A coach with a connection to Harbaugh.
It appears another Baltimore Ravens staff member will be joining the Michigan program.
NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport is reporting that Ravens running backs coach Matt Weiss will be Michigan’s quarterbacks coach.
Another #Ravens -to-#Michigan coaching move: Baltimore RBs coach Matt Weiss is leaving to become the Wolverines QBs coach, source said. Weiss has led the NFL’s No. 1 rushing attack under John Harbaugh, now will coach QBs under Jim Harbaugh. The two were together at Stanford.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) February 21, 2021
As a member of the Ravens staff in 2016 and ‘17, Weiss assisted with the quarterbacks, and in ‘18 he assisted with the wideouts. The past two seasons Weiss was Baltimore’s running backs coach. The Ravens led the league in rushing in 2019 and 2020.
Weiss was a graduate assistant under Jim Harbaugh at Stanford from 2005-08, so he has familiarity with Jim and John Harbaugh alike. Further, current Ravens offensive coordinator Greg Roman was a major catalyst behind the schematics that propelled the San Francisco 49ers offense to three NFC Championship Game berths in a row with Harbaugh as head coach. Wrinkles of Roman’s scheme being added to Michigan’s playbook could be beneficial.
Michigan previously announced that Jim Harbaugh would be the quarterbacks coach in 2021, but with linebackers coach Brian Jean-Mary taking a job at Tennessee, it paved the way for Michigan to add another member to its staff, and it looks like they’re choosing to add a QBs coach instead.
Weiss will be working with the quarterback trio of Cade McNamara, Dan Villari, and J.J. McCarthy, and it’s likely that Harbaugh won’t be far away from the QB room and will still be hands on with the unit.
Weiss, 37, represents yet another Michigan hire that’s under 40 years of age, an intentional trend. Weiss is the second Baltimore assistant Michigan has hired this year, with co-defensive coordinator Mike MacDonald being the first.