After Michigan’s first loss to Indiana since 1987 and the team’s second successive loss this season, Jim Harpo said after the game that he still believed that team was about to turn.
The Wolverines are now 1-2 per season and a 2-8 runaway against AP-rated opponents on the road after losing 38-21 to the Hoosiers. Michigan’s defense has struggled in the past two games, giving up 460 yards to Indiana and 449 yards to Michigan and taking penalties and fouls along the way.
Despite these mistakes and two losses, Harbou said he still had confidence in his team.
“We’re about to do that personal feeling,” Harbou said. You see done [in practice]You see it happen and then the next step must be taken from happening in games. There are guys who do [in the games] Others will get it as you continue to train.
“As a coach, this is what you do, you keep training and the players keep learning, they get experience they can do that.”
He believes his players need to trust their style, have confidence in their fundamentals, and have confidence in their innate gaming ability. He knows the results haven’t shown this, and the producer on the field does not show evidence of this team’s proximity, but he believes there is a disconnect from what his team does in practice and in games.
For some reason, players do not trust themselves in matches and still play hesitantly, he said, and they just have to “let it go” and make quick and decisive decisions.
Harbo has been criticized for the results so far this season, as has defense coordinator Don Brown. Breaking a 24-game winning streak against Indiana and losing to the Michigan state team after losing to Rutgers would naturally arouse suspicion.
Despite the fact that Harbaugh is in Year 6 as Michigan Head Coach, he’s not in a panic yet. When asked if he thinks he needs to make any drastic changes with individuals or coaches, Harpo said he loves what he sees from his players and coaches.
“They work very hard, their plans are really good and they are training them well,” Harbo said. “We just keep moving forward, and we keep going, and then we stay to take the next step.
Defense wasn’t the only issue with this game as Michigan got suspended just 13 yards in a game that wasn’t even close.
Questions about this team’s direction continue to mount, but Harbaugh says he and his team will keep moving forward and stay on course.
“Every player here, every player here, every coach here has experienced that in our lives where they took the fatal and turned it into an advantage,” Harbou said. “The thing you have to do is go ahead, keep going.”