There isn’t a team in college football that doesn’t believe it can win every single game on the schedule. But for Michigan and Shea Patterson, that’s more of an expectation than a belief.
Michigan has always been a program with lofty goals and a high bar, and the expectations have increased over the last four years now that Jim Harbaugh is calling the shots in Ann Arbor. While the Wolverines have enjoyed a considerable amount of success — four bowl appearances and three 10-win seasons — they’ve still fallen short of reaching their goals.
Beating Ohio State and winning a B1G title are the two hurdles Michigan has yet to clear under Harbaugh. But with Josh Gattis in as the offensive coordinator and Harbaugh relinquishing the reins, the Wolverines believe this might be the year they finally knock down that brick wall, especially Patterson.
“It’s awesome, it’s intense. He’s show passionate, so competitive,” Patterson said of Gattis. “It’s positive energy that’s being spread throughout the building, so I think with that addition to the program it’s definitely exciting.”
Gattis comes to Michigan after spending last season with Alabama, helping the Crimson Tide to one of their more prolific offensive years. He also brings B1G experience to Ann Arbor, having spent time on James Franklin’s staff at Penn State.
In the new offense, Patterson feels freer to play to his abilities and playmakers are able to use their athleticism and talent to create more explosive plays. There’s definitely a new excitement surrounding the offense, and Patterson thinks the new system will fuel higher levels of success.
“Our expectations will exceed anybody’s, even the fans’,” Patterson said. “People around this building, we work so hard, put 100 percent into it. Our expectation is to win every single game. Simple as that.”
Patterson wanted to return to Michigan for his final season after suffering two ugly losses to conclude last year to Ohio State and Florida. He seems confident that the Wolverines will end this year on a better note.