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Quarterbacks coach Ben McDaniels not expected to be retained by Michigan

The Wolverines’ staff shakeup continues.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: NOV 21 Michigan at Rutgers Photo by Rich Graessle/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

The Michigan Wolverines are still in the process of finalizing an extension for head coach Jim Harbaugh, but there are staff moves already taking place now that we have transitioned into the new year. According to a report from the Detroit Free Press, quarterbacks coach Ben McDaniels will not be a part of the staff moving forward after his contract expires at the end of this weekend.

McDaniels — the brother of New England Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels — joined Michigan in 2018 as an analyst before spending the last two seasons as the man in charge of the quarterback room. It seemed likely he would not be renewed given Shea Patterson’s regression in the new offense in 2019 and the struggles that the Wolverines had on the field this season.

The word is that Harbaugh will take back the role of coaching quarterbacks himself with another slot on the offensive staff to be filled. It is expected that tight ends coach Sherrone Moore and offensive line coach Ed Warinner will be re-upped, while Jay Harbaugh remains on the staff either strictly as a special teams coach or elsewhere depending on the hires that are made.

Michigan has reportedly made one of its biggest decisions on the staff already with the reports that Baltimore Ravens linebackers coach Mike Macdonald will take the defensive coordinator job at the end of the NFL playoffs. He replaces Don Brown, who has joined Jedd Fisch’s staff at Arizona.