Michigan received some disappointing news on Wednesday when Fox Sports Bruce Feldman reported that Michigan safeties coach Greg Jackson will be leaving the Michigan football program for a coaching spot at the Dallas Cowboys.
— Bruce Feldman (@BruceFeldmanCFB) February 17, 2016
Jackson is just one of many coaching vacancies the Wolverines have suffered this off-season. Don Brown recently took over as defensive coordinator for D.J. Durkin and Chris Partridge was promoted to linebackers and special teams coach. Partridge is also replacing John Baxter who left to coach special teams at USC.
The departure of Jackson is a huge blow for the Wolverines. He has been with Jim Harbaugh for each of the past five seasons. In addition, both CB’s coach Michael Zordich and Greg Jackson led the Wolverine secondary to a whopping No. 3 national ranking for yards allowed per game in 2015 (158.5 yards).
Jackson worked mainly with safeties at Michigan, he really helped Jarrod Wilson and Jabrill Peppers succeed to highly regarded rankings and prominence. Under Jackson, Peppers was named the Big Ten’s Freshman of the year and All-Big Ten safety honors.
It’s unclear as of right now what route Michigan will take. Will they hire another coach or will they just keep Michael Zordich and allow him to coach the defensive backs. However, I do expect Michigan to add another defensive backs coach before they head down to IMG.
Note: Jackson signed a two-year deal, $665,000 contract with Michigan last winter. He was expected to make $365,000 this season.
– Shane Kinnee (Senior Editor)