By: Isaiah Hole | August 8, 2018
WolverinesWire’s Isaiah Hole held the first site chat with fall camp in full swing on Tuesday, August 7.
Catch the questions and responses from the chat below:
Do we know if the coaches have asked Warinner about any knowledge of the Smith abuse? – Anonymous
I never hear a lot about Rueben Jones, I was wondering if he might see the field a little more this year and how he has been progressing over the years. Any insight would be appreciated. Thanks! – Nicole Porter
I haven’t checked in on camp yet (as one source told me, nothing really matters until week two anyway) I had heard that Jones had been doing really good in the coaches eyes going back to last year’s camp. However, he’s going to really have to take his game to the next level given the competition. I’ve heard so many good things about Kwity Paye, Carlo Kemp and Luiji Vilain, and even with the light check-in I did, I’ve heard Aidan Hutchinson is getting early runs with the twos. Jones is going to have to dig deep if he wants to be in that second rotation. We’ll have to wait and see how he responds over the coming weeks.
What odds to you give James Hudson to start at LT? – Anonymous
Who emerges as the #3 RB? – Anonymous
Do you think the qb starter will be decided rather quickly and do you think it will be public knowledge or will it be kept under wraps until game week? – Anonymous
In your opinion, better chance at national title in 2018 or 2019? – Anonymous
How do you feel about our capability at the two OT positions relative to last year? I keep convincing myself it will be adequate this year, but I’ve been saying that for a long time…. – Kool Aid Drinker
Will J’ Marick Woods & Ben St-Juste push to start this year? thanks – Anonymous
How’s the kicking game looking this year? Special teams in general? – Nicole Porter
Too early to tell. Ask me again in 1-2 weeks.
Any idea on Grant Newsome’s status? I’ve been rooting for him since the cheap shot he took vs Wisconsin. – Wes
What coaches/grad assistants have been added in the last couple years that you feel are really going to make a positive difference? We hear a lot about the big guns – but perhaps you could give a peek behind the curtain at some of the lesser known but on the rise coaches? – Nicole Porter
Obviously my big one is Ed Warinner, because he has a track record for producing elite OL. Roy Roundtree is my guy in the grad assistant circle. He already has two years under his belt being a bonafide WR coach at Illinois State. Taking a step back to return to Michigan is huge. Sticking with the WRs, not enough people are talking about Jim McElwain. The dude led Florida to back-to-back SEC East titles and was the OC for national champion Alabama. His role has been greatly simplified, and that should pay immediate dividends.
The fact that all of Michigan’s grad assistants are alums is huge, IMO. Guys like James Ross and Patrick Kugler know what Jim Harbaugh is trying to do, and know the standard in Ann Arbor. Jordan Kovacs played in the NFL for several years, and already has done a great job with the safeties after one year.
On the recruiting trail, Al Washington and Sherrone Moore are rock stars. I’d also say that guys like Grant Newsome and Salim Makki—injured players who have taken on some player-coach responsibilities—have had impacts both on and off the field.
Just a follow up… 1st – didn’t we crush that SEC East Champ in a bowl game?? 🙂 2nd… I don’t remember who the receivers coach was Harbaugh’s first year – but they did an awesome job with Chesson, Darboh and Perry – who was it and where did they go? Seems like our WR had no coaching last year. Lastly.. thank you Isaiah!
If Michigan has another empty season with nothing to show for it, is Harbaugh on the hot seat next season ? – Anonymous
Unless 2018 is an utter failure, and I’m talking like 3-9 type failure, then no.
Sources indicated to me at the end of last season that the AD is fully aware of the level of rebuild Michigan was undertaking when it hired Harbaugh. He may have made it look easy with two consecutive 10-3 seasons, but Michigan was behind the 8-ball when it came to being nationally competitive. And the AD knows that.
As far as I’ve heard, so long as Michigan continues to rise towards the goal (and despite going 8-5 last season, with the attrition and youth, it, from a coaching standpoint was still moving forward) then Harbaugh is safe.
If you could get any coach in the world to coach this team who would it be. To me, it is still Harbaugh. Unless there is a better alternative, there is no hot seat. – Kool Aid Drinker
Yeah, there truthfully is no one better, and that’s speaking by looking at the team and program holistically.
There’s no coach out there that knows Ann Arbor, the expectations, the tradition or the University better. There’s no one that’s accomplished what he has in both college/The NFL that has that fit. While there may be a handful of generational coaches (Saban/Belichick) that might be able to come in and get results faster, I don’t think they’d be cultural fits for Michigan, overall.
Thus, yeah. I don’t think there is a single coach out there right now that’s a better fit than Harbaugh and Michigan.