Let's be honest. When is the last time you felt like Michigan had a dominant, attacking defense? 1997 comes to mind.
A solid defense has been lacking for a long time now at Michigan—one of the main reasons Michigan has simply been unable to beat its arch-rival, Ohio State.
So Michigan decided, if we can't beat them on defense, let's pummel them on offense and hope that the defense can simply hold its own.
Under Rich Rodriguez, Michigan never expected a dominant, attacking defense. With an offense like his, who needs defense? The word serviceable comes to mind, adequate perhaps, when describing a defense that would well complement a Rich Rodriguez offense running on all cylinders.
But even that modest goal has been difficult to achieve since his arrival in Ann Arbor, primarily due to letdowns in the defensive backfield that have been outside of Rodriguez's control.
Boubacar Cissoko was kicked off the team, Justin Turner left the team, Demar Dorsey didn't meet academic requirements, and most recently, Troy Woolfolk got injured before the season even began.
This year, Rodriguez and Greg Robinson are moving more towards a 3-3-5 defense, as was the plan since the beginning. The hope is that the change will help Michigan confuse Big Ten offenses by giving Michigan's defense the ability to install different blocking and blitz schemes in an effort to keep opposing offenses off the field, and Michigan's high-powered spread on the field, long enough to win.
Status quo, Rich Rodriguez.