January 1, 2013; Tampa, FL, USA; Michigan Wolverines defensive tackle Ondre Pipkins (56) against the South Carolina Gamecocks works out prior of the 2013 Outback Bowl at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Michigan Football: 2013/2014 -- Defense -- Part I

Posted at 6:00am — 1/9/2014

Michigan Football: 2013/2014 — Defense — Part I

As promised lets talk defense today.

Not as sexy as offense, but just as, if not more important. Michigan’s defense 2013 was too small, played too slow, and too passive. Nasty physical play has to be the primary goal this spring. The number 25 is symbolic of UM problems on defense. WE generated ONLY 25 sacks and created only 25 Turnovers.

When you leading tackler is a corner and 3 of your top 7 tacklers are DB’s you are not playing good defense! Neither number or stat is acceptable. To top off it all off, UM gave up way too many long plays. If this does not change, UM will struggle again next season regardless what happens on offense.

Defensive Tackles:

Losing Pipkins was huge, he is UM’s only legit 1-tech. Q-Wash gave it his best, but no one will convince me he is a legit D Tackle. Getting Pipkin back and healthy is a must. So is developing a solid back up.

I really like the potential of UM’s 3-techs. Henry and Wormley both showed solid play at times.

Both need to have excellent off seasons to get bigger and stronger. But the basic skills are there. Add in Poggi and Hurst, who have very good skills and the future at 3-tech is looking up.

Apr 13, 2013; Ann Arbor, MI, USA; Michigan Wolverines head coach Brady Hoke talks to defensive tackle Willie Henry (69) defensive end Mario Ojemudia (53) and defensive tackle Ondre Pipkins (56) during the Spring Game at Michigan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Defensive Ends:

I think the Strong Side DE’s will be OK. Godin, Strobel, and even Wormley are showing the ability to be good in the C-Gap. Rush DE is another matter. Clark is OK, I like Taco better at Strong Side, and that, that leaves Mario. Mario (IMO) is a real key. He has the fast twitch skills to provide a pass rush. Not taking anything from Taco. If he can develop into a strong side DE he will give UM a strong push from the strong side to help the quick/rush DE.

Developing a pass rush has to be project #2.

In Part II, we will discuss Linebackers, Corners, and Safeties.

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