Thursday, August 20, 2009
Mailbag Question: Defensive and recruiting question since the Talbott recruiting
Coach and Eroc,
Well now that the Talbott brothers have committed are you guys feeling better about the defensive recruiting or more worried with players Michigan is getting now?
Thanks for the question.
We are happy that Michigan has added two defensive recruits. We are also happy that they are at positions of need: defensive line and the secondary.
We like that the Talbott brothers are both very good athletes who run very well. The fact that both are high motor, physical, football players just adds to the package.
One concern is the overall size of Michigan’s defense. How well will this type of defense stand up against some of the power running games featured in the Big Ten, and even Notre Dame, for the entire year? Previously, in the Big East, Coach Rod had to face true power offenses (with a light defense) only a couple of times per season.
It is possible Michigan's quickness and athletic ability could overcome this concern. We just prefer the type of defense used by LSU, USC, and others that feature one or two big defensive tackles that control the middle of the line and give an inside push that can stop the power running game, while forcing offenses to adjust to what the defense is doing.
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Written by CoachBt and ErocWolverine