Michigan football coach Wolverines Jim Harbaugh speaks to the media on Monday, November 2, 2020.
It’s Jim Harbaugh in its purest form, the Michigan man Soccer Regular fans know for the past six years.
In 22 minutes, he signaled his resignation, regret, denial, challenge and projectile as he continued to face questions about the worst loss of his term less than 48 hours after it happened.
The pain from Wolverines’ 27-24 defeat to rivals Michigan State on Saturday won’t settle any time soon.
Harbaugh understands that, but he doesn’t intend to immerse himself in his own suffering and give the media the opportunity to peel off the scabs on his injured body.
Yes, he admits, failure is “painfully gutted.”
But no, he says, it’s not because Michigan lacks the effort or energy one reporter wondered.
From his vantage point on the sidelines, Harbaugh saw the rush from his players.
He is sure he has also seen a few missed calls, which affects how the Wolverines second-person defends the game past Sparta’s aggressive fields piercing Michigan repeatedly.
Two days after vowing that Wolverines would “suffer the loss”, Harbaugh turned around and assigned some responsibility to his team for failing to operate. He then tried not to deliver any harsh criticism of his team, shifting focus to its next game with an Indiana outfit currently ranked 12 places higher than Wolverines.
“If we play well, we play in a way that we are capable of,” he said, “we will also be very hard to beat.”
It all sounds familiar to Michigan fans who have heard stubborn, inelastic Harbaugh repeatedly interpreting Wolverines’ negative results with empty trainings, excuses, and sentences. end in fact breaking language. It is difficult to give sincere accountability and firm answers to the status of the program, which is a concern at this advanced stage of his regime.
When Harbaugh was hired in December 2014, no one would have expected it to be like this at this time.
In year 6 of the Harbaugh era, the Michigan coach was expected to take a foothold with an army of supporters celebrating his every move as he added to the school’s championship trophy.
But on Monday, a national journalist reminded Harbaugh of his shortcomings and a promise he had yet to fulfill before asking him to review his performance.
“Back then or now I did not consider myself a savior”, he replied.
Instead, he’s the disregarded leader of a show that has solicited ridicule from its competitors and scorn from its own fan base.
After the massive defeat against the MSU, Michigan message boards were piled up with topics questioning Harbaugh’s leadership and listing Wolverines-related issues. They are upset about the decline of the squad that is ranked 18th in the talent rankings of 247Sports – the lowest position since Harbaugh was appointed coach. They lament the wave of defection that hinders depth in critical areas such as the legion of defenders and the defensive backstage. They understand that the uneven midfield play has been going on continuously throughout Harbaugh’s term.
They complained, annoyed and irritated, as fans tend to do when things go wrong.
“When we do very well,” defender Josh Ross said, “they will be there with us. And when we suffer a hard loss, they go very low. “
Michigan football loyalists have long been willing to forgive and forget Harbaugh’s losses while keeping hope that better days lie ahead. They ignore Harbaugh, the man, to embrace Harbaugh’s ideas.
But now they wake up with astonishing realization that Harbaugh is himself.
He’s a coach who continues to offer resignations, regrets, denials, challenges and projections while faced with nasty questions about administering a show he follows is 3-8 ahead of its two biggest rivals and still looking for the championship of any Kindness.
That’s what everyone has come to expect from Harbaugh, and that should be the biggest disappointment of all.
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