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Urban Meyer is praising Michigan’s offense and fans are caught off guard

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The former (always) enemy and college football analyst likes what he he sees from the Wolverines’ new offense

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ANN ARBOR, MI - NOVEMBER 25: Urban Meyer head coach of the Ohio State Buckeyes and Jim Harbaugh head coach of the Michigan Wolverines shake hands after the game. Ohio State won 31 to 20 on November 25, 2017 at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
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Former Ohio State Buckeyes head coach Urban Meyer is now making the roads as an analyst for the FOX family of networks, including some stuff for the Big Ten Network. Obviously that means he gets to watch the Michigan Wolverines and their new offense from a different point of view, but he comes away impressed by what he saw in the opener.

Here’s some of what he had to say about Jim Harbaugh and Josh Gattis’ new offensive attack, which he compares to concepts he ran at Florida and Ohio State.

Of the comments, compliments and analysis, Meyer says:

  • There’s no such thing as two quarterbacks meaning you have no quarterbacks, citing examples of Chris Leak and Tim Tebow at Florida and JT Barrett and Cardale Jones at Ohio State.
  • Good offenses adjust to the players they have and get the best 11 on the field as opposed to pigeonholing roles based on what a coach wants to do.
  • Meyer compliments Michigan offense and “really good schematics” and says its clear offensive line coach Ed Warriner and offensive coordinator Josh Gattis were involved in its development.
  • Highlights how what Michigan is doing with Dylan McCaffrey on the field has double option concepts that he ran with Barrett at OSU.
  • “I love this kind of stuff.”
  • Meyer says what he sees from Gattis are plays he brought with him, not stuff Michigan has ever run before.

Objectively, it’s a good breakdown, but fans had reactions on both ends of the spectrum:

Quickly, let’s address the idea that Meyer is intentionally revealing what Michigan’s scheme is to upend their offensive progress. That’s a perfectly sound conspiracy and all, but coaches across the country have the exact same game tape available. The idea that they are waiting for what Meyer’s analysis is like a lost puppy is ridiculous. Coaches watch film, coaches make tweaks, Michigan makes tweaks.

As weird as it is to say, some snark aside, Meyer’s analysis has been really good the last few weeks on TV. Whether he stays there or not remains to be seen (yeah, the memory seems pretty operational at the moment), but you’re just kind of going to have to get used to him talking about Michigan on TV.

Yeah, he will probably wind up being in Day’s ear about the Wolverines. Cool. Whatever. Win the game.