Struggling mightily at times throughout the past handful of seasons, offensive coordinator Tim Drevno and Harbaugh have their work set out for them to fix a longstanding problem.
During his media session on Friday’s Big Ten Media Day, Harbaugh was asked what it would take to fix the offensive line. His answer seemed easy enough when taken at face value.
“Precision number one,” Harbaugh said. “In order to be a good football player there’s got to be precision. That’s all 11 working together and also, those five (offensive) lineman working together, working in conjunction. It’s the largest position group there is on the football field and starting, re-starting, Friday we get back on the practice field.
“It’s critical to our football team that everybody is focused in on doing just that. Playing precise, playing good precision on offense.”
Michigan has not had a 1000-yard running back since 2011. Before that, Mike Hart was the last Michigan back to eclipse over 1000-yards in a single season. The need for an established back is at an all-time high.
With a stable of three, maybe four, running backs in tow. The direction Harbaugh wants the running game to take is a simple one.
“We want to be dominant,” Harbaugh said bluntly. “We will find out where we are on Friday.”
Do complicated blocking schemes complicate a successful running game? Not quite, says Harbaugh. He believes getting both the offensive line and the running game where it needs to be will take time while maintaining similar schemes to other programs.
The most important thing, however, is precision.
“I don’t think ours (blocking scheme) is any different compared to any teams when you’re talking about developing precision,” Harbaugh said. “It’s a process.”