Memo to Michigan Fans: Calm Down

Jason BarczyCorrespondent IOctober 7, 2008

A lot of Michigan fans need to take a good look in the mirror this week and ask themselves what is wrong with them and seek help.

You know who I'm talking about.

The ones that are mentally retarded for already starting to talk about getting rid of Rich Rodriguez.

They're out there whining that Michigan might have a losing season and might not make a bowl game for the first time in a hundred years. I say who cares.

There are only five bowl games I really care about anyway and even if Michigan does forge ahead to a winning season they don't have a chance at either the BCS Championship, Rose, Orange, Sugar or Fiesta bowls.

Yet there are fans out there who apparently are going to be really upset if Michigan doesn't even qualify for the Motor City Bowl or the Meinke Car Care Bowl or the Poinsetta Bowl.

I can hear them whining right now.

"But Jason, Michigan has been the model of consistency over the years and is the winningest program in football history."

Blah, blah, blah.

Look, I'm more than proud of Michigan's rich tradition and history of winning but we all fall from grace once in a while. Look at Notre Dame.

It's not the end of the world for Michigan to miss a meaningless bowl game or have a losing record for the first time since 1967.

Getting rid of Rich Rodriguez is the most ludicrous idea or thought I've heard from a Michigan fan. The man has coached five games.

Five. Say it to yourself. Five games.

This isn't year five, it's game five.

And look at the hand he has been dealt. It's not like Charlie Weis inheriting a stud quarterback like Brady Quinn and seniors up and down the board.

No, Rodriguez is dealing with a bunch of freshman for crying out loud. Here's a list of all the freshman that have been seeing significant playing time because of a lack of capable upperclassman at their position:

Steven Threet, Martavious Odoms, Darryl Stonum, Mark Huyge, Kevin Koger, Mike Martin, Sam McGuffie, David Molk, Ryan Van Bergen, Michael Shaw and numerous others that are just sophomores.

Then look at the list of players that left because of graduation or entering the NFL draft or because they were arrogant morons who transferred because they were too afraid of Mike Barwis.

Chad Henne, Mike Hart, Jake Long, Mario Manningham, Adrian Arrington, Shawn Crable, Ryan Mallet, Justin Boren.

Don't worry, I can hear the argument you're making right now.

"But Jason, Michigan is Michigan and they have more than enough blue chip talent in order to keep the bowl streak alive and not be this bad."

True, Michigan has a ton of talent. But how is that talent suppose to respond to a new coach, new system and basically a house cleaning of their old coaches and philosophies?

And let's not overlook how overrated some of this talent was that Lloyd Carr brought in his final year.

Steven Threet was a four star recruit coming out of Adrian High School. He doesn't look anything of the sort, more like a two star player. Just goes to show you how retarded those star ratings are for high school players.

What was Dan Lefevour coming out of high school? A three star maybe? Now he's the best college quarterback in the entire state of Michigan and Rodriguez, along with numerous other coaches, would love to have him now.

Another argument I've heard is that Rich Rodriguez should call more pro-style offense plays to fit his players abilities until he gets players to fit his spread offense.

"But Jason, a good coach adapts to his players abilities."

OK, but what is that going to do for the players that are already there? Next year, they'll be just as lost as the freshmen coming in who fit the system.

Guys like Odoms and the offensive line won't be use to it and Rodriguez will have basically lost a year in developing players for his system.

You can't teach one system in practice all week and coach a different style on Saturday. Guys will be completely lost.

People forget that these players also have classes to deal with, classes at the University of Michigan at that. They're not in football practice 24/7.

Rodriguez has to get these players use to the system now, so that next season when Tate Forcier comes in, he'll have the role players around him so that he can step right in and be successful.

The players that are there now are just inexperienced and going through a lot of growing pains. It's not the play calling, it's inexperience.

Rodriguez got the shaft coming into Michigan and the players he's had to coach. Now some of you want to punish him because the precious bowl streak is in jeopardy.

"But Jason, Michigan fans won't stand for a losing season and there are consequences for that."

Come on. What is that going to do? It'll just make the university look stupid. More so than one losing season in 30-some years.

I knew this year was going to be a transition but set a goal at the beginning of making a bowl game. Sometimes goals just let you down in the end and a lot of you are mad about it.

I get it, I really do. But calm down, take a deep breath, and take solace in knowing that in two years, maybe even next, the Wolverines offense is going to be explosive and Michigan will be dominant once again.

There shouldn't be any talk of getting rid of Rodriguez amongst Michigan fans unless it's year three and these problems still exist.

"But Jason...."

No. No more buts. If you can't do that, if you can't accept the fact that Michigan is going to have a losing season, seek out therapy.

You'd be doing real Michigan fans a big favor.


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