Fergodsakes.com reviews the NFL action from the weekend, from the perspective of former University of Michigan football players and coaches who are now coaching in the NFL.
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Jim Harbaugh (quarterback 1982-86): Senior with Team 107. Now Head Coach of San Francisco 49ers. The 49ers, 11-4-1, won the NFC West with their 27-13 victory over Arizona. The victory, coupled with Green Bay’s loss, earned San Francisco a first round bye in the playoffs. The 49ers gave up 17 points per game, 2nd in the NFL. They were 3rd in the league in total yards allowed (294); and 4th in the NFL in both passing yards allowed (200 per game) and rushing yards allowed (94 per game). Offensively, they were 4th in the NFL in rushing with 156 yards per game.
Mike Trgovac (defensive lineman 1977-80): Senior with Team 101. Now Green Bay Packers Defensive Line Coach. The Packers (11-5) lost to Minnesota 37-34. Green Bay won the NFC North but did not earn a first round bye, and will host the Vikings in a rematch in the wild card round. Green Bay allowed 21 points per game, 11th in the NFL, and gave up 119 yards rushing per game, 17th in the league. Trgovac’s defensive line helped the Packers record 47 sacks this season, 4th in the NFL.
Teryl Austin (DB Coach 1999-2002);
Andy Moeller (linebacker 1982-86 and Offensive Line Coach 2000-07):
Now with Baltimore Ravens – Austin the Secondary Coach; and Moeller the Offensive Line Coach.
The Ravens, 10-6, winners of the AFC North, lost to Cincinnati 23-17. They will host Indianapolis in the first round of the playoffs. The Ravens offense, with the help of Moeller’s offensive line, was 10th in the league in points scored with 25 points per game. Austin’s secondary was part of a defense which gave up 22 points per game, 12th in the league.
Harold Goodwin (offensive lineman 1992-94): Now Indianapolis Colts OL Coach, charged with protecting overall #1 draft pick Andrew Luck. The Colts, 11-5 and 2nd in the AFC South, will be at Baltimore in the first round of the playoffs. Indianapolis defeated Houston 28-16 in the last game of the regular season. Goodwin’s offensive line helped the Colts offense put up 362 yards per game, 10th in the NFL, and gave Luck enough time to pass for an average of 258 yards per game, which was 7th in the league.
Mike DeBord (assistant coach of various positions 1992-99 and 2004-07, including 2 stints as Offensive Coordinator): Chicago Bears Tight Ends Coach in 2012. Head Coach Lovie Smith was fired on December 31. The assistant coaches, including DeBord, remain on staff for now. The Bears did finish 10-6 after defeating Detroit 26-24, but are out of the playoff picture. DeBord’s tight ends were part of an offense which scored 23 points per game, 16th in the NFL.
Jim Herrmann (linebacker 1979-82 and coach 1988-2005, including Def Coord 1997-2005); and
Jerald Ingram (running back 1979-83).
Both won Super Bowl rings with the New York Giants in the 2011 season, and remain on staff this year – Herrmann as Linebackers Coach and Ingram as Running Backs Coach.
The Giants finished 9-7 and out of the playoffs after overwhelming Philadelphia 42-7. Ingram’s running backs average 116 yards per game, 14th in the NFL. They contributed to an offense which was 6th in points scored at 27 per game, and were part of an offense which allowed 20 sacks all season, fewest in the NFL. Herrmann’s linebackers helped the defense to hold opponents to 22 points per game, 13th in the NFL. The Giants intercepted 21 passes this season, tied for 3rd in the NFL, and recovered 14 fumbles, tied for 4th in the league.
Mike Mallory (linebacker 1981-85); and
Terry Malone (Offensive Line Coach 1997-2001; Offensive Coordinator 2002-2005):
New Orleans Saints. Mallory is now the Assistant Special Teams Coach for the Saints, and Malone is the Tight Ends Coach.
The Saints, 7-9, lost to Carolina 44-38. Malone’s tight ends helped the offense to 312 passing yards per game, tops in the NFL. The Saints were also 3rd in points scored (29 points per game). Mallory’s special teams were tied for first in the NFL in net punting, averaging 43.2 net yards per punt.
Bill Sheridan (OLB Coach 2002; D Line Coach 2003-04): Now Tampa Bay Buccaneers Defensive Coordinator. The Bucs, 7-9, defeated Atlanta 22-17 to close out the 2012 campaign. Sheridan’s defense was best in the NFL against the run, as the opposition averaged only 83 yards per game. Through the air, however, opponents averaged 297 yards per game, last in the league. The Bucs intercepted 18 passes this season, tied for 8th best in the league, and returned 3 of those interceptions for touchdowns, also tied for 8th most in the NFL.