This is not normal.

Submitted by Toby Flenderson on January 1st, 2018 at 3:34 PM

I have no words, I have never seen a collapse like this before. I don't even know where to begin. Is it the coaches? Players? Inexperience? I don't know. But this did not feel normal today, something is wrong in the program. Maybe I am overreacting after losing 19 starters, maybe it is just lack of execution.  I just don't know and I am just sad.

Comments

trueblueintexas

January 1st, 2018 at 3:52 PM ^

The past two years the team put up plenty of points, even against good teams. Just one year ago they put up 30+ on FSU. This season the o-line and QB play has been pretty bad. I’m don’t know why, but it is what it is. Thank goodness this season is over. Feel bad for Mo Hurst and the other seniors. On to basketball and preparing for next season.

SeattleWolverine

January 1st, 2018 at 4:21 PM ^

Disagree. Offense was better but still only 38th in S&P+ in 2015 and 40th in 2016. They put up points on tomato cans like Hawaii, USF and Maryland last year and then struggled against competent teams against teams with a defense like Wisconsin, Iowa, OSU etc. And then 74th this year. Harbaughffense has not demonstrated it can perform well even outside this year. 

 

They'll be better next year and yeah maybe 38th or whatever again plus a Don Brown defense gets us back to 10-3. But this offense is so so bad. Subtract Cole and thiss not going to be a top 25 unit next year even with improvement and maybe even improvement in coaching and playcalling. 

JHendo

January 1st, 2018 at 4:14 PM ^

Do you know how often TEs are included in handoff drills or get their number called for run plays during practice? If your answer is pretty much never, then you'd be right.

Taking a handoff safely and securely requires repetition to get down the proper form and the timing. While a skill player hopefully should be able to take a handoff fine without a ton of reps doing so, it's a lot more complicated than you care to realize.

I Like Burgers

January 1st, 2018 at 5:46 PM ^

If Harbaugh doesn't at least take a look at Matt Canada, who is now officially a free agent, then its going to be really hard to defend him.  He'd be a clear upgrade over the Pep/Drevno partnership and since those two clowns make $2.3M a year combined, he'd be cheaper as well.

Like seriously, I can't get over the fact that those two clowns are the No. 2 and No. 3 highest paid offensive assistants in college football.  If both were fired tonight, would either land with a top 25 program in the same role?

I Like Burgers

January 1st, 2018 at 3:42 PM ^

Both Drevno and Pep make $1.15M a year.  Those are the second and third highest salaries for an offensive coach in CFB and the 11th and 12th highest salaries for any assistant coach.  i have no idea what the fuck either one of them brings to the table.  The offense has no creativity, no identity, and they keep making the same goddamn mistakes all season.  Yes, there are a lot of underclassmen on the roster, but if people are expecting a radical improvement from the bowl game to game 1 of next season, I don't know what to tell you.  2018 is likely going to be another 9-3 type of season unless some radical coaching changes are made.

ThadMattasagoblin

January 1st, 2018 at 3:37 PM ^

I have no idea whats wrong. Harbaugh got sf to the superbowl, and stanford to the orange bowl yet we bundle our timeouts and make poor personnel decisions. Our recruiting is uninspiring.

BoWoody

January 1st, 2018 at 3:37 PM ^

I am going to give up my michigan fandom completely. Even this loss doesn't hurt because I knew we will lose because this is our culture in this program. Constant excusse no result, no bowl victory, nothing to show. Yet we declar we are the best program since slice bread. This last 10 years feel like the lions. 

1464

January 1st, 2018 at 3:48 PM ^

I... I want to disagree with you, but anyone not calling Michigan to blow this was delusional.  We choke.  That is our identity now.  As SOON as the B1G went 7-0, I knew we were doomed.  Michigan is just a bad joke now.  It sucks,

Goggles Paisano

January 1st, 2018 at 4:32 PM ^

They didn't lose because they choked.  They lost becaused they were not prepared to play a football game.  They looked completely lackidaisical and more interested in eating a fucking bloomin onion or hanging out on the beach.  And the QB play was pathetic coming in at 4.2 YPA with 2 picks.  

TurboBuckeye

January 1st, 2018 at 3:58 PM ^

From the outside, it's somewhat astonishing where things stand. It would have been nice to hit 8-0 for the conference and SCar or the SEC really didn't need any kind of boost right now.

Too much QB rotation this season. Next year, hopefully some stability and success for you guys, but the schedule is going to be rough,

Mazzy

January 1st, 2018 at 5:21 PM ^

We really have become a joke and it's painful!! When you've got OSU saying things like "can we get a new rival?" and the game itself has become one worth missing, we've hit the bottom of the barrel. Even today's bowl game I only watched randomly to check the score because I knew eventaully we'd lose it. It seems the team only has motivation while they are on top and the millisecond the other team goes even one point ahead of them they lose all motivation and drive and just immediately accept defeat - even if there's still over half the game to go! I feel like that's on the environment the coaching staff creates but there are obviosuly additional issues beyond just defeatist attitudes in the program right now.

bweldon

January 1st, 2018 at 3:38 PM ^

Biggest question that I have not seen an answer for, where were Hill, and McDoom?  Hill was dressed and on the sidelines.  I am getting a little tired of the "secret society" and lack of information that is coming out of the football program.   That and the offensive play calling was really sad today.