I am wondering what defensive philosophy Michigan will take next week when defending against the ND offense? Obviously, the passing game is the primary concern. My personal opinion is that we should avoid the big play at all costs. I know this sounds like an extremely obvious point to make, but what I am saying is that we should play defense in a way that will give ND the underneath passes and runs in order to prevent anything going for over ten yards or so.
I know to some of you this may sound incredibly stupid and may mean a long and infuriating game where Jimmah picks us apart. But there are a couple of reasons why I think this is the best strategy in for this game.
First of all, we need to protect the weakest part of our defense. We do this by giving the receivers a little extra cushion and by getting pressure with our front four (ie not having to blitz that often). The strength of our D is the front seven, and we have to put the game on their shoulders.
Secondly, I want to see if ND can beat us with a balanced attack of running and short passes. By making them take the underneath stuff, it puts a lot of pressure on them to be mistake free over and over again. One bad pass, a sack, or a big hit on the running back and we can make them pay big time.
I am basically saying that Michigan needs to play a bend don't break style next Saturday. I think that Notre Dame is much improved offensively from last year, but I still think that they will susceptible to some mistakes if we make them earn every yard they get, rather than letting their big WRs get past our secondary on one play for 6.
This could make for a record day for Jimmah and a a good number of us fans ripping our hair out strand by strand, but I personally feel it is the best option for this game. Let me know what you think!