MLive: NFL coaching vet and father of elite 2019 QB to take job at Michigan

MLive: NFL coaching vet and father of elite 2019 QB to take job at Michigan

February 13, 2017

Mike Johnson, Sr. has been hired to Michigan’s staff, and he happens to have an elite quarterback for a son (LINK). Some people are criticizing Jim Harbaugh for hiring guys like this, but first of all, Johnson has an extensive coaching history in the NFL. On top of that, the bottom line is that good athletes and sports-oriented people often have good athletes and sports-oriented children. Jim Harbaugh’s son is a football coach at Michigan. Rich Rodriguez’s son is a quarterback who’s headed to Arizona. Lloyd Carr’s son was a quarterback at Michigan. And so on.

I’m not going to sit here and say that Michael Johnson, Jr. doesn’t factor into the situation at all, because I really don’t know. Michigan hasn’t offered him yet, so there’s that. But if you hire a football coach with a son, chances are the kid isn’t going to be on level 60 of World of Warcraft.

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  1. Comments: 97
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    Feb 14, 2017 at 1:13 AM

    LOLOL….Some of the best times of my life was hosting huge LAN parties and playing WoW. Long Live The Horde…

    With DTR being the assumed #1 QB target for 2018 and now speculation with this kid being another Dual Threat QB for 2019, you almost start to wonder if there’s going to be a major shift in offensive philosophy moving forward…

    • Lanknows
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      Feb 14, 2017 at 1:09 PM

      That would be interesting news to the McCaffreys and Peters.

      • crazyjoedavola
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        Joined: 8/13/2015
        Feb 14, 2017 at 1:39 PM

        McCaffrey and Peters can both run, they are not true dual threat QBs, but they are not the statues that we had during Carr years. I am thinking that Harbaugh realized that running power in B1G is much harder than it was in Pac 12 so he decided to adjust his philosophy. Personally I love the power O… lead, counter, trap, power play… but there is nothing wrong with inside and outside zone, sweeps… rpo’s… etc.

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    Joined: 8/13/2015
    Feb 14, 2017 at 6:49 AM

    Yeah, we want this kid.

    He puts a lot of air under the ball, and isn’t particularly accurate or consistent throwing it yet, but ….. we really want this kid.

    There are all kinds of good reasons for both JH to want Dad here, including … we really want this kid … and for Dad to really want to be here … including i really want Junior to go to Michigan.

    From Dad’s standpoint as he is a QB coach himself, and this is testament to Harbaugh’s reputation as a QB coach, both his kid and he get to benefit from what is increasingly looking like one of the premier QB coaches in football.

    Then, because Harbaugh is reported to have told somebody, maybe Collins that he intends to spread the field more, is what I believe to have been the quote and then subsequently gone out and hired Greg Frey, I think it’s safe to say that, bare minimum, he’s exploring some tweaks and different kinds of personal packages.

    Among the comments that I have read about Harbaugh’s offense and how people prep for it that have stood out to me was a comment from some defensive coach having to do with all the different personnel packages that he rolls out there and how after weeks of film review and repping against so many plays and packages, the game starts and there’s a new group out there running stuff you didn’t rep.

  3. Lanknows
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    Joined: 8/11/2015
    Feb 14, 2017 at 1:06 PM

    That people are criticizing this reflects the slowness of the sports news cycle. Just wait till the Rome trip starts making the rounds…

    Johnson is clearly well qualified for the position whatever it is (WR coach-in-waiting, analyst, etc.), but even if it was just to get his son – that’s far less nefarious than the barely-veiled PEDs and bag-men at many other schools. Furthermore, there’s a LOOOONG way to go in the kids recruitment and Michigan hasn’t thusfar been a dual-threat QB kind of school since Rodriguez left (and Bo before that). Kid might not even want to play for his dad. So, it’s very very speculative motivation, on anybody’s part, including Michigan’s if that is their aim.

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