BTN says Michigan has best coordinators

Submitted by M-Wolverine on May 5th, 2012 at 3:42 PM
Haven't seen this posted (searched and scrolled 3 pages), but Tom Dienhart at BTN ranks his best assistant coaches-… And Borges and Mattison rank as his best in the coordinator category. Off-season fluff, but fun nonetheless. He also ranks Jackson as the best RB coach, saying he's like Vince Lombardi, only better (or something like that).



May 5th, 2012 at 3:55 PM ^

Great coordinators are the difference between being successful and being a champion. 


And yes, sparty tears in the comments taste like sugar.

Hands Free

May 5th, 2012 at 3:52 PM ^

Mattison is definitely tops.  Borges is up there as well, but not sure I would put him on top just yet.  Jackson is simply great - he's been churning out great backs for years.

Hands Free

May 5th, 2012 at 6:00 PM ^

Actually, it's pretty hard to say since so many of the guys with the better teams are relatively new to them, as Borges is with U-M.  Greg Davis hasn't done much recently with the Hawkeyes, but is a good OC and had some great years at Texas. 

Though, the more I think about it, Borges might very well be the best right now.

Blue boy johnson

May 5th, 2012 at 4:48 PM ^

The author is actually correct in his assertion. Not since 1975,(Gordy Bell and Rob Lytle) had two rushers gained over 1000 yards in the same season. In fact Bell and Lytle in '75, and Fitz and Denard in 2011 are the only two times in M football history that M had 2 thousand yard rushers in the same season.


May 5th, 2012 at 6:26 PM ^

"How can Michigan’s coach be the RB coach? They have had 1 1,000 yd rusher in the last 25 years?"

Translation:  How can Fred Jackson be the best RB coach in the Big Ten?  Michigan has had one 1,000 yard rusher in the last 25 years.

Where did he reference '75?  25 years ago was '87.  You're extrapolating.


May 5th, 2012 at 6:49 PM ^

He was obviously referring to two 1,000 yard rushers but didn't have a clue that he was therefore he heard what he wanted to hear and ignored reality and made a dumb statement.  You'd think, though, that to make that accusation for any school would be outlandish, so even thinking that is a little concerning.

Blue boy johnson

May 5th, 2012 at 6:59 PM ^

Okay we are talking about two different things. I guess you read the comments after the article and are referring to some posters dumb ass comment.

I was referring to the article itself, specifically the section under Al Borges where the author wrote the following, which was probably misinterpreted by the dumb ass poster you are referring to.

the Wolverines also produced two 1,000-yard rushers for the first time since 1975.


May 5th, 2012 at 4:57 PM ^

...and Borges, Jackson and Mattison are getting some well-deserved kudos on a list of top coordinators and position coaches in the conference, you get this:

"I love it, once again, MSU gets no respect. Those coaches for Michigan didn’t look so good in that 28-14 spanking at the hands of MSU…." - guessing this is a Spartan fan

They can't help themselves but to validate the Napoleon Complex, so never mind that we were 10-1 in the other 11 games in the regular season, right? Actually, I am pretty sure Napolen would have made an excellent Spartan - "Sure, over the years, my fleet was decimated at Trafalgar, my army was decimated in Russia, and I suffered a crushing, final defeat at Waterloo, but I kicked ass at Austerlitz, damnit!"

In all seriousness, however, I will definitely agree simply based on the resume and results with Mattison and Jackson. Fred Jackson has churned out many impressive RBs at Michigan and is still doing it two decades later. Mattison's immediate effectiveness on defense is undeniable - as the author noted, the turnaround alone is enough to warrant him being the best in the conference, never mind an impressive, decades-long resume at both levels. I could buy Borges being on top here based on the potential though - granted, the first year was 13-game experiment, counting the bowl, but the upside is very up. 


May 6th, 2012 at 11:01 AM ^

Yeah, if you want to make a sports analogy for Napoleon, he was like the Bird/McHale/Parrish Boston Celtics - very successful for a long time, but he failed to quit when he was ahead.  

From the siege of Toulon in 1793 until the Russian campaign, he was nearly invincible in battle, defeating five different coalitions against him.  But Russia was a bridge too far.  And then he turned down a chance to negotiate peace the following year (a peace that would have cost him most of his conquests but left him on the throne) but he got greedy and wanted to keep fighting.  He didn't know when to hang 'em up.



May 5th, 2012 at 5:02 PM ^

Soup Campbell chosen as WR coach. Good to see him get recognized. Hard to argue with Mattison. In fact, I don't think you can argue against it. Guy has won a NC, been DC at three national powers (UM, ND, and Florida) and coached a top 10 defense in the NFL.