Monday, January 5, 2015

The Call,Jim Brandstatter, Tim Drevno and Jim Harbaugh

Being from Detroit, I remember the champion Detroit Lions with coach Buddy Parker, George Wilson and players like Bobby Lane, Tobin Rote, Doak Walker, Les Bingaman, Cloyce Box, [Tom the Bomb Tracy, John Henry Johnson, Leon Hart, Lou Creekmur, Harley Sewell, Joe Schmidt and of course Chris and his crew [Jack Christiansen, Jimmy David, Terry Barr and Yale Larry] to name a few.

In fact, the 1957 season had the Lions winning the Western Conference playoff game in an exciting, 31 to 27 victory over the San Francisco 49ers. In the NFL Championship Game, the Lions whipped the Cleveland Browns, 59 to 14 in front of over 55,000 fans. Incidentally, Tobin Rote was the Lion’s quarterback in that game at Briggs Stadium. On a side note, during that football season, I played for Denby high school and we were undefeated, ready to play for the public school championship when our athletic director Greene announced that one of our players Ed Hood falsified his medical evaluation. The result was that we had to forfeit the games in which he played. Ed Hood was a junior, and played the next year in 1958. He then received a scholarship to play for the University Michigan.

The radio announcer for the current Detroit Lions Jim Brandstatter was an offensive tackle for Bo Schembechler.  I asked Jim about the controversial call [Brandon Pettigrew was interfered by linebacker Anthony Hitchens and was unable to catch the pass thrown by Matthew Stafford. Initially, the flag was thrown for pass interference and then referee Pete Morelli picked up the flag-thus there was no penalty]. On the radio, Jim said to his radio audience, “What just happened?”  I am not going to repeat what Jim said off the air. Further, Jim, the radio announcer, has been joined this year by Dan Dierdorf. Hear them on the University of Michigan Wolverines radio network.

The Lions had a good season this year, and likely will improve for the 2015 season. Likewise, with the hiring of Jim Harbaugh, the University of Michigan is in a great position to return to its football greatness. Jim Harbaugh has brought in 45-year-old Tim Drevno 45 as his offensive coordinator/offensive line coach. Tim was an offensive lineman at Cal State Fullerton in 1989 and 1990. Tim became the offensive coordinator and offensive line coach at the University of San Diego; coached tight ends and was the offensive line coach at Stanford University; and coached the offensive line with Mike Soleri for the San Francisco 49ers.

Wherever Tim coached, his record speaks for itself.  Each of these three teams were very successful under his tutelage. Further, Tim’s head coach was Jim Harbaugh. Obviously, Jim has had a successful history with Tim that has contributed to Jim’s success. If past history is a look into the future, then Michigan is in good hands with Tim Drevno.

Go Blue!

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