1. If Harbaugh goes 0-5 vs Ohio St with another 8-5 type season, you wouldnt be ready to move on?
I'd be ready to move on if Harbaugh goes 0-5 vs. Ohio State with another 8-5 type season. My question for you: is that what you're projecting in this coming year? If that happens, yeah, that'd be total disaster imhe. Thing is, I'm pretty sure that isn't going to happen. On defense, I don't expect much of a step back with Brown and the way the defense is functioning. On offense, I'm putting a lot of eggs in the Gattis basket. But I really do think that the combination of Patterson, an OL that can finally pass protect, and the current lineup of receivers, bodes well.
As regards the 0 - 4 record, my hat is off to Urban Meyer. But I think Michigan did fairly well in several of the games. It was last year that the wheels really fell off. I will say that as much as I hate to lose a close game, sometimes you can understand it. If Michigan is competitive and loses by a touchdown or less, what can you say? But a loss like last year? That's a lot more unacceptable.
How is it possible for Michigan fans to excuse the lack of elite recruiting/elite recruits going into year 5.
This one is complicated for me. The first thing I'll say is that a ton of elite recruits are going to Bama, Clemson, OSU, LSU and Georgia. Every kid wants to win. If one of those 5 schools offers, most 5 star recruits are going to go there. It is worse in basketball . . . the elite kids end up mostly at Duke, Kentucky, some at UVa, some at Louisville. Michigan has to really win a lot more before they turn the heads of elite recruits. But it is hard to win a lot more without elite recruits. Yeah, if Michigan wins the way national pundits are predicting this year, it could make a small difference for 2020 recruiting and bigger for 2021. The other factor for me that is huge is the OL. I truly, honestly believe that THIS YEAR is where we see things come together for the OL. Last year they managed to create lanes for the run, but they still sucked at pass protection. I believe that this year, between Gattis, the WR corps, the QB, and a couple solid years of coaching by Warinner, you will see the OL provide GOOD run protection AND pass protection. The OL is one of the areas where I really don't expect to see solid performance until 3 years into the cycle. (first year redshirt, second year backup and still gaining strength, third year start, fourth year and possibly fifth year, shine.) The OL is also the key area where 5 star recruits don't pan out, and where 3 star recruits can really develop. Finally, a good coaching staff really identifies and unearths kids with the right skill set who no one else sees. It is fairly easy to see a 5 star kid as a junior and senior in high school who has the raw speed or strength or size to succeed. But to find a 3 star talent who has hidden and latent talent that can be developed is harder to do. I think that Brown and a couple of the defensive coaches have been great at doing that in the Northeast.
Is Eddy really making a huge difference?
Kind of answered above. I think that he has done a lot better job at recruiting. Lot, lot better. I am borderline ecstatic about last year's OL recruiting. And all of them can redshirt this year because Michigan FINALLY has OL depth. This year on the field we'll see if there is a difference in OL play. And next year (given the incoming Freshmen OL) we'll see if he has really improved in recruiting. But between 2019 and 2020, I feel the OL recruiting has improved massively. And Warinner is a big part of the reason why.
It seems like all UM's eggs are in the Gattis basket.
Guilty as charged. Only thing to say is to see what they actually do on the field this season. As regards speed, there are several in the incoming 2020 class who have it. This post is too long already so I'll quit. But if they are successful this year, you'll see that reflected in recruiting going forward.