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Harbaugh won’t ‘dumb it down Barney-style’ for young players

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Jim Harbaugh is being patient, but still expecting execution from players.

Cincinnati v Michigan Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images

Michigan is a young football team. We know that.

It is not an excuse, it is a fact. Things are a very much a work in progress in Ann Arbor right now for a program that has high expectations, but also plenty of new faces in key roles.

Jim Harbaugh took to the podium after Saturday’s 36-14 win over Cincinnati and was very up front about the way he is treating this team right now. He said he is mindful of the inexperience and that patience is required, but also that he has no plans to dumb down the playbook or the coaching.

The only way to fix a problem with inexperience is to, well, gain experience. Michigan has taken some punches to the gut in the first two weeks of the season and has in large part responded positively.

Many of the teams problems are being pinned exclusively on Wilton Speight, fair or unfair, but there have been other issues. The blocking left a lot to be desired and it seemed like the wide receivers and tight ends has problems finding ways to get open.

Michigan is being positive, and patient, with this group. It will be hard for fans to do the same, but this is the spot the Wolverines find themselves in right now.

They say that good teams do not rebuild, they reload, but Harbaugh is still in the process of his initial build at Michigan, and he has done a fine job of that so far. Evidence of this can be seen with all of the first and second year players on the field.

One week at a time, one game at a time, one practice at a time is how this team should be looked at. We will have to wait and see how they come back next week from this.