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Michigan football particular groups coordinator Chris Partridge speaks with the media on Thursday, April eleven, 2019, in Ann Arbor.
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There have been plenty of questions surrounding Michigan soccer’s offense this spring. 

But we’ve not forgotten concerning the defense. That group takes middle stage in this week’s mailbag. 

Does coach (Mike) Zordich’s tackle what happened on the Ohio State recreation offer you concern for a way (Michigan) might play defense towards different teams with velocity next yr? — @Garbo824

This was a relatively fashionable question this week. For many who weren’t aware, when asked for his thoughts on the Ohio State loss, cornerbacks coach Mike Zordich stated this week it was more a matter of execution than recreation plan. Asked further if it has been business as typical when it comes to protection work this spring, sticking primarily with press-man, Zordich stated yes, it was. 

Ohio State receiver Okay.J. Hill (14) runs for a first down towards Michigan in the course of the second half at Ohio Stadium, Nov. 24, 2018. The Buckeyes gained, 62-39. (Photograph: Junfu Han, Detroit Free Press)

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“The way we play man, we have built-in protection modes, you could say, because of all the rubs and picks (teams run against us),” he said. “Yeah, zone takes care of (those) right away but in some of our man schemes we do have that zone principle involved. We have some checks involved. It’s all there. It’s just execution.”

Michigan is primarily a press-man team. That’s not going to change, it’ll continue to be what Don Brown runs as long as he is employed as the defensive coordinator. Same time, Zordich has a point. Michigan does have some zone concepts that it uses. Michigan used zone and some coverage checks during the Ohio State game last year. Those were in the game plan, and used early. 

The problem? 

Ohio State knew exactly what those checks would be, when Michigan would use them and how to get around them. Every time Michigan countered, Ohio State and then-offensive coordinator Ryan Day had another counter that was better. Was every call perfect? No. Did Michigan run the same defense for three-and-a-half hours without trying something else? No. Michigan tried everything it had that day. None of it worked. The execution was far from perfect, as Zordich noted. 

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Michigan either overestimated how fast its own defense was in relation to Ohio State’s skill players or underestimated how fast Ohio State was. On top of that, Day and head coach Urban Meyer had the better game plan. 

I know people want a more complicated answer to what turned into a gigantic problem. But, in my view, there isn’t one. 

So, if you’re Michigan, you internalize it and you move on. Brown’s group was shredded by Penn State in 2017 and bounced back from that pretty well. OSU quarterback Dwayne Haskins is gone, but its receiving corps is still very fast. Michigan might be…