I did not make this headline up
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!”
Mr. O'Shea Jackson says it best.
It was a good day. Let's enjoy it.
Feldman reviews UM's scoring defense improvement (improving from 108th to 8th from 2010 to 2011). The article does a good job of getting inside our DC's philosophy. It also pins down where our defense has made great strides (not missing tackles).
When I asked Mattison about the psychological effect of a guy missing a tackle, enabling the defense not to be able to get off the field on a third-and-long, he pointed out even the verbiage of such a question gets to the core of what he's looking to remedy.
"It shouldn't be 'a' guy," Mattison said. "For us, when we came in here, our whole thing was, the players are the players we have. That's it. It's not like the NFL where you can draft somebody or trade somebody. Our whole goal was to get the players that we have on defense to play 'Michigan Defense.' And when we say 'Michigan Defense,' that means it was first, an honor to play for Michigan. And once it was honor to play at Michigan, it became an obligation to play at that standard. That level was established a long time ago. You just had to play up to that level, and that level, in its simplest form, came down to pursuing to the football. You had to play hard on every play. A loaf, or taking a play off or not going hard, was just unacceptable. I think that's something we've really worked hard to try to get back to.
EDIT: Title changed to help with the GMAT confusion. Changed missed tackles stat to scoring defense.
It's been stated several times that MM is getting double-teamed on almost every play. What are your suggestions to defeat this from defensive observation or experience. It would be exciting to see more penetration into the backfield and seeing the opposing quarterback sitting on his hip pads. This is not a question to express disappointment in the D just looking for something to take away the "Oh, nos." Further ideas on outside contain could be an additional help to our battling Wolverines and allow me to watch for longer periods of time.
Greg said this is not his defense but Michigans and that all the defensive staff have input. We're not privleged to be part of that group but it would be interesting to see your thoughts.