Tennessee is not recruiting well just because they got 18 dudes
A simple set of concepts delivered through a dizzying number of packages and looks, all designed to do one basic thing. If you can confuse, disrupt, negate, and defeat the offensive blocking scheme (run or pass) fairly reliably with 5 guys at the LOS, well then, that's what he's going to do. Every time. Wants to impose the defense on the offense, not let it be the other way around.
Gratuitously obvious comment: Getting Peppers closer to the LOS in this scheme is going to make everybody happy.
Welcome any other's take on Brown's presentation from the Clinic, I'm no expert.
After the excitement that was NSD, I'm still starved for substantive discussion before spring practice starts. After reading some of the ESPN Way Too Early Top 25 thread, someone mentioned that they expect this defense to be tops in the nation. My question is whether anyone foresees any issues transitioning to Don Brown's defensive schemes coming off last year.
This defense will be crazy talented and experienced. The d-line has 7-8 starter quality players and multiple stars. The secondary has 2 incredibly high caliber athletes and good experience. The linebacker corps is definitely the weakest of the 3 defensive units, but with Peppers playing the hybrid blackhole of space position, UM will likely only need 2 fulltime 'backers.
Just as I expect the returning offensive players to improve after having another year in the Harbaughffense, I think it naturally follows to ask whether the defense may take some time to adjust to Brown's style. Fortunately, Michigan's first 3 games are against teams that were fairly abysmal last year and are all at home. Colorado had 4 wins last year which is more than Hawaii and UCF combined. That builds in some nice cushion for the defense to learn the nuances of the scheme. Frankly, the D line should have no problem adjusting because other than run fits and select drop coverages, their complexity is likely limited to stunts and twists. The secondary plays a lot of press man, and that won't change much. So it really boils down to the LBs.
While last year's D handled pro style offenses well, once Glasgow went out and they played spread offenses or IU, things went south. There are some potentially mitigating factors (read: Durkin packing his bags during OSU week), but nevertheless, do you expect there to be any growing pains as this talented, experienced D adapts to Brown's schemes and likely integrates 2 true freshmen and essentially a new LB corps?
Bronco's defensive scheme clearly frustrated and confused Pat's offense, Brady and Josh (Mc)Daniels. I found this article on ESPN very informative about what Bronco's did. In particular, they came up with schemes that they had barely used during the season -- e.g., three man rush or spreading their DL very wide. Very informative for a novice like me.
Came across an interesting article (link) that discusses Michigan State's shortcomings against Alabama and why this might be a bigger schematic problem. Apparently, the B1G's teams don't yet have spread passing attacks capable of exploiting this.
I'm not very knowledgable about schematic stuff, but I think it really boils down to Michigan State having a down year in their secondary talent (the article's author disagrees).
"Source: D.J. Durkin will be the next coach at Maryland."
This team has now gone ten quarters without giving up a TD. Let's all pause and acknowledge the contribution of Greg Mattison in creating this defense, handing it over to DJ Durkin with such grace and aplomb, and staying on to help guide them to such astonishing success.
Dunno where this team goes from here, but Greg Mattison has covered himself with glory for the good of this team, and is going to be remembered for it.