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Michigan defense working with urgency this spring

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Michigan’s defense in 2013 was in the middle of the pack in the Big Ten, which clearly is not good enough in Ann Arbor. Michigan defensive coordinator Greg Mattison is looking to get the 2014 Wolverines to play at a higher level in the fall.

“I always have a sense of urgency,” Mattison said according to before the Wolverines open up spring practices. “The bar was set here a long time ago with how you are supposed to play on defense. And if you don’t play that way? You could call it urgency.”

Mattison played a key role in setting the bar so high for Michigan’s defense. He was the architect of the dominant defenses Michigan used to play their way to a share of the 1997 national championship, which Lloyd Carr still laments sharing with Nebraska. He has also been a part of the coaching staff that helped developed a dominant force with the Baltimore Ravens in between his stints with Michigan.

Michigan ranked eighth in the Big Ten in scoring defense last season, allowing 26.8 points per game. The Wolverines were fifth against the run, seventh against the pass and fifth in total defense. Those rankings show that Michigan does not have that much higher to climb among Big Ten teams, but the school that finished first in each of those defensive categories won the Big Ten championship and Rose Bowl last season, Michigan State.

When the bar is set high in East Lansing, those in Ann arbor need to take notice. Mattison is well aware of the situation.

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12 Responses to “Michigan defense working with urgency this spring”
  1. ningenito78 says: Mar 10, 2014 10:25 AM

    Jabril Peppers should help.

  2. mogogo1 says: Mar 10, 2014 10:30 AM

    “Those rankings show that Michigan does not have that much higher to climb among Big Ten teams”

    That’s certainly the optimistic way to look at it. But one could just as easily say they don’t have much further to drop to be among the absolute worst.

  3. philliesblow says: Mar 10, 2014 2:15 PM

    If Hoke delivers another 4 loss (or more) season and the 49ers finally cut ties with Harbaugh, how long does Brandon wait to pull the trigger?

  4. dumbpollack says: Mar 10, 2014 3:57 PM

    Phillie, as a buckeye, I hope your wrong. I have been hoping he stays far far away from Ann Arbor.

    Peppers plays CB. Too far away from the ball.

  5. barkleyblows says: Mar 10, 2014 4:48 PM

    Well the good news for michigan is that defense can’t get any worse!

  6. sparty0n says: Mar 10, 2014 10:22 PM

    “Michigan defense working with urgency this spring”…. but in the end, it won’t matter

  7. bballnut50 says: Mar 10, 2014 10:52 PM

    Looking forward to the Gophers passing them this year! #SkiUMAH

  8. polegojim says: Mar 10, 2014 10:55 PM

    The D has been far from dominant or excellent and these are all his kids.

    It’s a ‘perform or vacate’ season for Greg… as it should be.

  9. dumbpollack says: Mar 11, 2014 11:50 AM

    Sparty, talk all the basketball smack you want but the football smack will end this year. Your a second tier football program in the Big 10 and always will be.

  10. sparty0n says: Mar 11, 2014 12:57 PM

    dumbpollack I look forward to your posts. I have even saved a few for future reference.

    All of your predictions are based on HOPE and not fact. Yet our only loss was stolen from us by the guys in the stripped shirts. Review the game tape for evidence. Listen to the comments from the broadcast crew.

    I’m not trying to say MSU is at Alabama’s level. However, there are really good teams in the B1G, and MSU is in the mix. But the team from Ann Arbor ain’t one of them. Y’all are living off past memories as if it is the current reality. All I got to left to say is Oct 25, 2014, its going to be fun!

  11. iwishwvuwouldbeatbama says: Mar 11, 2014 1:50 PM

    Great job big M! Got your boy in hoke glad its working for ya. Now that richrods guys are mostly gone i look for the offense to regress also! Hoke is lucky he still has richrods Gardner at QB or things would be much worse, though Hoke tries to put the losses on his QB.

  12. rocket1988 says: Mar 11, 2014 7:39 PM

    You can cry about the officials all you want. Go ask them if they called a halfback pass. You made all kinds of dumb moves in the ND game. Worry about UM not the Irish.

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