Sunday, June 11, 2006

D-Coordinator Ron English wants "Attitude"

During the Carr Wash 4 Kids, new Defensive Coordinator Ron English was interviewed on the radio on WTKA-AM (1050). He was asked if he had to describe his 2006 Michigan defense in one word what word would he use. English said that most people answering this type of question answer "aggressive" but the word he would use would be "attitude". Coach English went on to explain his answer by saying that he wanted a certain mind-set on the field. He said (and I'm paraphrasing) that the team won't surprise people with what we are going to do. We are going to just line up and say we are more talented than you and we think we can beat you.

To me this means that Coach English doesn't plan to do a lot of stunting, scheming or blitzing to cover weaknesses. The defense will line up in a base package and everybody better cover their assignment. Such a philosophy may work if you really have the best talent but I'm not sure that we do. I don't remember still seeing Charles Woodson or Marlin Jackson's names on the roster. This philosophy may be fine in June but I'm not so sure it will survive a Big Ten season intact. My attitude is one of wait-and-see. Go Blue!

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