Shea Patterson is backing up the comments Jim Harbaugh has made about Michigan’s offense over the last few days. The Wolverines quarterback is confident things are going to start clicking soon.
Harbaugh said the offense was close to “hitting their stride” on Saturday after a 10-3 win over Iowa, in what was a defensive slugfest. Though there weren’t any points scored after the second quarter by either team, Harbaugh credited Iowa’s defense for clamping down and limited what Michigan could do offensively.
A few days after the game, Patterson is making similar remarks. The senior quarterbacks says the offense is making strides, even if the fans can’t see it yet.
“I think it is translating over into the games. I think there’s a lot that you guys don’t see. There’s a lot that the fans don’t see,” Patterson told Orion Sang of the Detroit Free Press. “They make their adjustments on defense, we make our adjustments on offense, we’re not not trying to be explosive. I do believe that there’s a lot left out there. The sky’s really the limit for this offense. It’s just a matter of time.”
Michigan’s offense has been under heavy criticism since the start of the season, but really came under fire following a 35-14 loss to Wisconsin. A 10-3 victory over Iowa certainly didn’t help the matter.
Currently, Michigan ranks in the bottom half of the B1G in all major offensive statistical categories. The Wolverines were supposed to own of the conference’s most productive units when Harbaugh brought Josh Gattis to Ann Arbor to run the show.
So far, it’s not worked out that way.
Michigan will head to Champaign to take on Illinois on Saturday, an opportunity to put up some points against a woeful Illini defense. Then, the Wolverines travel to Happy Valley to battle No. 10 Penn State, which owns one of the nation’s best defensive units.
Gattis, Harbaugh and Patterson better have something figured out for that Oct. 19 date with the Nittany Lions.