Michigan defensive coordinator Don Brown says he refuses to budge and allow spread offenses to dictate how he calls defense.

Michigan defensive coordinator Don Brown says he refuses to budge and allow spread offenses to dictate how he calls defense.

Admittedly, Michigan defensive coordinator Don Brown says Colorado had more team speed than originally believed.

But after that fast start for the Buffaloes, one that included a 14-0 deficit in just over three minutes, the Wolverines settled in to slow down a second consecutive spread offense.

"There's some things I'm feeling really good about," Brown said Wednesday. "The best part of it is we'll be making adjustments as the game sort of progressed. And we've been tested with up tempo, no huddle, I think they were faster than UCF."

As quickly as Colorado hit the ground running, almost literally, Brown believes his defense adjusted and changed the tone of the game.

Now into Penn State week, Michigan prepares to face yet another up tempo, spread attack with the Nittany Lions and offensive coordinator Joe Moorhead, a coach Brown worked with at Connecticut.

"It's a spread deal, and he's a high freeze guy," Brown said. "As last week turned (into). The interesting thing about Colorado is they're a fast, up tempo outfit, probably as fast as anybody, and by the middle of the second quarter, it became, what are we in? 

"When you're coming enough, it's like hitting your head against a wall, you don't want to run a bad play into a tough look."

Slowly becoming animated and more intense by the minute, Brown explained exactly what spread offenses are looking for out of a defense.

And Brown, well, let's just say he isn't just going to play along.

"Guys, you've got to understand, these spread teams, what they want you to do, is they want you to line up in one of two looks. That's what they want. And that's exactly what I'm not going to do. Let's get that straight. We're going to be extremely multiple, we're going to stay on the aggressive side and that's how we're going to go, and we're going to learn it. Trust me, we've made significant improvement in that.

"These guys want you lined up in quarters and a static front, and kick your you know what. We're not doing that. And if it is, it'll be over my dead body so we're going to stay aggressive, we're going to stay focused and we're going to stay multiple. And what it will turn into is this (quarterback looking to sideline). That's where, who's controlling the tempo, now?"

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