Idiot Peter King Cheap Shot on G Mattison

Idiot Peter King Cheap Shot on G Mattison

Submitted by thethirdcoast on November 28th, 2011 at 6:37 PM

So, I was reading MMQB at CNN/SI as I often do, and I came across this gem from Peter King on page 4:

Coach of the Week

Baltimore defensive coordinator Chuck Pagano. Nothing against Greg Mattison, who kept the defensive coordinator seat warm for a couple of post-Rex Ryan years, but the Ravens have the right defensive brain to choreograph their defensive plan in Pagano.

That's right folks, GMatt just, "...kept the DC seat warm..." in Baltimore.
 
I don't know about you, but I'm pretty sure that GMatt could develop a defense that would whip the snot out of a fat foot-fetish freak like Ryan any day of the week. Also, Chuck who? Yeah, let's give all the credit to a guy who is basically riding GMatt's coat tails in Baltimore.
 
Based on the above remark, I urge everyone here to boycott Peter King at every opportunity.
 
Also, while I'm ranting, the appropriation of Bo's "The Team" speech by several pro coaches nauseates me. They obviously don't know the entire speech or choose to ignore parts of it because Bo specifically rails AGAINST the degenerate mercenary ethic that has completely engulfed pro football.

Thank you Hoke, Mattison and Borges

Thank you Hoke, Mattison and Borges

Submitted by maize and brew… on November 27th, 2011 at 11:58 AM
I just wanted say thank you to Brady Hoke and Greg Mattison for turn this football program around. Its really an accomplishment to pull 10 wins out during your first year as head coach. On the defensive side, we where ranked last out of every D1 school. To turn around a defense around so fast is amazing especially when it isn't your players you recruited. I am looking forward to seeing the new recruits that you recruited to come in and make this team national threat. So from my family to both of you, thank you for getting it. GO BLUE! Also I would like to thank Al Borges for the play calling and the success he had with DRob. I think some people seconded guessed some play calls but realized that you are trying to make the best out of what we have on offense. Its pretty amazing that you can still win games without your offensive style. We all know you had to make adjustments to the play calling and you did a great job, thank you!

Just want to make sure everyone remembers that Urban Meyer team

Just want to make sure everyone remembers that Urban Meyer team

Submitted by MichiganMan_24_ on November 21st, 2011 at 5:55 PM

I remember it so well..The OSU vs Florida NC game..The Bucks came in with the offense that nobody could seem to stop..and Florida had the fast spread offense useing 2 QBs..but during that game a different thing stood out to me.

The Florida defense tore the OSU offense apart..not only from a players being faster aspect but from a just plain had a coaching gameplan aspect..Florida was always one step ahead and made Troy Smith look as uncomfortable as skinny jeans appear to be..It got to the point that Troy Smith would not even look downfield..he was too busy figuring out where he was going to get hit from.

Well that Defensive Cordinator was Greg Mattison..and not only did he help Meyer win his 1st NC but im sure he learned a thing or two about Meyer from practice everyday and coaching his defense..just some food for thought

What are you thankful for on Thanksgiving week?

What are you thankful for on Thanksgiving week?

Submitted by Noleverine on November 19th, 2011 at 10:32 PM

 

On the week of Thanksgiving, it is important to look back and consider what we are thankful for, both as human beings and Michigan football fans.

I am thankful for Brady Hoke, our tremendous head coach.  I am thankful for Mattison, our NFL DC who turned things around so much more quickly than anyone could have ever imagined.  I am grateful for Borges, who despite some disagreements we have had this season, seems to have quite a pair on him when calling plays. 

I am thankful for Mike Martin, Ryan Van Bergen, Troy Woolfolk, and the rest of the seniors for sticking with it through the most tumultuous career any players have ever had at Michigan.  I am thankful for Jordan Kovacs and his inspiring story.  I am grateful for Denard, Fitz, and the rest of the team, for representing the program in a way that would make Bo proud, and for sacrificing as much of their time as they do so that we may enjoy our Saturday afternoons.

I am thankful for 9-2 and a shot at a ten-win season.  I am grateful for a possible chance to play in a BCS bowl for the first time since '06.  I am thankful for the direction this program is heading, and the quality young men it will continue to shape.  But most of all, I am thankful for a chance to smack Ohio State in the mouth, stand over them, and let them know that “WE’RE BACK!”

Bruce Feldman on Mattison and UM missed tackles improvement

Bruce Feldman on Mattison and UM missed tackles improvement

Submitted by triangle_M on October 26th, 2011 at 10:41 AM

Feldman reviews UM's scoring defense improvement (improving from 108th to 8th from 2010 to 2011). The article does a good job of getting inside our DC's philosophy.  It also pins down where our defense has made great strides (not missing tackles).

When I asked Mattison about the psychological effect of a guy missing a tackle, enabling the defense not to be able to get off the field on a third-and-long, he pointed out even the verbiage of such a question gets to the core of what he's looking to remedy.
"It shouldn't be 'a' guy," Mattison said. "For us, when we came in here, our whole thing was, the players are the players we have. That's it. It's not like the NFL where you can draft somebody or trade somebody. Our whole goal was to get the players that we have on defense to play 'Michigan Defense.' And when we say 'Michigan Defense,' that means it was first, an honor to play for Michigan. And once it was honor to play at Michigan, it became an obligation to play at that standard. That level was established a long time ago. You just had to play up to that level, and that level, in its simplest form, came down to pursuing to the football. You had to play hard on every play. A loaf, or taking a play off or not going hard, was just unacceptable. I think that's something we've really worked hard to try to get back to.

http://bruce-feldman.blogs.cbssports.com/mcc/blogs/view/31626208

 

EDIT: Title changed to help with the GMAT confusion.  Changed missed tackles stat to scoring defense.

Calling all defensive gurus for the d-line not named Greg Mattison.

Calling all defensive gurus for the d-line not named Greg Mattison.

Submitted by maiznbob on October 9th, 2011 at 10:46 PM

It's been stated several times that MM is getting double-teamed on almost every play. What are your suggestions to defeat this from defensive observation or experience. It would be exciting to see more penetration into the backfield and seeing the opposing quarterback sitting on his hip pads. This is not a question to express disappointment in the D just looking for something to take away the "Oh, nos." Further ideas on outside contain could be an additional help to our battling Wolverines and allow me to watch for longer periods of time.

Greg said this is not his defense but Michigans and that all the defensive staff have input. We're not privleged to be part of that group but it would be interesting to see your thoughts.

1st/2nd half defense so far

1st/2nd half defense so far

Submitted by moredamnsound on October 9th, 2011 at 2:43 PM

Yesterday I was unable to watch the game, but I was receiving score updates throughout. When we were down 24-14 at the half, I told my Dad I wasn't too worried because they seem to be a 2nd half team. When I said this, I was mainly thinking about the defense. I couldn't think of any one thing to attribute it to, maybe Mattison had been making good adjustments or maybe the team just seemed to be playing better. What started off as a general statement (from someone who admittedly has a limited knowledge about football) made me want to look in to what I said, maybe back it up with stats, so I looked into it. These are just stats so take from it what you will, but I spent time looking the stuff up so I figured I would share it.

WMU (not a full game)
1st: 10, 194 yards, 1 punt, 1 turnover (interception)
2nd: 0, 60 yards, 1 punt, 2 turnovers (2 fumbles)

ND
1st: 17, 251 yards, 1 punt, 2 turnovers (2 interceptions)
2nd: 14, 270 yards, 3 punts, 2 turnovers (2 fumbles)
EMU
1st: 3, 172 yards, 2 punts, 3 turnovers (1 on downs, 1 interception, 1 fumble)
2nd: 0, 36 yards, 3 punts
SDSU
1st: 0, 138 yards, 2 punts, 3 turnovers (1 on downs, 2 fumbles)
2nd: 7, 207 yards, 3 punts, 4 turnovers ( 2 on downs, 2 fumbles)
MINN
1st: 0, 68 yards, 4 punts, 1 turnover (fumble)
2nd: 0, 107 yards, 6 punts, 1 turnover (fumble)
NW
1st: 24, 307 yards, 2 punts, 1 turnover (on downs)
2nd: 0, 161 yards, 1 punt, 3 turnovers (1 on downs, 1 interception, 1 fumble)

Total with WMU game counted:
1st half: 44 points, 1,130 yds, 12 punts, 11 turnovers (3 on downs, 4 interceptions, 4 fumbles)
2nd half: 21 points, 841 yds, 17 punts, 12 turnovers (3 on downs, 1 interception, 8 fumbles)

Without WMU:
1st half: 34 points, 936 yds, 11 punts, 10 turnovers (3 on downs, 3 interceptions, 4 fumbles)
2nd half: 21 points, 781 yds, 16 punts, 10 turnovers (3 on downs, 1 interception, 6 fumbles)

Michigan: Slow starters or good finishers?

Michigan: Slow starters or good finishers?

Submitted by Noleverine on October 9th, 2011 at 12:17 AM

First off, YAY!  6-0 feels so good, and is quite redeeming after how difficult things have been as of late.  

I know this has been hased out before, but it's late at night and there isn't much else going on, and we have one more game to add to the knowledge database and to discuss.

So 6 weeks into the season, patterns are becoming more noticable with a larger sample size.  Aside from against Minnesota, Michigan has struggled in the first half, both putting up points and stopping other teams from doing so.  The second half has been a different story.

I love Mattison and Borges, and their ability to make in-game adjustments.  In my opinion this is one of the biggest differences from the previous regime (please, no bashing the previous staff.  Not trying to start a flamewar here).  My question is, though: what is causing this disparity between halves?  

My personal opinion is that our coordinators are learning about these teams for the first time in a long time, and that may be leading to our slow starts. They are not as familiar with personnel and coaches as someone who has been around the league longer.  I know that both Hoke and Mattison have played all of these teams before, but they were different teams with different coaches and different players.  However, once they become more comfortable with an opponent's gameplan, they are able to change theirs around it.

 

What does the board think?  Are we slow starters or good finishers?