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.

Where Did Jim Harbaugh Go??

Where Did Jim Harbaugh Go??

Submitted by JWG Wolverine on October 8th, 2017 at 3:45 PM

Disclaimer: To be completely clear, I think anyone even thinking about Jim Harbaugh's job status is beyond insane. He is our coach, and no one could be better than him. This is just a post with a small concern that I think is emotionally hindering this team and need to be solved.

In December 2014, when rebuilding our program from an absolutely catostrophic scenario, our interim Athletic Director Jim Hackett did the impossible and made IT H4PPEN.

What followed that was the reignition of our program by the wildest and gif-yiest head coach in College Football who attacked each day with an enthusiasm unknown to mankind, and certainly showed that every week on the sideline.

I could go on forever, you should get the point by now.

I don't know if you guys have noticed, but this version of Jim Harbaugh that we've known and loved has become almost non-existant this year. Instead, we find him pacing the sidelines, with a very stable amount of enthusiasm, not even close to enthusiasm unknown to mankind.

Michigan players have always (and sincerely) loved playing under such a coach, and I think that his activity on the sideline keeps a spark under the team and is a factor in their performance, as well as their positive opinion on him.

So where has he gone? Where is this Jim Harbaugh that we love? Where is the QB that guaranteed a win over OSU? Where is the coach who has a more honest and meaningful press conference, unlike his Hoke-like bland coachspeak we saw out of him last night? Where is his attacking of each day with an enthusiasm unkown to mankind?

I thought that this loss would be a breaking point and a huge wake-up call for him, where he realizes (and says) that this game was unacceptable, that at Michigan, you can't have such a losing record to your rivals. Followed by improvement back to the old, active, enthusistic sideline Harbaugh. Amazingly, we didn't see this. Instead, we heard the infamous "We're on to Cincinnati" approach.

Now, I've realized that he has still kept up his enthusiasm on the recruiting trail, and from what we've seen in practice, and that this seems to be strictly a sideline problem.

I have two ideas what the cause of this may be:

Number One: Tim Drevno needs to be on the sideline. Having a coaches in the press box decreases the ability to manage your team on a personal level. Our offense has sucked, and Drevno has been in the press box, our defense has flourished, and Don Brown has not only been on the sideline, but has looked more Harbaugh-like than Harbaugh has.

Number Two: Fear that the refs may call less favorably due to his antics. After the "technical in basketball" incident at OSU last year, I think he may have a fear that if he reacts too much to bad calls, the refs will tend to have calls go Michigan's way less.

Obviously, we have other problems that should be on our mind, and this isn't a direct factor to winning and losing games, but I think it does have an affect on how these guys play on the field, and if they show energy, passion, hope and care or not. With Don Brown pumping up the defense, they have stepped up, faced adversity, and delivered. With Harbaugh pacing the sideline and talking to Drevno up in the box, our offense has showed less emotion, and as a result, less success.

Has anyone else noticed this? Any thoughts? What needs to be done?

UM vets praise freshmen in presser

UM vets praise freshmen in presser

Submitted by Wee-Bey Brice on August 17th, 2016 at 8:22 PM

Players were allowed to speak to reporters after practice and spent much of it talking up the freshmen:

Both De'Veon Smith and Drake Johnson both mentioned Chris Evans as sticking out.

— Josh Henschke (@JoshHenschke) August 17, 2016

Mason Cole also praised Evans, says he really knows his stuff.

— Josh Henschke (@JoshHenschke) August 17, 2016

Drake Johnson, who is roomies with Evans, says he's "mad athletic" and smooth. Makes them say "wow."

— Josh Henschke (@JoshHenschke) August 17, 2016

Evans is going to play, folks.

— Josh Henschke (@JoshHenschke) August 17, 2016

Ty Isaac mentioned Eddie McDoom and Nate Johnson. McDoom can "fly"

— Josh Henschke (@JoshHenschke) August 17, 2016

Magnuson says 'everything is advanced' with Rashan Gary. Says only Peppers impressed him more as a frosh.

— Nick Baumgardner (@nickbaumgardner) August 17, 2016

De'Veon says he's beyond impressed by Rashan Gary: 'But I'm not about to lose to a teenager (in pass pro)'

— Nick Baumgardner (@nickbaumgardner) August 17, 2016

I, for one, am ready to see Chris Evans do Chris Evans things.

OT: DeAndre Levy displays Harbaugh-like Tweet chops

OT: DeAndre Levy displays Harbaugh-like Tweet chops

Submitted by 1VaBlue1 on March 29th, 2016 at 2:37 PM

So Lions LB DeAndre Levy subtweeted Colts owner Jim Irsay over comments Irsay made about CTE.  Irsay has been addicted to prescription pain killers, and faced drug charges over them.  He used the bodies reaction to aspirin as an analogy to the link between football and CTE:

"I believe this," he told the magazine, via ESPN. "That the game has always been a risk, you know, and the way certain people are. Look at it. You take an aspirin, I take an aspirin, it might give you extreme side effects of illness and your body ... may reject it, where I would be fine. So there is so much we don't know."

Levy's response was Harbaugh-esque:

"Frequent trips to the pharmacy makes you a medical expert on CTE?"

LMAO!! That's graduate level Twitter right there!  Here's the link to the story in the Freep, if you care...

Hello: Jimmy Dougherty

Hello: Jimmy Dougherty

Submitted by FatGuyTouchdown on February 11th, 2016 at 11:47 AM
Thayer Evans is reporting San Jose State assistant Football Head Coach Jimmie Dougherty is being hired as an offensive assistant. Many of you may remember Dougherty as a position coach candidate last year. Not sure what his exact role is, but he's a welcome addition! Sorry, don't know how to embed a tweet

Shurburtt surfaces: SEC should be mindful of Harbaugh's recruiting success

Shurburtt surfaces: SEC should be mindful of Harbaugh's recruiting success

Submitted by LSA Aught One on January 29th, 2016 at 11:58 AM

JC Shurburtt separated from 24/7 a few months back.  It appears he is doing independent pieces and publishing through Saturdays Down South

 

As has been popular lately, he did a hottake on Harbaugh.  His, however, warns the SEC to pay attention to Harbaugh's successes in recruiting the South. 

http://www.saturdaydownsouth.com/sec-football/will-jim-harbaugh-hurt-sec-recruiting/

 

The bottom line for the league as it relates to Michigan/Harbaugh being a recruiting threat is this: Keep an eye on it because it could eventually turn out that way in future classes.

Harbaugh Sleepover a joke? Not to ESPN and SCOUT....

Harbaugh Sleepover a joke? Not to ESPN and SCOUT....

Submitted by Stay.Classy.An… on January 14th, 2016 at 12:59 PM

So apparently there is a bit of confusion going on about whether or not Harbaugh actually slept over at Quinn Nordin's house last night....according to ESPN and SCOUT he did, and Harbaugh attended his classes today. To quote the notification:

Michigan: Jim Harbaugh spent night at kicking recruit Quinn Nordin's house, attending his classes Thursday - Scout.com

So if this was joke, Harbaugh is trolling everyone and it is hilarious. I get the fact that we are still discussing this is lame, the only reason I posted this is because of the notification I got. I don't find it weird at all, I find it to be Step Brothers level hilarious.

Football Tryouts Scheduled Jan. 23rd

Football Tryouts Scheduled Jan. 23rd

Submitted by Stay.Classy.An… on January 13th, 2016 at 10:52 AM

Real dead time on the board lately, nobody posted this yet, so I figured I would. Title says it all, unfortunately, I'm not eligible to tryout. I would imagine that this year's session will be highly attended, because, Harbaugh. Hell, I would be there for sure if I was still a student! Here's to finding some diamonds in the rough!

The other reason for posting: Has anybody on the board ever experienced Michigan's football try outs (I'd like to know what this entails) and, if so, how is life as a walk-on member of the team?

http://www.mgoblue.com/sports/m-footbl/spec-rel/011216aaa.html

EDIT: Forgot to post link to mgoblue!