If you are a fan of the Michigan Wolverines, Saturday was not a very fun day for you as Michigan State, who many were saying was the worst team in the Big Ten, went into the Big House and walked away with a 27-24 win.
In the wake of the game, just about everybody has come out and bashed Wolverines’ head coach Jim Harbaugh for not being able to get the job done in big games.
One of those to speak out and actually advise that Michigan moves on from Harbaugh is former Wolverines’ standout WR Braylon Edwards.
Not only did Edwards say that Harbaugh should be fired but he also suggested a replacement.
“Whenever he’s in big-game moments, key moments – whether it’s a Michigan/Michigan State matchup, whether it’s an Ohio State/Michigan matchup, whether it’s a bowl win that you really need to get that last part of recruiting done – it just hasn’t gone the way in which he would have liked it,” former NFL wide receiver and Michigan All-American Braylon Edwards said on The Zach Gelb Show. “This past Saturday, you can say a number of things. You can say that it was [quarterback] Joe Milton’s first home game in the rivalry. You can say that [former assistant coach Greg] Mattison is not there anymore. You can say it’s the first home game for the whole team during COVID-19. You can throw all those things out there. But the fact remains you know who Michigan State is.”
“You knew they were coming in from the bottom floor, where the only way they can go is up after the loss against Rutgers,” Edwards said. “You have to prepare your team to win this game. This is a rivalry game. This is an interstate game. Most of these guys are from the same high schools, same conferences, same cities within the state of Michigan. They know each other and don’t want to lose. He didn’t do a good enough job of preparing his team to beat a Michigan State team that was down and that was ready to roll over.”
“He hasn’t gotten it done against Ohio State,” Edwards said, referring to Harbaugh’s 0-5 record against the Buckeyes. “He’s even par against Michigan State. He hasn’t gotten it done in the big moments – with the exception of Wisconsin a couple years ago and the Notre Dame game last year. He hasn’t gotten it done.
“When you pay those types of contracts in collegiate football where you’re paying upwards of $6 million for a [head] coach . . . you expect to see certain types of wins, certain types of cultural changes,” Edwards continued. “You expect to see certain types of attitudes and aggression in certain games. I think just based on that fact alone that you’re not getting that, that might create the actual answer that you’re asking me without me even having to tell you that. He hasn’t gotten it done at the biggest level.”
“If it’s not Jim, then where do you go from Jim?” Edwards asked. “I don’t think he’s done enough to continue the position, but at the same time, you’ve got to have somebody ready in the wings, somebody waiting in the wings. You can’t just bring in somebody else and we go from Lloyd Carr to a Rich Rod to a Brady Hoke and you spend another 11 years trying to figure out Michigan football.”
“I love Luke Fickell,” Edwards said. “I like Luke Fickell a lot, and I like what he’s done at Cincinnati. . . . [He’s shown] you what Cincinnati football is all about. They play defense, they play offense, and they have a lot of fun with it. I don’t think there are any egos down there in Cincinnati. I think it’s a committee. It’s a win and lose by committee type of program. So I like Luke Fickell a lot. I’ve been keeping my eye on him for the past three years. I like Luke Fickell a lot.”
Nation, do you agree with Braylon? Should Jim Harbaugh be fired? Should Michigan look to hire Luke Fickell?