Ohio State 62, Michigan 39

Ohio State 62, Michigan 39


November 24, 2018

Jim Harbaugh (image via Wolverines Wire)

That wasn’t close. Las Vegas picked Michigan. Virtually all the experts picked Michigan. I picked Michigan. We were all wrong, and it wasn’t close. That was an extremely disappointing performance in all three phases of the game. I’m sure I won’t cover every disappointment, but I’ll get it started.

Hit the jump for the rest of the preview.

The offensive game plan was totally unimaginative. One of my biggest frustrations with Jim Harbaugh’s offense is that they go into a shell in big games. He wastes the creative plays on lesser opponents and then uses the vanilla stuff against the likes of Ohio State. How many jet sweeps did Michigan run? Zero. How many double passes? Zero. Reverses? Zero. Crazy formations? Zero. I think you get the point. On top of that, Michigan was very much in the mode of run-run-pass for much of the game, leaving them in a lot of 3rd-and-long situations. Michigan came up against one of the most talented defenses they had faced all season, and they gave themselves virtually no tactical advantages whatsoever.

Who is your backup QB? Michigan has a backup QB problem, and its name is Brandon Milton. Shea Patterson got hurt late in the game, and he was replaced by redshirt sophomore Brandon Peters, who promptly threw a precise short pass that was literally an inch away from being a touchdown. On the next series, true freshman Joe Milton entered the game and threw an interception on his first attempt  that was nearly returned for a touchdown. Whoever your backup QB is should be getting the second-most reps in practice, and that guy should have been in the game when Patterson got hurt. It happened against Rutgers (Peters got one rep before giving way to Milton), and now it happened in a situation where it actually mattered, too. Milton did end up completing a long pass to Nico Collins and scoring on a zone read, but by the time that happened, there was virtually no chance for a comeback.

Michigan lacks playmakers on offense. This has been a major concern for a while, and it reared its head against Ohio State. Where are the guys who can run away from a defense? Where are the guys who can take it to the house on jet sweeps? Where are the guys who can blow the top off a defense by running a seam route? Karan Higdon and Chris Evans can’t run away from quick defenses. Ronnie Bell has some juice at wideout, and Donovan Peoples-Jones is a difference-maker. Otherwise…nada. Grant Perry has been just a guy his whole career, and Michigan was down to playing walk-on Jake McCurry on offense against Ohio State. Kekoa Crawford and Eddie McDoom both transferred prior to the season, and both of them could have made some impact if they had stuck around and developed. They’re probably not the difference between a win and a loss here, but Eddie McDoom would be a better option than McCurry.

Michigan’s gotcha play: tight end screens. Michigan called screens to Sean McKeon and Nick Eubanks. One worked  for about 11 yards (McKeon’s), while the other one was thrown straight into the ground. Ohio State’s version of getting the ball to their playmakers in space is running mesh routes with slot receivers or running Parris Campbell on a jet sweep. Michigan’s? Throwing a screen to a 6’5″, 250 lb. guy who’ll be lucky to run a 4.9 at his pro day. This isn’t a call to change the offense entirely, but you can work some of these philosophies into a pro-style offense. Michigan went the whole way while handing off the ball to a) the deep back or b) the off-set back. No fullback traps, no fullback dives (except on the goal line from the Dead T), no jet sweeps, etc.

The defense was handled. There was zero pass rush, and Ohio State just kept going back to the well over and over again. That’s one thing I respect about Urban Meyer’s coaching. When something is working for him, he goes back to it again and again and again and again and again until you figure out a way to stop it. The Buckeyes were working mesh non-stop, and even before Michigan figured it out, they started running “mesh return,” which really flummoxed the guys in man coverage. They were chasing the crossing routes full speed only to have the receiver sink his hips and head back to where he started. The defense had zero sacks and didn’t even put noticeable pressure on Haskins. Other than largely stopping the run (until the game got out of hand), the Buckeyes had their way with the defense. In all honest, Haskins had a couple wide open players running deep that he barely missed, which could have turned this game into an even bigger blowout.

Defensive line hot take time. I was caught up in it just like everyone else, but Rashan Gary’s placement as the #1 recruit in the 2016 class was too high. Strongside end, defensive tackle, whatever, if I told you in 2016 that the #1 recruit in the country was a defensive end who would amass 10.5 sacks in a three-year career (with one game left), including 3.5 as a senior, you would have been disappointed. Nick Bosa had 17.5 career sacks and only played in three games as a junior. And it’s not like Gary was by himself – he had guys like Taco Charlton, Chris Wormley, Chase Winovich, and Maurice Hurst taking attention away from him. Speaking of Hurst, I mentioned this in the preview this week, but the lack of production from Michigan’s defensive tackles this year has been very damaging. Michigan couldn’t get any pressure in Haskins’s face, and they’re certainly not making plays in the running game. I have a great deal of respect for Greg Mattison as a coach, but this season was not his best example of development.

Brandon Watson is S-L-O-W. I have been concerned for a couple years about Brandon Watson’s lack of speed, but virtually no one was able to take advantage of him until Ohio State. And by “take advantage,” I mean torch him and expose him to the whole country. The problem is that Michigan had no one else except Ambry Thomas, who hasn’t developed into a full-fledged cornerback yet. So it was Watson’s game, whether he was getting torched or not. The Buckeyes ran crossing routes away from him, and he couldn’t keep up.

Stop chasing points. I have no idea why Michigan started going for 2-point conversions so early in the game. It was stupid and desperate. I was very disappointed that the team was out-coached on so many levels. That’s not a phrase I use frequently, either. But I think it’s appropriate this time.

This is frustrating. Of course Ohio State is better than Purdue and more than one point better than Maryland and so on. But this 2018 team is Michigan’s best squad in a long time, and the Wolverines can’t even stumble into a victory. The only time Michigan has won in the last fifteen years was Luke Fickell’s interim year of 2011 at the Big House. Ohio State is good, but lesser teams trip up the Buckeyes more often than the Wolverines have been able to in the last decade and a half. Naturally, the Buckeyes played their best game of the year against Michigan, and Michigan played one of their worst.

33 comments

  1. Comments: 177
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    suduri xusai
    Nov 24, 2018 at 9:19 PM

    I hope this beatdown teaches Harbaugh a lesson about coming out of his shell and being more creative. And hire a really good OC and get back to recruiting.

    The only good thing I can see coming out of this game. That and the fact that Shea Patterson and some others who might’ve left early will be coming back for 2019.

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    steweiler
    Nov 24, 2018 at 10:30 PM

    Well, Thunder, you’re not wrong in your post-game assessment. Michigan shit the bed. What else needs to be said? They got jail-sexed from the get-go. From coaching to the players, it was a debacle. I’ve written and re-written this post, but all I can come up with is that we are now the 2nd best team in the B1G, which is just OSU and then everyone else. And we are not even remotely ready to play anyone in playoff contention. I just….shit….what else is there to say? Fuck.

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      steweiler
      Nov 24, 2018 at 10:31 PM

      *sorry for the language.

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        Chowman
        Nov 25, 2018 at 9:06 AM

        ah some guys use exclamation marks, you use colorful language. It’s all good. Pretty much summed up what I saw yesterday!

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    je93
    Nov 24, 2018 at 10:53 PM

    Biggest disappointment of the season: the D getting abused
    We were destroyed on both lines, and that’s no exaggeration
    The only disagreement I have is with this: “Michigan lacks playmakers on offense… ”
    Nico & DPJ looked good, busted their @sses, and made plays. We just don’t use them the way other staffs would. Evans is another who is miscast – he should be our Offensive Weapon, but instead we beefed him up and force him between the Tackles…

    Just a crappy end to the season

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      Chowman
      Nov 25, 2018 at 9:09 AM

      I thought DPJ played his ass off! But when was the last time we had a homerun hitter as a RB? Someone that is a threat to take it to the house on any snap? Look Higdon and Evans are nice backs but using the baseball analogy they’ve got warning track power!

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      Extrajuice
      Nov 26, 2018 at 11:10 AM

      I don’t think Evans is much of an Offensive Weapon. Should he get a couple screen passes per game? Maybe. Other than that he’s too slow, avg at best at blocking and he takes too long to pick a running lane.

      • Thunder
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        Nov 26, 2018 at 12:25 PM

        Evans isn’t great. I was talking with someone about this today (a fan of another team who watched the game). We both agreed that he should get the ball in space more, but he’s not a gamebreaker.

      • Lanknows
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        Lanknows
        Nov 26, 2018 at 1:59 PM

        Looked maybe a bit slower this year. Should consider cutting weight to ’17 level.

  4. Communist Football
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    Communist Football
    Nov 24, 2018 at 10:59 PM

    This take is exactly correct Comrade on every count. The “wear down the DL with 1 yard and a cloud of dust” was a disaster. Waiting until the 2nd half to adjust to crossing routes was a disaster. Not exploiting the OSU D’s weaknesses. The idiotic going for two early in the game. So much stupidity. Every Harbaugh game before this one, M outreached OSU. Today the opposite was true. Harbaugh was totally outcoached and embarrassed himself. Time to get a first-rate OC who can put points on the board a la Oklahoma, OSU, et al.

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    peterfumo
    Nov 25, 2018 at 5:14 AM

    Thunder, how much of this is a talent gap between us and OSU, and how much of this is a coaching gap? What is your opinion of Don Brown’s approach as DC based on this debacle?

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    Jetski
    Nov 25, 2018 at 6:12 AM

    I couldn’t help getting the feeling that being the favorite in this game really hurt the staff’s gameplan. The last few years being the underdog, they have felt it necessary to depart from the normal gameplan to have a chance.

    It seemed to me (and I can’t entirely blame him if so) that Harbaugh felt he could trust the defense to slow down the OSU offense enough that their normal, slow, beat you down offense could score 35 points and win the game going away. It turns out that this assumption (shared by most of the country and both fanbases, I might add) was very wrong and does not excuse coaches on both sides of the ball from not being better prepared to adapt when the shit really hit the fan.

  7. DonAZ
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    DonAZ
    Nov 25, 2018 at 6:33 AM

    This can be a teaching moment for Harbaugh … IF he chooses to take it. Last off-season he showed some self-awareness by making changes. We’ll see if this off-season he works to move the program in the right direction.

    I have written before that the playoff system is creating a small handful of elite teams, and that the window of opportunity to join that group of elite teams is closing fast. It takes talent, depth, and effective use of resources to run with Alabama, Clemson, Ohio State, and an emerging Georgia. Michigan does not have that right now. On its present course, it won’t.

    Harbaugh needs a truly dominant offensive and defensive line to win consistently with the current philosophy. It has neither. To get dominant players, it needs to show it can win these games. It hasn’t. It’s decision time: either get more creative to win these games so better talent can be acquired, or be a permanent second-tier program.

    One silver lining: Michigan was exposed now rather than in the first round against Alabama. That would have been a more embarrassing (and program damaging) beat-down than yesterday’s game.

    It truly is a program inflection point for Michigan. Harbaugh has to know this. If he doesn’t, then he’s not a coach worthy to be included in the discussion of elites.

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      funkywolve
      Nov 25, 2018 at 10:29 AM

      Would getting destroyed by Alabama really be as embarrassing as this loss to OSU? If UM had made the playoff and got destroyed by Alabama, it would have meant that UM beat OSU and won the Big 10.

      • DonAZ
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        DonAZ
        Nov 25, 2018 at 6:23 PM

        Remember Michigan State getting trucked by Alabama in the first round a few years ago? How about Notre Dame getting crushed by Alabama in the final? Its a bigger stage, and people remember those things. The meme would be: “They didn’t deserve to be there.” And it would be true. Michigan is not yet playoff worthy.

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    Chowman
    Nov 25, 2018 at 8:12 AM

    Was sitting there thinking about this after the game last night. Michigan did nothing to game plan for OSU. We came out and ran the same things we’ve run week in and week out that work against lessor opponents, but against teams like ND or OSU are taking us no where. Until Don Brown can scheme up a way to stop those shallow crossing routes his defense will continue to struggle against high octane offenses.

    It’s time for Jim to step away from the offensive play calling and be the CEO of Michigan football. Go out and find him a Don Brown for the offensive side of the ball and let them run things. The play calling was brutal. OSU had a really young back 7 and we didn’t nothing formation wise or with motion that would of made things harder for them. We just lined up and said “we’re running our shit, try and stop us”. I might of worked too but on the other side of the ball Don Brown and Co. had no answers for stopping OSU. Is devastating too harsh a word for this loss????

    • Lanknows
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      Lanknows
      Nov 26, 2018 at 10:44 AM

      I would argue that 39 points on offense should be enough to win if you really have the #1 D in the country. Or even a top 5 D.

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    pureWmich
    Nov 25, 2018 at 8:32 AM

    This was the most dangerous game.. OSU was in a no lose situation,, everyone was picking MI, even a few from the student newspaper.. osu has bad games all season and this was their opportunity to erase all of it and they did. MI came out expecting to win and got shell-shocked. Harbaugh, said earlier this year “the longer it takes someone to realize their good, the better they will become” and “see someone that’s good and kick him in the shin” maybe he should listen to his own words. The entire matchup was going to be “can we stop the short pass from being a long gain” and we couldn’t. This was R Gary’s time to make a name for himself and erase some of the discussion of a lack-lasted career and he did not. Bottom-line MI LOST on the field and sideline before the game even began. Just like ND, they started to believe the press clippings and lost the chip/anger that propelled them to prior victories. Go blue! Time to end the learning experiences..:)

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      Chowman
      Nov 25, 2018 at 9:15 AM

      More so this was Harbaugh and Brown’s opportunity to show OSU something they hadn’t seen all year. They had 11 games of tape on both the offense and defense. What did they do, SOS, different game. They played right into Urby’s hands. Gave them exactly what they schemed against all week. Look I wasn’t looking for a complete overhaul of the offensive and defensive play books, but man they couldn’t of tweaked a few things give the young LBs and safeties different looks, more motion. And defensively, what about some zones or zone blitzes. The DL was not getting home at all. This defense really missed have a Mo Hurst in the middle of the DL. There was ZERO push up the middle.

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    bluegoinggray
    Nov 25, 2018 at 11:50 AM

    This was easily one of the most disappointing Michigan performances, relative to pregame expectations, in a long time. Not worse than App State, but the worst of the Harbaugh era. OSU outcoached and outplayed Michigan in all facets of the game, and as Thunder pointed out – it wasn’t close. After 4 years my question now is – have we seen the best that Harbaugh can deliver? It’s becoming a pertinent question.

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    97Alumnus
    Nov 26, 2018 at 7:50 AM

    Agreed on lack of inginuity in the game plan

    The effect of a decade of recruiting cannot be understated – our depth is no where near OSUs

    Our offensive line reverted to its ND form – lookout blocks aplenty

    Collins and DPJ look like potential stars, and I think Black will be back w some time – but the lack of time by the OL hampers our biggest asset

    The defensive tackles we have currently are not the athletes we have had previously – they don’t have Hurst potential – Chase looked hurt out there couldn’t turn the corner – I wonder if Gary really could have been a better 3T – their OL is playoff caliber

    The corners were disappointing

    It seems every year OSU stumbles through the season but ties it all together by the end – while we use up everything we have getting to them, then are too injured or don’t have enough in the tank

    I don’t want to disparage our guys efforts – we as a program aren’t on OSUs level – few programs are

  12. Lanknows
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    Lanknows
    Nov 26, 2018 at 9:53 AM

    That one smarts. Emotional time so the hot takes are flying. I’ll try to stay out of most of the game-specific ones but I have a few reactions to the above.

    1. The 2016 team was significantly better than the 2018 team. The ’18 D has an exploitable weak link a la ’06. The ’18 offense might have a little more talent (at QB most significantly) but struggles just the same against elite defenses. They just saw fewer of them. The game is won and lost in the trenches, especially with the style M wants to play, and the decencies at DT and OT were too significant to beat a top 5 team.

    2. About that style – can we not call it pro style? I don’t know what’s better but it’s not “pro style” – a 90s NFL offense with a RB, FB, and TE that lines up under center nor is it a “pro style” NFL passing spread. The latter is closer given how infrequently M uses FBs or lines up under C. No pro team runs what Michigan runs.

    3. Meyer’s an excellent football coach. On par or perhaps better than Harbaugh. With home field and a still-relevant talent advantage it would be a screw-up for him to lose. The recipe for how to beat Michigan was obvious to most of us. 1. slants, crosses, and screens. 2. single-up the DTs and double the DEs. 3. Avoid big plays – Go ahead and let Michigan try to beat you with an 80-play drive because they’re not good enough to do that. Credit to Meyer for executing.

    4. The football program is STILL “in progress”. Some won’t want to hear that but the fundamental identity that Harbaugh wants to have on offense requires a dominant OL that can run over you. The TEs that differentiate his offense from others are not 2-way matchup nightmares that we imagined with Wheatley and Asisasi, they are mediocre.* The OLs, The TEs, Still not there – but might be next year if they can figure out the OT situation. The difference between Harbaugh and Meyer might boil down to simplicity in offensive philosophy. Meyer can turn your around quick while Harbaugh’s scheme pretty much requires veterans who have been in the system.

    *The coaching staff overrating these TEs might be their biggest mistake.

    • Lanknows
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      Lanknows
      Nov 26, 2018 at 10:43 AM

      A few weeks ago I pointed out the discrepancy between number of comments after a loss (against ND) vs a big midseason win. Way more comments here and I think that says something about M fans, though maybe it’s universal to college football…

  13. Lanknows
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    Lanknows
    Nov 26, 2018 at 10:50 AM

    Season perspective. This is exactly the 9-3 team that was expected by objective prognosticators. It’s a 10-2 team not because they were better but because MSU and Wisconsin are not as good. I bought into it too and was surprised to get so handled by OSU, but in the clear light of Monday and with the benefit of hindsight…they are who they thought they were (in August).

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    97Alumnus
    Nov 26, 2018 at 12:17 PM

    We didn’t expect to be in the “playoff contender” position before the season – the coach and the players built that along the way – so in some ways they OVER achieved

    There are definite tiers at the top

    Bama
    Clemson
    OSU/UGA

    OU/ND…UM?

    The program has been building – we just aren’t there 100% yet

    I think we have a good coach

    I think we have a good team

    I think we have a good program

    I wouldn’t trade them

    I am proud of them and anyone would be a fool not to be

    • Thunder
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      Nov 26, 2018 at 12:24 PM

      I wouldn’t put Michigan right there with OU/ND until we can get to 11-1 or 12-0. Notre Dame has been 12-0 twice in the past six or seven seasons, and OU made the playoff last year and might do it again this season.

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        97Alumnus
        Nov 26, 2018 at 12:52 PM

        Maybe not in recent history – I agree with you there

        But this years team I would call us close (but not better than)

        The OL/DTs are still our weak spot compared to them as well

        I like our odds vs either of their schedules – I think our record would be similar

        With time to get healthy I am hoping our guys show out for the bowl

        Not so much for any of us fans – but for themselves

        Lots of talented guys that have been fun to watch

    • Lanknows
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      Lanknows
      Nov 26, 2018 at 2:10 PM

      Good perspective but I’m not sure they really overachieved given that MSU and Wisc both finished the season as average big ten teams (7-5 overall).

      As for comparing to ND I would look at S&P rankings in the last 4 years:

      2015: 5 vs 7
      2016: 3 vs 26
      2017: 27 vs 13
      2018: 5 vs 6

      That’s close enough to be a draw. It’s splitting hairs even though ND will get into the playoff this year and Michigan won’t .

      Neither program is in the elite tier with Alabama, Clemson, OSU, Georgia and (probably/unfortunately) Oklahoma. They’re in the next group though, along with Washington and a group of others.

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    Vienna Jack
    Nov 26, 2018 at 1:38 PM

    They say big time players make big time plays, and you see that in many of these kinds of games. We had a chance early, but Gentry dropped a TD pass, and that stung (he dropped two more big passes and never caught a pass all day), erasing a chance to take a lead. We made bad decisions, and to me the first bad decision was that after our first offensive play, an 8 yard run by Higdon, he was immediately taken out, a billboard was erected that said we are going to pass, and Patterson was immediately sacked. That decision was the antithesis of the OSU plan, which was to keep doing the same thing until they show they can stop it (and do it quickly – we always huddled and OSU always tried to get to the line before our D was set), so once Higdon got 8 yards on first down, I would have recommened no huddle and a variant to see if we could really put OSU on its heels. There have been numerous instances where a back has a good run and is immediately removed; makes no sense to me.

    Apart from that, I thought the special teams (particularly Ambry Thomas) were about as bad as you can get, with numerous efforts to run back kickoffs that never had a chance (the final crowning moment being when Thomas grabbed a kickoff just before it sailed out of bounds and then took it the last teeny step himself at the 8 yard line), with Hart looking like he was trying to kick in slow motion before having his punt blocked, and with Hart punting the ball into the end zone the one chance he had to pin OSU deep.

    Watching the game, I really wondered if either Gary or Winovich were anywhere close to 100%. Even when double teamed, they usually do far more than they did on Saturday.

  16. Lanknows
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    Lanknows
    Nov 26, 2018 at 2:28 PM

    I can’t resist… my hot take is this: blaming this on Harbaugh is stupid.

    The defense allowed 60+ points. Ohio State scored on 9 drives and punted on 3. Quibbling with the offensive scheme is completely missing the point. We all love Don Brown but he got his ass handed to him this game. This is on Brown. Harbaugh did his job. Brown didn’t.

    You want Harbaugh to fire Brown? No, you don’t. You want Harbaugh to hire the offensive version of Brown? Well you might, but now’s not exactly the best time to be making that argument.

    • Klctlc
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      Klctlc
      Nov 26, 2018 at 3:18 PM

      Lan,

      Well said.

      Just a general comment. You seem more mellow the last month or so? No specific examples, just a general feel. Your posts, to me, have been helpful for me.

      I really appreciate your opinions and perspective.

      I have been getting harassed by friends (?) the past day and half about how bad of a coach Harbaugh is and how his offense sucks. Both my kids have similar opinions. Yet, after the game, I was disgusted with our defense not the offense. To me the defense seemed arrogant. Part of that is on Harbaugh because he is responsible for the game plan.

      They were probably shocked by the first half, but what did they change on defense? what surprise? Where was A. Thomas? why was he not in the game? Could they have burned a redshirt for M. Sims? Something different, Anything? Nope. The d was a one trick pony and when you can’t bring heat up front, you get exposed.

      • Lanknows
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        Lanknows
        Nov 26, 2018 at 3:38 PM

        Thanks. I think it was a pretty enjoyable year until Saturday. Beating through PSU, MSU, Wisc was highly satisfying.

        I think Don Brown is excellent but people are reluctant to call-out such an established and proven coach. It’s hit a point of a caricature with Brown and M fans — where he might be a little overrated. Nobody is perfect. There are weaknesses there (related to risk/reward and demands on the secondary to win 1-on-1 and the reliance on safeties to do everything, stuff that was talked about when he got hired) — but he’s had so much success with this level of talent that those get glossed over.

        Sometimes you just get beat. Brown got beat here and it was a comprehensive whooping. I think Harbaugh is/was justifiably hands-off with the D. Not on him to mess with Brown’s gameplan IMO.

        Brown will not change what he does or who he is but he better come better prepared for Meyer/Day next year. I think he and Durkin made the same mistake of not adapting from what got you there. But OSU isn’t your typical Big Ten offense.

        There’s a lesson to be learned from the other side. Meyer evolved tremendously from the Tebow/Barret offenses while sticking to some of his core principles. Brown will need to evolve similarly.

        I kind of hope Michigan sees somebody like Oklahoma, Washington State,or WVU in a bowl game. That may be the kind of test that Brown needs to work through to be better prepared for Nov 2019.

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      je93
      Nov 26, 2018 at 8:08 PM

      The insults toward Harbaugh are stupid. He’s the head coach though, and the blame always goes to him (along with the praise)

      I don’t think he needs to micromanage the D, but as HC, he should be engaged. No way Saban puts up with a cluster on O; Harbaugh should be much more engaged with Brown when the D performs poorly

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