Guess Who's Ranked No. 1 in Total Defense?

Guess Who's Ranked No. 1 in Total Defense?

Submitted by markusr2007 on September 24th, 2017 at 11:47 AM

After 4 games the Michigan defense is ranked No. 1 in the nation in Yards Per Play (3.52) and Yards Per Game (203.0).

http://www.ncaa.com/stats/football/fbs/current/team/22

Michigan's rushing defense is currently ranked 4th, giving up 69 YPG, just ahead of Alabama.

http://www.ncaa.com/stats/football/fbs/current/team/24

Michigan's scoring defense is tied for 12th (13.0 PPG), tied with the Scott Frosts.

http://www.ncaa.com/stats/football/fbs/current/team/28

Notable perhaps too that Michigan is ranked as high as 8th in the nation in Passing Yards Allowed (134 ypg):

http://www.ncaa.com/stats/football/fbs/current/team/695

Impressive work thus far, but MSU, @Indiana and @PSU loom ahead.

 

 

Is it time to give this Defense a Nickname?

Is it time to give this Defense a Nickname?

Submitted by MfanItalia on September 24th, 2017 at 9:25 AM

Last week Rashan Gary was asked:  “Do you guys have a nickname for your defensive group or a rally cry?”

Gary’s response:  “No, not at all right now. We’re just waiting for somebody to give us a name.”

The NFL has a long history of nicknames for outstanding defensive units. A few that come to mind from over the years are The Purple People Eaters, The Orange Crush, The Steel Curtain, Gang Green, The Killer Bees, and I’m sure many more I don’t immediately recall.  It doesn’t seem to be as popular for college units though.

So, should the 2017 Michigan defensive unit have a nickname?  A couple options include “The Blue-Collar Defense” (just a shirt I wear to work), or my personal favorite, “The Brownout Defense” or simply "Brownout D"  I can envision a future headline that reads “Penn State Whiteout suffers Brownout!”

What say you?

 

Side note:  My inaugural post so hoping I’ve followed the proper MgoProtocol.

What can UM's staff do to make linebackers better in a hurry?

What can UM's staff do to make linebackers better in a hurry?

Submitted by Eastern Wolverine on November 16th, 2016 at 10:39 AM

For the second year in a row UM's linebacking core appears to be the weak link on defense late in the season. This is troubling, but can it be fixed...and quickly? Last year Ryan Glasgow's injury was a huge loss but we can't blame line injuries now. What can UM's staff do to help improve the play of say Mike McCray? Is the answer simply playing a more athletic Devin Bush Jr.? I'm not football smart enough to know but it sure seems ineffective linebacker play is UM's Achilles' heel versus the run and intermediate passes on an otherwise elite defense.

If the mods feel this has already been hashed out let's move on but I'm still unsure as to the answer.

Go Blue! A big Thank You to all student athletes for working your *sses off this season!

Washington Post piece: Not a Michigan man, but Brown is a perfect fit

Washington Post piece: Not a Michigan man, but Brown is a perfect fit

Submitted by Ecky Pting on November 3rd, 2016 at 8:41 AM

OK, so I can't find this piece that appears in this morning's print edition of the Washington Post anywhere on WashPo's site. The only place I could find it is on PrintReader, which it turns out makes it a snap to copy and paste articles into the webtool of your choice. So here you go: (BTW, the WashPo is the defacto local paper for the Terps ICYDK, although some would argue it's the Baltimore Sun, but whatever):


Not a Michigan man, but Brown is a perfect fit

Well-traveled coordinator’s relentless philosophy has made the Wolverines’ defense the best in the country

  • The Washington Post
  • 3 Nov 2016
  • BY CHUCK CULPEPPER
LON HORWEDEL/ASSOCIATED PRESSMichigan Coach Jim Harbaugh, left, hired Don Brown in December after Brown turned Boston College’s defense into the best in the country during his three seasons there.

MOD EDIT - Since the link exists, let's not paste entire articles into the blog. I realize the difficulty in this instance as the OP stated, but we should correct the problem as soon as the right link is available, IMHO. - LSA

Thanks for the edit. -OP

Washington Post story here - LINK