No one is more dissatisfied with Michigan’s lackluster start this season than Jim Harbaugh, who isn’t making excuses amid the Wolverines’ three-game losing streak. Michigan must improve across all areas and there’s no one finger-pointing within a program falling short of expectations this fall.
“We’re not going to slow down,” Harbaugh said this week on The Morning Show with Stoney & Jansen, via 97.1 The Ticket. “We’re never going to stop and we’re not going to feel sorry for ourselves. And I don’t think there’s anything to be embarrassed about. You just keep pushing forward.
“There (are) some people who think athletic greatness is defined by perfection — it’s not. It’s defined by overcoming obstacles and adversity.”
The Wolverines struggled on both sides of the football during Saturday’s loss to Wisconsin, suffering their worst home loss since 1935.
It’s unacceptable for a program built on excellence, Harbaugh says, and he believes Michigan can turn it around the rest of the way.
“I think we do, I think we have the talent,” Harbaugh said. “Some guys that were maybe not expected to play as much or as have as big of a role, find themselves in that role. And some are playing pretty good — pretty darn good — and will get even better. Some good snaps, have earned more time.”
Inconsistencies on defense and at the quarterback spot have hurt Michigan’s chances to find success and Harbaugh hasn’t yet named his starter for Saturday’s game. He said Monday there will be an “open competition” at the position this week.
Michigan takes on Rutgers this weekend and the Wolverines are a 9.5-point favorite. Michigan has won five straight in the series with the Scarlet Knights, including a 52-o romp last season.