Where and what is to blame? Not Jon Runyan Jr.

Submitted by SkyPanther on September 4th, 2018 at 9:00 PM

It's become clear that blame, by some individuals, has been put on Jon Runyan Jr. for the loss on Saturday Night.

But, that's just wrong. And wrong in more ways than one.

Look at the big picture: the team didn't come out on fire. Notre Dame DID come out o fire! And they knocked Michigan back on their heels. I was stunned watching it. There just  looked like there was no fire in the team. Who's to blame for that? That's on the coaching, not the players. The coaches needed to get the players in the right frame of mind to come out firing on all eight, with hot fire, in all areas of the game, going into the first moment of the game.

It's true Runyan could have done better. I bet he would say it himself. But Michigan didn't lose because of him. There were things throughout the coaching staff, and team, that could have been better. No one can say they did the best they could have in all areas. Everyone, coaches and players, can look at their overall game, and see things they could have done better.

If you want to look at the offensive line for how it played, you have to look first at the coaching, not the players. And by coaches, I mean Jim Harbaugh and Ed Warinner. Like Jim Harbaugh said in his message to Braylon Edwards, "Come after me." And he's right. It starts with the coaches. Ed Warinner is new to the job. This game is his biggest piece of proving ground he'll probably have all year. He probably won't learn as much from any game for the rest of the season as he will from this one. Things are not going to be the same from now on. Ed Warinner will change things. He is the kind of guy who will not let things stay the same. And Jim Harbaugh is not the kind of guy to let things stay the same either. Together, they, and the rest of the coaches, WILL make the team better.

I am looking forward to improvement in all areas from now on. I especially want to see the offense have cadence, modulation, eleven players looking like a team with focus. That firstly, to me, will give a real spark of hope that the team is heading upward, like they say, that "the arrow is up!" Will I see it?



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September 5th, 2018 at 9:15 AM ^

Well, I guess we can shut the board down and forever stop analyzing football.


Regardless of what happens, it's all on the coaching.


Bad play? It's the playcall.


Failure to make a play? It's player development.


For a base that seems to pride itself on the academic reputation of its school and fan engagement of its program, this fan base is pretty effing stupid.


September 4th, 2018 at 10:16 PM ^

It is the start of year fucking 4–and they didn’t play some damn cupcake team or team with no defense. They played a damn good team with players who is made of players Harbaugh wanted at UM. A team that finished last year as Citrus Bowl winners. 

The fans who get so angry act like they care more than the coach and players. How dar Michigan lose and ruin your fun!


September 5th, 2018 at 1:17 AM ^

It's not that they weren't "fired up", it's that they definitely looked shakey and a bit jittery.

Which is the common cause for miscues, over-playing, and not just focusing on your own job.

That was what was the surprise. I don't even think it was the fact that we lost.

I mean hell, if Shea doesn't fumble and we score at the end, successfully go for 2, or win in OT, we aren't all on here the next day talking about how great the O-line is, or how the defense didn't over-blitz and maintained gap positions well, and we spied the QB well and he never got loose, etc.

We looked rough, win or loss. That's what people are so antsy about.

We didn't look as buttoned up and confident and all about our business as we would come to expect in year 4, with this squad, this talent, etc.

Matte Kudasai

September 5th, 2018 at 11:44 AM ^

What people are having a hard time with is all the improvement hype leading up to the game. There was a lot of confidence coming from Schembechler Hall including from Harbaugh.  5 minutes before the game started you had Harbaugh telling Bernie Smilovitz that we’re going to be “tough to beat”

And then to come out like we did and get punched in the mouth and commit one error after another and all the bad penalties.

My faith in the program definitely took a hit, but we can still do great things this year.



September 4th, 2018 at 10:48 PM ^

I miss the ability to see that as well as the number of votes they have.  Like, I thought for a second this might be some video analysis about how Runyan was bad but also let down by poor interior line blocking, Patterson maybe running away from the blocking scheme, somebody else not pitching in, etc.  Instead, it's all "Notre Dame wanted it MORE, you guyz".  

Bring on WMU, at least that'll be something different.


September 5th, 2018 at 7:36 AM ^

Actually, no, you didn't say that.  You explicitly stated that Notre Dame was more "fired up" than we were, which anecdotally aligns with the concept of "wanting it more".  At no point in your OP did you outline how the coaching staff didn't have the team prepared beyond observing that you felt the team came out flat.


September 4th, 2018 at 9:10 PM ^

This is a hot take. A HOT FIRE take! Ugh... it was a football game where we played like shit and lost by a TD. This Saturday we will win by 4 TDs. Either way, Monday morning will come and you’ll have to go back to work. Enjoy football season while it lasts and don’t take this shit so seriously! 


September 4th, 2018 at 9:27 PM ^

Worse yet he's clearly a 12 year old dumb-ass.

He reminds of the guy sitting next to you at a bar when you're trying to watch a game who knows absolutely NOTHING about football but insists on talking the whole damn game.   And every comment he makes just reinforces his absolute lack of knowledge but HE WONT FUCKING SHUT UP cause he's the only guy in the bar that doesnt realize just how stupid he sounds.