Michigan Football: No need to panic about Jesse Minter

Syndication: Detroit Free Press
Syndication: Detroit Free Press /

Michigan football defensive coordinator Jesse Minter has interviewed with the Eagles for the defensive coordinator position but there is no need to panic. Here’s why. 

There was a certain portion of the Michigan football fanbase thinking, “Here we go again.”

That’s following the report that Michigan football’s defensive coordinator Jesse Minter interviewed for the same job with the Eagles recently according to Mike Garafolo.

It’s not the best news. It’s not what I wanted to hear. Michigan football just announced Chris Partridge last week and it seemed like the coaching movement was over.

Jim Harbaugh flirted with the NFL and after the Matt Weiss fiasco, Michigan football was prepared to move forward with its coaching staff.

Now, there is a question about that.

The Wolverines hired Minter last offseason away from Vanderbilt. He used to coach for the Ravens too and he was spectacular last season for Michigan football. The Wolverines went 45-23 in the Ohio State game, repeated as the Big Ten champions, but lost in the College Football Playoff.

Despite losing a number of starters, Minter did a stellar job. He was particularly good on third down where the Wolverines excelled. But when you win big, you are going to lose talented coaches and players. This is just par for the course.

Why Michigan football fans don’t need to panic

There’s no indication that Minter is the favorite for the job. We’ll see what happens but it doesn’t mean that he’s not happy. If a team that just played in the Super Bowl calls you, it’s hard not to listen, especially if Minter wants to coach in the NFL.

Only he can answer that. One thing I do know is that as a Michigan football fan if he does go, I’m not at all worried about replacing him.

Steve Clinkscale was the co-defensive coordinator and he’s more than ready for his opportunity to call a defense. I have complete confidence in him. Chris Partridge was also the co-DC at Ole Miss and could easily step into that role again.

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It’s not an ideal situation and it never helps with recruiting to lose your defensive coordinator, but in the long run, I’m not concerned because I know Jim Harbaugh already has the replacements on staff.