'Simplified:' Michigan OL Praise What Ed Warinner Has Done This Offseason

'Simplified:' Michigan OL Praise What Ed Warinner Has Done This Offseason

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'Simplified:' Michigan OL Praise What Ed Warinner Has Done This Offseason

ANN ARBOR, Mich — When discussing new Michigan offensive line coach Ed Warinner, the buzzword oft-repeated is “simplified,” whether that be used in present tense, and, at this point, even past tense.

The Wolverines OL struggled mightily a year ago, and even over the course of the last decade — really since Rich Rodriguez left the program in 2010. The hope is that with a modicum of a functional offensive line, the Michigan offense will move, at least like it did in 2016.

According to fourth-year tackle Jon Runyan Jr., Warinner making things simple has paid early dividends in fall camp, and the O-line is hoping that it carries over to the season.

“He really simplified our offense this season,” Runyan said. “Not too many calls going on, not too many pre-snap adjustments. If there are, usually our center can make them on the fly. Tackles can make heads-up calls, too. Quarterbacks can point stuff out, too. Really, we can just get up, get on the ball, run a play and we know what to do, what to adjust. Everything’s picking up really fast. This is obviously the best the offensive line has been, the offense has been, in camp. This is my fourth year here. We’re making strides and we’re doing really well. This is the best I’ve seen us compete with the defense since I’ve been here.”

The concept of simplification is exactly what third-year standout left guard Ben Bredeson sees as well.

On Friday, he shared more about why Warinner’s back-to-basics approach is working for the Wolverines at this moment.

“He simplifies the game for us real well,” Bredeson said. “He has all these different concepts and ideas for us. But he can break it down to simple looks. ‘If they give us this, we’re going to counter with that.’ ‘If they go this way, we can go that way.’ And just makes it simple, so we don’t have to think out there. We can just see it, react and go.

“That carries over from meetings onto the field real well. I’ve loved his style of teaching. I think the other guys have as well. You can sense that there’s been a huge, huge jump in the speed of the game for us on the O-line since he’s come on.”

Whether or not Michigan’s OL does take a big step forward as hoped, fans will see the product on the field on September 1, when the Wolverines take on the Notre Dame Fighting Irish in South Bend at 7:30PM.

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