Michigan’s defensive staff has undergone a complete overhaul. Head coach Jim Harbaugh left for the NFL and took with him the defensive coordinator, strength and conditioning coach, defensive backs coach, and defensive line coach. Oh yeah, and the linebackers coach to start the season was let go during the investigation.
It’s a pretty crazy change of faces considering Michigan just won a national title on the back of one of the greatest defenses in college football history.
Either way, Sherrone Moore and defensive coordinator Wink Martindale will have a chance to completely renovate the room. Here are five candidates that could be considered.
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Williams can honestly be either the linebacker or the defensive line coach. He spent last season as the defensive line coach at Colorado but was hired to the Syracuse staff as a linebackers coach earlier this offseason. Either way, he brings a wealth of knowledge to the defensive room.
He is a high-level recruiter who is young and hungry. On the surface, Williams shares a lot of personality traits with now-head coach Sherrone Moore. Both are young, hungry, and eager to win on the trail. Williams was on the Texas A&M staff that landed the highest-graded class in 247Sports history before moving to Colorado and notching a number of other high-level recruits. Michigan needs to improve their defensive recruiting (at least to keep the current roster intact) and Williams is one of the best people for the job.
LB coach: Drew Wilkins, New York Giants (formerly)
DB coach: Grant O’Brien, Purdue
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This seems like a dream hire to me. O’Brien spent 2021 and 2022 with Illions as a defensive backs coach and played a part in developing Kirby Joseph, Devon Witherspoon, Sydney Brown, Jartavius Martin, and Tahveon Nicholson. That’s five NFL players…
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Author : Wolverines Wire
Publish date : 2024-02-11 20:34:24
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