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What Jim Harbaugh said to John Harbaugh before the Ravens chose Ben Bredeson



Michigan football opens the 2020 season on September 5 on the road against Washington and ends on November 28 on the road against Ohio State.


Ben Bredeson has spent the past four years playing for Jim Harbaugh.

He is now heading to Baltimore to play for Harbaugh’s older brother, John.

The former Michigan offensive lineman was caught by the Baltimore Ravens in the fourth round of the NFL draft. And although he hasn’t spent a lot of time with his new team yet, Bredeson says there are “a lot of similarities” between his old and new coaches.

“Everyone has their own settings for how they run their own schedule,” he told reporters on a teleconference on Monday, “but you can certainly see many glaring similarities between the two.

“Just a little bit how the manual is set up, how the program is run, their ways, many of them are the same. It’s comforting to know that I’m still in the Harbaugh family. “

Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh talks to offensive line Ben Bredeson at a timeout during the second half against the Ohio State at Ohio Stadium in Columbus, Ohio on Saturday November 24, 2018. (Photo: Junfu Han, Detroit Free Press)

One of the most decorated players of the Jim Harbaugh era, Bredeson, a stable and reliable left guard and two-time team captain with the Wolverines. He was one of Harbaugh’s first recruits, choosing Michigan in June 2015 over Alabama, Ohio State, Notre Dame and Wisconsin.

Jim Harbaugh has always praised Bredeson during his time in Michigan. Other family members also congratulate him. All of this played a role in the Ravens’ decision to write it.

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“Yes, I can also read the text message my father gave me,” said John Harbaugh last week. “I remember it started with,” You will love this guy. “Jim said the same thing. “Leader by example and vocal, no nonsense, all football all the time, very motivated guy, very competitive. I just saw a story about her mother doing dog shows. It was new. Our scouts probably knew it, but I didn’t know it.

“He also has a photographic memory. Did you know? So he’s a really smart guy. They said it was everything you wanted in a soccer player and a person, so it came a long way. And these are the kind of guys Eric DeCosta (managing director) likes to write – smart, tough guys who are going to come into the building and be all the time, and Ben is that kind of guy. “

Ben Bredeson of Michigan celebrates the Wolverines 40-21 victory over Middle Tennessee State at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Saturday August 31, 2019. (Photo: Junfu Han, Detroit Free Press)

True to nature, Bredeson said that he had already delved into his new game book. He tried to learn the pieces “completely”, to understand the responsibilities of the five positions along the offensive line, in the hope to play early.

He will have a chance to win a starting job after the retirement of former All-Pro guard Marshal Yanda in early March, and is also anxious to block former Ohio former state JK Dobbins, Baltimore’s second round pick.

“Look, every time we play them, I just heard the name J.K. The dobbins keep coming back over the speaker,” said Bredeson. So I’m glad I’m going to block for him now because he has done enough damage to me. ”

Before continuing his football career with John Harbaugh, the former Bredeson coach had another message for him.

“(Jim Harbaugh and I) spoke right after the choice,” said Bredeson. “We talked a little bit that night. He told me to do what I did to Ann Arbor and everything will be transferred. “

Contact Orion Sang at [email protected] Follow him on Twitter @orion_sang. Learn more about Michigan Wolverines and subscribe to our Wolverines newsletter.


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