I absolutely love Greg Mattison. I'm so thankful he decided to come back and be our DC. I hope he follows in the footsteps of Dick Lebeau and fields great UM defenses and continues to build the character of young Michigan Men well into his 70's.
During this week's press conference, when asked what his objective was in coaching up Craig Roh and BWC last year he replied, "(To get them to see) what the bar was."
It is so simple and yet so profound.
Mattison believes every Michigan defense should meet or exceed the performance of our stellar, violent, disruptive, take-no-prisoners, '97 defense. And he not only expects it, he demands it, from every player at every position on every play. If a player fails to perform at that level, he lets them know about it.
And he doesn't just rant and rave about a young man's bad play, he corrects his technique, shows him the right way to do it, the proper execution, and then stays on him until he does it right.
I realize this isn't a deep complex defensive scheme or blitz package. It's not some great revelation. It's coaching 101, the most basic of coaching fundamentals. But what Coach Mattison shares between 14:30 and 16:00 of the press conference is one of the key reasons he is one of, if not the best, defensive coordinators in college football.
These are his fundamentals. And he is really really good at what he does.