Michigan Football: Coach’s Corner — To replace Montgomery

Posted at 7:00am — 2/24/2013

Michigan Football: Coach’s Corner — To replace Montgomery

It was reported on Saturday that defensive line Coach Jerry Montgomery decided to take the Oklahoma Sooner job and informed Michigan on Friday. Sounds he is making this decision not based on money, but lifestyle change is the best way to subscribe it.

We wish Coach Montgomery the best, but believe we are in very good hands with Coach Mattison and Coach Hoke who have both worked with the defensive line since arriving in Ann Arbor. Some readers/posters complained during this season of having to much attention to the defensive line group and now after Coach Montgomery left they are complaining once again about losing a coach to another program.

Remember when Coach Hoke hired Coach Montgomery? Most Michigan fans said “who”? Well after a couple of seasons he has proved to be a good defensive line coach with the help of Coach Hoke and Coach Mattison along with being a very good recruiter as well. That to us will be the biggest thing to replace — his recruiting ability. That to us is the #1 thing to replace a tireless worker on the recruiting trail.

Sep 1, 2012; Arlington, TX, USA; Michigan Wolverines defensive line coach coach Jerry Montgomery signals with head coach Brady Hoke on the sidelines against the Alabama Crimson Tide at Cowboys Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

To us here at GBMWolverine we wish him well and shows that Coach Hoke and staff hired some very good coaches if other programs are trying to poach them from this program. A few years ago readers complained about former Coach Carr and RR that their assistant coaches were never approached for other job offers and now people are complaining that we lost one now. Michigan fans are never happy that is for sure.

Coach Montgomery called the recruits that were committed to Michigan in the 2014 class and told them that he was leaving, that he wouldn’t be recruiting them to Oklahoma and said they belong at Michigan. To us, that is a class act and wish him well in the future.

We here at GBMWolverine have a few questions on where does the staff go from here.

Let us start with two questions:

Defensive line or a coach at quarterback position.

Most likely:
Defensive line interior or a linebacker coach.

January 1,2013; Tampa, FL, USA; Michigan Wolverines head coach Brady Hoke talks with defensive coordinator Greg Mattison against the South Carolina Gamecocks during the first half of the 2013 Outback Bowl at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Qualifications:
At this time of the year and with 2013 being a little on the critical side — proven experience needed over a name NFL guy who has never coached. Teaching along side the Michigan model put in place by Hoke critical — instead of get some horses and kinda coach.

But the most important thing is recruiting ability at least equal to Montgomery. The new coach must be tireless and likeable.

Market:
Bad timing as Oklahoma has raided Michigan at a bad time, and Michigan is not prone to all out raiding behavior, but little choice exists.

Factors:
Stoops is very persuasive, no doubt other possibilities discussed.

Michigan can clearly document to recruits great talent remains on defensive line staff since Coach Hoke arrived both he and Coach Mattison have worked with the defensive line.

Time:
Should be done by start of spring practice, but this is tight and the team could survive taking a few weeks and getting the right choice.

We believe at this time Coach Hoke and Coach Mattison being quality defensive line coaches a A+ recruiter is priority #1 no matter what position group they decide to fill at this time especially with the new NCAA rules going into effect this football season of being able to contact recruits as much as they want along with whatever types of social media as well.

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Written by GBMWolverine Staff — Doc4Blu, CoachBT, and ErocWolverine

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Topics: #GoBlue, Coach Brady Hoke, Coach Greg Mattison, Football, Go Blue, Michigan Wolverines, Oklahoma Sooners, Recruiting

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