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Jim Harbaugh Has A Message For Critics Of Michigan QB Shea Patterson

A closeup of Michigan college football head coach Jim Harbaugh wearing a Michigan hat and jacket.

PISCATAWAY, NJ - NOVEMBER 10: Head coach Jim Harbaugh of the Michigan Wolverines coaches against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights during the third quarter at HighPoint.com Stadium on November 10, 2018 in Piscataway, New Jersey. Michigan won 42-7. (Photo by Corey Perrine/Getty Images)

Shea Patterson was supposed to be the quarterback who finally delivered a great offense at Michigan under Jim Harbaugh. The former top dual-threat recruit starred at Ole Miss before transferring into the Wolverines' program. Patterson had massive expectations upon arriving in Ann Arbor.

A season-plus in, though, and Patterson has disappointed. Michigan's offense has not become the juggernaut many expected it to be under Patterson - not even close, really.

Patterson has struggled through three games in 2019, looking poor in Michigan's blowout loss at Wisconsin on Saturday.

Michigan's quarterback has received plenty of criticism along the way.

"It’s almost like ... and just hear me out ... Jim Harbaugh is an average college coach and Shea Patterson isn’t a game-changer," CBS Sports Barrett Sallee tweeted.

Harbaugh addressed the critics of Patterson during his radio show on Monday night.

"I think Shea’s good. I think Shea’s a really good player, because he is," Harbaugh said. "We have to give him the protection, we have to give him the time that a quarterback needs, and that’s on all of us. That’s on the coaching staff, that’s on the offensive line, that’s on the receivers getting open, tight ends as well -- just like I think our backs are good and they need space, they need holes, they need room to run.

"So that would be my answer to those that don’t think Shea’s a good quarterback. He is."

Despite his struggles, Patterson will be the guy at quarterback for Michigan moving forward. Dylan McCaffrey reportedly suffered a concussion during Saturday's loss.

Michigan is set to host Rutgers on Saturday.