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01/11/2019 - 11:41am I honestly forgot he was…

He's on that Hunter Renfrow eligibility plan.

01/10/2019 - 5:07pm No. This was from the fake…

No. This was from the fake Bruce Feldman twitter account.  Fooled a lot of people out there with this one.

01/10/2019 - 4:24pm According to Feldman, that's…

According to Feldman, that's not going to be the case.  He's calling plays.

Josh Gattis is expected to call plays at #Michigan as Wolverines new OC. https://t.co/cHmEkhuHPT

— Bruce Feldman (@BruceFeldmanCFB) January 10, 2019
01/10/2019 - 4:12pm Don't raid the castle. Raid…

Don't raid the castle. Raid the people that raided the castle.

01/10/2019 - 4:07pm But who is that guy?  There…

But who is that guy?  There's essentially no one out there with the track record you're looking for.  OCs for high-profile offenses are getting head coaching jobs, or in the case of people like Kingsburry getting fired from their head coaching jobs in college and getting hired to be NFL coaches simply because they are bright offensive minds.

EDIT: Case in point. The Bengals are supposedly hiring Zac Taylor from the Rams. His career path goes Rams asst WR coach in 2017 to Rams QB coach in 2018 to NFL head coach in 2019. If you want a young up and coming OC now, track records don’t exist.

01/10/2019 - 3:57pm I think with the way…

I think with the way football is trending with offensive coaches getting scooped up quickly at all levels, any one with any sort of track record of offensive success is going to become a head coach quickly.  Everyone wants the next Sean McVay.  So being a part of both an explosive Penn State and Alabama assistant as a WRs coach is about as good of a track record as you're going to find.

And given that Gattis is a passing guy and Pep is the passing coordinator, this definitely seems like Pep is out.  They aren't going to pay him $1.25M next season to be a QB coach (he has two years left on his deal, $1M per year, $250k retention bonus is due in April).

EDIT: Plus this also feels like Harbaugh learning from the Enos hire last season.  They basically tried to sneak him onto the staff as a WRs coach at $150k a year with the caveat that would jump to $750k if he became the OC.  Clearly given that language in his contract, there was a plan in place for that role for him.  Cue Alabama swooping in to offer him more, and you get Michigan upping the ante this time around for a bright offensive mind.  When it comes to offensive assistants, you really can't fuck around in this climate anymore.

01/10/2019 - 3:24pm Wow!

Wow!  All the talk had been about him going to Maryland with Locksley.

 

BREAKING: #Alabama Co-OC Josh Gattis will become the new offensive coordinator at #Michigan, sources tell me & @ChrisVannini. This is a big addition for Jim Harbaugh and the Wolverines: https://t.co/Nxcf5X2EVn

— Bruce Feldman (@BruceFeldmanCFB) January 10, 2019
01/09/2019 - 1:40pm UCLA under Chip Kelly would…

UCLA under Chip Kelly would be interesting.

01/09/2019 - 1:39pm I want this to happen purely…

I want this to happen purely for the caller reactions on Finebaum.

01/08/2019 - 12:03pm Common sense does not go…

Common sense does not go over too well around here.

Was fairly obvious he was going to go once he was offered. Just appeared Ohio State had more to offer and people don’t like hearing that.

01/07/2019 - 8:35pm I'm just here to be the neg…

I'm just here to be the neg sponge.  Its like a good bro hug to make you feel better -- but only when no one is looking.  Because that violates BroCode. 

Down vote me and feel better fellow MGoBros.

01/07/2019 - 4:38pm He's from Columbus and Ohio…

He's from Columbus and Ohio State is a better team.  There are some things Michigan can't match.

01/07/2019 - 4:32pm He gone.

He gone.

Al Washington is from Columbus, Ryan Day was at BC when Washington played there, Washington's dad played at Ohio State. https://t.co/7dXalANyqu

— Nick Baumgardner (@nickbaumgardner) January 7, 2019
01/07/2019 - 4:31pm The (very real) possibility…

The (very real) possibility of Michigan losing Don Brown, Al Washington, and Greg Mattison all in the same offseason just occurred to me....and I do not like it.

01/07/2019 - 4:27pm Gotta imagine he's going to…

Gotta imagine he's going to take the job.  He has one year left on his 2-year deal and is slated to make $375k in the 2019 season.  If the Buckeyes offer $500k, a chance to go home, and a chance to coach for a title contender...who really says no to that?  Even if Michigan offers to match.

01/07/2019 - 4:06pm A live Twitter poll of…

A live Twitter poll of Michigan fans just yelling about what they should do.  Gonna be super effective.

01/07/2019 - 4:03pm Senior VP Associate Head…

Senior VP Associate Head Coach it is then.  Make it so, Jimmy.

01/07/2019 - 3:10pm Not a DC job at a Top 5…

Not a DC job at a Top 5 program like Ohio State.  And lets be honest...the rivalry really only exists for fans.  For (most) coaches, its just a job. 

I've been with the same company for a dozen years, but if a competitor offered a substantial promotion and raise, I'd go Marcus Hall on the way out while wearing my new team colors.  Pretty sure most people would.

01/07/2019 - 3:06pm Maybe Michigan can return…

Maybe Michigan can return the favor and hire away LJ.

01/07/2019 - 1:15pm It was also just reported…

It was also just reported that Schiano isn't returning to Ohio State, so Mattison to the Buckeyes as their new DC seems to make sense.  Logistically anyways.

01/07/2019 - 1:08pm Yeah...that was not the…

Yeah...that was not the rumblings I expected. 

Will be interesting to see all of the fan reaction, which as of like 15min ago was all variations of "I hope Mattison retires, the game has passed him by" and will now likely be "WHAT A HUGE LOSS HOW WILL THEY REPLACE HIM!  AHHHHHH!!"

01/07/2019 - 10:51am Where's the flawed or …

Where's the flawed or "rigged" portion that led us to Alabama and Clemson?

01/07/2019 - 10:48am Only real reason I'd like to…

Only real reason I'd like to see the playoff expanded is for the first round matchups.  I don't think it would honestly alter the final four teams too much, but it would go a long way to ending a lot of the "its rigged" nonsense.  And it would provide some of the same types of bowl matchups, but there'd actually be something on the line.

Basically, it would provide one extra weekend of some really fun games to watch.  Especially if you wound up with a system where the top two teams got a bye and had games between more evenly matched teams.

01/07/2019 - 10:39am Do you really think any…

Do you really think any other system wouldn't have given us these exact two teams?  They've pretty clearly been the best two from start to finish.  An 8 or 16 team playoff wasn't going to change any of that.

All of this pointless bitching about "the system" is really just people annoyed that no one has figured out a way to knock either Alabama or Clemson off the throne.  That ain't the system's fault.  And if you really can't appreciate two of the best teams in recent CFB history going head-to-head, then I don't know what to tell you.

01/03/2019 - 2:56pm We're kind of saying the…

We're kind of saying the same thing.  Point is, just moving from a 60-40 split to a 55-45 split or something like that isn't really going to make a whole lot more targets for the WRs or people like Evans.

Michigan had 310 pass attempts to 519 rush attempts this season.  That's actually a 37-63 split, and works out to 23 pass attempts a game on average.  If you bumped that up to a 45-55 split, its only going to generate 5 extra pass attempts a game, 3 of which will likely be caught.

To really make the difference everyone wants to see, they are going to need to play faster to generate more offensive chances.  Its just not as simple as throw it to the WRs more.  They play so slow, targeting a WR or Evans 5 extra times a game really isn't going to change much of anything.

01/03/2019 - 11:47am Its not really that everyone…

Its not really that everyone was undertargeted, its more that they have a 60-40 run pass split on plays to begin with and then play so damn slow (124th in the country I believe was the number Brian used the other day) that they have less possessions than most teams, and therefore less targets and carries to go around.

So even if they went to more of a 50-50 split, you're probably only looking at around a dozen or so extra catches on the season for the top guys.

01/03/2019 - 10:16am You know, as of like 15min…

You know, as of like 15min ago -- before I looked up the stats -- I was firmly in the they don't get Evans the ball in space more camp.  But had 17 catches on the season.  That doesn't sound like a lot, but when you compare that to DPJ (39 catches), Nico (33), Gentry (30), and Perry (18)...that's good for 5th most on the team, and missed three games due to injury.  how many more is he really suppose to get?

On top of that, his catches started going up at the same time Perry's started going down.  Half of his catches on the season came in the last four games of the regular season.  Perry had two catches in that stretch.  So it seems like they were trying to get him the ball in space more.

01/03/2019 - 10:07am I think that's probably…

I think that's probably pretty likely.  A lot less carries for Evans next season, but hopefully an uptick in receptions.  Although he was already 5th on the team in catches last season with 17 (one behind Perry), so I'm not really sure how much more of an uptick there can be when your top WRs on the team are only getting around 35 catches on the season.

01/03/2019 - 10:04am Tru was a lot better at…

Tru was a lot better at running the ball than Evans this season.

01/03/2019 - 10:03am I'm not so sure about Evans…

I'm not so sure about Evans getting a good amount of carries next season.  Kinda feels like the staff is trying to find anyone besides Evans to run the ball.  He split the second reps with Tru Wilson on the season and Tru was more effective in his runs (6ypc to 5.4ypc -- and if you throw out Evans long of 61 yards on the season, his ypc drops to 4.6).  Then he split reps with Turner -- who they were clearly redshirting this season -- in the bowl, and Turner was more effective on his runs (7 carries apiece, 4.6ypc to 2.9 ypc).  If they don't redshirt Turner this season, I think he likely takes the bulk of Evans' carries.

I could see a world where he drops to 4th on the depth chart behind Turner, Charbonnet, and Wilson next season.

01/03/2019 - 9:50am Could see the rotation being…

Could see the rotation being Turner/Charbonnet next season with Evans worked in as a third down back.  If Zach is anything at all like his film he should see a lot of touches next season.  RB is one of the easiest places to make an impact as a freshman, and Michigan doesn't really have anyone like him on the roster.

01/03/2019 - 9:47am How much shorter do you want…

How much shorter do you want it to be?  This is the breakdown of carries last season:

Higdon: 224, 1178 yds, 5.3 ypc, 10 TDs

Evans: 74, 403, 5.4 ypc, 4 TDs

Wilson: 59, 355, 6.0 ypc, 1 TD

Shea: 66, 268, 4.1ypc, 2 TDs

Mason: 31, 80, 2.6ypc, 7 TDs

 

That's pretty normal.  There's basically no difference between Tru and Evans when it comes to the run game, so no good argument for giving one more carries than the other.  If anything, Tru should have gotten more.  He had a long of 28 yards on the season while Evans had a long of 61.  On a per carry basis Tru was a whole hell of a lot more effective.

Only real argument would be to take away some of Mason's carries, but the dude was only used in short yardage and got a TD 1 out of every 4 times he touched the ball.  So tough to complain about that.

 

01/03/2019 - 9:40am If you've seen any of the…

If you've seen any of the recent interviews with Tate or his tweets...he is DEFINITELY not a happy camper about Fields potentially coming in.  Feels like there's enough animosity there that if Fields would transfer to OSU it could kill the locker room pretty quick, just because Tate is going to be a dick about it.

01/02/2019 - 12:55pm What do you want him or…

What do you want him or anyone to really say that hasn't been said 1000x already?  Michigan football and the commentary and analysis that surround it is stuck in its own personal hell version of Groundhog Day.  Just repeating the same observations, potential fixes, and opinions on the same dumb problems over, and over, and over again.

Michigan needs to fix their OL, Michigan needs a more modern offense, Michigan needs some younger coaches, Michigan's defense isn't up the challenge against good offenses, etc, etc, etc.  It been that exact same analysis for at least the last 4 seasons.

Had he just reposted the same exact end of season story from any of the last 3-4 seasons and just changed the name of the bowl opponent and some players...I don't know how many people would have noticed.

And ironically enough, just the movie Groundhog Day, to get out of this personal hell Harbaugh is going to need is own Bill Murray moment where he just decides to become a better person/coach, and that allows him to finally escape it. 

Otherwise, we'll be repeating this same dumb cycle next season.

01/02/2019 - 12:05pm Basically, Northwestern+. …

Basically, Northwestern+.  Which hey...isn't exactly terrible.

01/02/2019 - 12:04pm I'm not sure if Harbaugh is…

I'm not sure if Harbaugh is what the NFL really wants these days.  They are looking for innovative offensive minds -- the next Sean McVay.  That's not Harbaugh.

Although they'll still hire retreads like Gruden, flirt with people like Brian Kelly, and then rehire half of the guys that were just fired, so who knows.

01/02/2019 - 11:44am The man wears the same…

The man wears the same outfit everyday because it takes that decision making out of his hands. He doesn’t strike me as someone capable of deep introspection.

01/02/2019 - 11:42am Pretty much sums it up: the…

Pretty much sums it up: the bugs aren’t bugs, but features. And because of that, 10-11 wins a year and a place in a NY6 seems to be the ceiling for Harbaugh’s Wolverines.

01/01/2019 - 11:22pm Sure. Was third on the team…

Sure. Was third on the team in catches and receiving yards the last two seasons.  What a fucking loser.

Seriously...what the fuck is wrong with some of you people?

01/01/2019 - 11:16pm But that's kind of my point…

But that's kind of my point.  Gentry was also very productive, but both dudes get a bad rap from the fanbase by the ends of the careers here.  Gentry was third on the team in catches and yards this season and last.  Yet, due to a couple of bad drops that really wouldn't have changed the Ohio State game one bit, he's suddenly the worst player to ever don the winged helmet.

Like Gary, dude was very solid his entire career.

01/01/2019 - 11:10pm Because negative fan…

Because negative fan interaction is strictly an MGoBlog thing...

01/01/2019 - 10:52pm He's kind of the Rashan Gary…

He's kind of the Rashan Gary of offense on this team.  Had tons of potential, showed up in games sporadically, will be a combine freak, fan base shit on him a lot, might do well in the NFL, might be a flop...

Either way, wish them both the best of luck.

01/01/2019 - 10:48pm Maybe he's just sick of the…

Maybe he's just sick of the fanbases shit and would rather get paid.

01/01/2019 - 4:50pm Could be that given that the…

Could be that given that the NFL is traditionally behind CFB in terms of offense, that by taking college concepts and what he did at Stanford to the NFL he was ahead of the times in the NFL.  But coming from the NFL back to CFB, anything he'd learned there in terms of offense would be like a decade behind the times in college.

Might explain a lot of the "why isn't this working deer in headlights" observations in Spath's string of tweets.

01/01/2019 - 4:45pm They don't need to throw it…

They don't need to throw it more, just throw it different.  Instead of 20-25 yard passes to the sideline, throw more quick outs, slants, crossing patterns, meshes, etc.  Get players in space to get some YAC.  Don't know if anyone tracks it, or if they do where to find it, but Michigan has to have one of the lowest YAC numbers in the country.

01/01/2019 - 4:42pm Forget which team it was…

Forget which team it was today that did this -- Kentucky I think -- but they had a short little pass to one of their speed guys.  One of those quick little passes where the WR cuts towards the middle after about 3 yards.  Dude caught it, and then went 50 yards for a big gain.

That kind of pass should have been something Michigan was doing with DPJ like 2-3 times a game.  Yet, I don't know if they ever tried it.

12/31/2018 - 3:41pm Mentioned this just above…

Mentioned this just above this post, but Grant Perry too.  He was great last season, and then disappeared from the offense this year.  Had a good first game, and then didn't even get 100 yds combined after that.  Just odd.

12/31/2018 - 3:39pm Grant Perry played so little…

Grant Perry played so little I'd forgotten he was still on the team until he was named captain for the bowl game.  Went from being the leading WR on the team last year (an incredibly low bar...25 catches for 307 yds...but was still the best one), to rarely being used.  After he had 5 catches and 48 yds in the first game, he only added another 15 for 99 yds.  Outside of the OSU game, I don't think he was injured either.  Just...disappeared from the offense.

12/31/2018 - 12:23pm That was one of the…

That was one of the criticisms from national CFB people during the OSU game that drove me nuts.  The whole "they just have better athletes" argument, which isn't entirely true.  They do have the athletes, they just don't use them well enough.

12/31/2018 - 12:01pm I honestly can't imagine all…

I honestly can't imagine all three sticking around.  This offense seems to generate around 100 catches a year for the top three pass catchers, and a third of those go to the TE.  Its been that way every year Harbaugh has been here.  One of the DPJ/Nioo/Black trio is going to get left out and wind up with a dozen or so catches, and it feels kinda obvious which one its going to be.