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Michigan football coach Jim Harbaugh asks more questions on Monday, July 23, 2018, at the Big Ten Media Days in Chicago.
Nick Baumgardner, Freep

Chase Winovich was never as honest as he could be.

A loss is unbearable in itself A second loss is frustrating The third, fourth and fifth loss?

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"If you 8-5, it's the sad truth of the way I am It's you'll go numb if you lose, "said Winovich at the Big Ten Media Days last week. "(The last loss) did not have the same effect as Michigan did against Michigan State and it was our first loss (of the season) and it derailed our momentum."

Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh often speaks of winning and working and improving by "numbing repetition". Whether it's an exercise or a game, he wants positive results to become a habit.

However, a year ago, his team ended the opposite half of the season. Michigan finished 3-4 in the last seven games, with three straight losses (Wisconsin, Ohio State and South Carolina) to close the year.

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There's a horde of things For these results, an observer from the State Department could point to this result : Bad quarterback game hurt quarterbacks youth from the above.

However, the returning players would point to something else.

"There are a lot of variables involved in football matches and there is no right answer or identification about what was a problem," senior retreator Karan Higdon added. "We need to finish the second half and more specifically the fourth quarter." I think we've worn out in the fourth quarter (too often) to be more accurate.

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At one point, Higdon said the team's sell-off at Penn State in October was the low point of the season. Minutes later, he pointed to the collapse against South Carolina. The losses hurt all. Nevertheless, there were topics.

He wanted to be clearer. He did not give too late the lack of physical condition or mental strength in the competitions of an employee or a person standing on the sidelines.

He placed it directly on the shoulders of the veteran core of the crew.

Michigan played a season ago with just eight scholarship holders in the fifth year. Only three of these players were full-time starters. It was a young roster and the remainder of the team's leadership center consisted of college students and juniors.

In this off-season, returning veterans and top performers on the list have taken care to track down anyone who may be lagging behind. And force her to catch up. Not because a coach told them.

But because it's the only way the team gets better.

Jim Harbaugh talks to his team about action against Penn State last season. [Photo: Kirthmon F. Dozier, Detroit Free Press]

"You have to bring the guys who are the weakest limbs, you can not rely on people who are already at a high level," he says Higdon says, "Guys are going down all the time, the next one has to be able to intervene and fill in. For me as a player, I have to be able to demand that teammates have respect and demand for them follow my lead. "

It's a time-honored mantra, which is usually the first thing that gets criticized internally.

Harbaugh has done a lot of field work this off-season to change the way Michigan operates off the sidelines: new rulers, new dietitians, almost a brand-new offensive coaching staff [19659008] But the players say that they themselves have done much soul research.

At some point, all finger stops and the reality begins: the 11 players who go out onto the field must be the ones who play games, finish games and earn winnings. Nobody else can do it for them.

"You can bring a horse to the water, but you can not let it drink, guys took self-ownership and shopped into this whole thing on their own … Coach Harbaugh gave us a vehicle," Winovich s ays. "He took care of the diet, he brought the trainer with the best power in America, he gave us a brand new weight room and he took care of us to give us the stuff and put it on our shoulders." (19659008) "I think we took that over."

If you become numb to lose, no matter how high the degree, the time for internal inspections is long overdue.

Blame who you want. Michigan veterans say it will be up to them to fix it.

"We've found a lot of leaders in the team and I'm looking forward to the camp and the season," said Higdon. "We've built this callus this off-season.

" It's just going to grow from there.

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