Michigan Football: 3 thoughts on Don Brown and his defense

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There are two numbers that make Michigan football fans cringe when they hear them spoken aloud: 63 and 56.

Combined, those two numbers add up to 119, which is the number of points Michigan football has given up to Ohio State in the last two seasons.

In yardage, Don Brown’s defense has allowed 1,144 total yards in the last two meetings to the Buckeyes (567 in 2018 and 577 in 2019).

Ohio State spoiling otherwise promising Michigan football seasons has become the norm, but naturally, when things go south, especially against your rival, over and over again, there is going to be some finger pointing.

Fairly or unfairly, a lot of fans wanted to point that finger at defensive coordinator Don Brown.

After being rumored for the Boston College job that was recently taken by former Ohio State defensive coordinator Jeff Hafley, coupled with Brown being on the recruiting trail not long after the OSU game, all signs are pointing towards Brown staying at UM.

His track record certainly speaks for itself, as he has had Michigan ranked in the top 10 in total defense in three of the four years he has been the DC and in the top 15 all four years.

However, when his defense gets exposed against Ohio State in back-to-back years, it is hard not to wonder if he could be doing anything different.

Here is why all eyes will be on Don Brown in Michigan’s New Year’s Day bowl game against Alabama.

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