Update: Michigan announced on Feb. 20 that Mark Smith will coach the defensive line, Curt Mallory will coach the safeties, Greg Mattison will coach the linebackers, and Roy Manning will coach the cornerbacks.
Editor’s Note: Henson originally tweeted that Mark Smith was the defensive line coach, which we included in this post. However, it is Greg Mattison who is the defensive line coach according to MGoBlue.com. The story has been updated with the correct facts.
Michigan has been having a tough stretch as of late with applying pressure to the quarterback so a change of coaches could help the young pass rushers on roster. There are several players on the defensive line that should be making more of an impact, and should be getting to the quarterback. Frank Clark, Taco Charlton and a handful of others were recruited to disrupt the offense as much as possible, and that hasn’t happened.
Now I don’t think this is a type of situation where one or two coaching changes makes Michigan an instant contender, but it certainly doesn’t hurt them. Michigan has a lot of holes, but addressing them one by one, first removing OC Al Borges and replacing him with Doug Nussmeier, they are slowly but surely addressing their biggest flaws.
Next up, Coach Roy Manning will be coaching the LBs. Michigan’s 2014 recruiting class was full of LBs and Manning will get his shot to progress the commits, as well as progress players who have already made an impact on the field for UM. Jake Ryan will be back next year, so Manning’s cupboard is not completely bare.
The most significant commits in the 2014 class who could make an impact are Noah Furbush and Michael Ferns. These two I’ve compared to Michigan players already. Furbush resembles Jake Ryan, and Ferns could be a player similar to Desmond Morgan. Both will get their shot to play and impress the coaching staff in a year that will be all or nothing. The coaches know it, and the players know that if there is a similar season this year record-wise, the coaches will not be returning.
Changes are coming to Ann Arbor and Coach Hoke is doing his best to improve this team. Not dramatic changes, but changes nonetheless. Time is what is needed, but he has little. It will be an interesting year to say the least, but I am encouraged by Hoke trying to improve this team, regardless of what he has to do.