... when the offensive line improved.”
I said this in another thread, but it seems appropriate here — Michigan’s OL, although improved — isn’t yet championship caliber. When facing an good opposing front 7, the run game often stalled and Shea was under pressure. Unfortunately, Higdon didn’t do a whole lot of creating on his own, and Shea is still a work in process as a pocket passer
Michigan has a great OL class, and still has young elite guys who redshirted. Coach Warriner did a fantastic job, but everyone knows, football is one (and lost) in the trenches. If it took Dabo several years to get his OL and QB combo where it needed to be to compete for championships, it may be that that same dynamic is effectively limiting Michigan still.
Let me add guys, please let’s not digress into complete negativity. Yes, this season ended badly, but when we look at the OL and QB play of Alabama, Clemson, OU and ND, can we really say that Michigan is on par? ND’s were exposed today, so drop them out. Yes, play calling and schemes on both sides of the ball may need to be adjusted. But the bottom line is going into this season OL and QB were HUGE questions. They both improved, but maybe — just maybe — they remain as such.