Drevno Looking to ‘Move People Off The Ball’

Michigan's new offensive coordinator/offensive line coach Tim Drevno brings physicality to Ann Arbor, great familiarity with new Wolverines' head coach Jim Harbaugh.

Michigan’s new offensive coordinator Tim Drevno speaks the same language as his boss, Jim Harbaugh.

Officially introduced by the University Friday afternoon as the offensive coordinator of the Wolverines as well as the offensive line coach, Drevno brings with him a great deal of familiarity with Harbaugh, having coached 11 different seasons together, as well as an attitude built on toughness that should fit perfectly in the Big Ten conference.

“We’re going to try to move people off the ball, we’re going to be a physical football team,” Drevno exclusively told MGoBlue.com. “You can’t talk about it, you’ve got to be about it. You’ve got to practice it and you’ve got to have a tremendous want to.”

That’s Drevno’s idea of an offensive philosophy.

Drevno comes over after one season at USC, in charge of guiding the offensive line as well as coordinator the run game. With such extensive experience working with the big fellas up front, Drevno doesn’t mince words when talking about the kind of group he’d like to see in Ann Arbor.

“I think what makes a great offensive line is a tremendous brotherhood in the room,” Drevno said. “You get to a point where they’ll start to take it over and they’ll take pride in it.

“You’ve got to be demanding on them, you’ve got to get them to trust you, and you’ve got to trust one another.”

In his first media appearance, an exclusive interview with Michigan’s official athletic website at MGoBlue.com, Drevno uttered phrases known well throughout Wolverine country.

Having coached with Harbaugh at San Diego, Stanford and with the San Francisco 49ers in the NFL, Drevno very much understands the type of guy in charge of rebooting the Wolverines.

“A Jim Harbaugh guy is a loyal guy, wants to work hard, is about the team, the team, the team,” Drevno said. “Make yourself small everybody else big, be a humble person.

“Either you’re getting better or you’re getting worse and you’re never staying the same. It’s about being your best everyday and you want people to emulate what you do. I feel very privileged about that.”

Much like Harbaugh, Drevno doesn’t arrive in Ann Arbor looking to make promises or guarantee wins, instead offering a simple message to alumni, fans and former players heading into a busy winter conditioning, spring football, and of course the 2015 season.

“What I’d say to the fans is this is an exciting time and great things are going to happen,” he said.

Drevno adding, “This program just has so much tradition and so many wins in the history and there’s no better place than Ann Arbor, Michigan. I just feel so privileged to be here, be part of this great program and restore this great tradition here.”

Drevno says the next step is getting to know the players, finalizing the coaching staff, and then taking steps to installing the offensive playbook.


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