Jim Harbaugh talks Michigan's steady improvement, Josh Gattis' development as an OC
Jim Harbaugh was left practically for dead after Michigan lost to Wisconsin on Sept. 21. At that point, the Wolverines were 2-1 and needed overtime to defeat Army.
But since then, the Wolverines have won six of seven and played better than expected in a loss on the road against Penn State.
Progress is being made at Michigan, but Harbaugh again reminded the media Monday that it takes a long time to build a successful program.
Harbaugh on Michigan’s progression: “You can't plant potatoes one day and expect to eat potato salad the next day.” @WolverineLounge
— Daniel Dash (@danieldash428) November 18, 2019
Jim Harbaugh on his team's continuous improvement throughout this season: "You can’t plant potatoes one day and expect to eat potato salad the next day. You need some time to develop."
— Orion Sang (@orion_sang) November 18, 2019
Offensive coordinator Josh Gattis is in his first season with Michigan, and similar to Harbaugh, Gattis received a lot of heat from the public in September. But his offense has also weathered the storm, having improved over the last seven weeks.
The Wolverines are ranked seventh in total yards in the B1G, but over the last five games, Michigan is averaging 428 yards of offense. This past Saturday against Michigan State, the Wolverines had their biggest day through the air with 384 passing yards.
Harbaugh: Josh Gattis is doing a terrific job… I think he is doing an outstanding job… He is really good at studying the game and game planning.
— Sam Webb (@SamWebb77) November 18, 2019
This Saturday, Gattis’ group will have to keep up with the Indiana offense, which Harbaugh said Monday is “as challenging as any offense in the Big Ten.”
Harbaugh on Indiana "they're as challenging as any offense in the Big Ten"
— Ashley Bastock (@AshleyBastock42) November 18, 2019
Michigan will face the top two offenses in the B1G, Indiana and Ohio State, to end the regular season.