Well for starters they went 7-6 and lost 31-14 to powerhouse Kansas State in the bowl game. They also gave up 47pts to Indiana in a win, Jake Ryan tore his knee. It was Devin Gardner's first year as a starter, his best reciever was Jeremy Gallon. They had some talent in spots, but it's pretty obvious the talent this year is better than in 2013. Especially defensively.
For as bad as Hoke's teams were towards the end of his tenure, he knew how to get Michigan to play hard against the Buckeyes. I forgot what year that 42-41 game was, but it's just an example of something Harbaughs teams with more talent haven't done. Play above their talent level in a big game.
I get what you're saying but Michigan did nothing to win that game. I guess you could say the pressure they got on the QB forced the goal line int. And OT fumble. But when you're getting talked about as a contender and you need those breaks to beat Army at home, I as a Michigan fan have no problem with Buckeye fans talking. For the most part you guys are right, now I can sit here and say well it's only week 2 in a new offense. But I don't think this offense will improve enough to have Michigan in the hunt come November because the play calling is brutal, and Patterson can't hit open receivers past 20 yards consistently.
I wouldn't go as far as weak. They allowed 14 points in regulation despite 2 of the fumbles they lost being on their side of the 50. Army is going to get rushing yards on pretty much any team in the country. It wasn't like they were gashing Michigan for big gains, most of their drives they had to convert 4th and shorts. The defense as a whole played well enough for this game to be a few score win if Michigan had an offense.
To me it's his unwillingness to take Michigan's offense away from being a primarily power running team. The last and only team that could play that way and win anything was Bama and even they changed their offense. Michigan's group of receivers really to me aren't going to get anymore talented, and yet we still watch every Saturday 1st down run 2nd down run. I'm not saying go 5 wide and throw 50 times a game, but they need to be throwing much more especially on early downs. You have a senior QB that you say was playing lights out all summer, and you ride a true freshman RB against Army for 2-3 yards over and over???
I really don't think so, maybe it gets a little hotter but there's no way the AD would fire him. He also has a built in excuse for some of the faithful in that it was a new offense in its first year. That said, I did notice the crowd booing this offense louder than I can ever remember. Fans all offseason kept hearing about a modern offense, speed in space blah blah, so I don't blame them for letting Harbaugh have it. The play calling was inexcusable. I don't care if Gattis has never called a play, neither has any of the fans in that stadium yet everyone was wondering what the hell they were doing running the ball the exact same way over and over. To me that's Habaugh's stubborness. Instead of the offense fans were hoping for, attacking downfield with talented recievers, it's basically last year's offense with slightly different formations. Also Shea Patterson is the most overrated Michigan QB ever, how that kid was a 5 star I have no idea. All hope will shift to Mccaffrey, who at least has shown he can hit a guy in stride on a deep ball, Patterson sure as hell can't.
Those types of fans can't admit the truth. They are the same ones that still talk about the "spot" in '16. Ignoring the fact that Speight's 2 ints and the offense inability to get a bigger lead, combined with the defense not closing out what they did for 3 quarters were the reasons Michigan lost. Now they want to cry about Metellus not getting the fumble recovery TD, disregarding those PIs Michigan got which most of them were weak to say the least.
This is my problem with the whole "Well Patterson was hurt" thing that I'm already tired of hearing. Harbaugh basically says before the season that Mccaffrey is too good to just sit on the bench all season. Seeing Patterson fumble twice and miss open receivers was enough for me to want Mccaffrey in. If Patterson is really nicked up, I don't see how in their minds he was the better option in that game. At the very least, Army wouldn't have been able to collapse down on Charbonnet if Mccaffrey was playing. They knew Patterson wasn't going to run it everytime. I've never seen such abysmal play calling. Even with Patterson being terribly inaccurate they still had the most success throwing the ball. But nope, let's run this freshman into the line one more time for 2 yards. I thought the defense played pretty well, they gave up some yards but 14pts in regulation...Michigan shoulda won by a few scores in regulation, IF they were a championship caliber offense that is. They aren't even close. It doesn't take some great offensive mind to realize the most talented position on the team is WR. Yet it's basically last year's run up the gut 1st and 2nd down offense with different formations. This team will be lucky to get to 7 wins.
That's funny I've been on this site for awhile and i"ve never seen Michigan fans bragging about how great they are gonna be. I can't speak for Blu.fan.who is a regular on here, but I know like me he was extremely skeptical about this team mainly the offense. After today which featured the most mind boggling playcalling, this team will be lucky to win 7 games.
Ok Michigan is terrible offensively right now.. Let's not.talk about ref missed calls cuz It goes both ways..They blew Metellus fumble recovery TD. There's no doubt in my mind that Harbaugh is influencing the play calling. Yes Patterson sucks, but Michigan's drives in the 2nd half was Charbonnet up the middle over and over. Apparently Gattis couldn't see the LB's run blitzing from up in the box. This team will be lucky to win 7 games.
I agree, maybe it's because i 'm a Michigan fan, I see no reason for you guys to be worried about this game. I don't have a reason for OSU losing the way it did against Purdue or Iowa, maybe complacency. But the truth is those games certainly Purdue is A win 99 times out of a 100. I just don't see OSU having a stinker this early in the season, it never seems to happen I can't remember the last time OSU dropped an OOC game to an unranked opponent. OSUs defense just like Fields is only going to get better, I don't expect Cincy to get to 20 pts until maybe garbage time.
Michigan dominated Wisconsin last year. I just don't see Wisky as some vastly improved team...Michigan will load up to stop the run and their passing game isn't talented enough to win. I could be wrong of course because Michigan has been a terrible road team.
I didn't see many plays for Mccaffrey that weren't designed runs. The reason I like him over Patterson is he has shown a willingness to stand in the pocket instead of bailing out. His arm and deep ball accuracy are better in my opinion. Harbaugh needs to scrap the stupid 2 QBs on the field at the same time, I say Harbaugh because he came out and said both will play so I'm assuming it's his silly idea just like Peppers getting direct snaps.
It's only 1 game. Patterson has to play better, especially on his deeper passes. I will say Vincent Gray who got alot of pub in the off season looked good at nickel corner. The interior D-line is a legit concern especially if Dwumfour is going to be out awhile. That and the lack of pressure from just the front 4 is something that needs to improve.
The whole 2 QB thing is all Harbaugh. Frankly, what they did with Mccaffrey was just as dumb as when Peppers took direct snaps. It's not going to fool anyone especially if they're not gonna let Mccaffrey pass in those situations.