Colin Cowherd is usually the guy standing in Jim Harbaugh’s corner. When people start criticizing the Michigan head coach, the FOX Sports radio host often leaps to his defense.
That wasn’t the case on Wednesday during his show The Herd. Cowherd blasted Harbaugh for his recruitment and development of quarterbacks in his five seasons in Ann Arbor. He seems that things came to a boiling point for Cowherd after watching Shea Patterson in the first two weeks of the season.
“Jim Harbaugh has done a poor job recruiting and developing quarterbacks at Michigan,” Cowherd said. “I’m sorry, Shea Patterson is not better this year. His [offensive] line is better, his receivers are better. He’s not better. Harbaugh is failing as a quarterback developer. He was an NFL quarterback. Come on.”
Patterson’s less-than-impressive start may not solely be on the shoulders of Harbaugh. Josh Gattis has confirmed that the senior is battling an oblique injury, and suffered another lower body injury in the game against Middle Tennessee.
He’s struggled to hang on to the football, fumbling numerous times through the first two games.
Despite the slow start, Patterson has still completed 36-of-58 pass attempts for 410 yards and three touchdowns with no interceptions. So, on the passing front, he’s still been able to do a solid job finding his receivers. It just hasn’t been quite as explosive as was promised.
Michigan gets an off week this Saturday before traveling to Madison to take on Wisconsin, who has looked dominant through two games. Patterson, and the rest of the Michigan offense, will have to play much better to escape Camp Randall with a victory.
Below is the full video of Cowherd’s comments, as posted on Twitter by The Herd:
— Herd w/Colin Cowherd (@TheHerd) September 11, 2019