David Cobb of CBS Sports came out with a list of six coordinators on the verge of landing a head coaching job at Power Five in the next season or two.
The first on his list was Clemson‘s new offensive coordinator Garrett Riley who just signed with the Tigers after a sensational year with TCU. Riley helped lead the Horned Frogs to their first-ever College Football Playoff Final.
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But the second coordinator on Cobb’s list was Michigan defensive coordinator Jesse Minter. Minter came to Michigan last year after Mike Macdonald left to become the Baltimore Ravens defensive coordinator.
Michigan ranked No. 5 nationally in total defense last season, throwing just 292.1 yards per game. The Wolverines also finished in the top 10 for both yards allowed per rush and yards allowed per pass attempt. Not bad for Minter’s first season on the track. He came to after a one-year stint Vanderbilt and time with the Baltimore Ravens, where he worked for John, the brother of Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh. Minter, 40, began his career with entry-level jobs at Notre Dame and Cincinnatihas NFL and SEC experience and is now proving to be an elite defensive coordinator for one of the sport’s top brands. All signs point to Minter being an interesting coach for Power Five schools with openings as long as the Wolverines maintain their defensive standard in 2023.
The Wolverines defense didn’t skip a beat from Macdonal to Minter last season. Even after losing Aidan Hutchinson, David Ojabo and Dax Hill to the NFL draft, Michigan was able to reload the defense, and with the plan not much changed at all – the Wolverines were a top-five defense.
Minter gained NFL interest after his first season with Michigan. The Philadelphia Eagles reached out and talked to Minter about coming to DC, but eventually Minter is back in Ann Arbor for another year.
It’s hard to argue if Michigan can replicate what it did last year with Minter as defensive coordinator, Power Five teams should call Minter to come and talk to them. Mint held ohio state to 23 points—the Buckeyes’ third-lowest scoring result of the season—an achievement in itself, especially at the Horseshoe.