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

Michigan Football: Tidbits from MaizeMan -- Just Some Thoughts

Posted at 6:30am — 5/29/2013

Michigan Football: Tidbits from MaizeMan — Just Some Thoughts

Here is a small sample of what MaizeMan said in his message board post.

2) Recruiting, recruiting, recruiting. We have harped on this for the past 5-8 years. And there is a big difference in recruiting especially when it comes to defensive players. As I have watched practices (and games) for the past 5-8 years the thing that stood out to me the most was the lack of overall athletic talent on defense. Sure, we have had an occasional player or two who I would consider an impact player, but I have always maintained the reasons whey we struggled so much against spread or athletic offenses especially those who utilized a short passing game was we simply did not match up to them athletically.

And believe it or not, I still think we have some more recruiting to do, but the gap has narrowed substantially.

3) When you look at college football (especially in today’s game) a couple of things stand out. One, the schedule is huge, not only who you play, but where and when are they on the schedule. Two, Does those teams have experience at the quarterback position. And three, how athletic are they on defense.

To me, this is the secret to Alabama’s success. Its the athletic talent on defense. When yo go into a Saturday, you are going to see such different type of offenses, look at a year ago when we played Alabama, Air force, and then Notre Dame – all completely different. More and more teams have go to a spread offense, although I think that trend is now starting to reverse itself mainly due to the SEC conference and Alabama.

4) However, we still lack at a couple spots. One is Strong-side Defensive End which players like Wormley could eventually be that impact player or we could eventually move Taco over and although our cornerback’s are good, they are not elite type of athletes.

One big improvement now at Michigan is when you do not have elite athletic talent at a certain position, have very good depth, and this we now have almost across the board.

So, continue recruiting, work on player development (which also has vastly improved under Coach Hoke) and then go out an win some games.

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