Wednesday, September 01, 2010

Rich Rodriguez inherited good QBs from Lloyd Carr, but didn't know what to do with them

It's interesting former Michigan quarterback Steven Threet is starting at Arizona State. He was an obvious mismatch for the Wolverines' spread option offense.
We'll see how he does this season. Arizona State does not figure to be a Pac 10 contender, but Threet didn't have to search long to land at a BCS school, and you'd think Dennis Erickson, Arizona State's coach, has a pretty grasp on the quarterback position, given his success as a college coach in the past, along with his extensive experience in the NFL.
And it's hardly forgotten that Arkansas' QB Ryan Mallet, who left not long after Rich Rodriguez arrived as head coach at Michigan, enters this season considered a potential Top 5 pick in the upcoming NFL Draft.
It does make you wonder, if Rodriguez is such as a great coach, why he couldn't adjust to the obvious talent around him - and win some games - the last two years.
It appears like he inherited a couple good quarterbacks from Lloyd Carr, but just didn't know what to do with them.



Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree. Rich Rod has ruined the program

4:09 PM 
Anonymous Deano said...


Agreed. And don't forget about Justin Boren who is a first team All-American on many pre-season teams.

11:16 PM 
Blogger Pat Caputo said...

Michigan's tradition has definitely taken a hit. See whether they get it back this season.

9:56 PM 
Blogger Pat Caputo said...

I can't help but think Boren must have felt strange lining up in a Buckeye uniform at Michigan Stadium.

9:57 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mallet was talented, but could not run, and RR's offense is based on the run. More importantly, Mallet was not liked by his teammates at Michigan -- he was considered arrogant and aloof, and did not work as hard as the group did. Boren was lazy, and would not work as hard as the group either. RR's style is much closer to Schembechler's than Lloyd Carr's was (ironically). The primary things RR demands are loyalty to the team first, and working hard. Mallet had neither of those qualities, and obviously Boren did not either.

7:50 AM 
Blogger Pat Caputo said...

Yeah, but obviously Mallet was a talented player. Michigan didn't have to go through a 3-13 record the last two seasons - if Rodriguez had adjusted offense to this player.

2:34 PM 

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