2017 Did Not Go as Planned
The 2017 football season for the Michigan Wolverines didn’t go as planned but it wasn’t a complete failure. Many had high hopes of a younger Michigan team making a statement but that young team did not deliver.
There were people who had strong predictions of Michigan possibly going 10-2 but most had the Wolverines finishing the season 9-3 and even 8-4. The ultimate and final stinger to the season was the crushing loss to South Carolina in the Outback Bowl. The Wolverines led the Gamecocks 19-3 with just over 5 minutes left to go in the 3rd quarter but it all went downhill after that.
Michigan’s inability to move the ball on offense, costly turnovers, and special teams miscues, ultimately cost Michigan the game.
Is 2018 the year?
Is 2018 the year Michigan finally turns things around? Many signs point to yes. Michigan returns 9 out of 11 starters on defense next year. News broke this week that Chase Winovich has decided to return to Michigan for one last year. That is a huge boost to an already great defense.
The Michigan defense played at an elite level for majority of the season. They will be hungry and very much experienced heading into 2018. Devin Bush, Rashan Gary, Chase Winovich, and Khaleke Hudson all had an outstanding season and with all of them back, who knows how tenacious this defense will be.
Michigan has two big questions marks still for 2018. Who will start at Quarterback? Will it be Shea Patterson, Brandon Peters, or maybe even Dylan McCaffrey? And how will the offensive line grow and get better this off-season? Those 2 things will determine how Michigan’s 2018 season will go.
The Michigan offense has play-makers but the execution is what hurt them this past season. It will most definitely be improved with a healthy Tarik Black and Nick Eubanks back next season. These 2 young players have some serious potential to be great in the future. They also provide the down field threat that Michigan so often lacked this season.
Don’t forget about 6’5 Nico Collins and DPJ, who had some explosive moments this year. Karan Higdon and Chris Evans will both be back for 2018 so Michigan will have experienced RB’s heading into next year.
Michigan also returns their solid TE unit that includes Sean McKeon, Ian Bunting, Zach Gentry and Tyrone Wheatley Jr.
It is time for Coach Harbaugh to get his troops ready for a realistic run at a B1G championship and/or a National Championship. Jim Harbaugh has now been at Michigan for three full years.
First, his job was to start winning the games that Michigan should be winning. Second, get his coaching staff and get his players to Ann Arbor. And third, implement his system and style of play. All of these things should have taken place in years 1-3. Now in years 4/5, it’s time to show the country what kind of coach you are and what kind of program you are building.
It is time for Harbaugh to start winning BIG games, beat his rivals, and realistically compete for championships. There are no more excuses. The honeymoon is over.
Jim Harbaugh was not brought to Ann Arbor to be average. He was bought in to win B1G titles and compete for National Championships. That is what he’s getting paid the big money for.
Don’t let Harbaugh fool you, he hears the media and he is always listening/paying close attention. This is why I believe 2018 is and will be Michigan’s year. Harbaugh knows it’s time to step up to the plate and actually do something.