New coordinators feature attacking philosophy

After losing four of five games it led in the fourth quarter last season, Michigan spent the spring searching for solutions.

Updated: May 1, 2006, 11:53 AM ET
By Bruce Hooley | Special to
If you think it was the injuries, or that shoddy defense, or the conservative coaching or some other shortcoming that sabotaged Michigan last season and left the Wolverines with a very un-maize-and-blue-like 7-5 record, well, you're just dead wrong.

Coach Lloyd Carr broke out the magnifying glass and discovered that the mystery of what happened to the 2005 preseason No. 3 team is really no deeper than the neighborhood kiddie pool.

Lloyd Carr
Tom Pidgeon/Getty ImagesLloyd Carr and the Wolverines are focused on improving on a disappointing 2005 season.
"When you're ninth in the Big Ten in rushing, that's an issue," Carr said. "The truth is, even with the injuries we had, we were leading in the fourth quarter in four of the five games we lost last season. As I evaluated it, it was our inability to possess the football by rushing it successfully at the end of games that really hurt us."