Kirk Herbstreit on Michigan switching to spread offense: 'I think it will really help them'
Michigan is undergoing a philosophy change on the offensive end.
The Wolverines haven’t been too fancy in recent years and at times, the incredibly athletes they do have on the offensive side of the ball don’t impact a game the way they possibly could. That may all change in 2019.
Michigan brought in Josh Gattis, the co-offensive coordinator at Alabama a season ago. Gattis likes to spread the field and get his athletes in space. That’s what the Wolverines should look like this season and Kirk Herbstreit, an ESPN analyst, is agreeing with this philosophical switch.
On the latest version of the College Football Podcast with Herbie & Pollack, Herbstreit talked about why the change should end up being a positive one in Ann Arbor:
“I think that this is the move because I think you have a quarterback – you really have two quarterbacks if you throw in (Dylan McCaffrey) – that this is their strength,” Herbstreit said. “And Michigan, at times, when they play against these teams that basically have better athletes, they end up getting exposed in those kind of games – and I’m mainly talking offensively.
“And I think their style now will free them up to allow them to get their athletic ability in space and allow a quarterback like Shea Patterson who has been running that style of offense since he was probably in middle school, so he knows this inside and out. Now you’re going to give him the opportunity. And they had pieces of it last year, they just weren’t fully committed to it. And now I think you see them becoming fully committed to it and I think it will really help them. I think it’s going to help their passing game, I think it’ll definitely help their offensive line, so I think it’s the right call.”
Michigan opens its 2019 season against Middle Tennessee on Aug. 31 at home.