I had to DVR the game and just finished watching it--I really cannot believe there are posters on here complaining about the defense. Some people are never satisfied, I guess.
Official Snowflake Thread: Defense
He is a good slot guy, and his presence should allow Countess to play outside later this year. Bolden looks lost in pass coverage (I think that he is best in the Middle), and Mario made some hay from the DE position. This unit played pretty well overall, and now we will get to see how they handle a mobile QB, as Minny has a pretty good one. I would think that it will be a big test for our linebacking crew, and James Ross III could be a key in two weeks.
Morgan wasn't good at dropping into coverage all night but his pick was a game changer. The defense played well despite the positions they were put in. I want to see more Ojemudia.
I saw him beat a couple blocks (from the LT!) for pressure.
This is the curse of playing a team as bad as UConn. If the defense plays well (which they did), it is just UConn. If they play poorly (as the offense did), PANIC. The defense did play very well. I would like to see Michigan force more turnovers. They did a great job of forcing 4 straight 3 and outs, but in the process lost 20 yards of field position (I know, see Offense bitch fest and special teams craptacular). The one turnover they forced allowed Michigan to win the game. Without that TO, I am not sure that Michigan wins.
At the game, the defense looked pretty good. Got bailed out by a couple of drops, but they held UCONN to only one drive down the field. This year, the DEFENSE has been responsible for 6 points against CMU, 23 against ND, 14 against Akron, and 7 against UCONN. I'm hardly worried
UConn did have the one decent drive to set up a field goal try. The coverage was lax at times but overall a good game for the D.
to measure the difference HAD our offense had any semblence of power. If the offense could EVER get up by 3 scores, say 17 - 0, then the other team is going to change their offensive calls. When Gardner throws a pick on the FIRST drive ... it just fires the whole team up. And after that Devin couldn't hit even a 5 yard pass. He lost ALL confidence and UConn knew. They didn't need to respect the pass.
The defense is fine right now. I don't think our safety blitz from 10 yards off the LOS doesn't makes any sense ... but other than that - I think the defense has improved over last year.
I thought it looked pretty good. There was a pretty good progression from what Mattison said last week to what showed up on the field. Caveat for level of competition, but it was the kind of performance i'd expect to see. I still don't understand the consistently soft coverage, but i assume there's a reason for it.