U-M's Robinson comfortable with new scheme

April, 1, 2010
Michigan defensive coordinator Greg Robinson met with reporters today for the first time since the end of the 2009 season, a year he'd just as soon forget. You can check out a sampling of his comments here.

Robinson opened his media session with an April Fool's joke.

"We've gone to a 6-2-3 scheme," he said. "We're playing with six defensive linemen and it’s very aggressive."

Michigan won't use six down linemen this fall, but it will fill the defensive backfield with five players on many snaps. The Wolverines are working in the 3-3-5 defense this spring, and while Robinson is pleased with the alignment, he downplayed the degree of what has changed.

He said much of the package is similar to what Michigan ran last year, though the terminology is new. And while Robinson has used the scheme before, Michigan's entire defensive staff approved the change and contributed ideas.

"It's totally different working with the staff, talking our language is the same," he said.

I heard a lot about improved communication on defense before the 2009 season, but the results didn't show it on the field. Michigan clearly needed to shake things up on D after last fall, and the new scheme, which emphasizes speed and versatile players like linebacker/defensive end Craig Roh, appears to fit Robinson and the players.

"It's night and day different, " Robinson said.



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