Wash Post article on resurgent Michigan defense

Submitted by Moe Greene on January 2nd, 2012 at 2:16 PM

Great quote from RVB in this:


“I don’t think it had anything to do with buying in. It was more about staying in. When things started going wrong, you could see the team kind of fall apart a little bit,” Van Bergen said of past seasons. “Guys didn’t want to be too committed because if you’re too committed and things start going wrong, you can take a lot of the blame. . . .

“We’ve been through the worst of fires, we’ve been through the worst that can happen to us, so whatever these coaches tell us to do, let’s make sure we don’t have any regrets. We’re sitting here right now and I don’t think there’s a guy on the team probably too regretful about anything.”


Full article is at




January 2nd, 2012 at 3:22 PM ^

There is so much good in that article that its hard to contain.  Perhaps the greatest component though, is that while heading into the first BCS bowl in years, with arguably the greatest offensive threat in the country, the national press is basing an entire article about our defense--not offense.  That simple fact bodes incredibly well for the future of this team. 


January 2nd, 2012 at 3:55 PM ^

If there ever was a "decided schematic advantage," we have it with Greg Mattison.  I loved the quote from the VT staff about our large defensive playbook.  I'm glad Hoke decided to give Mattison a call last January.