Michigan Football: Tidbits from MaizeMan — Michigan at Purdue — Initial Post-Game Thoughts
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Already watched the tape again.
1) This game to me was Coach Mattison once again proving he is a top Defensive Coordinator. Of course the kids have to produce, but we basically took Purdue completely out of their game. This is the type of offense Michigan has struggled trying to defend for almost a decade.2) Purdue is going to beat some teams. This is a good Big 10 team who is very talented at skilled positions.
3) The biggest improvement in the last four weeks has been the play of our defensive line especially in the interior. Big Will Campbell and Quinton Washington has eliminated insides runs and has given our linebacker’s free shots at opposing running back’s. Our ability to defend the run off the edge has also been impressive.
This was the kind of team I wanted to see if Michigan could defend. Purdue’s strengths have been our weakness on defense. And yet we really did well defending third downs which had been an issue coming into this game.
4) Offensively we gained a ton of yard rushing and I think offensive line was very physical at times. Either Fitz is having major issues with his vision or he has lost a step or two in terms of quickness. We have to get this improved we will not be able to move the ball against top defensive teams until we can establish the running game with our running back.5) Coach Mattison’s use of playing numerous players early in the season is starting to pay off. Not only has our depth improved and we see players like Cam Gordon, Brennen Beyer, and others make big plays, but I think it has made our starters better because they are being pushed every week. Kenny Demens may have had his best day today.
6) Keep reminding myself don’t get too high after a big win or too low after a loss, but this was a huge win for Michigan. A loss would of been devastating and they needed a big win. Next week we should handle Illinois and then get ready for Michigan State. A win against Michigan State could put Michigan into Championship position.
I really think a win against Michigan State will boost our confidence and it will take a very good effort to beat us after that.
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Written by GBMWolverine Staff — MaizeMan
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