Is it time to give this Defense a Nickname?

Submitted by MfanItalia on September 24th, 2017 at 9:25 AM

Last week Rashan Gary was asked:  “Do you guys have a nickname for your defensive group or a rally cry?”

Gary’s response:  “No, not at all right now. We’re just waiting for somebody to give us a name.”

The NFL has a long history of nicknames for outstanding defensive units. A few that come to mind from over the years are The Purple People Eaters, The Orange Crush, The Steel Curtain, Gang Green, The Killer Bees, and I’m sure many more I don’t immediately recall.  It doesn’t seem to be as popular for college units though.

So, should the 2017 Michigan defensive unit have a nickname?  A couple options include “The Blue-Collar Defense” (just a shirt I wear to work), or my personal favorite, “The Brownout Defense” or simply "Brownout D"  I can envision a future headline that reads “Penn State Whiteout suffers Brownout!”

What say you?


Side note:  My inaugural post so hoping I’ve followed the proper MgoProtocol.



September 24th, 2017 at 1:32 PM ^

Clear winner.


Other (worse) ideas:




State Street Maulers

Oh God, they're coming for us

Doctor Blitzenstein

We might not score much, but we'll break your legs

Pull my finger


Blue ponies of the apocalypse (sparkles not included)

Endless Blitzing (Phil Collins version)

Your mom


Jokes aside, could there be anyone better at halftime adjustments than Dr. Blitzenstein?


September 24th, 2017 at 9:44 AM ^

There's only one title that actually matters: Champions. I think that's the nickname they're shooting for.

Also, no nicknames until you beat Ohio State.


September 24th, 2017 at 9:39 AM ^

I can only think of a few names for college defenses. Bob Davie's defense at Texas A&M was the "Wrecking Crew. Nebraska has the "Blackshirts," of course. Ohio State calls its D the "Silver Bullets."


September 24th, 2017 at 9:44 AM ^

at least for the next game. For anyone that doesn't understand, that's what the sparty recievers are calling themselves, The Bad Boys! I find it hilarious that they haven't done much of anything to be called that!


September 24th, 2017 at 11:43 AM ^

defense is that it won't make the same mistake twice. For example, on the first two plays of the game, Purdue earned a pair of first downs and were in Michigan territory after starting at the 25. They gained some 30 yards on two consecutive misdirection plays. Well, they gained 149 the rest of the half and then only 10 in the second half and never converted on third down.

Michigan only got beat on a majority of plays because the offense took advantage of over-pursuit. The only time Purdue managed drives were when the defense faced their qbs for the first time.

Which means that Michigan got beat on plays but never when they were focused on making a stop after the Boilers needed to convert on third down. In the second half, I didn't see a drive chart, but it seemed like they never had the ball for more than a series of three and outs. And their run gains were mostly by non-running backs which means that Michigan shut down both the run and pass. In any case, they only gained 30 yards rushing on the day.

By the final quarter, the qbs were watching the rush instead of perusing downfield because the unrelenting heat was just in their face before they could do so. Brown's boys are like a Blue Swath cutting offensive hay with a glinting scythe of speed and precision. Shakedown, takedown, breakdown. You're busted!