At first, Michigan defensive coordinator Greg Mattison said he wouldn’t watch the film of the 2010 Wolverines’ defense.
Mattison told ESPN, "I made a concerted effort when I came in here to say, 'I'm not going to watch it.’ What I wanted to do is give these players the benefit of the doubt and not to even talk about what's happened in the past. Those were good coaches here. I'm never going to second-guess guys who were here before."
Now, Mattison admits he has watched the film and feels better having done so.
"It helped me because in a lot of ways, I felt even stronger about what our mission is here," explained Mattison.
"I felt like, ‘Listen, we can get these guys to get back to that.’ I felt good about it. It probably drove me more the next day in running to make these guys step up to that level. Because they have it. It’s our job to get it out of them.”
Mattison, who served as the Baltimore Ravens defensive coordinator last season, is set to earn $750,000 per year as the Michigan defensive coordinator.
Our sources tell us that Mattison is actually feeling better after realizing his first 5 games next season are all at home and against Western Michigan, Notre Dame, Eastern Michigan, San Diego State, and Minnesota.
Had Mattison stayed with the Ravens, he could have started with the New York Jets, Peyton Manning, Pittsburgh Steelers, Harbaugh’s new offense with the 49ers, and Josh McDaniel’s new offense with the Rams.