Great Don Brown Interview 6/17

Submitted by UMich2016 on June 19th, 2017 at 8:14 PM

Don Brown brightening my post work Monday.  This man gives the best interviews.  Favorite coach on the staff.  Take a listen.

Sounds like Rashan is becoming quite the leader for our team..and might be a stretch but it also sounds like he hints the defense may be better this year because its their second year in the system.  

And the hype train begins...



June 19th, 2017 at 10:25 PM ^

Coach Brown is more than confident in what he has to work with and how he sees this defense performing.That is one happy football coach. People can speculate all they want but in my opinion the University Of Michigan football program has the best coaching staff in all of college football. Anyone who loves Michigan football should be very excited about this coming football season. Go Blue.


June 20th, 2017 at 9:09 AM ^

First-years at Michigan >> whatever he had at Boston College.

This guy had been making top-tier defenses out of New England ghosts for decades and now he's at a program that can find & recruit the sort of athletes he'd never been able to work with.  I was actually a little apprehensive about the transition -- would his system be a little too tailored for chewing gum and duct tape? -- but last year's starters went from good to terrifying in less than a year.

We have not yet seen the full power of an armed & operational Don Brown Michigan defense.  2018 is going to be verrrry interesting.

SD Larry

June 19th, 2017 at 10:43 PM ^

interview.  Thanks for posting.  The caliber of our whole defensive coaching staff is amazing.  Optimistic about what Coach Brown said about year 2 in his system, and the work ethic of the team.  Love our tremendous coaching staff. 


June 19th, 2017 at 11:08 PM ^

Harbaugh has a tremendous eye for coaching talent. Not only Brown, but adding Frey and Pep to an already strong staff.


June 20th, 2017 at 9:18 AM ^

Is that Harbaugh basically Googled him.  It's one of those stupidly simple things that require a touch of humility such that narcissists wearing ten-gallon hats just won't think of.  If you're going to literally look up the #1 collegiate defense to find out who's the guy running it, you need to first confront the fact that there was no chance you or your guy was it.

And the number of coaches who didn't think of this is staggering.  Practically all of them?  The hands-down best defensive coordinator in the country was basically gathering dust on a shelf in New England.  To get him is a "most Harbaugh thing ever" somwhere in a long list of most Harbaugh things ever.  Didn't he also hire Frey because he remembered that Indiana whipped our D-line?

Frank Chuck

June 20th, 2017 at 4:55 AM ^

While we're return only 1 starter from the dominant 2016 defense, many of the back-ups played a significant number of snaps (especially in big games). The 2017 defense is not nearly as inexperienced as many think.

– On the defensive line, Rashan Gary, Bryan Mone, Maurice Hurst, and Chase Winovich all have considerable experience.

– Mike McCray is the lone returning starter. Everyone expects him to build upon his strong redshirt junior season.

– And in the secondary, S Tyree Kinnel and CB Brandon Watson played reasonably well in limited snaps as back-ups. Kinnel is good bet to be one of the starting safeties.

Hence, 6 of the 11 starting positions are accounted for.

That leaves questions about the following positions:

- Viper (Hudson)

- the 3rd linebacker (Devin Bush)

- starting cornerbacks (David Long and Lavert Hill with Keith Washington in the mix)

- other safety position (Josh Metellus)

A lot of new names in the back 7 but together they can form a formidable group. The "inexperienced but extremely talented players" will have to climb the learning curve. I'm optimistic about fall camp.

I'm also excited about the 2 deep becasue our team will finally have schematic continuity. I look forward to players like Michael Dwumfour, Carlo Kemp, Elysee Mbem-Bosse, Reuben Jones, and Noah Furbush showcasing their abilities.


June 20th, 2017 at 9:40 AM ^

I'm not as worried as most about experience; last year's defense basically started from scratch as well.  They had problems against UCF and Colorado mainly due to learning curve.

The anticipated drop-off boils down to D-line depth, and there's just no way to upgrade.  Last season we had an unsustainable embarrassment of riches.  The 2nd string line was probably one of the best 20 in the country.  The first string was a bona fide NFL line, as in they literally all got drafted save Godin who basically swapped places with a future day 1 pick because after Glasgow, Taco and Wormley, do you really need Hurst in there as well?

This year we're going to be starting Mone (can he stay healthy?) and Winovich (can he be more than Just a Speed Rusher?).  I mean, it'll be fine.  Certainly good enough to be a top-20 defense with Hoke, Mattison or Durkin running the show.  But we might wind up playing true freshmen on the 2nd string.  Really talented ones, but they'll be raw, so for every highlight reel TFL they're going to also bust a play for easy yards.

Perkis-Size Me

June 20th, 2017 at 7:52 AM ^

I don't think this year's defense will be as good simply because of lack of experience. But I think the overall ceiling of the starters this year will be higher than the starters from last year.

I expect some bumps and bruises through the first half of the season simply due to lack of experience, but they'll be pretty damn good by the end of the season and setting up for a dominant 2018 campaign. Especially if the depth behind Hurst and Mone show a lot of promise.


June 20th, 2017 at 9:00 AM ^

then this D could be fantastic again. Might be some busted plays and early struggles, but the speed and tenacity of this group should be higher than even last year.

His hints about the new talent - Aubrey, Jeter, Vilain, Bush, Hudson, Metellus - are great because theyre almost useless as quotes in an article but his delivery emphasizes his bullushness. Even his loss of Mason to O was constructed as a "watch out".

Great interview.


June 20th, 2017 at 11:11 AM ^

Coach Brown's defense has always improved in year 2. Hard to see this defense finishing number 1, but, if they remain in the top 5, that would be a hell of a season for a unit that lost so much talent to the NFL.


If the defense remains top 5 and the offense can improve a little (41st in S&P+ last year, get to 35th? 30th? this year), that would be sufficient to put us in playoff contention.


June 20th, 2017 at 5:09 PM ^

but who is this "Robo" he mentions? Edit: is it Devin Bush? Edit #2: oh, I guess it's Wroblewski. He doesn't show up on the depth chart under Useful Stuff here.