Michigan Parting Ways With Defensive Coordinator Don Brown

There has been a coaching change made in Ann Arbor. It just may not be the coaching change Michigan fans want.

On Tuesday, Bruce Feldman with The Athletic tweeted that the Wolverines had dismissed defensive coordinator Don Brown.

Was this the correct move? It’s hard to say. Michigan’s defense struggled this season, but as Feldman points out, this year looks like more of an outlier than the norm. In yards per play allowed, this is how the Wolverines have ranked nationally over the last five years:

  • 2020: No. 56
  • 2019: No. 10
  • 2018: No. 8
  • 2017: No. 6
  • 2016: No. 2

Now, the argument could be made that this was a unit heading in the wrong direction year-over-year and that some of Brown’s in-game adjustments were questionable at best. But there are still fans out there wondering if they got rid of the wrong guy.

It looks like Jim Harbaugh is safe, and not just for next season.

Brown is 65 years old, so it will be interesting to see where he lands next. Prior to joining Michigan in 2016, the longtime defensive coordinator had stops at Boston College, UConn, Maryland among other programs.

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Written by Clint Lamb

Clint Lamb is a College Football Writer for OutKick. Managing Editor for Roll Tide Wire. Sports radio host for The Bullpen on 730/103.9 The UMP. Co-host for The 'Bama Beat podcast through The Tuscaloosa News and TideSports.com.


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  1. Jim Harbaugh can flat out coach. This was supposed to be a year to rebuild anyway with senior QB leaving the program and a weird COVID seasons. Next year Michigan will bounce back in a big way and will get 8-10 wins. This is a phenomenal win rate for Harbaugh at Michigan (and also for the majority of his coaching career). For any teams not named, Alabama, Clemson, or Ohio State, would be a HOF resume.

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