On Monday, Jim Harbaugh announced that he hired Don Brown to serve as Michigan Football’s defensive coordinator. Brown spent the past three seasons coordinating the defense at Boston College. The Eagles defense leads the nation in eight defensive categories – total defense, rushing defense, scoring defense, red zone defense, first down defense, third down defense, fourth down defense and tackles for loss. The Eagles also rank third nationally in defensive efficiency, Michigan ranks 20th.
“We are very pleased and happy to announce that our top candidate and number one choice, Don Brown has accepted our offer to become defensive coordinator,” Harbaugh said in a statement. “After a very thorough search and talking with those I respect the most in this game, including Jack Harbaugh, John Harbaugh, Bill Belichick, Bob Sutton, Vic Fangio and others, it led me to Don Brown. Everything he has touched has turned to gold. Just look at his track record as a head coach, defensive coordinator and even as a baseball coach. We are beyond excited to welcome this high character, high achieving individual to our program and university. Teaching and player development are synonymous with coaching and Don Brown epitomizes those qualities.”
Here’s some reaction from others about the hire;
Detroit Lions safety, who played for Don Brown at UMass; “I think honestly with the adding of coach Brown, they’re definitely going to be in the running for a national championship – I think he’s that good of a coach,” Ihedigbo told The Detroit News.
Dan Murphy, ESPN
A proponent of chaos: Brown’s defenses rarely sit on their heels. In previous stops at Power 5 programs, his M.O. has been to overwhelm opposing offenses with constant blitzes he called “organized chaos.” That shouldn’t be a novel concept to Michigan’s defense. Durkin was also an aggressive play caller. Read the full article here: What to know about Don Brown.
Rich Thompson, Boston Herald
“He goes with a 4-3 front, but what he does with the linebackers is going to amaze you,” Boston Herald writer Rich Thompson told rivals.com. “They attack from all angles. And he’s very intense. You’d think the kids would hate him, but they’d run through a wall for him. He’s very animated, very loud and gets his point across. You’ll see it on game day.”
Dave Clawson, Wake Forest
“BC has a great defense,” Clawson said after Wake Forest beat Boston College 3-0 this season. “I said it many times: I think Don Brown is, if not the best, then one of the very best defensive coordinators in all of college football.”
Don Brown isn't a good defensive coordinator, he's a GREAT defensive coordinator. Huge for Michigan. https://t.co/PAA6PV3phZ
— Michael David Smith (@MichaelDavSmith) December 20, 2015
Michigan got really good today with the hiring of Coach Don Brown! The B10 should be afraid, very afraid…
— Steve Costello (@CoachStello) December 20, 2015
— Bruce Feldman (@BruceFeldmanCFB) December 21, 2015
RIP Big Ten. Brown is a mad scientist. https://t.co/8vOCiBuDFl
— Mark Ennis (@MarkEnnis) December 20, 2015
#Wolverines just hit a major home run in the DC hire of Don Brown. Grand Slam.
— Mike Farrell (@rivalsmike) December 20, 2015
— Coach Harbaugh (@CoachJim4UM) December 21, 2015
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