Absolutely. Dealing with a college football landscape that is completely different than what it currently is, and with resources and assistant pay completely different than his predecessors, Seth really took us to new heights.
Seth was the first (non-interim) coach to leave with a .500 or better record since 1980. He was only the second coach in at least 40 years to have back-to-back nine-win seasons. When he arrived, NT had been to one bowl game in 11 years, and during his tenure, we went to five bowls in six years. He changed the standard from "Can you get to any bowl game?" to "How many bowl games can you win?" I don't have the exact numbers handy, but roughly 60% of D1 football coaches have less than a .500 record after 5 years putting Seth in the (roughly) Top 40% of D1 football head coaches.
Unquestionably, he raised the program to a much higher level than it was when he arrived.
Emotional response. Let's say even of Rodgers get 100-200k. Sets him up immediately to invest or buy a house. In this economy it's hard to do right out of school. It ABSOLUTELY sucks! And I have no excitement going into next year BUT this isn't on Rodgers. He was a hired gun and if we didn't have the worst defense in the country it would have worked out well