This was something I was originally going to write as a season preview this year, but didn’t get around to it. Now that we are 2 loses into Year 4 of the Greg Robinson Era, I thought it would be a good idea to take a statistical view of Robinson’s tenure. Donnie Webb did this after the Northwestern loss as well, but now that we are two games in I thought it’d be a good idea to revisit the numbers.
Here is a look at some team stats from the past three seasons (2005-2007), as well as this year. Included for each is how the Orange ranked in the Big East and in all of Division One football. The last column is the difference between Syracuse’s actual total in a category, and that of the Big East leader of that same category (click on charts to enlarge).
So far this year the rushing offense has been a huge improvement (thank you Mitch Browning), but the defense has been more of the same. For a defensive expert as Robinson supposedly was when he came here, his defenses have been horrid.
When he was hired in 2005, fans, students, and the media thought he would bring an end to the mediocrity that had become the status quo under Paul Pasqualoni (many were calling for Pasqualoni’s head over a year before he was eventually axed). Instead, the Orange have fallen further into the abyss during Robinson’s tenure.
A change had to be made in 2005. The program had stalled under Coach P, but I guess we didn’t know how bad things really could get. While these numbers shed some light onto just how awful Robinson has been here, only one set of numbers matter: 7-30. Only winning 7 games in a little over 3 seasons is unacceptable. And it probably won’t get any better until Robinson is gone.