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The Secondary Thursday, January 16, 2014 2:28 PM (permalink)
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http://www.mlive.com/wolv...es_michigans_seco.html



On 3rd and at least 10 to go this season, Michigan's opponents went 22 of 39 for 327 yards and 3 touchdowns this season. Not great.

Michigan allowed 42 passing plays of 20 yards or more (No. 69 nationally). That's quite a leap from the 25 it allowed last season. But that's not all. Michigan allowed 10 pass plays of 40 yards or more -- No. 73 nationally.

The Wolverines were gashed plenty this season, perhaps the low point coming in a last-minute 80-yard drive for a game-tying score against Penn State.

The numbers were bad, but Michigan's lack of an athletic, physical shut down corner completely hinders the way Greg Mattison calls his defense. Michigan couldn't blitz the way he wanted this season because he couldn't afford to put his corners on an island in man-to-man coverage.

Taylor and Countess battle like heck for smallish corners, but they're not big. Taylor is 5-foot-10, 183 pounds, Countess is 5-foot-10, 182. Michigan needs more skilled size on the edge defensively.

The good thing here? Jabrill Peppers is on the way. Couple his arrival with increased development of Stribling and Michigan might be in business.


Some ugly numbers there...

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Re:The Secondary Thursday, January 16, 2014 2:37 PM (permalink)
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Size has little to do with getting smoked on double moves or getting lost in coverage. The secondary has stunk since 2007 and it has little to do with size. If Peppers has crappy fundamentals and poor instincts he's going to get torched liked everyone else, assuming he plays CB to begin with.
 
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Re:The Secondary Thursday, January 16, 2014 2:42 PM (permalink)
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Look what you started, Scottsdale.
"Character wins in life and character wins on the football field." — Michigan coach Brady Hoke. 
 
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Re:The Secondary Thursday, January 16, 2014 3:26 PM (permalink)
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What peppers will need to do is attempt to not learn anything when he gets on campus and just play the way he’s been taught up to this point…unless we somehow hire a new DB coach, and that doesn’t look like it’s happening. Or he just simply needs to listen to Mattison and Mattison only.

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Re:The Secondary Thursday, January 16, 2014 4:24 PM (permalink)
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Size has little to do with getting smoked on double moves or getting lost in coverage. The secondary has stunk since 2007 and it has little to do with size. If Peppers has crappy fundamentals and poor instincts he's going to get torched liked everyone else, assuming he plays CB to begin with.

But.....I thought u were man crushing on coach Mallory?

Seriously we are and will be bad for the foreseeable future IMO.it will probably be bad enough to cost gmatt his job next year if be don't change his staff IMO.
 
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Re:The Secondary Thursday, January 16, 2014 4:57 PM (permalink)
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We have a plentiful crop of CBs but need these dudes to develop NOW:

Countess
Lewis
Stribling
Douglas
TRich
Taylor
Hollowell
Watson
Dawson
Peppers

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Re:The Secondary Friday, January 17, 2014 7:52 AM (permalink)
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Yeah the "no bodies" thing is no longer an excuse. Some talented recruits in there, too. I could see Reon Dawson move to safety for depth reasons but GMatt does love bigger corners!
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Re:The Secondary Friday, January 17, 2014 1:36 PM (permalink)
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Oh, there plenty of bodies- those bodies just need to be turned around and looking for the ball instead of facing the receiver that just ran by them...causing them to either get burned, or have the ball hit them is the helmet, back, arms, butt, legs- or wherever else.
 
I haven't been able to comprehend how we can play so far off the receivers and our corners and safeties are routinely chasing these guys after the ball is thrown.
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