Your opinion of Harbaugh: what went right, what went wrong, and what's next?

Your opinion of Harbaugh: what went right, what went wrong, and what's next?

Submitted by Caesar on June 4th, 2018 at 6:50 AM

I think the program is where most thought it would be, at least in terms of overall records: 10-3, 10-3, and 8-5 were pretty much expected outcomes. Below, I've included things that I think are reasonably within his control

I'll start things off.

The Good

  • Don Brown, Ed Warinner, Ben Herbert, and Chris Partridge--generally awesome hires
  • Solid recruiting--tailing off a bit right now, but that probably gets fixed with a good season
  • Generating buzz--added some pizzazz and visibility to the program 
  • 2015-2016 playcalling

The Bad

  • Tim Drevno & OL--Not sure how Harbaugh could've seen that coming with Drevno's history of results, but in the end, he put program loyalty over personal loyalty and made a change
  • 2017 offense playcalling--I know that the OL was rough, but Harbaugh successfully schemed ways around those kinds of weaknesses in previous years; this is probably an artifact of QB play

What's Next

  • 2018 is going to be a rough year, especially in dealing with the fanbase, given the schedule. Harbaugh will probably survive but not thrive. However, plenty of excellent video games and chess will take place during the year, so there's that. 
  • But 2019 is looking very Natty-like, especially with the OL/QB/fully weaponized WRs. ND, Michigan State, Ohio State at home. South Africa. Non-chaos Indiana before The Game. Tasty.

 Edit: Army is better than I remembered.

Elite 11 -- What I saw

Elite 11 -- What I saw

Submitted by Andystubs on June 3rd, 2018 at 7:06 PM

Spent a couple hours at Elite 11 today in Redondo Beach.  Just missed McNamara, but met his family who was pleased with how he threw.  Sessions were 7 on 7 touch with local HS WR’s and DB’s (some of whom will clearly play on Saturdays). Possessions started at the 40 yard line with as many throws as QB’s could get into fifteen minutes.

 

Here are a few of my observations on the QB sessions  I saw.

 

Tualian Tagovaiola. Alabama

One of the shortest people on the field including the QBs, WR’s, DB’s & Coaches.

Very thick. Looks more like a fullback.

He and Rattler had the best session I saw.

Very comfortable in the pocket. 

Sees the field well.  Always finds open guy.

Throws effortlessly with great touch.

 



Spencer Rattler Oklahoma

On the shorter side.  Quite thin.  Looks like he’d break if Rashan Gary hit him.

Has an “it” factor… showed some leadership and confidence.

Nice arm with zip on balls.  Throws effortlessly. 

Moves through receiver progression quickly and finds open guy.

Quick, crisp decision making.  Moved the ball well on offense.

Best session with Tagovaiola.

 

Bo Nix. Auburn. 

Tall kid. Athletic. Looks the part

Nice easy throws.

Assesses field well.

Crisp decision making.

Nicest full package I saw.

 

Ryan Hilinski. South Carolina

Maybe the biggest kid in the competition

Bit of a plodding athlete – think John Navarre.

Made nice throws. Read the field well.  Long balls floated some.

 

Sam Howell. FSU. 

Big, thick, muscular kid. Looks like a linebacker.

Throws hard.  Long windup.  Questionable footwork.

Muscles balls down the field.

All fastballs.  No touch. 

Receivers had hard time with balls on short routes.

Made some people in stands gasp with his arm strength.

Has some Tebow in him.

 

Graham Mertz. Wisconsin

Big tall good looking athlete… Looks the part.

Trusts his arm, which is strong but not elite.

Locked in to receivers regularly and tried to strong-arm balls into small windows,

this made for some highlight throws and also a couple picks.

Connected on a perfect, indefensible, corner fade route for a TD.

Looks like an upgrade over past Wisconsin QB’s since Russell Wilson

Harbaugh: Two players have left

Harbaugh: Two players have left

Submitted by Wolverine Devotee on June 3rd, 2018 at 1:18 PM

Harbaugh said today Michigan is under its 85 scholarship limit. Asked if anyone has left. He said two have but ‘I’ll let them announce that if they want to.’

— Nick Baumgardner (@nickbaumgardner) June 3, 2018

Harbaugh says he hasn’t named an OC yet. Hasn’t decided if he will or won’t. Staff will go through more self scout this week and next.

— Nick Baumgardner (@nickbaumgardner) June 3, 2018

Michigan Football #5 in Odds for the CFP Final 4

Michigan Football #5 in Odds for the CFP Final 4

Submitted by SkyPanther on June 2nd, 2018 at 3:56 PM

BetOnline ranks Michigan 5th in its odds for the final 4.

Link: https://www.betonline.ag/sportsbook/futures-and-props/ncaaf-futures

 

1. Alabama

2. Clemson

3. Ohio St

4. Georgia

5. Michigan

6. Penn St

7. Wisconsin

8. Oklahoma

9. Florida St

10. Auburn

 

Obviously this is based on bettors perception as there is little chance Florida St will be in the Top 10 at the end of the season. Penn St probably won't be there either, as I expect they will have at least 3 losses, to Michigan, Michigan St, and Ohio St. Georgia probably won't be in the top 4 as they've lost so many players to graduation, and the draft.

 

And most of all, it looks like they have a lot resting on the Ohio St vs Michigan game, their #3 vs their #5.

Elite 11 Finals after Day 1

Elite 11 Finals after Day 1

Submitted by Magnus on June 2nd, 2018 at 9:23 AM

The Elite 11 finals are going on right now, and Greg Biggins from 247 Sports put out a list of his top performers (LINK). If you don't want to click the link, Michigan commit Cade McNamara didn't make his top 11 but was one of two "Honorable Mention" players. MSU commit Dwan Mathis (from Oak Park/Belleville) is #10.

Michigan makes top lists for Lance Dixon, John Dunmore

Michigan makes top lists for Lance Dixon, John Dunmore

Submitted by Magnus on June 2nd, 2018 at 9:00 AM

Hollywood (FL) Chaminade-Madonna wide receiver John Dunmore named Michigan to his top 7. There was a story floating around that he tried committing to Michigan when he visited a couple months ago, or at least was very close to it, but FSU currently has the crystal ball lead with 69% of picks. He's the #18 WR and #107 overall and a teammate of cornerback commit Te'Cory Couch.

https://twitter.com/JohnDunmore2/status/1002694551558148098

West Bloomfield (MI) West Bloomfield Viper prospect Lance Dixon named Michigan to his top 5. He's the #16 OLB and #252 overall. The crystal ball favors MSU (57%) with Michigan having a pick in there, too.

https://twitter.com/Lance__Dixon/status/1002687585372852224