Jim Harbaugh has made another tremendous addition to his growing staff at Michigan. Tim Drevno, who spent last season as the USC Trojans’ offensive line coach, is officially on the Michigan staff, and his plans for the Wolverines include a lot of physicality.
“We’re going to try to move people off the ball, be a physical football team, and you can’t talk about it, you have to be about it,” Drevno in a video on mgoblue.com.
Drevno addressed how important it is for the offensive linemen to buy into each other and establish a brotherhood off the field.
“What makes a great offensive line, it’s a tremendous brotherhood in the room when they take pride in it. You’ve got to be demanding of them, you’ve got to get the trust one another.”
That should come as a breath of fresh air for those who have been watching Michigan football for the last few years. Physicality has been talked about heavily, especially with Brady Hoke, but it never came full circle. Drevno addressed the importance of living out your words, and if his past offensive line units serve as any sort of indication of what’s to come, the Michigan faithful are likely in for a splendid treat.
Drevno’s best coaching job was done during his three seasons with the San Francisco 49ers, where he worked with Harbaugh. The 49ers’ ground attack finished eighth, fourth and third during those three seasons, and in 2012, all five starting offensive linemen were named to the Pro Bowl as either starters or alternates.
The relationship between Harbaugh and Drevno goes back even further than that, though. Drevno was part of Harbaugh’s staff at San Diego, which was the last time he held an offensive coordinator position. From there the two moved together to Stanford and then to San Francisco.
The two have a rich history together, and Drevno is excited to be united once again with his old boss.
“Jim Harbaugh is a loyal guy, wants to work hard, is about the team, the team, the team — make yourself small, everybody else big,” Drevno said on the video. “Be a humble person, and either you’re getting better or getting worse. You never stay the same. It’s about being the best every day. You want to be at the top of your craft and have people emulate what you do. So I feel very privileged about that.”
Michigan has all five of its starting linemen back from last season, and the core of running backs also return. The Wolverines’ offensive scheme this next season will undoubtedly be focused on running the football and being physical up front.
Should all go as planned, the day will come when the physicality that Michigan has tried to represent the last few seasons may leave the paper and enter the field of play.
And what a day that would be.
Tyler Fenwick is the managing editor of The Big House Report. Follow him on Twitter @Ty_Fenwick.