Brian Wright Takes name out of contention for 10th coaching job

Submitted by Youngharbaugh4 on February 10th, 2018 at 8:28 PM

Per Bruce Feldman of Fox Sports 

Am told #Toledo OC Brian Wright took his name out of the mix for the #Michigan asst job working with WRs (that Dan Enos left for Bama).. Former #UF HC Jim McElwain interviewed for that job and is a strong contender for that spot.
Feb 10, 2018 at 7:34 PM


Toledo's offensive stats in 2017:

Total offense- 14th 

FIrst Downs- 11th

Passing offense- 26th

Rushing Offense- 29th

Scoring Offense- 16th

Pass efficiency- 7th

Yards per game- 485.1

Would have been a great hire by all accounts. Also, in many minds he was somebody this fanbase has wanted to replace drevno at OC. Wright will be a highly pursued power5 coordinator in the next year or so, so getting him early would have been wise. He was also a top nominee for the Broyles Award this year. In other news, things are getitng very, very interesting in regarding this programs search for another coach. 



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February 11th, 2018 at 12:00 AM ^

I am not sure I am going to congratulate any offensive coach for a team that ranked #105 out of 129 teams in Div. 1. in total offense -

BTW, we were #49 in rushing offense at 178 yds/game and 4.37 ypc.  So I guess he was the shining star among the offensive coaches.  Passing was #110.


February 11th, 2018 at 12:18 PM ^

We had two running backs with 6.0+ yards per carry this year. There was only one each year that Wheatley was the coach.

All three primary running backs had 5.0+ yards per carry this year. Our lead back, De'Veon Smith, was in the 4.0 range when Wheatley was here.

Yes, fumbles increased and pass pro wasn't great, but fumbles can be somewhat random, and our pass pro hasn't been very good since Fred Jackson left.


February 11th, 2018 at 12:25 PM ^

I don't get the 0.00 comment.

247 Sports credits him with the recruitments of:

  • Mustapha Muhammad
  • Christian Turner
  • Ben VanSumeren
  • Hassan Haskins
  • Tarik Black
  • Dylan McCaffrey
  • O'Maury Samuels
  • Joel Honigford
  • Kurt Taylor
  • Devin Asiasi
  • Nick Eubanks
  • Sean McKeon
  • Tyrone Wheatley, Jr.…


February 11th, 2018 at 12:41 AM ^

The passing part of our two  headed OC was just awful. I would send Drevno back to coaching up the OL and less input as OC. May be McElwain can help out with the passing side of the OC. I just wish Harbaugh would go hire one of the top 5 OC from another school and let him take over.


February 10th, 2018 at 9:22 PM ^

Wait...I gotta bite on this one. How exactly do we win 11 games?!

Or are you making the assumption that our opponents’ behavior remains constant, and the only variable of the game that changes is better QBing from Michigan? I don’t think that’s how these situations work...


February 10th, 2018 at 9:30 PM ^

Did you watch the MSU and OSU games? And we played Wisconsin pretty evenly until Peters went down.

My point is, Harbaugh simply hasn't had consistent QB play in 3 seasons. Rudock struggled the first half of '15, Speight struggled the last quarter of '16, and all our QB's struggled all year. Has he forgotten how to coach quarterbacks? Or has he simply walked into a terrible situation at the most important position on the field? Both are possible, but one is far more likely than the other.


February 11th, 2018 at 11:19 AM ^

without Rudock, harbaugh tenure is vastly different. Jake singlehandedly propelled Michigan to the position they are at now. and by that, I'm saying Michigan is fixing to explode this year. without the first year performance, the recruiting classes would be very different. because of the immediate results, 2 monster classes were signed. and those classes are about to show how good they really are. without Jake's performance, it's a totally different narrative.


February 11th, 2018 at 8:36 PM ^

You had me until you called Sp8 a top 3 qb in the conference... thats just not true.

Here is what Sp8 did in 2016 with Chesson, Darboh, and Butt as targets.


183 of 293 (62.5 percent), 2,375 yards, 17 TDs, 6 INTs

Here is what Tyler Oconner did with a crap 3-9 team around him at MSU

154 of 262 (58.8 percent), 1,970 yards, 16 TDs, 9 INTs


I would be willing to bet if OConner was our qb that year his numbers would be better than what Sp8's were. Their numbers were pretty much dead even halfway through the year anyway until Sp8 had his good 3 game stretch that padded his stats agains Illinois, MSU, and Maryland. Other than those 3 games I think you would struggle to find another game in his career where Sp8 played well.


February 10th, 2018 at 11:19 PM ^

I refuted a comment that stated "the best we can hope for is treading water" by pointing out that Harbaugh has a career track record of developing QB's, and so treading water is not "the best we can hope for." Of course it's possible that could happen, or they could even regress. I have no idea. But to say it's the best we can hope for is ridiculous.

And yes, past achievements are relevant to predicting future outcomes. Is that really something that educated people need to debate?


February 11th, 2018 at 12:48 PM ^

would not be the first athlete to be affected by an injury even after the physical aspect was healed.  Jimmy Piersall wrote a book called "Fear Strikes Out" quite a while back (but recent when I was young) that talks about the emotional impact of injuries.  It may have taken Speight longer than one off-season to overcome the mental aspect of his injuries.


February 11th, 2018 at 9:35 AM ^

that until Jimmy has a solid, healthy quarterback and a line to protect him all these gripes are of vanishing importance. 

Of course, now he has to make these things happen. 

But I really am of the opinion that with so much up in the air relative to QB and OT--with the schedule we play--people who want a national championship or win over OSU next year may be setting themselves up for disappointment. 

The crazy thing about the gambles that high-profile schools have to take is that a good coach still may need five years to maneuver into contention, and by then you are fifteen million dollars in the hole. This is why ADs CANNOT just be yes-men. 


February 10th, 2018 at 11:49 PM ^

No, not at all. In fact you seem to like that argument when you try to predict future results for other teams when you say things like "Well they're losing such and such players so they'll clearly take a step back" when that's not always the case. College football isn't like the video game, sometimes teams less experienced manage better seasons than experienced teams.

I'm saying you can't make the argument "Well if we had a better QB playing in these games we would have won" when the game plans would have been different, and the other team may have adjusted as such. Again, real life college football isn't like a video game.

Besides the fact your argument during the season was "If Peters was starting during MSU we would have won". I specifically remember you saying that. Now you've changed it to "If we had good QB play". Ok? Where was that good QB play going to come from then when none of our QBs were good?

We didn't even win 11 games with good QB play in 2016, it's a ridiculous thing to say.


February 11th, 2018 at 6:13 AM ^

It's funny you made the video game comparison because I literally wrote the same thing in my response but then deleted it. LOL. Again, I agree with you that Harbaugh did a bad job coaching this year, and my original comment may have been hyperbole, but I'm simply refuting the idea that things can't get turned around because he's done it everywhere else he's been. The QB play was uncharacteristically terrible this year and that was a big reason for all of our losses.