Official Snowflake Thread: Defense

Submitted by LSAClassOf2000 on September 21st, 2013 at 11:29 PM

This will be the thread for thoughts on defensive playcalling / coaching. Again, similar threads will be created for coaching or special teams as volume permits, but this is primarily for thoughts regarding the defense. 

Comments

bronxblue

September 21st, 2013 at 11:31 PM ^

Thought the defense played reasonably well.  About 7 of UConn's points came on a TO, and another 7 off that horrible punt bounce.  They had trouble at times, but they played well enough to win.

SC Wolverine

September 22nd, 2013 at 12:10 AM ^

Yes, and while I don't want to lack appreciation for an overall good defensive game, they are making the same mistakes over and over.  Think we see the skinny post during Big Ten play?  Think Joe Bolden will get challenged in pass coverage?  Think Raymon is going to see alot of outs and slants?  Thankfully we have a bye week to address these persistent issues.

alum96

September 21st, 2013 at 11:37 PM ^

For how bad field position wise, the defense was put in they did ok - solid not great.  The secondary looked bad at times getting gashed by low level players (Uconn's top WR was OUT), the DL better than previous weeks. But it is UConn so cannot take anything out of it.  We still get gashed by runs (UConn was 2nd worst in FBS entering the game) and we make every QB look like Tom Brady for at least a half.  It is going to make COnnor Cook look legit.  But again considering the short fields and awful turnovers by Devin they did ok.  If these turnovers continue at a 2-3+ per game clip it wont matter.

CR7

September 21st, 2013 at 11:37 PM ^

Much better this week than last. Too many open receivers in the first half. Pass rush stepped up and DB's clamped down in the second half and we saw dividends.

LSAClassOf2000

September 21st, 2013 at 11:40 PM ^

We gave up only 206 yards, a vast improvement over the last two games. Given the fact that UConn only managed to run 57 plays on offense, that means we gave up about 3.6 yards per play, which is also a big improvement. I will definitely take that going into the conference schedule. 

MJ14

September 21st, 2013 at 11:41 PM ^

If not for the defense Michigan would have lost to two of the worst college football teams in the last two weeks. You switch out Joe Bolden for Jake Ryan and this defense looks dang good going into Big Ten play. But I will say this, I think Chris Wormley needs more snaps. Looked to be making plays when Michigan needed them.

Jonesy

September 21st, 2013 at 11:42 PM ^

We still can't cover a soul, and our defensive line only looks decent when goign up against the worst offensive line in the country.  So, no, this game doesnt make me feel any better about our defense.

stephenrjking

September 21st, 2013 at 11:44 PM ^

Defense did everything it had to against an inferior opponent. Just about what it should have been.

Though I am a bit concerned about the backfield. Naturally, an under-talented UConn team won't stretch the defense; on that last play, though, you can see that Avery was completely burned by the receiver (85 or 86, couldn't tell, very tall) and that a good throw to that receiver would've resulted in a UConn TD. Good thing that wasn't the read.