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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