Secondary

Submitted by Craig on September 17th, 2009 at 11:30 AM

I can't remember when Michigan has had a good secondary in recent memory. Is it just me, or has our secondary been sub par for a long time? Maybe I'm missing something. I know, that this last Saturday they were going up against two of the best receivers in the country, but I must say I had flashbacks to The Horror and other games with the secondary's performance. Maybe some input from more informed observers would help. Thanks.

Comments

Magnus

September 17th, 2009 at 12:11 PM ^

I guess it depends on what you mean by "subpar." We've had a lot of decent players in the secondary, especially at corner, but that hasn't necessarily translated into lights-out pass defense.

Personally, I think our secondary would look better if our defensive line performed better. I've been disappointed with our defensive line for several years, and I think that opens up problems for our coverage.

Six Zero

September 17th, 2009 at 12:12 PM ^

Ernest "The Razor" Shazor.... miss that guy. Remember the pure joy when he popped the ball loose with 2 minutes left in that Purdue game and set up the win??

BONUS: Remember the shock when he went undrafted???

J. Lichty

September 17th, 2009 at 1:38 PM ^

While I think all of Gittleson's charges would have benefitted from Barwis. Shazor did not flame out on draft day because of his physical tools - he did very poorly on the wonderlic test and also, iirc, some psych issues were identified during pre-draft testing.

I think we will all recall that he like a ton of bricks, but often also thought like one. He took terrible angles.

If anything Shazor may have benefitted from Gerg switching him to linebacker (although Brown is reportedly a smart player so no guarantees).