Michigan football fans have been clamoring for changes to the offense and Thursday, Jim Harbaugh showed that he agreed by hiring Josh Gattis.
While it seemed like good news was coming after some positive tweets by Matt Dudek and Sherrone Moore, few expected the Wolverines to hire an outside offensive coordinator. Most thought the news would have something to do with defense.
However, Thursday afternoon, just hours after it was reported that Gattis was going to Maryland, Bruce Feldman broke the news. Shortly after, Michigan football made an official announcement, complete with a statement from Harbaugh.
OFFICIAL: @CoachJim4UM tabs Josh Gattis as Michigan’s new Sanford Robertson Offensive Coordinator.
— Michigan Football (@UMichFootball) January 10, 2019
“The offense and passing games under Josh’s direction have achieved at a very high level throughout his coaching career Josh will provide leadership to our offense while being a great mentor to our student-athletes and an outstanding addition to our coaching staff. Michigan football looks forward to having Josh, Tesa and their children, Jace and Reece, join our University family.”
That’s what Harbaugh said in a statement released by the University. It’s clear he understood that his offense needed a change and if the reports are correct, Gattis will be calling the plays. Of course, Harbaugh will still have input — he’s the head coach. But Gattis, who comes from Alabama and Penn State should have a huge impact in shaping the offense.
Bottom line is that Gattis a home run hire and here are three reasons why.