Joel Klatt debunks the theory that Jim Harbaugh is an overrated football coach

Joel Klatt joins Colin Cowherd to talk about MIchigan football and head coach Jim Harbaugh.

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- It's interesting. And I know the premise of what kind of you're leading to here is about this craziness that has started to ensue surrounding this message out there. And unfortunately, some in our industry buy into it, which I think is crazy, that Jim Harbaugh is overrated. It's laughable. It's laughable.

Even to make the argument that Jim Harbaugh is underperforming is laughable. Look at the data. Just do a little research. I mean, like scratch the surface of research, and you will see that Jim Harbaugh is outperforming basically every single metric that you can possibly put up there, save for maybe a championship.

Now, I know that sounds like a little thing, but let me just go through some of these things. In the four previous years to Jim Harbaugh coming to Michigan, they were 31 and 20.

So this graphic that you saw like Brady Hoke in his first so and so games was 24 and 7. First of all, that graphic was falsified. Plus you can find any graphic to take down any coach. You can find a graphic to harp on Urban Meyer. You can find a graphic to harp on Nick Saban. You can find a graphic to harp on Bill Belichick, for goodness sakes. You can build a graphic for anything.

24 and 7 is what Harbaugh is. But this is where you've just scratched the surface a little bit. Colin, if you take his points per game differential, four previous years for Michigan, it was about 7 and 1/2.

COLIN: They won by a touchdown.

- About a touchdown. Guess what they're doing now, 19 and 1/2.

COLIN: Almost winning by three touchdowns.

- Almost three touchdowns. You say yards per game difference, about 42 and 1/2 yards per game different than their opponent in four consecutive years. Now 144 yards. That's 100 yards different. I mean, tangibly better.

So they're not underrated, and they're not underperforming. They are so much better than what they were. I've got a couple of other numbers for you as well.

Everyone's harping on these losses to Michigan State and Ohio State. Well, every one of those save for one was within four points. If you go back to the four previous seasons, not only did they lose 11 games of greater than seven-point margin, but they lost four to Michigan State and Ohio State of greater than seven points.

So this notion out there that Jim Harbaugh is overrated or underperforming is not only false, but it's petty. And it's born out of jealousy and envy. You don't like the guy, so you want to harp on him. The guy's a phenomenal football coach. Just do a little bit of research, and you're going to find out just how good he is.

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