Michigan Wolverines head coach Jim Harbaugh took to the virtual podium on Monday afternoon to open game week against the Indiana Hoosiers, but there was still plenty of fallout to address coming off the loss to Michigan State.
Here’s a quick recap of the topics that were covered on Monday:
- Asked to address the job that has been done in six years, Harbaugh never considered himself “savior.” Says he loves coaching this team and the teams he’s had at Michigan. Called Saturday a gut-wrenching loss. Said that the team must move on quickly to the next game win or lose. “When you lose a game, work hard and come back and make darn sure it doesn’t happen again. What happened on Saturday or anything that has happened in the past, that window is now closed.”
- On why MSU seemed more energized: “I know how important it was to us and how hard our guys played.” Says what it looked like on the field was that Michigan players were playing hard and that the effort was unquestioned.
- On the late-game situation: “It took a long time.” Said they wanted to get in there faster, but that taking more shots does not mean you complete them and you have to take what the defense gives you.
- “We were in rhythm at times...and then you get stopped.” Too many drives without points had to do with a lot of second-and-long situations.
- Harbaugh said that Michigan has to play “really good” against Indiana. Getting back to work and the coaches putting in a “really good gameplan.” Hoping the players understand it and they can go out there and get after it. Says it will be a tough game. “If we play the way we are capable of, we will be tough to beat as well.”
- On the NCAA declaring election day an off day, Harbaugh says that the schedule has been rearranged and that most of their Tuesday work will be done today and they will pick back up on Wednesday. He says he supports it.
- A few calls early on the cornerbacks affected how that group played, said Harbaugh. He wishes that the calls would have gone both ways. Says that Vincent Gray is still the teams best corner and Gemon Green played well. There’s always competition at corner, but he hopes guys will bounce back.
- On Don Brown and making adjustments, Harbaugh says that they have to put the team in the best possible position and that the staff is willing to adjust when necessary.
- High priority to be able to do something about improving in practice starting today and to “attack this day.” Expecting the team to have a great day of practice on Monday.
- On the running back rotation: Harbaugh continues to see Blake Corum do “really well” and the same from the rest of the backs. It’s a “unique situation” and they are playing extremely. “Blake is a heck of a good football player and brings a lot to the offense.”
- Asked about the lack of a pass rush, Harbaugh said they were close but did not get there. The combination of getting the ball out quick and getting there just a bit too late was what he saw. That area had a chain reaction through the rest of the defense.
- On the status of Bob Shoop, Harbaugh defers to statement released on Monday morning and said they will keep it at that out of confidentiality. Says the team has adjusted to it the best they can.
- Asked if the coaching staff has hyped up players too much in sessions with the media, Harbaugh says that the things that have been said are based on things they have seen. He was visibly annoyed and confused by this question.
- Reiterates that struggles on offense had to do with being off-schedule in early down situations.
- Assessing the offensive line’s play, Harbaugh said he does not know if the same five will play on Saturday.
- On Cam McGrone and Mike Barrett injuries, he says they are much better. But not sure if they will practice on Monday. They will know more as the week goes on.
- Once more on Bob Shoop, Harbaugh defers back to statement and cites privacy.
Next up for Michigan is a trip to Bloomington to take on the No. 13 Indiana Hoosiers, who have started the season 2-0 and are looking to snap a 27-game losing streak to the Wolverines. Kickoff for that game is set for 12 p.m. ET on Fox Sports 1.