Notre Dame Snowflakes: The Coaching

Submitted by LSAClassOf2000 on September 2nd, 2018 at 9:00 PM

This will be the thread for thoughts and hot takes regarding the overall coaching performance for this game. 


Walter Rupp

September 2nd, 2018 at 1:25 PM ^

Thanks for this!  I feel much better now after watching F. Murray.  However, I don't feel good about seeing how fat our head coach has become. WTF, show some discipline. Your role is to help mentor and shape young men and to be a positive role model. It's always shocked me that any athletic coach (not to mention former athlete) can present themselves as obese, particularly in progressive communities (i.e. most college campuses) where people value health and wellness.


September 2nd, 2018 at 12:32 AM ^

Come on.  That's so misguided.

If anything, I think the conclusion you can come to about Harbaugh is that recruiting is the one thing he actually is good at, and not coaching.

Face the facts.  Michigan is like a borderline top 25 football team in terms of general perception.  The fact that ANY top tier recruits choose Michigan at all is a little preposterous.   Based on our performance we should be getting recruiting classes ranked in the 20s.  

We don't land top tackle recruits not because Harbaugh is neglecting the recruiting. We lose them for the same reason that Tennessee, and Nebraska, and Colorado don't land them. We're a mediocre (well ok, mediocre-plus) program with some history.  You can't MAKE a top tackle recruit go to a mediocre school just by working them harder.

If you've been "waiting till next year!" for basically 10-15 years, then you're just a middling program.  We're not bad, but miles away from elite. 


September 2nd, 2018 at 8:33 AM ^

What bugs the hell out of me is that we are projected to have more than enough talent and I think we do have more than enough talent in many positions to win consistently (WR, RB, Defense).

But it seems like the OL consistently has breakdowns and those breakdowns consistently kill drives, whether it's because of a TFL or hurry or a sack or a forced INT. Consistently.


September 2nd, 2018 at 9:44 AM ^

I love Michigan. My fandom predates my own memory. I hope they get back to the football program they once were. But I wouldn't trade championships for what Michigan stands for. It is so much more than football. I believe Coach Harbaugh will always maintain the integrity of the program. Watch the Michigan in France special on BTN. That kind of stuff is worth more than any football game. Watch the news about PSU, MSU and OSU. Not having Michigan involved in that crap is worth more than any title. I'm not saying they are mutually exclusive, I'm just saying I wouldn't want any other coach for this program. Ever. 


September 2nd, 2018 at 11:17 AM ^

You know, it isn't any either/or scenario.  There are other coaches who can win football games and not be embarrassing dirtbags like Meyer and Dantonio.

I'm happy the way Harbaugh leads this team in life as well as football . . . but the football side isn't cutting it at the moment and hasn't been performing up to expectations since he got here.

Patience?  Sure, but where is the progress?

I'd happily trade trips to France for wins, that's what the fucking football coach is supposed to do!

It doesn't mean selling out your integrity.


September 2nd, 2018 at 12:32 PM ^

id want bo or mo or lloyd or even les miles.

because all of them would realize how bad the OL is... and fix it.  we are in year 4 and they still are bad.   

and are things really on merit?  his son is a coach.   runyan and wangler get scholarships over perhaps more deserving non legacies.  we went astray thanks to bill martin.  THE OL IS ALL THAT MATTERS... and we have no T.... this is on harbaugh..  should have at least two third year guys starting now... instead they shat bed and only figured it out when frey arrived.


September 2nd, 2018 at 8:59 AM ^

This is why results based thinking is flawed. If they managed the clock better they could have survived a Nd first down without the game ending. They may have been able to get the ball back with a timeout left. A minute of time would also allow for 4-5 additional plays which is a major advantage. All those things were thrown away by bad clock management. That’s a negative.

The Mad Hatter

September 1st, 2018 at 11:08 PM ^

Fire Pep.Hamilton. The offense has been an unmitigated disaster since Fisch left. 

It's pretty clear to me that being the OC and HC is too much for even Harbaugh to handle. He needs to bring in a ringer and let go of the reigns a bit.


September 1st, 2018 at 11:20 PM ^

I like you, Hatter, but I need to leave this here: 

Anyone who thinks the gameplay/playcalling was somehow the major issue wasn’t watching closely. Michigan’s problem began and ended at the tackle positions. There were short passes; there were deep shots; there were plays designed to mitigate the OL deficiencies; there were formations giving the tackles help and formations spreading the D out. 

But until that last drive when ND’s DL was gassed (not coincidently Michigan’s best drive) Michigan’s tackles got destroyed on almost every play. 

You simply can’t do anything about that. Not Chip Kelly, not Lane Kiffin, not Doug Pederson, nobody. 

Harbaugh is, of course, ultimately responsible for the tackles too. He was the one that trusted Drev to recruit and develop them. But that’s not a game plan issue or a playcalling issue. Not at all.