Adapts well my ass!
He was a stubborn SOB at Michigan where it was his way or the highway. He didn't adapt sh*t! Steven Threet running the read option is adapting? F'n laughable.
P.S. it's funny how "supposedly" 2 of the top "adaptable" coaches in America (RichRod and Shafer) were at Michigan during their worst and most embarrassing stretch of football in the last 50yrs.
Yeah, adaptable my ass.
The zone read wasn't Threet's problem (believe it or not, Threet's rushing numbers at Michigan are better than Tate Forcier's) it was his passing. How in the holy hell did he only complete 51% of his passes in what is supposed to be a dink and dunk passing attack?
Was it that high? Haha
He couldn't hit the board side of a barn.
Here we go again. So, according to you, Steven Threet couldn't really throw or run the zone read (I doubt anyone would disagree with you, including myself). If RR is being blasted for not adapting, I'm curious as to what he could have done to win games that year with the roster he inherited. Actually, let's just forget about RR. What would YOU have done if you were head coach of the 2008 squad? If you ask me, he walked into a situation where he was screwed either way, why not install your system early on and bank on later seasons.
It's the offseason and it's June sooooo, what the hell, here we go...
RichRod failed because his defenses and special teams worsened every year and were frankly horrible by the end of his tenure. Also, he failed to evolve his offense past the spread's origins. His passing game lacked the conceptual nature necessary to succeed as teams adapted to his spread's basic tendencies. He didn't diversify his offense in the way Oregon has to counteract defenses adapting. He never embraced plays such as the midline option, inverted veer, power or counter trey like others. While the offense was largely successful once Denard was in place, it never hummed in the way Oregon's offense did (particularly against better teams) to overcome the sh*tty-ass defense and special teams.
However, to answer your question, RichRod went 6-18 in B10games. I would have hired better assistant coaches, recruited better and squeezed enough production out of the roster and won at least 10 games in my first season. I would not have lost to Toledo, missed a bowl for the first time in 33 years, suffered the first losing season since the 1960s, put the program on probation with major sanctions and employed revolving-door defensive philosophies.
I would have beat O$U, M$U and P$U. I wouldn't have gone 0-9. I wouldn't have been outscored by a total of 317-140 in those nine games.
I would not send in the smallest running back (V. Smith) and throw him into a power I on 3rd and short to watch the play get stuffed 90% of the time.
I would have taught the fundamentals and increased the football IQ of the team which down right sucked under RichRod. Tackling looked worse every year. Some how players already on the roster got worse. My team would not have botched punt return after botched punt return and had fumbles galore...
I wouldn't have hired a DC, then fight with him every week and force my will on him at Purdue as the team runs the 3-3-5 and is beaten by a converted RB playing QB. I would not have fired that dude (who goes to Syracuse ironically and coached a pretty damn good defense) and hire a Orange Reject and watch the defense take a bigger nose dive as the players are thinking so much on the field they forget they are playing football and it costs the team one win after another.
I wouldn't have thought red shirts were some mythical creatures who don't exist. I wouldn't burn players red shirts on special team plays and garbage time, etc.p
I would have paid attention to the D. I wouldn't have treated it like it was there to get the offense ready in practice week in and week out and not be able stop anyone. I wouldn't have tried to out score everyone which of course is totally unrealistic. I wouldn't have hired and fired DCs and changed schemes every year so the players didn't know their head from their ass. Spinner, 3-3-5, 4-2-5, death backer and all these cool names don't mean sh*t.
I wouldn't have allowed Wisconsin to run the same play 20 times in a row and not been able to stop it.
Finally, I would have had the diplomatic skills to handle the job. Being the coach at Michigan (or any major program) is as much of being a public face of the university as anything else.
These are just a couple things off the top of my head... :)