Some of these could apply to Michigan athletics in general, but here are my biggest concerns with the current program and also the future direction of the program:
Is the goal to win a Big Ten championship or a national championship?
Are we trying to compete with the big boys on the field, or the big boys in the classroom? You can't have both.
Are we a pro-style offense or a spread offense? Do we prefer zone blocking or man/combo blocking? I understand a combination of both of these offenses and blocking schemes can be attainable, but we seem to change our mind week to week.
Are we an aggressive defense or a passive defense? Are we a man team, a zone team, a pressure team, or a drop 7 team? Once again a combination of all is the best combination, but what do we hang our hat on?
This teams lacks identity in every aspect. If we are going to be something, be it! We can have multiple options in some of the scenarios, but some of them we simply can not. We cannot plan to just win the Big Ten and hope that's enough to get to/win the national title, because it's not. We cannot have a team of 4.0 students and beat Alabama in the big one! Now I'm not advocating signing criminals, running a meat market program, or cheating to win. However, the harsh reality of college football is that if you want want to win it all, you have to have the horses and some of those horses may have been academic risks in high school. Michigan's biggest issue lies in its identity, plain and simple.