Michigan fans rejoice!
Now come back down to earth.
This really is a solid hiring and a big win for the University. Hoke received mixed reactions but Mattison is about as good as you could have imagined the new defensive coordinator to be.
Greg Mattison has only been a defensive coordinator in the NFL for two years, his main experience has been in the Big Ten and with Notre Dame and Florida. Three items that jump out about his history for Michigan fans are that he has coached in Florida and has seen the SEC and all the speed and talent everyone claims to be superior there. Second, he knows what Big Ten football is all about. He has significant mid west ties and significant Big Ten and Michigan roots. Lastly, he understands what it takes to play the game at the very highest levels. I’ve seen some people point out that the Baltimore D isn’t what it once (Buckeye fans perhaps?) was but they were still the No. 5 rushing defense in the NFL this year and were a playoff contender. He still has worked with Ed Reed and Ray Lewis, Haloti Ngata and Terrell Suggs.
To me this hiring has one major impact above all else right now. It changes recruitment. If you are a defensive prospect and a guy looks you in the face and says I coached Ed and Ray and Haloti and I believe I can get you to that level. It’s hard to not believe him.
We all know that the defense will change dramatically this year and if there is any decent progress look out for next year’s recruiting class at Michigan.