I will admit that I am not very familiar with Boston College defensive coordinator Don Brown, who will reportedly be named Michigan’s new defensive coordinator. He spent the last three seasons as the Eagles’ coordinator and coached the linebackers. Brown is 60 years old and has spent most of his career at the lower levels of football (Ivy League, Division I-AA, FCS, etc.). He was UMass’s head coach from 2004-2008 before behind defensive coordinator at Maryland (2009-2010), Connecticut (2011-2012), and then Boston College.
Here are some of his numbers from this past season:
2015: #4 in scoring defense, #2 in rush defense, #8 in pass defense, #1 in total defense, #20 in sacks, #1 in tackles for loss, #38 in interceptions, #5 in Defensive FEI, #3 in Defensive S&P+
Hit the jump for more on Brown.
This past year, he had two First Team All-ACC members: DT Connor Wujciak and LB Steven Daniels. Safety Justin Simmons (2nd team), LB Matt Milano (3rd team), DE Mehdi Addesmad (honorable mention), and DE Harold Landry (honorable mention) were also honored.
Brown ran more of a 4-3 Over this past season, or a 4-2-5 against spread teams. Although BC went 3-9 in 2015, they put up pretty good fights against ranked teams. They lost 14-0 to Florida State, 19-16 to Notre Dame, and 34-17 to #1 Clemson (who averaged 38.5 points/game).
It will be interesting to see how things shake out defensively, where Michigan was previously more of a 3-4 team.
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