Michigan Makes Surprising Offensive Coordinator Hire

  • Michigan Makes Surprising Offensive Coordinator Hire

Michigan Makes Surprising Offensive Coordinator Hire

MI football has hired former Alabama wide receivers coach Josh Gattis as his new offensive coordinator, according to Chris Vannini, of The Athletic.

However, per a report, it looks like he's headed much further north.

Gattis coached at Penn State, Vanderbilt and Western Michigan before spending the 2018 season with Alabama.

MI did not have a coach with the offensive coordinator title on staff last season. However, as the Wolverines offense got better from 2017 to 2018 - but didn't put all of the elite playmakers in the best positions to succeed - it looks like head coach Jim Harbaugh chose to swing for the fences. He will work as a co-offensive coordinator for the Wolverines, according to The Athletic, who first reported news of his hire. MI did lose two assistants in this past week, with former defensive line coach Greg Mattison and linebackers coach Al Washington both joining Ryan Day's new staff at Ohio State.

Alabama, like MI, was long known for a run-heavy offense but recently evolved to a more modern approach with quarterbacks Jalen Hurts and Tua Tagovailoa.

Crimson Tide wide receivers shined in Gattis' lone season with the program. With starting quarterback Shea Patterson and most of the offense returning, Gattis should have plenty of weapons to improve the unit in 2019.

Josh Gattis was supposed to be on the move from Alabama to the Big Ten, but he has reportedly changed his mind on the job that he will take.