This will be your snowflake thread for your thoughts on defense and the defensive playcalling.
things go poorly
Thats about it. Theyd look much much better with a better offense
Played pretty well. No Venric Mark but I'll take it.
Mattison deserves an appreciation thread
Greg Mattison is a hell of a cordinator. The jury's still out on Borges.
I think the MGoJury has already rendered its verdict on Borges.
The jury is still out - only in that they they haven't returned from Ann Arbor Torch & Pitchfork. But they're coming for you Al. They're coming.
Somebody tweet Hand.
Gutsy performance by D. Anyone who says otherwise is a moron
Thank you D.
Hard to complain about three field goals in regulation. If someone had told you after the ND game that we'd hold Northwestern to 9 points, you'd assume we were going to win by 30+ easy. This was a sad, ugly game. But unless you came in expecting perfection, it is pretty difficult to put much of the blame on D.
Key phrase being "after the ND game".
After the Nebraska game, if you had told me we would hold NW to 9 points I would assume we would win by 1.
Good performance but had me scared at times.
Looks like the second fewest points Northwestern has put up this year. Fewest was 6 points to Wisconsin.
We really did a good job on defense in this game on a yards per play basis - 3.90 yards per snap is one of our best performances all year. Most notably, we held Northwestern to under three yards per rush. That is a good performance, folks. Kudos to the defense and Greg Mattison.
I expect the D next year to go from good to very good/great. Black, Washington, Gordons are gone but everyone else is back plus maybe a contribution from Peppers. 2015 will be the year for the D though.
Also I think Henry played great.
Agreed. This defense is young and improving. If only we could say the same about the offense....
Couldn't we say the same about the offense? Our leading rusher was a true freshman. A true freshman caught the first TD. We rushed for 137 yards after negative numbers the last two weeks. I didn't like some individual calls but overall saw some progress.
My concerns with the offense for next year are:
1) two new tackles
2) lack of progressing this year
Maybe we progressed today. It seemed that way.
I buy into the whole experienced offensive line matters argument.
Also, I think Shane Morris is the real deal.
Green will be a good one, Jake Butt is solid, Devin Funchess solid...there's some hope here at MLive er...MGoBlog
Funchess just solid? He will probably finish his Michigan career as the leader in yards for a tight end. I'd say that's a bit better than "solid." He'll probably be all Big Ten next year, if not this year.
Srsly - he's not a tight end... but he is a great athlete and will be a major weapon for us.
didint we think the offense progresed afte the first 2 games of the season, or after the indiana game? then what happened after those 2 things?
The offense only improved relative to the Nebraska game. The running game and pass protection looked like a bad B1G team as opposed to a bad division II team. Gardner also threw some frighteningly bad passes.
true but the d-line needs to play BIG next season, Taco needs to step up next season.
I watched henry..he played proper technique and played well..defense is gettting better..next 2 years they should jump up on all stats all around
Happy to see Michigan's defense give us a chance.
B+ defense plays A- game. Good job team! Also, I'm pretty sure Henry is part of that scramble FG drill team. So even more kudos to him.
They seemed to be in good position most of the game. Did well versus the run. Decent pass rush. OK coverage. Excellent coaching by Mattison.
Gordon's INT least important INT ever?
Ask Northwestern if it's important to catch a Hail Mary on the last play.
change a couple games just with big plays and hopefully 2-3 guys turn into additional playmakers.
Still hopeful Stribling, Dymonte and Gedeon explode next year.
Love the defense peformance today.
Kinda bummed to see this thread has less comments than the offense and coaching threads. People would rather discuss the negative things that happened today than the positive things. The defense has put us in a position to win for the last two weeks and deserves a ton of credit, especially with all the youth we're running out there. They got the ball back with enough time for the offense to put together the game tying drive and delivered the knockout punch in OT. Game ball goes to the D.
criticize than congratulate. Defense played great and thankfully special teams joined them.
yeah, but it's more interesting.
If we had the same number of comments, they would all generally be repeats - even more than in the Fire Borges threads.
Also, for some of us, it is a healthy release to say what is driving us crazy. I have felt the need for psychological release.
These threads are like a suggestion box. You'd expect more suggestions in the box when something isn't working than when it's working.
You really want to read "good job defense; Mattison is the man!" 275 times? What more is there to say about this defense? Much more to talk about with the offense and coaching right now.
Loved the defense today. They are keeping us in every game. Way to go defense!
9 points in regulation. The only thing I could think of to remotely complain about would be Northwestern's touchdown in OT or a couple of near-interceptions, but I think that's being nitpicky. They played very well.
They played great!!!
Mattison had tears in his eyes coming off. He was spent emotionally. It was great to celebrate with the players coming off. Each one stopped and slapped my sons hand.
Defense played pretty darn good today. I thought we'd have real trouble with NW's spread. Keeping them out of the end zone at home is an accomplishment.
A lot of bending, some of it unnecessary but overall a nice performance. Of course NW really misses Mark.
Coach Mattison really drilled the team on defending the option this week. The D was all over it, for the most part.
Defense, by all accounts, played outstanding today against a dangerous Northwestern offense on their own home turf. Yes, they're without Venric Mark, and yes, they're 0-6 in conference play, but they are nowhere near as bad as their record. This is a team that pushed OSU to the absolute brink, and OSU only won because Hyde was there to bail them out.
Of course it's always easier to give criticism than praise, but the defense deserves our praise today. Mattison had his boys ready, and I have no doubt that he'll have them as ready as they can be to take the field against OSU in two weeks.
They did give OSU everything the Buckeyes wanted, but just like UM hasn't been the same since ND, Northwestern hasn't been the same since OSU. They've scored 66 points in regulation over their last 5 games. They had a lot of hype coming into the season but there four wins are against: Western Michigan (1-10), Cal (1-10), 1-AA Maine and Syracuse (5-5). At this point, they aren't that good of a team.