ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Being Michigan’s defensive captain on the top defense in the Big Ten, Joe Bolden isn’t a fan of today’s high-powered spread, pass happy offenses you see in modern day college football.
In fact, Bolden, who anchors U-M’s No. 2 ranked defense, says football is about going head to head, and whomever “executes” better, wins this game, he explains. <P>
“Personally I was always raised defense and running the football always wins games for you,” Bolden said. “It’s really painful to watch teams put up 60, 70 points up on the board each week. In my opinion, that’s not football and that’s like a basketball score. It was not how football was supposed to be. Football was supposed to be run downhill at one another, and whoever executes and get their job done the best on that play, will win that play.”
Adding: “More plays you win, the more you have a chance to win the game.”
Well, he may be right when No. 18 Michigan (4-1, 2-0 Big Ten) plays host to No. 13 Northwestern (5-0, 2-0) this Saturday at 3:30 p.m. ET. It really could come down to which defense executes better, considering both don’t let their opponents see the scoreboard very much. NW gives up 7.0 points, which is No. 1 in the country; U-M is No. 2 giving up 7.6.
However, Bolden was quick to add that both defenses will not face each other on Saturday, so comparing them means nothing in the outcome.
“I think coach (Jim) Harbaugh hit the nail on the head saying ‘two defenses aren’t going to play against each other,’” Bolden said when asked to compare the two defenses. “If they don’t get any yards on offense, and they don’t score any points. Then you can’t win a football game if you don’t score any points.”
“The fact that we know we can play really extremely good defense is always a good thing. But it always comes back to practicing and preparing for that week and executing when it comes down to it. From back end up, it’s really a good feeling when you can trust everyone on the field at the same time.”
The Intensity of Defensive Coordinator D.J. Durkin, is another level, says Bolden.
“I have never met a guy with more passion and I might make up a word, explosive-bility, in the meeting room. It’s really unreal,” Bolden said of Durkin. “He’ll be in the meeting room, and just out of nowhere the guys passion just overtakes him. “It really the same when you’re talking about Coach Harbaugh. Just a defensive guy and his enthusiasm for the game is unreal. I think that really transfer over to all the guys on defense.”