In my opinion, Don Brown was a solid defensive coordinator at Michigan who refused to make adjustments when playing against teams like Ohio State and other faster, more talented teams.
But Brown has been fired and it is now time to move on with the hopes that the Wolverines defense will learn to go toe-to-toe with the better offenses in college football.
On Sunday, Michigan made it official that they have hired Mike Macdonald to be their next defensive coordinator.
University of Michigan head football coach Jim Harbaugh announced Sunday (Jan. 17) the hiring of Baltimore Ravens linebacker coach Mike Macdonald as the program’s defensive coordinator. Macdonald, 35, joins the Wolverines’ coaching staff after seven seasons with the Ravens.
“Mike is an excellent defensive mind who is highly respected across the NFL,” said Harbaugh, the J. Ira and Nicki Harris Family Head Football Coach. “He has been a valuable member of the Baltimore Ravens staff, and shown a passion for teaching, coaching and developing his players. We are excited about everything that Mike brings to our defense, team and university, and look forward to welcoming him and his fiancé Stephanie to our Michigan Football family.”
“It is an honor to join Coach Harbaugh’s staff at the University of Michigan,” said Macdonald, Michigan’s Lester Family Defensive Coordinator. “I firmly believe in his vision and am excited to get to work. Our staff will work tirelessly to develop our young men both on and off the field — I cannot wait to meet and develop relationships with our players, staff, and community! Stephanie and I are excited to join the Michigan family, and we are very thankful for this opportunity — Go Blue!”
OFFICIAL: Mike Macdonald Named Michigan’s Defensive Coordinator
— Michigan Football (@UMichFootball) January 17, 2021