The Michigan Wolverines, along with some other fellow Big Ten competitors, have cancelled their spring game due to inclement weather set to run through the Midwest this Saturday. While this news is disheartening to Wolverine fans who were eagerly waiting to see their Maize and Blue in the Big House again, Michigan fans will have to wait a little longer to see what has been in the works this offseason with their football team. The game will not be rescheduled and the Wolverines are set to play their first home game on Sept. 8 against Western Michigan.
In the mean time, Michigan fans can watch Amazon’s series on the 2017 football season, if they haven’t already and if they dare to relive the last season. While it makes the players and coaching staff endearing, it covers a theme that is still on everyone’s mind: who will be starting quarterback? John O’Korn exits as a 5th year senior and Wilton Speight, senior, hangs in the balance of staying or leaving. Will it be junior transfer Shea Patterson? Maybe, if he is eligible to play. That is still a question in itself. If he is granted eligibility for the 2018-2019 season, it raises the question of his role on a new team. Patterson has most likely dedicated a lot of his time to playing catch up with a new offensive, but what does his play style look like with the Wolverines? Would he have played on Saturday? The mystery still remains.
What about redshirt sophomore Brandon Peters? He looked promising in some instances, but crumbled in others. However, Peters is still young so he has some time to develop as a player and perhaps emerge with a take-charge personality: he has a more reserved demeanor. Is redshirt freshman Dylan McCaffery still in the conversation? The list goes on and on. The need for an answer will become more dire as the first game of the season for the Wolverines is set for Sept.1 at Notre Dame, an intimidating and daunting task when no one knows what is going on offensively.
With new additions to the teams coaching staff after the exit of the majority of last season’s offensive coaching staff, a redefined offense is exactly what this Wolverine team needs. Unfortunately, they won’t be seen until the fall. Michigan fans will have to trust that Coach Jim Harbaugh and his staff know what they are doing to bring their team to a new level.
The Amazon series All or Nothing: The Michigan Wolverines is available to stream online. It details a profound and raw insight into the football program at Michigan over its 2017-2018 season. It highlighted a lot of the frustrations people had during the last season and Saturday’s game would have been a great opportunity to demonstrate how they have learned from the last season. The offense needs to be on a level as elite as the defense was this past season, as the defense ranked around top five in the nation, according to the short documentary. If the offensive line is sorted out and who starts at quarterback is rewired, Michigan will come in swinging on Sept. 1. They face a difficult schedule this year, especially facing Notre Dame, Michigan State, and Ohio State away, while hosting Penn State and Wisconsin. Western Michigan is also a school that should not be overlooked in the regular season. So what will Michigan have to do to be where they want to be in the postseason for this 2018-2019 season? Who knows, but on Sept. 1 answers will be made.