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Do you expect Jim Mcelwain will Join Harbaugh’s Staff? And if so in what role In your opinion
— Andrew Buris (@AndrewBuris) February 13, 2018
Jim McElwain, the former Florida coach, will join the Michigan coaching staff. I’m not a fan of this potential hire. McElwain needs this job more than Michigan needs McElwain.
FootballScoop.com reported Wednesday evening that Michigan will offer McElwain a job as an assistant, and that McElwain is expected to accept the position.
If McElwain takes this job, he fills the slot that Dan Enos vacated when he left the Wolverines to join Nick Saban’s staff at Alabama. McElwain’s background is coaching quarterbacks, wide receivers and special teams.
That only adds to the problem that the Wolverines’ offense has: There are too many voices in the conversation. If he joins the offensive staff, McElwain would just be another sound that reverberates in the echo chamber.
McElwain was Alabama’s offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach from 2008 to 2011. He became coach at Colorado State in 2012, then took over at Florida in December 2014. But he couldn’t transform Florida with a much different set of personnel, and with Doug Nussmeier (remember him?) as Florida’s offensive coordinator, either. In McElwain’s 2½ seasons at Florida, the Gators finished no higher than 12th in total offense in the SEC. Somehow, Florida won the SEC East in 2015 and 2016 … but lost twice to Michigan.
The mark of a quality coach is what he can do with his athletes and their skill set. Florida’s players didn’t have the same skill set as those at Alabama. The Gators couldn’t produce, so it’s puzzling why the Wolverines targeted McElwain for an opening.
Hiring McElwain would be a move that comes out of convenience, rather than making a smart fit. There are better fits for the Wolverines.
Here’s a different option. Instead of simply plugging a hole with a coach such as McElwain, Michigan needs to make a hire where it needs help the most: on the offensive line. The most practical move is to give Ed Warinner, who recently was hired at Michigan as an analyst, the job of coaching the offensive line.
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