Michigan’s offensive line and its offensive coordinator has been raked over the coals the last few weeks and with good reason.
After uncomfortably close wins over Akron and Connecticut in back-to-back weeks, Michigan appreciated its recent bye week.
Entering Saturday’s game, much was unknown about the Michigan offensive line.
Detroit Lions head coach Jim Schwartz has not been in a hurry to make a decision on who will start at right tackle and right guard, and it sounds like the upcoming matchup with the New England Patriots has not heightened the sense of urgency.
Questions about the offensive line have lingered all off-season, and as the collective enabler of quarterback Matthew Stafford, wide receiver Calvin Johnson, running back Reggie Bush and other offensive powers, the line needs to be solid.
For the first time in nearly a decade, the Lions last season played the same offensive system with the same coordinator and the same offensive linemen for consecutive seasons. They are hoping to make it three straight seasons in 2011.