CoconutBackwards wrote:PokerAndPucks wrote:Hoke understands that to win in the Big 10, you have to play more of a power game, and he'll be transitioning away from that and having his linemen bulk up a bit. The team isn't capable of that yet, but it's getting there, and he's focusing on recruiting from this region, where DickFraud tried to get as many Florida kid as he could. Hopefully Hoke can get enough speed to keep up, but it doesn't matter if you're fast enough to keep up with SEC teams if you're playing in 2nd and 3rd tier bowls every year because you can't win in your conference. Now that Hoke is focusing on Michigan and Ohio, MSU's recruiting will drop, and they don't have enough national pull to get a lot of top end talent from out of the region.
I respect your opinions and enjoy reading them, but it's too easy to just blame EVERYTHING on Rich Rod like you do. Rich Rod was not on the field playing football.
The defense regressed a lot each year he was in charge to the point where there was barely MAC level talent in a lot of places, and the offensive players barely progressed. His offensive scheme was "let Denard run around and do stuff." He hired d-coordinators who had never run a 3-3-5 and told them they had to run a 3-3-5. he recruited small players who got blown off the ball by bigger lines, and smaller RBs and LBs that couldn't handle the physical Big 10 season. He never recruited a kicker even though it was a huge area of concern. How is it not his fault?