"It was a privilege," Gardner said Monday night at the Ufer Quarterback Club Banquet in Ann Arbor. "I don't think people understand how much of a privilege it was to not only be a quarterback at Michigan, but just to be a part of this university whether you're a student-athlete or not," "And I knew that as a sophomore in high school. I knew this was a special place."
Greg Mattison Video on MGoBlue
Video's a no-go for me, I guess I'll have to wait for the youtube
Thanks. I could see it in my post but when I saved the video wasn't there. Then when I went to edit it was there again.
every now and again. I have always attributed it to my not being Boyz n da Pahokee.
He said what i wanted to hear...fundamentals.
Lets get back to them on both sides of the ball. I miss them. kthxbai
What fundamentals were largely missing on the offensive side of the ball?
catching the ball.
Looking at the most recent offensive UFR, catching the ball really wasn't a huge issue.
Roundtree especially got a case of the dropsies as the season went along. Many were key too as they were a) wide open and b) on 3rd or 4th downs.
Not to mention those two or three times where his dropped passes that were sure first downs miraculously resulted in a tip + interception combo. Not blaming Roundtree for those picks...but if he'd just caught the ball on the play before...
Basically the whole tsio game.
how about a little more go fuck yourself and a little less asinine commentary?
...and H(ing)OTTDB too.
... usually right after the aforementioned not catching of the ball.
29 Turnovers did lead the Big 10. That is certainly something that needs to be fixed.
big played missed...turnover.
ugh...i thought this recurring trauma had finally been successfully repressed.
Catching the ball, holding the ball... being able to run the ball consistently with anyone not named Robinson.
Don't get me wrong - I liked the RR offense. But to state that there wasn't room for significant fundamental improvement is just not accurate - IMO.
Fundamentals have been missing for 3 years now. It will certainly be fun to watch a well coached D tearing up the league. For all the nay sayers out there, there is a ton of talent on this team, on both sides of the ball. That talent has not been tapped appropriately yet, but now that Hokemania is here, we will see how good this team really is.
........This time the cupboard isn't bare.
Exactly, this team has potential up the wazooo. This is going to be FUN. FInally Michigan Football the way it is suppose to be played. Hard nosed D, with a tough downhill running game, and you can throw in some DROb and I smell Victory.
He talks about watching game film from last year to see what they have on defense, but is there also film of practices from last year for the new staff to watch? Seems like that would be pretty helpful, since probably only half the players on the team ever saw the field last year.
thought about trying to find old practice video. You should run right over and let them know what they are missing out on.
If you read my post, you'd have seen that I was asking if practices are filmed, because I don't know. Thanks for the prickish answer though.
I liked the part where he said that they weren't going to be focusing on fundamentals, that they would be passive and that it wasn't important to be tough, focused, committed, or even to think that football is a team sport.
Note: I have not watched the video.
"We WILL be a swarming defense no matter how we line up"
I liked Mattison stressing that he wants the players to take ownership of the defense, and to realize that it's THEIR defense, not his. Should instill pride, commitment and teamwork.
I'm real excited to see that Mattison is going to instill that in the Michigan defense. It's about time the players take some ownership of the defense. The defense will unite as a whole unit and maybe we will get a little better leadership out of the seniors.
I'm skeptical he can achieve this without a stuffed beaver.
Anybody else get all warm and fuzzy when watching this video?
... attack and react.
A football coach straight from central casting, who doesn't need to channel Lombardi.
he was sporting flat bill caps 10 years before the gangstas even thought of it.
He wasn't cool enough to leave all those gold stickers on the bill so everyone could see the size of the hat and so forth.
Great point! lol
Certainly ahead of the times.
Cool before it was cool.
The versions today (especially the New Era one) looks bastardized with the giant Block M.
I'm still incredibly impressed that BH was able to snag Mattison. Honestly, to ask a guy to leave a NFL job with All-World veterans to come to a rebuilding and struggling D in college is quite a sell job.
Did I see somewhere else though that Mattison's daughter lives in AA and is about to have a kid soon? Am I making that up?
That REALLY says alot about Hoke, not only as a coach but a person.
I truley believe good things are going to come from this.
I heard the same about GMAT's daughter in the area. That and being very close friends help Coach Hoke. It's good to have sucessful friends. It's too bad that RR had some friends that may have held him back.
I just realized that these coaches are perfect, their hair have wings too. Selling the helmet on and off the field.
It all will start with fundamentals.
We landed a good one, me thinks. I'm excited about the future of this defense again.
We have a defensive coordinator who .... wait for it ... GIVES INTERVIEWS.
Ugh. Again with the being bowled over by pretty words on camera in January. UVA's DC was every UVA fan's favorite assistant coach for the way he handled himself and the team during the offseason and on the Hard Knocks-esque TV show the team produced. Tough football. Aggressive football. Play with speed. Swarm the ball. All the same platitudes. Then he turned a respectable, top-one-third defense into one of the worst in the country in just one season, and he went from everyone's favorite assistant to even his most ardent defenders saying he should be given another season for continuity's sake.
So yeah, interviews are bullshit. I like Mattison for his resume, not because he talks fancy football.
shoes sparkle in the moonlight, fancy dancer.
Hear hear. I'm excited about Mattison as well, but the interview doesn't do a lot for me. Has there ever been a new defensive coordinator who DIDN'T say that they were going to have an aggressive, swarming defense?
I'm still waiting for a new DC to say "we're going to be passive at all times, and let the plays come to us."
I'm pretty sure that's what GERG said.
Hate to break it to you, but Mattison isn't taking over a top 1/3 defense.
No shit, really? Nobody else who read that took that to mean that's what I thought of our defense. Not to beat you over the head with the point, but since that seems to be what it takes: Obviously the point is that anyone can talk about fast, aggressive defenses, and everyone always does, and it has precisely zero correlation to what happens on the field in the fall.
Who knew that a coach saying positive things (and not blaming his players for failure) was such a bad thing?
Who knew I was saying I wish the coach wouldn't say positive things? Only dahblue, apparently. Again I will beat you over the head with the point: The coaches will always say positive things, and it has nothing to do with what happens on the field.
Should the fans just grumble until we have a top 10 defense next season,
No, they should take everything with a grain of salt and not expect a top 10 defense based on interviews in January.
or is excitement based on hype alone reserved only for the previous HC?
Excitement based on hype alone is stupid. Excitement based on results and resume is worthwhile. I guess you've let it slip from your brain that RR had outstanding results pre-Michigan, didn't have shitty defenses, and the hype wasn't hype alone. Interview hype is always worthless fluff. Always. It has nothing to do with what happens on the field. Now that I've said that at least three times, maybe you've achieved comprehension and can stop the straw man assembly line.
I never see you post except to come out of the woodwork to bring up Rich Rodriguez whenever I say anything about the new staff, so up til now I think I've been pretty restrained, but: you're being fucking retarded about this. You brought up Rodriguez, not me. You're the one who reads everything that's not sunshine and rainbows about the new staff as pro-RR, not me. What I said had nothing to do with Rich Rodriguez. In fact I distinctly remember saying,
I like Mattison
but I suppose that slipped past your reading comprehension.
But hey. I guess you like headlines, empty words, and hype. Guess that does it for you. So here's a nice headline that ought to get you really pumped up about having a new defensive coordinator:
That should get you pretty psyched up.
Mattison is well known for having pressure based defenses, which he will no doubt bring to Michigan. One of my biggest complaints about watching the team this year was a lack of pressure in terms of blitzing. Or maybe I just didn't notice it. My thought was, if we're going to get beat in the secondary either way, we may as well blitz and try to force an errant through.
Watching the Ravens this year, I loved seeing Terrell Suggs bursting through the line on his way to a sack and Ed Reed coming off a safety blitz. I've seen them use every type of blitz imaginable. I'm excited to see what Mattison brings in terms of blitz packages.