Normally I'd wait for the weekend to end before I do any kind of postgame post regarding Michigan football, but enough is enough, and I'm not going to wait.
Ironically, it seems like nobody else is going to wait either. I'm sure at first glance the title of this post would appear to be my thoughts about the state of Michigan football.
Wrong. That's what I think about a vast portion of the Michigan fanbase.
Wake the fuck up, people. No, I'm not kidding. Wake. The. Fuck. Up.
Yes, today was embarrassing. I'm not going to make excuses for the defense, or for Scott Shafer. I think calling for him to be fired is a bit kneejerky, but wolves have to have a deer to eat.
But I'm browsing Michigan message boards, and I'm reading things like "can we please throw the rest of the games and get this clown out of here?" and "this guy looks to be 7-5/8-4 at best" and this one in particular, and I'm going to quote it verbatim:
In the meantime the uofm traditon has been trashed and will be gone before this season is over. The years of excellence beyond the rest of the NCAA are over.
This person is a fucking idiot. I cannot express that any more clearly. This person should be banned from Michigan Stadium. I feel bad for any possible children this person has, because said children will be getting shortchanged in the gene pool.
I say again: Wake up, people. This program was decaying. At the risk of sounding like a certain political candidate, CHANGE WAS NECESSARY. You can bitch and moan all you want about Les Miles being robbed of a chance to coach here, but get over it. The Michigan Internet is ablaze tonight, and I'm close to a psychotic break.
Allow me to weave a tale of sorts. A tale about a team. This team, this program has a whole, has a history and tradition not fit to stand in the shadow of Michigan's. Several years ago, this program hired a coach that they hoped would pay dividends. In that coach's first year, this program went 2-9 and finished 107th in the nation in scoring offense. They did not win a single conference game. They lost games 61-14, 35-7, 63-10, 40-2, and 37-3.
After that season, that coach signed a quarterback that he thought might fit the spread system he was trying to install. It was weird, because that quarterback was regarded as a pro-style QB. He never ran the spread in high school.
The next year, that coach put that freshman QB in to take lumps. It was ugly again. They went 2-10. They finished 88th in scoring. They only won one conference game. Their freshman quarterback completed less than 40% of his passes, threw for as many touchdowns as interceptions, and averaged less than 4 yards per carry. On the surface they were still abysmal, and yet upon closer look, they were improved. The team they lost to 61-14 the previous year, they beat 23-20. The team they lost 35-7 to only beat them 24-7. 63-10 became 26-12. 40-2 became 17-10. 37-3 became 42-31. They lost those games, but improvement was obvious.
The next year, it started to click. They were 58th in scoring. As the spread system entrenched itself, the running game started to roll. They led their conference in rushing. They won 9 games with a quarterback who wasn't a spread offense quarterback coming out of high school. They went to the most historic bowl game this sport has to offer.
That QB? Juice Williams. That coach? Ron Zook. That team? Illinois. The same Illinois team that shredded Michigan like paper last week. Think about that for a moment. Two years ago, they were in the throes of a 2-10 season. They went from 2-10 to the Rose Bowl, to one of the best offenses in the country now.
And yet the Michigan fanbase is poisoned with gutless, heartless cowards who are convinced that hiring the innovator of that spread option offense was a mistake. Michigan fans have been spoiled by consistency, and the thought of a losing season makes the stomach turn. Yeah, it sucks. I'm not going to put a spin on losing. Losing sucks. I would prefer to have Michigan win every weekend. But seriously, in a world where overreacting is the chic thing to do, I am embarrassed to associate myself with the Chicken Littles that inhabit the Michigan message boards tonight.
Accept reality. Penn State is going to take out a dozen years of frustration on us next week. Ohio State is going to make it five straight. There is a very distinct possibility that Michigan State will beat us. I know this is the doomsday scenario for Michigan fans. Having to hear it from all sides, from East Lansing and Columbus and State College and South Bend all in one year is a horrifying thought. Believe me, it doesn't make me smile. There is nothing more annoying than the crowings of a Michigan State fan, especially now.
Suck it up. If you don't have the character to stick with this coach and stick with this process through the lean years, go cheer for USC or Ohio State. You're always invited to jump back on the wagon in a year or two. Hypocrites.
Like I said, I'm not going to make excuses for the defense. Letting one guy catch 20 passes is a farce. But for the know nothings of the Michigan internet to start going crazy at an offense featuring four new starters on the offensive line (which, oh by the way, is ravaged by injury), freshmen at running back and upper classmen who can't hold onto the ball or stay healthy, and all new wide receivers...Les Miles would've had growing pains. Those growing pains are sharper because of the new system, and yet the vultures expect this new system to be down to a science after six games.
Nut up, people. Remember the attrition that happened, because the new staff made things tougher on the players before the season? That's applying to the fanbase now. The true diehards will be revealed, and the chicken(shit) littles will be weeded out.
Rome wasn't built in a day, and if you expected it to be, you are a gutless fool, and I am ashamed to cheer for the same team as you.