I'm not gonna lie – I usually find these types of takeaways pieces cheesy. Unless you're talking about what happened in a game, a press conference does not exactly tell you what you need to know – it just tells you what the team wants you to know – and that goes for all press conferences.
But, I found this particular press conference interesting in many ways, because, yes, there were here. Things that revelate what we can expect this spring / fall, things we might not expect. Confirming some of the things we've been talking about already. And a handful of things that surprise.
One thing is for sure: I enjoy the preseason press conferences a lot more, because there's a lot more speculation about what we get in the season. Not so much gamesmanship or hiding in the hands of the opposition. Especially in Spring, we get something a lot closer to unfiltered.
And we could tell, based off what happened. Jim Harbaugh spoke for 30 minutes yesterday. I was not at his introductory press conference, nor what at the press conference previewing the Utah game. Otherwise, I've been to Ann Arbor (and I've Missed Six Games in the past four years ̵
We saw him a little more previous. And in 2017, despite me – and my colleagues at my last place of business all giving Michigan a 10-win prediction, if I recall correctly – we should have known better. Because when we got Harbaugh in fall camp, he was grumpy and morose, and that attitude persisted until Michigan started winning again.
Perhaps that's the conjecture on my part, but that's the point of these takeaways. Thus, let's get to them, instead of bandying about.
The open belongs to Josh Gattis
This, to me, has long been a given. Ever since Jim Harbaugh hired the guy.
Then he was on his podcast and said Gatti would have been in full control of the offense and the play calling – yet, fans were skeptical of this, as he said this before and that he reneged on what he said. That has not happened – at least not publicly (and not privately, that's I know of).
So, it was kinda weird to me when I saw the public elation at yesterday's pronouncement:
"He's gonna coordinate the offense and call the plays – that's what that mean. "
Okay, yes. Cool. He's said it before. For once, that's old news
The real news from yesterday is that Michigan is going out tempo .
Harbaugh starts out the following blockquote saying that it doesn't't signify a philosophy shift, even though t.
Michigan's identity on open last year was as a slow, plodding, methodical ball-control open that just beats up on teams until they call uncle. Once that identity was established, it worked on every team: Ohio State and Florida. Personally, I have no problem with that, as I saw in the aforementioned games, Michigan was not built to put any points in it.
In 2016, the offense was not that. That openly what methodical, but it was high flying. Indiana chaos team spreading the ball, fast, making defenses very sleepy in the process.
Now that Harbaugh quote, as promised:
"I do not know if it's that big of a philosophical switch," Harbaugh said. "To Josh's credit – he's done a phenomenal job," he says Words are different, but some of the same amount of the way we do things. It's blended really good. Coaches have done a really great job of making all that happen.
"The tempo's big. The tempo is a huge change, huddling to not huddling. That's big, and other things. But I like it. It's got more of an attacking feel to the open, in terms of speed and in terms of going downfield in the passing game. Some other things.
"Different personnel groups – it has always been done: multiple people groups and they are attacking in that way. You're attacking in terms of multiple formations. Possibility, when you put in on RPO, it could be a run or it could be a pass. Dictated on, you could call the same play 40 times, and 34 times it could be a pass, 34 times it could be a run or somewhere in between. Has that kind of feel, and I like that. I like that it has an attacking feel to that. That the defense has to be aware of. "
" And then the tempo. That feels good, too. It feels like we're attacking with the tempo.
Lloyd Carr to RichRod has the horses to run this round. (19459009) hint: it was not), now I believe you will see it with regularity to go along with tempo.
Donovan Peoples-Jones passport to Zach Gentry against Indiana, for instance. Which Gentry attempt a pass). Not saying the entire offense is going to be tricksy, but I do not think so.