- Mattison presser: "I'm really impressed and excited about the effort of our guys"
- Mattison says impressed [with] weight gains and losses of some players. Said a couple others did not do what was asked.
- Mattison said emphasis is on stopping big plays: "can't give up 25, 30 [yard gains]... Home runs"
- Mattison said spring was about baby steps "we had to teach them as if they hadn't walked before"
- Mattison said still in "initial phase" of determining top 11. Not ruling out some potential position changes on D
- Mattison on recruiting to Michigan: "It's not like you're trying to be a salesman. You want him to [love] what's about to happen here."
- What Mattison says will happen: "We're going to have a Mich [football] program Bo, coach Moeller and coach Carr are going to proud of again"
From Jeff Arnold at CBSSports.com's Wolverines Rapid Reports:
- The only 2010 games DC Greg Mattison reviewed were against Notre Dame, Michigan State and Wisconsin. He did so because of the physical style he’s trying to improve on, but said Tuesday the Wolverines defensive struggles didn’t sit well. “Anytime there’s places you have been at and they’re not having success, it bothers you.”
- CBs Troy Woolfolk and J.T. Floyd bring the most experience to the position, but DC Greg Mattison insisted Tuesday no starting positions have been locked up. He said decisions aren’t always made based on height and weight, but that he will play the best 11 players and “the guys that play Michigan defense.”
- The biggest difference between an NFL QB and a college QB is that younger QBs run when pressured, DC Greg Mattison said Tuesday. “We have to have a middle ground. Our whole belief in playing the run and playing the pass is we have to be aggressive. But we also have to be smart.”
- After working as the Baltimore Ravens DC for the past two seasons, Greg Mattison said the NFL gave him a new perspective on pressuring the QB. The Wolverines ranked 98th nationally with 1.38 sacks per game, a statistic DC Mattison hopes improves in his new 4-3 scheme.
- The Wolverines experimented moving NT Mike Martin around in the spring, something DC Greg Mattison said may continue. The plan, Mattison said Tuesday is to put players in the “best possible position to affect the outcome of the ballgame.” Mattison said that may include asking defensive players to switch positions.
- DC Greg Mattison liked the Wolverines’ effort two days into fall camp, but he said Tuesday the defense that ranked 108th nationally last season “has miles and miles to go.”
Tim Rohan of the Michigan Daily provides insight into the changes instituted by Greg Mattison and how offseason optional conditioning and training is proceeding.
The new attitude that's based on raised expectations.
Soon after they arrived, Martin and his defensive linemates were going through their first workout of their winter conditioning and the coaches watched, not saying much.
“We were all going hard, obviously,” Martin said. “(This) was our first impression on the coach.”
After the workout, Mattison pulled Martin aside and warned him: “That was terrible. That was completely terrible. You guys have to do much better.”
“I thought we did pretty good,” Martin thought to himself.
Ever since Hoke and Mattison took over, the expectations are higher around the Michigan football team, and that has carried over into summer workouts.
“I feel like that we didn’t know how a championship team really functioned,” Martin said. “That’s why coach Hoke and coach Mattison and the rest of the staff are so vital and a huge asset, because they know what it takes. They’ve been around teams that have won. They tell us. Before they came in, we thought we were working hard. We weren’t.
“They’ve put the bar way higher.”
Check out the rest of the article. 100% participation rate in offseason optional workouts and 7-on-7s; Denard called the unquestioned leader of the team; Mike Martin and the other seniors showing leadership by demanding and receiving accountability; a new approach to strength training that's resulting in weight and strength gains.
Working out at 6 a.m. may be as uncomfortable as it gets. With the right direction, Michigan’s seniors and Robinson have masterfully orchestrated a successful summer of sweat.
“If you don’t want me knocking on your door, make sure you’re there on time,” Martin said.
This from ESPN's B1G Blogger Adam Rittenberg about Greg Mattison's expectations and interactions with underperforming Will Campell.
One interesting thing about Mattison's ability to motivate by calling out.
"He's talking right to Will. Even during condition, he would call him out and say, 'We need you. We need a 3-technique. If you can't do it, you just let me know. No hard feelings.'"
Here's hoping that Mattison can put that spark into Will, IMO this will be his final legitamte chance to live up to the hype that he came in with. Thoughts?
Edit:fixed my title.
In this interview, Borges notes that he coached against Mattison both when he was at Auburn and Mattsion at Florida, and when he was at UCLA and Mattison at Michigan. Their career record against one another comes out at an even 1-1.
They met on September 28, 1996. Mattison's Michigan defense held Borges' UCLA offense to 3 points in a 38-9 Michigan win (with the other 7 UCLA points resulting from an interception returned for a touchdown). A cursory check of the internet didn't turn up a boxscore, but I'm sure you'd rather just watch the highlights anyway.
They also met on September 29, 2007. Borges' Auburn offense put up 20 points on the Florida defense co-coordinated by Mattison in a 20-17 Auburn win. Auburn accumulated 326 yards with 227 coming through the air from the arm of Brandon Cox, with an average of less than 9 yards per pass. The two Auburn touchdowns were on running plays from inside the 10. Mattison's defense held the Auburn rushing attack to only 2.3 yards per carry with a long of 19 yards. The Florida defense, led by Brandon Spikes, also recorded two sacks and recovered one fumble.
"The biggest thing (is) you can't be changing defenses every year," Carr said on the Sports Pen on ESPN 970-AM. "The players need to learn a system, and you can't learn a system if you're changing every year. (Defensive coordinator Greg Mattison's) brought in the 4-3 defense, and I think we've got to recruit some bigger players."
Rodriguez's offensive and defensive systems were predicated on smaller, quicker players. Many questioned the wisdom of using those players in the Big Ten, where tradition (and weather) generally dictates the use of bigger, stronger players.
"We've been a very, very small team for the last three years," Carr said. "In this conference, to play championship football, you need big people because you're gonna play against big people almost every single week. And when you're a much smaller team, you're gonna wear down, you're gonna get beat up, and you're not gonna be able to finish a season.
"In this conference, it's at the end of the season that you have to be strong if you're going to do the types of things and have the kind of seasons that we've always aspired to have here."
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To mark 100 days remaining until the beginning of the college football season, CBSSports.com is running a list of what it calls the "100 most influential players, coaches, administrators, venues, or any other related things in college football." The list is being revealed 10 at a time, and in the 100-91 rundown, Greg Mattison appears at #96:
96. GREG MATTISON, defensive coordinator, Michigan. One could certainly make the argument that it was the continuing ineptitude of former defensive coordinator Greg Robinson that cost former head coach Rich Rodriguez his job in Ann Arbor. After all, Robinson's latter year spearheading the Wolverine defense was, by far, the worst in points allowed in Michigan history; the former was the third-worst (and just for good measure, the second-worst season came in Rich-Rod's first season, with one-and-done Scott Shafer as DC). Yes, Michigan has an unusually stingy history of defense, but that's just the thing: Michigan fans have every reason to expect that stingy defense. That's just how it's done at Michigan.
It'll be up to Mattison, then, to keep Brady Hoke's seat cool, and he's got the pedigree to do it. Mattison is entering his 35th year of assistant coaching defense and his 16th as a defensive coordinator, and he's been a part of some very successful defenses (Florida's '06 BCS Championship team, for one). Fans shouldn't expect miracles and shutouts on Day 1 or even in Year 1, but they're going to need to see some sense this year that Michigan's old way of football is coming back. Getting the points per game allowed back under 27.5 for the first time since 2007 would be a good start. -- AJ
Note also that Gunner Kiel appears at #98, and San Diego State's Qualcomm Stadium is #92.
In the 90-81 rundown, Marcus Coker (running back, Iowa) is #84, and Declan Sullivan (late student videographer, Notre Dame) is #82.
Any thoughts on other Michigan-related people or things that should appear on the list? I would argue that the first night game at Michigan Stadium should rank pretty high.
Addendum: The just-released 80-71 rundown includes Kirk Cousins at #80 and Joe Paterno at #79.
By the way, for those criticizing the concept of this list, I don't think it was intended to be taken that seriously. The inclusion of Mattison in the first ten that were revealed seemed to make it worth posting here. I think "most influential" is a misnomer--it seems to me this is really a list of the top story lines for the upcoming football season.
I was at a local Golf scramble today for a kidney foundation, where I happened to be volunteering serving food to help raise money. At the scramble was Kentucky head football coach Joke Philips and former Eastern Kentucky coach Roy Kidd who is very well respected as a coach at the 1-AA level. Joker didn't play golf he was there to take pictures and sign items. He hung around us all day because we were under shade and had the beer and food.
We chatted for awhile about, football college sports, how the game has changed and so forth. Great honest guy. He found out I was not a UK fan and indeed I am a Michigan fan. I didn't want to put that on blast as he was there helping out as well and it wasn't polite. He started to talk about Rich Rod and his methods. He said Rich is a great guy and a fantastic coach. The only thing he would have liked to see him do is surround himself with better people. Something Michigan fans and I already know.
That topic led to what do I think of Brady Hoke? I told him well I think it's going to work out but, would have liked to see Dave Brandon move faster in the process. I said he has really surrounded himself with coaches who have proven themselvs already.
We spoke about Greg Mattison, Greg and Joker coached together at N.D. He said Greg is one of the best coaches he has even been around and is the best recruiter. Joker said that he refuses to go after a kid that Greg is recruiting because he knows he is going to loose and he added the guy can flat out coach.
Thinks Brady Hoke will have Michigan back on top in no time. Said Brady understands the big things about being a coach at a school like Michigan.
We then talked about what makes a good coaches from bad ones and in a simplified manner he replied how quickly your players can learn, it's all about on how you teach and how you get your message across. Most kids even at UK were all high school all-stars and they come in right away thinking they can play and can start. Some kids can't deal with sitting. It simply comes down to out working the other guy. Everyone has talent but not everyone wants to do the work. We then talked about recruiting and the methods in the SEC, he replied well it started years ago but Saban and Meyor took it to another level. He said you're forced to do it in order to even compete. If you don't you're really going to get left behind.
We then talked about USC and OSU and a particular recruit Michigan and UK went after last year. Lamar Dawson LB from Danville, KY. Who committed to USC. Joker said Lamar wanted to go there because he thought he could play right away and had big dreams but, USC has to cut 7 kids now due to over signing and Lamar might be one of those kids cut. It's a sad story.
He had a good laugh at Tressel and his ideas said he's a dirty guy doesn't recruit fair and has played ineligible players before at YSU. Also said he thinks Denard will be just fine athletic guys can always adapt more easily than guys who are not that skilled.
Joker gave me grief about App State but, he said it's going to keep happening with guys transferring to smaller schools from big schools like Michigan and OSU, and how no big schools no will play someone like that meaning a 1-AA team who is most likely going to win a national title that year. He said App State that year would have beat a lot of top 25 schools.
Interesting a coach at UK knew that much about MIchigan football.
Sam Webb's latest is a profile of Michigan target OH MLB Joe Bolden. It contains some interesting nuggets that confirm what we've expected about Greg Mattison's recruiting approach:
Mattison's ability to reference his time in the pro ranks has definitely been a feather in Michigan's cap with numerous defensive recruits thus far. The same is certainly true with Bolden. "We watched the Ravens film from last year," Joe recalled. "Coach Mattison showed me where I was going to play in that defense. He pointed to Ray Lewis."
Michigan is in contention with 21 other schools but could be separating themselves from the pack.
That list is now 22 schools long and rising. BCS programs like Penn State, Stanford, North Carolina, Tennessee, Arkansas, Boston College, and West Virginia have thrown their hats in the ring. Michigan made its way into the mix a little over a month ago, and in has become an extremely strong contender thanks to two memorable visits to Ann Arbor.
"They are definitely up there on the list," Bolden said of the Wolverines. "The facilities are impressive. Both indoor fields are as long as the outdoor grass and outdoor turf fields. Then you just walk into the Big House and look from side to side — 115,000 people are screaming for you on a Saturday. There is probably no feeling like it. They told me that they were going to add about 6,000 seats. That's definitely an impressive thing."
The specificity of the 6,000 seats things is interesting.
Noticeably absent from that list are two particular schools who apparently have different LB needs than does Michigan.
Bolden was courted for a time by Ohio State and Notre Dame, but neither chose to step forth with an offer. "It is not going to work out for Notre Dame," said Bolden. "They are looking for outside linebackers who are 6-4 and 250 pounds coming out of high school. I don't have any hard feelings towards them. I'm not the guy they are looking for and it is not going to work out for Notre Dame. God closed that door for a reason and we'll end up finding out that reason some time. Ohio State, they're looking for will linebackers — smaller, faster guys. I'm a bigger guy that doesn't fit that profile. I also don't have any harsh feelings towards them either. Both schools have been pretty much straightforward with me and I really appreciate them doing that. That is pretty much how the cookie crumbles with them."
"To me, if you didn't recruit me — and I don't like to be arrogant and full of myself — I like to prove people wrong," Bolden admitted. "I love doing it. I love talking, but also backing it up. If you've ever been in that situation, it makes it sweeter. It would definitely feel good."
Sam thinks decision time is nigh, but according to Bolden his timeline is based on Another's timeline.
"If I feel comfortable with a school 10 minutes from now and God gives me a sign and answers my prayers and tells me where I'm going to spend the next four or five years of my life, it is going to happen 10 minutes from now. Now if God has got a plan for me to wait all the way up until Feb. 2, it will be made on Feb. 2 at 7 o'clock in the morning and that is me and just how God works his magic."
Get your prayer on, MGoBlogerati.