Former Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer dominated Michigan during his time in Columbus, so if anyone is qualified to analyze what needs to get better in Ann Arbor, it’s probably him.
The former Buckeyes head coach turned FOX analyst weighed in on Michigan’s struggles following the Wolverines’ overtime win over Army.
Michigan has struggled on offense through two weeks. The Wolverines have a new offensive coordinator in Josh Gattis and the offense was expected to explode this year. That hasn’t happened yet, though.
Meyer says that’s not surprising, though. He believes it’ll take a month-plus for everything to start to click on offense.
“We said preseason that when you install a new offense – when I’ve ever taken a job and you put something in – it’s a five- to six-week period where everybody is getting used to each other, what’s the quarterback’s comfort, what’s the skillset of the people you’re playing with,” Meyer said on Saturday, per 247Sports. “So it’s absolutely the right time to evaluate the offense and I think there has to be some hard conversations. What’s your top three, four or five runs? And that’s it, get great at them. What’s your top three, four or five passes? Get great at them.
“And that’s the luxury that you have. I know it’s hard that they didn’t play well, they haven’t really played well for two weeks on offense. They haven’t had the explosive plays that you thought they would have. Don’t panic. Keep going. You made a commitment to the spread offense. You can’t turn back now. You have to or the players will look at you like you’re out of your mind. You keep pushing, keep pushing, keep pushing, but you have to identify what they do well.”
Michigan has a bye this week, so the Wolverines will have some more time to figure things out. Then, Jim Harbaugh’s team travels to Wisconsin.
The two programs are set to kick off at noon E.T. on Sept. 21. The game will be on FOX.