Past Players(that didn't work out) in Don Brown's Defense

Submitted by WoodleyIsBeast on October 14th, 2016 at 1:28 PM

Random Bye Week question:


Which ex-Michigan players do you think would thrive in Don Brown's defense that did not have much success during their time in Ann Arbor?


I would love to see Marvin Robinson at the Peppers position, as well as Pipkins at NT.  


Mr Miggle

October 14th, 2016 at 3:17 PM ^

than he was at safety. He came in with a big rep and made some big plays and big hits. I know he was an All-American, but he was a boom or bust player on the field, too many breakdowns in coverage. He was not a bad player by any means, but I think he had the potential to be a lot better.


October 14th, 2016 at 6:45 PM ^

Despite a lot of talent, never really used properly, but was still one of the best players on some trainwreck defenses.  Still was good enough to get drafted and go on to have a solid NFL career that is still going well past the average career length (albeit as a bit of journeyman).


October 14th, 2016 at 1:32 PM ^

NT is not that different in Brown's scheme compared to Mattison's.  Pip would have done fine in Brown's scheme....if he didnt have Mone and Glassgow ahead of him on the depth chart.

Robinson...I dunno....he just looked awkward everywhere.


October 14th, 2016 at 1:41 PM ^

Maybe, but Ryan seemed better suited for old-style OLB play that has been replaced by the Peppers position. He did fine at MLB but it limited some of his strengths. IMO.

I think Todd Howard would have been a good fit in the Peppers spot. Athletic and aggressive, occasionally undisciplined in coverage. Seems to fit.


October 14th, 2016 at 1:48 PM ^

Jonas Mouton.

Edit: didn't pick up on the "didn't work out part" right away. But damn, would loved to have seen him play a McCray role (under Don Brown). One of very few defensive bright spots during the RR era.

Sac Fly

October 14th, 2016 at 1:41 PM ^

Cam Gordon. Damn, that guy could hit but he couldn't wrap up to save his life.

If Gordon learned any technique whatsoever he could have been a pretty good player.


October 14th, 2016 at 2:02 PM ^

as it is about the overall defensive coaching staff.  Somehow, I think a lot of Michigan's DBs and safeties of "yesteryear" would be even better with the level of coaching Harbaugh has brought to Ann Arbor.  The linebackers would be better too given Don Brown handles linebackers.  As for the D line, I think Glenn Steele, Brandon Graham, and others did just fine with the coaching they got during their years.