Dear Coach Rod

When you became the head football coach at Michigan everyone figured that you would do some amazing things with our team. After all, you were coming in with a new offensive system that was very different then the “three yards and a cloud of dust” mindset that Michigan had. So we expected change.

However, we didn’t expect the kind of change that we got. Things like more losses than ever in school history, the first losing season since 1967, the end of 33 straight bowl game appearances, the 2nd time ever that we lost to our three biggest rivals, the first time we ever lost 5 games in a row to that team down south, and the first time that we ever lost to a MAC Conference team. Those are some amazing things and they are definitely a change from what we are used to, but not exactly what we are looking for.

I said when Michigan hired you that you had the fans loyalty and I know that some have already turned their backs on you, but I won’t. I believe that you will turn things around. I also understand that you had lost a lot of offensive players from last year’s team, so there is grace. I know you won’t read this but I just want to be one positive voice out there saying that I do believe in you. You may be one of only two Michigan coaches to lose their first game against that team down south, but Harry Kipke did go on to win 4 Big Ten titles and 2 National Championships the next 4 years. No pressure.

I am a follower of Jesus, a husband to Kim, father to Hannah & Caleb, and the connections pastor at The River Church. The thoughts expressed here are my own and not The River Church's.

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