I don't think they changed Les at all actually
Here's the transcript of today's Greg Mattison press conference. Four instances of "tremendous".
He had this to say about Will Heininger's health:
Q. We've seen Will go around on crutches, how much has he been able to practice? And do you have a limit of how much time he can miss before you may rule him out?
COACH MATTISON: That's really up to Paul. That's up to our medical staff. Over the years in coaching I've had guys that have missed an entire Bowl practice and all of a sudden they were cleared. And you now have another hand, you now have another guy that can play.
You can't worry about that as a coach. If you're a coach and all of a sudden somebody goes down and you start worrying about that, you're not going to do a great job. And it truly is, at our place, with Brady, and our staff, next guy. Next guy. These are our players. This is Michigan defense. This is how you play. You're expected to know what to do.
You're supposed to execute what we call and I'm very confident that they'll do that.
And this to say about his confidence in Will Campbell:
Q. Craig talked about how Will Campbell has basically his own personal coaching staff. How has he responded to that kind of attention in practice and the position he might be thrust into next week?
COACH MATTISON: Will has responded well all year. There aren't just three starting defensive linemen. You can't make it doing it that way. You've got to always look at it as if there's five or six starting linemen.
And you're going to be playing [??] whenever you put a defensive linemen in a game in a crucial part of a game he's a starter. The times are passed when one defensive lineman plays the whole game if you get ahead you mop up you put a guy in. Doesn't happen that way. And especially the way we do it, because we've rotated, we've tried from day one, even when guys weren't ready, we rotated guys in in crucial times.
So when all of a sudden it's time for you to say: Okay, instead of you coming in the second quarter, you're going to start the first quarter, that's about where it's at with Will. And I have utmost confidence. And I'm happy for him.
I'm excited for him, because he has an opportunity now to show what he can do, and that's what this game is going to give him.
[Update: GBW now has video of the presser.]
So far no presser video from mgoblue.
So, I was reading MMQB at CNN/SI as I often do, and I came across this gem from Peter King on page 4:
Coach of the Week
Baltimore defensive coordinator Chuck Pagano. Nothing against Greg Mattison, who kept the defensive coordinator seat warm for a couple of post-Rex Ryan years, but the Ravens have the right defensive brain to choreograph their defensive plan in Pagano.
I remember it so well..The OSU vs Florida NC game..The Bucks came in with the offense that nobody could seem to stop..and Florida had the fast spread offense useing 2 QBs..but during that game a different thing stood out to me.
The Florida defense tore the OSU offense apart..not only from a players being faster aspect but from a just plain had a coaching gameplan aspect..Florida was always one step ahead and made Troy Smith look as uncomfortable as skinny jeans appear to be..It got to the point that Troy Smith would not even look downfield..he was too busy figuring out where he was going to get hit from.
Well that Defensive Cordinator was Greg Mattison..and not only did he help Meyer win his 1st NC but im sure he learned a thing or two about Meyer from practice everyday and coaching his defense..just some food for thought
On the week of Thanksgiving, it is important to look back and consider what we are thankful for, both as human beings and Michigan football fans.
I am thankful for Brady Hoke, our tremendous head coach. I am thankful for Mattison, our NFL DC who turned things around so much more quickly than anyone could have ever imagined. I am grateful for Borges, who despite some disagreements we have had this season, seems to have quite a pair on him when calling plays.
I am thankful for Mike Martin, Ryan Van Bergen, Troy Woolfolk, and the rest of the seniors for sticking with it through the most tumultuous career any players have ever had at Michigan. I am thankful for Jordan Kovacs and his inspiring story. I am grateful for Denard, Fitz, and the rest of the team, for representing the program in a way that would make Bo proud, and for sacrificing as much of their time as they do so that we may enjoy our Saturday afternoons.
I am thankful for 9-2 and a shot at a ten-win season. I am grateful for a possible chance to play in a BCS bowl for the first time since '06. I am thankful for the direction this program is heading, and the quality young men it will continue to shape. But most of all, I am thankful for a chance to smack Ohio State in the mouth, stand over them, and let them know that “WE’RE BACK!”