Expectations will be high this college football season for Michigan. The program is coming off another strong year under Jim Harbaugh, but they have yet to make the postseason.
Michigan should find itself in contention for the College Football Playoff, especially since the program has a solid core of players returning.
With Shea Patterson back for another season, the Wolverines have a reliable quarterback to lean on. However, the question remains as to whether or not they’ll implement a more unique scheme.
Coaches from the Big Ten spoke anonymously to Athlon Sports about Michigan heading into this season.
The consensus from opposing coaches is that they’re skeptical on the Wolverines potentially changing to a spread offense. With Josh Gattis serving as the new offensive coordinator, the team has the right personnel to make the switch.
From Athlon Sports:
“Shea Patterson helped change the identity of the team. You can’t oversell what his play style did for Michigan. But what will the changes really be on offense? Are they truly going to embrace the spread with (new OC) Josh Gattis? It’s hard to see Jim Harbaugh doing that, but they have the right personnel to do it. Even with the changes last year they were still pretty close to that Stanford, 22 personnel stuff Harbaugh has always done.”
“A lot of coaches think they still want to grind you out and don’t want to embrace the change. They’ve done a great job recruiting on offense; they can switch to a full on spread and score a lot this season. It’s not even a major change — it was just that you had to scout and respect that the kid could pull it and run, or just the threat of it.”
The Wolverines can showcase their new-look offense when they host Middle Tennessee to begin the season.
Michigan fans – do you think these comments made from Big Ten coaches are fair or foul?
You can read anonymous coaches full comments on every Big Ten team here.