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 -- The Future

Posted at 12:00pm — 12/13/2013

Michigan Football: Tidbits from MaizeMan — The Future

This is a small sample of MaizeMan’s post on the message board.

I expect on opening day next year we see a much more physical football team. Enough of talking about it, its been 3 years, its time to see some results.

I expect to see some semblance of safety play, somebody who can make a play, any play. Mattison has to be able to construct a defense that does not have to protect our safeties. We have a good deal of candidates with plenty of size and talent.

I expect our defense to be able to force our opponents into a one dimensional game. And that means, STOP THE RUN. How many times have we heard this, we need to stop the run, but yet even the most average running teams seem to be effective against UM and most troubling they seem to get successful in crucial times of the game. With our experience next year on the DL and especially having all our LB’s returning, including a healthy Ryan, this must improve.

There are many issues with our offense which I think incoming talent and experience will improve substantially next year, it is the defense that concerns me.

1...GBMWolverine...M...AvatarHere is an opinion, UM has not been a great offensive team for at least 7 years. Now before you quote me stats, make sure you go back and tell me the stats when we played against a “good defense”. Of course, good defenses will lower any offenses production, but my contention that when it comes to UM we have some great offensive games, against poor teams and then just cannot make a 3rd and 2 against any defense with a pulse. It has happened under Hoke, it happened under RR, and it happened in Carr’s later years.

So, for argument sake, I will buy into the “talent excuse”, but that goes away next year.

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