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Bacon: Blame head coaches for UM bowl “disaster” and Lions’ lack of success

Jim Caldwell
A Healthier Michigan
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“This is not a Super Bowl title talent bunch, I'll say that. However it is a playoff bunch, it is we-can-win-a-weak-division bunch, and they never came close to any of those things, so they underperformed," Bacon said about the Lions.";



John U. Bacon, Michigan Radio sports commentator, joined Stateside today to bring us our first sports update of the new year.


Listen above for the full conversation, or catch highlights below.


On Caldwell's firing


I've been calling for it for a while. Very likable guy by all accounts. The players love the man. The Ford family, not a small thing of course in this case, loves the guy," Bacon said, "He's a genuinely decent guy, however he did not succeed at the Indianapolis Colts, he did not succeed at his previous stop coaching for Wake Forest in the college ranks, and he failed at Detroit with a fair amount of talent Detroit now has."


On who's to blame for Michigan's Bowl Game loss


“At the end of the day, it always falls on the head coach. Fairly or not, but there it is. Now, the defense was as good as the offense was—disorganized, unfocused. You've got too many cooks in this kitchen, in my opinion," Bacon said, "That has got to be reorganized. The chain of command is not clear. That's how you end up with a tight end getting the ball in a crucial, short-yard situation and fumbling the ball before he even gets to the line because that's not his job.”

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