Edwards: Michigan Lacks Playmakers, Identity

Michigan has lagged behind the nation's elite for more than a decade; Braylon Edwards explains why

Reiter Than You
September 20, 2019 - 7:30 am
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Michigan, which has won 10 games in three of the last fur years, is a good college football program. For the last decade and beyond, however, it hasn’t been elite.

There are many reasons for that, Braylon Edwards says, and it starts under center. 

“That’s the problem that Michigan has had – not just Harbaugh,” Edwards said on Reiter Than You. “I think that’s been the problem since the Rich Rod era started until now. How many game-changing offensive players has Michigan had? Every year, we have the same question at Michigan: who’s going to be the quarterback?”

As of now, Shea Patterson, who last year threw for 2,600 yards, 22 touchdowns and seven interceptions. He also rushed for 273 yards and two scores.

“He has a pretty good season statistically, but it’s still pedestrian,” Edwards said. “He comes in (this year) – what’s the question we’re asking? Is it Dylan McCaffrey? Is it Joe Milton? Is it Shea Patterson? The schools that have the success, they have those guys that are locked and loaded for two or three years. Or you have a different formula like Oklahoma where we’re going to have the next juco up.”

Ohio State has won 14 of its last 15 games against Michigan. The formula is simple: have a dual-threat quarterback, have a stud running back, have athletes at wide receivers, and get them the ball in space. 

“That’s an identity,” Edwards said. “That’s what Michigan is lacking with the big boys.”

Vanilla play-calling doesn’t help either, especially without elite athletes,

“It doesn’t seem like a lot of four- and five-star players want to come to the Big Ten out of the South,” Edwards said. “It seems like they want to stay in the South, Big 12, SEC or maybe go to the Pac-12. O-State is the only place where it seems like these four- and five-star skill players are going out of the South. I think that’s beyond Michigan’s control. Or maybe it’s not.”

Click below to listen to Edwards’ interview in its entirety.