Winter isn’t coming, kids — it’s here, it’s pissed, and it wants Tim Drevno’s head. When this is a thing, and this …
… is the thing’s profile pic, you know the discontent among Michigan fans is creeping toward a boiling point.
Did you guys hire Tim Drevno?
— Come On, Fire Drevno Already (@DC78intheShade) January 14, 2018
Is there room for Tim Drevno on the bus outta town? pic.twitter.com/rIneeL8Vth
— brian guinther (@guinth) January 11, 2018
So what do you do with the Wolverines’ offensive coordinator after Michigan’s 8-5 campaign — a new low bar for the Jim Harbaugh Era — ended with a dud in the Outback Bowl and just 9 touchdown passes for the season? Former Wolverines and NFL running back Chris Howard and yours truly jumped into the fray with both feet …
Q: IS IT TIME FOR MICHIGAN COACH JIM HARBAUGH TO SHAKE UP THE OFFENSIVE STAFF?
CHRIS HOWARD: NO
Should Pep Hamilton and Tim Drevno go? Well, if you follow social media or peruse the Michigan football message boards like I occasionally do, the resounding sentiment is, ‘Yes.’ Even with the additions of Dan Enos and Sherrone Moore to the offensive staff, a majority of Michigan fans still want to see change. With the offense finishing the 2017 season ranked 103rd in the country, one could understand why.
As the offensive staff currently stands, I think Jim Harbaugh should stay the course and do his best and keep this staff intact. The one thing that has hurt Michigan the most, in my opinion, has been a lack of coaching continuity. Michigan has had too much coaching turnover to sustain any kind of consistency.
Drevno inherited an offense in 2014 that was downright abysmal, and in his first two years the offensive line showed progress in the areas of pass protection and in the run game. The 2017 season was definitely a setback, but Drevno has the coaching acumen to get these guys going in the right direction.
The way the offense is set up, it’s hard to know where to lay the blame for the offense’s lack of productivity. That’s why I’m not as down on Hamilton, as others seem to be. It was his first year and now he knows the capabilities, limits and shortcomings of his players. I think Hamilton and Enos could end up being an incredible tandem that could turn the passing game into a juggernaut. Stay the course, Harbaugh.
SEAN KEELER: YES
Continuity is groovy and all, so long as the ship is sailing in the right direction. The problem is that the RMS Harbaugh keeps playing dodgeball with icebergs, and we know how that script usually plays out in the end:
In their last 17 games dating back to November 2016, the Wolverines have totaled 305 or fewer yards of total offense on a whopping 10 occasions, or 59 percent of the time. Over that same stretch, the passing game has piled up 12 touchdown passes and 14 interceptions.
Which leaves you with two options, pretty much:
a.) Change course.
With Little Brother Sparty feeling frisky again, the Big Ten East isn’t getting any easier, or kinder, to navigate. Learning on the job — learning strengths, learning weaknesses, learning players, learning the league — is a luxury the schedule can’t afford.
Where’s the creativity? The gall? The brass stones? Like the play calling, Michigan’s offensive struggles have been a team effort. The pocket was porous (36 sacks allowed, second most in the league after Illinois’ 42), which falls squarely on Drevno. The wideouts alternated between states of unsure and unreliable, which falls on Hamilton.
— Bryan Edwards (@BryanLESI) October 8, 2017
Too many cooks. Not enough broth. Not even close. It was the perfect storm of awful. And if it’s repeated, change for 2019 won’t be voluntary.
It won’t be pleasant, either.