It’s that point of 12 months. It yearly falls proper about now, in that purgatory stage between the tip of the college-football common season and the bowl video games. That is when Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh, who led the Wolverines to a 10-2 report on this, his fourth season, is abruptly linked to NFL vacancies by “sources.” Numerous sources, maybe of the don’t-actually-exist kinds of sources. Possibly the form of supply who, over a pair glasses of whiskey, says, “Hey, how about Jim Harbaugh teaching Model X NFL workforce?” And off goes the rumor and hypothesis.
It occurred once more this week, with numerous media members citing sources that Harbaugh is within the Packers and Browns. Michigan’s annual soccer banquet is Sunday and that will probably be prime time for Harbaugh to handle this speak, simply as he did two years in the past on the bust. That’s when he stated the folks spreading rumors about his departure to the NFL have been “jive turkeys.” Marvel how he’ll high that? Jive nervous chickens?
However the Harbaugh hypothesis has been a sizzling subject within the mailbag, so let’s get to it.
Extra: Subsequent 12 months begins now: Mihigan soccer hits reset button
►Query: Will Harbaugh nonetheless coach the bowl recreation after he takes the Packers’ job? I imply, Cris Carter hinted at it so it MUST be true (wink emoji)…. — @GregPoterala
►Query: Harbaugh to — insert NFL workforce right here — One other nonsense rumor, or is there one thing to this? — @jaronoff38
►Reply: Greg and Joe, clearly you already know the reply to the questions you despatched. It was laughable even earlier than Michigan athletic director Warde Manuel stated so in so many phrases Thursday morning throughout an interview on WTKA. Now, I’ve stated this earlier than and can say it once more — and that is purely hunch — I’m not saying he’s a lifer at Michigan. I don’t know that he isn’t, nevertheless it’s fairly doable he’ll get the itch to educate once more within the NFL and attempt to win a Tremendous Bowl. He’s about to show 55 and has plenty of teaching left. Utilizing Mack Brown and Les Miles as examples, in the event you’ve received the will, and you’ll coach, then age shouldn’t be a difficulty.
So if Harbaugh ultimately needs to get again to the NFL, he probably could have that chance. However he has unfinished enterprise in Ann Arbor. He’s too aggressive a man to go away earlier than the Wolverines have reached their targets on a constant foundation. Not saying he has to win a Massive Ten title and be within the playoff combine yearly, however that kinda what he has to do. Till that occurs, it appears he’s going to be sticking round at Michigan.
►Q. Who’re the three lifelike choices for an OC? And can Coach Harbaugh ever relinquish management of the offense? — @VincentLIFE
►A. Tim, looks like Matt Canada may very well be an choice and former Michigan pass-game coordinator Jedd Fisch, now with the Rams, can be a straightforward transition to offensive coordinator. I’ve been harping for some time that Michigan wants a chosen offensive coordinator and now’s the time to make that transfer.
Will he ever relinquish management? Look, I feel he can have his fingerprints on the offense, and he can stress what he needs it to appear to be, however somebody with recent eyes must be the one calling the performs. Maybe he’ll come to that conclusion. Could be a good suggestion to, as a result of it’s the right one.
►Q. Shea has to return again now, proper? I imply no manner he’s preparing for NFL. Getting dangerous recommendation if he leaves. — @leidlein
►Q. Odds Patterson returns and ideas on others leaving early? — @JMacGreenwood
►A. Jeff and Jim, I’ve received to suppose Shea Patterson returns, and after speaking to Todd McShay, an ESPN faculty soccer and NFL draft analyst, it appears the overall feeling is he wants one other 12 months underneath Harbaugh to be finest ready for the following stage. He has to see how a lot is returning round him for subsequent season, too.
The receivers, together with a wholesome Tarik Black, may very well be dynamic if utilized correctly. And he additionally has to see the rivalry video games are at dwelling, and, like each different man and coach on this workforce, Patterson is uber-competitive and doubtless needs to avenge these Notre Dame and Ohio State losses.
So far as others leaving early, it appears linebacker Devin Bush is the one one who appears prepared. It would not harm to get an NFL grade, however it should solely assist the fellows dipping their toe within the NFL dialog to return for an additional season.
►Q. Will Harbaugh lose to Ryan Day subsequent 12 months? When will McCaffrey or Milton be the starter? — @CapitalBanker
►A. I put my crystal ball away after the season as a result of it was clearly broken as evidenced by my faculty soccer picks. Dreadful. Anyway, Michigan has all its rivalry video games at dwelling subsequent season, Michigan State, Notre Dame and Ohio State, in order that’s a bonus. Clearly, Ohio State has been in a position to win in Ann Arbor just lately, so how a lot of a bonus is left to be seen.
Ryan Day was 3-Zero as interim, and he clearly had an amazing offensive recreation plan towards Michigan’s top-rated protection a couple of weeks in the past. Does that imply Ohio State wins once more? Assuming Dwayne Haskins is gone, I might say benefit Michigan.
►Q. What’s so compelling in regards to the Florida Gators that the powers that be scheduled them AGAIN within the bowl recreation? — @GDSPE
►A. Gregory, whenever you discover out, will you inform me? Gators followers aren’t thrilled about this, nor are Michigan followers, as you understand. I’ll say this, although, the Gator mascot is very cute. OK, I will additionally say this — Dan Mullen is a nice soccer coach and the protection is strong, however offensively the Gators nonetheless have loads of room to enhance. Michigan is 4-Zero towards Florida and this FEELS just like the Wolverines may go 5-0.
►Q. Has Don Brown met with any of the media to debate the protection efficiency vs. Ohio State? Wish to hear his evaluation. — @mdh2959
►A. Mark, we now have not had that chance to talk to Don. My understanding is he took the defeat and the defensive efficiency very exhausting, as to be anticipated. It will most likely be quite a bit just like the aftermath of the 2017 Penn State recreation for him — he stated he awoke day by day after that loss haunted by how poorly the protection performed.
I’m pondering he most likely has not slept a lot since Nov. 24 in Columbus and will not once more till subsequent 12 months’s recreation.
►Q. What are you mother’s ideas on City retiring? What does Harbaugh must do to improve the offense? — @poppaTman
►A. Mother has not been an enormous City fan and took exception to Massive Ten Community apparently referring to him as one of many nice coaches. I attempted to elucidate that he actually is a superb coach, however she didn’t need to hear it. So far as upgrading the offense, kind of mentioned this above. I feel and have thought Michigan wants an offensive coordinator, somebody who can take Harbaugh’s offense and replace it and make it extra dynamic. That may be executed with out shaking issues up an excessive amount of.
►Q. What’s going to I do with my Saturdays with out soccer? — @oldmancoyote
►A. This will probably be a dilemma for all of OMC, however I’d recommend a couple of issues — binge watch a TV present, take up knitting once more, as a result of I do know that’s one thing you’ve missed, or possibly you might write a novel. Think about that. What a novel thought.