Drevno apologizes to OL

Submitted by Bodogblog on January 18th, 2018 at 4:50 PM

Per Brandon Justice, Drevno called his OL together and apolgized to them for his coaching last season.  I don’t know whether to commend him or poop in a bag and mail it to him.  Civlized me the former, but my id demands the latter. 


Also says Harbaugh told a recruit he's a different person, but to me that's a secondary story.  

Takes some guts to do this, and they are recognizing a need for change.  


PB-J Time

January 18th, 2018 at 4:56 PM ^

eh I remember Brady Hoke did a mea culpa for thinking he could build on the DL success from the 1997 season and blaming himself for the start of the '98 season (specifically the loss to Syracuse). He didn't appreciate that he needed to (re)emphasize the fundamentals and learned from that. This could be that, a recognition of what he needs to do better. I have no problem with that.


January 18th, 2018 at 5:40 PM ^

That was my first home game as a freshman after we got duked by Notre Dame. I didn't think either was the linemens' fault at the time--maybe Glen Steele would've been able to cover an inside gap and keep contain better than Feazell but McNabb did that to everyone that year.


January 18th, 2018 at 5:53 PM ^

The Syracuse disaster was my first home game as a Michigan student as well. I still shudder every time the team faces a QB that can run.

I think it's fair to say the OL coaches can learn a lot from the mistakes of this year. I see Drevno's approach as a good first step. Now let's get some tackles!


January 18th, 2018 at 10:54 PM ^

Yeah I dunno about this.

If he realizes his coaching was so bad that it merits an apology, how does it not also merit a resignation?

An apology just kinda rings hollow *and* undermines player confidence in him going forward. If he let it get this bad once, isn’t it likely to happen again?

At this high level - and with this high of a salary, his coaching isn’t cutting it and he knows it and has told others he knows it. I don’t see how that helps.

EDIT: Also, how does this not absolutely kill us on the recruiting trail with OL!? “Their OL Coach is so bad he apologized for his coaching.” Other teams don’t even need to do negative recruiting here, we’re doing it to ourselves.


January 19th, 2018 at 9:34 AM ^

a look back at the season and watching film and thinking about everything you did or didn't do to come to that conclusion. I give the guy props for doing that and knowing he was subpar this year. 

Would not surprsie me in the least bit if Harbaugh has also pointed this out to him. I think it takes a big man to admit to his players he let them down and needs to do a better job for them.  Drevno has done a lot of good coaching over the years and is capable of more. Sometimes we all need a kick in the ass to realize we have slipped a little bit. Admitting that doesn't mean he should automatically be fired for one poor season.


January 19th, 2018 at 1:14 AM ^

Tim Drevno has always performed pretty well when he was solely an offensive line coach. To me he seems like somebody that may have overextended himself as an OC, because he was poor at that job and the OL play suffered as well. That being said, our OL did significantly improve as we transitioned more from Frey's stuff to Drevno's stuff again, which shows me that he is capable of developing young guys, and maybe the seniors last year were irreperably ruined by Darrell Funk and he couldn't work his magic.

I also have my homer glasses on but it's been over two weeks since I had to watch our offense so life is GOOD.

Robbie Moore

January 18th, 2018 at 4:56 PM ^

must have been some serious disfunction on the coaching staff last year. Hope Harbaugh has done some serious self examination because if the coaching staff is underperforming that is on him.

I guess Drevno is staying since he gathered his troops to apologize. No point to doing that if he is leaving.


January 18th, 2018 at 5:40 PM ^

Apologies are an underrated quality. In this circumstance it also needs to come with an improvement plan.

It seems obvious to all that the OL was struggling between Frey and Drevno’s Zone vs Power techniques. You should have more success focus and become great at one.

We saw the gains made in run blocking when we changed direction this year. Now fix the pass blocking.