As stated above, we gave up 230 yards per game on the ground to the last 5 Big Ten teams we played. Now our defensive scheme has taken a guy out of the box and replaced him with a tiny DB. Now, let me say that I hope we FckShtUp on defense this year and prove everyone wrong. However, when I try to think about it logically, this is what happens when you turn a big run-stuffing defense into a small speedy one. Much like the Colts struggle with teams who slam the ball up the middle, Michigan will be weak in that area.
I'm not saying Roh, Campbell, and Martin aren't good enough to make plays on the ball carrier. I'm saying that a team with 2 tight ends can double team each of our defensive lineman and still have blockers (lead back) for our three linebackers as well. This will leave it all up to our DB's to make tackles for short yardage, and that is a scary proposition. I really have doubts about running a 3-3-5 in a smashmouth conference like the Big Ten. The good news is I have no idea what I'm talking about, and I'm hopefully wrong on all counts. My gut just tells me we will have to score a lot to win games this year - again.