Big Ten Analyst Responds to Jim Harbaugh’s ‘Unusual’ Decision

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ANN ARBOR, MI – OCTOBER 22: Michigan Wolverines head coach Jim Harbaugh watches from the sidelines as the Illinois Fighting Illini play at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan on October 22, 2016. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

Jim Harbaugh declared Michigan’s quarterback to start the 2022 season.

Kind of.

Michigan Head Coach announced on Saturday that Cade McNamara will begin Week 1’s opening game against the State of Colorado. However, JJ McCarthy will then start the upcoming game against Hawaii.

Big Ten Network analyst Howard Griffith responded to Harbaugh’s unconventional decision.

“I think this is very unusual,” Griffith said. “I’ve never heard of such a thing.”

The former NFL fullback wondered if McCarthy would get playing time in the first game and if McNamara would be able to see the field if he went to the bench in Week 2.

“This is going to be very interesting,” Griffith added. “If he can pull this off, congratulations. But I think this is a very difficult situation, not only to put in two quarterbacks, but I think your team should be in it as well.”

Gerry DiNardo called Harbaugh “a little different”. Brock Vereen had an even sharper assessment of the “messy” choice, saying, “I hate it.”

He’s not alone. Also former USC strategist Matt Leinart expressed contempt for the out-of-the-box decision.

It’s certainly a fascinating scenario to watch in Michigan’s first two games. McNamara gets the first tear below center when the Wolverines host the Rams on Saturday at noon.

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