By Ashley Dunkak
CBS DETROIT – After a mediocre football season for Michigan that included losses to rivals Ohio State and Michigan State, the Wolverines have made some changes on the coaching staff. On the offensive side, coordinator Al Borges was replaced by former Alabama coordinator Doug Nussmeier. On Thursday, Michigan revealed defensive adjustments.
While no one has been fired on the defensive side of the ball, plenty of moves have been made.
Head coach Brady Hoke, who had worked with the defensive line, will no longer do so. Defensive coordinator Greg Mattison will coach the linebackers. Curt Mallory had coached the entire secondary, and now he will work solely with the safeties. Roy Manning had worked with the outside linebackers, and now he will coach the cornerbacks. Mark Smith had worked with the inside linebackers, and he will be coaching the defensive line.
“Everyone on the staff and the kids are really excited about these changes,” Hoke stated in a press release. “Greg and I met and felt this was the best for everyone, including him and his ability to coach a position group and run a defense from the middle. When you look at Mark’s experience on the defensive line, then being able to split the secondary, where you have five positions and 20-plus guys, and with the way offense and passing has changed in college football, I think it balances our staff on that side of the ball.”