Greg Mattison respects Don Brown, impressed with results

Interim defensive coordinator Greg Mattison discussed his familiarity with new DC Don Brown and the respect he has for the newest member of the coaching staff.

WINTER GARDENS, Fla. -- Although Don Brown was named the defensive coordinator for Michigan a few weeks ago, he will not be coaching the team during Friday's Citrus Bowl against Florida.

To serve in his place is a familiar face for the Wolverines, defensive line coach Greg Mattison. Mattison served as the defensive coordinator for previous head coach Brady Hoke and took on a position coach role when Jim Harbaugh took over.

Mattison is the grizzled veteran of the coaching squad and has been around many coaching staffs. One in particular he has followed closely which has lead him to become familiar with Brown and what he accomplished at Boston College.

"I've had a chance to speak with him and I know his former head coach very well in Steve Addazio," Mattison said. "Everybody speaks the world of him. I know him, I've known him and respect him. Everywhere and everything he's done he's been very successful."

"When you're as old as I am you meet guys all the time. Like I said, his head coach and I are very, very close friends and I followed their defense, I watched them. They've done a great job on defense. If you watched them they played extremely hard, they're very aggressive and all you have to do is watch them and watch their statistics to see how well they've done."

With Brown now entering the picture once the bowl game concudes, Mattison will go back to his regular duties of position coach. Despite someone new coming into the fold, Mattison isn't thinking about how he can contribute to the defense with a new coordinator in tow. In fact, all he's worried about is making this defense even better than it was last season.

"I don't ever think about bringing anything," Mattison said. "I'm going to coach like I coach. That's do everything you can to make Michigan and to make the defense as could as it can be. If every coach does that then you've got it, you've got what you want. That's what I've tried to live by."

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