Ann Arbor, Mich. – The general consensus surrounding the Michigan football coaching staff appears to be the same.
They wish they had more time with their players during the offseason.
Of course, NCAA rules and regulations only allow for face-to-face coaching to be done during season functions, the extra time would certainly help installing a new offensive and defensive scheme.
Offensive coordinator Tim Drevno spoke about the challenges he’s faced early on in his coaching tenure in Ann Arbor. Apart from the spring, he really hasn’t had an opportunity to engage his players.
“Where we left off in the spring and they did a lot of practices on their own, player run practices and things,” Drevno said. “I wanted to engage where there football IQ is and their retention rate, which I think is really good because we’re at Michigan and there are intelligent people here. We’ll go day to day and take them along and see where we can progress.”
With U-M facing yet another coaching transition, Jim Harbaugh brings a unique style and personality to Ann Arbor with him. While his coaching staff is filled with people he’s familiar with, Drevno is using the offseason to build relationships with his players.
Which, in fact, he thinks is one of the biggest areas of growth for his offense.
“I think just them understanding the foundation of the offense and what we were trying to do I think was the biggest one,” Drevno said. “Getting comfortable with us, getting to trust us, building relationships with them where they believe in what we’re doing.”
Does the team ever take a break? Not quite, says Drevno. The work will not stop and he believes the new season is a huge opportunity for his team.
“Football is a 365 day proposition and it does not stop,” Drevno said. “This is a new season for you coming into summer and going into training camp and how important that is to be able to capitalize on that.”