. Current DC and former Syracuse head coach Greg Robinson is the third coordinator in four years.

“Everybody wants to focus on the negative,” Rodriguez said. “People turn on the TV. A negative story is coming on. The world is coming to an end. There’s a bombing. There’s something tragic.”

Not to be captain obvious, but with Michigan on a three-game slide, it’s kind of hard to, you know, not focus on the negative. Much has been made about Rodriguez as an offensive guru and it is entirely possible that as Michigan was learning to adjust to Rodriguez’s offense, the focus on defense slipped through the cracks.

If the defense loses two or more of their final four games, it will also serve up memories of 2009, when the Wolverines started the season 4-0, only to lose seven of their next eight games.

“We’ve got to get faster and more athletic defensively, that’s the first thing. That was painfully obvious to me watching the film,” said Rodriguez, who claimed there was no “magic wand” for fixing the defensive struggles.

“If I had that answer right now, wouldn’t I have already done it?”

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2 Responses to “Richrod sticking with defensive assistants”
  1. joerevs300 says: Nov 1, 2010 10:16 PM

    Memo to Rich Rod: EVERY identity starts at the top. You just gave up 40 points to a team that was barely scoring 14 against decent competition. Wake up and take a look in the mirror. You had ONE good season at WVU.

    Overrated. Times 100.

  2. hammers01 says: Nov 2, 2010 8:15 AM

    Ok…Joe. Which ONE good season are you referring to?

    Which one of his 4 conference titles, which one of his top ten finishes and which one of his 11 win seasons to you consider “Good”?

    I’m just asking…

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