Should this Wolverine Defense have a nickname?

Submitted by PeterKlima on October 10th, 2016 at 3:56 PM

Brian shared some pretty amazing stats about this defense after 6 games in his Game Summary post today:

  • S&P+ believes Michigan would give up 3.7 points to an average D-I team. Next best nationally, Clemson, is at 10.3.
  • Michigan is #1 in scoring D, YPP allowed, YPA allowed, opponent third down conversions, redzone trips allowed, and TFLs. They're #2 in sacks.
  • PFF reports that Michigan is pressuring the QB on 54% of passing snaps, and the national average is 29.5%.

And Michigan's backup defenders looked pretty good against Rutgers too. 

Personally, I think this defense is starting rival the '97 defense.  (I am looking for stats so I can see what percentage of the other teams offense the 97 D allowed vs. this year's team... if anyone knows.)

We all know about the great defenses of the past that were so impressive, they were nicknamed..... the "Steel Curtain," the "Purple People Eaters," the Nebraska "Blackshirts," the "Orange Crush," A&M "Wrecking Crew" etc.

This year's defense has great stats and also a lot of personality and swagger.  I think they might need a nickname at some point..... or is that too contrived?

If so, how about:

  • Brown's Big Blue Crew
  • The Blue Monster
  • Pepper's Posse
  • Don's Dudes

Etc.... bad idea?  Do my names suck? Or do we need to wait a few weeks to do this?



October 10th, 2016 at 8:41 PM ^

Let's put it this way: if this defense is going to have a cool nickname, it will come out of something one of the players says, or maybe some comment from a coach, but it won't happen because some commentor on a blog says "Hey, let's give this defense a nickname!"

If Brandon were still here, he might try to assign the defense a nickname, but it would be a total marketing gimmick and it would suck and everyone would hate it.

In short, it it's meant to be, it'll happen on its own.


October 10th, 2016 at 3:58 PM ^

It's too early. I would wait until after the season, if at all. Let's shut down OSU (and then our playoff opponents) and then talk about how good we are.


October 11th, 2016 at 10:47 AM ^

That BlueCrush is in use.  Try again.

EDIT:  Blitzkrieg!

All the original nicknames you sighted had some reference that many people were already familiar with.  Steel Curtain was a play on the Soviet Union’s Iron Curtain but rebranded for the Steelers.  Purple People Eater the name of a song in the 50 or 60s.  Blackshirts was a paramilitary group in Italy and so on.

So I would think something less contrived and in the spirit of other great nicknames would be appropriate.  Might I suggest Blitzkrieg.  Michigan’s defense is an attacking defense predicated on solving problems with aggression and incorporate a number of blitzes.  Hence Blitzkrieg!  Try it on.  Michigan’s Blitzkrieg defense destroyed the Scarlet Knights.


October 10th, 2016 at 4:01 PM ^

that this defense just proves to be "Regular Michigan Defense."  Then we wouldn't need a nickname for it, because it would be just how Michigan defenses are.