After Michigan’s first defeat to Indiana since 1987 and the team’s second consecutive loss of the season, Jim Harbaugh said after the game that he still believed the team was close to the turn.
Wolverines are currently 1-2 during the season and Harbaugh is 2-8 against their top AP opponent after a 38-21 loss to Hoosiers. The Michigan defense has struggled in the past two games, giving 460 yards to Indiana and 449 yards to the State of Michigan and having to suffer penalties and fouling along the way.
Despite those flaws and two defeats, Harbaugh said he still has faith in his team.
“My personal feeling is we’re going to make it,” Harbaugh said. “You see it̵7;s done [in practice]You see it happening and then it has to take the next step happening in the game. There are people who are doing that [in the games] And others will get it and you just need to keep coaching.
“As a coach, that’s what you do, you keep coaching and the players keep learning, and they gain experience of what they can do.”
He believes that his players need to trust their technique, trust the fundamentals and believe in their innate abilities in games. He knows the result hasn’t shown that and the product on the pitch shows no evidence that this team is close together, but he believes there is a difference with what his team does in practice. and in game.
For some reason players don’t trust the games and still play with hesitation, he says, and they just need to “let it go” and make a quick, decisive decision.
Harbaugh has been heavily criticized for the results of this season and so has defense coordinator Don Brown. Breaking down a streak of 24 wins over Indiana and losing a Michigan team after losing to Rutgers would naturally bring skepticism.
Despite the fact that Harbaugh is in Year 6 as Michigan’s head coach, he’s not in a panic yet. When asked if he thinks he needs to make any drastic changes to the staff or the coach, Harbaugh said he loves what he is seeing from the players and coaches. mine.
“They work extremely hard, their plans are really good and they train them well,” Harbaugh said. “We just continue to go ahead, continue, stay behind it to take the next step. Important step.”
The defense was not the only problem in this match as Michigan was down only 13 yards in a match that never came close.
Questions about the team’s direction continue to be raised, but Harbaugh said he and his team will continue to move forward and stay on top.
“Everyone here, every player here, every coach here has gone through it in our lives, where they took advantage of the disadvantage and turned it to an advantage,” Harbaugh said. “All you have to do is push, keep moving.”