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?”
(A thank you: annarbor.com)