The first major change to the coaching staff of Michigan Wolverines head coach Jim Harbaugh was announced earlier this afternoon, as maligned defensive coordinator Don Brown was given his pink slip after five years on the job in Ann Arbor.
And while Brown earned the wrath of the fan base over the years following several disappointing losses, not everyone is categorizing today's news as an early Christmas gift.
While some fans are happy with the change in direction, several others are disappointed that Harbaugh isn't departing with Brown.
Don Brown being fired means Christmas came early for me! Let’s Go Blue〽️〽️〽️ @UMichFootball
— Shea Common (@shea_common_0) December 22, 2020
so harbaugh is next right..? cause don brown wasn’t the issue.. https://t.co/7wpJndSRYs
— fifty shades of jai. (@killlajam) December 22, 2020
Don Brown was a great guy to have representing Michigan. His defenses were elite during his early stages in Ann Arbor. I hope his legacy at least partially reflects that and not just how it ended.
That said, very excited for a new voice and new direction with Michigan's defense.
— Scott Bell (@sbell021) December 22, 2020
So Don Brown is the fall guy at Michigan and not Jim Harbaugh. Brown should of been fired after 2018 https://t.co/YPR7zntaQ1
— RustyRages (@RustyRages) December 22, 2020
Unpopular Michigan football hot take:
I'd rather keep Don Brown and get rid of Jim Harbaugh if we have to have one or the other.
— Kyle Schwerin (@KleShreen) December 22, 2020
Scapegoat. In his tenure as Michigan’s DC, Don Brown has proven over and over again, he has the Tool Box, he just didn’t have the tools the last few years…and that falls squarely on Recruiting.
— Bill (@Bill16748652) December 22, 2020
Thank the heavens…no more Don Brown
— Coach J (@POROCProduction) December 22, 2020
Don brown got let go, nothing but respect for the guy but this needed to happen
— Noah (@GoBlueUpdates2) December 22, 2020
Coming in late on this. 2 years ago, I wanted a Don Brown bobblehead, so it's jolting how fast it fell apart.
I know he didn't have the guys this year. But the breakdowns in big games against top offenses and failure to adjust in-game were getting worse. Change was necessary. https://t.co/huRmUClk7x
— Ian Casselberry (@iancass) December 22, 2020
@KirkHerbstreit what is Michigan thinking firing Don Brown? The guy has one bad season and you get rid of him! Unbelievable!
— Scott Barrick (@coachbarrick123) December 22, 2020
Say this about Don Brown, his defense in 2016 deserved much better that 10-3. Wilton Speight had a LOT to do w that and the offense did him ZERO favors in the Iowa or O$U games
That 2016 Mich team was good enough to hang w Alabama or Clemson, maybe not win, but they would hang
— MattC (@MattC2334) December 22, 2020