Monday, December 21, 2015

Michigan Monday: Picks Up A DC From BC

During Michigan's win streak this year when Michigan's defense was shutting out opponents,  I would keep looking at where Michigan's D stood nationally, it was always behind Boston College.  I also watched a bit of the BC - ND game at Fenway and saw that Boston College had a very good defense and a equally terrible offense on the other side.  

Per the Boston HeraldBrown, 60, led an Eagles defense that ranked No. 1 in the nation in total defense (254.3 yards allowed), was second in rushing defense (82.2) and eighth in pass defense (171.2). BC finished fourth in points allowed (15.3). Brown was named the 2015 Assistant Coach of the Year by the FBS American Football Coaches Association on Dec. 8.

So even though his name is a surprise, having BC's DC Don Brown heading to Michigan shouldn't be.   He wasn't even linked to the Michigan job and now (pending an official release)  is on his way to Ann Arbor.   If you worried that it's not completely 100%, Don has told his BC players and Jimmy is telling recruits.  It's official!

He is not a traditional Jimmy hire as he is 60 years old but sounds like a great pick-up for a guy that could lead Michigan's defense for many years and has head coaching experience at UMass and Northeastern.  

  • Michigan DB recruit David Long, De-committed to Stanford over the weekend.  It's a Michigan - Washington battle.

  • Michigan made Isaac Nauta's top 3 with Bama and Georgia.

  • Carlos Kemp won the Denver Post's Golden Helmet awards as Colorado's Best Player.

  • Kicker and PSU commit Quinn Nordin will take an official to A2 on 1/15, then to PSU and Baylor.  I'm concerned about the scholarship numbers in his recruitment.


Voice of Reason said...

I think Don Brown is a definite upgrade to Durkin, he's done more with less against better opponents. I know he's 60 but with Michigan trying to get back to their national championship caliber status, they need the right person that can help them do that regardless of age. He should give Michigan maybe 6-10 good years before he retires. G-Matt turned 66 on November 15th (I think) and may not be interested in the wear and tear of the DC position for the long haul. I do like G-Matt as a coach and I hope he can stick around for a long time but I don't think that will happen.

I think with D-Brown's LB/DB coaching experience he gives them some versatility. I personally like and prefer an attacking defense verses a passive one. Yes, you may get "caught" from time to time, but the reward out weighs the risk, plus his defenses can score points. I'd like to see him in action against the spread teams on our future schedule. Go Blue! IMHO!!!

M go Clean said...

Looking at the stats.......Brown has done a simply amazing job. BC has had very poor recruiting classes, and their offence doesn't sustain drives. This constantly puts the D on the field.... and with poor field position. Yet, they are #1 in total D, simply amazing!!! Very "Dantonio like" in player development. Rodriguez would be a super star coach with Brown as a DC!