Hopefully, we're not the screaming toddler driving everyone crazy. TAKE THE !@#$% PICTURE ALREADY!
Yet again, Michigan has the almost ritualistic opportunity of finding a new defensive coordinator. Say what you will about Scott Shafer, he is a good coach and I'm sure will have success elsewhere. But Michigan was not a fit for him. After the worse season in school history, someone had to be the scapegoat...and blame landed on Shafer. So who gets to fill his spot on Rodriguez's staff? Funny you should ask. We have a wishlist of sorts, of potential suitors. Who, we believe, would fit the role of Michigan DC very nicely.
Michigan Linebackers Coach
In 2007, he was named the All-American Football Foundation Top Assistant Coach.
From 2001 to 2003, he coached defensive backs exclusively at Southern Miss. In 2004, he returned to his alma matter, the University of Mississippi, where the secondary improved from 109th overall nationally to 49th in one season with Hopson.
He also held staff positions at Marshall (1996-2000) and Delta State (1993). While at Marshall, as DBs coach, they won the DIV 1-AA National Championship and also won 4 straight MAC titles.
I can see this happening because it really just seems to be the easiest and most obvious move. I mean the guy could probably keep his same office in Schembechler Hall. He's more of a up-and-comer than a proven coordinator. But he does have DC experience, which no doubt landed him the LB coach gig at Michigan this year.
Louisville Defensive Coordinator
Ron English embodies pretty much everything that is good about a talented, young and driven assistant coach. The players love him, but respect him. He has obvious Michigan ties, and could easily slip right back into his role here with very little effort.
English spent 3 seasons as DC for Michigan, 2005-2007. He also coached the secondary from 2003-2005.
The Louisville numbers only illustrate how much he was needed. They had a pretty bad defense on 07...English took them from 84th overall defense in 07 to 69th in 08. Not bad for a guy who felt pretty comfortable in Ann Arbor just one season ago. Realistically, he's a very outside shot at best. But this blog is throwing it's full weight and influence squarely in the corner of Ron English.
West Virginia Defensive Coordinator
So, odds are if he didn't make the trip up here last year, it's likely he's happy where he is. Or, maybe a year departed from Rodriguez and his fellow staff mas made him want a chnage? Who knows. But if Michigan were to land him, they'd be getting one of the most proven and talented DCs in the country. He's been consistantly good at WVU. Sure, they're Rodriguez's (and Barwis's) players, but they're his schemes. He runs the 3-3-5 that Rodriguez is so used to, and wants to ultimately install at Michigan.
Not a bad curve in terms of overall improvement, especially from 06 to 07. He's a contender for sure. And I wouldn't be surprised to see him in the mix as this search draws out.
Those are my top 3. Which also means that none of them will get the gig. I like English the best, though. I really think he has the most potential to succeed. We'll keep a close watch on this as news develops.