What's wrong with Michigan? 'It has to be fundamentals,' says Urban Meyer
Michigan is off to a rocky start this season, falling to 1-2 with the loss to Indiana.
Scuffling through three weeks is not what Jim Harbaugh was hoping for, especially as rumors will undoubtedly ramp up surrounding his job status down the road. The start is obviously concerning to Urban Meyer, especially for the reasons behind the slow start.
A big reason for the struggles of the Wolverines stems from the play of the secondary. The defense as a whole has not looked great at times, but it is the secondary that has been shredded in the air by Michigan State and Indiana in the two losses.
Meyer joined BTN’s Coley Harvey virtually to discuss Michigan on Monday, and Meyer has to believe that the issues for the Wolverines go beyond talent. It has to be an issue with the fundamentals:
“I’m sitting there like probably most of the country, almost in awe of what Indiana was doing,” said Meyer. “They were getting behind the defensive backs, and the defensive backs at times were there, but they’re not playing the ball.
“What does that mean down the road? They’re in trouble. Whether it’s talent – I can’t imagine the dropoff is that significant. It has to be fundamentals. You have to play the football. And when you start seeing Indiana and Michigan State lighting them up down the field throwing the ball, over 300 yards in each game. That’s very alarming.”
Michigan moves on to face Wisconsin in Week 4, and Harbaugh’s team could be in trouble once again if quarterback Graham Mertz is available for the contest. He threw for 248 yards and five touchdowns in a Week 1 win for the Badgers.
What’s plaguing 1-2 Michigan?
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