Harbaugh getting DRAGGED in the media today

Submitted by jamesjosephharbaugh on September 2nd, 2018 at 8:21 AM

Just google search for “Harbaugh” and watch the arrows fly. Maybe it’s deserved, maybe it’s hot takes. But it’s everywhere  

The one that stood out to me was Yahoo Sports saying this feels like the beginning of the end for Harbaugh. 


Chalky White

September 2nd, 2018 at 8:28 AM ^

What's the difference? Its the same result with every coach. The team gets progressively worse until the team quits on the staff. I never thought it could come to this. I stopped watching the Lions cold turkey basically for the same reason.

I Like Burgers

September 2nd, 2018 at 8:35 AM ^

That’s what I kept thinking about in the second half yesterday: why do I keep caring about this? I quit watching the Lions years ago because it just wasn’t fun. Same with the Pistons. I’m pretty much there with Michigan. There are plenty of better ways to enjoy a Saturday because I’ve seen this same movie several times.


September 2nd, 2018 at 8:31 AM ^

I don't think that we'll get a better coach than JH, but I'm honestly very disappointed in the way the team played last night.  I honestly haven't felt like this since the last time we played ND.  

Red Dragon

September 2nd, 2018 at 9:37 AM ^

Agree.  What does he bring anymore?  Coaching mistakes last night:  DPJ catches a punt inside the 5.  We run time off the clock at the end of a quarter when we could’ve run a play...you only get so many opportunities to run plays, and the time management was again horrible.  


I dont even even know what to think anymore.  Oh well, at least we’ll get to hear and see all the hype next week telling us “WE ARE MICHIGAN”...


September 2nd, 2018 at 12:45 PM ^

You summed it up. Biggest name coach we can get? Yes. Best coach? No.

Many coaches are doing better with less talent and more resources. I still haven't fully lost faith in Harbaugh because I used to be a fan, but shit, it's hard to justify this. Who would've thought after 4 years we still can't run the ball or keep a quarterback upright. 


September 2nd, 2018 at 8:32 AM ^

Well I don’t blame them for dragging him... We managed 10 points on offense with his hand picked QB... I’m not sure how anyone can continue to defend this mediocrity 


September 2nd, 2018 at 8:37 AM ^

Not sure I would call Patterson his "hand picked QB" - the kid was playing his first game on a new team under a new-ish system (and a night road game in hostile territory to boot).  About the same as Ruddock's first start.  I was rather pleased with the performance of the QB that Harbaugh actually did hand pick and groom - McCaffrey.  That kid will be good very soon if the OL doesn't get him hurt.

I Like Burgers

September 2nd, 2018 at 8:41 AM ^

QB play last night was pretty good. Far better than anything last year. The thing that just kills the offense is the tackle situation. That’s been a problem since he’s been here and nothing at all has been done to fix it. Until that gets fixed the ceiling for this offense and teams is mediocre. Because good teams with an above average DL are just going to destroy their offensive line.

I Like Burgers

September 2nd, 2018 at 10:41 AM ^

He was one tackle.  You need two.  And he went down years ago and they haven't been able to find a solid option for either tackle spot since then.  And the current best options to do so are once again a transfer from the DL and some super raw true freshman.  So this isn't an issue that is getting fixed this year or next year. 

Given the makeup of the OL, the absolute earliest Michigan might have a good OL is 2020.  And even then, they are likely going to have true juniors or redshirt sophomores playing tackle.  Which still isn't good.

I Like Burgers

September 2nd, 2018 at 8:32 AM ^

I tend to agree with all of it. It’s his offense and his issue at tackle he hasn’t been able to fix. For all the fire Pep and fire Drevno folks, this is Harbaugh’s offense. Always has been and always will be. The only reason they looked good under Fisch is because that was the best situation at tackle.

Add in the complete inability for this team to look even remotely prepared for big games and their penchant for shooting themselves in the foot and you have a whole host of issues that point back to him.

It does tend to feel like the beginning of the end, because this is surely going to be another 8-9 win season.


September 2nd, 2018 at 9:00 AM ^

The thing that shocks me the most is how undisciplined Harbaugh's Michigan teams have been.  There have been an unacceptably high number of errors and penalties.  At first I thought it was bad luck, like with the punt drop against MSU, but now it's clear that a systemic thing.  I'm tired of dropped punts, dropped field goals, fumbled hand offs to tight ends, penalties that negate a 3rd down stop, and piss poor clock management.  It astonishes me how we find new and unique ways to kill momentum and fuck ourselves.  

Hail Harbo

September 2nd, 2018 at 12:24 PM ^

This is year four of playing out with absolutely no improvement on offense.  2015 against Utah, while Michigan lost, everyone saw that there were some positives to build upon.  And indeed they did.  Maybe my bar is set too high, but yesterday I saw nothing positive upon which to build to give us even a glimmer of hope.

UofM Die Hard …

September 2nd, 2018 at 1:01 PM ^

Yaup that’s all we got right now. Hope it gets better, hope that this game turns out to be “reasonable” loss becuae ND wins a lot this year, hope the players use this game and learn to not make dumb fuckin undisciplined mistakes,   It’s jusy what is


Waking up this morning i was way more upset but what can you do,  just going to wait and see how they respond. 

Sigh. Hail 


September 2nd, 2018 at 8:34 AM ^

Teddy Greenstein of the Chicago Tribune, who is not talentless or wholly unreasonable, but seems at least mildly obsessed with Harbaugh and Michigan, took a few shots (only some deserved) a short time ago.


September 2nd, 2018 at 8:34 AM ^

It's all absolutely deserved. 

Here's hoping that things can turn around, but you have to wonder, at some point, if Harbaugh's ceiling is 8/9 win teams we should fire him and hire one of the many coaches who can deliver those middling results for half of his outlandish price.

Most overpaid and overrated staff in the United States. 

This feels like an 8 win season with 3 rivalry losses. I guess you give him one more chance in 2019 with the favorable schedule? But is anything less than a Big Ten Championship next year, after what could potentially be putrid 2017 and 2018 seasons, acceptable? For this level of salary?


September 2nd, 2018 at 10:43 AM ^

He is under contract through 2021 for 7 million per year. Unless he quits or has a scandal that allows him to be fired for cause Harbaugh is not going anywhere until at least the end of 2020. 

I can’t see us paying him that kind of money not to coach for multiple years based on 7 to 9 win seasons every year. Let’s hope things improve but he is our coach for the next three years. 


September 2nd, 2018 at 8:36 AM ^

The offense in this game, from the play calling to the execution, was disgusting. The offensive line is offensive to watch. Jon Runyan, Jr is  as bad a LT as has played at Michigan since I began watching in the early 70s. The entirety of the OL is garbage. The recruiting needed to fix the issues the offense has has been pathetic. This does feel like the Hoke era where we continually get worse until theres no choice but to start again. My faith in Harbaugh has been shattered.