Today is Don Brown Day

Submitted by Blueinsconsin on December 20th, 2016 at 10:10 AM

December 20th, 2015, Don Brown accepted the job to become Michigan football's Defensive Coordinator after DJ Durkin left to lead the Maryland Terps.  A quick look at the stats reminds us that yes, he did make this defense extremely good in just one season.  What's your favorite Don Brown moment of the 2016 season?  Mine would be when he was asked during the offseason what he would change and he responded, "If I tell you, I have to take you out".

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cclittle

December 20th, 2016 at 10:18 AM ^

My favorite defensive moment was probably the first couple Penn State drives. It was made so very clear that PSU was going to get nothing that day. Even more impressive in hindsight, too. 

Perkis-Size Me

December 20th, 2016 at 5:50 PM ^

I feel fairly confident that if we met Penn State on the field again this year that we'd give them a very similar whoopin'. Maybe not by 5 TDs, but I'd say by 2-3 anyway. Their offensive gameplan is nothing more than throwing up Hail Mary's and hoping for the best. Just amazing how awful Wisconsin's secondary was in trying to prevent it. 

Barkley has never looked anything but ordinary when he's played us. McSorely spent the entire day running for his life. Those guys were outclassed in every possible facet of the game that day. 

beangoblue

December 20th, 2016 at 10:32 AM ^

I used to think coaching didn't matter as much as team talent and experience. After the stretch from 2007-2015, I've changed my mind. Coaching matters. A lot. I'm sure we had some senior-heavy teams under RR and Hoke that did not make our coaches look any better simply by being upperclassmen. Don Brown is worth whatever we pay him, in my opinion.

Blue Durham

December 20th, 2016 at 11:07 AM ^

more convinced that coaching matters more than the recruited talent. As Brian has mentioned, for Michigan prior to Harbaugh, the recruiting classes were fine, the problems were after they arrived in Ann Arbor.

Look at that successes at places like Michigan State, Wisconsin, and Stanford relative to their recruiting rankings the past decade.

Then conversely, look at the struggles of USC (after Carroll), Texas, Alabama (prior to Saban), Notre Dame, and, of course, Michigan (prior to Harbaugh).

Recruiting is important, but so is player development and game planning/calling. Good coaches are good to excellent at 2 of them and adequate at the other. Only the greatest coaches do all 3 very well.

RoseInBlue

December 20th, 2016 at 10:24 AM ^

The entire Rutgers game.  I mean, seriously, they didn't get a 1st down until half way through the 4th quarter.  I frequently watch the Every Defensive Snap video of that game on Youtube when I just need to feel awesome about something.

LSAClassOf2000

December 20th, 2016 at 10:46 AM ^

I am pretty sure that, one time, Don Brown blitzed Death, tackled it for a loss and forced it to punt back to him. 

In all seriousness, incredibly glad he is on staff and making was was already good something great. Like someone said about, Brown is worth every penny he gets at Michigan. 

Lou MacAdoo

December 20th, 2016 at 10:59 AM ^

All of my two year old's grandpas have big cop staches, so I taught him to do the Taylor Lewan finger stache every time he sees them. This has of course turned into him doing it to strangers in public. I wonder what Don Brown's reaction would be to this. My hope is that he'd call him a little dude.

ScruffyTheJanitor

December 20th, 2016 at 12:25 PM ^

but could you imagine being her date to Prom? I just imagine having to sit there akwardly while he sits still as a statue. The clock ticks as you begin to wonder if he's a wax replica. Sweat beads form on your forhead while time keeps passing. Finally, after a life time has passed, his moustasche twitches as he starts a full belly laugh. You laugh along with him, relieved, until he suddenly stops, leans forward and whispers, "I learned that in prison."