Jay Harbaugh downplays adjustment to new position

Michigan running backs coach Jay Harbaugh discusses the transition to his new coaching position this season.

Jay Harbaugh is entering a brand new world in his coaching career after assuming the running backs coach position with the departure of Tyrone Wheatley during the offseason.

While never playing the position before as a player, the running backs and Harbaugh alike will be navigating new waters with each other. While it might appear to be quite a transition on the outside looking in, Harbaugh says that will not be the case as he has different experiences before he came to Michigan to coach.

He also mentioned that, in order to be a good coach, one must absorb everything around him. He says he's done just that.

"The way that coaching works is, if you're doing it right, you're kind of absorbing everything," Harbaugh said. "I've worked with quarterbacks before in Baltimore and I spent a great deal of time with them in that world you're constantly learning about protections. You learn that with tight ends there's route running and run game blocking. The only thing that's different is kind of carrying the ball. Luckily we have talented guys that can do that on their own and I can help them with guidance like, hey, read this or I think the ball should have went here or there. I probably don't think it's as big of an adjustment as made out to be."

How does this impact the returning running backs? Hardly, says Harbaugh.

In fact, he says that it's a clean slate for everybody as he knows what each player is capable. At the end of the day, it's a new season which brings new opportunities for everyone.

"It's a clean slate right now," Harbaugh said. "I knew what those guys were because you see them play and everything. It's a new season and there's a relatively new offense in terms of what we're going to do so it's kind of a fresh start for everybody."


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