Edwards: I Wouldn't Be Comfortable With Harbaugh

If Braylon Edwards were running Michigan's athletic department, Jim Harbaugh would probably be out of a job

Taz and the Moose
October 01, 2019 - 9:47 am
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Braylon Edwards dropped by CBS Sports Radio on Tuesday to discuss numerous topics, including his new book, “Doing It My Way: My Outspoken Life as a Michigan Wolverine, NFL Receiver, and Beyond,” as well as Jim Harbaugh’s future at Michigan.

Edwards, a former All-American and first-round draft pick, was asked, point blank, if Harbaugh is the right man for the job.

“That’s a tough question because I’ve been on both sides of that fence,” Edwards said on Taz & The Moose. “There’s times where I say yes because he gets the Michigan brand, and he is a face. But other times . . . if you can’t be like Ed Orgeron – Ed Orgeron realized what was going wrong at LSU, and he seems to have made the necessary changes to fix it. But it’s LSU. They recruit well down there whoever is the head coach. Up here, it doesn’t seem like (Harbaugh has) made the necessary adjustments.”

Harbaugh is 0-4 against Ohio State, 1-9 against top-10 opponents, and is 0-7 as an underdog.

If Edwards were running the athletic department, he would not be comfortable with Harbaugh leading the program.

“No,” Edwards said, “and here’s ultimately why. If you look at Michigan players, with the exception of one player in the last five years, no player has gotten better from freshman year to senior year. The only player, you can go around the list of first-rounders and all that. The only player that’s actually gotten better was Chase Winovich, and that’s because Chase Winovich was playing behind four or five defensive linemen that ended up going in the second or first round.”

But what about Devin Bush, who, like Edwards, was an All-American and first-round draft pick?

“You could argue Devin Bush, but Devin Bush came in as a man child already,” Edwards said. “Devin Bush played like that as a freshman. He could be a Hall-of-Famer with the Steelers. But they don’t develop talent well. I look at wide receivers: their junior year, they still look the same as when they were running routes as freshmen. Linemen still have the same issues in terms of stepping down and knowing who to block. Running backs don’t pick up blitzes. Quarterbacks still stay on reads and struggle. 

“That’s letting me know he’s not hiring the right people to be able to develop his talent,” Edwards continued. “A player should look different from 18 to 21. You’re a kid at 18. At 21, you got facial hair, you got some man strength coming in there. They don’t develop talent well, and it’s not the players’ fault. People ask me about Tarik Black and Donovan Peoples-Jones. I say they’re tremendous talents who have been plagued with bad coaching.”

No. 19 Michigan (3-1) hosts No. 14 Iowa (4-0) this Saturday at 12 p.m. ET.