On the Return/Non-Departure of Jim Harbaugh

Posts under: homepage


6Feb 2022
Blog, homepage no comments

On the Return/Non-Departure of Jim Harbaugh

Jim Harbaugh

Jim Harbaugh came back to Michigan. He did that quite literally by returning from St. Paul, MN, after an interview with the Minnesota Vikings.

I think Jim Harbaugh is such a polarizing figure that anything he does is going to be tweeted out, broadcast, and inspected to an unfathomable degree. This is a guy who took off his shirt at a satellite camp, and the meme has lasted for half a decade.

Picture the headline: MAN TAKES OFF SHIRT.

Shocking.

Hit the jump for more.

read more
6Feb 2022
Blog, homepage no comments

Josh Gattis, Ex-Wolverine

Josh Gattis

Michigan offensive coordinator Josh Gattis is headed to Miami to be the Hurricanes’ new offensive coordinator under new head coach Mario Cristobal. This is a slightly surprising development for an assistant coach who won the Broyles Award in 2021 as the nation’s top assistant coach.

Gattis was at Michigan from 2019-2021, hired away from Alabama. Gattis had so-so success at Michigan, really. His first two years were mediocre, and even in this season of success, his offense was #24 in total offense, #22 in yards per play, and #16 in scoring. That represents a peak in each category during his three seasons in Ann Arbor.

I was often critical of Gattis. His initial #speedinspace mantra turned into . . . well . . . nothing more than a mantra. He did a poor job of getting speed in space during his first two years. When he finally hit his apogee, it was with the heavy influence of newly hired quarterbacks coach Matt Weiss, who brought a lot of elements of the Baltimore Ravens’ run game. The condensed sets, the tight end motions, the jet motions turning into lead blockers, etc. are all directly from the Ravens’ playbook.

There are various rumors floating around about why Gattis felt his time at Michigan should be over, and I won’t get into them. I’ll just say that this change might be best for both parties.

I have no insight into who the next offensive coordinator might be, but Michigan has a couple potential internal hires that would make sense in offensive line coach Sherrone Moore and Weiss. That being said, Jim Harbaugh does not always seem to make the most obvious choice, so we’ll just have to wait and see.

As for the optics of Gattis leaving Michigan in a huff, well, coordinators don’t stick around forever. There are various things that get in the way, whether it’s hurt feelings, poor job performance, taking what seems like a promotion elsewhere, etc. Keep in mind that the last Michigan offensive coordinator to stick around for three years was Al Borges from 2011-2013. Since then Michigan has gone through Doug Nussmeier (2014), Jedd Fisch (2015-2016), Pep Hamilton (2017-2018). The last offensive coordinator to stay four years was Terry Malone from 2002-2005.

6Feb 2022
Blog, homepage no comments

What I’ve Been Reading: Flip the Script

Flip the Script by Bruce Feldman and Ed Orgeron

Flip the Script by Bruce Feldman and Ed Orgeron is essentially an autobiographical piece about Ed Orgeron. Orgeron, of course, is the national championship-winning coach for the LSU Tigers. (Or, well, he used to be until he was relieved of his duties in 2021.) Orgeron previously coached in the NFL and was the head coach for Ole Miss and USC. Feldman previously wrote Meat Market about Ole Miss’s recruiting when Orgeron was in Oxford, and I would highly recommend reading that if you haven’t done so already. Anyway, Flip the Script starts off talking about Orgeron’s youth and playing career, but then the second half of the book discusses his experience at Ole Miss. He talks about some of his coaching decisions, personnel decisions, the recruitment of Joe Burrow, and his national championship year in 2019. I know there are questions about Orgeron’s overall head coaching acumen, but there’s no doubt he’s a good recruiter and defensive line coach. It’s a worthwhile read if you want to see how some things work behind the scenes at a big-time SEC program and in the coaching world.

The Closers by Michael Connelly is yet another Harry Bosch novel. After having retired from the LAPD a couple novels previously, Bosch returns to the department and works on Open-Unsolved cases (a.k.a. cold cases). This novel revolves around a 17-year-old murder from the year 1988, where DNA evidence is now in play to go back and try to catch the murderer of a high school girl.

The Silver Arrow by Lev Grossman. I’ve previously written about Grossman a few times. He wrote one of my favorite book series, The Magicians series. Again, I highly recommend that series if you haven’t read it. (The show isn’t nearly as good as the books.) Anyway, The Silver Arrow is somewhat of a children’s book – albeit a 249-page one – about a brother-sister duo named Tom and Kate who go on a train adventure. The train is named The Silver Arrow and it’s a magical, talking train that picks up magical, talking animals. Yes, that sounds very childish, but there are some serious themes and more mature-oriented jokes peppered throughout. Grossman – whose vocabulary is outstanding in his other books – cuts down on the intellectual talk to teach a lesson to younger readers. SPOILER ALERT: It essentially turns into a warning about taking care of the Earth and the animals contained therein, but it’s a unique way of getting there.

What have you been reading? Tell us about it in the comments.

5Feb 2022
Blog, homepage no comments

Cole Cabana, Wolverine

Dexter (MI) Dexter running back Cole Cabana (image via List23)

Dexter (MI) Dexter running back Cole Cabana committed to Michigan on Saturday afternoon. He picked the Wolverines over offers from Michigan State, Pitt, Purdue, and West Virginia, among others.

Cabana is listed at 6’0″ and 180 lbs. He claims a 10.69 in the 100 meters and recently ran a laser-timed 4.31-4.34 in the 40. He also has a 235 lb. bench and a 4.1 shuttle time. As a junior in 2021, he ran for 1,688 yards and scored 28 total touchdowns.

Hit the jump for more.

read more
4Feb 2022
Blog, homepage no comments

2022 Recruiting Update: February 4, 2022

Belleville (MI) Belleville safety Myles Rowser (image via SI)

Sadly, this will be the final recruiting update dedicated to the 2022 class, since National Signing Day took place this past Wednesday. There are still a few uncommitted prospects with Michigan offers, such as Washington offensive tackle Josh Conerly, but any developments with those players will be rolled into 2023 and 2024 recruiting updates.

DECOMMITMENT

Lawndale (CA) Leuzinger outside linebacker Kevonte Henry flipped from Michigan to Oklahoma (LINK).

OFF THE BOARD

Bellflower (CA) St. John Bosco cornerback Tayvion Beasley committed to Jackson State, Deion Sanders’s FCS program.

Lake Charles (LA) College Prep running back TreVonte Citizen committed to Miami.

San Diego (CA) Lincoln cornerback Jahlil Florence committed to Oregon.

Hit the jump for more.

read more