This will be the thread for thoughts on defensive playcalling / coaching. Again, similar threads will be created for coaching or special teams as volume permits, but this is primarily for thoughts regarding the defense.
Official Snowflake Thread: Defense
Thought the defense played reasonably well. About 7 of UConn's points came on a TO, and another 7 off that horrible punt bounce. They had trouble at times, but they played well enough to win.
The Defense played great...that is all
Hold me Desmond Morgan
I was thanking baby Jesus when he finally dropped deep enough into coverage and got the pick.
all I can say. tip of the cap to the D
Uconn really only scored 1 straight up touchdown. I'm optimistic about our d this year.
Frank Clark did some stuff
Finally, but yes he did.
True, but I don't feel too good about it going forward since that backup RT is said to be awful.
UConn had one real drive and they got 7 points. Otherwise they got zilch.
holes in the middle of the field and we still give up too many big passing plays.
Yes, and while I don't want to lack appreciation for an overall good defensive game, they are making the same mistakes over and over. Think we see the skinny post during Big Ten play? Think Joe Bolden will get challenged in pass coverage? Think Raymon is going to see alot of outs and slants? Thankfully we have a bye week to address these persistent issues.
they did what they had to and played an overall solid game.
For how bad field position wise, the defense was put in they did ok - solid not great. The secondary looked bad at times getting gashed by low level players (Uconn's top WR was OUT), the DL better than previous weeks. But it is UConn so cannot take anything out of it. We still get gashed by runs (UConn was 2nd worst in FBS entering the game) and we make every QB look like Tom Brady for at least a half. It is going to make COnnor Cook look legit. But again considering the short fields and awful turnovers by Devin they did ok. If these turnovers continue at a 2-3+ per game clip it wont matter.
UConn was 1-11 on third downs and 0-1 on fourth downs. That's a very good defensive performance.
beyer in coverage. if I coached against us I would just throw at his guy, its obvious.
So you would never play him? They'd always change the play if he was in, right?
thank god Jake Ryan might come back next game.
I'd also question Bolden in coverage. He seems a bit lost out there right now.
Lets wait until 4th and 30 to press in coverage!
26 yards but who's counting?
That's the scheme. You want to dare the QB to throw short of the marker, and then quickly tackle the WR before he can get any YAC. Gaining 26 yards on 4th and 29 did UConn no good.
to win the game. Luckily he was all over the pass, took the right angle, and tackled immediately. It just seems like if we have to depend on one guy to not give up a 4th and 30 we're in trouble.
What you're saying is that you want a defensive scheme where the safety can afford not to do his job and the play will still work? Sign me up!
The defense played well, but UConn is not very good either. But, it was nice to see the D shut down UConn in the 4th quarter.
Seemed to be the culprit on a few UConn passes.
Desmond Morgan: greatest ups in the history of Holland, Michigan
That was straight out of NCAA Football 08.
Does the front page have to stop bitching about EA LBs being unrealistic now?
Wonder what he was this week....looked like another tough one for the kid.
Much better this week than last. Too many open receivers in the first half. Pass rush stepped up and DB's clamped down in the second half and we saw dividends.
the win. Secondary is shaky and we seem to lack high athleticism.
We are just OK on D.
We gave up only 206 yards, a vast improvement over the last two games. Given the fact that UConn only managed to run 57 plays on offense, that means we gave up about 3.6 yards per play, which is also a big improvement. I will definitely take that going into the conference schedule.
179 yards before the last play
Oh yeah. And while it doesn't matter, this was another week of massive holding by the opposition on some plays. I thought the defense played reasonably well, though pass coverage by LBs was suspect even with the Morgan INT.
Desmond Morgan FTW.
Good halftime adjustments by Mattison.
If not for the defense Michigan would have lost to two of the worst college football teams in the last two weeks. You switch out Joe Bolden for Jake Ryan and this defense looks dang good going into Big Ten play. But I will say this, I think Chris Wormley needs more snaps. Looked to be making plays when Michigan needed them.
JMFR is going to be playing MIke and Will when he comes back?
I'm guessing the Michigan State game.
Thinking of how hard Sparty will be targeting Ryan's knee in that game. I'd almost rather he waits another week.
We still can't cover a soul, and our defensive line only looks decent when goign up against the worst offensive line in the country. So, no, this game doesnt make me feel any better about our defense.
That kind of pessimism belongs in the Offense Thread 1 post down.
Uh, I'm talking about the defense, not the offense. It's not pessimism, it's fact.
Maybe you should watch the second half
They played pretty damn good tonight all things considered. Clark lived up to the hype tonight and the boys kept us in it . Hats off.
Defense did everything it had to against an inferior opponent. Just about what it should have been.
Though I am a bit concerned about the backfield. Naturally, an under-talented UConn team won't stretch the defense; on that last play, though, you can see that Avery was completely burned by the receiver (85 or 86, couldn't tell, very tall) and that a good throw to that receiver would've resulted in a UConn TD. Good thing that wasn't the read.
Please stop assigning blame on single players when you don't know the playcall. It just doesn't make any sense.
You could go through any game played by any team and point out plays that could have turned out differently. The call on that last play was to stop UConn from getting a first down. It did successfully. Not knowing any more makes everything conjecture.
I know UConn's offense isn't very good, but I thought the defense did reasonably well all things considered. Despite what the announcers were saying, UConn isn't the worst team in FBS, not by a long shot.