Greg Mattison appreciation thread

Greg Mattison appreciation thread

Submitted by MGlobules on October 10th, 2015 at 5:18 PM

This team has now gone ten quarters without giving up a TD. Let's all pause and acknowledge the contribution of Greg Mattison in creating this defense, handing it over to DJ Durkin with such grace and aplomb, and staying on to help guide them to such astonishing success.

Dunno where this team goes from here, but Greg Mattison has covered himself with glory for the good of this team, and is going to be remembered for it.

DJ Durkin - Not making huge changes to the defense

DJ Durkin - Not making huge changes to the defense

Submitted by The Mad Hatter on March 23rd, 2015 at 9:20 AM

At first glance, Jim Harbaugh's decision to hire D.J. Durkin as Michigan's new defensive coordinator made it seem that significant changes were on the way...

And while players have had to make adjustments this spring to Durkin's new multiple-scheme approach, they haven't exactly been blindsided -- as the installation they're going through now feels a lot like an extension of what Mattison started last spring under former coach Brady Hoke.

http://www.mlive.com/wolverines/index.ssf/2015/03/michigan_teaching_plenty_of_3-.html

An old article on the Harbaugh's

An old article on the Harbaugh's

Submitted by HAIL-YEA on December 4th, 2014 at 2:36 AM

I came across a really cool article from 2011 written about the Harbaugh family that also sheds some light on their relationship with Hoke and Mattison. I'm sure most of you already knew Hoke worked for Jack at WMU but still there are some nice stories in the article. Here is 1 of them

". Turned out Hoke's wife, Laura, was in labor -- three months early. Harbaugh rushed to University Hospital in Kalamazoo and sat in the waiting room with Brady's and Laura's mothers. "Jack Harbaugh took charge," Hoke says. "But that's just the person he is. He's tough, but he had a great personal side to him." Kelly Hoke was born that night, weighing 1 pound, 14 ounces. With Hoke stranded in Fort Wayne, Harbaugh was one of the first people to see Kelly. "You could hold her in the palm of your hand and her little hands and arms were hanging down," Harbaugh remembers. For the next 19 years, whenever Valentine's Day rolled around, Jack Harbaugh placed a call to Kelly Hoke, wishing her a Happy Birthday. Hoke never forgot it."

Plenty of other Michigan related stories in the article and worth a read if this stuff is new to you like it was for me.     

http://www.thepostgame.com/features/201111/patriarch-passion-how-jack-h…

Would Mattison go to OSU ?

Would Mattison go to OSU ?

Submitted by Magga Saraivah on November 29th, 2014 at 9:59 PM

There is actually a post over at Bucknuts hoping that Michigan cleans house this week so that they can hire Greg Mattison as their Defensive Coordinator. At first I laughed at this idea,  but I know Mattison worked for Urban Meyer back in Florida and are probably still friends.

I think there is a good chance this might happen if/when Hoke gets fired and if the new Coach does not retain him. OSU seems unhappy with their defense and what better way to solve their problem and stick it to us at the same time.

I am hoping he goes back to the NFL or decides to retire rather than ending up in Columbus

 

 

 

 

Does Greg Mattison have a realistic chance of surviving the storm?

Does Greg Mattison have a realistic chance of surviving the storm?

Submitted by BlowGoo on November 9th, 2014 at 4:23 PM

Subject line says it all.

 

I think Mattison's peformance has been solid.  He has been a key component of this coaching regime's success at recruiting.  And he has roots to the program.

Obviously, it depends on the HC.  But is there precedent for a new HC coming in but keeping DC intact in a high-profile program?  

Are there significantly better and obvious choices available of which I am not aware?

Though I do not buy into the "Michigan Man" prerequisite, Mattison surely represents some cultural stability for the program, so I would think he's a strong candidate for retention.  I just want to know if that's an utter pipe dream...

IU Stealing Defensive Signals?

IU Stealing Defensive Signals?

Submitted by Everyone Murders on November 4th, 2014 at 9:40 AM

Angelique Chengelis REPORTS that Coach Mattison believes that IU was using spotters to steal Michigan's defensive signals to gain an unfair advantage. 

"You know what they do? They get up above (in the press box), and they watch you signal, and then when they see you signal, they call on their headset from upstairs over to the other sideline and they tell them what you're going to run.

My understanding is that this is not currently against the NCAA rules unless you deploy an extra coach or assistant (beyond allowable amounts) to do the sign stealing.  If that's right, do the football experts and others here think we should be doing this - or is it too much of a distraction? 

Mattison and defense at the game

Mattison and defense at the game

Submitted by caliblue on December 1st, 2013 at 12:48 PM

The most surprising thing about THE GAME yesterday was the complete reversal of what I and probably most of us assumed would be the story if we were in the game, that is we expected the defense to hold OSU while a sputtering offense scored just enough points to make it a game. But, of course we got a defense that could not stop Miller or Hyde, and an offense that matched OSU score for score. What happened to our defense ( keep it in mind I am not at all critical of Mattison ) ? I am hoping  for the usual thoughtful and honest analysis we get here on a regular basis.

Defense Appreciation Thread

Defense Appreciation Thread

Submitted by UM2018 on November 24th, 2012 at 8:11 PM
The past two years our defense has kept us in and won a lot of games. Even today they did everything they could the second half to keep the game within reach. Borges was obviously pretty bad today, but I just wanted to start a thread of appreciation for Greg Mattison, whos defense has been huge for us ever since he got here.

Omaha World Herald on our defensive success against Nebraska last year.

Omaha World Herald on our defensive success against Nebraska last year.

Submitted by omahagoblue on October 24th, 2012 at 12:43 PM

Interesting article I read in todays Omaha World Herald from a Nebraska perspective of what worked so well for us last year.

 

“It’s like facing a knuckleball pitcher,” Beck said of Michigan, which held NU to 260 yards and three third-down conversions in the Huskers’ 45-17 loss last season. “It’s weird because you haven’t seen it.”

 

http://www.omaha.com/article/20121023/HUSKERS/121029633/1001#michigan-defense-threw-nu-a-curveball-last-year