Michigan Football: Sold Out
After taking some time, I have had this opinion for quite some time but just refused to believe it. But I think it is now quite clear that Jim Harbaugh “sold out” UM football.
This whole problem really started the last two years of Carr’s tenure. The App. State game caused UM and its fans to panic, thus the RR era. Once that failed, they decided on bringing back a UM Man, Hoke which started out pretty good.
Then came JH, and everyone thought UM was back. And IMO, it could of been. But tough losses to OSU caused JH to “sell out” the program and turn it into what it is today.
Remember when everything was Drevno’s fault, then Pep, throw is some bad S&C, then we needed a new DC, the hiring of Gattis, etc… All to get UM “up to date” with the trends of college football.
But what has happened is players at UM have gone through so many changes that the program is not good in any area.
I know hindsight is 20-20, but I wanted to stay with “power football” run the ball first. In Jim’s early days at UM it was working. What was not working was the QB play, its been bad from day 1 at UM.
But you do not bring in a system that puts more emphasis on the QB, when the QB is one of the major problems.
To me, one of the failures of UM can be summarized by the name Ben Mason. At one time a force for UM, his blocking set the stage for our running game and play action. Look at him now, a non-factor. Most of our running backs are better suited for a pro style, power offense. The way our coaches have handled the RB situation is disappointing.
So, JH can say what he wants, he can say team is working hard, all that does not matter, he is not this type of coach. He took the main strength he had, being a tough, hard nosed coach, and created this “video game” type atmosphere.
Therefore, I think it is time for him to go, but please when we hire a new coach, make him a pro style coach we are never going to be able to recruit players to play like OSU, so we must beat them with toughness, experience, etc…
Coaching at UM, OSU is always going to be the benchmark. The difference under Meyer they ran a system, their QB play has been outstanding because they completely understand the system and practice it everyday. UM seems to have a new system every year.
So, my point is in order to beat OSU, we have to be great at what we do. We have not been able to contain OSU on a consistent basis for years, but they could not stop us either. Today, we have this offense that take no time off the clock which allows our opposition to get their offense on the field.