Something went wrong with my post yesterday so I'm putting it back up, sans the 200 or so comments that were all telling me what a jolly good fellow I am while remaining measured and positive about Michigan's coaches and players.
I thought Runyan had a very bad game. He had a bad game because he didn't seem athletically or physically capable of winning blocks at this level of football.
What we don't need to do is bag on a guy who did all he could for Michigan. He seems to have taken this gig with full knowledge that he'd be drawing the disgust of Michigan fans away from whatever freshman who might have been in there instead. All kinds of people could have practiced harder, coached better, recruited more, cheated a bad and mostly ignored system, or waved magic wands while Runyan was doing the most he could with what he has, and saved him the embarrassment of a not-even-shaded standup DE who did this to him:
One little juke and Runyan doesn't have the arms or feet to do anything about it.
Bagging on the coaches is fair. They got us to the point where a 6'4" legacy recruit from the Brady Hoke is Falling Era has to be exposed against the toughest slate of edge players any team has faced in decades. It's hardly useful except to the kind of person who feels better by making other people feel worse, but if that's your bag, bag. A more useful question was "Why didn't the coaches gameplan around this weakness?" And the answer is they tried. In fact they did about as good of a job of it as they could.
What I did want to show this week is that Harbaugh almost certainly saw this same problem in practice because Michigan went into this game with a plan to mitigate the tackles. This is a thing you can only do so much of when it's both tackles and the defense has three All-Americans inside. Once the opponent has figured out what you're about, you go to counters that avoid the tackles, and then counters off that which avoid the tackles, until you're down two scores in the 4th quarter. Here's how Michigan tried to do it.
[After THE JUMP: The plan for avoiding LT]