The Michigan coaching staff prides itself on having multiple assistant coaches that have NFL experience.
The mantra continued this offseason when Pep Hamilton was tasked to become the passing game coordinator after Jedd Fisch departed for UCLA. For Wilton Speight, it will be the third year in a row for him, second as the presumed starter, that he will be developed by a coach that came directly from the NFL ranks to coach in college. Of course, Hamilton has previous college coaching experience like his counterpart Fisch.
Speight says the standard at U-M should to always bring in the best of the best coaching talent, and they did just that by bringing in Hamilton.
"That's huge to have someone that came from the NFL like Coach Fisch and like Coach Pep just did," Speight said. "I think when you're at Michigan, that's kind of the standard of what Coach Harbaugh is going to bring in as an assistant. It's not going to be someone that he just randomly grabbed off the street really quickly. It's the best of the best, the top option and that is what we got with Coach Pep when Coach Fisch went to UCLA, that's the good and bad thing about being at Michigan. You're going to have a carousel, rotating carousel of assistants climbing the ladder but Coach Harbaugh is going to keep reloading."
While spring is a time for development, it is still very much a time for the coach and quarterback to feel each other out and get to know each other. While Speight believes the relationship will come along in time, he appreciates Hamilton's direct-to-football approach to coaching.
After all, it's not all fun and games out there. They both have a job they need to execute.
"I think the first time we met he shook my hand and then we went straight to the whiteboard," Speight said. "He said, alright, what are you going to against this look and this look? We just jumped right into football. His big thing is that we will get to know each other as time goes on, build a good relationship but right now it's about football. That's what I love, it's a working relationship first. We're all trying to be the best that we can be. The best quarterback, the best players, the best coach to ultimately succeed in the fall and when the time comes to progress to the next level."