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New coach spotlight: Matt Weiss

A look at Weiss’ background and what he brings to Michigan

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Michigan quarterbacks coach Matt Weiss is a student of the game and his knowledge extends far beyond the QB position — to all three phases of football.

As a member of the Baltimore Ravens staff, Weiss was a cornerbacks coach, assistant linebackers coach, defensive quality control, assistant quarterbacks coach, assistant receivers coach, and running backs coach.

Weiss, 38, was a graduate assistant under Jim Harbaugh at Stanford from 2005-08 before joining the Ravens in 2009 up until coming to Michigan earlier this year. Harbaugh revamped Michigan’s staff and part of his swinging for the fences approach included Weiss.

“I am really excited about reconnecting with Coach Matt Weiss,” Harbaugh said when Weiss was hired. “We have a great relationship from our time together at Stanford and he brings a great deal of experience coaching all three phases of the game in addition to his strength in the area of analytics and game strategy. He is a great teacher and will be an excellent role model for our student-athletes.”

“I just felt like I had a chance to do something special here,” Weiss said this spring. “Also, I think any time in life, whether it’s in your (personal) life or in your life professionally, it’s always good to get out of your comfort zone, challenge yourself and do something different.”

Weiss’ has a lot of potential when one looks at his resume. The potential resides with data, such as the output from Baltimore’s rushing attack under his tutelage. The Ravens led the league in rushing in 2019 and 2020 with Weiss as running backs coach. Elvis Dumervil and Terrell Suggs were the NFL’s top sack tandem (29) with Weiss as assistant linebacker coach. When it comes to QBs, Joe Flacco ranked in the top ten of numerous categories with Weiss as an assistant quarterbacks coach.

Although Weiss is Michigan’s quarterbacks coach, Jim Harbaugh has been quite active in coaching up the QB room this year. “He’s going through every single footwork drill with us, every single film session,” quarterback J.J. McCarthy said about Harbaugh recently. “He’s really been the man in there, it’s been awesome.” Point being, while Weiss is highly involved with Michigan’s quarterback room, his responsibilities extend beyond that room into one of his specialties — analytics.

Weiss led the analytics thinking tank in Baltimore, and is ready to contribute to that department at Michigan. “You want diversity and people think of diversity and you want diversity of background in race and all those things. Which is great, and we have that here, and it’s valuable,” Weiss said in April. “You also want diversity of thought. That’s really important in any successful team. So right now, I’m really trying to master this offense and hopefully I’ll contribute ideas where I can. But I’m here to coach in this offense.”