Michigan defensive line coach Greg Mattison says he could have coached a number of places in 2015 if he wanted, but he chose to stay with the University of Michigan to be a part of the staff working with Jim Harbaugh. After returning to Michigan to be a defensive coordinator for Brady Hoke, Mattison decided to stay put even if it meant taking on a lower profile position on Michigan’s staff.
“I had a number of offers (elsewhere), some in the NFL and things like that,” Mattison said Thursday, per MLive.com. “But I made up my mind that if I had the opportunity, I’d love to stay. And I did. So, I stayed.”
Mattison has spent decades coaching in college and in the NFL, and he has been a well-respected coaching assistant over the years. His decision to come to Michigan to coach for Hoke was a big move, and his decision to remain a part of the staff under Harbaugh was a nice result for the new head coach.
Mattison’s decision to return to Michigan under Hoke was influenced by an opportunity to be closer to his family. That ability to remain nearby was also a part of the decision to stay at Michigan as a defensive line coach.
Michigan’s defenses was ranked third in total defense in the Big Ten last season, trailing only Penn State and Wisconsin. The Wolverines allowed the second fewest yards per play among Big Ten teams and trimmed approximately four points off its defensive scoring average in 2014 from its 2013 total.