Michigan Defensive Coordinator Scott Schafer officially stepped down today, confirming the swirling rumors caused by his conspicuous absence at some meetings and recruitment trips. The defense gave up 40+ points 4 times this season, equal to the number of times we've had 40 points put up on us since 1969...so that's probably good enough of a reason. Despite my personal kool-aid filled contention that we had so many points put up on us because at no time in history have we given the other team so many possessions so quickly, it doesn't quite cover the reasoning behind the shit-storm 3rd quarters we endured. Schafer's ability to adjust from game to game and within the game typically had the opposite effect that you look for: "We adjust....they score more" is not a solid gameplan. This is certainly the right decision for a team that needed a scapegoat move.
Schafer and Fred Jackson were the only non-Rod coaches on the team this year, and with Schafer's exit coupled with Fred Jackson having no responsibilities whatsoever now that McG has exited, the team is now resting squarely on Rich's shoulders. I think Rich always wanted it that way, and I am envisioning a "from within the current staff" choice on our horizon at DC.
Simple math would be: MICHIGAN minus SCHAFER minus CRAPPY QUARTERBACKS plus (TOUTED QB RECRUITS times 2) = MOVE VICTORIES.
In the words of Bubba... "Merry Christmas, Schafer is gone."