Oct 13, 2012; Ann Arbor, MI, USA; Michigan Wolverines defensive coordinator Greg Mattison during the third quarter against the Illinois Fighting Illini at Michigan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-US PRESSWIRE

Michigan Football: Tidbits from MaizeMan -- Miscellaneous Thoughts

Posted at 4:00pm — 10/22/2012

Michigan Football: Tidbits from MaizeMan — Miscellaneous Thoughts

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3. I still content the biggest question for Michigan football in 2013 is not who will play quarterback, but will Lewan return for another season. Being a first year quarterback is tough enough, but to have to play with four new offensive linemen and depending on what they do with Schofield, having 2 new OT’s, is not a formula for offensive success.

7) Word I get is that everyone at Michigan was elated when Gibbons hit that field goal, not only because Michigan won, but they realize behind the scenes that there is much more work to do before Michigan gets to where it wants to be. Mattison frequently talks about how our defense is not even close to where he feels it should be in order to win Big 10 championships consistently, so my assumption based on that statement is that our offense is really way behind. However, when you talk to some close to the program they will tell you they are using the “Mattison philosophy” when it comes to offense, in that they have concentrated a great deal to make sure we are going to be very strong up front and get top notch (“cerebral” type”) quarterback’s. This is why despite our OL depth getting better yearly the plan is to recruit a minimum of 4 and hopefully 5 in every class.

8) One of the frequent comments I hear is how much better our “scout team” is on a weekly basis. While there has been a huge focus on frosh OL the most intense players seem to be on the defensive line – players like Strobel, Henry, and Godin are all what Hoke likes to call “football players”. One coach has commented that “Strobel is going to play quite a bit next year” and “Henry is tough to block”.

This is a part of development that had been sorely missing at Michigan during the past decade. Talented OL and DL, and even when we had talent in both lines coaches did not let them “go at it” like Hoke and Mattison like to do.

Its going to be very tough to run on Michigan in the future, but a huge emphasis on younger DL’s is pass rushing technique, when Mattison was asked “When do you know UM is where you want them to be” His answer “They probably will never be there, but they will be very close when we can get consistent pressure on any QB with just 4 guys”.

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