This is Arizona Cardinal QB Derek Anderson after last night's embarrassing loss to the San Fransisco 49'ers on Monday Night Football. Sounds like the guy is protesting way, way too much. Maybe he's a little guilty.
Bob Wojnowski is one of the best sports journalists in America. If you have lived in Detroit you already know that he is measured, experienced and entertaining. He's a very thoughtful journalist who doesn't take his column or his opinions lightly. That is why you should see the end of the Rich Rod era at Michigan just by reading Wojo's latest column.
It is one thing to read the national pundits who really don't know anything about Michigan football and think Rodriguez will be fired, it is quite another thing to read it from one of the more rational Michigan writers.
Face it, Rodriguez doesn't scare anybody in the Big Ten, MSU, OSU, Wisconsin and Notre Dame all have owned the Wolverines under Rich Rod and that has to change.
If Harbaugh arrives in Ann Arbor, new Athletic Director David Brandon will send a huge message that Michigan intends to win again and quickly. As a "Michigan Man" Harbaugh brings the ability to unify the warring Michigan factions and restore Michigan football to glory on the field. He's a smart guy who will be in demand this winter; Michigan is his first love and they need to act now to insure they don't blow this like they did the Les Miles hire three years ago.
My sources told me the same thing that Wojo discussed in his column and know who I talked to, I am confident that Wojo knows everything I know and more about the Michigan Head Coaching situation.
I hate like hell that Rodriguez left his alma mater to come from Michigan, I understand why he did it, but he belongs at West Virgina and he can't go back. Rich Rod is a good guy with an edgy personality, he didn't come to Michigan to mess up the program and I believe given time he would make Michigan proud, but that isn't how it works in big time college football.
Personally I don't even think a Michigan win changes Brandon's mind if Harbaugh leaves Stanford. Harbaugh belongs to Michigan and Michigan belongs to him, expect him to roam the sidelines at Michigan next fall unless he stays at Stanford and waits another year for Michigan to fire Rich Rod. If he is leaving Stanford, it is for Michigan.
Check out this video of an Ohio new anchor being a slap-dick. The guy is wearing Michigan's maize pants under the desk. If it weren't mildly amusing, I'd make him a #1 seed in the top 64 slap dick of all time tournament.
There are a lot of rumblings that Saturday will be Rich Rod's last game as the Head Coach at Michigan, but I doubt the outcome of the game with Ohio State will have any bearing on the decision to keep or fire Rodriguez.
Rich Rod's future at Michigan will be based on two things. One, is he a good fit at Michigan and two, how badly do Jim Harbaugh and Michigan want each other?
Today, rivals.com national college football writer Tom Dienhart tweeted, “The more people I talk to, the more I think Rich Rodriguez will be coaching his last game at Michigan this Saturday.” He is right, a well connected source close to Michigan Athletic Director David Brandon told me this week that they like Rich Rod at Michigan but he may not be a "fit." If that is the case, why would they wait another year to make a move, especially if Harbaugh is antsy to leave Stanford. If Rich Rod isn't a "fit" for the program now, it is hard to imagine he will be a "fit" in one year or five years!
Harbaugh can't stay at Stanford any longer, nobody cares about football in Palo Alto and he will be overwhelmed with offers when his season with the Cardinal is over. Stanford is a stepping stone job and everybody knows his departure is inevitable.
Make no mistake, Harbaugh wants and covets the Michigan job, he knows he can return the program to its previous standing and retire a legend like his mentor Bo Schembechler.
I don't know what will happen for sure after the Ohio State game, but I think we are about to see fireworks. Dave Brandon is a decisive guy and I am sure he wants to return Michigan to top 5 status and begin building a legacy immediately.
Some are concerned that changing pphilosophies will set the program back another two or three years as they transition back to a pro style offense to compete in the Big Ten, but Harbaugh is a smart coach, he would make great use of Denard Robinson, Tate Forcier and Devin Gardner. You can bet he won't run them off like Rich Rod did to Ryan Mallet.
This is a great exchange last night between ESPN analysts Matt Millen and Steve Young. Young made the point that Minnesota's firing of Head Coach Brad Childress was proof that Brett Favre is calling the shots for the Vikings. Millen disagreed but there seemed to be more to it, like maybe Millen was overly sensetive to the criticism of his own coached failing in Detroit. It really is hard to believe a word Millen says knowing how inept he was as a General Manager with the Lions.
Here is the video of Nebraska Head Coach Bo Pelini losing his fricking mind Saturday Nigh in the Huskers 9-6 loss to Texas A & M. Pelini was crazy all night, yelling at officials and players, here is the exchange with his own QB, Taylor Martinez.
If you were wondering why Nebraska's Ben Cotton was flagged for kicking an Aggie player on Saturday night, check out the video of what happened BEFORE Cotton's "kick." As you can see by the video below, Tony Jerod-Eddie of Texas A & M decided this would be a good time to grab Cotton's crank. Ouch. Cotton was penalized 15 yards. Maybe we need review of personal fouls too. Jerod-Eddie has a future as a TSA agent.
I was optimistic early in the year that Rich Rod might have finally righted the ship at Michigan, but now that Ohio State week is upon us I have serious doubts about his coaching ability going forward.
Michigan continually makes the same mistakes, they don't learn from anything. When are they going to learn to NOT kick field goals in the red zone or to stop trotting Jeremy Gallon out there on kick-off returns, he can't hold onto the ball and everybody knows if but Rich Rod.
Under RR, Michigan is a turnover machine and I don't see very much improvement from year to year, they've also become really soft! They can't take a punch in the mouth and get up off the mat, they fold like a house of cards EVERY TIME they face adversity.
The vaunted Michigan spread offense is apparently not going to fool the good teams in the Big Ten. If I remember it was always Michigan that couldn't stop the spread offense. Wisconsin isn't having any of the spread, this performance should finally show everybody that the Big Ten is indeed a rough, physical conference and maybe the SEC style isn't going to work in the Midwest.
I think Michigan will bring Rodriguez back, but I don't think they should. I'd hate to see them change coaches again, but this clearly isn't working.