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New Michigan OC Josh Gattis Describes His Plan For Wolverines' Offense

Michigan football head coach Jim Harbaugh patting quarterback Shea Patterson on the head.

ANN ARBOR, MI - SEPTEMBER 22: Head coach Jim Harbaugh celebrates a first half score with Shea Patterson #2 while playing the Nebraska Cornhuskers on September 22, 2018 at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

Jim Harbaugh made a splash in hiring a new Michigan football offensive coordinator, w.

Last year, passing game coordinator Pep Hamilton was the primary play caller for Michigan, but the team did not have a formal offensive coordinator.

That shifts with Gattis joining the staff.

While he was co-offensive coordinator at Alabama, he shared the role with Mike Locksley, who has since taken the job as head coach in Maryland.

He was originally set to join the Terrapins staff to run that Big Ten offense, but Jim Harbaugh intercepted him the morning that he heard that news.

Now, the Michigan offense is Josh Gattis' baby, and he recently went into some detail about what that unit will look like.

Gattis spoke to former Michigan standout Jon Jansen on the "In the Trenches" podcast.

WolverinesWire transcribed some of the major parts of the conversation:

"Obviously, the fingerprint you saw at the University of Alabama and what we were able to do incorporating some of the RPOs and some of the spread system, you’re going to see a lot of that show up here at the University of Michigan.

"Obviously, we’re going to put answers on everything to allow our kids to be successful, but if we’ve got multiple wide receivers, we’re going to find a way – as most people have heard me – to get our speed in space. If we’ve got tight ends that step up, and those guys can create mismatches in the run game as far as also in the pass game, we’re going to be playing in 12 personnel. So we’re gonna have the ability to do everything. We’re not gonna just be single-minded and say, ‘Hey, this is what we’re gonna do, we’re gonna force our players to do one thing.’ The neat thing about our offense that I’m bringing is the flexibility among the offense. That’s one of the things that a lot of people saw this past year at the University of Alabama – how well we used our talent."

That adaptability and multiplicity was a major theme of the discussion. Rather than go full-bore into a power rushing attack, which Michigan has utilized in recent years, Gattis says he plans to fit the offense to the strengths of his players.

Given Michigan's offensive struggles in big spots during recent seasons, I imagine that sounds pretty good to many UM fans.

[In the Trenches via WolverinesWire]