I started this thread without even checking to see if there was already one because it doesn't matter if there already is, Coach Mattison deserves one every week.
This is a guy who stepped down as D-Coordinator of the Baltimore Ravens to come coach defense at Michigan. This man helped rejuvenate a fan base and program that had seen the worst defenses in program history the few years before, and right now, has helped build one of the, if not the best D line rotation in Michigan history. While under Hoke he fielded pretty darn good defenses whose numbers were hurt because of offenses that were inept and he still stayed. When coach Hoke was fired he still stayed even at a lesser role, then when Durkin left he stepped up to the plate to coordinate the D in the bowl game only to step back down for coach Brown. The man is a master recruiter, genius at coaching the D line and I couldn't be happier that he is on our side. So heres to you Coach Mattison, were lucky to have you !
Lots of chatter that Bo Pelini is interested in the Purdue job.
As Purdue shops around for a head coach — the Boilermakers fired Darrell Hazell and his 9-33 record on Sunday — it’d be smart to remember that one Bo Pelini is eager to get back to the Big Ten.
“He would definitely be interested in this job,” a source who coached under Pelini told 247Sports this week. “I think he would make a more immediate impact more than any other guy I believe. He would change that culture real quick.”
Purdue could do worse.
They might not be able to do much better. (I can't see Les Miles taking that job).
Having Pelini back in the B10 would be fun and it would be a good hire that would create some buzz for the Boilermakers
Don Brown is about the epitome of a "multiple defense" advocate as you can be. His base, or at least the foundation, of his defense is largely a two-high, "trap" coverage. He has lambasted a too frequent use of quarters coverage, while still incorporating many of the elements that make Cover 4 a favorite of many defensive coordinators across college football. And he runs single-high coverages like Cover 1 and Cover 3 as much as anything, and even in that area he's more multiple than his predecessor, as he incorporates a lot of different underneath coverage variations and backfield rotations that he's privy to because of the way he deploys personnel and the fact that he's so damn set in the fact that he's going to throw everything at you including the kitchen sink and the baby and the bath water and the Jabrill Peppers.
But he does all that, and as I said, maintains his two-high, Cover 2 base, relying heavily on his trap coverage (also used more and more frequently in the NFL, especially with how prevelent and dynamic the slot position is becoming). And he's that way because, out of a Cover 2, he's able to give the offense a ton of looks while maintaining the same base shell of a defense. It's the window dressing the Harbaugh uses with motions and shifts and formations, just on the defensive side.
All this to say: here's some of the many fundamental elements that Don Brown uses in his Cover 2 defense, including how he takes advantage of shifting personnel around pre and post snap in order to confuse the offense in combination with getting his guys in preferred positions.
(Note: this isn't a Don Brown-centric article, though it utilizes some of his diagrams, and he's really the only current DC in the B1G that uses Cover 2 as a base)
EDIT: Changed the heading spelling. I was nervous getting the topic out before someone else did. Critics of double posts can be harsh!!!
Does anyone have any recommendations for good football books? I just oredered Take Your Eyes Off The Ball 2.0, and the parts I read in the preview were quite entertaining. I have about 90 minutes per day on the train to read, so would love to hear some of your favorite books.
I'm familiar with Endzone, 3 and Out, Bo's Lasting Lessons, and 40 Years in the Big House. Also have read a bit of Essential Smart Football by Chris Brown.