I am not fully plugged in to the coaching search, but with the bowl game in the rear view mirror, here are some thoughts on how the coaching staff could play out. Keep in mind that safeties coach Brian Smith has already left to be Rice’s defensive coordinator, tackles/tight ends coachGreg Frey is headed for Florida State, and all teams will get a tenth assistant coach.
#1: HEAD COACH: I am fairly confident that the head coach for 2018 will be Jim Harbaugh.
#2: RUNNING BACKS COACH: Jay Harbaugh was the RB coach this past season, but he has more experience with tight ends. With Frey gone, there appears to be an opening with tight ends. I think a different person will be coaching running backs, and it might be former Boston College and Cincinnati coach Al Washington, who coached with Don Brown at BC. Washington has experience coaching running backs, defensive line, and special teams. Update on January 4, 2017: Some are reporting that this is a done deal.
#3: TIGHT ENDS COACH: To replace the departed Walder Frey, I think we’ll see the return of Jay Harbaugh here.
#4: OFFENSIVE LINE COACH: There are rumors about Greg Roman returning to the side of Jim Harbaugh, and it will be curious to see if Roman does come. If he does, he has mostly been with tight ends and the offensive line.
#5: WIDE RECEIVERS COACH: Former NFL wide receiver coach Scott Turner, the son of Norv Turner, spent the 2017 season as an analyst at Michigan. Michigan did not have a dedicated wide receivers coach this past season, and this might make sense as the additional assistant coach. Update on January 4, 2017: It sounds like Dan Enos (see below) may coach receivers.
#6: QUARTERBACKS COACH: It sounds like former Michigan State and Arkansas offensive coordinator Dan Enos may replace passing game coordinator Pep Hamilton. He’s from the state of Michigan and has coached at CMU, MSU, and Arkansas.
#7: DEFENSIVE LINE COACH: I believe Greg Mattison will be returning in 2018.
#8: DEFENSIVE COORDINATOR/LINEBACKERS COACH: The man, the myth, the legend: Don Brown.
#9: CORNERBACKS COACH: Unless Mike Zordich gets poached by someone who can pay him more money, I expect him to stick around. He’s done an excellent job.
#10: SAFETIES COACH: Analyst, dad of Devin Bush, Jr., and former NFL safety, Devin Bush, Sr. spent time coaching the safeties during the bowl practices. The safeties didn’t make any great leaps forward, but that’s more a matter of personnel. As a young-ish guy with NFL experience and time spent coaching high school ball in Florida, he should be a good recruiter.
#11: SPECIAL TEAMS/LINEBACKERS COACH: It sounds like other teams are trying to steal Chris Partridge, who has been Michigan’s ace recruiter. It would be a loss for Michigan unless they can get another great recruiter, although Enos is supposed to be a good recruiter. There’s a good chance Partridge leaves, but I’m keeping him here for now.
I’m leaning toward the belief that Pep Hamilton and Tim Drevno will be gone from Michigan’s coaching staff. I will be shocked if both stay, though I won’t be too surprised if Drevno sticks, since he and Harbaugh have been joined at the hip for years.
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