Why Harbaugh is More Excited Now About the Ed Warinner Hire

Why Harbaugh is More Excited Now About the Ed Warinner Hire

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Why Harbaugh is More Excited Now About the Ed Warinner Hire


Michigan’s biggest offseason coaching hire, offensive line coach Ed Warinner, has a lot of qualities that head coach Jim Harbaugh likes.


Why Harbaugh is More Excited Now About the Ed Warinner Hire

The Michigan coaching staff looks vastly different than it did a year ago.

Gone is mainstay offensive coordinator Tim Drevno. Gone is one year offensive tackles/tight ends coach Greg Frey. Gone is safeties coach Brian Smith.

And the Wolverines were able, per the new NCAA rules, to add a tenth assistant to the coaching staff.

So the maize and blue filled those positions with two ace recruiters — in tight ends coach Sherrone Moore and linebackers coach Al Washington — and added former Florida Gators head coach Jim McElwain as the tenth assistant, coaching wide receivers.

But, arguably the most important addition to the staff was former Ohio State offensive coordinator Ed Warinner, who fielded one of the nation’s best offensive lines during his tenure with the Buckeyes.

Bringing Warinner in as the Wolverines OL coach has a lot of advantages — from knowing what rival head coach Urban Meyer wants to do on offense, to having a solid understanding of what it takes to put together a fierce line in the Big Ten.

Now, months down the road, Harbaugh is elated with his hire, saying that his addition — along with several of the offensive analysts who have joined the program this offseason — has been a real boon to the program.

“I don’t know that he was the right guy as much as I do now since he’s been here, more than when I was first thinking about it,” Harbaugh said. “After being around him, I love talking ball with him. I like watching film with him. I like watching him coach.

“Also feel like we’ve done a good job of beefing up the coaching power, that brain power in that room with Ron Prince. There’s a real great ball coach as well. And Brandon Blaney. And Patrick Kugler. Just more there. More guys with a lot of great insights on football and coaching. Better for our players.”

But it’s the knowledge and understanding of the Big Ten that makes Warinner a home run hire, Harbaugh says.

Warinner, in his long coaching career, dating back to 1984, has coached at MSU, Illinois, Minnesota, Ohio State, and even Notre Dame — a team that happens to be on the schedule for Michigan once again.

Having that experience has already shown that he has a high level of expertise, with results being shown in early returns on the practice field.

“Yes, he’s already proven that, at a real high level,” Harbaugh said. “He’s really good. Knows the conference. Played against some of these teams. Coached for some of the teams we’re going to be playing, and coached against all the other ones. It’s all been good from that standpoint.”

Harbaugh later continued, after being asked on if his Ohio State experience was something that was under consideration when bringing Warinner aboard. While it was a plus, Harbaugh says it was more than that that landed the formidable coach in Ann Arbor.

“I think that’s something that’s really good. It wasn’t the main factor, but a big factor.”

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