Sizzle without the steak

I am not suggesting that Jim Harbaugh is overrated as a football coach — his track record at Stanford and San Francisco speaks for itself — but if you’re a Michigan fan, this isn’t what you thought you signed up for when he returned to momma.

Meh?  Meh.

Let’s just say all the attention getting hasn’t been results getting.

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35 responses to “Sizzle without the steak

  1. Spike

    Sparty is his daddy..

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  2. Mark D’Antonio can coach. Regarding Harbaugh, how long before the schtick wears off on the Michigan alumni especially if the Buckeyes tattoo them this year in the Big House?

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    • barneydawg

      Agree. He is probably half-way through his typical shelf life.

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    • Uglydawg

      I’m no fan of Corch but I hope he beats the snot out of Mr. Wonderful.

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      • mctyre

        Can’t go there with you. The sociopath that is Urban Meyer is unrootable no matter the opposition. harbaugh’s problem is much like Tiger Woods’ – when you go out of your way to tweak people on your way up, the return to earth will be a lonely one.

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  3. Biggus Rickus

    He’s definitely overhyped, but he was probably a bad spot from getting into the playoff last year.

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  4. The Truth

    $9 million dollars per year just doesn’t buy what it used to.

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  5. Derek

    His record is considerably better than Leach’s. So there’s that.

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    • For what he’s paid, it’s a shame you can’t say the same thing about Michigan’s current ranking.

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      • Derek

        In the fall of 1992 Ray Goff’s team was rated higher than SOS’s. A telling moment in time or a blip that any consideration of the rest of their histories would have answered had one bothered to look? You decide.

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        • Darn it… I keep forgetting about Goff’s long-term impact on the college game. He’s just like Leach in that regard. Thanks for the reminder.

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          • Derek

            I get that he had (along with many others like him have) an impact. Former players as coaches is a tough measure of actual capacity.

            If one is measured by impact on the game I’ll go without Bud Wilkinson. Lots of Super Bowls and National Championships won with the 3-4 defense. Chuck and duck? Not so much. Or none of you want to be precise.

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          • Mayor

            Ray Goff coaching tree….former players….Nobody of consequence….wait.

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          • Got Cowdog

            Dammit. Now I gotta buy a new spring for the sarcamometer. And the puckermeter appears to be on the fritz as well, no readings this weekend. It just bounces up to 50 when I walk by it and say “Auburn”

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      • gastr1

        I get the point, but bringing in Brady Hoke for comparison is the worst kind of analogy. It’s not Hoke’s start that got him fired. To wit: to get to 24-7, his third team got to 5-0. They then lost 6 of their last 8 (including losses to Sparty and OSU), finishing 7-6, which would turn out to be the mean for him. Harbaugh may not have met expectations yet, but he’s almost certainly light years better than Brady Hoke.

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      • Hogbody Spradlin

        Blutarsky, don’t wrestle with a pig. You get dirty and the pig likes it.

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    • mctyre

      Which one of these is not like the other?

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  6. Seems he got hyped based mostly on him being an oddball. I mean the dude literally tries to look like Shembechler on gameday. I think he’s like a birthday party clown who will eventually run out of tricks.

    I get what he did in the pros most most crossover coaches are only successful at one or the other. Michigan just seems like another Notre Dame, another formerly great program that the media needs to hype up every year.

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    • Macallanlover

      I agree, he is so odd it is like a cartoon character on the sideline. Guy is a prick, hope he has epic fails while there. If that is what a “Michigan man” is, I would pass on having one on the UGA sideline.

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      • gastr1

        Look, fair enough if you don’t like him, but you don’t remember where Stanford and SF were when he took over? One of the worst programs in D1 at the time; one of the worst NFL teams at the time. In three years Stanford was kicking USC’s arses all over the field; in two? three? years he had SF in the Super Bowl with Kaepernick at QB. The guy’s track record speaks for itself, even if he is a nut.

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        • gastr1

          (Was really replying to jaboo52 there, Mac, sorry)…i.e, Harbaugh is not a “crossover coach.”

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        • Macallanlover

          You are right, I don’t like him. Stanford was a good accomplishment.

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          • Irwin R. Fletcher

            But…..they never won the PAC-10 while he was there. And losing the super bowl is a lot different than winning the super bowl….any Falcons fan can tell you that.

            It isn’t that he can’t coach, it’s that he gets lauded by media types as being in the Saban, Meyer, etc realm despite the fact that if you were looking at only his CV and not the name attached, it is less impressive than Mark Richt’s.

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    • Sanford222view

      I think he looks more like Woody Hayes in his sideline get up. Which is odd for obvious reasons.

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  7. W Cobb Dawg

    He has a talent for beating fu.

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  8. AusDawg85

    He jumped in a pool. Even 10 win seasons won’t save him now.

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  9. Mayor

    There are lies, damn lies and statistics. The media is great at manipulating stats to make someone it wants to tear down seem worse than he is or someone they want to build up seem better than he is. Anyone who thinks that Brady Hoke is equal to Jim Harbaugh as a HC is nuts.

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    • The Truth

      And then there are facts. And the fact is after 31 games at Michigan, Brady Hoke and Jim Harbaugh had the same 24-7 record. Hoke was trending down after 31, Harbaugh seems to be in limbo. Other info may inform an opinion on their relative value as head coaches. But after 31 games they are equal based on their record.

      “You are what your record says you are” ― Bill Parcells

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      • gastr1

        See my comment above about that re: what happened to Brady Hoke once he got to 24-7. If you really believe that Harbaugh also will have a total faceplant the rest of his time at UM, then you’re right, this analogy does hold water. But based on Harbaugh’s track record, going 2-6 the rest of this year (like Hoke did) is very unlikely.

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        • Irwin R. Fletcher

          You don’t have to believe anything about the future to compare what has actually happened.

          And honestly…if they can lose to Sparty, … Wisky, Ohio State, Penn State, Maryland and Minnesota aren’t going to be cakewalks. If I wanted to argue about what ‘the future holds’, I think there is a pretty good chance Harbaugh and Hoke will still be comparable at the end of the season, too….and the fact that is even in the conversation raises questions for those who keep telling me how great he is.

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  10. Uglydawg

    So much of it has to do with where the other teams are, strengthwise, in the conference when a coach is building his record. For instance…look at where the strength of the SEC was when Goff was coaching against it and compare it to the strength Kirby Smart is having to face off against. Goff clearly had tougher roll to hoe. Harbaugh has landed in the BIG at a tough time (relative to past BIG periods ). Comparisons in different eras are never worth that much.
    Still, he’s a horse’s ass.

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  11. 69Dawg

    Look if the WWL could have it’s way there would be 4 B1G teams in the CFB Playoffs. The East has no teams, the south has two Power5 conferences, the West has one and then there is the Big 8, that will self destruct. Really, the biggest eyeball draws are the B1G and ND. If ND wins out and is 12-1 and UGA wins out only to lose to Bama in the SECCG you know damn well ND is in and we are not. It is just a fact of life. The rest of CFB is just hoping that the SEC Champion has 2 losses so they cannot have any one in the Playoff. The deck is as rigged as any can be.

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    • Uglydawg

      I absolutely agree. You can bet the WWL is already on this. Dawgrading of the SEC in general will begin in earnest if UGA is still undefeated when they travel to Auburn.
      The WWL’s biggest headache/project would be a scenario where Georgia beats Auburn, then Auburn beats ‘Bama in the Ironbowl..and then squeeks by Dawgs in ATL. You’d have possibly the number one and two teams absolutely looking evenly matched.
      But as you say, they’ll find a way..But if the shoe was on the BIG foot, we know what they’d do.

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  12. Dawg19

    Harbaugh was brought in to beat Ohio State first and foremost. Michigan fans certainly don’t like losing to Michigan State. However, if Harbaugh somehow manages to beat the Buckeyes this year, all will be forgiven for a while.

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