We have all been wondering about the defensive scheme that was run last year. I am trying to find video of MSU last year to verify what the defense was doing. So far, I have one of the Michigan game and the few plays that are shown indicate the defense is the same as last year. I will link the videos and post more if/when I find them.
First video is of the 2008 game at Michigan. There are only a few plays shown, but they show the 3 man line and looks like there are always 3 LBs on the field.
Notre Dame game. 3:41 is the start of the relevant plays. MSU has 3 LBs on the field. The end of the game, ND is in a shotgun set with 4WRs and MSU has 3 LBs on the field.
2007 Notre Dame. They don't show the ND TDs, but there is a play at the 6 minute mark where ND is three wide and MSU has 3 LBs on the field.
And this is all I need to know. Michigan 2007. About halfway through it skips to the 4th quarter and Michigan's big comeback. You'll see MSU have the base defense in against Michigan as they go to 3WR sets and passing the ball. Watch the last Michigan TD and carefully note the 3 man rush. Yup, this is what Pat's defense is, was and appears to be for all the future.
Now can we openly start calling for him to be fired?
Edit: I was thinking about this and I became even more upset. Imagine MSU is playing a great game, they have an awesome first half and go into the locker room up 24-3. What do you think the other team is going to do in the second half? They will abandon the run and throw the ball. By virtue of MSU building up a lead they force an opponent to throw the ball, thereby attacking the weakness in this defensive scheme. This defensive scheme is designed for MSU to blow leads. It is designed to allow opponents to run two minute drills. It is built to fail.