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New coordinators feature attacking philosophy

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.

"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."